Your Avalon river cruise on the Rhine and Rhône rivers begins in Port-Saint-Louis where you’ll board your Avalon Suite Ship. Take in the beautiful countryside, quaint villages, and towns, as you sail through the most captivating views of France. Indulge in the legendary cuisine of France on this culinary focused cruise through Burgundy and Provence. With a Master of Wine on board and special culinary highlights throughout your cruise, you’ll sample regional French specialties with onboard wine tastings with cheese and chocolate and wine-and-food pairings. Enjoy a pastry demonstration by a French chef, and attend a cooking class. You’ll enjoy a guided walking tour of Arles—the city in Provence, which inspired works by Vincent van Gogh. Cruise to the picturesque Avignon for a sightseeing in the fortress city, and sail to the charming village of Viviers to see the Romanesque cathedral and historic Old Town.
The Saône and Rhône Rivers meet in wonderful Lyon. Explore the city on a guided sightseeing tour. Transfer to Basel to embark on your Rhine River cruise. Take an excursion to Bavaria’s Black Forest, before sailing to Strasbourg, France. Follow the Rhine on to Mainz and Rüdesheim, and sail through the stunning views of the Rhine Gorge on your way to Koblenz. Cruise to the Rhineland’s capital city of Cologne and choose between a guided city walk to its magnificent Gothic cathedral, or a walking tour of the city’s notable Jewish heritage sites.
Your cruise continues into the colourful city of Amsterdam, where you’ll explore Holland’s capital city with a canal cruise, before travelling via high-speed train to Paris, where your Monograms holiday package begins. Spend two days each in Paris and London, including guided sightseeing and helpful onsite support from expert Local Hosts in both these exciting cities.