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Across Europe: The best of the Rhine and the Rhone

9-Night Cruise from Amsterdam to Avignon

CE ACA cruise

Amsterdam to Avignon (ACA) - 10 days

For further assistance call 1-800-526-8539

Ship - Leonard de Vinci , Symphonie (the ships on the Rhine river), Van Gogh (ship on the Rhone river)

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Detailed Itinerary:

DAY 1: AMSTERDAM (Embarkation Day)

We board in Amsterdam between 6.00 pm and 7.00 pm and settle into our cabins. We are introduced to the crew over a welcome cocktail. Optional excursion common for both packages: visit of Amsterdam old town by glass-covered river boat. We moor for the night.

DAY 2: AMSTERDAM

Morning excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: guided visit of Amsterdam, a truly beautiful city where we can admire the rich architectural heritage from the 17th and 18th centuries. Often referred to as the “Venice of the North”.

DISCOVERY (additional fee): Amsterdam by bike. This guided bike tour will last about 3.5 hours, and you’ll be able to explore and learn about all the must-see and out-of-the-way sites in Amsterdam.

Free afternoon to explore city on your own -or- join the excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: excursion to Haarlem. The town has a rich history, with much evidence of the Dutch Golden.
DISCOVERY (additional fee): Guided bike tour of Haarlem and the sand dunes along the flower route.

We return on board in Amsterdam in time for dinner. We set sail and continue our cruise through the night.

DAY 3: AMSTERDAM - WESEL - DUSSELDORF

Morning spent cruising. Excursions common for both classic and discovery excursions packages: visit of the Dutch Open Air Museum of Arnhem before heading back to the boat in Dusseldorf. Evening of entertainment.

DAY 4: DUSSELDORF - COLOGNE - KÖNIGSWINTER - KOBLENZ

Morning spent cruising. Excursion common for both classic and discovery excursions packages: guided visit of Cologne. Crossroads of Europe since the Middle Ages, Cologne has kept its importance as a vibrant commercial and industrial city as well as a cultural and religious centre. Transfer by coach to Königswinter where we re-join the ship. Afternoon spent cruising. Overnight stop.

DAY 5: KOBLENZ - MAINZ - WORMS

Morning spent cruising. Excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: guided visit of the town and the Gutenberg Museum (museum is closed on Mondays).
DISCOVERY (additional fee):  Touring Rhineland vineyards: Leaving from Mainz, you’ll travel to either Nierstein or Nackenheim to discover the largest Germany wine-growing territory in the area: the Rheinhessen. We’ll also enjoy a traditional bread, wine and cold-cut snack from the region.

Return on board in the end of the afternoon. Evening of dancing and entertainment. We continue our cruise through the night to Strasbourg.

DAY 6: STRASBOURG - Transfer by coach - BESANCON - CHALON-SUR-SAONE

We disembark around 9.00am and join our coach for the journey to Besançon a charming city renown forits architecture and history. After lunch we will go for a city tour. Besançon is famous for its Citadel, designed by Vauban and part of the UNESCO world heritage. We will then continue our coach journey to Chalons-Sur-Saone where we will arrive at the end of the afternoon. to board around 5:30pm. We will have time to settle in our cabins before we start cruising at 6:00pm towards Lyon. Presentation of the crew. We are introduced to the crew over a welcome cocktail. Dinner on board is followed by an evening of music and dancing. We continue our cruise through the night.

DAY 7: LYON - TOURNON

Excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: guided visit of the town. Lyon is wonderfully located at the confluence of the Rhone and Saône rivers. A panoramic tour gives us a chance to view all the main attractions and monuments in the city. Our coach then takes us to Lyon Old Town so we can visit the Traboules passageways.

DISCOVERY (additional fee): Discover all of Lyon’s touristic highlights in only 2.5 hours and with little effort! Enjoy a leisurely bike ride around the lake in the Parc de la Tête d'Or and on the banks of the Rhône River. Don’t miss the tasting of local products and delicacies in the heart of Vieux Lyon!

Afternoon spent cruising. Evening of music and dancing. We moor for the night in Tournon.

DAY 8: TOURNON - ARLES

Excursions proposed:
CLASSIC:  guided tour of Tournon. We visit the imposing castle of Tournon, one of the finest castles in the Ardèche region. We conclude our visit with a tasting of regional products and wines.

DISCOVERY (additional fee): We’ll leave on foot for the Cité du Chocolat in Tain l’Hermitage. Come and explore, smell and taste chocolate in all of its forms at the Valrhona discovery center. During the tour of our virtual factory, you’ll be invited to take part in short activities about chocolate. Lastly, we’ll indulge in a tasting of course!

Afternoon spent cruising. Evening of entertainment. We continue our cruise through the night.

DAY 9: ARLES - AVIGNON

Excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: guided visit of Arles. Here we discover an important cultural city, crammed with Gallo-Roman remains and a remarkably well-preserved Roman arena.

DISCOVERY (additional fee): you'll be taken by coach to the starting point of a hike in the Alpilles Mountains to the village of Baux-de-Provence. You’ll have a great view of the legendary village and the surrounding valley.

Cruise towards Avignon. In the afternoon, excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Guided tour of Avignon and visit to the City of the Popes and the fortified Palace

DISCOVERY (additional fee): Hike along the pont du Gard and visit to the museum

Return on board. Gala dinner and entertainment on board. We moor for the night.

DAY 10: AVIGNON (Disembarkation Day)

After buffet breakfast on board we disembark at 9.00am. End of our services. 

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is required for travel. Passports must be valid at least 6 months after the last day of travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserve the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise
  • Until further notice, it is only possible to select one of the 2 excursions packages on offer. You will thus only be able to book the Classic Package (included in the cruise price), OR the Dynamic Package (requires an additional fee) . Please advise at the time of booking the excursion package you wish to choose.

2017 Departure Dates

Start City
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing a twin cabin and the SINGLE TRAVELER rate.
From Amsterdam
Cruise Embarkation Date
Lower Deck Cabin w/ picture window - 2 twin beds
Upper Deck Cabin w/ picture window- 2 twin beds
Lower Deck Cabin w/ picture window - Single Traveler
Upper Deck Cabin w/ picture window - Single Traveler
June 18, 2017
$2,826
$3,185
$3,450
$3,809
Jul 17, 2017
$2,635
$2,994
$3,259
$3,618
Sep 19, 2017
$2,826
$3,185
$3,450
$3,809
Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.

Prices Include:

Accommodation in a double air-conditioned cabin with shower and WC • Full board cruise from dinner of the first day to the breakfast of  the last day • Drinks included with onboard meals (wine, water, beer, fruit juices, one coffee) • Drinks consumed at the bar (excluding champagne & drinks from the wine list) • Welcome cocktail • Entertaiment onboard • The Gala Evening • The assistance of our hostess on board • The Classic Excursions Package • Coach transfer from Strasbourg to Chalon sur Saône • Lunch on Day 6 (excluding drinks) • Port taxes

Prices Do Not Include:

Individual arrival and departure (airfare; transfers) • Drinks from the wine list and champage at the bar • Drinks served during transfers or excursions • The Discovery Excursions Package • Travel Cancellation Insurance • Gratuities • Personal expenses


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