Your Cruising Itinerary

Day 1: Amsterdam, Holland (embarkation)

Welcome to Holland. Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding. 

Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Your day in Amsterdam is free to explore at your leisure. During tulip season, you may take a Guided Optional Excursion to Keukenhof gardens—with more than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths, as well as other bulbs, planted each year. Outside of tulip season, join a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses.

Overnight docking in Amsterdam. (D)

Day 2: Amsterdam - canals of colourful Amsterdam 

  • Classic: Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.”

You may like to join a Guided Optional Excursion to Muiderslot Castle, or a Guided Optional Biking Excursion to the Dutch countryside. Take some free time to explore Amsterdam’s colorful streets and canal houses, galleries, and shops.

Afternoon/overnight cruise to Cologne. (B,L,D)

Day 3: Cologne, Germany - Prost! celebrate in Rhineland

  • Classic: Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne—with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral, OR:
  • Discovery: Choose a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites.

Don’t miss the chance to enjoy free time over a glass of Kölsch pale lager—locally brewed for over 100 years! Later, local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment.

Overnight sailing to Koblenz. (B,L,D) 

Day 4: Koblenz - Rhine Gorge - travel through 2,000 tears of monumental history 

Enjoy free time in Koblenz this morning before sailing through the Rhine Gorge to Rüdesheim. Sail past the legendary rock of The Lorelei—where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors.

Rudesheim - eat, drink and be merry in wine country

  • Discovery: Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-akind instrumental experience.
  • Discovery: Based on your departure date, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting.

Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening.

Overnight docking in Rudesheim. (B,L,D) 

Day 5: Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg - printing halls,castle walls and the world’s biggest barrel of wine

  • Classic: Enjoy a Guided City Walk including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing.
  • Classic: Enjoy a Guided Tour to Heidelberg Castle to see the ruins of the magnifi cent renaissance treasure towering above the city, and its famed Great Vat, the “World’s Largest Wine Barrel,” OR:
  • Active: Join your Avalon Adventure Host for an afternoon Hike up Philosophers’ Way for an inspiring view of the city below. 

Evening/overnight cruise to Strasbourg. (B,L,D) 

Day 6: Strasbourg, France - petite France and varietal vintages

You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the splendid Alsace wine country, or a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar, with its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings. Alternatively, enjoy a free afternoon sampling the local cuisine in Place Kléber.

Evening/overnight cruisee to Breisach. (B,L,D) 

Day 7: Breisach, Germany. Excursion to Black Forest - history, artistry, and the beautiful Black Forest

  • Discovery: Visit Badische Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Discover
    Germany’s southernmost wine country in Baden—ideally situated between the hills of the Black Forest and the Rhine River. Learn about the vintners’ process in the vineyards here, and enjoy a wine tasting OR:
  • Discovery: Join a full-day Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience the
    Vogtsbauernhof open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional butter-making demonstration.

Follow your visit to Badische Winzerkeller with a free afternoon in Breisach.

Evening/overnight cruise to Basel. (B,L,D) 

Day 8: Basel, Switzerland (disembarkation) - Beaune - St Jena de Losne (embarkation)

Disembark your ship and drive on to Beaune.

  • Classic: Visit the Hôtel-Dieu Charity Hospital, built in 1443, today home of Van der Weyden’s painting of the Last Judgement.

This afternoon, travel to St. Jean de Losne to board your Suite Ship.

Overnight cruise to Macon. (B,D) 

Day 9: Maçon - wine and cheese on the stunning Saône 

Enjoy leisurely cruising en route to Macon this morning along the majestic Saône River. Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar, or to the Castle of Cormatin.

  • Discovery: Later, enjoy a delicious Cheese Tasting on board your ship. 

Enjoy live entertainment while sailing for Trévoux this evening.

Overnight docking in Trevoux. (B,L,D) 

Day 10: Lyon - adventures in food and wine in the gastronomy capital of France

Sail for lovely Lyon this morning.

  • Classic: Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour to survey Lyon with its numerous churches from Fourvière Hill. You’ll also explore the Old Town with its maze of medieval alleyways, and the lively cafés, monuments, and famed fountain of Place des Terreaux

Spend free time biking through Lyon’s town squares, over bridges, and along the banks where the Rhône and Saône rivers meet.

  • Discovery: Attend a WWII & French Resistance Lecture on board ship.

Later, enjoy live entertainment after dinner. 

Overnight docking in Lyon. (B,L,D) 

Day 11: Lyon - French food and wine — la vie en rose in Lyon 

  • Classic: Join a Culinary Walk through the city to discover why it is known as the gastronomic capital of France!

The rest of your day is free to explore, relax, or shop in France’s third largest city. Take a bike from the ship and explore local produce markets and parks, or take a leisurely tour of the city’s more than 100 murals. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

Evening cruise to Tournon. (B,L,D)

Day 12: Touron - a rendezvous with castle views and vineyards

  • Classic: Take a morning Guided Walking Tour to explore Tournon—one of France’s oldest medieval cities. See its 16th-century castle, and Roman ruins between the Rhône River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage.

Viviers - world history in a charming French country village

  • Classic: Explore the pale-stone buildings of Viviers on a late afternoon Guided Walking Tour of this charming village. You’ll see its Romanesque cathedral and Old Town with a mix of historical Christian, Roman, and medieval influences.

Evening/overnight cruise to Avignon. (B,L,D)

Day 13: Avignon - the City of Popes in picturesque Provence 

  • Classic: Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the fortress city of Avignon—with its ramparts encircling the city—and a visit to the amazing Palace of the Popes.

Guided Optional Excursions include a visit to the ancient Roman aqueduct of Pont du Gard, or a trip to the famed wine cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape for a true taste of the Rhône wine region.

Explore Avignon on your own for the city’s art and culture, theatre, and museums. Be sure to snap photos of the captivating countryside, historic monuments, and the medieval Pont Saint-Bénézet.

Later, enjoy onboard live entertainment.

Evening cruise to Arles. (B,L,D) 

Day 14: Arles - inspiring sights and avant-garde lights

  • Active: Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Walk.
  • Classic: Enjoy a Guided Walking Tour of Arles—the captivating city of the Provence region. You’ll visit the Roman Amphitheatre in this visually stunning city that inspired the works of Vincent van Gogh.
  • Discovery: Attend a Painting Workshop to learn the style and techniques of Vincent van Gogh. You’ll create your own painting in the style of the classic master who took inspiration from the
    Provence light and landscape in Arles.

Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Carrières de Lumières (Cathedral of Images) to immerse yourself in a truly unique experience of art, sound, and light in the old quarries of Val d’Enfer. Take advantage of any free time remaining with a stop in Café Van Gogh for a glass of wine, to relax and watch the world go by

Evening cruise to Port-Saint-Louis. (B,L,D) 

Day 15: Port-Saint-Louis (disembarkation)

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning. Flights should not leave Marseille airport before 10 am.

This itinerary is also available from Port-Saint-Louis to Amsterdam 

Day 1, Port-Saint-Louis (Embarkation); Day 2, Arles; Day 3, Avignon; Day 4, Viviers; Day 5, Tournon–Vienne; Day 6, Lyon; Day 7, Tournus–St. Jean de Losne; Day 8, St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation)–Beaune–Dijon–Basel (Embarkation); Day 9, Breisach. Excursion to Black Forest; Day 10, Strasbourg; Day 
11, Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg; Day 12, Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge–Koblenz; Day 13, Cologne; Day 14, Amsterdam; Day 15, Amsterdam (Disembarkation), your cruise ends this morning.

Special interest cruises - looking to enrich your adventures while you sail?

Special departure - Jewish Heritage cruise (Rhine portion), Wine Appreciation cruises and Culinary cruises (Rhône/Saône portion) are available to help you delve deeper into what you’re passionate about. Call for itinerary modifications and inclusions.

Add Marseille to your cruise.

In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary. Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.

Departure dates and prices 2020 - Rhine and Rhone Revealed : 7% discount on all dates

Avalon brochure price in black from £4333
Travel 55 discount price in red from £4030
Telephone Avalon Waterways reservations on 0330 808 5036 and quote our Travel 55 code TR55A

Amsterdam – Port-Saint-Louis : tour code WAL - cruise price without flights and transfers
Dates Price from Dates Price from
Mar 24* £4470
£4158
July 14 £5529
£5142
Apr 7, 21 £4777
£4433
Aug 11*, 25 £5529
£5142
May 19 £5563
£5174
Sep 8 £5803
£5397
Jun 2, 30 £5529
£5142
Oct 6, 20* £5154
£4794
Port-Saint-Louis - Amsterdam : tour code WLA - cruise price without flights and transfers
Mar 24 £4333
£4030
July 14* £5529
£5142
Apr 7, 21 £4879
£4538
Aug 11, 25 £5529
£5142
May 19 £5563
£5174
Sep 8 £5803
£5397
June 2, 30 £5529
£5142
Oct 6*, 20* £5119
£4761

*Special Interest Cruises: Culinary Mar 24; Jewish Heritage Jul 14; Wine Appreciation Oct 6 & Oct 20
**Due to “Sail Amsterdam” departures WAL Aug 11 will start in Rotterdam instead of Amsterdam with modifications to the itinerary WAL: Gateway city for departures is Marseille; WLA: Gateway city for arrivals is Marseille. Prices shown above are for the cruise only. This means you have the freedom to arrange your own flights and transfers to suit your needs. Alternatively we can take care of everything for you. Complete holiday price including flights, transfers and private home pick-up service (within 100 miles) from £4,856pp - based on Mar 24 departure from London Gatwick.
Sailing on Avalon Suite Ships® Expression & Poetry II. Gratuities to Local Guides & excursion drivers are included on Avalon portion only. Extra nights before and after your cruise may be available, please call for details and prices. Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability). Please call for single accommodation details and prices. Triples not available. Note: responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

†From price based on cruise without flights and transfers, Mar 24 departure. All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.

Upgrade pricing:

Category/deck - E Indigo nil : D Indigo £298 : B Sapphire £1698 :  A Sapphire £1798 : P Royal £1998 : Royal Suite Royal Deck £3398

All holidays subject to Avalon Waterways Holidays Terms & Conditions

Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors showing on it’s website

In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary. Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.

Avalon Waterways
Rhine and Rhone Revealed

River Cruise 15 days

Your discount prices start from only £4030 - 7% discount

Discover the majestic rivers of Holland, France and Germany, visiting Cologne with a guided city walk, Rudesheim and guided tour and a city sighseeing tour in Strasbourg. Enjoy wine and cheese on the stunning Saône, a guided sightseeing tour of the fortress city of Avignon and a visit to Arles, the captivating city of the Provence region.

There's a reverse course option on this cruise - call for intinerary

This stunning 15 day Rhine and Rhone cruise comes with a 7% discount when you book direct with Avalon Waterways on 0330 808 5036 and quote the Travel 55 code TR55A.

Travel 55 in association with Avalon Waterways. To book a luxury cruise call direct on 0330 0588 237 and quote the code TRAVEL55 you will then receive a 7% discount from the Avalon brochure price. 

Included for every Avalon guest

  • Spacious outside deluxe accommodations with enhanced soundproofing and Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM for a great night’s sleep. (See deck plans for additional stateroom amenities.)
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer & premium L’Occitane® bath products
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on board daily indicated by breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D) on the itinerary pages
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel
  • A professional Cruise Director who delivers educational commentary as you travel through interesting landscapes, and who assists with requests and additional excursions 
  • An Avalon Adventure Host available as your guide for fitness activities and active excursions
  • Friendly, English-speaking staff who deliver consummate personal service throughout your journey
  • Complimentary regional wine, beer, and soft drinks at lunch and dinner on board 
  • Onboard meals, including daily four-course à la carte dinners with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, desserts, and Avalon Fresh® healthy cuisine options
  • Included sightseeing with headsets and expert local guides
  • Complimentary bicycles available for use on shore
  • Onboard local entertainment
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship

Cologne

Private home pick up service

Your Avalon experience begins long before you reach the ship. Fom the moment you close your front door, their private pick-up service will arrive to take you to the airport (within 100 miles) in air-conditioned comfort in plenty of time for your flight.

Your driver will load and unload your luggage for you, so you can make your way to the departure lounge feeling relaxed. And when you return, a driver will be waiting for you in arrivals, ready to load your bags and take you back home again.

Onboard dining offers and choices

Welcome and farewell cocktails with sparkling wine and canapes

Daily choices of regional recipes, familiar favorites, and Avalon Fresh® vegetarian and healthy cuisine including fresh, local ingredients at every meal

Daily full breakfast buff et with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items, and complimentary sparkling wine and juices

Choice of daily early-riser and late-riser continental breakfasts

Daily lunch buff et with pasta & carving stations and complimentary beer, wine, and soft drinks

Choice of alternative fare at the Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting) or light lunch in the Panorama Lounge

Enjoy our Panorama Bistro for a casual dinner option with a buff et of select dishes and beverages

Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats and sandwiches

Daily four-course à la carte dinners in the main dining room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, desserts or cheese, after-dinner premium coffees or tea, and complimentary wine (including from the region), beer, and soft drinks

Complimentary room service available for Continental breakfast

FlexDining® with flexible seating-times to better accommodate your schedule, and more options for menu items and venues, including our Main Dining Room, Panorama Bistro for a casual select buff et, Sky Grill for al fresco favorites, complimentary continental breakfast via room service, and made-to-order picnic lunch boxes for independent on-shore excursions

Strasbourg

Cruise options

*Special interest cruises

Jewish Heritage cruise (Rhine portion), Wine Appreciation cruises and Culinary cruise (Rhône/Saône portion) are available to help you delve deeper into what you’re passionate about.

Add Marseille 

Include 1 night hotel accommodation in Marseille, sightseeing, and transfer to or from ship.

Continue your adventure in Marseille - 16 days from Amsterdam to Marseille

Begin your adventure in Marseille Cruise - 16 days from Marseille to Amsterdam

Call for details

Your choice

Avalon knows there is more than one way to explore new destinations.

In addition to included Active, Discovery, and Classic excursions and activities, they offer Guided Optional Excursions designed to personalize your experience even more. And they are there with plenty of free-time suggestions to help you get the most out of every adventure.

Amsterdam


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