Across Europe: The Best of the Rhine and the Rhone Cruise

This unique itinerary crosses Europe on two rivers: the Rhine and the Rhone. Experience the exciting port cities of Amsterdam, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Worms, and Avignon as you sail. This itinerary involves switching ships mid-cruise in order to sail both rivers.

Day 1

    Amsterdam

    Board the Van Gogh between 6 and 7 PM and settle into your cabin. Attend a welcome cocktail to introduce yourself to the crew, and enjoy dinner on board. Following dinner, join an optional tour of old-town Amsterdam by a glass-covered river boat. Remain in port overnight.

    Day 2

      Amsterdam

      Enjoy breakfast on board and join an optional guided visit of Amsterdam, a truly beautiful city. Admire its rich architectural heritage, dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. Return on board for lunch, then join an optional excursion to Haarlem. Haarlem shows considerable evidence of the Dutch Golden Age of the 17th century, and it has many of its central medieval buildings intact. Return to the ship in time for dinner, then depart and cruise through the night.

      Day 3

        Xanten / Dusseldorf

        Spend the entire morning on the ship and sail past the charming Netherland towns of Nijmegen and Arnhem before crossing the border into Germany near Emmerich. Early in the afternoon, arrive in Xanten and set off by coach for an optional excursion to Aachen. Begin with a tour of the old town with its narrow alleyways and historic squares, marked by some 2,000 years of history. Continue on and visit Aachen Cathedral - one of the finest examples of Western architecture and the oldest cathedral in northern Europe. More than 30 German kings were crowned in the cathedral, and it is also a religious pilgrimage site. Enjoy some free time before returning to the ship in Düsseldorf.

        Day 4

          Dusseldorf / Cologne / Konigswinter / Coblenz

          Arrive in Cologne around sunrise. Enjoy breakfast before setting off for an optional guided walking tour of Cologne. A European crossroads since the Middle Ages, Cologne has remained important as a vibrant commercial and industrial city as well as a cultural and religious center. Discover the exterior facades of the magnificent Gothic cathedral, which took over 500 years to build. Around the cathedral, 12 other Romanesque churches are built in a circle formation, representing the 12 apostles. Continue to the old town and stop to admire the outside of the neo-Gothic building, home of the famous Eau de Cologne. Enjoy some free time before leaving by coach to Königswinter. Board the ship in time for lunch. Continue up the Rhine and arrive in Coblenz early in the evening. Remain in port overnight.

          Day 5

            Coblenz / Mainz / Worms

            Enjoy a breakfast buffet on board as you cruise up the Rhine, viewing its many castles, legends and the famous Lorelei rock. Arrive in Mainz in the afternoon and join an optional guided visit of the town and the Gutenberg Museum (closed on Mondays). Mainz was founded by the Romans more than 2,000 years ago, and, in the 17th and 18th centuries, top architects and sculptors created the basic shape of the town. During the excursion, the ship will continue to Worms for reboarding in the afternoon. In the evening, enjoy a gala dinner on board and continue cruising through the night.

            Day 6

              Strasbourg / Besancon / Chalon-Sur-Saone

              Arrive in Strasbourg around 8:00 AM and leave the ship for a journey by coach to Besancon, a charming city renowned for its architecture and history. After lunch take a guided walking tour to discover historical landmarks: Granvelle Palace, Castan Square, La Porte Noire, and the St. Jean Cathedral. Continue your journey by coach to Chalons-Sur-Saône and arrive in the afternoon. Switch to your new ship around 5:30 PM.

              Day 7

                Lyon / Tournon

                Arrive in Lyon early in the morning. Enjoy a free morning exploring the town on your own, or join an optional excursion around the city. Lyon is admirably situated at the confluence of the Rhône and the Saône. A panoramic tour will give you a chance to view all the main attractions and monuments in the city. Travel by coach to old-town Lyon to discover the historic traboules passageways. Spend some free time in the Saint Jean quarter, the historic heart of Lyon, before returning to the ship and cruising to Tournon. Enjoy the afternoon on the Rhone, passing by the Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu, Château Grillet and St. Joseph vineyards. Arrive in Tournon around 7:00 PM.

                Day 8

                  Tournon / Arles

                  Join an optional guided tour of Tournon in the morning and visit the town by tourist train. Stop to visit the impressive castle of Tournon, one of the most beautiful castles in the Ardèche region. This magnificent castle was built on a high granite rock between the 14th and 16th centuries and was the domain of the barony of the Counts of Tournon. Its elevated position gives it a most impressive appearance. Wrap up your visit with a chance to sample regional products and wines before returning to the ship.

                  Day 9

                    Arles / Avignon

                    In the morning, join an optional guided tour of Arles. Discover this important city of culture, which is filled with Gallo-Roman ruins and a remarkably well-preserved Roman arena, before heading into the countryside to learn about the production of Provençal olive oil. We'll return for lunch and continue to cruise towards Avignon. Join an optional excursion to the City of Popes and the fortified Palace of the Popes, a citadel surrounded by ramparts and perched on a rocky outcropping over the river.

                    Day 10

                      Avignon

                      Enjoy one last breakfast buffet on board before disembarking at 9:00 AM.
                       Main Deck
                      2014-Apr-22$1,850
                      2014-May-07
                      2014-Jun-27
                      2014-Sep-28
                      $2,070
                      20% discount for children ages 2-9
                      30% discount for 3rd person in triple cabin


                      Includes:
                      All meals
                      Drinks including water, wine, beer, fruit juices and coffee served during meals
                      Drinks served at the bar (excluding champagne and wines on the wine list)
                      Double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom
                      Onboard entertainment
                      Assistance from onboard multi-lingual
                      host/hostess
                      Eelcome cocktail
                      Transfer by coach from Strasbourg to Chalon-sur-Saône
                      Lunch on day 6 (excluding drinks)
                      Gala dinner and evening
                      Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
                      All port fees

                      Excludes:
                      Drinks on the wine list
                      Champagne at the bar
                      Drinks served during excursions or transfers
                      Cancellation and baggage insurance
                      Transfer to/from airport
                      Personal expenses

                      Deposit & Payment

                      Initial deposit is 30%, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at: https://www.adventure-life.com/forms/register

                      Final payment is due 70 days prior to departure.

                      Booking last minute? No problem! Please contact one of our trip planners, and we can get you on your way if booking less than 70 days prior to departure.

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                      Cancellation Policy

                      Days Prior to departureFee
                      60+ days50 Euros excluding tax
                      60-51 days40%
                      50-30 days50%
                      29-20 days60%
                      19-3 days75%
                      48 hours100%