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From the North Sea to the Mediterranean Cruise: Amsterdam to Avignon

Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,504

Cruise down the mighty Rhine and Rhone rivers to experience a conflux of European cultures. Lay eyes on Rembrandt’s “The Night Watch” in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, climb one of the twin spires of Cologne Cathedral in Germany and visit the fourteenth century papal palaces of Avignon in France.


This 10-day cruise takes you from Amsterdam on the North Sea to Avignon on the Mediterranean.

Your cruise down the Rhine begins in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands. Crossed by canals and populated by charmingly narrow houses, Amsterdam is the prize of the Dutch Golden Age of the seventeenth century. Visit the Van Gogh Museum to see the world’s largest collection of the painter’s work. At the Rijksmuseum see masterworks by Rembrandt and Vermeer. Visit the Anne Frank House for a sobering reminder of the human spirit. After enjoying the museums, make like the Dutch and cycle through the city’s winding corridors and cozy up in one of its many cafes.

In Amsterdam embark on the MS Symphonie. The MS Symphonie is a state-of-the-art vessel equipped with a dance club, bar, dining room and sundeck in addition to its comfortable staterooms. The ship offers a perfect vantage point to witness the beauty of these river cities.

From Amsterdam sail down the Rhine. Survey the avant-garde architecture of the fashion and arts town of Dusseldorf. Further down the Rhine is Cologne, a trading centre founded by the Romans over 2000 years ago. Cologne is a fascinating blend of Roman, medieval and postmodern architecture. Climb the famous twin spires of Cologne Cathedral, the most popular attraction in Germany, before strolling to the city’s Roman ruins.

At the meeting of the Rhine and the Main Rivers lies Mainz, a charming medieval market town. Admire the windows of St. Stephan Cathedral that were designed by Marc Chagall. Marvel at the red sandstone bricks of the Romanesque Mainz Cathedral. Visit the birthplace of print at the Gutenberg Museum, where Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press in the mid-fifteenth century.

Sail into France to see French and German culture blend in the city of Strasbourg. Then head to Besancon, which lies on a bend on the Doubs River in France. The town is home to France’s first public museum and the Besancon Cathedral with its seventeenth century astronomical clock. Where the Rhone meets the Saone lies Lyon, the third largest city in France. A one-time Roman provincial capital, Lyon is full of Roman historical sites, such as the Amphitheatre des Trois Gaules.

Located just off the Mediterranean is Avignon, the centre of Roman Catholicism in the early fourteenth century when the Pope moved away from Rome for 70 years. The Palais des Papes is a massive palace from that time period. Visit the palace to see the most lavish Catholic mansion outside the Vatican before walking the medieval walls that encircle the old city.

This river cruise down the Rhine and the Rhone offers a distinct way to see capitals of European antiquity.


 

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,504

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Day 1

Amsterdam

Board in Amsterdam between 6:00pm and 7:00pm and settle into your cabin. You will be introduced to the crew over a welcome cocktail.

Optional excursion common for both packages: Visit of Amsterdam old town by glass-covered river boat. Moor for the night.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration5 Nights
Accommodation

MS Symphonie

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    MS Symphonie



    The four star rated MS Symphonie was completely refurbished in 2010 from the cruise company, CroisiEurope, which is the biggest cruise company in Europe. On the sun deck, you can relax on nice deck chairs and enjoy the great service with a "café au lait" ...

    The four star rated MS Symphonie was completely refurbished in 2010 from the cruise company, CroisiEurope, which is the biggest cruise company in Europe. On the sun deck, you can relax on nice deck chairs and enjoy the great service with a "café au lait" or a longdrink. The 162-passenger cruise ship has a length of 360 ft. and a width of 32 ft. and features a lot of privacy.

    On top, you are going to be provided in the common area with a lounge bar with a dance floor, bar and a dining room with delicious cuisine and a delightful service.

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Day 2

Amsterdam

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 as a supplement: 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 or optional excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Excursion to Haarlem. The town has a rich history, with much evidence of the Dutch Golden.
DISCOVERY as a supplement: Guided bike tour of Haarlem and the sand dunes along the flower route.

Return on board in Amsterdam in time for dinner. Set sail and continue your cruise through the night.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Amsterdam to Wesel to Dusseldorf

This morning is spent cruising. Excursions common for both packages: visit of the Dutch Open Air Museum of Arnhem before heading back to the boat in Dusseldorf. Evening of entertainment.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Dusseldorf to Cologne to Konigswinter to Koblenz

This morning is spent cruising. Excursion common for both 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 Konigswinter where you will re-join the ship. The afternoon spent cruising. Overnight stop.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Koblenz to Mainz to Worms

Morning spent cruising. Excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Guided visit of the town and the Gutenberg Museum (closed on Mondays).
DISCOVERY as a supplement: 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. You will 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. Continue your cruise through the night to Strasbourg.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Strasbourg to Besancon to Chalon-sur-Saone

Disembark around 9:00am and join your coach for the journey to Besancon a charming city renowned for its architecture and history. After lunch you will go for a walking tour to discover historical landmarks: Granvelle Palace, The square Castan, The Dark Gate, St Jean Cathedral. Besancon is also famous for its Citadel, designed by Vauban and part of the UNESCO World Heritage. You will then continue your coach journey to Chalons-Sur-Saone where you will arrive at the end of the afternoon to board around 5:30pm. You will have time to settle in your cabins before you start cruising at 6:00pm towards Lyon. You will be introduced to the crew over a welcome cocktail. Dinner on board is followed by an evening of music and dancing. Continue your cruise through the night.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration4 Nights
Accommodation

MS Van Gogh

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    MS Van Gogh



    This well-appointed vessel holds 158 passengers over 3 decks. Including a large sun deck that passengers can sit on as they under many numerous bridges of the European waterways.

    This well-appointed vessel holds 158 passengers over 3 decks. Including a large sun deck that passengers can sit on as they under many numerous bridges of the European waterways.

    Facilities

    • Gift Shop
    • Library
    • Lounge Bar
    • Radar
    • Radiophone

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Day 7

Lyon to Tournon

Excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Guided visit of the town. Lyon is wonderfully located at the confluence of the Rhone and Saone rivers. A panoramic tour gives us a chance to view all the main attractions and monuments in the city. Your coach then takes you to Lyon Old Town so you can visit the Traboules passageways.
DISCOVERY as a supplement: 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 Tete d'Or and on the banks of the Rhone River. Don't miss the tasting of local products and delicacies in the heart of Vieux Lyon!

This afternoon is spent cruising. Evening of music and dancing. Moor for the night in Tournon.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Tournon to Arles

Excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Guided tour of Tournon. Visit the imposing castle of Tournon, one of the finest castles in the Ardèche region. Conclude your visit with a tasting of regional products and wines.
DISCOVERY as a supplement: Leave on foot for the Cite 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 a virtual factory, you'll be invited to take part in short activities about chocolate. Lastly, you will indulge in a tasting of course!

Afternoon spent cruising. Evening of entertainment. Continue your cruise through the night.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9

Arles to Avignon

Excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Guided visit of Arles. Here you discover an important cultural city, crammed with Gallo-Roman remains and a remarkably well-preserved Roman arena.
DISCOVERY as a supplement: 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, the afternoon optional excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Guided tour of Avignon and visit to the City of the Popes and the fortified Palace
DISCOVERY: Hike along the pont du Gard and visit to the museum

Return on board. Gala dinner and entertainment on board. Moor for the night.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10

Avignon

After buffet breakfast on board disembark at 9:00am.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Apr 16; Jun 18; Jul 17; Sep 19.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • All meals specified in the itinerary
  • Beverages including water, wine, beer, fruit juices and coffee served by CroisiEurope during meals
  • Beverages from the bar (except champagne and drinks on the wine list)
  • Double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom
  • Excursions mentioned
  • On-board entertainment
  • Assistance from on board multi-lingual host/hostess
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Gala dinner and evening
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel Insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Optional excursions
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

OTHER INFORMATION:

The MS Van Gogh will be replaced with sister ship MS Monet on some departures.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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19 Sep 2017
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