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Avalon Waterways Rhine & Rhone Revealed for $8,140 per person twin share This is superb river cruise package includes:
Return airfares from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth into Amsterdam, Holland and out of Cote d’Azur, France. The airline for this cruise package will either be Emirates, Etihad, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific or Qatar.
A deluxe 8 day European Rhine River cruise from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland aboard the modern and luxurious Avalon Tranquility II, built in 2015.
A deluxe 7 day European Rhone River cruise from Basel to Cote d’Azur aboard the modern and luxurious Avalon Poetry II, built in 2014.
One night post cruise accommodation at the Fairmont Monte Carlo or similar.
Superb dining on board the cruise ship with breakfast, lunch and dinner provided daily, as well as a Captain’s reception and farewell dinner. You will also receive complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast, soft drinks with lunch and wine, beer or soft drinks with dinner whilst on board the ship.
Prepaid gratuities, all transport and transfers, airport taxes and levies, as well as government taxes and port charges on the cruise.
Services of local tour guides.
If you wish you can upgrade your cabin to a higher deck which has wall to wall panoramic windows in Avalon’s unique Open-Air Balcony. The cost for this upgrade is $3,218 per person twin share. For a single room there is an extra cost of $2,190.
This special price is only valid until the 30th June 2016, pending availability
Departs Australia 20th October and returns 6th November 2017
Itinerary for Rhine & Rhone Revealed Included meals are indicated as B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner 20.10.17
Australia – Amsterdam, Holland Today you will fly from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth to Amsterdam, Holland on economy class flights. The airlines you should be able to choose from include Emirates, Etihad, Singapore, Cathay Pacific and Qatar.
Amsterdam Upon arrival we are transferred from the airport to a central hotel where we can store our luggage and explore Amsterdam. Welcome to Amsterdam! Holland’s sophisticated, modern capital has a rich and fascinating history. This delightful 700 year old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafes and restaurants has a distinct ambiance. The streets, squares and canals, not to mention the bike paths throughout the city make for a vibrant atmosphere and with over 60 museums, Amsterdam has the highest museum density in the world. Perhaps you would like to take an optional excursion to Zaanse Schans with its traditional houses and Dutch craft workshops. This afternoon we are transferred to the cruise terminal to board our luxury cruise ship, the Avalon Tranquillity II. The Avalon Tranquillity II was built in 2015 and is among a cutting-edge fleet of suite-ships. She has four decks and is approximately 120 metres long. The ship is equipped with a reception area, sky deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, hair salon, elevator, dining room, fitness centre and much more. It has 64 cabins with the following features as standard: - Premium mattress covers with Egyptian super-combed cotton linens. - A choice of soft or firm pillows. - Choice of bed configuration (two twins or one queen). - Nightly turn-down service. - Bedside tables with reading lamps. - Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium bath amenities. - Spacious 3 door closets with shelves for ample storage. - Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels. - Writing desk / vanity with comfortable chair and mirror. - Complimentary Wi-Fi internet access. - Direct dial telephone. - Bathrobes & slippers. - Well-stocked minibar. - Complimentary bottled water. - In-room safe. - Individual climate control air conditioning. This evening we will meet our crew at a welcome reception, followed by dinner on board the ship. (Please note that flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 2pm). Accommodation: On board
Amsterdam There is no better way to see Amsterdam than by canal boat, cruising through the
elegant gratchen lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s ‘Golden Age’. There’s free time in the city this afternoon. Later, bid tot ziens (farewell) to Holland and set sail for Germany. Accommodation: On board 23.10.17 (B/L/D)
Cologne, Germany Today enjoy a peaceful morning of cruising before reaching Cologne in the afternoon. Cologne is one of Germany's largest cities and capital of the Rhineland. It straddles both sides of the Rhine and is known for its soaring twin steepled gothic cathedral. Choose between an included guided city walk or a Jewish Heritage walk. The Old Town abounds with cafés shops and taverns. Be sure to try a Kolsch pale lager, locally brewed in cologne for over a hundred years. Accommodation: Onboard
Koblenz – Rhine Gorge - Rudesheim Situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, 2000 year old Koblenz is the cultural and business centre of the Middle Rhine region. Here, join a local guide for a walking tour of the city that reveals an eventful past through its castles, fortress walls, towers, squares and monuments. The dramatic Rhine Gorge is the most beautiful stretch of the river with ancient castles standing sentry on lofty cliffs rising 400 feet above the waters. Cruise past the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where legend tells of an enchanted siren song that lured sailors to their doom. On your included shore excursion in pretty Rudesheim, visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, where we will be mesmerised by the self-playing calliopes and music boxes from the 18th to the early 20th centuries. Enjoy a special treat before returning to the ship for dinner. Accommodation: Onboard
Mainz (Excursion to Heidelberg) Strategically located at the confluence of the Rhine and Main Rivers is Mainz, with ‘civilized’ origins dating back to around 38 BC. Today, this is Germany’s largest and most important wine market. Join your local guide for a guided walk through the Altstadt (Old Town) with its many intriguing shops and the whimsical Fastnachtsbrunnen (Carnival Fountain) on the Schillerplatz, a tribute to the jesters at the city’s annual Carnival celebration. Gutenberg, father of modern printing, was born here and you will visit the captivating Gutenberg Museum. After lunch, travel to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany. With a local guide, visit the imposing ruins of Heidelberg Castle towering magnificently over the city and among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. You’ll also see the famed Great Vat, the ‘World’s Largest Wine Barrel.’ At nearly 23 feet high and 28 feet wide, the cask holds over 58,000 gallons of wine and has a dance floor built on top of it. Accommodation: Onboard
Strasbourg, France Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg blends the cultures of both countries in a delightful way. As capital of the Alsace region and seat of the Council of Europe and European Parliament, it is without a doubt an important city that manages to retain its historic charm. On your guided sightseeing tour, visit the
monumental red-sandstone Gothic Cathedral with its ancient murals, stained-glass windows and fascinating astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France district, home to half-timbered houses, quaint shops, inviting bistros and a waterfront promenade. Also spend time exploring Place Kleber, a large historic square in the heart of the city and Place Gutenberg in the heart of medieval Strasbourg, which features a statue of the inventor of the printing press. An optional excursion into the Alscace wine country is available today. After dinner tonight, enjoy an onboard woodcarving demonstration. Accommodation: Onboard 27.10.17 (B/L/D)
Breisach, Germany (Excursion to the Black Forest) Located at the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border, Breisach is the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest, an area of unrivalled natural beauty. The region got its name because the forests are so dense that local residents described them as black. Surely the most well-known products from this region are Black Forest ham, Black Forest cherry cake and cuckoo clocks. You may opt for a visit to the workshop of a local woodcarver who produces clocks and other carvings or to the open-air Museum of Vogtsbauernhof to see how life was lived centuries ago. Accommodation: Onboard
Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation) – Beaune, France – St. Jean de Losne (Embarkation) - Seurre After breakfast, say goodbye to the crew of the Avalon Tranquility II, cross the border into France and head for Beaune, the unofficial capital of the Cote d’Or area. Beaune owes its wealth to the production, aging and selling of fine wines. Although life here centres around wine, Beaune offers much more. Visit the Hotel-Dieu charity hospital built in 1443 and paid for by the chancellor of Burgundy after the Hundred Years War left many of the town’s population destitute. Today it houses Van der Weyden’s painting of The Last Judgement and is one of France’s architectural highlights. Continue to St. Jean de Losne, where you’ll board the Avalon Poetry II. The Avalon Poetry II was built in 2014 and has the same design and features as the Tranquillity II. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception as your ship departs for Seurre. Accommodation: Onboard
Seurre - Macon Enjoy some leisurely cruising today and before lunch, enjoy an onboard cheese tasting. In the late afternoon, arrive in Macon, a city that plays an important role in the wine trade. Free time allows you to explore on your own. Alternatively, you may choose to participate in one of the optional excursions on offer, such as a visit to a wine cellar. Accommodation: Onboard
Lyon Lyon, France’s third-largest city and its gastronomic capital, was founded by the Romans in 43 BC. The city’s prosperity dates back to the 16th century and is due to commercial, industrial and banking activities. Roman remains, excellent museums and renaissance architecture delight visitors. A local guide joins you as you survey the city from Fourviere Hill and explore the Old Town with its maze of medieval
alleyways and Place des Terreaux, a popular area with lively cafes, monuments and the famous fountain often depicted on postcards. Accommodation: Onboard 31.10.17 (B/L/D)
Lyon Enjoy a free day to explore at leisure. Early risers might like to visit the local produce market. Perhaps wander through one of Lyon’s parks, discover some of the murals (there are over 100 of them), or select one of the available optional excursions. Be sure to taste the gastronomic delights and sample Beaujolais, the wine of the region; wine connoisseurs know the grapes must be hand picked. Your cruise director will have suggestions for things to do. Accommodation: Onboard
Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage – Viviers The twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage lie nestled among vineyards between the Rhone River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage. A local guide will show you Tournon, one of France’s oldest medieval cities, with its imposing 16th century castle and Roman ruins. Arriving in Viviers in the afternoon, an included guided walk shows you this charming town that developed around its Romanesque Cathedral. The old town has an appealing mix of Christian, Roman and medieval influences. Accommodation: Onboard
Avignon The fortified city of Avignon is the capital of the Vaucluse region – the most picturesque part of Provence with its intact ramparts encircling the entire city, cobblestone streets and squares and private mansions built in the 18th and 19th centuries. Known as the ‘City of Popes’, it was the centre of the Catholic Church in the 14th century. Your guided tour includes a visit of the Palace of the Popes, built in the 14th century as the sovereign popes’ residency. A photo of the famous Pont Saint Benezet (Saint Benezet Bridge), of the popular song Sur le Pont d’Avignon, is a must. Accommodation: Onboard
Arles This morning wake up early to the tranquil vistas of Camargue National Park (daylight permitting) before arriving in Arles after breakfast. Located on the northern tip of the Camargue, Arles is the capital of the Provence region. Your local guide will show you the highlights of the city and you’ll visit the Roman Amphitheatre. Still used today, it dates to the 1st century and was constructed to hold over 20,000 spectators. Accommodation: Onboard
Arles (Disembarkation) – Cote d’Azur After breakfast, a comfortable motorcoach ride takes you to the Cote d’Azur for a last night in France. Also known as the French Riviera, the Cote d’Azur stretches along France’s Mediterranean coast from Toulon to the Italian border and is synonymous with prestige and beauty. Accommodation: Fairmont Monte Carlo or similar
Cote d’Azur - Australia Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. You are transferred to the airport for your flights home to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth.
In the event of water level problems on stretches of any river, it may be necessary to operate part of the itinerary by motorcoach.
Also note: This special price is only valid until the 30th June 2016, pending availability.
Example of upgraded cabin
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