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15 Day Rhine & Rhône River Cruise 2014

15-day River Cruise with Scenic Tours

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 Nice - Tarascon
A Scenic Cruises Representative will greet you at the airport and arrange your transfer. A warm welcome awaits you from your crew as you board your luxury Scenic ‘Space-Ship’. Tonight enjoy a Welcome Reception with your fellow travelers. (FB,D)

Day 2 Arles
Relax on board this morning as you cruise to Arles, home to some impressive Roman ruins, where you will have the choice of two Included Scenic FreeChoices: (1) visit the picturesque hilltop village of Les Baux, set atop a rocky outcrop crowned with a ruined castle overlooking the plains to the south, including a visit to an Olive farm; or (2) visit the charming Provençal village of Saint-Rémy made famous by Vincent Van Gogh, including a visit to Saint Paul de Mausole Monastery where Van Gogh was held for a year. (B,L,D)

Day 3 Avignon
Today choose from one of the following Included Scenic FreeChoices: (1) visit the majestic Palais-des-Papes on your guided city tour, one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in Europe, and among the most visited places in France; or (2) take an excursion to Uzès, a town with a skyline that marks the region from afar, including a visit to Pont du Gard. This afternoon enjoy time at leisure in Avignon, the ‘City of Popes’. (B,L,D)

Day 4 Avignon - Viviers
Enjoy an Included walking tour of Viviers. This delightful town, nestled between hills and the Rhône, reveals ancient homes and an unusual cathedral. (B,L,D)

Day 5 Vienne – Tournon
Today in Vienne we travel by mini-train into the old Roman area of the city and enjoy an Included guided tour before setting sail down the Rhône to Tournon. Scenic Enrich: A special experience awaits you this evening as you learn about everyday living on your visit to a typical French Family Homestead. Savour their hospitality as you are treated to a homecooked meal by the family. (B,L,D)

Day 6 Lyon
Today enjoy Lyon where you will enjoy a guided tour. Included Scenic FreeChoice: (1) explore Lyon by bike on your self-guided discovery; or (2) visit to a traditional silk factory; or (3) visit the medieval village of Pérouges. This afternoon explore Lyon at your leisure. (B,L,D)

Day 7 Lyon - Mâcon
Enjoy the scenery as you cruise to Mâcon. Included Scenic FreeChoice: (1) travel to Beaujolais where you will meet a local wine vintner in the village of Oignt and sample some of his best drops; or (2) visit Cluny a village built around the great Benedictine Abbey. (B,L,D)

Day 8 Basel – Beaune – Chalon-sur-Saône
This morning you will disembark your Rhine River cruise in Basel and travel by coach through the French countryside to Beaune for an Included guided tour including a visit to Les Hospices de Beaune, founded in 1443. A short drive this afternoon will bring us to Chalon-sur-Saône where you will embark your new luxury Scenic ‘Space-Ship’ to continue your cruise down the Saône and Rhône Rivers. (B,D)

Day 9 Breisach
Choose from one of the following Included Scenic FreeChoices: (1) a visit to the stunning Alsace Wine Region of France we’ll stop in Colmar, for a visit to a local winery to sample the delicious local wines; or (2) step inside the setting of the fable, Hansel and Gretel, on your tour to the spectacularly beautiful Black Forest region in Germany. Delight your senses in the Vogtsbauernhof open air museum and tantalise your taste buds with a slice of delicious black forest cake. On board your luxury Scenic ‘Space-Ship’ this evening, enjoy an entertaining musical performance. (B,L,D)

Day 10 Mannheim
Included Scenic FreeChoice: (1) take a guided tour of Heidelberg including a visit to the historic Heidelberg Castle; or (2) explore the river-side town of Speyer, one of Germany’s oldest cities, dominated by the Speyer Cathedral before a home hosted visit for some ‘coffee and conversation’ with the locals; or (3) visit the Hockenheim Formula 1 track including entrance to the museum. (B,L,D)

Day 11 Rüdesheim
All aboard the ‘Winzerexpress’ this morning bound for Siegfrieds Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum where we will have an Included guided tour before taking a cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument, perched above the Rhine River offering stunning panoramas. (B,L,D)

Day 12 Koblenz
Today choose from one of the following Included Scenic FreeChoices: (1) join a guided tour of Koblenz, situated on both banks of the Rhine and at its confl uence with the Moselle River; or (2) enter the breathtaking lower Moselle Valley to discover the treasures of this spectacular region including Reichsburg Castle or (3) join the well-developed cycle-paths of Koblenz for a peddlepowered discovery of this gorgeous gem on the shores of the Rhine River. This evening, enjoy a special musical performance on board. (B,L,D)

Day 13 Cologne
Today choose from one of the following Included Scenic FreeChoices: (1) a guided walking tour of historic Cologne seeing such sights as the magnifi cent Cologne Cathedral; or (2) join your guide on your walking tour of Düsseldorf, taking in all the ‘must-see’ sights including the famous Altstadt. This afternoon relax on board your Scenic ‘Space-Ship’ as you sail this picturesque pocket of Germany on the tranquil Rhine River. (B,L,D)

Day 14 Amsterdam
Choose from one of the following Included Scenic FreeChoices: (1) a sightseeing canal cruise through the waterways of Amsterdam; or (2) a guided bicycle tour of the city where cycling is such a major form of transportation for so many of the locals; or (3) travel to North Holland’s seaside village of Volendam, stopping also in Edam to sample the delicacies. Back on board, relax and enjoy the Captain’s Welcome Dinner. (FB,L,D)

DAY 15 Amsterdam
Airport After breakfast this morning, disembark your Scenic ‘Space-Ship’ and will be transferred to Nice airport. Please do not book departure flight before 3pm. (B)

Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Learn about everyday living on a typical French Homestead and savour their hospitality while being treated to a home-cooked meal by the local family
  • In Amsterdam choose a sightseeing canal cruise; or an excursion to the seaside village of Volendam; or a guided bicycle tour
  • Take a guided tour of Cologne; or a guided walking tour of Düsseldorf
  • Take a guided tour of Koblenz; or tour the Moselle Valley including a visit to Reichsburg Castle; or a bicycle tour of Koblenz
  • Join a guided tour of Heidelberg including Heidelberg Castle; or tour Speyer and enjoy ‘coffee and conversation’ with the locals; or visit the Hockenheim Formula 1 track
  • Visit Colmar in the Alsace Wine Region; or visit the fabled Black Forest
  • In Mâcon, meet a local wine vintner in Beaujolais, or visit Cluny
  • In Lyon, step back in time and discover the art of silk making, or visit the medieval village of Pérouges, or explore Lyon by bike
  • Visit the Palais des Papes on a guided tour; or visit Uzès and the Pont du Gard
  • In Arles explore the picturesque village of Les Baux or Saint-Remy-de-Provence
  • Independent sightseeing available with GPS in the following locations: Amsterdam, Cologne, Koblenz, Breisach, Mâcon, Lyon, Vienne, Tournon, Viviers, Avignon, Arles
  • Visit Amsterdam and it’s labyrinth of canals and colourful history
  • Take a relaxing journey discovering the delights of four countries from the luxury of your Scenic ‘Space-Ship’
  • Journey through the beautiful scenery of The Netherlands, France and Germany and the quaint river-side villages of the Rhine and Rhône Rivers
  • Sail through the famous Rhine Gorge
  • Ride the Winzerexpress to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum
  • Take in the stunning panoramas of the Rhine River from the Niederwald Monument perched 250 metres above the river
  • Visit Les Hospices de Beaune in the heart of stunning Burgundy
  • Visit Lyon, the gastronomic heart of France
  • Visit the old Roman city of Vienne
  • Guided walking tour of the walled city of Viviers

All This Included
  • 40 superb meals including 14 Full Breakfasts – hot and cold buffet selections (B), 12 lunches – buffet and daily à la carte selections (L), 1 Highlight Dinners – 3-course table d’hôte and 13 Dinners – 3 to 4-course table d’hôte (D)
  • Complimentary beverages all day, everyday
  • Private butler service
  • All on shore excursions and activities
  • Scenic Riverview – interactive on board commentary
  • All meals included
  • In room dining
  • On board entertainment
  • Wellness Centre
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi internet
  • Electronically assisted Bicycles
  • Nordic walking sticks
  • Experienced Cruise Director
  • Airport transfers
  • ALL TIPPING and GRATUITIES
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: cabin aboard a Scenic Tours "Space-Ship"
Notes
  • Port charges ($400) not included.
  • Cabin upgrades available.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.


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