Immerse yourself in French and German culture on this fabulous Europe river cruise holiday along the Rhine, Saône, and Rhône Rivers. Begin in Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam. The best way to see the treasures of this 700-year-old city is on a canal cruise along the elegant Grachten. Cologne, Germany, a 2,000-year-old city best known for its Gothic architecture and famous twin-spired cathedral, comes alive on a guided walk. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River dotted every mile with ancient castles. Visit Strasbourg, France on the French-German border, then to Breisach, Germany—gateway to the Black Forest.
With a Master of Wine accompanying you on this portion of your cruise, you’ll hear interesting presentations on winemaking and be hosted for delicious wine tastings and pairings. Set sail for Mâcon and take an excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar. Enjoy an onboard wine and cheese tasting before a culinary tour in Lyon and a guided tour to Beaujolais. Explore medieval Tournon with a wine and chocolate tasting at the Cité du Chocolat at Valrhona or hike in the vineyards. Visit charming Viviers, Arles, and Avignon, including a guided tour to Châteauneuf du Pape. After your cruise, spend one more night in France in the captivating Marseille. Relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea—a perfect ending to this once-in-a-lifetime European river cruise!