2022 Season

Rhine & Rhône Revealed with 2 Nights in Nice, 3 Nights in Paris & 3 Nights in London with Christopher Moore (Northbound)


cruise: WLA1-T3 23 Day River Cruise Nice to London
MAKE MEMORIES WITH CHRISTOPHER MOORE

On this once-upon-a-river vacation, you won’t just sail the waterways of poets, princes and painters … when you’re with Avalon Waterways, you’ll cruise with a satirical scribe. If you’re looking for more Christopher Moore in your life (the writer who imagined Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff), look no further! This is no Fluke! During the first week of this Suite Ship sailing along the Rhine River, you’re invited to meander through storied scenery – from Basel to Amsterdam – with comic spin and your favorite novelist, Christopher Moore. To visit clifftop castles with a satirist who’s on top of his craft. And continue your journey to the Rhône, waking up to the Old World in new ways, enjoying the Sacré Bleu waters of France (the Rhône portion of this cruise does not include Christopher Moore). You will experience two, exclusive on-ship events with your celebrity host, plus you will have the opportunity to share the entire vacation experience with Christopher Moore.

This delightful European river cruise through France and Germany combines with a fantastic Monograms® vacation package in Paris and London. Your adventure begins with two overnights in Nice on the French Riviera, before traveling to Port-Saint-Louis to board your Avalon Suite Ship®. You’ll sail into the peaceful Camargue area, and visit Arles, Avignon, charming Viviers, medieval Tournon, Vienne, France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon, as well as St. Jean de Losne and fascinating Beaune. Transfer to Basel and embark on a mesmerizing Rhine River cruise. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Strasbourg, Koblenz, and Cologne, as well as an excursion to the Black Forest and to Heidelberg—Germany’s oldest university town. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of river dotted every mile with castles. Enjoy fascinating sightseeing in Mainz, Rüdesheim, and Cologne before arriving in Amsterdam for a scenic canal cruise.Transfer to Paris by high-speed train for your Monograms vacation package.

Your 3-night stay in the “City of Lights” includes guided sightseeing and a Seine River cruise. Travel via high-speed train from Paris to London for a 3-night stay in this dynamic city. See such traditional sights as Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament, and visit St. Paul’s Cathedral, the iconic cathedral where Prince Charles and Lady Diana were married. Take photographs of the iconic landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, and the Shard. With plenty of free time to explore Paris and London on your own, your Monograms Local Host® is always on hand to point you in the right directions for culture, cuisine, and everything in between.
Christopher Moore

Make Memories with Christopher Moore

Christopher Moore is the author of 17 novels, including the international best-sellers Lamb, Noir, and his latest, Shakespeare for Squirrels. His last nine books have been New York Times bestsellers.

Chris grew up in Mansfield, Ohio, the son of a highway patrolman and a home appliance salesperson, and was mediocre student and athlete in school. He attended Ohio State University where he studied anthropology and Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California, where he studied ramen noodles and alcohol. 

Chris currently lives in San Francisco with his wife of 20-ish years.


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Day 1 Nice: Welcome to France

Day 2 Nice: Guided tour

Day 3 Nice-Port St. Louis (Embarkation): Transfer to the ship; onboard welcome reception

Day 4 Arles: Choice of guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheatre, or painting workshop, or walk with your Adventure Host

Day 5 Avignon: Guided sightseeing, visit the Palace of the Popes

Day 6 Viviers: Guided walk, visit Old Town and the cathedral or walk with your Adventure Host

Day 7 Tournon-Vienne: Choice of guided walk in Tournon or bike with your Adventure Host; choice of guided walk in Vienne or hike with your Adventure Host

Day 8 Lyon: Guided sightseeing, picture stop on Fourvière Hill

Day 9 Tournus–St. Jean de Losne: Cheese tasting on board

Day 10 St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation)–Beaune-Basel (Embarkation): Visit the Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune; transfer to Basel; onboard welcome reception

Day 11 Breisach: Choice of excursion to Black Forest, or visit to Badischer Winzerkeller or bike with your Adventure Host

Day 12 Strasbourg: Choice of guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral or bike with your Adventure Host

Day 13 Mainz: Choice of guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, or hike up Philosophers' Way; visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz

Day 14 Rüdesheim-Rhine Gorge-Koblenz: Visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; cruise through the Rhine Gorge; free time in Koblenz

Day 15 Cologne: Choice of “Cologne Highlights” walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour or bike with your Adventure Host

Day 16 Amsterdam: Choice of canal cruise or walk with your Adventure Host

Day 17 Amsterdam (Disembarkation)-Paris: Transfer from your ship to the train station, then travel to Paris by high-speed train (first class)

Day 18 Paris: Guided sightseeing, Seine River cruise

Day 19 Paris: Full day at leisure

Day 20 Paris-London: Travel by high-speed Eurostar train (standard class) to London

Day 21 London: Guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul's Cathedral (except on Sundays)

Day 22 London: Full day at leisure

Day 23 London: Your vacation ends this morning
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cities and locations


Avalon Choice

Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. Plus, we offer independent exploration options and the use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP on most of our cruises. 

Below are 3 types of included shore excursions for you to experience.

notes


  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
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