One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits you on this exciting journey along the Rhine River and its Jewish culture and heritage, which takes you across Germany—and touches in Holland, France, and Switzerland!This magnificent river cruise begins in the ever popular, modern city of Amsterdam, Holland. The best way to see the treasures of this 700-year-old city is on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age” and the Jewish Quarter. During your stay in Amsterdam you will also have the possibility to join a guided tour to the Anne Frank house and attend an evening concert at the Portuguese Synagogue. Your Jewish experience continue in Mainz for a guided walk, and a visit to the captivating Gutenberg Museum and more learning about the Jewish past of this city. An excursion takes you to Heidelberg to visit the ruins of its red-walled castle, or you might want to visit Worms instead, with its incredible Jewish Heritage. In Strasbourg, France, you’ll be amazed by the red-sandstone gothic cathedral with ancient murals, fascinating astronomical clock and by the old streets of the Jewish quarter. Stop in Breisach, Germany, the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest—an area of unrivaled natural beauty—best known for Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock.Lyon is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. Explore the Old Town with its maze of medieval alleyways. Continue to the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage beautifully nestled among vineyards. Here, you’ll go on a guided walk of Tournon—a medieval treasure with Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. In Avignon, visit the Palace of the Popes and take pictures of the bridge in the famous song “Sur le pont d’Avignon.”Fly from Nice to Barcelona, where you’ll enjoy guided sightseeing, including Passeig de Gràcia, La Pedrera, and inside visits Gaudi’s Casa Batlló, and Sagrada Familia Basilica and relaxing free time—all part of your Monograms vacation package in Spain. At your service is an expert Monograms Local Host® who is available to you throughout your stay in Barcelona. A mixture of French landscapes, cuisine, and iconic sights, adding some spice and flavor of the colorful city of Barcelona, your scenic river cruise through France and vacation package in Spain make the perfect recipe for a European getaway.
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Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation):Onboard welcome reception; concert at the Portuguese SynagogueDay 2 Amsterdam:Anne Frank house; canal cruise, pass through the Jewish QuarterDay 3 Cologne:Choice of Cologne highlights walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tourDay 4 Koblenz–Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim:Guided sightseeing in Koblenz; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; special treatDay 5 Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg:Guided walk, visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz; guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, or visit WormsDay 6 Strasbourg:Guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district, the gothic cathedral and Jewish quarterDay 7 Breisach. Excursion to Black Forest:Choice of excursion to Black Forest, or guided tour in ColmarDay 8 Basel (Disembarkation)–Beaune–St. Jean de Losne (Embarkation)–Seurre:Transfer to Beaune, visit the Hôtel-Dieu; onboard welcome reception Day 9 Seurre–Mâcon:Leisurely cruising; free time in Mâcon; onboard cheese tasting Day 10 Lyon:Guided sightseeing , picture stop on Fourvière HillDay 11 Lyon:Day at leisureDay 12 Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage–Viviers:Guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedralDay 13 Avignon:Guided sightseeing, visit the Palace of the PopesDay 14 Arles: Guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheatre; sail into the Camargue region (daylight permitting)Day 15 Arles (Disembarkation)–Côte d’Azur:Evening in Côte d’AzurDay 16 Côte d’Azur–Barcelona, Spain:Flight from Nice to BarcelonaDay 17 Barcelona:Guided sightseeingDay 18 Barcelona:Day at leisureDay 19 Barcelona:Your vacation ends this morning