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This mesmerizing river cruise and European vacation begins on the Rhine River and then continues on the Saône and Rhône Rivers. Enjoy a canal cruise in splendid Amsterdam, as well as guided sightseeing in Cologne, Koblenz, and Strasbourg. Delight in excursions to Germany’s Black Forest and to Heidelberg—Germany’s oldest university town with its imposing castle. Also, sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, see the legendary Lorelei rock, and visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz. A motorcoach transfer takes you into France’s Burgundy region to fascinating Beaune for a visit to Hôtel-Dieu. Next, board your ship in quaint St. Jean de Losne and set sail for Macon, France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon, as well as medieval Tournon, charming Viviers, Avignon, and Arles. Sail through the peaceful Camargue area to Port-Saint-Louis. Disembark your river cruise ship and transfer to Nice for your final two nights in France. Here, you’ll walk through the Old Town and the Promenade des Anglais, Nice’s most famous boulevard. In your free time, perhaps take an excursion to Monaco, St. Tropez, or Cannes—known for its famous film festival. 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 Nice and 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 receptionDay 2 Amsterdam:Canal cruiseDay 3 Cologne:Choice of Cologne highlights walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tourDay 4 Koblenz–Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim:Free time in Koblenz; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; special treat; visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in RüdesheimDay 5 Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg:Choice of guided walk, visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, or guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, or hike up Philosophers’ WayDay 6 Strasbourg:Guided sightseeing, visit the La Petite France district and the gothic cathedralDay 7 Breisach:Choice of excursion to Black Forest, or visit to Badische Winzerkeller Day 8 Basel (Disembarkation)–Beaune–St. Jean de Losne (Embarkation):Transfer to Beaune, visit Hôtel-Dieu; onboard welcome receptionDay 9 Mâcon:Leisurely cruising; cheese tasting on boardDay 10 Lyon:Guided sightseeing in Lyon, picture stop on Fourvière Hill; lecture on boardDay 11 Lyon:Culinary tourDay 12 Tournon–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:Choice of guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheater, or painting workshopDay 15 Port-Saint-Louis (Disembarkation)–Nice:Transfer from your ship to Nice; guided walking tour with Promenade des Anglais and the Old TownDay 16 Nice:Day at leisureDay 17 Nice–Barcelona, Spain:Transfer to Nice airport for your flight to BarcelonaDay 18 Barcelona:Guided sightseeing, visit Casa Battló and Sagrada Familia BasilicaDay 19 Barcelona:Day at leisureDay 20 Barcelona:Your vacation ends this morning
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