• Arles to Amsterdam Luxury River Cruise: 14 Nights
River Cruise Ship
    • Twin Cabin from
    • $4,998
    • per person view
    • Single Cabin from
    • $10,000
    • per person view

Begin your 14-night Luxury River Cruise from Arles to Amsterdam.

Sailing Dates
Departs: Thu, May 11 2017
Arrives: Thu, May 25 2017
Cruise code: EURCR15
Package Includes
  • Complimentary beverages served at your discretion throughout your cruise*
  • Freedom of Choice Sightseeing Inclusions are available in selected locations.
  • Unique cultural experiences
  • Gold or Silver Butler Service, room service & champagne on arrival
  • Europe’s finest onboard dining – La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs member 
  • Expert services of a Cruise Director
  • Designed for Australians & New Zealanders
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Begin your 14-night Luxury River Cruise from Arles to Amsterdam.

Sailing Dates
Departs: Thu, May 11 2017
Arrives: Thu, May 25 2017
Cruise code: EURCR15
Inclusions
  • Complimentary beverages served at your discretion throughout your cruise*
  • Freedom of Choice Sightseeing Inclusions are available in selected locations.
  • Unique cultural experiences
  • Gold or Silver Butler Service, room service & champagne on arrival
  • Europe’s finest onboard dining – La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs member 
  • Expert services of a Cruise Director
  • Designed for Australians & New Zealanders
+ show more
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Day 1. Arles, Embark Ship
Be met on arrival and transferred to Arles where you will board your luxury river ship. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception on board.
Daily Meals Included: • Dinner

Day 2. Arles, Freedom of Choice
Today, perhaps visit Les Baux-de-Provence for a tour of its castle, Château des Baux, followed by free time to explore at leisure. Then visit a working olive mill and farm in Saint Rémy de Provence. Discover the age-old Provençal tradition of olive growing during a tour, and savour a tasting. Alternatively, tour the olive farm then visit Saint-Paul de Mausole Asylum, where Van Gogh spent many of his later years. This afternoon, embark on a tour taking you to the ancient Roman relics of Arles - collectively classified as a World Heritage-listed site. Enjoy a Gala Welcome Dinner onboard.
Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Day 3. Avignon
Arrive in Avignon, once an important centre of the Catholic Church. A local guide will take you on a discovery of the city, including a visit to the remarkable Palace of the Popes, which served as a fortress, a church and a residence to the Popes that once governed the Christian world. In the afternoon, travel to the Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct that stands some 50 metres above the Gordon River.
Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Day 4. Viviers, Freedom of Choice, Grignan
Enjoy breakfast before your ship docks in Viviers. Disembark and head to a lavender estate for a tour and a special workshop. Or, visit a truffle farm for an insight into this unique industry. Head out with the dogs in search of truffles then enjoy a tasting of these rare delicacies. Later, journey to Grignan, a hillside village surrounded by lavender fields. Here, embark on a private tour of Grignan Castle then enjoy a Cocktail Reception and tastings of regional produce while you’re entertained by local musicians. Later, cruise towards Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage, twin towns that face each other across the Rhône River.
Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Day 5. Tournon, Freedom of Choice, Vienne
Choose to experience the natural beauty of the Ardéche Mountains on a rail journey aboard the historic Ardéche Steam Train. Or, visit Eden Park garden and be captivated by panoramic views of Tournon with the river stretching out below. Re-board your ship and cruise to the city of Vienne. After dinner on board, you may wish to step out for a lovely evening stroll through the ancient streets.
Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Day 6. Belleville, Beaujolais Region, Freedom of Choice, Lyon
Arrive in Belleville today and choose your Freedom of Choice activity. Perhaps explore the picturesque natural area known as The Domes, home to more than one thousand ponds. You’ll visit a farm to taste local delights, then stop in the town of Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne where you may wish to sample the local specialty - frog legs. Alternatively, visit the hilltop village of Oingt, then head to a family-owned winery for a tour and tasting. Tonight, indulge in a gourmet feast at L’Abbaye de Collonges, owned by Michelin-starred chef Paul Bocuse.
Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Day 7. Lyon, Freedom of Choice
Experience the gastronomic centre of France, Lyon, on your chosen sightseeing activity today. You may wish to take a guided city tour, then learn all about Lyon’s luxurious silk trade with on a visit to a local silk workshop, located in the heart of the charming Croix-Rousse quarter. Another option is a guided culinary walk, taking in Lyon’s incredible fresh food markets and stopping by local artisan producers.
Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Day 8. Lyon, Disembark Ship, Basel, Embark Ship
Disembark you ship in Lyon after breakfast this morning and journey via Switzerland’s beautiful Lake Geneva to Basel. Upon arrival here, board your luxury river ship for the second half of your cruise. Take time to settle in before dinner on board this evening.
Stay: Seven Nights: one of APT’s luxurious Aria River Ships
Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Dinner

Day 9. Breisach, Freedom of Choice
Arrive today in Breisach and choose from two sightseeing activities. The first takes you by coach to the town of Triberg, once the home of Josef Keller, the inventor of Black Forest cherry cake. Enjoy some time at leisure before a visit to the Black Forest Open Air Museum. Your second option is a trip to the medieval city of Colmar, situated along the Alsatian Wine Route. During a guided tour, see half-timbered houses, the German-influenced old quarter, the Launch River and more. Finish with a visit to a wine cellar for a tasting.
Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Day 10. Speyer, Freedom of Choice
Disembark in the charming city of Speyer today. Choose to explore the sights with a local guide, or visit Europe’s largest private technology museum where you can inspect more than 3,000 fascinating exhibits from all areas of technological history. This afternoon presents the chance to visit a local family for afternoon tea. Gain an insight into local life and sample some homemade treats.
Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Day 11. Mainz, Freedom of Choice
Arrive in Mainz, located in Germany’s renowned Rheinhessen wine region. Perhaps discover the irresistible flavours of the region on a guided culinary tour. Meander along the banks of the Rhine viewing the half-timbered homes as you nibble on a selection of German delicacies including pretzels and sausages. If you prefer, you may like to travel to the university city of Heidelberg whose castle ruins, Baroque Old Town and fine beers have long attracted artists, tourists and authors.
Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Day 12. Cochem, Freedom of Choice, Koblenz
Today you’ll disembark in the German town of Cochem, possibly the prettiest town in the Moselle Valley. You may wish to explore the town on a guided walking tour, then visit Cochem Castle. Perched on a hill overlooking the town, you’ll enjoy the fabulous views it offers over the river. Alternatively, enjoy a guided bicycle ride along the banks of the river. Later, tour the unique wine-making exhibits at Schlagkamp Winery & Wine Museum, featuring one of the world’s largest collections of viticulture tools, before sampling famous Moselle Valley wines. Return to your ship and set off cruising along the Moselle River, a winding and picturesque waterway. Absorb the scenery of the spectacular valley as you pass landscapes of lush vineyards and rolling hills. After dinner on board, you have the opportunity to disembark in Koblenz.
Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Day 13. Bonn, Freedom of Choice, Cologne
Arrive in Bonn and join a local guide for a city tour or discover the Bonn Botanic Gardens with a presentation from the gardeners. Alternatively, travel to Cologne and enjoy a guided walking tour. Take time to absorb the city’s spectacular architecture, then pass by the iconic Cologne Cathedral or explore the Fragrance Museum. Later, rejoin your ship and cruise towards Amsterdam.
Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Day 14. Amsterdam, Leeghwater
Cruise into the city of Dordrecht and disembark for an excursion to the Leeghwater region. Gain an insight into rural Dutch culture as you explore this historic area, taking in lush fields dotted with dairy cows, numerous restored windmills and charming wooden farmhouses. You’ll also enjoy the chance to see the landscapes of the Beemster Polder, World Heritage-listed as an example of the innovative, 17th-century land reclamation techniques devised to combat severe flooding. In 1612, the Beemster was the first lake to be drained and transformed into agricultural land using windmill technology, which has since influenced reclamation projects all over the world. Return to your ship and attend the Captain’s Farewell Dinner.
Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Day 15. Depart Amsterdam
Your tour concludes in Amsterdam today after breakfast. Disembark your river ship and transfer to Amsterdam airport.
Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast

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