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Honfleur and the Côte Fleurie

We'll meet up with our guide and set off on the tour on foot. Honfleur, the cradle of Impressionism, is located at the mouth of the Seine as it flows into the English Channel. Untouched by the passage of time, this small port has kept the landmarks of its rich past, making it today one of the most visited towns in France. We'll begin with Saint Catherine's Church, the largest wooden church in France. It was listed as a historical monument in 1879 and has been the subject of scrupulous research by many archaeologists and historians. We'll then set out for our coach tour of the Côte Fleurie, stopping for lunch on the way. Our first stop will be Deauville, one of the most prestigious seaside resorts in all of France. We'll stroll along the famous boardwalk, built in 1923. After, we'll continue on to the Château du Breuil. The Château du Breuil company produces its own cider, coming from a 100% natural fermentation. When the cider has reached its proper flavor, distillation can start and the process of making the quality Calvados begins. The tour will come to a close after enjoying a tasting, of course. We'll return on board.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Times are approximate.
  • The order of the visits can change.
Guided tour of Dole

Discover Dole, the birthplace of Louis Pasteur, in the company of your guide as you follow the "trail of the Perched Cat”. This is a reference to the author Marcel Aymé, creator of the famous Contes du Chat Perché, who spent his childhood years in Dole. Perched on a limestone hillside alongside the canal, Dole was the capital of the County of Burgundy before it became part of the French kingdom in 1678. Along your tour, you will discover the many historic monuments which have granted Dole the City of Arts and History Label. You'll also get to see Louis Pasteur's birthplace which today houses a museum tracing the history of the scientist's life, the Cours Saint-Mauris, a garden where the fluid design of the lower section contrasts with the straight paths of its upper section. Enjoy the wonderful views over the Chaux forest from the garden's terrace. You will also be able to see the former Hôtel-Dieu, which was a hospital for the poor built in the 17th century. Since 2000 it has housed the town's media centre, municipal archives and Dole's Town of Arts and History heritage initiative. You will end your visit of Dole with the famous Collegiate Church of Notre-Dame, built between 1509 and 1580, whose bell tower dominates the historic town center. There are many other monuments that you will be able to admire during the tour as you discover this town which is steeped in history. Afterwards, enjoy some free time before returning on board at your own pace.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Good walking shoes are recommended for this excursion.
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Guided tour of Saint-Jean-de-Losne

Saint-Jean-de-Losne is a small town with many monuments bearing testimony to a rich and prestigious past. Today it is the capital of barging in France, lying at the heart of the French waterways and canal system in southern Burgundy. With the help of a guided visit of the town, in the company of a registered guide, you'll discover the exterior of the Monument Commemorating the Siege of 1636 and the Hôtel-Dieu which was a hospital founded in 1658 enclosed by a wrought iron fence dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. You will also visit the Gare d'Eau (or Water Station), the Church of St John the Baptist, built during the 16th century in a mix of Gothic and Renaissance styles, and the Batellerie Museum (also known as the Sailors' House), one of the oldest houses in town, dating back to the 15th century which recounts the history of navigation. Your visit of the town ends at the Hotel de Ville, a former town hall built in the early 17th century, where you'll get the chance to taste some local specialties.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Good walking shoes are recommended for this excursion.
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Guided visit of Chalon-sur-Saône

Set off on a discovery tour of Chalon sur Saône and its old town. Chalon came into being as the main port to the Eduens people during the Gaulish period and saw its glory days at the beginning of the Middle Ages as the Merovingian capital of Burgundy, and then again at the end of the same period as the site of famous international fairs. Joseph Nicéphore Niepce who invented photography was born in Chalon in 1765, one more reason to the town's fame. Today, Chalon is a city of Art and History, and as you wander around the Old Town you will be delighted by the half-timbered houses built between the 15th and 17th centuries, the restored facade of St Vincent's cathedral and fine classical mansions dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. Our visit will continue downtown where you will enjoy a tasting of local specialties from Burgundy. Return on board.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Good walking shoes are recommended.
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
  • *Alcohol can be harmful to your health. Please drink in moderation.
Full-day excursion aboard the Glacier Express Train

Departure from Basel in the company of your hostess for Andermatt and excursion aboard the "Glacier Express”. We'll board the Glacier Express for a panoramic voyage of the Alps. You'll discover the breathtaking beauty of Swiss landscapes through this unique and unforgettable moment. We'll enjoy lunch on board the train or in a restaurant (depending on availability). Back to Basel where our ship is moored.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Good walking shoes are recommended.
  • For your information, please note that the coach ride should last approximately 3,5 hrs from Basel to Andermatt, and 3,5 hrs from Coire to Basel.
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
  • INCLUDED in the GSB cruise.
Guided visit of Marksburg castle at Braubach

The medieval town of Braubach, surrounded by vines, is dominated by Marksburg Castle.
Set off by coach for a guided visit of Marksburg Castle. Built in the 13th century, it sits high on a cliff overlooking the Rhine from a height of more than 160 meters and towers over the narrow and winding alleyways of Braubach's historic old town.
Marksburg is the only castle in the Rhine Valley never to have been destroyed. Beginning with the construction of the keep in the 13th century, the castle grew into its present shape throughout the succeeding centuries. The castle evolved and developed due in no small part to its defense system which was exemplary; a tunnel was constructed and strengthened with impressive vaults, cannons were added as were wooden gates and drawbridges that could be raised or lowered, to act as a defensive shield. This proved to be a recipe for success, providing an excellent far-reaching defense system for the castle.
You will be able to visit some quite remarkable rooms in the castle such as the impressive kitchen with its imposing open fireplace, the ladies' quarters, the knights' hall, the armory, the small tower bedrooms, the chapel, the wine cellar, the paths along the top of the walls and many other sights which will transport you back through time to the Middle Ages.
There is a little free time before returning by coach to the boat.

PLEASE NOTE

  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
The Loire Valley Châteaux

We'll leave by coach for the Château d'Azay-le-Rideau. Built on a small island in the middle of the Indre River, the château as it is seen today was built under Francis I by Gilles Berthelot, a wealthy financier who wanted to incorporate its medieval past alongside the latest architectural styles of the Italian renaissance. The chateau is a French national monument and possesses all the refinement found in the French Renaissance. We'll continue to Villandry for lunch. After lunch, enjoy a walk through the lovely gardens surrounding the Château de Villandry. Spread out over an impressive area, the gardens bring together aestheticism, diversity and harmony. Afterward, we'll continue our tour and visit the Château d'Ussé. Rebuilt in the 15th and 16th centuries, this stronghold with fortified towers, turrets and steeples looks like something out of a fairytale. The castle is still inhabited today and takes visitors back to a time of legends and fairytales. It is thought to have inspired Charles Perrault when writing "Sleeping Beauty”.

PLEASE NOTE

  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Lonjsko Polje

Departure by coach from Jasenovac towards Lonjsko Polje, the largest protected wetland in both Croatia and the entire Danube basin where you'll be able to admire migratory birds. We'll then move on to Krapje to attend a short introductive film about this particular region. We'll stop in the small village of Cigoc where we'll visit a typical local house with its stork's nests. The visit will end with a tasting of local products in an authentic Slavonia farmhouse.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Good walking shoes are recommended.
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Honfleur

We’ll be greeted by our guide for a tour on foot of the city. Honfleur, the cradle of Impressionism, is located at the mouth of the Seine as it flows into the English Channel. This fortified city played a very important strategic role during the Hundred Years' War. Commercial and maritime developments intensified during the 16th and 17th centuries, and shipyards became prominent here a century later. The tour will begin at the old port, the most charming area in the city. The narrow houses squeezed against each other are quite a unique sight. This tour has just one rule: enjoy! Next, we’ll see Saint Catherine’s Church, the largest wooden church in France. Then we’ll head to the salt warehouses, huge structures dating back to the 17th century. Our tour will wind up with a visit to Saint Léonard Church. Its Gothic-style entrance is a sight to behold.

PLEASE NOTE

  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
  • Good walking shoes are recommended.
Guided tour of Sarrebourg

Set off by coach and head to Sarrebourg. Sarrebourg, located at the gates of the Vosges and Alsace, is a town with a rich diversity of attractions. Its historic and cultural heritage holds many unexpected treasures. The town began to develop during the 1st century A.D. and over time, has seen remarkable growth. Its nickname "Sarrebourg la Marchande” (or Trader) is due to its many shops and businesses. During the guided visit of the town, you'll be able to admire monuments like the cinema, built in 1912 during the Art Nouveau movement, the library and the Custine Hotel. You'll also get to admire the square and the Chapel of the Cordeliers with its quite unique stained glass window by Marc Chagall. This true hymn to peace was created over a period of 18 months and installed in 1979. The chapel was built in 1265 but was demolished as it looked likely to fall into ruin. A decision was made to preserve only its choir. Marc Chagall was then contacted and asked to design and create a stained glass window to close off the choir. It is the largest stained glass window ever made by the artist - 12 metres high by 7.5 metres wide. Other stained glass windows were also created by the artist to act as the side windows. Afterwards, take a stroll along the Grand'rue and admire the beautiful facades from the 18th century. End of the guided visit of Sarrebourg. Return on board.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Good walking shoes are recommended for this excursion
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Boat tour of Strasbourg

Set off for the pier in downtown Strasbourg where you will board a panoramic boat which will take you to the famous district of the Petite France. Its canals, charming houses with colored, half-timbered walls and narrow alleyways will enchant you. You will glide past the Tanners Quarter, the Covered Bridges (Ponts Couverts) and the Panoramic Terrace on the Vauban Dam. Our cruise will continue through the German Quarter. Following the French defeat in 1870, Germany planned to make Strasbourg the capital of the Reichsland or Imperial Territory of Alsace-Lorraine. This district, referred to as the "new town", represented a new form of urban planning, featuring wide roads, monumental administrative and cultural buildings, and luxurious private homes. Landscaping also played a key role in this impressive urban planning scheme. Then you will get the chance to see the European Parliament Building, completed in 1999, which was designed to host monthly sessions of the European Parliament. The architecture of the building is based on a combination of circles and ellipses, with the building laid out and organized into several clearly identified areas. Finally you'll discover the Human Rights Building where the European Court of Human Rights is located. Return on board.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Good walking shoes are recommended for this excursion.
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Guided visit of Haut Barr castle

Enjoy unrivalled views over the Alsace plain from the Haut-Barr Castle, often called "the Eye of Alsace”. Constructed in 1170, it was transformed and restored during the 14th century. It was built at an altitude of 470 metres on 3 wide rocks linked by a footbridge called the "Devil's Bridge” and a series of staircases, which enabled the Bishops of Strasbourg to watch over the Zorn Valley and the Alsace Plain. With your guide, you will have the opportunity to discover this wonderful castle which has been listed as a historic monument since 1874. On your return journey to the boat, you will stop off at the Chappe Tower, an ancient telegraph, where you'll see an interactive display on the ancestry of all means of telecommunication. Since 1794, France was the first country to have a telecommunications network thanks to Claude Chappe who invented the aerial telegraph. From 1798 to 1852, the station at Saverne helped link Strasbourg to Paris. Return on board. 

PLEASE NOTE

  • Good walking shoes are recommended for this excursion.
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Guided tour of Gray

Discover the delightful town of Gray on our guided tour. The town became wealthy thanks to a wide range of industries and businesses, making Gray one of the main three strongholds in Franche-Comté. You'll have some time to admire the charming, traditional houses while your guide tells you all about the region's past. During your visit, you'll discover gorgeous monuments such as the Town Hall, a listed historic building and one of the most beautiful Renaissance edifices in Franche-Comté that was built between 1567 and 1572. You'll also be able to marvel at the Gothic-style Notre Dame Basilica, whose façade was only completed in 1863, as well as the Hotel-Dieu built between 1716 and 1747 under the orders of Louis XIV. Don't miss its three sculptures representing the theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity. Afterwards, enjoy a tasting of local products.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Good walking shoes are recommended.
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Guided tour of Saverne

Departure for a guided tour of Saverne, a lesser known town despite its many places to see and admire. The town has preserved many relics from its past. Founded in Roman times, Saverne was the former residence of the Bishops of Strasbourg. This town has always been a major crossing point and a place of cultural exchange, thus considered to be the gateway to Alsace. You will visit the Main Street, with its unicorn fountain (the unicorn is the town's guardian and emblem), the Katz House, decorated with wonderful sculpted half-timbered walls, the Church of Notre Dame with its porch tower from the 12th century and the former convent of the Récollets founded in the 14th century. Return on board.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Good walking shoes are recommended.
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
The picturesque town of Santenay
Walk to the Cirque du Bout du Monde and the Mont de Sène

Departure for a walk to the Cirque du Bout du Monde, part of Natura 2000 sites - a European network of nature protection areas. There, you will admire the imposing chalk cliffs carved out by the river Cozanne which create a cirque where a 25-metre high waterfall was formed. Our coach will then take us to Mont de Sène, or the Mountain of the Three Crosses, an ancient Celtic religious site which overlooks the Santenay vineyards from a height of some 521 meters. This classified site is characterized by its rustic plants and wild bushes. Enjoy the amazing panoramic views of the surrounding main peaks and valleys, including the vineyards of the Côte de Beaune, the Saône Valley, Morvan, Jura and the Alps. Return on board.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Good walking shoes are recommended.
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Guided visit of the Champlitte castle

Set off by coach to the medieval castle at Champlitte, which has been a listed historical monument since 1909. The castle was first a stronghold and then a home, and was a seat of power located at the boundary of both the Duchy and the County of Burgundy. You will be able to admire the architecture of the castle and understand its history through your guided visit. Flemish influences are in great evidence but nonetheless, the décor is much more provincial in style. You will also visit the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions, an ethnological museum located in the castle, where the wealth of exhibits gives a glimpse into life at the turn of the 20th century.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Good walking shoes are recommended.
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
The Montmartre hilltop and the Sacré-coeur
Paris and old-time Montmartre

Guided tour of Montmartre. A hill that reaches a height of about 427 feet, located in the north of Paris, Montmartre has long been known as the premier artist's enclave in the city. Montmartre's most recognizable landmark is the bright-white Sacré-Coeur Basilica, constructed from 1875 to 1914. Inside the Roman-Byzantine style place of worship, the ceiling is decorated with the largest mosaic in France. From the top of the Butte Montmartre, you'll experience one of the most beautiful panoramic views of the capital.

PLEASE NOTE

  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
A stroll through the older section of Cognac

A stroll through the older section of Cognac, listed as a Ville d'Art et d'Histoire (French City of Art and History) since 2012. Take in the major sites—including the castle where Francis I was born and the lavish homes of salt and brandy merchants—as you walk along the narrow, history-laden cobblestone streets. Five centuries of everyday life in Cognac exist within this urban heritage. Afterwards, we’ll visit the Musée des Arts du Cognac, where you'll familiarize yourself with the liquor’s passionate history through recollection of its viticulture, oenology, distillation, cooperage, commerce, and glassworks—as well as its modern packaging designs. The experience is a veritable homage to local production skills and techniques for its namesake product. Of course, we will enjoy a tasting of the most famous brandy in the world to make sure it keeps up to its reputation.

PLEASE NOTE

  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Vineyard in Hautvillers
Excursion along the famous Champagne Route

Our tour guide will greet us before we start off on our coach tour of the Champagne Tourist Route, where you'll discover the magnificent vineyard-dotted valleys of the region. You'll partake in a guided tour of the village of Hautvillers, once home to the famous Dom Perignon, a French Benedictine monk who made important contributions to the production and quality of champagne as we know it today. This picturesque village is located in the Montagne de Reims Regional Natural Park and is best explored on foot. Many of the little streets in the village have names that are reminiscent of the history of this village which is often called "The Pearl of Champagne”. We'll continue our visit to a prominent champagne house, with a tasting*, of course. After our tour, we'll return on board.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Good walking shoes are recommended.
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
  • *Alcohol can be harmful to your health. Please drink in moderation.
The entrance of the castle should be done by crossing the vineyards
Burgundy: the Grands Crus Wine Route

In the afternoon, set off on the Grands Crus Wine Route, including Gevrey-Chambertin and the Clos de Vougeot, with a visit of the Chateau du Clos de Vougeot. As early as the 12th century, monks from the Citeaux abbey built winegrowing outbuildings in the middle of the vines. The main building strongly influenced by the Renaissance style was added in the 16th century. The Clos Vougeot remains the symbol of more than 1000 years of Burgundy history. The journey continues to a wine estate for a tasting* of Burgundy wines. Here you will discover a traditional vineyard, visit the cellars that hold barrels and bottles, then take part in a commented tasting of the famous wines from the region. Return on board.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Good walking shoes are recommended for this excursion.
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
  • *Alcohol can be harmful to your health. Please drink in moderation.
The Royal Saltworks of Arc et Senans
Audioguided visit of the Royal Saltworks

Transfer by coach to Arc-et-Senans. With an audioguide you will discover La Saline-Royale (or Royal Saltworks) which was built between 1775 and 1779 by Claude-Nicolas Ledoux at the wishes of King Louis XV. Today listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this masterpiece consists of a complex of 11 buildings constructed in the shape of a semi-circle, and was where the salt workers lived and worked. There is time for a stroll in the gardens spread out behind the different buildings. Return on board.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Good walking shoes are recommended for this excursion.
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Paris and its covered walkways

Guided visit of Paris. This tour of the city will bring you to some of the most important sites in the capital such as the Madeleine Church and the Louvre. Leaving from the Palais Royal, we'll walk through the unique Parisian covered walkways - pedestrian shortcuts with a life all to their own within the heart of the bustling city. Afterward, we'll return to the ship by coach.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes for this excursion.
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
The picturesque town of Santenay
Wine tasting in Santenay

Set off for the center of Santenay, a charming little wine-producing town with a priceless historic heritage where a local wine producer will greet you. You will learn more about the wine making process and enjoy a tasting* of 3 wines. Return to the boat.

PLEASE NOTE

  • You'll be able to purchase wine following the tasting which will be delivered to the ship.
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
  • *Alcohol can be harmful to your health. Please drink in moderation.
Visit of Aigues-Mortes and the Salins du Midi Saltworks

Set off for a guided visit of Aigues Mortes. The old walled town of Aigues-Mortes is a city with a prestigious heritage located in the middle of marshlands in one of the loveliest natural settings in Provence. You will then board a tourist train which will take you on a 90-minute journey through the salt tables, with a stop at the Museum of Salt. Return to the boat.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Good walking shoes are recommended for this excursion.
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Guided visit of Arles and visit to an olive oil producer

Set off on foot for a guided visit of Arles. Arles is over 2000 years old with exceptionally well-preserved ancient architectural masterpieces and is a real open-air museum. This important tourist and cultural site welcomes visitors with open arms. During the guided visit, you will see the Roman Amphitheatre (or Arena), the Theatre Antique and St Trophime Square with its cloisters and church that were part of the Arles Route, one of the three routes leading to Santiago de Compostela. We'll continue our tour with a visit to the Forum Square and finally the Roman Baths of Constantine. Next you will head off by coach for Tarascon to the Grand Servan estate, a traditional olive farm which produces the famous Provençal olive oil. Here at the foot of the Montagnette and set around a traditional Provencal farmhouse (or bastide) dating from the 18th century, the owners have planted a large orchard of some 150,000 olive trees. You will visit the estate sitting on bales of hay in trailers, pulled along by tractors. The owners will give you an explanation on how to plant and cultivate olive trees and how the Provençal "yellow gold”, or olive oil, is produced. Your visit will finish with a tasting of the products on the estate. Return to Arles by coach.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Good walking shoes are recommended for this excursion.
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
The episcopal city of Meaux
Guided tour of Meaux and cheese tasting

We'll take a coach to Meaux and then have a guided tour of the Episcopal Palace. Your guide will tell you the story of the famous cheese of the region. After learning about Brie de Meaux, what would be better than tasting the cheese declared as "The Prince of All Cheeses" by Talleyrand in 1815 at your return on board? Transfer by coach to reach the boat.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes.
  • The order of the visits can change to better accommodate our passengers.
  • Times are approximate and can change according to our navigational route.
The Camargue

Set off on a panoramic guided tour of the Camargue. You can admire the rivers, marshland and lakes, the pink flamingos, bulls and the famous white Camargue horses. You can also admire the many salt marshes and rice fields, nowadays industries famous worldwide. A stop is planned in les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, renowned as a pilgrimage centre for gypsies from all over Europe. The town of Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer acts as the capital for those who are passionate about the Camargue and are entranced by its wild, natural beauty, its culture and its lively, authentic traditions. Return by coach to the boat.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Good walking shoes are recommended for this excursion.
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Visit the Etang de Thau

The Etang De Thau is well known for its shellfish. We'll visit the Etang de Thau Museum, where you'll learn about the shellfish farmers and fishermen. Afterwards, you'll enjoy a commented tasting of some of the shellfish while taking in the beauty of the basin from a terrace.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes.
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Guided tour of Dijon

Guided tour of Dijon, the historic capital of Burgundy. The historic center is packed with many ancient houses, including some beautifully decorated townhouses (built by wealthy medieval burghers) and Parliamentary buildings, and occupies several hectares of what is known as a Protected Area (to preserve Dijon's ancient monuments and buildings for posterity). Return on board.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Good walking shoes are recommended.
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
The Golden Hues of the Beaujolais Region

The rocky area to the south of Lyon is known for the lovely golden hues that glow differently as the sun moves across the sky. The area is as much a feast for the eyes as it is for your taste buds. Join us for a tour to discover the beauty of the region. We’ll visit a local vineyard for a tasting.*

PLEASE NOTE

  • Good walking shoes are recommended.
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
  • *Alcohol can be harmful to your health. Please drink in moderation.
Discover a manade

Discover a manade and the life of its herders during a wagon tour and take part in a bull sorting. Before returning to the boat, we'll have a delicious snack with products from the farm.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes.
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Reims guided tour

We'll leave by coach from Dormans to Reims, known as the "City of Coronations”. Reims played a prominent role in French monarchical history as the traditional site of the crowning of the Kings of France. Many notable champagne-producing houses have their headquarters in Reims. We'll enjoy a guided tour on foot and discover the Place Royale, Place Du Forum (Roman forum), the Place de l'Hôtel de Ville and more. The cathedral became a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the former Abbey of Saint-Remi and the Palace of Tau, in 1991.
We'll take part in a guided visit of the cathedral, which receives about one million visitors annually. Built in the 13th and 14th centuries, this work of art is unique in its unity of style, stained-glass windows of rare magnificence and the "Smiling Angel” statue. At the end of our tour, we'll return on board in Dormans.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Good walking shoes are recommended for this excursion.
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Musée Marmottan in Paris

This museum houses the largest collection of paintings by Claude Monet and provides an overview of how his work developed, from the first paintings of his youth to the water lilies, his mature works. (Museum closed on Mondays, in this case, visit of the Parc de l'Orangerie).

PLEASE NOTE

  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
The Châteaux of the Loire Valley

We'll leave by coach for the Château d'Azay-le-Rideau. Built on a small island in the middle of the Indre River, the château as it is today was built under Francis I by Gilles Berthelot, a wealthy financier who wanted to incorporate its medieval past alongside the latest architectural styles of the Italian renaissance. The chateau is a French national monument and possesses all the refinement found in the French Renaissance. We'll continue on to Chinon, where you'll discover an ancient underground quarry that has been transformed into a wine cellar. As we stroll through the impressive tunnels, you'll learn about the secrets of the most renowned Chinon wines. We'll finish with a wine tasting. After lunch, we'll visit the Château de Chinon. Overlooking the town, the castle was the site of key events involving the Hundred Years' War between England and France. We'll return on board for dinner. 

PLEASE NOTE

  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Chateau-Thierry
Château-Thierry and an educational falconry performance

We'll leave on foot to visit the medieval castle in Château-Thierry. In these fortifications which have dominated the Marne Valley for centuries, you'll take part in an educational falconry performance with live demonstrations. You'll get the chance to discover an art that has been classified as Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. You'll literally rub elbows with impressive birds. It's the perfect occasion to view these amazing animals up close and discover their prowess. You might even be so lucky as to touch one or two! After our visit, we'll return to the ship.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Good walking shoes are recommended for this excursion.
  • For end-of-year departures from October onwards, the educational falconry performance will be replaced by a visit to the ruins of the medieval castle.
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Old Strasbourg and Christmas markets

Departure with our hostess to Strasbourg City Centre. At this time of year, the entire city is covered in garlands and Christmas decorations, especially the streets and shops. Discover the Christmas Markets on the Place Broglie and in front of the cathedral. Once the sun sets, we'll set out to admire the Christmas lights around the city near the cathedral, the Place Kléber, Carré d'Or and Place Gutenburg. Afterwards, we'll return to the ship.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes.
  • Times are approximate.
  • The order of the visits can change.
Hiking across the Euganean Hills

The Euganean Hills are located in a regional park known for its beauty and hot springs. Hot water springs helped create the multitude of spa towns that have existed here since Roman times, as the ancient ruins attest. The region is also known for its vineyards. With your guide, you’ll first hike to Mount Calbarina (446 feet/136 m in altitude) to take in the magnificent view of the Lago della Costa. Your hike will continue through the forest to Mount Piccolo (1,037 feet/316 m in altitude). The trail leads to the medieval village of Arqua Petrarca, one of the most picturesque hamlets in Italy, located at the foot of both Monte Piccolo and Monte Ventolone. The poet Petrarch lived the final four years of his life here. We’ll see his home and his tomb in front of the church.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Please wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes.
  • Hike: Approx. 4.3 miles (7 km); Elevation gain: 919 feet (280 m).
  • The times and orders of the visits are for informational purposes only and can change.
The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

We'll visit the Rijksmuseum, Holland's ultimate national museum retracing the country's history from the Middle-Ages to the present day. The collection contains more than 2,000 paintings from the Dutch Golden Age, among which you'll get to admire Rembrandt's "The Night Watch" as well as Johannes Vermeer's "The Milkmaid".

PLEASE NOTE

  • Headsets are included.
  • The order of the excursions can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Sens

We’ll leave on foot for a guided tour of Sens to get a feel for its remarkable history as told through its medieval and Renaissance-style architecture. Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket, the “meddlesome priest” who was a thorn in English King Henry’s side in the 12th century, spent his exile here. Each step through the city feels like a walk through the yesteryears. The cathedral itself is outstanding for many reasons, the biggest being its stained glass windows that recount Becket’s life. The museum next to the cathedral holds an important collection of relics, ornaments, and religious art. The exquisite market hall is right across the street from the cathedral. We’ll enjoy a tasting of local products at the end of our tour. After our tour, we’ll return on board the ship.

PLEASE NOTE

  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert and the Devil's Bridge

We'll depart from Sète by coach with our guide towards the Pont du Diable (Devil's Bridge), located at the heart of the Hérault Gorges. We'll then discover Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France. You'll be delighted by this picturesque town and its abbey (exteriors only).

PLEASE NOTE

  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Guided tour of Aveiro

Afternoon excursion to Aveiro by coach. Often called the "Venice of Portugal”, and known as the salt capital of Portugal, Aveiro is surrounded by salt marshes, beaches and lagoons and is dominated by the Central Canal that runs through the town. This little medieval town, built on a lagoon, expanded rapidly during the 15th and 16th centuries as a sea port thanks to cod fishing. It is also a center for baroque art with its many buildings and monuments. Aveiro has kept several of its typical boats with half-moon shaped prows, the "moliceiros”. Nowadays, Aveiro and its surroundings form a very significant industrial region with naval shipyards, engineering, iron and steel works, cellulose-producing factories, porcelain and pottery, and where salt production and fishing are still important activities. Its university is one of the largest in Portugal and there are also several further higher studies buildings. Aveiro is a bright and friendly little town with art-nouveau style architecture, brightly colored houses and charming little alleyways for you to take a lovely stroll. Afterwards, we'll set off for Costa Nova, a typical little fishermen town and former family-friendly resort which has now been restored. The resort is located between the beaches on the Atlantic coast and the lagoon and is open onto the ria. Here there are lots of traditional multi-colored, striped wooden houses lining the promenade which is also planted with palm trees. Return on board by coach in Porto.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Good walking shoes are recommended.
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Rudesheim: visit of the Museum of Mechanical Musical Instruments and tasting a Rudesheimer Kaffee

Departure on foot from the boat towards the Museum of Mechanical Musical Instruments located in an old building from the 15th century. The "Siegfrieds Mechanisches Musikkabinett" is the first German museum dedicated to self-playing musical instruments, which holds an impressive collection of no less than 350 mechanical musical instruments dating back to the 18th century to the 20th, all spread out on more than 4000 ft². This is a vast collection, dating back three centuries, of fascinating musical instruments that function like computers, ranging from tiny, delicate music boxes to an enormous orchestrion. Tools and machines for the production of organ pipes, cardboard sheet music, rolls of sheet music and perforated disks are also on display in the collection. Whatever their age, museum visitors always take great pleasure in discovering this special music, the techniques from the past and how these instruments work. After visiting the Museum, we'll have a sip of Rudesheimer Kaffee*, the local specialty, in a traditional café. Return on board on foot.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Good walking shoes are recommended: the streets are cobbled.
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
  • *Alcohol can be harmful to your health. Please drink in moderation.
Rouen - on the footsteps of the Impressionists

Discover the different sites where artists have created prestigious paintings such as Monet's Rouen Cathedral series, Pissarro's Pont Boieldieu in Rouen, Rainy Weather, and many, many others. You'll visit the Museum of Fine Arts in Rouen, which has the largest collection of Impressionist paintings outside of Paris, and many famous works by Monet and Sisley. The museum is closed on Tuesdays and holidays, though, and will be replaced by a visit to the Musée Eugène Boudin in Honfleur (stopover on Day 6).

PLEASE NOTE

  • Good walking shoes are recommended.
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
  • This visit will take place in the morning or in the afternoon depending on the opening hours of the Honfleur port.
  • During the months of June, July, August and September, you can watch the show "The Nights of the Impressionists." This is a 15-min show that is continuously broadcast starting at 10 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. This is a projection of paintings and pictures of different artists on the facades of the Cathedral and the Museum of Fine Arts.
The Rheingau Region

Discover the famous vineyards of the Rhine Valley. Stop in Eltville or its surroundings. Then, we'll continue on to Wiesbaden, well-known for its longstanding hot springs and casino. We'll begin our tour by a panoramic visit of the city and its main monuments. We'll pass by some magnificent 19th-century homes before reaching the old city. The residences, inspired by various historical styles, impart a unique atmosphere to the city. You'll see the Wiesbaden City Palace, completed in 1841 and used as the main city residence of the Dukes of Nassau; the Old Town Hall dating from the 17th century; and the brick, neo-Gothic Marktkirche built between 1853 and 1862. You'll also pass by the Kurhaus, a historical monument that is now the center of varied social activities and events. Its "Bowling Green” garden with two three-bowled cascade fountains is bordered by 160 year-old trees. Afterwards, we'll return to the ship by coach.

PLEASE NOTE

  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Mainau Island and the Rhine Falls

Departure from Basel for our excursion to Mainau Island and Lake Constance. There's so much to admire and discover in Mainau, one of the most famous tourist spots in Germany: park and gardens, nature and botany using all your senses. We'll have lunch on the island.

Afterwards, we'll visit the Rhine Falls. The Rhine Falls are among the most spectacular sites to visit in Switzerland. You'll also discover the Laufen Castle and its impressive view overlooking the rumbling falls.  

PLEASE NOTE

  • Good walking shoes are recommended.
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
  • Visit in the company of a CroisiEurope hostess.
  • Length: approx. 12hrs including 6hrs transportation by coach.
  • INCLUDED in the GSB cruise.
Guided tour of the Cité de l'Automobile in Mulhouse

Departure from Vieux Breisach towards Mulhouse for our guided tour of the largest car museum in the world. The Cité de l'Automobile's collection includes over 500 vehicles, from masterpieces to sports cars dating from 1878 Europe up to the present day. The Schlumpf Collection, located in a former textile factory from 1880 and spread out on 20,000 m², comprises more than 400 specimens listed as historical monuments. The museum contains the largest and most comprehensive collection of Bugatti motor vehicles in the world, including the Bugatti Royale Coupé Napoléon and an impressive number of Rolls-Royces. Return on board.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Good walking shoes are recommended.
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
  • INCLUDED in the GSB cruise.
Excursion to Cassis and wine tasting

We'll leave by coach for Cassis, known for its crisp, floral, and flinty wines. Cassis wine is produced in 12 vineyards, all located in the hills immediately around the little town. We'll visit one of these vineyards for a tasting.* We'll return on board after our tour.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Good walking shoes are recommended.
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
  • *Alcohol can be harmful to your health. Please drink in moderation.
Visit in an Andalusian hacienda

At the end of the afternoon, we’ll visit a typical Andalusian hacienda. You’ll discover the hacienda’s beautiful architecture with its impressive Andalusian patio and watch a horse show in its private arena. We'll return to the ship after the show.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes.
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Nature Reserve and bird-watching site

Departure by coach to a nature reserve, where you'll take a private tour with a forest guide. This excursion will be a total immersion into an entirely unspoiled naturel area which has managed to preserve its very specific character. Then, we will go on to a bird-watching site where you will get the chance to discover an amazing variety of bird species : waders, gulls, ducks, etc.
Please note that this visit is not avalaible between June and August. Instead, you will visit the Rabida Friary and the wharf of Christopher Colombus's caravels.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Good walking shoes are recommended.
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Vineyard in Hautvillers
The Alsatian Wine Route and Colmar

We’ll leave by coach to learn more about the seven varieties of grapes found in the region of Alsace. As we travel the wine route, we’ll pass through charming villages decorated with half-timbered homes, stone fountains, and antique wine presses. Our itinerary  includes Riquewihr, listed as one of France’s most beautiful villages; Ribeauvillé, the City of Fiddlers; and Kaysersberg, where Albert Schweitzer was born. Be on the lookout for white storks! They can be found perched on roofs in their large nests, floating across the sky, or walking in fields. We’ll stop at a local wine cellar for a tasting of Alsatian wines, especially the famous whites.* Lunch is included during the tour (except beverages). After lunch, we’ll set off to Colmar. You'll have a brief guided tour of the city's center, including historical sites such as the Unterlinden Museum, “Little Venice,” Saint Martin’s Church, the Pfister House, and the Koïfhus. Afterwards, enjoy some free time at the various Christmas markets.

We’ll return to the ship by coach.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Times are approximate and can change according to the order of visits.
  • This coach tour includes stops with free time on your own.
  • Please wear comfortable, sturdy shoes.
  • Lunch included, except for beverages.
  • *Alcohol can be dangerous to your health. Please drink in moderation.
Tour of Saint-Germain-des-Prés

Departure by coach from the Trocadero for Saint-Germain-des-Pres following the Voie Triomphale. We'll pass the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs Elysées and the Place de la Concorde - locations just bursting with history. Take some time to stroll through the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood and discover the history, architecture, art, and everyday life of these legendary sites that have come to symbolize Paris. Built up around the former Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, this neighborhood became the meeting place of intellectuals and philosophers, actors and musicians during the existentialist movement right after World War II. You can still sense the village-like ambiance in spots such as the street market on the rue de Buci. Closer to the Odeon, we'll discover many of the famous participants of the French Revolution, including Danton, Marat, and Dr. Guillotin. After our visit, we'll return to the ship by coach.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes for this excursion.
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
  • Please note : for groups, transfer by coach is not included for excursions.
Hike through the Wachau Valley

After our guided tour of the Melk Abbey, you’ll be transferred by coach to the village of Aggstein. From there, you’ll set out on a hike through the heart of the Wachau Valley, which includes a visit to the castle ruins. Its breathtaking location and imposing size make it one of the most famous castles in Austria. Surviving sections include parts of its towers, kitchen, dining hall, chapel, and mighty walls. You’ll get a great view of the valley from the hills. After our visit to the castle, we’ll hike through the captivating landscape to impressive Maria Langegg, an important pilgrimage site during the plagues of the 17th and 18th centuries. We'll then return to the ship in Dürnstein by coach.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Please wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes.
  • Hike: Approx. 7.7 miles (12.5 km), 1,312-foot altitude difference (400 m).
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Hike in the International Douro Nature Park

This hike will take place among the wild, mountainous settings of the park and offers magnificent views of the Douro and Spain. The steep banks are home to rich wildlife, especially various types of nesting birds of prey. Don’t forget your binoculars for this one! You’ll enjoy a picnic lunch.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Please wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes.
  • Hike: Approx. 9.32 miles (15 km); 1,738-foot altitude difference (530 m).
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Hike along the Douro River

Join us for this magnificent hike along the Douro towards its estuary and the Atlantic coastline found just to the south. You’ll get some great views of the ocean. You’ll be transferred back to Porto by coach from Lavadores.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Please wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes.
  • Hike: Approx. 5 miles; no altitude difference.
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Hike through the Portuguese vineyards

You’ll be transferred by coach to Sao Joao da Pesqueira, where you’ll set off for a full-day hike through the surrounding vineyards. This is a great way to get a feel for what nature in Portugal has to offer. You’ll enjoy a picnic lunch.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Please wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes.
  • Hike: Approx. 8.69 miles (14 km); 1,640-foot altitude difference (500 m).
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Hike in Alvao Nature Park

Join us for a fascinating hike through Alvao Nature Park. Mountainous scenery peppered with granite boulders and deep valleys are on the program!

PLEASE NOTE

  • Please wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes.
  • Hike: Approx. 4.3 miles (7 km); 1,049-foot altitude difference (320 m).
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Hiking across the islands of Lazzaretto Nuovo and Torcello

You’ll leave by private boat for a tour of the two islands. The first stop will be long-abandoned Lazzaretto Nuovo. Today, it harbors an archeological site and outdoor museum. A visit to the island provides an opportunity to discover the extraordinary environment in the lagoon. You can walk along the old sentinel path and climb the bastions that give a 360° view of the area. Our next stop will be Torcello, which holds the vestiges of the first populations on the islands. Settled in 452 AD, it was the main island before Venice became inhabited and includes a basilica with priceless mosaics.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Please wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes.
  • Hike: Approx. 2.7 miles (4.5 km), no elevation gain.
  • The times and orders of the visits are for informational purposes only and can change.
Troyes and the Champagne Route

We’ll leave by coach for Troyes, one of the most beautiful medieval cities in France. During a guided tour, you'll be transported back through time as you admire the colorful, 16th-century, half-timbered homes; Renaissance-style manors; streets laid out during the Middle Ages; secret passageways; and intimate courtyards. The cathedral and several churches with hidden treasures sit majestically among this labyrinth of stone and wood. Troyes is a veritable kaleidoscope of history and colors. It is also the capital of the Champagne region and lies alongside some of the most famous vineyards in France. We'll stop for lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we'll continue along the Champagne Route, and discover the stunning landscapes mixed with forests, quaint villages, and vast vineyards. We'll visit a champagne producer and enjoy a tasting. After our tour, we will return on board the ship.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Please wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes.
  • For optimal organization of your excursion, the order of the visits can be modified.
  • Times are approximate and can change according to navigational conditions.
Lehrer Crystal Glassworks

Within a short walking distance of the Saint-Louis-Arzviller inclined plane, you'll visit the Lehrer Crystal Glassworks. Located next to the inclined plane for over 25 years, the crystal glassworks will allow you to discover the secrets of glassblowing through a guided tour. During your visit, you'll be able to watch and marvel at the craftspeople blowing and cutting fine crystal. Your guide will reveal all the secrets of glassblowing, which was invented during the 1st century BC in Syria. Nowadays these crystal glassworks have made the Moselle area famous. Afterward, you'll have some free time to browse through the gift store, before heading back to the ship.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes for this excursion.
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Petit-Ouges

At the end of the afternoon, we'll arrive in Petit-Ouges where you can take the time to visit this tiny village at your own pace. Discover the surprising mini-museum dedicated to locks and its collection of photos, post cards and objects related to the Burgundy Canal. Have fun taking in the local curiosities.

You can also enjoy a four-kilometer hike on the "Path of the Three Wash Houses", exposing three historic wash houses in very different styles. This little known area of Dijon that traces its roots back to the 7th century will surprise you. We'll return on board for dinner.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes for this excursion.
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Urban hike in Budapest

Set out on an urban hike through Buda! Discover the charm of the old town and its spellbinding architectural details, as well as the Buda hills, on foot. Trek along the shaded lanes, winding roads, and steep hills to the top of the city. We’ll pass in front of the gorgeous Gellert Baths and stop off at a covered market on the river and admire the imposing silhouette of the Parliament Building. You’ll take public transportation back before lunch (ticket not included).

PLEASE NOTE

  • Please wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes.
  • Hike: Approx. 5.6 miles (9 km), 328-foot altitude difference (100 m).
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Urban hike in Pest

From the port, we’ll set out on a hike through Pest to discover its Art Deco and Art Nouveau buildings. The first stop will be the covered market—a hodgepodge of spices, local delicacies, and handicrafts. We’ll pass in front of the Great Synagogue, the largest in Europe. It is designed much like a basilica and includes some striking Byzantine and Moorish decorations. We’ll then move on to St. Stephen's Basilica and Liberty Square, where you’ll get a real feel for the grandeur of the city. You can take public transportation back or return to the ship on foot (ticket not included).

PLEASE NOTE

  • Please wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes.
  • Hike: Approx. 4.2 miles (6.8 km); no altitude difference.
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Paris

Enjoy a guided tour of Paris.* This excursion takes you to the most spectacular sites in Paris, including the Champs-Elysées, Palais Garnier, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Left Bank, Eiffel Tower and more! At the end of our tour, we'll return on board the ship.

PLEASE NOTE

  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
  • *Transport is not included for groups.
Hike the Leopoldsberg

You’ll be transferred to Nussdorfer Platz by coach. From here, the path to the Leopoldsberg will bring you to some of the most beautiful views framing the city against the river and forest. Flora and fauna found along this urban trail are unique to the area.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Please wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes.
  • Hike: Approx. 3.7 miles (6 km), 1,115-foot altitude difference (340 m).
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Hike in Visegrad

We’ll leave by coach from Esztergom for Visegrad and then hike to the castle where you’ll be able to see the magnificent bend in the Danube River down below. We’ll return on foot to our coach to be transferred back to the ship.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Please wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes.
  • Hike: Approx. 3.7 miles (6 km), 820-foot altitude difference (250 m).
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Arles and the santon makers

We’ll leave by coach for Paradou to visit the museum displaying more than 400 different santons—traditional, handmade figures used in local nativity scenes that represent 55 various characters from traditional Provencal village life. Each remarkable, life-like santon is based on a character from the books of Alphonse Daudet and Marcel Pagnol. They are remarkable for their originality and details. We’ll then return to Arles for a visit to the international santonniers trade show displaying almost 300 years of this local tradition—from the very first models to the latest creations. Many are priceless works of art. We'll return to the ship on foot.

PLEASE NOTE

  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
The covered passageways in Paris

Join us for a guided tour of the Parisian passageways. You’ll leave by coach for a tour of the must-see sites in the French capital. Leaving from the Palais-Royal, we'll walk through the unique Parisian covered walkways—well-known short-cuts for the city’s inhabitants. During the holidays, the walkways are marvelously decorated to dazzle the eyes.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Please wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes.
  • For optimal organization of your excursion, the order of the visits can be modified.
  • Times are approximate and can change according to navigational conditions.
  • If there is not a minimum of 14 participants, the excursion will be canceled or offered at a higher rate according to the number of participants (payment on board).
  • For groups, transfer by coach for excursions is not included in cruise references PAM_PPGP-PAM_REPPGP-PAM_NOPPGP.
Sélestat, the Alsatian Wine Route, and Obernai

You’ll leave by coach with your tour guide for Sélestat. The first stop will be the Maison du Pain d'Alsace, where you’ll discover the secrets of Alsatian baking. Of course, you’ll be able to have a taste or two! The next stop will be Éguisheim, officially listed as one of France's most beautiful villages. The village will be totally decked out for the holidays, and the Christmas Market will provide all you need to get you in the holiday spirit. Take some time to peruse the stands with crafts and items for sale. We’ll enjoy lunch on the Wine Route before heading to Obernai. Christmas is a particularly decorative and festive time in this Renaissance village. After our tour, we will return on board the ship.

PLEASE NOTE

  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Avignon and the Papal Palace

We'll leave for a guided tour of Avignon and the Papal Palace. Avignon was one of the most important cities in Europe during the Middle Ages, and the official residence of nine popes in the 14th and 15th centuries. We'll then head to the Halles market(1) to discover the regional holiday treats. After our tour, we'll return to the ship and cruise towards Tarascon.

PLEASE NOTE

  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Wine cellars at the Strasbourg Hospice

We'll leave on foot to discover the ancient secrets found within the Strasbourg Hospice wine cellars. In old times, it was used to store wine offered as payment for hospital care. Today, twenty or so winemakers use the renowned cellar to age their prestigious wines. The oldest wine barrel dates back to 1472! Your tour will be followed by a tasting*. After our tour, we will return on board the ship.

PLEASE NOTE

  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
  • *Alcohol can be dangerous to your health. Please drink in moderation.
Strasbourg Christmas markets

Join us for a guided tour on foot to see the city’s iconic Petite France area and majestic cathedral. Afterwards, enjoy some free time at the various Christmas markets set up across the city.

PLEASE NOTE

  • The order of the visits can change.
  • .Times are approximate.
Candlemaker in Tarascon

Your tour guide will meet up with you at the ship and escort you to visit a candle maker in Tarascon. Learn how candles have been made throughout the past century in this fascinating workshop.

PLEASE NOTE

  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Day-long visit to Old Strasbourg and the Christmas Market

We'll set out on a guided tour of the capital of Europe. We'll begin our tour through several different neighborhoods in the city: the German quarter located around the famous Place de la République and the European quarter's Palace of Europe, European Court of Humans Rights, and the European Parliament. We'll continue our visit to the Petite France quarter, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1988, and discover its lovely canals, half-timbered houses and small streets before moving on to the Cathedral square. You'll visit the Christmas Markets on Place Broglie and in front of the cathedral with our hostess. At this time of year, the entire city is covered in garlands and decorations, especially the streets and shops. Lunch on board. This afternoon, enjoy free time to shop in the boutiques before we set out with our hostess to admire the lights around the city near the cathedral, the Place Kléber, Carré d'Or and Place Gutenburg. Afterwards, we'll return to the ship.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Times are approximate.
  • The times and the order of visits can change.
Paris: Discover Saint-Germain-des-Prés

Join us for a guided tour of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, one of the cradles of Parisian culture. Take your time in the small bookstores, boutiques, and art galleries. Indulge in the best that France has to offer at the most exquisite pastry, chocolate, and wine shops! We’ll also stroll through the Grande Epicerie, an impressive showcase that will feed both your eyes and appetite. It’s a food-lover’s paradise! Our special treat during this tour will be a tasting gift box.

PLEASE NOTE

  • For optimal organization of your excursion, the order of the visits can be modified.
  • Times are approximate and can change according to navigational conditions.
Père Lachaise Cemetery

Next stop: Père Lachaise Cemetery, one of the most famous resting places in the world. It might seem a bit of a macabre way to spend an afternoon, but because there are so many famous tombs, and such artistry in the graves, it becomes something like a visit to a museum. There are many graves here with famous “residents,” including Chopin, Moliere, Edith Piaf, Oscar Wilde, and of course, Jim Morrison.  

PLEASE NOTE  

  • For optimal organization of your excursion, the order of the visits can be modified.  
  • Times are approximate and can change according to navigational conditions.   
Paris, the Ile de la Cité

Travel through time in the heart of Paris: the Ile de la Cité. Once known as Lutetia, l’Ile was the predecessor of present-day Paris. Impressive remains of the ancient city can still be seen, of which Notre Dame, though bruised, still is the most famous symbol. As you stroll around the city, you can admire magnificent monuments bearing witness to a bygone era: the Sainte-Chappelle, the Conciergerie, the Palais de Justice as well as the Place Dauphine and the mythical Pont Neuf. You’ll be captivated by the history found on the banks of the Seine River and across its bridges.

PLEASE NOTE

  • For optimal organization of your excursion, the order of the visits can be modified.
  • Times are approximate and can change according to navigational conditions.
The Panthéon

Set out for a guided visit of the Panthéon. The Panthéon’s iconic domed silhouette is perched at the top of the historic Latin Quarter. Designer Jacques-Germain Soufflot began work on the church in 1757. Since the days of the French Revolution, it has been the necropolis of many well-known French figures, including Victor Hugo, Marie Curie, Alexandre Dumas, and, most recently, Simone Veil.

PLEASE NOTE

  • For optimal organization of your excursion, the order of the visits can be modified.
  • Times are approximate and can change according to navigational conditions.
Colmar Christmas market and the Ecomusée d'Alsace in Ungersheim

We will leave by coach for Ungersheim and its open-air museum—dressed to the nines for the holiday season. Take advantage of some free time to wander the village streets and learn about Alsatian traditions. We’ll have lunch in a local restaurant before heading to Colmar. Colmar is a cornucopia of tastes and sites during the holidays. Spend some time strolling through the five Christmas markets that dot the city, enjoying what the ambiance has to offer.

PLEASE NOTE

  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Potter villages and revue at the Royal Palace in Kirrwiller

Travel through the potter villages in Northern Alsace with our tour guide. We'll discover Soufflenheim, famous for its culinary and decorative pottery, and Betschdorf, a village where they make traditional blue and grey stoneware pottery. We'll visit a pottery. Leave for Kirrwiller. We'll enjoy lunch and dancing at the Royal Palace in Kirrwiller(1), followed by a show in the Music Hall  where we'll be drawn into a timeless journey by singers, performers and dancers.

PLEASE NOTE

  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
  • (1) Lunch show at the Royal Palace in Kirrwiller available only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Musée Lalique

We’ll leave by coach from Gambsheim for Wingen-sur-Moder. The Musée Lalique is located in the village where René Lalique set up his glass factory in 1921. The museum crisscrosses the universe of this luxury brand by highlighting its glassware. René Lalique, his successors, and the history of their iconic creations are presented within the spacious, modern halls.

René became one of the greatest names of his time, both as a jeweler and a master glassmaker. His instantly recognizable style was a significant influence in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements. The museum is tucked away in a beautiful, natural setting and provides a retrospect on the art of glassmaking. The collection contains 650 fascinating works from its private collection, as well as from the company’s warehouses, loans from Parisian museums, and private collections. This is the only museum dedicated to Lalique in Europe. The exhibit is organized by theme and era and provides a good overview of creations, Art Nouveau jewelry, modern crystal, and Art Deco glassware. The locale allows visitors to get a spirit of the craft through large-format photos and audio-visual displays focused on the jewelry, drawings, perfume bottles, tableware, lights, mascots, or vases. And because no object exists without talent, the museum pays respect to the men and women who have kept the art of glassmaking alive over the centuries.

The special exhibit dedicated to Christmas in December is a pure delight to see. The older and newer objects for that special time of year are on display in a sparkling setting. And in celebration of Advent, a new door in the calendar is opened every day, revealing a crystal surprise. We'll return to the ship by coach.

PLEASE NOTE

  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Guided Visit of Lisbon and Panoramic Tour

We’ll spend the morning on a guided visit of Lisbon. Ruled by Germanic tribes beginning in the fifth century, captured by the Moors in the eighth century, Aphonso Henriques conquered the city during the Crusades, and it has since been the major political, economic, and cultural center of Portugal. The city spans seven rolling hills, and its colors, accents, and charm have not faded over the thousands of years it has existed. Discover the distinctive buildings and landmarks the Belém District, including its famous tower and the Jerónimos Monastery—the most prominent example of Late Gothic Manueline architecture in the country. The imposing monastery also houses the Maritime and National Archeology Museums. We’ll have lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we’ll take a panoramic tour of Lisbon (known as Portugal’s “City of Lights”) and discover the São Jorge Castle, as well as the traditional neighborhoods of Alfama and Mouraria.

PLEASE NOTE

  • For optimal organization of your excursion, the order of the visits can be modified.
  • Times are approximate and can change according to navigational conditions.
Guided Tour of Tihany

We’ll leave for a guided tour of Tihany to explore its historic, architectural, and natural treasures. Located on the shores of Lake Balaton, the first nature preservation area in Hungary was developed here in 1952. A Benedictine monastery established by the Kingdom of Hungary in 1055 holds the tomb of King Andrew, who strengthened the position of Christianity in the kingdom and successfully defended its independence against the Holy Roman Empire. The abbey surroundings offer a stunning panorama of Lake Balaton’s sparkling water. After some free time on your own, we’ll head for Balatonfüred, one of the oldest health resorts on the northern shores of the lake. Visitors come to enjoy the mild micro-climate, beautiful scenery, the local wine, sailing and swimming facilities, and of course, the spas. The Tagore Promenade is the perfect place for a lakeside stroll. The port has a great view of the abbey and is brimming with busy cafés and bars for an afternoon drink.

PLEASE NOTE

  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Beaune

As we travel through the outlying hills of Beaune, we’ll cross through several well-known wine appellations: Pommard (once appreciated by Henri IV and Louis XV), Puligny, Montrachet, and many others. When we arrive in Beaune, we’ll first visit the famous hospice, founded by Chancellor Nicolas Rolin during the extreme poverty and plague that hit the region in 1443. It remained a working hospital overseen by the Holy See up through the 20th century, with the daily activities run by nuns known as Les Soeurs Hospitalières. Now a museum, it contains over 5,000 objects, including a dazzling polyptych altarpiece of The Last Judgment by Rogier van der Weyden. The hospice is also well known for their more than 148 acres of vineyards, most of which are located in prestigious appellation areas. As anticipated, our tour will finish up with a tasting of a selection of these wines.

PLEASE NOTE

  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
  • *Alcohol can be dangerous to your health. Please drink in moderation.
Guided Tour on Foot of Salzburg

Salzburg is the “Sound of Music” city! Not only did the real Trapp family once live here, this movie classic was also filmed in and around the city. So join us for a tour following the footsteps of Maria von Trapp and Julie Andrews! And of course, Salzburg is the city of Mozart. You’ll experience the city’s rich history by visiting its most important tourist attractions. These include Mozart's birthplace and the area around the Salzburg Festival. The tour includes some free time when you can visit Saint Peter’s Abbey, the cemetery, and the catacombs. Our walk will finish up at Residenzplatz in the historic center of Salzburg.

PLEASE NOTE

  • The itinerary for the excursion can be modified to adapt to the health conditions of the participants.
  • The times and orders of the visits are for informational purposes only and can change.
Explore Coimbra

We’ll leave by coach for Coimbra, once the medieval capital of Portugal and the site of the country’s largest university. We’ll have lunch in a local restaurant. Enjoy a guided visit of this charming city that cascades down the hillside to the Rio Mondego. You'll discover its laid back atmosphere, gorgeous medieval old town packed with history, narrow and picturesque streets, and majestic cathedral built in the 13th century (exterior only).

PLEASE NOTE

  • For optimal organization of your excursion, the order of the visits can be modified.
  • Times are approximate and can change according to navigational conditions.
Visit Varaždin

We’ll leave by coach for Varaždin, the center and seat of the County of Varaždin, about 50 miles north of Zagreb. Enjoy a historic tour of the city, an absolute gem of Baroque architecture. It is one of the most important tourist centers in northern Croatia. The city center, often compared to Vienna, was miraculously spared during the violent conflicts in the 20th century. Within this relatively small area are well-preserved palaces; important public buildings; Baroque, Rococo, Classicist and Secessionist houses and villas; and one of the oldest city halls in Europe.

PLEASE NOTE

  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Private soirée at the Ca’Sagredo Hotel

This magical venue, with its opulent ballroom and fresco-covered halls, oozes the romance found in European novels. Just walking up the grand staircase decorated with cherub statues makes you feel like royalty. Traditional Commedia dell'arte characters will greet you before your evening cocktail. We'll then sit down to a delicious dinner accompanied by baroque music.If you'd like to extend the fun after our feast has finished, take a stroll through the narrow streets and along the romantic canals at night. The cobblestone roads bathed in the soft lights create a fairytale-like atmosphere found only in La Serenissima. Sumptuous masques and elaborate costumes pop out of the dark at each turn, like ghosts from the past. Nighttime adds a mysterious aura to the lavish disguises, transforming each mask into fleeting artwork glimpsed under the soft city lights.

PLEASE NOTE

  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Freiburg Christmas market

Our first stop on this tour will be in Freiburg to spend some time at its Christmas market, one of the most beautiful in Germany. Set up in the old part of town, it has something for everyone, including handcrafts such as blown glass, candles, and wooden toys. Enjoy some time on your own to discover what it has to offer. We’ll return to the ship at the end of the afternoon.

PLEASE NOTE

  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Tour the Palacio de las Dueñas and Seville Fair Festivities

Built between the 15th and 16th centuries, Las Dueñas was named after the former monastery of Santa María de las Dueñas. It has several buildings, courtyards, and gardens. We will tour the stables, lemon-tree courtyard, main courtyard, and Gypsy Hall—which was once the center of social life in the palace. Many of the other rooms we will see illustrate the fundamental activities found in Andalusian culture, including bullfighting and flamenco dancing. We'll then move on to discover the Seville Fair. This is a unique opportunity to discover and participate in traditional Andalusian festivities. Many wonders and excitements await you at the "Real de la Feria," where the fair takes place—including tapas, music, and dancing. Join us for a glass of Rebujito* and some local specialties.

PLEASE NOTE

  • For optimal organization of your excursion, the order of the visits can be modified.
  • Times are approximate and can change according to navigational conditions.
  • *Alcohol can be dangerous to your health. Please drink in moderation.
Beaujeu

We’ll set out for Beaujeu, the former capital of the Beaujolais. The departure of the Beaujolais Nouveaux wine from the Les Sarmentelles International Festival is a joyful, 30-year-old event. You’ll be able to join in on the action and discover the 12 appellations of Beaujolais while listening to great music and admiring the fantastic scenery and quaint architecture of the tiny city. In the evening, we’ll enjoy the famous “soirée prestige” in the center of it all, where cabaret shows and dinner prepared by the best chefs in the region await you under outdoor tents. At midnight, we'll set off on a torch-lit stroll to welcome Beaujolais Nouveau Day and watch a fireworks show.

PLEASE NOTE

  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Guided tour of Royan on foot

We’ll leave on foot to discover Royan, a fascinating seaside city and official French "Ville d’Art et d’Histoire." Villas from the Belle Époque and charming "retro" homes from the 1950s line the waterfront. This urban hike will bring you to the Church of Our Lady of Royan, a cornerstone of the city's modern heritage. Designed by architects Guillaume Gillet and Marc Hébrard after severe bombings during World War II, the reinforced-concrete architecture features sleek lines and geometric shapes. Discover the surprising sides of Royan as you stroll its streets.Enjoy some time on your own. The port is conveniently located in the city center, so you'll be able to return to the ship at your own pace. Take in the unique ambiance of this top tourist destination on the Atlantic coast.

PLEASE NOTE

  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Guided Tour of Speyer and its Cathedral (Holiday Cruise)

We’ll leave on foot for a tour of Speyer. Located on the left bank of the Rhine River, Speyer’s Romanesque cathedral can be spotted from miles away.  Enjoy a visit of the cathedral’s interior with your tour guide. In 1981, UNESCO accepted the cathedral on its list of World Heritage Sites. Begun in the 1020s, its expansion continued well into the 11th century. The Cathedral was the burial place of the German emperors for almost 300 years. Speyer itself was the seat of the Holy Roman Empire’s high court from 1527 to 1689. The cathedral was built using lovely red sandstone taken from quarries near the Palatinate Forest. Your next stop will be the Dreifaltigkeitskirche (Trinity Church), a late Baroque-style, Protestant church. We’ll then head to the old Jewish courtyard to visit the Mikveh, a bath used for ritual washing. It is decorated with rich Romanesque ornamentation that was painted in the Middle Ages. It is the oldest bath of this type in Germany. After our tour, enjoy some free time before returning at your own pace to the ship.

PLEASE NOTE

  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Great market hall in Budapest

We’ll set out on foot for the Great Market Hall, a magnificent structure from the late 19th century that still functions as an abundant food market. This is a great place to immerse yourself in the local culture. The building is over 100,000 square feet in size and is one of the most emblematic sites in the city. Although it looks like a traditional European train station, it was built to be a market from the beginning to provide services and food to the quickly expanding city at the time. Traditional edible delights found here include paprika, honey, black truffles, cold cuts, fruits, vegetables, and cheese.  The upper floors carry souvenirs. At the end of the visit, tasting of traditional Hungarian products.

PLEASE NOTE

  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
  • The Great Market Hall is closed on Sundays, the tour will be replaced by a gourmet stroll around Budapest, with tastings of Hungarian products.
Tour of Barbizon

We will leave by coach for Barbizon, tucked along the western corner of the forest of Fontainebleau. This charming village found fame in the 19th century through the works of art created by landscape painters who were members of the Barbizon School art movement.  A stroll through the lush forest renders a snapshot of the rocky chaos painted by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot and the old oak forests where Simon Mathurin Lantara raised his cows. In the center of the village, we’ll stop by the Auberge Ganne, a period museum that recreates the atmosphere of the time the artists were in residence. The museum’s permanent collection includes works by Théodore Rousseau, Jean-François Millet, Narcisse Diaz de la Peña, Constant Troyon, and Charles Jacque, to name just a few. After our excursion, we’ll return to the ship.

PLEASE NOTE

  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Gastronomic dinner at Paul Bocuse’s Abbaye de Collonges

We’ll leave on foot for Paul Bocuse’s Abbaye de Collonges for a veritable French feast. Paul Bocuse was a three-star gourmet chef who was known for his innovative approach to cuisine and his love for fresh, high-quality ingredients. This will be a singular experience in an exceptional setting, where you’ll be able to relish in out-of-this-world courses prepared by some of the most renowned chefs.

SAMPLE MENU

  • 4-part House Cocktail Surprise (hot and cold)
  • Traditionally prepared foie gras, chutney, and brioche toast
  • Lobster cassolette with diced vegetables
  • Beaujolais winegrowers’ granita
  • Veal steak, Smitane sauce, spinach sautéed in butter
  • Mère Richard Saint Marcellin and fresh, churned goat cheese
  • Sweets and treats
  • Petit fours and chocolates

DRINKS INCLUDED

  • House cocktail (Burgundy sparkling wine, blackcurrant and raspberry liqueur)
  • Les Dames Blanches du Sud - Domaine de Grangeneuve
  • Lubéron - Michel Chapoutier wines
  • Mineral water
The Peublos Blancos: Vejer de la Frontera and Conil de la Frontera

Vejer de la Frontera is one of the most captivating “white villages” in Andalusia. It was declared a Spanish historic site (Conjunto histórico) in 1976 and has received several prizes for its tourism distinctions. Every corner seems to be filled with colorful sights and fascinating spots to explore. Your guide will take you to the historic center where you’ll be able to see the remains of the 15th-century ramparts that protected the city from invasions. You’ll also visit the Plaza de España—dominated by a beautiful tile fountain—and the Divino Salvado church, which was built over a mosque. Our next stop will be the fishing village of Conil de la Frontera. This coastal town is an apex of beauty among the Pueblos Blancos, and the white houses with beautifully decorated patios and walls make the city a must-see for any traveler. At the end of our tour, we’ll enjoy a snack of delicious churros dipped in chocolate.

PLEASE NOTE

  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
Excursion to the Kochersberg Region

We’ll leave by coach from Waltenheim-sur-Zorn for Truchtersheim. We’ll travel through the lush green hills and expansive fields in the Kochersberg Region and quaint villages lined with half-timbered houses before reaching Truchtersheim. We’ll tour the Maison du Kochersberg museum, which highlights the local heritage and traditions. The museum displays a wide range of objects—from antique to modern—in its exhibits. Our next stop will be Hochfelden and the Villa Meteor. This is a great experience for beer lovers and connoisseurs. Discover the history of the Meteor family and their brewery from 1640 to the present. Learn about beer making and enjoy a tasting of their famous products.*

PLEASE NOTE

  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
  • *Alcohol can be dangerous to your health. Please drink in moderation.
Eguisheim and the Alsatian Wine Route

We’ll leave by coach from Breisach with our tour guide to visit the charming village of Eguisheim. Enjoy a stroll around the ancient city walls and discover the village's quaint streets full of lovely, colorful half-timbered homes. Keep an eye out for the stork nests propped high on homes and belfries.

Afterwards, we’ll travel by coach to a farmhouse inn for a traditional local lunch. Everything during the meal is made with fresh farm produce: pot pies, smoked meats, old-fashioned potatoes, Munster cheese, and huckleberry pie.

We’ll spend the afternoon traveling along the Alsatian Wine Route. You will see a myriad of well-known places, including Albert Schweitzer’s birthplace, Kaysersberg; Bergheim, known for its witch trials; Ribeauvillé, the City of Fiddlers; and Riquewihr, in the heart of the vineyards. We’ll stop at a wine cellar on the Wine Route to taste* the famous white wines of Alsace. After our tour, we’ll return on board the ship in Breisach.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Times are approximate.
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Please wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes.
  • *Alcohol can be dangerous to your health. Please drink in moderation.
  • INCLUDED in the SBS cruise.
Colmar and the Alsatian Wine Route

We’ll leave by coach for Colmar. You'll have a brief guided tour of the city's center, including historical sites such as the Unterlinden Museum, “Little Venice,” Saint Martin’s Church, the Pfister House, and the Koïfhus. After, we’ll continue along the Alsatian Wine Route. Lunch is included during the tour (except beverages). We’ll stop in Obernai, known as the “condensed version of Alsace.”  The belfry, town hall, the Six Bucket Well, Saint Odile’s fountain, and the Wheat Hall are all spectacular sites to visit.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Times are approximate and can change according to the order of visits.
  • This coach tour includes stops with free time on your own.
  • Please wear comfortable, sturdy shoes.
  • Lunch included, except for beverages.
  • *Alcohol can be dangerous to your health. Please drink in moderation.
  • INCLUDED in SBS cruise.
Seville, the Palacio de las Dueñas

The most famous palace in Seville was built in the late 15th century and is a good example of the eclectic mix found between Spanish Gothic and Moorish styles. Many historic figures have passed through the palace doors over the years, including Spanish poet Antonio Machado, who was born here. The palace is a work of art unto itself. During our tour, you’ll see its rich collection of furniture, ceramics, antiques, and paintings. You’ll also discover its interior courtyards and magnificent gardens with thousands of plants, including orange, lemon, and palm trees.

PLEASE NOTE

  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.