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Experience the Southern Rhine

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Visit: Cologne to Mainz, Strasbourg (Kehl), Basel, Breisach and Koblenz to Cologne

Day 1: Cologne

Depart: 6:00 pm

Arrive into Cologne and make your way to your ship for embarkation.  

Cologne, the old Cathedral city, is also one of the most important traffic hubs and commercial centres in Germany, with world famous trade fairs and a busy shipping traffic. Cologne developed out of a Roman colony and looks back on a history of more than 2000 years. In the Middle Ages it was one of the leading towns in Germany. The Second World War destroyed most of the inner city; these parts were rebuilt in a modern style. The landmark and emblem of the city is the Cathedral, a masterpiece of High Gothic architecture and one of the largest cathedrals in Europe. Other tourist attractions are the town hall, the Malakoff Tower, the St Martin Church and the old abbey.

Meals: Welcome Dinner

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Seine Experience The Normandy

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Visit: Paris to Les Andelys, Caudebec-en-Caux, Rouen and Vernon to Paris

Day 1: Paris

Arrive: 1:00 am  |  Depart: 8:30 pm

Arrive into paris and make your way to your ship for embarkation.  

Even if you’ve never been to Paris before, you’ll feel like you recognise every corner of the city. Countless films, books, paintings, poems and songs have been set in the city of love. Yet there’s always more to discover.  Paris is a city whose beauty never fades. The Arc de Triomphe, Notre-Dame, La Madeleine, Opéra, Louvre, Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre, Dôme des Invalides and Centre Pompidou are just some of the sights exemplifying this city’s fame and grandeur. But in addition to these outstanding attractions, there are many other wonderful things to see.

Meals: Welcome Dinner

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Rhône Route Méditerranée

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Visit: Lyon to Viviers, Avignon, Arles, Port St. Louis and Tournon/ Tain-l´Hermitage to Lyon

Day 1: Lyon

Depart: 9:00 pm

Arrive into Lyon and make your way to your ship for embarkation.  The old town “Vieux Lyon” features Renaissance houses making it worthy of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is for gourmets too: Lyon is dubbed “la ville de gueule” – the gourmet town. Furthermore it is known for its high-quality silk products and the Basilica of Notre-Dame die Fourvière above the city.

Meals: Welcome Dinner

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Provence: Luberon by bike

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Visit: Cavaillon, Cadenet, Bastide de Jourdan, Manosque, Forcalquier, St Michel de l'Oservatoire, Cavaillon

Day 1: Arrival in Cavaillon

From its Romanesque Chapel (12th century) to its historical narrow streets, the old city of Cavaillon offer an original view.

Day 2: Cavaillon - Cadenet (45 km)

A stage dominated by the variety of landscapes which will guide you to the Durance valley with the beautiful montains of Aix and Alpilles in back ground, before reaching Lauris and its 12th century Château, then Cadenet and the ruins of its troglodyte chateau.

Meals: Breakfast

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Splendours of Norman Seaside

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Visit: Bayeux, Landing Beaches, Caen, Cabourg, Honfleur

Day 1: Arrival in Bayeux

Possibility to admire the amazing 11th century Bayeux Tapestry showing the conquest of England by William Duke of Normandy. Take the opportunity to visit the memorial museum of Bayeux which covers globally the military events immediately following the landings of June 1944.

Day 2: Excursion to the Landing Beaches (51 km)

A loop to the landing beaches such as Omaha beach. Enjoy a walk into path of history on a sandy beach before reaching the American cemetery. Then continue the ride to the ‘Pointe du Hoc’ which was one of the strategic points in the German fortifications along the Normandy coast. Then, follow the seaside routes to Colleville sur mer and its very impressive American cemetery, before reaching Bayeux.

Meals: Breakfast

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Bordeaux and Its Greatest Vineyards

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Visit: Bordeaux, Cadillac, St Emilion, Blaye, Bordeaux

Day 1: Arrival in Bordeaux

From your hotel ideally located, discover Bordeaux, with its numerous green and flowered open spaces, its exceptional heritage, then the quality of life naturally punctuated with gastronomic pleasures and nocturnal parties.

Day 2: Bordeaux - Cadillac (49 km)

Proud of its new transport facilities, Bordeaux has given a large access to bikes! By this way, leave easily the town centre to ride on an original and rustic cycling path which will lead you to Créon, a typical fortified village of this area! Then continue through the vineyards of Cadillac until the surrounding wall of the village.

Meals: Breakfast

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A Taste of Brittany from Rennes

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Visit: Rennes, Hédé, Dinan, Dinard, Saint-Malo

Day 1: Arrival in Rennes

Capital of Art and History, discover the historical quarters of this typical Breton city. You will stroll along the paved streets with half-timbered houses to the majestic Parliament House dating from the 17th century.

Day 2: Rennes - Hédé (44 km)

Leave this animated Breton capital using the cycling paths which will lead you to the ‘Voie Verte’. Cycle along the peaceful Canal punctuated by typical green landscapes.

Meals: Breakfast

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Cycle tour on Alsace

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Visit: Colmar, Kaysersberg, Sélestat, Obernai, Strasbourg

Day 1: Arrival in Colmar

Capital of the Alsace wines, Colmar and its "Little Venice" are worth a visit with its charming old districts (tanner district) and its exceptional museums.

Day 2: Colmar – Kaysersberg (31 km)

First ride reaching the charming authentic village of Eguisheim and its ramparts. Continue on the famous ‘wine route’ towards Turckheim. Overlooked by the imperial fortress of Hohlandsbourg, the city still radiates a medieval atmosphere with these several hundred year old stone houses. Then, reach Kaysersberg, one of the most beautiful cities of Alsace, with an impressive architectural heritage.

Meals: Breakfast

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In the Heart of the Prestigious Loire Valley’s Vineyards

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Visit: Saumur, Fontevraud, Chinon, Azay le Rideau, Villandry, Langeais, Saumur

Day 1: Arrival in Saumur

Discover the pleasant town of Saumur overlooked by its 14th century Château and famous for its National Riding School and its sparkling white wine.

Day 2: Saumur – Fontevraud (44 km)

This first stage will guide you through the "Saumur Champigny" vineyards producing very elegant red wines. Stop at château de Brézé, well known by its impressive underground cellars! Then, continue on to Fontevraud and its royal abbey, an outstanding example of Romanesque art founded in 1099, considered as the most important monastic city of Europe.

Meals: Breakfast

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The Great Burgundy Vineyards

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Visit: Dijon, Beaune, Chalon-sur-Saône, Mercurey

Day 1: Arrival in Dijon

Enter the city of the Dukes of Burgundy. Explore this historic city on your own. Dijon is filled with built heritage such as, old houses with timber frames, “hotels particuliers” sometimes with glazed tile roofs, which are so typical of Burgundy. Maybe see the Ducal palace which is now home to the Fine Arts Museum or some of the many other architectural interests.

Day 2: Excursion to Ouche Valley (50 km)

Leave Dijon by Kir Lake and go head up the hills in the Burgundian countryside to Mâlain. A nice small town where the castle remains overlook the medieval village and its houses are made of pink stones. Head back down to the Ouche valley and ride along the peaceful Burgundy Canal heading back to Dijon.

Meals: Breakfast

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