This magnificent European river cruise, exploring Jewish heritage and history, begins in Amsterdam, Holland. Take a canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes of the city’s “Golden Age”—cruising to the Jewish quarter, where you can visit the marvelous Portuguese Synagogue. During your stay in Amsterdam you will have the possibility to join a guided tour to the Anne Frank house. You’ll cruise to Cologne, Germany, and see the soaring twin-steepled cathedral, as well as an option to tour Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites.
You’ll sail through the stunning Rhine Gorge from Koblenz to Rüdesheim, and visit Mainz for a visit to the captivating Gutenberg Museum and a guided tour of Heidelberg Castle. You’ll learn about the Jewish history of this city, or you may choose an alternative visit to Worms for its notable Jewish heritage. In Strasbourg, France, see the red-sandstone gothic cathedral, astronomical clock, and the old streets of the Jewish quarter. Stroll through the lovely shops, bistros, and waterfront promenade of the La Petite France district. Stop in Breisach, Germany, the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest—an area of unrivaled natural beauty—best known for Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock.
Explore the gastronomic capital of France in Lyon’s Old Town with its maze of medieval alleyways. Continue to the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage beautifully nestled among vineyards. In Avignon, visit the Palace of the Popes and take pictures of the bridge in the famous song “Sur le pont d’Avignon.” You’ll cruise to Arles, the inspiring setting for artists such as Vincent Van Gogh.
After your cruise, you’ll travel via high-speed train to Nice for your final two nights in France. Here, you’ll walk through the Old Town and the Promenade des Anglais, Nice’s most famous boulevard. In your free time, perhaps take an excursion to Monaco, St. Tropez, or Cannes—known for its famous film festival. At your service is an expert Monograms Local Host® who is available to you throughout your stay in Aix-en-Provence and Nice.