Begin your European vacation tour before your cruise with a visit to Lucerne, Switzerland. Your Monograms® Local Host® is on hand to assist you with sightseeing, free-time recommendations, and any other assistance you need during your 2-night stay in Lucerne. Enjoy a guided walking tour, including the Lion Monument, Old Town, Chapel Bridge, the Water Tower, Jesuit Church, and an excursion to Mount Pilatus. Your Rhine River cruise sails across Germany—with touches of Switzerland, France, and Holland along the way as you experience important and meaningful Jewish Heritage historic and cultural sites. Joining us on board is renowned author and speaker Salo Muller joining us as a special guest on the Rhine portion of our cruise. Orphaned at five years old and forced into hiding after the Nazis seized his parents, Mr. Muller shares his moving story of loss and triumph. He recounts his mother’s last words to him, which became the title of his moving Holocaust memoir, “See You Tonight and Promise to be a Good Boy!” Just hours later, his parents would be arrested and put on a train from Westerbork to Auschwitz. Learn of his experiences during the war, his life after as a young orphan, and of how he overcame immeasurable tragedy to achieve much in life, including an esteemed career as physiotherapist for Amsterdam’s Ajax soccer team. Mr. Muller will accompany you on the Rhine River from Basel to Amsterdam to explore Jewish culture and heritage. Board your Avalon Suite Ship® in Basel, Switzerland, and sail to Breisach, gateway to the beautiful Black Forest before venturing on to Strasbourg, France. Sail to Ludwigshafen for an excursion to Heidelberg Castle, or join your Avalon Adventure Host® for a hike up Philosophers’ Way. You can choose to visit the Synagogue and the Gutenberg museum in Mainz, one of the ShUM cities, for amazing history of early pioneers of print. Sail to Rüdesheim and through the spectacular Rhine Gorge. You’ll visit Koblenz and Cologne, and arrive in Amsterdam for a private guided tour to the Anne Frank House followed by a canal cruise through the colorful city and the Jewish Quarter. While sailing, join onboard lectures to learn more about the European Jewish culture, history and traditions. Transfer by high-speed train to Paris to start your Monograms vacation package with two nights in “The City of Light.” Enjoy a sightseeing with an expert guide, drive past the Latin Quarter, Les Invalides, Place de la Concorde, Eiffel Tower, and the Arc de Triomphe, then join a scenic Seine River cruise. You’ll enjoy a guided sightseeing in England’s most famous destination, as well as free time to really get to know the city. Sightseeing includes Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Your Monograms vacation package includes the expert assistance of your Local Host® in both Paris and London. Your Romantic Rhine River cruise with stays in Lucerne, Paris, and London provides the perfect combination for a guided European vacation of a lifetime.