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Active Discovery on the Rhine
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8 days with Avalon Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION) 
Welcome to Amsterdam. Welcome Aboard Your Avalon Suite Ship®.

Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm.

Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Your day in Amsterdam is free to explore at your leisure the colorful cafés, galleries, bridges, and canals at your leisure.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM (D)

Day 2 AMSTERDAM
Colorful Amsterdam—with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age

ACTIVE See the sights of Amsterdam from a unique perspective by joining our Guided Jogging Tour of the city—all at an easy pace with stops for commentary, OR: 

DISCOVERY Attend a Painting Class and be inspired by the masters’ techniques. Paint your own canvas and discover your inner artist, OR:

DISCOVERY Join a leisurely Culinary Walk in one of Amsterdam’s famous districts, where you’ll sample savory and sweet Dutch specialties, OR: 

CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Canal Cruise to explore the iconic waterways and sites of Amsterdam.

This afternoon, you might take a Guided Optional Bike Excursion through the Dutch countryside, or an Optional Kayaking Excursion. Alternatively, take an Optional Excursion to Holland’s beautiful medieval Muiderslot Castle.

Spend free time strolling at leisure through the galleries and cafés of Amsterdam.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ARNHEM (B,L,D)

Day 3 ARNHEM
Wildlife, WWII Valor ,and the Ways of Dutch Days

ACTIVE Go on a hike in the Doge Veluwe National Park with a Nature Expert and discover its abundance of wildlife, including deer, wild boar and mouflon (wild sheep), OR: 

DISCOVERY Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Arnhem’s courageous past with impressive monuments and places of remembrance, OR:

CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of Arnhem’s Open Air Museum to get a rare peek into the everyday lives of ancient Dutch farmers, fishermen, and craftsmen. 

NIJMEGEN

Delicious Dutch Specialties and Famous Mills

You may join a Guided Optional Excursion to the Windmill of Thorn, or take an Optional Cooking Workshop.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DÜSSELDORF (B,L,D)

Day 4 DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY 
Avant-Garde Architecture and Amazing Altbiers

ACTIVE See the main sights in Düsseldorf’s on a biking tour. At each point, your guide will share fascinating highlights about Düsseldorf and its interesting history, OR:

DISCOVERY Experience Düsseldorf’s Old Town and get an insight into its culinary diversity, OR:

CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour of Düsseldorf with a visit to the city’s Old Town, and discover its spectacular U-Bahn subway line, where each station incorporates its own magical character of innovative art, architecture, and design.

This afternoon you might take a Guided Optional Excursion to Düsseldorf’s microbreweries to try a variety of Altbiers.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE (B,L,D)

Day 5 COLOGNE 
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland

ACTIVE For a unique view of Cologne’s history and beauty, join us on a Jogging Tour of the city, OR:

DISCOVERY Join an off-the-beaten-path Guided Tour to discover the quaint Belgian Quarter of Cologne, OR:

DISCOVERY Visit Cologne’s Chocolate Museum and learn the process of chocolate production and ancient history of this food of the gods, OR:

CLASSIC Take a leisurely Guided City Walk in Cologne for a view of its must-see sights, including the Old City and its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral.

Enjoy a leisurely cruise to Engers this evening while having dinner on board.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ENGERS (B,L,D)

Day 6 KOBLENZ—RHINE GORGE—RÜDESHEIM
Fortress Walls and Manor Halls Where the Rhine and Moselle Meet

ACTIVE Take a Guided Tour of Marksburg Castle, visit its battlements overlooking the Rhine, and take a scenic walk down the surrounding hillside back to your ship, OR: 

DISCOVERY For a unique experience, join us on an excursion to the “Lava City” of Mendig for a Volcano Encounter, including exploring the caverns and corridors where basalt (cold lava) was mined, as well as a visit to the nearby Monastery at “Maria Laach,” OR: 

CLASSIC Enjoy a leisurely Guided Walk of ancient Koblenz, including a cable-car ride to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress for a spectacular panoramic view. 

Enjoy lunch on board and the breathtaking beauty of the Rhine Gorge as you cruise on your way to the picturesque village of Rüdesheim.

In the evening enjoy dinner on board while cruising to Bingen.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BINGEN (B,L,D)

Day 7 MAINZ
Forests and Famous Vineyards

Enjoy an early morning sail to Mainz before breakfast.

ACTIVE Join a Guided Nature Walk along one of the Rheinsteig walking trails through Eltville’s idyllic forests and vineyards, OR:

DISCOVERY Join a Guided Walk through the historic Old Town of Eltville am Rhein—well known as the City of Wine—with Wine Tasting included, OR: 

CLASSIC Discover the Romanesque beauty of Eberbach Monastery, the location of almost all the interior scenes of the film version of Umberto Eco’s dark medieval murder mystery, “The Name of the Rose.” 

Don’t miss the chance to explore Mainz on a Guided Optional Sightseeing Tour with a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to learn the captivating history of printing.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN MAINZ (B,L,D)

Day 8 MAINZ (DISEMBARKATION)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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River Cruise Highlights
  • Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception
  • Day 2 Amsterdam: choice of jogging tour, painting class, culinary walk, or canal cruise
  • Day 3 Arnhem–Nijmegen: choice of hike in the National Park, Arnhem guided sightseeing, or guided tour of Arnhem’s Open Air Museum; free time in Nijmegen
  • Day 4 Düsseldorf: choice of Bike Tour, guided city sightseeing, or guided culinary walk
  • Day 5 Cologne: choice of jogging tour, Cologne off-the-beaten-track sightseeing, a visit to the chocolate mu-seum, or a Cologne highlights walking tour
  • Day 6 Koblenz–Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim: choice of visit to Marksburg Castle, Volcano Tour experience with a visit to the monastery at “Maria Laach,” or Ehrenbreitstein Fortress with cable-car ride; cruise through the Rhine Gorge; free time in Rüdesheim
  • Day 7 Mainz: choice of nature walk in Eltville, Eltville guided tour with wine tasting, or visit to the Eberbach Monastery
  • Day 8 Mainz (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning
All This Included
Explore the Rhine River from a unique perspective on your Avalon Active & Discovery river cruise. With Avalon Choice, you’ll enjoy a wide variety of included excursions to match your interests and pace. Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, or an art lover, you’ll find the inclusions that speak to you! Your Rhine River cruise begins in Amsterdam for a day full of activities. See the colorful corners of Amsterdam your way—from a canal cruise to a leisurely culinary walk in one of Amsterdam’s famous districts, or a guided jog-ging tour of the city—all at an easy pace! You might choose an included painting class, instead, to recreate the masterpieces of Dutch artists. With Avalon Choice inclusions, you choose how to discover fascinating sites on your Rhine River cruise. Visit the Chocolate Museum in Cologne, take a guided tour in Düsseldorf to discover its spectacular subway, and taste regional wines in Eltville. In Koblenz, take a cable-car ride up to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress for magnificent views of the surrounding area. Onboard, you’ll pass through the magnificent Rhine Gorge and enjoy specialty dishes while cruising. Join us for a Rhine River cruise like no other, with more included selections for every taste, passion, and pace. Avalon Choice on Active & Discovery river cruises gives you the Active, Discovery, and Classic inclusions to see each destination your way!
  • Ship Amenities - Avalon Panorama:
    • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows
    • Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, shade awnings, & outdoor deck game area
    • Sky Deck whirlpool
    • State-of-the-art fitness center
    • Non-smoking staterooms & ship interior
    • Convenient Elevator Service
    • Elegant, contemporary design
    • Outside viewing deck
    • Headsets for guided shore excursions in Europe
    • English-speaking friendly crew, staff & professional Cruise Director
    • Sightseeing with Expert Local Guides
    • Onboard lectures, activities & entertainment
    • Room service for Continental breakfast & beverages (service fee applies)
    • Complimentary computer use in public areas
    • Lounges and upscale bar serving premium spirits
    • Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, including decaf options
    • Additional biking excursions available in Amsterdam, Breisach and Bernkastel
    • Onboard Adventure Center with active gear, bikes, Nordic walking sticks, watercraft & maps
    • Light lunch & casual dinner in the Panorama Bistro
    • Avalon Choice® cruising experience
    • Behind-the-scenes galley tour
    • Choice of Leisurely, Traditional or Independent sightseeing pace options
    • Nordic walking sticks available onboard for complimentary check-out
    • Onshore & Onboard experiences with regional customs, cultures & tastings with local artisans, experts & entertainers
    • Flatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie options
    • Onboard assistance is available to recommend, reserve and further personalize your cruise
    • Linger over several selections from the Panorama Bistro's tasting menu for a less formal "sit-down" atmosphere
    • Sky Deck game area
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
    • Well-stocked library with books, cards, and board games
    • Complimentary bottled water, fresh fruit, and cookies available throughout the day
    • Full-size closet mirror
  • Ship Dining - Avalon Panorama:
    • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal
    • Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, including decaf options
    • Welcome & farewell cocktails with sparkling wine & canapés
    • Welcome dinner
    • Five-course farewell dinner
    • Spacious, open-seating dining room
    • Daily early-riser breakfast
    • Daily late-riser breakfast
    • Full buffet breakfast with sparkling wine and made-to-order egg station
    • Lunch buffet with carving and pasta stations
    • Al fresco lunch in the Sky Grill
    • Cocktails with a view on the Sky Deck
    • Healthy Corner options including low calorie, low fat, high fiber, low cholesterol, and high energy choices
    • Vegetarian options at every meal, as well as vegan and allergy-free selections
    • Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, and sweet treats
    • Happy Hour every evening including featured drink specials
    • Seasonal cuisine featuring the freshest local ingredients
    • Chef-prepared onboard meals with regional cuisine and familiar favorites
    • Four-course dinners with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées and desserts or cheese
    • Complimentary wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner
    • Room service for Continental breakfast & beverages (service fee applies)
    • Panorama Lounge & Bar with premium spirits, cozy seating, panoramic windows & dance floor
    • Night Fare served at 10:30 pm
    • Healthy meal options
    • Light lunch & casual dinner in the Panorama Bistro
    • Linger over several selections from the Panorama Bistro's tasting menu for a less formal "sit-down" atmosphere
    • Tastings - sample the destination's famous delicacies
    • Coffee or tea after dinner
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Avalon Panorama
Amsterdam: Moevenpick Amsterdam City 
Frankfurt: The Westin Grand Frankfurt 
Pre and Post Add-ons
Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
in single room from $204 to $387, in twin room from $132 to $227

Extra nights per person in Frankfurt:
in single room from $178 to $309, in twin room from $107 to $181
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Gateway for departure is Frankfurt, Germany.
  • Port charges: $182.
  • Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.
  • Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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