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Active Discovery on the Rhine 2019
(Southbound)

8 days with Avalon Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)
Welcome to Amsterdam. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.

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.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM (D)

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

ACTIVE Take a Guided Running Tour to explore Amsterdam with a Local Guide—with stops for commentary at an easy pace, 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 Culinary Walk and sample savory and sweet Dutch specialties, OR:

CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Canal Cruise to explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam. Later, take an Off-The-Beaten-Track Tour with your local guide.

This afternoon you might take a Guided Optional Bike Excursion through the Dutch countryside, or spend free time strolling at your leisure through the galleries and cafés of Amsterdam. Later, enjoy a welcome dinner on board your ship.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO XANTEN (B,L,D)

Day 3 XANTEN, GERMANY
Roman Treasure and Priceless Archaeological Discoveries

Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Stretch Class on board.

ACTIVE Join a Guided Bike Tour in the countryside, OR:

DISCOVERY Take part in a Roman Clothes Workshop to dress up in authentic Roman costumes, OR:

DISCOVERY Join in the Roman Games at the Archeological Park and get first-hand experience of life during Roman Empire, OR:

CLASSIC Enjoy a visit to the Archaeological Park.

Enjoy a dinner this evening, featuring dishes reminiscent of Roman cuisine.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DUISBURG (B,L,D)

Day 4 DUISBURG
A Masterpiece of Industrial Architecture and Idyllic Forests

ACTIVE Join a Guided Hike through the idyllic landscapes and forests around Duisburg, OR:

DISCOVERY Take a Guided Culinary Walk through this multicultural Metropolis of the Ruhr Region and experience authentic German specialties, OR:

CLASSIC Visit the Zollverein Coal Mine in a Guided Tour of the historic complex of buildings and equipment for coal extraction and treatment.

Enjoy lunch on board as you cruise to Düsseldorf.

DÜSSELDORF

Avant-Garde Architecture and Amazing Altbiers

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

Enjoy live entertainment on board this evening.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE (B,L,D)

Day 5 COLOGNE
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland’s Capital City

Start your day with a Morning Stretch Class with your Avalon Adventure Host.

ACTIVE Join a Running Tour and discover Cologne from a different point of view, OR:

DISCOVERY Join an off-the-beaten-path Guided Tour to discover the 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 Guided City Walk of Cologne explore the Old City and see its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral.

Enjoy a short sail to Bonn for a little free time before sailing to Engers this afternoon.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ENGERS (B,L,D)

Day 6 KOBLENZ—RHINE GORGE
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 walk down the surrounding hillside back to your ship, OR:

DISCOVERY Join a unique Guided Volcano Experience in the “Lava City” of Mendig, and walk the mining corridors where basalt (cold lava) was mined, OR:

CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Walk of ancient Koblenz with a cable car ride to Ehrenbreitstein Castle for a spectacular panoramic view.

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

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN RÜDESHEIM (B,L,D)

Day 7 ELTVILLE
Sparkling Wines, Fruitful Vines, and Forests Sublime

ACTIVE Join a Guided Hike along one of the Rheinsteig hiking 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 a Wine Tasting included, OR:

CLASSIC Discover the romanesque beauty of Eberbach Monastery.

Relax on board for a short sail to Wiesbaden during lunch.

WIESBADEN

Healing Waters and Architectural Wonders

The afternoon is free to explore Wiesbaden—meaning “meadow bath” for its vast parklands and more than a dozen hot springs in one of Europe’s oldest spa destinations. Stroll the city to admire its internationally famous architecture.

This evening, enjoy an authentic German Dinner on board.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN WIESBADEN (B,L,D)

Day 8 WIESBADEN (DISEMBARKATION)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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River Cruise Highlights
  • Amsterdam (Embarkation): arrive in Amsterdam; onboard welcome reception
  • Amsterdam: choice of painting class, or running tour, or culinary walk, or canal cruise
  • Xanten: choice of bike tour along the Rhine, or visit the Archeological Park, or Roman Games at the Archaeological Park, or Roman clothes workshop
  • Duisburg–Düsseldorf: choice of visit the Zollverein coal mine, or guided hike around Duisburg, or culinary walk in Duisburg; free time in Düsseldorf
  • Cologne–Bonn-Engers: choice of running tour, or Cologne sightseeing off the beaten track, or visit the chocolate museum, or Cologne highlights walking tour; free time in Bonn
  • Koblenz–Boppard–Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim: choice of visit to Marksburg Castle, or Ehrenbreitstein Castle with cable car ride; or Volcano Tour experience; cruise through the Rhine Gorge; free time in Rüdesheim
  • Eltville–Wiesbaden: choice of visit to the Eberbach Monastery, or Eltville guided tour with wine tasting, or hiking in Eltville
  • Wiesbaden (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning
All This Included
Explore the Rhine River from a unique perspective on 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 of sightseeing. 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 jogging 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 culinary walk in Duisburg, 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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