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Active Discovery on the Rhine 2019
(Northbound)

8 days with Avalon Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 WIESBADEN, GERMANY (EMBARKATION)
How Suite It Is! Welcome Aboard Your Avalon Suite Ship®. Flights into Frankfurt must arrive before 3 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. The day is yours to explore Wiesbaden.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN WIESBADEN (D)

Day 2 WIESBADEN
Healing Waters and Architectural Wonders

ACTIVE For some exercise before lunch, join a Guided Hike along one of the Hike Rheinsteig trails through Eltville’s Idyllic forest & 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 Visit the Romanesque beauty of Eberbach Monastery.

This evening, enjoy an authentic German Dinner on board.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN RÜDESHEIM (B,L,D)

Day 3 RÜDESHEIM—RHINE GORGE
The Scenic and Majestic Rhine Gorge

Enjoy lunch on board as you cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Boppard.

BOPPARD
A Peaceful Jewel on the Rhine

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

At day’s end, you’ll dine aboard your ship as you cruise to Engers.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ENGERS (B,L,D)

Day 4 BONN
Beethoven’s Birthplace, Beer Gardens, and History on the Rhine

Start your day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host after an early morning cruise to Born. Enjoy lunch on board as you sail to Cologne.

COLOGNE
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland’s Capital City

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 to explore the Old City and see its soaring twin-steepled Gothic cathedral.

Enjoy live entertainment on board this evening.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DÜSSELDORF (B,L,D)

Day 5 DÜSSELDORF
Avant-Garde Architecture and Amazing Altbiers

This morning you might join a Guided Optional Excursion to Düsseldorf’s microbreweries to try a variety of Altbiers. Later, cruise to Duisburg.

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 the 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.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN DUISBURG (B,L,D)

Day 6 XANTEN
Roman Treasure and Priceless Archaeological Discoveries

ACTIVE Enjoy 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 Participate in the Roman Games at the Archaeological Park and get first-hand experience of life during Roman Empire, OR:

CLASSIC Enjoy a visit to the Archaeological Park.

Enjoy a dinner featuring dishes reminiscent of Roman cuisine.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM (B,L,D)

Day 7 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
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-path Guided 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 leisure through the galleries and cafés of Amsterdam. Later, enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board your ship.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM (B,L,D)

Day 8 AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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River Cruise Highlights
  • Wiesbaden (Embarkation): welcome to Germany; onboard welcome reception
  • Wiesbaden: choice of visit to the Eberbach Monastery, or Eltville guided tour with wine tasting, or hiking in Eltville
  • Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge–Boppard: free time in Rüdesheim; cruise through the Rhine Gorge; choice of visit to Marksburg Castle, or Ehrenbreitstein Castle with a cable car ride; or Volcano Tour experience
  • Bonn–Cologne: free time in Bonn; choice of running tour, or Cologne sightseeing “off the beaten track”, or visit the chocolate museum, or Cologne highlights walking tour
  • Düsseldorf–Duisburg: free time in Düsseldorf; choice of visit the Zollverein coal mine, or guided hike around Duisburg, or culinary tour in Duisburg
  • Xanten: choice of bike tour along the Rhine, or visit to the Archeological Park, or Roman Games at the Archaeological Park, or Roman clothes workshop
  • Amsterdam: choice of painting class, or running tour, or culinary walk, or canal cruise
  • Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your vacation ends with breakfast
All This Included
A new and exciting way to river cruise and to actively discover well-known and off-the-beaten-path treasures along the Rhine. At each stop, you choose your activity—get some exercise with an active outing, discover a fascinating but perhaps lesser-known site, or do the more traditional sightseeing activity. The choice is yours!

Your river cruise adventure begins in Wiesbaden, Germany, near Frankfurt, and ends in Amsterdam—Holland’s lively capital. Active guests can choose to hike near Eltville, and in the idyllic landscape around Duisburg, climb up to Marksburg Castle for a guided visit and spectacular views, participate in a reenactment of Roman Games in Xanten, bike along the Rhine River, or join a running tour in Amsterdam.

We will introduce you to the wine of the region at a tasting in Eltville, the art of chocolate making when you visit the Chocolate Museum in Cologne, and German delicacies during a culinary tour in Duisburg. You can walk the mining corridors of an ancient volcano from which basalt was extracted and visit the Zollverein Coal Mine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Perhaps a Roman Clothes Workshop will intrigue you, or you might like to try your hand with a paintbrush at a painting class in Amsterdam. Visit the Eberbach Monastery whose church provided the backdrop to the movie “The Name of the Rose,” join a guided walk in Cologne, take a cable car to Ehrenbreitstein Castle in Koblenz, and cruise the canals of Amsterdam.

All these activities and more are yours for the taking—and if that’s not enough—you’ll cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, also a UNESCO World Heritage site and enjoy onboard specialty dinners of the region. An unforgettable river cruise experience that offers something for everyone!
  • Ship Amenities - Avalon Panorama:
    • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows
    • Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs and shade awnings
    • Sky Deck whirlpool
    • Fitness Center
    • Non-smoking interior and staterooms
    • Elevator
    • Elegant, contemporary design
    • Outside viewing deck
    • Headsets for guided shore excursions in Europe
    • Friendly, English-speaking crew and Cruise Director
    • Sightseeing with Certified Local Guides
    • Onboard lectures, activities & nightly entertainment
    • Room service for Continental breakfast & beverages (service fee applies)
    • Complimentary computer use in public areas
    • Hair salon
    • 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
    • Bicycles available onboard for complimentary check-out
    • Alternate light lunch and 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
    • Local FavoritesSM onboard experiences to bring the customs, cultures and tastes of your destinations to life, including local entertainers, artisans & experts
    • English-speaking TV channels with over 100 free movie options
    • Onboard assistance is available to recommend, reserve and further personalize your cruise
    • Delectable petite portions of regional specialties, with wines, in the Panorama Bistro
    • Sky Deck game area
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
    • Well-stocked library
    • Fresh fruit 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
    • Captain's reception 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
    • Sky Bistro lunch option on the Sky Deck
    • 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
    • Delectable regional & Western cuisine with all onboard meals
    • 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)
    • Upscale bar serving premium spirits
    • Night Fare served at 10:30 pm
    • Healthy meal options
    • Alternate light lunch and dinner in the Panorama Bistro
    • Delectable petite portions of regional specialties, with wines, in the Panorama Bistro
    • Tastings - sample the destination's famous delicacies
    • Coffee or tea after dinner
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Avalon Panorama
Pre and Post Add-ons
Extra nights per person in Frankfurt:
in single room from $178 to $309, in twin room from $107 to $181

Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
in single room from $204 to $387, in twin room from $132 to $227
Notes
  • 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 city for arrivals is Frankfurt.
  • Port charges: $182
  • Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.
  • Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.
  • All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. Cabin upgrades are 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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