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Active & Discovery on the Rhine 2020
(Northbound)

8 days with Avalon Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 MAINZ, GERMANY (EMBARKATION)
Welcome to Germany. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.

Flights into Frankfurt must arrive before 3 pm.

Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

The day is yours to explore Mainz.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN MAINZ (D)

Day 2 MAINZ. EXCURSION TO ELTVILLE
Forests and Famous Vineyards

ACTIVE For some exercise before lunch, join a Guided Nature Walk along one of the Rheinsteig walking trails through Eltville’s idyllic forest 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 tastings included, OR: 

CLASSIC Visit 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.”

Enjoy the remaining free time in Mainz before sailing to Rüdesheim this afternoon, where you will have time to discover this picturesque village.

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

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BINGEN (B,L,D)

Day 3 RHINE GORGE—BOPPARD
The Majestic Rhine Gorge and a Peaceful Jewel on the Rhine

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

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 Vulcano 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 Take a leisurely Guided Walk of ancient Koblenz, including a cable car ride to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress 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

Take advantage of some free time in Bonn this morning.

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 of Cologne for a view of her must-see sight, including the Old City and 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

ACTIVE Join a City Biking Tour to discover interesting stories about the sights and the city itself along the way, OR:

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

CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour of Düsseldorf. Visit the Old Town, but also discover its spectacular subway line, where each station has an individual magic character.

You might join a Guided Optional Excursion to Düsseldorf’s microbreweries to try a variety of Altbiers.

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

Day 6 ARNHEM
Wildlife, WWII Valor, and Van Gogh

ACTIVE Go on a hike in the Hoge Veluwe National Park with a Nature Expert and discover its abundance of wildlife, including deers, wild boars and mouflons, OR: 

ACTIVE Biking Join a Biking Tour on the Hoge Veluwe National Park and admire its diversity of scenery, from dense forests to high sand dune, OR:

DISCOVERY Join a Guided Sightseeing of Arnhem past impressive monuments and places of remembrance, OR:

CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of Arnhem’s Kröller-Müller Museum with the world’s second largest Van Gogh collection. 

NIJMEGEN

Delicious Dutch Specialties and Famous Mills

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

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM (B,L,D)

Day 7 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
Colorful Canals of Amsterdam

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. An orientation walk will complete your experience, OR:

ACTIVE Join a Biking Tour through the Dutch countryside past polders, dykes, and quaint centuries-old villages, OR: 

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

This afternoon you might take an Optional Culinary Walk in one of Amsterdam’s famous districts, or an Optional Kayaking Excursion. Alternatively take an Optional Guided Excursion to Holland’s beautiful medieval Muiderslot Castle.

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

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM (B,L,D)

Day 8 AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Day 1 Mainz (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception
  • Day 2 Mainz—Rüdesheim–Bingen: choice of visit to the Eberbach Monastery, or Eltville guided tour with wine tasting, or nature walk in Eltville; free time in Rüdesheim
  • Day 3 Rhine Gorge—Boppard—Engers: cruise through the Rhine Gorge; choice of visit to Marksburg Castle, or Ehrenbreitstein Fortress with a cable car ride; or Volcano Tour experience with a visit to the monastery at “Maria Laach”
  • Day 4 Cologne: choice of jogging tour, or Cologne sightseeing “off the beaten track”, or visit the chocolate museum, or Cologne highlights walking tour
  • Day 5 Düsseldorf: choice of guided city sightseeing, or biking tour, or culinary tour, or visit of Benrath Palace
  • Day 6 Arnhem—Nijmegen: choice of hike in the National Park, or biking tour, or guided sightseeing of Arnhem, or guided tour of Arnhem’s Kröller-Müller Museum; free time in Nijmegen
  • Day 7 Amsterdam: choice of painting class, or jogging tour, or biking tour, or canal cruise
  • Day 8 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your cruise ends with breakfast
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! 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 Düsseldorf, 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. Your Rhine River cruise ends in Amsterdam for a day full of activities. See the colourful corners of Amsterdam your way—from a canal cruise to a leisurely biking tour, 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. 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 Expression:
    • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows
    • Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, shade awnings, & outdoor deck game area
    • 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
    • English-speaking friendly crew, staff & professional Cruise Director
    • Sightseeing with Expert Local Guides
    • Onboard lectures, activities & entertainment
    • Complimentary room service for Continental breakfast
    • Sky Deck whirlpool
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
    • Biking excursions available in Amsterdam and Durnstein
    • Onboard Adventure Center with active gear, bikes, Nordic walking sticks, watercraft & maps
    • Casual dinner in the Panorama Bistro
    • Behind-the-scenes galley tour
    • Choice of Classic, Active or Discovery excursions so that you can experience your cruise your way
    • 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
    • Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, including decaf options
    • 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 Expression:
    • 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
    • Spacious, open-seating Panorama Dining Room
    • Daily early-riser breakfast
    • Daily late-riser breakfast
    • Full buffet breakfast with sparkling wine and made-to-order egg station
    • 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
    • Lunch buffet with carving and pasta stations
    • Al fresco lunch in the Sky Grill
    • Cocktails with a view on the Sky Deck
    • 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
    • Complimentary room service for Continental breakfast
    • Panorama Lounge & Bar with premium spirits, cozy seating, panoramic windows & dance floor
    • Healthy meal options
    • 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
    • Light lunch in the Panorama Lounge
    • FlexDining flexible dining times with menu & venue options
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Avalon Expression

Pre and Post Add-ons
Extra nights per person in Frankfurt:
in single room from $311 to $429, in twin room from $197 to $256

Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
in single room from $249 to $367,in twin room from $160 to $242
Notes
  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Due to “Sail Amsterdam” this cruise will end in Rotterdam instead of Amsterdam with modifications to the itinerary.
  • Gateway city for arrivals is Frankfurt.
  • Port charges: $182
  • Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.
  • Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability). 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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