Frankfurt to Amsterdam Active River Cruise - Avalon Waterways®

Active Discovery on the Rhine - Northbound 2018

8 Day River Cruise from Frankfurt to Amsterdam

2018 Information

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. For those looking to discover the gems of the area, 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, attend a concert at Castle Engers, and enjoy onboard specialty dinners of the region. An unforgettable river cruise experience that offers something for everyone!


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Highlights & Sightseeing

DAY 1 Arrive in Frankfurt, Germany. Transfer to Wiesbaden (Embarkation): welcome to Germany; welcome reception

DAY 2 Wiesbaden, Excursion to Eltville–Rüdesheim: choice of visit to the Eberbach Monastery, Eltville walking tour and wine tasting, or hiking in Eltville

DAY 3 Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge–Boppard–Koblenz – Engers: free time in Rüdesheim; cruise through the Rhine Gorge; choice of visit to Marksburg Castle, walking tour of Koblenz, or join a Volcano experience; concert at Castle Engers

DAY 4 Bonn–Cologne: free time in Bonn; choice of Cologne sightseeing off the beaten track, visit the chocolate museum, or walking tour in Cologne

DAY 5 Düsseldorf–Duisburg: free time in Düsseldorf; choice of visit the Zollverein coal mine,guided hiking around Duisburg, or culinary walk in Duisburg

DAY 6 Xanten: choice of biking tour along the Rhine, participate in the Roman games at the Archaeological Park, or take part in a Roman clothes workshop

DAY 7 Amsterdam, Holland: choice of joining a painting class, running tour, or canal cruise

DAY 8 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your vacation ends with breakfast

Meals

  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Welcome dinner
  • Farewell dinner
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch or (weather permitting) grill fare at the Sky Bistro on the Sky Deck
  • Daily four-course à la carte dinner in the main dining room
  • Alternative dinner of petite portions or regional specialties with wines, in the Panorama Bistro
  • Daily Afternoon Tea
  • Daily Night Fare
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel

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.

Day-By-Day Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Frankfurt, Germany. Transfer to Wiesbaden (Embarkation)

Welcome to Frankfurt, Germany’s financial capital! This afternoon, transfer by motorcoach to Wiesbaden where the AVALON FELICITY is docked. After a mandatory safety exercise, meet your friendly crew and fellow travelers at a WELCOME RECEPTION. (Dinner)

NOTE:
Flights into Frankfurt must arrive before 3 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Day 2Wiesbaden, Excursion to Eltville–Rüdesheim

This morning, start your day with a delicious buffet breakfast, after which an excursion takes you to nearby Eltville. Here, CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY:

  • on a visit to the EBERBACH MONASTERY, savor the simple beauty of the Monastery’s monumental Romanesque church, and discover this outstanding backdrop to the famous movie, “The Name of the Rose,” that brought the Middle Ages back to life here in this monastery, or;
  • Eltville am Rhein is picturesquely situated amid forest, vineyards, and the Rhine River and is well known as “the City of Wine, Sekt (sparkling wine), and Roses.” An ideal city for a GUIDED WALK through the historic Old Town and a TASTING of some of the local wine, or;
  • for some exercise before lunch, HIKE around on the first-class hiking trail, “Rheinsteig.” Wander through Eltville’s idyllic forest or explore the numerous scenic trails through the vineyards. This afternoon is free to relax on board, explore on your own, or perhaps join a local expert for an optional guided walk of Frankfurton- the-Main.
Before dinner, set sail for Rüdesheim, and this evening, enjoy a dinner of Rhineland specialties, such as Sauerbraten (slow-cooked beef roast marinated in wine), Reibekuchen (potato pancakes), and more. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge–Boppard–Koblenz – Engers

Be prepared for a day of gorgeous scenery! This morning, explore Rüdesheim—a quaint, quintessential Rhine Valley wine town—on your own. Alternatively, if you are feeling active, one of our optional excursions may be just right for you. During lunch, marvel at today’s SCENIC HIGHLIGHT as you cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of river. Here, ancient castles stand sentry on lofty cliffs rising 400 feet above the water. Cruise past the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where echoes of enchanted siren song lured unwitting sailors to their doom. This afternoon, we make a stop in Boppard, and here CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY:

  • if you don’t mind climbing steps, join an excursion to MARKSBURG, the only castle on the Middle Rhine to escape destruction or ruin. You’ll be taken through the kitchens and dining area, along the battlements overlooking the Rhine, to the bedrooms and torture room, and to the chapel. Marksburg Castle is one of the principal sites of the WORLD HERITAGE Rhine Gorge, or;
  • explore the ancient city of Koblenz on a GUIDED WALK with an expert guide. Then, take a cable car ride up to historic EHRENBREITSTEIN CASTLE and soak up the beautiful panoramic view from above the banks of the Rhine, or;
  • participate in a unique VOLCANO EXPERIENCE! A short coach transfer from your ship takes you to the “LAVA CITY” of Mendig, where basalt, cold lava, was mined. Tour this labyrinth of mining corridors which, in the early 19th century, became beer storage cellars.
Rejoin your ship and spend some free time in Koblenz late this afternoon. Standing at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, this 2,000-year-old city is the cultural and business center of the Middle Rhine region. During dinner, cruise to Engers where you dock overnight and enjoy a CONCERT performance at Castle
Engers. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4Bonn–Cologne

A leisurely start this morning as you head for Bonn, Germany’s seat of Government before the country was reunified. The morning is yours to explore on your own, or you may prefer to participate in an optional excursion. A short sail during lunchtime brings you to Cologne, one of Germany’s largest cities and capital of the Rhineland. The city straddles the Rhine and is known for its soaring, twin-steepled gothic cathedral. Step ashore and CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY:

  • Cologne is home to unusual museums that offer a unique perspective on German history, life, and death. COLOGNE OFF THE BEATEN TRACK leaves the hubbub of well-traveled tourist attractions to explore offbeat sites, including a cemetery, and museums featuring the Olympics; tolerance; and European handicrafts. And you’ll be introduced to the Kölsch lifestyle and mindset, or;
  • chocaholics may delight at visiting the CHOCOLATE MUSEUM and learn about the role of chocolate in old South American cultures, such as the Mayas and the Aztecs, and the European elite. Visitors are taken through the process of chocolate production from the farm to the candy store, continuing through a greenhouse where two species of cacao trees are grown and then on through the industrialization of chocolate production, including vintage advertising campaigns, or;
  • for the more traditionally minded, a CITY WALK is a journey of discovery taking visitors through the area immediately surrounding the Cathedral and the narrow alleyways of the Old Town. The walk passes by the Romano-Germanic Museum with its famous Dionysus mosaic, the Town Hall, Alter Markt (the old market) and Gross St. Martin (Great St. Martin).
Your ship remains docked in Cologne until late tonight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5Düsseldorf–Duisburg

This morning, wake up in Düsseldorf where after breakfast you might like to join an optional biking tour, or visit some microbreweries to try a variety of Altbiers. Rejoin your ship for lunch and enjoy leisurely sailing to Duisburg. Located on the western edge of the Ruhr industrial area, Duisburg is renowned for its steel industry and its large inland harbor (one of the largest in the world), and is therefore an important venue for commerce. Here, CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY:

  • visit the ZOLLVEREIN COAL MINE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hundreds of coal mines produced coal in the Ruhr area, but only one has the distinction of being a World Heritage Site—with good reason: the Zollverein Coal Mine is a masterpiece of industrial architecture, or;
  • for a more active option, discover the idyllic landscapes and forests around Duisburg on a GUIDED HIKE, or;
  • the culinary spectrum of the multicultural Metropolis Ruhr is gigantic. Local cuisine, with both hearty and refined creations, spoils its customers. Join us on a CULINARY WALK and experience the real life of German Essen (food) on a behind-the-scenes look at the city.
Sail away from Duisburg in the early evening. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6Xanten

Today you are in Xanten, a historic Roman city in the German region of North Rhine Westphalia. The city is known for its archaeological park and is altogether a treasure for archaeologists as it is the only Roman town north of the Alps which has not been built over since the collapse of the Roman Empire. This afternoon, CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY:

  • you are invited to participate in the ROMAN GAMES at the Archaeological Park, where you will get first-hand experience of life during the Roman Empire, or;
  • take part in a ROMAN CLOTHES WORKSHOP. The course provides an opportunity to dress up in genuine Roman attire—even in antiquity it was said, “You are what you wear!” or;
  • enjoy a BIKE TOUR along the Rhine.
This evening, prepare for a special GALA FAREWELL DINNER featuring dishes that were similar to those served in Roman times. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7Amsterdam, Holland

Holland’s vibrant and sophisticated capital has a rich 700-year history and a distinct ambiance, where there is always a plethora of things to see and do. After breakfast this morning, CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY:

  • discover your inner artist by joining a PAINTING CLASS to discover some of the secrets of famous names like Van Gogh, Rembrandt, or Warhol! A warm welcome with coffee, tea, and petit fours sets the tone for this interesting and artistic workshop which is sure to inspire your creativity. Get to work like Van Gogh or paint a selfportrait like Rembrandt! Of course, your work of art is yours to take home with you, or;
  • perhaps a more active choice is more appealing: a RUNNING TOUR in Amsterdam is a great way to explore a city! Enjoy the beauty of Amsterdam while burning off a few calories! No need to worry about the pace—we’ll take it easy with regular stops at the major sights. The distance is about 7.5 Kms (4.6 miles) and a “running commentary” is provided by experienced runners, all native “Amsterdammers”, or;
  • take a traditional tour of the city’s grachten on a CANAL CRUISE. Besides providing a stunning backdrop to the city’s historical center, floating down Amsterdam’s canals is one of the most memorable ways to discover the city’s sights and attractions. After the canal cruise, explore some of the off-the-beaten-track parts of the city with your expert guide. Return to your ship for an excellent buffet lunch and then decide how to spend your afternoon. Perhaps you wish to venture out and explore more of the city on your own (but look out for the bicycles!), or stay busy by joining one of our optional excursions, such as biking in the Dutch countryside?
Your last dinner on board reminds you that you are in Holland and introduces you to some Dutch specialties. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8Amsterdam (Disembarkation)

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning! (Breakfast)

Ship Details

Felicity

Felicity

Enjoy cruising along Europe's celebrated rivers aboard this magnificent ship. Accommodating only 138 passengers, the Avalon Felicity offers the intimate feeling of a small ship while providing the spaciousness passengers have come to expect from the Avalon fleet. The roomy and well-appointed staterooms feature a minimum of 172 square feet of space and are the largest of the European rivers today. All staterooms and suites include a well-stocked minibar, spacious closet, flatscreen satellite TV and radio, Comfort Collection Beds, and a large private bathroom complete with a full shower, hairdryer, and premium bath amenities. For the more active guests, desirable onboard amenities include a Fitness Center and Sky Deck complete with whirlpool. Complimentary computer use in public areas and Wi-Fi access allow passengers to share their experience with friends and family at home. See ship details below and view all Avalon Felicity Europe river cruises.

Included Amenities

  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows
  • Non-smoking interior and staterooms
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Headsets for guided shore excursions in Europe
  • Sightseeing with Certified Local Guides
  • Room service for Continental breakfast & beverages (service fee applies)
  • Complimentary computer use in public areas
  • Hair salon
  • Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, including decaf options
  • Bicycles available onboard for complimentary check-out
  • Behind-the-scenes galley tour
  • Nordic walking sticks available onboard for complimentary check-out
  • English-speaking TV channels with over 100 free movie options
  • Sky Deck game area
  • Well-stocked library
  • Full-size closet mirror
  • Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs and shade awnings
  • Elevator
  • Outside viewing deck
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew and Cruise Director
  • Onboard lectures, activities & nightly entertainment
  • Sky Deck whirlpool
  • Fitness Center
  • Lounges and upscale bar serving premium spirits
  • Biking excursions available in Amsterdam and Breisach
  • Avalon Choice® cruising experience
  • Choice of Leisurely, Traditional or Independent sightseeing pace options
  • Local FavoritesSM onboard experiences to bring the customs, cultures and tastes of your destinations to life, including local entertainers, artisans & experts
  • Onboard assistance is available to recommend, reserve and further personalize your cruise
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day

Staterooms & Suites

Avalon Deluxe Stateroom (Cat. E) - 172 sq. ft.
Features
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Choice of bed configuration
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • L'Occitane bath products
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Alarm clock
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Individual climate control
  • Large mirror in bathroom
  • Full shower with glass door
  • Vanity and lighted makeup mirror
  • Luxurious mattress toppers
  • European-style duvets
  • Extra blankets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Hairdryer
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • In-room safe
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Two windows
  • Writing desk and chair
Avalon Deluxe Stateroom (Cat. A, B, P) - 172 sq. ft.
Features
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Choice of bed configuration
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • L'Occitane bath products
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Alarm clock
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Individual climate control
  • Large mirror in bathroom
  • Full shower with glass door
  • Vanity and lighted makeup mirror
  • Luxurious mattress toppers
  • European-style duvets
  • Extra blankets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Hairdryer
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • In-room safe
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass door with French Balcony
  • Writing desk and chair
Avalon Suite - 258 sq. ft.
Features
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Choice of bed configuration
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • L'Occitane bath products
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Alarm clock
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Individual climate control
  • Large mirror in bathroom
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass door with French Balcony
  • Writing desk and chair
  • Sofa
  • Luxurious mattress toppers
  • European-style duvets
  • Extra blankets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Hairdryer
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • In-room safe
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Marble countertops in bathroom
  • Full shower with glass door
  • Vanity and lighted makeup mirror
  • Coffee table
DECK PLANS

Hotels

Frankfurt
Amsterdam

Frankfurt

The Westin Grand Frankfurt

The Westin Grand Frankfurt Konrad-Adenauer Str. 7, Frankfurt,  Germany Konrad-Adenauer Str. 7
Frankfurt, Germany

Hotel as shown or similar

Hotel Amenities

Room Amenities

Amsterdam

Moevenpick Amsterdam City

Moevenpick Amsterdam City Piet Heinkade 11, Amsterdam,  Netherlands Piet Heinkade 11
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Free WifiFree Wifi

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class

A stylish 408-room hotel in the perfect location, this waterfront property offers Free Wi-Fi internet access throughout. The chic restaurant serves creative international cuisine and there is a fabulous bar serving drinks and light snacks which is also a great spot for a nightcap. For relaxation there is a Lifestyle Studio featuring a gym, Finnish sauna, bio sauna & ice fountain.

Hotel Amenities

Restaurant On-Site
Luggage Storage
Fitness Room
Currency Exchange
Free WiFi
Bar/Lounge
Business Center
ATM
Parking/Valet
Gift Shop
Concierge desk
Dry Cleaning
Spa Services
Elevator
Room Amenities

Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
In-Room Safe
Disabled Access / Rooms
Non-smoking Rooms
Smoking Rooms
Wake-Up Calls
Television
Room Service
Climate Control
Pay Movies
Internet Access
Coffee Maker
Desk
Hair Dryer
Mini-bar
Window Opens
Air Conditioning
Phone
Voicemail
Iron/Ironing Board
Cable/Satellite
Complimentary Toiletries

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

No Excursions are available at this time.

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