Active & Discovery on the Rhine – Southbound 2019

8 Day River Cruise Amsterdam to Mainz

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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!


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Cruise at-a-Glance

Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation):Onboard welcome receptionDay 2 Amsterdam:Choice of jogging tour, painting class, culinary walk, or canal cruiseDay 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 NijmegenDay 4 Düsseldorf:Choice of Bike Tour, guided city sightseeing, or guided culinary walkDay 5 Cologne:Choice of jogging tour, Cologne off-the-beaten-track sightseeing, a visit to the chocolate mu-seum, or a Cologne highlights walking tourDay 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 RüdesheimDay 7 Mainz:Choice of nature walk in Eltville, Eltville guided tour with wine tasting, or visit to the Eberbach MonasteryDay 8 Mainz (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning

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Always Included

You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind—offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've designed a cruise experience that's just a bit different.

Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet’s unique ships.

Throughout the Ship
Suites & Staterooms
Health & Fitness
Dining

Throughout the Ship:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Panoramic windows
  • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges
  • Covered Observation Lounge
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day

Suites & Staterooms:

  • Comfort Collection BedsSM with choice of mattress firmness
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • And, much more.

Health & Fitness:

  • Bikes
  • Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes
  • Fitness and wellness activities
  • Fitbits®
  • All through your Avalon Adventure HostSM

Dining

  • FlexDiningSM for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our Panorama Dining Room
  • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast options
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch or Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting)
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the Panorama Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options.
  • Alternative Panorama Bistro dinner, featuring regional specialties and small plates
  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests
  • Cocktails available on the Sky Deck
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day

Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:

Classic
Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.
Discovery
We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.
Active
Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.
  • Plus independent exploration options and use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP.

Day-By-Day Itinerary

(B) = Breakfast   (L) = Lunch   (D) = Dinner

Day 1

(D)

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

Day 2

(B, L, D)

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

Day 3

(B, L, D)

ARNHEM

Wildlife, WWII Valor,and the Ways of Dutch Days

Active
Go on a hike in the Hoge 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

Day 4

(B, L, D)

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

Day 5

(B, L, D)

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

Day 6

(B, L, D)

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

Day 7

(B, L, D)

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

Day 8

(B)

MAINZ (DISEMBARKATION)

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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.

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 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

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). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyAvalon site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

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Amsterdam
Xanten
Dusseldorf
Rudesheim
Wiesbaden
Packages

Amsterdam

Zaanse Schans & the Symbols of Holland

Zaanse Schans & the Symbols of Holland

Tour a working windmill, watch wooden clogs being made, and visit a cheese farm on this exciting half-day guided excursion to Zaanse Schans!

Price Range: $

Muiderslot Castle

Muiderslot Castle

From Golden Age paintings to 13th-century arms and armor, discover the wonders of Muiderslot Castle, one of Holland's most beautiful medieval castle fortresses, on this captivating half-day guided tour.

Price Range: $$

Exclusive Kayak Adventure Through the Canals of Amsterdam

Exclusive Kayak Adventure Through the Canals of Amsterdam

Get a unique perspective of Amsterdam as you traverse the city's canals by kayak! Whether you're a hard-core kayaker or a newcomer to the activity, this fun guided excursion is perfect for anyone seeking an active adventure in the city.

Price Range: $$

Biking in Amsterdam

Biking in Amsterdam

Pedal your way past polders, dikes, and quaint, centuries-old villages on this exhilarating guided bike tour through the beautiful Dutch countryside.

Price Range: $$

Xanten

Night Watch in Xanten

Night Watch in Xanten

Join a night watchman on this special lantern-lit evening walking tour through ancient Xanten, where human settlements first cropped up over 4,000 years ago.

Price Range: $$

Dusseldorf

Düsseldorf Altbier Discovery Tour

Düsseldorf Altbier Discovery Tour

Join an expert guide for a tour and tasting of Düsseldorf¿s world-famous Altbiers! Learn all about these historic top-fermented beers, including what gives them their dark copper color and crisp, fruity taste. Prost!

Price Range: $

Düsseldorf on Two Wheels: City Center

Düsseldorf on Two Wheels: City Center

Discover Düsseldorf from the saddle of a bike on this invigorating 2-hour and half guided bike tour that shows off all the city's major highlights.

Price Range: $$

Rhine Tower Ascent with Sparkling Wine

Rhine Tower Ascent with Sparkling Wine

Discover Media Hafen, Düsseldorf's vibrantly redeveloped dock area, where you'll ascend the city's tallest building for magnificent views and a glass of delicious sparkling wine.

Price Range: $$

Rudesheim

Biking along the Rhine

Biking along the Rhine

Peddle your way around the picturesque wine village of Rüdesheim on this leisurely guided bike excursion along the banks of the Rhine.

Price Range: $$

Wiesbaden

The Other Side of Frankfurt

The Other Side of Frankfurt

Frankfurt may be a bustling major world metropolis, but you'll discover its quainter, simpler side during this guided sightseeing tour of its historic Römer district.

Price Range: $$

Packages

Celebration Packages

Celebration Packages

Celebrating a birthday or anniversary while you're cruising? Add an Avalon Celebration Package to your vacation. You can make your special day even more memorable with special touches ranging from flowers to a private cocktail reception.

Price Range: $$$$