Join Sandy and Stacey
EXCLUSIVE SOLO TRAVELLERS TOUR
Max. Group Size 24
Tour Leaders: Sandy Lidka and Stacey Cruise - owners of Further Afield Travel and Tours
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 Amster-dam 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 fas-cinating 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 inclu-sions to see each destination your way!
SEPTEMBER 28 - Amsterdam (Embarkation):Onboard welcome reception
SEPTEMBER 29 - Amsterdam:Choice of painting class, or jogging tour, or culinary walk, or canal cruise
SEPTEMBER 30 - Xanten:Choice of bike tour along the Rhine, or visit the Archeological Park, or Roman Games at the Archaeological Park, or Roman clothes workshop
OCTOBER 1 - Duisburg–Düsseldorf:Choice of visit the Zollverein coal mine, or guided hike around Duisburg, or culinary walk in Duisburg; free time in Düsseldorf
OCTOBER 2 - Cologne–Bonn–Engers:Choice of jogging tour, or Cologne sightseeing off the beaten track, or visit the chocolate museum, or Cologne highlights walking tour; free time in Bonn
OCTOBER 3 - Koblenz–Boppard–Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim:Choice of visit to Marksburg Castle, or Ehrenbreitstein Fortress with cable car ride; or Volcano Tour experience with a visit to the monastery at “Maria Laach”; cruise through the Rhine Gorge; free time in Rüdesheim
OCTOBER 4 - Eltville–Mainz:Choice of visit to the Eberbach Monastery, or Eltville guided tour with wine tasting, or hiking in Eltville
OCTOBER 5 - Mainz (Disembarkation):Your vacation ends this morning
PRECRIUSE DAY IN AMSTERDAM
One night hotel stay
City tour of Amsterdam
YOUR SHIP - AVALON'S PANORAMA
A unique Suite Ship®, the Avalon Panorama was the first of its kind in the industry with two full decks of suites featuring a Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window that transforms the living space into a unique Open-Air BalconySM. As you cruise along Europe's finest rivers, enjoy the fresh breeze and enchanting scenery from the comfort of your suite. With 200 square feet, the Panorama SuiteSM is more than 30% larger than the industry standard, and it gives you the unparalleled opportunity to wake up each morning facing the magnificent passing scenery. Exciting onboard amenities include complimentary computer use in public areas and Wi-Fi access, a well-stocked library, a Fitness Center, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, shade system, whirlpool, and delightful Sky Bistro. There's no better way to cruise in Europe than in the spacious comfort offered on the Avalon Panorama.
* Further Afield Travel and Tours is booking Solo Travellers Only for our small group tour. However, other passengers booked through Avalon Waterways will be onboard.
Upon landing enjoy a city tour of Amsterdam. Settle into your hotel and join your group for a welcome dinner.
Enjoy a canal cruise before boarding your ship, Avalon's Panorama.
Your afternoon in Amsterdam is free to explore at your leisure the colorful cafés, galleries, bridges, and canals.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM
Colourful Amsterdam—with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age
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:
Attend a Painting Class and be inspired by the masters’ techniques. Paint your own canvas and discover your inner artist, OR:
Join leisurely Culinary Walk in one of Amsterdam’s famous districts, where you’ll and sample savory and sweet Dutch specialties, OR:
Enjoy a Guided Canal Cruise to explore the iconic waterways and sites of Amsterdam. Later, learn the secrets of this unique city with 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
Roman Treasure and Priceless Archaeological Discoveries
Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Stretch Class on board.
Join a Guided Bike Tour in the picturesque German countryside, OR:
Take a step back in time through a Roman Experience Workshop, including adorning yourself in Roman garb—a story you’ll have forever OR:
Join in the Roman Games at the Archeological Park and get first-hand experience of life and leisure time during Roman Empire, OR:
Enjoy a visit to the Archeological Park along with a leisurely walking tour of the town of Xanten before returning to the ship.
Enjoy a dinner this evening, featuring dishes reminiscent of Roman cuisine.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DUISBURG
A Masterpiece of Industrial Architecture and Idyllic Forests
Join a Guided Hike through the idyllic landscapes and forests around Duisburg, OR:
Take a Guided Culinary Walk through this multicultural Metropolis of the Ruhr Region and experience authentic German and Turkish specialties, OR:
Discover one of the most unique UNESCO World Heritage Sites through a Guided Tour of the Zollverein Coal mine. Don’t be fooled by the name—its beauty and scope will surprise you.
Enjoy lunch on board as you cruise to 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
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland’s Capital CityStart your day with a Morning Stretch Class with your Avalon Adventure Host.
For a unique view of Cologne’s history and beauty, join us on a Jogging Tour of the city, OR:
Join an off-the-beaten-path Guided Tour to discover the quaint Belgian Quarter of Cologne, OR:
Visit Cologne’s Chocolate Museum and learn the process of chocolate production and ancient history of this food of the gods, OR:
Take a leisurely Guided City Walk of Cologne for a view of her must-see sights, including the Old City and 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
Fortress Walls and Manor Halls Where the Rhine and Moselle Meet
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:
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:
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 take in the breathtaking beauty of the Rhine Gorge as you cruise on your way to Rüdesheim.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN RÜDESHEIM
Sparkling Wines, Fruitful Vines, and Forests Sublime
Join a Guided Hike along one of the Rheinsteig hiking trails through Eltville’s idyllic forests and vineyards, OR:
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:
Discover the romanesque beauty of Eberbach Monastery.
Turning the Pages of History
The afternoon is free to explore Mainz— famous as the home of the invention of the movable-type printing press. Stroll around the city and maybe visit the Gutenberg Museum
This evening, enjoy an authentic German Dinner on board.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning
Departure Date: September 26, 2019
Return Date: October 5, 2019
Bookings are for Solo Travellers Only. However, you are welcome to double up in staterooms. Please note that the group size is limited to 24 travellers.
You will be travelling with Sandy Lidka and Stacey Cruise as your tour leads. Although Further Afield is only booking Solo Travellers the ship will have additional passengers.
Notes from Avalon Waterways
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 consolate(s); responsibilty for obtaining visas rests with the traveller.
We appreciate your business and look forward to working with you again soon.