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Tour Leader: Sandy Lidka - owner 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 Amsterdam 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 fascinating 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, Holland (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception
SEPTEMBER 29 - Amsterdam: Choice of painting class, or jogging tour, or culinary walk, or canal cruise
Arnhem: Choice of hike in the Hoge Veluwe National Park, or join a sightseeing tour of Arnhem (courageous past or Open Air Museum)
Nijmegen: Guided OPTIONAL Excursion to the Windmill of Thorn or take an OPTIONAL Cooking Workshop
OCTOBER 1 - Düsseldorf: biking tour of Düsseldorf, or experience Düsseldorf's Old Town (insight into culinary diversity), or a guided tour of Düsseldorf. OPTIONAL guided excursion to Düsseldorf microbrewies.
OCTOBER 2 - Cologne: Choice of jogging tour, or Cologne sightseeing off the beaten track, or visit the chocolate museum, or Cologne highlights walking tour
OCTOBER 3 - Koblenz–Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim: Choice of visit to Marksburg Castle, or Volcano Tour experience with a visit to the monastery at “Maria Laach”; or Guided walking tour of ancient Koblenz (including cable car ride to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress) -- cruise through the Rhine Gorge; free time in Rüdesheim
OCTOBER 4 - Mainz: Choice Guided Nature Walk along one of the Rheinsteig or Guided walking tour through the historic Old Town of Eltville am Rhein or discover the Romanesque beauty of Eberbach Monastery. Guided OPTIONAL sightseeing tour on the main with a visti to the Gutenberg Museum.
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.
This afternoon you might take a Guided Optional Bike Excursion through the Dutch countryside, or an Optional Kayaking Excursion. Alternately, take an optional Excursion to Holland's beautiful medieval Muiderslot Castle.
Spend free time strolling at your leisure through the galleries and cafés of Amsterdam.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ARNHEM
Wildlife WWII Valor and the Ways of Dutch Days
Go on a hike in the Doge Veluwe National Park with a Nature Expert and discover its abundance of wildlife, including deer, wild boar and mouflon (wild sheep) OR:
Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Arnhem's courageous past with impressive monuments and places of rememberance, OR:
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.
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
Avant-Garde Architecture and Amazing Altbiers
See the main sights in Düsseldorf's on a biking tour. At each point, your guide will share fascinating highlighting about Düsseldorf and its interesting history, OR:
Experience Düsseldorf's Old Town and get an insight into its culinary diversity, OR:
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
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland.
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 in Cologne for a view of her 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
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 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:
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
Forests and famous vineyards
Enjoy an early morning sail to Mainz before breakfast.
Join a Guided Nature Walk along one of the Rheinsteig walking trails through Eltville's idyllic forest 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, 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.
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.