Explore the Rhine River your way on Avalon Active & Discovery river cruise. Choose included classic sightseeing, Active excursions, or Discovery activities in culture and cuisine. Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, or an art lover, you’ll find the Avalon Choice® inclusions that speak to you! 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. Aboard your Avalon Suite Ship®, 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 streets and row house doors of Amsterdam your way—from a relaxing canal cruise to a leisurely biking tour—all at your pace! Choose a painting class to recreate the masterpieces of Dutch artists. Join us for a Rhine River cruise like no other, with more freedom to cruise your way.
Avalon has designed 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:
DAY 1 - FRANKFURT, GERMANY (EMBARKATION), (D)
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.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN MAINZ
DAY 2 - MAINZ. EXCURSIONS TO ELTVILLE, (B, L, D)
Fantastical Forests and Famous Vineyards
Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.
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:
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:
Visit the Romanesque Beauty of Eberbach Monastery, the filming location of almost all the interior scenes of Umberto Eco’s dark medieval murder mystery “The Name of the Rose".
Sail to Rüdesheim this afternoon, where you will have time to discover this picturesque village.
Enjoy dinner on board while cruising to Bingen this evening.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BINGEN
DAY 3 - RHINE GORGE–BOPPARD, (B, L, D)
Spectacular Riverscapes and a Jewel on the Rhine
Enjoy breakfast on board as you cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Boppard.
Take a Guided Tour of Marksburg Castle, visit its battlements overlooking the Rhine, and take a scenic walk down the surrounding hillside to Brauback Old town, 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, OR:
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
DAY 4 – BONN, (B, L, D)
Biergartens in Beethoven’s Birthplace
Take advantage of some free time in Bonn this morning.
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:
Discover the people and true spirit of Cologne on this fascinating guided walking tour through the Belgian Quarter, 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 sight, including the Old City and its soaring twin-steepled Gothic cathedral.
Enjoy live entertainment on board this evening.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DÜSSELDORF
DAY 5 – DÜSSELDORF, (B, L, D)
Avant-Garde Architecture and Amazing Altbiers
Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.
Join a City Biking Tour to discover interesting stories about the sights and the city itself along the way, OR:
Experience Düsseldorf’s Old Town and get an insight into its culinary diversity, OR:
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.
Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to Düsseldorf’s microbreweries to try a variety of Altbiers.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ARNHEM
DAY 6 – ARNHEM, (B, L, D)
Wildlife, WWII Valor, and Van Gogh
Biking Join a Biking Tour on the Hoge Veluwe National Park and admire its diversity of scenery, from dense forests to sand dune, OR:
Join a Guided Sightseeing to discover Arnhem-a key WWII operations site and home to impressive historical monuments and memorials-then visit a medieval castle for a regional herb and vegetable product tasting, OR:
Take a Guided Tour of Arnhem’s Kröller-Müller Museum with the world’s second largest Van Gogh collection
Delicious Dutch Specialties and Famous Mills
Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Windmill of Thorn or an Optional Cooking Workshop.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM
DAY 7 - AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND, (B, L, D)
Colorful Canals of Amsterdam
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:
Join a Biking Tour through the Dutch countryside past polders, dykes, and quaint centuries-old villages, OR:
Enjoy a Guided Canal Cruise to explore the iconic waterways and sites of Amsterdam.
This afternoon consider an Optional Culinary Walk in one of Amsterdam’s famous districts, or an Optional Kayaking Excursion.
Spend free time strolling at leisure through the galleries and cafés of Amsterdam.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM
DAY 8 - AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION), (B)
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.
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Personalize your vacation plans: Add Pre or Post Hotels, airfare, optional activities. Speak with one of our Travel Specialists.
In the even of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motor coach 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.
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