New for 2018

Active Discovery on the Rhine

Explore the Rhine River from a unique perspective on this 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 colourful 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 inclusions to see each destination your way! 

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a cruise director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Wine & beer with lunch and dinner
  • Excursions
  • Gratuities on cruise
  • All airport and port taxes

Your cruise at a glance

  • Amsterdam
    • Take a painting class, canal boat cruise or explore the city on a jogging tour.
  • Duisburg
    • Visit the Zollverein coal mine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; take a guided hike in the forests around Duisburg or explore Essen on a culinary walk.
  • Cologne
    • Explore the city’s 'off the beaten track' spots, visit the Chocolate Museum or enjoy an escorted city walking tour.
  • Rudesheim
    • Visit Eberbach Monastery, join a guided walk around Eltville or along its hiking trails.

On board art class

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Amsterdam

  • Meals included:
  • Dinner

Travel to Amsterdam where you will be met and transferred to your suite ship.

Welcome to Amsterdam. Your day is free to explore the colourful cafes, galleries, bridges and canals at your leisure.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM

 

Day 2 Amsterdam

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Colourful Amsterdam—with canals, crooked houses and cuisine of a Golden Age

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.

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

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.

Attend a Painting Class and be inspired by the masters’ techniques. Paint your own canvas and discover your inner artist, OR:

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.

 Join a leisurely Culinary Walk in one of Amsterdam’s famous districts, where you’ll sample savoury and sweet Dutch specialities, OR:

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.

Enjoy a Guided Canal Cruise to explore the iconic waterways and sites of Amsterdam. Later, learn the secrets of this unique city with 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 cafes of Amsterdam.

Later, enjoy a welcome dinner on board your ship.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO XANTEN

Day 3 Xanten

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Roman treasure and priceless archaeological discoveries

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.

Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a morning stretch class on board.

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.

Join a guided bike tour in the picturesque German countryside, OR:

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.

Take a step back in time through a Roman Experience Workshop, including adorning yourself in Roman garb—a story you’ll have forever, OR:

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.

Join in the Roman Games at the Archeological Park and get first-hand experience of life and leisure time during Roman Empire, OR:

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.

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

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CHOICE

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 three 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.

Prices & cabin details

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