Active & Discovery on the Rhine (Southbound) 2019

8 day River Cruise Amsterdam to Mainz

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Overview

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 full day of activities. 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 tour in Dusseldorf 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 speciality 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! 

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 full day of activities. 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 tour in Dusseldorf 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 speciality 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! 

Itinerary

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.

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.

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.

Classic
<p>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.</p>
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.

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.

Day 1 Amsterdam

  • Meals included:
  • Dinner

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. 

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 cafes of Amsterdam.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ARNHEM

Day 3 Arnhem

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Wildlife, WWII Valor, and the Ways of the Dutch Days

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.

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

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 Guided Sightseeing Tour of Arnhem's courageous past with impressive monuments and places of remembrance 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.

Take a Guided Tour of Arnhem's Open Air Museum to get a rare peek into the everyday lives of ancient Dutch farmers, fisherman 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 DUSSELDORF

Day 4 Dusseldorf

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Avant-Garde Architecture and Amazing Altbiers

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 main sights in Dusseldorf on a biking tour. At each point, your guide will share fascinating highlights about Dusseldorf and its interesting history, 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.

Experience Dusseldorf Old Town and get an insight into its culinary diversity 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.

Join a classic tour of Dusseldorf with a visit to the city's Old Town to 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 Dusseldorf's microbrewies to try a variety of Altbiers.

Later enjoy live entertainment on board.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE

Day 5 Cologne

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland

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.

For a unique view of Cologne’s history and beauty, join us on a Jogging Tour of the city, 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 an off-the-beaten-path guided tour to discover the Belgian Quarter of Cologne, 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.

Visit Cologne’s Chocolate Museum and learn the process of chocolate production and ancient history of this food of the gods, 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.

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 whilst having dinner on board.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ENGERS

Day 6 Koblenz—Rhine Gorge - Rudesheim

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Fortress Walls and Manor Halls Where the Rhine and Moselle Meet

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.

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

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.

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

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 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 Mainz

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Forests and Famous Vineyards

Enjoy an early morning sail to Mainz before breakfast.

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 Nature Walk along one of the Rheinsteig walking trails through Eltville’s idyllic forests and vineyards, 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 guided walk through the historic Old Town of Eltville am Rhein—well known as the City of Wine—with wine tasting included, 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.

Discover the Romanesque beauty of Eberbach Monastery, the location of almost all interior scenes of the film version of Umberto Eco's dark medieval murder mystery, "The Name of 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 Mainz (Disembarkation)

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Questions? Our travel specialists can help with any queries, quotes or special requirements.  Request a callback or email us.

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.

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