New for 2018

Active Discovery on the Rhine

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.

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 speciality dishes while cruising.

Your Rhine River cruise ends 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. Or you might choose an included painting class, instead, to recreate the masterpieces of Dutch artists.

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.

Cycling along the Rhine

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Mainz, Germany (Embarkation)

  • Meals included:
  • Dinner

Fly to Frankfurt where you will be met and transferred to your ship.

Welcome aboard your Avalon Suite ship.

The day is yours to explore Mainz.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN MAINZ.

Day 2 Mainz. Excursion to Eltville.

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

 

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 some exercise before lunch, join a guided hike along one of the Hike Rheinsteig trails through Eltville’s idyllic forest 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 a 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.

Visit the romanesque beauty of Eberbach Monastery.

This evening, enjoy an authentic German Dinner on board.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN RÜDESHEIM

Day 3 Rüdesheim—Rhine Gorge

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The scenic and majestic Rhine Gorge

Enjoy lunch on board as you cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Boppard.

BOPPARD

A peaceful jewel on the Rhine

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.

Take a guided walk of ancient Koblenz with a cable car ride to Ehrenbreitstein Castle for a spectacular panoramic view.

At day’s end, you’ll dine aboard your ship as you cruise to Engers.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ENGERS

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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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