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Active & Discovery on the Rhine

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Join this Avalon Active & Discovery river cruise that explores on some of the stunning cities along the Rhine River. See the colourful corners of Amsterdam your way or choose an included painting class, instead, to recreate the masterpieces of Dutch artists. Visit the Chocolate Museum in Cologne, take a guided “bites and highlights” tour 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.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Amsterdam, Holland | Embark
Day 2 : Amsterdam
Day 3 : Arnhem | Nijmegen
Day 4 : Düsseldorf
Day 5 : Cologne
Day 6 : Koblenz | Rhine Gorge | Rüdesheim
Day 7 : Mainz
Day 8 : Frankfurt | Disembark

Highlights

  • Attend a painting class and be inspired by the masters’ techniques
  • Join a hike in the Hoge Veluwe National Park with a Nature Expert
  • Learn the process of chocolate production in the Chocolate Museum
  • Discover the Romanesque beauty of Eberbach Monastery

Ship

Avalon Expression

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Amsterdam is known for its citizens' love for bikes! Enjoy time in Dusseldorf Cruise the Rhine through Cologne Visit castle ruins in the German countryside Admire the colorful buildings of historic Frankfurt

Day 1 Amsterdam, Holland | Embark

Welcome aboard your Avalon Suite Ship. Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Your day in Amsterdam is free to explore at your leisure the colorful cafés, galleries, bridges, and canals.

Day 2 Amsterdam

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Active: 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: 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:

Active: Join a biking tour through the Dutch countryside past polders, dykes, and quaint centuries-old villages, OR:

Classic: Enjoy a guided canal cruise to explore the iconic waterways and sites of Amsterdam.

This afternoon you might take an optional kayaking excursion. Alternatively, take a guided optional excursion to Holland’s beautiful medieval Muiderslot Castle.
Spend free time strolling at leisure through the galleries and cafés of Amsterdam.

Day 3 Arnhem | Nijmegen

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Active: Go on a hike in the Hoge Veluwe National Park with a nature expert and discover its abundance of wildlife, including deers, wild boars, and mouflons

Active: Biking join a biking tour on the Hoge Veluwe National Park and admire its diversity of scenery, from dense forests to high sand dune

Discovery: Join guided sightseeing of Arnhem past impressive monuments and places of remembrance

Classic: Take a guided tour of Arnhem’s Kröller-Müller Museum with the world’s second-largest Van Gogh collection.

NIJMEGEN
Delicious Dutch specialties and famous mills You may join a guided optional excursion to the Windmill of Thorn or an optional cooking workshop.

Day 4 Düsseldorf

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Active: Join a city biking tour to discover interesting stories about the sights and the city itself along the way, OR:

Discovery: Experience Düsseldorf’s Old Town and get an insight into its culinary diversity, OR:

Classic: 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.

This afternoon you might take a guided optional excursion to Düsseldorf’s microbreweries to try a variety of Altbiers.

Day 5 Cologne

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Active: For a unique view of Cologne’s history and beauty, join us on a jogging tour of the city, OR:

Discovery: Join an off-the-beaten-path guided tour to discover the quaint Belgian Quarter of Cologne, OR:

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

Classic: Take a leisurely guided city walk of Cologne for a view of her must-see sights, including the Old City and its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral
 

Day 6 Koblenz | Rhine Gorge | Rüdesheim

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Active: 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: 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: 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 Rüdesheim, where you will have time to discover this picturesque village.

Day 7 Mainz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy an early morning sail to Mainz before breakfast.

Active: For some exercise before lunch, join a guided nature walk along one of the Rheinsteig walking trails through Eltville’s idyllic forests and vineyards, OR:

Discovery: 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: 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.”

Day 8 Frankfurt | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

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Flexible Rebooking Policy
Travelers currently booked on departures from March 14-June 30, 2020 can rebook to any voyage departing before December 31, 2022, with no rebooking fees. Plus, receive a travel credit of $200 per person redeemable for future travel. 
Applies to all departures up to Dec 31, 2020

Flexible New Booking Policy
For new reservations made from March 24, 2020, forward travelers have the option to cancel their trip up to three days prior to departure and normal cancellation penalties will be waived. Deposits remain non-refundable. Some restrictions may apply. Contact us for more details.
Applies to all departures up to Dec 31, 2020

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$3,599
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Cat. E
Avalon Deluxe Stateroom: 172 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Complimentary bottled water, Individual climate control, Mirror in the bathroom, Full shower with glass door, Vanity, Memory foam mattress, European-style duvets, Extra blankets, Hairdryer, and Spacious 3-door closets.
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Cat. D
Avalon Deluxe Stateroom: 172 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Complimentary bottled water, Individual climate control, Mirror in the bathroom, Full shower with glass door, Vanity, Luxurious mattress, European-style duvets, Extra blankets, Hairdryer, and Spacious 3-door closets
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Cat. B
Panorama Suite: 200 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Telephone, In-room safe, Contemporary design, Marble countertops in the bathroom, 6-person sitting area, Writing desk, Sofa, Memory foam mattress, European-style duvets.
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Cat. A
Panorama Suite: 200 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Telephone, In-room safe, contemporary design, Marble countertops in the bathroom, 6-person sitting area, Writing desk, Sofa, Luxurious mattress, European-style duvets.
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Cat. P
Panorama Suite: 200 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Telephone, Well-stocked minibar, In-room safe, Contemporary design, Marble countertops in the bathroom, 6-person sitting area, Writing desk, Sofa, Memory foam mattress, European-style duvets
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Royal Suite
Royal Suite: 300 SQ. FT. Comfort Collection Beds, Bedside tables with reading lamps, L'Occitane bath products, Under-bed luggage storage, Telephone, Well-stocked minibar, Marble countertops in the bathroom, Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air Balcony, Full shower with glass door, Luxurious mattress toppers, European-style duvets.

Notes

Throughout the Ship:
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Panoramic windows
  • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area, and premium lounges
  • Covered Observation Lounge
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day
Suites & Staterooms:
  • Comfort Collection Beds with choice of mattress firmness
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products
  • Large bathroom featuring a shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • USB Ports
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • And, much more.
Health & Fitness:
  • Bikes
  • Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Maps for hiking, biking, and jogging routes
  • Fitness and wellness activities
  • Fitbits®
  • All through your Avalon Adventure Host
Dining:
  • FlexDining for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our Panorama Dining Room
  • Avalon Fresh healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast options
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch at Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting)
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the Panorama Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes, and vegetarian options.
  • Enjoy a tasting menu with a view in the Panorama Bistro - a less formal "sit-down" atmosphere while lingering over several satisfying selections
  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests
  • Cocktails available on the Sky Deck
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day
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.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences.
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