Avalon – Tour Details 2018-11-14T21:48:21+00:00

Active & Discovery on the Rhine – Northbound 2019 - 8 days Mainz to Amsterdam

Active & Discovery on the Rhine – Northbound 2019

8 days Mainz to Amsterdam

Starting at $3,249

Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals

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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 tour in Düsseldorf 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. On board, you’ll pass through the magnif-icent Rhine Gorge and enjoy specialty dishes while cruising. Your Rhine River cruise ends in Amsterdam for a day full of activities. See the colorful 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 in-cluded 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!

Destination & Sightseeing

Day 1 Mainz (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception
Day 2 Mainz–Rüdesheim: choice of nature walk in Eltville, Eltville guided tour with wine tasting, or visit to the Eberbach Monastery; free time in Rüdesheim
Day 3 Rhine Gorge–Boppard–Engers: cruise through the Rhine Gorge; choice of visit to Marksburg Castle, Volcano Tour experience with a visit to the monastery at “Maria Laach,” or Ehrenbreitstein Fortress with a ca-ble-car ride
Day 4 Bonn–Cologne: free time in Bonn; choice of jogging tour, Cologne off-the-beaten-track sightseeing, a visit to the chocolate museum, or a Cologne highlights walking tour
Day 5 Düsseldorf: choice of Bike Tour, guided city sightseeing, or guided culinary walk
Day 6 Arnhem–Nijmegen: choice of hike in the National Park, Arnhem guided sightseeing, or guided tour of Arnhem’s Kröller-Müller Museum; free time in Nijmegen
Day 7 Amsterdam: choice of jogging tour, painting class, culinary walk, or canal cruise
Day 8 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning
  • 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.


How Suite It Is! Welcome Aboard Your Avalon Suite Ship®. Flights into Frankfurt must arrive before 3 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. The day is yours to explore Mainz. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN MAINZ
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Forests and Famous Vineyards ACTIVE 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 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.” Enjoy a brief cruise on your way to the picturesque village of Rüdesheim.This evening, enjoy dinner on board while cruising to Bingen. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BINGEN
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The Majestic Rhine Gorge and a Peaceful Jewel on the Rhine Enjoy breakfast on board as you cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Boppard. 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. Also, enjoy a visit to the nearby Monastery at “Maria Laach,” OR: CLASSIC Take a leisurely Guided Walk in 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
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Day 4 BONN
Beethoven’s Birthplace, Beer Gardens, and History on the Rhine Take advantage of some free time in Bonn this morning, or choose to join an Optional Guided Excursion before sailing to Cologne while having lunch on board. COLOGNE Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland 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 its must-see sights, including the Old City and its soaring twin-steepled Gothic cathedral. Enjoy live entertainment on board this evening. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DÜSSELDORF
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Avant-Garde Architecture and Amazing Altbiers ACTIVE See the main sights in Düsseldorf’s on a biking tour. At each point, your guide will share fascinating highlights about Düsseldorf and its interesting history, OR: DISCOVERY Experience Düsseldorf’s Old Town and get an insight into its culinary diversity, OR: CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour of Düsseldorf with a visit to the city’s Old Town, and 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 Düsseldorf’s microbreweries to try a variety of Altbiers. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ARNHEM (B,L,D)
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Wildlife, WWII Valor, and Van Gogh ACTIVE 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 Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Arnhem’s courageous past with impressive monuments and places of remembrance, OR: 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 a Windmill, or take an Optional Cooking Workshop. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM
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Colorful Amsterdam—with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age 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, OR: DISCOVERY Join a leisurely Culinary Walk in one of Amsterdam’s famous districts, where you’ll sample savory and sweet Dutch specialties, OR: CLASSIC 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 cafés of Amsterdam. Later, enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board your ship. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM (B,L,D)
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Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.


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