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Avalon Waterways Active & Discovery on the Rhine (Northbound) (WWA)

8 Day River Cruise Frankfurt to Amsterdam 
Explore the Rhine River your way on Avalon Active & Discovery river cruise. Choose included classic sightseeing, Active excursions, or Discovery activities in culture and cuisine. Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, or an art lover, you’ll find the Avalon Choice® inclusions that speak to you! Visit the Chocolate Museum in Cologne, take a guided culinary walk 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. Aboard your Avalon Suite Ship®, you’ll pass through the magnificent Rhine Gorge and enjoy specialty dishes while cruising. Your Rhine River cruise ends in Amsterdam for a day full of activities. See the colorful streets and row house doors of Amsterdam your way—from a relaxing canal cruise to a leisurely biking tour, or a guided jogging tour of the city—all at your pace! Choose a painting class to recreate the masterpieces of Dutch artists. Join us for a Rhine River cruise like no other, with more freedom to cruise your way.

Ships: Expression
Special Offer/Promotion

Avalon Waterways Promotions & Special Offers

  • Save $2500 per couple on select 2021 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 06/01/21, 07/13/21, 08/24/21, 10/05/21
  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2021 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 06/01/21, 07/13/21, 08/24/21, 10/05/21
  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 05/12/20, 06/23/20, 09/29/20
  • Save $500 per couple (plus Free Air) on select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises *
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 05/12/20, 06/23/20, 09/29/20
  • Fly Free (plus save $500 per couple) from select U.S. cities on select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 05/12/20, 06/23/20, 09/29/20
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Avalon Highlights & Sightseeing

Day 1 Frankfurt(Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Mainz–Rüdesheim–Bingen: choice of visit to the Eberbach Monastery, Eltville guided tour with wine tasting, or nature walk in Eltville; free time in Rüdesheim

Day 3 Rhine Gorge–Boppard–Engers: cruise through the Rhine Gorge; choice of visit to Marksburg Castle, or Ehrenbreitstein Fortress with a cable car ride; or Volcano Tour experience

Day 4 Cologne: choice of jogging tour, “off the beaten track” sightseeing, or a visit the chocolate museum, or Cologne highlights walking tour

Day 5 Düsseldorf: choice of guided city sightseeing, biking tour, or culinary tour

Day 6 Arnhem–Nijmegen: choice of biking tour, guided sightseeing in Arnhem, or guided tour of Arnhem’s Kröller-Müller Museum; free time in Nijmegen

Day 7 Amsterdam: choice of painting class, jogging tour, biking tour, or canal cruise

Day 8 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your cruise ends this morning

Itinerary (2021)

Day 1FRANKFURT, GERMANY (EMBARKATION)
 Welcome to Germany. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.

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

(D)
Day 2MAINZ. EXCURSIONS TO ELTVILLE
 Forests and Famous Vineyards

Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.

ACTIVE For some exercise before lunch, join a Guided Nature Walk along one of the Rheinsteig walking trails through Eltville’s idyllic forest 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 Visit 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".

Sail to Rüdesheim this afternoon, where you will have time to discover this picturesque village.

In the evening enjoy dinner on board while cruising to Bingen.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BINGEN

(B,L,D)
Day 3RHINE GORGE–BOPPARD
 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 to Brauback Old town, OR:

DISCOVERY For a unique experience, join us on an excursion to the “Lava City” of Mendig for a Vulcano Encounter, including exploring the caverns and corridors where basalt (cold lava) was mined, OR:

CLASSIC Take a leisurely Guided Walk of 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

(B,L,D)
Day 4BONN
 Beethoven’s Birthplace, Beer Gardens, and History on the Rhine

Take advantage of some free time in Bonn this morning.

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 Discover the people and true spirit of Cologne on this fascinating guided walking tour through the Belgian Quarter, 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 sight, including the Old City and its soaring twin-steepled Gothic cathedral.

Enjoy live entertainment on board this evening.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DÜSSELDORF

(B,L,D)
Day 5DÜSSELDORF
 Avant-Garde Architecture and Amazing Altbiers

Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

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.

You might join a Guided Optional Excursion to Düsseldorf’s microbreweries to try a variety of Altbiers.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ARNHEM

(B,L,D)
Day 6ARNHEM
 Wildlife, WWII Valor, and Van Gogh

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, OR:

DISCOVERY Join a Guided Sightseeing to discover Arnhem-a key WWII operations site and home to impressive historical monuments and memorials-then visit a medieval castle for a regional herb and vegetable product tasting, 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 the Windmill of Thorn or an Optional Cooking Workshop.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM

(B,L,D)
Day 7AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
 Colorful Canals of Amsterdam

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. A Guided Walking Tour will complete your experience, OR:

DISCOVERY 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 Culinary Walk in one of Amsterdam’s famous districts, or an Optional Kayaking Excursion.

Spend free time strolling at leisure through the galleries and cafés of Amsterdam.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM

(B,L,D)
Day 8AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)
 Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

(B)

Avalon Pricing Details

Book now to guarantee Early Preview Pricing, available only until April 6, 2020.

Gateway city for arrivals is Frankfurt.

Port charges:
$182

Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.

Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability).

Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.

All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.

To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

Category / Decks / Price
D / Indigo Deck / $199
B / Sapphire Deck / $1,149
A / Sapphire Deck / $1,199
P / Royal Deck / $1,299
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $2,199

Avalon Notes

  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

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*05/12/2020 Special Offer/Promotion $3,599.00
*06/23/2020 Special Offer/Promotion $3,599.00
*09/29/2020 Special Offer/Promotion $3,849.00
*06/01/2021 Special Offer/Promotion $3,599.00
*07/13/2021 Special Offer/Promotion $3,599.00
*08/24/2021 Special Offer/Promotion $3,599.00
*10/05/2021 Special Offer/Promotion $3,749.00
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