Exclusive: Active & Discovery on the Rhine

    Avalon Waterways

    Since we launched our very first ship in 2004, Avalon Waterways has invited our travellers to be our inspiration. Thanks to our guests, we let imagination and a relentless desire to create a smart use of space, be our guide. The result? An incomparable cruise experience, including one-of-a-kind


    8-Day River Cruise | Save $3,100 per couple | Offer Expires January 31, 2021

    Exclusive: Active & Discovery on the Rhine

    Photo: Avalon ship sailing near a village on the Rhine

    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—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.

    All in prices: $3,120 CAD(Based double occupancy and cabin category E)

    Savings: $1,550 CAD (Per person)

    Photo: Stunning Avalon Panorama Suite 

    Features & Benefits: 

    • 7-night cruise in a deluxe stateroom or Panorama Suite.
    • Daily included port excursions.
    • All meals included while on ship (including Captain’s & farewell dinners)
    • Complimentary beer and wine with lunch and dinner.

    Vacation Highlights:

    • 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, or biking tour, or canal cruise
    • Day 8 - Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your cruise ends this morning.

    Photo: Itinerary of Active & Discovery on the Rhine (Northbound)

    Itinerary:

    Day 1 - FRANKFURT, 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.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN MAINZ

    Dinner

    Day 2 - MAINZ. EXCURSIONS TO ELTVILLE

    Fantastical 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 filming location of almost all the interior scenes 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. Enjoy dinner on board while cruising to Bingen this evening.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BINGEN

    Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

    Day 3 - RHINE GORGE–BOPPARD

    Spectacular Riverscapes and a 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

    Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

    Day 4 - BONN

    Biergartens in Beethoven’s Birthplace. 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

    Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

    Day 5 - DÜSSELDORF

    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. Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to Düsseldorf’s microbreweries to try a variety of Altbiers.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ARNHEM

    Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

    Day 6 - ARNHEM

    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 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. Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Windmill of Thorn or an Optional Cooking Workshop.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM

    Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

    Day 7 - AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND

    Colorful Canals of Amsterdam. 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: 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 consider 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

    Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

    Day 8 - AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)

    Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

    Breakfast


    Photo: Avalon ship sailing near a village on the Rhine

    Do not miss out on this unforgettable experience. Offer expires January 31, 2021

    Terms & Conditions: *Book a select 2021 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive $1,550 off per person on the cruise/land or cruise only price. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between November 19, 2019 - January 31, 2021 for travel at select times in 2021. Not applicable to custom tours. Discount will apply to individual members of groups adding a name and non-refundable per person deposit within the promo window. Not applicable on TBA space. Offer reliant on space availability at time of booking and may be withdrawn at any time. Offer combinable only with Welcome Back Credit. Applies to new 2021 bookings only and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. May be withdrawn at any time. Offer applies to participating GFOB offices only. WWA10713-721984

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