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!
Your Rhine River cruise begins in Amsterdam for a day of sightseeing. 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 included painting class, instead, to recreate the masterpieces of Dutch artists. 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 specialty dishes while cruising.
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!
Your day-by-day itinerary indicates in UPPERCASE all inside visits, special features, and guided sightseeing. All included guided sightseeing is conducted by a Certified Local Guide. Choose the sightseeing pace that suits you
Leisurely, Traditional, or Independent (where available).
Welcome to Amsterdam, Holland’s vibrant and sophisticated capital with a rich 700-year history and a distinct ambiance, where there is always a plethora of things to see and do. Explore the bustling streets on your own (but look out for the bicycles!), or perhaps stay busy by joining one of our optional excursions. This afternoon, board the AVALON FELICITY and after a mandatory safety exercise, meet your friendly crew and fellow travellers at a WELCOME RECEPTION. (NOTE: Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.) (D)
Colourful 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 savoury and sweet Dutch specialties, OR: CLASSIC – Enjoy a Guided Canal Cruise to explore the iconic waterways and sites of Amsterdam. Later, learn the secrets of this unique city with an Off-The-Beaten-Track Tour with your local guide. This afternoon you might take a Guided Optional Bike Excursion through the Dutch countryside, or spend free time strolling at your leisure through the galleries and cafes of Amsterdam. Later, enjoy a welcome dinner on board your ship. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO XANTEN (B,L,D)
Roman Treasure and Priceless Archaeological Discoveries. Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Stretch Class on board. ACTIVE – Join a Guided Bike Tour in the picturesque German countryside, OR: DISCOVERY – Take a step back in time through a Roman Experience Workshop, including adorning yourself in Roman garb-a story you’ll have forever, OR: DISCOVERY – Join in the Roman Games at the Archeological Park and get first-hand experience of life and leisure time during Roman Empire, OR: CLASSIC – Enjoy a visit to the Archeological Park along with a leisurely walking tour of the town of Xanten before returning to the ship. Enjoy a dinner this evening, featuring dishes reminiscent of Roman cuisine. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DUISBURG (B,L,D)
A Masterpiece of Industrial Architecture and Idyllic Forests. ACTIVE – Join a Guided Hike through the idyllic landscapes and forests around Duisburg, OR: DISCOVERY – Take a Guided Culinary Walk through this multicultural Metropolis of the Ruhr Region and experience authentic German and Turkish specialties, OR: CLASSIC – Discover one of the most unique UNESCO World Heritage Sites through a Guided Tour of the Zollverein Coal mine. Don’t be fooled by the name-its beauty and scope will surprise you. Enjoy lunch on board as you cruise to Dusseldorf. DUSSELDORF: Avant-Garde Architecture and Amazing Altbiers. This afternoon you might take a Guided Optional Excursion to visit Dusseldorf’s microbreweries, and try a variety of Altbiers. Enjoy live entertainment on board this evening. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE (B,L,D)
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland’s Capital City. Start your day with a Morning Stretch Class with your Avalon Adventure Host. 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. Enjoy a short sail to Bonn for a little free time before sailing to Engers this afternoon. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ENGERS (B,L,D)
Fortress Walls and Manor Halls Where the Rhine and Moselle Meet. 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 Vulcano 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 take in the breathtaking beauty of the Rhine Gorge as you cruise on your way to Rudesheim. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN RUDESHEIM (B,L,D)
Sparkling Wines, Fruitful Vines, and Forests Sublime. ACTIVE – Join a Guided Hike along one of the Rheinsteig hiking 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. Relax on board for a short sail to Mainz during lunch. MAINZ: Turning the Pages of History. The afternoon is free to explore Mainz- famous as the home of the invention of the movable-type printing press. Stroll around the city and maybe visit the Gutenberg Museum. This evening, enjoy an authentic German Dinner on board. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN MAINZ (B,L,D)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)