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 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. Onboard, 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 colourful corners of Amsterdam your way—from a canal cruise to a leisurely biking tour, 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. 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!
- Airfare to Budapest and return from Amsterdam
- Deluxe 14 night cruise aboard Avalon Illumination
- Round trip airport transfers
- All meals on board. Choice of complimentary wine, beer or soft drinks are included with dinner & lunch and sparkling wine with breakfast. Complimentary specialty coffees, tea, and filtered water refill stations are available 24 hours a day.
- Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.
- Vacation Highlights
Frankfurt (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception
Mainz–Rüdesheim–Bingen: choice of visit to the Eberbach Monastery, or Eltville guided tour with wine tasting, or nature walk in Eltville; free time in Rüdesheim
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 with a visit to the monastery at “Maria Laach”
Cologne: choice of jogging tour, or Cologne sightseeing “off the beaten track”, or visit the chocolate museum, or Cologne highlights walking tour
Düsseldorf: choice of guided city sightseeing, or biking tour, or culinary tour
Arnhem–Nijmegen: choice of hike in the National Park, or biking tour, or guided sightseeing of Arnhem, or guided tour of Arnhem’s Kröller-Müller Museum; free time in Nijmegen
Amsterdam: choice of painting class, or jogging tour, or biking tour, or canal cruise
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Included for Every Avalon Guest
- Panoramic windows throughout the ship
- Elegant, contemporary design & decor
- Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
- Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship
- Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options
- Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch & dinner
- Avalon Choice® cruising experience
- Included sightseeing with headsets by Certified Local Guides
- Complimentary Nordic walking sticks
- Complimentary bicycles available for time on shore
- Local FavoritesSM – onboard cultural & artisan experiences
- Sky Deck shade system & premium lounge chairs
- Well-stocked library with books, cards, and games
- Comfort Collection BedsSM
- Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
- Bathrobes & slippers
- Premium L’Occitane bath products & hairdryer
- Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
- Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
- Individual climate control
- Complimentary bottled water daily
- Club Lounge with 24-hour, self-serve beverage station
- Premium coffees, cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolate & teas
- Cookies & fresh fruit available throughout the day
- And, much more
|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.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAINZ
|Day 2 MAINZ. EXCURSION TO ELTVILLE
Forests and Famous Vineyards
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 wine tastings 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.”
Enjoy the remaining free time in Mainz before sailing 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
|Day 3 RHINE 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 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 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
|Day 4 BONN
Beethoven’s Birthplace, Beer Gardens, and History on the Rhine
Take advantage of some free time in Bonn this morning.
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 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
|Day 5 DÜSSELDORF
Avant-Garde Architecture and Amazing Altbiers
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
|Day 6 ARNHEM
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 deers, wild boars and mouflons, OR:
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 of Arnhem past 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.
Delicious Dutch Specialties and Famous Mills
You may join a Guided Optional Excursion to the Windmill of Thorn or an Optional Cooking Workshop.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM
|Day 7 AMSTERDAM, 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. 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 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
|Day 8 AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)
Your cruise ends with breakfast 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 becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.
Not Included in the Vacation Price:
Passports; visas and vaccinations; tips to your tour director, tour driver, local city guides; gratuities on ferries, trains and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; mini bar; alcohol, beverages and food not on the regular table d’hôte menu (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel or restaurant); optional excursions; porterage at airports; travel protection; excess baggage fees; all other items of a personal nature.