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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!

Join us for a Rhine River cruise like no other, with more included selections for every taste, passion, and pace. Ava-lon Choice on Active Discovery river cruises gives you the Active, Discovery, and Classic inclusions to see each desti-nation your way!

Travel Best Bets Package Includes
  • Airfare to Frankfurt and return from Amsterdam or reverse
  • Deluxe 7 night all-inclusive river cruise aboard Avalon Panorama or Expression
  • Airport transfer
  • Dining Experiences: on board meals
  • Vacation Highlights:
    • Amsterdam (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception
    • Amsterdam: choice of painting class, or jogging tour, or biking tour or canal cruise
    • 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
    • Düsseldorf: choice of guided city sightseeing, or biking tour, or culinary tour, or visit of Benrath Palace
    • Cologne: choice of jogging tour, or Cologne sightseeing “off the beaten track”, or visit the chocolate museum, or Cologne highlights walking tour
    • Koblenz—Rhine Gorge—Rüdesheim: choice of visit to Marksburg Castle, or Ehrenbreitstein Fortress with cable car ride; or Volcano Tour experience with a visit to the monastery at “Maria Laach”; cruise through the Rhine Gorge; free time in Rüdesheim
    • Mainz: choice of visit to the Eberbach Monastery, or Eltville guided tour with wine tasting, or nature walk in Eltville
    • Mainz (Disembarkation): your cruise ends this morning

Book by March 9 and Fly for FREE

Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Victoria Stateroom Balcony Suite Taxes & Fees
May 4, 2020 Southbound $4499 $5799 $268
Kelowna add $300 per person
Pre-paid gratuities add $163 per person

Please call to inquire for flights from other departure cities.

Included for Every Avalon Guests

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch & dinner
  • Complimentary Nordic walking sticks
  • Complimentary bicycles available for time on shore
  • 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
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door and Premium L’Occitane bath products & hairdryer
  • 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

Southbound

 

ItinerarySouthbound

Day 1 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)

How Suite It Is! Welcome Aboard Your Avalon Suite Ship®. Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm.  Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
Your day in Amsterdam is free to explore at your leisure the colorful cafés, galleries, bridges, and canals.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM
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Day 2 AMSTERDAM

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 Kayaking Excursion. Alternatively take an Optional Guided Excursion to Holland’s beautiful medieval Muiderslot Castle.
Spend free time strolling at leisure through the galleries and cafés of Amsterdam.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ARNHEM
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Day 3 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.
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 DÜSSELDORF
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Day 4 DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY

Avant-Garde Architecture and Amazing Altbiers
ACTIVE Enjoy a stroll in the beautiful gardens in the Park of Benrath Palace and admire the furniture, porcelain and paintings of the main palace, OR:
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.
This afternoon you might take a Guided Optional Excursion to Düsseldorf’s microbreweries to try a variety of Altbiers.
Later enjoy live entertainment on board.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE

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Day 5 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 her must-see sights, including the Old City and its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral.
Enjoy a leisurely cruise to Engers this evening while having dinner on board.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ENGERS
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Day 6 KOBLENZ—RHINE GORGE

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 Volcano 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 the breathtaking beauty of the Rhine Gorge as you cruise on your way to Rüdesheim, 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

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Day 7 MAINZ

Forests and Famous Vineyards
Enjoy an early morning sail to Mainz before breakfast.
ACTIVE For some exercise before lunch, 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 a 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.”
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN MAINZ

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Day 8 MAINZ (DISEMBARKATION)

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.
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NOTE for all river cruises:

  • 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.

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