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
  • Airport transfer
  • Dining Experiences: on board meals
  • Vacation Highlights:
    • Mainz. Excursion to Eltville: choice of visit to the Eberbach Monastery, or Eltville guided tour with wine tasting, or hiking in Eltville
    • Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge–Boppard: free time in Rüdesheim; 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”
    • Bonn–Cologne: free time in Bonn; choice of jogging tour, or Cologne sightseeing “off the beaten track”, or visit the chocolate museum, or Cologne highlights walking tour
    • Düsseldorf–Duisburg: free time in Düsseldorf; choice of visit the Zollverein coal mine, or guided hike around Duisburg, or culinary tour in Duisburg
    • Xanten: choice of bike tour along the Rhine, or visit to the Archeological Park, or Roman Games at the Archaeological Park, or Roman clothes workshop
    • Amsterdam: choice of painting class, or jogging tour, or culinary walk, or canal cruise

Exclusive:  Book by January 18, air from $499 and save $1200 on the cruise.
(new bookings only, restrictions apply, pricing reflects savings)

Stateroom Balcony Suite Taxes & Fees
May 10, 2019 Southbound
Vancouver $3499 $4519 $468
June 14, 2019 Northbound
Vancouver $3389 $4639 $468
August 9, 2018 Northbound
Vancouver $3389 $4639 $468
Toronto, Calgary same price as Vancouver
Victoria, Kelowna, Edmonton 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

Northbound

ItineraryNorthbound
Day 1 MAINZ, GERMANY (EMBARKATION)
How Suite It Is! Welcome Aboard Your Avalon Suite Ship®. 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
Meals:Dinner

Day 2 MAINZ. EXCURSION TO ELTVILLE
ACTIVE For some exercise before lunch, join a Guided Hike along one of the Hike Rheinsteig trails through Eltville’s Idyllic forest & 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.
This evening, enjoy an authentic German Dinner on board.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN RÜDESHEIM
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 RÜDESHEIM—RHINE GORGE
The Scenic and Majestic Rhine Gorge
Enjoy lunch on board as you cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Boppard.
BOPPARD – A Peaceful Jewel on the Rhine
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
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 BONN
Beethoven’s Birthplace, Beer Gardens, and History on the Rhine
Start your day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host. Enjoy lunch on board as you sail to Cologne.
COLOGNE – Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland’s Capital City
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
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 DÜSSELDORF
Avant-Garde Architecture and Amazing Altbiers
This morning you might join a Guided Optional Excursion to Düsseldorf’s microbreweries to try a variety of Altbiers. Later, cruise to Duisburg.
DUISBURG – 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 the 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.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN DUISBURG
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 XANTEN
Roman Treasure and Priceless Archaeological Discoveries
ACTIVE Enjoy 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 Participate in the Roman Games at the Archaeological Park and get first-hand experience of life and leisure time during Roman Empire, OR:
CLASSIC Enjoy a visit to the Archaeological Park along with a leisurely walking tour of the town of Xanten before returning to the ship.
Enjoy a dinner featuring dishes reminiscent of Roman cuisine.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
Colorful 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 savory 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-path Guided 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 leisure through the galleries and cafés of Amsterdam. Later, enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board your ship.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Meals: Breakfast

Southbound

Itinerary – Southbound

Day 1 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)
Welcome to Amsterdam. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.  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
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 AMSTERDAM
Colorful 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 leisurely Culinary Walk in one of Amsterdam’s famous districts, where you’ll and sample savory 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 take 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 cafés of Amsterdam. Later, enjoy a welcome dinner on board your ship.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO XANTEN
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 XANTEN, GERMANY
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
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 DUISBURG
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 Düsseldorf.
DÜSSELDORF – Avant-Garde Architecture and Amazing Altbiers. This afternoon you might take a Guided Optional Excursion to visit Düsseldorf’s microbreweries, and try a variety of Altbiers. Enjoy live entertainment on board this evening.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 COLOGNE
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
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 KOBLENZ–RHINE GORGE–RUDESHEIM
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 Rüdesheim.
DOCKING IN RÜDESHEIM
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 ELTVILLE
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.
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
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 MAINZ (DISEMBARKATION)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Meals: Breakfast

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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