- Avalon Waterways
8 Day Active Discovery on the Rhine
CruisePlus River Package
Amsterdam to Mainz
June 7, 2019
Avalon Waterways Panorama
Your Rhine cruise begins in Amsterdam with stops in Zanten, Duisburg, Cologne, Koblenz-Rhine Gorge, Eltville & Weisbaden.
What we are Including
- FREE airfare from select Canadian gateways*
- 8-day river cruise
- Choose your activity! Bike, hike, canoe, cook & learn while actively discovering the Rhine with certified guides!
- Welcome & farewell dinners, complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer or soft drinks with lunch & dinner are included daily onboard
- Minimum $100 US per person onboard credit
*Ask us about your gateway!
Amsterdam to Mainz
Day 1 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION) Welcome to Amsterdam. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for BoardingFlights 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 (D)
Day 2 AMSTERDAM Colorful Amsterdam—with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden AgeACTIVE 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 (B,L,D)
Day 3 XANTEN, GERMANY Roman Treasure and Priceless Archaeological DiscoveriesJoin 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)
Day 4 DUISBURG A Masterpiece of Industrial Architecture and Idyllic ForestsACTIVE 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 (B,L,D)
Day 5 COLOGNE Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland’s Capital CityStart 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)
Day 6 KOBLENZ–RHINE GORGE–RUDESHEIM Fortress Walls and Manor Halls Where the Rhine and Moselle MeetACTIVE 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. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN RÜDESHEIM (B,L,D)
Day 7 ELTVILLE Sparkling Wines, Fruitful Vines, and Forests SublimeACTIVE 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 (B,L,D)
Day 8 MAINZ (DISEMBARKATION) Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.(B)
Unhindered and Uninhibited River CruisingAvalon Waterways knows their clientele and they know how their guests enjoy the different perspectives river cruising offers. The unique opportunity that river cruising presents to those that love exploring the world on their own terms is why Avalon has always said “see the world your way” and is why Avalon Waterways has remained one of the world’s premier river cruise lines. River cruising is one of the best ways to visit and explore the waterways that have consistently been some of the most important trade routes of any country and have been instrumental in the success and development of the incredible cities that you’ll be visiting during your journey.
Take the time to discover more about Avalon Waterways and what makes them one of the premier river cruise operators in the world. We guarantee you won’t regret it.
What can you expect with your Avalon Waterways adventure?
Here’s just a small sampling of what an Avalon river cruise might provide on your journey:
- Open-Air Balconies in suites that offer unprecedented views with wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling windows that open to the world
- Suites that are 30% larger than the average stateroom
- Undefinable yet ever present luxury
- Exquisite dining that features local ingredients prepared by world class master chefs
- A variety of dining options that includes special events tailored to your itinerary, a la carte meals and multiple venues aboard the ship
- Incredible itineraries to exciting and exotic locales that will leave you virtually speechless yearning to return for more