Active Discovery on the Rhine – Southbound 2019
Amsterdam to Mainz
A new and exciting way to river cruise and to actively discover wellknown and off-the-beaten-path treasures along the Rhine from the Netherlands to Germany. At each stop, you choose your activity; get some exercise with an active outing, discover a fascinating but perhaps lesser-known local attraction, or do the more traditional sightseeing activity. The choice is yours! This is an unforgettable river cruise experience that offers something for everyone!
Save up to $2,400 per couple on 2019 Active Discovery River Cruises*
Amsterdam | Xaten | Duisburg | Düsseldorf | Cologne | Koblenz | Mainz
• Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily (dinner only day one, and breakfast only day eight)
Related Services Available to Add:
Breakfast incl. (B), Lunch incl. (L), Dinner incl. (D)
DAY 1 | ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM (EMBARK) (D)
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
DAY 2 | AMSTERDAM–XANTEN (B, L, D)
Colorful Amsterdam—with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age
Take a Guided jogging Tour to explore Amsterdam with a Local Guide—with stops for commentary at an easy pace, OR:
Attend a Painting Class and be inspired by the masters’ techniques. Paint your own canvas and discover your inner artist, OR:
Join a Culinary Walk and sample savory and sweet Dutch specialties, OR:
Enjoy a Guided Canal Cruise to explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam. Later, 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 docking in Linz
DAY 3 | XANTEN–DUISBURG (B, L, D)
Roman Treasure and Priceless Archaeological Discoveries
Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Stretch Class on board.
Join a Guided Bike Tour in the countryside, OR:
Take part in a Roman Clothes Workshop to dress up in authentic Roman costumes, OR:
Join in the Roman Games at the Archeological Park and get first-hand experience of life during Roman Empire, OR:
Enjoy a visit to the Archaeological Park.
Enjoy a dinner this evening, featuring dishes reminiscent of Roman cuisine.
Overnight cruise to Duisburg
DAY 4 | DUISBURG–COLOGNE (B, L, D)
A Masterpiece of Industrial Architecture and Idyllic Forests
Join a Guided Hike through the idyllic landscapes and forests around Duisburg, OR:
Take a Guided Culinary Walk through this multicultural Metropolis of the Ruhr Region and experience authentic German specialties, OR:
Visit the Zollverein Coal Mine in a Guided Tour of the historic complex of buildings and equipment for coal extraction and treatment.
Enjoy lunch on board as you cruise to 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 docking in Vienna
DAY 5 | COLOGNE–ENGERS (B, L, D)
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland’s Capital City
Start your day with a Morning Stretch Class with your Avalon Adventure Host.
Join a jogging Tour and discover Cologne from a different point of view, OR:
Join an off-the-beaten-path Guided Tour to discover the Belgian Quarter of Cologne, OR:
Visit Cologne’s Chocolate Museum and learn the process of chocolate production and ancient history of this food of the gods, OR:
Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne explore the Old City and see 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
DAY 6 | ENGERS–KOBLENZ—RHINE GORG RÜDESHEIM (B, L, D)
Fortress Walls and Manor Halls Where the Rhine and Moselle Meet
Take a Guided Tour of Marksburg Castle, visit its battlements overlooking the Rhine, and walk down the surrounding hillside back to your ship, OR:
Join a unique Guided Volcano Experience in the “Lava City” of Mendig, and walk the mining corridors where basalt (cold lava) was mined, OR:
Enjoy a Guided Walk of ancient Koblenz with a cable car ride to Ehrenbreitstein Castle 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.
Overnight docking in Rüdesheim
DAY 7 | RÜDESHEIM–ELTVILLE–WIESBADEN (B, L, D)
Sparkling Wines, Fruitful Vines, and Forests Sublime
Join a Guided Hike along one of the Rheinsteig hiking trails through Eltville’s idyllic forests and vineyards, OR:
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:
Discover the romanesque beauty of Eberbach Monastery.
Relax on board for a short sail to Wiesbaden during lunch.
Healing Waters and Architectural Wonders
The afternoon is free to explore Wiesbaden—meaning “meadow bath” for its vast parklands and more than a dozen hot springs in one of Europe’s oldest spa destinations. Stroll around the city to admire its internationally famous architecture.
This evening, enjoy an authentic German Dinner on board.
Overnight docking in Wiesbaden
DAY 8 | WIESBADEN (DISEMBARK) (B)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Operated by Avalon Waterways. *Book a select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive $1,200 off per person on the cruise/land or cruise only price. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between February 7 and July 31, 2018 for travel at select times in 2019. Not applicable to custom tours. Not applicable on TBA space. Combinable with Journeys Club Repeat Traveller benefit. Select departures may be combinable with current air promo. Applies to new 2019 bookings only and will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Offer reliant on space availability at time of booking and may be withdrawn at any time. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. Offer applies to participating GFOB offices only
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