Active Discovery on the Rhine
8 Day River Cruise Mainz to Amsterdam, Escorted by Shawnda and Brent
May 18-25, 2019
If you would like any additional details please contact Shawnda and Brent:
Shawnda and Brent 918-429-3267
Here is the day to day itinerary:
Day by Day
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
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
The Scenic and Majestic Rhine Gorge
Enjoy lunch on board as you cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to 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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Day 1 Mainz (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception
Day 2 Mainz. Excursion to Eltville: choice of visit to the Eberbach Monastery, or Eltville guided tour with wine tasting, or hiking in Eltville
Day 3 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”
Day 4 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
Day 5 Düsseldorf–Duisburg: free time in Düsseldorf; choice of visit the Zollverein coal mine, or guided hike around Duisburg, or culinary tour in Duisburg
Day 6 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
Day 7 Amsterdam: choice of painting class, or jogging tour, or culinary walk, or canal cruise
Day 8 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your vacation ends with breakfast
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.