Day 1: MAINZ, GERMANY (EMBARKATION).
How Suite It Is! Welcome Aboard Your Avalon Suite Ship. Flights into Frankfurt must arrive before 3pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5pm. The day is yours to explore Mainz. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN MAINZ. (D)
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 RUDESHEIM (B,L,D)
Day 3: RUDESHEIM-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 (B,L,D)
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 DUSSELDORF (B,L,D)
Day 5: DUSSELDORF.
Avant-Garde Architecture and Amazing Altbiers.
This morning you might join a Guided Optional Excursion to Dusseldorf'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 (B,L,D)
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 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 featuring dishes reminiscent of Roman cuisine. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM (B,L,D)
Day 7: AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND.
Colourful 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 savoury 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 cafes of Amsterdam. Later, enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board your ship. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM. (B,L,D)
Day 8: AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION).
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)