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ACTIVE DISCOVERY ON THE RHINE - CATEGORY E - 2019

A new and exciting way to river cruise and to actively discover well-known and off-the-beaten-path treasures along the Rhine. At each stop, you choose your activity—get some exercise with an active outing, discover a fascinating but perhaps lesser-known site, or do the more traditional sightseeing activity. The choice is yours!

Your river cruise adventure begins in Wiesbaden, Germany, near Frankfurt, and ends in Amsterdam—Holland’s lively capital. Active guests can choose to hike near Eltville, and in the idyllic landscape around Duisburg, climb up to Marksburg Castle for a guided visit and spectacular views, participate in a reenactment of Roman Games in Xanten, bike along the Rhine River, or join a running tour in Amsterdam. For those looking to discover the gems of the area, we will introduce you to the wine of the region at a tasting in Eltville, the art of chocolate making when you visit the Chocolate Museum in Cologne, and German delicacies during a culinary tour in Duisburg. You can walk the mining corridors of an ancient volcano from which basalt was extracted and visit the Zollverein Coal Mine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Perhaps a Roman Clothes Workshop will intrigue you, or you might like to try your hand with a paintbrush at a painting class in Amsterdam. Visit the Eberbach Monastery whose church provided the backdrop to the movie “The Name of the Rose,” join a guided walk in Cologne, take a cable car to Ehrenbreitstein Castle in Koblenz, and cruise the canals of Amsterdam.

All these activities and more are yours for the taking—and if that’s not enough—you’ll cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, also a UNESCO World Heritage site, attend a concert at Castle Engers, and enjoy onboard specialty dinners of the region. An unforgettable river cruise experience that offers something for everyone!

Inclusions

7 breakfasts
7 lunches
7 dinners
Tour Provider Avalon Waterways
Number of Days
8
Price From
AUD $4,903
Start Location
Wiesbaden, Germany
End Location
Amsterdam, Germany
Age Range
Min :45
Group Size
20 to 44
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
18 May 201925 May 2019OpenAUD $4,903
15 Jun 201922 Jun 2019OpenAUD $4,903
13 Jul 201920 Jul 2019OpenAUD $4,903
10 Aug 201917 Aug 2019OpenAUD $4,903
07 Sep 201914 Sep 2019OpenAUD $5,319
05 Oct 201912 Oct 2019OpenAUD $5,141
Itinerary
Day 1: WIESBADEN, 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 Wiesbaden. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN WIESBADEN. (D)
Day 2: WIESBADEN.
Healing Waters and Architectural Wonders. 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 walk down the surrounding hillside back to your ship, OR: DISCOVERY - Join a unique Guided Volcano Experience in the "Lava City" of Mendig, and walk the mining corridors where basalt (cold lava) was mined, OR: CLASSIC - Take a Guided Walk of ancient Koblenz with a cable car ride to Ehrenbreitstein Castle 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 - Join a Running Tour and discover Cologne from a different point of view, OR: DISCOVERY - Join an off-the-beaten-path Guided Tour to discover the 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 Guided City Walk of Cologne to explore the Old City and see 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 specialties, OR: CLASSIC - Visit the Zollverein Coal Mine in a Guided Tour of the historic complex of buildings and equipment for coal extraction and treatment. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN DUISBURG (B,L,D)
Day 6: XANTEN.
Roman Treasure and Priceless Archaeological Discoveries. ACTIVE - Enjoy a Guided Bike Tour in the countryside, OR: DISCOVERY - Take part in a Roman Clothes Workshop to dress up in Authentic Roman Costumes, OR: DISCOVERY - Participate in the Roman Games at the Archeological Park and get first-hand experience of life during Roman Empire, OR: CLASSIC - Enjoy a visit to the Archeological Park. 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 - Take a Guided Running Tour to explore Amsterdam with a Local Guide-with stops for commentary at an easy pace, 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 Culinary Walk and sample savoury and sweet Dutch specialties, OR: CLASSIC - Enjoy a Guided Canal Cruise to explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam. Later, take 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)

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