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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 Amsterdam, Holland’s lively capital! The energetic on board might like to join a guided running tour, or for a gentler pace, see the city on a cruise, gliding through the myriad of canals lined with stately homes. Alternatively, participation in a painting class could reveal the artist in you! And every day we have more planned: Active guests can choose to bike along the Rhine, participate in a reenactment of the Roman Games, climb the many steps up to Marksburg Castle and enjoy spectacular views of the Rhine River, and hike in the beautiful landscape around Duisburg, or near Eltville. You can choose to discover fascinating sites with a visit to the Chocolate Museum in Cologne, where you’ll be introduced to the art of chocolate making, learn about German food on a guided culinary walk in Duisburg, and a chance to taste regional wines in Eltville. Participate in a Roman Clothes Workshop, walk the mining corridors of an ancient volcano from which basalt was extracted, and visit the Zollverein Coal Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guided walks acquaint you with highlights of Cologne and Koblenz, from where you’ll take a cable car ride up to Ehrenbreitstein Castle for magnificent views of the surrounding area.

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 $4,785
Start Location
Amsterdam, Germany
End Location
Wiesbaden, 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
11 May 201918 May 2019OpenAUD $4,785
08 Jun 201915 Jun 2019OpenAUD $4,903
06 Jul 201913 Jul 2019OpenAUD $4,903
03 Aug 201910 Aug 2019OpenAUD $4,903
31 Aug 201907 Sep 2019OpenAUD $5,319
28 Sep 201905 Oct 2019OpenAUD $5,141
Itinerary
Day 1: AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION).
Welcome to Amsterdam. Your Suite ShipSM 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 colourful cafes, galleries, bridges, and canals. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM (D)
Day 2: AMSTERDAM.
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-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 cafes 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 Discoveries. Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Stretch Class on board. ACTIVE - Join 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 - Join 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 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 Forests. ACTIVE - 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 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. Enjoy lunch on board as you cruise to Dusseldorf. DUSSELDORF: Avant-Garde Architecture and Amazing Altbiers. This afternoon you might take a Guided Optional Excursion to visit Dusseldorf'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 City. Start your day with a Morning Stretch Class with your Avalon Adventure Host. 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 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 (B,L,D)
Day 6: KOBLENZ-RHINE GORGE.
Fortress Walls and Manor Halls Where the Rhine and Moselle Meet. 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 - 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 Rudesheim. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN RUDESHEIM (B,L,D)
Day 7: ELTVILLE.
Sparkling Wines, Fruitful Vines, and Forests Sublime. ACTIVE - 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. Relax on board for a short sail to Wiesbaden during lunch. WIESBADEN: Healing Waters, Architectural Wonders, and Winning Hands. 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 the city to admire its internationally famous architecture. This evening, enjoy an authentic German Dinner on board. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN WIESBADEN (B,L,D)
Day 8: WIESBADEN (DISEMBARKATION).
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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