2018 : Active Discovery on the Rhine - Southbound (WAW) - Felicity
8 Day River Cruise from Amsterdam to Wiesbaden
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!
You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've used our 89 years to design a cruise experience that's just a bit different. Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships.Panoramic windows throughout the shipElegant, contemporary design & decorFriendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise DirectorComplimentary Wi-Fi throughout the shipAvalon FreshSM healthy cuisine optionsComplimentary wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch & dinnerAvalon Choice® cruising experienceIncluded sightseeing with headsets by Certified Local GuidesComplimentary Nordic walking sticksComplimentary bicycles available for time on shoreLocal FavoritesSM - onboard cultural & artisan experiencesSky Deck shade system & premium lounge chairsWell-stocked library with books, cards, and gamesComfort Collection BedsSMEgyptian super-combed cotton linensBathrobes & slippersPremium L'Occitane bath products & hairdryerLarge bathroom featuring shower with glass doorFlatscreen satellite TV with free movie channelsIndividual climate controlComplimentary bottled water dailyClub Lounge with 24-hour, self-serve beverage stationPremium coffees, cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolate & teasCookies & fresh fruit available throughout the dayAnd, much more
Highlights & Sightseeing
DAY 1 Arrive in Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation): arrive in Amsterdam; welcome reception
DAY 2 Amsterdam: choice of joining a painting class, running tour, or canal cruise
DAY 3 Xanten: choice of biking tour along the Rhine, participate in the Roman games at the Archaeological Park, or take part in a Roman clothes workshop
DAY 4 Duisburg-Dusseldorf: choice of visit the Zollverein coal mine,guided hiking around Duisburg, or culinary walk in Duisburg; free time in Dusseldorf
DAY 5 Cologne-Bonn-Engers: choice of Cologne sightseeing off the beaten track, visit the chocolate museum, or walking tour in Cologne; free time in Bonn; concert at Castle Engers
DAY 6 Koblenz-Boppard-Rhine Gorge-Rudesheim: choice of visit to Marksburg Castle, walking tour of Koblenz, or join a Volcano experience; cruise through the Rhine Gorge; free time in Rudesheim
DAY 7 Rudesheim-Eltville-Wiesbaden: choice of visit to the Eberbach Monastery, Eltville walking tour and wine tasting, or hiking in Eltville
DAY 8 Wiesbaden: your vacation ends this morning
MealsCaptain's welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapésWelcome dinnerFarewell dinnerDaily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu itemsEarly and Late Riser breakfastDaily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stationsAlternative light lunch or (weather permitting) grill fare at the Sky Bistro on the Sky DeckDaily four-course à la carte dinner in the main dining roomAlternative dinner of petite portions or regional specialties with wines, in the Panorama BistroDaily Afternoon TeaDaily Night FareComplimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel
NotesIn 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.
Arrive in Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation)
Welcome to Amsterdam, Holland's vibrant and sophisticated capital with a rich 700-year history and a distinct ambiance, where there is always a plethora of things to see and do. Explore the bustling streets on your own (but look out for the bicycles!), or perhaps stay busy by joining one of our optional excursions. This afternoon, board the AVALON FELICITY and after a mandatory safety exercise, meet your friendly crew and fellow travelers at a WELCOME RECEPTION. (Dinner)
Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
After breakfast this morning, CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY: discover your inner artist by joining a PAINTING CLASS to discover some of the secrets of famous names like Van Gogh, Rembrandt, or Warhol! A warm welcome with coffee, tea, and petit fours sets the tone for this interesting and artistic workshop which is sure to inspire your creativity. Get to work like Van Gogh or paint a selfportrait like Rembrandt! Of course, your work of art is yours to take home with you, or; perhaps a more active choice is more appealing: a RUNNING TOUR in Amsterdam is a great way to explore a city! Enjoy the beauty of Amsterdam while burning off a few calories! No need to worry about the pace-we'll take it easy with regular stops at the major sights. The distance is about 7.5 Kms (4.6 miles) and a "running commentary" is provided by experienced runners, all native "Amsterdammers", or;take a traditional tour of the city's grachten on a CANAL CRUISE. Besides providing a stunning backdrop to the city's historical center, floating down Amsterdam's canals is one of the most memorable ways to discover the city's sights and attractions. After the canal cruise, explore some of the off-the-beaten-track parts of the city with your expert guide. Return to your ship for an excellent buffet lunch and then decide how to spend your afternoon. Perhaps you wish to venture out and explore more of the city on your own, or join an optional excursion, such as biking in the Dutch countryside? Tonight's dinner on board reminds you that you are still in Holland and introduces you to some Dutch specialties. Later tonight, sail out of Amsterdam and head for Germany. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Enjoy a peaceful morning on board as you cruise to Xanten, a historic Roman city in the German region of North Rhine Westphalia. The city is known for its archaeological park and is altogether a treasure for archaeologists as it is the only Roman town north of the Alps which has not been built over since the collapse of the Roman Empire. This afternoon, CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY: you are invited to participate in the ROMAN GAMES at the Archaeological Park, where you will get first-hand experience of life during the Roman Empire, or; take part in a ROMAN CLOTHES WORKSHOP. The course provides an opportunity to dress up in genuine Roman attire-even in antiquity it was said, "You are what you wear!" or; enjoy a BIKE TOUR along the Rhine. Back on board, this evening enjoy a special dinner featuring dishes that were similar to those served in Roman times. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
This morning, wake up in Duisburg, located on the western edge of the Ruhr industrial area. Renowned for its steel industry and its large inland harbour (one of the largest in the world), the city is an important venue for commerce. After breakfast, CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY: visit the ZOLLVEREIN COAL MINE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hundreds of coal mines produced coal in the Ruhr area, but only one has the distinction of being a World Heritage Site- with good reason: the Zollverein Coal Mine is a masterpiece of industrial architecture, or; for a more active option, discover the idyllic landscapes and forests around Duisburg on a GUIDED HIKE; the culinary spectrum of the multicultural Metropolis Ruhr is gigantic. Local cuisine, with both hearty and refined creations, spoils its customers. Join us on a CULINARY WALK and experience the real life of German Essen (food) on a behind-the- scenes look at the city.Rejoin your ship for lunch and enjoy leisurely sailing to Dusseldorf. The afternoon is free, but you might prefer to join an optional biking tour, or visit some microbreweries to try a variety of Altbiers. Your ship remains docked in Dusseldorf overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
One of Germany's largest cities and capital of the Rhineland, Cologne straddles the Rhine and is known for its soaring, twin-steepled gothic cathedral. This morning, step ashore and CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY: Cologne is home to unusual museums that offer a unique perspective on German history, life, and death. COLOGNE OFF THE BEATEN TRACK leaves the hubbub of well-traveled tourist attractions to explore offbeat sites, including a cemetery, and museums featuring the Olympics; tolerance; and European handicrafts. And you'll be introduced to the Kölsch lifestyle and mindset, or; chocaholics may delight at visiting the CHOCOLATE MUSEUM and learn about the role of chocolate in old South American cultures, such as the Mayas and the Aztecs, and the European elite. Visitors are taken through the process of chocolate production from the farm to the candy store, continuing through a greenhouse where two species of cacao trees are grown and then on through the industrialization of chocolate production, including vintage advertising campaigns, or; for the more traditionally-minded, a CITY WALK is a journey of discovery taking visitors through the area immediately surrounding the Cathedral and the narrow alleyways of the Old Town. The walk passes by the Romano-Germanic Museum with its famous Dionysus mosaic, the Town Hall, Alter Markt (the old market), and Gross St. Martin (Great St. Martin). Return to your ship for lunch and a short sail to Bonn, Germany's seat of Government before the country was reunified. The afternoon is yours to explore on your own. Tonight an onboard dinner of delectable Rhineland specialties awaits you, as you cruise to Engers. Here enjoy a CONCERT performance at Castle Engers. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Be prepared for a day of gorgeous scenery! First up is Koblenz: standing at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, this 2,000-year-old city is the cultural and business center of the Middle Rhine region. CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY: if you don't mind climbing steps, join an excursion to MARKSBURG, the only castle on the Middle Rhine to escape destruction or ruin. You'll be taken through the kitchens and dining area, along the battlements overlooking the Rhine, to the bedrooms and torture room, and to the chapel. Marksburg Castle is one of the principal sites of the WORLD HERITAGE Rhine Gorge, or; explore the ancient city of Koblenz on a GUIDED WALK with an expert guide. Then take a cable car ride up to historic EHRENBREITSTEIN CASTLE and soak up the beautiful panoramic view from above the banks of the Rhine, or; participate in a unique VOLCANO EXPERIENCE! A short coach transfer from your ship takes you to the "LAVA CITY" of Mendig, where basalt, cold lava, was mined. Tour this labyrinth of mining corridors which, in the early 19th century, became beer storage cellars.After lunch, marvel at today's SCENIC HIGHLIGHT as you cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of river. Here, ancient castles stand sentry on lofty cliffs rising 400 feet above the water. Cruise past the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where echoes of enchanted siren song lured unwitting sailors to their doom. Arrive in Rudesheim in the late afternoon, and explore this quaint, quintessential Rhine Valley wine town on your own. Alternatively, if you are feeling active, one of our optional excursions may be just right for you. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Another exciting day is on tap. After breakfast, CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY: on a visit to the EBERBACH MONASTERY, savor the simple beauty of the Monastery's monumental Romanesque church, and discover this outstanding backdrop to the famous movie, "The Name of the Rose," that brought the Middle Ages back to life here in this monastery, or; Eltville am Rhein is picturesquely situated amid forest, vineyards, and the Rhine River, and is well known as "the City of Wine, Sekt (sparkling wine), and Roses." An ideal city for a GUIDED WALK through the historic Old Town and a TASTING of some of the local wine, or; for some exercise before lunch, HIKE around Eltville on the first-class hiking trail, "Rheinsteig." Wander through Eltville's idyllic forest or explore the numerous scenic trails through the vineyards. Rejoin your ship for lunch and a short cruise to Wiesbaden. Enjoy a last relaxing afternoon on board, or join an optional excursion to nearby Frankfurt for a guided walk of the city. This evening, prepare for an exquisite GALA FAREWELL DINNER. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning! (Breakfast)
Departure flights should not leave Frankfurt airport before 10 am.
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|Day 6||Rudesheim|| || |
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Gateway for departure is Frankfurt, Germany.
Gratuities to Local Guides & excursion drivers are included.
Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.
Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
in single room from $235 to $305, in twin room from $135 to $170
Extra nights per person in Frankfurt:
in single room from $180 to $215, in twin room from $105 to $125
Prices shown include cruise in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck.
To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:
Category / Decks / Price
B / Sapphire Deck / $649
A / Sapphire Deck / $699
P / Royal Deck / $799
Suite / Royal Deck / $1,499
Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.
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