2019 : Active Discovery on the Rhine - Northbound (WWA) - Panorama

8 Day River Cruise Wiesbaden to Amsterdam

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.

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 and enjoy onboard specialty dinners of the region. An unforgettable river cruise experience that offers something for everyone!

Cruise at-a-Glance

Day 1 Wiesbaden (Embarkation):Welcome to Germany; onboard welcome reception
Day 2 Wiesbaden: Choice of visit to the Eberbach Monastery, or Eltville guided tour with wine tasting, or hiking in Eltville
Day 3 Rudesheim-Rhine Gorge-Boppard: Free time in Rudesheim; cruise through the Rhine Gorge; choice of visit to Marksburg Castle, or Ehrenbreitstein Castle with a cable car ride; or Volcano Tour experience
Day 4 Bonn-Cologne: Free time in Bonn; choice of running tour, or Cologne sightseeing "off the beaten track", or visit the chocolate museum, or Cologne highlights walking tour
Day 5 Dusseldorf-Duisburg: Free time in Dusseldorf; 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 running tour, or culinary walk, or canal cruise
Day 8 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends with breakfast

Always Included

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 designed 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. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.

Throughout the Ship:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Panoramic windows
  • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges
  • Covered Observation Lounge
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day

    Suites & Staterooms:

  • Comfort Collection BedsSM with choice of mattress firmness
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • And, much more.

    Health & Fitness:

  • Bikes
  • Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes
  • Fitness and wellness activities
  • Fitbits®
  • All through your Avalon Adventure HostSM

    Dining

  • FlexDiningSM for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our main Dining Room
  • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast options
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch or Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting)
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the main Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options.
  • Alternative Panorama Bistro dinner, featuring regional specialties and small plates
  • Captain's welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapes
  • Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests
  • Cocktails available on the Sky Deck
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day

    AVALON CHOICE

    Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:
    Classic
    Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You'll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.
    Discovery
    We've found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.
    Active
    Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

  • Plus independent exploration options and use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP.

    Day-By-Day Itinerary

    (B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner

    Day 1
    (D)
    WIESBADEN, 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 Wiesbaden.
    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN WIESBADEN

    Day 2
    (B, L, D)
    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

    Day 3
    (B, L, D)
    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

    Day 4
    (B, L, D)
    BONN
    Beethoven's Birthplace, Beer Gardens, and History on the Rhine
    Start your day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host after an early morning cruise to Born. 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 DÜSSELDORF

    Day 5
    (B, L, D)
    DÜSSELDORF
    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

    Day 6
    (B, L, D)
    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 Archaeological Park and get first-hand experience of life during Roman Empire, OR:
    Classic
    Enjoy a visit to the Archaeological Park.
    Enjoy a dinner featuring dishes reminiscent of Roman cuisine.
    AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM

    Day 7
    (B, L, D)
    AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
    Colorful 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 savory 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

    Day 8
    (B)
    AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)
    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

    Notes

  • 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.
  • Call (510) 247-0670 for more information or to book today! Mention code 14029045

    Cruise Line
    Avalon Waterways
    Offer
    Offer valid through 9/30/2018
    Duration
    8 Days
    Cruise Ship
    Panorama

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Wiesbaden  
    Day 2Wiesbaden  
    Day 3Boppard  
    Day 4Cologne  
    Day 5Duisburg  
    Day 6Xanten  
    Day 7Amsterdam  
    Day 8Amsterdam  
    Dates/Pricing

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    Disclaimer

    Gateway city for arrivals is Frankfurt.

    Port charges:
    $182

    Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.

    Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

    Extra nights per person in Frankfurt:
    in single room from $178 to $309, in twin room from $107 to $181

    Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
    in single room from $204 to $387, in twin room from $132 to $227

    All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.

    To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

    Category / Decks / Price
    D / Indigo Deck / $199
    B / Sapphire Deck / $1149
    A / Sapphire Deck / $1199
    P / Royal Deck / $1299
    Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $2199

    Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.

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