on the Rhine CRUISE ONLY: Air Credit available! Book an Active Discovery on the Rhine river cruise and get up to $3,600 air credit per couple!
- 7 night river cruise between Amsterdam & Wiesbaden
- Cruise from Amsterdam to Xanten, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Engers, Koblenz, Rüdesheim, Eltville, ending in Wiesbaden
- Gourmet cuisine with all meals onboard
- Onboard beverages include sparkling wine with breakfast, and wine & beer with lunch and dinner
- Expert Cruise Director & sightseeing with Local Guides
- Included daily excursions with your choice of Classic, Active or Discovery experiences
- Onboard Adventure Centre & Adventure Host
- Complimentary bicycles available for use on shore
- Onboard local entertainment
- WiFi access onboard
- Port charges & onboard gratuities
7 Night Cruise sailing from Amsterdam to Wiesbaden aboard Avalon Panorama.
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)
*Terms and conditions: All care is taken to promote correct pricing at time of printing (01/11/18), is dependent upon availability and will be confirmed at time of reservation. Book a 2019 Europe river cruise departure and receive an Air Credit to use towards an airfare of your choice. Air Credit value is dependent on the cruise and departure booked and will range from $200 - $2,400 per person (any deck/cabin category). Select dates are not eligible for promotion. Availability will be confirmed at time of enquiry. Air Credit offer is valid for new 2019 Europe bookings made from 07/11/18 - 18/12/18 (or until sold out). To secure reservation and Air Credit a non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $500per person/per cruise is required within 7 days of booking (or by 18/12/18; whichever comes first). The Air Credit will be processed as a discount off the booking invoice at time of reservation. Should you cancel or change your cruise, this Air Credit becomes null and void and the full cost of any airfare purchased, or any associated change fees will be your responsibility. All airline payment and cancellation terms are completely independent of Avalon. Avalon is not responsible for any booking element of the airfare which you have utilised the credit for, even if SafetyNet Protection has been purchased. Full Avalon cancellation penalties apply. SafetyNet Protection may be purchased, standard conditions apply. SafetyNet Protection cover relates only to the Avalon portion of the booking and does not cover any associated airfares booked in conjunction with this offer. Air Credit is 100% non-refundable and non-transferable and is handled as a discount off the cruise portion. Air Credit value will be calculated on standard brochure itinerary duration. Offer not combinable with any other promotion except the Welcome Back Credit. Air Credit valid for Singles (single supplement applies). Air Credit valid for Groups – special conditions apply. Offers can be withdrawn or amended at any time. Additional restrictions may apply. Full Avalon 2019 terms & conditions apply, please ensure you read these prior to booking – visit avalonwaterways.co.nz.