Style : River cruise
Active & Discovery on the Rhine (Northbound) tour

Active & Discovery on the Rhine (Northbound)

Avalon Waterways
4.8 . Excellent
98%
Travel Style: Array Mixed
Physical Level: Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments. Very Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
8 days
From: $ 3,599 $ 450 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Onboard welcome reception
  • Choice of visit to the Eberbach Monastery, Eltville guided tour with wine tasting, or nature walk in Eltville; bike with your Adventure Host; free time in Rüdesheim
  • Cruise through the Rhine Gorge; choice of visit to Marksburg Castle, or Koblenz walking tour and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress with a cable car ride, or Volcano Tour experience
  • Free time in Bonn; choice of jogging tour, off the beaten track' sightseeing, a visit to the chocolate museum, or Cologne highlights walking tour
  • Choice of guided city sightseeing, biking tour, or culinary tour
  • Choice of biking tour, guided sightseeing in Arnhem, or guided tour of Arnhem's Kröller-Müller Museum; free time in Nijmegen
  • Choice of painting class, or biking tour, or canal cruise
  • Explore the Rhine River your way on Avalon Active & Discovery river cruise
  • Choose included classic sightseeing, Active excursions, or Discovery activities in culture and cuisine

Short Description

Explore the Rhine River your way on Avalon Active & Discovery river cruise. Choose included classic sightseeing, Active excursions, or Discovery activities in culture and cuisine. Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, or an art lover, you’ll find the Avalon Choice® inclusions that speak to you! Visit the Chocolate Museum in Cologne, take a guided culinary walk in Düsseldorf, and taste regional wines in Eltville. In Koblenz, take a cable-car ride up to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress for magnificent views of the surrounding area. Aboard your Avalon Suite Ship®, you’ll pass through the magnificent Rhine Gorge and enjoy specialty dishes while cruising. Your Rhine River cruise ends in Amsterdam for a day full of activities. See the colorful streets and row house doors of Amsterdam your way—from a relaxing canal cruise to a leisurely biking tour—all at your pace! Choose a painting class to recreate the masterpieces of Dutch artists. Join us for a Rhine River cruise like no other, with more freedom to cruise your way.

Style River cruise
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions N/A
Start City FRANKFURT
End City AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION) Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning

Destinations

Germany

Activities & Interests

Culture River cruise

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Itinerary

Day 1

FRANKFURT, GERMANY (EMBARKATION) Welcome to Germany. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.

Flights into Frankfurt must arrive before 3 pm.

Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

EVENING CRUISE TO MAINZ

(D)

Day 2

MAINZ. EXCURSIONS TO ELTVILLE Fantastical Forests and Famous Vineyards

Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.

ACTIVE For some exercise before lunch, join a Guided Nature Walk along one of the Rheinsteig walking trails through Eltville’s idyllic forest 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 Visit the Romanesque Beauty of Eberbach Monastery, the filming location of almost all the interior scenes of Umberto Eco’s dark medieval murder mystery “The Name of the Rose.”

Sail to Rüdesheim this afternoon, where you will have time to discover this picturesque village.

ACTIVE Enjoy an easy bike ride around Rüdesheim with your Adventure Host.

Enjoy dinner on board while cruising to Bingen this evening.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BINGEN

(B,L,D)

Day 3

RHINE GORGE–BOPPARD Spectacular Riverscapes and a Jewel on the Rhine

Enjoy breakfast on board as you cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Boppard.

ACTIVE Take a Guided Tour of Marksburg Castle, visit its battlements overlooking the Rhine, and take a scenic walk down the surrounding hillside, OR:

DISCOVERY For a unique experience, join us on an excursion to the “Lava City” of Mendig for a Vulcano Encounter, including exploring the caverns and corridors where basalt (cold lava) was mined, OR:

CLASSIC Take a leisurely Guided Walk of ancient Koblenz, including a cable car ride to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress 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

Take advantage of some free time in Bonn this morning.

COLOGNE

Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland

ACTIVE For a unique view of Cologne’s history and beauty, join us on a Jogging Tour of the city, OR:

DISCOVERY Discover the people and true spirit of Cologne on this fascinating guided walking tour through the Belgian Quarter, 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 leisurely Guided City Walk of Cologne for a view of her must-see sight, including the Old City and its soaring twin-steepled Gothic cathedral.

Enjoy live entertainment on board this evening.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DÜSSELDORF

(B,L,D)

Day 5

DÜSSELDORF Avant-Garde Architecture and Amazing Altbiers

Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

ACTIVE Join a City Biking Tour to discover interesting stories about the sights and the city itself along the way, OR:

DISCOVERY Experience Düsseldorf’s Old Town and get an insight into its culinary diversity, OR:

CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour of Düsseldorf. Visit the Old Town, but also discover its spectacular subway line, where each station has an individual magic character.

Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to Düsseldorf’s microbreweries to try a variety of Altbiers.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ARNHEM

(B,L,D)

Day 6

ARNHEM Wildlife, WWII Valor, and Van Gogh

ACTIVE Join a Biking Tour on the Hoge Veluwe National Park and admire its diversity of scenery, from dense forests to sand dune, OR:

DISCOVERY Join a Guided Sightseeing to discover Arnhem—a key WWII operations site and home to impressive historical monuments and memorials—then visit a medieval castle for a regional herb and vegetable product tasting, OR:

CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of Arnhem’s Kröller-Müller Museum with the world’s second largest Van Gogh collection.

NIJMEGEN

Delicious Dutch Specialties and Famous Mills

Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Windmill of Thorn or an Optional Cooking Workshop.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM

(B,L,D)

Day 7

AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND Colorful Canals of Amsterdam

ACTIVE Join a Biking Tour through the Dutch countryside past polders, dykes, and quaint centuries-old villages, OR:

DISCOVERY Attend a Painting Class and be inspired by the masters’ techniques. Paint your own canvas and discover your inner artist. An orientation walk will complete your experience, OR:

CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Canal Cruise to explore the iconic waterways and sites of Amsterdam.

This afternoon consider an Optional Culinary Walk in one of Amsterdam’s famous districts, or an Optional Kayaking Excursion.

Spend free time strolling at leisure through the galleries and cafés of Amsterdam.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM

(B,L,D)

Day 8

AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION) Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

(B)

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Active & Discovery on the Rhine (Northbound)

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Amsterdam Active Discovery was Amazing

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We just returned (5/8/22) from the Avalon Tranquility II cruise from Amsterdam, to Rotterdam, to Antwerp and back to Amsterdam. This is our second Avalon tour and we were thrilled with all aspects of the cruise. The ship is beautiful and wonderfully maintained. The cruise director, Simone T. was charming, smart, organized and in control of all aspects of a perfect trip. The sailors, servers, housekeeping were all professional, personable and as helpful as could be. The excursions, food, and logistics were outstanding. This trip was about the cities and not so much about the countryside, so there was much more exposure to the industrial ports than on other European river excursions.
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A Grand Disappointment

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Globus, of which Avalon is a subsidiary, recently sent me an email advertising your tours. In it was a tab "We stand by our guests.
If things don’t go as planned on-trip, our guests are never left to face a cloud of uncertainty alone. Instead, they’re always in the care of our operations team while in destination."
In our case, this was not the case.
We purchased the Avalon Galapagos tour and arrived in Quito, Ecuador March 29. My wife contracted the Rota Virus at the hotel at the beginning of the tour. She was bedridden for four days, with four doctors' visits plus a lab tech. She even had to receive an IV right in the room. We were completely abandoned by Avalon. When the tour left town to fly to the Galapagos Islands, the only telephone call we received was from a local rep informing us that the tour's rooming responsibility towards us had expired. He told us we had to make our arrangements for a room until the tour returned the following week. Even after my travel agent contacted Avalon Home Office, no one provided any assistance. The worst tour ever. Then, in submitting a claim to Avalon's recommended insurance company, AON, I was told that in order to process the claim for trip interruption, we need to provide Attending Physicians’ Statements---in English, from Ecuador. I paid a small fortune for what turned out to be a plane flight and a ride to and from the hotel. Some people have asked what did I expect from Avalon. How about a telephone call asking how my wife was doing. How about assistance with arranging housing while waiting for the tour to return. Or, asking if I needed a translator for the doctor's visits or my many trips to the pharmacy. Or, a recommendation for a specialist. Joseph Cerroni
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I took the Grand France River Cruise and loved every minute of it. Lots of choices for excursions and the flexibility to make changes when needed. Both Cruise Directors on each ship (Jean-Loup on Poetry II and Gayle on Tapestry II) were very helpful, friendly and informative. In fact, all of the staff on each ship seemed to go out of their way to make sure I was enjoying myself.
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We traveled before the Omicron outbreak. We were only the third cruise at that point after the initial outbreak of Covid. We felt very safe. Everyone was vaccinated, wore masks and our temperature was randomly taken on a regular basis. The crew was amazing ! Accommodations and food were excellent and I would highly recommend Avalon to anyone considering a river cruise.
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Bucket List Trip A Success! Almost two years in the making because…

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Almost two years in the making because of Covid delays, my wife and I were blessed to be able to take our Romantic Rhine River cruise in October. It was amazing; everything that we had hoped for, and more. We loved our ship and crew, our cabin was airy and spacious, the food was great and the excursions were first class. We are already saving up for next trip, which we will arrange with Kat, our Avalon planner!
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Accommodations



The Westin Grand Frankfurt

This classic luxury 371-room hotel offers high quality service and an excellent location, just steps away from the famous Zeil shopping mile and exclusive Goethestrasse with Free Wi-Fi access available throughout the property. Three restaurants and bars offer a great choice of cusine to suit every palate, you may choose between regional or international cuisine, Japanese sushi & teppanyaki as well as Chinese. For relaxation and revitalization, there is an indoor swimming pool and fitness area complete with Finnish sauna and steam room.


Frankfurt
Germany
Konrad-Adenauer Str. 7

Westcord Jakarta

A unique sustainable hotel in Amsterdam, where two worlds connect. At the former location where ships left for Jakarta, lies a green oasis in the centre of the city. Hotel offers 200 luxurious rooms with a Indonesian influenced style. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at Café Jakarta or get a drink at the Malabar. Be pampered in luxury and relax in our wellness and swimming pool with views towards the river IJ.


Amsterdam
Netherlands
Javakade 766

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