8 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Amsterdam to Frankfurt 2022

Avalon Waterways River Cruise - Amsterdam to Frankfurt

Active & Discovery on the Rhine (Southbound)

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Avalon Waterways
8 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Amsterdam to Frankfurt 2022

River Cruise Description

Explore the Rhine River from a unique perspective on an Avalon Active & Discovery River Cruise. With Avalon Choice® inclusions you decide how to explore each destination on your Rhine River cruise. From classic sightseeing, to active pursuits, to discovery activities and excursions, you'll enjoy a wide variety of included excursions to match your interests and pace. Whether you're a history buff, a foodie, or an art lover, you'll find a wide selection of inclusions that speak to you!

Your Rhine River cruise begins in Amsterdam for a day full of activities. See the colorful corners of Amsterdam your way-from a canal cruise to a leisurely biking tour-all at an easy pace! You might choose an included painting class, instead, to recreate the masterpieces of Dutch artists. Visit the Chocolate Museum in Cologne, take a guided "bites and highlights" tour 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. Sail through the magnificent Rhine Gorge and enjoy specialty dishes while cruising. Join us for an Active & Discovery Rhine River Cruise with more included selections for every preference, passion, and pace.



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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 Avalon's exclusive AvalonGO APP.

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)

How Suite It Is! Welcome Aboard Your Avalon Suite Ship®.
Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm.
Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
You may take a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses.
Your day in Amsterdam is free to explore at your leisure the colorful cafés, galleries, bridges, and canals.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM
(D)

Day 2 AMSTERDAM

Colorful Canals of Amsterdam
Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.
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 you might take an Optional Kayaking Excursion.
Spend free time strolling at leisure through the galleries and cafés of Amsterdam.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ARNHEM
(B,L,D)

Day 3 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
You may join a Guided Optional Excursion to the Windmill of Thorn or an Optional Cooking Workshop.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DÜSSELDORF
(B,L,D)

Day 4 DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY

Avant-Garde Architecture and Amazing Altbiers
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.
This afternoon you might take a Guided Optional Excursion to Düsseldorf’s microbreweries to try a variety of Altbiers.
Later enjoy live entertainment on board.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE
(B,L,D)

Day 5 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 sights, including the Old City and its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral.
Enjoy a leisurely cruise to Engers.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ENGERS
(B,L,D)

Day 6 KOBLENZ–RHINE GORGE

Fortress Walls and Manor Halls Where the Rhine and Moselle Meet
Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.
Active
Take a Guided Tour of Marksburg Castle, visit its battlements overlooking the Rhine, and take a scenic walk down the surrounding hillside to Brauback Old town, OR:
Discovery
For a unique experience, join us on an excursion to the “Lava City” of Mendig for a Volcano Encounter, including exploring the caverns and corridors where basalt (cold lava) was mined, OR:
Classic
Enjoy a leisurely Guided Walk of ancient Koblenz, including a cable car ride to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress for a spectacular panoramic view.
Enjoy lunch on board and the breathtaking beauty of the Rhine Gorge as you cruise on your way to Rüdesheim, where you will have time to discover this picturesque village.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BINGEN
(B,L,D)

Day 7 MAINZ EXCURSION TO ELTVILLE

Fantastical Forests and Famous Vineyards
Enjoy an early morning sail to Mainz before breakfast.
Active
For some exercise before lunch, join a Guided Nature Walk along one of the Rheinsteig walking 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, the filming location of almost all the interior scenes of Umberto Eco’s dark medieval murder mystery “The Name of the Rose.”
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO FRANKFURT
(B,L,D)

Day 8 FRANKFURT (DISEMBARKATION)

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.
(B)
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