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8 Day Avalon River Cruise from Amsterdam to Mainz 2020

Active & Discovery on the Rhine (Southbound) River Cruise (WAW)

Starting from $2,249
Ship(s): Avalon Expression

River Cruise Description

Welcome to charming Amsterdam, the beginning of your fabulous exploration into the sensational Rhine River that takes you from bustling metropolis of Amsterdam to the quaint village of Mainz. Your exciting 8 day Avalon river cruise from Amsterdam to Mainz 2020 offers you a rare opportunity to entertain an exclusive perspective of some amazing cities in Europe.

You are calling the shots with Avalon Choice, as you enjoy a plethora of diverse included excursions, which are all designed to meet your personal interests at the pace you prefer. If you’re a lover of fine arts or a lover of history, you’ll find the inclusions that ring a bell with you! Your picturesque Rhine River cruise begins with a day brimming with sensational activities. You’ll observe the beautiful colorful corners of Amsterdam your way – featuring a tranquil canal cruise and a casual bicycle stint, or a expert guided jogging circuit around the city – all at a wonderful pace you prefer! Or, you might choose to join a creative included painting class, instead, to do your best to amuse yourself trying to recreate the Dutch artists’ masterpieces. With Avalon Choice inclusions, you choose how to discover bustling cities and charming villages on your peaceful European Rhine River cruise.

You’ll enjoy a visit to the world-famous Chocolate Museum in Cologne, and then you might consider joining a fascinating guided “bites and highlights” tour in historic Düsseldorf, and enjoy tasting some of the finest wines from quaint Eltville. In bustling Koblenz, take a popular cable car ride up to the majestic Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, which offers you some of the most sensational views of the picturesque surrounding area. When you return to your luxurious Avalon cruise ship, you’ll marvel as you sail through the stunning Rhine Gorge while enjoying specialty cuisines while cruising.

Please join us for a Rhine River cruise like no other, with many included excursion selections to suit nearly all tastes and passions, not to mention at a pace to your liking. Your fabulous Avalon Choice options on these Active & Discovery river cruises gives you the personal reality of the “Active, Discovery, and Classic” inclusions to see each magnificent destination your way! Call to learn more about this 8 day Avalon river cruise from Amsterdam to Mainz 2020.

River Cruise Promos

$2,500 off per couple

Book a select 2020 or 2021 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive up to $1,250 off per person on the cruise/land or cruise only price. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between November 19, 2019– April 6, 2020 for travel at select times in 2020 and 2021. Not applicable to custom tours. Not applicable on TBA space. Offer combinable only with Welcome Back Credit. Applies to new bookings only and will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Offer reliant on space availability at time of booking and may be withdrawn at any time. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply.
(Promotion price shown is per person, double occupancy.)
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Departure DateShipPriced From
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May 5, 2020 $2,500 off per coupleAvalon Expression$3,499$2,249Call Us!
Jun 16, 2020 $2,500 off per coupleAvalon Expression$3,798$2,548Call Us!
Jul 28, 2020Avalon ExpressionWaitlistCall Us!
Sep 22, 2020 $2,500 off per coupleAvalon Expression$3,849$2,599Call Us!

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation)

How Suite It Is! Welcome Aboard Your Avalon Suite Ship®.

Welcome to beautiful Amsterdam! Your flight into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm and guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. Depending on when your flight arrives, you may have time to  explore Amsterdam at your leisure. Take in the colorful cafés, galleries, bridges, and canals.


Day 2 Amsterdam

Colorful Canals of Amsterdam
See the sights of Amsterdam from a unique perspective by joining our Guided Jogging Tour of the city—all at an easy pace with stops for commentary, OR:
Attend a Painting Class and be inspired by the masters’ techniques. Paint your own canvas and discover your inner artist. A Guided Walking Tour will complete your experience, OR:
Join a Biking Tour through the Dutch countryside past polders, dykes, and quaint centuries-old villages, OR:
Enjoy a Guided Canal Cruise to explore the iconic waterways and sites of Amsterdam.

During your free time in the afternoon you might take a Guided Optional Biking Excursion through the Dutch countryside, or an Optional Kayaking Excursion. Or, consider taking an Optional Guided Excursion to Holland’s beautiful medieval Muiderslot Castle. Another option os to just spend your free time strolling at leisure through the many galleries and cafés of Amsterdam.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 Arnhem

Wildlife, WWII Valor, and Van Gogh
Go on a hike in the Hoge Veluwe National Park with a Nature Expert and discover its abundance of wildlife, including deers, wild boars and mouflons, OR:
Biking Join a Biking Tour on the Hoge Veluwe National Park and admire its diversity of scenery, from dense forests to high sand dune, OR:
 Join a Guided Sightseeing of Arnhem past impressive monuments and places of remembrance, OR:
Take a Guided Tour of Arnhem’s Kröller-Müller Museum with the world’s second largest Van Gogh collection.
Delicious Dutch Specialties and Famous Mills

This afternoon in Nijmegen, you may opt to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the Windmill of Thorn or participate in an Optional Cooking Workshop.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Düsseldorf

Avant-Garde Architecture and Amazing Altbiers
Enjoy a stroll in the beautiful gardens in the Park of Benrath Palace and admire the furniture, porcelain and paintings of the main palace, OR:
Join a City Biking Tour to discover interesting stories about the sights and the city itself along the way, OR:
Experience Düsseldorf’s Old Town and get an insight into its culinary diversity, OR:
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 taking an Guided Optional Excursion to Düsseldorf’s microbreweries to try a variety of Altbiers in the afternoon. This evening you’ll enjoy live entertainment on board.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Cologne–Bonn-Engers

Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland
For a unique view of Cologne’s history and beauty, join us on a Jogging Tour of the city, OR:
Join an off-the-beaten-path Guided Tour to discover the quaint Belgian Quarter of Cologne, OR:
Visit Cologne’s Chocolate Museum and learn the process of chocolate production and ancient history of this food of the gods, OR:
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.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Koblenz-Boppard-Rhine Gorge

Fortress Walls and Manor Halls Where the Rhine and Moselle Meet
Take a Guided Tour of Marksburg Castle, visit its battlements overlooking the Rhine, and take a scenic walk down the surrounding hillside back to your ship, OR:
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, as well as a visit to the nearby Monastery at “Maria Laach”, OR:
Enjoy a leisurely Guided Walk of ancient Koblenz, including a cable car ride to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress for a spectacular panoramic view.

In the afternoon, you’ll enjoy lunch on board, relax and take in the breathtaking beauty of the Rhine Gorge as you cruise on your way to Rüdesheim. When you arrive,  you’ll have time to discover this picturesque village, followed by dinner on board while cruising to Bingen.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Mainz

Forests and Famous Vineyards

You’ll have an early morning sail to Mainz before breakfast.

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:
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:
Discover the romanesque beauty of Eberbach Monastery, the location of almost all the interior scenes of the film version of Umberto Eco’s dark medieval murder mystery “The Name of the Rose.”

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Mainz (Disembarkation)

While your fabulous river cruise vacation ends with a wonderful breakfast this morning, you’ll take some amazing memories and hopefully some great photographs with you when your return home!


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