Active & Discovery on the Rhine - Southbound River Cruise (WAW)
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River Cruise Description
This new 2019 8 day Avalon river cruise vacation from Amsterdam to Wiesbaden will provide opportunities to actively discover a wide variety of treasures along the beautiful Rhine River. As with all our Active Discovery cruises, you’ll be able to choose your activity at each stop. If you’re a person who loves to workout and exercise while you are on vacation, you’ll have several options with an active outing, or you might discover a challenging, but perhaps lesser-known site, or opt for the more traditional sightseeing activity. As always, remember that the choice is yours!
Your fabulous Europe river cruise vacation gets underway in beautiful Amsterdam, Holland’s bustling capital city! Those onboard your Avalon Waterways cruise ship who desire some exercise might choose to join an expertly guided running tour for some active excitement. Or, if you happen to desire something that offers a little gentler pace, you’ll be able to see the city on a canal cruise, gliding through the countless canals lined with beautiful stately homes. Or, if you’re a frustrated artist, you can join in a wonderful painting class that can bring out the real artist within you! And you can look forward to more exciting adventures in the days to come on this 2019 9 day Avalon river cruise from Amsterdam to Wiesbaden. Those guests who desire some activity may decide to bike along the beautiful Rhine River, or take part in a reenactment of the ancient Roman Games, or climb the numerous steps up to fantastic Marksburg Castle where you can enjoy some sensational views of the Rhine, and hike in the picturesque landscape around charming Duisburg, or near quaint Eltville.
You can choose to discover the Chocolate Museum in Cologne, and some fascinating sites where you’ll be introduced to the art of chocolate making, master delicious German food on an expertly guided culinary stroll in Duisburg, and have an opportunity to taste popular wines from the region around Eltville. You might choose to take part in an informative Roman Clothes Workshop; walk the fascinating mining corridors of an age-old volcano from which basalt was extracted, and you can choose to visit the sensational Zollverein Coal Museum, a wonderful UNESCO World Heritage Site. An exciting expertly guided walk will give you a wonderful update on the must-see features of Cologne, and in Koblenz you’ll enjoy a great cable car ride up to majestic Ehrenbreitstein Castle where you’ll have some breathtaking views of the picturesque landscapes.
So many amazing activities are available for the taking – and if this wasn’t enough for you – you can look forward to a tranquil cruise through the sensational Rhine Gorge, also a UNESCO World Heritage site. And while you’re onboard your luxurious Avalon river cruise ship, you’ll enjoy the fabulous culinary specialties prepared for your delight as you enjoy wonderful dinners of the region. This 2019 8 day Avalon river cruise from Amsterdam to Wiesbaden is certainly an outstanding experience that offers something exciting for every traveler!
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River Cruise Itinerary
Arrive in Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation)
Welcome to beautiful Amsterdam, Holland’s bustling and sophisticated capital city that carries a rich 700-year history and exudes a definite atmosphere about it, where there is always a profusion of things you must see and do. You’ll have time to explore the busy streets on your own (but be aware and look out for the bicycles!). Or, perhaps you’ll choose to stay busy by joining one of our fascinating optional excursions. This afternoon, you’ll board the luxurious AVALON FELICITY and after an important mandatory safety exercise, you’ll meet your friendly captain, crew and fellow travelers at a casual WELCOME RECEPTION. NOTE: Guests must be onboard the ship by 5 p.m. (Dinner)
Day 2 Amsterdam
After a wonderful breakfast this morning, you’ll CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY: You’ll find your inner artist if you choose to join a creative PAINTING CLASS and also discover some of the secrets of famous artists with names like Van Gogh, Rembrandt, or Warhol! You’ll receive a warm welcome with hot coffee, tea, and petit fours that will help set the tone for this interesting and artistic workshop, which is sure to help inspire your creativity. You’ll get to work like Van Gogh or paint an outstanding self-portrait like Rembrandt! Of course, your creative work of art is yours to take home. Or, perhaps a more energetic choice is more to your liking. It could be a splendid RUNNING TOUR in Amsterdam, which is actually a great way to explore a city more closely! You’ll enjoy the fantastic beauty of Amsterdam while burning off a few calories! And there’s no need to worry about the pace – we’ll take it easy with regular stops at the major must-see sights. The distance of the run is about 7.5 Kms (4.6 miles) and experienced runners, all native “Amsterdammers,” provide an entertaining “running commentary.” Or, you can take a traditional tour of the city’s grachten on a relaxing and peaceful CANAL CRUISE. Besides providing a stunning backdrop to the city’s historic center, slowly floating down Amsterdam’s canals is one of the most remarkable and unforgettable ways to discover the city’s fantastic sights and entertaining attractions. After the canal cruise, you’ll explore some of the off-the-beaten-track parts of the city with your expert guide leading the way. You’ll return to your cruise ship – your home away from home – for an excellent buffet lunch and then decide how to spend the rest of your afternoon. Perhaps you want to venture out and explore more of the city on your own (but be aware and watch for the bicycles!), or stay busy by joining one of our popular optional excursions, such as biking in the picturesque Dutch countryside? Your last fantastic dinner onboard reminds you that you are in Holland and introduces you to some favorite Dutch specialties. Later tonight, sail out of Amsterdam and head for Germany. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 3 Xanten, Germany
Today you’ll enjoy a tranquil morning onboard your luxurious ship as you cruise to Xanten, a historic Roman city in the German region of North Rhine Westphalia. The city is known for its amazing archaeological park and is altogether a treasure for archaeologists as it is the only ancient Roman town north of the Alps, which has not been built over since the historic collapse of the once mighty Roman Empire. This afternoon, CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY: you are invited to participate in the ROMAN GAMES at the Archaeological Park, where you will learn first-hand the experience of daily life during the ancient Roman Empire, or you can take part in a impressive ROMAN CLOTHES WORKSHOP. The course provides you an opportunity to dress up in genuine Roman attire – even in those early times it was said, “You are what you wear!” Or, enjoy a beautiful BIKE TOUR along the banks of the stunning Rhine River. This evening, be prepared for a wonderful GALA FAREWELL DINNER featuring amazing dishes that were similar to those served in ancient Roman times. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4 Duisburg–Düsseldorf
You’ll enjoy a relaxing start to your morning as you sail for bustling Bonn, Germany’s seat of Government before the country was reunified. The rest of the morning is yours to explore on your own, or you may choose to participate in an exciting optional excursion. Charming Cologne is just a short sail away as you enjoy a wonderful lunch. Cologne is one of Germany’s largest cities and the capital of the Rhineland. The city straddles the Rhine and is known for its towering, twin-steeples on the elegant gothic cathedral. You’ll step ashore and CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY in Cologne, which is home to numerous extraordinary museums that offer a rare perspective on German’s history, daily life, and death. COLOGNE OFF THE BEATEN TRACK diverts from the normal hubbub of well-traveled tourist attractions to explore bizarre sites, including a cemetery, and intriguing museums featuring the Olympics, tolerance, and wonderful European handicrafts. And you’ll be introduced to the Kölsch lifestyle and attitude, or, if you happen to be a chocaholic you may desire a visit at the delightful CHOCOLATE MUSEUM and learn about the historic role of chocolate in old South American cultures, such as the Mayas and the Aztecs, and the European elite. You’ll be taken through the entire process of chocolate production from out on the farm to the candy store. You’ll stroll through a greenhouse where two different species of cacao trees are grown and then on through the industrialization of chocolate production, even including early classic advertising campaigns. Or, for the more traditionally minded, a CITY WALK turns into a fascinating journey of discovery, taking you through the area immediately surrounding the elegant Cathedral and the quaint narrow alleyways of the Old Town. The dynamic walk passes by the impressive Romano-Germanic Museum with its world-famous Dionysus mosaic, the stately Town Hall, the bustling Alter Markt (the old market) and Gross St. Martin (Great St. Martin). Your cruise ship remains docked in Cologne until late tonight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 Cologne–Bonn-Engers
|Day 5 Cologne–Bonn-Engers
Charming Cologne, one of Germany’s largest cities and capital of the Rhineland, straddles the Rhine and is known for its towering, twin-steeples on the elegant gothic cathedral. You’ll step ashore and CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY in Cologne, which is home to numerous extraordinary museums that offer a rare perspective on German’s history, daily life, and death. COLOGNE OFF THE BEATEN TRACK diverts from the normal hubbub of well-traveled tourist attractions to explore bizarre sites, including a cemetery, and intriguing museums featuring the Olympics, tolerance, and wonderful European handicrafts. And you’ll be introduced to the Kölsch lifestyle and attitude, or, if you happen to be a chocaholic you may desire a visit at the delightful CHOCOLATE MUSEUM and learn about the historic role of chocolate in old South American cultures, such as the Mayas and the Aztecs, and the European elite. You’ll be taken through the entire process of chocolate production from out on the farm to the candy store. You’ll stroll through a greenhouse where two different species of cacao trees are grown and then on through the industrialization of chocolate production, even including early classic advertising campaigns. Or, for the more traditionally minded, a CITY WALK turns into a fascinating journey of discovery, taking you through the area immediately surrounding the elegant Cathedral and the quaint narrow alleyways of the Old Town. The dynamic walk passes by the impressive Romano-Germanic Museum with its world-famous Dionysus mosaic, the stately Town Hall, the bustling Alter Markt (the old market) and Gross St. Martin (Great St. Martin). You’ll return to your ship for lunch and a short sail to Bonn, Germany’s seat of Government before the country was reunified. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore on your own. Tonight a fabulous onboard dinner of delicious Rhineland specialties are on your menu, as you cruise to quaint Engers. Here you’ll be treated to a special CONCERT performance at the alluring Castle Engers. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 Koblenz-Boppard-Rhine Gorge-Rüdesheim
Prepare yourself for a day of picturesque scenery! First up is the charming city of Koblenz. Situated where the beautiful Rhine and Moselle Rivers meet, this amazing 2,000-year-old city is both the cultural and business center of the wonderful Middle Rhine region. CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY: If you are able to climb steps, you might choose to join an excursion to charming MARKSBURG, the only fortunate castle on the Middle Rhine to escape destruction or ruin. You’ll be able to tour the impressive kitchens and dining area, along the bastions overlooking the Rhine, to the fascinating bedrooms and horrific torture room, and to the awe-inspiring chapel. Fabulous Marksburg Castle is one of the primary sites of the WORLD HERITAGE Rhine Gorge. Or, you’ll enjoy exploring the ancient city of Koblenz on an exciting GUIDED WALK with a friendly expert guide. Then, you may take a relaxing cable car ride up to the majestic and historic EHRENBREITSTEIN CASTLE and marvel at the picturesque panoramic view from high above the banks of the Rhine. Or, you may choose to participate in a unique VOLCANO EXPERIENCE! A short coach transfer from your ship takes you to the impressive “LAVA CITY” of charming Mendig, where basalt, cold lava, was mined. You’ll enjoy touring this maze of mining corridors, which, in the early 19th century, became the perfect beer storage cellars. After a wonderful lunch, you’ll marvel at today’s SCENIC HIGHLIGHT as you cruise through the sensational Rhine Gorge, considered by many to be the most beautiful stretch of river. Here, you’ll see majestic ancient castles standing as sentry on the towering cliffs rising some 400 feet above the water. You’ll cruise past the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where echoes of enchanted siren song lured unsuspecting sailors to their doom. You’ll arrive in charming Rüdesheim in the late afternoon, and take time to explore this ultimate, quaint Rhine Valley wine town on your own. Or, if you are one who prefers action, one of our exciting optional excursions may be just what you’re looking for. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 Rüdesheim–Eltville–Wiesbaden
You will enjoy another exciting day after a wonderful breakfast. As always, you’ll CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY: you might choose a visit to the fascinating EBERBACH MONASTERY, where you can reflect on the simple beauty of the historic Monastery’s elegant and monumental Romanesque church, and you’ll discover this outstanding backdrop to the famous Hollywood movie, “The Name of the Rose,” that brought the Middle Ages back to life here in this amazing monastery. Or, Eltville am Rhein is beautifully located amid fascinating forest, lush green wine grape vineyards, and the beautiful Rhine River, and is well known as “the City of Wine, Sekt (sparkling wine), and Roses.” This is an ideal city for a wonderful GUIDED WALK through the historic quaint Old Town and a fabulous TASTING of some of the popular local wines. Or, for those travelers who desire some exercise before lunch, you’ll have the option of a HIKE around charming Eltville on the first-class hiking trail, “Rheinsteig.” Stroll through Eltville’s idyllic forest or you can choose to explore an array of scenic trails through the picturesque vineyards. You’ll rejoin your luxurious cruise ship for a great lunch and a short cruise to charming Wiesbaden. You’ll enjoy a last relaxing afternoon onboard, or you can join an optional excursion to the nearby city of Frankfurt for a wonderful guided walk. This evening, prepare yourself for an extravagant GALA FAREWELL DINNER. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8 Wiesbaden
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! NOTE: Departure flights should not leave Frankfurt airport before 10 am. (Breakfast)
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