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8 Day Avalon River Cruise from Mainz to Amsterdam 2020

Active & Discovery on the Rhine (Northbound) River Cruise (WWA)

Starting from $2,349
Ship(s): Avalon Expression

River Cruise Description

Welcome to charming Mainz where your exploration of the Rhine River begins. You’ll find that this 8 day Avalon river cruise from Mainz to Amsterdam 2020, the Active & Discovery on the Rhine, will provide you with an exclusive perspective on your fabulous Europe river cruise experience.

With the new Avalon Choice program, you’ll marvel at the many diverse included excursions available to you. You’ll be able to pick excursions that are “just right” for your interests and the pace at which you’d feel best taking. You’ll discover there are great activities for those who are lovers of history, fine cuisine, or lover of fine art. You’ll determine which inclusions actually allure you on this sensational river cruise.

You can always count on having things your way. With Avalon Choice inclusions, you choose how you prefer discovering the many captivating sites on your picturesque Rhine River cruise. You’ll enjoy a visit to the world-renowned Chocolate Museum in fascinating Cologne, join an expertly guided culinary stroll in bustling Düsseldorf, and enjoy tasting popular regional vintage wines in quaint Eltville. In charming Koblenz, take a cable car ride up to the majestic Ehrenbreitstein Fortress for some of the most magnificent views of the surrounding region.

Onboard your luxurious Avalon river cruise ship, you’ll traverse through the outstanding Rhine Gorge while enjoying some wonderfully distinctive cuisine. Although your fabulous Rhine River cruise ends soon in sensational Amsterdam, you’ll have a full day of some of the most captivating activities. You’ll observe the stunning colorful corners of bustling Amsterdam your way. ¬You may choose to go from a peaceful canal cruise to a laid-back bicycle tour. Or, you can enjoy an expertly guided jogging tour of this amazing city…all at a pace of your choice! You might decide to join a popular included painting class as you try your hand at recreating the world-famous masterpieces of Dutch artists. You’ll marvel as you join us for this sensational Rhine River cruise like no other – with more included options that suit every taste, passion, and pace.

With Avalon Choice on this Active & Discovery on the Rhine cruise, you get the personal reality of the “Active, Discovery, and Classic” inclusions to see each magnificent destination your way! Add land excursions your way with this 8 day Avalon river cruise from Mainz to Amsterdam 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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May 12, 2020 $2,500 off per coupleAvalon Expression$3,599$2,349Call Us!
Jun 23, 2020 $2,500 off per coupleAvalon Expression$3,798$2,548Call Us!
Aug 4, 2020Avalon ExpressionWaitlistCall Us!
Sep 29, 2020 $2,500 off per coupleAvalon Expression$3,849$2,599Call Us!

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 Mainz, Germany (Embarkation)

Welcome to Germany. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.

Welcome to alluring Frankfurt, known as Germany’s financial capital! Please make sure your flight into Frankfurt arrives before 3 pm.  Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. If you arrive early in the day, you’ll have time to explore Mainz.


Day 2 Mainz, Excursion to Eltville

Forests and Famous Vineyards
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:
Join a Guided Walk through the historic Old Town of Eltville am Rhein, well known as the City of Wine, with wine tastings included, OR:
Visit 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.”

Enjoy your remaining free time in Mainz before setting sail to Rüdesheim in the afternoon, where you will have time to discover this quaint village. In the evening, you can savor a delicious dinner on board while cruising to Bingen.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 Rhine Gorge–Boppard

The Majestic Rhine Gorge and a Peaceful Jewel on the Rhine

Take a leisurely morning with breakfast on board as you cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Boppard.

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 Vulcano 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:
Take a leisurely Guided Walk of ancient Koblenz, including a cable car ride to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress for a spectacular panoramic view.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Bonn

Beethoven’s Birthplace, Beer Gardens, and History on the Rhine

You’ll have free time this morning in Bonn to explore.

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 sight, including the Old City and its soaring twin-steepled Gothic cathedral.

Be ready for some fun, lively entertainment on board this evening.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 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.

Today you can include a fun Guided Optional Excursion to Düsseldorf’s microbreweries to try a variety of Altbiers. Cheers!

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 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 

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

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Amsterdam, Holland

Wildlife, WWII Valor, and Van Gogh
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.

This afternoon you might take an Optional Culinary Walk in one of Amsterdam’s famous districts, or an Optional Kayaking Excursion. Alternatively take an Optional Guided Excursion to Holland’s beautiful medieval Muiderslot Castle.  Spend free time strolling at leisure through the galleries and cafés of Amsterdam.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Amsterdam (Disembarkation)

While your fabulous Avalon river cruise ends with a wonderful breakfast this morning, you will also take home many fascinating memories and photographs as reminders of this captivating vacation experience.


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