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Active and Discovery on the Rhine
7-Night Cruise from Mainz to Amsterdam (or reverse)

Active Discovery on the Rhine
2020 & 2021 Departure Dates & Pricing

Mainz to Amsterdam- Northbound (WWA) - 8 days

-or-

Amsterdam to Mainz - Southbound (WAW) - 8 days

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Detailed Itinerary: Mainz to Amsterdam (WWA)

Skip to Amsterdam to Mainz itinerary

Day 1: Mainz, 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.

The day is yours to explore Mainz.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN MAINZ

(Dinner)

Day 2: Mainz. Excursion to Eltville

Forests and Famous Vineyards

Choose your excursion:

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 wine tastings included.

-OR-

CLASSIC: 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 the remaining free time in Mainz before sailing to Rüdesheim this afternoon, where you will have time to discover this picturesque village.

In the evening enjoy dinner on board while cruising to Bingen.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BINGEN

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3: Rhine Gorge–Boppard

The Majestic Rhine Gorge and a Peaceful Jewel on the Rhine

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

Choose your excursion:

ACTIVE: 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-

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, as well as a visit to the nearby Monastery at “Maria Laach”.

-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

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4: Bonn

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

Take advantage of some free time in Bonn this morning.

In COLOGNE:

Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland

Choose your excursion:

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

-OR-

DISCOVERY: Join an off-the-beaten-path Guided Tour to discover the quaint Belgian Quarter of Cologne.

-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

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5: Düsseldorf

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.

You might join a Guided Optional Excursion to Düsseldorf’s microbreweries to try a variety of Altbiers.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ARNHEM

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6: Arnhem

Wildlife, WWII Valor, and Van Gogh

Choose your excursion:

ACTIVE: 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-

ACTIVE: 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-

DISCOVERY: Join a Guided Sightseeing of Arnhem past impressive monuments and places of remembrance.

-OR-

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

In NIJMEGEN:

Delicious Dutch Specialties and Famous Mills

You may join a Guided OPTIONAL Excursion to the Windmill of Thorn -OR- an OPTIONAL Cooking Workshop.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7: Amsterdam, Holland

Colorful Canals of Amsterdam

Choose your excursion:

ACTIVE: 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-

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-

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

-OR-

CLASSIC: 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.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8: Amsterdam (Disembarkation)

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning! (Breakfast)

Departures & Pricing

Detailed Itinerary: Amsterdam to Mainz (WAW)

Skip to Mainz to Amsterdam itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in 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.

Your day in Amsterdam is free to explore at your leisure the colorful cafés, galleries, bridges, and canals.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM

(Dinner)

Day 2: Amsterdam

Colorful Canals of Amsterdam

Choose your excursion:

ACTIVE: 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-

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-

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

-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. 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.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ARNHEM

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3: Arnhem

Wildlife, WWII Valor, and Van Gogh

Choose your excursion:

ACTIVE: 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-

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

-OR-

DISCOVERY: Join a Guided Sightseeing of Arnhem past impressive monuments and places of remembrance.

-OR-

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

In NIJMEGEN:

Delicious Dutch Specialties and Famous Mills

You may join an OPTIONAL Guided Excursion to the Windmill of Thorn -OR- an OPTIONAL Cooking Workshop.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DÜSSELDORF(B,L,D)

Day 4: Düsseldorf

Avant-Garde Architecture and Amazing Altbiers

Choose your excursion:

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 an OPTIONAL Guided Excursion to Düsseldorf’s microbreweries to try a variety of Altbiers.

Later enjoy live entertainment on board.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5: Cologne

Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland

Choose your excursion:

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

-OR-

DISCOVERY: Join an off-the-beaten-path Guided Tour to discover the quaint Belgian Quarter of Cologne.

-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

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6: Koblenz -Rhine Gorge

Fortress Walls and Manor Halls Where the Rhine and Moselle Meet

ACTIVE 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:

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, as well as a visit to the nearby Monastery at “Maria Laach”, 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.

In the evening enjoy dinner on board while cruising to Bingen.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7: Mainz

Forests and Famous Vineyards

Enjoy an early morning sail to Mainz before breakfast.

Choose your excursion:

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 location of almost all the interior scenes of the film version of Umberto Eco’s dark medieval murder mystery “The Name of the Rose.”

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN MAINZ

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8: Mainz (Disembarkation Day)

Your vacation ends after breakfast this morning. (B)

Departures & Pricing

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is required for travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserve the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise.
  • In the event of water level problems on stretches of any river, it may be necessary to operate part of the itinerary by motorcoach.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.

Departure Dates

Program Start Date
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing twin cabin
From Mainz (WWA)
Cruise Embarkation Date
Category E - Lower Deck w/ window Category D - Lower deck aft w/ window
Category B - Middle Deck aft w/ french balcony
Category A - Middle Deck fwd w/ french balcony

Category P - Upper Deck w/ french balcony

Suite -
Upper Deck w/ french balcony
May 12, 2020
$3,599
$3,798
$4,748
$4,798
$4,898
$5,798
Jun 23, 2020
$3,599
$3,798
$4,748
$4,798
$4,898
$5,798
Aug 4, 2020
$3,599
$3,798
$4,748
$4,798
$4,898
$5,798
Sep 29, 2020
$3,849
$3,849
$4,998
$5,048
$5,148
$6,048
Jun 1, 2021
$3,599
$3,798
$4,748
$4,798
$4,898
$5,798
Jul 13, 2021
$3,599
$3,798
$4,748
$4,798
$4,898
$5,798
Aug 24, 2021
$3,599
$3,798
$4,748
$4,798
$4,898
$5,798
Oct 5, 2021
$3,749
$3,948
$4,898
$4,948
$5,048
$5,948
 
From Amsterdam (WAW)
Cruise Embarkation Date
Category E - Lower Deck w/ window Category D - Lower deck aft w/ window
Category B - Middle Deck aft w/ french balcony
Category A - Middle Deck fwd w/ french balcony

Category P - Upper Deck w/ french balcony

Suite -
Upper Deck w/ french balcony
May 5, 2020
$3,499
$3,698
$4,648
$4,698
$4,798
$5,698
Jun 16, 2020
$3,599
$3,798
$4,748
$4,798
$4,898
$5,798
Jul 28, 2020
$3,849
$3,849
$4,998
$5,048
$5,148
$6,048
Sep 22, 2020
$3,849
$3,849
$4,998
$5,048
$5,148
$6,048
Jul 6, 2021
$3,599
$3,798
$4,748
$4,798
$4,898
$5,798
Aug 17, 2021
$3,599
$3,798
$4,748
$4,798
$4,898
$5,798
Sep 28, 2021
$3,849
$4,048
$4,998
$5,048
$5,148
$6,048
IMPORTANT: Dates, Prices & Itineraries are subject to change.
Port charges : Additional $182 per passenger.
For Single Traveler: Single Supplement applies. Please call to inquire.

Prices Do Include:

Daily afternoon
• 7-night Cruise in selected cabin category
• Full board meals, including Captain's Welcome and Farewell receptions, Welcome and Farewell dinners
• Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and wine, beer or soft drinks with dinner onboard
• Daily Afternoon Tea
• Daily Night Fare
• Daily guided sightseeing program conducted by a Certified Local Guide
• Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by local chefs, entertainers, artisans and experts designed to enrich your cruise
• Gratuities to local guides and excursion drivers
• Taxes

Prices Do Not Include:

• Individual arrival and departure (airfare, transfers)
• Travel insurance
• Port charges
• Gratuities to the Cruise Director and onboard crew
• Other personal expenses

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