Active & Discovery on the Rhine (Southbound)

8 Day River Cruise Amsterdam to Frankfurt

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Overview

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 Avalon Choice® 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, or a guided jogging tour of the city—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. Onboard, you’ll pass through the magnificent Rhine Gorge and enjoy specialty dishes while cruising. Join us for a Rhine River cruise like no other, with more included selections for every preference, passion, and pace. Active & Discovery river cruises include hand-selected Active, Discovery, and Classic inclusions to see each destination your way!
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 Avalon Choice® 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, or a guided jogging tour of the city—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. Onboard, you’ll pass through the magnificent Rhine Gorge and enjoy specialty dishes while cruising. Join us for a Rhine River cruise like no other, with more included selections for every preference, passion, and pace. Active & Discovery river cruises include hand-selected Active, Discovery, and Classic inclusions to see each destination your way!

Book your cruise with or without flights

Cruise prices are shown without flights included in case you wish to book them separately, or aren't ready to return home when you disembark! Or we can book your flights for you from most UK airports, with overseas transfers and ATOL protection included. The choice is yours!

Book your cruise with or without flights

Itinerary

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 three 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.

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.

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.

Classic
<p>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.</p>
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.

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.

Day 1 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)

  • Meals included:
  • Dinner

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


Day 2 AMSTERDAM

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Colorful Canals of Amsterdam
Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.

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.

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

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.

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:


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.

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


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.

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


Day 3 ARNHEM

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Wildlife, WWII Valor, and Van Gogh

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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


Day 4 DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Avant-Garde Architecture and Amazing Altbiers

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.

Join a City Biking Tour to discover interesting stories about the sights and the city itself along the way, OR:


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.

Experience Düsseldorf’s Old Town and get an insight into its culinary diversity, OR:


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.

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


Day 5 COLOGNE

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland

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.

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


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.

Discover the people and true spirit of Cologne on this fascinating guided walking tour through the Belgian Quarter, OR:Visit Cologne’s Chocolate Museum and learn the process of chocolate production and ancient history of this food of the gods, OR:

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.

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


Day 6 KOBLENZ–RHINE GORGE

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Fortress Walls and Manor Halls Where the Rhine and Moselle Meet
Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BINGEN


Day 7 MAINZ

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

EXCURSION TO ELTVILLE

Forest and Famous Vineyards
Enjoy an early morning sail to Mainz before breakfast.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.”


EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO FRANKFURT


Day 8 FRANKFURT (DISEMBARKATION)

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

Questions? Our travel specialists can help with any queries, quotes or special requirements.  Request a callback or email us.

Notes

  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

Special interest cruises

Ship details

Avalon Expression

Part of Avalon's cutting-edge fleet of Suite Ships®, the Avalon Expression came onto the European river cruising scene with a bang. This gorgeous ship features two full decks of Panorama SuitesSM with Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air BalconySM. Awake in your Comfort Collection window-facing bed each morning with seamless river views that become part of your living space. With 200 square feet, Panorama SuitesSM are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, delivering incomparable views of Europe's most stunning landscapes. Onboard amenities include an alternative light dining option in the Panorama Bistro, an expanded fitness center, complimentary Wi-Fi access, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, and light al fresco lunches at the Sky Bistro on the Sky Deck.

Royal Suite (Suite)
300 - sq.ft - (Royal)
Royal Suite  (Suite) - floorplan
Picture of Royal Suite
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air BalconySM
  • 6-person sitting area
  • Full shower with glass door
  • Writing desk and chair
  • Vanity and lighted makeup mirror
  • Sofa
  • Coffee table
  • Double sinks
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM
  • Luxurious mattress toppers
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • European-style duvets
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Extra blankets
  • Choice of bed configuration
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Hairdryer
  • L'Occitane bath products
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie options
  • Alarm clock
  • Make-up mirror
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • Complimentary water
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Large mirror in bathroom
  • Marble countertops in bathroom
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • USB Ports
Panorama Suite (Cat. A, B, P)
200 - sq.ft - (Royal,Sapphire)
Panorama Suite  (Cat. A, B, P) - floorplan
Picture of Panorama Suite
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air BalconySM
  • 6-person sitting area
  • Full shower with glass door
  • Writing desk and chair
  • Vanity and lighted makeup mirror
  • Sofa
  • Coffee table
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM
  • Luxurious mattress toppers
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • European-style duvets
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Extra blankets
  • Choice of bed configuration
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Hairdryer
  • L'Occitane bath products
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie options
  • Alarm clock
  • Make-up mirror
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • Complimentary water
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Large mirror in bathroom
  • Marble countertops in bathroom
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • USB Ports
Avalon Deluxe Stateroom (Cat. E, D)
172 - sq.ft - (Indigo)
Avalon Deluxe Stateroom  (Cat. E, D) - floorplan
Picture of Avalon Deluxe Stateroom
  • Two windows
  • Full shower with glass door
  • Writing desk and chair
  • Vanity and lighted makeup mirror
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM
  • Luxurious mattress toppers
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • European-style duvets
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Extra blankets
  • Choice of bed configuration
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Hairdryer
  • L'Occitane bath products
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie options
  • Alarm clock
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • Complimentary water
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Large mirror in bathroom
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • USB Ports
Deck Plans
Avalon Expression deck plan

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative, similar standard, hotels to those shown