Day 1: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. 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 colourful cafes, galleries, bridges, and canals.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM
Colorful Canals of Amsterdam
Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.
Join a Biking Tour through the Dutch countryside past polders, dykes, and quaint centuries-old villages, OR:
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:
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
Wildlife, WWII Valor, and Van Gogh
Join a Biking Tour on the Hoge Veluwe National Park and admire its diversity of scenery, from dense forests to sand dune, OR:
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:
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
You may join a Guided Optional Excursion to the Windmill of Thorn or an Optional Cooking Workshop.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DÜSSELDORF
Day 4:DUSSELDORF, GERMANY
Avant-Garde Architecture and Amazing Altbiers
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.
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
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:
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:
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
Fortress Walls and Manor Halls Where the Rhine and Moselle Meet
Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.
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:
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:
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. EXCURSIONS TO ELTVILLE
EXCURSION TO ELTVILLE
Fantastical Forests and Famous Vineyards
Enjoy 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 filming location of almost all the interior scenes of Umberto Eco’s dark medieval murder mystery “The Name of the Rose.”
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO FRANKFURT
Day 8:FRANKFURT (DISEMBARKATION)
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.
- Luxurious accommodations
- All meals on board
- Wine, beer, and soft drinks at lunch and dinner on board
- Daily sightseeing with headsets and expert local guides
- Onboard entertainment
- Wi-Fi throughout the ship
- Port charges & gratuities
- Airport transfer
- International air ticket
- Travel insurance & visa
- Safety net protection