Active Discovery on the Rhine - Frankfurt to Amsterdam

New for 2018

Price per person
from £2,291

Price based on
London Heathrow
12th Aug 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 8 days

  • Germany

  • River cruise

Explore famous and lesser-known treasures along the Rhine in this new type of river cruise that begins in Wiesbaden, Germany, and ends in Amsterdam. Hike near Eltville, and in the idyllic landscape around Duisburg, climb up to Marksburg Castle for spectacular views, participate in a Roman Games re-enactment in Xanten, cycle along the river, or join a running tour in Amsterdam. Discover regional wines in Eltville, the art of chocolate-making in Cologne, and German cuisine in Duisburg. Walk the dark, glassy corridors of an ancient volcano and visit Zollverein’s UNESCO-listed coal mine on this multifarious voyage of discovery.

At a glance


Rudesheim - Eltville Visit Eberbach Monastery, join a guided walk around Eltville or along its hiking trails.
Cologne Go off the beaten track in Cologne, watch artisan chocolate-making or take an escorted walk around the city.
Duisburg See Zollverein coal mine, hike Duisberg’s forests or enjoy a culinary tour of Essen.

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a cruise director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Wine & beer with lunch and dinner
  • Excursions
  • Gratuities on cruise
  • All airport and port taxes

Overview

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Frankfurt - Wiesbaden (Embarkation)

Day
1

Welcome to Frankfurt, Germany's financial capital. This afternoon, transfer by coach to Wiesbaden where the Avalon Felicity is docked. Later, meet your friendly crew and fellow guests at a Welcome Reception.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Wiesbaden - Rüdesheim

Day
2

This morning, start your day with a delicious buffet breakfast, after which an excursion takes you to nearby Eltville. Here, choose your activity:

* on a visit to the Eberbach Monastery, savour the simple beauty of the monastery's monumental Romanesque church, and discover this outstanding backdrop to the famous film, 'The Name of the Rose', that brought the Middle Ages back to life here in this monastery.

* Eltville am Rhein is picturesquely situated amid forest, vineyards, and the Rhine River and is well known as 'the City of Wine, Sekt (sparkling wine), and Roses'. An ideal city for a guided walk through the historic Old Town and a tasting of some of the local wine.

* for some exercise before lunch, hike around on the first-class hiking trail, 'Rheinsteig'. Wander through Eltville's idyllic forest or explore the numerous scenic trails through the vineyards.

This afternoon is free to relax on board, explore on your own, or perhaps join a local expert for an optional guided walk of Frankfurt am Main. Before dinner, set sail for Rüdesheim, and this evening, enjoy a dinner of Rhineland specialties, such as Sauerbraten (slow-cooked beef roast marinated in wine), Reibekuchen (potato pancakes), and more.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Rüdesheim – Rhine Gorge – Boppard – Koblenz – Engers

Day
3

A day of gorgeous scenery. This morning, explore Rüdesheim, a quaint, quintessential Rhine Valley wine town, on your own. Alternatively, if you are feeling active, one of our optional excursions may be just right for you. During lunch, marvel at today’s scenic highlight as you cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of river. Here, ancient castles stand sentry on lofty cliffs rising 400 feet above the water. Cruise past the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where echoes of enchanted siren song lured unwitting sailors to their doom. This afternoon, we make a stop in Boppard, and here choose your activity:

* if you don’t mind climbing steps, join an excursion to Marksburg, the only castle on the Middle Rhine to escape destruction or ruin. You’ll be taken through the kitchens and dining area, along the battlements overlooking the Rhine, to the bedrooms and torture room, and to the chapel. Marksburg Castle is one of the principal sites of the World Heritage Rhine Gorge.

* explore the ancient city of Koblenz on a guided walk with an expert guide. Then, take a cable car ride up to historic Ehrenbreitstein Castle and soak up the beautiful panoramic view from above the banks of the Rhine.

* participate in a unique Volcano Experience, a short coach transfer from your ship takes you to the ‘Lava City’ of Mendig, where basalt, cold lava, was mined. Tour this labyrinth of mining corridors which, in the early 19th century, became beer storage cellars.

Re-join your ship and spend some free time in Koblenz late this afternoon. Standing at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, this 2,000-year-old city is the cultural and business centre of the Middle Rhine region. During dinner, cruise to Engers where you dock overnight and enjoy a concert performance at Castle Engers.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Bonn – Cologne

Day
4

A leisurely start this morning as you head for Bonn, Germany’s seat of Government before the country was reunified. The morning is yours to explore on your own, or you may prefer to participate in an optional excursion. A short sail during lunchtime brings you to Cologne, one of Germany’s largest cities and capital of the Rhineland. The city straddles the Rhine and is known for its soaring, twin-steepled gothic cathedral. Step ashore and choose your activity:

* Cologne is home to unusual museums that offer a unique perspective on German history, life, and death. Cologne Off the Beaten Track leaves the hubbub of well-travelled tourist attractions to explore offbeat sites, including a cemetery, and museums featuring the Olympics; tolerance; and European handicrafts. And you’ll be introduced to the Kölsch lifestyle and mindset.

* Chocoholics may delight at visiting the Chocolate Museum and learn about the role of chocolate in old South American cultures, such as the Mayas and the Aztecs, and the European elite. Visitors are taken through the process of chocolate production from the farm to the candy store, continuing through a greenhouse where two species of cacao trees are grown and then on through the industrialization of chocolate production, including vintage advertising campaigns.

* for the more traditionally minded, a City Walk is a journey of discovery taking visitors through the area immediately surrounding the Cathedral and the narrow alleyways of the Old Town. The walk passes by the Romano-Germanic Museum with its famous Dionysus mosaic, the Town Hall, Alter Markt (the old market) and Gross St. Martin (Great St. Martin).

Your ship remains docked in Cologne until late tonight.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Düsseldorf – Duisburg

Day
5

This morning, wake up in Düsseldorf where after breakfast you might like to join an optional cycling tour, or visit some microbreweries to try a variety of Altbiers. Re-join your ship for lunch and enjoy leisurely sailing to Duisburg. Located on the western edge of the Ruhr industrial area, Duisburg is renowned for its steel industry and its large inland harbour (one of the largest in the world), and is therefore an important venue for commerce. Here, choose your activity:

* visit the Zollverein Coal Mine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hundreds of coal mines produced coal in the Ruhr area, but only one has the distinction of being a World Heritage Site, with good reason: the Zollverein Coal Mine is a masterpiece of industrial architecture.

* for a more active option, discover the idyllic landscapes and forests around Duisburg on a guided hike.

* the culinary spectrum of the multicultural Metropolis Ruhr is gigantic. Local cuisine, with both hearty and refined creations, spoils its customers. Join us on a culinary walk and experience the real life of German Essen (food) on a behind-the-scenes look at the city.

Sail away from Duisburg in the early evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Xanten

Day
6

Today you are in Xanten, a historic Roman city in the German region of North Rhine Westphalia. The city is known for its archaeological park and is altogether a treasure for archaeologists as it is the only Roman town north of the Alps which has not been built over since the collapse of the Roman Empire. This afternoon, choose your activity:

* you are invited to participate in the Roman Games at the Archaeological Park, where you will get first-hand experience of life during the Roman Empire.

* take part in a Roman Clothes workshop. The course provides an opportunity to dress up in genuine Roman attire, even in antiquity it was said ‘You are what you wear'.

* enjoy a bike tour along the Rhine.

This evening, prepare for a special Gala Farewell dinner featuring dishes that were similar to those served in Roman times.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Amsterdam

Day
7

Holland’s vibrant and sophisticated capital has a rich 700-year history and a distinct ambience, where there is always a plethora of things to see and do. After breakfast this morning, choose your activity:

* discover your inner artist by joining a painting class to discover some of the secrets of famous names like Van Gogh, Rembrandt, or Warhol. A warm welcome with coffee, tea, and petit fours sets the tone for this interesting and artistic workshop which is sure to inspire your creativity. Get to work like Van Gogh or paint a self-portrait like Rembrandt. Of course, your work of art is yours to take home with you.

* perhaps a more active choice is more appealing: a running tour in Amsterdam is a great way to explore a city! Enjoy the beauty of Amsterdam while burning off a few calories. No need to worry about the pace—we’ll take it easy with regular stops at the major sights. The distance is about 7.5 Kms (4.6 miles) and a ‘running commentary', is provided by experienced runners, all native Amsterdammers.

* take a traditional tour of the city’s grachten on a canal cruise. Besides providing a stunning backdrop to the city’s historical centre, floating down Amsterdam’s canals is one of the most memorable ways to discover the city’s sights and attractions. After the canal cruise, explore some of the off-the-beaten-track parts of the city with your expert guide.

Return to your ship for an excellent buffet lunch and then decide how to spend your afternoon. Perhaps you wish to venture out and explore more of the city on your own (but look out for the bicycles), or stay busy by joining one of our optional excursions, such as cycling in the Dutch countryside? Your last dinner on board reminds you that you are in Holland and introduces you to some Dutch specialities.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Amsterdam

Day
8

Today transfer to the airport for your return journey to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Avalon Felicity

Avalon Felicity combines the intimate feeling of a small ship while providing the space passengers have come to expect from the fleet. Avalon Felicity accommodates 138 passengers and has four suites and 65 staterooms, all of which are spacious and well appointed, and many of which have floor-to-ceiling windows providing superb views throughout your river cruise. Her staterooms are among the largest available on European river cruise ships and are equipped to provide the highest levels of comfort. On the sun deck, as well as plenty of space to watch the world go by, there is also a Jacuzzi to take a refreshing dip in while you cruise. Guests have the use of a lift to reach the staterooms.

Ship facts

  • Style: Luxury
  • Class: Suite ship
  • Size: Boutique
  • Number of crew: 39
  • Number of cabins: 69
  • Number of wheelchair cabins: 0
  • Number of large cabins: 0
  • Capacity: 138 passengers
  • Main language on board: en
  • Currency on board: EUR
  • Number of decks: 4
  • Length (m): 110
  • Width (m): 11.45
  • Speed in knots: 13
  • Launch year: 2010

Amenities

  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
  • Nursery

Cabins on this ship

Avalon Suites feature floor to ceiling sliding glass doors with French balcony, spacious living area, Comfort Collection Beds, featuring premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens and European-style duvets, choice of soft or firm pillows, extra blankets, choice of bed configuration - two twin beds or one queen-size bed, nightly turn-down service, bedside tables with reading lamps, large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium L'Occitane bath amenities, spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage, easy under-bed luggage storage, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels, alarm clock, writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair, complimentary Wi-Fi access, direct-dial telephone, bathrobes and slippers, well-stocked minibar, complimentary bottled water, in-room safe, individual climate control, continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies).

Details

  • 258 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

These staterooms feature floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors with French balcony, flatscreen satellite TV with film channels & radio, comfortable, hotel-style beds, Comfort Collection Beds, featuring premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens and European-style duvets, choice of soft or firm pillows, extra blankets, choice of bed configuration - two twin beds or one queen-size bed, nightly turn-down service, bedside tables with reading lamps, spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage, writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair, easy under-bed luggage storage, large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium L'Occitane bath amenities, bathrobes and slippers, alarm clock, complimentary Wi-Fi access, direct-dial telephone, well-stocked minibar, complimentary bottled water, in-room safe, individual climate control, continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies).

Details

  • 172 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

These staterooms have Comfort Collection Beds, featuring premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens and European-style duvets, choice of soft or firm pillows, extra blankets, choice of bed configuration - two twin beds or one queen-size bed, nightly turn-down service, bedside tables with reading lamps, spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage, writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair, easy under-bed luggage storage, large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium L'Occitane bath amenities, bathrobes and slippers, alarm clock, complimentary Wi-Fi access, direct-dial telephone, well-stocked minibar, complimentary bottled water, in-room safe, individual climate control, continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies).

Details

  • 172 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Life on board

Age Restriction

Avalon Waterways do not accept bookings for children under 8. There are no special arrangements or activities on board for children and they cannot accept bookings from unaccompanied children under 18 years of age and any travellers under this age must share the adult’s accommodation.

Dietary Requirements

Avalon Waterways will try their best to accommodate dietary requirements if they are mentioned at the time of booking.

Disabled Facilities

Passengers must report any disability to Avalon before any reservation is made so that Avalon may advise whether they and/or their suppliers for any particular holiday are able to accommodate the passengers. Avalon may rely on the information provided to them by the passengers regarding the details of any disability in order to make a decision as to whether the passengers can be accommodated. Avalon will make reasonable attempts to accommodate the special need sof disabled passengers, in accordance with the applicable laws.Not all sightseeing stops/sites accommodate wheelchairs and some locations and sightseeing activities require extensive standing, sitting or walking. Avalon is not responsible for any missed activities due to a participant’s inability to participate within a group.All of the ships have lifts, however they do not service the SkyDeck. Additionally most stateroom doors and bathrooms are not wide enough to allow access by standard wheelchairs, and bathrooms and other doorways may be fitted with coamings. For safety reasons passengers cannot be carried on ramps in ports when the ship is docked. In certain circumstances, they may ask that a disabled person or person with reduced mobility be accompanied by another person capable of providing any assistance required.

Dress Code

The dress code for dinner is casual and comfortable. The Welcome and Farewell Dinners give you a chance to dress up but are not formal.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is not permitted on transportation that is exclusively provided by Avalon. On European river cruise ships smoking is allowed only in specific outside areas where ash trays are available.

Deck Games Area

Relax after a long day and play a game with your fellow guests at the game area towards the rear of the deck.

Fitness Centre

The ship is fitted with a fully equipped Fitness Centre for you to release some tension.

Hairdressing Salon

You might like to take advantage of the onboard hairdresser to indulge in a manicure or hair styling.

Sky Deck & Whirlpool

The Sky Deck has a shade system, with premium loungers for luxurious relation. The warm Whirlpool is situated along side for when guests fancy a quick dip

Club Lounge

Enjoy a quiet moment in the Club Lounge whilst enjoying a cappuccino.

Library

Guests will find a small Library onboard and guests may check out books from the ship's library free of charge. 

Observation Lounge

The Observation Lounge on the Royal Deck, gives guests a prime view to enjoy the premium spirits.

Sky Lounge

On the Sun deck you will find the Sky Lounge, where you can relax and catch the sun's rays whilst enjoying a drink or snack from the nearby Sky Bistro. 

Internet Centre

Complimentary Wi-Fi access and free use of computers or laptops is available to help you stay in touch with friends and family.

Shore Excursions

On shore, Avalon includes a great range of comprehensive sightseeing excursions led by knowledgable Certified Local Guides. They also provide individual personal audio headsets to ensure you still have the freedom to roam through some of Europe's most famous attractions without missing a moment of fascinating commentary.

If you'd like to experience something slightly off the beaten track, they offer unique alternative excursions in select destinations. In many cities they also give you a choice of sightseeing pace: 'Traditional' to see all the major sights, 'Leisurely' available on walking tours when you want to take it slower, and 'Independent' allowing you to explore on your own. Have a chat with your Cruise Director to learn about the available options.

They even provide Nordic walking sticks to put that extra spring in your step!

Dining Room

The ship’s main dining venue is the Dining Room situated on the Sapphire deck. With an elegantly simple design, you can enjoy a full buffet breakfast or lunch with special options for those who wish to eat lightly, and delicious four-course dinners in the evening. 

Panorama Bistro & Lounge

The Panorama Lounge & Bistro, with floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows for a stunning view, offers a casual atmosphere for guests to enjoy a variety of regional and tapas-style dishes, hand-paired with local wines.

Room Service

Room service for Continental breakfast & beverages 

Sky Bistro

On a sunny day, enjoy hand carved meats and expansive buffets including fresh salads and amazing homemade soups, all a view courtesy of the Sky Bistro.

Deck Plans

Deck 1

  • Fitness Centre
  • Deluxe Staterooms (Cat E)

Deck 2

  • Observation Lounge
  • Panorama Bistro
  • Panorama Lounge
  • Upscale Bar
  • Internet Centre
  • Reception
  • Atrium
  • Hairdressing Salon
  • Club Lounge
  • Avalon Suites
  • Deluxe Staterooms (Cat P)

Deck 3

  • Dining Room
  • Deluxe Staterooms (Cat A & B)

Deck 4

  • Sky Lounge
  • Navigation Bridge
  • Sky Bistro
  • Whirlpool
  • Premium Lounge Chairs and Shade Awnings
  • Deck Game Area

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