2018 : Active Discovery on the Rhine - Northbound (WWA) - Felicity
8 Day River Cruise from Frankfurt to Amsterdam
A new and exciting way to river cruise and to actively discover well-known and off-the-beaten-path treasures along the Rhine. At each stop, you choose your activity-get some exercise with an active outing, discover a fascinating but perhaps lesser-known site, or do the more traditional sightseeing activity. The choice is yours!
Your river cruise adventure begins in Wiesbaden, Germany, near Frankfurt, and ends in Amsterdam-Holland's lively capital. Active guests can choose to hike near Eltville, and in the idyllic landscape around Duisburg, climb up to Marksburg Castle for a guided visit and spectacular views, participate in a reenactment of Roman Games in Xanten, bike along the Rhine River, or join a running tour in Amsterdam. For those looking to discover the gems of the area, we will introduce you to the wine of the region at a tasting in Eltville, the art of chocolate making when you visit the Chocolate Museum in Cologne, and German delicacies during a culinary tour in Duisburg. You can walk the mining corridors of an ancient volcano from which basalt was extracted and visit the Zollverein Coal Mine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Perhaps a Roman Clothes Workshop will intrigue you, or you might like to try your hand with a paintbrush at a painting class in Amsterdam. Visit the Eberbach Monastery whose church provided the backdrop to the movie "The Name of the Rose," join a guided walk in Cologne, take a cable car to Ehrenbreitstein Castle in Koblenz, and cruise the canals of Amsterdam.
All these activities and more are yours for the taking-and if that's not enough-you'll cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, also a UNESCO World Heritage site, attend a concert at Castle Engers, and enjoy onboard specialty dinners of the region. An unforgettable river cruise experience that offers something for everyone!
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Highlights & Sightseeing
DAY 1 Arrive in Frankfurt, Germany. Transfer to Wiesbaden (Embarkation): welcome to Germany; welcome reception
DAY 2 Wiesbaden, Excursion to Eltville-Rudesheim: choice of visit to the Eberbach Monastery, Eltville walking tour and wine tasting, or hiking in Eltville
DAY 3 Rudesheim-Rhine Gorge-Boppard-Koblenz - Engers: free time in Rudesheim; cruise through the Rhine Gorge; choice of visit to Marksburg Castle, walking tour of Koblenz, or join a Volcano experience; concert at Castle Engers
DAY 4 Bonn-Cologne: free time in Bonn; choice of Cologne sightseeing off the beaten track, visit the chocolate museum, or walking tour in Cologne
DAY 5 Dusseldorf-Duisburg: free time in Dusseldorf; choice of visit the Zollverein coal mine,guided hiking around Duisburg, or culinary walk in Duisburg
DAY 6 Xanten: choice of biking tour along the Rhine, participate in the Roman games at the Archaeological Park, or take part in a Roman clothes workshop
DAY 7 Amsterdam, Holland: choice of joining a painting class, running tour, or canal cruise
DAY 8 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your vacation ends with breakfast
? In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
? Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
Arrive in Frankfurt, Germany. Transfer to Wiesbaden (Embarkation)
Welcome to Frankfurt, Germany's financial capital! This afternoon, transfer by motorcoach to Wiesbaden where the AVALON FELICITY is docked. After a mandatory safety exercise, meet your friendly crew and fellow travelers at a WELCOME RECEPTION. (Dinner)
Flights into Frankfurt must arrive before 3 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
Wiesbaden, Excursion to Eltville-Rudesheim
This morning, start your day with a delicious buffet breakfast, after which an excursion takes you to nearby Eltville. Here, CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY:
Rudesheim-Rhine Gorge-Boppard-Koblenz - Engers
Be prepared for a day of gorgeous scenery! This morning, explore Rudesheim-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:
Engers. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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:
This morning, wake up in Dusseldorf where after breakfast you might like to join an optional biking tour, or visit some microbreweries to try a variety of Altbiers. Rejoin 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 harbor (one of the largest in the world), and is therefore an important venue for commerce. Here, CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY:
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:
Holland's vibrant and sophisticated capital has a rich 700-year history and a distinct ambiance, where there is always a plethora of things to see and do. After breakfast this morning, CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY:
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning! (Breakfast)
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- Avalon Waterways
- Offer valid through 12/31/2017
- 8 Days
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Gratuities to Local Guides & excursion drivers are included.
Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.
Extra nights per person in Frankfurt:
in single room from $180 to $215, in twin room from $105 to $125
Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
in single room from $235 to $305, in twin room from $135 to $170
Prices shown include cruise in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck.
To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:
Category / Decks / Price
B / Sapphire Deck / $649
A / Sapphire Deck / $699
P / Royal Deck / $799
Suite / Royal Deck / $1,499
Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.
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