Explore the Rhine River from a unique perspective on Avalon Active & Discovery river cruise. With Avalon Choice, you’ll enjoy a wide variety of included excursions to match your interests and pace. Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, or an art lover, you’ll find the inclusions that speak to you! Your Rhine River cruise begins in Amsterdam for a day full of activities. See the colourful 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. With Avalon Choice inclusions, you choose how to discover fascinating sites on your Rhine River cruise. Active or relaxed. Your call. This river cruise is ideal for couples with differing interests and physical abilities or desires.

Active & Discovery On The Rhine

Sept. 28-Oct. 5, 2021


For biking enthusiasts

For classic touring

For foodies

For kayaking fun

Avalon Choice

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music, biking, hiking, jogging or anything else, Avalon Choice gives you the freedom to personalize your cruise with optional excursions that speak to your interests. Every day is loaded with exciting choices.

Day 1: Amsterdam, Holland – Embarkation. Welcome Aboard! Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 p.m. Guests must be on board ship by 5 p.m. Your day in Amsterdam is free to explore the colorful cafés, galleries, bridges, and canals at your leisure. Overnight docking in Amsterdam.


Day 2: Amsterdam, Holland -- See the sights of Amsterdam from a unique perspective -a guided jogging tour of the city—all at an easy pace with stops for commentary; attend a painting class and be inspired by the masters’ techniques. Paint your own canvas. Join a biking tour through the Dutch countryside or enjoy a guided canal cruise to explore Amsterdam’s iconic waterways. Perhaps enjoy some kayaking or visit a castle in the afternoon or simply stroll this beautiful city. Overnight cruise to Arnheim.


Day 3: Arnhem, Holland -- Take a guided tour of Arnhem’s Kröller-Müller Museum with the world’s second largest Van Gogh collection. Hike in the Hoge Veluwe National Park with a nature expert and discover its abundance of wildlife. Bike on the Hoge Veluwe National Park and admire its diversity of scenery. Join a guided sightseeing of Arnhem past impressive monuments. Evening overnight cruise to Dusseldorf.


Day 4: Düsseldorf, Germany -- 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. Experience Düsseldorf’s Old Town and get an insight into its culinary diversity. Join a biking tour to discover the sights and the city itself. Perhaps visit the city’s microbreweries. Evening entertainment aboard ship and overnight cruise to Cologne.


Day 5: Cologne, Germany -- Take a leisurely guided walk of Cologne for a view of her must-see sights, including its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral. Visit Cologne’s Chocolate Museum and learn the process of chocolate production and ancient history of this food of the gods. Join an off-the-beaten-path guided tour to discover the quaint Belgian Quarter of Cologne. For a unique view of Cologne’s history and beauty, join a jogging tour of the city. Enjoy a leisurely cruise to Engen in the afternoon. Overnight docking in Engen.


Day 6: Engen, Germany -- For a unique experience, join an excursion to the “Lava City” of Mendig for a Volcano Encounter. 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. Enjoy a leisurely guided walk of ancient Koblenz, including a cable car ride to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Lunch on board taking in 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. Dinner on board while cruising to Bingen where we will dock overnight.


Day 7: Mainz, Germany -- Enjoy an early morning sail to Mainz before breakfast. Join a guided nature walk along one of the Rheinsteig walking trails through idyllic forests and vineyards. Perhaps a guided walk through the historic Old Town of Eltville am Rhein with a winetasting included. Or discover the Romanesque beauty of Eberbach Monastery. Evening and overnight cruise to Frankfurt.


Day 8: Frankfurt, Germany. Our river cruise ends following breakfast.

The Avalon Expression features two full decks of panorama suites with wall-to-wall panoramic windows that transform the living space into a unique open-air balcony. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30 percent larger than the industry standards. 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. 

What Will It Cost? 

Staterooms start at $2,781 per person double occupancy and very limited single staterooms are available starting at $3,899 plus tax. Only five single occupancy staterooms are offered on this sailing, and as of January 15, two are taken.  Most shore excursions are included and bicycles are available to use. All meals onboard are included. Shipboard gratuities are included as a group perk. Be sure and register early as these small cruise ships (compared to ocean-going vessels) sell out very early. Do not delay as both 2019 river cruises sold out a year in advance.


Alumni Host:

Each Travel Club Tour is hosted by YMCA Alumni members who have worked hand-in-hand with Go Travel to choose and refine their tour. They will be available to you throughout the trip to provide help and advice. Your host on this cruise will be Jean Carmichael of the Schreiner Chapter, President-Elect of YMCA Alumni.

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