SAVE $1,200 per couple discovering the Rhine with Avalon Waterways

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With Avalon Choice inclusions, you choose how to discover fascinating sites on your Rhine River cruise. Visit the Chocolate Museum in Cologne, take a guided culinary walk in Duisburg, and taste regional wines in Eltville.

SAVE $1,200 per couple + RECEIVE $499 airfare

Discovering the Rhine 


Based on June 8, July 6, August 3, 2019 Amsterdam to Mainz; June 15, July 13, August 10, 2019 Mainz to Amsterdam in cabin category E


  • Onboard welcome reception
  •  Choice of painting class, or jogging tour, or culinary walk, or canal cruise
  • Choice of bike tour along the Rhine, or visit the Archeological Park, or Roman Games at the Archaeological Park, or Roman clothes workshop
  • Choice of visit the Zollverein coal mine, or guided hike around Duisburg, or culinary walk in Duisburg; free time in Düsseldorf
  • Choice of jogging tour, or Cologne sightseeing off the beaten track, or visit the chocolate museum, or Cologne highlights walking tour; free time in Bonn
  • Choice of visit to Marksburg Castle, or Ehrenbreitstein Fortress with cable car ride; or Volcano Tour experience with a visit to the monastery at “Maria Laach”; cruise through the Rhine Gorge; free time in Rüdesheim
  • Choice of visit to the Eberbach Monastery, or Eltville guided tour with wine tasting, or hiking in Eltville


*Book a select 2019 Avalon Europe river cruise to qualify for $499/person round-trip economy class trans-Atlantic air from YYZ, YUL, YOW, YVR & YYC. Other gateway cities available from $100 to $150/person additional (inclusive of taxes/fees). $499 air will be based on the lowest available priced itinerary at the time of air booking. Alternate schedules may be available at an additional cost. Does not apply to intra-vacation air. Combinable with Repeat Traveller benefit and select $600pp land promo only. Not applicable on Royal Suites. Limited to new bookings for Canada originating travellers and economy class Flex air tickets; must be booked & under land and air deposit between December 19, 2018 and March 7, 2019 for travel on select cruise departures in 2019. Pre-assigned seating is limited and may not be available on all desired travel dates. Offer does not apply to instant purchase air or Custom Tours. Not applicable to groups. Once ticketed, air reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket value. Changes to air reservations (including itineraries involving $499 round-trip trans-Atlantic air) subject to airfare differentials between originally booked airline fare and re-booked air itinerary. Airline baggage fees may apply; visit for details. Air schedules are available approximately 330 days prior to last travel date. Flight schedules, routings and air carriers are at the discretion of Globus family of brands. Pre-assigned seating may not be available on all air segments. Additional restrictions apply; see Travel Terms for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. Offer available from participating GFOB offices only. *Book a select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive $600 off per person on the cruise/land or cruise only price. Booking must be made, under deposit, and discount applied between December 19, 2018 and March , 2019 for travel at select times in 2019. Not applicable to custom tours. Not applicable to groups. Not applicable on TBA space. Offer reliant on space availability at time of booking and may be withdrawn at any time. Combinable with $499 Airfare promotion and Repeat Traveller promotion only. Not applicable on Royal Suites. Applies to new 2019 bookings only and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. May be withdrawn at any time. Offer applies to participating GFOB offices only.

(Map of the Rhine)




Welcome to Amsterdam. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding 

Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm.

Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Your day in Amsterdam is free to explore at your leisure the colorful cafés, galleries, bridges, and canals.



Colorful Amsterdam—with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age 

ACTIVE 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 Attend a Painting Class and be inspired by the masters’ techniques. Paint your own canvas and discover your inner artist, OR:

DISCOVERY Join leisurely Culinary Walk in one of Amsterdam’s famous districts, where you’ll and sample savory and sweet Dutch specialties, OR: 

CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Canal Cruise to explore the iconic waterways and sites of Amsterdam. Later, learn the secrets of this unique city with take an Off-The-Beaten-Track Tour with your local guide. 

This afternoon you might take a Guided Optional Bike Excursion through the Dutch countryside, or spend free time strolling at your leisure through the galleries and cafés of Amsterdam. Later, enjoy a welcome dinner on board your ship.


(Photo of a Discovery painting class)


Roman Treasure and Priceless Archaeological Discoveries Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Stretch Class on board.

ACTIVE Join a Guided Bike Tour in the picturesque German countryside, OR:

DISCOVERY Take a step back in time through a Roman Experience Workshop, including adorning yourself in Roman garb—a story you’ll have forever OR:

DISCOVERY Join in the Roman Games at the Archeological Park and get first-hand experience of life and leisure time during Roman Empire, OR:

CLASSIC Enjoy a visit to the Archeological Park along with a leisurely walking tour of the town of Xanten before returning to the ship. 

Enjoy a dinner this evening, featuring dishes reminiscent of Roman cuisine.



A Masterpiece of Industrial Architecture and Idyllic Forests

ACTIVE Join a Guided Hike through the idyllic landscapes and forests around Duisburg, OR:

DISCOVERY Take a Guided Culinary Walk through this multicultural Metropolis of the Ruhr Region and experience authentic German and Turkish specialties, OR:

CLASSIC Discover one of the most unique UNESCO World Heritage Sites through a Guided Tour of the Zollverein Coal mine. Don’t be fooled by the name—its beauty and scope will surprise you.

Enjoy lunch on board as you cruise to Düsseldorf.


Avant-Garde Architecture and Amazing Altbiers

This afternoon you might take a Guided Optional Excursion to visit Düsseldorf’s microbreweries, and try a variety of Altbiers.

Enjoy live entertainment on board this evening.



Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland’s Capital City

Start your day with a Morning Stretch Class with your Avalon Adventure Host.

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

DISCOVERY Join an off-the-beaten-path Guided Tour to discover the quaint Belgian Quarter of Cologne, OR:

DISCOVERY Visit Cologne’s Chocolate Museum and learn the process of chocolate production and ancient history of this food of the gods, OR:

CLASSIC 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 short sail to Bonn for a little free time before sailing to Engers this afternoon.



Fortress Walls and Manor Halls Where the Rhine and Moselle Meet

ACTIVE 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, OR:

DISCOVERY For a unique experience, join us on an excursion to the “Lava City” of Mendig for a Vulcano Encounter, including exploring the caverns and corridors where basalt (cold lava) was mined, as well as a visit to the nearby Monastery at “Maria Laach”, OR: 

CLASSIC 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 take in the breathtaking beauty of the Rhine Gorge as you cruise on your way to Rüdesheim.


(Photo Avalon Panorama Suite)


Sparkling Wines, Fruitful Vines, and Forests Sublime

ACTIVE Join a Guided Hike along one of the Rheinsteig hiking trails through Eltville’s idyllic forests and vineyards, OR:

DISCOVERY 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 Discover the romanesque beauty of Eberbach Monastery.


Turning the Pages of History 

The afternoon is free to explore Mainz— famous as the home of the invention of the movable-type printing press. Stroll around the city and maybe visit the Gutenberg Museum

This evening, enjoy an authentic German Dinner on board. 



Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. 

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