Avalon Waterways Canals, Vineyards & Castles River Cruise 2022
This magnificent European river cruise vacation begins in Holland’s colourful, modern capital of Amsterdam. See the treasures of this 700-year-old city from a unique perspective on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten. Then, embark on your picturesque cruise along the Rhine River to Cologne, Germany—a 2,000-year-old city known for its Gothic-style architecture. On a guided city walk, see the famous twin-spired cathedral and explore the cobblestone streets of the Old City. You’ll sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge—the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water. In the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, enjoy a stroll through its famous cobblestone Drosselgasse lined with shops, restaurants, and lively taverns.
Welcome to Holland. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.
During tulip season, you may take a Guided Optional Excursion to Keukenhof gardens—with more than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths, as well as other bulbs, planted each year. Outside of tulip season, join a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses.
Canals of Colourful Amsterdam! Visit the Adventure Centre for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.
Classic Excursion: Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of the city’s “Golden Age."
Classic Excursion: Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne—with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral OR:
Active Excursion: Enjoy a bike ride like the locals in Cologne with your Adventure Host, OR:
Discovery Excursion: Join a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites.
Spend free time over a glass of Kölsch pale lager—locally brewed for over 100 years! Enjoy live entertainment onboard your ship this evening.
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country! This morning, relax on the Sky Deck while sailing through the magnificent Rhine Gorge. Enjoy a leisurely cruise to Koblenz this evening while having dinner onboard.
Active Excursion: Take an open-air cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument. Ride or walk back down through the vineyards; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat, OR:
Discovery Excursion: Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat.
The Charm of the Moselle Valley! You may want to start your day with an Optional Excursion bike ride from Treis Karden to Cochem, enriched by a lunch tasting. Alternatively, relax on the Sky Deck of your ship while sailing through the Moselle Valley, famous for the beautiful growing villages and their vineyards.
Active Excursion: See Cochem from atop, hike up to an excellent viewpoint with your Adventure Host, OR:
Discovery Excursion: Take part to a Guided Visit to one of the oldest mustard mills, dating back to 1810. Under the guidance of the head mustard “miller”, you’ll watch mustard being made using traditional skills, more than 200 years of savoir-faire and a recipe that has been passed down several generations, OR:
Classic Excursion: Join a Guided Walk of Cochem through its half-timbered houses and winding streets. Visit the hilltop Reichsburg Castle with a bird’s-eye-view of the Moselle Valley.
Castle Vines and German Wines! Ask about today’s energizing or relaxing Adventure Host activities. This morning, select a Guided Optional Excursion to Traben-Trarbach for an underground visit or a panoramic drive through the Moselle region. Enjoy free time this afternoon, perhaps take a bike ride through the village to sample Apfelkuchen or other wonderful German desserts. Tonight, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.
Active Excursion: Head out into the fresh air and hike up to Landshut Castle with your Adventure Host, OR:
Classic Excursion: Take a Guided Walking Tour of the charming wine village of Bernkastel—with its medieval market place and 17th-century gabled timber-framed houses.
Discovery Excursion: Join a Wine Tasting to experience the tradition of legendary German wine making.
Old-World Charm, and World-Class Wine! This morning, you might take a Guided Optional Excursion to Roman Trier-the oldest city in Germany, or learn more about the famous Battle of the Bulge.
Active Excursion: Bike in two countries along the Mosel with your Adventure Host, OR:
Discovery Excursion: Enjoy a Wine Walk in Luxembourg’s Moselle Region. Discover the way of life and the daily work in the vineyards while enjoying the unique panorama at the Scheuerberg, OR:
Classic Excursion: Join a Guided Tour of Luxembourg City—with its dramatic views, ancient ruins, and modern architecture along the deep gorge terrain.
Disembark after breakfast on board.
Extend Your Cruise
Extend your stay, pre or post cruise, with these great value cruise extensions! Simply give our award winning team a call for full details on 0800 810 8220
- 1 Night stay in Amsterdam
- 2 Night stay in Paris
- 3 Night stay in Amsterdam & Paris
|Date||Deluxe Stateroom (pp)||Panorama Suite (pp)||Flights|
|1 May 2022||£999||£1,199||Please call|
|5 June 2022||£999||£1,199||Please call|
|10 July 2022||£1,525||£1,989||Please call|
|14 August 2022||£1,869||£2,819||Please call|
|4 September 2022||£2,339||£3,229||Please call|
|18 September 2022||£2,265||£3,165||Please call|
|15 October 2022 - Special Interest: Wine Theme||£2,019||£2,769||Please call|
- 7 nights deluxe accommodation in a spacious stateroom or suite
- All meals on board including full breakfast, buffet lunch and waiter service evening meal
- Wine and beer is included with lunch and dinner
- Afternoon tea with cakes and sweet treats; midnight snack, choice of premium teas and coffees & soft drinks throughout the day
- Excursions and sightseeing trips with Local Guides and a choice of optional tours; headsets provided on excursions
- Services of an experienced Cruise Director
- Gratuities for Cruise Director and crew
- On board lectures, activities and nightly piano music
- Captain's Welcome Reception, Welcome Dinner and Farewell Gala Dinner
- All transfers, local port charges and airport taxes
- Complimentary Wifi (signal permitting)