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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Active and Discovery on the Rhine

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.

Fly Cruise
7 nights from £1953pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Marksburg Castle
  • Cologne
  • Amsterdam

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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. 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 Düsseldorf to discover its spectacular subway and taste regional wines in Eltville.

In Koblenz, take a cable car ride up to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress for magnificent views of the surrounding area. Onboard, you’ll pass through the magnificent Rhine Gorge and enjoy speciality dishes while cruising. Your Rhine River cruise ends in Amsterdam for a day full of sightseeing. See the colourful corners of Amsterdam your way—from a canal cruise to a leisurely culinary walk in one of Amsterdam’s famous districts, or a guided jogging tour of the city—all at an easy pace. Or you might choose an included painting class, instead, to recreate the masterpieces of Dutch artists. Join us for a Rhine River cruise like no other, with more included selections for every taste, passion and pace. Avalon Choice on Active & Discovery river cruises gives you the Active, Discovery, and Classic inclusions to see each destination your way.

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2019 Mainz to Amsterdam

Day 1 - UK to Mainz (Germany)

Fly from the UK to Mainz and embark your ship. (D)

Day 2 - Mainz - Bingen

Join a Guided Nature Walk along one of the Rheinsteig walking trails through Eltville's idyllic forests and vineyards or join a guided walk through the historic Old Town of Eltville am Rhein, well known as the City of Wine, with wine tasting included. Discover the Romanesque Beauty of Eberbach Monastery, the location of almost all the interior scenes of the film version of Umberto Eco's dark medieval murder mystery "The Name of Rose". Enjoy a brief cruise on your way to the picturesque village of Rudesheim. This evening, enjoy dinner on board while cruising to Bingen. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Boppard - Engers

Enjoy breakfast on board as you cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Boppard. 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, for a unique experience, join us on an excursion to the “Lava City” of Mendig for a Volcano 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 take a guided walk of ancient Koblenz with a cable car ride to Ehrenbreitstein Castle for a spectacular panoramic view. At day’s end, you’ll dine aboard your ship as you cruise to Engers. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Bonn - Cologne

Take advantage of some free time in Bonn this morning or choose to join an Optional Guided Excursion before sailing to Cologne while having lunch on board. For a unique view of Cologne's history and beauty, join us on a Jogging Tour of the city, or join an off-the-beaten-path guided tour to discover the quaint Belgian Quarter of Cologne, or visit Cologne’s Chocolate Museum and learn the process of chocolate production and ancient history of this food of the gods, or take a leisurely Guided City Walk of Cologne for a view of its must see sights, including the Old City and its soaring twin-steepled Gothic cathedral. Enjoy live entertainment on board this evening. Cruise overnight to Dusseldorf. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Düsseldorf

See the main sights in Dusseldorf on a biking tour. At each point, your guide will share fascinationg highlights about Dusseldorf and its interesting history, or experience Dusseldorf's Old Town and get an insight into its culinary diversity or join a Guided Tour of Dussledorf with a visit to the city's Old Town, and discover its spectacular U-Bahn subway line, where each station incorporates its own magical character of innovative art, architecture, and design. Cruise to Arnhem overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Arnhem (Holland) - Nijmegen

Go on a hike in the Hoge Veluwe National Park with a Nature Expert and discover its abundance of wildlife, including deer, wild boar and mouflons (wild sheep) or join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Arnhem's courageous past with impressive monuments and places of remembrance, or take a Guided Tour of Arnhem's Kroller-Muller Museum with the world's second largest Van Gogh collection. In Nijmegen, you may join a Guided Optional Excursion to a Windmill, or take an Optional Cooking Workshop. Cruise overnight to Amsterdam. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Amsterdam

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 attend a Painting Class and be inspired by the masters’ techniques. Paint your own canvas and discover your inner artist, or join a leisurely Culinary Walk in one of Amsterdam’s famous districts, where you’ll sample savoury and sweet Dutch specialities, or enjoy a Guided Canal Cruise to explore the iconic waterways and sites of Amsterdam. This afternoon you might take a Guided Optional Bike Excursion through the Dutch countryside, or an Optional Kayaking Excursion. Alternatively, take an Optional Excursion to Holland's beautiful medieval Muiderslot Castle. Spend free time strolling at leisure through the galleries and cafes of Amsterdam. Later, enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board your ship. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Amsterdam - UK

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. (B)

Key: B - breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

2019 Amsterdam to Mainz

Day 1 - UK - Amsterdam (Holland)

Fly to Amsterdam and embark your ship. (D)

Day 2 - Amsterdam

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 attend a Painting Class and be inspired by the masters’ techniques. Paint your own canvas and discover your inner artist, or join a leisurely Culinary Walk in one of Amsterdam’s famous districts, where you’ll sample savoury and sweet Dutch specialities, or enjoy a Guided Canal Cruise to explore the iconic waterways and sites of Amsterdam. This afternoon, you might take a Guided Optional Bike Excursion through the Dutch countryside, or an Optional Kayaking Excursion. Alternatively, take an Optional Excursion to Holland's beautiful medieval Muiderslot Castle. Spend free time strolling at leisure through the galleries and cafes of Amsterdam. Cruise overnight to Arnhem. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Arnhem

Go on a hike in the Hoge Veluwe National Park with a Nature Expert and discover its abundance of wildlife including deer, wild boar and mouflon (wild sheep), or join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Arnhem's courageous past with impressive monuments and places of remembrance or take a Guided Tour of Arnhem's Open Air Museum to get a rare peek into the everyday lives of ancient Dutch farmers, fisherman and craftsmen. In Nijmegen, you may join a Guided Optional Excursion to the Windmill of Thorn, or take an Optional Cooking workshop. Cruise to Dusseldorf this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Dusseldorf (Germany)

See the main sights in Dusseldorf on a biking tour. At each point, your guide will share fascinating highlights about Dusseldorf and its interesting history, or experience Dusseldorf Old Town and get an insight into its culinary diversity, or join a classic tour of Dusseldorf with a visit to the city's Old Town to discover its spectacular U-Bahn subway line where each station incorporates its own magical character of innovative art, architecture, and design. This afternoon you might take a Guided Optional Excursion to Dusseldorf's microbrewies to try a variety of Altbiers. Later enjoy live entertainment on board. Cruise overnight to Cologne. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Cologne

For a unique view of Cologne’s history and beauty, join us on a Jogging Tour of the city, or join an off-the-beaten-path guided tour to discover the Belgian Quarter of Cologne,or visit Cologne’s Chocolate Museum and learn the process of chocolate production and ancient history of this food of the gods, or take a leisurely Guided City Walk in Cologne for a view of its must-see sights, including the Old City and its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral. Enjoy a leisurely cruise to Engers this evening whilst having dinner on board. Moor overnight in Engers. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Koblenz - Rudesheim - Bingen

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 for a unique experience, join us on an excursion to the 'Lava City' of Mendig for a Volcano 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 enjoy a guided walk of ancient Koblenz including a cable car ride to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress for a spectacular panoramic view. Enjoy lunch on board and the breathtaking beauty of the Rhine Gorge as you cruise on your way to the picturesque village of Rüdesheim. In the evening enjoy dinner on board while cruising to Bingen. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Mainz

Enjoy an early morning sail to Mainz before breakfast. Join a Guided Nature Walk along one of the Rheinsteig walking trails through Eltville’s idyllic forests and vineyards, or join a guided walk through the historic Old Town of Eltville am Rhein—well known as the City of Wine—with wine tasting included, or discover the Romanesque beauty of Eberbach Monastery, the location of almost all interior scenes of the film version of Umberto Eco's dark medieval murder mystery, "The Name of Rose". Don't miss the chance to explore Mainz on a Guided Optional Sightseeing Tour with a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to learn the captivating history of printing. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Mainz - UK

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

2020 Mainz to Amsterdam

Day 1 - UK to Mainz (Germany)

Fly from the UK to Frankfurt and embark your ship in Mainz. (D)

Day 2 - Mainz - Bingen

Forests and Famous Vineyards For some exercise before lunch, join a Guided Nature Walk along one of the Rheinsteig walking trails through Eltville’s idyllic forest and vineyards, or join a Guided Walk through the historic Old Town of Eltville am Rhein, well known as the City of Wine, with wine tastings included, or visit the Romanesque Beauty of Eberbach Monastery, the location of almost all the interior scenes of the film version of Umberto Eco’s dark medieval murder mystery “The Name of the Rose.” Enjoy the remaining free time in Mainz before sailing to Rüdesheim this afternoon, where you will have time to discover this picturesque village. In the evening enjoy dinner on board while cruising to Bingen. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Boppard - Engers

Enjoy breakfast on board as you cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Boppard. 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: 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”, take a leisurely Guided Walk of ancient Koblenz, including a cable car ride to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress for a spectacular panoramic view. At day’s end, you’ll dine aboard your ship as you cruise to Engers. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Bonn - Cologne

Take advantage of some free time in Bonn this morning. For a unique view of Cologne’s history and beauty, join us on a Jogging Tour of the city, or join an off-the-beaten-path Guided Tour to discover the quaint Belgian Quarter of Cologne, or visit Cologne’s Chocolate Museum and learn the process of chocolate production and ancient history of this food of the gods, or take a leisurely Guided City Walk of Cologne for a view of her must-see sight, including the Old City and its soaring twin-steepled Gothic cathedral. Enjoy live entertainment on board this evening. Cruise overnight to Dusseldorf. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Düsseldorf

Enjoy a stroll in the beautiful gardens in the Park of Benrath Palace and admire the furniture, porcelain and paintings of the main palace, or join a City Biking Tour to discover interesting stories about the sights and the city itself along the way, or experience Düsseldorf’s Old Town and get an insight into its culinary diversity, or 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. You might join a Guided Optional Excursion to Düsseldorf’s microbreweries to try a variety of Altbiers. Evening cruising to Arnhem. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Arnhem (Holland) - Nijmegen

Go on a hike in the Hoge Veluwe National Park with a Nature Expert and discover its abundance of wildlife, including deers, wild boars and mouflons, or biking Join a Biking Tour on the Hoge Veluwe National Park and admire its diversity of scenery, from dense forests to high sand dune, or join a Guided Sightseeing of Arnhem past impressive monuments and places of remembrance, or take a Guided Tour of Arnhem’s Kröller-Müller Museum with the world’s second largest Van Gogh collection. In Nijmegen, you may join a Guided Optional Excursion to the Windmill of Thorn or an Optional Cooking Workshop. Cruise overnight to Amsterdam (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Amsterdam

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 ettend a Painting Class and be inspired by the masters’ techniques. Paint your own canvas and discover your inner artist. A Guided Walking Tour will complete your experience, or join a Biking Tour through the Dutch countryside past polders, dykes, and quaint centuries-old villages, or enjoy a Guided Canal Cruise to explore the iconic waterways and sites of Amsterdam. This afternoon you might take an Optional Culinary Walk in one of Amsterdam’s famous districts, or an Optional Kayaking Excursion. Alternatively take an Optional Guided Excursion to Holland’s beautiful medieval Muiderslot Castle. Spend free time strolling at leisure through the galleries and cafés of Amsterdam. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Amsterdam - UK

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

2020 Amsterdam to Mainz

Day 1 - UK - Amsterdam (Holland)

Fly from the UK to Amsterdam and embark your ship. (D)

Day 2 - Amsterdam

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 attend a Painting Class and be inspired by the masters’ techniques. Paint your own canvas and discover your inner artist, or join a Biking Tour through the Dutch countryside past polders, dykes, and quaint centuries-old villages, or enjoy a Guided Canal Cruise to explore the iconic waterways and sites of Amsterdam. This afternoon, you might take an Optional Kayaking Excursion. Alternatively, take an Optional Excursion to Holland’s beautiful medieval Muiderslot Castle. Spend free time strolling at leisure through the galleries and cafés of Amsterdam.

Day 3 - Arnhem - Nijmegen

Go on a hike in the Hoge Veluwe National Park with a Nature Expert and discover its abundance of wildlife, including deer, wild boar and mouflon (wild sheep), or join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Arnhem’s courageous past with impressive monuments and places of remembrance, or take a Guided Tour of Arnhem’s Open Air Museum to get a rare peek into the everyday lives of ancient Dutch farmers, fishermen, and craftsmen. In Nijmegen you may join a Guided Optional Excursion to the Windmill of Thorn, or take an Optional Cooking Workshop.

Day 4 - Düsseldorf (Germany)

See the main sights in Düsseldorf’s on a biking tour. At each point, your guide will share fascinating highlights about Düsseldorf and its interesting history, or experience Düsseldorf’s Old Town and get an insight into its culinary diversity, or join a Guided Tour of Düsseldorf with a visit to the city’s Old Town, and discover its spectacular U-Bahn subway line, where each station incorporates its own magical character of innovative art, architecture, and design. This afternoon you might take a Guided Optional Excursion to Düsseldorf’s microbreweries to try a variety of Altbiers. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Cologne (B,L,D)

For a unique view of Cologne’s history and beauty, join us on a Jogging Tour of the city, or join an off-the-beaten-path Guided Tour to discover the quaint Belgian Quarter of Cologne, or visit Cologne’s Chocolate Museum and learn the process of chocolate production and ancient history of this food of the gods, or take a leisurely Guided City Walk in Cologne for a view of its must-see sights, including the Old City and its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral. Enjoy a leisurely cruise to Engers this evening while having dinner on board. Dock overnight in Engers. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Koblenz - Rudesheim - Bingen

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 for a unique experience, join us on an excursion to the “Lava City” of Mendig for a Volcano 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 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 the breathtaking beauty of the Rhine Gorge as you cruise on your way to the picturesque village of Rüdesheim. In the evening enjoy dinner on board while cruising to Bingen.

Day 7 - Mainz

Join a Guided Nature Walk along one of the Rheinsteig walking trails through Eltville’s idyllic forests and vineyards, or join a Guided Walk through the historic Old Town of Eltville am Rhein—well known as the City of Wine—with Wine Tasting included, or discover the Romanesque beauty of Eberbach Monastery, the location of almost all the interior scenes of the film version of Umberto Eco’s dark medieval murder mystery, “The Name of the Rose.” Don’t miss the chance to explore Mainz on a Guided Optional Sightseeing Tour with a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to learn the captivating history of printing.

Day 8 - Mainz - UK

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK

Price Includes

  • 7-night full board cruise
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Overseas transfers
  • Private VIP home pick-up service within 100 miles
  • Guided shore excursions
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Daily afternoon tea
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Port and airport taxes
  • Onboard local entertainment
  • Services of a professional Cruise Director
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2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • May
    • May 5th - Amsterdam to Mainz - Sailing on: Avalon Expression From: £2951
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    • May 12th - Mainz to Amsterdam - Sailing on: Avalon Expression From: £2999
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2999 Blue Water Price from: £3148 Blue Water Price from: £3849 Blue Water Price from: £3899 Blue Water Price from: £3999 Blue Water Price from: £4699
  • June
    • Jun 16th - Amsterdam to Mainz - Sailing on: Avalon Expression From: £3148
      Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3148 Blue Water Price from: £3848 Blue Water Price from: £3898 Blue Water Price from: £3998
    • Jun 23rd - Mainz to Amsterdam - Sailing on: Avalon Expression From: £3169
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      Blue Water Price from: £3169 Blue Water Price from: £3870 Blue Water Price from: £3920 Blue Water Price from: £4020 Blue Water Price from: £4720
  • September
    • Sep 22nd - Amsterdam to Mainz - Sailing on: Avalon Expression From: £3259
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    • Sep 29th - Mainz to Amsterdam - Sailing on: Avalon Expression From: £3259
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Price Information

  • Please note pricing is fluid so subject to change daily
Map for Active and Discovery on the Rhine