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7-nt European Waterways Avalon Panorama

Itinerary

DayPorts of Call
1Mainz, Germany
2Rudesheim, Germany
3Engers, Germany
4Cologne, Germany
5Dusseldorf, Germany
6Nijmegen, Netherlands
7Amsterdam, Netherlands
8Amsterdam, Netherlands

Know Before You Go

  • Pricing includes cruise portion only. For pre and post accommodations, please contact your PERX travel planner.
  • Please be discreet, do not discuss your industry discounts with other guests aboard your sailing.
  • Please ensure that you have your ID available when boarding.
  • We strongly suggest purchasing travel protection to cover medical expenses in the event that medical attention is required.

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.

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 and enjoy onboard specialty dinners of the region. An unforgettable river cruise experience that offers something for everyone!

Cruise at-a-Glance

Day 1 Wiesbaden (Embarkation):Welcome to Germany; onboard welcome reception
Day 2 Wiesbaden: Choice of visit to the Eberbach Monastery, or Eltville guided tour with wine tasting, or hiking in Eltville
Day 3 Rudesheim-Rhine Gorge-Boppard: Free time in Rudesheim; cruise through the Rhine Gorge; choice of visit to Marksburg Castle, or Ehrenbreitstein Castle with a cable car ride; or Volcano Tour experience
Day 4 Bonn-Cologne: Free time in Bonn; choice of running tour, or Cologne sightseeing "off the beaten track", or visit the chocolate museum, or Cologne highlights walking tour
Day 5 Dusseldorf-Duisburg: Free time in Dusseldorf; choice of visit the Zollverein coal mine, or guided hike around Duisburg, or culinary tour in Duisburg
Day 6 Xanten: Choice of bike tour along the Rhine, or visit to the Archeological Park, or Roman Games at the Archaeological Park, or Roman clothes workshop
Day 7 Amsterdam: Choice of painting class, or running tour, or culinary walk, or canal cruise
Day 8 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends with breakfast

Always Included

You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've designed a cruise experience that's just a bit different.

Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.

Throughout the Ship:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Panoramic windows
  • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges
  • Covered Observation Lounge
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day

    Suites & Staterooms:

  • Comfort Collection BedsSM with choice of mattress firmness
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • And, much more.

    Health & Fitness:

  • Bikes
  • Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes
  • Fitness and wellness activities
  • Fitbitsr
  • All through your Avalon Adventure HostSM

    Dining

  • FlexDiningSM for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our main Dining Room
  • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast options
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch or Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting)
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the main Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options.
  • Alternative Panorama Bistro dinner, featuring regional specialties and small plates
  • Captain's welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapes
  • Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests
  • Cocktails available on the Sky Deck
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day

    AVALON CHOICE

    Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:
    Classic
    Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You'll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.
    Discovery
    We've found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.
    Active
    Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

  • Plus independent exploration options and use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP.
  • A brand new kind of ship, the Avalon Panorama set sail in 2011, taking inspired design to a whole new level. A unique "Suite Ship," the Avalon Panorama was the first of its kind in the industry - with two full decks of suites featuring a Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window that transforms the living space into a unique Open-Air BalconyTM. As you cruise along Europe's finest rivers - the Danube, Rhine, or Main - enjoy the fresh breeze and enchanting scenery from the comfort of your suite. With 200 square feet, the Panorama Suite is more than 30% larger than the industry standard, and it gives you the unparalleled opportunity to wake up each morning facing the magnificent passing scenery. Exciting onboard amenities include an Internet corner and Wi-Fi access, a well-stocked library, an expanded fitness center, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, shade system, whirlpool, and delightful Open-Air Bistro. There's no better way to cruise in Europe than in the spacious comfort offered on the Avalon Panorama.



    Ship Length: 443
    Total Staff: 47
    Guest Capacity: 166

    Highlights & Sightseeing

    Day 1 Wiesbaden (Embarkation):Welcome to Germany; onboard welcome reception
    Day 2 Wiesbaden: Choice of visit to the Eberbach Monastery, or Eltville guided tour with wine tasting, or hiking in Eltville
    Day 3 Rudesheim-Rhine Gorge-Boppard: Free time in Rudesheim; cruise through the Rhine Gorge; choice of visit to Marksburg Castle, or Ehrenbreitstein Castle with a cable car ride; or Volcano Tour experience
    Day 4 Bonn-Cologne: Free time in Bonn; choice of running tour, or Cologne sightseeing "off the beaten track", or visit the chocolate museum, or Cologne highlights walking tour
    Day 5 Dusseldorf-Duisburg: Free time in Dusseldorf; choice of visit the Zollverein coal mine, or guided hike around Duisburg, or culinary tour in Duisburg
    Day 6 Xanten: Choice of bike tour along the Rhine, or visit to the Archeological Park, or Roman Games at the Archaeological Park, or Roman clothes workshop
    Day 7 Amsterdam: Choice of painting class, or running tour, or culinary walk, or canal cruise
    Day 8 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends with breakfast