Canals, Vineyards & Castles for Photography Enthusiasts 2021
8 days with Avalon Waterways Rating:
Day 1 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)
Welcome to Holland. 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.
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.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM
Day 2 AMSTERDAM
Canals of Colorful Amsterdam
Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.
Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of the city’s “Golden Age.”
This afternoon choose among the many guided optional excursions available.
DISCOVERY Onboard introduction to photography with our expert Brenda Tharp, world-class photographer.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE
Day 3 COLOGNE, GERMANY
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland
CLASSIC Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne—with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral, OR:
DISCOVERY 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.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RÜDESHEIM
Day 4 RHINE GORGE—RÜDESHEIM
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country
This morning, relax on the Sky Deck while sailing through the magnificent Rhine Gorge.
DISCOVERY 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, OR;
ACTIVE 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.
Enjoy a leisurely cruise to Engers this evening while having dinner on board.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ENGERS
Day 5 COCHEM
The Charm of the Moselle Valley
Relax on the Sky Deck of your ship while sailing through the Moselle Valley, famous for the beautiful growing villages and their vineyards.
CLASSIC 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.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BERNKASTEL
Day 6 BERNKASTEL
Castle Vines and German Wines
Ask about today’s energizing or relaxing Adventure Host activities.
CLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour of the charming wine village of Bernkastel—with its medieval marketplace and 17th-century gabled timber-framed houses, OR:
ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a hike to nearby castle ruins.
Enjoy free time this afternoon; take a bike ride through the village to sample Apfelkuchen or other wonderful German desserts.
DISCOVERY Join a Wine Tasting to experience the tradition of legendary German wine making.
Tonight, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REMICH
Day 7 REMICH, LUXEMBOURG. EXCURSION TO LUXEMBOURG CITY
Old World Charm, and World-Class Wine
This morning, select a Guided Optional Excursion to Roman Trier-the oldest city in Germany. After your tour, enjoy some free time in Trier.
CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour of Luxembourg City—with its dramatic views, ancient ruins, and modern architecture along the deep gorge terrain.
This evening, share in an award ceremony for favorite photos taken on your cruise.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN REMICH
Day 8 REMICH (DISEMBARKATION)
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.
Flights should not leave Luxembourg City airport before 8 am.
All This Included
This magnificent European river cruise begins in Holland’s colorful, 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. Cruise in the company of Brenda Tharp, world-class photographer, who shares onboard presentations. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in a photography contest at the end of your cruise to vote for favorite shots taken on your cruise. Then, embark on your picturesque cruise along the Rhine River to Cologne, Germany—a 2,000-year-old city known for its Gothic architecture. On a guided city walk, see the famous twin-spired cathedral and explore the cobblestone streets of the Old City. 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.
Along the Moselle River, stop at the picturesque town of Cochem where the Riesling grape is cultivated. Visit Reichsburg Castle, nestled among vineyards and offering breathtaking views of the town and river valley below. In Bernkastel, enjoy a guided walk and taste some of the region’s best-loved wines. Go on an excursion to historical Luxembourg City, offering unique and dramatic views as it is set on two levels—high above on straddling hills and dropping into two river valleys.
Meet Your Photographer: Brenda Tharp
"I love waking up early to witness and photograph the rainbow of dawn's colors as they are painted across the sky, or the mist rising off a river. A great photo takes preparation, timing, and a bit of luck, yet if feels like a gift when I'm out there and it all comes together. I love telling stories through my pictures, and I travel the world seeking the light on the land, and the life of people and wildlife."
Ship Amenities :
Cruising: Cabin onboard Avalon Artistry II
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