Wine, ancient waterways and medieval castles – what’s not to love?! Better yet, you can experience all three on a river cruise along Europe’s Rhine and Moselle rivers. Starting in the popular, modern capital of Holland, Amsterdam and winding your way down the Rhine River through Germany, you’ll enjoy many a breathtaking view, meals that will tantalise your tastebuds, experiences that will liven your spirit and so much more. Here are some of our favourite activities along this popular river cruise itinerary:



Colourful Amsterdam – with canals, crooked houses and Golden Age cuisine, there’s something to appeal to everyone in this lively capital city. Some city highlights include:

Canal Cruise

Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a canal cruise past stately home of the city’s ‘Golden Age’.

Culinary Walk

Embark on a guided culinary walk through Amsterdam to sample savoury and sweet Dutch specialities.



Begin your scenic cruise along the Rhine River and celebrate life in Rhineland’s Capital City, Cologne. Known for its gothic architecture, join a guided walking tour to see the famous twin-spired cathedral and explore the cobblestone streets of the 2000-year-old Old City.

Rhine Gorge


Sit back and relax on the SkyDeck as you sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge – the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River where ancient castles stand on cliffs 120 metres above the water.



There’s much to enjoy in the charming wine town of Rudesheim. Some highlights include:

Mechanical Music Museum

For a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience, a visit to the incredible Mechanical Music Museum is a must!

Niederwald Monument

Take an open-air cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument. To get back down, you can either ride the cable car or walk back down through the vineyards.

Treat your tastebuds

 There are so many food and drink options in Rudesheim, however, some of our favourites include a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting.



Along the Moselle River, stop at the picturesque town of Cochem, where the Riesling grape is cultivated. Highlights here:

Reichsburg Castle

Nestled among vineyards and offering breathtaking views of the town and river valley below, Reichsburg Castle is great for enjoying birds-eye views of the Moselle Valley and river bend.



A symphony of half-timber, stone and slate, teemed with wine taverns galore, Bernkastel is a charming town. Some highlights here include:

Guided Walking Tour

Enjoy a guided walking tour of the charming wine village of Bernkastel, with its medieval marketplace and 17th-century gabled timber-framed houses.

Enjoy  some time at leisure

Spend some time hiking to view the vast vineyard landscapes, or bike through the Renaissance-style village or relax with a glass of German wine.

Wine Tasting

Experience the tradition of legendary German winemaking on a local wine tasting.



Ancient worlds, old-world charm and world-class wine, Luxembourg City is a charming slice of Northern Europe that consistently ranks among the world’s top three nations in both wealth and wine consumption. Join a guided tour of the city and enjoy the unique and dramatic views, ancient ruins and modern architecture along the deep gorge terrain.

Ready to board your Avalon Suite Ship and embark on this charming river cruise holiday? View itinerary and dates here!

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  1. We are about to embark on our third Avalon cruise; may these wonderful experiences never end. The Paris to Normandy cruise was spectacular in so many ways but has taken the cake for the most superb cuisine (French chefs) and service; the Romantic Rhine cruise has emblazoned remarkable vistas in our memories forever, and now Christmastime on the Danube awaits. Having done 6 luxury cruises in all to date with different cruise companies of note, we must say that it’s Avalon that never fails to ‘float our boat’.

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