In response to increased demand, Avalon Waterways has added new features, more active excursions, and expanded special interest theme cruises.
Avalon Fresh® In 2017, Avalon raises the gastronomic bar by teaming up with two of Europe’s rising culinary stars, the Wrenkh brothers. They have collaborated to create an inspiring collection of nourishing menu items so delectable you won’t believe they’re healthy. The emphasis is on fresh, local ingredients sourced from small farms and producers combined with a dash of novelty. You’ll feel fantastic all day long. There are even gluten-free options.
Maintaining you healthy lifestyle while on vacation is easy with a state-of-the-art Fitness Center, free bicycles available for use in select ports, and complimentary Nordic walking sticks to put an extra spring in your step. To relax at the end of an active day, try a little salus per aquam (health from water) soak in the Sky Deck’s rejuvenating whirlpool.
Active Discovery On The Danube.Avalon Waterways® has introduced a new itinerary focused on active-themed excursions. Bike, hike, or canoe along the Danube. Learn how to milk cows and mow grass with a scythe. Explore an ice cave, take an archery lesson, descend into an underground salt mine.
Ascend a mountain during a guided climb. Play nine holes of golf, learn some of the local language, prepare regional delicacies at a hands-on cooking class. Connect with the locals in every port. You choose the interactive activities that appeal to you most.
Your Passions. Food. Wine. History. Art. An active lifestyle. Whatever you’re enthusiastic about, Avalon Special Interest Cruises help you experience your destination from the point of view that interests you most~along with others who share your passion. Profit from onboard presentations by topic experts and exceptional activities on shore, all at no extra cost!
2017 Special Interest Cruises include: Wine Appreciation, Culinary, Beer Tasting, Jazz, Music, Art and Impressionist, WWII History, Jewish Heritage and Festive time.
If you are considering an Avalon Waterways® river cruise, please feel free to send me an email or call me so we can discuss your vacation plans in detail.
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Avalon Waterways® offers European river cruises on the Rhine, Rhône, Moselle, Danube, Seine, Main as well as Christmas Markets cruises. But which rivers do first timers typically choose? Here are the most popular choices along with a short video to help you select one that matches your special interests.
Rhine River Cruises | Avalon Waterways®
As it winds through Europe’s castle-dotted hillsides, dramatic rocky gorges and Old World villages, the Rhine River is the essence of romance.
The Rhine River is Germany’s longest river. From Roman times through WWII, the Rhine has been the center of ancient empires. A cruise on the Rhine River is going to suit romantics, history enthusiasts, epicures, nature lovers, and wine lovers. You can look forward to little medieval towns, quaint half-timbered buildings, enchanted castles, majestic cathedrals, historic cities, and, of course, the romantic Rhine’s scenic natural beauty. The river also fosters countless vineyards and small farms, making it an oenophile’s dream. A journey on the Rhine is a voyage back through history.
Rhone River Cruise Vacations | Avalon Waterways®
Past hillside vineyards and fragrant lavender fields, the Rhône River flows from Switzerland through France before emptying into the Mediterranean at the Golfe du Lion. A journey along the Rhône features sweeping views of rolling hills dotted with castles and vineyards. Enjoy a delightful stay in Lyon, France’s second-largest city and its gastronomical capital.
Moselle River Cruise Vacations | Avalon Waterways®
Flowing through France and Germany, the Moselle River is situated in the picturesque Moselle Valley, famous for its striking scenery, charming architecture and exceptional Moselle wines. A Moselle River cruise is ideal for wine lovers. Riesling, Elbling, Müller-Thurgau, and Kerner wines are all produced in this area. View the video!
Danube River Cruises | Avalon Waterways®
The Danube is Europe’s second-longest river. The Danube has inspired artists, poets, and musicians for centuries. Those who love history, architecture, art, and distinct cultures are going to love a voyage down the Danube. Blending Eastern and Western Europe, you can look forward to seeing ancient cities and Roman ruins on the extraordinary Danube River.
Originating in Germany and flowing eastward through much of Central Europe, the Danube River gives cruise passengers the opportunity to view everything from perpendicular hillsides to small hamlets dotting the landscape to bustling cities situated right along the bank. Stunning cities such as Budapest, Vienna and Prague have intriguing histories and heritages mixed with a modern culture, making a visit to these parts of Central Europe extraordinarily unique. Excursions onshore include visits to imposing castles and majestic basilicas, as well as quiet wineries.
Start planning your Danube river cruise today!
Seine River Cruise Vacations | Avalon Waterways®
At 485 miles, the Seine is the second-longest river in France. It runs northwest from Burgundy, passes through Paris, and eventually empties into the English Channel at Le Havre.
Whether you appreciate the arts and fine wine or rolling hills and historic structures, the Seine provides a smooth and seamless way to explore France.
Main River Cruises | Avalon Waterways®
Located in Germany, the Main River is one of the more significant tributaries of the Rhine River, flowing all the way to the Danube River. The river has been canalized with 34 large locks to allow ships to navigate the entire length of the river. The lands along the Main River are the epitome of German history and culture. Thanks to the Main-Danube Canal, it is now possible to navigate from the Rhine Delta at Rotterdam, Holland, to the Danube Delta at the Black Sea-a stretch of 2,200 miles. View the video to see medieval villages and ancient castles.
Christmas Time River Cruises | Avalon Waterways®
Discover Europe during the joyous holiday season – from a perspective only Avalon can deliver. Freshly baked gingerbread. Trees radiant with twinkling lights. A steaming mug of mulled wine in hand as you meander among quaint stalls filled with one-of-a-kind gifts. Europe’s dearly loved Christmas Markets have captivated holiday revelers for centuries—fall under their spell onboard and in the charming villages. View the video to learn more!
In late fall and early winter, river cruise lines end their annual season by delivering the magical yuletide traditions and pageantry of the famous Christmas markets of Europe. A totally different experience than the same itineraries in the peak summer season, the villages and hamlets along the rivers take on a festive atmosphere as cruisers meander through time-honored marketplaces originally developed hundreds of years ago to celebrate the beginning of Advent.
Even though the weather is cooler, there are compelling reasons to take a holiday markets river cruise:
1. Commemorate All Things Christmas
Embrace the holiday spirit in Europe with the smells of freshly baked gingerbread, trees radiant with twinkling lights, and a warm mug of mulled glühwein in hand as you wander quaint booths filled with distinctive gifts.
Gingerbread Houses are a cornerstone of Christmas festivities. Watch the creation of a perfect Gingerbread house for your holiday with Viking‘s pastry chef, Joanna Hajn.
2. Reminiscing Memories
Experience the sparkle and spectacle of timeless traditions. Recapture all the joy of your most cherished childhood memories in towns where many holiday traditions originated.