River cruising is an inspiring way to see and experience the world today. It allows to you explore well known cities as well as small towns and villages. Avalon Waterways offers cruising itineraries on rivers in Europe, Asia, South America and Egypt. To enhance your vacation, knowledgeable guides and award winning land programs are a part of every Avalon cruise. If you’re a traveler looking to indulge in your passions, they also offer over a dozen special interest river cruises.
Included Guided Sightseeing and Excursions
To make sure you get the most out of all the destinations you travel to, Avalon provides certified local guides who are experts on leading you on engaging, sightseeing tours. Not only will you see and learn about the famous attractions, but you will also get a behind the scenes experience at each destination.
Since everyone likes to experience tours at their own speed, Avalon has developed three different sightseeing pace options. Independent sightseeing allows to explore on your own and to see only what interests you. Leisurely sightseeing is led by a certified local guide and shows you the destination highlights in a relaxed and unhurried way. Traditional sightseeing is also led by a local guide, but you will see a more wide range of sights at a moderate pace.
Avalon Waterways sails on 7 different European rivers and stops at some of the most incredible cities and countries in the region. The Rhine River is one of Avalon’s most notable river cruises and includes visits to some of central Europe’s cultural hubs. This itinerary is perfect if you enjoy art, fine dining and historic sites. An excursion to the Black Forest is offered on many of the Rhine River cruises. This area of unrivaled natural beauty got its name because the pine forests are so dense, they were described as black.
The Moselle River cruise winds through picturesque medieval castles and stone clad fortresses. Prague is a popular stop and Avalon offers many guided sightseeing tours. On the central European experience itinerary, you will visit the Hradcany Castle Grounds, where one of the largest castles in the world is located. The topography, soil and climate along the Moselle create a perfect environment for vineyards to produce world class white wines, including the famous Riesling.
Special Interest River Cruises Though Europe
From history to wine to music and beyond, Avalon has a special interest cruise tailored to you. Onboard, you will find presentations to help enhance your subject knowledge while being surrounds with others who share your same passions.
In 2017, Avalon brings us Active Discovery on the Danube River Cruises. At every port of call, you can connect with locals and choose the interactive excursion and activities that appeal to you most. Imagine taking an archery lesson, learning the local language, or playing a round of golf; there is a hands on activity for all interests and activity levels.
Avalon also has many special interest cruises that are more niche. The Culinary River Cruise is every food lover’s paradise. Excursions like the ‘Taste of Normandy’ will have wine tastings and visits to distilleries, all while being surrounded by fragrant groves of apple trees. On board, chefs will prepare special presentations like a pastry demonstration, cheese and wine tasting and a wine dinner hosted by the Master of Wine.
History buffs will have plenty of different river cruises to choose from. World War History River Cruises and Jewish Heritage European River Cruises will give you an even richer experience as you learn the stories behind local historical sites. Music and Opera River Cruises will host talented musicians on board to play and answer questions and you’ll visit some of the most famous landmarks in the music world.
Destinations and interesting excursions are a big reason why people travel and Avalon Waterways has many fascinating itineraries and activities all over the world. The best part about going on adventures with Avalon is you will return to your luxury ship and sleep in an oversized plush bed with air conditioning every night. All of Avalon’s special interest river cruises are only offered for a limited time so don’t miss out on these unique travel opportunities.