When packing your polos and pashminas, there's no reason to leave your passions and pursuits behind. Your eye for impressionist brushstrokes - bring it along. Your appreciation for a well-crafted Pilsner - no need to leave it behind. Your insatiable appetite for the world's most fascinating chapters of history - you can pack that too. From food and wine to art, history, and music, our Special Interest Cruises unite you with your pastimes-and other like-minded enthusiasts - both on the ship and off.
Everyone travels to see new things, but many travel to do new things as well. With our Active & Discovery river cruises, Avalon offers a variety of included excursions ranging from energetic experiences to interactive discoveries. With a broad menu of engaging pursuits, Active & Discovery cruises allow you to tailor your holiday to your personal taste and pace.
Travelling is about seeing and experiencing the world the way you want to. At Avalon Waterways, we know that laidback luxury is about taking a moment to savour some of your favourite things. Let our Beer Tasting Cruises take your taste buds on a cultural adventure, learning about the history and tradition of some of your favourite brews. Sail down the city’s canals and tour the Heineken brewery in Amsterdam; let a local beer expert lead you down the streets of Vienna to relish the best of Austrian beer on your guided Pub Crawl. Savour it all, or taste a little, on your Avalon Waterways Beer Tasting Cruise in 2021.
Taste the world with Avalon Waterways on your very own food safari where you can savour delicacies like local French cheese in a vineyard in Normandy. When you’re not sauntering down vine-laced valleys or wandering through historic distilleries, our world-renowned on-board chefs will take your taste buds on an adventure, without leaving the comfort of the ship. Dine on decadent local delicacies in the lounge, or munch on a piping-hot crepe deck-side; with Avalon, you get to choose your own food adventure. For those who dream of tasting laidback luxury, our Culinary Cruises are seriously satisfying.
Think river cruising is only for warm months? Think again. See the Europe less-seen as the festive season breathes new life into this old continent. Marvel at the gothic majesty of France’s Strasbourg Cathedral, before following the city’s illuminated streets towards the Christmas Markets, one of the oldest and finest in Europe. Savour a mulled wine on the banks of the Vltava River in Prague, and be blown away by the creativity of Bamberg, which lines its streets with nativity scenes built by locals. And the best part? Snuggling up in your own personal on-board oasis after a day of exploring snow-laden streets. With all the laidback luxury of Avalon Waterways and a dash of added merriment, Christmas is truly a special time aboard our Festive Cruises.
At Avalon Waterways, we know that laidback luxury means having the freedom to go live it your way. Our Garden & Nature Cruises cater to guests with green thumbs and a love of the natural world. Let your inner horticulturalist be blown away by the majesty of some of the most beautiful gardens and parks in the world. Begin your botanical journey near Lisse in the Netherlands, where you’ll wander through the Gardens of Keukenhof, whose seven million flower bulbs burst with colour and energy. Breathe in the fresh air of the Botanic Gardens of Antwerp and discover the secret Gardens of Amsterdam; here, our guests get exclusive access to some of the city’s most luxurious homes and manicured gardens. Let the beauty of Europe’s finest horticulture take your breath away on our Garden & Nature Cruises.
Explore what was once the centre of the Habsburg Empire on this river cruise through Eastern Europe with Avalon Waterways. From the Golden City of Prague to the Pearl of the Danube in Budapest, this is an experience not to be missed! Wander in wonder as you visit many of the castles that were used as places of residency during the Habsburg Dynasty, excite your taste-buds as you sample local cuisines and feel energised as you witness traditional folklore dances. Uncover a world less seen with Avalon Waterways Habsburg & Royalty cruises.
The waterways of Europe weave through chapters of living history, and what better way to experience stories of years gone by than to cruise through them. Go deeper on a History Cruise with European history and politics as our historians help you retrace the allies’ footsteps throughout France on the Western Front. From the Seine to the Danube and beyond, glide down centuries of politics and culture on our Avalon Waterways History Cruises.
Celebrate the richness of Jewish culture on our Avalon waterways Jewish Heritage Cruises. Voyage across time and space along the Danube Central and Eastern Europe, visiting sites of significant cultural and religious significance for the Jewish people. Expand your worldview as you discover Budapest’s Jewish Quarter, full of quaint cafes and ruin bars, and marvel at the beauty of the Great Synagogue of Dohany Street, the second-largest in the world. Explore the streets of Prague and discover architectural and cultural contributions of the Jewish community made to this beautiful city. Uncover the world less seen with Avalon Waterways on our Jewish Heritage Cruises.
Join us on this cruise for photography enthusiasts, and meet a professional photographer who will sail with you throughout the cruise. Learn from him all the suggestions to capture the best lights and the best moments for a perfect photo. You and your fellow travelling companions will be invited to choose the best photo taken during the cruise, the once in a lifetime picture representing all your memories and feelings of this amazing experience.
At Avalon Waterways, when we think laidback luxury, we think good wine and a relaxed atmosphere. Our speciality Wine Cruises will take your palate on a tasty adventure throughout Europe. In France, delight in walking through lush fruit orchards in Normandy and savour the local drop in Burgundy. On-board, enjoy the luxury of cheese and wine tastings during the day and expert-planned food-and-wine pairings at night. Learn how to distinguish between bouquets and develop your own wine preferences as you learn room master winemakers and sommeliers as you visit wine villages, vineyards and famed cellars throughout the continent.
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Glide away down the world’s most spectacular rivers, enjoying a unique vantage point from your own private oasis. Our floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows blur the line between where the world ends and your suite begins, allowing you to experience the world less seen from the comfort of your bed. This is experiential river cruising.