Avalon Waterways: 2019 Special Interest River Cruises through Europe
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 wine to art to history to music, our Special Interest Cruises unite you with your pastimes -- and with other like-minded enthusiasts -- both on the ship and off.
ACTIVE DISCOVERY RIVER CRUISES Everyone travels to see new things, but many travel to do new things as well. With the introduction of our new Active Discovery cruises on the Danube and Rhine, there is something for travelers with varying interests and for all fitness levels. You can now hike, bike, and explore your way through the scenic and historic wonders of the world. On these interactive and energetic cruises, we give you opportunities to spend time with locals and learn about local traditions and the culture with hands-on activities. Of course Avalon travelers have the opportunity to get their hearts pumping on every cruise. We’ve equipped all of our ships with bicycles for those who wish to pedal their way through the villages and vineyards of Europe. Travelers can opt for guided bicycle excursions or set their own pace along the banks of legendary rivers, through aromatic orchards, and down vibrant city streets.
Fares for these 8-day and 9-day cruises start at $2,869 per person
WINE APPRECIATION RIVER CRUISES Your palate will applaud as you learn what to look for in a good wine. A distinguished wine authority will teach you the ropes as you visit a wine village and attend tastings to test your new-found talent.
BEER RIVER CRUISES A visit to Europe is even better when it includes a discovery of their famous beers, and these special Avalon departures deliver just that! Activities may include onboard tastings, visits to historic breweries, and fascinating lectures on board about a range of topics including European beer-brewing techniques. Prost!
Beer cruises are available in 8-day, 10-day and 12-day lengths. Fares for the 8-day cruise start at $2,398 per person
JEWISH HERITAGE EUROPEAN RIVER CRUISES Step back into Jewish history on this adventure through Central Europe. Aboard your ship, a renowned expert conducts informative lectures about the sites and events that played roles in Jewish heritage. In Budapest, visit the world’s second-largest synagogue. Explore the Document Neupfarrplatz museum in Regensburg with its remains of a medieval Jewish ghetto and ancient synagogue. In Prague, see the city’s Jewish Museum and cemetery, then travel to Terezin, one of Czechoslovakia’s largest concentration camps. Hear chilling stories about the daily lives of the Jews imprisoned there, and visit the poignant memorial.
Multiple itineraries are available from 8-day cruises to 21-day. Fares for the 8-day cruises start at $2,749 per person
FESTIVE TIME RIVER CRUISES Experience the holiday season the European way! Enjoy the jolly atmosphere on your festively decorated ship as you delight in the sights, smells, and tastes of local traditions. Visit Christmas markets in several ports of call. Locals and visitors alike flock to the charming market stalls, adorned with beautiful lights and selling everything from warm mulled wines, sweets, and hearty regional delicacies to an array of crafts, gifts, and holiday décor.
Multiple itineraries are available from 5 days to 16 days. Fares for the 5-day voyage start at $1,513 per person.
EUROPEAN HISTORY RIVER CRUISES Revisit the dramatic and heroic history on our WWII Remembrance & History Cruise on the Seine River to Normandy. A history expert will travel with you on board, revealing the stories behind the famous sites. Join Included excursions to northern France to walk in the footsteps of the heroes of Normandy landing beaches. Relive the stories and stand on the site of the largest amphibious landing in history, and visit memorials to the allied forces who fought and sacrificed there.
A number of itineraries available from 18 days to 24 days. Fares for the 8-day cruise start at $2498 per person.
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