Avalon Waterways: 2018 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 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.
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 $2,399 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.
Avalon offers a wide variety of wine cruises from 10-days to 22-days in length. Fares, for example, for a 14-day voyage thru Burgundy and Provence along the Rhone and Saone rivers start at $4,249 per person.
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 $2,849 per person
CULINARY RIVER CRUISES Enter a food-lover’s paradise in northern France. At a special dinner, a local chef will dazzle you with regional specialties and food preparation tips. If you participate in our “Taste of Normandy” excursion, there’ll be cider and wine tastings, a visit to a distillery, and you’ll even come away with easy-tomake recipes. Bon Appétit!
Choose from 8-day, 11-day, 16-day and 19-day itineraries. Fares for the 11-day journey start at $3,705 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.
Fares for this 13-day cruises start at $3,708 per person
MUSIC RIVER CRUISES Let the music move you on our incredible Music river cruises through Central Europe! Enjoy delightful onboard performances by local musicians, and lectures by subject experts, including a talk about the history and world of guitars. Visit a violin maker in Regensburg; Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim to marvel at the calliopes and music boxes dating back to the 18th century; and Salzburg, the very place where “the hills are alive with the sound of music.” Also attend a Royal Waltz concert in Vienna; a church concert at Göttweig Abbey near Krems; and a short but memorable performance at the Budapest Opera House.
Multiple options exist, from 11-days to 22 days, with fares starting at $4,148 for an 11-day voyage.
ART & IMPRESSIONIST RIVER CRUISES Experience scenic northern France with a focus on art! Attend an illuminating art lecture by a subject expert on board your Avalon ship. On shore, explore art museums, and visit the places and sites that inspired some of the world’s most famous artists, such as Auvers-sur-Oise, Rouen, Giverny, and, of course, Paris - the inimitable "City of Light."
Choose from 8-day, 11-day, 16-day and 19-day voyages, with fares starting at $7,724 for a 19-day voyage.
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