Avalon Waterways: Wine-themed River Cruises through Europe in 2020 & 2021
A jug of wine, a loaf of bread, and thou! Avalon has the wine and menus, so all we need is you to join us on our wine river cruises!
Whether you have a nose for the perfect Burgundy, or if everything you know about wine could fit in a thimbleful of Chardonnay, you’re invited to join us to sniff, swirl, and sip your way through Europe’s legendary and picturesque vineyards. Enter the hallowed halls of the ancient cellars where winemakers still press the perfect grape into the nectar of the gods. Cruise with a certified Master of Wine who gives a new meaning to the phrase “wine and dine.” Learn to perfectly pair wines with dinner, cheeses, and chocolates with a choice of itinerary destinations ranging from Prague to Provence, from Burgundy to Budapest. Sample regional vintages and visit legendary cellars along the Danube, Rhône, and Saône Rivers.
In vino veritas! Below is just a selection of the MANY different wine cruises Avalon offers, there are other available! Let us help you pick the perfect one.
DANUBE DREAMS FOR WINE LOVERS 10 DAY RIVER CRUISE FROM PRAGUE TO BUDAPEST Start this timeless Europe river cruise vacation with two nights in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. Transfer to Deggendorf to board the ship, then sail along the Danube River with exciting stops in Germany and Austria, and end vibrant Budapest. A Master of Wine travels with you and you can enjoy his expertise at lectures, as well as wine tastings and an exclusive food and wine-pairing dinner. Visits to a cellar in both Budapest and Dürnstein introduce you to the wines of Hungary and Austria. Fares start at $2,629 per person, with port fees and taxes of $182
BURGUNDY & PROVENCE FOR WINE LOVERS 16 DAY RIVER CRUISE FROM PORT-SAiNT-LOUIS TO ROME Take a wondrous river cruise journey through beautiful France along the Rhône and Saône Rivers with guided sightseeing of the well-known French treasures and some hidden gems too! A Master of Wine will join you on board and share his expertise at lectures and tastings. This France river cruise adventure continues with two overnights in Paris—one of the world’s most romantic and vibrant cities! Fly to Venice, Italy, to begin your Monograms® vacation package for three nights, followed by high-speed train service for three nights in Rome. Enjoy included guided sightseeing, superior accommodations, a knowledgeable and helpful Local Host® to assist you in Venice and Rome, and free time to explore as you please. Fares start at $5,984 per person, with port fees and taxes of $182
BURGUNDY & PROVENCE WITH 2 NIGHTS AIX-EN-PROVENCE & 2 NIGHTS NICE FOR WINE LOVERS - SOUTHBOUND 12 DAY RIVER CRUISE FROM St. JEAN-DE-LOSNE TO NICE Opportunities abound on this delightful river cruise vacation to learn about France and the French. Your adventure begins with two overnights and guided sightseeing in Paris, then take the high-speed train to Dijon and continue by motorcoach to fascinating Beaune for a visit of Hôtel-Dieu. Next, board your river cruise ship in quaint St. Jean de Losne and set sail for lovely Seurre, France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon, as well as medieval Tournon, charming Viviers, Avignon, and Arles. Daylight permitting, sail into the peaceful Camargue area.
Fares start at $3,748 per person, with port fees and taxes of $182
RHINE & RHÔNE REVEALED FOR WINE LOVERS 15 DAY RIVER CRUISE FROM PORT-SAINT-LOIUS TO AMSTERDAM (Southbound or Northbound options) Immerse yourself in French and German culture on this fabulous European river cruise vacation along the Rhône, Saône, and Rhine Rivers. The views will be spectacular so be sure to pack your camera so you can capture the romance and splendor of this magical journey.
Fares start at $5,246 per person, with port fees and taxes of $364
RHINE & RHÔNE REVEALED WITH BARCELONA FOR WINE LOVERS 20 DAY RIVER CRUISE FROM AMSTERDAM TO BARCELONA This mesmerizing river cruise and land vacation begins on the Rhine River and then continues on the Saône and Rhône Rivers. Enjoy a canal cruise in splendid Amsterdam, as well as guided sightseeing in Cologne, Koblenz, and Strasbourg. Delight in excursions to Germany’s Black Forest and to Heidelberg—Germany’s oldest university town with its imposing castle. Also, sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, see the legendary Lorelei rock, and visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz. A motorcoach transfer takes you into France’s Burgundy region to fascinating Beaune for a visit to Hôtel-Dieu. Next, board your ship in quaint St. Jean de Losne and set sail for Macon, France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon, as well as medieval Tournon, charming Viviers, Avignon, and Arles. Daylight permitting, sail into the peaceful Camargue area. Disembark your river cruise ship and arrive in the French Riviera, Port-Saint-Louis for a final night in France, before your flight to Barcelona.
Fares start at $7,232 per person, with port fees and taxes of $364
RHINE & RHÔNE REVEALED WITH AIX-EN-PROVENCE & NICE FOR WINE LOVERS 20 DAY RIVER CRUISE FROM MARSEILLE TO LONDON Immerse yourself in French and German culture on this fabulous European river cruise along the Rhine, Saône, and Rhône Rivers. With a Master of Wine accompanying you on the French portion of your cruise, you’ll hear interesting presentations on winemaking and be hosted for delicious wine tastings and pairings. Begin your vacation in Marseilles with an overnight stay in the south of France. Enjoy guided sightseeing and transfer to your Avalon Suite Ship® in Port Saint Louis and cruise to Avignon for a guided tour of Châteauneuf du Pape. Visit charming Arles and Viviers, and enjoy a wine-and-chocolate tasting at the Cité du Chocolat at Valrhona or hike in the vineyards in medieval Tournon. Take a guided tour of Beaujolais, and join a culinary tour in the gastronomic capital of Lyon. In Mâcon, go on an excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar.
Transfer from St. Jean Losne to embark on your Rhine River cruise from Basel, Switzerland. Cruise to Breisach, Germany—gateway to the Black Forest, and visit Strasbourg, France. Sail to Mainz, with your choice of a guided walk with a visit to the Gutenberg Museum, or an excursion to nearby Heidelberg Castle. Visit the vineyard town of Rüdesheim, and sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River dotted every mile with ancient castles. Arrive in Cologne, a 2,000-year-old city best known for its gothic architecture and famous twin-spired cathedral
Conclude your cruise in Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam. The best way to see the treasures of this 700-year-old city is on a canal cruise along the elegant Grachten. Board a high-speed train to Paris to begin your Monograms® vacation. Spend two nights enjoying superior accommodations in the “City of Light” with guided sightseeing and free time to explore on your own. Next, board a train for London to spend two nights, including guided sightseeing and superior accommodations. Your Monograms Local Guide® is on hand to assist you with everything you need in both Paris and London. Fares start at $7,260 per person, with port fees and taxes of $364
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