Avalon Waterways is set to introduce a collection of short-duration river cruises in Europe for time-starved travellers in 2020. Options will include four-, five- and six-day river cruise itineraries: A Taste of the Rhine, Heart of Germany and A Taste of the Danube.
A Taste of the Rhine is a new five-day cruise featuring immersive opportunities to explore must-see sites along the Rhine River, including: taking a culinary walk through Amsterdam, enjoying a guided tour of Cologne, participating in wine-tasting in Boppard, spending free time in Rudesheim and of course, cruising through the picturesque, castle-dotted Rhine Gorge.
Prices start at AU$2,814 per person twin share.
Formerly a featured Christmas cruise, the new six-day Heart of Germany is making an appearance year-round in 2020. This journey features stops along the Main River and Main-Danube Canal including a guided hike through a picturesque Bavarian village, spending time in Würzburg with its towering fortress and Baroque Bishop’s residence, enjoying Bavarian wines in Itzingen, partaking in an onboard beer tasting near Volkach, and taking in the sites of Bamberg, a Bavarian oasis built on seven hills. The cruise concludes in Nuremberg.
Prices start at AU$3,003 per person twin share.
The four-day A Taste of the Danube has become a very popular itinerary for first-time river cruisers and time-starved travellers alike, with time spent in Budapest, Bratislava, Melk and Dürnstein. The cruise ends in Vienna.
Prices start from AU$1,598 per person twin share.
For travellers who are just testing the river-cruise waters but want to add time on land in popular European destinations, Avalon Waterways is introducing three Your Way options for 2020: an Avalon Waterways land extension, a Monograms independent vacation package or a Globus escorted touring holiday.
“With our new Your Way program, we’re making it easier for travellers to extend their river cruise holiday with land itineraries that are perfectly suited to their preferences and budget,” said Gai Tyrell, Managing Director Australasia, Globus family of brands. “In addition, with our exclusive onboard Avalon Choice menu on each and every river cruise itinerary, our guests have their pick of the widest array of included excursions, from classic sightseeing to immersive discoveries and active adventures.”
All cruise itineraries – short and long – sail on Avalon Waterways’ signature Suite Ships, which provide guests two full decks of 200-square-foot, one-of-a-kind Panorama Suites featuring the industry’s only Open-Air Balconies and beds facing the views for which river cruising is famous.