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Six ways to cruise six days or less

Taster itineraries from Avalon Waterways cater to a new wave of cruisers

Avalon Waterways is the only river cruise company offering travellers the opportunity to get a taste of river cruising, with a selection of four, five, and six-day “Taster” itineraries available to book for 2021, starting from AU$1,340*.


Cologne by night


“On a river cruise, travellers are not at sea. Instead, river cruises wind and bend through the heart of fascinating countries, providing panoramic views of the Old World,” said Pam Hoffee, managing director of Avalon Waterways.


“In 2021, Avalon Waterways is the only company offering travellers the chance to test river cruise waters with six ways to cruise six days or less.


“On these unique itineraries, travellers will see and explore clifftop castles, hillside vineyards, ancient villages and capital cities along the world’s most popular rivers, the Danube and Rhine.”


Avalon Waterways’ four-day A Taste of the Danube itinerary visits three capitals and three countries in just three nights, giving first-time river cruisers an incredible opportunity to sample river cruising and several Blue Danube delights without breaking the bank.


The company’s six-day Danube Symphony holiday sails down the most beautiful stretch of the Danube River, including the Wachau Valley (a world heritage site) with its vineyard-clad hillsides and picturesque villages. 


A Taste of the Rhine is a five-day cruise featuring immersive opportunities to explore must-see sites along the Rhine River including: 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.


Durstein, Wachau Valley


Formerly featured during the Christmas season only, the six-day Heart of Germany itinerary 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.


Two additional “taster” itineraries are “Christmas Cruises”, including  five-day Christmas time in Alsace & Germany and six-day Festive Season in the Heart of Germany.


For those travellers who want more time on land in popular European destinations, before or after their cruise,  Avalon Waterways’ Your Way options make it possible for guests to add: 1) An Avalon Waterways land extension; 2) A Monograms independent holiday package; or 3) A Globus escorted touring holiday for the perfect getaway.


“With our 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 Ms Hoffee.


“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 incredible views for which river cruising is famous.


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Published: 10 May 2020

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