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Cheers to beer cruises and $1000 savings!


Avalon Waterways launch new destinations, new themed cruises and some very enticing early bird specials.

Avalon Waterways launched their 2014 line-up, including new beer cruises at the Bavarian Bier Cafe Avalon Waterways launched their 2014 line-up, including new beer cruises at the Bavarian Bier Cafe

In the world of fine dining, beer is the new wine. The craft beer industry in Australia has enjoyed 15 per cent growth in the past year, with more and more gourmet-dining establishments offering beer tastings and degustations.

It was only a matter of time really, before some clever travel company introduced beer tasting tours of the two countries where beer has always been taken seriously: Austria and Germany.

That clever company is Avalon Waterways, who launched their 2014 brochure last night, appropriately, at the Bavarian Bier Café.

Their new beer tasting cruise includes onboard beer tastings with a beer professor, visits to historic breweries and lectures on brewing techniques.

The Traveltalk team had a sneak preview at the launch where we learned about the history of brewing, the difference between pilsner and ale and how not to be afraid of the dark (beer).

Avalon’s themed river cruise line-up now also includes golf cruises, WW1 history cruises and a wellness cruises which include yoga classes and healthy dining options.

The river cruise company also announced their first itineraries on the mighty Amazon next year, introducing an 11-day Peruvian adventure onboard the new Amazon explorer: Aria.

The 16-suite ship is Traveltalk editor Jon Underwood with Avalon Waterways' Christian Schweitzer and Stewart Williams. Traveltalk editor Jon Underwood with Avalon Waterways' Christian Schweitzer and Stewart Williams. designed for cruising South America’s great river in style, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, an outdoor Jacuzzi, indoor and outdoor lounges, a bar, elegant dining room and an open-air sun deck.

Avalon’s new early bird specials offer a choice of four different deals:

  • Save $1000* per couple on the inaugural sailings of Avalon’s newest Suite Ships, Poetry II, Illumination and Impression. On sale to June 30, 2013 or until sold out. The eight-day Tulip Time Cruise aboard Avalon Poetry II departing Amsterdam on March 23, 2014, is now priced from $2552* per person twin share.
  • Save $1000* per couple on select departures of more than a dozen different European itineraries.  On sale to June 30, 2013, or until sold out. The eight-day Romantic Rhine cruise between Basel and Amsterdam is now priced from $1826* per person twin share.
  • Save $500* per couple on all other European cruises.  On sale to September 30, 2013, or until sold out.  The 15-day Magnificent Europe cruise between Amsterdam and Budapest is now priced from $4249* per person twin share.
  • Save $300* per couple on any Nile, Yangtze, Mekong, Mississippi, Galápagos or Amazon cruise.  On sale to September 30, 2013, or until sold out.  The 11-night Inca Empire to the Peruvian Amazon is now priced from $6099* per person twin share.

Further savings are available for early payments, additional tours and Journey’s Club members.

For full details visit www.avalonwaterways.com.au or phone 1300 230 234.

*Prices and special offers subject to availability and conditions.


Written by: Deborah Dickson-Smith
Published: 10 April 2013


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