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Oh the Places You will Go with Avalon Waterways

Relaxed luxury means having the freedom to do it your way. You’ve earned your time to breathe. From the moment you step aboard Avalon, they bring the world less seen, whether you’re stepping out or staying in. They know that ideas of your perfect trip can be vastly different. Whether you’re inspired by the buzz of a city or the purity of nature, their Special Interest Cruises unite you with your pastimes—and other like-minded enthusiasts—both on board and on shore.

2023 Escorted Avalon River Cruise + Prague

Join us for this 18 night small group tour departing from Prague 8th July 2023 before travelling by rail to join the Avalon Magnificent Europe River Cruise from Budapest, via Austria and Germany to finish in Amsterdam.

See our Escorted Tour section for more information. 

Register your interest for this amazing tour:  hello@shoretravel.co.nz


Magnificent Europe River Cruise

Budapest to Amsterdam from $7,948*pp (share twin, cat-E) - based on 29Jun22 departure *Saving $3,400pp

From Budapest to Amsterdam, and in many exciting stops along the way, you’ll be immersed in the culture of Central Europe in a unique way on this timeless European river cruise holiday. You’ll begin by visiting three of Europe’s vibrant capital cities: Budapest (Hungary), Bratislava (Slovakia), and Vienna (Austria). A Local Guide will show you the must-see sites in each city and you’ll have plenty of time to explore on your own. See the famous Heroes’ Square in Budapest, stroll through Bratislava’s Old Town with its winding streets and bronze sculptures, and stop in a classic Viennese café for a decadent treat. Sail through the picturesque views of the Wachau Valley and the dramatic Rhine Gorge. Visit Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey and Würzburg’s baroque Bishop’s Residenz. Enjoy a tasting of wonderful local Wachau wines.

Explore quaint towns like Dürnstein with its blue and white baroque Stiftskirche; Passau, known for its narrow cobblestone streets and the stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral; and Bamberg, with its town hall straddling the River Regnitz. Enjoy guided tours in historic Nuremberg, Volkach, Würzburg, and Regensburg—one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities. In the charming Rhine Valley town of Rüdesheim, enjoy a stroll through its famous cobblestone Drosselgasse lined with shops, restaurants, and lively taverns. Straddling both sides of the Rhine River is Cologne, Germany—a 2,000-year-old city known for its Gothic architecture. Here, enjoy a guided walk and see its famous twin-spired cathedral.

This European river cruise would not be complete without a visit to Holland’s lively capital of Amsterdam. See the treasures of this 700-year-old city from a unique perspective—on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten.


Avalon Cruise Features

Rooms with a View:  The window of opportunity to see and experience the world just got a whole lot wider with the exclusive Panoramic Suites. Avalon beds actually face the view with the widest-opening, wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows in river cruising. Think of it as a room with a view!

Relaxed Luxury:  Delight in the difference and comfort. Leaving the rules behind, but not the luxury. From free time to optional excursions, enjoy your cruise at your pace, your way.

Taste the World:  Great food feeds your soul, fuels your passion, and shapes your memories. Taste decadent local delicacies, fresh regional wine and produce. On an Avalon cruise, dining is part of the journey.

Unpack Once:  We've mastered the art of blending luxury with comfort. Unpack once and its smooth sailing as we share our welcoming spirit throughout the ship.


Christmas River Cruises

Christmastime on the Danube - 7 days from Vienna to Nuremberg

Price from $3,507pp (twin share), Based on 14 December 2022 departure, in a CAT-E cabin

2022 itinerary:  This Christmastime river cruise begins in Austria’s magical capital of Vienna, home to the sounds of Mozart, Strauss, and the Vienna Boys’ Choir. See the famous sights with a Local Guide and enjoy at our through the Christmas markets to get a taste of all the best flavours Austria offers during this time of year.

Cruise through the wintery landscape of the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk. Here, you’ll tour the magnificent 11th century Benedictine Abbey—one of Europe’s largest monasteries—where monks still stroll amidst the sacred walls. Arrive in Passau, Germany, and visit the city’s charming Christmas market set against the breath-taking backdrop of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of baroque architecture.

In Regensburg, after a guided tour of the city, savour traditional sausages at Historiche Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany’s oldest restaurants. Learn about Christmas traditions as you cruise to Nuremberg, the thousand-year-old city with its medieval fortifications and gothic churches. The Old Town is illuminated with festive lights and decorations, and the Christmas market has dozens of stalls offering traditional wares, such as Lebkuchen (spicy gingerbread), Glühwein (mulled wine), and unique decorations and ornaments.

A unique holiday river cruise holiday which offers the chance to savour the views, smells, and tastes of centuries-old Christmas markets and explore historical medieval sites...a fantastic way to celebrate the holiday season!


Classic Christmas Markets

8 days from Nuremberg to Frankfurt

A journey that will make you believe in holiday magic all over again.

Once upon a time, people gathered on cobblestone squares to buy the special tools and ingredients they needed to make the treats of the season. They kept warm with hot spiced wine, music and games while they shopped and chatted with the local tradesmen. Those were the first Christmas markets, 500 years ago. Today, though the light comes from twinkling electric bulbs rather than torches, bonhomie and fun still prevail.

Discover villages with fairytale houses and a friendly, festive atmosphere. Share traditional holiday goodies with the people who made them. Watch as modern children abandon their usual electronics and discover the enchantment of hand-carved wooden toys, as scents of cinnamon and roasting nuts fill the air. Sail through Christmas country, trying Frankfurt’s famous apple cider and Nuremberg’s gingerbread. Throughout, cozy up to steaming mugs of glühwein (warm spiced wine) and do as the locals do by collecting different mugs from each stall and town you visit. Embrace the holiday spirit in Germany, the land where many Christmas traditions began, and find the magic of the season in the smiles that you meet along the way.

Who will enjoy this cruise

Those wanting to experience the quintessential magic of the holidays while shopping for one-of-a-kind treasures and discovering the legends behind some of our most popular holiday traditions.


Avalon Waterways 2023 Deals:

Europe Offer – save up to $7,500 per couple, on select Europe Cruises.  

Europe & Asia Offer – no single supplement, on select Europe and Asia Cruises. 

Asia & South America Offer – save up to $3,200 per couple, on select Mekong, Amazon & Galapagos Islands Cruises. 

Book by 28 March 2022 for these great deals.


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