Special Interest River Cruises through Europe


When packing your polos and pashminas, there's no reason to leave your passions and pursuits behind. Your eye for impressionist brushstrokes - bring it along. Your appreciation for a well-crafted Pilsner - no need to leave it behind. Your insatiable appetite for the world's most fascinating chapters of history - you can pack that too. From food and wine to art, history, and music, our Special Interest Cruises unite you with your pastimes-and other like-minded enthusiasts - both on the ship and off.

Active Discovery River Cruises

Everyone travels to see new things, but many travel to do new things as well. With the introduction of our new Active Discovery cruises on the Danube and Rhine, there is something for travellers with varying interests and for all fitness levels. You can now hike, bike, and explore your way through the scenic and historic wonders of the world. On these interactive and energetic cruises, we give you opportunities to spend time with locals and learn about local traditions and the culture with hands-on activities and we pack in real get-up-and-go for those who like to do the same.

Of course Avalon travellers have the opportunity to get their hearts pumping on every cruise. We've equipped all of our ships with bicycles for those who wish to pedal their way through the villages and vineyards of Europe. Travellers can opt for guided bicycle excursions or set their own pace along the banks of legendary rivers, through aromatic orchards, and down vibrant city streets.

Wine Appreciation River Cruises

Your palate will applaud as you learn what to look for in a good wine. A distinguished wine authority will teach you the ropes as you visit a wine village and attend tastings to test your newfound talent.

Culinary River Cruises

Enter a food-lover's paradise in northern France. At a special dinner, a local chef will dazzle you with regional specialties and food preparation tips. If you participate in our "Taste of Normandy" excursion, there'll be cider and wine tastings, a visit to a distillery, and you'll even come away with easy-tomake recipes. Bon Appétit!

Beer River Cruises

A visit to Europe is even better when it includes a discovery of their famous beers, and these special Avalon departures deliver just that! Activities may include onboard tastings, visits to historic breweries, and fascinating lectures on board about a range of topics including European beer-brewing techniques.Prost!

Music & Jazz River Cruises

Let the music move you on Avalon's special music and jazz departures. Our Music cruises includes excursions to a classical concert in Vienna, a visit to Mozart's Salzburg birthplace, and the countryside where "the hills are alive with the sound of music." You will also have free time in Vienne, France, during its world-renowned Jazz Festival.

Art & Impressionist River Cruises

Experience scenic northern France with a focus on art! Attend an illuminating art lecture by a subject expert on board your Avalon ship. On shore, explore art museums, and visit the places and sites that inspired some of the world's most famous artists, such as Auvers-sur-Oise, Rouen, Giverny, and, of course, Paris - the inimitable "City of Light."

History River Cruises

Take a river cruise through history! These fascinating European history and politics river cruises will give you an even richer experience as you learn the stories behind some of Europe's most historical sites. Cruises include WWII cruises, Politics cruises, Jewish Heritage cruises & Hapsburg cruises.

Jewish Heritage River Cruise

Step back into Jewish history on this adventure through Central Europe. Aboard your ship, a renowned expert conducts informative lectures about the sites and events that played roles in Jewish heritage. In Budapest, visit the world's second-largest synagogue. Explore the Document Neupfarrplatz museum in Regensburg with its remains of a medieval Jewish ghetto and ancient synagogue. In Prague, see the city's Jewish Museum and cemetery, then travel to Terezin, one of Czechoslovakia's largest concentration camps. Hear chilling stories about the daily lives of the Jews imprisoned there, and visit the poignant memorial.

Christmastime River Cruises

Experience the holiday season the Central European way on this festive Christmas-themed departure. Delight in the sights, smells, and tastes of local Christmas markets, where you're sure to find the perfect traditionally handcrafted souvenirs. Also enjoy Christmas carols, sung by an area chorus; attend onboard lectures to learn about Christmas and New Year's traditions in Europe; and savor a very merry Christmas holiday lunch and dinner.

Golf River Cruises

Get teed up for an amazing Avalon Golf Cruise! You'll enjoy golf outings as a local golf enthusiast arranges tee times on select courses. Non-golfers can enjoy the regular program as per our brochure text.

Author River Cruise

Author of the No. 1 New York Times-bestselling "Outlander" novels and godmother to the Avalon Tapestry II, Diana Gabaldon is exclusively hosting the June 5th departure of The Legendary Danube cruise. Diana Gabaldon has added to the storytelling tapestry of our lives while also inspiring travel with her literature. In her "Outlander" books - now an award-winning television series - she has brought to life the backdrops of Scotland, as well as dozens of other destinations across the globe. This inspiring author will share a unique cruise with an intimate group of her fans.

Garden & Nature River Cruises

If you are passionate about gardening, you cannot miss discovering the most beautiful gardens and parks in this region, famous throughout Europe for inspirational horticultural art!

Journeys Club River Cruise

Join Avalon Waterways' leadership team and fellow cruisers and fans of the cruise line on an incredible cruise which not only brings you the historic sights and bright lights of France and Normandy, but also exclusive highlights. Visit Le Havre or Honfleur, the Palace of Versailles, and the Louvre Museum or Montmartre. You may choose to hike in a regional park; attend a painting class and enjoy a special gala dinner. And on your last evening, ascend the Eiffel Tower for a birds-eye view of Paris! And if you really want to make your vacation memorable, we offer an exciting extension to Mt. St. Michel and the Loire.