Music River Cruises
Let Avalon transport you to a symphony of destinations! On your music-themed departure, local experts will provide fascinating insights into European music, and a piano recital and performance by a local band will entertain you on board. Visit a violin maker in Regensburg to see how violins are made, stroll through Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum in Rüdesheim, and enjoy an organ recital in Melk Abbey. Other features include a Royal Waltz concert in Vienna, an excursion to Salzburg with music and lunch—and maybe even a special concert in Rossatz, and visit and a short concert at Budapest’s Opera House. This is a music lover’s perfect getaway!
Music Special Interest River Cruises
Magnificent Europe River Cruises
15 days from Amsterdam to Budapest
See the highlights of Central Europe on this enchanting river cruise between Amsterdam and Budapest. Guided sightseeing in each city shows you the highlights, with a cruise through the scenic canals of Amsterdam and through the dramatic Rhine Gorge past the legendary Lorelei rock. Spend time in magnificent Cologne, the charming wine village of Rüdesheim, medieval Bamberg, historical Nuremberg, and magical Vienna. Attend a baking demonstration of a traditional cookie in Miltenberg and a beer tasting in Regensburg. Also enjoy inside visits of Würzburg's Bishop's Residenz, the phenomenal Benedictine Abbey in Melk, and St. Martin's Cathedral in Bratislava. While on board, be sure to have your camera ready to capture the scenic beauty, quaint towns, fascinating architecture, and historic buildings dotting the landscape as you sail along.
New! Opera Cruise
Your spirit will soar to a crescendo as you cruise along the breathtaking Danube accompanied by some of the world’s most beloved opera music. This exclusive cruise features professional Canadian opera singers, who will perform on board a selection of works by renowned composers like Puccini, Verdi, Cavallo, Donizetti, Mascagni, Rossini, Mozart, and Wagner. The perfect marriage of scenery, sights, and music, this unforgettable experience will have you shouting, “Encore! Encore!”
Blue Danube Discovery River Cruise
13 days from Budapest to Prague
The delightful Danube sets the stage for this incredible journey as you sail through beautiful scenery and quaint towns. Begin in Budapest, Hungary, with two overnights and guided sightseeing. In your free time enjoy Hungarian cuisine, explore its famous produce market—Central Market Hall, wander around the former royal palace grounds, explore its famous churches, or visit one of the many museums. Then, board your river cruise vessel and sail westward, with guided sightseeing in magical Vienna, Passau, medieval Regensburg and Nuremberg. Also take a guided walk in the charming town of Dürnstein and see the baroque Stiftskirche, and visit the awe-inspiring Benedictine Abbey in Melk. Enjoy wine tasting in Melk and beer tasting in fascinating Regensburg. Disembark your ship and travel to the “Golden City” of Prague for a final three overnights, guided sightseeing, and plenty of free time to discover the Hradcany Castle grounds, wander through Prague’s Jewish Quarter, shop for hand-cut crystal, savor authentic Czech dumplings, stand in the square where protestors demonstrated against Communism, or visit one of the many churches. All of this and more await you on this marvelous vacation!