From food and wine to culture, music, and beyond, Avalon special interest cruises feature expert onboard presentations to enhance your subject knowledge as you mingle with others who share your passion. Avalon's limited-edition special interest departures afford you these unique travel opportunities-and it's all at no additional cost!
Active Discovery on the Danube River Cruises
Ready for a river cruise with real get-up-and-go? Introducing Active Discovery on the Danube, an exciting new river cruise that helps you experience Europe in the most engaged, action-packed, and fun ways imaginable. Bike, hike, and canoe along the Danube. Learn how to milk cows and mow grass with a scythe. Explore an ice cave, take an archery lesson, descend into an underground salt mine...or ascend a mountain during a guided climb. Play nine holes of golf, learn some of the local language—and how to prepare regional delicacies at a hands-on cooking class. In every port of call, connect with the locals...and choose the interactive excursions and activities that appeal to you most.
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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!
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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.
Festive Time River Cruises
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!
2017 Culinary River Cruises
World War 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.
2017 WWII History River Cruises
Jewish Heritage European River Cruises
Discover Europe's monuments, museums, and traditions significant to Jewish history on this special Avalon cruise departure. In Budapest, visit Europe's largest synagogue, its Jewish Museum, and hear about the tree of life; enjoy a walking tour of Jewish Vienna; visit Prague's Josefov (Jewish Quarter), Jewish Museum and Cemetery, and synagogues; and in Regensburg, visit the remains of ancient synagogues beneath Neupfarrplatz (if available). Explore the WWII Jewish ghetto of Terezin, where tens of thousands of innocent people died during the Nazi occupation, and choose between Nuremberg city sightseeing and a Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour.
2017 Jewish Heritage European River Cruises
Music River Cruises
Let the music move you on Avalon's special music and jazz departures. Our Music Cruise 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.” And on our Jazz cruise, you will be joined on board by a jazz expert, who will provide entertainment and conduct an enriching lecture about jazz. You will also have free time in Vienne, France, during its world-renowned Jazz Festival.
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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.
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