Special Interest River Cruises through Europe

Special Interest River Cruises through Europe

Pack Your Passions

When packing your polos and pashminas, there’s no reason to leave your passions and pursuits behind. Whether you’re an aspiring or accomplished gardener or photographer, we have your special interests in mind with opportunities to improve your green thumb or your shutterbug skills. 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. Our Special Interest Cruises unite you with your pastimes—and other like-minded enthusiasts - both on board and on shore.


Active & Discovery River Cruises

Waking to the widest opening windows - and the industry’s only Open-Air Balcony - is just the beginning of the Avalon difference. Beyond the wide-open views is an even wider range of ways to seize the day. Perhaps you’d like to join a walking tour through town to an ancient castle. Maybe you’d like to learn a few local phrases along the way. Or perhaps pedaling your way through the local sites is more your speed. Avalon Choice® offers a choice of daily included excursions - Classic, Discovery, and Active. Choose from a variety of inclusions to match your mood, pace, and interests each day, all while experiencing the sights, sounds and flavors of the destination, your way.

Grander views. Greater options. Deeper discoveries. See more of the world – the way you want to see it – with Avalon Waterways.

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Photography River Cruises

Photography enthusiasts and aspiring shutterbugs are in for the assignment of a lifetime on a Danube River cruise through the Balkans. Begin in the "Pearl of the Danube" in Budapest, and cruise through beautiful landscapes to photograph the picturesque architecture, archaeology, and dramatic natural beauty of the Balkan states. You'll cruise in the company of seasoned photographers from international backgrounds.

Photography River Cruises

Wine Appreciation River Cruises

Cruise with a distinguished Master of Wine on this wine-lover’s cruise. Onboard tastings and regional excursions to the legendary cellars of Europe, as well as instruction in food-and-wine pairing, will give you a new appreciation for the fruit of the vine. Discover the vineyards of France, and sail along the Danube for varietals you’ll remember for ages to come.

Wine River Cruises

Culinary River Cruises

What gastronomical delights come to mind when you think of Burgundy and Provence? The rich landscapes of France are synonymous with sumptuous food and wine. Join Avalon for a culinary adventure where food is an artform in haute cuisine and traditional simple favorites in the birthplace of crêpes and Chardonnay. Bon Appétit!

Culinary River Cruises

Beer River Cruises

Lifting a stein tends to lift the spirits, or so say those who have been fortunate enough to raise a toast in a biergarten in Europe. Cruise with a certified beer expert and discover regional beers, visit historic breweries, attend special beer tastings, and learn about European brewing techniques with fascinating lectures and workshops. Prost!

Beer River Cruises

History River Cruises

If only history class were like this. Cruise through Europe’s legendary destinations in the company of a history expert on board. Walk in the footsteps of heroes and royalty where freedom was gained and dynasties reigned. From the hallowed beaches of Normandy to the decadent halls of European empires, you’ll discover the triumphs and tragedies of history.

History River Cruises

Jewish Heritage River Cruises

Explore sites important to Jewish history while cruising on the Danube or Rhine Rivers. Travel in the company of a renowned expert for insight into the places and events that shaped history. NOTE: Kosher foods not available.

Jewish Heritage River Cruises

Christmastime River Cruises

Experience the holiday season the European way! Enjoy the jolly atmosphere on your festively decorated ship as you delight in the sights, smells, and tastes of local traditions. Visit Christmas markets in several ports of call where winter wonderlands of ages past come to life.

Festive Time River Cruises

Diana Gabaldon River Cruise

Join your exclusive host and author of the No. 1 New York Times-bestselling OUTLANDER series, Diana Gabaldon, for a week on the Rhine River. With 35 million copies in print in 43 countries and 39 languages, Ms. Gabaldon's OUTLANDER series has added to the storytelling tapestry of our lives while also inspiring travel with her literature. Her award-winning series on STARZ has brought to life the backdrops of Scotland, North America, France, Germany as well as dozens of destinations across the globe. Join us on this special river cruise with Diana Gabaldon, an inspiring storyteller sharing an inspired cruise–and daily excursions–with an intimate group of her fans.

Rhine & Rhone Revealed with Diana Gabaldon

Garden & Nature River Cruises

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet...until you’ve seen the flower fields and gardens of Europe—from Holland’s Keukenhof Gardens to Amsterdam's flower auction, to the tulip fields that seem to go on forever. An Avalon garden and nature cruise reveals the most beautiful gardens and parks throughout Holland and Belgium—famous for their inspirational horticultural art.

Garden & Nature River Cruises

Jann Arden River Cruise

Cruise through Europe in the company of award-winning Canadian entertainer, Jann Arden! You will enjoy a separate photo op with Jann, a CD-signing session, and a private concert on board. As godmother of an Avalon ship and a fan of river cruising, Jann looks forward to being a part of this very special sailing, available to only 160 lucky passengers!

Jann Arden River Cruise