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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Oberammergau River Cruises

An opportunity that arises once every ten years is an opportunity not to be missed. A theatrical tradition since 1634, the world-famous Oberammergau Passion Play is a much-anticipated reenactment of the crucifixion of Christ – from His entry into Jerusalem to the Resurrection – performed only once a decade in the quaint Bavarian village of Oberammergau.

Our river cruise has been uniquely designed to include the Passion Play experience, as well as the service and views that you have come to expect from Avalon Waterways. On these special vacations, guests enjoy preferred seating at the Passion Play, accommodations in Oberammergau and a dedicated onsite office to help guests make the most of their stay in this charming city.

Oberammergau River Cruises

Photography River Cruises

What better place than France to capture the light, landscapes, and legendary inspiration? Join us for a Seine River cruise designed for photography enthusiasts and aspiring shutterbugs alike. You’ll cruise with seasoned photographers of international backgrounds to inspire and instruct you - no matter your photography skill level. Cruise through the perfect backdrops for your subject matter - the beauty and scenes of France. Enjoy a photo contest for feedback by expert photographers and share the fun with like-minded traveling companions with a passion for capturing the perfect shot.

Photography River Cruises

Wine Appreciation River Cruises

Your palate will applaud as you learn what to look for in a good wine. A distinguished Master of Wine will teach you the ropes at onboard tastings that may include wine & cheese and wine & chocolate, and at a special onboard food-and-wine-pairing dinner. Along your river cruise, you can test your newly developed sommelier talents as you visit wine villages, wineries, and famed wine cellars for tours and tastings in a very special atmosphere.

Wine 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!

Culinary River Cruises

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!

Beer River Cruises

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.

History River Cruises

Jewish Heritage River Cruises

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.

Jewish Heritage River Cruises

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

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

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!

Garden & Nature River Cruises