Showcasing the most modern river cruise fleet in Europe, Avalon Waterways offers a truly exceptional cruising experience. Sailing to the most popular destinations right across Europe, Avalon navigates the Moselle, Rhine, Danube, Rhone and Seine Rivers. From the stunning waterways of Amsterdam to the dazzling lights of Paris, a river cruise could have you ticking treasured destinations off your bucket list. Span cities or even countries, all while only having to unpack once.
The 2016 season for Avalon will see two new cruises travelling on the rivers and canals of Belgium. Sailing into Belgium on the Meuse River, your cruise could take you as far as the picturesque city of Namur in the French-speaking region of Wallonia. Explore the town’s medieval squares and see the striking Namur Fortress, one of Europe’s largest.
You could also explore the highlights of Antwerp, Belgium’s second-largest city. Discover fascinating architecture and historic monuments with a local tour. Visit the Grote Markt and the stunning City Hall and browse the priceless artefacts on display in the city’s many museums. Another popular stop is Ghent in north-western Belgium. This university town is famed for its medieval landmarks including the impressive 12th century Gravensteen Castle.
The new cruises join a bounty of favourites, such as the Magnificent Europe itinerary that takes in the sights and sounds of Budapest and Amsterdam. Explore Austria’s magical capital, Vienna and Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. The equally popular Romantic Rhine cruise includes guided sightseeing in Cologne, Koblenz and Strasbourg. Enjoy excursions to Germany’s Black Forest and the university town, Heidelberg.
The new Essential Holland and Belgium cruise will sail 8 days between Amsterdam and Brussels, using Avalon vessels - Passion, Impression, Luminary and Artistry II. The Enchanting Belgium cruise will operate for 9 days and also visit Namur, on ships Artistry II and Luminary.
With Avalon, you can discover the best of Europe in luxury and style, with excellent onboard facilities at your fingertips. Appreciate deluxe hotel-style amenities in your spacious stateroom or suite, from Egyptian linens to complimentary Wi-Fi. Enhanced noise insulation also ensures a peaceful stay. Your private bathroom will also feature a full shower, marble countertops and floor-to-ceiling granite tiles.
You can also enjoy more space with Avalon’s luxury Panorama Suites available on their fleet of Suite Ships. The generously-sized Panorama Suites are 200 square feet, making them 30 per cent larger than the industry standard. These suites feature an innovative open-air balcony, designed to bring the outside in, without sacrificing precious cabin space. With the bed arranged to face the floor-to-ceiling balcony window, you can admire the passing scenery at all hours.
Onboard dining will be a delight with sumptuous locally inspired cuisine prepared around the clock by talented chefs onboard. Sip sparkling wine in the evening and relax after a day of sightseeing. You could also cosy up with a favourite book in a cosy corner of the Panorama Lounge or burn a few extra calories at the state-of-the-art fitness centre.
A dedicated tour director and certified local guide will also make your land excursions that much more memorable. With guided sightseeing in every port and VIP access into key destinations, your river cruise journey with Avalon Waterways will be truly unforgettable.