First, there are all the benefits of a traditional cruise. You’ll unpack only once and enjoy a moving home base from which to explore. Unlike your DIY vacation, you won’t spend precious travel time shuttling from one stop to the next. Who wants to waste time sitting in a bus or train when you could be savoring an elegant four-course dinner overlooking the sea? Second, river cruises are perfect for those who want to explore off the beaten path because they dock in smaller ports that cannot be reached by larger ships. Lastly, these itineraries were made for people like you — with no lines, no crowds and no cookie-cutter excursions. You’ll explore your way.
2. You’ll explore at your own pace.
At each port, you’ll have the option to choose the excursion that fits your vibe. Fancy something active? You might find yourself on a scenic hike in Danube-Ipoly National Park, biking around the famous sites of Vienna or on a canoe trip in Krems. Or perhaps you’ll opt for something more cultural, like a painting class and tour of the Habsburg private art collection, tasting locally produced cheese and beer at an ancient abbey or joining Kinga Tittel, renowned author of “Fabulous Budapest,” for a once-in-a-lifetime guided tour.
3. You’ll gain experiences you wouldn’t get traveling on your own.
This is a different kind of cruise vacation filled with action-packed experiences and interactive discoveries, where you’ll climb, pedal, paint and paddle your way through Europe’s most charming port cities. Where else would you have the opportunity to conduct an orchestra and compose your own waltz, dress up in real Roman attire for a reenactment of the Roman Games or explore an extinct volcano and coal mine? From ice caves to archery lessons and castles to culinary tours, Active & Discovery by Avalon is an exciting type of cruise to experience the old world in a fresh, new way.
Even better? Avalon boasts the widest views of any river cruise ship with wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows and open-air balconies so you can soak up all the incredible views along the way. You can thank us later.
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