by Amy Mutscher

Select Your River Cruise Excursions

A big part of the joy of river cruising is choosing the tours, activities and adventures that will fill your days. You can choose to step outside of your comfort zone and learn a new skill and take a tour you wouldn’t have ordinarily selected. Or indulge in the familiar with a touch of novelty, like a cooking class. Charting new territory with your partner or family is compelling and exciting! Find out more about how to choose the ideal excursions for your next river cruise.



The good news is that there’s an excursion type, style and configuration as individual as you are. The challenge is narrowing down your list of selections and booking just one for your time in port. To avoid that uncomfortable feeling of FOMO (fear of missing out) ask for advice from a knowledgeable expert. Not only have travel agents been to many of the ports, but they also receive post-trip reports from their clients that describe tips and feedback about popular excursions. 

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The main types of shore excursions on an Avalon river cruise are classified as: Classic, Discovery and Active. A Classic example is taking a guided tour of iconic sites, museums or monuments that are on your bucket list and probably the main reason you booked a certain itinerary. Expert local guides who are full of insider information, fascinating stories and informative histories can take you into the heart of the action as well as behind the scenes. A typical Discovery tour will give you a taste of regional culture and a chance to join the fun. Hear a choral performance, produce your own pasta or sketch a Van Gogh in the presence of the original. Active daytrips can be as easy or difficult as you choose. Choose from a hiking tour in Val D'Enfer, a biking tour around Vienna, or canoeing the Danube. Whether you want an action-packed schedule, interactive discoveries, or traditional sightseeing, you can tailor a vacation to your fitness level, interests and desires.

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Cruise with Peace of Mind


The Avalon Waterways Cruising with Confidence policy invites cruisers to greet the globe supported by health protocols and cleaning measures on all tours. Health and safety procedures for guests, employees and partners, remains top priority at all stages of the journey. All Avalon on-board team members are fully vaccinated and participate in daily temperature checks along with regular screenings to ensure a healthy crew.

 With an average of fewer than 150 guests per spacious ship and full confidence in Avalon’s commitment to health and safety, you can savor the gourmet cuisine, fascinating places, engaging people and intriguing customs at every port. The Avalon Peace of Mind Travel Plan provides risk-free, hassle-free and strings-free bookings on all 2022 travel dates.

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