Indulge your passions at no additional cost with Avalon Waterways' exclusive and diverse selection of themed cruises. Enjoy a luxury river cruise holiday to some of Europe's best destinations. Whatever you desire from special interest cruises, from wine tasting holidays to luxury golf cruises; we’re sure to have something to suit you. Our specially packaged, limited-edition themed cruises are the perfect way of capturing the true essence and culture of a European destination. Enhance your knowledge and experience with experts who provide on board presentations and lectures. Our special interest cruises offer you the chance to travel in luxury, whilst also enjoying unique travel opportunities to share your interests and hobbies with like-minded passengers.
Wine Appreciation River Cruises
Expand your wine appreciation skills on our Wine Theme River Cruises, where an acknowleged wine expert explains how the various and distinct grape varieties are cultivated. Learn how to determine the best wines from the regions you cruise through, taste samples on board, enjoy a gala wine and food pairing dinner, and join an included visit to a local vineyard for wine tasting to test your new-found knowledge.
Beer Tasting Theme River Cruises
A visit to Austria and Germany is even better when it includes a discovery of their famous beers, and this special departure delivers just that with onboard tastings, visits to a number of historic breweries and dedicated onboard lectures about European beer-brewing techniques.
Culinary Theme River Cruises
Expand your culinary appreciation skills on our Culinary Theme River Cruises, where acknowleged chefs and food critics give advice and teach how to determine the best ingredients, dishes and accompaniments from the regions you cruise through, taste samples on board to test your new-found knowledge.
Jazz Theme River Cruises
Jazz enthusiasts will love our Jazz Theme River Cruises that take in the exciting atmosphere and a performance at the Jazz Festival in Vienne, an annual event on the world jazz scene. Joining you on board your Avalon ship, will be a jazz expert to provide regular entertainment and give fascinating lectures on the history of jazz in France. On shore there's a visit to a local club for a concert and plenty of time to explore the jazz scene at leisure in the various ports of call.
Music Theme River Cruises
Let Avalon Waterways waltz you to a symphony of destinations. Classical music lovers will enjoy our Music Theme River Cruises, on which local experts provide insights into European music. Shore excursions on the way take in a Strauss concert in beautiful Vienna, an organ recital in Melk, and explore Mozart’s hometown of Salzburg, where 'the hills are alive with the sound of music!'.
Art & Impressionist Theme River Cruises
Appreciate art as never before on this special art-focused cruise. In Paris, a local expert guides you through Musée d’Orsay to see its incredible collection of masterpieces. Marvel at Rouen’s lovely cathedral and perhaps visit another of Monet's inspirations at the gardens at Giverny. Also admire works by artists at Montmartre’s Place du Terte, and attend special on board art lectures from a local art expert.
WWII History Theme River Cruises - NEW
Revisit the dramatic history of WWII on our dedicated History River Cruises through France. An expert will cruise with you, explaining the stories behind famous sites. In northern France, visit the poignant Normandy landing beaches, where on 6 June 1944, Allied forces launched the largest amphibious landing in history. Also visit Les Invalides in Paris and its Museum of the Order of the Liberation to see exhibits showcasing military uniforms and weapons. In Rouen, a walking tour focuses on the French Resistance, including what daily life was like during the German occupation.
Christmas Market & Festive Cruises
There's no more evocative way to experience the festive season than by a cruise that takes you to the heart of Europe's Christmastime markets. Delight in the sights, scents and sounds of delicious Christmas treats, observe the local traditions and customs typical of Germany, Austria and Alsace. All the while enjoying the fun atmosphere on board your Avalon ship, decked out splendidly for the season.