Themed River Cruises

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 Theme 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.

Patricia Schultz Author Theme River Cruises

‪As godmother to Avalon Expression, author Patricia Schultz has a special affinity with Avalon and our brand new Suite Ships, so who better to accompany you on this unique, ‪one-of-a-kind Author theme river cruise‬ than Patricia herself. On our Author river cruise, get a personal insight and discuss the world's most impressive, must-see destinations with Patricia Schultz‬, sit-in on guest lectures and have copies of Patricia's books signed‬.

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!'.

Opera Theme River Cruises

Brand new for 2015, Opera music lovers will enjoy our exclusive new Opera Music Theme River Cruises, on which local experts provide insights into European Opera music and professional Canadian opera singers perform a selection of works on board from the world’s most beloved operas. Shore excursions on the way may take in highlights such as the State Opera in Vienna and the Hungarian State Opera House in Budapest.

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.

Jewish Heritage Theme River Cruises

Gain an understanding of how the Jewish culture was formed on this dedicated Jewish Heritage theme river cruise, and explore landmarks, monuments and museums significant to Jewish history. Visit the Jewish Museum in Budapest, Jewish Vienna, the Jewish quarter in Regensburg, Prague's Jewish Museum, Jewish Cemetery, and synagogues, and the haunting former WWII Jewish ghetto of Terezin.

Wellness Theme River Cruise

For the perfect feel good factor and guilt-free cruising, cruise into total body wellness with our dedicated Wellness Theme Cruise and start your mornings with onboard exercise programmes featuring stretching and yoga; attend helpful lectures on healthy lifestyles and enjoy healthy but delicious dining options, crafted daily on board.

Golf Theme River Cruises

If leaving the golf course at home is too much to bear, then our new golf cruise is just the tonic to get you all teed up again. A local golf enthusiast will arrange tee times on select nearby courses, so you can maintain your swing whilst sampling fairways and greens that you may not otherwise have experienced. There will be alternative programmes for the non-golfers.

History & Politics Theme River Cruises

For those with more than a passing interest, this cruise will be accompanied by a diplomacy expert who has worked at the UN, on the NATO/Warsaw Pact and on EU security and economic issues, with special lectures to give unique insight into all things European.

WWI History Theme River Cruises

It's been nearly a hundred years since the start of World War I, and this dedicated World War I History departure focuses on the 'Great War' which claimed more than 9 million lives. Visit some of the most famous and shocking theatres of war and learn little known facts during the fascinating onboard lectures.

President's Cruise

Join the President of Avalon Waterways on an exclusive President's River Cruise departure. Enjoy exclusive highlights including special excursions and a President's Gala Dinner at no additional cost.

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.