Avalon Waterways is taking immersive experiences to the next level, both on land and on the river.
While guests will have a difficult time leaving their signature Panorama Suite and open-air balcony, the exceptional river cruise line has given them every reason to venture out and experience new destinations through creativity, activity and relaxation.
For example, passengers sailing the Rhone can stop in Arles and take in the same scenery that inspired Vincent Van Gogh in the 19th century, create their very own signature fragrance at Musee des Aromes et du Parfum in Avignon or learn how to bake traditional gingerbread treats with the help of an onboard chef following a visit to Germany's famed Christmas markets.
Foodies sailing with Avalon Waterways are in for a treat during their time spent onshore. Guests cruising the Danube can sample beer and cheese made by monks of the only Trappist monastery in Austria while visitors to Amsterdam can enjoy a guided culinary walking tour of the Dutch capital, savoring artisan specialties along the way.
Seeking a slightly more active experience? Avalon Waterways can take you to some of Europe's most unique hiking trails, including former World War II smuggler's routes outside of Linz and paths through the vineyards outside Tournon and Tain-l'Hermitage.
Better yet, hop on a bike to tour Europe's most coveted cities like a local. Austrian cruise guests can even pedal the Limes Cycle Route winding along part of the Roman Empire's ancient northern border. Later, give your legs a rest on a relaxing E-Bike.
Guests are also able to take to the water on a canoe or kayak for a chance to see some of the continent's most spectacular waterways from a different perspective. Paddle down the Gorges de l'Ardeche to tour the "European Grand Canyon" or take a canoe trip around part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wachau in Austria.
If your idea of a vacation is relaxing on a whirlpool-equipped Sky Deck, Avalon Waterways has you covered there too. Your experience is what you make it and Avalon's impressive European fleet has all the amenities and tools you'll need to maximize your itinerary.
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