Avalon Waterways Introduces Shorter Itineraries For 2020
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
In 2020, Avalon Waterways says it will be the only river cruise company offering time-starved travellers - or those wanting to dip their toes in river cruise waters for the first time - a choice of 4, 5 and 6 day river cruise itineraries on itineraries A Taste of the Rhine, Heart of Germany and A Taste of the Danube.
Priced from $2,586 land-only, the new A Taste of the Rhine is a 5-day cruise featuring opportunities to explore must-see sites along the Rhine River including: a culinary walk through Amsterdam, a guided tour of Cologne, a wine-tasting in Boppard, free time in Rudesheim and cruising through the castle-dotted Rhine Gorge.
Formerly a Christmas markets cruise, the new 6-day Heart of Germany will be offered year-round in 2020. Priced from $2,743, this itinerary features stops along the Main River and Main-Danube Canal. Highlights include a guided walk through a picturesque Bavarian village, time in Würzburg with its towering fortress and Baroque Bishop’s residence, enjoying Bavarian wines in Kitzingen, partaking in an onboard beer-tasting near Volkach, and taking in the sites of Bamberg, a Bavarian oasis built on seven hills. The cruise concludes in Nuremberg.
Priced from just $1,449, the 4-day A Taste of the Danube offers an ideal itinerary for first-time river cruisers and time-starved travellers alike, with visits to Budapest, Bratislava, Melk and Dürnstein. The cruise ends in Vienna.
For those travellers who are testing the river cruise-waters but want to add on time on land in popular European destinations, Avalon Waterways will offer three ‘Your Way’ options in 2020: an Avalon Waterways land extension; a Monograms independent vacation package or a Globus escorted touring vacation.
“With our new ‘Your Way’ program, we’re making it easier for travellers to extend their river cruise vacation with land itineraries that are perfectly suited to their preferences and budget,” said Pam Hoffee, managing director of Avalon Waterways.
“In addition, with our exclusive onboard ‘Avalon Choice’ feature on every itinerary, our guests have their pick of the widest array of included excursions, from classic sightseeing to immersive discoveries and active adventures.”
All cruise itineraries – short and long – sail on Avalon Waterways’ ‘Suite Ships’ which provide guest two full decks of 200-square-foot ‘Panorama Suites’ featuring the industry’s only ‘Open-Air Balconies’ and beds facing the incredible views for which river cruising is famous.
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An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.