Avalon Offers "Short And Suite" Four-Day Mini River Cruises In Europe

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

A Panorama Suite on Avalon’s ship Passion.

For Canadians who aren't yet sold on river cruising, Avalon Waterways is offering a taster with four-day mini-cruises.

And because Avalon is a member of the Globus family of brands, passengers can combine what the cruise line calls "short-and-suite" cruises with a tour from sister companies, Monograms (pre-packaged independent touring) or escorted tour companies Globus and Cosmos.

Avalon's mini cruises include a four-day itinerary between Vienna and Budapest from MAY to NOV. These “Taste of the Danube” cruises include visit Bratislava, Slovakia and Melk and Durnstein in Austria, with river vistas of vineyards and villages in between.

Avalon also offers a five-day “Taste of the Rhine” cruise sailing between Amsterdam and Mainz in Germany.

Like all of Avalon’s European cruises, each includes all meals, wine at lunches and four-course dinners; light entertainment and port talks in the evening; and a choice of optional shore excursions at each stop, such as a sightseeing tour of Melk’s 11th century Abbey or a hike up to Bratislava Castle.

Avalon’s Panorama Suites feature window-facing beds, marble bathrooms and an 11-foot window wall which opens a full six feet to create an “open air balcony." 

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.