Top Avalon River Cruises for 2019
Written by: Sydney Crago on January 18, 2019
River cruising’s popularity continues to grow as more people discover the luxury of touring dream destinations paired with the convenience and comfort of cruising. Offering itineraries sailing on the most world’s famous rivers, Avalon Waterways is among the world’s top river cruising suppliers. These Avalon Waterways voyages for 2019 are among our favorite ways to experience Europe, Southeast Asia, and South America.
This eight-day cruise captures the imagination of history and fairy-tale lovers alike. Beginning in Basel, Switzerland, cruisers journey north on the Rhine River with daily stops in several of Europe’s most charming towns. Guests will marvel at the Black Forest, known for its natural beauty, and the ruins of Heidelberg Castle before they debark in Holland’s museum-filled capitol of Amsterdam. And with sailings most weeks between April and December of 2019, clients have the flexibility to choose the right sailing for them.
Experience the picturesque French countryside, the City of Light, and the beaches of Normandy all in one trip! Francophiles will have the chance to see the gardens that inspired Monet’s famous waterlilies, the gothic city of Rouen, and tour Paris. Guests take in the flavors of France with many classic recipes and plenty of wine and cheese. Avalon also offers a special interest sailing to honor the Anniversary of D-Day that is a favorite for history buffs.
Cruise through central Europe on the Danube River! Beginning in Budapest, Hungary, guests are met with classical and stunning architecture. Guests can explore Budapest’s famous chain bridge and charming cafes. Avalon’s Suite Ships travel up the river, stopping in Vienna, Durnstein, and Deggendorf, before reaching Prague. Along the way, cruisers partake in a variety of excursions ranging from more traditional walking tours and museum visits to active hiking tours.
There’s no better way to travel through Vietnam and Cambodia than on a river cruise. The Avalon Saigon and Avalon Siem Reap are small ships designed to create an intimate, personalized experience. The two ships carry cruisers from bustling Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh, stopping each day to explore local colors, flavors, and history. Popular excursions include seeing how rice paper and rice wine are made, touring Angkor Ban’s temples, and visiting the silversmith village of Konpong Louang.
Ecuador is home to unique natural experiences and incredible biodiversity that will delight guests who seek to experience new things and dive into nature. In Quito, cruisers can spend time exploring the work of local artists, the Charles Darwin Research Station, or opt to visit the Equator, where they can stand in both the northern and southern hemispheres at the same time. The sailing segment includes a stop at a different island each day to the wildlife-rich Galapagos Islands, where cruisers will embark on enlightening hikes with a skilled Naturalist, and have the chance to snorkel on the islands’ coasts.
Avalon Waterways has specialized in small-ship river cruising since its launch in 2004 by Globus family of brands. Today, Avalon operates 67 scenic cruises across 21 different countries. Immersive itineraries, comfort, and first-class service define the Avalon experience. The modern fleet of ships offers cruisers sweeping views from the comfort of their own cabins with their Open-Air Balconies and Panorama Suites.
Not only can guests to take in the scenery as they glide along the rivers but with Avalon, guests can dive into the local culture at each port of call. Avalon also offers Active Discovery cruises and Special Interest cruises to ensure guests experience the aspects of a destination that align with their individual interests. Once back on board, they can continue their immersion, with the Avalon chefs incorporating regional flavors into the ship’s menu.
If you are a KHM Travel Agent, your clients may be able to take advantage of exclusive offers when booking their Avalon Waterways cruise through you. Your clients can take advantage of $299 Air plus $1000 off select 2019 Avalon Europe sailing through February 19th, 2019. Group bookings for 2020 are also open with fixed air prices through February 5th. Visit MyTravelAgentPortal for more details.
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