Special Interest River Cruises from Avalon Waterways

Posted July 16th, 2014

From food and wine, to art, history, golf and beyond, Avalon Waterways allow you to indulge your passions with a selection of Special Interest European river cruises. Featuring expert onboard presentations to enhance your subject knowledge, special shore excursions, interest-aligned onboard entertainment & more, these cruises offer you the unique opportunity to mingle with others who share your passion. But, what exactly can you expect on some of these special interest itineraries?

Wine River Cruises

Love a good red wine with dinner? Or maybe you want to learn the ins and outs of matching the proper wine with the food you serve? On an Avalon Waterways wine-themed cruise, you will embark on an enriching adventure that will teach you what to look for in a good wine. A distinguished wine authority will come on board to teach you the ropes with lectures and wine tastings; enjoy a special dinner featuring food and wine pairings; head to Beaune for a Burgundy wine tasting; explore the pretty wine village of Rudesheim or visit a local wine cellar in Bernkastel.

Avalon Waterways' Burgundy & Provence River Cruise

The itineraries that feature a wine-themed departure include the Grand France Wine River Cruise; the Burgundy and Provence Wine River Cruise; the Blue Danube Discovery Wine River Cruise and Canals, Vineyards and Paris.

Culinary River Cruises

Avalon offers a food-lover's paradise in northern France on these special culinary-themed departures. Expert chefs will come on board to whip up regional specialities and offer food preparation tips; you will be able to take part in cooking demonstrations and then try the final product at the end; onboard tastings and lectures are offered during the cruise; wine pairings are offered during dinners; you can visit a traditionally run French farm, and at the end of the cruise, take home easy-to-make recipes. Look out for the special departure on the Paris to Normandy's Landing Beach River Cruise, and the Grand France River Cruise.

Experience a culinary-themed cruise

Music River Cruises

Music lovers will find the perfect getaway on these music-themed departures, where local experts provide fascinating insights into European music. On board, enjoy the sounds of a piano recital and performance by a local band; on shore visit a violin maker in Regensburg, stroll through Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum in Rudesheim or attend an organ recital in Melk Abbey or a a Royal Waltz concert in Vienna. Both on board and on shore you will be able to immerse yourselves in the sights and sounds of Europe's musical past and present. Music-themed departures are offered on the Magnificent Europe River Cruise itinerary, and a brand new opera-themed cruise is offered on the Blue Danube Discovery River Cruise.

Visit Melk on the Blue Danube Discovery Cruise

And to top it all off, you get to indulge these passions while cruising in the comfort and luxury of an Avalon ship, boasting spacious outside staterooms; regional wines and beers served with every onboard dinner; shore excursions led by Certified Local Guides; VIP entrance to must-see sites and much more. For more details on what to expect on an Avalon ship, watch this short video: http://youtu.be/HQ8cKq9aQ40?list=UUdnR1r-66x4-Ay7yykM-_sg Whether your passions lie amongst one of these three special interests, or further afield in literature, health and wellness, or even in beer, Avalon Waterways has a themed river cruise for you. For more information on itineraries, departure dates and pricing, call one of our Cruise Specialists today on 1300 954 661.

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