Immerse yourself in Europe on an Avalon Active Discovery cruise

Waking to the widest opening windows – and the industry’s only Open-Air BalconySM – is just the beginning of the Avalon Waterways difference. Beyond the wide-open views is an even wider range of ways to seize the day. Perhaps you’d like to join a walking tour to an ancient castle. Maybe you’d like to learn a few local phrases along the way. Or perhaps pedalling your way through the local sites is more your speed. Avalon Choice® offers a range of daily included excursions—Classic, Discovery, and Active. Choose from a variety of inclusions to match your mood, pace, and interests each day, all while experiencing the sights, sounds and flavours of the destination.

No matter if you’re a first-time cruiser or a cruising aficionado, an Active Discovery cruise may be the perfect choice for you if you’re looking for a more hands-on experience. These cruises have been designed to offer activities for travellers with varying interests and for all energy and fitness levels.

For 2019, Avalon has three Active Discovery itineraries sailing on either the Danube, Rhine or Rhône rivers.

Active Discovery on the Danube

9 days between Linz & Budapest



From $4,997 pp twin share^

The legend of the Danube, Austria & Budapest invite you to make history of your own! Visit the stunning Engelszell Abbey and its sensory garden; get your heart racing at a Medieval Knights Tournament at Visegrád’s Lower Castle featuring targeting and fighting demonstrations; or paddle a canoe down the Danube. Meet the Count of Clam at Greinburg Castle, or take an insider’s tour of Vienna – the choice is always yours!

Active Discovery on the Rhine

8 days between Amsterdam & Wiesbaden

From $5,328pp twin share^

Explore Germany and Holland with a range of inspiring experiences along the Rhine. While in Wiesbaden, join a guided hike on one of the Hike Rheinsteig trails, a guided walk through Eltville am Rhein with a wine tasting, or visit the beautiful Eberbach Monastery. Colourful Amsterdam lets you follow your passions as you are presented with a painting class, a culinary walk with traditional Dutch specialties or a canal cruise along the waterways.

Active Discovery on the Rhône

8 days between Arles & Lyon

From $5,725 pp twin share^

From the Rhône Delta of Southern France to the culinary crown of Lyon, excursions abound for you to choose from including a painting workshop to learn the style of Vincent van Gogh; an e-bike tour through Tavel, birthplace of French Rosé (with a wine tasting afterwards to quench your thirst!); visit the Musée des Arômes et du Parfum and create your own scent; or roll up your sleeves in a cooking class where you’ll learn to make your own saucisson brioche and other local delights. Bon appetit!

Avalon’s popular Air Credit offer is available for any 2019 Active Discovery cruise (up to $2,400 Air Credit per couple). Simply book by 3 September 2018*.

For more information you can order an Avalon brochure by completing the form below, call Avalon on 0800 267 672 or see your travel agent.

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*Terms and conditions: All care is taken to promote correct pricing at time of printing (30/07/18), is dependent upon availability and will be confirmed at time of reservation. ^Active Discovery on the Danube price based on WBL 28/10/19 dept. Cat E cabin; Active Discovery on the Rhine price based on WAW 11/05/19 dept. Cat E cabin; Active Discovery on the Rhone price based on WLY 06/08/19 dept. Cat E cabin. Book a 2019 Europe river cruise departure and receive an Air Credit to use towards an airfare of your choice. Air Credit value is dependent on the cruise and departure booked: Book any 2019 Magnificent Europe river cruise departure (WAB/WBA; any deck/cabin category) and receive $2,500 Air Credit per person; for all other 2019 Europe river cruises, the Air Credit value is dependent on the departure booked and will range from $300 – $1,500 per person (any deck/cabin category). ^Single Supplement offer is available on any departure (except for WPP 04/06/19, WLP 27/05/19 & WBN 16/06/19), has limited availability per departure and is only available for cabin categories E, D, B, A & P. Not combinable with the Air Credit offer. These offers are valid for new 2019 Europe bookings made from 25/07/18 – 03/09/18 (or until sold out). To secure reservation a non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $500per person/per cruise is required within 7 days of booking (or by 03/09/18; whichever comes first). The Air Credit will be processed as a discount off the booking invoice at time of reservation. Should you cancel or change your cruise, this Air Credit becomes null and void and the full cost of any airfare purchased or any associated change fees will be your responsibility. All airline payment and cancellation terms are completely independent of Avalon Waterways. Avalon Waterways is not responsible for any booking element of the airfare which you have utilised the credit for, even if SafetyNet Protection has been purchased. Avalon Waterways cancellation penalties apply as per standard terms and conditions. SafetyNet Protection may be purchased, standard conditions apply. SafetyNet Protection cover relates only to the Avalon Waterways portion of the booking and does not cover any associated airfares booked in conjunction with this offer. The Air Credit is 100% non-refundable and non-transferable under all circumstances and is handled as a discount off the cruise portion. Air Credit value will be calculated on standard brochure itinerary duration. Offer not combinable with any other promotion. Air Credit valid for Singles (single supplement applies). Air Credit valid for Groups – special conditions apply. Offers can be withdrawn or amended at any time. Additional restrictions may apply. Full Avalon 2019 terms & conditions apply, please ensure you read these prior to booking – see the 2019 Avalon Waterways brochure or visit avalonwaterways.co.nz.