Discover the heart of Europe sailing on its most majestic and romantic rivers: the Danube and the Renoabsolute protagonists of the most beautiful river cruises on the continent.

A slow-paced vacation which allow you to make the most of the landscapes around the water with their castles, picturesque villages, half-timbered houses, woods and vineyards.

And not only that: you visit beautiful capitals and border towns without haste, relax with pleasant nature excursions and have fun with numerous on-board activities.

River cruises Avalon Waterways

This is the vacation experience aboard modern ships of Avalon Waterwaysthe shipping company that has redefined the concept of river cruising by successfully combining the charm of old-world travel with a luxurious and comfortable style, where nothing is left to chance.

The ships are true floating boutique hotels designed to accommodate a limited number of guests in an environment with a modern and functional design. The jewel in the crown are the large panoramic windows that allow you to feel immersed in the landscape, the true protagonist of the cruise.

In addition to the outdoor spaces of the Heavenly Bridgesan open-air lounge with deckchairs and hydromassage, andObservation loungeCovered and sheltered, the views always provide a pleasant backdrop.

Even in the cabins, of different types but all large, welcoming and bright: Luxury At Royal Suitewith private lounge, Panoramic Suitewith a large window, a balcony and a bed facing outwards to enjoy the view.

An elegant style that meets the taste of Italian travelers, to whom five cruises of eight days/seven nights each, on the Danube and the Rhine, are exclusively dedicated.

You can observe the view from the observation lounge

Danube, timeless enchantment

The cruise on the Danube, the longest navigable river in Europe (2,858 kilometers), starts on August 13 Since Budapest and ends at Vilshofenin Bavaria.

We embark at sunset after a tour of the Hungarian capital, enough to capture its charm among the emblematic Heroes' SquareTHE Castle and the Parliamentspas and cafes.

The first stop is the picturesque Bratislavadominated by Saint-Martin Cathedral.

Then you come to Vienna: THE Imperial PalaceTHE Opera, there Saint-Étienne CathedralTHE Belvedere Palace And Schönbrunnsummer residence of the Habsburgs.

All the most famous places of the Austrian capital can be discovered on a guided tour and, before getting back on board, you can relax with a stroll along the Kärtnerstrassethe pedestrian shopping street.

Wachau Valley in AustriaWachau Valley in Austria
Wachau Valley in Austria

From Vienna Linz

After a short stop at Durnsteinwhere Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned upon his return from the Crusades, you can admire the Wachau Valley, designed by vineyards and picturesque villages protected by UNESCO. So, another marvel: IBenedictine Abbey of Melkthe most famous monastery in Austria which stands on a rock shaped by the Danube in its course.

Arrive at Linzyou walk the streets of Old City, between the Baroque buildings and the Renaissance palaces which frame the main square (Hauptplatz), and you go up the Pöstlingberg Hill to enjoy the beautiful view of the city and the Danube.

Another morning at sea and we reach the historic town of Passauin Germany, known as the city of three rivers because it stands on a peninsula at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz and Danube.

On arrival at Vilshofenyou are greeted by the city's baroque tower reflected on the river.

A cruise is also planned, departing on 21st of October, which follows the reverse route, from Vilshofen to Budapest.

Sailing on the Rhine

Italian language cruises on the Rhine are scheduled, the June 25 and the August 24 (reverse route August 3). You have been browsing from Basel until Amsterdampassing through the France and the Germany.

From the Swiss city you sail towards Old Brisachon the Franco-German border, starting point for visits Colmarone of the most beautiful villages in France, with characteristic half-timbered houses.

The city of Mainz

Between Alsace and Germany

Navigation continues in Alsacetowards Strasbourga border town that enchants with its picturesque historic center overlooking the canals, its medieval buildings and its beautiful cathedral which houses a precious astronomical clock.

Arrive at Mainz, in Germany, we stroll through the streets of the old historic center in the shadow of the famous red sandstone cathedral which dominates the city with its towers. Mainz is also famous for Gutenberg Museum and the “Path of the Philosophers», on the city hill.

Navigate to Koblenz you relax on the lounge chairs of the Sky Deck enjoying the spectacular view of the Rhine Gorgewith castles overlooking the water, then end the day at Engerswhere you can attend a concert at Engers Castleof the 18th century.

Next stop Colonywith its Gothic buildings and its cathedral with two bell towers.

The route ends in Holland, announces Amsterdambest visited on a walking tour or boat ride along the canals, before returning on board for a final toast with the captain at the Panorama Lounge.

The Royal Suite

Avalon Waterways River Cruises: Floating Boutique Hotel Vacations

Avalon Waterways cruises are all-inclusive trips where guests can count on Italian-speaking staff on board and for guided tours (in addition to having satellite TV, free Wi-Fi in all rooms and 'a fitness room).

The culinary offer on cruises is also excellent: from breakfast to dinner with an à la carte menu, to taste dishes created by chefs with local and high quality ingredients, up to cocktails.

During navigation, you can relax or participate in the activities offered by the staff: live musical entertainment, yoga, pilates, stretching and strengthening classes.

During stopovers you can discover the historical and architectural heritage of the cities, take excursions by bike, canoe or on foot in nature, try unusual and curious experiences.

The staff on board is always available to give advice, information and provide free bicycles or Nordic walking poles for walks in nature.

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