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TORONTO — In 2020 Avalon Waterways will be the only river cruise company offering four-, five- and six-day river cruise itineraries including A Taste of the Rhine, Heart of Germany and A Taste of the Danube.
The lead-in option, the four-day ‘A Taste of the Danube’ starts at just $1,449 and is ideal for first-time river cruisers and time-starved travellers alike, with visits to Budapest, Bratislava, Melk and Dürnstein. The cruise ends in Vienna.
With prices starting at $2,586 (excluding airfare), the new ‘A Taste of the Rhine’ is a five-day sailing along the Rhine River with a culinary walk through Amsterdam, a guided tour of Cologne, a wine-tasting in Boppard and free time in Rudesheim.
Formerly a Christmas markets cruise, the new six-day ‘Heart of Germany’ will be offered year-round in 2020. Priced from $2,743, the itinerary features stops along the Main River and Main-Danube Canal with a guided walk through a Bavarian village, time in Würzburg and Baroque Bishop’s residence, sampling Bavarian wines in Kitzingen, an onboard beer-tasting near Volkach and the sites of Bamberg. The cruise concludes in Nuremberg.
Avalon Waterways is introducing three Your Way options in 2020: an Avalon Waterways land extension; a Monograms independent vacation package; or a Globus escorted touring vacation.
“With our new Your Way program, we’re making it easier for travellers to extend their river cruise vacation with land itineraries that are perfectly suited to their preferences and budget,” said Pam Hoffee, Managing Director of Avalon Waterways. “In addition, with our exclusive onboard Avalon Choice feature on every itinerary, our guests have their pick of the widest array of included excursions, from classic sightseeing to immersive discoveries and active adventures.”
All cruise itineraries, short and long, sail on Avalon Waterways’ signature Suite Ships which provide guest two full decks of 200-square-foot Panorama Suites featuring the industry’s only Open-Air Balconies and beds facing the river views.
Clients can book a select 2020 Europe river cruise and receive $499 per person airfare from select Canadian gateways and save $1,200 per couple.