Are you struggling to fit everything in your European itinerary but still want the experience of a river cruise? These taster cruises are going to be just your thing…

Ranging from three to six nights, these taster cruises are the perfect introduction to river cruising.

Every taster cruise will take passengers through the magical lands of the European river landscape. Visiting quaint villages and iconic cities whilst sailing on modern cruise vessels, relaxing in luxurious suites with beds that face the incredible passing scenery.

Guests also enjoy a wide choice of daily excursions and are spoilt with delicious, regionally-inspired cuisine. And all of this whilst only having to unpack once!

Here are 4 taster cruises that will leave your clients wanting more!


1. A taste of the Rhine

Sailing from Amsterdam to Mainz, the 4-night A Taste of the Rhine cruise takes in the best of the Netherlands and Germany.

Embark on a delightful canal ride through colourful Amsterdam, cruise through the magnificent Rhine Gorge and sample its local wines and beers, explore historic Cologne and its gothic architecture before finishing in medieval Mainz.

As with all taster cruises, you’ll be sailing in a state-of-the-art vessel with Avalon’s innovative Panorama Suites featuring spacious living spaces with beds that face the floor-to-ceiling open-air balcony, meaning you’ll be waking up every day blessed with unparalleled views of the everchanging scenery. Awesome!


2. The Heart of Germany

Cruise from Mainz to Nuremberg over 5-nights sailing through The Heart of Germany and be inspired by its magical landscape.

Take a guided walk in a Bavarian village, visit the region’s largest wine-producing area, Kitzingen (sampling some of the local drop, of course), and learn about German history in the historic city of Nuremberg.

Throughout The Heart of Germany taster cruise, guests will be wined and dined with delicious, fresh and expertly prepared locally inspired cuisine – a feature on every Avalon cruise. Mmm!


3. A Taste of the Danube

Three-nights long and passing through three countries, A Taste of the Danube packs in more beauty and iconic cities than pretty much any other European river cruise.

Melk, Vienna, the stunning Wachau Valley and Budapest are all visited on this amazing itinerary, giving guests a mesmerising introduction to Central Europe.

Remember: with Avalon, guests get to choose their excursions. Whether it’s taking it easy and exploring a city, or maybe getting the heart pumping with a guided bike ride is more your thing!

For example, on A Taste of the Danube, guests can join a guided sightseeing tour of Bratislava’s Old Town’s cobblestone streets to Town Hall (classic), or opt to cycle and go for a picnic at local sights along the Danube, instead (active).


4. Danube Symphony

The mighty Danube courses its way through some of the most gorgeous scenery and beautiful cities in Central Europe, as you will discover on the 5-night Danube Symphony taster cruise.

Starting in Passau, Austria, this multi-day relaxed luxury cruising experience ticks off Linz, Vienna, Bratislava and the stunning Wachau Valley before finishing in Budapest, Hungary.

Active travellers will be happy to learn that they can always speak with their dedicated Adventure host onboard who can assist with bike hire, provide suggestions on popular walking trails, accompany active excursions and hosts morning yoga on the Skydeck. Note: All Avalon taster cruises come with a dedicated Adventure host.

Sound like your kind of cruising? Don’t miss the boat – book by 31 October and enjoy savings of up to $6,800 per couple!




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