The myth that river cruising only appeals to an older generation of travellers is quickly going out the window.

Avalon Waterways is dispelling the myth that cruising is only for retirees with their range of Active & Discovery cruises on the Rhine, Danube and Rhone rivers in Europe.

These river cruises offer the younger demographic the chance to experience the joys of a luxury river cruise complemented by fun, exciting and active off-shore excursions.

And the myth seems to be losing its hold, and it’s pretty easy to figure out why…

 

TAKE A HIKE.

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As charming as old European cities and towns are, nothing beats getting out into its countryside for some hiking amongst nature and history. All Active & Discovery cruises include outdoor activities that help guests connect and learn about the local region.

For example, spend some time walking the Danube Trail, just outside of Linz. Or combine trekking with wine by hiking through the vineyards outside Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage in the Rhone Valley south of Lyon. For more ideas, just ask the dedicated adventure host onboard who can assist with bike hire, provide suggestions on popular walking trails, accompany active excursions and even hosts morning yoga on the Skydeck.

 

BIKING IS WHEELIE FUN.

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If you’d rather ride than walk, you can do that too. Europeans love pedalling around town on their bikes, and so will you.

Whether you’re exploring the famous avenues of Vienna, the canal wonderland that is Amsterdam, or biking through Camargue Regional Nature Park to spot flamingos in the French countryside, it’s the best way to get around!

 

FUN ON THE WATER, CANOE BELIEVE IT?

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There’s also plenty to see and do on the water. Jump in a canoe and go on a little adventure on the Danube River in Spitz, and see the Austrian shoreline scenery from a different view. In France, paddle to the Gorges de l’Ardeche in Avignon, a stunning wonderland of natural gorges that have become known as the European Grand Canyon.

 

VIEWS ON VIEWS ON VIEWS.

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You’re never too young to appreciate a stunning view, are you? Each of the spacious Panorama Suites onboard with Avalon features floor to ceiling open-air balconies, giving you unobstructed views of the gorgeous rolling scenery. The best bit? Your beds directly face this view, so you can just lie there and take it all in…

 

DON’T BRUSH THIS OFF, GET IN AN ARTY FRAME OF MIND.

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The views outside your cabin may even inspire you to put paint to canvas, which you can easily do cruising with Avalon. In Arles, France, you can take a painting class and learn how to paint in the style of Mr Van Gogh who loved it here because of the light.

Also in France, learn about the production of lavender cosmetics and essential oil and discover why Provence and lavender have become synonymous with each other as the delicate fragrance and shades of purple fill the fields each summer

 

TAKE A BITE OUT OF EUROPE!

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You’ll be dining like royalty onboard with Avalon as you tuck into locally inspired regional dishes that use only the finest ingredients prepared by the most experienced chefs.

Off the ship, there are also plenty of other ways to indulge your tastebuds, such as excursions to excellent vineyards in France, a visit to a Trappist monastery in Austria where you can sample some of the best monk-brewed beer in the world, or go on a culinary walk through the streets of Amsterdam grazing on the city’s best artisanal specialities.

But if you’d rather play a more active role on your food, you’re sorted, because you can also take a cooking class in Lyon (the culinary capital of France) and learn how to cook like a pro.

 

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Avalon’s Best deals for 2020 Europe are out now. For example, save up to $6,800 per couple when you book by 30 May 2019. There are also amazing offers still available on their 2019 cruises. Get in touch to book your trip today on 1300 130 134

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