European Luxury River Cruises

Cruise to Festive Fun!

Goodness, it’s that time of year coming up again!

Can Christmas really be upon us so soon?

Do you join the crowds of bustling shoppers – or do you do something different?

There’s no more evocative way to experience the festive season than by a cruise that takes you to the heart of Europe’s Christmastime markets.

A river cruise is a great way to experience and enjoy the wonderful European festivities over the Christmas and new year period. Their amazing Christmas markets are something to behold!

Delight in the amazing sights and sounds of  Christmas past, wander around the beautiful Christmas stalls and soak up the traditional festive atmosphere.

Savour the delicious Christmas treats, behold the beautiful decorations and wonder in the magical twinkling lights on a crisp winter’s day!

A river cruise can take you to all these delights and allow you to observe the local traditions and customs typical of places like Germany, Austria and Alsace. All the while enjoying the fun atmosphere on board a ship decked out splendidly for the season.




Enjoy Christmas and the festive season in the heart of Germany aboard a deluxe 5-night Main River cruise tour. Explore enchanting winter wonderlands and traditional Christmas Markets in Miltenberg and Rothenburg. Visit the Bishop’s Residenz in Würzbur ; take an included excursion to the famed Romantic Road; and enjoy a baking demonstration in Miltenberg. In Prague, see the city’s best known treasures and stroll through the wonderful Christmas market in the Old Town.

Alsace and Germany – another wonderful combination to visit during the festive season! Savour Gemütlichkeit, Glühwein and Lebkuchen and see the amazing highlights of the towns along the Rhine with a local expert, visit the picturesque Black Forest, beautiful Strasbourg and the glorious market town of Heidelberg.


 There’s no better way to experience Christmas traditions – but don’t take my word for it, take a look at the video below and let it blow your festive mind away!!



Indulge your passions on a Themed River Cruise!

Want to enjoy a luxury river cruise and enjoy your passion at the same time? Well, believe it or not, there are river cruises out there that can fulfill your desires from wine tasting holidays to luxury golf cruises ( see my blog:

Whatever you desire from special interest cruises, there is sure to be one for you.

So enjoy a unique travel opportunity to share your interests and hobbies with like-minded people.

Below are a few more themed cruises to wet your appetite:

Culinary Theme River Cruises

Expand your culinary appreciation skills on a Culinary Theme River Cruises, where acknowledged chefs and food critics give advice on finding the best ingredients, dishes and accompaniments from the regions you cruise through, then taste samples on board to test your new-found knowledge. You will be dazzled as an expert chef on board prepares regional specialties, offering up plenty of preparation guidance and cooking tips. Those with a sweet tooth will also love the pastry demonstration with plenty of guidance and inspiration for your own pastries, followed by the chance to enjoy your new creations during a traditional Afternoon Tea.

Jazz Theme River Cruises

Jazz enthusiasts will love the Jazz Theme River Cruises that take in the exciting atmosphere and a performance at the Jazz Festival in Vienna, an annual event on the world jazz scene. Joining you on board your Avalon ship, will be a jazz expert to provide regular entertainment and give fascinating lectures on the history of jazz in France. On shore there’s a visit to a local club for a concert and plenty of time to explore the jazz scene at leisure in the various ports of call.

Discover more on a themed river cruise tour!


Have you ever thought what it would be like to enjoy a luxury river cruise while also experiencing something you really enjoy. Wine tasting perhaps or having the opportunity to hear some of the worlds most renowned music? Well don’t delay, grab a chance now to indulge in something special and find out what river cruise is out there to suit just you.

Avalon Waterways’ exclusive and diverse selection of themed river cruises allow you to indulge your passions at no additional cost compared to any other river cruise. You can enjoy a luxury river cruise holiday to some of Europe’s best destinations while also celebrating that something special to you. If that special something involves wine, beer, food, jazz or classical music, fine art, Jewish heritage, wellness, golf, history and politics, or WWI, their specially packaged, limited-edition themed cruises are the perfect way of capturing the true essence and culture of a European destination. You also get the chance to enhance your personal knowledge with expert on board presentations and enjoy unique travel opportunities to share your interests with like-minded people.



Wine Theme River Cruises

Have a great love of wine? Well look no further than a wine themed river cruise. Expand your wine appreciation skills and gain expert knowledge as a wine expert explains how the various and distinct grape varieties are cultivated. Learn how to determine the best wines from the regions you cruise through, taste samples on board, enjoy a gala wine and food pairing dinner, and join an included visit to a local vineyard for wine tasting to test your new-found knowledge.

Beer Tasting Theme River Cruises

Beer tasting more your thing? A visit to Austria and Germany on the ‘Austrian Highlights & Bavaria’ tour is even better when it includes a discovery of their famous beers, and this special departure delivers just that with on board tastings, visits to a number of historic breweries and dedicated on board lectures about European beer-brewing techniques.

Music Theme River Cruises

If a love of music is your thing, let Avalon Waterways waltz you to a symphony of destinations. Classical music lovers will enjoy their Music Theme River Cruise ‘Magnificent Europe – Amsterdam to Budapest‘, on which local experts provide insights into European music. Shore excursions on the way take in a Strauss concert in beautiful Vienna, an organ recital in Melk, and explore Mozart’s hometown of Salzburg, where ‘the hills are alive with the sound of music!’.

Jewish Heritage Theme River Cruises


If you have an interest in Jewish culture, look no further than this ‘Legendary Danube’ river cruise tour. Gain an understanding of how the Jewish culture was formed on this dedicated Jewish Heritage theme river cruise, and explore landmarks, monuments and museums significant to Jewish history. Visit the Jewish Museum in Budapest, Jewish Vienna, the Jewish quarter in Regensburg, Prague’s Jewish Museum, Jewish Cemetery, and synagogues, and the haunting former WWII Jewish ghetto of Terezin.

Golf Theme River Cruises

If your great love is golf, and leaving the golf course at home is too much to bear, then the new golf cruise is just the tonic to get you all teed up again. A local golf enthusiast will arrange tee times on select nearby courses, so you can maintain your swing whilst sampling fairways and greens that you may not otherwise have experienced.  No need to worry if your travelling companions don’t share you love as there will be alternative programmes for the non-golfers.

History & Politics Theme River Cruises

For those who have a real interest in Europe’s fascinating history and politics, this  ‘Magnificent Europe’ cruise will be accompanied by a diplomacy expert who has worked at the UN, on the NATO/Warsaw Pact and on EU security and economic issues, with special lectures to give unique insight into all things European.

Christmas Market & Festive Cruises

There’s no more wonderful and evocative way to experience the festive season than by a cruise that takes you to the heart of Europe’s Christmastime markets. Delight in the sights, scents and sounds of delicious Christmas treats, observe the local traditions and customs typical of Germany, Austria and Alsace. All the while enjoying the fun atmosphere on board your Avalon ship, decked out splendidly for the season.




So, there you have it – a wonderful choice of river cruises that’s bound to make someone, somewhere very happy indeed. The choice is yours, but don’t delay as I have it on good authority that these cruises don’t hang around for long!

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