A cruise with Avalon Waterways along Europe’s timeless Rhine river holds something for everyone. Whether you’re an aspiring photographer or have an appreciation for a well-crafted Pilsner, these special interest cruises will unite you with your passions, and other like-minded travellers, all while weaving your way down the romantic waterways of the Rhine.
For the Photographer: The Rhine & Moselle
With picturesque ports, medieval castles, sweeping scenery, and quaint, fairytale villages, the Rhine is the ultimate travel destination for any shutterbug, boasting some of Europe’s most spectacular photo ops.
Step up your selfie game on Photography-themed departures of The Rhine & Moselle, where you’ll cruise from Amsterdam to Basel in the company of world-class photographer Brenda Tharp. Let your camera lead the way as you wander down delightful, photogenic promenades and twisting, old town alleyways. Expect to find something interesting to shoot at every bend in the river, from the dramatic Rhine Gorge to the magical Black Forest.
For the Festive Fan: Romantic Rhine
Whoever says river cruising is only for the warmer months hasn’t been lucky enough to experience the magic of Europe as it comes alive in the wintertime. Cruise along the Rhine on a Festive themed cruise and discover enchanting Christmas markets, snow-covered towns, and plenty of festive cheer.
Step into the time-honoured traditions of Germany and France as you wander the colourful markets in Cologne’s Old Town Square, marvel at the magnificent gothic cathedral in Strasbourg, eat gingerbread men under sparkling fairy-lights in Heidelberg, and sip mulled wine onboard your cosy and luxurious Suite ShipSM. Off-season travellers will also get a much more intimate look at life along the Rhine, with less tourists and crowds.
For the Beer Drinker: German Grandeur with Beer tasting
From Bavaria’s sunny biergartens to the infamous Oktoberfest to the tremendous craft brewing culture – there’s no doubt that Germans love their beer. Some of the country’s most prominent brews include pilsners, lagers, bocks and wheat ales – all of which are strictly made up of only water, malt, and hops, with no additives (in other words, no hangover!).
You’ll have plenty of opportunities to lift a stein or three along the Rhine on German Grandeur with Beer Tasting, from visiting a family-run hop garden in Bamberg, known for its signature, smoked beer; to discovering regional craft beers on a brewery tour in Frankfurt. You’ll also cruise with a certified beer expert, attend special onboard beer tastings, and learn about European brewing techniques. Prost!
For the Wine-Lover: Rhine & Rhône Revealed
While Germany has long been famous for its brews, the vineyard-clad hillsides of the Rhine River Valley paint a much sweeter story. The region is home to some of Europe’s most celebrated white wines, with towns such as Rüdesheim and Breisach each producing distinguished varietals.
On wine appreciation themed departures of Rhine & Rhône Revealed, you’re invited to discover legendary local vineyards as you sip your way through everything from Rieslings and delicate Silvaners to full-bodied Spätburgunders. A Master of Wine will also accompany you for part of your journey to host onboard tastings and give instruction in food-and-wine pairing. A wine-lovers dream!