Avalon Waterways’ ‘Taster’ cruises are the perfect accompaniment to your European holiday. By being 8 days or less in length, these cruises fit seamlessly into your plans. Whether you’re visiting family and friends in the UK or adventuring around Europe, experience a taste of river cruising and the treasures you will unlock along the way! 

A Taste of the Rhine 

5 days Amsterdam to Frankfurt 

What better way to discover the Rhine than with this ideal taster cruise? Spend 5 days sailing in relaxed luxury, seeing some of the most charming spots in Germany and Holland. Along the way you’ll be treated to local specialties and regional wines to ensure you have the full experience of the areas you’re travelling through.  

Top pick:

The Rhine Gorge. This spectacular stretch of the Rhine River is not to be missed. With over 40 castles dotted along the way, you’ll feel like you’re sailing through history. Head to the Sky Deck where your Cruise Director will give you a fascinating commentary as you sail through the Rhine Gorge.  

Rhine Gorge
Photo by @justahanaugirl on Instagram

Festive Season in the Heart of Germany 

6 days Frankfurt to Nuremberg 

If you’re heading to the UK or Europe for a white Christmas, we would highly recommend adding on this festive Christmastime cruise through the heart of Germany. Not only will you experience quaint German towns like Würzburg, but you’ll also visit some of the best Christmas markets in all of Europe! Travelling during the festive season means each place you visit is even more magical, complete with (hopefully!) a light dusting of snow.  

Top pick:

Nuremberg. This cruise finishes here, and the city is famous for its grand Christkindlesmarkt. Make sure you try the traditional lebkuchen, the special gingerbread made only in Nuremberg. 

Nuremberg Christmas market
Photo by @claybert10 on Instagram

A Taste of the Danube 

4 days Vienna to Budapest 

Short and ‘suite’, this 4-day cruise down the legendary Danube is picturesque to say the least! We’re talking about sailing through the natural beauty of Austria’s Wachau Valley, combined with stops in quaint towns and iconic cities. Delicious treats abound, particularly in Austria – crispy schnitzel, decadent sachertorte and coffees from their famed café scene…bliss!  

Top pick:

Benedictine Abbey of Melk. The 11th-century Abbey sees all from its lofty perch above the Danube. Marvel at the panoramic view, wander through its courtyards, and explore its frescoes.  

Benedictine Abbey, Melk
Photo by @thesurpriser on Instagram

Check out the full range of Avalon Waterways’ ‘Taster’ cruises here.  

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