No two travellers are the same. You may like to dive into the local scene of a new city, while your travelling companion likes to walk every inch of the streets. This is why we’ve introduced our Avalon Active & Discovery river cruises. These cruises are designed with a broad menu of included excursions ranging from energetic experiences to interactive discoveries, meaning you can pick and choose based on your personal preferences!  

For the active relaxer, these are six Active excursions designed just for you while on holiday with Avalon. 

1. Rail bike through the Gorges du Doux 

Rail bike, Gorges du Doux
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This is one unique way to cycle! Jump into a converted car and pedal along railways through the Gorges du Doux. From these quirky cars you’ll have 360-degree views of your surrounds – a mix of forests, orchards and hills – all while getting your heart pumping, too.  

Experience this on our Active & Discovery on the Rhône cruise. 

2. Explore Vacaresti National Park 

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Found just four kilometres from Bucharest, Vacaresti National Park is also known as an Urban Delta. Immerse yourself in all its greenery and learn about this special wetland, home to over 150 different species of birds and small mammals with your Adventure Host. 

Experience this on our Active & Discovery on the Lower Danube cruise. 

3. Take to the waters of the Danube 


There’s something about being on the water that instantly soothes the soul, so a canoe excursion is perfect for the active relaxer on holiday. Paddle through the Bend Region of the Danube, renowned for its picturesque scenery along one of Europe’s most legendary rivers. 

Experience this on our Active & Discovery on the Danube cruise. 

4. Hit the street running in Cologne 

Cologne cathedral
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Cologne is one of Germany’s most beautiful cities, complete with its gothic cathedral that you can spot towering above the city skyline. Join an easy jogging tour of Cologne with rest stops along the way so your Adventure Host can explain some of the city’s history to you. What a way to explore a new city! 

Experience this on our Active & Discovery on the Rhine cruise. 

5. A bike tour for architecture-lovers 

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The city of Rotterdam is filled to the brim with a plethora of architectural highlights! Put your foot to the pedal on an architecture-focused bike tour where you’ll have the chance to see the Cube Houses, Erasmus Bridge, Market Hall and more! 

Experience this on our Active & Discovery in Holland & Belgium cruise. 

6. Head to the mountains in Bulgaria 

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With cliff houses and monolithic churches and monasteries built inside the mountains of Ivanovo, this is a fascinating hiking excursion to sink your teeth into! There’s nothing else like them in all of Bulgaria, making them a unique place to discover just outside of Rousse.  

Experience this on our Active & Discovery on the Danube from Croatia to the Black Sea cruise. 

If you’re an active relaxer, then an Active & Discovery river cruise with Avalon is the way to holiday! Take a look at our full range here

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