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Avalon Waterways

On an Avalon Waterways river cruise, you can discover each destination your way through a wide range of activities and excursions that are included in the upfront price. From hikes through French vineyards and painting classes in Amsterdam to walking tours of historic medieval towns, it's easy to customize your cruise to match your interests and sightseeing pace.

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Avalon's Europe cruise rates include a river-view stateroom, onboard meals, Wi-Fi access, guided sightseeing, sparkling wine at breakfast plus soft drinks, regional beer and wine at lunch and dinner. Complimentary beer, wine and spirits -- along with a featured cocktail of the day -- will be served during an onboard happy hour each night of the cruise.

The company's exclusive Avalon Choice program lets travelers pick from a variety of included excursions on every itinerary -- there are Classic, Active and Discovery options.

On "Classic" excursions, learn about each destination's history and traditions with local experts on walking tours and visits to museums, cathedrals, castles or archaeological sites.

"Active" excursions can involve pedaling along the cycling paths of Budapest or kayaking in Rouen. Adventure Hosts on Europe departures can provide maps, bicycles and Nordic walking sticks to those who wish to explore on their own.

On "Discovery" excursions, you might join a private musical performance or try a local recipe in a cooking class. Enjoy interactive experiences in a variety of venues, from renowned music halls and galleries to farmhouse kitchens.

Avalon's Active & Discovery itineraries provide a greater number of enriching and immersive shore outings. These can include energetic activities, like biking or kayaking, as well as interactive experiences such as composing your own waltz or participating in a cocktail workshop.

The Storyteller Series is a collection of cruises featuring celebrity hosts. Guest speakers this year include Graham McTavish, Scottish actor and author known for his on-screen roles in hits like The Hobbit and The Witcher; rock band Sister Hazel and Jen Hatmaker, podcaster and best-selling author of books such as For the Love and a cookbook, Feed These People.

Avalon debuted new Douro River cruises in Portugal last month. Visit hillside vineyards, medieval castles and delightful villages on the brand-new Avalon Alegria Suite Ship. Like Avalon's other Suite Ships in Europe, most of the accommodations are 200-square-foot Panorama Suites with wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows that slide open, essentially turning your room into one huge veranda.

Next year, the line will introduce new river cruises in Bordeaux. Cruise the enchanting Garonne and Dordogne rivers and discover postcard-perfect towns, historic chateaux and charming wineries on itineraries highlighting the rich traditions of southwest France. Some sailings also include time on the Seine, Saone, Rhone and Rhine rivers.

Avalon has also rolled out new sustainability initiatives on its ships, with a special focus on waste reduction and recycling programs. Shore activities are carefully planned to support local businesses and communities while providing guests with unique, memorable experiences.