In addition to active cruise excursions, Avalon Waterways has launched Avalon Fresh, a collaboration with two of Europe's rising culinary stars to create a mouthwatering selection of nutritious, delicious recipes.

Everyone travels to see new things, but many travel to do new things as well. With the introduction of the new Active Discovery cruises on the Danube and Rhine by Avalon Waterways, there is something for every traveler (and every fitness level).

On these interactive and energetic river cruise itineraries, you'll have opportunities to spend time with locals and learn about traditions and culture with hands-on, "get-up-and-go" activities. The world is your playground as you hike, bike, and explore your way through the scenic and historic sites.

Current Promotions:

Save up to $2000 per couple on select new 2017 and 2018 Europe river cruises booked by June 6, 2017.

Book a group of 8 on select 2017 river cruises by June 6, 2017 and one passenger travels for free!


Active Discovery on the Danube (Eastbound)
9 Day River Cruise from Linz to Budapest

Ready for a river cruise with real get-up-and-go? Introducing Active Discovery on the Danube, an exciting new river cruise that helps you experience Europe in the most engaged, action-packed, and fun ways imaginable. Bike, hike, and canoe along the Danube. Learn how to milk cows and mow grass with a scythe. Explore an ice cave, take an archery lesson, descend into an underground salt mine...or ascend a mountain during a guided climb. Play nine holes of golf, learn some of the local language—and how to prepare regional delicacies at a hands-on cooking class. In every port of call, connect with the locals...and choose the interactive excursions and activities that appeal to you most.

2017 Dates + Prices:

July 8, 2017 - July 16, 2017, starting at $3,174/pp

August 20, 2017 - August 28, 2017, starting at $4,189/pp

September 17, 2017 - September 25, 2017, starting at $5,565/pp

October 16, 2017 - October 24, 2017, starting at $3,834/pp

2018 Dates + Prices:

June 17 - June 25, 2018, starting at $3,790/pp

July 1 - July 9, 2018, starting at $3,073/pp

July 15 - July 23, 2018, currently sold out

July 29 - August 6, 2018, starting at $3,398

September 9 - September 17, 2018, starting at $4,141

September 23 - October 1, 2018, starting at $4,141


Active Discovery on the Danube (Westbound)
9 Day River Cruise from Budapest to Linz

This exciting new 9-day vacation introduces you to the people and places along the Danube from Budapest to Linz in the most active, engaged and fun ways imaginable. Start your vacation with one night in Hungary’s capital city before boarding your Avalon ship and heading for Visegrad. The choice is always yours: you might like to learn a little Hungarian in Budapest; attend a medieval knights’ tournament in Visegrad; take a jogging tour around Vienna, or visit the city when it first awakes; meet with a local produce grower in the Wachau Valley, or paddle a canoe; be introduced to a count in his castle; bike to an ancient border defense near Mauthausen or visit World War II’s largest concentration camp; taste locally produced cheese and beer brewed by Trappist monks near Linz, or hike along an old smugglers’ route. And all the while enjoy the comfort of your Avalon ship, with its delectable meals and warm, personal service. Certainly your home from home while you explore your new surroundings every day.

2017 Dates & Prices:

July 14 - July 22, 2017, starting at $3,834/pp

August 12 - August 20, 2017, starting at $3,834/pp

September 9 - September 17, 2017, starting at $4,514/pp

October 8 - October 16, 2017, starting at $4,159/pp

2018 Dates & Prices:

June 9 - June 17, 2018, starting at $3,790

June 23 - July 1, 2018, starting at $3,515/pp

July 7 - July 15, 2018, starting at $3,398/pp

July 21 - July 29, 2018, currently sold out

September 1 - September 9, 2018, starting at $4,024/pp

September 15 - September 23, 2018, starting at $4,141/pp


Active Discovery on the Rhine (Northbound)
8 Day River Cruise from Frankfurt to Amsterdam

Your river cruise adventure begins in Wiesbaden, Germany, near Frankfurt, and ends in Amsterdam—Holland’s lively capital. Active guests can choose to hike near Eltville, and in the idyllic landscape around Duisburg, climb up to Marksburg Castle for a guided visit and spectacular views, participate in a reenactment of Roman Games in Xanten, bike along the Rhine River, or join a running tour in Amsterdam.

2018 Dates & Prices:

June 3 - June 10, 2018, starting at $3,499

July 15 - July 22, 2018, starting at $2,399

August 12 - August 19, 2018, starting at $2,899

September 23 - September 30, 2018, starting at $3,149


Active Discovery on the Rhine (Southbound)
8 Day River Cruise from Amsterdam to Frankfurt

Your river cruise adventure begins in Amsterdam, Holland’s lively capital! The energetic on board might like to join a guided running tour, or for a gentler pace, see the city on a cruise, gliding through the myriad of canals lined with stately homes. Alternatively, participation in a painting class could reveal the artist in you! And every day we have more planned: Active guests can choose to bike along the Rhine, participate in a reenactment of the Roman Games, climb the many steps up to Marksburg Castle and enjoy spectacular views of the Rhine River, and hike in the beautiful landscape around Duisburg, or near Eltville.

2018 Dates & Prices:

May 27 - June 3, 2018, starting at $2,999

July 8 - July 15, 2018, starting at $2,399

August 5 - August 12, 2018, starting at $2,899

September 16 - September 23, 2018, starting at $3,149


Interested in booking a 2017 or 2018 Avalon Waterways Active Discovery cruise in Europe? Contact your personal vacation planner to help you plan the very best itinerary for your healthy travel style!

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