The Best European Destinations You Can Sail To With Avalon’s River Cruises

The Best European Destinations You Can Sail To With Avalon’s River Cruises

Watch the world go by as you meander through some of the most stunning destinations across Europe on an Avalon Waterways river cruise. On this stylish European cruise line, it’s all about the view. And that’s highly evident in their ship’s design; open-air balconies, floor-to-ceiling windows and beds angled to face the window on their newest all-suite ships. But what views are on offer from these luxury river ships? Below, we reveal Avalon Waterways’ best European destinations.

Amsterdam: River Rhine

Amsterdam is the starting point of many of Avalon’s river cruises, where you’ll have at least a full day to enjoy this captivating city, known as the ‘City of Canals’ or ‘Venice of the North’. On your guided canal tour, you’ll discover many of Amsterdam’s highlights; its historic architecture with 17th-century gabled houses, UNESCO-protected canals, bridges and leafy canal paths.

In the colourful old town, you can explore the iconic Dam Square, home to the National Monument and the grand Royal Palace but also where entertainers, artists and musicians show off their craft, adding to the vibrant culture of this city.

Cologne: River Rhine

Cologne features on several of Avalon Waterways’ itineraries, including its 5-star Romantic Rhine cruise, with options to explore the city on foot or by bike. Highlights of this German city include its world-famous cathedral, magnificent Hohenzollern Bridge and the panoramic views across the mighty Rhine River. Alternatively, you can opt to delve deeper into the city’s revered Jewish history, exploring artefacts dating back to the 11th century.

Budapest: River Danube

Budapest is another popular starting point for Avalon’s River Danube cruises, where you are also afforded plenty of time to see its sights. With knowledgeable local tour guides to showcase the highlights of this majestic capital of Hungary, you can take in its rich culture, imposing buildings and attractions that draw millions of visitors each year. Landmarks such as The House of Parliament, Heroes Square and the Hungarian State Opera House are all worthy of a visit. Or perhaps you’d rather take in the spectacular natural vistas of the River Danube with a hike led by the Adventure Host.

Bratislava: River Danube

Bratislava is an up-and-coming tourist destination. With a laid-back vibe, compact, walkable old town and charming café culture, it’s well worth a wander. Avalon Waterways offers guided tours of its main sights, including St. Martin’s Cathedral and Bratislava Castle. Or you may enjoy simply exploring the cobblestone streets, colourful medieval buildings and pausing for a coffee or a local beer while enjoying the inviting ambience.

Vienna: River Danube

Vienna’s charm comes from its wondrous blend of well-preserved history, art and architecture and lively culture. Known as the ‘City of Music’, it’s home to classical musical legends such as Mozart and Beethoven, as well as the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra – regarded as one of the best in the world. From St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the city’s well-manicured parks and tree-lined paths to the beach-style culture found on the river banks of the Danube, this Austrian capital has something for everyone. Explore this beautiful city as part of your cruise, with guided sightseeing tours by bike or on foot on offer.

Heidelberg: Neckar River (a tributary of the Rhine River)

Heidelberg may be a lesser-known destination for tourists, but its fairytale architecture makes it utterly enchanting. Guided tours are available to explore Heidelberg Castle with its Renaissance red ruins or follow the Philosopher’s Path to gain a breathtaking view of this beautiful town, the river and surrounding hills.

To find out more about Avalon Waterways’ cruise itineraries or book your next holiday, please get in touch with our cruise specialists.

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