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February 16, 2021


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Avalon Redesigns “Sail & See” and “Dock & Do” Experiences for Cruisers


LITTLETON, Colorado – February 16, 2021 – Meandering through storied scenery including hillside castles, craggy cliffs, terraced vineyards and the medieval towns of five countries, the Rhine River weaves together a tapestry of history and culture, plus countless UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

“River cruising along the Rhine River with Avalon Waterways offers travelers the ease, the breeze and the do-as-you-please experience they’re looking for this year,” said Pam Hoffee, managing director of Avalon Waterways. “And, with not-so-common Panorama Suites featuring the widest-views in river cruising, we’re also delivering a much-needed cure for cabin fever.”

To showcase the types of experiences in store for travelers, Avalon has unveiled some of its favorite “Sail & See” and “Dock & Do” experiences along the Rhine River.

Sail & See.

Through the widest windows in river cruising, these are just a few of the divine sights of the Rhine that cruisers will see – and savor – with Avalon Waterways.

  • The Alluring Lorelei – The iconic Lorelei rock formation is shrouded in mystery and the myth of a maiden who sat atop the cliff and serenaded sailors through the centuries.
  • Sweet Cologne – Built from 1248 to the 1880s, the magnificence of the Cologne Cathedral makes one feel incredibly small. And it should. Its two towers were once the tallest structures on Earth.
  • Romantic Rudesheim – Made popular by the Romantics in the early 19th century, Rudesheim delights with its terraced vineyards, medieval alleyways and quirky, mechanical music museum.
  • Gorge-ous Castles – Experience whiplash in the best way as you sail through the Rhine Gorge and the 40 castles rising high above medieval villages and vineyard-clad hillsides.
  • Storybook Strasbourg – From its twisting, old town alleyways and crooked, half-timbered homes to its cozy winstubs, or Alsatian taverns, Strasbourg offers a walk through the pages of a Grimm fairytale.
  • Brewtiful Bamberg – Dubbed the “Rome of Germany,” the cobblestoned town of Bamberg is not only a beautiful, UNESCO World Heritage site, it’s also known for its signature, smoked beer.


Dock & Do.

While the Rhine conjures up fairytale fantasies of the Old World, Avalon invites you to enjoy new, memorable experiences with immersive sightseeing and active discoveries in every port.

  • Swirl, Sip and Swoon – Travel along the famed Alsace Wine Route on an enchanting excursion into the countryside for an underground, wine cellar tasting of local wines.
  • Have a Barrel of Fun – Join an expert guide for a tour of Düsseldorf’s world-famous Altbiers. Learn about these historic, top-fermented brews, including what gives them their dark, copper coloring and crisp, fruity taste.
  • Make Your Mark – Walk through Graffiti Street in Ghent where artists create striking spray-can art to their heart’s content. Here, you’re welcome to grab a can and make your own art in the ever-changing, anything-goes alley.
  • Ride Like the Wind – Join a biking tour through the Dutch countryside past polders, dykes, windmills and quaint, centuries-old villages.
  • Take a Bite out of Time – Visit Nijmegen’s 12th-century Commanderie for a fascinating foodie workshop featuring long-forgotten European foods, recipes and ingredients.
  • Say “Oui!” Say “Ja!” – Discover the fusion of German and French culture through storybook Colmar – the “Little Venice” of France and capital of the Alsace Wine Region.

BOOK NOW & SAVE: Enjoy $299 AIR, PLUS SAVE up to $2,000/couple on select 2021/2022 Europe river cruises. For details, click here.

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Travelers wanting to see the world need only cruise down its legendary rivers. For those interested in seeing more of the world, there’s Avalon Waterways®. Our entire fleet of Suite Ships® proudly present Avalon Waterways’ unique Open-Air BalconySM—cruising’s only bed with a view, more space and 24/7 access to open-air cruising. When travelers pair panoramic scenes with the widest-ranging excursion choices in river cruising, they’re in for an experience as wide open as the view.
On an Avalon cruise, schedules give way to whims, leaving travelers the freedom to do exactly as they please, when they please. Whether enjoying a guided walking tour of one of Europe’s great cities, joining a cooking class or paddling a canoe, our Avalon Choice® selections of Classic, Discovery and Active excursions offer a wide range of possibilities. When travelers prefer to explore on their own, Avalon helps with recommendations, information and the gear they need, thanks to Adventure Hosts, an Adventure Center and AvalonGO mobile app. And when it’s time to refuel, Avalon’s FlexDining® program gives guests the choices they crave.
When travelers sail the world with Avalon Waterways, every day is an adventure and every adventure is up to our guests. For more information, visit; travel agents can visit Avalon Waterways is a proud supporter of The Ocean Cleanup.