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Avalon Waterways

On an Avalon Waterways vacation, 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 includes 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 gives travelers their pick of a variety of included excursions on every itinerary -- there are Classic, Discovery and Active 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. Meanwhile, Avalon's "Discovery" experiences are more interactive: Join a cooking class in Lyon or sample wines in the Mosel Valley, for example.

On "Active" excursions, you might pedal along the cycling paths of Budapest or kayak in Rouen. Adventure Hosts on Europe departures can provide suggestions, maps, bicycles and Nordic walking sticks to those who wish to explore on their own.

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 discoveries such as composing your own waltz or participating in a cocktail workshop.

The Storyteller Series is a collection of cruises featuring celebrity hosts. Next year's guest speakers include Diana Gabaldon, author of the popular Outlander series; Graham McTavish, Scottish actor and author known for his on-screen roles in hits like The Hobbit and The Witcher; and Jen Hatmaker, podcaster and best-selling author of books such as For the Love and a new cookbook, Feed These People.

Avalon will introduce new Douro River cruises in Portugal next year. Visit hillside vineyards, medieval castles and charming 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.

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.