On the heels of announcing two new Suite Ships in Europe and Avalon ChoiceSM - an entirely new concept in river cruising - for 2013, Avalon Waterways is also unveiling plans to add five new itineraries (plus a new themed cruise) to its already impressive roster of cruise options.
¡°Our choice cruise options will now include more journeys through northern Holland, Austria, Central Europe and Germany,¡± said Patrick Clark, managing director of Avalon Waterways. ¡°In addition, we¡¯re giving cruisers the chance to discover the divine tastes and incredible flavors of northern France on a new Culinary Cruise. And, in Asia, we¡¯re adding an exciting new cruise along China¡¯s mighty Yangtze River, aboard two new ships.¡±
NEW EUROPE CRUISES:
According to Clark, ¡°On this cruise, travelers will enjoy cider, wine and oil tastings. They will also visit a calvados distillery and a farm that produces the delicious Pont l¡¯Ev¨ºque and Liarot cheeses. In addition, a local chef will prepare for guests a menu of regional specialties while sharing tips for food preparation.¡±
Another sure-to-be-hit for those interested in cruising Europe is Avalon¡¯s 8-day NEW! Tulips of Northern Holland vacation, priced from $2,449. ¡°Every year, our traditional Tulip Time Cruise sells out,¡± said Clark. ¡°Now, we¡¯re giving our travelers who love the beauty and history of Holland¡¯s tulips a chance to combine some well-known sights with off the beaten path experiences.¡±
Originating in Amsterdam, on this itinerary, cruisers will enjoy the region of ¡°North Holland¡± where tulip fields abound before cruising farther north to the region known as ¡°Friesland,¡± famous for its black and white cows. They¡¯ll sail across the Ijsselmeer and take a walking tour of the small town of Hoorn. They will also visit the ZuiderZee Museum in Enkhuizen, the Batavia shipyard in Lelystad and a windmill outside the fishing village of Volendam, with even more excursion choices in Arnhem and Rotterdam.
Other new European cruises for Avalon for 2013:
NEW ASIA OFFERINGS:
According to Clark, on this new itinerary, travelers can experience China in-depth. They¡¯ll visit world-famous sights in Beijing, Xi¡¯an, Lijiang, Shanghai and Hong Kong, including such must-see sites as the Forbidden City, Great Wall, Sacred Way of the Ming Tombs, Terracotta Warriors, Yu Yuan Gardens and Stanley Market. We¡¯re also offering them amazing, immersive experiences such as attending a special cloisonn¨¦ and lacquer workshops, a noodle-making demonstration, calligraphy class, rickshaw ride through Beijing¡¯s hutongs and a sampan ride on Hong Kong¡¯s harbor.
¡°In 2013, our travelers can choose from a 4-to 24-day cruise as well as a cruise-only voyage or an extensive cruise-plus-land journey,¡± said Clark. ¡°We have put together more than 100 cruise package possibilities on the greatest waterways in the world with hundreds of guaranteed departures to fit cruisers¡¯ interests in Europe, Egypt, China, Southeast Asia and the Gal¨¢pagos Islands.¡±
DEAL ALERT: Right now, Avalon Waterways is offering travelers a few ways to save on its 2013 cruises including offering up to $1,000 off per couple on ¡°Book Now Sailings¡± as well as an early airfare price guarantee for Europe sailings. For details, click here.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
New ships, new ideas and new itineraries for 2013
Source = Avalon Waterways