For lovers of art, wine and music

If you’re looking for the next big thing in travel, you’ve probably come across luxury river cruising with Avalon Waterways. Now imaging combining that experience and indulging in France’s world-renowned art, wine and music as they cruise the nation’s rivers and discover the beauty of its countryside. Sounds too good to be true? It isn’t. Welcome aboard an Avalon Waterways themed river cruise.

As the popularity of river cruising continues to grow Avalon Waterways is introducing travellers to a selection of specialised theme cruises travelling Europe in style, while indulging a personal passion at the same time.

For an art buff, few things could be more evocative than cruising slowly down the Seine following the brush-strokes of Claude Monet. And for wine lovers, a cruise through Burgundy and Provence is the perfect way to experience one of the world’s most revered wine regions.

Themed cruises offer an opportunity to join other travellers with a shared interest, exploring historic sites with specialist guides and hearing fascinating on-board presentations along the way. 

Avalon’s Art and Impressionist Cruise through northern France begins in Paris with a visit to the renowned Musée d’Orsay, accompanied by an expert guide, before setting off down the Seine to explore many artistic stops of interest, such as Claude Monet’s famous gardens at Giverny. For those who like their glass half full, Avalon offers a special Burgundy and Provence wine-themed cruise with distinguished wine authorities explaining the grape varietals and organising tastings as the ship winds its way along the Saone and the Rhone. This same cruise itinerary is also the setting for Avalon’s upbeat Jazz Cruise coinciding with the popular Vienne Jazz Festival in France.

These are only a small selection of themed cruises in 2014. Itineraries with a focus on beer tasting, golf, wellness and WWI history, music and Jewish Heritage can also be viewed online.

Written by Debbie McTaggart