Why a Europe river cruise in winter?

There are many reasons European winter river cruises are a favourite of Avalon travellers. The winter in Europe lasts from November to April, but you won’t find it keeping Europeans indoors. In fact winter is when Europe’s most famous cities are at their best, dressed up with shimmering lights and seasonal decorations celebrating the winter season. There is also an amazing lineup of winter festivals and events including Nativity (also known as Advent), Saint Nicholas Day, Winter Solstice, Christmas and New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day.

A carefully planned Avalon Waterways European winter river cruise could see you at one or more of these wonderful winterland festivals. Wander through the eccentric scenery of the Heidelberg Castle, towering magnificently over the city and among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps, on the eight-day Romantic Rhine; or enjoy cruising the picturesque canals of Amsterdam on the 15-day Magnificent Europe river cruise.

If you are budget conscious, European winter river cruises (outside of the main holiday periods of Christmas and New Year) offer unmatched value for money. Besides paying less for your cruise, low season, also known as off-peak, has fewer travellers and less crowding, and local residents, who are aren’t overwhelmed by the deluge of summer travellers, are likely to have more time to exchange pleasantries with you.

Avalon Waterways’ is offering savings of $1000 per couple off select 2014 European river cruises if booked and deposited by 19 November 2013. European river cruises boast a wide range of itineraries. Visit the website and order the 2014 Avalon Waterways brochure or view an ebrochure

Written by Debbie McTaggart