Avalon Waterways Early Bird Deals
Whenever I come across value deals I will try to pass them on. I have no financial reward in any of these and suggest readers do their own research. Europe is shaping up to be one of the best value holiday destinations for Australian travellers in 2011, with Avalon Waterways releasing early bird deals on its European river cruise program offering savings of up to $400 per couple.
The river cruise operator’s 2011 tour prices have dropped by an average of 21 per cent compared with 2010, thanks to the strong performance of the Australian dollar. On sale until December 15 or until sold out, the early bird deals feature savings on nine European river cruises of 12 days or more sailing between March and July 2011.
Options include the 14-day Windmills, Vineyards and Paris cruise, which combines a two-night stay in the romantic city of Paris with the highlights of river cruising from Luxembourg through Germany, Belgium and Holland before ending in Amsterdam. Travellers on the cruise will enjoy visiting Reichsburg Castle in Cochem, sampling Rieslings in Rudesheim and cruising the canals of Amsterdam. Departing June 13, 2011, the cruise is priced from $4456* per person (including discount). Francophiles may prefer spending 16 days on a tour of Grand France, with the chance to savour Camembert cheese and apple cider and brandy from Normandy in the north before heading south to taste the fine wines and cognac of Provence.
Departing from Paris on April 19, 2011, holidaymakers will visit Rouen and the Normandy landing beaches before returning to Paris and sailing south via Lyon, Avignon and ending in the Cote d’Azur. Fares start from $6020* per person (including discount).
The early bird deal also applies to Avalon’s most popular European river cruise, the 15-day Magnificent Europe. Departing Amsterdam April 24, 2011, travellers will see the highlights of Central Europe journeying through Holland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia before ending in Budapest. Fares start from $5144* per person twin share (including discount).
I love river cruising,