Ready to escape reality and experience the luxury of everyday extravagance? On an Avalon Waterways river cruise, you’ll be spellbound by the world’s most enchanting rivers while being served gourmet cuisine in style.

Why not treat yourself or someone you love to an experience of a lifetime? It is time to indulge yourself and enjoy relaxing in comfort on an Avalon Waterways river cruise.

There is so much to choose from with options for varying budgets and interests and with more than 80 cruises on offer. Pick from cruises sailing up ten spectacular rivers and through 20 countries in Europe, Asia, South America, and Egypt.

If you’ve always dreamed of seeing the tulips in Amsterdam in springtime and the breathtaking colours of Keukenhof, also known as the “Garden of Europe” with almost 7 million flowering bulbs and 70 acres of parklands, then you’ll enjoy an eight-day experience through both Holland and Belgium.

Or if you’d prefer to immerse yourself in French history then sail along the Rhône River and visit Arles where Van Gogh was inspired to create many of his iconic paintings. There is also the option to visit the historic Normandy Landing Beaches, including Omaha Beach, the Point du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery, or a visit to Les Andelys, Joan of Arc’s Rouen, and Napoleon and Josephine’s Malmaison while on the Seine River. It is like living inside a history book.

Avalon has a wide range of special interest-themed and festive cruises such as wine appreciation in Budapest and France and beer tasting in Amsterdam. There are even unique Christmas experiences where you can have a European holiday to remember. For example, take a festive cruise to see the Black Forest and go shopping at European Christmas markets.

Above: Explore the spectacular vineyard-lined Rhine River Valley. Image: Shutterstock

With Avalon Choice, you are invited to create your own path and choose from a wide array of daily excursions depending on your unique interests. If you are travelling with a companion with different hobbies then you can go your own way during the day and meet up on board later for a gourmet meal to swap experiences and show off your photos.

For more active travellers, there is an Adventure Host on board to offer options and all the equipment you’ll need for your expeditions. Or download the complimentary AvalonGO app, which is a digital guide that allows you to navigate local streets easily with offline GPS navigation even if you don’t have access to WiFi. It also allows you to document your journey with spectacular photos you snap and notes you take so your friends and family can keep a track of your holiday on the go on social media.

It’s all about creating a holiday that is perfect for individuals so you can cruise your own way enjoying classic sightseeing and immersing yourself in the local culture.

There’s a breadth of products to choose from. With its Active & Discovery river cruises, Avalon offers engaging and interactive pursuits such as painting a canvas on board or paddling in a kayak on an iconic river. Choose from an adventure of the mind or the heart rate on award-winning Suite Ships.

The entire Avalon fleet in Southeast Asia and Europe consists of Suite Ships. So, you’ll experience a ‘view with a room’ with a Panoramic Suite which is built with the widest-opening windows in river cruising. There’s also the Open-Air Balcony, the Comfort Collection bed which is turned to face the ever-changing scenery, and unique features to beautifully blur the line between outside and in. It really is an experience like no other.

If you choose, there is also the option to add combinations of land holidays before or after your cruise to extend your trip for as long as you want. Top it off with the gourmet cuisine and excellent onboard service and it is time to get ready for the holiday of a lifetime.

Avalon Assurance: The world has changed, but what remains certain is our commitment to your peace-of-mind while travelling. To that end, we’ve established a set of enhanced pre and onboard protocols and procedures to ensure health – and happiness – throughout your journey with us.

This is a sponsored article produced in partnership with Avalon Waterways.