Adventure Travel consultant Yvette Park loves nothing more than exploring at her own pace – so she wasn’t sure she’d enjoy a 15-day Avalon Waterways cruise through central Europe from Budapest to Amsterdam. But as Yvette soon found out, passengers get to spend just as much time on terra firma as they do on board the luxury ship watching the world glide by.
The cruise took Yvette went through the dramatic Rhine Gorge past the legendary Lorelei rock, and through quaint towns, stunning scenery and gothic ruins along the Danube, Main and Rhine Rivers. Most afternoons, Yvette and her now-husband disembarked to cycle through Amsterdam’s historic villages, sample some of Germany’s famous beer at charming cafes set on 16th century cobblestones, or join a tour through one of the many world-renowned museums and galleries that central Europe has to offer.
Kathy spends 6 incredible days aboard the small ship Orion. A fully-stabilised ice-class vessel which is as comfortable gliding the Thames as it is navigating polar ice, or exploring small harbours in the South Pacific.