For the first time, two once-in-a-decade experiences will happen together next year. Avalon Waterways is offering travellers the chance to enjoy the delayed Oberammergau’s Passion Play and The Floriade with special sailings, plus its most robust line-up of special interest cruises for 2022.
Passion at Play-Oberammergau Cruises: A theatrical tradition since 1634, the world-famous Oberammergau Passion Play, which recalls the Passion from the Last Supper to the Crucifixion, has been performed in the Bavarian village of Oberammergau once a decade. Because of the worldwide pandemic of 2020, this experience was postponed for the first time in 400 years. On Avalon Waterways’ special Passion Play departures, Avalon’s guests will enjoy premier seating for the Passion Play and accommodations in the heart of Oberammergau as well as the support of on-site staff, helping them make the most of their stay. Avalon is offering three Oberammergau itineraries in 2022 sailing the Rhine and Danube Rivers.
Bloom & Grow-Floriade Cruises: Avalon also is inviting travellers to be their guests at the 2022 International Horticultural Exhibition Floriade Expo and to join in a celebration of flora, colour, fragrance and food. This event in the Dutch town of Almere can be an included excursion on three Holland river cruises with Avalon Waterways. It’s also available as an optional excursion on 12 itineraries.
In addition to its special event itineraries, Avalon is offering numerous special interest cruises in 2022. “These itineraries complement stories with stout, winding scenery with wine, palatial impressions with palaces and photography and fairytale villages with holiday festivities,” said Pam Hoffee, managing director of Avalon Waterways. “Our special interest vacations unite our guests with their pastimes and other like-minded travellers.”
Holiday Joy and Jolly-Festive Time Cruises: Experience the holiday season the European way! Travellers will enjoy the jolly atmosphere on their festively decorated Suite Ship as they delight in the sights, smells, tastes and local traditions of Europe’s Christmas markets. In 2022, Avalon Waterways is offering 17 Christmas Cruises throughout Europe.
The World in Red & White-Wine Cruises: On these wine cruises, wine lovers unite with the world’s most renowned winemakers and wine masters on the vineyards of Europe along the Danube, Moselle, Rhône and Saône Rivers.
Adventure is Brewing-Beer Cruises: Pairing fascinating history with a beverage that goes just as far back in time, an Avalon beer cruise promises scenery and visits to the beer scenes in Europe. NEW for 2022 are Bites, Brews & Views cruises through Holland & Belgium.
Palate-Pleasing Fun-Culinary Cruises: Guests will savour an adventure in haute cuisine and family favourites on a culinary cruise through Burgundy and Provence.
Picture-Perfect-Photography Cruise: Focus your camera on the beauty, history, people, and natural wonders of Europe on a cruise for photography enthusiasts. Whether an accomplished photographer or an aspiring shutterbug, guests will develop their skills along Europe’s rivers.
Tip-Toe Through Tulips-Garden & Nature Cruises: The fields of Holland and Belgium erupt in the springtime. Nature lovers and green thumbs will relish this ultimate garden party on an Avalon Garden & Nature cruise.
Remembrance on the River-World War II Cruises: These World War II history cruises travel through time to the 1940s to honour and commemorate the significant sites of the Second World War and the fearless and fallen that fought for freedom.
Once Upon a Castle-Habsburg Cruises: From the palaces of Budapest and Vienna to the castles and estates of the surrounding countryside, guests sip champagne in the same reception rooms, walk the same art-filled corridors and even take waltz lessons in the grand ball tradition of Europe’s royal past.
Under the Star-Jewish Heritage Cruises: Deep in the Jewish quarters of Europe’s most historic cities, explore museums and monuments, cemeteries and synagogues and get the touching stories behind them all on-site and with onboard lectures.
Adapted from Insider Travel Report.