15 MAR 2019: It’s bound to be a memorable trip. The author of the No. 1 New York Times-bestselling ‘Outlander’ series Diana Gabaldon is exclusively hosting a new Author Cruise on the Rhine River, for a week in June of 2020.

“Diana Gabaldon has added to the storytelling tapestry of our lives while also inspiring travel with her literature,” said Pam Hoffee, managing director of Avalon Waterways.

“In her Outlander series of novels and novellas – now an award-winning series on W Network – she has brought to life the backdrops of Scotland, North America, France, Germany as well as dozens of destinations across the globe. On the June 9, 2020 departure of Avalon’s Romantic Rhine Author Cruise with Diana Gabaldon from Basel to Amsterdam, this inspiring storyteller will share an inspired cruise – and daily excursions – with an intimate group of her fans.”

A magical journey

From the German Black Forest of fairy tales to the historic canals of Amsterdam, Avalon Waterways and Diana Gabaldon invite travellers to savour the magic of the Rhine River. This week-long vacation on board the Avalon Expression (with a capacity of just 166 passengers) delivers cruisers to the heart of Europe to explore towns and cities along the Rhine, while they enjoy panoramic views and spectacular, castle-lined backdrops day and night.

Also new for 2020 is themed cruise Reflections on the Seine for photography enthusiasts hosted by Brenda Tharp, photography veteran and co-author of ‘Extraordinary Everyday Photography.’

Photography enthusiasts and aspiring shutterbugs can learn from a seasoned photographer, as they cruise along the Seine River enjoying the beauty of France, from Paris to Le Havre, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stops include the WWII Landing Beaches in Normandy, Monet’s Giverny, Rouen’s astronomical clock, Van Gogh’s Auvers-sur-Oise and Napoléon’s Chateau de Malmaison.

“Avalon’s Special Interest itineraries complement stories with stout, history with harmony and impressions with impressionism,” said Hoffee. “In addition to announcing new author and photography cruises in 2020, we are also unveiling new culinary-themed vacations and favourites featuring wine, beer, history, heritage and of course, Christmas markets. Regardless of the theme, our passion-filled vacations have the great distinction of uniting our guests with their pastimes and other like-minded travellers.”

New culinary cruises include:

A Culinary Experience in Burgundy & Provence (March 31 departure)

A Culinary Experience on Rhine & Rhone Revealed (March 24 departure)

The World in Red & White: Wine Cruises.

Whether travellers are weekend-sippers or wannabe sommeliers, it’s time to take a cruise where the river and Rieslings flow. On these 2020 cruises, wine lovers of the world will unite with some of the world’s most renowned winemakers and wine masters on the rolling vineyards of Europe.

Danube Dreams for Wine Lovers (April 30 and October 29 departures)

Burgundy & Provence for Wine Lovers (October 6, October 20 and October 25 departure)

Grand France for Wine Lovers (October 6 and October 20 departures)

Rhine & Rhône Revealed for Wine Lovers (October 6 and October 20 departures)

Adventure is Brewing: Beer cruises

Pairing fascinating history with a beverage that goes just as far back in time, an Avalon Beer Cruise promises incredible scenery and visits to the greatest beer scenes in Europe.

Tulip Time Cruise for Beer Enthusiasts (April 4 departure)

Enchanted Europe for Beer Enthusiasts (July 16 departure)

Magnificent Europe for Beer Enthusiasts (October 27 departure)

Festive Time Cruises.

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 2020, Avalon Waterways is offering 16 Christmas Market Cruises throughout Europe.

Wonder in Bloom: Garden & Nature Cruises.

Spring in Holland and Belgium is no time to tiptoe through the tulips. It’s time to sail and stroll through their glorious splendour.
Tulip Time Cruise for Garden & Nature Lovers (April 11 and 18 departures)

Remembrance on the River: World War I and II Cruises.

All river cruises venture back in time. These World War I and II-themed history cruises make a special trip to honour and commemorate the significant sites of the fearless and fallen who fought for freedom.
Tulip Time in Holland & Belgium WW1 Remembrance & History Cruise (April 19 departure)

Paris to Normandy WWII Remembrance & History Cruise (June 2 departure)

Once Upon a Castle: Habsburg Cruises.

In fairytale settings of Germany, Austria and Hungary, Avalon Waterways is rolling out the red carpet for travellers sailing along the Danube. From the palaces of Budapest and Vienna to the castles and estates of the surrounding countryside, it’s time to sip Champagne in the same reception rooms and walk the same art-filled corridors of Europe’s royal past.
Danube Dreams with Habsburg & Royalty (July 11 departure)

From the Danube Delta to Prague with Habsburg & Royalty (July 2 departure)

Under the Star: Jewish Heritage Cruises.

History’s most moving chapters come to life sailing down the Danube, Rhine and Rhône Rivers on an Avalon Jewish Heritage cruise. Deep in the Jewish quarters of Europe’s most historic cities, explore museums and monuments, cemeteries and synagogues and learn the touching stories behind them all.

Romantic Rhine with Jewish Heritage (July 21 departure)

Rhine & Rhône Revealed with Jewish Heritage (July 14 departure)

The Legendary Danube with Jewish Heritage (August 13 departure)

Passion for the Passion Play.

Finally, for travellers who have been waiting years (and years) to experience Oberammergau’s Passion Play – a theatrical tradition that has taken place every 10 years since 1634 – Avalon Waterways is delivering an unforgettable cruise experience and preferred seating at the Passion Play.

• Danube Dreams with Oberammergau 2020 (multiple departures throughout 2020)

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