Last week I had the opportunity to attend a lunch-and-learn offering made by Globus Family Brands. If you haven’t heard of Globus they are comprised of four unique and truly incredible products. Globus is fully escorted tours both in the US and abroad. Monograms is independent (non-escorted) world wide travel. Cosmos is value escorted vacations in Europe and US. Then, there is Avalon Waterways which is what I wanted to tell you about today. I will write other articles going into the other brands but today I want to focus on the exceptional quality and experience of Avalon. I’m very, very excited to be able to bring you such incredible adventures.
Avalon Waterways is river cruising at its best. They offer river cruises in Europe, Asia, Egypt and the Galapagos Islands. Each itinerary is incredibly well thought out and offers unique experiences. Doesn’t this look like something you want to do?
There are several differences in cruising the large ocean going ships and the smaller more intimate river cruising ships. One, of course, is the size. On a river cruise, instead of being aboard with 5,000 or so other passengers as you would be on an ocean cruise, you are more likely to have a mere 130 to 160 passengers.
For those who don’t feel comfortable with being in the middle of the ocean, river cruising could be an excellent option. You will have land on both sides of you throughout the trip and never leave sight of land at all.
These cruises are all-inclusive. Yep, all-inclusive! Some of the included features that you must pay extra for on a large ocean liner are: shore excursions, pre or post-night hotels (included on many of the cruises), dining options and 5 course welcome and farewell dinners, (wine, beer or soft drinks) with meals, specialty coffees 24 hr., wi-fi access, outside cabins, 80% open air balconies, destination guidebook and cruise documents. The inclusions are just part of what makes this company such an outstanding choice for cruising.
With Avalon each stop along the way is an opportunity for a shore excursion into ports that the larger ships cannot reach. Imagine starting your voyage in Amsterdam then stopping at several scheduled excursions in Germany and ending up in Paris by high speed train. What about a cruise along the Nile in Africa or the Yangtze in Asia? These cruises are more like guided tours than anything you will experience on the typical ocean voyage.
Speaking of tours, each destination has a tour guide who knows the area intimately and will show you around and acquaint you with the locality. On each excursion, you have a headset to listen to the guide. This is really nice because you can be up to 100 feet away and still hear them. Ladies, this means you can shop along the way or browse things on your own and still learn everything you wanted to learn! Now, it doesn’t get much better than this.
I could go on and on about Avalon and all the things they offer. This is truly a wonderful opportunity to combine the experience of cruising with luxury and sightseeing all on the same vacation. I am just tickled to be able to share it with you. I’m thinking that I can knock “Paris in the Spring” off my bucket list by taking one of these fabulous cruises!!
I’m happy to announce that we now have our new Avalon website set up where you can browse all the offerings they have, information regarding their fleet and itineraries, as well as request quotes and rates. Check it out here. If you have any questions or need any information, please let me know. I’ll be happy to help you. Also, if you have taken an Avalon Waterways cruise, I would love to hear all about it.