Interested in turning the page on the classic cruise? Transport yourself through time and tales with revered raconteurs on Avalon Waterways’ NEW Storyteller Series. Hosted by famous authors and artists such as Diana Gabaldon, Gillian Flynn, Candace Bushnell, Cheryl Strayed, Christopher Moore, Edwin McCain and Sister Hazel, we invite you to meet legends in legendary landscapes. To sail past cliffside castles while uncovering cliff-hangers and capture insider narratives outside the pages of novels, scripts and song lyrics. Add to the storytelling tapestry of your life when you join Avalon – and your favourite chart-topping troubadour – for a “once upon a river” experience through Europe’s vineyard-clad vistas and storybook settings.
“One of the great pleasures of life is the setting, and what better backdrop to enjoy art, history, food and camaraderie than a river cruise on the Seine, a magical waterway that’s mesmerized and inspired since medieval times. This Avalon Active and Discovery Cruise will allow you to flow between the centuries without leaving the comforts of the present. Can’t wait to take this journey with you."
- Candace Bushnell
"I grew up alongside a river in the middle of America and have always been mesmerized by not just their beauty but their symbolism: of movement, change and possibility. So I'm truly thrilled to be spending time on the Avalon Waterways' Active & Discovery cruise on the Danube River, in a part of the world I've not yet explored, learning and enjoying each day with true fellow travelers."- Gillian Flynn
“Travel has long been a source of inspiration and rejuvenation for me and I cannot imagine a better place to seek (and find) both of those things than on the legendary Danube River. I could not be more excited to sail from Budapest to Deggendorf on the Avalon Active & Discovery cruise and I’m especially thrilled to be doing it with group of like-minded travelers. Together we’ll explore, connect, relax, and revel in the wild beauty that every adventure brings.”-Cheryl Strayed
"Nothing fires the imagination like travel; and traveling on a river cruise allows you to enjoy art, culture, and history, with an ease that frees the imagination to fly to the greatest heights of invention. I can't wait to share the joy of discovery with fellow travelers."-Christopher Moore
"As a history lover I am very excited to be a part of this once in a lifetime experience. My favorite shows I play are the most intimate ones. This cruise is going to provide such a great setting. Really looking forward to sharing an incredible trip with you all".- Edwin McCain
Diana Gabaldon is the author of the award-winning, No. 1New York Times bestselling OUTLANDER novels and is described by Salon magazine as “the smartest historical sci-fi adventure-romance story ever written by a science Ph.D. with a background in scripting ’Scrooge McDuck‘ comics.” In 2014, STARZ created a popular television series (also called “OUTLANDER”) based on Ms. Gabaldon’s books.
“We don’t get a lot of firsts this far into our career. Playing our music to our fans on a Rhine River Cruise is an experience none of us would have imagined. We’re grateful for the opportunity and excited for the experience!”
- Jett Beres from Sister Hazel
Avalon Active Discovery invites you to expand the horizons of your favourite activities with new experiences.
Explore the culture, sights, and adventures waiting beyond the shore in the most active, engaged, and fun ways imaginable. Learn some of the local language—and then go try it in a café or pub. Take in more than the scenery by learning something new, meeting new friends, and reaching new heights.