Avalon Waterways has introduced new themes for its 2014 cruises, including golf, beer tasting and wellness options.

Examples include a nine-day beer tasting cruise, ‘Austrian Highlights & Bavaria’, departing on October 13 and leading in at £2,169 per person. It includes tastings and lectures from a beer expert as well as a dinner paired with selected beers for each course. Breweries featured include the Ottakringer brewery, Freistadt brewery and a visit to the Kuchlbauer World of Beer in Abensberg.

Alternatively, golf enthusiasts can embark on a nine-day ‘Austrian Highlights & Bavaria’ golf trip, departing on July 7 and leading in at £2,215 per person. Guests can experience the fairways and greens of selected golf courses in Austria and Bavaria before returning to the line’s newest cruise ship, Artistry II, for dinner served with regional wines. Up to three rounds of golf can be played at courses close to where the ship is moored.

Meanwhile, a new ‘Blue Danube Discovery’ wellness cruise departs on July 14 and costs from £2,909 per person. Guests will start every morning with exercise programmes featuring stretching and yoga as well as attending lectures on healthy lifestyles and healthy dining options devised with the help of a nutritionist. Cruise highlights include two nights in Budapest before sailing to Vienna, Durnstein, Melk, Passau, Regensburg and Nuremberg, as well as three nights in Prague. A visit to the Gellerth Baths is also included in the visit to Budapest.

For details see www.avaloncruises.co.uk


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