Avalon Waterways announces 2013 River Cruises

On the heels of announcing two new Suite Ships in Europe and Avalon ChoiceSM a completely new notion in river cruising for 2013, Avalon Waterways is also unveiling plans to add 5 new itineraries plus a brand new themed cruise to its currently impressive roster of cruise choices.

NEW EUROPE CRUISES: Due to elevated demand for passion travel, Avalon Waterways is expanding its preferred  wine-, music-, art-, legacy- and holiday-vacations to incorporate a brand new culinary-themed cruise, offered on two itineraries for 2013: Paris to Normandy's Landing Beaches and Grand France.Yet another sure-to-be-hit for all those considering cruising Europe is Avalon's 8-day NEW! Tulips of Northern Holland vacation, priced from $2,449. "Each year our  classic  Tulip Time Cruise sells out"  mentioned Clark.  "Now, we're giving our travelers who adore the beauty and history of Holland's tulips an opportunity to combine some well-known sights with off the beaten path experiences." .Originating in Amsterdam, on this itinerary, cruisers will appreciate the region of North Holland where tulip fields abound just before cruising farther north towards the region called Friesland  renowned  for its black and white cows.  They'll sail across the Ijsselmeer and take a walking tour from the tiny town of Hoorn.  They'll  also go to the ZuiderZee Museum in Enkhuizen, the Batavia shipyard in Lelystad along with windmill outside the fishing village of Volendam, with much more excursion selections in Arnhem and Rotterdam. Other new European cruises for Avalon for 2013:  NEW! Austrian Highlights & Bavaria:  On this 9-day cruise vacation, travelers will go to Austria's capital, Vienna, as nicely as charming smaller towns like Melk, Durnstein and Grein prior to heading into Germany's Bavaria.  This new vacation also includes time in Munich as well as a visit to Oberammergau.  Priced from $2,579 land/cruise (priced from $1,849 cruise-only). NEW! Capitals of Central Europe:  With both 10- and 12-day choices, this itinerary focuses on Europe's splendid capital cities Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest as well as the many little towns that dot the landscape along the way.  Priced from $2,939 land/cruise. NEW! Highlights of Germany:  On this 13-day journey from Munich to Basel, Avalon guests will check out two of King Ludwig's most well-known castles: Newuschwanstein, the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's castle, and Linderhof.  They'll also get pleasure from a beer tasting in Nuremberg and exploration throughout Regensburg, one of Germany's best-preserved medieval cities.   Itinerary visits also involve UNESCO World Heritage sites in Bamberg and Wurzberg. NEW ASIA OFFERINGS:In 2013, Avalon Waterways is introducing two new ships in Asia . The Century Legend and Century Paragon and adding a fourth itinerary a Smaller Group Discovery vacation:a 15-day NEW! Enchanting China & the Yangtze River, priced from $3,629.