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Check out the latest 50% off Avalon river cruise exclusive below


Hello from Albuquerque, New Mexico!

Spring is here, which means our river cruising season is about to be in full swing! Today I’m writing to you about a new offer from Avalon Waterways, exclusively for Pavlus Travel guests. They need to sell their 2022 inventory so Avalon is offering our guests 50% off select sailings. This is truly a great deal you won’t want to miss.

The Avalon river cruise experience is like no other. Their fleet of ships carry 128-166 passengers and offer the industry’s only Open-Air Balcony. This means there is nothing between you and your view. Plus your Comfort Collection bed faces the widest, floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows in river cruising.

When they’re not in their cabin enjoying the views, Avalon river cruising guests enjoy these special amenities:

  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on board daily
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Friendly, English-speaking staff delivering exquisite customer service
  • A variety of included & optional excursions in every port
  • AvalonGO mobile app with itinerary information, schedules, transfer details, GPS & more
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship
  • Sky Deck shade system, lounge chairs, whirlpool & game area
  • State-of-the-art Fitness Center
  • Elevator
  • & much more!

One of my favorite river cruises with all the above amenities is eligible for our exclusive 50% savings offer:

Danube Dreams

November 2 to November 9 aboard Avalon Illumination

Your journey will begin in Deggendorf, Germany where you will board the beautiful Avalon Illumination. Here you will have time to explore the ship and enjoy dinner on board before a relaxing evening cruise to Passau – the “City of Three Rivers”.

On Day 2 of your cruise, you’ll have the option of two included excursions in Passau: an active hike from Oberhaus to the valley and along the Ilz River OR a classic Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful city. In the afternoon, you will enjoy cruising through the Danube’s dramatic Schlogen Oxbow before an overnight docking in Linz. The next day, take a Guided Walk through Linz’s historic and beautiful sites along the shore of the Danube. Alternatively, you may want to consider a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg, the city of Mozart, or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov – one of my favorite places!

Day 4 will take you to two new destinations. First, you’ll have the chance to visit the Lower Austrian town of Ybbs to admire its fine architecture OR take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey. Later, you may enjoy stretching out on the Sky Deck as you sail through the Wachau Valley past vineyards, castles, and charming villages on your way to today’s second stop: Durnstein. Here, join a Guided Walk and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart, who was imprisoned in the castle here during the Crusades. Or, if you’d prefer, take a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins themselves to take in the spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below.

The next day, you will arrive in wonderful Vienna! Explore Vienna’s Danube Island by bike with your Adventure Host OR join a morning Guided City Tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks. I highly recommend you take the Guided Optional Excursion to Schonbrunn Palace – the summer home of the Hapsburg monarchy, it’s truly incredible! This evening, you’ll enjoy an unforgettable musical performance with an Optional Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert in an elegant hall.

As your cruise begins to wind down, you may want to enjoy some free time on Day 6 in the village of Hainburg before cruising to Bratislava. Here, you have the choice to follow your Avalon Adventure Host on a hike to the lofty Bratislava Castle OR take a Guided City Walk. Tonight, you will cruise overnight to Budapest.

On your last day before disembarkation, make the most of your time in Budapest – known as the Paris of the East! Hike up to a magnificent viewpoint with your Adventure Host OR enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square. In the afternoon, choose among a wide offering of Optional Guided Excursions or take in the beauty of Budapest while enjoying some free time exploring famous sights or getting to know the city’s cafes and pubs.

On Day 8, after a rejuvenating night’s sleep and a delicious breakfast, you will disembark in Budapest. Spend some additional time in Budapest or transfer to the airport for your flight home. 

If you were paying full-price, this cruise would normally cost $2,349 per person but with our special 50% savings, you’ll only pay $1,174 per person (based on double occupancy – please note that port charges, gratuities, taxes, and fees are additional). This price will include your 8-night Danube river cruise, a variety of included excursions in each port of call, plus all onboard meals and other amenities listed above.

We can also book your airfare, transfers, and hotel stays, making for a completely seamless and stress-free booking experience. In fact, if you book with one of our SELECT hotel partners, you’ll receive exclusive additional benefits like complimentary breakfast, room upgrades, early check-in and more! Be sure to ask your Travel Planner about our low airfare and hotel rates when you call to book.

At this price, space is expected to sell out quickly so be sure to call today and reserve your cabin! If you would like to go on this special Danube river cruise, please call us at:


We are open 7 days a week and will take reservations for this and other river cruise departures until we are completely sold-out. I look forward to hearing from you and to booking your river cruise!


Craig Pavlus

Pavlus Travel and Cruise


*Disclaimers: Fares listed are cruise-only, per person in US dollars based on double occupancy and do not include taxes, fees and port charges, which vary by departure. Fares listed are for select categories only and are correct at time of printing. All offers are for NEW bookings only and other restrictions may apply. Please contact your Travel Planner for full Terms and Conditions regarding the offer you are interested in.

Book and deposit a select 2022 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to save 50% per person off the cruise/land or cruise only price. Booking must be booked and deposited between March 1 – April 30, 2022. Discount does not extend to land portion, additional nights, non-published dates, airport transfers, gratuities, port charges, and any government-imposed taxes and fees. Excludes Royal Suites. Offer not combinable with any other offer, except Peace of Mind Credit and Welcome Back Credit for these select cruises. Not applicable for Groups, Custom, Charters or TBA Space. Applies to new 2022 bookings only, and will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Full cancellation penalties will apply to any cancellation/rebooks of current 2022 reservations. Additional restrictions may apply. Offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Participating GFOB offices only. 0DARP

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