Self-guided bicycle touring for guests onboard Avalon Waterways European river cruising has been modernised through the addition of small fleets of Tern-brand bicycles across the line’s fleet of ships sailing throughout the continent.
On each of Avalon’s 135-metre ships, six of the lightweight bicycles will be available for guests to use, with five available on the line’s 110-metre ships. Fleets are now in place and available on all ships across the fleet. Each of the bikes, manufactured by Tern, feature a foldable design for easy carrying and riding, made from recycled aluminium and other environmentally-friendly materials.
Passengers can put their name down to hire one of the bicycles free of charge, with a fair use program managed by the line to ensure all guests have an opportunity to hire bikes if they wish. Each bicycle hire comes with a helmet, maps, directions and bottled water, allowing guests to explore the European townships and cities visited at their own pace and venturing in any direction they wish. Guests are reminded of their departure time and what time they need to be back onboard to enable the bicycles to be packed away.
The self-guided bike touring option is available in addition to the line’s existing range of cycling-based shore excursions, which often utilise the individual fleets of bicycles owned by the company facilitating the tour.
Further, Avalon’s recently launched ‘Active Discovery’ program of fitness-based cruises will also utilise the bikes, along with hiking equipment and canoes to use in different ports along the Danube River to cater to a growing number of Australian travellers seeking a more hands-on and active touring experience. This touring program goes hand-in-hand with the new ‘Avalon Fresh’ program of wholesome healthy dining curated by Austrian culinary brothers Karl and Leo Wrenkh, which will debut on cruises from next year.