Avalon Waterways

Avalon Tapestry on the Moselle River in Cochem, GermanyInspiring Places.  Inspired Design.  

Avalon Waterways -- the most inspiring way to cruise.  Where views become epic.  Inviting spaces bekon you to stretch out and relax...or to gather with new friends.  Regional wines offered at every dinner, together with dishes crafted from regionally influenced recipes, make dining part of the adventure.  Land excursions in all important ports are included, revealing the heart of each city, town, and village along the way.  The largest staterooms and suites on the European waterways become your home away from home.  And the special features and opportunities to personalize your experience are too numerous to count.  So, join us for a river cruise unlike any other--a jouney that will inspire you from beginning to end.

Discover the Europe Only the Locals Know

Regardless of where you're cruising, we show you your destination like no other cruise company.  Part of the Globus Family of Brands and backed by 87 years of experience in showing travelers the world, we're land experts who don't treat your time on shore as an afterthought.  Our enriching sightseeing excursions are included and led by Local Gudes who are actually from the area....to show you the most important sites and immerse you in the inherent charm of every city, town, and village along the way.

Durstein, Wachau Region, Germany onboard Avalon WaterwaysScenery along the Rhone River in Lyon, France onboard Avalon WaterwaysView of Cormatin Castle from onboard Avalon Waterways

Visiting Viviers, France with Avalon Waterways

The Choice is Yours:  Avalon Choice

On shore, we often offer a choice of sightseeing pace.  Choose Traditional to see all the major sights; Leisurely, available on all walking tours to cut out some of the more physically challenging features; or Independent, allowing you to explore on your own just as you please.

You may also choose a tour geared toward a special interest--or put an extra spring in your step with our Nordic walking sticks.

The Best Ships.  The Best Amenities.  The Best Experience.

With Avalon, you'll discover the Old World on the newest ships.  Our remarkable, award-winning fleet is the youngest on the European waterways.  Every Avalon ship features the most innovative technologies, inspired designs, and highly desirable features and services.  By combining popular big-ship features--like a state-of-the-art fitness center, hair salon, library, whirlpool and much more--with our spacious Panorama Suites, intimate setting, free Wi-Fi, and outstanding personalized service, we deliver the perfect cruise experience....every time.

Avalon Vista in Budapest, HungaryAft Lounge on Avalon SceneryFitness Center Onboard Avalon Scenery

Expansive Views:  With Avalon you never miss out, because we've designed our ships with a panoramic view at every turn.  Whether you're in the elegant dining room, lounges, Sky Deck, or fitness center, Avalon ships are designed to deliver sights of every riverbank vineyard, medieval castle, and quaint village right to you.  And, of course, in the privacy of your Deluxe Stateroom or Panorama Suite, you'll enjoy a floating room with a view.

Live the Suite Life:  A Panorama Suite on Avalon's Suite Ships comes with lots of space to relax and really "live" in.  A full 30% larger than industry standard, you'll be mesmerized by the amazing views outside your Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window.  You'll appreciate how the unique Open-Air Balcony doesn't detract from your indoor square footage wht way an exterior balcony does.  And you'll love the full-size sitting area that's perfect for quiet moments alone or for hosting a private cocktail party with new friends.  Even the placement of the bed is innovative, facing the window to showcase passing riverscapes as you lie in cozy comfort in your Comfort Collection Bed.

Avalon Waterways Panorama SuiteBathroom in Avalon Waterways Panorama SuiteBed Facing Window in Panorama Suite onboard Avalon Waterways

Personalize with Avalon Choice

We design our river cruises so that you can personalize many elements daily....and it's all at no extra cost.  On board, choose regional cuisine or familiar Western dishes; Buffet, Early and Late Riser Breakfasts, Afternoon Tea, or Night Fare.  Choose the Lunch Buffet or an al fresco lunch at the Sky Deck...and dinner in our elegant dining room or the casual Panorama Bistro on ou Suite Ships.  You can also choose from a variety of ways to be entertained on board.  Attend exclusive included Local Favorite activities like tastings, demonstrations by local artisans, talks by experts about the areas through which you're traveling, and performances by local entertainers who give you a glimpse into the region's culture and traditions. 

Lunch on the Avalon Affinity's SkyDeckGrill Station on Avalon PanoramaGourmet Dining Onboard Avalon Waterways

Indulge Your Passions

From food and wine to culture, music, and beyond, Avalon special interest cruses feature expert onboard presentations to enhance your subject knowledge as you mingle with others who share your passion.  And with Avalon, it's always at no additional cost!

Art & Impressionist Cruises:  Experience Northern France as you explore Paris' Musee d'Orsay, Chateau d'Auvers in Auvers-sur-Oise, and Rouen's cathedral.  Also visit Montmartre's Place du Tertre, and attend onboard art lectures from a local art expert!

Author Cruise:  Cruse with Patricia Schultz, critically acclaimed author of the international bestseller 1,000 Places to See Before You Die.

Beer Tasting Cruise:  A visit to Europe is enhanced when it includes a discovery of the regional beers!  Enjoy onboard tastings, visit historic breweries, and learn about European beer-brewing techniques during facinating onboard lectures. Prost!  

Culinary Cruises:  Enter a food-lover's paradise in northern France.  An expert chef will dazzle you with regional specialties and food preparation tips.  There will be cider and wine tastings, a visit to a distillery, and you'll even cme away with easy-to-make recipes.  Bon Apetit!

Festive Time Cruises:  Experience the holiday season the European way!  Enjoy the jolly atmosphere on your festively decorated ship as you delight in the sights, smells, and tastes of local customs and traditions. 

Golf Cruise:  Get teed up for an amazing Avalon Golf Cruise!  You'll enjoy golf outings, instruction on your swing from a golf pro, and we'll even provide some alternative programs for non-golfers!

Jewish Heritage Cruise:  Explore sites important to Jewish history, like the world's second-largest synogogue in Budapest, the WWII Terezin ghetto, Prague's Jewish Museum & Cemetery, Regensburg's Document Museum and synagogue ruins below Neupfarrplatz, and more.  (Note:  Kosher foods not available.)

Music Cruises:  On our Jazz Cruise, attend the annual Jazz Festival in Vienne, France.  Our Music Cruise includes excursions to a classical concert in Vienna, a visit to Mozart's Salzburg birthplace, and the countryside where "the hills are alive with the sound of music."  Our Opera Cruise features professional Canadian opera singers, who will perform onboard a selection of works from the world's most beloved operas.

Wellness Cruise:  Cruise into total body wellness as you start your mornings with onboard exercise programs featuring stretching and yoga, attend helpful lectures on healthy lifestyles, and enjoy healthy but delicious dining options, crafted daily onboard.

Wine Appreciation Cruises:  Your palate will applaud as you learn what to look for in a good wine.  A distinguished wine authority will teach you the ropes as you visit a wine village and attend tastings to test your newfound talent.  

Avalon Waterways' Worldwide Offerings:

Yangtze River Cruises:  Avalon Waterways offers cruise and land itineraries to China and the mighty Yangtze River.

The Galapagos Islands:  Avalon Waterways offers cruise and land itineraries to the Galapagos Islands, Peru, and Ecuador.

Peruvian Amazon River Cruises:  Avalon Waterways offers cruises through one of the world's most intriguing river basins.

Contact us to learn more about these exciting river cruises onboard Avalon Waterways!



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