If you want to see the world, cruise down its legendary rivers. From serene landscapes to timeless villages and architectural marvels, a river cruise gives you a good vantage point to see it all from the cosy interior of your cabin.
Marvel at the landscapes and gorges along the Rhine or Danube in Europe. Watch in awe as you float by ancient temples and villages along the Ganges or Mekong in Asia. Explore the untouched along the Peruvian Amazon and the Galapagos in South America.
With so many options, we can help bring your dreams to life. This is your time to experience the world the way you want to. Flex your joy, fuel your passions, do it all or just a little – do it your way.
From the gothic cathedrals of Germany to the terracotta rooftops of the Balkans, the Blue Danube touches them all. As the second-longest river in Europe, our Avalon Waterways Danube River Cruises see guests voyage across linguistic boundaries to discover the cultural richness of Central and Eastern Europe. Savour a variety of tempting tastes on-board and on shore, from decadent Austrian Sachertorte to Croatian Madjarica. Invite the view into your room as our panoramic suites let you breathe in the changing scenery of this great River. For those who want to do it all, a Danube River Cruise is a cultural melange that will take your breath away.
Francophiles and first-timers will savour the taste of France on an Avalon River Cruise on the Seine. Beginning in picturesque Burgundy, the Seine winds through vineyard-filled valleys up towards Paris, the City of Lights. Lined by the likes of the gothic beauty of Notre Dame Cathedral, as well as contemporary architectural wonder that is La Seine Musicale, the banks of the Seine are bursting with life in this stunning city. Glide away upstream towards Normandy, where fields of orchards burst to life with fruit, flowers and colour. With medieval towns scattered along the way, Live it up with an Avalon River Cruise on the Seine.
The Fairytale Fantasy of the Rhine
Suite, safe and sound cruising along the timeless rivers of the world has understandably become one of the most desirable ways to travel today. Yet with so many alluring waterways, it can be difficult to choose where to make your splash. Do you choose by country? By sights? By unique experiences? When you choose the romantic Rhine River – with its 1287 kilometres of winding whimsical wonder – you choose all of the above.
Spanning the mountains of Switzerland to the Mediterranean Sea, the Rhône River allows travellers to indulge in the lesser-seen territories of French and Swiss life. Winding through purple lavender fields and lush green vineyards, an Avalon Waterways Cruise along the Rhône is a journey across a painter’s palette. With local cheese, wine and tempting tastes abundant, drink in all that Lyon, Vienne and Avignon have to offer. With panoramic suites offering you a unique vantage point, indulge in the laidback luxury of seeing historic castles and provincial villages dotted across the shoreline – all from the comfort of your bed.
For those who dream of seeing the world less seen, an Avalon Waterways Cruise on the Saône is a taste of the French countryside. Flowing through the picturesque, vineyard-lined banks of France’s famous Burgundy wine region, the Saône flows for over 480 kilometres before meeting the Rhône at Lyon. Dotted with quaint French towns and smaller cities, a river cruise along the Saône will give you space to breathe. Whether you want to spend a few lazy hours strolling the cobblestoned streets or sipping a café au lait in a local café, do it all or do a little aboard one of our Saône River Cruises.
Our passion is to show you the world less seen, and for those looking to experience Europe outside of the lights of the big cities, look no further. Regarded as the peaceful little sister of the Rhine, an Avalon Waterways River Cruise along the Moselle will help you discover the countryside of France, Germany and Luxembourg. Renowned for its lush vineyards, delicious white wine and medieval castles, a voyage down the Moselle is a trip into a fairy-tale. The pink Palais du Gouverneur in Metz will delight you, and the wooden houses of wine village Bernkastel will take your breath away. Do it all or do it little, but take the space to relax and rejuvenate on a Moselle River Cruise with Avalon Waterways.
Explore the dreamy Douro River and discover why its name translates to ‘River of Gold’ as you sail on our newest Suite Ship - the Avalon Alegria. With 14 deluxe staterooms and 37 Panorama Suites, the Alegria carries a capacity of just 102 passengers, giving you the room to relax and the space to savour the spectacular panoramas of Portugal’s Douro River. Here, vineyards cling to steep slopes along the river where 2,000-year-old traditions of winemaking are cherished in the charming villages in one of Europe’s oldest countries. Cruise your way by choosing our Douro River cruise with extra nights in legendary Lisbon before your cruise.
An Avalon Waterways Main River Cruise uncovers the lesser-know side of Germany. Flowing through the German states of Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and Hesse, the Main River is lined with picturesque towns and breath-taking scenery. Lose yourself in the beauty of Bamberg, a UNESCO-heritage town, whose awe-inspiring architecture dates to the 12th century. Be delighted by the sloping hills and vineyards of Würzburg, before exploring the magnificent Bishop's Residenz. At the convergence of the Main and the Rhine, the city of Mainz will surprise you at every turn, with its many interesting shops, tea rooms and intricate fountain on the Schillerplatz. Indulge in the best of Germany as you glide away on Main River with Avalon Waterways.
From the phenomenal temples of Angkor Wat to the seductive elegance of Phnom Penh and buzz of Ho Chi Minh city, sailing through Vietnam and Cambodia on a Mekong River Cruise is a dazzling cultural experience. Whether hearing historic tales in the Viet Cong’s Cu Chi Tunnels, taking an ox cart ride through rice paddies or being embraced by eager, young arms in the local school in rural Ankor-Ban, spine-tingling moments await at every turn. Invite the view in with panoramic views from your suite. Glide through centuries of stories in Asia and live it up with Avalon on the Mekong.
For millennia, the Ganges has been the cultural and spiritual lifeblood of India. Uncover all the history, colour and life of this mystical river aboard an Avalon Waterways cruise along the Ganges. Explore the spiritual city of Varanasi, where you’ll experience the Ganga Aarti, the daily ritual that’s performed in the evenings. Here, locals will light candles and offer flowers, which are floated down the river. Meet saree weavers, goldsmiths, and pottery makers along the river banks, and be inspired by their beautiful, colourful works of art. When you need time to rest and rejuvenate, retreat to your on-board oasis where you can take the space to breathe. Experience India, with all the comforts of Avalon’s laidback approach to luxury, aboard our Ganges River Cruises.
For those looking to discover hidden worlds and be surprised at every turn, enjoy a unique vantage point of the Amazon River with Avalon Waterways. Spanning across multiple countries including Peru, Bolivia, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Brazil, the Amazon River is the life source for South America. Surrounded by the breath-taking beauty of the Amazon Rainforest, an Avalon Waterways River Cruise down the Amazon is a burst of activity and colour. Experience the majesty of Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, where you’ll discover a variety of bird life, monkeys, herons and millions of butterflies. See the grandeur that is the Amazon Basin, spanning over 11 kilometres in breadth at its widest part. Experience all that nature has to offer, with all the on-board luxury Avalon Waterways on our Amazon River Cruises.
Journey along the lifeline of Egyptian civilization on this Nile river cruise through Egypt, experiencing incredible sights that include ancient temples, tombs, and local villages. Measuring 4,160 miles, the Nile is the longest river in the world, flowing north from Lake Victoria through Uganda, Sudan, and Egypt. Passing rainforests, mountains, savannas, swamps, and desert landscapes, it culminates in the fertile Nile Delta and drains into the Mediterranean Sea.
From Amsterdam to Budapest, and many exciting stops along the way, you’ll be immersed in the culture of Central Europe in a unique way on this timeless river cruise holiday. Amsterdam is Holland’s...
On this unique and inspiring Southeast Asia river cruise through Vietnam and Cambodia, you’ll be immersed in the cultures and ancient traditions as you sightsee and spend time with locals in the most...
Take a delightful river cruise through France along the Rhône and Saône Rivers with guided sightseeing in known French treasures and some hidden gems too! Take in the beautiful countryside, quaint...
This fabulous river cruise begins and ends in Paris, with a spectacular cruise to Normandy. You’ll sail from Paris to Vernon with your choice of two included excursions—a guided visit to master...
One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits you on this exciting journey along the Rhine River, which takes you across Germany—and touches in Holland, France, and Switzerland! This magnificent river...
From the rich history of Germany to the unique culture of Hungary, this Danube River cruise travel through three countries rich in scenic beauty, charming towns, and historical locales. In Nuremberg,...
From Europe to the Galapagos and Asia, cruise in casual luxury with Avalon Waterways with choices as unique as you.
Glide away down the world’s most spectacular rivers, enjoying a unique vantage point from your own private oasis. Our floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows blur the line between where the world ends and your suite begins, allowing you to experience the world less seen from the comfort of your bed. This is experiential river cruising.