Discover endless wonders as you experience Europe like you haven’t before. Glide past imposing medieval castles, lush riverbank vineyards and remarkable ancient wonders on a European river cruise. Every gentle bend of the river reveals another fascinating sight as your luxurious river cruise ship winds its way through scenic landscapes, delivering you right to where many of Europe’s most celebrated cities were born.
Ah France, je t’adore. It’s the ultimate country where the simple is made special with typical French flair. Daily rituals are transformed into stories you’ll share forever – a morning coffee taken on a Parisian boulevard, sunrise overlooking Le Mont Saint Michel, a treasure found fossicking in the markets of Aix en Provence.Dive in with our knowledgeable insiders will help create the experiences you’ve always dreamed of, and show you ones you never thought of. Come alive with art d’vivre, the art of living and come home with stories you’ll re-live forever.
Romantisch. If there’s one word to encapsulate Austria, it’s romantic. Be soothed by the Danube’s breeze as the river unfurls like a ribbon, studded with historic villages, vineyards and dazzling architecture – including magical Vienna. Soak up the majesty of Melk Benedictine Abbey, savour a sip of Grüner Veltliner in picture-perfect Wachau Valley and feel Richard the Lionheart’s despair in his Dürnstein castle prison. Among the new discoveries of our Danube River Cruises is a constant - Living It Luxe with Avalon.
Let Avalon Waterways take you into a world you’ve never seen. Packed with fascinating culture, exquisite cuisine and naturally dramatic vistas, our Danube River Cruises take you on an Eastern European adventure. Sample the best local produce in Cetate. Listen to lively tales of the ancient Bulgarian capital of Veliko Tarnovo and be awe-struck by the 200 million-year-old Belogradchik Rocks in Bulgaria. While most head West, our European River Cruises head East for a discovery set to inspire your imagination.
Nowhere yells “Czech Republic” more than Prague, one of Europe’s most fascinating capitals. With a cup of svarene vino (hot mulled wine) in hand, strolling the Christmas markets is to step into a fairy tale of carved wooden ornaments and toys, traditional foodstuffs and preserved 1,200-year-old streets. And the romance doesn’t end there. Bask in the atmospheric Old Town with its medieval core of Gothic architecture, before you set sail and cruise down the Danube River on your private slice of heaven aboard Avalon Waterways.
The Rhine and Rhône Rivers go hand-in hand like Avalon Waterways and relaxed luxury. Live it up on a stunning European river cruise in Germany. Drink in panoramic views while sailing through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, peppered with ancient castles perched precipitously on overhead cliffs. Meet Black Forest artisans, soak up the sophisticated melange of German and French culture in Strasbourg and be touched by the romance of Heidelberg. Say Guten Tag to Germany on our Rhine River Cruises.
Unpack once and indulge more on an Avalon Waterways river cruise in Europe. While in Holland, throw open the doors of your suite and invite the view in as you glide through lush Friesland, spotting cattle and horses dotted across picturesque landscapes. In the Keukenhof Gardens, traipse through the seven million flower bulbs bursting to life. Be surprised by the quaint fishing village of Enkhuizen or explore the pretty canals of Gouda with cheese in hand. Holland isn’t just about vibrant, dynamic Amsterdam – we’ll show you a country where there are treasures to be unearthed as live it up with Avalon Waterways.
Let us introduce you to Balkan culture as we sail on a Danube river cruise to enigmatic Romania. Glide through a pristine landscape of rolling hills and rocky mountains with views so wide it’s tricky to know where the outside ends and the inside begins. You can delve into Transylvanian towns where medieval times seem just a moment away, then we beeline for lively Bucharest. Roam Victory Avenue, the wide, tree-lined boulevard lined with shops, churches and cafes. Live it up as you let go, knowing we’ll bring you the best of Romania on a Balkan Cruise.
A culture with living and breathing folklore traditions? Arguably the most sophisticated cuisine in Eastern Europe? One of Europe’s most energised capital cities? Tick, tick, tick…Hungary is bursting with surprises. From the flourishing artistic Budapest to the UNESCO World Heritage site Pecs, dotted with memorial chapels and underground burial chambers. Soak up the capital’s café culture, or go on-board your personal oasis on a Danube river cruise, sipping local world-renowned wines from big-bodied Eger reds to honey-sweet Tokaj. This is Avalon Waterways relaxed luxury, where you get to live it your way.
The hospitality of Serbia is legendary. Expect to feel the warmth while greeted with a hearty three-kiss hello and a glass of rakija (fruit brandy). Live it up while tasting decadent local delicacies served up aboard an Avalon Balkan Cruise. In capital Belgrade, wander the buzzing pedestrian boulevard of Knewz Mihailova and rest in the tranquillity of sacred St. Sava, the world’s largest Orthodox Church. Feel the thrill from the spacious sky deck while passing the Iron Gates gorge, a narrow and formerly treacherous passage dividing Europe's Alps from the Carpathians – an Avalon Waterways memory that will last a lifetime.
Slovakia is (almost) the bulls-eye of Europe, surrounded by a party of neighbours including Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary and the Ukraine. Its beating heart is Bratislava, where Germans, Turks, Czechs and Jews have all left their cultural mark on the city. The Old Town showcases the skill of Slovak town planners, who crammed a city’s worth of palaces, shops, cafés, pubs, restaurants, museums and churches into a few blocks. And keep your eyes peeled for some unexpected socialist-era monuments popping into view. Live it up with Avalon in Slovakia on a Balkan Cruise, where old meets new as we sail the Danube River though one of the most intriguing corners of Europe.
Switzerland is an Avalon Waterways favourite location – a country of laidback luxury where endless temptations abound, from searingly beautiful vistas to vibrant, urban cities. It also happens to be our country of origin. From the mighty Matterhorn to the glistening shores of Lac Leman and the edgy vibe in Zurich, Switzerland is simple and made perfectly. The capital Basel, intersecting the French, German and Swiss borders has a multicultural ambience. Wander the cobbled streets of lofty Altstadt and pause for riverside dining before heading back on board to live it up on an Avalon Danube River Cruise in Europe.
Your Active Discovery cruise on the Rhône River begins in Lyon, the culinary capital of France! With Avalon Choice included excursions, you’ll find a variety of ways to explore each port you visit....
Whether you’re an art lover, a foodie, a history buff, or an energetic adventurer, your Active Discovery cruise on the Danube River invites you to experience culture and cuisine in creative ways that...
Begin your exciting holiday with one night in Bucharest, Romania, before embarking on your river cruise along the beautiful Danube River to Budapest, Hungary. Bucharest is known for its wide,...
Take a wondrous journey through beautiful France along the Rhône and Saône Rivers with guided sightseeing in the well-known French treasures and some hidden gems too! Begin with an overnight on the...
Explore the Rhine River from a unique perspective on Avalon Active Discovery river cruise. With Avalon Choice, you’ll enjoy a wide variety of included excursions to match your interests and pace....
This fabulous river cruise combines time in France’s unparalleled capital of Paris with beautiful scenery along the Seine River and the picturesque and historical region of Normandy. Embark on your...
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.