New to river cruising?
If you have never before experienced the magic of a luxury river cruise, you have something really very special to look forward to. River cruising offers a truly unique way to discover the genuine character and culture of any destination from a totally different perspective. A river cruise is a journey that captures the essence of every inspiring place. Perhaps you’re tired of ocean cruising, with its long days between ports of call and endless extras? Avalon Waterways river cruise ships offer all the high-end facilities you have come to expect, but with so much more included; from shore excursions, to food and drink.
In 2004, Avalon Waterways set out to revolutionise luxury river cruising. We have the resources and inspiration to create a new and different kind of river cruise experience – one that would embrace and celebrate the best this unique mode of travel has to offer and take it to new levels of luxury and service.
Discover a Whole New World of Luxury River Cruising…
In one seamless voyage, our inspirational and innovative itineraries will take you to the destinations of your dreams, without the hassles of conventional travel. Board your luxurious floating hotel, unpack just once, then sit back, relax and watch the ever-changing scenery slip by as you sail to your next exciting destination. Take advantage of the many included excursions led by carefully selected, experienced local guides, or venture out at your own leisure to explore museums, monuments, galleries, cafés and boutiques – freedom of choice is promoted to enhance expected standards of relaxation.
Exciting Tours… all with a 7% discount per person when booking with Travel 55
Exciting new tours and itineraries which are continuously being added and existing journeys adapted, and amenities and services enhanced and refined as we listen to and learn from guest feedback. Avalon Waterways is always moving forward, combining the most up-to-date approaches with traditional values to make us not only the most contemporary cruise line on Europe’s waters, but also the most consistent.
Set sail from Basel and cruise across the border into Germany for an excursion to the beautiful Black Forest region. In Strasbourg, explore the picturesque La Petite France district before cruising to Mainz, Germany’s largest wine town for a visit to Heidelberg – home to Germany’s oldest university.
With three nights in Prague you have the chance to explore the city’s historic squares, buildings and cobbled streets with the help of an expert guide. See Hradcany Castle, wander in the Jewish Quarter, tuck into some authentic Czech dumplings or revel in the nightlife on Wenceslas Square.
Your Danube cruise journey begins with two nights in Budapest and guided sightseeing that offers the opportunity to learn about the history of this magnificent city and its eight iconic bridges.
Travel to Paris and transfer to your cruise ship. The next three days give you a choice of excursions. Day five takes you to Rouen, the capital of Upper Normandy, best known for its connection to Joan of Arc. Your cruise ends in Paris.
Your journey through the heart of France begins as you board your Avalon cruise ship in Paris and cruise into Normandy. Visit Vernon to see either Claude Monet’s gardens at Giverny or the 18th-century Bizy Castle.
Your adventure begins with a two-night stay in Paris, including a guided city walk that will take you to the capital’s iconic sights, including Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower.
Cruise though Central Europe, following the Moselle and Rhine rivers to the Main-Danube Canal and on to the Danube River.
Set sail for Cologne and get to know the city with a local guide. Cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, past the legendary Lorelei rock, and to the charming wine village of Rüdesheim.
Local Favourites – Visit a local tea shop for tea with locals; traditional puppet show; visit a local farmer’s home and learn about his daily life; interact with local monks; ride an elephant and watch the sunrise from a temple.
Cruise to the confluence of the Ucayali and Marañon Rivers, which form the mighty Amazon. See exotic birds. Visit a native village and a small handicraft market. Later, visit a Shamanic Healing Clinic. After dark, join a night safari in search of caiman, frogs, bats, boas and a variety of nocturnal wildlife.
A fascinating thirteen day cruise beginning with time in Ho Chi Minch city before joining your cruise ship. Visits include Cai Be, Phnom Penh, Angkor Ban, Konpong Louang, Angkor Wat and Siem Reap
A fascinating twelve day cruise starting in Beijing with visits to Peking opera or Kung Fu show, a rickshaw ride through Hutongs and a dim sum lunch. Your holiday ends in Shanghai with time to explore.
We Take Care of Every Detail…
Our sleek, ultra-modern fleet boasts both luxury and comfort. You will enjoy5* hotel standard accommodation, with elegant contemporary and spacious design throughout, as well as beautifully-appointed, light and inviting staterooms. We have taken care of every detail, on board and on shore. On board, you will find complimentary WiFi access to keep you in touch with loved ones at home.
In your stateroom, you will find little finishing touches like L’Occitane toiletries, fragranced diffuser sticks, bottled water and fresh flowers.Every amenity is on hand, including the spacious Sky Deck with shade system, premium lounge chairs and whirlpool.
The Club Lounge boasts a first class bar serving premium spirits and other facilities on board include a fitness centre, an internet centre, a hairdressing salon and a well-stocked library are all available for you to take advantage of at your leisure.You can also enjoy a full programme of live on board entertainment .
On shore, our shore excursions , personal headsets mean that you do not have to strain to hear the commentary from our knowledgeable local guidesand with VIP access, you will not have to endure any monotonous queues for attractions.
Finally, at Avalon Waterways, we take care of the whole package from start to finish. We take the strain, so you don’t have to – all you have to do is relax.With your included personal Avalon chauffeur service by executive car,we will collect you from your home before your holiday begins and deliver you back once you have made unforgettable memories.
We take care of all your travel arrangements, including flights or Eurostar travel and transfers, or if you prefer to make your own transport arrangements, we provide comprehensive support and expert advice to help you organise it – all at the best possible price.