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Avalon Waterways River Cruises

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Sailing since 2004, Avalon Waterways are experts in providing the best European river cruise holidays, as well as a number of other amazing destinations across the world. Boasting a fine fleet of luxurious and modern river cruise ships, guests can expect unsurpassed excursions, service and themed cruises for all tastes and interests. Thanks to the world-class service and plush décor that can be found as soon as you step onboard, as well as including everything in the price of your river cruise, you can leave your wallet at home and truly indulge yourself in all that a fabulous Avalon river cruise has to offer.

Avalon Waterways Onboard Health and Safety

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Avalon Waterways have adapted their health and safety procedures to ensure that guest and crew wellbeing is thoroughly prioritised throughout their cruise.

Prior to boarding

At embarkation, social distancing will be facilitated. In addition, guests must undergo health screenings and temperature checks, and all luggage will be disinfected before being loaded.

Onboard experience

Social distancing will be maintained through reduced ship capacity, more dining venues and smaller excursion groups. Where this is not possible, guests should wear masks. What's more, self-service stations and buffets in restaurants will be replaced, and guests must sanitise their hands before entering restaurants, as well as public spaces and before and after boarding and disembarking.


In addition to their already strict cleaning procedures, Avalon Waterways will use innovative cleaning technology including electrostatic and UV disinfection systems. There will also be at least hourly cleaning of public areas, disinfection of dining areas between each meal, deep cleaning of staterooms between cruises and frequent cleaning of shared items, such as bikes. Guests will also find hand sanitisers available throughout the ship to encourage frequent handwashing.


Before the start of their contract with Avalon Waterways, each crew member must provide a medical certificate. During each cruise they must have regular health screenings, daily temperature checks and stay socially distanced in crew areas. They will also be trained in how to use PPE and hygiene procedures.

What's included:

Stand out Avalon Waterways Inclusive Features:
•Door-to-door home pick up service by private executive car (within 100 miles of airport)
•Deluxe river view stateroom, many with French Balcony or ceiling to floor sliding glass doors
•Enriching escorted tours with local guides 
•Wine , Beer and soft drinks with evening meal
•Extensive range of flights and rail travel available

Also Included:
•Welcome reception, Captain's reception and Farewell Dinner
•Complimentary tea and coffee on board
•Services of a professional cruise manager
•Gratuities Included


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Avalon Waterways River Cruise Ships

On each of Avalon Waterways' ships, the furnishings and décor have been picked to the utmost quality and placed with incredible detail. Onboard Avalon Waterways’ fleet, the public areas are warm and relaxing, with every part of the ships' aesthetics  tailored to make you feel like you’re in a 5-star luxury hotel. Named the ‘Best Cabins in River Cruising’, Avalon Waterways’ specially designed ‘bed with a view’ staterooms are a real highlight. With your plush bed facing out to look beyond the full sliding wall window balcony, with Avalon river cruises you get unspoilt views without having to move a muscle in peace and serenity as the idyllic views slide by- a must for any romantic river cruise getaway!

As well as fantastic views from your stateroom and the various cosy public spaces and decks of your Avalon river ship, you’ll also find all the mod cons you need to make your river cruise not only comfortable, but luxurious, including Wi-Fi, aircon, gym and spa, as well as laundry services and usually a pool. Combine all-inclusive service and you’ve got a fantastic onboard river cruise experience with Avalon Waterways.

Avalon Waterways Dining

While dining with Avalon Waterways you can expect modern and contemporary venues in which to enjoy your lunch and evening meal, including an al fresco option if the weather permits. Consisting of a relaxed breakfast and lunch buffet followed by an à la carte dinner sitting offering the best regional dishes, Avalon Waterways’ meals are all beautifully prepared and served by the ships’ expert chefs. In addition, all meals come with complimentary beverages, from beers and wines to soft drinks.

  • Early Riser Breakfast at 6am- enjoy self-service coffee, teas, croissants, pastries and a range of finger foods.
  • Breakfast Buffet from 7am-8:30am- choices include a number of breads, cereals, fruits, cold cuts and cheeses, smoked salmon, pastries, yogurts and juices, along with hot dishes such as eggs, sausage and bacon.
  • Late Riser Breakfast from 8:30am-9.30am- self-service coffee, teas, croissants, pastries and finger foods are available for the late morning guests.
  • Lunch Buffet at 12:30pm- a gorgeous buffet of appetizers, soups, hot dishes, homemade breads, cold cuts and cheeses, salads and desserts is waiting at lunch.
  • Afternoon Tea at 4pm- relax with a cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea, along with cake, biscuits and cookies either in the Lounge or at the Sky Bistro on the Sun Deck.
  • Dinner at 7:30pm- the culinary highlight of the day is a brilliant gourmet dinner served to perfection and matched expertly with complimentary local wines, beers or soft drinks, while basking in the panoramic views of the river and passing scenery.
  • Night Fare at 10:30pm- a brilliant opportunity to grab a late night treat before returning to rest in your luxurious stateroom.


Avalon Waterways Entertainment

There's no shortage of ways to spend your downtime on an Avalon Waterways river cruise. Relax with a drink in the lounge bar, delve into a good book in the library or play chess on the sun deck- all the while taking in the scenic sights through the panoramic windows or open air vantage points.

If you’re a fitness enthusiast, every one of Avalon Waterways' ships are equipped with a fitness centre, ensuring that you're able to stay active while you're on your river cruise.

When you’re not exploring ashore, Avalon has a number of ways for you to unwind down during the evening. Many guests will find their spare time being spent in the ship's lounge with a glass of wine and gossiping with their fellow travellers. It is also here where you can enjoy shows by local performers, aimed at further introducing guests into the culture of the destinations they visit.

For a more laid-back evening, you may choose to relax in the Club Lounge, which has a quieter and more homely atmosphere than the main lounge.

Avalon Waterways River Cruise Destinations

If you’re looking for a grand European river cruise, you won’t find a cruise line with a greater variety than Avalon Waterways. Cruising along all the best rivers in Europe, from the Danube to the Rhine, the ideal itinerary is out there waiting for you.

River Destination highlights
Danube Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Melk
Rhine Amsterdam,Cologne, Rudesheim, Basel
Main Mainz, Heidelberg, Strasbourg, Basel
Moselle Amsterdam, Cologne, Rudesheim, Luxembourg
Rhone Lyon, Viviers, Avignon, Marseille
Saone Lyon, Dijon, Seurre, Macon
Seine Normandy Beaches, Rouen, Paris

As well as the best European river cruises, Avalon Waterways also cruise to Asia and South America. For bucket-list ticking journeys down the Mekong through Cambodia and Vietnam, the sacred Ganges of India and the sprawling Amazon of South America, check out Avalon’s diverse range of river cruise itineraries.

River Destination highlights
Mekong Phnom Penh, Ho Chi Minh, Siem Reap
Ganges Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Kolkata
Amazon Iquitos, Lima, CuscoMacho Picchu


On a river cruise, you'll be introduced to a whole host of new places, from famous cities like Paris and Amsterdam, to the less visited and more in-land cities like Trier and Strasbourg. Each city and town has many options of what to explore and experience. Avalon Choice Excursions highlight these options for you, so you can choose beforehand where to go, when and even how.

Each excursion and tour have expert local guides at hand to ensure that you are getting the most out of whatever option you choose. Take a walk through the Heart of Paris where you'll see the shops and cafes of Ile de la Cite and Ile Saint Louie, along with a visit to the famous Notre Dame or perhaps dive into the Roman history of Trier and its Imperial Baths.

For a clearer look into what you can experience on an Avalon Waterways river cruise, here are just a few examples of the shore excursions available:

Magnificent Europe

  • Cologne: Guided city walk or 'Jewish Cologne' tour.
  • Rudesheim: Visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum.
  • Wurzburg: Visit the Bishop's Residenz, home to fantastic architecture and stunning art.
  • Nuremberg: Guided sightseeing tour including medieval fortifications, churches and Kaiserburg Imperial Castle, or a tour of the Nuremberg Rally Grounds.
  • Vienna: Enjoy guided sightseeing of Vienna including Hofburg Palace, Vienna Opera House, Ring Boulevard and St. Stephen's Cathedral.

Rhine and Rhone Revealed

  • Breisach: Join an excursion to the beautiful Black Forest, home to the Black Forest ham and Black Forest Gateaux. Visit a local wood carver or visit the Museum of Vogtbauernhof.
  • Viviers: See how the Christian, Roman and medieval periods have influenced this town on a guided tour.
  • Avignon: Visit the Palace of the Popes or explore the city on a further city sightseeing tour. Optional excursions available to either Pont du Gard or the wine cellars of Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

Balkan Discovery

  • Veliko Tarnovo: Take a guided tour of this hilly fortress and visit the Tsarevets Hill, home to the Royal Fortress.
  • Vidin: Visit the local fortress, Baba Vidin, and view the famous Belogradchik rock formations nearby.
  • Belgrade: Visit the Kalemegdan Fortress and see sights such as St. Sava Orthodox Church and Marshal Tito's tomb.

In addition, Avalon river cruises provide a number of amazing theme and enrichment cruises for a fantastic selection of different interests throughout the year. These include everything from wine, beer and cuisine to Christmas cruises, photography and art, and history.

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