From the dreamy Danube to the sublime Seine, explore Europe like never before by cruising its legendary rivers. Set sail with Avalon Waterways and experience enchanting scenes of imposing medieval castles, lush riverbank vineyards, picture-perfect hilltop villages, and remarkable ancient wonders. Beyond our award-winning Suite Ships with the grandest views in river cruising is a Europe waiting to be discovered – and explored – by you, with an unparalleled selection of excursions and adventures.
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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...
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...
Explore the Douro River on this delightful river cruise across Portugal! Discover why the river’s name translates to ‘River of Gold’ as you sail on its gleaming waters through Portugal’s breathtaking...
This river cruise holiday showcases France’s charm, breathtaking views, and rich history. Your adventure begins on the Rhône River with a visit to Arles, France—famous for inspiring the paintings of...
Cruise along the peaceful Danube River through Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary—stopping at some of Central Europe’s most splendid capitals and charming towns along the way. Visit Passau,...
From Budapest to Amsterdam, and in many exciting stops along the way, you’ll be immersed in the culture of Central Europe in a unique way on this timeless European river cruise holiday. You’ll begin...
A Waltz through the Ages
Having inspired empires, dynasties, winemakers and waltzes, tradition-rich Austria is the setting for some of the most dramatic, well-orchestrated chapters in time. Embark with Avalon on a cruise along the Danube River and experience Austria’s most magnificent sites – from Vienna’s imperial palace-lined streetscapes to the castle- and vineyard-clad hills of the Wachau Valley.
Embark with Avalon on a tulip time river cruise and uncover Belgium’s charming canals, legendary guildhall houses, and quaint cobblestone lanes. From medieval Ghent and the “Fiery City” of Liège to the incredibly scenic Maas River, an undiscovered gem, you’ll experience unrivalled springtime scenery and charismatic cities alongside ample opportunities to soak in Belgium’s unique Flemish culture.
Go Bold in Bulgaria
From untamed landscapes to incredible archaeological sites, explore the best of the Balkans on an Avalon river cruise through Bulgaria. As you glide down the Lower Danube, sit back and soak up dramatic scenes of soul-stirring mountain ranges and picturesque countryside, complemented with unforgettable visits to historic fortresses and ancient villages.
Extend your Avalon river cruise to include the Czech Republic and spend 2 nights exploring its splendid capital. Dubbed the “Golden City”, Prague is packed with historic charm, boasting an iconic 14th-century stone bridge, a hilltop castle, and an atmospheric Old Town full of gothic architecture. Be sure to visit during the festive season to experience the city’s unrivalled Christmas markets.
Bienvenue en France!
From Paris to Provence; Beaujolais to Burgundy; and Beaune to the beaches of Normandy, chart your very own tour de France on an Avalon river cruise, delivering culture, cuisine, and everything in-between. Survey ancient Roman ruins, sip legendary wines, and sample sumptuous cuisine while swooning over charming French countryside as you cruise along the Seine, Rhône, and Saône Rivers. Not only do France's magnificent rivers weave together the country’s most beautiful regions, but they also create a captivating course connecting Switzerland to the Mediterranean Sea.
Say Guten Tag to Germany
From the Danube to the Rhine and Main to the Moselle, a river cruise through Germany is full of possibilities. Castle-dotted hillsides, dramatic rocky gorges, and medieval villages are all guaranteed as you make your way from one picturesque port to the next. Explore the fairytale magic of the Black Forest, sail through the spectacularly scenic Rhine Gorge, dive deep into Bavarian culture in Würzburg, or choose to cruise during the festive holiday season to experience Central Europe’s unrivalled Christmas markets.
All Aboard for Budapest
Unique folklore traditions, sophisticated cuisine, and one of Europe’s most vibrant capital cities... a river cruise through Hungary is sure to surprise. Get a taste of Hungary as you cruise down the Danube, from dynamic Budapest with its cool café culture and art nouveau architecture, to the Hungarian harbour town of Mohács, dotted with parks and historical churches.
The Ultimate Vino Voyage
Delectable vinho, views, and vistas await on our newest river cruise sailing through Portugal’s dramatic Douro Valley. As you make your way through one of the world’s oldest wine regions aboard Avalon’s newest Suite Ship – the Avalon Alegria, you’ll uncover terraced vineyards, remote riverside towns, and exquisite scenery at every turn. The Douro Valley’s granite bluffs, signature tiled streets, and ancient whitewashed quintas are just a few good reasons to embark on a Portugal river cruise with Avalon.
Sink your Teeth into History
Lose yourself in the charm of Eastern Europe when you experience enigmatic Romania with Avalon. As you sail along the blue Danube Delta you'll pass pristine scenes of rolling fields, rugged mountains, and romantic river valleys. Explore onshore and immerse yourself in the legends and folklore found within the country’s countless castles, dazzling monasteries, and historic, medieval towns.
Leave Ordinary Behind
Serbia may be landlocked, but it boasts one of the most spectacular stretches of the Danube, including Djerdap National Park’s astounding Iron Gates Gorge. From lively Belgrade – where the Danube and Sava Rivers converge – to historic Novi Sad with its Austro-Hungarian Old Town, Serbia is full of gems that will take you off the typical tourist trail.
The Beauty on the Danube
Fall in love in the heart of Europe on the Danube River and be charmed by the people and places of Slovakia. Here, the beautiful squares and hilly scenes of Bratislava beckon with castles, cathedrals, and cosy cafes. No wonder this capital city is called The Beauty on the Danube for its architectural finery, friendly spirit, and scenic Carpathian Mountains surrounding its 18th-century pedestrian old town.
Experience the romance of central Europe when you set sail on one of Avalon's Switzerland cruises. Embark your Rhine river cruise in Basel, the county's multicultural capital intersecting the French, German and Swiss borders; extend your holiday to lovely Lucerne and enjoy an excursion to magnificent Mount Pilatus; or transfer to Zurich and combine your Rhine river cruise with a Globus Switzerland tour for an in-depth discovery of the country's sweeping Alpine scenery and charming resort towns.
Adventure in Bloom
Gabled homes and Golden Age canals are the backdrop for “glorious” on your Avalon cruise through the Netherlands. Beyond the bike-filled, cobblestone streets of Amsterdam, you’ll find gorgeous Dutch countryside and quaint villages steeped in tradition. Glide across the harbour of Rotterdam, marvel at the impressive Delta Works in Veere, or pedal through the lush landscapes of Nijmegen. Plus, travel during peak tulip season and experience quintessential scenes of windmills, waterways, and seemingly endless rows of blooming colour.