A world beyond.
Hassle-free planning, regional Tour Directors & Local Guides, Handpicked hotels and inclusions, seamless transportation, VIP access, and rare Local Favourites that go beyond the guidebook. 

 

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Turn “never thought I would” into “glad I did” with a budget-friendly tour that includes all the essentials plus a great mix of included excursions and free time. 

 

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Lighting the Path to a Better Tomorrow

From our inception, Avalon Waterways has cast a light on the world’s most fascinating places and people – inviting wayfarers and wanderers like you to bask in their glory, intrigue and wonder. Along the way, we’ve helped travellers uncover ancient traditions while meeting the locals dedicated to preserving them; to meander historic hallways while giving back to the societies that safeguard them; and to put down the guidebooks and pick up a greater understanding of the world and its people. 

Immersed in enlightening experiences, we naturally gain a deeper appreciation – one that leads to greater compassion, consideration and curiosity as we ask ourselves, what else can we do to protect our planet, preserve our sacred places and help humankind? 



Enter the Avalon Waterways® Lighthouse Project – an illuminating initiative where we can all come together to tread lightly and give generously for the globe’s greater good.  Avalon, along with sister companies Globus, Cosmos and Monograms, invite our travellers and partners to help us in supporting causes that provide for a more sustainable planet and a brighter tomorrow.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: National Civil Rights Museum
A Shining Example of Preservation

Located at the Lorraine Motel where the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr was shot in 1968, the National Civil Rights Museum guides visitors through five centuries of poignant history – from the beginning of slavery to the movement for equality in the mid-20th century. The Globus family of brands proudly supports the Memphis, Tennessee museum so its stories of human rights will forever be told.

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PLANET

Keeping the world in its best light.

While nothing is more exciting than tracing the paths of historic legends, nothing is more rewarding than doing so with the most minimal footprint. We make  every effort to conserve and preserve in each destination. To protect waterways and wildlife and shine a light on organisations that do the same.

The planet-focused initiatives we support include:

  • The Ocean Cleanup
  • Wildland Firefighter Association
  • The Mountain Institute of Peru
  • Vital Ground Foundation – Grizzly Bear Recovery*
  • Wildlife Conservation Network, Lion Recovery Fund
  • South African Parks Honorary Rangers
  • Atchafalaya Basin Project, Louisiana*

    *visited on trip

Additionally, we shine a light on the following organisations through a combination of holiday visits and donations:

  • Monkey Rehabilitation Center, Brazil
  • Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Baby Elephant & Rhino Rescue, Kenya
  • Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, China
  • National Kiwi Conservation Project, New Zealand
  • Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, Australia
  • The Kangaroo Sanctuary, Australia 

PEOPLE

Helping the communities of the world shine.

It’s not just the splendid landscapes and landmarks that make travel so rewarding – it’s the unique people we meet along the way and the cultures they hold dear. We are dedicated to protecting, respecting and supporting the extraordinary communities of the world as well as improving the individual lives within them. The measure of the Lighthouse Project’s success?  – The megawatt smiles we see along the way.

The people-focused organisations we support include:

  • Landmine Design
  • UNICEF
  • Childsafe Network
  • Rural Aid
  • Foundation Galápagos

Additionally, we shine a light on the following organizations through a combination of vacation visits and donations:

  • Mother Theresa’s Missionaries of Charity
  • KOTO Hospitality Training Center, Vietnam
  • Local orphanage, Cambodia
  • Local school English class, Cambodia
  • Local school, Tanzania
  • Indigenous Amazon communities (via lodge stays), Ecuador and Peru
  • Home visits, Peru

PLACES

Reflecting on the past; Brightening the future.

The parks, palaces, museums and monuments we enjoy today are the result of previous generations passionately committed to preservation. By way of the Lighthouse Project, we aim to pay it forward – staying light years ahead of preservation – so that future generations can enjoy the same glorious places to relax, renew and reflect.

While every one of our destinations is precious to us, here are some of the sights and attractions we have supported – many of which we also visit on trip:

  • National Civil Rights Museum, Tennessee*
  • Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho*
  • Yosemite National Park, Nevada, California*
  • Zion National History Association, Utah*
  • Redwoods National Park, California*
  • Denali National Park, Alaska*
  • Squamish Lil’Wat Centre, British Columbia*
  • Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska*
  • Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii*
  • The Freedom Trail, Massachusetts*
  • Independence Hall at Independence National Park, Pennsylvania*
  • George Washington’s Birthplace, Virginia*
  • Santa Barbara Mission, California
  • USS Arizona Memorial, Hawaii*
  • World War II Memorial Museum, Louisiana
  • Crazy Horse Monument, South Dakota*
  • Old State House, Massachusetts*
  • Memphis Rock & Soul Museum*
  • Louis Armstrong Memorial Park, Louisiana
  • St. Louis Cemetery #1, Louisiana
  • Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, New Mexico*
  • Alaska Native American Heritage Center, Alaska*
  • Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site, Alberta*
  • Museum of the Cherokee Indian, North Carolina*

    *visited on trip

    Additionally, Avalon Waterways’ team members take pride in being active participants in the travel community, spearheading and participating in dozens of volunteer programs and events.

Navigating the Way to a Brighter Future on the World's Waterways

As a part of our Lighthouse Project, Avalon Waterways has undertaken an ambitious mission to lead the way in sustainable operation and practices.  Part of our mission to preserve the precious environment river cruising affords travellers. 

This commitment extends to every aspect of cruising.  From how we power and propel our fleet of Suite Ships to the care and attention we give to environmentally friendly practices onboard. Not to mention the many causes we support. All to ensure that we're helping to make tomorrow on these incredible rivers as special as the experiences they gift us today.

 

Creating a Sustainable Tomorrow

Avalon is charting an ambitious course toward zero emissions and sustainability in every aspect of cruising. Our state-of-the-art fleet of Suite Ships and top-of-the-line technology limit energy, consumption and emissions. Plus, Avalon’s waste and recycling programs reduce our environmental footprint, save water and foster a sustainability culture among crew and guests worldwide. Even better? This is just the beginning of what we have planned to protect our beautiful Mother Earth, and her fans.

TODAY, AVALON HAS:
  • Eliminated single-use plastics onboard our ships and at operations offices, worldwide
  • Reduced paper waste by 80% onboard by favouring digital communications
  • Invested in local farmers to secure locally produced foods, reducing food miles while supporting local economies
  • Installed LED lighting throughout ships, fleet-wide
  • Worked with dozens of ports to use shore energy while docked
  • Committed to using shore power while docked wherever it is available, allowing us to turn off engines and reduce emissions
  • Signed an agreement with the river cruise trade union providing heightened employment standards and protection of our crew. No other river cruise line has made this commitment to their team.
TOMORROW, AVALON PLEDGES TO:
  • Pilot a program to use bio-fuel, aiming to reduce total carbon emissions by 50%
  • Utilise electric bow thrusters to further reduce emissions
  • Reduce paper waste further – to less than 1%
  • Partner with more destinations to generate sustainable electricity, while docked
  • Invest more in our partners at The Ocean Cleanup in their mission to succeed at the world’s largest cleanup project: Removing 90% of ocean plastic pollution and ridding the world’s waters of plastic
  • Unveil the first, fully electric river cruise vessel by 2027