Avalon Waterways and river cruises are part of the award-winning Globus family of travel brands. With more than 85 years as experience and over 300 support staff in sixty five countries around the world you are in good hands with Avalon Waterways.

Offering Panorama Suites with wall to wall windows and open air balconies you can experience river cruising at it’s finest. Whit the unique Avalon Choice℠ Dining guests can choose their dining experience, morning, noon and night

Your river cruise aboard Avalon Waterways will become an immersive experience with Culture & Cruise℠ activities—like beer and wine tastings, demonstrations by local artisans, and talks by local experts.

Avalon Waterways See the World Your Way

Where Amawaterways Sails

Avalon Waterways Holland, France, Germany & More

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Avalon Waterways France & Spain

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Vietnam & Cambodia with Avalon Waterways

Avalon Waterways Myanmar

South America with Avalon Waterways

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Special Interest River Cruises through Europe

The best river cruise vacations should include ones  passions and pursuits. With Avalon Waterways you can indulge  your eye for impressionist brushstrokes.  Appreciate for a well-crafted Pilsner  or fine wine. Satisfy your appetite for the world’s most fascinating chapters of history. From food and wine to art, history, and music, Avalon Waterways Special Interest Cruises unite you with your pastimes-and other like-minded folks- both on the ship and off.

Active Discovery River Cruises

Most everyone travels to see new places and things, but many travel should also be about doing new things as well. With the introduction of Active Discovery cruises by Avalon Waterways on the Danube and Rhine, there is something for everyone no matter the interest or fitness level. Hike, bike, and explore your way through some of the most historic and picturesque sights along the rivers of the world. On these interactive and energetic cruises, with Avalon Waterways you will have opportunities to spend time with locals and learn about local traditions and the culture with hands-on activities and enjoy company with those river cruisers who like to do the same.

Wine or Beer Appreciation River Cruises

Do you like fine wine or enjoy a great beer? Would you like to learn more about your passion for wine or beer?  On and Avalon Waterways wine or beer river cruise you can join a distinguished wine authority who will teach you the ropes as you visit a wine village and attend tastings to test your newfound talent.  And of course a visit to Europe gets even better when it includes a discovery of their famous beers, these special Avalon departures deliver just that! Activities may include onboard tastings, visits to historic breweries, and fascinating lectures on board about a range of topics including European beer-brewing techniques. Prost!

Culinary River Cruises

Bon Appétit! France is a food-lover’s paradise of Europe.  Enjoy a  special dinner, a local chef  who will dazzle you with regional specialties and food preparation tips. Participate in Avalon’s  “Taste of Normandy” excursion, take in cider and wine tastings, a visit to a distillery, and come away with easy-to make recipes. 

Golf River Cruises

Europe is home to some of the moset famous golf courses in the world.  So why not tee up for an amazing Avalon Waterways Golf Cruise! You’ll enjoy golf outings as a local golf enthusiast arranges tee times on select courses. 

Music & Jazz River Cruises

A classical concert in Vienna, a visit to Mozart’s Salzburg birthplace, where the countryside and “the hills are alive with the sound of music.” or perhaps a visit to  Vienne, France, during its world-renowned Jazz Festival. Just a few of the musical experiences to be found  on an Avalon Waterways special music and jazz departure. 

Art & Impressionist River Cruises

Expand your appreciation of art with Avalon Waterways. Explore the great art museums of picturesque northern France! Attend an illuminating art lectures by renowned experts on board your Avalon ship. Visit the places and sites that inspired some of the world’s most famous artists, such as Auvers-sur-Oise, Rouen, Giverny, and, of course, Paris – the inimitable “City of Light.”

Avalon Waterways Luminary
Avalon Waterways Panorama Suite

The “Just Right” Way to River Cruise

At Avalon Waterways they define luxury as, the enjoyment of the good things in life, or is it simply having things just the way you prefer them. Avalon Waterways, navigates these waters with both comfort and elegance to deliver a “just right” experience – one that transports you at just the right pace, with just the right amenities, and just the right views. Striking a balance enriching activities, included shore excursions, five-star cuisine, and superior service that together offer the perfect degree of relaxed indulgence. This the Avalon difference.

Smiles over white gloves is the Avalon focus. It’s the service from the crew and staff that you’ll find is in perfect balance with the warm, inviting spaces throughout Avalon’s ships.

Avalon Waterways its About the View!

Avalon Waterways staterooms and ships deliver a unique blend luxury and comfort. For Avalon it’s about the view – blurring the line between outside and in. Not only are their Panorama Suites on the Suite Ships® 30% larger than the industry standard staterooms, the wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling windows open wider than any other, creating river cruising’s only Open-Air BalconySM.

With Avalon you have an open invitation to discover and dream each day as the sights sounds and aromas of the river, hamlets and locks pass by each day. Imagine waking up to the sight of a castle drifting by your feet each morning. Avalon is the only river cruise line to turn the beds to face the river so lay back and enjoy.  You’ve never seen Europe like this.