Flexible travel options

Giving you flexibility and choice to create your perfect cruise

At Avalon Waterways, we're dedicated to providing our customers with exceptional service and state-of-the-art ships. You know what you want from your holiday, and we can offer you a wide range of inspirational itineraries to choose from. We take pride in giving our customers a high level of flexibility, so you can make your cruise as individual as you are.


Flexible prices

We know that the cost of your cruise is just as important as the range of itinerary options we can offer. To give you the best value for money at the time of booking, our pricing is now aligned with prices coming directly from our airline partners. This means we're able to pass savings directly on to you as we get them. Get in touch with one of our specialists to talk about today's prices for your cruise, or any flight sales you'd like to take advantage of.

Book the bits you want

At Avalon Waterways, we never forget that our guests are independently minded individuals with a wide range of ideas about what the perfect cruise looks like. We've created our cruise packages on the basis of customer feedback and demand, but we know that one size doesn't necessarily fit all. We stand by our motto, 'it's your cruise, it's your choice', giving you freedom to choose your ideal holiday.

Pre- and post-holiday hotel stays – Why not extend your holiday with extra hotel nights before and / or at the end of your holiday? We work with renowned names in the hotel business, such as Hilton and Intercontinental, on all of our holidays.

Too many hotel nights? – Some of our holidays include hotel stays. If that doesn't suit you, we can reduce the number of nights, at a reduced cost, or we can just book the cruise portion for you.

Make your own way – Our brochure prices include flights, but you don't have to take our package. We give you the option to book the holiday without the flights.

Under your own arrangements – If you'd like to explore Europe at your own pace, after your holiday with us, we'll happily extend your flights for you.

Celebration packages

Celebrating a birthday or anniversary while you're on one of our cruises? Why not spoil yourself with one of our celebration packages? Memorable treats include a card, sparkling wine, flowers, chocolates, a fruit plate, cake and a special reserved table at dinner. We even offer a private cocktail reception for up to six people.

Planning a romantic getaway? We can arrange for you to renew your wedding vows on board. Enjoy an intimate ceremony with your Cruise Director as the Master of Ceremonies toasting the happy couple. If you have any other special requirements, give us a call and we'll do our very best to fulfil them.

No-fly holidays with Eurostar

We know that flying isn't for everyone. That's why we have a wide range of cruises that give you the option of travelling by rail. Arrive at your departure point relaxed and refreshed, and see so much more of the passing countryside and towns en route.

Depart from the impressive London St Pancras station, or Ebbsfleet*, if available, and you could be in Paris in just over two hours. All Eurostar carriages are fully air-conditioned and all seats have a footrest and reading lamp.  You can buy snacks, light meals and drinks in the buffet bar carriages.  Upgrade to Standard Premier and you can enjoy a dedicated carriage exclusive to Standard Premier customers, with complimentary light meals and drinks served at your seat, as well as newspapers and magazines.  Supplements start from as little as £130 per person return, subject to availability.


"The transfer to the ship was good and went very smoothly. Transfer was very well organised and easy."

Why not mix and match? Combine a flight and Eurostar with any holiday starting and ending in Paris or Amsterdam. Fly to or from your destination and travel from or to your destination by Eurostar. Contact our Avalon Specialists on 0800 668 1843 for more information.

*Eurostar travel from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet is available on the following river cruises:

Paris to Normandy’s Landing Beaches
Burgundy & Provence
Paris, Moselle & The Rhine
Tulips of Northern Holland
Grand France

UK departure airports and airlines

We are delighted to work with some of Europe’s favourite airlines, including British Airways, with flights from a range of regional airports to make your journey even easier and more convenient. See individual flight details for more information.

Flight upgrades and extras

For a truly memorable experience, or for a special occasion, why not upgrade your flight? Travel on British Airways and upgrade to Club Europe to experience the highest level of comfort and service. You'll speed through the airport, with separate check-in and Fast Track security at London Heathrow. Enjoy time in the BA airport lounge, with complimentary snacks and drinks, including a wide selection of wines. On board, enjoy good food, wine and more personal space in the separate Club Europe cabin, where you are guaranteed a window or aisle seat. Find out more...

Upgrade your airport experience from as little as £15 per person. Relax in a dedicated, comfortable airport lounge, enjoying complimentary snacks, drinks and other facilities while you wait for your flight.

Airport hotels and parking

If you choose not to take our included door-to-door personal chauffeur service, we'll offer you a discount if you book an airport hotel with us. We have fantastic deals on a range of hotels at all main UK airports, many of which include free parking. Or save up to 60 per cent on airport parking alone, by pre-booking with us.

VIP lounges

Once you've checked in at the airport, wouldn't it be nice to relax in a VIP lounge? We can reserve lounge access for you at most of the airports we fly from in the UK, as well as selected overseas airports.

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