Relax aboard our state-of-the-art river cruise ships and enjoy luxurious accommodation, fine dining and impeccable service. Our inspirational itineraries guide you through the scenic waterways of Europe, taking in the terraced vineyards of the Moselle, the fairytale castles of the Rhine, the classical cities of the Danube, or the gorgeous lavendar landscapes of the Rhone. Many of our river cruise holidays give you the chance to add on optional extensions. Why not stay a little longer and really make the most of each beautiful region? Looking for a unique experience? Indulge your interests on one of our exciting themed river cruise holidays at no extra cost.
European river cruises
The Danube River
Winding west to east, from Germany’s enchanting Black Forest to the beautiful Black Sea Coast, the historic River Danube is an ideal destination for river cruise holidays. Flowing through an ever-changing landscape of pristine valleys and gorgeous panoramas, its glorious banks form a patchwork of picturebook castles, medieval monasteries, luscious vineyards, spectacular cities and tranquil villages. The mighty Danube River, immortalised by Strauss in the Blue Danube Waltz, coils through 10 European countries, including Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania so Danube river cruises offer many diverse wonders, from Austria’s picturesque Wachau Valley and the magnificent cities of Budapest and Bratislava, to imperial Vienna and Romania’s impressive Iron Gates Gorge.
The Main River
Flowing across the heart of central Germany, the Main River traverses a spectacular landscape of lush, rolling hillsides speckled with storybook castles and charming medieval villages such as Würzburg and Miltenberg, offering an ideal setting for scenic river cruise holidays. Formed by the convergence of the Red Main and White Main waterways, the Main River is one of the Rhine’s major tributaries and is connected to both the Rhine River at Mainz and the Danube River via the Main-Danube canal. The impressive Main-Danube canal stretches across 16 locks from beautiful Bamberg, via historic Nuremberg, to tranquil Regensburg and makes it possible for river cruise ships to sail all the way from the North Sea to the Black Sea.
The Rhine River
Thought to be one of the world’s most romantic rivers, the legendary river Rhine courses from the snow-capped Swiss Alps, through the heart of Germany, to Holland and the North Sea. Offering an idyllic environment for relaxing river cruise holidays, the Rhine River meanders through richly vine-clad countryside and breathtakingly beautiful landscapes dotted with medieval castles, atmospheric half-timbered villages and charismatic cities such as Cologne, Heidelberg and Strasbourg. Your Avalon river cruise holiday on the Rhine also sails through the spectacular Rhine Gorge, a steep-sided valley renowned as one of the world’s most beautiful stretches of river and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before passing the mighty Lorelei Rock, where sirens were once said to have lured sailors to their doom
The Moselle River
Celebrated for its incredibly scenic shores, the graceful Moselle River is perfect for river cruise holidays and meanders through a spectacular landscape of lush, vineyard-cloaked valleys and steep, richly verdant slopes. The Moselle flows through the heart of Central Europe, from the Vosges Mountains in France, through Luxembourg and Germany, to join the Rhine River at Koblenz. Moselle river cruises sail through the postcard-perfect Moselle Valley, a beautiful route famed for the fairytale castles and quaint hamlets dotted along its vineyard-veiled banks. These glorious vineyards produce world-class wines such as Riesling, Müller-Thurgau and Elbling – so why not enjoy a glass or two on board your river cruise ship or join a wine-tasting excursion?
The Rhône River
Etching a route from the glacial Swiss Alps to Lake Geneva and through spectacular French countryside to Marseille and the Mediterranean Sea, the Rhône River is a major European waterway, ideal for scenic river cruises. Avalon river cruise ships sail the winding River Rhône through the heart of the Rhône Valley, framed by scented orchards, the lusciously rich vineyards of Burgundy and Beaujolais, and the fragrant lavender fields of Provence as well as stopping to admire captivating towns such as historic Arles and honey-hued Avignon. Avalon Rhône river cruises also traverse some of the world’s most famous wine growing regions and visit the French gastronomic capital, Lyon, making Rhône river cruise holidays perfect for lovers of wine, food and landscapes.
The Seine River
The most famous river in France, the Seine’s natural beauty has inspired poets, musicians and artists for centuries. Offering exquisite gardens, fragrant orchards, charming medieval fortresses and the spectacular city of Paris - Seine river cruises are sure to be an unforgettable experience. Meandering northwest from beautiful vine-clad Burgundy, through Paris to the gentle, green countryside of Normandy and the English Channel at Le Havre, the River Seine offers an idyllic environment for river cruise holidays. Board an Avalon river cruise ship to marvel at architectural masterpieces such as the Eiffel Tower, Louvre and Notre Dame Cathedral, the glorious gardens of Giverny, the pretty village of Les Andelys and the emotive D-Day memorials and landing beaches of Normandy.
The Dutch Waterways
History, scenery and elegant cities abound, as the scenic Dutch Waterways trace an intricate network of ribbon-like canals and rivers across the tranquil landscapes of Holland and Belgium. Winding from cosmopolitan Amsterdam in the north to medieval Maastricht in the south and onwards to the beautiful cities of Belgium, Avalon river cruise holidays traverse a famously flat yet picturesque countryside peppered with old wooden windmills and brightly blooming tulips. Admire the blaze of colour at the famed Keukenhof Gardens and the Floriade Horticultural Show, explore a feast of medieval wonders in Antwerp, the gabled Gothic architecture of Ghent, and the technical marvel of the Delta Works flood defences before taking in Kinderdijk’s serene windmill country.
Worldwide river cruises
The Mekong River
From its source high up in the Tibetan Plateau the powerful Mekong River courses for over 3,000 miles through China, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, providing a lifeline for millions of people. In Vietnam, cruise the massive Mekong Delta, a picturesque area dotted with rice paddies, fish farms, fruit orchards and more. The rice produced in the delta accounts for over half of Vietnam’s rice production. In Cambodia, explore French-influenced Phnom Penh, the spectacular Silver Pagoda, and learn about the sobering Khmer Rouge regime. North of the city, cruise on the Tonle River, which connects the main Mekong with Tonle Sap or 'Great Lake'. This is one of the most picturesque parts of your journey as the river narrows and passes amongst villages and woodlands.
The Irrawaddy River
Cruise along the alluring Irrawaddy to explore a tapestry of exotic flavours, enchanting panoramas, and vibrant river activity. See locals producing candy from the sap of the toddy palm tree or stroll in a pottery-making village to watch the production process from start to finish. Venture to a monastery and present alms to the monks to observe their daily lunch ritual, and visit local children at a village school. Other Avalon cruise highlights include visiting a farmer’s home to learn more about his work and life, and even a chance to ride an elephant! Visit the stunning Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon and some of the 2,300 majestic temples speckled across the plains of Bagan. Beyond the must-see sights, Avalon delivers hands on activities and encounters with local people that allow for a truly immersive and memorable experience.
The Yangtze River
Coursing over major distances, the Yangtze is the longest river in Asia and the third longest in the world at more than 3,915 miles. Cruise approximately 650 miles through the most impressive stretch of the Yangtze River featuring the Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge, and Xiling Gorge, collectively known as the Three Gorges. On our Yangtze Cruises, you will experience village life along the banks of the Yangtze River and encounter the beauty of the mountains and the river. On land, our tour will also introduce you to the majesty and wonder of China's magnificent cities including the Forbidden City in Beijing, the famed Terracotta Warriors of Xian and the vibrant metropolis of Shanghai.
The Galápagos Islands
Consisting of 13 large and hundreds of small islands in the Pacific Ocean off the western coast of South America, the Galápagos Islands, a region of Ecuador, are home to some of the world’s most fascinating animal life. From Quito, Ecuador, fly to Baltra Island and board your luxury yacht to cruise from island to island, encountering giant tortoises, penguins, sea lions, lizards, and a whole host of diverse bird species. As you explore these remarkable volcanic isles firsthand, you’ll discover the wildlife that inspired Charles Darwin.
The Amazon River
Winding through the heart of the Amazon jungle, the Amazon River is the lifeblood of the vast Amazon Basin, an area larger than Western Europe. With a rich biodiversity and a swathe of lush, virgin rainforest, the Amazon offers up an unimaginable wealth of plants, wildlife, birds and insects. Journey along the river to explore little-visited areas, native communities and the remote yet breathtaking Pacaya Samira Reserve.