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Why choose Avalon for your next river cruise holiday

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Discover the Avalon Difference

Tempted by the luxury of an ocean cruise, but put off by the idea of days at sea, unexpected additional costs and uninspiring views? Welcome to river cruising - a new way of seeing the world up-close that combines the very best of luxury small ship ocean cruising with the flexibility of city breaks.

Avalon's spacious, elegant ships offer a comfortable base from which to explore each new horizon, whilst our expert-led excursions give you the chance to see the world your way. The Avalon difference is clear - from the moment we welcome you on board with a friendly smile, you'll feel right at home. 

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Your unique bed with a view

No other rooms in river cruising equal Avalon’s Panorama Suites. And the best part is that there aren’t just a couple of these 'suite' rooms on our ships. Instead, 80% of the rooms on our Suite Ships are Panorama Suites. Bring the outside view in, from the best seat in the house.

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New to river cruising?

Step on board one of our ships, and you'll see why an Avalon Waterways river cruise is so special. Nothing is too much trouble for our crew, who will look after you with care and attention. Always relaxed, never stuffy - so you can see the world your way.

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Full-board gourmet dining

We craft our menus with the same love and care as we do our cruises. Our chefs take fresh, local ingredients to create regionally-inspired dishes that will leave you wanting more! Which is good, because all meals are included, along with beer and wine at lunch and dinner.

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Explore the mighty River Danube

It's easy to see why so many of our guests fall in love with the River Danube. Rising in Germany's Black Forest, the River Danube winds its way past fairytale castles, hilltop ruins, picture-postcard architecture and some of the most stunning scenery in Europe. Durnstein, Oberammergau, Melk, Passau, Regensburg and Bratislava are just some of the favourites on our range of Danube river cruises.

A popular stop is Vienna, the 'City of Music', which inspired the likes of Mozart and Beethoven. It's also home to the famous Vienna Boys' Choir, Lipizzaner stallions and delicious pastries!

Similarly, Budapest's fascinating history unfolds as you sail between the ancient towns of Buda and Pest. Many visitors choose to stroll across the impressive Chain Bridge, one of the eight bridges that unite them.

Cameras at the ready as you sail through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge or see iconic sights such as the Danube Delta and Belogradchick rock formations. What better way to explore the mighty Danube than on an Avalon Waterways river cruise?

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