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We travel to see new things, try new things, and experience new cultures. So it only makes sense to set sail on a river cruise that’s just as far from the ordinary. From endless views to endless possibilities, Avalon Waterways charts a whole new course in river cruising.

Our new Active Discovery river cruises down the Danube, Rhine and Rhône Rivers offer a deeper immersion in each destination. Enjoy beautiful views of castles as you glide along legendary riverbanks in a canoe or perfect your brushstrokes in a local art studio. From steering a bicycle through Europe’s must-see sights to searing today’s catch in a lively cooking class, our Active Discovery river cruises present a whole new level of engagement.

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Active Discovery on the Rhine

New for 2018

from £3,086 per person

  • 8 days
  • Price based on 11 May 19
  • 6 dates available

Explore the Rhine River from a unique perspective on this Avalon Active Discovery river cruise. With Avalon Choice, you’ll enjoy a wide variety of included excursions to match your interests and pace. Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, or an art lover, you’ll find the inclusions that speak to you. Your Rhine River cruise begins in Amsterdam for a day of sightseeing. See the colourful corners of Amsterdam your way—from a canal cruise to a leisurely culinary walk in one of Amsterdam’s famous districts, or a guided jogging tour of the city—all at an easy pace. You might choose an included painting class, instead, to recreate the masterpieces of Dutch artists. With Avalon Choice inclusions, you choose how to discover fascinating sites on your Rhine River cruise. Visit the Chocolate Museum in Cologne, take a guided culinary walk in Duisburg, and taste regional wines in Eltville. In Koblenz, take a cable car ride up to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress for magnificent views of the surrounding area. Onboard, you’ll pass through the magnificent Rhine Gorge and enjoy specialty dishes while cruising. Join us for a Rhine River cruise like no other, with more included selections for every taste, passion and pace. Avalon Choice on Active Discovery river cruises gives you the Active, Discovery, and Classic inclusions to see each destination your way! 

Canals, Vineyards & Castles - Amsterdam to Remich

from £2,696 per person

  • 8 days
  • Price based on 02 May 19
  • 5 dates available

Start this magnificent European river cruise vacation in Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam. See the treasures of this 700-year-old city from a unique perspective—on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten. Then, begin your scenic cruise along the Rhine River and come to Cologne, Germany—a 2,000 year-old city known for its gothic architecture. On a guided city walk, see the famous twin-spired cathedral and explore the cobblestone streets of the Old City. You’ll sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge—the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water. In the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, enjoy a stroll through its famous cobblestone Drosselgasse lined with shops, restaurants, and lively taverns. Along the Moselle River, you’ll stop at the picturesque town of Cochem where the Riesling grape is cultivated. Visit Reichsburg Castle, nestled among vineyards and offering breathtaking views of the town and river valley below. In Bernkastel, enjoy a guided walk and taste some of the region’s best-loved wines. Go on an excursion to historical Luxembourg City, offering unique and dramatic views as it is set on two levels—high above on straddling hills and dropping into two river valleys.

Blue Danube Discovery

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from £3,080 per person

  • 12 days
  • Price based on 28 Nov 19
  • 29 dates available

Your festive cruise begins in Budapest where you’ll embark on the Danube to discover enchanting Christmas markets and traditions. Take photographs on the Royal Palace grounds, and enjoy the glow of Christmas traditions in the “Pearl of the Danube” before an evening cruise to Vienna. You’ll sail through the miles shared by Hungary and Slovakia on your way to Vienna, and see the Imperial Palace Complex, magical Christmas Advent Market, and shining Christkindlesmarkt stalls. In Krems, you’ll find a small valley village seemingly untouched by the modern world, and visit its charming Christmas market before sailing through the wonderful Wachau Valley on your way to Melk. Take a guided tour of the magnificent Benedictine Abbey, and enjoy a wine tasting on board your ship. You’ll cruise to Passau, Germany, the “City of Three Rivers,” where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers meet, and sail for Regensburg to enjoy a guided tour of Old Town and Porta Pretoria. Enjoy German beer tasting on board your ship, and sail for Nuremberg with an overnight cruise. You’ll see the living heritage and history of Nuremberg with guided sightseeing, including its medieval architecture, cathedral, Kaiserburg Castle, or historic WWII Third Reich Rally Grounds. Browse the spruce stalls of Nuremberg’s Christmas markets, and try any number of specialities in Bavarian fare—from bratwurst to blueberry wine. Complete your festive Danube River cruise with a night in the Golden City of Prague, Czech Republic. Here you’ll take a guided sightseeing tour of the iconic city sites, including the Astronomical Clock and the Hradčany Castle Grounds. You’ll love the glistening Christmas markets of Prague, with delightful culinary treats, gifts, and warmth of the season you’ll long remember.

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Welcome to river cruising - a new way of seeing the world that gives you the exceptional service and luxury of small-ship ocean cruising with intimacy, choice and attention to detail.

On an Avalon river cruise, we take care of everything. We host fewer passengers so we can offer a personal, intuitive service, whether it's the wine expert who remembers which vintage you enjoyed yesterday, the pillows you prefer on your bed, or the way you like your steak cooked at dinner.

Our spacious, elegant ships offer you the chance to explore each new horizon in sheer comfort, while our expert-led excursions bring each port of call to life - the moment you step off the ship.

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