Join us as we sail on mighty new waters, see Europe in a different light on new voyages, and experience our new ships in 2019. Take each day as it comes with more choice than ever for exploration, wellbeing and relaxation, with enhanced facilities, activity experts and now, even more freedom at dinner. Each day, choose from Classic, Discovery or Active excursions and personalise your cruise experience to your exact taste.
In 2019, we are offering more ways to explore France with our new nine-day Reflections on the Seine cruise, sister route to our Paris to Normandy voyage. You can also get an in-depth look at Germany on our 11-day German Grandeur cruise from Basel to Nuremburg, with two nights in Munich. And if you are looking to explore further in Eastern and Central Europe, our new Enchanted Europe cruise sails along the Danube down through the Rhine all the way from Hungary to Switzerland in a 17-night odyssey that reveals the best of this magical part of the world.
If you’re looking for a deeper experience of the French culture and landscape, look no further. Following the popularity of our Active Discovery cruises on the Danube and Rhine, we’re pleased to introduce it to the Rhône. With a number of options for engaging with each port of call, you could find yourself choosing between a guided canoe trip down the Gorges of the Ardèche, a wine tasting in an underground cave and a visit to a crocodile farm.
We are delighted to introduce our new voyage along the holy river of Hinduism, Colourful India and the Ganges River. Join us to discover a beautiful and chaotic blend of pink-walled cities and ramshackle bazaars, riverbank villages and Hindu temples. Take a guided rickshaw ride around Kalna and see its many intricately carved temples. Walk through Azhimganj to see gold and silver smithing, then enjoy an authentic Indian tea at a landlord’s mansion. Aboard the Ganges Voyager, you’ll experience India in relaxed colonial-style luxury, each stateroom a private sanctuary of 260 square feet with an open-air balcony and beds that face the view. One of just 56 guests, you’ll get an intimate experience of the Ganges on a journey of ancient history and delicious thalis, warm hospitality and aching natural beauty.
from £5,928 per person
Enter a world of colour, culture, and cherished spiritual tradition of India. Your guided tour of India and Ganges River cruise begins in the bustling city of Delhi. You’ll tour the city with your expert local guide, and take a rickshaw ride through the Chandni Chowk bazaar—brimming with everything from silver and spices to saris of every colour. You’ll visit Qutub Minar—the world’s largest brick minaret, and see Delhi’s largest Sikh gurudwara (house of worship), before traveling to Agra—site of the legendary Taj Mahal. Join a sunrise excursion to the Taj Mahal—the iconic memorial build by Moghul emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife. More than 20 years in the making, the Taj Mahal stands as the pinnacle of love’s devotion, and is also yours to experience at sunset if you wish. You’ll enjoy the city of Jaipur, with its famous Palace of the Winds, and spectacular Amber Fort, before flying to Kolkata to board your Ganges river cruise. The holy river of Hinduism, the Ganges, slowly courses through one of the world’s most fertile and populated areas. Along its banks, human life is connected to its waters and you’ll get a glimpse of life away from India’s big cities. See muslin weaving in Kalna and candy making in Matiari. Stop in Murshidabad for an excursion to Azimganj and Jiaganj—to savor authentic Indian tea, as well as stunning gold and silversmith workshops. You’ll meet saree weavers, goldsmiths, and pottery makers. Explore the fascinating Hare Krishna headquarters in Mayapur, and visit Saint Mother Teresa’s former home upon your return to Kolkata. All of this and more await you on this once-in-a-lifetime guided tour of India and a Ganges River cruise.
This year we welcome our new ship Avalon Envision to our fleet, which from 2019 will be made up entirely of suite ships. On board each vessel, you'll find a new Adventure Centre, where you'll be able to hire all the equipment you need for independent activities, including bikes, binoculars, yoga mats and stretch bands, backpacks, picnic blankets and Nordic walking sticks. You'll also find our latest expert recruit: your Avalon Adventure Host. Ready to offer advice and assistance, whether that's an expert opinion on routes, helping you fit your bike helmet, leading a morning stretch or arranging onboard yoga sessions with a tutor to help you start the day, your resident Adventure Host will be on hand throughout your river cruise.
Our new FlexDining gives options for dining times and venues so you can choose where and when to eat. You've always been able to select your breakfast time; late riser or early riser. Now, feel free to join us in the dining room for dinner at your leisure, as well as greater options of where to eat. Have breakfast in your stateroom, lunch on the Sky Grill, a tasting menu in the Panorama Bistro, our classic dining area with FlexDining options or even pack a picnic and head ashore!