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.
Waking to the widest opening windows – and the industry’s only Open-Air Balcony – is just the beginning of the Avalon difference. Beyond the wide-open views is an even wider range of ways to seize the day. Perhaps you’d like to join a walking tour through town to an ancient castle. Or perhaps pedalling your way through the local sites is more your speed.
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.
Book your 2019 Active Discovery cruise by 30 November 2018, and you can save up to £865pp - price shown already includes saving. So there's no better time to see Europe's rivers from our award-winning staterooms and river cruises.
New for 2018
from £1,934 per person
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!
from £1,944 per person
Whether you’re an art lover, a foodie, a history buff, or an energetic adventurer, your Active Discovery cruise on the Danube River invites you to experience culture and cuisine in creative ways that are perfect for you. With Avalon Choice, you can select the experiences that are perfect for your interests and pace—from Active to Discovery to Classic. Avalon Choice gives you a choice of included excursions in each port—from Linz to Budapest. Whether you prefer browsing the art collection of the Habsburg Empire, sipping local vintages at an Austrian wine-tasting, or joining a canoe excursion, your Active Discovery cruise is packed with Avalon Choice inclusions for every pace in every place we go. Sample cheese and beer made by Trappist monks and explore their Abbey gardens. With Avalon Choice included excursions, you can choose an insider’s tour of Vienna, or decide to join a canoe excursion—your Active Discovery river cruise has something for every pace in every place we go. From a wine tasting in Krems to a hike to Count Dracula’s prison tower, you’ll find the perfect outing you’ll prefer. One day, visit Belvedere Palace in Vienna to see Klimt’s renowned “Kiss,” and another day you may attend a Medieval Knights Tournament at a Visegrád castle. With Active Discovery river cruises, the choice is always yours. Explore Budapest your way—stroll its streets for classic sightseeing with a local guide or take a bike ride through town for a different perspective, or learn something new with a leisurely walking tour to discover a few local Hungarian phrases. Your Active Discovery Danube River cruise can be as active or leisurely as you like! Join us on this Active Discovery river cruise and experience the Danube your way. No matter how you choose to explore new lo-cales—from paddling canoes to picnic views—Avalon Choice includes the excursions and activities to let you enjoy each destination your way.
New for 2018
from £1,986 per person
Explore the Rhine River from a unique perspective on 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. 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 speciality dishes while cruising. Your Rhine River cruise ends 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. Or you might choose an included painting class, instead, to recreate the masterpieces of Dutch artists. 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.
from £2,122 per person
This exciting 9-day holiday introduces you to the people and places along the Danube from Budapest to Linz in the most active, engaged and fun ways imaginable. Start your holiday with one night in Hungary’s capital city before boarding your Avalon ship and heading for Visegrád. With Active Discovery river cruises, the choice is always yours. You might like to learn a little Hungarian in Budapest; attend a medieval knights’ tournament in Visegrád; take a jogging tour around Vienna, or visit the city when it first awakes. Meet with a local produce grower in the Wachau Valley, paddle a canoe; or be introduced to a count in his castle. Bike to an ancient border defense near Mauthausen or visit World War II’s largest concentration camp; taste locally produced cheese and beer brewed by Trappist monks near Linz, or hike along the Danube for spectacular views. All the while enjoy the comfort of your Avalon ship, with its delectable meals and warm, personal service. Certainly your home from home while you explore your new surroundings every day with something new to discover.
from £2,162 per person
Your Active Discovery cruise on the Rhône River begins in Lyon, the culinary capital of France. With Avalon Choice included excursions, you’ll find a variety of ways to explore each port you visit. Choose from included Active, Classic and Discovery excursions that interest you—from casual and leisurely to cultural and active. Admire the lovely scenery of the French countryside, join a culinary walk to discover architecture and local specialities, or take a cooking class in Lyon. Embark on a canoe excursion or simply linger in a sidewalk cafe; stroll Avignon’s papal palace or attend a wine tasting in an underground cave. With so many included choices, you’ll find the perfect way to spend your day—from a ghost tour in Viviers to a guided bike ride through the birthplace of rosé wines; to a chocolate factory tour and a visit to a French museum of perfumes. In addition to classic sightseeing and relaxed free time, you can visit an oyster farm, bike through Camargue Regional Nature Park to spot flamingos, or take a painting workshop in Arles—in the style of Van Gogh. You’ll have the classic sightseeing and relaxing activities in each destination, along with your choice of included arts, culture, and cuisine excursions. Our Active Discovery Rhône River cruise with Avalon Choice includes activities and excursions to experience the Rhône River at your pace in every place along the way. It’s a holiday in France made just for you.
from £2,290 per person
Your Active Discovery Cruise is waiting to take you on a French river cruise like never before. You’ll enjoy the magnificent and romantic scenery and sights, but you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy activities that speak to your passions and interests, as well. Take a guided hike through Camargue Regional Nature Park and marshland, or join a guided bike ride through the park, keeping an eye out for more than 400 bird species, including pink flamingos. You may otherwise pay a visit to a local oyster farm for an oyster tasting, and learn about oyster farming. Current Journeys Club members and new Avalon Waterways cruisers are welcome to travel on this special departure and take advantage of the added extras we’ve included just for this sailing! Choose from exclusive excursions only being offered for this date including a painting class, hiking, and sightseeing to Etretat. Plus all optional excursions are included at no extra charge, including Versailles and a chance to ascend the Eiffel Tower. We’ve even added an extra port and are sailing all the way to LeHavre on the shores of the English Channel. And, to make it a true celebration, we’ll host a gala dinner on board. Last but not least, there is even an exclusive extension to Mont St. Michel and the Loire Valley offered only on this sailing. We hope you’ll join us to celebrate you, our loyal travelers!Enjoy a day in Arles to select from Active, Discovery, or Classic tours or activities. You may like to join a guided hike, or take a painting workshop in the style and technique of Vincent van Gogh—whose many paintings captured the light and landscapes of Provence and Arles. Visit the Musée des Arômes et du Parfum, or a take a guided sightseeing tour of Avignon’s sights, including the 14th-century Palace of the Popes. Take a canoe trip on the canyons of the Rhône—the stunning Gorges de l'Ardèche. You might choose a hike through the Natural Reserve of Circque d’Estre, or an unusual excursion for an underground wine tasting with a wine-making expert and cave specialist.Sail to Lyon, the gastronomical capital of France, and take an evening drive for premiere photo opportunities from the hills above the city. During your stay in Lyon, hike the trails, take a culinary walk, or learn to make your own Saucisson brioche in a cooking class par excellence.You’ll experience the remarkable sights, scenery, and flavours along the Rhône with the Active Discovery included activities and tours that suit you best.
Up to £865pp off Active Discovery cruises offer T&Cs
Savings up to £865pp available on any 2019 Active Discovery cruise booked between 18 September 2018 and 30 November 2018, new bookings only. Savings of £865pp are available on Active Discovery on the Rhine (Mainz to Amsterdam) departing on 11 May 2019. Price shown includes saving. Offer subject to availability.