To explore Europe by river cruise is one of life’s great adventures. A unique and singular journey through an exciting melting pot of art and music, history and architecture; the sights, sounds and smells of historic cities, medieval towns and riverside villages on grand waterways.

On an Avalon cruise, we'll take you on Amsterdam’s leafy canals and to the Louvre in Paris, through Austria's glorious Wachau Valley and into the epic canyon of Romania's Iron Gates Gorge. Discover this wonderful collision of culture and food, empires and dynasties, traditions, quirks and rich natural beauty for yourself.

Europe at a glance

  • Rhine Gorge – The Rhine
    • Cruise past ancient castles on lofty cliffs and the rock of the Lorelei, where siren song once lured sailors to their doom.
  • Budapest – The Danube
    • Visit the ornate, hilltop setting of Fisherman’s Bastion and mix with the locals in the bustling Central Market Hall.
  • Normandy beaches – The Seine
    • Explore some of the most poignant sights of World War II such as Juno Beach and the Pegasus Museum.
  • Arles – The Rhône
    • This charming French town was inspiration to the artist Van Gogh, who produced some of his most famous paintings here.
  • Kerkenhof Gardens – Dutch Waterways
    • Experience a spectacular explosion of colour in these world-famous flower gardens.

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From the terraced vineyards of the Rhine and wooded hills along the Seine to the iconic sightseeing of Paris, Vienna and Budapest, Avalon cruises take you right to the heart of Europe’s grand waterways. Christmas markets, wine country, dramatic canyons and spectacular mountains: wherever your cruise takes you, from the maze of Holland’s waterways to the Black Forest, a huge adventure awaits.


On an Avalon cruise, you’ll explore grand European cities and medieval hamlets, cruise to riverside villages, and wend your way past terraced vineyards between towering cliffs. Wine gardens in Austria, a great cathedral in France, a hilltop fort perched on the banks of the Danube: classic sightseeing in a cultural, historic and gastronomic treasure trove. Explore underground tombs and shady orchards, wander delightful flower gardens, and discover unique places from unusual angles in the heart of Europe.

New Active Discovery cruises in Europe

An Active Discovery cruise offers the perfect opportunity for more authentic local experiences and more dynamic activities in the Danube and Rhine areas.

More choice at every stop

At each port of call, you'll have a choice of excursions, so you can get experience it in the way that most inspires you. In Amsterdam, you can imitate the techniques of Van Gogh and Rembrandt in a painting class, take a canal cruise or see the city on a running tour. In Koblenz, take a guided walk and cable-car ride up to Ehrenbreitstein Castle, walk through the glassy corridors of a volcano mine or climb the steps of Marksburg Castle for an unforgettable view of the Rhine Gorge. The choice is yours.

Engelhartszell, Austria

Cruises in Europe