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 along the Rhine and the Rhône, the Danube and Moselle, to the historic capitals of Paris, Budapest and Prague, to wander grand boulevards, peer down from great fortresses, snap iconic landmarks, and steal quiet moments in vast cathedrals. From Amsterdam’s leafy canals and the Louvre in Paris, to the glorious Wachau Valley and the epic canyon of Iron Gates Gorge, discover this wonderful collision of culture and food, empires and dynasties, traditions and quirks, and rich natural beauty.

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.


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 cruise in Europe

An Active Discovery cruise is the perfect opportunity to experience authentic local experiences and more energetic active excursions in the Danube and Rhine areas.

Enjoy unique experiences with local people and discover their traditions and culture with hands-on activities. Conduct an orchestra, learn the Viennese waltz, and sample beers brewed by Trappist monks. On a more active trip, explore an ice cave, hike through vineyards, and help with the harvest at a local apricot farm. Hugely rewarding and unique experiences.

Simply choose the activities that appeal to you most.

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Engelhartszell, Austria

Cruises in Europe