Why choose Avalon?

Our customers tell us that Avalon is a hidden gem in the world of river cruising. Once you step on board, you'll be won over by the Avalon difference. What do we mean by that? It's the fact that you can see the world your way, in relaxed luxury. Of course, everyone's idea of luxury is different; it could be enjoying the finer things in life, or simply having things just the way you like them. At Avalon Waterways, we navigate both with elegance and ease to deliver a 'just right' holiday experience - one that makes you feel right at home, in control of how you spend your time on board and ashore, whilst having every need taken care of with unobtrusive care.

Private transfer to the airport

We all like our holidays to start the moment we close our front door. That's why, with Avalon Waterways we include a private home-pick service to collect you and take you to your departure airport and back in comfort and style. No stress and expense of making your own way - it's all taken care of.

Travel in style

Enjoy full board dining

An impressive breakfast choice of hot and cold dishes... light lunches... afternoon tea... a regional menu of a la carte dinner dishes... ... wine and beer included at lunch and dinner... the list goes on. We'll even provide you with a packed lunch if you decide to head out on your own for the day. And if you feel a bit peckish at midnight, you can help yourself to hot drinks, cakes and cookies in the lounge. We'll also happily cater for a range of dietary needs.

Our dining experience

Your own open-air balcony

Forget small and poky cabins. Avalon's elegant staterooms are 30% larger than the average on Europe's rivers, and come complete with full-sized bathrooms. Over 80% of staterooms on our Suite Ships are 200-square foot Panorama Suites. Throw back the curtains and you'll see why we have the best views too, with wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling windows that open wider than any other in the industry. A comfortable and spacious seating area for six, not to mention the fact that your bed faces the view in most cases, will make it hard to tear yourself away.

Explore our spacious staterooms

Relax or get involved

How you spend your time on board an Avalon Waterways ship is totally up to you. We feature on board talks relating to the areas you're visiting, we invite guest experts to give demonstrations such as wine, cheese or beer tasting, and you can enjoy light evening entertainment provided by local performers. Had a busy day sightseeing? Simply find a quiet corner in the Sky Lounge and admire the beautiful scenery as you sail past.

Our on board experience

Local excursions are included

The beauty of an Avalon river cruise is that you're in control of how you spend your days ashore. We include local excursions in every port of call, and you can also choose from a selection of optional ones. Or, if you prefer, you can explore on your own with the help of our Cruise Directors' local knowledge. The choice is yours!

What to do ashore