Avalon cruises go beyond the grand waterways of Europe and cruise into some surprising and exciting places. Gliding through narrow passageways, our smaller Mekong and Irrawaddy cruise ships will take you close to the sights, cultures and traditions of Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar. Meet the Buddhist monks of Angkor Ban, explore a Viet Cong hideout, and journey to a Bagan temple on an ox cart at sunset.

We’ll also take you on exotic adventures to South America. Sail through the Peruvian Amazon and into the depths of the jungle to hear ancient legends from local villagers and fish for piranha. Journey by train to the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu and witness an unforgettable sunrise. In Ecuador, get up close to giant tortoises, marine iguanas and curious sea lions in the Galápagos Islands; a nature lover’s paradise and home to some of the most unique animal species in the world.

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  • Ho Chi Minh City – The Mekong
    • Visit the imposing Reunification Palace in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, left as it was on the day Saigon fell to the north.
  • Myanmar – The River Irrawaddy
    • Present alms and offerings of food to the monks at a local monastery in Kya Hnyat.
  • Sacred Valley – The Amazon
    • Discover the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo and the terraced mountain-village of Pisac in Peru’s Sacred Valley.
  • Santa Cruz – The Galápagos Islands
    • Lush hills, volcanic craters, coralline beaches and iconic giant tortoises.

Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong

Explore the iconic Temples of Angkor and the Cu Chi Tunnels, and take an ox cart ride through Cambodian rice paddies.

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Beyond the grand waterways of Europe, Avalon cruises journey down the ancient tributaries of Southeast Asia and South America for epic sights and lazy days along shady riverbanks. Weave past the sun-drenched plains of Myanmar on the Irrawaddy to explore this “Golden Land” of crumbling jungle temples and fishing villages; cruise Vietnam’s network of waterways and shimmering rice paddies in the Mekong Delta; and journey deep into the atmospheric Amazon Basin to meet indigenous tribes and squawking monkeys.


Travel further afield on an Avalon cruise to discover the pearls of Southeast Asia and South America. Sail the Peruvian Amazon through its famous rainforest to hear ancient legends from local villagers; experience a sunrise over Inca ruins. Broaden your horizons on intimate ships along Asia’s narrow waterways, and experience the sights, cultures and traditions of Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar: floating markets, shimmering rice paddies and golden stupas along their riverbanks.

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