The river cruising experience

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What is a river cruise?

A river cruise offers a truly special way to experience the genuine character and culture of any destination. From a totally different perspective, you can wonder at the magnificent scenery unfolding before you as you travel along the world’s gorgeous natural highways. Vibrant and historic cities, grand architecture, fairytale castles, bustling riverside towns, steeply sloping vineyards, imposing vistas – a river cruise is a journey that captures the essence of every inspiring place. Let Avalon Waterways’ supreme selection of luxury river cruises open for you the gateway to one of the most relaxing, rewarding and unforgettable travel experiences that you can ever have.

Discover a whole new world of luxury river cruising

In one seamless river cruise voyage, our inspirational itineraries will take you to the destinations of your dreams, without the hassles of conventional travel. Board your luxurious floating hotel, unpack just once, then sit back, relax and watch the constantly changing scenery slip by as you sail to your next exciting destination. Peaceful and smooth in motion, relaxation is easy on a river cruise. Once on board, all you have to do is enjoy luxurious accommodation and excellent service, a world-class dining experience and exceptional onboard facilities and entertainment. Sailing right into the heart of every port of call, river cruising lets you get up close and personal with local history, culture and people. Take advantage of a wide range of included guided excursions, or choose to do your own thing, in your own time. Freedom of choice is built in to suit you.

Avalon Artistry II on the Rhine
Avalon Artistry II Royal Suite

Redefining luxury river cruising

What makes the Avalon Waterways river cruising experience the very best? We are completely committed to offering you, our guest, the highest standards in luxury accommodation, an uncompromising level of service and the best itineraries to make every aspect of your holiday memorable. With one staff member to every four guests, no-one is more focused on looking after you than Avalon Waterways. From your dedicated Cruise Director, to the English-speaking crew and expert local guides, you will enjoy more intimate and attentive levels of service on any smaller ships.

Tired of ocean cruising, with its long days between ports of call and endless extras? Avalon’s river cruise ships offer all the high-end facilities you have come to expect, but with so much more included. For example ... shore excursions, included. Food and drinks, included. Local guides, included. The trip of a lifetime, included.

Our sleek, ultra-modern fleet simply breathes luxury and comfort. You will enjoy 5-star hotel standard accommodation, with elegant, contemporary and spacious design throughout and beautifully-appointed, light and inviting staterooms and suites. Sliding glass doors transform your accommodation into a panoramic viewing point. Marble bathrooms, premium beds and individual temperature control come as standard. Thoughtful little touches count too – Egyptian linens and quality robes and slippers enhance your comfort. And you will dine in gourmet style, with locally sourced produce prepared by our top chefs with fine wines included. Every amenity is on hand, including flat-screen satellite TV. You can also enjoy a full programme of live onboard and often local entertainment.

Spend time in your destination, not time getting there. Your floating hotel docks at the heart of each destination. Simply step off your ship and the local sights and sounds are right there for you to discover. Take advantage of the many included excursions led by carefully selected, experienced local guides, or strike off on your own to explore museums, monuments, galleries, cafes and boutiques – the choice is yours.

Your luxury holiday, your way

With flexible travel options, including no-fly cruises, Avalon Waterways makes it easy for you to extend and personalise your river cruise holiday experience. Add a tour or a pre- and post-cruise hotel stay, whether you choose European river cruising or travel further afield on our wonderful Mekong and Yangtze river cruises.

We know from our 85 years of travel experience that it is the extra, personal touches that add that final sparkle to every river cruise holiday. From the moment you speak to one of our travel specialists to opening the front door on your return, Avalon Waterways is dedicated to enhancing your holiday experience.

Start your holiday in style with our complimentary home pick-up service. Your exclusive, air-conditioned executive car will deliver you to your departure terminal, and on your return, your driver will meet you at the arrivals hall. Your driver will manage your luggage, too.

We have taken care of every detail, on board and on shore. On board, you will find complimentary WiFi access to keep you in touch with friends and family, and iPads in Royal suites. In your stateroom, you will find little finishing touches like premium toiletries, scented sticks, bottled water and fresh flowers. On shore, personal headsets mean that you don’t have to strain to hear the commentary from our knowledgeable local guides. With VIP access, you will not have to queue for attractions. And if you want to explore independently, we can also provide bicycles.

We have even taken care of gratuities. It is simple – there aren’t any. They are all included on our European, Mekong and Yangtze river cruises.

If all of the above sounds tempting, the answer to the question, ‘What is a river cruise?’ is simple: it’s the perfect holiday for you. Now all you have to do is choose your dream cruise...