What’s new?

Here at Avalon Waterways, we pride ourselves on having the youngest fleet of ships on Europe's rivers - averaging just three years in age, compared to the industry average of seven years. As we regularly add brand new ships to the fleet, we are able to offer our guests the very latest ship design and innovative technology, including enchanced soundproofing and the highest quality features and service.

 

 

Avalon wins top industry award for its private home pick up service

Avalon Waterways has won one of the cruise industry’s top awards, the ‘Wave Award’ - ‘Best Transfer Service’ for its popular private home pick up service, included with every Avalon river cruise.

We are the only river cruise company to provide a private home pick-up service with every booking; ensuring the holiday experience starts from the moment the customer steps out of their door. The transfer service is private, comfortable and flexible, with 24-hour customer support available for ease of mind, and is included in every Avalon holiday.

The service is available for free within a 100 mile radius of departure airport on the UK mainland, with extra mileage chargeable at just £1.70 per mile.   Early bookers for departures in 2018 can take advantage of an unlimited mileage offer for all bookings made before 28 April 2017.

Giles Hawke, Avalon Waterways commented: “We are delighted to win this award which recognises the high standard of service our customers can expect when booking an Avalon cruise.  Our private home pick-up service is part of what sets us apart from other competitors, and we want to ensure that it’s what our customers notice about us.  We continue to receive excellent customer feedback, citing it as a service they appreciate and value, and one of the reasons to book with us again.”

 

2018 Cruises - ON SALE NOW

We have launched our 2018 river cruise programme with our strongest ever groups offer of a £110 per person discount and FREE places for all group bookings made before 30 April 2017.Other value added offers for all early bookers include a low deposit offer of £75 per person and a no mileage restriction on its VIP Chauffeur service*.

Available on Avalon’s 2018 European programme, 1 in 10 passengers can travel for free on Avalon Panorama Suite Ship group bookings, and 1 in 8 passengers on Avalon Deluxe Ship group bookings

Avalon’s 2018 cruise programme offers a broad range of exciting river cruises in Europe as well as Asia.   Customers can choose from Avalon’s inspirational river cruises ranging from 7 - 21 nights on Europe’s most spectacular rivers and waterways including the Rhine, Danube, Moselle, Main, Seine, Saone, and Rhone rivers as well as the Dutch Waterways and festive Christmas themed cruises.

Those wanting to combine an interest or hobby with a relaxing Avalon river cruise can choose from a wide range of themes including a new departure for the Paris to Normandy cruise (24 June departure) with included excursions such as a painting class, hiking tour and visit to a calvados distillery.   This is in addition to the existing themed cruises of classical, jazz & opera music, golf, history, Arts & Impressionist, culinary, wine tasting, beer tasting, gardens & nature

Great Special offers on 2017 cruises

We have agreat range of special offers on our 2017 cruises, book now to ensure that you do not miss out. If you book by 28th of February and pay a special low deposit of just £75 per person.  All prices shown include our latest savings.

Cruising with Avalon Waterways is the finest way to see spectacular European scenery from an unique point of view. Choose from a wide range of inspirational itineraries, let your private chauffeur pick you up when you set off and drop you home on your return, enjoy fine cuisine and local recipes, and take part in a wide range of excursions and sightseeing days, all when you book with Avalon Waterways for the most care-free holiday with so much included.

Avalon's newest Suite Ships in Europe...

To deliver a cruise unlike any other, we are constantly evolving the Avalon experience, adding intriguing features and continually adding new ships every year.

Two new Suite Ships were launched in the spring of 2016; the Avalon Imagery II and Avalon Passion bringing the number of suite ships in the fleet to 12. All our Suite ships have two decks of 200 square feet Panorama Suites - representing 80% of the rooms on board. Our suites  30% larger than you will find on most other river cruise ships.

All suites are well apointed with wall-to-wall sliding panoramic windows that open to create our unique open-air balcony does not detract from your indoor space in any way. Even the placement of the bed is innovatigve, so that the last thing you will see at night and the first thing you will see the next morning, will be the magnificent passing riverscape. You can sit back and relax from the moment you book.  All rooms have a large bathroom with full shower and stocked with L'Occitane bath products. Click here to view the impressive Avalon fleet.

New for 2017 - Active Discovery on the Danube...

Avalon Waterways have launched a new type of European river cruise featuring active excursions and local authentic experiences for the summer 2017.

Available on one of the most spectacular stretches of the Danube, from Linz to Budapest, the new ‘Active Discovery on the Danube’ cruises have been carefully planned allowing our guests can experience the area like a local. Local experiences on offer are based on culture, cuisine, outdoor pursuits and even the harvest of local produce combined with the comfort and luxury of staying aboard an Avalon river cruise ship.

Those wanting to be active can join guided mountain climbing, hiking through spectacular landscape, paddling a canoe or cycling alongside the picturesque River Danube.  Guests will have the opportunity to conduct an orchestra, learn the Viennese waltz, explore an ice cave or even visit a local farm to help with the apricot harvest.  Culinary experiences include a lesson to make authentic Austrian Linzer Torte, a brewery tour to taste locally produced cheeses and beer brewed by Trappist monks, or a hike through vineyards and wine tasting at a traditional Austrian wine tavern. Click here to view our new Avalon Active cruises

Avalon Waterways UK has launched its 2017 brochure with a new type of European river cruise featuring active excursions and local authentic experiences to appeal to a new and potentially younger market.
Available on one of the most spectacular stretches of the Danube, from Linz to Budapest, the new ‘Active Discovery on the Danube’ cruises have been carefully planned so Avalon guests can experience the area like a local.  Depending on an individual’s interests, local experiences on offer are based on culture, cuisine, outdoor pursuits and even the harvest of local produce combined with the comfort and luxury of staying aboard an Avalon river cruise ship.
Those wanting to be active can join guided mountain climbing, hiking through spectacular landscape, paddling a canoe or cycling alongside the picturesque River Danube.  Guests will have the opportunity to conduct an orchestra, learn the Viennese waltz, explore an ice cave or even visit a local farm to help with the apricot harvest.  Culinary experiences include a lesson to make authentic Austrian Linzer Torte, a brewery tour to taste locally produced cheeses and beer brewed by Trappist monks, or a hike through vineyards and wine tasting at a traditional Austrian wine tavern. This new approach will tap into demand for more “authentic” experiences and to get much closer to the destination guests are visiting, where the experience is as important as the destination.

 

Avalon Personal Chauffeur Service...

All our cruises iclude our Avalon personal chauffeur service from your home to and from your UK departure point (within a 100 mile radius of your UK departure point). Click here for more details.

Do you want to fly or take the train?

We offer a wide choice of UK departure airports and where available a choice of flight options from each airport.

If you prefer not to fly and take the train we can arrange rail travel to  / from all our European cruises and if you would like to break the journey en-route we can arrange accommodation for you.

You may want to fly one way and take the train the other or with the benefit of the Avalon Personal Chauffeur service you may want to fly from one airport and back to another if the timings suite you better.

 

 

 

"Beautiful and modern ship, the cabins were outstanding and beds were very comfortable. The Club Lounge really nice and restaurant was outstanding."