Why choose Avalon Waterways?

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Quite simply, Avalon Waterways offers the very best in exclusive, luxury river cruise holidays...

Our fleet of state-of-the-art Suite Ships is revolutionising river cruising itself. Every possible comfort and amenity is combined with our unrivalled range of destinations and itineraries making Avalon river cruises an unbeatable and fabulous holiday experience.

Everything is fully included and nothing is overlooked in our dedication to ensuring that you have the most amazing holiday ever, from start to finish. Our fully inclusive pricing represents the very best of value with no hidden costs and almost everything included. You can enjoy the highest quality river cruise experience at the very best price.

Most importantly, you can book in complete confidence. With 85 years’ experience in the world of travel, Avalon Waterways is one of the most reputable operators around. One of our proudest claims is that our guests have given us a 98% satisfaction rating. We are fully ABTA and ATOL bonded, so you can rest assured that your holiday is fully protected.

Setting new standards for river cruising...

Avalon Artistry II Royal Suite

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We offer the most spacious onboard accommodation in Europe...

Our innovative Suite Ships feature our one-of-a-kind Panorama Suites - a full 30% larger than the industry standard. Unlike other river cruise companies that use up valuable room space on tiny, unusable balconies, Avalon delivers a full balcony experience that is perfect in any weather conditions and in any season, without compromising your room space.

In our Panorama Suites our floor-to-ceiling sliding windows open up to give you a seven-foot opening. Slide the doors wide open and enjoy the feeling of sitting comfortably 'outside' as you float by stunning views of castle ruins, vineyards and ancient cities. We've even furnished your space with a love seat and chairs, as well as a table where you can enjoy a meal, or perhaps entertain your friends.

"River cruises have so much to offer and are perfect for people who enjoy sightseeing but don’t want the stress of packing, unpacking and tiredness when travelling by coach."

Deluxe Staterooms and Suites...

All our Deluxe Staterooms and Suites on every Avalon ship are spacious and well appointed, and a welcome sight after a hard days sightseeing.

Even the placement of the bed is innovative – facing the window to allow you to watch the splendid passing riverscapes as you lie in comfort. Unlike other fleets that only have a few premium suites on each ship, 80 per cent of our Suite Ship Staterooms are Panorama Suites.

From our luxurious Comfort Collection Beds with premium mattress covers, Egyptian Super-combed cotton linens and European-style duvets to the large bathroom with premium L'Occitane bath products, ample storage space to unpack, fully stocked minibars, complimentary bottled water and flatscreen televisions with a film channel for your enjoyment – you'll find it hard to tear yourself away from the high level of comfort and luxury at the end of your holiday.

Avalon cruises offer first class guest services from start to finish...

From the moment you speak to one of our knowledgeable Avalon cruise specialists through to your return journey home, you are in expert hands. With an average of one onboard staff member to every three passengers, you can expect impeccable, attentive and unrivalled personal service.

On every river cruise holiday, a dedicated Cruise Director and English-speaking crew are always on hand to help you make the most of each day. They will guide you through a range of cruises and all the options available for your holiday with us. All our specialists have sailed on an Avalon Waterways Cruise, so they can answer any queries you may have.

Start your holiday in style with our complimentary, chauffeur-driven 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 take care of your luggage, too.

No Hidden Costs...

There are no hidden costs – everything is included, right down to the gratuities. Take your pick from a wide selection of Avalon river cruises with more than 100 options across four continents; from cruises lasting three nights to 24 days.

Our itineraries are expertly designed to introduce and explore only the choicest of destinations. Sailing right into the heart of every port of call, you'll simply step off the ship and the local sights and sounds will be right there for you to discover. Take advantage of the many included excursions led by carefully selected, experienced local guides. Or choose to do your own thing, in your own time.

Take Time and Relax...

With so many amenities on board, whether you are making the most of happy hour by enjoying a glass of wine, or a vodka and tonic in the lounge, or having a quiet moment in the Club Lounge whilst enoying a capuccino, you will find that there is plenty of space to stretch out and relax on an Avalon ship.

Keep in touch with your friends and family with complimentary WiFi access and free use of the computers at the internet corner. You might want to take advantage of the onboard salon, whether you fancy a new hair style or a manicure.

Delicious Cuisine...

On all luxury Avalon cruises, the onboard cuisine is part of your journey. You will look forward to each meal in the same way that you look forward to each new port of call. With a wide choice of both elegant and informal dining options, you will enjoy unforgettable cuisine created by our top chefs, paired with perfect, complimentary regional wines.

On every one of our cruises, we bring a local chef on board to prepare a special dinner with signature dishes made from the freshest local ingredients, offering additional insight into the culture of every inspiring destination.

Don't just take our word for it, Avalon have been nominated for a host of awards, take a look here for more information.