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Avalon Waterways

Avalon Waterways

Avalon Waterways


With eighty-five years of travel experience, Avalon Waterways offer finely crafted river cruises; an idyllic and serene way to explore the sights and cultures of Europe, Asia and the Peruvian Amazon. With a state-of-the-art fleet of ships, offering some of the most spacious accommodation options on the rivers of Europe, Avalon Suite Ships boast their own revolutionary concept of panoramic sliding windows; a genius conception designed to maximise indoor living space, the majority of on-board suites offer these floor-to-ceiling sliding glass windows, seamlessly gliding back to transform the sitting area into an outdoor balcony, creating the feeling of sitting comfortably outside as the stunning views unfurl before you.

There is a wealth of inclusions when travelling with Avalon Waterways, making every journey run as smoothly as the peaceful waters travelled along. All meals are included, from fresh buffet breakfasts in the morning sun, to signature dinners prepared by local chefs, perfectly paired with complimentary regional wines. All shore excursions are included, too, with guided sightseeing tours offered at various paces, suiting those who would rather take a more leisurely pace, and those who would rather explore independently. Itineraries across rivers in Asia also feature a selection of Local Favourites℠, where guests can immerse themselves in unique cultural activities and engage with local people, while fascinating destination talks and demonstrations by the Cruise Director, Guides and Crew help to bring every destination to life.

Across Europe, a rich selection of theme cruises are also available, allowing those with specific passions to indulge in their own interests, whether that be gastronomy, wine, art or history, as well as cheerful Festive cruises, a wonderful way to experience the heart warming Yule Tide festivities across Europe.

With inspirational itineraries, thoughtfully designed ships and impeccable service, Avalon Waterways promises your journey will be something special. From enjoying a glass of wine, or a comforting cappuccino, as the glorious views glide by, to shopping for tea with locals in Myanmar, Avalon will ensure every step of the way is exceptionally prepared.

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Fleet Facilities

Food & Beverage+

With a fantastic full-board offering, including all meals and accompanying drinks, dining on an Avalon River Cruise offers an array of options and flavours, giving guests the freedom to choose a dining option that suits them best. All cruises begin with a celebratory welcome of sparkling wine with canapés, followed by a sumptuous five-course dinner. Throughout your journey, there are a number of options for where and when you chose sit down for meals. Early riser breakfast starts at six o’clock, with freshly brewed tea and coffee with a selection of pastries and finger foods, before the buffet is served at seven o’clock, with an additional choice of cold cuts and cheeses along with eggs, sausage and bacon in the morning sun. For late risers, tea, coffee and a further selection of pastries are available until half past nine.

On European cruises, a lunch buffet is served at mid-day, in which you might choose to partake al fresco, at the Sky Bistro, or in the charming Panorama Bistro. Afternoon Tea is served in the lounge or on the deck with plates full of tempting cakes and biscuits, before an elegant sit-down meal is served in a single sitting in the evening. On Asian cruises, lunch features an exciting live cooking station, showcasing skilfully crafted local specialities served by the head chef, while a four-course á la carte dinner awaits in the evening, featuring a choice of delectable salads, soups, entrées and desserts.

To complete your culinary experience, a local chef is invited on board every cruise to prepare a special dinner, offering a signature dish prepared with fresh local ingredients, and paired with complimentary regional wines. Journeys along the Mekong River will also have the opportunity to stop on land and participate in a hands-on cooking class, with lessons in preparing popular Vietnamese dishes, while a cruise on the Irrawaddy River will include a welcome dinner at one of Yangon’s finest restaurants.

Relaxation & Education+

There is plenty of time and space to relax and unwind on an Avalon cruise, with stunning views from panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows across the ship. Sit back during happy hour and savour a drink in the plush lounge, take advantage of the on board hairdresser or keep up with family and friends with the complimentary on-board wi-fi.

Shore Excursions+

Avalon’s river cruise itineraries have been carefully designed to get the most out of every destination visited, boasting a wealth of sightseeing excursions, led by certified local guides with accompanying personal headsets, guaranteeing no detail is missed.

European Itineraries

Perfect for those who wish to wonder slightly off the beaten track, Avalon offers a number of alternative shore excursions, along with those which cover all major and iconic sights. Avalon also, when possible, offers a choice of sightseeing paces, including options for those who would rather take a more leisurely pace, and those who would like to explore on their own terms. As an additional touch, Nordic walking sticks and headsets are provided for excursions.

Avalon also allows guests to indulge their unique passions with a selection of themed tours, where on board presentations from subject experts and specialised activities add a unique perspective to selected routes. Wellness Cruises feature daily yoga and stretching programmes and specially crafted healthy dining options, while Culinary Cruises, Wine Appreciation Cruises and Beer Tasting Cruisers help guests taste and learn more. Festive Time Cruises reveal the beauty of Yuletide in the heart of Europe, while Art & Impressionist and Music Cruises are ideal for culture lovers. Jewish Heritage and History Cruises offer an even richer educational experience, while the Presidents Cruise offers exclusive highlights with the company’s president, along with a Gala Dinner.

Dutch Waterways Discover the charms of Holland and Belgium, and explore the fascinating canals of Amsterdam before sailing through Rotterdam harbour and visiting the stunning Keukenhof Gardens. Enjoy a guided walk and windmill visit in the quintessential Dutch town of Kinderdijk, see the Delta Works of Veere, St Baaf’s Cathedral at Ghent and disembark in Antwerp, Belgium’s second largest city. Alternatively, take an itinerary that covers the beautiful scenic landscape of the rural countryside, and see the famous blooming tulip fields.

Rhone Combine the beautiful region of southern France, where days will be spent tasting cheese and wine, exploring the gastronomy of Lyon and discovering medieval ruins and ancient towns, with the legendary Rhine. From Amsterdam, cruise through Cologne, the stunning Rhine Gorge, and stop off at the mystical Black Forest and picturesque Basel for transferring to Tournus, venturing down the Rhone to the Côte d’Azur.

Rhine Beginning in Basel, journey up the Rhine to discover the Gothic cathedral and Petit France region of Strasbourg, the imposing castle ruins of Heidelberg and the wine market of Mainz. Pass through the stunning Rhine Gorge, where fairytale castles perch along the banks and into the city of cologne before disembarking in delightful Amsterdam.

Moselle Enrich your itinerary down the Rhine with a detour into the beautiful Moselle. Starting in Amsterdam, spot windmills and take a guided walk through the picturesque scenery of Koblenz before reaching Trier, Germany’s oldest city. Take an excursion out to Luxembourg City before enjoying the charming half-timbered town of Bernkastel, and venturing back to the Rhine via the Rhine Gorge. Continue through Mainz, Strasbourg and Breisach before disembarking in Basel.

Danube Make the most of the Danube with a grand voyage across Europe. Begin in beautiful Budapest, and see fellow breathtaking capital cities, Bratislava and Vienna before being immersed in the peaceful wine region of Wachau Valley in Austria. Enter Germany through Passau and take in the ‘Sound of Music’ sights, and head onwards to taste beer in Regensburg and marvel at the wonderfully restored Nuremberg. Head through Bavaria along the Main River and through the Rhine Gorge before reaching Amsterdam.

Asian Itineraries

With an expert Cruise Director and carefully selected Certified Local Guides in tune with creating an intimate experience, journeys through the Oriental wonders of Asia promise to be fulfilling. A selection of Local Favourites℠ offer unique cultural activities and local interactions, such as cooking classes, traditional water blessings, elephant encounters and visits to farmers houses and tea shops.

Mekong River Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City and spend the day taking a walking tour of the city’s landmarks before a celebratory welcome dinner. After embarking your cruise the next day, you will cruise along the intriguing waterway and see Cai Be and see how rice paper, rice wine and traditional candy is made, visit a local fish farm at the Cambodian border, witness the beauty of stunning pagodas, visit sombre museums, partake in traditional water blessings and take an ox-cart ride trhough the countryside. Your journey will finish in Siem Reap, where you will see a Asapara dance performance.

Irrawaddy River Fly into Yangon for a walking tour of the city’s landmarks and a welcome dinner before transferring to Bagan and embarking the ship. The next day, watch the sunrise over mystical temples before moving on the next day to the typical river village of Shwe Pyi Thar. Visit the Kaunghmudaw Pagoda and a silversmith workshop before heading to the fascinating Mandalay. You will then continue on to Yangon, first stopping at the pottery making village of Kyauk Myaung, the monastery at Kya Hnyat, the hilltop pagoda at Tigyang, an elephant camp at Katha, a fisherman’s home at Kyun Daw and the village of Bhamo, which you will explore by trishaw.

Rest of the World

Explore the untamed tropics of the mighty Amazon Rainforest in colourful Peru. Highlights include sightseeing with a local guide in Lima, discovering an array of cultural treasure at Sacred Valley and venturing to the ancient Incan Machu Picchu and Cusco before a fascinating river cruise along the Peruvian Amazon reveals natural wonders and fascinating biodiversity.

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