True Discoveries Never Start by Following the Crowds.
No two travellers are alike - so, why on earth should we expect you to enjoy the same things? With more expertly-led discovery options than any other cruise line, we make it possible for you to explore each port according to what intrigues you most.
Avalon's inspired, 360-degree, engaging cruise experiences afford travellers the chance to immerse themselves into a destination and culture thanks to award-winning land programs and world-class guides. Our Naturalists (in the Galápagos and the Amazon), Cruise Directors (in Europe - Southeast Asia) and special guest lecturers also offer them a vast onboard educational program, giving cruisers the chance to soak in the history and culture of a region as they drift from village to village or island to island.
It's not easy to be an expert on everywhere. Thanks to Avalon's relationship with Globus – an award-winning tour company with 85+ years of experience and 300 support staff on the ground in 65 countries around the world — our cruisers are privy to the best, all-inclusive land programs available.
We transform tourists into travellers and storytellers and help them truly experience each destination with guided sightseeing in every port (complete with headsets), daily port lectures, VIP access into key destinations, no waiting in lines and great cultural immersion and storytelling thanks to highly skilled Cruise and Tour Directors.
Starting in 2019, you can select included excursion and onboard activity options based on what interests you most, so you can experience your cruise - your way. The 3 types of included excursions available on every 2019 Avalon Europe cruise:
A local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations and the “must see” sites.
Inspiring and interactive hands-on activities designed to speak to your interests - you spend your day immersing yourself in the destination’s unique culture.
Embark on energetic excursions keeping you in motion and on the go — from a guided jogging tour, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.
Stroll Along Ancient Roads & Feel the Strange Become Familiar.
At Avalon, we never lose sight of the reason you're travelling - to see the people, places, and sights on shore. And because we're part of the Globus family of brands, we're backed by more than 89 years in the travel business… which means you'll experience the world in a way that no other river cruise operator can deliver!
Included Guided Sightseeing & Excursions
When it comes to showing you the world, we select the very best guides and professionals who are certified locally in each destination and selected by the Globus family of brands. These Certified Local Guides are recognized for their expertise, enthusiasm, and knowledge of the area. They will lead you on engaging, included sightseeing tours, delivering genuine, behind-the-scenes destination experiences. You'll even benefit from the use of personal headsets for sightseeing, which gives you the freedom to roam through some of Europe's most famous attractions without missing a moment of fascinating commentary.
Avalon offers a great selection of optional shore excursions to help you further personalize your cruise. Whether it's a classical music concert in Vienna, a visit to a French winery, time at the colossal Romanian Parliament building in Bucharest, or a guided bicycle tour through town, with MyAvalon, selecting and paying for your optional shore excursions before your cruise is a cinch! Just go to AvalonWaterways.ca/MyAvalon.
Sightseeing at Just the Right Pace
Sightseeing should never be a one-size-fits-all proposition. Travellers like to see the sights in different ways, so we've developed three sightseeing pace options to choose from:
A Certified Local Guide shows you the destination's highlights in a relaxed and unhurried way.
Led by a Certified Local Guide, you'll explore a wide range of sights at a moderate pace.
This allows you to explore on your own...see just what you want and at your own pace.
If you'd like to experience something slightly off the beaten path, in many European ports we offer unique alternative, off-the-beaten-path excursions, like a Sayn Manor House visit in Koblenz, Jewish Heritage Walk in Cologne and more!