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Chart Your Course on an Avalon River Cruise

Embark with Avalon on your choice of 80 cruises on 10 rivers through 20 countries in Europe, Asia, and South America. Discover the European continent on its legendary rivers flowing from the North Sea to the Black Sea, and into the English Channel and the Mediterranean Sea. Discover timeless tradition and breathtaking beauty on the Rhine, Danube, Seine, and Rhône to name a few.

Explore South America your way with a cruise along the Amazon, or an expedition to the Galápagos. Sail through time to discover ancient traditions on the Mekong in Southeast Asia, or the legendary Ganges in India. Welcome aboard! Where shall we sail next?

Picture yourself here, there, anywhere.

Over the past few weeks, we have collectively shared the disappointment of delayed travel dreams. Because for passionate globetrotters like us, all travel is essential. While “Plan A” may have been waylaid and “Plan B” postponed, we can still move on to “Plan See.” Anticipate the awe of the possibilities that await on the waterways of Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America.

European Rivers

* Countries listed are all countries in which Avalon Waterways operates on a river. Check individual itineraries to see the destinations of each cruise.

Danube River Cruises

Danube River Cruises

As Europe's second-longest river and a vital means of transportation for 2,000 years, the Danube is the only major European river to flow from west to east.
Why Cruise the Danube River?

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Cruises on the Danube run through:

  • Germany
  • Slovakia
  • Croatia
  • Romania
  • Austria
  • Hungary
  • Serbia
  • Bulgaria
Rhine River Cruises

Rhine River Cruises

Flowing from the Swiss Alps to Holland's North Sea, the Rhine is perhaps most famous for its legendary Lorelei rock and the imposing medieval castles that line its banks.
Why Cruise the Rhine River?

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Cruises on the Rhine run through:

  • Holland
  • Germany
  • France
  • Belgium
  • Switzerland
Main River Cruises

Main River Cruises

Quaint, quiet, and quintessentially Germany, the Main winds leisurely through the country's most stunning areas, passing hilltop castles and storybook medieval villages alike.
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Cruises on the Main run through:

  • Germany
Moselle River Cruises

Moselle River Cruises

Flowing through France, Luxembourg, and Germany, the Moselle River is known for the excellent wines produced along its banks as well as for its picturesque medieval castles.
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Cruises on the Moselle run through:

  • France
  • Germany
Rhône/Saône River Cruises

Rhône River Cruises

An important inland trade and transportation route since Greek times, the Rhône River flows south to the Mediterranean, winding through the orchards and vineyards of the fertile Rhône Valley.
Why Cruise the Rhône River?

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Cruises on the Rhône run through:

  • France
  • Switzerland
Rhône/Saône River Cruises

Saône River Cruises

The Saône River-its name derived from the Gallic river goddess, Souconna-flows from northeastern France to join the Rhône River in Lyon. The Saône passes through the picturesque wine-making landscapes of Burgundy and Beaujolais.

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Cruises on the Saône run through:

  • France
Seine River Cruises

Seine River Cruises

The Seine rises just northwest of Dijon and flows in northwesterly through Paris before emptying into the English Channel at Le Havre. It's one of Europe's great historic rivers and since the early Middle Ages has been considered the river of Paris.
Why Cruise the Seine River?

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Cruises on the Seine run through:

  • France

Asia Rivers

Mekong River Cruise Vacations

The Mekong River

From its source high up in the Tibetan Plateau the powerful Mekong River courses for over 3,000 miles through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, providing a lifeline for millions of people. By the end of your journey along the Mekong you will have a better understanding of life along the river. Cruises on the Mekong run through Cambodia and Vietnam.
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Ganges River Cruise Vacations

The Ganges River

Along the Ganges, you’ll meet saree weavers, goldsmiths, and pottery makers. Explore the fascinating Hare Krishna headquarters in Mayapur, and visit Saint Mother Teresa’s former home. On land, discover the capital city of Delhi, and tour the massive Amber Fort towering over Jaipur. Visit India’s most iconic site, the Taj Mahal, for stunning views at sunrise and sunset. All of this and more await you on this gripping voyage through the heart of India.

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South America Waterways

Galapagos Islands Cruise Packages

The Galápagos Islands

Consisting of 13 large and hundreds of small islands in the Pacific Ocean off the western coast of South America, the Galápagos Islands, a region of Ecuador, are home to some of the world's most fascinating animal life. From Quito, Ecuador, fly to Baltra Island, then board your luxury yacht and cruise from island to island, encountering species found nowhere else in the world like giant tortoises, penguins, sea lions, iguanas, and a whole host of diverse bird species. As you explore these remarkable volcanic isles firsthand, you'll discover the wildlife that inspired Charles Darwin.
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Amazon River Cruise Vacations

The Mighty Amazon River

Embark on a journey to one of the world's vastly unexplored regions, the mighty Amazon. Experience the Amazon wilderness where it originates in Peru. The Amazon Basin covers an area larger than Western Europe, but it's in Peru's Amazon where biodiversity is at its greatest and the rainforest is untamed. Imagine venturing deep into the Amazon jungle in search of elusive wildlife, taking a swim with pink dolphins, and visiting native communities, all while returning to an air-conditioned suite, hot shower, and an over-sized plush bed. Cruises on the Amazon River run through Peru.
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Egypt River

Egypt River Cruise Packages

The Nile River

Journey along the lifeline of Egyptian civilization, experiencing incredible sights that include ancient temples, tombs, and local villages. Measuring 4,160 miles, the Nile is the longest river in the world, flowing north from Lake Victoria through Uganda, Sudan, and Egypt. Passing rainforests, mountains, savannas, swamps, and desert landscapes, it culminates in the fertile Nile Delta and drains into the Mediterranean Sea.
Why Cruise the Nile River?

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Special Interest River Cruises - Pack Your Passions

When packing your polos and pashminas, there’s no reason to leave your passions or pursuits behind. Whether you’re an accomplished or aspiring photographer, a green thumb who dreams of the largest gardens in Europe, a wine or beer lover, a history buff, foodie, or chef, we’ve got the perfect cruise for you.

  • Active & Discovery
  • Wine Appreciation
  • Beer Enthusiasts
  • Oberammergau Cruises - Limited Statrooms Available
  • Culinary Experience
  • Christmas & Festive Season
  • WWI, WWII History & Habsburg Royalty
  • Garden & Nature Lovers
  • Photography Enthusiasts
  • Jewish Heritage

Extend Your Cruise

All-in-one vacation packages by Monograms

Combine with a Vacation Package - Cruise & Package

Once you've seen the best of Europe along its waterways, spend a little more time and discover its inland treasures! Monograms is independent travel without the hassles that typically come with “ordinary” independent travel. With Monograms, you never have to worry about whether or not your hotel will have your reservation, how to get from here to there, or where to go once you get to your destination-it's the perfect addition to your Avalon river cruise vacation!

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First-class escorted tours by Globus

Combine with a Globus Escorted Tour - Cruise & Tour

Globus creates vacations with just the right balance of included features and free time, place you in great hotels, and tell the stories within every journey that bring your destination to life. Simply put, Globus is passionate in our belief that there's no better way to travel. So find your dream vacation and come along with us...your story awaits.

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