Asia River Cruises
The Rivers of Asia
A journey on one of Asia’s great rivers offers a tapestry of fascinating sights, colorful cultures, and ancient traditions. A journey with Avalon Waterways gets you closer to all the must-see sights and introduces you to the locals and their way of life. Our very design is different because it was inspired by you...for a more intimate experience on our new all-suite ships in Southeast Asia with no more than 36 travelers and our Small Group Discoveries in China with no more than 20 travelers, a more immersive experience with our Local Favorites designed to spotlight the unique stories in each destination, and more shore excursions-all led by our expert Cruise Directors and carefully selected Certified Local Guides. All of this and so much more await on an adventure you’ll never forget.
China's Mighty Yangtze River
The most important river in the history, culture, and economy of China, the Yangtze is the longest river in Asia and the third-longest in the world. At more than 3,900 miles, it flows from the glaciers of the Tibetan Plateau across southwest, central, and eastern China before emptying into the East China Sea at Shanghai. On these fascinating Avalon river cruises you will sail approximately 650 miles through the most impressive stretch of the river, featuring the Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge, and Xiling Gorge—collectively known as the Three Gorges. Along the way you'll encounter village life on the river banks, the beauty of the mountains and river, and will visit the awe-inspiring Three Gorges Dam, the largest hydroelectric dam in the world.
The Mekong River & Beyond
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. As you sail along this vibrant waterway, fascinating scenes of daily life unfold, arousing your mind and senses—the sounds of a bustling local market, opportunities to sample traditional candy and rice wine, fishermen hauling in their daily catch, and master artisans crafting works of art from silk and pure silver. By the end of your journey along the Mekong you will have a better understanding of life along the river and the friendly people who depend on it.
The Scenic Upper Irrawaddy
Coursing more than 1,300 miles through central Myanmar, the Irrawaddy and its surrounding valley form the historical, cultural, and economic heart of Myanmar. From its glacial origins in the soaring Himalayas, it meanders peacefully through jungle-shrouded highlands and sun-seared plains to its mangrove-dotted delta at the Andaman Sea. The country’s largest river, this “Road to Mandalay” offers you a fascinating glimpse of “The Golden Land” that is Myanmar.