• Experience a world beyond your expectations. Choose from our award-winning vacations on virtually every continent with local favorites and off-the-beaten-path experiences only Globus can share.

  • We know why you travel. You’d rather have an extra day exploring than a fancy chocolate on your pillow. Enjoy VIP inclusions and world-class experiences at budget-friendly prices.

  • Embrace your independent spirit with the freedom to discover the world without getting lost. Enjoy independent travel confidently with guided sightseeing, loads of free time, and a knowledgeable Monograms Local Host in each destination.

  • Happiness flows on an Avalon river cruise. From Asia to South America and Europe to the Nile, you’ll cruise in relaxed luxury with river cruising’s widest views of the world’s most beautiful landscapes.

    Travel Policy

    Travel Updates & Policies

    View our travel policies relating to the Coronavirus. Your cruise can be moved without incurring any cancellation fees for travel.

    Avalon Peace of Mind

    Travel with Flexibility

    A complimentary Peace of Mind Travel Plan is attached to your booking. You can move to any other 2021 or 2022 date, destination, or itinerary.

    Travel Assurance

    Committed to Your Health & Safety

    Our Global Health & Safety Team has established a worldwide Assurance program, with enhanced on-trip protocols and procedures.

It's All About

Your Outlook


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Changing your outlook can be a great thing. For Avalon, we wouldn’t have it any other way. Our entire fleet of Suite Ships® in Europe and Southeast Asia features incomparable Panorama SuitesSM with the widest windows in river cruising that transform your suite into our signature Open Air BalconySM. While other river cruise ships stick your bed against one wall only to face another wall, we’ve turned that idea on its head. With beds that actually face your wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows, you’ll stretch out to the widest views in river cruising. So, go ahead, open wide and say, “Aaaahhh!”

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Lighting the Path to a Better Tomorrow

 

Globus family of brands Lighthouse Project

From our inception, Avalon Waterways has cast a light on the world’s most fascinating places and people – inviting wayfarers and wanderers like you to bask in their glory, intrigue and wonder. Along the way, we’ve helped travelers uncover ancient traditions while meeting the locals dedicated to preserving them; to meander historic hallways while giving back to the societies that safeguard them; and to put down the guidebooks and pick up a greater understanding of the world and its people.

Immersed in enlightening experiences, we naturally gain a deeper appreciation – one that leads to greater compassion, consideration and curiosity as we ask ourselves, what else can we do to protect our planet, preserve our sacred places and help humankind?

Enter the Avalon Waterways® Lighthouse Project – an illuminating initiative where we can all come together to tread lightly and give generously for the globe’s greater good. Avalon, along with sister companies Globus, Cosmos and Monograms, invite our travelers and partners to help us in supporting causes that provide for a more sustainable planet and a brighter tomorrow.

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Cruise Critic Awards

Cruise Critic named Avalon’s staterooms the best in the business, and yes, we’re blushing a bit. But it’s only because we’ve taken such pride in bringing you river cruising’s only Open-Air Balcony stateroom design, featuring beds with a view. Rest easy (literally) as you enjoy bigger views, more space and 24/7 access to open-air cruising. With Avalon, the views are as wide open as the possibilities.

River Cruise Deals

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    Fly Free (plus save $1000 per couple) from select U.S. cities on select 2021 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*

    • booking window: April 20, 2021 through June 21, 2021

    • travel window: June 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021

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    Save $1500 per couple on select 2021 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*

    • booking window: November 19, 2019 through June 21, 2021

    • travel window: January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021

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    Fly Free (plus save $1000 per couple) from select U.S. cities on select 2022 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*

    • booking window: April 20, 2021 through June 21, 2021

    • travel window: March 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022

Avalon Waterways' Storyteller Series

Introducing Storyteller Series

Interested in turning the page on the classic river cruise? Transport yourself through time and tales with revered raconteurs on Avalon Waterways' NEW Storyteller Series of Suite Ship sailings along the Rhine, Danube and Seine Rivers in 2021 and 2022.

These celebrity-hosted European river cruises invite travel enthusiasts, like you, to meet legends in legendary landscapes. To sail past cliffside castles while uncovering cliff-hangers in the company of award-winning artists. And capture insider narratives outside the pages of novels, scripts and song lyrics.

Add to the storytelling tapestry of your life when you join Avalon Waterways – and your favorite chart-topping troubadour – for a "once upon a river" experience through Europe's vineyard-clad vistas and storybook settings.

Legends & Legendary Rivers

Disappear on a Magical Rhine Sailing with Diana Gabaldon
International bestselling author of Outlander novels

Sail the Storied Seine River with Candace Bushnell
International bestselling author of the Sex in the City anthology

Suite Sailing Down the Legendary Danube with Cheryl Strayed
International bestselling author of Wild

Come Sail Away on the Danube with Gillian Flynn
International bestselling author of Gone Girl

Make Memories on the Rhine with Christopher Moore
International bestselling comic fantasy novelist

Sweet Tunes on the Rhine with Edwin McCain
Billboard-topping singer-songwriter

The Adventure is Up to You

Discovery River Cruises

We travel to see new things, do new things, and break away from life as we know it. Active & Discovery cruises are packed with excursions and activities not found on ordinary river cruises. Whether you have an explorer’s heart or you’re a lover of art, Avalon invites you to join us for extraordinary experiences on the Danube, Rhine, Rhône, Moselle and Seine Rivers as well as the waterways of Holland & Belgium.

No two travelers are alike and one sight does not fit all. On an Active & Discovery sailing, you can enjoy dozens of included exploration choices on every itinerary, personalized to pique your passions and customized to cure your curiosities. Discover local culture, cuisine, and everything in-between. Explore by boat, bike, or hike. Warm-up on a kayak or chill over a glass of wine. With us, you’re invited to enjoy the Old World in new ways.

So, go ahead, pick up a paintbrush, a paddle, or the perfect vintage. The possibilities are as wide open as the views.

Exploration in Motion

Biking on the Danube

On an Avalon cruise, every day is an adventure and every adventure is up to you. If you prefer to dive into destinations, grab an oar or a pair of handle bars to kayak, canoe or bike through vineyard-clad valleys. Drink-in the scenery after a hike to Count Dracula’s medieval prison or breathe-in the beauty of flora and fauna in a forest. You can even turn viewing into doing by customizing your activities with help from your Avalon Adventure Host. The world is yours to discover your way and at your pace.

Engaging Experiences

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Explore with hands-on discoveries of local cultures, cuisine, and customs by rolling up your sleeves in a French cooking class in Lyon, or a Dutch painting class in Amsterdam. Explore the chocolate museum in Cologne, and visit the fragrant lavender fields of Provence. Take a walking tour of Budapest while learning Hungarian phrases, meet an Austrian count in his castle, and mimic the strokes of Van Gogh in a workshop in Arles. Your interests, your passions, your way!

Flowing History on the Waterways of Asia

Learn More About Mekong Cruises

The Mighty

Mekong River


A journey with Avalon Waterways® along the legendary rivers of Asia is an unforgettable fusion of distinctive sights, colorful cultures, and ancient traditions. Inspired by cruisers, our ships and itineraries stand out from the crowd. And because bigger isn't always better, we focus on intimate experiences with personalized service. Cruise with a maximum of 36 guests on our award-winning Avalon Suite Ships® in Southeast Asia and just 56 passengers on the Ganges Voyager in India. Cruise in comfort and get closer to the must-see sights and the unique stories and welcoming people on the Mekong and Ganges Rivers to experience local culture, cuisine, and traditions in Vietnam, Cambodia, and India. An expert Cruise Director and expert Local Guides accompany you throughout your adventure, with seamless logistics and inside tips only locals know. So, come discover the magic of Asia—and the Avalon advantage.

See What People Are Saying

Voted Best Cabins in River Cruising by Cruise Critic Logo

There are cruise ships that sail various destinations and then there are cruise ships built specifically for destinations.

-Gina Kramer,  Cruise Critic Editor


The piece de resistance in the cabin, however, is the lack of a balcony. Not having an actual carved out balcony is just one of the things that Avalon does marvelously. Suites all boast an 11-foot floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door/window that opens 7-feet wide, which essentially makes your entire room a balcony. Pop a chair in front of the railing or lay in bed (which faces the water) for the view of your life and fresh air on your skin.

-Elizabeth,  Porthole Magazine

...Taking a cruise on the Danube at Christmas time (all the Christmas markets are magical) was truly the trip of a lifetime. It was life changing and saved me. The smile on my face won't go away and neither will all the wonderful memories I take with me and the newfound friends I have. I'll cherish this trip forever.

-Mimi,  Avalon Waterways Passenger

From the Avalon Waterways Travel Blog

As you plan, or just dream about your next vacation, we invite you to get inspired by the Avalon travel blog showcasing news, tips, and stories! Plus, you can read articles where Avalon Waterways and Avalon ships have been featured in the news. Every great traveler has someone on the inside who knows all of the best kept secrets about their travel destinations. Let us be your inside source!