River Cruise Vacation Excursions

River Cruise Vacation Excursions

True Discoveries are Never Found by Following the Crowds

No two travelers 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.

With Avalon ChoiceSM personalized and included Active DiscoverySM excursions and activities, you can experience each destination in the style and pace that’s best for you. Take in the classic sights, try local customs or culinary delights, or see each locale from new heights. Our Naturalists (in the Galápagos and the Amazon), Cruise Directors and Local Guides (in Europe), and special onboard guest lecturers bring each destination to life - from village to village or island to island. Stretch out on the Sky Deck to watch the world go by, or stretch your legs with yoga or a jog with your Avalon Adventure HostSM. Your pace, your preference.

Avalon’s expertise in each location is backed by award-winning tour leader, Globus—with more than 90 years of experience in showing the world to world travelers. With hundreds of staff on the ground, personalized service on board, and behind-the-scenes operation experts for vacations in over 75 countries around the world, we’re privy to the best included and optional excursions available.

We transform tourists into travelers 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.

Custom River Cruise Excursions by Avalon WaterwaysAt Avalon, we never lose sight of the reason you're traveling - 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 90years in the travel business…which means you'll experience the world in a way that no other river cruise operator can deliver!

Certified Local Guides

When it comes to showing you the world, we select the very best local guides—hand-selected professionals who are certified locally in each destination and selected by the Globus family of brands. Our Certified Local Guides are recognized for their expertise, enthusiasm, and knowledge with insights only a local would know. They will lead you on engaging included sightseeing tours while delivering genuine, behind-the-scenes destination experiences. You'll enjoy the 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, MyAvalon makes it easy to browse, select, and pre-pay for your preferred optional shore excursions before your cruise. Just go to AvalonWaterways.com/MyAvalon.