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The Legendary Danube - Avalon Waterways Cruises



The LEGENDARY DANUBE
Duration: 11 days
from Prague
to Budapest
Includes: All-inclusive River Cruise

Visits to: AUSTRIA, GERMANY, CZECH REPUBLIC and HUNGARY

Specially-priced Air Rates Available: YES

The Legendary Danube
11 days from Prague to
Budapest
    From the splendor of Prague to the Gypsy violins of Budapest, you’ll treasure every moment of this memorable Danube River cruise. Enjoy three nights in Prague with guided sightseeing as well as time to explore this marvelous city on your own. Discover the Hradcany Castle grounds, wander through Prague’s Jewish Quarter, shop for hand-cut crystal, savor authentic Czech dumplings, stand in Wenceslaus square where protestors demonstrated against Communism, or visit one of the many churches. Then drive to Nuremberg and set sail for medieval Regensburg, Passau, Vienna, and Budapest, with guided sightseeing in each city. Sail through the fascinating Main Danube Canal and witness the scenic beauty as you cruise past quaint towns. Attend a beer tasting, tour Melk’s splendid Benedictine Abbey, and experience the music, art, culture, and historical sights in romantic Vienna—a memorable vacation!

    TALK TO A TRUE AVALON CRUISE SPECIALIST!

    As a full-service travel provider, we can help you in finding your perfect tour at the best price available, today. We've been representing the GLOBUS Family of Brands for over 30 years as a Premier Agency Partner - a designation only awarded to the top tier agencies that are authorized to represent the full Globus Family of Brands. We can take you all the way from your own hometown to some of the most beautiful touring experiences in Europe and then back again - all with the expertise of a seasoned GLOBUS/AVALON professional representative. When it is important to get it right, you can trust the services of our own career-based and professional
    GLOBUS travel agents. Our contact information is listed below or we would be happy to provide your information via email on the form, below.

    Thank you for your interest in an AVALON RIVER CRUISE by The
    GLOBUS Family of Brands!

    Randy C. Gardner
    President
    Gardner Travel Service, Inc.

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INCLUDED FEATURES

    It's about you. You are the reason we've used our 80-plus years of travel expertise to design the very best river cruise experience. Inspired by you, we've taken everything special about river cruising and made it even better. Here are some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships.

  • Panoramic windows throughout every ship.
  • Elegant, contemporary design throughout.
  • Included shore excursions with Local Guide.
  • Headsets for shore excursions.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access.
  • Personalized room options & excursions.
  • Space to relax & unwind
  • Premium coffees, cappuccinos and lattes.
  • Coffee self-serve beverage station.
  • A lounge serving premium spirits.
  • Maintain your routine in the fitness center.
  • The Comfort Collection BedsSM.
  • Premium L'Occitane bath amenities.
  • Daily early- and late-riser breakfast.
  • Full buffet breakfast with sparkling wine.
  • Complimentary juices with breakfast.
  • Made-to-order egg station at breakfast.
  • Complimentary soft drinks with lunch.
  • Al fresco lunches on the Sky Bistro.
  • Chef-inspired regional recipes.
  • Four-course dinners with open seating.
  • Nightly choice of appetizers, entrées, desserts or cheese.
  • Complimentary regional wines at dinner.
  • Free soft drinks or beer with dinner.
  • Night Fare served at 10:30 p.m.
  • Remarkable service throughout the cruise.
  • English-speaking crew.
  • Non-smoking interior.
  • Large bathrooms - showers w/ glass doors.
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels.
  • Spacious 3-door closets for ample storage.
  • Alternative dinners of light regional specialties and wines in the Panorama Bistro on Suite ShipsSM.
  • And, much more.


MEALS
    • Meals are indicated by breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
    • Welcome dinner
    • Daily Afternoon Tea
    • Daily Night Fare
    • Local chef dinner
    • Farewell dinner
    • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel

AIRPORT TRANSFERS
Airport transfers may be included when you make your flight arrangements.



ITINERARY

Cruise: Deluxe 11-night cruise in an outside stateroom with hotel-style beds

Day 1 Arrive in Prague, Czech Republic

Welcome to Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. This fascinating city straddles the Vltava River with domes, cupolas, spires, and pinnacles highlighting its skyline. The remainder of the day is free to start exploring.


Day 2 Prague

Prague is a 1,200-year-old city preserved in time, and, unlike other Central European capitals, it was not bombed during the 20th-century wars. A LOCAL GUIDE shows you its best-known treasures, such as the Old Town’s Astronomical Clock, built in 1410 and once the envy of all of Europe; HRADCANY CASTLE GROUNDS; St. Vitus Cathedral; and the Charles Bridge, the oldest bridge in Prague. Browse the shops for hand-cut crystal or art books. Mix with the locals in Wenceslaus Square, an important meeting point and where people demonstrated against the communist regime; or watch performers on Charles Bridge. (Breakfast)


Day 3 Prague

Enjoy a free day to explore the city at your own pace. Perhaps visit the Communist Museum; sample the local plum dumplings and Pilsner; stroll along the Vltava River. Your Cruise Director will have other suggestions for things to do. (Breakfast)


Day 4 Prague–Nuremberg, Germany (Embarkation)

After lunch, drive to Nuremberg, where your river cruise vessel is docked. Before dinner, meet your crew for a welcome reception. (Breakfast, Dinner)


Day 5 Nuremberg

Although 90% of Nuremberg’s Old Town suffered extensive damage during WWII, much of it has been restored to the glory it once knew as the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire. Today, choose from an included GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR and marvel at this thousand-year-old city’s medieval fortifications, extraordinary gothic churches, and the Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle), or join a more specialized “NUREMBERG TRIALS” tour. During free time, be sure to make a wish at the beautiful fountain in the Hauptmarkt (main square). Legend says your wish will come true if you turn its gold ring three times. Then, enjoy a tranquil afternoon of cruising. Take in an interesting ONBOARD LECTURE about the engineering marvel that is the Main Danube Canal. Before dinner we’ll introduce you to some of Germany’s FAMOUS BEERS! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


Day 6 Regensburg

Arrive in Regensburg after breakfast. Dating back to the time of the Celts around 500 BC, Regensburg is one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. Established during the Holy Roman Empire and the only German city not bombed during WWII, Regensburg has at least 1,300 listed buildings of “historic interest.” Architectural highlights of your GUIDED WALK include the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall), built in the 13th century, and Porta Pretoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Wander through the city’s lanes and alleys to discover the many mansions with high towers. Wealthy families built these towers to emphasize their status and wealth during the Middle Ages, and many still remain today. Walk across the 12th-century Steinerne Brücke (Stone Bridge), the oldest of its kind in Germany. Grab a beer and enjoy an included SNACK at the Historische Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany’s oldest restaurants. Bask in the vibrant atmosphere and take in the remarkable views along the river. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


Day 7 Passau–Linz, Austria

This morning, dock in Passau. Uniquely located where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube Rivers converge, Passau is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses. St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture, houses one of the world’s largest church organs with 17,774 pipes. Take in the highlights on the included GUIDED WALK. Then, sail to Linz, Austria’s third-largest town, which lies on both banks of the Danube and is an important industrial town and busy river port. Alternatively, take an optional full-day excursion to Salzburg to see the popular Sound of Music sights or to Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rejoin the ship in Linz. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


Day 8 Melk–Vienna

This morning, enjoy an included GUIDED VISIT of Melk’s magnificent 11th-century BENEDICTINE ABBEY, one of Europe’s largest monasteries. The abbey houses an ornate library with over 80,000 printed books and 2,000 manuscripts. You’ll be captivated by the splendor of the church with its frescoed ceilings, stunning high altar, marble statues, and 210-foot-high cupola. The view from the terrace of the abbey over the Danube and surrounding countryside is breathtaking! During lunchtime, cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pass the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue façade, the landmark of Dürnstein, before arriving in Vienna this evening. Known as the “City of Music,” it inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. An optional concert is available tonight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9 Vienna

Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria’s magical capital on the blue Danube is a showcase of gilded architecture. This is home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its Vienna Boy’s Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions; the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House; and awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral—plus, countless other sights shown to you by your Local Guide during your included CITY TOUR. Shop in the delightful pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, and be sure to take a break and enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in one of the classic Viennese coffee houses, historic institutions that helped shape Viennese culture! In the late afternoon, leave Vienna for Budapest. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


Day 10 Budapest, Hungary

Spanning the banks of the Danube, Budapest is one of Eastern Europe’s liveliest cities. Whether you’re seeing the sights, shopping for handcrafted embroidery or Herend porcelain, or basking in the coffee house culture over a rich cream cake in the renowned Gerbeaud Café, Budapest’s unique energy is positively palatable. On your GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR, see the massive hilltop castle complex with its remarkable Fishermen’s Bastion and 11th-century Matthias Church, the coronation spot of several Hungarian monarchs. Be sure to take note of the city’s eight bridges—many famous sights in and of themselves—which connect ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. You may even want to walk across Chain Bridge, a symbol of Budapest built in 1849. Perhaps visit St. Stephen’s Basilica; shop at the Great Market Hall and purchase paprika at one of its 180 vendor stalls; wander around the Royal Palace grounds; or stroll along Váci utca, the main shopping street. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


Day 11 Budapest (Disembarkation)

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)


NOTES:

In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.


THE SHIPS
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Luminary

Have you Ever...?? - Experience Avalon - Watch VideoBuilt 2010 | Length 361 | Crew Members 39 | Staterooms 65 | Suites 4

Cruising on the Avalon Luminary is the ideal way to experience the majesty, extensive history and fascinating culture of some of Europe's oldest cities along the Rhine, Main, Danube and Moselle rivers. Built in 2010, the Avalon Luminary is one of the latest additions to the Avalon fleet, and holds a maximum of just 138 passengers. Visit multiple countries and cities and unpack only once, so you spend your time experiencing and enjoying Europe rather than dealing with the logistics of travel. Enjoy a highly personalized cruise experience, spacious deluxe staterooms and suites, contemporary décor, and popular onboard amenities, including a large Sky Deck with deck chairs and whirlpool, multiple lounges and a bar, Internet corner, fitness center, hair salon, and elevator.
Avalon Luminary River Cruise
Included Amenities
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows
  • Sky Deck with shade awnings
  • Expanded fitness center
  • Elevator
  • Outside Viewing Deck
  • English-speaking crew
  • Cruise Director
  • Revolutionary engineering
  • Internet Corner
  • Lounges and upscale bar serving premium spirits
  • Relax and enjoy onboard movie nights
  • 2013 - Biking excursions available in Amsterdam and Durnstein
  • Avalon Choice cruising experience
  • Choice of excursions - Leisurely, Traditional or Essential Sightseeing options
  • Culture & Cruise onboard experiences with local chefs, entertainers, artisans and experts
  • Guest Services is available to recommend, reserve and further personalize your cruise
  • Sky Deck Game Area
  • Fitness Center
  • Sky Deck with shade system & premium lounge chairs
  • Sky Deck Whirlpool
  • Non-smoking interior
  • Elegant, contemporary design throughout
  • Headsets for all guided shore excursions in Europe
  • Sightseeing with a Certified Local Guide
  • Onboard lectures, activities & nightly entertainment
  • Room service available featuring Continental breakfast and beverages
  • Hair salon (manicures available)
  • Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees
  • Access to iPad mobile digital devices (Royal Suites only)
  • Alternate dining experience with regional specialties and lighter fare in the Panorama Bistro
  • Behind-the-scenes ship tour
  • Complimentary maps and use of Nordic walking sticks
  • Expanded "on-demand" in-room entertainment
  • Panorama Bistro
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi Access
  • Well-stocked library

Deluxe Stateroom  172 S.F.

Floorplan


Panorama Suite  200 S.F.

Floorplan


Royal Suite  300 S.F.

Floorplan

Luminary - deck plan

Illumination

Have you Ever...?? - Experience Avalon - Watch VideoBuilt 2014 | Length 443 | Crew Members 47 | Staterooms 17 | Suites 67

2014 is a big year for Avalon, as we expand our fleet of dynamic Suite Ships once again. In addition to the Avalon Poetry II and Avalon Impression, the beautiful Avalon Illumination will grace the waterways of Europe. Like its sister ship, the Avalon Expression, the Illumination features two full decks of Panorama Suites with Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony. Cruise along the legendary Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers, enjoying fresh breezes and enchanting scenery from the comfort of your suite. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, affording you the incomparable opportunity to wake each morning facing the splendid passing scenery. Onboard amenities include an alternative dining option in the Panorama Bistro, an expanded fitness center, complimentary Wi-Fi access, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, and light al fresco lunches at the open-air bistro.
Avalon Illumination River Cruise
Included Amenities
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows
  • Sky Deck with shade awnings
  • Expanded fitness center
  • Elevator
  • Outside Viewing Deck
  • English-speaking crew
  • Cruise Director
  • Revolutionary engineering
  • Internet Corner
  • Lounges and upscale bar serving premium spirits
  • Relax and enjoy onboard movie nights
  • 2013 - Biking excursions available in Amsterdam and Durnstein
  • Avalon Choice cruising experience
  • Choice of excursions - Leisurely, Traditional or Essential Sightseeing options
  • Culture & Cruise onboard experiences with local chefs, entertainers, artisans and experts
  • Guest Services is available to recommend, reserve and further personalize your cruise
  • Sky Deck Game Area
  • Fitness Center
  • Sky Deck with shade system & premium lounge chairs
  • Sky Deck Whirlpool
  • Non-smoking interior
  • Elegant, contemporary design throughout
  • Headsets for all guided shore excursions in Europe
  • Sightseeing with a Certified Local Guide
  • Onboard lectures, activities & nightly entertainment
  • Room service available featuring Continental breakfast and beverages
  • Hair salon (manicures available)
  • Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees
  • Access to iPad mobile digital devices (Royal Suites only)
  • Alternate dining experience with regional specialties and lighter fare in the Panorama Bistro
  • Behind-the-scenes ship tour
  • Complimentary maps and use of Nordic walking sticks
  • Expanded "on-demand" in-room entertainment
  • Panorama Bistro
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi Access
  • Well-stocked library

Deluxe Stateroom  172 S.F.

Floorplan


Panorama Suite  200 S.F.

Floorplan


Royal Suite  300 S.F.

Floorplan

Illumination - deck plan

Panorama

Have you Ever...?? - Experience Avalon - Watch VideoBuilt 2011 | Length 443 | Crew Members 47 | Staterooms 17 | Suites 66

A brand new kind of ship, the Avalon Panorama set sail in 2011, taking inspired design to a whole new level. A unique 'Suite Ship', the Avalon Panorama was the first of its kind in the industry - with two full decks of suites featuring a Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window that transforms the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony. As you cruise along Europe's finest rivers - the Danube, Rhine, or Main - enjoy the fresh breeze and enchanting scenery from the comfort of your suite. With 200 square feet, the Panorama Suite is more than 30% larger than the industry standard, and it gives you the unparalleled opportunity to wake up each morning facing the magnificent passing scenery. Exciting onboard amenities include an Internet corner and Wi-Fi access, a well-stocked library, an expanded fitness center, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, shade system, whirlpool, and delightful Open-Air Bistro. There's no better way to cruise in Europe than in the spacious comfort offered on the Avalon Panorama.
Avalon Panorama River Cruise
Included Amenities
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows
  • Sky Deck with shade awnings
  • Expanded fitness center
  • Elevator
  • Outside Viewing Deck
  • English-speaking crew
  • Cruise Director
  • Revolutionary engineering
  • Internet Corner
  • Lounges and upscale bar serving premium spirits
  • Relax and enjoy onboard movie nights
  • 2013 - Biking excursions available in Amsterdam and Durnstein
  • Avalon Choice cruising experience
  • Choice of excursions - Leisurely, Traditional or Essential Sightseeing options
  • Culture & Cruise onboard experiences with local chefs, entertainers, artisans and experts
  • Guest Services is available to recommend, reserve and further personalize your cruise
  • Sky Deck Game Area
  • Fitness Center
  • Sky Deck with shade system & premium lounge chairs
  • Sky Deck Whirlpool
  • Non-smoking interior
  • Elegant, contemporary design throughout
  • Headsets for all guided shore excursions in Europe
  • Sightseeing with a Certified Local Guide
  • Onboard lectures, activities & nightly entertainment
  • Room service available featuring Continental breakfast and beverages
  • Hair salon (manicures available)
  • Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees
  • Access to iPad mobile digital devices (Royal Suites only)
  • Alternate dining experience with regional specialties and lighter fare in the Panorama Bistro
  • Behind-the-scenes ship tour
  • Complimentary maps and use of Nordic walking sticks
  • Expanded "on-demand" in-room entertainment
  • Panorama Bistro
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi Access
  • Well-stocked library

Deluxe Stateroom  172 S.F.

Floorplan


Panorama Suite  200 S.F.

Floorplan


Royal Suite  300 S.F.

Floorplan

Panorama - deck plan

PLEASE NOTE: This cruise/tour also uses the sister ships VISTA, IMPRESSION, POETRY II and EXPRESSION.

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Cruise Staterooms & Comfort
  The Roomiest Staterooms.

We have always provided river cruisers the most spacious staterooms in Europe. With our Panorama-style Suite Ships, we're not only offering cruisers our award-winning Avalon Deluxe Staterooms, we're featuring 200-square foot Panorama Suites (30 percent larger than the average stateroom) and 300-square foot Royal Suites, offering cruisers even more room to relax and take in 360-degree views of Europe.

Inspired by design, our ships are crafted to entice all five senses. Some enhancements, including deluxe woven carpeting, flowers, premium L'Occitane products and scented sticks in our staterooms are subtle. Other offerings, such as Avalon-branded premium bedding (Comfort Collection BedsSM), marble bathrooms as well as a perfect balance of warm interiors, natural lighting and panoramic views are distinctive and unexpected. Combined, all elements provide travelers with a unique feeling of space, freedom and comfort not found with any other river cruise line.

Avalon Waterways offers cruisers an exclusive, premium-bedding suite (Comfort Collection Beds) in all of our staterooms, fleet-wide, in Europe. Comfort Collection Beds provides travelers a choice of pillows as well as orthopedic mattresses, high-comfort mattress covers, European-style duvets, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, extra blankets and bed configuration options.

Peering through the looking glass to determine how we can continue to improve our cruisers on-board experiences, we have invested in the finest bathroom appointments available and such luxury touch-points such as L'Occitane toiletries, quality robes and slippers in each room, fleet-wide. We've also designed contemporary staterooms with the most available storage space, and plenty of "comfort touches" like complimentary bottled water and fully stocked mini-bars.

For some cruisers, comfort comes in the form of connection: staying in touch with friends, colleagues and family members while away. Because of this, Avalon has taken great strides to enhance the technology available to guests on ship. In addition to offering them flat-screen televisions, providing a plethora of news and entertainment options, Avalon provides cruisers with FREE Wi-Fi fleet-wide. Furthermore, Royal Suites guests will have access to in-room iPads.

On any deck, your well-appointed Avalon Deluxe Stateroom is a spacious refuge of inviting home-awayfrom- home features. Delight in the large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass shower door; deluxe beds with premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets, and a choice of soft or firm pillows; and ample closet space. And, of course, don't miss out on the never-ending views from the large windows or floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass doors. In fact, you'll love your Avalon Deluxe Stateroom so much, you may never want to go home!


Avalon Deluxe Staterooms Include:
  Award-Winning Deluxe Staterooms by Avalon Waterways
  • Comfort Collection Beds featuring premium memory foam mattress toppers with special construction for increased air flow and ventilation
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, woolen blankets & Europeanstyle duvets
  • Soft and firm pillows
  • Choice of bed configuration (two twins or one queen)
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass door with French Balcony (most staterooms & suites)
  • Private bathroom with full shower with glass door, hairdryer & premium L'Occitane® bath products
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Well-stocked minibar with complimentary bottled water
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
  • Extra blankets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Alarm clock
  • Writing desk/vanity with comfortable chair & mirror
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Continental breakfast & beverage room service available

Panorama Suites & Royal Suites Include (in addition to the above):
  • Nearly 11' Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window—50% wider than industry standard
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window opens to create a large Open-Air Balcony
  • Open-Air Balcony with full 6-person seating area
  • Complimentary use of iPad mobile digital devices* while onboard (Royal Suites only)
* iPad is a trademark of Apple Inc.

Your River Cruise Voyage Your Way

On an Avalon Waterways river cruise, "included" is the name of the game. Spacious outside staterooms with expansive riverscape views—included. VIP access into the must-see sites—included. Your choice of enriching shore excursions led by Certified Local Guides—included. Wi-Fi access—included. Sparkling wines with breakfast, regional beers and wines at every onboard dinner, and unlimited lattes and premium coffees—included. And we're proud to offer Avalon Choice®, an exciting concept in river cruising that gives you the freedom to personalize so many elements of your cruise.

Our Cuisine is Choice - So are the ways to Enjoy it.

Avalon dining has always freed taste buds from the ordinary. And now — it frees you from restrictions. At every meal, you'll have the ability to choose from a multitude of dining experiences. All feature the highest-quality local ingredients, hand crafted by true culinary artisans. And all are included at no extra cost.

Discovery By Your Design - Cruise Excursions.

We've done our due diligence pre-selecting Certified Local Guides who truly are the best in the world. But what you see and the pace in which you see it, is completely up to you. And the best part? Unlike other cruise operators, our preplanned discoveries are included at no extra charge to you. We even provide Nordic walking sticks for active guests looking for an extra spring in their step.


River Cruise Vacation Excursions
  This. That. And Everything.

Having the most thoughtfully designed, newest ships in the industry isn't the only advantage of Avalon. We tailor experiences too. Our handpicked Cruise Directors and Certified Local Guides in Europe, Asia, Egypt, U.S. and South America are the best in the business.

Avalon's inspired, 360-degree, engaging cruise experiences afford travelers the chance to immerse themselves into a destination and culture thanks to award-winning land programs and world-class guides. Our Egyptologists (along the Nile), Naturalists (in the Galápagos), Cruise Directors (in Europe, Southeast Asia, U.S. and China) 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 more than 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 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.


Biking Excursions

Avalon is also encouraging cruisers to drive their personal enrichment by experiencing ports on two wheels (from the seat of a bicycle). Adding to our already robust roster of activities, we have partnered with bicycle tour specialists in Amsterdam, Lyon, Durnstein, Vienna, and Breisach for optional, guided excursions.

Stroll Along Ancient Roads & Feel the Strange Become Familiar.
  Custom River Cruise Excursions by Avalon Waterways

At 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 85 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—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.

MyAvalonSM

Avalon offers a great selection of optional 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 excursions before your cruise is a cinch! Just go to AvalonWaterways.com/MyAvalon.

Sightseeing at Just the Right Pace

Sightseeing should never be a one-size-fits-all proposition. Travelers like to see the sights in different ways, so we've developed three sightseeing pace options to choose from:

Leisurely Sightseeing
    A Certified Local Guide shows you the destination's highlights in a relaxed and unhurried way.

Traditional Sightseeing
    Led by a Certified Local Guide, you'll explore a wide range of sights at a moderate pace.

Essential Sightseeing
    This orientation shows you the must-see sights, with plenty of time to explore on your own.

Explore on Your Own

Feel like discovering your destination on your own? Your onboard Guest Services is happy to assist you in making a dinner reservation on shore, getting tickets to the opera or a local cultural performance, or hiring a taxi so you can visit a friend or explore outlying areas. And for a more active experience on shore, consider the complimentary use of a Nordic walking stick.


We invite you to come experience a cruise unlike any other.

Some big-ship cruise deals sound like an incredible bargain...until you are on board and have to pay extra for everything. On an Avalon Waterways river cruise, "included" is the name of the game – and has been since we came on the scene a decade ago.



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