Compare Avalon River Cruises vs Viking River Cruises

Compare the travel styles, pricing, destinations and popularity of Avalon River Cruises vs Viking River Cruises.

Avalon River Cruises
4.7 out of 5
416 Reviews
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Viking River Cruises
4.6 out of 5
52 Reviews
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Not as well known locally as APT or Scenic, Avalon Waterways have nevertheless been cruising the rivers of Europe and Asia since 2004. Featuring modern luxury ships, with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, our clients love Avalon, and some of their river itineraries are our biggest sellers. Avalon don't usually include Fly Offers, so you'll need to book flights separately, but consequently their cruise prices are cheaper than the other luxury Operators and they offer some great Earlybird discounts. Part of the Globus Family group of Brands, means you can secure further discounts the next time you decide to travel by coach with either Globus or Cosmos.
Cruising down the rivers of Europe you are sure to pass a Viking Longship on your travels. Viking boasts the most extensive fleet of river cruises vessels in Europe, and while their core market is the US, there are many clients from Australia that choose to cruise with them each year. In 2017 Viking launched their range of mid-sized ocean cruises - with just 930 guests this gives their ships greater maneuverability, allowing them to dock where the mega-liners cannot. Viking do not offer NZD pricing, so if you're a Kiwi wanting jump onboard then you'll need to pay in AUD or USD.

Most Recent Reviews

Romantic Rhine
5 Star Review from CP.

Pretty towns with decorated stores everywhere. A great variety of quality keepsakes instead of the usual stuff. Had plenty...read more

Passage to Eastern Europe
4 Star Review from Russell & Susan.

Like any trip there are a lot of positives and an occasional grouch. Our last trip with Viking fell into that category. The...read more

Romantic Rhine
5 Star Review from Patricia.

The whole experience was excellent. The help and communication I received from Yvonne Brooks of Global Journeys was first...read more

Tulips & Windmills
5 Star Review from Peter & Esther.

What was so enjoyable about the cruise was the relaxed pace and plenty of opportunities to get to know our friendly fellow...read more

Magnificent Europe
5 Star Review from Lloyd & Anne.

We are extremely happy to leave some feedback about our recent Avalon River Cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam. The program...read more

Danube Waltz
5 Star Review from Judy.

We had a wonderful time and were lucky to have excellent weather. The ship was so luxurious, and we were impressed by the...read more

Tulip Time Cruise
3 Star Review from Allen & Vyvette.

We booked this Tulip Time Cruise because my husband is a keen gardener and thought we would be gliding down the rivers of...read more

Grand European Tour
5 Star Review from Michelle & Wayne.

We chose Viking for a higher end river cruise but value for money, including flights, and weren't disappointed! From the...read more

Tulip Time Cruise
4 Star Review from Carolyn.

I was a bit unlucky with the weather but it did not stop me having a great time. Especially seeing the tulips which was my...read more

France's Finest
5 Star Review from Marg & Rob.

Four years ago we sailed with Viking on the Budapest to Amsterdam cruise and loved it so it was a no brainer for us to choose...read more

Review Breakdown (Out of 5)

Value review average
4.4/5
Vs
4.4/5
Ship review average
4.8/5
Vs
4.8/5
Cabin review average
4.7/5
Vs
4.6/5
Shore Excursions review average
4.3/5
Vs
4.3/5
Food review average
4.7/5
Vs
4.5/5
Entertainment review average
4/5
Vs
4/5

Regions Visited

9 Trips
169 Trips
41 Trips

Operator Details

178
Trips
1,536
Departures
12
Avg. Trip Length (Days)
400
Avg. Price Per Day
Premium
River Cruising
18
Ships in Fleet
Active Cruise Options
Gratuities
41
Trips
3,007
Departures
11
Avg. Trip Length (Days)
504
Avg. Price Per Day
Luxury
River Cruises
64
Ships in Fleet
Transfers
Excursions