Compare Avalon River Cruises vs Viking River Cruises

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

Overall Ratings

4.7

Out of 5 Rating

403

Client Reviews

4.6

Out of 5 Rating

47

Client Reviews

Most Recent Reviews

The Blue Danube Discovery
4 Star Review from Malcolm & Pat.

It was not the fault of Avalon that there was insufficient water in the Danube to allow us to do the whole cruise we had...read more
Paris To Normandy
5 Star Review from Tanya.

What a way to see the highlights of the French countryside! Pampered by the crew who attend to your every need. Relaxing...read more
Romantic Rhine
5 Star Review from Poul.

Our expectations were reasonably high but this trip exceeded them all. Jemma at Global Journeys made the booking process...read more
Magnificent Europe
5 Star Review from Christine.

The booking process was so easy with Jemma, nothing was too much trouble. The river cruise was fantastic, the staff on the...read more
Magnificent Europe
5 Star Review from Evan & Lorraine.

A delightful journey through the waterways of Europe from Amsterdam to Budapest. Well looked after by the crew, meals superb...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
Rhine Getaway
4 Star Review from Kay & Chris.

Loved cruising the Rhine with Viking. They are very good at what they do and looked after us extremely well. Because of our...read more
Chateaux, Rivers & Wine
5 Star Review from Druce.

This cruise completely lived up to our expectations. The comprehensive excursion-included nature of this Viking cruise was...read more
Paris & the Heart of Normandy
5 Star Review from Chris & Janine.

A truly wonderful experience packed with beautiful scenery and interesting historical sites, all organised extremely well....read more
Grand European Tour
5 Star Review from Paul & Carmel.

Everything was very well organised, from the tours to the daily schedule of activities. The staff were both friendly and...read more

Review Breakdown (Out of 5)

4.4

Value

4.4

Value

4.8

Ship

4.8

Ship

4.7

Cabin

4.6

Cabin

4.3

Excursions

4.3

Excursions

4.7

Food

4.6

Food

4.0

Entertainment

4.1

Entertainment

Regions Visited

Operator Details

89

Trips

650

Departures

33

Trips

2,514

Departures

12

Average Trip Length

11

Average Trip Length

$438

Average Price Per Day

$493

Average Price Per Day

Tour Types: River Cruises

Tour Types: River Cruises

Gratuities: Gratuities Included

Gratuities: Gratuities Included, except on Mekong River Cruises

Transfers: Available, Not Included

Transfers: Included

Balconies: French & Private Balcony

Balconies: French & Private Balcony

Excursions: Included

Excursions: Included

Drinks: Wine & Beer Included with Meals

Drinks: Wine & Beer Included with Meals, Drinks Packages Available

Top 5 Trips:

Magnificent Europe
15 Day River Cruise From Amsterdam to Budapest.


70 Reviews
Grand European Tour
15 Day River Cruise From Amsterdam to Budapest.


9 Reviews
Romantic Rhine
8 Day River Cruise From Amsterdam to Basel.


63 Reviews
Grand European Tour
15 Day River Cruise From Budapest to Amsterdam.


8 Reviews
Magnificent Europe
15 Day River Cruise From Budapest to Amsterdam.


58 Reviews
Romantic Danube
8 Day River Cruise From Nuremberg to Budapest.


4 Reviews
Romantic Rhine
8 Day River Cruise From Basel to Amsterdam.


43 Reviews
Rhine Getaway
8 Day River Cruise From Amsterdam to Basel.


3 Reviews
The Legendary Danube
10 Day River Cruise From Prague to Budapest.


23 Reviews
Waterways of the Tsars
13 Day River Cruise From Moscow to St. Petersburg.


3 Reviews

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