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
423 Reviews
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Viking River Cruises
4.6 out of 5
53 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

Magnificent Europe
5 Star Review from Geoffrey & Gail.

Excellent tour. Highly recommended. Great scenery. Great excursions. Great food, wine and entertainment. Excellent cruise...read more

Rhine Getaway
4 Star Review from Josephine.

We very much enjoyed our first river cruise. The included excursions were excellent though started quite early in the morning...read more

Romantic Rhine
5 Star Review from Tim & Michelle.

We were looking for a relaxing pre-home trip after having travelled on the Trans-Siberian train trip from Japan to St Petersburg...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

Magnificent Europe
5 Star Review from David.

We had high expectations as several of our friends had done this and similar cruises and to our delight it lived up to the...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

Danube Dreams
5 Star Review from Neil.

Travelling from Budapest to Prague with Avalon Waterways via the Danube was a memorable experience. Our ship was the Avalon...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

Rhine & Rhone Revealed
5 Star Review from Wendy & Edwin.

Avalon Waterways run great river cruises. The Rhone River cruise was great. Poetry II ship is a lovely vessel, our suite...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

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
4.4/5
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
1,400
Departures
12
Avg. Trip Length (Days)
385
Avg. Price Per Day
Premium
River Cruising
18
Ships in Fleet
Active Cruise Options
Gratuities
41
Trips
2,540
Departures
11
Avg. Trip Length (Days)
447
Avg. Price Per Day
Luxury
River Cruises
64
Ships in Fleet
Transfers
Excursions