Avalon River Cruises

Avalon River Cruises
Choose from 125 Avalon river cruises and read 338 in-depth Avalon reviews from past clients of Global Journeys. When you book your Avalon river cruise with us you'll enjoy exclusive online savings, a dedicated travel consultant to look after your booking and the best price guaranteed!
Avalon Reviews: (338)
River Cruises on Sale: 125
Gratuities: Onboard Included Only
Airport Transfers: Available, Not Included
Balconies: French & Private Balcony
Shore Excursions: Included
Drinks: Wine & Beer Included with Meals
Destinations: Asia & Europe

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338 Avalon River Cruise Reviews

Read the reviews for Avalon from Global Journeys' past Aussie & Kiwi clients


Average 4.6 out of 5 based on 338 user reviews.

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  “Relaxing trip down the Rhine”
Trip:    Trip Date: 24/06/2017    Overall Rating: 5/5
This is the second time that I have travelled with Avalon River Cruises and once again it was fantastic!! The crew and the accommodation were 5 Star! The food was incredible and never disappointed and we loved the way that it was always presented so creatively!! Thank you once again for a great time and a very relaxing trip down the Rhine!!
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New Zealand
  “Fabulous European river cruise”
Trip:    Trip Date: 16/06/2017    Overall Rating: 5/5
Idyllic. What more can I say! Experiencing the beautiful towns and countryside - making new friends - loving the relaxing life on board a luxury river boat.
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Merri & John's Trip

  “The most relaxing way to travel!”
Trip:    Trip Date: 12/06/2017    Overall Rating: 5/5
Our cruise came at the end of an extended holiday which included two coach tours, one through Scandinavia and the other through Italy. The cruise was certainly the most relaxing way to travel. We could do as much or as little of the shore activities as we chose, and there was a range of activity levels, which was excellent. The gentle pace suited us well, allowing us to visit new places without becoming exhausted. We travelled in mid-June, early summer in Europe, but with an unexpected heat wave as we neared Paris.

The ship was always comfortable. You could soak up the sun on the sky deck, or enjoy air conditioned comfort in the privacy of your own room, or any of the communal areas of the ship. Our room was very comfortable, and our steward, Alex, took great care of us. My one piece of advice: take some clothes with an elastic waist! The food was magnificent - from the breakfast buffet, full (or light) lunch and four course dinner. You might find your clothes a little tight by the end of your trip! We will definitely book another river cruise with Global Journeys again.
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Kevin's Trip

  “Delightful Rhone and Saone River Cruise”
Trip:    Trip Date: 12/06/2017    Overall Rating: 5/5
This was our first river cruise and our first booking through Global Journeys. The cruise was with Avalon Waterways Cruises and the ship was the 'Affinity'. The cruise certainly exceeded our expectations. Documentation arrived in plenty of time. Hotel check-in and ship boarding were both very well managed. The 'Affinity' was immaculate. The rooms and facilities were exceptionally clean, including public areas. The staff were very efficient, they were friendly but did not get overly personal. All meals on board were another highlight that exceeded our expectations.

On-board documentation of the trip was also of a high standard. We went on most of the additional side trips and believe they were good very value. Where buses we required they were of a high standard and the itineraries were excellent. Our highlight was a visit to the lavender fields with lavender fragrance in the air as we walked by the fields. However there were many other highlights in the old towns and villages, the picturesque scenery etc. The only disappointment was the slow internet service onboard. We strongly recommend the Avalon brand and we were very satisfied with the service provided by Global Journeys.
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Neil's Trip

  “Romantic Rhine”
Trip:    Trip Date: 10/06/2017    Overall Rating: 5/5
Fantastic trip down the Rhine River. Modern ship, quality cabins, quality service and outstanding meals. We would highly recommend Avalon and look forward to another journey with them. Thanks for arranging such a well organised trip.
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  “Avalon Cruise on the Rhine & Moselle”
Trip:    Trip Date: 04/06/2017    Overall Rating: 5/5
Many thanks to Georgie at Global Journeys for your help with organising our European River Cruise. We enjoyed the experience a great deal and much of this was due to you. I do have some comments about Avalon specifically which I will itemise :

1. The cruise itinerary was great especially to places where we had not cruise before ie the Moselle River. I would recommend this to anyone
2. The content was varied and generally the operation went smoothly. We were supplied with plenty of information en route. In my critique to Avalon I did say the cruise director talked was too much during her daily 'port briefs' , however in her defense I know many on the cruise thought she was entertaining.
3. Personally I thought the meals were too fussy but as I had the choice of eating in the lounge at midday I did miss the evening meals on several occasions. Again I know others felt it was all fine and I will admit to being a 'non-foodie'
4. The cruise passengers were generally seniors from the USA, Canada, Australia, and NZ. We all got along well and we established some friendships
5. I was miffed with Avalon charging me $600 for the amendments to my flight details when I felt the mistake was not my doing. I have he email detailing my requirements which they did not seem to follow however as I did not notice this until much later in the booking process I did not feel justified in making a big issue of the matter.
6. Would I recommend this cruise to anyone - yes, but I would hesitate going with Avalon (this was my third and last trip with them). There did seem to be a big difference in what we Australians pay to that paid in the UK and the USA.
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  “Magic on the Rhine”
Trip:    Trip Date: 27/05/2017    Overall Rating: 5/5
We undertook this cruise as an alternative to an ocean cruise. We were looking for a more intimate experience with less people. We were not disappointed. Noting was too much trouble for the staff on the cruise. They attended to our every need and were very friendly. We felt very pampered. Cabins were first class and meals were very good. Fellow travellers, were largely American, and very friendly. Memorable highlights included ancient castles on the Rhine and visits to Strasbourg and Cologne. We are happy to recommend Avalon Cruises to anyone. We arrange all our tours through Global Journeys and are very happy to recommend them for their professionalism and their competitive prices.
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  “12 Day Magical China Tour”
Trip:    Trip Date: 15/05/2017    Overall Rating: 5/5
All of the booking arrangements worked perfectly (international flights, airport pickups and drop offs, hotel accommodation, internal domestic flights, local bus tours etc). We could not have had a better China Tour guide than Vicky Qin, she was fantastic. The itinerary was busy but that's what you want in a tour such as this. The overall tour group of 16 people consisting of 2 Canadians, 12 Americans and us (2 Australians) was a comfortable and manageable number. We visited all of the "must see" sights including the Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors, Giant pandas, Yangtze River, Three Gorges Dam and many others. The VIP dining room on the river cruise was an excellent feature and the overall standard of meals on the tour was high, with western options available on most occasions. I would highly recommend this Tour.
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  “Wonderful Cruise”
Trip:    Trip Date: 14/05/2017    Overall Rating: 5/5
We had travelled with Avalon previously and again found them to be excellent. The included excursions were very good and there was an extensive range of optional excursions offered. Everything was taken care of so we had a wonderful carefree holiday.
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  “Netherlands and Belgium River Cruise”
Trip:    Trip Date: 29/04/2017    Overall Rating: 5/5
This was a different cruise to unknown destinations. Kathy our Cruise director was excellent and there was a good mix of Nationalities on board. It is rumoured that this cruise will not be operating beyond 2017 and it's a pity as it's a change to travel on another river rather than the Danube, Rhine and Rhone (which we have done all 3). Maybe Avalon are not pushing this area. They should as the towns we visited were very interesting especially Ypres, Ghent , Bruges ,Maastricht and even Namur. Our post tour hotel Radisson Blu in Brussels was in a good location and within easy walking distance to the Old Town. We would love to do more Avalon Cruises in Europe and hope they explore other destinations such as this one.
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About Avalon

Why you should choose to travel with Avalon on your next holiday
The Youngest, Most Innovative River Cruise Fleet
The Youngest, Most Innovative River Cruise Fleet

Avalon Waterways operates the most modern river cruise fleet in Europe, averaging less than three years compared to the industry average of seven. We pride ourselves on delivering innovative ship designs and the highest quality of features and services. Our unique fleet of Suite Ships include Staterooms are that are 15% larger than the industry standard. Our Panorama Suites are 30% larger. We offer floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, French balconies and luxurious living spaces. Plus our clever design allows room for a large private bathroom with full shower. With our new Suite Ship designs, we've taken everything special about river cruising and made it even better – right down to the last detail.

Included Luxury
Included Luxury

From meticulous millwork to hand applied finishes, Avalon's ships are thoughtfully designed and appointed with quality materials. Each Avalon Suite Ship wascreated with customer comfort as a priority. Every well-appointed Deluxe Stateroom or Suite is a spacious refuge of inviting home-away-from-home features. Delight in a large private bathroom with full shower with glass door and premium L'Occitane bath products; quality robes and slippers; luxurious Comfort Collection Beds with premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets; soft or firm pillows; ample closet space and under-bed storage; fully stocked minibars with complimentary bottled water; and flatscreen televisions with a movie channel and selection of films. In addition, we boast countless amenities like complimentary access to Wi-Fi, local specialty dishes, regional wines and beers, a fitness centre, hair salon and more. Read more>

Freedom To Customise Your Voyage
Freedom To Customise Your Voyage

At Avalon, we've designed our river cruises to offer you choices so you have the freedom to personalize your holiday. Choose where and when you'd like to dine, bed configuration, select soft or firm pillows, choose your preferred pace and type of sightseeing, plus you can pre-arrange additional optional excursions. Read more>

Over 85 years In Travel
Over 85 years In Travel

Avalon Waterways is one of the most reputable cruise operators on the waterways today. Family owned, the Globus Family have more than 85 years of experience planning itineraries and guiding holidays around the world. You can book with confidence knowing that we have a 97% customer satisfaction rating and international recognition for our ships and service offerings. In 2004, excited by the promise of river cruising that (at the time) was characterized by older ships, limited space and land excursions that operated as an afterthought, Avalon Waterways was established to create a different kind of river cruise experience - one that would embrace and celebrate everything special about the travel style.

Avalon River Cruise Fleet

Click on the links below to view more information & the deckplan of each of Avalon's river cruise ships.

Avalon FAQ's

Some of the frequently asked questions Avalon receive from their clients
Can I book directly with Avalon Waterways?

Yes you can, or you can book directly with Global Journeys, and save on the brochured price with our exclusive discounts, as well as receiving the best advice on all of your travel plans from your dedicated award winning tour consultant!

When can I expect to get my travel documents & itinerary?

Travel documents, including your paper tickets or e-ticket itineraries and other information, are posted by Global Journeys approximately two to three weeks prior to departure from Australia , provided full payment has been received.

Will I be travelling with people from other countries?

Avalon Waterways is an international company. As such, you will be travelling with like-minded cruise enthusiasts from countries as diverse as the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, as well as Europe and Asia regions.

Do you accept travellers who need special assistance?

Any disability requiring special attention should be reported to Global Journeys at the time the reservation is made. Avalon Waterways will make reasonable efforts to accommodate the special needs of disabled tour participants, but is not responsible in the event it is unable to do so, nor is it responsible for any denial of services by carriers, hotels, restaurants, or other independent suppliers. We regret that we cannot provide individual assistance to a tour member for walking, dining, and getting on and off motorcoaches and other transportation vehicles, or other personal needs. A qualified companion must accompany travellers who need such assistance.

On river cruises we do not have elevators that go to every level of the ship. Most doors to cabins, staterooms and restrooms are not wide enough to allow access by standard wheelchairs and other doorways may be fitted with coamings. For safety reasons travelers in wheelchairs cannot be carried on ramps in ports.

How old does a child have to be to travel with Avalon Waterways?

An adult must accompany travellers who are less than 18 years old on the tour departure date. We do not accept children under the age of 8.

What is SafetyNet Protection?

Avalon Waterways is dedicated to ensuring your trip is worry and hassle free, even when booking. Should you be uncertain what your commitments will be leading up to your departure, Avalon Waterways offer an optional SafetyNet Protection policy for an additional fee. Read more here.

How much luggage can I bring?

Porterage for one suitcase on tour is included in the tour price. Due to limited coach capacity and keeping within the guidelines of Occupation Health and safety, we strongly recommend that this single bag should have dimensions not exceeding 76x53x28cm (30"x 21"x 11") and weight not exceeding 22 kg (50 lbs). We do understand that slight variations to these dimensions will occur and provided the variations are only slight, luggage will be accepted.

Due to limited space on luggage racks in the coach, carry-on bags should not exceed the dimensions of 30x28x14cm (12"x11"x6"). For safety reasons, wheeled carry-on bags are not suitable as hand luggage on motorcoaches and minibuses as these bags can cause damage to persons and property if it falls from the overhead compartments for any reason. A carry-on bag and a handbag will be suitable inside the coach

Optional Excursions?

You can pre purchase selected optional excursions for your river cruise between 90 and 10 days prior to departure, on departures which have been placed onto a 'Guaranteed Departure' status. Details will be provided by your Global JOurneys Tour Consultant.

What is the bed configuration on an Avalon river cruise?

European vessels can be configured as either one bed or two separate beds. Unless specified, the default will be two separate beds pushed together with separate bedding. If your preference is for one bed or two separate beds apart, please request this at time of enquiry. Triple bedding is not available.

Am I expected to pay gratuities?

Gratuities to the Cruise Director and crew onboard are included in the cruise price. Tips to your Local Guides on optional excursions are not inlcuded in the cruise price. Tipping is a way to show your satisfaction for good service and is always appreciated but not expected. If you were to tip your Local Guides it is recommended that tips be paid in cash.

Do I need to bring an electricity adaptor?

Electricity on board our Avalon Waterways ships is 220v which requires a European Adaptor. You will need an adaptor or converter to use in your stateroom.

How do I make purchases on the cruise?

A cashless system operates on the ships so all purchases and shipboard services are credited to your account. At the end of the cruise you will receive your account which can be paid with cash, credit cards or paid in traveller's cheques (there is a processing fee). Traveller's cheques are not accepted on the Nile, on Lake Nasser nor in Southeast Asia. Personal cheques are not accepted. On the Mekong only cash, Visa and Mastercard are accepted for payment.

What beverages are included?

Wine and beer are included with all onboard dinners. Non-alcoholic alternatives are also available. Soft drinks are included with lunch. At other times, alcoholic beverages are available for an additional charge. In Europe and on the Mekong, regular coffee, tea and iced tea are available free of charge throughout the day from the self service coffee stations. On the Yangtze and Galapagos coffee, tea and soft drinks are included at lunch and dinner.

What meals should I expect?

All meals on board are prepared by accomplished chefs and consist of local food adjusted to suit the tastes of international passengers. There is a full buffet breakfast, and in Europe a buffet lunch including choice of soups and main courses with appetizer, salad or sandwich, and dessert. On the Yangtze, Mekong and Irrawaddy, a mix of Western and local dishes are offered; in the Galápagos, you'll be able to taste some Ecuadorian specialties.

Are laundry facilities available?

Laundry service is available on board for a modest fee. Price lists will be available in your stateroom. Please note that clothes cannot be dry cleaned on board. For safety reasons, we ask that you do not iron clothing in your cabin. For a small fee, the onboard laundry service is available to iron clothing. Laundry facilities are not available on the Galapagos cruise.

Is there a dress code?

Dress aboard and on shore is casual. Please bring comfortable walking shoes for sightseeing. Dinner attire is casual - open-neck shirts, pants, dresses. Coats and ties may be worn. The Captain's Welcome and Farewell Dinners are dressy, but not formal. On the Mekong and Irrawaddy coats and ties are not recommended due to the warm humid climate.

Why is my contact information collected when I book?

There may be times when unforeseen events beyond our control impacttravel schedules and potentially disrupt cruises, tours, or packages. These include, but are not limited to, severe weather conditions, acts of nature, and government travel advisories. Under such circumstances, it is critical that Avalon be able to contact you immediately and reliably - including nights, weekends, and holidays - to make sure we've informed you of any possible changes to your travel.

Arrival & Departure Information

What happens when you arrive at your destination, including information on airport transfers with Avalon
Pre & Post Accommodation

You can add pre/post tour accommodation to your reservation inconjunction with Avalon. This price will include breakfast. Please note that hotels are subject to change but by booking your pre accommodation with Avalon this ensures that if the meeting location changes Avalon we will try to change your pre accommodation to the same hotel. On the rare occasion that there is no availability then alternative accommodation will be reserved at a hotel of equivalent standard. If this does occur than the transfer between the hotels will be at Avalon's expense.


Transfers from the meeting location to the ship on embarkation day is included in the river cruise price. Airport transfers can be added your reservation as long as they link in with the start/end dates of your tour or with pre/post tour accommodation booked with us. Avalon's Airport transfer service is from $49 per person one way.