Avalon Waterways

At Avalon, we know that luxury is about being able to choose your own adventure. You’ve earned your time to breathe. The time and space to step out and see the world your way. Welcome to the relaxed luxury of river cruising.

With 13 years of innovation in River Cruising, backed by 90 years of experience in the travel industry, we’ll fuel your passions and show you a world less seen – both from the comfort of your Panoramic Suite℠, and outside of it.

Unpack once and indulge more in your own private suite aboard our river cruise fleet. Drink in the view of quaint towns and villages from the unique vantage point. Tempt your taste buds with decadent delicacies prepared by our renowned chefs. Choose your own adventure and create your own memories. Savour the freedom to do it all or to do just a little. 

Our job is to bring you the world. Your job is to live it.

From Europe to South America and Asia, cruise in relaxed luxury with Avalon Waterways with choices as unique as you. 

Glide away down the world’s most spectacular rivers, enjoying a unique vantage point from your own private oasis. Our floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows blur the line between where the world ends and your suite begins, allowing you to experience the world less seen from the comfort of your bed. This is experiential river cruising.

Book selected 2022-2023 cruises and SAVE*:

SAVE up to US$3,000 per couple* on select Europe Cruises

SAVE US$2,000 per couple* on select Asia and South America Cruises

SAVE US$500 per couple* on any Egypt Cruise

 

*Book by 1 Nov 2021 or until sold out. For new bookings only. Offers subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Terms & Conditions apply.

6 Days Festive Season in the Heart of Germany

2022 Germany Festive Season
From Nuremberg to Frankfurt

from US$1,934 per person* (based on Twin share for Cat E, 12 Dec)
Sailings: 2022 December 5, 10, 12, 13
Tour Code: WNF

This festive Christmastime river cruise begins in Nuremberg, the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire. Guided sightseeing shows you its historical treasures, as well as Old Town, illuminated with holiday lights and decorations. There’s plenty of time to visit the Christmas market, one of the most famous in Germany, and be sure to savor some traditional lebkuchen (spicy gingerbread), a specialty of Nuremberg. Next stop is delightful Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, throughout town, you’ll see nativity scenes built by local citizens.

Learn about Christmas traditions as you cruise to charming Würzburg, known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road,” and surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. Walk through the halls of the ornate Bishop’s Residence—home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted, then stroll through the Christmas markets while you sip Glühwein (hot mulled wine). Learn how to bake a traditional cookie before arriving at one of the charming small towns with half-timbered houses and narrow streets that are dotted along the Main River. Take a guided walk of one of these picturesque Bavarian villages—sure to be even more appealing lit up with festive lights and decorations. As this unforgettable Europe river cruise ends in Frankfurt, you will never forget the historical treasures of Germany perfectly paired with the views, sounds, and tastes of the joyous holiday season.

From Frankfurt to Nuremberg

from US$2,159 per person* (based on Twin share for Cat E, 8 Dec)
Sailings: 2022 December 7, 8
Tour Code: WFN

Step aboard your Avalon Suite Ship festively decorated and beautifully dressed in Christmas colours of the season. Embark on this festive Christmastime river cruise in Frankfurt, Germany, and join us behind medieval walls and towered gates to enjoy a guided walking tour in a picturesque village along the Main River.

Celebrate the season in charming Würzburg, known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road,” and surrounded by sloping vineyard-covered hills. Visit the ornate Bishop’s Residence—home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted, then stroll through the Christmas markets while you sip Glühwein (hot mulled wine). Continue your Christmastime river cruise to Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the many nativity scenes exhibited throughout the town are sure to delight. Take a guided tour in Nuremberg, with free time to visit the Christmas market—one of the most famous in the world. Wander through Old Town illuminated with holiday lights and decorations, and be sure to sample some traditional lebkuchen (spicy ginger bread), a Nuremberg specialty. While on board, you’ll also learn how to bake a traditional cookie recipe and hear all about German Christmas traditions. Historical treasures of Germany are perfectly paired with the sights, sounds, and sumptuous treats of the joyous holiday season on this unforgettable European Christmas river cruise.

Globus family of brands safeguards travellers with new pre-trip health & safety measures

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This week,  Globus family of brands – consisting of Globus, Cosmos, Avalon Waterways and Monograms – is announcing important updates to its pre-trip Health & Safety Protocols including proof of COVID-19 vaccines or a negative test result in order to join its tours, river cruises and independent holiday packages abroad.*

“The health and safety of our travellers is our No. 1 priority,” said Gai Tyrrell, Managing Director Australasia of Globus family of brands. “We have continued to enhance on-trip safety standards throughout the pandemic to ensure we’re ready to welcome guests back to travel when the world is ready. Today, we’re unveiling new pre-trip requirements.”

Travellers are now required to offer Globus family of brands’ personnel one of the following printed and/or digital verifications upon arrival:

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination at least 14 days prior to travel
  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within 72-hours of travel
  • Proof of recovery from a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis within three months of travel

 

Without one of these verifications, travellers will not be able to join a planned holiday with Globus, Cosmos, Avalon Waterways or Monograms. These requirements are in addition to any government regulations.

In addition to unveiling new COVID-19 parameters required at the start of each holiday departure, the Globus family of brands announced that they will facilitate – and cover – additional COVID-19 testing, if required, for guests to return to their home country, as well as tests on trip if guests show symptoms.

These new protocols will take effect in April, 2021.

And, to ease pre-trip stress, the company is also now offering guests more payment flexibility. The Globus family of brands has shortened the final payment window for all brands to 45 days, prior to departure.

“In a world of uncertainty, we want travellers to enjoy peace of mind that their holiday – and their finances – are in good hands,” said Tyrrell. “As they get closer to their departure date, they can feel confident about – and excited for – their journey, knowing that final payment is not due until six weeks before they’re scheduled to go.”

Tyrrell also cited the company’s Peace of Mind Travel Plan created during the pandemic to garner traveller confidence for new and displaced bookings.

“If our guests are unable to go on their holiday due to COVID-19 restrictions, our complimentary Peace of Mind Travel Plan gives them the flexibility to move their plans to any other 2021 or 2022 date, destination, itinerary or even, another brand in our vast travel portfolio, without penalty,” said Tyrrell. “We’re offering travellers risk-free bookings.”

*Please note, Globus family of brands’ regulations, restrictions and travel requirements differ per country of departure.

Health & Safety
View Pre-Trip Health Screening Instructions
View Health & Safety Waiver COVID-19

Health screening for guests and our team pre-travel and throughout the trip, including touch-free temperature checks.

Ensuring hotel, restaurant, coach and attraction partners meet government guidelines.

Avalon ships circulate air from the outside into staterooms and do not circulate air between staterooms.

A commitment to clean beyond government guidelines.

Social distancing throughout the journey.
– Fewer guests on coaches and ships (details to come)
– Wireless listening technology to avoid crowding around guides
– Masks available for guests and required for our team when social distancing is not possible
– Additional dining venues on ships

Daily deep cleaning of coaches and staterooms
– Hand sanitation stations on coaches and ships
– Hotel and ship buffets replaced with served meals
– Electrostatic spraying systems on ships
– UV disinfection systems on ships
– Hourly cleaning of public areas on ships
– Disinfecting luggage and all goods brought on board ships
– Complete disinfection of staterooms and public area between cruises 

IN TOURING WE TRUST

Globus has always greeted the most fascinating places across the globe with unmatched intrigue, curiosity and wonder. Along the way, we’ve discovered the sights to see, encountered the people to meet, engaged in the customs to sample and indulged in the cuisine to taste. And we’ve done this while bundling unrivalled knowledge from Tour Directors and local guides with first-class accommodations and transportation to help you greet the globe on a journey that goes beyond the ordinary. In short, touring offers over-the-moon experiences without overthinking.

When travellers, like you, choose a Globus tour, you say “goodbye” to worry, leaving you free to wander and wonder about the world around you. And that idea – and promise – couldn’t be more prevalent and welcomed today. While today’s world has changed, what remains certain is Globus’ commitment to your safety, comfort and peace-of-mind.

Globus will continue to review and update Assurance initiatives as we make our return to the world, including adhering to – and building upon – the standards set forth by travel and health agencies across the globe, including the European Centre for Disease Prevention (ECDC), the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA). 

When it’s time to book your next adventure, rest assured that we’ve got you covered. Backed by 90 years of showing travellers the world’s most amazing destinations, we’ve got the expertise to help you from the moment you book your trip, to the moment your feet touch the ground back home again. 

Book with Confidence

When it’s time to book your next adventure, rest assured that we’ve got you covered. Backed by 90 years of showing travellers the world’s most amazing destinations, we’ve got the expertise to help you from the moment you book your trip, to the moment your feet touch the ground back home again. 

Click here to find out more.

Added Travel Protection With SafetyNet

Give yourself even more flexibility for your holiday with our SafetyNet Protection*. This allows you to cancel with no penalties up to 30 days prior to your holiday, or transfer your holiday to another date with only 24 hours’ notice.

*Conditions apply.

We've Got You Covered

Swiss family-owned business with 90+ years of experience

On the ground support in every location visited

Global office locations in Switzerland, USA, Canada, UK, Australia & New Zealand

Experienced Tour & Cruise Directors who are with you every step of the way

97% customer satisfaction rating

Health & Safety

Today’s world has changed, but what remains certain is Globus’ commitment to guest safety, comfort and peace-of-mind while travelling with us. To that end, with help from our Global Health & Safety Team, we have established a worldwide Assurance program, with enhanced on-trip protocols and procedures, to ensure the health – and happiness – of our guests throughout their travels with us.

Click here to find out more.

COVID-19

Click here to view our travel policy relating to Covid-19 and affected 2020 travel.

Step Inside - Avalon Waterways Suite Ships

Learn what sets Avalon Waterways ships apart from the rest:
Designed from the ground up, with an attention to detail river cruising has never seen before. There’s nothing quite like river cruising no matter who you cruise with, but there are some pretty big differences between companies. Our one-of-a-kind Panorama Suite is proof of our innovation, our imagination and our desire to create a smarter use of space. And ultimately a better experience for our guests. To give you some perspective of how much better our rooms are, we’re comparing them to the average river cruise cabin.

Freedom to Customise Your Voyage

At Avalon, we’ve designed our river cruises to offer you choices so you have the freedom to personalise 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. Introducing Avalon CHOICE…

Why Avalon Waterways?

Freedom, Not Confinement

30% more space makes you feel 100% more comfortable. Over 80% of our staterooms in our Suite Ships® are 200-square foot Panorama Suites, 30% larger than the average stateroom. And at 172 square feet, our Deluxe Staterooms are still spacious, comfortable, and quiet (thank you, sound insulation!).

Fuel your mind. Feed your soul.

Avalon is committed to delivering local flavor – right down to the table. Using fresh and local ingredients, our chefs introduce you to regional delights as well as comfort you with Western favorites in a variety of tasteful settings. From breezy al fresco lunches at the Sky Bistro to elegant four-course dinners in the glass-walled dining room, you can savor fresh fare and the perspectives you crave day and night.

The "Just Right" Way to River Cruise

At Avalon Waterways, we navigate with both elegance and ease to deliver a “just right” experience – one that transports you at just the right pace, with just the right amenities, and just the right views. Along the legendary waterways of Europe, we balance enriching activities, included excursions, mouthwatering cuisine, and unmatched service to offer the perfect degree of relaxed indulgence. We call this the Avalon difference.

Cruises to Exotic Destinations

Experience all that Avalon has to offer in exotic locations like Southeast Asia, China, the Galápagos Island, Egypt or the Peruvian Amazon. A journey on one of Asia’s great rivers, Mekong, or Irrawaddy, offers a tapestry of fascinating sights, colorful cultures, and ancient traditions. In South America you may embark down one of the world’s vastly unexplored regions, the mighty Amazon, or explore the home of some of the world’s most fascinating animal life in the Galápagos Island.

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Experiences

Relaxed luxury means having the freedom to do it your way. You’ve earned your time to breathe. From the moment you step abroad, we bring the world less seen, whether you’re stepping out or staying in. We know that ideas of your perfect trip can be vastly different. Whether you’re inspired by the buzz of a city or the purity of nature, our Special Interest Cruises unite you with your pastimes—and other like-minded enthusiasts—both on board and on shore.

Deals

At Avalon Waterways, we're all about creating truly unique holidays. We're making it easier on your wallet by offering a selection of savings across 2021 and 2022 river cruises. With so many fascinating rivers to explore, your choice is easy with a range of offers available.

Curated Travel Articles

After 90 years curating travel wonderment, Globus have the experience and local knowledge to craft immersive adventures that make you feel alive.

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For GFOB Repeat Travelers

Welcome Back Credit

Each time you travel on a Globus family of brands vacation, you can earn up to a US$250 (per person) Welcome back Credit to use towards your next holiday*.

Repeat travellers will receive credit for their future holidays based on a tiered structure:
$2,499 or less           – $100 credit
$2,500 to $3,499      – $150 credit
$3,500 to $4,499      – $200 credit
$4,500 and above    – $250 credit 

*Terms and Conditions apply. Welcome Back Credit cannot be redeemed for deep discounted promotions (FAM, F&F, TAD, VIP, BOGO, etc.) Charter tours, Cosmos Lite, Escapes by Globus, 2020 Oberammergau, Monograms City Getaways.

What's in it for you?

  • Travel More. Earn More!
  • No enrolment necessary!
  • No Membership Card. No Membership numbers.
  • Earn BONUS Welcome Back Credits on select holidays.

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