Avalon Waterways® offers European river cruises on the Rhine, Rhône, Moselle, Danube, Seine, Main as well as Christmas Markets cruises. But which rivers do first timers typically choose? Here are the most popular choices along with a short video to help you select one that matches your special interests.
Rhine River Cruises | Avalon Waterways®
As it winds through Europe’s castle-dotted hillsides, dramatic rocky gorges and Old World villages, the Rhine River is the essence of romance.
The Rhine River is Germany’s longest river. From Roman times through WWII, the Rhine has been the center of ancient empires. A cruise on the Rhine River is going to suit romantics, history enthusiasts, epicures, nature lovers, and wine lovers. You can look forward to little medieval towns, quaint half-timbered buildings, enchanted castles, majestic cathedrals, historic cities, and, of course, the romantic Rhine’s scenic natural beauty. The river also fosters countless vineyards and small farms, making it an oenophile’s dream. A journey on the Rhine is a voyage back through history.
Rhone River Cruise Vacations | Avalon Waterways®
Past hillside vineyards and fragrant lavender fields, the Rhône River flows from Switzerland through France before emptying into the Mediterranean at the Golfe du Lion. A journey along the Rhône features sweeping views of rolling hills dotted with castles and vineyards. Enjoy a delightful stay in Lyon, France’s second-largest city and its gastronomical capital.
Moselle River Cruise Vacations | Avalon Waterways®
Flowing through France and Germany, the Moselle River is situated in the picturesque Moselle Valley, famous for its striking scenery, charming architecture and exceptional Moselle wines. A Moselle River cruise is ideal for wine lovers. Riesling, Elbling, Müller-Thurgau, and Kerner wines are all produced in this area. View the video!
Danube River Cruises | Avalon Waterways®
The Danube is Europe’s second-longest river. The Danube has inspired artists, poets, and musicians for centuries. Those who love history, architecture, art, and distinct cultures are going to love a voyage down the Danube. Blending Eastern and Western Europe, you can look forward to seeing ancient cities and Roman ruins on the extraordinary Danube River.
Originating in Germany and flowing eastward through much of Central Europe, the Danube River gives cruise passengers the opportunity to view everything from perpendicular hillsides to small hamlets dotting the landscape to bustling cities situated right along the bank. Stunning cities such as Budapest, Vienna and Prague have intriguing histories and heritages mixed with a modern culture, making a visit to these parts of Central Europe extraordinarily unique. Excursions onshore include visits to imposing castles and majestic basilicas, as well as quiet wineries.
Start planning your Danube river cruise today!
Seine River Cruise Vacations | Avalon Waterways®
At 485 miles, the Seine is the second-longest river in France. It runs northwest from Burgundy, passes through Paris, and eventually empties into the English Channel at Le Havre.
Whether you appreciate the arts and fine wine or rolling hills and historic structures, the Seine provides a smooth and seamless way to explore France.
Main River Cruises | Avalon Waterways®
Located in Germany, the Main River is one of the more significant tributaries of the Rhine River, flowing all the way to the Danube River. The river has been canalized with 34 large locks to allow ships to navigate the entire length of the river. The lands along the Main River are the epitome of German history and culture. Thanks to the Main-Danube Canal, it is now possible to navigate from the Rhine Delta at Rotterdam, Holland, to the Danube Delta at the Black Sea-a stretch of 2,200 miles. View the video to see medieval villages and ancient castles.
Christmas Time River Cruises | Avalon Waterways®
Discover Europe during the joyous holiday season – from a perspective only Avalon can deliver. Freshly baked gingerbread. Trees radiant with twinkling lights. A steaming mug of mulled wine in hand as you meander among quaint stalls filled with one-of-a-kind gifts. Europe’s dearly loved Christmas Markets have captivated holiday revelers for centuries—fall under their spell onboard and in the charming villages. View the video to learn more!