As part of the Globus family of brands, Avalon Waterways is backed by 80-plus years of travel expertise offering river cruising & small-ship cruising. Offering the newest, quietest, and most spacious river cruise and small-ship cruise ships, state-of-the-art resort-style amenities, and incomparable service, Avalon lets you cruise Europe, Egypt, China, and the Galápagos Islands in a world-class way. These river cruise & small-ship cruise ships allow see the world’s most beautiful landscapes-even from the privacy of your luxuriously appointed stateroom featuring modern amenities. That’s because on an Avalon river cruise ship all staterooms enjoy an outside location and are designed to enhance your river cruise experience.

Fellow Passengers – Avalon Waterways’ guests tend to be older, wealthier and more seasoned travelers. Although their guests are from all parts of the world, a typical guest is from an English-speaking country. Guests on their European cruises are predominantly North American and Australian, while the South American and China cruises also get a lot of travellers from the UK. With an Avalon Waterways cruise you’ll get to thoroughly explore the towns, villages and exotic scenery along the way.

Europe: You will glide past imposing medieval castles, lush riverbank vineyards, colorful native wildlife, and remarkable ancient wonders. In Western Europe you will cruise along the Rhine, Moselle and Main Rivers through Holland, Belgium, France, Germany and discovering fascinating history. In Eastern Europe, you will Cruise along the Danube River to the Black Sea through Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria

China: The longest river in Asia and the third longest in the world at more than 3,915 miles (6,300 km), the Yangtze flows from the Tibetan Plateau in the west to the East China Sea. Travel through the impressive Three Gorges (Qutang, Wuxia, and Xiling) and view the immense dam, China’s largest construction project since the Great Wall. Qutang is the shortest and most dramatic gorge, where you can nearly touch the perpendicular mountains that rise from the river banks like walls. Egypt: Journey along the lifeline of Egyptian civilization, sightseeing ancient temples, tombs, local villages, and farms. Located in Africa’s northeast, the Nile is the longest river in the world! Measuring 4,160 miles (6,955 km), the river flows north from Lake Victoria through Uganda, Sudan, and Egypt, passing rainforests, mountains, savannas, swamps, and desert landscapes before culminating in the fertile Nile Delta and draining into the Mediterranean Sea.

Galapagos Islands: Consisting of 13 large and hundreds of small islands in the Pacific Ocean off the western coast of South America, the Galápagos Islands are home to some of the world’s most fascinating animal life. Encounter giant tortoises, penguins, sea lions, lizards, and a whole host of diverse bird species. As you explore these remarkable volcanic isles firsthand, you’ll discover the wildlife that inspired Charles Darwin.