Avalon ChoiceView More
No two travelers are alike--so, why on earth should you be expected to enjoy the same things? With more expertly led discovery options than any other cruise line, Avalon makes it possible for you to explore each port according to what intrigues you most.
With Avalon Choice personalized and included Active & DiscoverySM excursions and activities, you can experience each destination in the style and pace that’s best for you. Take in the classic sights, try local customs or culinary delights, or see each locale from new heights. Their Naturalists (in the Galápagos and the Amazon), Cruise Directors and Local Guides (in Europe), and special onboard guest lecturers bring each destination to life - from village to village or island to island. Stretch out on the Sky Deck to watch the world go by, or stretch your legs with yoga or a jog with your Avalon Adventure HostSM. Your pace, your preference.
Avalon’s expertise in each location is backed by award-winning tour leader, Globus—with more than 90 years of experience in showing the world to world travelers. With hundreds of staff on the ground, personalized service on board, and behind-the-scenes operation experts for vacations in over 75 countries around the world, we’re privy to the best included and optional excursions available.
Avalon Waterways transforms tourists into travelers and storytellers and helps them truly experience each destination with guided sightseeing in every port (complete with headsets), daily port lectures, VIP access into key destinations, no waiting in lines and great cultural immersion and storytelling thanks to highly skilled Cruise and Tour Directors.
Avalon has designed included excursions and onboard activities for a choice of experiences. They invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way.
A local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations and the “must see” sites.
Inspiring and interactive hands-on activities designed to speak to your interests - you spend your day immersing yourself in the destination’s unique culture.
Embark on energetic excursions keeping you in motion and on the go — from a guided jogging tour, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.
In addition, the selection of optional excursions allows you to personalize your experience to suit your individual interests, passions, and style. Or, enjoy plenty of free-time opportunities for independent adventures. Your Avalon Adventure HostSM is there to help with suggestions, and the exclusive AvalonGO mobile app brings it all to life.
Certified Local Guides
When it comes to showing you the world, they select the very best local guides—hand-selected professionals who are certified locally in each destination and selected by the Globus family of brands. The Certified Local Guides are recognized for their expertise, enthusiasm, and knowledge with insights only a local would know. They will lead you on engaging included sightseeing tours while delivering genuine, behind-the-scenes destination experiences. You'll enjoy the benefit from the use of personal headsets for sightseeing, which gives you the freedom to roam through some of Europe's most famous attractions without missing a moment of fascinating commentary.
Avalon offers a great selection of optional shore excursions to help you further personalize your cruise. Whether it's a classical music concert in Vienna, a visit to a French winery, time at the colossal Romanian Parliament building in Bucharest, or a guided bicycle tour through town, MyAvalon makes it easy to browse, select, and pre-pay for your preferred optional shore excursions before your cruise.
Active & DiscoveryView More
Avalon Active & Discovery is an exciting type of cruise that introduces you to the people and places of Europe in the most engaged and fun ways imaginable. Immerse yourself in the history and culture at each port with excursions to historic castles, a culinary tour, a painting class, and even a chance to dress up in real Roman attire at a Roman Clothes Workshop or reenactment of the Roman Games. Tour an extinct volcano and coal mine, and visit sites off the beaten path, such as a chocolate museum...sure to entice your sweet tooth! Avalon offers the chance to explore an ice cave, take an archery lesson, or help a farmer in his apricot orchard. Descend into an underground salt mine...or ascend a mountain during a guided climb. Conduct an orchestra, and compose your own waltz. Every port gives you a world of possibilities as you interact with the locals and choose the dynamic, interactive activities that appeal to you most. It's the Old World in a whole new way!
Exploration In Motion
For the traveler who thrives on motion and action, Avalon has created a broad menu of energetic excursions. You might find yourself on a jogging tour through Amsterdam, on a biking tour around Vienna, or even on a paddling trip down the Danube. From a climbing trip up to a medieval castle to hiking in the forest, these included excursions pack real get-up-and-go for those who like to do the same.
For those who love to learn, Avalon presents an inspiring selection of interactive excursions created for the different kind of “doer.” These hands-on experiences include a painting class in Amsterdam, tasting locally produced cheese and beer at an ancient abbey, or saying “good morning” to Vienna on an early-riser walk to a quaint café. Local traditions come to life as you shift from observer to participant in a variety of creative outings.
Avalon Fresh®.View More
Bringing Amazing to Your Plate.
Who says healthy cuisine can’t be inspiring? On an Avalon Waterways river cruise, you can take an indulgent vacation without drifting from your healthy habits. You’ll appreciate the choice to eat healthy at every meal with Avalon Fresh® options-exclusive selections created in collaboration with Austrian chefs Leo and Karl Wrenkh, leaders in the emerging healthy dining movement. With the freshest ingredients from local farms and suppliers, Avalon serves clean, surprising flavors with a dash of innovation. These creative yet wholesome options are available on board at every meal. Whether you’re looking for an energizing juice at breakfast, an artfully crafted salad at lunch, or a high-protein plate at dinner, Avalon Fresh allows you to fuel your ventures-and nutritional values-day or night.
Chefs Karl & Leo Wrenkh
The Brothers Wrenkh were raised in the first (and up until recently, only) high-quality vegetarian restaurant in Austria. With a family motto, “Eating is Life!” they take cooking very seriously. While Leo attended a classic culinary school, Karl’s cooking background has been more casual. Their styles merge using healthy, quality and locally grown ingredients to create foods with international flair.
These Viennese brothers opened the Wrenkh Vienna Culinary School 2.0 in 2009. Classes include everything from Indian cuisine to forest harvest; team cooking to herb hikes..
Karl and Leo share a lifelong love of good food and a strong desire to provide their guests – in the restaurant and at the culinary school – an unforgettable dining experience.