Europe River Cruises with Avalon Waterways River Cruises
Europe is literally criss-crossed with rivers. These waterways cut through historic countries, winding next to major cities and beautiful landscapes in Europe. Avalon Waterways gives you a front seat to these sights and rolls out the red carpet for you to explore the towns and cities that turn up at each river bend. Avalon has a fleet of "Suite Ships" where all of the staterooms are suites and come with floor to ceiling windows, so you can sit back in bed as you sail from port to port. Onboard you will have your own private respite from a busy itinerary of tours and sightseeing, but your ship is also a place where you can experience the food of the region, and Avalon often brings local artisans and musicians onboard to entertain guests.
Browse the European rivers sailed by Avalon Waterways and follow the links to learn more about the itineraries offered upon each river.
Danube River Cruises
Traversing most of Central Europe, the Danube has played an important part in development of countries like Germany, Hungary and Romania. This river linked the rural lands of the Balkan Peninsula with Germany to spur trade and transportation. This is also the river that the crusaders used on their journey to the Holy Land. On the shores of the Danube you will experience the big capital cities of Vienna and Budapest, along with medieval towns and villages with cobblestone streets.
The river gives you picturesque view of the German countryside with castles, cathedrals and sweeping fields. Along this smaller river are the cities of Wurzburg and Frankfurt. Cruise the Main River and you'll explore the land where the Grimm Brothers grew up, which is also the land of famed-German composer Richard Wagner.
Flowing between Germany and France, the Moselle River travels through a land that has rich soil that perfect for making beautiful, smooth wines like Riesling, Elbing and Auxerrois. In fact, wine has been produced in the region dating back to the Middle Ages when Winzerdorfs, or wine villages, were formed.
Dotted along the shores of the Rhine River are roman ruins, showing just how historic this river is. Flowing from the Swiss Alps, the Rhine has gotten a reputation as a romantic river for the immense number of castles that line the shores and the quaint villages, which attracted romantic writers and poets like Victor Hugo.
The Rhone River flows through the French countryside and passes through famous French vineyards. The Rhone was once very difficult to navigate, but in the late 1940s the government started to construct locks and other engineering tactics to make the Rhone River more traversable. Today this river is easily navigated and takes river cruisers past the orchards and vineyards of the fertile Rhone Valley.
The Seine is most famous as the river that flows through Paris, splitting it into the Left and Right Bank. This river begins in the Burgundy region of France, passes through Normandy and winds all the way to the English Channel. Cruising on the Seine River gives you a comprehensive view of city life in Paris and country life outside the glamorous city.