$299 AIR* & SAVE UP TO $2,000 per COUPLE**
on select 2021 & 2022 Avalon Europe river cruises

Suite, safe and sound cruising along the timeless rivers of the world has understandably become one of the most desirable ways to travel today. Yet with so many alluring waterways, it can be difficult to choose where to make your splash. Do you choose by country? By sights? By unique experiences? When you choose the romantic Rhine River – with its 800 miles of winding whimsical wonder – you choose all of the above.

Meandering through storied scenery including hillside castles, craggy cliffs, terraced vineyards and the medieval towns of five countries, the Rhine River weaves together a tapestry of history and culture (not to mention countless UNESCO World Heritage Sites), making it the perfect cure for cabin fever and a feast for travel cravings.

Gifting you a sail through time and tales, this fabled waterway is as fitting for first-time river cruisers as it is for seasoned, off-the-beaten-path travelers. With one-of-a-kind sightseeing and second-to-none panoramic views, Avalon offers a Rhine River cruise you can bank on.



Romantic Rhine (Northbound)

8-Day River Cruise from only $3,099*
Basel to Amsterdam
Departures Available from June 2021

One of Europe's most legendary rivers awaits you on this exciting journey along the Rhine River, which begins in Switzerland and stops in France, Germany, and Holland! Board your vessel in Basel, Switzerland, then head for Breisach, Germany, located at the foot of the Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border. Here you'll find the gateway to Germany's Black Forest, an area of unrivaled natural beauty, best known for Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock. Continue your river cruise to Strasbourg, France, where you’ll be amazed by the red-sandstone gothic cathedral with ancient murals and the fascinating astronomical clock. Also, stroll through the lovely La Petite France district with its quaint shops, delightful bistros, and peaceful waterfront promenade. Visit the ruins of Heidelberg’s castle, towering magnificently over the city, or stop in Mainz for a guided walk and a visit to the captivating Gutenberg Museum. Next up is the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, and a visit to the unique Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum to see the impressive collection of historical self-playing instruments. You’ll pass through the dramatic Rhine Gorge—the most beautiful view of the Rhine River where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water. Last stop in Germany is Cologne—a 2,000-year-old city known for its gothic architecture and famous twin-spired cathedral.

As an exclamation point to this wonderful Rhine river cruise, you’ll spend time in Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam. There is much to do with the world-famous museums and abundance of restaurants amongst the classic architecture and charming canals. The best way to see the treasures of this 700-year-old city is on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten, lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.”


Day 1: Basel (Embarkation)
Day 2: Breisach
Day 3: Strasbourg
Day 4: Mainz

Day 5: Rüdesheim-Rhine Gorge-Koblenz
Day 6: Cologne
Day 7: Amsterdam
Day 8: Amsterdam (Disembarkation)


Active & Discovery On The Rhine (Southbound)

8-Day River Cruise from only $2,849*
Amsterdam to Frankfurt
Departures Availabe from July 2021

Your Rhine River cruise begins in Amsterdam for a day full of activities. See the colorful corners of Amsterdam your way—from a canal cruise to a leisurely biking tour—all at an easy pace! You might choose an included painting class, instead, to recreate the masterpieces of Dutch artists. Visit the Chocolate Museum in Cologne, take a guided “bites and highlights” tour in Düsseldorf, and taste regional wines in Eltville. In Koblenz, take a cable car ride up to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress for magnificent views of the surrounding area. Onboard, you’ll pass through the magnificent Rhine Gorge and enjoy specialty dishes while cruising. Join us for a Rhine River cruise like no other, with more included selections for every preference, passion, and pace. Active & Discovery river cruises include hand-selected Active, Discovery, and Classic inclusions to see each destination your way!


Day 1: Amsterdam (Embarkation)
Day 2: Amsterdam
Day 3: Arnhem-Nijmegen
Day 4: Düsseldorf

Day 5: Cologne
Day 6: Koblenz-Rhine Gorge-Rüdesheim
Day 7: Mainz
Day 8: Frankfurt (Disembarkation)


The Rhine & Moselle: Canals, Vineyards & Castles (Southbound)

8-Day River Cruise from only $3,099*
Amsterdam to Remich
Departures Available June from 2021

This magnificent European river cruise vacation begins in Holland’s colorful, modern capital of Amsterdam. See the treasures of this 700-year-old city from a unique perspective on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten. Then, embark on your picturesque cruise along the Rhine River to Cologne, Germany—a 2,000-year-old city known for its Gothic architecture. On a guided city walk, see the famous twin-spired cathedral and explore the cobblestone streets of the Old City. You’ll sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge—the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water. In the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, enjoy a stroll through its famous cobblestone Drosselgasse lined with shops, restaurants, and lively taverns. Along the Moselle River, you’ll stop at the picturesque town of Cochem where the Riesling grape is cultivated. Visit Reichsburg Castle, nestled among vineyards and offering breathtaking views of the town and river valley below. In Bernkastel, enjoy a guided walk and taste some of the region’s best-loved wines. Go on an excursion to historical Luxembourg City, offering unique and dramatic views as it is set on two levels—high above on straddling hills and dropping into two river valleys.


Day 1: Amsterdam (Embarkation)
Day 2: Amsterdam
Day 3: Cologne
Day 4: Rhine Gorge-Rüdesheim

Day 5: Cochem
Day 6: Bernkastel
Day 7: Remich. Excursion to
Luxembourg City
Day 8: Remich (Disembarkation)


Once Upon Three Rivers: the Rhine, Moselle & Main

8-Day River Cruise from only $2,999*
Nuremberg to Remich
Departures Available from June 2021

This Central European river cruise will take you across Germany to Luxembourg on the Main, Rhine, and Moselle Rivers. You will embark on your river cruise in Nuremberg, Germany, and sail through the fascinating Main Danube Canal to Bamberg. Marvel at the 13th-century Romanesque cathedral and the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall)—built on an island in the middle of the Regnitz River. You’ll also stop in Wurzburg, the “Pearl of the Romantic Road” and see the magnificent baroque Bishop’s Residenz and the largest ceiling fresco ever painted. There will be many historical sites to see, but you’ll also have time to relax, do some shopping, and stop in a Konditorei (German pastry and coffee shop) for a delicious local favourite and experience a German afternoon tradition!

Your river cruise will continue through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, considered the most enchanting view of the Rhine River. See ancient castles standing majestically on cliffs 400 feet above the water. Get a chance to try some of the best wines Germany has to offer in the wine village of Bernkastel, home to Germany’s largest expanse of vineyards. This beautiful area will fascinate you with its narrow streets and half-timbered houses which have been standing since the Middle Ages. The opportunities to be swept away are countless on this fabulous river cruise vacation as you make your way to the ancient city of Trier, Germany—believed to be even older than Rome. Many remnants of ancient Rome can still be found, such as imperial baths and the Roman Bridge, with stone pilings dating from 144-152 AD.


Day 1: Nuremberg (Embarkation)
Day 2: Bamberg
Day 3: Würzburg
Day 4: Main River Village

Day 5: Rüdesheim-Rhine Gorge
Day 6: Bernkastel
Day 7: Remich. Excursion to Trier
Day 8: Remich (Disembarkation)


Magnificent Europe

15-Day River Cruise from only $5,499*
Amsterdam to Budapest
Departures Available from June 2021

From Amsterdam to Budapest, and in many exciting stops along the way, you’ll be immersed in the culture of Central Europe in a unique way on this timeless river cruise vacation. Amsterdam is Holland’s lively capital—both historical and modern. This colorful city is loved for its vibrant mix of sophisticated architecture and classic squares and canals. See the treasures of this 700-year-old city from a unique perspective on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten. On to Germany for a guided city walk in Cologne—the stunning 2,000-year-old city known for its gothic architecture. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, offering the most beautiful view of the Rhine River, and stop in the charming wine town of Rüdesheim. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Würzburg, Volkach, Bamberg, Nuremberg, and Regensburg, and sail the Main Danube Canal which connects the Main and Danube Rivers. Your first stop in Austria is the lovely town of Melk. Visit its magnificent Benedictine Abbey, then sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley. Your local experts will also introduce you to two capital cities: Vienna, Austria, also known as “The City of Music” for inspiring the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss; and lively Budapest, Hungary, with its unique energy and countless must-see sites. This truly is a magnificent European river cruise to remember!


Day 1: Amsterdam (Embarkation)
Day 2: Amsterdam
Day 3: Cologne
Day 4: Rhine Gorge-Rüdesheim
Day 5: Main River Village
Day 6: Würzburg
Day 7: Volkach
Day 8: Bamberg

Day 9: Roth. Excursion to Nuremberg
Day 10: Regensburg
Day 11: Passau-Linz
Day 12: Melk-Wachau Valley-Vienna
Day 13: Vienna
Day 14: Budapest
Day 15: Budapest (Disembarkation)


*Price is per person, based on double occupancy, land only and does include promotion *Book a select 2021 or 2022 Avalon Europe river cruise to qualify for $299/person round-trip economy class trans-Atlantic air from ATL, BOS, BWI, CLE, CLT, DFW, DTW, EWR, IAD, IAH, JFK, LAX, MIA, MCO, MSP, ORD, PHL, PIT. Other gateway cities available from $200 to $1,075/person additional (inclusive of taxes/fees). $299 air will be based on the lowest available priced itinerary at the time of air booking. Alternate schedules may be available at an additional cost. Does not apply to intra-vacation air. Offer combinable only with Welcome Back Credit and Peace of Mind and select land promos. Limited to new bookings for US originating travelers and economy class Flex air tickets; must be booked & under land and air deposit between January 5 and April 19, 2021 for travel on select cruise departures in 2021 and 2022. Pre-assigned seating is limited and may not be available on all desired travel dates. Offer does not apply to instant purchase air or Custom Tours. Individual members of groups can qualify, if booking is made and deposits applied within the promo window. Group air contracts are not available with this promotion. Groups of 10 or more passengers flying from the same US gateway will not be booked on same flights and could lose promotion if requesting to match flights. Once ticketed, air reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket value. Changes to air reservations (including itineraries involving $299 round-trip trans-Atlantic air) subject to airfare differentials between originally booked airline fare and re-booked air itinerary. Airline baggage fees may apply; visit www.iflybags.com for details. Air schedules are available approximately 330 days prior to last travel date.
**Book a select 2021 or 2022 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive up to $1000 off per person on the cruise/land or cruise only price. Booking must be made, under deposit, and discount applied between January 5 and April 19, 2021 for travel at select times in 2021 and 2022. Not applicable to custom tours. Discount will apply to individual members of groups adding a name and non-refundable per person deposit within the promo window. Not applicable on TBA space. Offer reliant on space availability at time of booking and may be withdrawn at any time. Combinable with $299 Airfare promotion and Welcome Back Credit and Peace of Mind only. Applies to new 2021 and 2022 bookings only and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. May be withdrawn at any time. Offer applies to participating GFOB offices only.