3 River Cruises That Will Float Your Boat

by Crissandra Ayroso
avalon cruise ship on the water

There’s nothing like waking up to new ports, cities, and sights around the world. With access to smaller ports that can’t be reached in larger ships, river cruising allows you to explore further and get closer to the world around you. Exceptional service, quality accommodations, the destinations you want to visit – from ship to shore, Avalon Waterways delivers an incredible cruise experience. Here are our top Avalon river cruise picks.

See Europe from the Rhine, Rhône, and Saône

One cruise, three legendary waterways

rhine and rhone

Tour: Rhine & Rhône Revealed
Duration: 15 days
Start: Amsterdam
End: Port Saint Louis
Ports and cities visited:

  • Amsterdam
  • Cologne
  • Koblenz-Rhine Gorge-Rudesheim
  • Mainz
  • Strasbourg
  • Breisach
  • Basel-Beaune-St. Jean de Losne
  • Mâcon
  • Lyon
  • Tournon-Viviers
  • Avignon
  • Arles
  • Port St. Louis

See the spires of ancient castles like the Heidelberg pierce the sky along the Rhine. Discover the cross-cultural blend of French and German influences in Strasbourg, with its unique mix of architecture, languages, and German foodie favourites. Sail into Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital along the Rhône, and join a culinary walk. Broaden your horizons on this essential 15-day cruise and see Europe from the Rhine, Rhône, and Saône.

Psst! This is an Active & Discovery cruise! On every Europe cruise, Avalon gives you 3 types of included shore excursions to choose from – Classic, Active, or Discovery. This means that you can choose to cruise this cruise – Rhine & Rhône Revealed, your way. Ask an Expert Traveller for more information on which excursions you can choose from! 

Your expert Local Guide will walk you through the history and heritage of local destinations. Marvel at historic sites and architectural wonders.

Get hands-on with activities that speak to your interests. Think museum tours, wine tastings, cooking classes, and painting workshops.

Kick things up (or down) a notch with an excursion fit for all fitness and energy levels. Walk, hike, jog or bike through scenic locales. 


Meet new buds on a tulip time cruise

Wake up to some of Europe’s best blooms on this garden and nature-themed tulip cruise 

tulip time at keukenhof garden

Tour: Tulip Time Cruise for Garden & Nature Lovers
Duration: 8 days
Start: Amsterdam
End: Amsterdam
Ports visited:

  • Amsterdam
  • Rotterdam
  • Antwerp
  • Ghent
  • Middelburg-Veere
  • Willemstad

Visit secret gardens and courtyards in Amsterdam, see famous Keukenhof, also known as the “Garden of Europe,” and learn all about the world of plants with an onboard expert. Stop and smell the tulips with your new, fellow floral enthusiasts.


Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, and the Peruvian Amazon? 

An enriching experience teemed with onboard expert Amazon guides and crew

amazon river at sunset


Tour: From the Inca Empire to the Peruvian Amazon
Duration: 11 days
Start: Lima
End: Lima
Ports and cities visited:

  • Lima
  • Cusco
  • Sacred Valley
  • Machu Picchu
  • Iquitos
  • Nauta (4-night river cruise starts here, embarkation/disembarkation point)

This river cruise tour takes you across Peru to some of the country’s most significant archaeological and spiritual sites, on and off the water. Spend a week exploring Lima and the ancient citadel once inhabited by Incans. Cruise along the mighty Amazon and watch the rainforest come alive from the comfort of your cozy suite or the ship’s outdoor lounge. Venture deeper into the jungle, past the point of where the larger ships can go and see more of what others can’t.


If floating down a lazy river while watching the scenery change from your bed sounds like your way of exploring the world, connect with an Expert Traveller today.