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Book now for FREE airfare plus save up to $500 per couple on select Europe river cruises in 2023

Book by Feb 28, 2023

DREAMING OF AN ESCAPE? YOU’RE NOT ALONE. 

River cruising offers you the ease, the breeze, and the do-as-you-please experience you’re looking for. With cabins featuring the widest views in river cruising, not to mention award-winning European Suite Ships with wide-open spaces, fresh air, and fresher perspectives – plus more excursions with fewer passengers – Avalon Waterways has the cure for your Cabin Fever. Here’s your window of opportunity with these great offers!

EXPLORE EUROPE IN 2023 WITH FREE AIRFARE AND SAVINGS! 
Save up to $500* per couple on select 2023 Avalon Europe river cruises PLUS receive FREE Airfare^ on select 2023 Avalon Europe river cruises.

Our Exclusive Bonus: Receive Free Transfers on select 2023 Europe river cruises. 


It has inspired empires, dynasties, winemakers, and waltzes. Winding through ten countries, four capital cities, and thousands of years of history, the legendary Danube is the setting for some of the most dramatic chapters in time. As the river, Rieslings, and pilsners flow from the Black Forest of Germany all the way to the Black Sea, colorful experiences await at every palatial port. Just try to compose yourself through the harmonious streets of Vienna, the castle- and vineyard-clad hills of the Wachau Valley, and the lush green medieval city of Bratislava. And that’s just the Upper Danube. Cruising from baroque Budapest through the fortresses and towers of the Balkans, a wealth of elevating sights equally delight along the Lower Danube. As you follow in the footsteps of explorers, emperors, monarchs, and musicians all the way to Slovakia, Serbia, Romania, and Bulgaria, you’ll see why the Danube presents more ports and possibilities than any other European river. 

   

Our Recommended Avalon Europe Voyages

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Active & Discovery on the DanubeApr 25, 2023 (8 days)

Budapest to Deggendorf
Avalon Passion | Deluxe Stateroom (D)
USD $3,758 Per Person Incl taxes
Europe Offer: Receive FREE airfare on this river cruise voyage + Save $500 per couple!
Bonus: Receive free airport transfers in the destination city between airport and hotel

Embark your Avalon Suite Ship® in Budapest and enjoy a scenic sailing through the Danube Bend on your way to Visegrád. Attend a Medieval Knights Tournament at a Visegrád castle; see Gustav Klimt’s renowned “The Kiss” painting in Vienna. With Avalon Choice®, each day is yours to spend your way. Whether you prefer browsing the art collection of the Habsburg Empire, sipping local vintages at an Austrian wine tasting, or joining a canoe excursion, your Active & Discovery cruise is packed with included excursions for every pace in every place we go. Sample cheese and beer made by Trappist monks and explore their Abbey gardens; take a hike to Count Dracula’s prison tower; or tour Mauthausen Concentration Camp, one of WWII’s most notorious sites, selecting from an unmatched variety of ways to cruise your way.

Whichever way you choose to explore new locales—from paddling canoes to picnic views—Avalon Choice includes the excursions and activities to invite you to discover each destination your way. Your Active & Discovery Danube River cruise can be as active or leisurely as you like

Active & Discovery in Holland & BelgiumMay 08, 2023 (8 days)

Roundtrip Amsterdam
Avalon Impression | Deluxe Stateroom (D)
USD $3,958 Per Person Incl taxes
Europe Offer: Receive FREE airfare on this river cruise voyage + Save $500 per couple!
Bonus: Receive free airport transfers in the destination city between airport and hotel

Explore Holland and Belgium in more ways than ever on this Active & Discovery European cruise. Begin in Amsterdam and sail for Middelburg for a variety of excursions from Classic to Active to Discovery included excursions. Continue to Belgium and marvel at the artistry and natural beauty of the region. In Brussels, walk the ancient streets and sample treats at a Belgian chocolate-making workshop. Explore by bike or take a guided tour! In Antwerp, discover centuries of history. Experience the Red Star Line Museum where brave emigrants boarded ocean liners for America long ago, or see the stunning altarpiece by master painter Rubens in the cathedral there. Take an architecture tour by bicycle through Rotterdam or create a classic Delft tile in a pottery workshop.

Return to Amsterdam to enjoy the colorful city of canals. Take a painting class, ride a bike through the Dutch countryside, or relax on a canal cruise through the grachten of this city of a Golden Age. A fantastic 8-day adventure through Holland and Belgium on this Active & Discovery River Cruise in Europe!

Danube DreamsJul 18, 2023 (8 days)

Deggendorf to Budapest
Avalon Envision | Deluxe Stateroom (E)
USD $3,859 Per Person Incl taxes
Europe Offer: Receive FREE airfare on this river cruise voyage + Save $500 per couple!
Bonus: Receive free airport transfers in the destination city between airport and hotel

Cruise along the peaceful Danube River through Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary—stopping at some of Central Europe’s most splendid capitals and charming towns along the way. Visit Passau, Germany—called the “City of Three Rivers” at the confluence of the Danube, Inn, and Ilz rivers. Take a guided walking tour to admire the Patrician houses and baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral. In Linz, Austria, walk around the Hauptplatz, Austria’s largest medieval square. Enjoy the magnificent views as your Danube River cruise takes you through the picturesque wine region of the Wachau Valley. Stops include Melk to visit the magnificent Benedictine Abbey and Dürnstein to see the famous blue and white Stiftskirche and taste some of the local wines. Vienna, the “City of Music,” makes an immediate impression with its lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace and neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House. Enjoy a guided tour of this magical city and take time to explore on your own. In Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, take a guided walk through the delightful Old Town and to the Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral. In Budapest, the vibrant capital of Hungary, a local expert shows you all the must-see sights. Then to round out this timeless European river cruise, take a stroll along Váci utca—the main shopping street, or take pictures from Fishermen’s Bastion for the best panoramic views of Budapest. This Danube River cruise explores the legendary beauty and remarkable destinations you’ll never forget.

Active & Discovery on the Lower DanubeAug 25, 2023 (9 days)

Bucharest to Zagreb
Avalon Passion | Deluxe Stateroom (E)
USD $3,809 Per Person Incl taxes
Europe Offer: Receive FREE airfare on this river cruise voyage + Save $500 per couple!
Bonus: Receive free airport transfers in the destination city between airport and hotel

Begin your Active & Discovery river cruise vacation with an overnight stay in Bucharest—the “Paris of the East.” See the Romanian capital’s WWI Arc de Triomphe and the Royal Palace Square, and spend free time browsing the lovely shops and cafes of Victory Boulevard. Embark on your Suite Ship® in the town of Oltenita to begin your Danube River cruise through the Balkans, and cruise for Nikopol. See the incredible ancient architecture in Veliko Târnovo and Arbanassi or join your local guide and hike to the Kroushuna Waterfalls. Sail to Vidin, Bulgaria, explore the city and visit the medieval Baba Vida Fortress. You might prefer to join a panoramic trek in Belogradchik. Cruise through the Iron Gates Gorge, explore the amazing archaeological site of Lepenski Vir, and visit the fascinating Fortress of Golubač. Sail to Belgrade, Serbia, where the Danube and Sava Rivers meet, and discover ancient architecture in Novi Sad. Walk up the Petrovaradin Fortress or get to know Belgrade through its people. Sail into beautiful Croatia, where a 1,000-year-old winemaking tradition lives on in Ilok. Disembark in Osijek and spend the night in the Croatian capital of Zagreb—dating back to the Roman Empire. This Danube River cruise through the Balkans reveals the beauty of its people and culture across a land of beauty and inspiration.

If you want to see the world, cruise down its legendary rivers. If you want to see more of the world, look no further than Avalon Waterways. Avalon’s Suite Ships feature one-of-a-kind Panorama Suites, with the widest opening windows in river cruising, the industry’s only Open-Air Balcony, and beds facing the incredible views. Beyond the wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows is a world waiting to be explored—your way. Whether you want to enjoy a guided walking tour of one of Europe's great cities, join a cooking class or paddle a canoe, the Avalon Choice® selections of Classic, Discovery and Active excursions offer a wide range of possibilities. When you prefer to explore on your own, Avalon can help you with all the recommendations, information and gear you need with the new Adventure Center and AvalonGO Mobile App. And when it's time to refuel, your dining options on board are as wide open as your views, with the new FlexDining® choices.

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Featured price is per person, cruise only, based on double occupancy, on the departure date indicated, and includes taxes, port charges and fees and doesn't include promotion. *Book a select 2023 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive free round-trip economy class trans-Atlantic air from ATL, BOS, CHI (MDW, ORD) CHS, CLE, CLT, DEN, DFW, DTW, IAH, LAX, MCI, MIA, MCO, MSP, NYC (EWR, JFK, LGA), OKC, PDX, PHL, PHX, PIT, RDU, SAN, SEA, SFO, SLC, STL, TPA, WAS (BWI, DCA, IAD). Other gateway cities available from $200 to $1,075/person additional (inclusive of taxes/fees). Free air offer is based on lowest-priced economy class Flex airfare available for booking at time of reservation and scheduled to coincide with cruise itinerary; pre-assigned airline seats are limited and may not be available on all air segments. Alternate schedules may be available at an additional cost. In lieu of free Air a different promotion can be offered by calling Avalon Waterways. Quotes available online, calling Avalon Waterways or by calling a Travel Professional. Limited to new bookings for US originating travelers and economy class Flex air tickets; must be booked & under deposit between January 3and February 28, 2022 for select cruises in 2023. A $550 non-refundable deposit is due at time of booking. Offer does not apply to instant purchase air, custom, or charters. Groups of 8 passengers or more don't qualify for this offer. Please call for Group promotion options. Offer is combinable with $250 per person land promotion, Welcome Back Credit, Peace of Mind Credit, and select account specific offers. Promotional discounts do not carry forward on voluntarily changed air bookings; other promotions at time of change may be available. Once ticketed, air reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket value. Changes to ticketed air reservations (including itineraries involving free round-trip trans-Atlantic air) also subject to airfare differentials between originally ticketed air itinerary and re-ticketed air itinerary. Additional airline baggage fees may apply; visit www.iflybags.com for details. Air schedules are available approximately 330 days prior to return travel date. Flight schedules, routings and air carriers are at the discretion of Globus family of brands. Additional restrictions apply; see Travel Terms for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer is capacity controlled and may be withdrawn at any time. Offer available from participating GFOB offices only. Exclusive Offer: ^Book a select 2023 Globus Europe or Avalon Europe vacation (excluding Globus Escapes) through a Virtuoso Advisor and receive free airport transfers in the destination city between airport and hotel. Offer is not applicable to extra night transfers. Booking must be made and under deposit between January 1 and December 31, 2023 for travel commencing by December 31, 2023. Applies to new 2023 bookings only. Must mention code FREE21T. Combinable with Welcome Back credits, Peace of Mind credits and applicable consumer brand promotions only. Cannot be combined with other multiple agency/account specific promotions. Offer reliant on space availability. Not applicable to groups and/or custom tours. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. May be withdrawn at any time.

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