Save up to $3,000 per Couple on Air-Inclusive Avalon Waterways River Cruises

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. Their 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. Book now to save up to $3,000 per couple on air-inclusive Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises. Plus, receive prepaid gratuities on 2018 and 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises. Contact us today for more information!

German Grandeur Cruise and Tour

11-Day River Cruise from $4287
(May 22, 2019 departures ; Price does not include the promotion; Other dates available at varying prices.)

Basel to Munich on Visionary

Your picturesque river cruise begins on the Rhine River in Basel, Switzerland. You’ll sail to Breisach, with your choice of a guided tour of charming Colmar, or an excursion to the Black Forest. 

Sail to the city of Strasbourg, France, along the way. Sail to Rüdesheim and through the spectacular Rhine Gorge. The modern and charming city of Frankfurt is also on your route along the Rhine, and you’ll sail on the Main River to visit an authentic Main river village on your way to Würzburg. Take a guided tour of Bamberg, before reaching Nuremberg to disembark for two nights in Munich. You’ll enjoy a guided tour of King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein Castle, and visit the mountain village of Oberammergau—known for its once-a-decade production of the Passion Play.

Your grand scenic cruise of Germany brings the beauty and charm of its cities and villages to life. From Switzerland to Bavaria and beyond, your German vacation will stay a beautiful memory for years to come!

Itinerary

Day 1 | Basel (Embarkation)
Day 2 | Breisach
Day 3 | Strasbourg:
Day 4 | Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge–Boppard
Day 5 | Frankfurt
Day 6 | Main River Village
Day 7 | Würzburg
Day 8 | Bamberg
Day 9 | Nuremberg (Disembarkation)–Munich
Day 10 | Munich
Day 11 | Munich

Active Discovery on the Rhône

8-Day River Cruise from $3949
(May 14 & August 6, 2019 departures ; Price does not include the promotion; Other dates available at varying prices.)

Arles to Lyon on Avalon Poetry II

Your Active Discovery Cruise is waiting to take you on a French river cruise like never before. You’ll enjoy the magnificent and romantic scenery and sights, but you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy activities that speak to your passions and interests, as well. Take a guided hike through Camargue Regional Nature Park and marshland, or join a guided bike ride through the park, keeping an eye out for more than 400 bird species, including pink flamingos. You may otherwise pay a visit to a local oyster farm for an oyster tasting, and learn about oyster farming.

Enjoy a day in Arles to select from Active, Discovery, or Classic tours or activities. You may like to join a guided hike, or take a painting workshop in the style and technique of Vincent van Gogh—whose many paintings captured the light and landscapes of Provence and Arles. Visit the Musée des Arômes et du Parfum, or a take a guided sightseeing tour of Avignon’s sights, including the 14th-century Palace of the Popes. Take a canoe trip in the canyons of the Rhône—the stunning Gorges de l'Ardèche. You might choose a hike through the Natural Reserve of Cirque d’Estre, or an unusual excursion to an underground wine tasting with a wine-making expert and cave specialist.

Sail to Lyon, the gastronomical capital of France, and take an evening drive for premiere photo opportunities from the hills above the city. During your stay in Lyon, hike the trails, take a culinary walk, or learn to make your own Saucisson brioche in a cooking class par excellence.

You’ll experience the remarkable sights, scenery, and flavors along the Rhône with the Active Discovery included activities and tours that suit you best. 

Itinerary

Day 1 | Arles (Embarkation)
Day 2 | Port-Saint-Louis
Day 3 | Arles
Day 4 | Avignon
Day 5 | Viviers
Day 6 | Tain l’Hermitage/Tournon–Lyon
Day 7 | Lyon
Day 8 | Lyon (Disembarkation)

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Romantic Rhine Cruise

8-Day River Cruise from $2698
(December 1, 2018 departure; Price does not include the promotion; Other dates available at varying prices.)

Zürich to Amsterdam on Tranquility II

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, and 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 stretch 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.”

Itinerary

Day 1 | Basel (Embarkation)
Day 2 | Breisach
Day 3 | Strasbourg
Day 4 | Excursion to HeidelbergMainz
Day 5 | RüdesheimRhine GorgeKoblenz
Day 6 | Cologne
Day 7 | Amsterdam
Day 8 | Amsterdam (Disembarkation)

Tulip Time Cruise

8-Day River Cruise from $2499
(March 25, 2019 departure; Price does not include the promotion; Other dates available at varying prices.)

Roundtrip from Amsterdam on Artistry II

This European river cruise in Holland gets underway in its popular, modern capital of Amsterdam. This 700-year-old city offers an abundance of classic architecture, cafés, and restaurants to explore before you embark on your river cruise through Holland and Belgium.

Sail through Rotterdam’s harbor, said to be the world’s busiest port. Garden enthusiasts will delight in a visit to see the breathtaking colors of Keukenhof, also known as the “Garden of Europe.” With 70 acres of parkland and lakes, it’s one of the world’s largest flower gardens. Alternatively, an excursion to the city of Gouda, famous for its cheese, is available, before sailing to Antwerp—Belgium’s second-largest city, combining ancient buildings and monuments with modern architecture.

In Ghent, Belgium, join a local expert for a guided tour of the city, including a visit to St. Bavo’s Cathedral. Back in Holland, Middelburg was formerly an important trading city and you’ll get a sense of its wealth today with its impressive structures like the gothic Town Hall, Abbey Tower, and bustling Market Square. 

No trip to Holland is complete without a visit to the technical miracle that is the Delta Works, a storm flood barrier almost six miles long, constructed after the floods of 1953. 

This beautiful and historic springtime river cruise during tulip season in Holland and Belgium concludes with more chance to explore the colorful city of Amsterdam. See the most fascinating areas of the city on a canal cruise along the elegant Grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.”

Itinerary

Day 1 | Amsterdam (Embarkation)
Day 2 | Rotterdam
Day 3 | Antwerp
Day 4 | Ghent
Day 5 | Middelburg–Veere
Day 6 | Willemstad
Day 7 | Amsterdam
Day 8 | Amsterdam (Disembarkation)

Paris to Normandy Cruise

8-Day River Cruise from $2899
(November 5, 2019 departures ; Price does not include the promotion; Other dates available at varying prices.)

Roundtrip from Paris on Tapestry II

This fabulous river cruise combines time in France’s unparalleled capital of Paris with beautiful scenery along the Seine River and the picturesque and historical region of Normandy.

Embark on your adventure in Paris and sail to Vernon, where you’ll choose between two exciting guided visits—Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny or the remarkable Bizy Castle, known as “Normandy’s Versailles.” You may choose to go on an excursion to the historic Normandy Landing Beaches, including Omaha Beach, the Point du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery. In Rouen, best known as the home of Joan of Arc, you’ll go on a guided walk through the medieval quarter and visit the gothic Rouen Cathedral—once the tallest building in the world. From Conflans, go on an excursion to the quaint and inspiring town of Auvers-Sur-Oise—associated with several famous artists, including Vincent van Gogh—or visit Napoleon and Josephine’s Malmaison.

On this French river cruise, you’ll enjoy wine, cheese, beautiful scenery along the Seine River, and stops in charming and historical parts of France, but your adventure would not be complete without some time in Paris—one of the world’s most romantic and vibrant cities! The “City of Light” has Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum with its elegant glass pyramid contrasting its ancient architecture. A guided walk through the historic Île St. Louis with its narrow streets, and Île de la Cité where medieval Paris was founded, will be a delight.

Itinerary

Day 1 | Paris (Embarkation)
Day 2 | VernonLes Andelys
Day 3 | Caudebec
Day 4 | Caudebec
Day 5 | Rouen 
Day 6 | Conflans
Day 7 | Paris
Day 8 | Paris (Disembarkation)


Prices are per person, land only, and based on double occupancy. *Book a select 2018 or 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive up to $1,250 per person off the cruise/land or cruise only price. Receive an additional $250 per person off the cruise/land or cruise only price on select Air-Inclusive Europe cruises. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between February 7 and September 3, 2018 for travel on select departures in 2018/2019. Not applicable on custom tours or on TBA space. Combinable with other promotions available on the select list of departures. Applies to new 2018/2019 bookings only and will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Air must be purchased through Avalon in conjunction with a Europe vacation.  Cruise only packages may require additional overnight stays at passenger's expense. Air-Inclusive promotion will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. An additional $300 non-refundable deposit is required for air booked in conjunction with a land vacation. Once ticketed, airline reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket price; air tickets may not be eligible for frequent flyer mileage/point accrual; stopover costs are additional. Promotional discounts do not carry forward on changed air bookings however other promotions at time of change may be available. Offer reliant on space availability at time of booking and may be withdrawn at any time. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. Offer applies to participating GFOB offices only. Book a 2018 or 2019 Avalon Europe river cruise and get the standard prepaid cruise gratuities included for the full length of the cruise portion of the vacation. Must be booked between July 2 and August 15, 2018 for travel by December 31, 2019. Combinable with other offers EXCEPT Travel Agent Discounts and groups. Applies to 2018 & 2019 bookings only. Must mention code MSTGRAT19. Offer reliant on space.