The question isn't to cruise or not to cruise. Rather it is where to cruise, how to cruise and when. Do you choose the perfect river cruise by country, by sights or by cities?

When travelers choose to dip their toes in the Danube River, they actually choose all three. This is a river that winds and bends through 10 countries to carve a historic path that unites fairytale villages, capital cities, cliffside castles and forested slopes for picture-perfect landscapes as far as the eye can see.

The sheer number of countries the Danube River flows through means that it delivers an exceptional diversity in food, architecture, culture and history. In fact, nearly 50 percent of Avalon Waterways travelers chose the Danube River ​as their preferred itinerary.

"Along this legendary path, Avalon Waterways has created a boatful of extraordinary river cruise vacations," says Pam Hoffee, managing director of Avalon Waterways. "In fact, Avalon provides travelers nearly 30 river cruise itineraries, ranging from four to 27 days, that feature a plethora of sail and see options along the Danube River. Avalon has an average of 60 percent more Danube itineraries than other river cruise lines."

To accommodate those who may not have weeks to spend traveling the great rivers of Europe, Avalon Waterways has created what they call "Short and Suite" getaways with four- and six-day sailings. These convenient river cruise vacations are priced from $874 and provide time-starved travelers and first-time river cruisers the chance to test river cruise waters.  

Avalon is also the only river cruise line that offers travelers highly customizable Active & Discovery itineraries on the Danube River, giving them a choice of nearly 30 "Active," "Discovery" and "Classic" excursions throughout their vacation.

"Our relationship with Globus, Cosmos and Monograms gives travelers exclusive access to Your Way cruising, which seamlessly provides them options for immersive sightseeing access, hotel accommodations and transfers in European cities before and after each cruising vacation,” adds Hoffee.

Cruisers can sail the Danube through Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary or its lower tributaries through Croatia, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria.

For a limited time, travelers can extend select Danube vacations in Budapest or Prague for FREE (up to a $759 value). Check deals here.

The Avalon fleet brings Suite Ships® where every cabin features the Open-Air BalconySM: cruising's only bed with a view.  


On an Avalon cruise, schedules give way to whims, leaving travelers the freedom to do exactly as they please, when they please, whether enjoying a guided walking tour of one of Europe's great cities, joining a cooking class or paddling a canoe. Avalon helps with recommendations, information, needed gear and plenty of flexibility.