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River Cruise Vaction Destinations

Danube River Cruises

As Europe's second-longest river and a vital means of transportation for 2,000 years, the Danube is the only major European river to flow from west to east.

Rhine River Cruises

Flowing from the Swiss Alps to Holland's North Sea, the Rhine is perhaps most famous for its legendary Lorelei rock and the imposing medieval castles that line its banks.

Main River Cruises

Quaint, quiet, and quintessentially Germany, the Main winds leisurely through the country's most stunning areas, passing hilltop castles and storybook medieval villages alike.

Moselle River Cruises

Flowing through France, Luxembourg, and Germany, the Moselle River is known for the excellent wines produced along its banks as well as for its picturesque medieval castles.

Seine River Cruises

The Seine rises just northwest of Dijon and flows in northwesterly through Paris before emptying into the English Channel at Le Havre. It's one of Europe's great historic rivers and since the early Middle Ages has been considered the river of Paris.

Rhône & Saône River Cruises

An important inland trade and transportation route since Greek times, the Rhône River flows south to the Mediterranean, winding through the orchards and vineyards of the fertile Rhône Valley.

China's Mighty Yangtze River

Avalon river cruises you will sail approximately 650 miles through the most impressive stretch of the river, featuring the Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge, and Xiling Gorge—collectively known as the Three Gorges. Along the way you'll encounter village life on the river banks, the beauty of the mountains and river, and will visit the awe-inspiring Three Gorges Dam, the largest hydroelectric dam in the world.

The Mekong River & Beyond

As you sail along this vibrant waterway, fascinating scenes of daily life unfold, arousing your mind and senses—the sounds of a bustling local market, opportunities to sample traditional candy and rice wine, fishermen hauling in their daily catch, and master artisans crafting works of art from silk and pure silver.

The Scenic Upper Irrawaddy

Coursing more than 1,300 miles through central Myanmar, the Irrawaddy and its surrounding valley form the historical, cultural, and economic heart of Myanmar.


The Galápagos Islands

From Quito, Ecuador, fly to Baltra Island, then board your luxury yacht and cruise from island to island, encountering species found nowhere else in the world like giant tortoises, penguins, sea lions, iguanas, and a whole host of diverse bird species.


The Mighty Amazon River

Imagine venturing deep into the Amazon jungle in search of elusive wildlife, taking a swim with pink dolphins, and visiting native communities, all while returning to an air-conditioned suite, hot shower, and an over-sized plush bed.


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Austrian Highlights & Bavaria-Westbound

9 days from Vienna to Munich

Austrian Highlights & Bavaria – Westbound

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This Danube river cruise starts in Vienna, Austria's capital, and visits charming small towns like Melk, Dürnstein, and Grein before heading into Germany’s Bavaria. The Vienna river cruise portion of your trip includes spectacular Austrian museums, the awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral, historic castle ruins and quaint theaters. As you enjoy your Munich river cruise, you will stop at delightful Oberammergau, and the fairytale castle of Neuschwanstein. River cruises in Germany and Austria make memories to last a lifetime.

Discover the Galápagos & Peru

15 days from Lima to Quito

Discover the Galápagos & Peru

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Fantastic treasures await on this vacation to Peru and the Galápagos Islands. Enjoy a walking tour of Lima; guided sightseeing in Quito and Cusco, former capital of the Inca Empire; and an excursion to Otavalo’s famous Indian market. Also visit ancient Puca Pucara, the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo, and mystical Machu Picchu. Then, fly to Baltra Island for a fantastic 4-night Galápagos Islands cruise. In the company of a local Naturalist, you’ll encounter indigenous plants and animals found only in the Galápagos Islands. For travelers who want to see ancient ruins, learn about new cultures, and be awed at the amazing natural world, this trip is not to be missed!

Magical China & the Yangtze River

11 days from Beijing to Shanghai

Magical China & the Yangtze River

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Discover China’s ancient history and fascinating culture on this delightful China river cruise. Sightseeing with a Local Guide shows you the highlights in Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai, with inside visits that include the Forbidden City, Imperial Palace, Great Wall, Sacred Way of the Ming Tombs, the Terracotta Warriors, Dayan Pagoda, the Bund, and Yu Yuan Gardens. Enjoy an acrobatic show, participate in a calligraphy class, visit a cloisonné workshop, and attend a noodle-making demonstration. You’ll also tour the ancient Hutongs by rickshaw and visit a silk factory. Enjoy a performance of the Peking Opera or Legend of Kung Fu Show, and “The Tang Dynasty” dinner show. Treat your tastebuds to an authentic Peking Duck dinner and dim sum feast. On your 3-night river cruise along the majestic Yangtze, visit the impressive Three Gorges Dam site—a magnificent vacation!

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River cruising is one of the best ways to see the world. Major cities started on great rivers. After all, this was the way for transporting goods and people. The Main-Danube Canal, which finally completed construction in 1992, now allows you to travel all the way from Amsterdam to the Black sea. This is over 2176 miles with 66 locks. Think of some of cities that started on rivers; Amsterdam, Paris, Bruges, Budapest, Vienna, to name a few are right on these rivers.

Explore the World

It has been said that a river cruise represents life in the slow lane. This is a vacation to enable you to simply can enjoy life, take in the scenery, and see explore various cities without having to unpack.

The Rhine flows from the Alps in Switzerland to the North Sea in the Netherlands. This scenic river is known for its hillside fortresses, Lorelei rock standing sentry over the waters, riverbank vineyards. Major historic and cultural cities include Cologne; with the famous Cologne Cathedral; Strasbourg, situated on the German/French border blends the cultures of both countries. Mainz-Rudesheim, which dates back to 38 B.C. is Germany is most important wine market. Amsterdam, one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe with all its canals and some of the best museums in the world.

The Danube river is the second longest river in Europe. This river follows a course of 1795.50 miles from the Black Forrest of Germany to the Black Sea through pictureque towns such as Melk (with one of the oldest Abbey in Europe), Durnstein (where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned 3 months), Vienna and so many more.

The Seine rises in Burgundy and flows through Paris, the Normandy region, and its estuary takes it into the English channel.

River Cruise Dream Vacation

Avalon Waterways, a major player in the river cruise industry, has the youngest fleet of river cruise vessels. Avalon's river cruise fleet averages just over two years in age compared to an industry average of seven years. By regularly adding new river cruise vessels built with you, the traveler in mind, Avalon consistently offers you the most inspired designs, innovative technologies, and key features and services throughout their fleet of river vessels. Presently Avalon Waterways has nine River cruise vessels with two entering service in 2012. Maybe it is Avalon's Swiss heritage that gives them their passion for details, but they are the only river cruise operator that's personally involved from ship design to delivery (and every point in between). From hand-applied finishes to enhanced soundproofing, from the placement of windows to the flow of the lounges, these river cruise ships are thoughtfully designed and appointed with materials known for quality, beauty, and functionality.
At Avalon Waterways they like to say 'Consistency is our Calling Card'. It means that no matter where or when you step onto an Avalon River Cruise ship, there are certain luxuries and experiences you can count on. (a 98% satisfaction rating helps solidify this fact)

Dream about the wonderful river cruise vacation you always wanted to take, then experience it for yourself. See the Mona Lisa up close, hear an organ recital in Melk, smell the tulips in Holland, feel the breeze on your face cruising down the Great Rivers of Europe Go ahead, dream about a legendary river cruise vacation, and when you are ready give us a call at 1 888 655-3824 or email RiverCruises@CurlewTravel.com

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RECEIVE FREE ECONOMY AIR FROM THE UNITED STATES, OR 2-FOR-1 BUSINESS CLASS ON TWO OF THEIR POPULAR RIVER CRUISES.

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River cruise ships are smaller than ocean-going cruise ships, typically holding 90-240 passengers (though there are ships that take only 5 passengers, and others can carry 1,000 passengers). Due to their smaller size and low draft, river cruise ships can go where ocean cruise ships cannot, and sometimes to where no other transport is practical: rivers are an excellent way to reach some attractions.
During river cruises the countryside is usually in view, so they are especially relaxing—and interesting—to those who prefer land nearby. River cruises usually last from 7 to 15 days, although some can last 3 weeks or longer. Some river ships resemble 5-star hotels, with sun decks, dining rooms, lounges, fitness facilities, swimming pools, casinos and other entertainment. Accommodation, meals on board, entertainment and special events (holidays, festivals, contests, concerts, etc.) are usually included in the cruise price, while bar expenses, sauna, massage, laundry and cleaning, and phone calls are not.