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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits on this mesmerizing journey along the Rhine. Enjoy a canal cruise in splendid Amsterdam as well as guided sightseeing in Cologne, Koblenz, and Strasbourg. Delight in excursions to Germany’s Black Forest and to Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest university town with its imposing castle. Also sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, see the legendary Lorelei rock, and visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz. Please note that due to “Sail Amsterdam,” departures August 21 and August 23 will start in Brussels instead of Amsterdam.
This exciting vacation lets you sample the natural wonders of Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Quito and have your photo taken at the “Center of the World.” You’ll also experience Otavalo in a unique way—explore its famous Indian market, where you can find beautiful textiles, artwork, and more, then on to a local hacienda to sample Andean delicacies. Before taking to the sea, visit the Giant Tortoise Reserve on the Island of Santa Cruz and the Charles Darwin Research Station, a highlight of this vacation. Then, embark on an exciting 4-night cruise among various Galápagos Islands. Have your camera ready as your Naturalist points out colonies of sea lions, pelicans, albatross, several species of Darwin’s finches, marine iguanas, flamingos, masked boobies, blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, storm petrels, short-eared owls, and other birds. You’ll even see abandoned WWII barges that are now important nesting areas for sea turtles on Santa Cruz Island. A remarkable adventure!
Explore the best of Bangkok and Myanmar, known as “The Golden Land,” on this captivating journey. Start in Bangkok with a boat ride through the klongs (canals) and visits to the Grand Palace and the huge Reclining Buddha. In Yangon, formerly Rangoon, take a walking tour of the city’s highlights and a visit to stunning Shwedagon Pagoda – considered by many to be the oldest pagoda in the world. Explore some of the most important temples and watch the sunset over the plains of Bagan, one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites. On the Irrawaddy, encounter a tapestry of exotic flavors and partake in memorable interactions with the locals. North of Mandalay, cruise on the most scenic part of the river past lavish shrines, teak forests, and riverside villages lost in time. Tour bustling Mandalay and stop at nearby U Bein Bridge for an unforgettable sampan ride at sunset. See how villagers make candy from the toddy palm tree and take a walking tour through a pottery-making village to see the process from start to end. Present alms, offerings of food, to the monks at a monastery in Kya Hnyat. In Katha, visit a local market and an elephant camp for a ride through the teak forest. Interact with the local school children and visit a farmer’s home for a glimpse of daily life at the island village of Kyun Daw. Sail through the dramatic second defile with its magnificent cliffs as the river narrows before reaching Bhamo, the northernmost point ships can navigate the river. Relax in the serenity of tranquil freshwater Inle Lake, surrounded by mountains. At this fascinating destination you’ll enjoy an indigenous music and dance performance, an excursion on the lake to view scenes of daily life, and visits to the beautiful floating gardens and a variety of workshops. All this and more awaits you on this incredible adventure!
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.
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.
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
Date Published: 05-15-2014
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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.