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No-Fly Cruises with Avalon Waterways

We know that flying isn't for everyone. That's why we have a range of cruises that depart from Paris or Amsterdam that give you the option of travelling by rail. Arrive at your departure point relaxed and refreshed, and see so much more of the passing countryside and towns en route.

Depart from the impressive London St Pancras station and you could be in Paris in just over two hours. All Eurostar carriages are fully air-conditioned and all seats have a footrest and reading lamp. You can buy snacks, light meals and drinks in the buffet bar carriages. Supplements start from as little as £190 per person return, subject to availability. 

Please call our holiday planners to book.

Explore our no-fly cruise itineraries

How can I book?

Simply choose one of the above itineraries and call one of our holiday planners on 0330 058 8243 to get your Eurostar quote today!

Frequently Asked Questions

Which stations can I arrive and  depart from?

Currently we are offering the service  from London St Pancras International and combining with return travel to Paris Gare du Nord and Amsterdam Central only.


How long does the journey take?

You can travel from London to Paris in 2 hours 16 minutes and from London to Amsterdam in 3 hours 52 minutes. 


Can I choose my train times ?

We will choose the times for you, as it has to match with our sailing times. The detailed times will be confirmed to you 90 days prior to departure.

To help you plan for your trip, please find below example train times to match our sailing times:


London St Pancras International > Paris Gare du Nord            10:26 / 13:50

Pris Gare du Nord > London St Pancras International            11:13 / 12:30



London St Pancras International > Amsterdam Central            08:16 / 13:13

Amsterdam Central > London St Pancras International            13:47 / 16:57

Due to schedules, we may at times need to confirm your rail arrangements on trains that travel via Brussels Midi, however we will advise you of this prior to finalising your travel arrangement


Can i request specific train seats ?

As our bookings are made as a group, unfortunately we cannot accept seating requests, we will endeavour to ensure all parties travelling together are seated together for the journey.


Can I travel in Standard Premier or Business Premier?

As our bookings are made as a group, we automatically confirm Eurostar Standard. We can request for a price for Standard Premier at time of booking, subject to availability. 


How do I transfer to the ship?

Transfers are available for you to purchase with Paris itineraries only, just speak to our call centre for full details. We cannot offer transfers to the ship from Amsterdam Central station.


How do i receive my train tickets ?

We will email your train tickets separately from our normal documentation, approximately 21 days prior to departure.


Is porterage included with my rail ticket?

You must be able to carry and lift your bags safely on your own, as there is no porter service and railway station staff are unable to assist guests with luggage. 


How long prior to travel do I need to be at St Pancras International?

Please ensure you arrive at the station 45-60 minutes prior to departure. 


What is my luggage allowance?

Your single bag should have dimensions not exceeding 30"x21"x11" and a weight not exceeding 50 lbs. (22 kg). We regret that we are unable to accept a second suitcase or any luggage exceeding these limits on any Avalon vacation outside of Europe. Please refer to your travel documents for more information.


Which itineraries are included?

The below Avalon Waterways cruise itineraries are included:

  • Active & Discovery on the Seine (Southbound)
  • Active & Discovery on the Seine (Northbound)
  • Paris to Normandy 
  • Active & Discovery in Holland & Belgium
  • Grand Tulip Cruise of Holland & Belgium
  • Tulip Time Cruise



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