About River Cruises
A River Cruise offers a unique cruise experience. Your ship is your home away from home that will take you past exciting cities, quaint villages and beautiful landscapes. One of the best things about a river cruise is that they dock right in the heart of each city that is visited putting you in the center of it all. You can choose to explore on your own or take one of the many excursions offered. Most river cruises offer a complimentary excursion in each port.
River ships are considerably smaller than ocean vessels, usually accommodating a maximum of 200 guests. The river cruise experience is intimate allowing for a truly personalized and friendly service. Cabins are spacious and feature many comfortable and luxurious amenities. Many offer floor to ceiling windows, with some even offering full balconies.
One of the most important aspects of any cruise is the incredible dining that one experiences. River cruises offer gourmet menus made with the freshest local ingredients. The culinary masterpieces highlight the many traditional specialties in each region often paired with a variety of local wines.
River cruises are offered throughout the world. In Europe you can sail on the Rhine, the Danube, the Rhone, the Douro River (Portugal), the Po River, Italy, Russia and more. Asia can be explored on the Yangtze and Mekong Rivers as well as on the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar (Burma). In Africa you can sail on the Nile or choose from a host of itineraries in Southern Africa that include the Chobe River, Kruger National Park in South Africa and the Serengeti in Kenya.
River Cruises by Destination
Europe River Cruises sail through the heart of Europe's iconic cities, small towns and villages and past incredible landscapes. Each day a different city will come to life as you explore its historic monuments, unique traditions, taste local specialties and learn about its people and traditions.
You can get virtually anywhere through Europe on one of its many waterways. Relax as you sail through France on the Seine or the Rhone Rivers. Witness the incredible beauty of Holland's tulips in the spring on a Dutch Waterways cruise. Experience the history of Portugal on the Douro River. Glide past spectacular castles and vineyards on a Rhine or Danube River cruise or explore all of Europe on a Grand River Cruise.
An Asia River Cruise excites the senses and introduces adventurers to incredible cities, flavors, scents and beauty. Explore ancient temples, historic regions, and traditional Asia cultures and customs.
Sail down the Yangtze River and visit the awe-inspiring Great Wall, Beijing’s Forbidden City and the famous Terra Cotta Warriors. Ply the waters of the Mekong and discover Angkor Wat, Bangkok and other great cities and villages in Cambodia and Vietnam. For more of Southeast Asia take a cruise in Myanmar along the Irrawaddy River. Sail past ancient monasteries, scenic villages and witness the region’s incredible history before arriving in the great city of Mandalay.
African River Cruises offer the opportunity to visit new and exciting vistas on both the Nile and the Chobe Rivers. A cruise on the Nile River will in the footsteps of the Pharaohs where you will be taken back thousands of years through fertile valleys and desert sands. Explore the pyramids, the Sphinx and the glorious temples of Karnak and Luxor.
In southern Africa a number of itineraries combine the luxury cruise experience with spectacular safaris. The elegant Zambezi Queen will be home as you sail on the Chobe River explore southern Africa. Additional options include visits to Kruger National Park, Victoria Falls and even the Serengeti in Kenya.
One of the most important U.S. waterways, and one of the most colorful, is the mighty Mississippi River. On a Mississippi River cruise American history comes to life. The broad vistas take you through America's heartland, past beautifully restored antebellum plantations, and into incredible cities and towns. Explore civil war battlegrounds and the historical homes of Mark Twain and Abraham Lincoln.
Music is an integral part of the Mississippi River culture. There is no better place to experience the blues than in Memphis where you can visit the historical Graceland. Nashville brings country music alive at the Grand Ole Opry. Let incredible Jazz surround you in New Orleans. Let a Mississippi River cruise show you some of the best that America has to offer.
Very few river cruises can be compared to a cruise on the Amazon river. Your journey begins in the city of Lima as you take in the Peru's history and colonial architecture. Then you will travel high into the Andes mountains to explore Cusco, the Sacred Valley and the incredible city of Machu Picchu. Also known as the "Lost City of the Incas", Machu Picchu is a very awe-inspiring and spiritual place.
Iquitos is where your tour of the Peruvian Amazon begins. The Amazon river is fed by a vast network of tributaries and is home to some of the most isolated communities in the world. It is also home to one of the most diverse populations of wildlife. During your cruise, you will encounter and have the chance to interact with local people living in villages along the Amazon River, as they have for centuries.
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