Sailing down on some of the most beautiful rivers on Earth is the best possible way to see a continent or country. River Cruising is both relaxing and elegant mode of transport that gives us the opportunity to enjoy the ever-changing scenic views on both sides.

The majestic rivers such as the Nile, Mekong, Rhine and many others flow through stunning historic capital cities and incredibly colorful areas of natural beauty giving us a peaceful and unforgettable River Cruise holiday.

River cruising is a unique way to explore many different cities and villages on one trip whilst enjoying the luxurious comfort of the ship.

We have selected the most wonderful river cruise routes to help you with ideas for your next holiday.

1. Mekong

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The Mekong has a great importance since centuries for many cultures and civilizations. This mystical and majestic river flows through six Asian countries giving you a chance to select from many different routes.

A great option is to start from the Mekong Delta in Vietnam and sail up on the Mekong through the great lake of Tonle Sap in Cambodia and finish your journey with temple hunting in Angkor Wat.

2. Rhone

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France is one of the most romantic location for sailing. Sailing from Burgundy, through the countryside with endless lavender fields to Provence will be a memorable cultural and culinary experience.

3. Danube

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The spectacular River Danube flowing through nine countries in Europe reveals new surprises around every bend with fortresses, vine-laden hillsides and beautiful forests. Most of the cruises include four distinctive countries such as Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary.

4. Rhine

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Being Germany’s biggest river the Rhine gives you an amazing opportunity to cruise the length of the country, explore its medieval towns and admire charming castles and vineyards.

5. Nile

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Unlike most rivers the Nile flows South to North through nine countries starting from Lake Victoria in Uganda to the Mediterranean Sea near Alexandria in Egypt. Cruising is the best way the explore the famous temples and tombs that straddle it such as Luxor, Karnak and the Valley of the Kings.

6. Amazon

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This is the ultimate journey for nature lovers. Traveling deep into Amazon’s rainforests is the best way to enjoy the amazing wildlife, ecosystems, marine and jungle landscapes. Listen to the many species of the birds, watch the endangered Amazon river dolphins and turtles from the deck.

7. Mississippi

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Sail the full length of the Mississippi River from New Orleans to St. Paul.  In 22 days you can visit 10 states, many historic towns and enjoy the passing landscapes.

8. Yangtze

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The largest river of Asia flows the entire width of China starting from Tibet. The best way to experience the country’s diverse historic, cultural and culinary treasures is to sail on the majestic Yangtze. You can choose from many different itineraries offering shorter or longer trips.

9. Irrawaddy

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Having opened its gates to tourists not so long ago this country is true untouched gem of South-East Asia. Cruising down on the Irrawaddy River from Rangoon to Mandalay is an enchanting oriental experience that allows you to visit one of the oldest Buddhist archaeological sites and the wonderful monuments of Bagan.

10. Zambezi

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The Zambezi carves its way through many countries of the African continent giving once in a lifetime opportunity to see hippos and crocodiles  in their natural habitat and to visit the Victoria Falls with its magnificent surroundings.