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Top 10 River Cruise Destinations

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 a relaxing and elegant mode of transport that allows us 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 historical capital cities and incredibly colorful natural beauty areas, 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. the Mekong


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The Mekong has great importance for 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 upon 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 locations for sailing. Through the countryside with endless lavender fields to Provence, Sailing from Burgundy 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



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



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 to explore the famous temples and tombs that straddle it, such as Luxor, Karnak, and the Kings’ Valley.

6. Amazon



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 birds’ many species and watch the endangered Amazon river dolphins and turtles from the deck.

7. Mississippi



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



The largest river of Asia flows the entire width of China starting from Tibet. The best way to experience the country’s diverse historical, 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



Having opened its gates to tourists not so long ago, this country is a 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 African continent countries, giving once in a lifetime opportunity to see hippos and crocodiles in their natural habitat and visit Victoria Falls with its magnificent surroundings.

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