While not as popular as ocean cruising there is an increasing interest in river cruises due to the great value and access to sights that by land are difficult. River cruise ships often boast more spacious cabins and are more intimate. The experience on a river cruise is very calm as river currents are much calmer than oceans. There is also the peace of mind on a river cruise of knowing that the shore is always visible and there are fewer dangers inherent in this type of cruise. Consider cruising down some of the world’s infamous rivers and take in the sights and attractions at some famous and not so well known ports of call.
Yangtze River, China
A cruise down the river Yangtze will allow you to partake in activities like Tai Chi daily. Take in the world’s largest power station, the Three Gorges Dam. Partake in an excursion to Fengdu Ghost city, which is a series of shrines and temples and see the isolated White Emperor city. The Three Gorges dam has virtually cut off these attractions and now river cruise is the best way to access them.
Mekong River, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam
The Mekong will offer a relaxing cruise experience with its tranquil waters and there is no shortage of stunning scenery such as: jungle, mountain peaks, secluded villages, gorges and rock formations.
Rhine, Switzerland and Germany
Consider either a day or night cruise down the Danube. A short river cruise will make for a romantic way to take in the sights of century old Budapest, Hungary. Sights include Hungarian Parliament building, Buda Castle, Gresham Palace and more.
Start your cruise in Cairo and tour the amazing Great Pyramids and see the Sphinx. Cruises down the Nile will take you from Luxor to Aswan and will include stops to visit villages, ancient temples and tombs.
Known as river of gold in the Iberian Peninsula a cruise down the Douro River will take you through the picturesque Portuguese countryside. Sights include quaint towns, castles, mansions and monasteries.
Loire Valley, France
9. Ganges, India
10. Elbe River, Czech Republic and Germany
Experience both Berlin and Prague to bookend your Elbe River cruise. Historical attractions along the way include the Wittenburg church and Woerlitz Park, which boasts the largest formal garden in continental Europe.