By Samantha Kroll, The Cruise Web Team
River cruising is becoming increasingly popular for travelers that want to spend a lot of time exploring off the beaten path destinations while enjoying the comfort and ease of a luxury ride on a river. The river cruise industry focuses the experience on the destination, so you are guaranteed knowledgeable tour guides to enlighten you, or if you prefer, you’re always invited to venture and explore the cities on your own. Either way, river cruising is a fantastic way to see the world.
1. Rhine River – Europe
The Rhine River forms the border between Germany and France. This famous river has so much to see on both sides such as cathedrals, castles, windmills, and stunning views, you’ll never be without something to marvel at. Many Rhine river cruises include a stop in Amsterdam, where passengers can tour the house made famous by Anne Frank and her family during World War II. Also on route is Germany’s fourth largest city, Cologne. Cologne is filled with the magnificent Cologne’s Dom and St. Martin’s Church, perfect for the history buff. For spectacular scenery, make sure to include Breisach on your trip, because excursions into this city will always include its breathtaking mountainous landscape
2. Nile River – Egypt
The Nile River is undeniably one of the most unique rivers in the world. Maintaining its length at 6650 km long, the river remains the 2nd longest in the world. Along the Nile River, you will see the infamous and ancient Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx. Camels will be your transportation between these pyramids, ruins, and desert. Also a popular site is Lake Nasser, which was built to control the flooding of the Nile. Here you can take in the scenery on a felucca, a traditional sailboat of the Nile region, or you can visit the Temple of Isis, an ancient Nubian monument.
3. Mississippi River – North America
The culture of the American South is like nothing you else you will find at home or abroad. Along the Mississippi River culture and American history will shine through great cities like Memphis, New Orleans and St. Louis. Each city has its own personality proudly displayed through the music playing in the streets. Whether you’re in New Orleans grooving to jazz, or in Memphis where you’ll be lit up by the rock ‘n’ roll, you’ll be sure to find the rhythm you are looking for.
4. Danube River – Europe
The Danube River is known world-wide for its romantic atmosphere. Exploring Budapest by way of this storied river fills your day with shops, cafés, panoramic views, castles and cathedrals. Continue the romance in Vienna with a ride along the Ringstrasse, a circular road with sights of the Opera House and Hofburg Theater. Historians will also be attracted to this destination, because this voyage includes options to go on a World War II historical tour to visit sites like the Nazi parade grounds in Nuremberg.
5. Yangtze River – China
The Yangtze River in China will allow you to experience the must see Great Wall of China, the Three Gorges, and the palace of the Dalai Lama. The Chinese itineraries include rides to the Forbidden City and the enormous manmade lake surrounding part of the Great Wall. The Forbidden City was once the Chinese imperial palace during the mid-Ming and Qing Dynasties, and is currently called The Palace Museum. Known for their giant pandas, excursions in Chengdu will educate you on this species’ unique life. The city of Chongqing embraces the significance of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as it preserves 75 areas which contain 50,000 statues and more than 100,000 carved Chinese characters.
These popular vacations provide travelers with an intimate feel for majestic destinations. So if your next vacation includes seeing the world in luxury and style, keep in mind that river cruising is available!
Samantha Kroll works at The Cruise Web. The Cruise Web is a travel agency that specializes in cruising. The expert cruise consultants focus on providing travelers with the best value for their time and money in finding and booking a cruise vacation!