World’s 10 Best River CruisesMay 20, 2014
When someone says “I’m going on a cruise”, the first thought is always out at sea. However, river cruises are growing in popularity and there are wonderful routes throughout the world. River cruises are especially popular with seniors and retirees because the ships are smaller and easier to get around and the itineraries allow for exploration without all the travel hassle.
Here are the world’s best river cruises:
Seine River Cruise – Paris, France to Normandy, France
From military history to romantic strolls, this weeklong cruise gives you a solid taste of France, both past and present. It starts with some of the world’s most iconic sites in France’s glorious capital, drifts downriver to towns where art reigns supreme, and ends at the beaches where heroic WWII battles took place. And in case you were wondering, there are plenty of cheeses, wines and baguettes to be had.
Rhine River Cruise – Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam, Netherlands
This weeklong cruise takes in four countries – Switzerland, Germany, France, and the Netherlands – and encounters some of Europe’s most striking river-side castles including the 700-year-old Marksburg Castle in Koblenz. Add in the mystique of the Black Forest, medieval French churches, and Dutch windmills and you’ve got quite the combination of European sites to enjoy.
Danube River Cruise – Nuremburg, Germany to Budapest, Hungary
Browse some of Europe’s finest architecture while floating through the heart of central Europe. This weeklong cruise begins in Bavaria, Germany’s most picturesque region, winds its way through Austria’s idyllic and stately city of Vienna, and finally stops beside the bridges where old “Buda” meets modern “Pest” in Hungary. This classic European cruise does not disappoint.
Nile River Cruise – Aswan, Egypt to Luxor, Egypt
Follow the route of the pharoahs as you meander down one of the world’s most famous ancient rivers: the Nile. The highlights of this journey are the side trips to places like the Valley of the Kings where King Tut is buried, the Philae Temple, Kom Ombo and Edfu Temple, as well as camel rides to Nubian Villages and early morning hot air balloon rides. You are treated like a king while simultaneously visiting the real kings’ magnificent tombs.
Mekong River Cruise – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam to Siem Reap, Cambodia
The most exciting river in Southeast Asia also happens to end at the most exciting site in Southeast Asia. The cruise beings in southern Vietnam’s bustling metropolis of southern Vietnam, floats past the peaceful verdant countryside, and pulls up to the ancient Khmer city of Angkor. If you’re looking for a good sampling of what Southeast Asia has to offer, this cruise does it right.
Mississippi River Cruise – Memphis, Tennessee to New Orleans, Louisiana
While many Mississippi cruises focus on more northern points like Saint Louis, the southern stretch of the Mississippi offers the best mix of culture, food and history. It starts in the capital of blues music, passes historic Civil War battlefields and Native American areas, and winds up in New Orleans, the most fascinating and lively city in the United States, as well as the tastiest too.
Amazon River Cruise – Iquitos, Peru (round-trip)
Brazil has plenty of great river cruises leaving from Manaus and other deep jungle cities, but the Peruvian Amazon is equally exotic and easier to manage (you could even combine it with a trip to Machu Picchu). The main attraction on an Amazon River Cruise is the wildlife you’ll see, from macaws and toucans to three-toed sloths and rare pink dolphins.
Yangtze River Cruise – Shanghai, China to Chongqing, China
China is jam-packed with sites and history and this river cruise puts all of it into an easily manageable weeklong itinerary. You get to see the bright neon lights of Shanghai, the mystical Yellow Mountain, massive Three Gorges Dam, and many other great attractions. Plus, the food, music and culture are distinctively Chinese and always fun to explore.
Volga River Cruise – St. Petersburg, Russia to Moscow, Russia
There is no better way to see Russia than by traveling the waterway connecting its two most significant cities. No matter which direction you go on this river, it’s always spectacular. Moscow and St. Petersburg both have incredible architecture and historical sites and the open land in between is dotted with scenic views, beautiful churches, and fine arts institutions.
Rhone River Cruise – Avignon, France to Chalon-sur-Saone, France
Discover the lesser known but more picturesque side of France on this southern river cruise. The sites and side trips vary from wine tasting in stone cellars to Roman ruins to medieval fortresses to charming old towns. Each day of the journey is more inspiring than the next and will make you wish you could buy a home here rather than just visit.
Have Fun and Be Prepared
All 10 river cruises are absolutely amazing and will inspire you to travel more. Despite the fact you’re on a river, you can still be susceptible to seasickness. Before you go, be prepared by bringing Motioneaze, an all-natural remedy that relieves motion sickness symptoms in 3-5 minutes. You can find it in your local pharmacy, Wal-Mart or CVS or online at https://motioneaze.com/.
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