Experience the Road Less Travelled River Cruising: Best River Cruises

Experience the Road Less Travelled River Cruising: Best River Cruises

Posted 07.09.2012 in Articles by Jess

Planning your next vacation and considering a cruise? Instead of booking your trip on a huge cruise ship to the typical destination hotspots like the Caribbean, take the road less travelled and venture somewhere a huge cruise ship can't reach. Travelling by river cruise allows you to experience not only your specific destination, but also the culture and landscape of the river. You'll pass villages or towns, local people and wildlife as you float along. Instead of coming home with the same picture just about everyone has of standing on the ship with the ocean and sunset in the background, come home with one of Vietnam's Mekong River or the Nile as your backdrop. These river cruises are sure to spark your sense of adventure and spontaneity.

AmaWaterways has a fantastic and exciting river cruise to Vietnam and Cambodia. As you sail through the Mekong River you’ll experience and see things that are truly once in a lifetime. Some of this cruise’s highlights are spending a few days exploring the capital, Hanoi. Then you’ll take an excursion to Ha Long Bay for an overnight sojourn. You’ll trip to the ancient Khmer empire then spend a few days touring the temples of Angkor Archeological Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Cruise on Tonle Sap Lake visiting rural villages, historic pagodas, floating markets and a Buddhist monastery along the way. Spend the night in Phnom Phen, the capital of Cambodia. End your trip in the wonderful Ho Chi Minh City. Some of the other activities that are available to passengers are an oxcart ride, visiting the Royal Palace and National Museum, a local boat ride to a fish farm, mat making and slipper workshop, rice paper and candy-making workshop visit. With all of these activities available it’d be hard not to have a good time! 

Another worthwhile river cruise line is Viking River Cruises. They offer a cruise to Moscow to St. Petersburg along the Waterways of the Czars (different waterways). You’ll spend a few days exploring Moscow – see the Bolshoi Theater, Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral. Some of the optional experiences include a full-day excursion to Sergiev Posad, a Golden Ring City to see one of the four most important Russian Orthodox monasteries in Russia. Or go on a half-day morning tour to the Military Museum and visit with Red Army veterans or take an afternoon tour to Tretyakov Gallery. After these optional activities, depart the city along the Moscow Canal. Tour the village of Uglich, visit the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood, have tea at a local family's home. Visit Yaroslavl, Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, Kizhi, Mandrogy. End in St. Petersburg – see the Hermitage Museum, Catherine's Palace. Afterwards you’ll have the optional experiences of a morning tour to Peterhof Palace or a tour of Yusupov Palace. 

Travel the world with Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection. Experience their destination cruise to Cairo along the Nile River and Lake Nasser. Spend a few days in Cairo – tour the Citadel of Salah al-din, Mosque of Muhammad Ali, Khan el-khalili Bazaar, and the Egyptian Museum. Drive to Memphis and visit the statue of Ramses II and Alabaster Sphinx, Sakkara to view the Step Pyramid of Zoser I. Then visit Giza to see the Sphinx and the Pyramids. Fly to Aswan to board the Prince Abbas. Visit the Kalabsha Temple. Travel to Wadi El Seboua and spend the day exploring. Cruise to Amada to visit the Temple of Amada.Visit the Aswan High Dam and Ksr Ibrim Fortress. Walk through the complex structures of Abu Simbel. Fly to Aswan to witness the Aswan High Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk and Philae Temple. Board the River Tosca and sail along the Nile to Kom Ombo to see the only temple in Egypt dedicated to two gods. Spend time at the Temple of Edfu then sail to Luxor and explore the Temple of Luxor. Visit the Colossi of Memnon, Temple of Queen Hatshepsut; explore the Valley of the Kings, Karnak Tample. End your trip by flying back to Cairo. This ancient and historical cruise is one to brag about!  

Lastly, take the road less traveled with Avalon Waterways and experience a cruise from Beijing to Shanghai along the Yangtze River. Some of the highlights of this trip include, a 3-night cruise from Chongqing to Yichang. Beijing where you’ll visit the Forbidden City, Imperial Palace, Tian'anmen Square, Summer Palace, Great Wall, and cloisonné workshop. You’ll also see the Sacred Way of the Ming Tombs Peking Opera performance and Hutong tour by rickshaw. Then travel to Xi'an and visit the Terracotta Warriors, a lacquer workshop, and the Dayan Pagoda. Watch a noodle-making demonstration and take a calligraphy class. Chongqing – visit a local zoo to see pandas, begin Yangtze cruise aboard the Century Paragon. Take a walking tour through Shibaozhai then travel the Shennong Stream and take a boat excursion down one of the Yangtze's lesser gorges. Visit the Three Gorges Dam Site while sightseeing of the dam site with a local guide. End the trip in Shanghai and visit the Bund, Yu Yuan Gardens, a silk factory, and the Shanghai Museum. There’s no better way to experience Asia.

Taking a river cruise is unforgettable. You’ll experience sites that larger, standard cruise ships don’t have the opportunity to while still enjoying the luxuries of a cruise. Wherever you decide to go, experience it through a smaller more intimate river cruise.


Image (CC) Viking River Cruises 


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