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You’ve cruised the Rhine and the Danube and maybe even explored lesser known rivers such as the Rhone and Seine in France or the Douro in Portugal.  You LOVE river cruising and are ready to step up your adventures to the next level.  Here are other locales that offer cruises along some of the most famous and interesting rivers of the world.

So where do you start?


Deciding which river you would like to experience is a great starting point. 

Here’s a quick rundown on what you can expect on each river:

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A Nile River cruise through Egypt offers a fascinating journey through ancient history, breathtaking landscapes, and vibrant cultures. Most cruises begin with a few days in Cairo to explore this ancient city and the archeological sites of the Sphinx and Great Pyramids of Giza.

Here's what you can typically expect on a Nile River cruise:
Luxurious Accommodations: Nile River cruises often feature luxurious accommodations with comfortable cabins, modern amenities, and scenic views of the river.

Sightseeing Excursions: The cruise itinerary usually includes visits to iconic ancient Egyptian sites such as the temples of Luxor, Karnak, Edfu, Kom Ombo, and Philae, as well as the Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Hatshepsut. Knowledgeable guides provide insights into the history and significance of each site. You may even have the opportunity to visit Abu Simbel as an optional addition to your cruise.

Historical and Cultural Immersion: You’ll have the opportunity to immerse yoursefl in ancient Egyptian history and culture through guided tours, onboard lectures, and interactive experiences.

Onboard Entertainment and Activities: Nile River cruises often offer onboard entertainment such as live music, dance performances, and themed parties. Some cruises also feature cooking demonstrations, language lessons, and traditional Egyptian music and dance shows.

Gourmet Dining: Guests can indulge in gourmet cuisine featuring a mix of local Egyptian specialties and international dishes. Many cruises offer multiple dining venues, including elegant restaurants and casual cafes.

Relaxation and Recreation: In addition to sightseeing excursions, Nile River cruises provide opportunities for relaxation and recreation. Enjoy leisure time on the sun deck, swimming pools, and spas, or participate in onboard activities such as yoga classes and fitness sessions.

Scenic Views: The Nile River cruise offers stunning views of the riverbanks, which are lined with lush vegetation, ancient temples, and traditional villages. Sunrise and sunset views from the deck of the cruise ship are particularly breathtaking.

Cultural Interactions: You’ll have the chance to interact with locals during shore excursions and visits to local markets, villages, and communities along the river. These interactions offer insights into contemporary Egyptian life and customs.
Take advantage of the cruise lines pre and post options which may include extra time in Cairo and destinations such as Israel and Jordan, Dubai or even the Red Sea.



Cruising in Colombia, you ask?  Yes, the newest destination for river cruising is The Magdalena river in Colombia.  This river cruise is operated exclusively by AmaWaterways.
Explore Colombia Like Never Experience history in the making as AmaWaterways becomes the first major river cruise line to venture through Colombia, the “Land of a Thousand Rhythms” and one of National Geographic’s “Best of World Experiences” in 2024. 
Discover the heart and soul of Colombia on an all-new, unforgettable journey between Cartagena and Barranquilla on the Magdalena River. Personality of the Magdalena River Immerse yourself in the magic of this majestic Colombian river. From the beats of Latin American musical styles such as cumbia and vallenato to the calls of birds found only in Colombia, the Magdalena River comes to life. Feel the rhythm deep in your soul as you sail with us on a moving river journey.

Choose from two different itineraries:

Magic of Colombia (from Barranquilla to Cartagena) o Be immersed in the history and culture of cumbia, an iconic genre of music and dance that has now been popularized around the world o Close encounters with the socio-ecological relationships Colombian people have developed with the land o Explore the city of Cartagena up close, witnessing the impact of its history with Spanish royalty, plundering pirates and glimmering gold with your own eyes.



Wonders of Colombia (from Cartagena to Barranquilla) o Walk the streets of Palenque, the first free town in the Americas and the birthplace of many incredible styles of music o Delight in the culture of intricate filigree jewelry in the colonial town of Mompox, seemingly frozen in time o Take in the calls of a diverse array of birds who exclusively call the Magdalena River their home, from the cianeguo hummingbird to the chauna chavaria.

Pre and post cruise options include Cartagena, Medellin and Panama.


Learn more about cruising the Magdalena River with AmaWaterways here:

Marvels of the Magdalena River

Seasonal Celebrations in Colombia

The Colors of Cartagena

Coffee, Cable Cars, and the Cuisine of Medellín

 • The Rainbow Colors of Colombia

Cruiseline : AmaWaterways



An Amazon river cruise offers a unique and immersive experience, allowing travelers to explore one of the most biodiverse regions on Earth while enjoying the comfort and luxury of a cruise ship. Here's what you can expect from an Amazon river cruise experience:

Exploring Remote Regions: The Amazon rainforest is vast and largely undeveloped, so a cruise allows you to access remote areas that would otherwise be difficult to reach. You'll have the opportunity to explore winding tributaries, hidden lagoons, and dense jungle.

Wildlife Viewing: The Amazon is home to an incredible array of wildlife, including pink dolphins, sloths, caimans, monkeys, and hundreds of bird species. Many cruises offer guided excursions with expert naturalists who can help you spot these animals in their natural habitat.

Cultural Immersion: Along the riverbanks, you'll encounter indigenous communities that have lived in the Amazon for centuries. Some cruises include visits to these communities, where you can learn about their traditional customs, crafts, and way of life.

Luxury Accommodations: While the Amazon may be remote, that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice comfort. Many cruise ships offer luxurious amenities such as spacious cabins, gourmet dining, spa services, and panoramic observation decks.

Guided Excursions: Most Amazon river cruises include a variety of guided excursions each day, such as jungle hikes, canoe rides, birdwatching tours, and fishing expeditions. These excursions are led by knowledgeable guides who provide insight into the region's ecology and culture.

Nighttime Activities: Some of the most fascinating wildlife in the Amazon is nocturnal, so many cruises offer nighttime excursions to spot creatures like caimans, frogs, and nocturnal birds. Some ships also offer stargazing sessions, allowing you to admire the constellations of the Southern Hemisphere.

Environmental Education: Many Amazon river cruises are committed to sustainable tourism practices and environmental conservation. You'll have the opportunity to learn about the challenges facing the Amazon rainforest and what you can do to help protect this vital ecosystem.

Relaxation and Recreation: In addition to wildlife viewing and guided excursions, Amazon river cruises also offer plenty of opportunities for relaxation and recreation. You can take a dip in the ship's pool, enjoy a cocktail on the sun deck, or simply unwind with a book while surrounded by the sights and sounds of the jungle.

Cruise lines: Aqua Expeditions, Silversea, Avalon Waterways, Delfin, Abercrombie & Kent



A Mekong River cruise offers a captivating journey through the heart of Southeast Asia, providing a unique blend of cultural immersion, scenic beauty, and historical exploration. Here's what you can expect from a Mekong River cruise experience:


Exploration of Diverse Landscapes: The Mekong River is the lifeblood of Southeast Asia, flowing through six countries: China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. A cruise along the Mekong allows you to witness a diverse range of landscapes, from the lush jungles of Laos to the bustling cities of Vietnam.


Cultural Immersion: Along the Mekong River, you'll encounter a rich tapestry of cultures, traditions, and ethnicities. Many cruises include stops at small villages and towns along the riverbanks, where you can interact with locals, visit markets, and learn about traditional crafts and customs.


Historical Sites: The Mekong region is steeped in history, with ancient temples, colonial-era architecture, and remnants of the Vietnam War scattered along its banks. Cruises often include excursions to historical sites such as the Angkor Wat complex in Cambodia, the royal palaces of Laos, and the Cu Chi Tunnels in Vietnam.


Gourmet Dining: Mekong River cruises typically offer gourmet dining experiences featuring a blend of local and international cuisine. You'll have the opportunity to sample delicious dishes made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients, often accompanied by fine wines and cocktails.


Luxurious Accommodations: Many Mekong River cruise ships are designed with luxury and comfort in mind, offering spacious cabins, upscale amenities, and personalized service. You can expect modern comforts such as air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and en-suite bathrooms, ensuring a comfortable and relaxing journey.


Guided Excursions: Most Mekong River cruises include a variety of guided excursions to help you make the most of your journey. These may include visits to historical sites, cultural performances, cooking classes, and nature walks led by knowledgeable guides who provide insight into the region's history, culture, and ecology.


Scenic Cruising: One of the highlights of a Mekong River cruise is simply enjoying the scenic beauty of the river and its surroundings. Whether you're relaxing on the sun deck or enjoying a meal in the ship's dining room, you'll have stunning views of the passing landscapes, including rice paddies, floating markets, and rural villages.


Optional Activities: In addition to guided excursions, many Mekong River cruises offer optional activities such as cycling tours, kayaking excursions, and traditional dance performances. These activities allow you to further immerse yourself in the local culture and landscape at your own pace.

Pre and post packages can include Cambodia, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and even Ha Long Bay.

Cruise lines:  AmaWaterways, Avalon Waterways, Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours, Uniworld, Viking, Pandaw, G Adventures, Abercrombie & Kent, Aqua Expeditions



India offers several river cruise experiences, each providing a unique glimpse into the country's rich cultural tapestry, historical heritage, and natural beauty. One of the most popular river cruise destinations in India is along the Ganges River, but there are also cruises available on other rivers like the Brahmaputra and the backwaters of Kerala. Here's what you can expect from an India river cruise experience:


Ganges River Cruise:

Cultural Immersion: A cruise along the Ganges River offers a chance to immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and spirituality of India. You'll visit historic cities like Varanasi, known for its ancient ghats (riverfront steps) and religious rituals.

Spiritual Exploration: Witnessing the sacred rituals performed on the ghats of Varanasi, including the mesmerizing Ganga Aarti ceremony, is a highlight of many Ganges River cruises. You'll gain insights into Hinduism and its significance in Indian life.

Historical Sites: Along the Ganges, you can explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the temples of Khajuraho and the ancient city of Patna. These sites offer a glimpse into India's rich architectural and historical heritage.

Wildlife Viewing: Depending on the itinerary, you may have the opportunity to spot wildlife such as dolphins and migratory birds in the Ganges River and its surrounding wetlands.


Brahmaputra River Cruise:

Scenic Beauty: Cruising along the Brahmaputra River in the northeastern state of Assam allows you to experience the breathtaking beauty of the region's tea estates, national parks, and lush countryside.

Wildlife Safari: Brahmaputra River cruises often include excursions to Kaziranga National Park, home to the endangered one-horned rhinoceros, as well as other wildlife such as elephants, tigers, and various bird species.

Cultural Encounters: Explore Assamese villages and learn about the region's diverse ethnic groups, including the Mishing and Bodo communities. You can participate in cultural activities, taste local cuisine, and shop for handicrafts.

River Island Exploration: The Brahmaputra River is known for its numerous river islands, including Majuli, the largest river island in the world. Visiting these islands offers a glimpse into traditional Assamese culture and lifestyle.

Regardless of which river you choose to cruise in India, you can expect a captivating journey filled with cultural immersion, historical discovery, and unforgettable experiences. Each river offers its own unique attractions and highlights, providing travelers with a diverse range of experiences to enjoy.

Cruise lines:  Uniworld, Avalon Waterways, Pandaw


Africa’s Chobe River supports a diversity and concentration of wildlife unparalleled anywhere else on the continent. AmaWaterways Africa itineraries pair a unique cruise on this waterway aboard Zambezi Queen—winner of the World Cruise Award for Best Luxury Suite—with land and safari programs that include the UNESCO-designated Victoria Falls, stays at authentic wildlife lodges, unforgettable safaris through national parks and more.  AmaWaterways has several different itineraries you can pair with the Chobe cruise to tailor your safari and cruise experience to exactly what you’re looking for, whether it be Victoria fall in Zimbabwe or hanging with the Gorillas in Rwanda, AmaWaterways has the trip for you!  Here are a few of their itineraries:


Discover Africa - 9 or 11 nights For those who have a limited amount of time to travel, this trip offers you an entrée into South Africa’s “Mother City,” Cape Town and all her iconic treasures; the majestic Victoria Falls; and the wonderful world of safaris on the Chobe River 


Rivers & Rails of Africa – 12 or 13 nights A perfect trip for those who wish to relive the romance of a bygone era on a nostalgic expedition aboard the Rovos Rail, the world’s most luxurious train. In addition to the safaris while on the Zambezi Queen, you’ll be treated to a game drive excursion in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, a rich and diverse wildlife sanctuary. 


Wildlife & the Falls – 12 nights See Africa’s “Big Five” while staying in a luxury lodge at Greater Kruger National Park. Witness Johannesburg’s artistic revival and walk in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela on Soweto’s Vilakazi Street. 


Stars of South Africa – 14 nights For those who wish to check off many of their bucket list experiences, this trip is a must. Incredible wildlife viewing, including the “Big Five”; historic cities; natural wonders; and some of the best wine in the world.  

Golden Trails of Africa – 16 or 18 nights The quintessential African safari offering non-stop game-viewing and once-in-a-lifetime experiences in awe-inspiring national parks, “The Best of the Best.”

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