River cruises are a fantastic way to explore some of the world’s most stunning landscapes and rich cultures. They’re perfect for travelers who want to experience their destinations’ gorgeous scenery and history.

Let’s look at 15 different rivers that you can cruise along for a relaxed—yet still adventurous!—vacation.

The Nile River, North Africa

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Embark on a journey through history as you cruise the Nile River, where you’ll encounter ancient temples, tombs, and monuments dating back thousands of years.

The Amazon River, South America

Explore the untamed wilderness of South America on an Amazon River cruise. You’ll encounter exotic wildlife and remote landscapes and have a chance to see some of the world’s most stunning sights.

Read our guide to river rafting in the Peruvian jungle!

The Danube River, Europe

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Meander through Europe on a Danube River cruise. From rolling hills to stunning architecture, the Danube takes you through some of the continent’s most picturesque destinations.

The Rhine River, Europe

Set sail on the Rhine River and journey through lovely areas of Europe. Pass by vineyards, medieval castles, and charming villages dotting the river banks.

The Irrawaddy River, Myanmar

Experience the heart of Myanmar on an Irrawaddy River cruise. Sail through bustling river cities and traditional villages, discovering the rich culture and history of the region.

The Mekong River, Southeast Asia

Take a journey through Southeast Asia on a Mekong River cruise, where you’ll encounter floating markets, bright cities, and traditional villages.

The Yangtze River, China

Immerse yourself in Chinese history, culture, and landscapes on a Yangtze River cruise. You’ll see gorges, villages, and bustling river cities along the way.

The Volga River, Russia

Embark on an epic journey along the Volga River and discover grand cities with centuries-old architecture, and quaint, small villages.

The Ganges River, India

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Immerse yourself in the spirit of India with a river cruise down the Ganges—here you’ll see massive cities, small towns, and gorgeous landscapes in between.

The Rhône River, France

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Explore France and Switzerland on a scenic river cruise down the Rhône. Admire rolling vineyards, medieval castles, and quaint villages dotting the riverbanks.

The Douro River, Portugal

Discover the quiet beauty of Portugal with a river cruise along the Douro. From picturesque vineyards and historic villages to breathtaking landscapes, you’ll be charmed by the region.

The Seine River, France

Take a journey through France on a scenic river cruise down the Seine. Admire small villages, explore historic cities, and take in those breathtaking views.

The Hudson River, USA

Explore some of the gorgeous areas of New York on a river cruise along the Hudson. You’ll love the views of the beautiful Adirondack Mountains and the little towns right out of a storybook—and of course, you can’t miss an adventure in New York City!

The Chobe River, Botswana

Embark on an epic adventure in Botswana with a river cruise down the Chobe. Encounter wildlife-rich landscapes, admire traditional villages, and experience the unique culture and wildlife of the region.

The Murray River, Australia

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Discover Australia on a scenic river cruise down the Murray. Explore charming villages, admire historic cities, and be inspired by stunning landscapes.

Wrapping Up

Have you had the opportunity to take a river cruise? Share your experience and advice with the Frayed Passport community!

About the Author

Heather is a freelance writer who loves exploring the intersection of travel and history. Read her other articles on Frayed Passport here.

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