By: Heather Keys
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
Embark on a journey through the annals of 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 lush and 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.
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The Danube River, Europe
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, vibrant cities, and traditional villages.
The Yangtze River, China
Immerse yourself in Chinese history, culture, and vibrant landscapes on a Yangtze River cruise. You’ll witness stunning gorges, quaint villages, and bustling river cities.
The Volga River, Russia
Embark on an epic journey along the Volga River and discover Russia’s captivating history, culture, and beauty. From grand cities with centuries-old architecture to quaint villages steeped in tradition, you’ll be entranced by all the different landscapes you’ll encounter.
The Ganges River, India
Immerse yourself in the vibrant spirit of India with a river cruise down the Ganges. Marvel at bustling cities brimming with life, admire traditional villages steeped in culture and be awed by the stunning natural beauty along the way.
The Rhône River, France
Explore France and Switzerland on a scenic river cruise down the Rhône. Admire rolling vineyards, marvel at medieval castles, and be charmed by quaint villages dotting the river banks.
The Douro River, Portugal
Discover the stunning beauty of Portugal with a river cruise along the Douro. From picturesque vineyards and historic villages to breathtaking landscapes, you’ll be captivated by the region’s richness.
The Seine River, France
Take a journey through France on a scenic river cruise down the Seine. Admire charming villages, explore historic cities, and be awed by 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 charming towns right out of a storybook—and embark on 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
Discover Australia on a scenic river cruise down the Murray. Explore charming villages, admire historic cities, and be inspired by stunning landscapes.
Have you had the opportunity to take a river cruise? Share your experience and advice with the Frayed Passport community!
About the Author
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Heather is a writer who loves her two kitty cats, collecting books faster than she can read them, and of course—travel!
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