Relax on a tranquil river cruise and admire the kaleidoscope of landscapes, cities and cultures that grace the riverbanks as you float by. This is one gliding journey that puts you in the front seat for some of the best views in the world. From the beautiful Seine in France to the jungle-fringed Amazon in South America, these watery highways wind through some of the most fascinating destinations on the planet. Cruising on a purpose-built ship, days and nights spent on board are easy to enjoy thanks to the fantastic facilities and service, while days spent on shore are filled with intriguing excursions and unique cultural encounters.
One of the highlights of river cruising over ocean cruising is the smaller ship size – a typical cruise hosts100 – 200 passengers. This means that travellers can enjoy a more intimate and relaxed experience on board, as well as highly attentive and personalised service. Fabulous evening entertainment, sophisticated dining experiences and great public areas both inside and out are regular features on board. Some cruises tout butlers, expert guides and salons and spas, and others offer enrichment programs featuring on board lectures and culinary classes. All however give you access to fabulous onshore experiences – planned excursions could be anything from wine tasting to bike rides.
Wondering where you could go on a river cruise? One of the most popular river cruising itineraries is a journey down the Rhine and Danube River, which wind their way through the heartland of Europe. Glide through the Black Forest, past historic forts and charming towns, and jump off to explore famous cities like Budapest, Prague and Vienna. For a taste of Asia, glide down the Mekong or Yangtze River, or take in the historic sights of Egypt along the Nile. In Australia you could ride a classic paddle steamer down the Murray River, or in America, float down the Columbia River. From Russia to Portugal, a myriad of discoveries await.
See our latest river cruise packages below or contact your local Escape Travel consultant to tailor your own cruise today.