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From the winding Amazon River of South America to the mighty Danube & Rhine Rivers of Europe to the legendary Egyptian Nile and the ancient Mekong River of Asia, our river cruises offer unparalleled access to some of the best destinations around the world. Enjoy the comfort and style of river cruise boats that offer a completely distinct atmosphere from any other cruise you've ever been on. When you're not exploring the fascinating visitor sites each day - ancient ruins, stronghold fortresses and castles, impressive architecture, museums, small villages, and more - you can enjoy the scenic ambiance of the river valleys from the panoramic sun decks. Let us know when you're ready to start planning your river cruise adventure!

Top 10 River Cruise Itineraries for 2023-2024

12 Best River Cruise Destinations for 2023-2024

10 Best European River Cruises for 2023-2024

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
The Enchanting Rhine - From Zurich to Amsterdam$467912Dec 23, 2022After spending two nights in both Zurich and Lucerne, Switzerland, board the MS Amaprima on an exclusive 7-day Rhine River cruise through the …
Magna on the Danube - Budapest to Vilshofen$33998Dec 11, 2022Enjoy a 7-night wine-themed Danube River cruise from Budapest to Vilshofen aboard the MS AmaMagna, visiting Bratislava, Vienna, Linz, and Passau …
Delightful Douro$46208Apr 21, 2023From windswept seaside meanderings in Porto to the astonishing beauty of the Douro Valley, this 8-day Douro River cruise aboard Scenic Azure will let …
Grand Tulip Cruise of Holland & Belgium$589815Mar 19, 2023Board Avalon Imagery II for a 15-day Rhine River cruise of the beautiful blooming fields in Belgium and the Netherlands. Along the way you'll see …
Enticing Douro$429911Dec 14, 2022Taste wines from historic vineyards on this 11-day Douro River cruise aboard the MS Amadouro. After spending 3 days exploring Lisbon, embark on a …
Danube Christmas Markets$54458Dec 13, 2022Feel the enchantment of the Christmas markets that have graced the Danube for centuries. Scenic Amber river ship takes you from Budapest to Nuremberg …
Portugal to Spain - Porto, the Douro Valley and Salamanca$30128Apr 4, 2023Join the crew of the MS Miguel Torga on this 8-day round trip Douro River cruise from Porto to Salamanca and back. You will visit the historic sites …
Danube Waltz$24998Mar 15, 2023View the beauty of five different European countries and explore lesser-known Central European cities like Bratislava and Passau during this 8-day …
Gems of the Danube$46458Apr 13, 2023Enjoy an 8-day luxury cruise from Nuremberg to Budapest aboard the 5-star luxury Scenic Amber. Explore some of the most beautiful cities of central …
The Legendary Danube$429911Nov 22, 2023Fall in love with the Danube on this 14-day Danube River cruise aboard the MS Amasonata. Discover some of the most important cities such as …

European River Cruise Travel Guide

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Top 10 Mississippi River Cruises for 2023-2024

Mississippi River Cruise Travel Guide

Upper Mississippi River vs. Lower Mississippi River 

The Upper Mississippi River stretches from its origins in Minneapolis, Minnesota down to its confluence with the Ohio River in Cairo, Illinois, also winding through Wisconsin, Iowa, and Missouri along the way. 

The Lower Mississippi River originates in Illinois where the Mississippi and Ohio converge and flows downstream all the way to the Gulf of Mexico for about 1,000 miles (well, 990 miles to be exact!). It travels through Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, and, of course, Mississippi. 

Some of our cruises do go as far north as the Upper Mississippi River, but the majority of the itineraries spend most of their time visiting the destinations in "American's Heartland" on the Lower Mississippi River.

10 Best Amazon River Cruises for 2023-2024

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Amazon Journey via Ucayali River -High Water Season$17854Dec 30, 2022La Perla hosts this 4-day Amazon cruise from Iquitos. Explore the Amazon, Ucayali, and Pacaya Rivers on their way deep into the Pacaya Samiria …
Authentic Amazon$51358Dec 11, 2022Explore the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest aboard the M/V Anakonda for an 8-day tour of Amazon Tributaries. Explore isolated communities and rare, …
Amazon Encounter$57005Dec 8, 2022The luxurious Delfin hosts this Amazon cruise visiting Yanaycu Pucate, with chances to kayak along Jacinto Lake as you navigate the Yarapa River. The …
Luxury Amazon Discovery - High Water$42304Dec 10, 2022Embark on this 4-day Amazon River luxury cruise on the Aqua Nera, from the Amazon port town of Iquitos. Your journey includes Yacapana Islands, Lake …
Amazon Discovery$44504Dec 12, 2022Sail the legendary Amazon River on this 4-day luxury cruise on the Delfin. Visit remote villages that line the rivers and search for the mysterious …
Wild Peru Escape: Amazon & Machu Picchu$83909Feb 11, 2023Actively experience the wonders of Peru as you explore the upper Amazon, Machu Picchu, and the Sacred Valley on this 9-day cruise & inland adventure. …
Luxury Amazon Discovery - High Water$36154Dec 9, 2022From the Amazon port town of Iquitos, Peru, embark on this 4-day Amazon River luxury cruise on the Aria Amazon, hosting your journey includes …
Amazon Journey-High Water Season$17854Dec 24, 2022This 4-day Amazon cruise of Iquitos & Nauta aboard La Perla gives you an insider's view of life in Peru's rainforest, including piranha fishing, …
Luxury Amazon Explorer - High Water$48205Dec 12, 2022Venture to Peru to enjoy a luxurious 5-day cruise exploring the Amazon on the Aria Amazon. Expert guides take you each day by skiff to explore the …
Luxury Amazon Explorer - High Water$56405Dec 13, 2022Enjoy a luxurious 5-day cruise exploring the Amazon on the Aqua Nera. Expert guides take you each day by skiff to explore the flooded forest and …

Amazon River Cruise Travel Guide

Amazon River Travel Guide

Top 10 Mekong River Cruises of Asia for 2023-2024

Mekong River Cruise Travel Guide

The Mekong River flows all the way from the heights of the Tibetan Plateau ultimately into the South China Sea, making it the 12th longest river in the world at 4350 km (2700 mi) in length. Along the way, it winds through Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam. Each of these countries has its own unique culture, customs, and traditions, but as your riverboat plunges deeper into the jungles and verdant landscapes of these countries, you will see well-preserved ancient architecture, remnants of abandoned fortresses, and the highlights of the Buddhist culture - still thriving today - that has defined the cultural identity of the Indochina Peninsula. 

While some cruises are as short as four days and do not visit more than one or two countries, others meander down the Mekong making their way to three or even all four countries along this waterway. Your tour might include visits to:You might also get to know each of these countries on your river cruise:
  • Laos: A country dominated by Buddhist architecture that reflects national spirituality. 
  • Cambodia: Where you'll find a mix of temples and pagodas in traditional Buddhist or Hindu style.
  • Thailand: Home to some of our most active Mekong River cruises and unforgettably distinct cuisine.
  • Vietnam: Formerly ravaged by war, its breathtaking landscapes, jungles, and architecture now enjoy tranquility and peace.

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Top 10 Zambezi & Nile River Cruises of Africa for 2023-2024

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Classic Egypt Tour$12748Dec 8, 2022This extaordinary tour of Egypt visit some of the world's most legendary archaeological sites like the Pyramids of Giza, Sakkara, the Valley of the …
Nile River Explorer$509310Dec 8, 2022Cruise the Nile aboard a luxuriously-outfitted riverboat and visit some of the world's greatest archaeological sites. The Pyramids of Giza are the …
Luxor to Aswan$13075Dec 11, 2022Explore this historic region of Egypt on a 5-day Nile River cruise from Luxor to Aswan. Aboard the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV, discover the legendary …
Aswan to Luxor$15075Dec 15, 2022Join the Nile Adventurer on this 5-day cruise down the epic Nile between Aswan and Luxor.
Southern Africa: Travel to the Ends of the Earth$75379Dec 9, 2022From Johannesburg, South Africa, enjoy this 9-day exploration cruise of Southern Africa aboard the luxurious Zimbabwean Dream. Get an up-close …
Rivers of West Africa$26908Jan 1, 2024Join the Harmony G for a fascinating 8-day cruise along the coast of West Africa and upstream the Gambia River, deep inside the African continent. …
Rivers of West Africa$26908Dec 30, 2023Learn about Africa's vegetation, fauna and history as you sail through Senegal and Gambia's rivers. Harmony g invites you on a spectacular 8-day trip …
Passage Through Egypt: Luxor to Aswan$1234012Jan 14, 2023Sail the Nile aboard the luxuriously outfitted riverboat Oberoi Philae and visit some of the world's greatest archaeological sites. The Pyramids of …
Secrets of Egypt & the Nile$519912Dec 9, 2022Allow yourself to be treated to a connoisseur’s discovery of this ancient civilization as only AmaWaterways can provide – with an unparalleled …
Wildlife and the Falls$1369513Mar 12, 2023Enjoy a stay in Johannesburg, a 4-day African river safari aboard the Zambezi Queen, 2 nights in Victoria Falls, 2 nights in Johannesburg and 3 …

Nile River Cruise Travel Guide

What are the highlights of a Nile River Cruise?

Most enchanting Nile River cruises depart from Luxor and head to Aswan or vice versa.
  • ​The Pyramids of Giza.  A 4,000-year-old edifice tower, only one of the seven marvels of the world which remains in existence. 
  • Cairo. In addition to the Pyramids of Giza, Egypt's capital city is home to a wealth of other wonders, including the Sphinx and the Valley of the Kings.
  • AswanA Nile Cruise typically begins and ends here for many people. Abu Simbel may be a one-day journey away for certain visitors. As
  • Kom Ombo. One of Egypt's most unique temples is devoted to the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon-headed Haroeris, who sit side by side.
  • Karnak And Luxor TemplesIn comparison to Luxor, Karnak is far older and has been influenced by a much larger number of pharaohs.
  • Abydos | Temple of Osiris. It was a burial place for Egypt's first monarchs, later serving as a pilgrimage site for the god Osiris.
  • Abu Simbel. A 3,000-year old UNESCO World Heritage Site devoted to Ramses II, one of Egypt's most active pharaohs and wife Queen Nefertari.
  • wan's palm-tree-lined shores, feluccas gliding down the Nile, and awe-inspiring temples set it apart from the rest of Egypt.
  • Valley of the Kings.  A UNESCO World Heritage Site, burial grounds for the ancient Egyptian pharaohs on cliffs overlooking the western floodplain. More than 62 tombs have been excavated, including that of the sons of Rameses II and the boy king, Tutankhamen.
  • Monument to Queen Hatshepsut. Hatshepsut, only the third female pharaoh in the 3,000-year history of ancient Egypt, is buried in a massive tomb recognized as one of the world's most spectacular architectural marvels. The tiered sandstone complex was carved from the western Thebes cliffs of Deir el Bahri.
  • Dendera. Ancient Egypt's most famous religious site of worship. The Sanctuary of Horus, Ihy, and Hathor, located on the west bank of the Nile, make it sacred.
  • Hathor’s temple. The Egyptian pantheon's most important goddess, Hathor, symbolized joy, feminity, and motherhood. At Dendera religious complex, Hathor's Temple is the most impressive, with a grand entrance, intricate carvings and hieroglyphics, and exquisite ceilings.
  • Temple Of Edfu. The inscriptions on its walls reveal critical Egyptian mythology, language, and religion during the Hellenistic period.
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