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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 2022-2023

12 Best River Cruise Destinations for 2022-2023

10 Best European River Cruises for 2022-2023

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$33998Aug 7, 2022Enjoy a 7-night wine-themed Danube River cruise from Budapest to Vilshofen aboard the MS AmaMagna, visiting Bratislava, Vienna, Linz, and Passau …
Unforgettable Douro with Lisbon$669514Aug 4, 2022Starting in Lisbon, enjoy a three-night stay and fully explore the city before taking in the delights of the Douro on an all-inclusive 14-day luxury …
Delightful Douro$45958Aug 27, 2022From 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$429911Aug 3, 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 …
Portugal to Spain - Porto, the Douro Valley and Salamanca$27848Aug 12, 2022Join 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 …
The Douro River, the Spirit of Portugal$23248Nov 1, 2022Board the MS Miguel Torga for an 8-day discovery cruise along the Douro River. Start and end in the enchanting city of Porto, making your way through …
Danube Christmas Markets$54458Nov 29, 2022Feel the enchantment of the Christmas markets that have graced the Danube for centuries. Scenic Amber river ship takes you from Budapest to Nuremberg …
Danube Waltz$24998Aug 3, 2022View the beauty of five different European countries and explore lesser-known Central European cities like Bratislava and Passau during this 8-day …

European River Cruise Travel Guide

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Top 10 Mississippi River Cruises for 2022-2023

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 2022-2023

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Authentic Amazon$51358Jul 31, 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$57005Aug 4, 2022The luxurious Delfin hosts this Amazon cruise visiting Yanaycu Pucate, with chances to kayak along Jacinto Lake as you navigate the Yarapa River. The …
Amazon Discovery$44504Aug 1, 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$81509Aug 27, 2022Actively 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 Expedition$98708Jul 30, 2022Board the luxurious Aqua Nera for an 8-day river cruise of the enthralling Amazon. In the intimate company of just 32 passengers, you'll have …
Luxury Amazon Discovery$42304Jul 30, 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$34504Aug 14, 2022Take on a four-day luxury cruise down the storied Amazon River on the Delfin II. Learn about local customs and traditions as you visit local and …
Luxury Amazon Explorer$56405Aug 2, 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 Journey-Low Water Season$17854Sep 4, 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, …
Amazon Journey via Ucayali River - High Water Season$35354Jan 1, 2023Explore the Amazon, Ucayali, and Pacaya Rivers on their way deep into the Pacaya Samiria Reserve, one of Peru´s largest national parks. Go piranha …

Amazon River Cruise Travel Guide

Amazon River Travel Guide

Top 10 Mekong River Cruises of Asia for 2022-2023

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 2022-2023

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Treasures of Egypt$750013Sep 5, 2022Discover the world's greatest concentration of ancient treasures, including pyramids, tombs, and temples, on this 13-day cruise on the magnificent …
Luxor to Aswan$13075Aug 21, 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 …
Luxor to Aswan$14355Sep 6, 2022This 5-day Nile River trip from Luxor to Aswan explores this ancient region of Egypt. Discover the famed Nile River and some of the most significant …
Aswan to Luxor$14355Sep 2, 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$75379Jul 30, 2022From Johannesburg, South Africa, enjoy this 9-day exploration cruise of Southern Africa aboard the luxurious Zimbabwean Dream. Get an up-close …
Passage Through Egypt: Luxor to Aswan$1146012Sep 24, 2022Sail 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$509912Sep 2, 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$1369513Aug 7, 2022Enjoy 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 …
Rivers & Rails of Africa$1489513Aug 12, 2022This 13-day tour combines a stay in Cape Town, a Chobe River cruise aboard the comfortable Zambezi Queen, a safari in Chobe National Park, and a stay …
Stars of South Africa$1449515Aug 5, 2022This two-week adventure combines a stay in Cape Town, a river cruise aboard the Zambezi Queen, and a stay in the private Tintswalo Atlantic game …

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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