For many centuries, rivers were the world's main "highways". Most famous cities grow up along the banks of rivers, using the river as the main form of transportation and trade. As the major cities or quaint villages flourished, many beautiful cathedrals, monuments, city centers, and other charming attractions lined the river banks. These cities are the true heritage of the civilization that developed on the river.
A great new way to explore and experience these gems along the rivers of the world is a river cruise. Serene and picturesque, river cruising offers a peaceful journey along the world's most extraordinary waterways. Complete comfort and convenience make it the prime way to experience magnificent cities, historic villages and quaint enclaves. From your stateroom balcony, endless natural beauty combines with evolving views of the colorful local scenery. Castles and fortresses tower on both sides, as if you could reach out and touch them. When your ship docks, you'll step straight into the heart of intriguing cities, towns, and villages. You'll be expertly guided on included excursions to the places you have never experienced. Whether visiting a Portuguese winery for a tasting of the country's world-renovated Port wine, or sampling the life of French royalty on a stroll through the halls of Versailles, you'll be given an insider's access to the best experiences each destination has to offer . Once back onboard your luxury river cruise ship, you'll sail away from the day's adventure into an evening of fine dining complete with complimentary, perfectly paired wine.
Onboard you'll be greeted by the cheerful smiles of a caring staff, which greatest desire is to make you feel at home every moment you're onboard. You can move freely through the ship, unencumbered by crowds as you explore your floating home. With an average capacity of about 130 guests there are plenty of public space for socializing and dining, as well as many nooks and alcoves perfectly designed for quiet reading or day dreaming.
Unpack just once then settle in as each destination comes to you. With no need to navigate from place to place, you'll find a sense of adventure and a sense of home, all in one vacation. Unlike traditional ocean cruises, you do not spend a lot of days at sea with short stops in between. You'll get to thoroughly explore the towns, villages and exotic scenery along the great rivers of the world.
There are a very large collection of river cruise vacations throughout Europe, Egypt, Vietnam, Cambodia and China. You can choose from a number of itineraries along the legendary Danube, Rhine, Moselle, Main, Rhone as well as lesser-known rivers in Europe. Or, if your tastes lean more toward the adventuresome, break away and discover the mysteries of the orient along the mighty Yangtze, the exotic Mekong or the ancient wonders along the Nile.
With great satisfaction, you will know that the beauty of your surroundings is matched by the great value you're enjoying, with all meals, hosted shore excursions, onboard entertainment, local guides, onboard lectures, arrival and departure day transfers, and so much more included in your fare. All that's left for you to do is enjoy the magic of a river cruise.