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Top 9 Ways To Cruise The World's Rivers

Posted November 11th, 2015

There are countless rivers around the world vying for your attention, but only a few of these should be at the top of your bucket list. And what better way to see the world than from the luxurious confines of a renowned river cruise ship? Jane Archer rounds up 10 of the best river cruises, including ones to Burgundy, Provence and Angkor Wat.



Romans, wine and chocolate make an appealing triumvirate on a cruise through Burgundy and Provence between Lyon and Arles in France. There are wine and chocolate-tastings, excursions in the once-Roman towns of Vienne and Arles, and a day in the medieval town of Viviers.


Cruises from Amsterdam in The Netherlands to Basel in Switzerland – a favourite route through the Rhine Gorge and past the fabled Lorelei Rock – visiting Cologne, Koblenz (cycling on electric bikes, anyone?) and the Black Forest.



Some Danube cruises include three nights in the Austrian capital, Vienna – time to visit palaces and see a concert – before setting sail. You’ll cruise through the Wachau Valley, visit Bratislava and possibly have a day and night in the Hungarian capital, Budapest.

Dutch Waterways

A journey around northern Holland is more about admiring the Dutch way of life and scenery than sightseeing, although a trip to Arnhem will interest Second World War enthusiasts. Cruise the IJsselmeer lake and River IJssel, and visit Hoorn, which gave its name to Cape Horn.



A cruise holiday along the Mekong often incorporates stays at Siem Reap in Cambodia, to visit Angkor Wat, and at Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. In between, passengers spend seven nights on the Mekong, visiting the Killing Fields near Phnom Penh, as well as temples and monasteries.

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Douro, Portugal

A day out in Salamanca, Spain, and a trip to the Palacio de Mateus to learn about Mateus Rose are highlights of a Douro voyage. Typically lasting seven nights, cruises take you from Porto to the Spanish border and back, imbibing port wine along the way.



Combine Paris with splendid nights on the Seine as you cruise to Normandy while taking in Monet’s garden, the Second World War landing beaches, and Rouen, where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake.

Irrawaddy, Burma

River cruises on the Irrawaddy between Mandalay and Bagan are an incredible journey through history, culture and a world unchanged for centuries.


Elbe, Germany

Historians love cruises through the former East Germany, visiting Wittenberg, the birthplace of the Reformation, and Dresden, rebuilt to its former glory after the Second World War.

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This article was written by Jane Archer from The Daily Telegraph and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

The Daily Telegraph

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