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Top Trip Memories

  • Seeing the fairy-tale castles and medieval villages on Danube River cruise.
  • Walking through the cobblestone streets of Baroque town.
  • Scuba diving and snorkeling in Eilat, Red Sea
  • Sailing across Aegean and Adriatic Sea and stopping to visit ruins of Olympia, Greece and Albania’s historic city of Butrint.
  • River rafting down Colorado River
  • Taking an expedition cruise to Antarctic Peninsula and on the way stopping to see South Shetland Islands and Bransfield Strait.
  • Sightseeing Albatross, Prions and Whales.
  • Cruising through Moselle and Rhine rivers, which is the heart of the scenic German wine country.
  • Taking a boat tour in Ganges River where you get to see the temples and Hindu’s performing the bathing ritual.
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Tour Tips

  • A river or small ship cruise is a great way to see the world but if you get seasick, prepare accordingly. Some companies will have remedies available, but not all, so be sure to check with the cruise line about your desired tour. Also ask about the route and whether you should expect rough water.
  • Adhere to advisories about what to bring, especially when it comes to clothing. Out on the water, weather will be different than on shore, and nights will often be colder than expected.
  • Take advanage of the offered shore excursions! In most cases, these are extra cost, but they are well worth it. Especially because often you usually only have a few hours or half a day at each port. The excursions will give you a fuller experience, and can take you a greater distance from port than if you decide to explore on your own.
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Rivers & Seas Travel Reviews & Ratings

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188 Reviews

  • Excellent 150
  • Great 34
  • Average 1
  • Disappointing 0
  • Terrible 3

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Impeccable trip with Allie's handling.

Classic Galapagos: Cruising Darwin’s Enchanted Islands

December 2016
Myths and Mountains
Recommend: Yes
Even with the minor hiccups, this entire adventure was impeccable and that is an understatement.

Driving with Bonita

India & Nepal

December 2016
Myths and Mountains
Recommend: Yes
I was on the November 2016 tour with Susan and agree with everything she has shared. We had great weather to see the incredible sites and amazing guides who not only took us through the scenery but saw to every possible detail. Hotels were great. Food was great. But the chief tour guide, Bonita Backer, was the key to this amazing trip in the depth of her knowledge and her compassion and love for the people of India and Nepal. She got us through bad air, the rupee crisis, visa issues and more. I did my share of shopping but the souvenir I treasure most is the chance to know what kind, generous and caring people live in these two countries. Namaste.
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India & Nepal

November 2016
Myths and Mountains
Recommend: Yes
I recently traveled to India and Nepal with Smartours and wanted to say what an incredible trip it was. The accommodations were excellent, the transportation was great, although the roads travelled left much to be desired. We arrived just in time for the Indian demonetarization, which created havoc not only with the travelers but the locals as well. It was wonderful to see the Taj Majal and the plane ride over the Himalayas was amazing and not to be missed. But most of the credit for the successful tour resides with our tour guide Bonnie Backer, an expat who has lived and breathed India for several decades. She had such patience and calmness during the money crisis, and displayed such enthusiasm and passion for the country and its people that is was almost as if we were a part of it rather then spectators looking in. She truly has developed a sense of the country, the people, the traditions and customs , and was able to convey that sense of belonging to all of us on the trip. For 15 days she was with us, and while it is never long enough to get a real feel for the country- we got a taste and a very personal one at that. India and Nepal may not be for everyone, but it did come alive for me.
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The most fantastic journey!

Israel, Jordan and Egypt 13 Days Luxury Tour

November 2016
Myths and Mountains
Recommend: Yes
Not long ago I visited a tourist tour in Israel and Jordan. It was just the most fantastic journey of my life. I saw unforgettable places and met many interesting people.The guide who led the tour told a very interesting and emotional. I'm glad of the offered tours,chose this one.
November 2016
Myths and Mountains
Recommend: Yes
We went on the extreme tour in Israel and Jordan . On arrival we waited for the driver at the airport . Jeep tour in the desert just super! In General very much .

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Rivers & Seas Trips & Tour Advice

The world's rivers and seas have become prime cruising destinations, especially over the past decade, as travelers increasingly discover the benefits of small-ship and river cruises. Small ships and river ships are far more intimate than ocean-going mega-liners, sightseeing is at closer distances, port stops are generally more frequent, and smaller ports unavailable to big ships can be added to itineraries. While Europe remains the epicenter of river cruising, Asia, North and South America, and Africa are fast gaining popularity, while small ships sail the MediterraneanBaltic, and Black Seas, among others, and make expeditions to the Polar Regions as well. 

The Alluring Amazon

Perhaps dissuaded by the thought of piranhas, mosquitos, and the many other pesky creatures that make The Amazon their home, people have historically not made this a vacation destination. But that is changing. Taking an Amazon River Cruise is becoming increasingly popular, and itineraries are very diverse. You can choose between hiking through wilderness or a more relaxing journey with a luxury operator.

The Beautiful Blue Danube

A European river cruise is an experience not to be missed. On a leisurly Danube river cruise, you will sail past grand architectural sights, quaint European towns, and impressive history around every turn. An impressive 1,780 miles long, The Danube flows from Germany to Romania on its way to the Black Sea. One of if not the most popular river cruise destination, it is truly a sight to behold and no wonder it has it’s very own waltz. 

The Bright Blue Mediterranean

The stunning blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea have beckoned travelers for centuries. This gorgeous body of water and the land region represented by the same name is one of the most traveled to regions in the world. If you’re visiting any one of the countries that share the Mediterranean's shores, be sure to take advantage of a day trip out on the water. Alternatively, this is one of the most popular destinations for taking a small ship cruise

Mysteries of the Nile

Sail past the intriguing lands of Ancient Egypt and beyond on a Nile river cruise. At 4,258 miles long, it’s importance to the livelihoods and cultures of the people who have depended on it for centuries cannot be understated. History will come alive as you pass iconic structures and the beautiful Middle Eastern landscape.

Crossing the Ocean

An ocean cruise is one of the slowest ways to travel, but also one of the most rewarding. Feeling the pace and the vast distance, you will get a sense for what early explorers must have gone through (and appreciate the luxury of your cruise cabin!). It also affords you the opportunity to visit multiple countries in one trip, which is a great way to cover a lot of ground, if you don't mind the limited amount of time you will get to spend in each place. 

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Europe, Asia, North America

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Germany, France, Romania, Brazil, China, United States of America, Egypt, Burma, Netherland, Austria

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