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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

4.7 out of 5

96%

recommend

208 Reviews

  • Excellent 166
  • Great 36
  • Average 1
  • Disappointing 0
  • Terrible 5

Rating Details

  • Value
    4.7
  • Guide
    4.7
  • Activities
    4.7
  • Lodging
    4.7
  • Transportation
    4.7
  • Meals
    4.7

Tour Reviews

5.0
January 2017
Myths and Mountains
Recommend: Yes
My family and I had a great time in the Galapagos in May 2015 and the ship you recommended to us after listening to our preferences worked out really well. The ratio on board the ECLIPSE of 12 passengers per naturalist was a big win, and so was having a professional photographer like Jonathan Green on board. We were able to take phenomenal photos after just 12 hours of lessons with him – the fact that this was a photography expedition was a nice touch. The work you did on our behalf, your fast responses to so many of my questions, all of it was just outstanding and couldn’t be more perfect. All in all, it was a memorable Galapagos trip. Thank you, Allie.
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Thank you for making this memorable trip happen!

Classic Galapagos: Cruising Darwin’s Enchanted Islands

5.0
January 2017
Myths and Mountains
Recommend: Yes
Our first visit to the enchanting Galapagos Islands in December 2014 was simply spectacular! We’re still talking about it—the wildlife captivated our senses (omg!), the grayish-blackish mysterious landscapes, the impossibly white sand beaches dotted with playful sea lion pups & iguanas, diving the gorgeous aquamarine water, the tiny penquins, the giant tortoises and so many endemic wild ones only found in the Galapagos.

Allie—thank you for making this memorable trip happen! Because of your clout and exceptional relationship with Ecoventura, we got the best cabin and best seats on domestic flights. My Galapagos detailed itinerary was a surprise hit with my cruise buddies! This trip could not have been stress-free without your guiding star and expertise of the Galapagos. You are a consummate professional Allie!!
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Terrific Introduction to Lake Michigan

Magical Lake Michigan: Chicago to Chicago

5.0
January 2017
Blount Small Ship Adventures
Recommend: Yes
Of my seven cruises in various parts of the world this past year, this was near the top of my list. From the moment we drew away from the dock at Chicago's Navy Pier, dazzled by the lights of the city, to our return to Chicago a week later, the cruise was filled with surprisingly fascinating places and relaxing times on the water as well. The itinerary featured three states: Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin. Highlights included Beaver Island, an isolated, sparsely populated isle in northern Lake Michigan that has an intriguing history; Mackinac Island, the total opposite in that it's swarming with tourists, but understandably so for its ornate Victoria architecture and picturesque fort; and Milwaukee, a city on the rise that reminded me of a mini-Chicago. My wife and I met a number of interesting passengers aboard, there was plenty of deck sitting, the food was perfectly good and the captain and crew were very professional. The Grande Mariner ship has been around a while, but the cabins and public rooms were adequate to their task, which was to get us from scenic or historic spot to the next. Most people don't even know that Lake Michigan cruises exist, but they should.
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What a holiday!

Memphis to St. Louis

5.0
January 2017
American Queen Steamboat Company
Recommend: Yes
I was lucky enough to have 7 wonderful nights on the American Queen ... Along with 17 of my friends and family... From Memphis to New Orleans..Wow !! ... Cannot speak highly enough of the staff and anyone involved with this Majestic Queen of the River... Many thanks to Captain Brent for taking such great care of us rowdy lot !!..
It is my hope we get to take another trip on this fine Lady again .... We are from Australia ...... Such a great time...
So many positives to speak of....
What a holiday !...
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The most amazing river trip in Europe

Romance of the Rhine & Mosel

5.0
January 2017
Grand Circle Cruise Line
Recommend: Yes
Traveling from Belgium through 6 countries to Switzerland is one of the most amazing travel experiences in Europe, especially if traveling with Grand Circle Travel. The ship's crew and staff are the most professional and personable folks that I've ever had the fortune to travel with. Not only have I traveled European rivers with these folks once, but have done so several times. For a single traveler, traveling with Grand Circle is a great bargain, as there is very seldom an extra charge for traveling solo and if their is, the price is very modest. You can't go wrong with these folks.
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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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Popular Continents: 

Europe, Asia, North America

Popular Destinations: 

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

Popular River                   Cruises:  

Seine River, France; Rhine River, Germany; Danube River, Nile River, Egypt; Mekong River, Cambodia; Yangtze River, China & Many More

Styles For:            

Guided Group tours; 50+; Scenic Sightseeing

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