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River cruising is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing and most popular modes of leisure travel. The ships are much smaller and more intimate than larger ocean-going ships and onshore excursions are usually included in the price. Then there's the continuous sights all along the riverfront, not just in port stops. Stride can help you navigate smoothly to the right river cruise for you.
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Danube Holiday Markets

8 days
$ 512 / day
$ 4,099
From : $ 5,042
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Visits:
Bratislava, Budapest, Passau, Salzburg, Vienna, Wachau, Germany, Hungary
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Passage to Eastern Europe

Viking River Cruises
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 245 / day
$ 2,699
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Take guided walk through the grounds of Kalemegdan Fortress
  • Experience two nights in bustling Budapest, cosmopolitan capital of Hungary
  • Sail past dramatic natural wonders like the soaring white cliffs of the Iron Gate region
  • Enjoy Serbian & Hungarian folkloric performances
  • Enjoy the authentic flavors of Eastern Europe, on shore and aboard
Visits:
Belgrade, Bucharest, Budapest, Croatia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Serbia
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The Seine: Paris to Normandy

13 days
$ 261 / day
$ 3,395
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Visit the World War II Peace Memorial Museum
  • Visit the famed Sacre Coeur Basilica, with its dramatic perch on the top of the Montmartre hill.
  • Enjoy cruising on Seine River
  • Explore the sleepy village of Les Andelys
  • Enjoy views of Chateau Gaillard, an imposing fortress from the era of Richard the Lionhearted
  • Visit Rouen's wonderful Gothic Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Visit the Benedictine Order Castle at Fecamp and savor a taste of the famous Benedictine liqueur
  • Visit the Battery at Longues Sur Mer
Visits:
Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Giverny, Notre Dame Cathedral, Palace of Versailles, Paris, Rouen, France
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Legends of Moselle, Rhine and Main

8 days
$ 340 / day
$ 2,720
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore  beautiful old city Trier
  • Opportunity to Cruise along the beautiful Moselle River to Bernkastel
  • Visit Miltenberg
  • Cruise through the Main–Danube Canal, to Bamberg and explore UNESCO world heritage site
Visits:
Bamberg, Frankfurt, Koblenz, Nuremberg, Trier, Germany
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Myanmar & the Irrawaddy

Abercrombie & Kent
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 500 / day
$ 5,495
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Cruise in luxury for three nights on the legendary Irrawaddy River aboard all-balcony 'Sanctuary Ananda'
  • Experience floating gardens and a private viewing of a traditional Intha boat race on tranquil Inle Lake.
  • Soar above thousands of pagodas and capture the photographs of a lifetime on a magical hot air balloon ride
  • Explore Shwedagon Pagoda - a fantasy of golden stupas, serene Buddhas and mythical beasts
  • Travel off the beaten path on a tour of Musmeah Yeshua, the last remaining Jewish synagogue in Myanmar
Visits:
Bagan, Lake Inle, Mandalay, Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Burma (Myanmar)
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Burgundy & Provence with 2 Nights in Paris, 2 Nights in Nice & 3 Nights in Barcelona (Southbound)
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Burgundy & Provence with 2 Nights in Paris, 2 ...

15 days
$ 373 / day
$ 5,597
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Welcome to France
  • Guided sightseeing
  • High-speed train to Dijon; motor coach transfer to Beaune, visit the Hôtel-Dieu; onboard welcome reception
  • Leisurely cruising; onboard cheese tasting
  • Guided sightseeing; picture stop on Fourvière Hill; lecture on board
  • Culinary tour
  • Guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedral
  • Guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes
  • Choice of guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheatre, or painting workshop
  • Transfer from your ship to Nice; guided walking tour with Promenade des Anglais and the Old Town
  • Day at leisure
  • Transfer to Nice airport for your flight to Barcelona
  • Guided sightseeing, visit Casa Batlló and Sagrada Familia Basilica
  • Day at leisure
  • Begin your vacation in France before your cruise with two overnights in Paris—the “City of Light
  • ” See the famous landmarks of Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum with its elegant glass pyramid contrasting its ancient architecture
Visits:
Arles, Avignon, Barcelona, Burgundy, Dijon, Lyon, Paris, France, Spain
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Discover all Egypt through Long Nile Cruise Holid ...

16 days
$ 244 / day
$ 3,900
From : $ 4,797
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore the top historical places of Egypt.
  • Explore the ancient cities along the Nile.
  • Explore the pyramids of Giza & More.
  • Discover historical Cairo Mosques & Churches.
  • Explore El-Manya city top attractions.
  • Explore the Rock-tombs of Bani Hassan in Minya.
  • Explore the Hidden pyramids of Fayoum
  • Explore Abydos temple in Suhag 
  • Explore Dandra temple of Goddess Hathor. 
  • Discover the Valley of the Kings in Luxor.
  • Discover the temples by the Riverside.
  • Discover the beauty of Aswan city & historical sights.
  • Explore the great temple of Abu Simble in private trip.
Visits:
Abu Simbel, Aswan, Cairo, Luxor Temple, Pyramid of Giza, Egypt
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A-ROSA STELLA - Route Classique
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A-ROSA STELLA - Route Classique

8 days
$ 300 / day
$ 2,399
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • France is the most popular holiday destination in the world
  • Visit on "Vieux Lyon", a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Visit the oldest building on Mâcon
  • See the attraction St Philibert Church built in Burgundian Romanesque style and dating back to the 11th century.
Visits:
Avignon, Burgundy, Lyon, Notre Dame Cathedral, France
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The Mekong: From Laos To China

15 days
$ 420 / day
$ 6,300
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy watching lush jungle scenery and tiny riverside villages
  • Cherish moments in walking tour of Ban Park Bor (Kmu Tribal) Village
  • Visit the jungle pools and dramatic Khaung Si waterfall
  • Enjoy the beauty and unique atmosphere of Luang Prabang on your own explorations ashore
Visits:
Luang Prabang, Vientiane, Burma (Myanmar), China, Laos, Thailand
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The Romantic Rhine: Basel to Amsterdam - Northbou ...

Tauck
By Tauck
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 586 / day
$ 4,690
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Private family-style farm-to-table dinner at the Ecolut-Center
  • choices of bicycle excursions in Strasbourg & Koblenz
  • cogwheel train up Mt. Pilatus
  • wine tasting in the Alsatian hills
  • choice of walking tour or spa visit in Baden-Baden
  • visits to historic cities along the Rhine
Visits:
Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Koblenz, Lucerne, Mt. Pilatus, Strasbourg, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland
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Grand European Tour

Viking River Cruises
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
15 days
$ 327 / day
$ 4,899
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Visit fascinating abbey at Melk, a 900-year-old Benedictine monastery
  • Opportunity to tour Regensburg a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Get an opportunity to visit 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Discover Netherlands
  • Visit Marksburg Castle, the only Rhine fortress never destroyed
Visits:
Bamberg, Cologne, Nuremberg, Vienna, Wachau, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands
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Romance of the Rhine & Mosel

16 days
$ 206 / day
$ 3,895
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Unpack just once and journey through five European countries—Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, France, and Switzerland
  • Cruise aboard our award-winning 140- to 164-passenger ships with a dedicated English-speaking crew
  • Experience this European itinerary, and uncover a local and American perspective in destinations like Speyer, where you’ll enjoy a Home-Hosted Kaffeeklatsch
  • Explore with an expert, local Program Director—a native or resident of Europe—who will be dedicated to your group of no more than 47 from the start to the end of your trip
Visits:
Antwerp, Brussels, Luxembourg, Strasbourg, Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland
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Egypt & the Eternal Nile

15 days
$ 266 / day
$ 3,997
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Cairo’s intriguing ancient sites, including the Great Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, Sakkara
  • Old Cairo touring
  • Renowned Egyptian Museum
  • Abu Simbel’s dramatic temples
  • Sound & Light show at Abu Simbel
  • Lake Nasser cruise through ancient Nubian homeland
  • Aswan’s temples at Kalabsha
  • Nile felucca sail
  • Nile River cruise
  • Aswan Dam visit
  • Ancient temple complexes at Karnak and Luxor
  • Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens
  • Egypt’s inestimable historic atmosphere
Visits:
Cairo, Luxor Temple, Memphis, Pyramid of Giza, Temple of Karnak, Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, Egypt
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Reflections on the Seine – Southbound

9 days
$ 450 / day
$ 4,049
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Welcome to France
  • Time at leisure in Paris; transfer to Le Havre; onboard welcome reception
  • Guided tour
  • Choice of full day excursions to Normandy landing beaches, or “A Taste of Normandy” excursion
  • Guided tour, see the Astronomical Clock and visit to the cathedral; time at leisure
  • Guided tour in Les Andelys; choice of excursions to Giverny or Bizy Castle
  • Choice of excursion to Auvers-sur-Oise, or excursion to Napoleon and Josephine’s Château de Malmaison
  • Choice of guided tour, or “Heart of Paris” tour, visit Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Start your vacation in France with a night in Paris—“The City of Lights,” before transferring to Le Havre to board your Avalon Suite Ship® for a Seine River cruise
  • Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of this city, part of the World Heritage Sites
Visits:
Normandy, Paris, Rouen, France
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12 Day Historic Cities & Yangtze River Silver ...

Pacific Delight Tours
Premier
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13 days
$ 192 / day
$ 2,499
From : $ 3,074
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Discover some of China’s priceless pieces of ancient art consisting of bronze, ceramic, jade and calligraphy
  • Opportunity to a cruise along the Yangtze River
  • A shore excursion to one of the world’s largest dams
  • Visit Chongqing Zoo
  • Sightseeing to the extraordinary Terracotta Warriors
  • See Tiananmen Square and the extravagant Ming-era Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City
  • Visit the great renowned Great Wall
Visits:
Beijing, Chongqing, Great Wall of China, Imperial Palace, Shanghai, Terra Cotta Warriors, The Forbidden City, Three Gorges, Three Gorges Dam, Tiananmen Square, Xian, Yangtze River, Yichang, China
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River Cruises Trip Reviews

132 River Cruises Tour Reviews - Summary 94% Recommend

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Great 22
Average 2
Disappointing 2
Terrible 5
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Guide
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Activities
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Lodging
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Transportation
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Meals
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Luggage Handling and follow up

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

First cruise, ever! We did a land & sea journey to Alaska through Holland America Line. This is not a review of the trip (which was great!) so much as how HAL handled our complaints of damaged luggage. My sister's luggage arrived at our Yukon hotel with the latch broken, her clothes spilling out. She filed a report. We discovered damage to a corner of my husband's luggage at the departing airport. Too late to do a report...but HAL's property claims were wonderful, in particular, Mr. Scott Gerstl, who even called me to clarify details. He was empathetic and kind. We were reimbursed for both pieces of luggage.

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Operator Holland America Line

Memorable Trip to Egypt -- Thank to Travelish Tours!!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Egypt is one of those countries one should visit at least once in their lifetime. I was there in December 2018 and loved every moment of my presence in the land of river Nile, pharaohs, pyramids and much more. Thanks to Travelish Tours and their passionate CEO, Mahmoud Salah for making our trip so enjoyable and seamless. The entire trip was very well organized and we covered pretty much 75-80% of Egypt in 10 days from Cairo, Saqqara, Memphis, Luxor, Aswan, Abu Simble, Alexandria and Nile cruise, visiting all the key attractions with the guides who explained the history so coherently that we felt as if we went back in time to thousands of years ago. Thanks to Sam, Khalif and Sara, our guides in Cairo, Nile Cruise, and Alexandria respectively for sharing their passion, knowledge and welcoming us so warm heartedly.

I would highly recommend Travelish Tour to anyone planning to visit Egypt as the service the company provides is top class from airport pick up, best hotel accommodation, perfect Nile cruise, customized tours to knowledgeable guides. Mahmoud Salah, more popularly called as Momo, is a very humble individual who understands your needs and ensures your stay in his loving country becomes the most memorable trip of your life. His passion for his motherland’s rich cultural history and heritage and inherently caring attitude demonstrated through excellent organization of the trip and customized tours is indeed contagious.

We felt very safe in Egypt. If you want to explore it like locals contact Travelish Tour and forget about all other logistics as Travelish Tours will take care of all your needs. It would be the best decision you will make and I can vouch through my personal experience as Travelish Tours will ensure your visit to Egypt leaves an indelible mark in your travel memory.

Thank you Travelish tours and Momo for making our trip memorable and in the bargain we found a good friend in Momo!! :)

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Operator Travelish Tours

Our trip could not have been better in any regard

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

We had a wonderful visit to Russia. The weather was perfect every day (although quite warm). No rain at all until we were leaving. Our guides were delightful and extremely friendly and knowledgeable. They seemed to enjoy their time with us, too, and it is always nice to leave a good impression about Americans.

We could not be happier with the trip you organized for us. Everything went perfectly, like clockwork. The hotels were wonderful. The tours were excellent. It was without a doubt the best organized trip we have ever taken. Everyone was perfectly on time.

In short, our trip could not have been better in any regard. We are happy to provide references for your company and help you in any way possible. You are very, very good! Several times we said how fortunate we were to have booked with Express to Russia instead of with some of the huge tour groups we saw being led around like cattle. We feel we received excellent, excellent value for our money in every way. There is no substitute for having a private guide that knows all the "ins and outs." We felt like VIPs getting to bypass the very long lines at the palaces.

My wife had an idea for you--she said it would have been nice if your guides had a simple business card they could give us so we could see their proper names and not forget them (it seems I forget my own name these days).

The only complaint I have is that now I have to lose the weight I put on caused by all the excellent Russian food we enjoyed. My wife has promised to start making proper borscht, one of our favorites. The food was outstanding everywhere we ate, from simple cafeterias to very nice restaurants.

We also very much enjoyed all the Russian people we met. I did not get to practice my Russian too much because so many people spoke English. We found everyone we encountered to be quite friendly and glad to see a couple of Americans. I only wish our governments would quit making trouble with each other for no reason.

I have found people all over the world to be basically the same. It is the governments and "leaders" that make a mess out of things.

I now have to sort hundreds of photographs while I remember where we were. It will be a pleasant task.

Thanks once again to you and to all your people for organizing a perfect trip for us. Your organization is as good as they come

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Operator Express to Russia

Looking fwd for more camps...

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

My daughter had gone to bhandardara near nasik with the trailblazer team...she had a very nice time..and it was first time I had send her ...so looking fwd for more camps...

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Operator Trailblazer tours India

A knowledgeable, interesting and friendly local guide

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Travelsphere never let us down. Over the past 15 or so years we have travelled with them 8 or 9 times, on short breaks to Paris and Germany, and longer ones to Canada, Italy and America. Our latest was last weekend on the "Experience Riga" trip....it was wonderful, we had a terrific Tour Manager in Gerry, a knowledgeable, interesting and friendly local guide in Gita and they ensured that our trip to this fantastic city was a triumph. I want to go back there as soon as possible!

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Operator Travelsphere

Awesome experience

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
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My friend and I hired Jakada Tours to plan our overnight trip from Cairo to Luxor. They picked us up from our hotel in Cairo and drove us to the airport to take the flight to Cairo. Arriving in Luxor, we were greeted by our Egyptologist and guide Mr. Ahmed faued and driver. They drove us to our Hotel than informed us about our tour the next morning.
We visit The Valley of Kings, the tombs of King Tut and Ramses VI, Queen Hatshepsut temple, Luxor and Karnak temples.
Mr. Ahmed is a very knowledgeable Egyptologist, he showed us all the sites and told us all about the history behind all the historical site we've visited.
Thanks to Jakada Tours and Mr. Ahmed, we had the best trip ever and everything was so perfect from beginning to end!

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River Cruises Tours and Travel Guide

River Cruises Attractions & Landmarks Guide

River cruising is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing and most popular modes of leisure travel. The ships are much smaller and more intimate than larger ocean-going ships and onshore excursions are usually included in the price. Then there's the continuous sights all along the riverfront, not just in port stops. Stride can help you navigate smoothly to the right river cruise for you.

As has been true across the globe, many of the great cities of Europe -- Paris, London, Rome, Florence, Budapest, Vienna, and Cologne to name just a few -- grew up along rivers, which have served as water-borne trade and transportation routes for thousands of years (and still do).

Rivers have also served as the lifeline for atmospheric European small towns and villages, many of them seemingly right out of the Middle Ages. So when you take a European river cruise, it’s a wonderful way to view both grand cities and picturesque towns that you often won’t experience by driving, walking -- or by ocean cruising.

The same is true for river cruises in other parts of the world as well. Manaus, Brazil, was settled along the Amazon; Cairo and Luxor in Egypt, flourished along the Nile; Mandalay, Myanmar, lies along the Irrawaddy; Shanghai, China, straddles the Yangtze; Calcutta (Kolkata), India, grew up along the Hugli River, an arm of the Ganges; Chiang Mai, Thailand, is set along the Ping River; and Memphis, Tennessee, St. Louis, Missouri, and Minneapolis, Minnesota are all situated along the Mississippi.

Top River Cruise Destinations

River Cruising is a delectable, luxurious, fun, and relaxing way to see the world. There are far more choices for destinations than ocean cruises which only traverse major ports and don’t manage the intimacy of a River Cruise, both literally and figuratively.

1. The Danube - One of the most classic and recognizable river cruise destinations in the world, the beautiful blue Danube is truly magical. You can travel the Danube several different ways - for most travelers who have a regular week or two week available, choosing a westbound or eastbound river cruise on the Danube is the only major decision you need to make.

The Danube is the second longest river in Europe (the first being the Volga), and as such many different directions to travel and things to see on a Danube river cruise. Westbound Danube River Cruises often begin in Budapest or Prague. You will typically hit Slovakia, Austria, and Germany. Eastbound Danube River Cruises often begin in Germany and travel through many of the Balkan States to end in Romania. There are many variations on these routes however.

2. The Nile - What could be more enticing than floating down one of the most ancient and historical significant rivers in the world. Nile river cruises are generally shorter than more traditional river cruises, and are often incorporated into tours of Egypt, Jordan, and the wider Middle East (rather than the other way around).

3. The Rhine - A river cruise on the Rhine is one of the best ways to see Germany (though the Rhine flows through Amsterdam and parts of Switzerland as well). Typically Rhine river cruises focus mainly in Germany. You’ll get a wonderful view of the country, including the food, culture, and architecture.

4. The Rhone - The Rhone is one of Europe’s smaller rivers by length, passing through France and Switzerland. On a river cruise down The Rhone you’ll be traveling on what was an ancient and important trade route during the time of the Greek and Roman Empires, and remains one today. You’ll also enjoy delicious food and wine from the wine region of the same name.

5. The Seine - A classic France experience, the Seine is beautiful and quintessentially European, lazily drifting by incredible historical landmarks and under spectacular bridges. River cruises tend to be history focused, visiting such incredible sights as Versailles, Notre Dame, and many significant regions from Avignon to Bordeaux to Giverny. Excursions to the Normandy beaches and tours that delve into their significance during one of the most important days of WWII, are also common.

6. The Amazon - Forgo the castles and medieval villages of Europe for an entirely different kind of river cruise experience all together when you enter the Amazon. The sounds of the jungle replace the sounds of church bells. And the mysterious, beautiful rainforest hides enticing secrets just beyond the banks.

The Amazon is the world’s largest river, stretching a whopping 4000 miles, across the northern part of South America from Peru to Brazil. River Cruises along the Amazon typically focus on specific sections, though they can last for up to 20 days, often encompassing a tour to the Galapagos as well.

7. The Ganges - The Ganges River in India is one of extreme contrasts, and has been gaining steam and popularity as a river cruise destination. The river is sacred to Hindi’s and one of the more mysterious and ancient rituals you will observe is people gathered on the tiered banks to wash themselves, gathered in large groups by the water.

Access to Ports 

Many great cruise port stops are only available via riverboats. Riverboats have the advantage of being much smaller and more intimate than most ocean cruise vessels, some of which are now the size of small cities. Most riverboats hold between 100 and 200 passengers, compared to up to 5,000 or more on the largest ocean cruise ships. That means you can get on and off the ships much faster -- especially since riverboats are usually able to dock right in the center of a city or town, which the ocean-going behemoths often cannot.

Port stops tend to be longer on river cruises as well, allowing for additional sightseeing time, while organized shore excursions and tours are usually included in the price (along with food and often drink). And there’s almost always something to keep your viewing interest -- whether it’s vineyards in Austria or temples in Cambodia -- while you’re on a riverboat, since you’re seldom far from shore. The chances of getting seasick on a river are also not nearly as high.

Cabins Fill Fast

There are some things to keep in mind when booking a river cruise. Because of their popularity, river cruises -- especially the most coveted cabins -- can fill up fast. So it’s a good idea to book early, especially for European itineraries - such as a classic Danube river cruise. Lines like Viking River Cruises and CroisiEurope are adding ships as fast as they can, yet the demand is still greater than the supply on some routes.

If you travel during the rainy season at your destination, occasional flooding may make river travel difficult or impossible (in this case, passengers may have to travel part of the route on buses) -- though off-season travel does often bring good discounts, and the chances of severe flooding in any given year are fairly rare.

Be sure to check out our other river cruising guides as well: The Top 12 European River CruisesThe Top Seven Non-European River Cruises; and individual river guides including those to the Danube, Rhine, and Seine, among others.

River Cruising and Accessibility

River Cruising has a lot of positives. Only unpacking once, seeing the world in comfort, and getting to know everyone on board in a more intimate, personalized setting. However, if you have accessibility concerns, know that not all river cruise vessels are outfitted to properly host wheelchairs or other handicap assists.

This is due to a few factors. River Cruises are by nature smaller than ocean and small ship cruise vessels. Therefore, less space exists for implementing elevators, wider doorways, and larger bathroom space for example. Additionally, gangways from port to ship are often precarious, and very difficult to manage with a cane, walker, or wheelchair.

Many river cruise operators are beginning to add more handicap friendly accoutrements to their fleets, but if you’re not finding enough flexibility as a handicapped traveler, you may find that a small ship cruise provides better options for you.

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Things to Know Before You Go

River cruising is an extremely popular mode of travel, especially among older travelers. It's perfect for a relaxing getaway that you can make as active or as laid back as you wish - participating in shore excursions, or simply staying on board watching the world go by from your balcony. 

Only unpack once, and enjoy the slow travel approach!

Classic River Cruise Destinations

Europe dominates when it comes to a “classic” river cruise experience. Sailing in luxury past forested banks, with castles and small villages poking out - enjoying fine european wines and in depth lectures aboard - this is the pinnacle vision of a classic European River Cruise.

Some of the most classic destinations for a European River Cruise include:

1. The Danube RiverWhen most people think of a river cruise, they probably think of the Danube. Among the longest rivers in Europe, the “Beautiful Blue Danube” covers 10 countries and is one of them most popular river cruise destinations for seniors and baby boomers.

Danube River Cruises are either eastbound, typically beginning in Germany and ending in Prague or Budapest, or westbound - departing from Prague or Budapest and ending in Germany.

2. The Rhine RiverRather than flowing in an east-west direction, the Rhine is great for travelers interested in a north-south view of western Europe. Covering 6 countries, the Rhine will visit Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, France, and the Netherlands, the Rhine.

3. The Douro RiverPortugal's Douro is a great destination for wine lovers, especially port wine. It’s one of the shorter rivers travelers can choose for a river cruise, covering the Iberian Peninsula. Douro River cruises are usually heavily weighted in Portugal, with a little bit of time in Spain.

Exotic and Adventurous River Cruise Destinations

1. The Nile River - The Nile River is a popular river cruise destination for adventurous travelers who love history and are more interested in interesting port stops and archaeological tours than a luxury travel experience. When you travel down the Nile, be prepared to be transported as you pass by ancient sites, learning about the mysteries of Egypt and the essential role the Nile has played over the centuries.

2. The Mekong River - Flowing through the heart of Vietnam, travelers who take a river cruise down the Mekong are treated to many classic Southeast Asian views. You’ll see beautiful green rice paddies, small villages, and mountainous terrain, as well as visit major cities and cultural sites.

3. The Amazon River - The Amazon is another kind of river cruise all together, great for young adventurous travelers and anyone wishing to expand their comfort zone. You’ll encounter plenty of unique wildlife, both on the water and on the shore, and have the opportunity to learn about the Amazon’s incredible biodiversity from knowledgeable local guides.

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