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Classic River Cruises Itineraries

Classic Nile River Cruise

The Nile is one of the longest rivers in the world, as well as one of the most recognizable for its historical significance. River cruises along this ancient water highway are a fascinating trip through the past, among some of the world’s most impressive and mysterious sights.

Day 1-2, Arrive Cairo: Take a walking tour of the city with an egyptologist. See the pyramids and the sphinx. Walk through the Cairo Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.

Day 3, Luxor: Transfer to Luxor, modern day Thebes, to board your river cruise vessel.

Day 4, Valley of the Kings: Sail through the famed Valley of the Kings and visit such sites as the Temple of Hatshepsut and King Tut’s Tomb.

Day 5, Esna: Visit the Temple of Khnum - regarded as the guardian of the source of Nile. 

Day 6, Edfu: Explore the mysteries of the Temple of Horus - the falcon god

Day 7, Aswan: Take a camel ride through the desert to the Monastery of St. Simeon, Nubian Museum, ride a felucca (traditional Egyptian sailboat)

Day 8, Abu Simbel: One of Egypt’s most recognizable sights, this temple was moved from it’s original location in the 1960’s to save it from potential erosion caused by the rising Nile.

Day 9, Return to Cairo

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Rhine River Cruise Highlights in 1 Week

A river cruise down beautiful Rhine River is a great way to experience Germany and the wonders of Western Europe. Enjoy fine wine, food, and tours of historical castles, towns, and monuments.

Day 1, Basel: Guided walking tour through this quaint Swiss town. Prepare for you week on the Rhine

Day 2-5, Germany: The Rhine traverses much of the Germany’s southwest. Sail past beautiful vineyards and sites from the water include everything from Pfalzgrafenstein Castle to small idyllic villages. Disembark to visit the fairytale Black Forest and Vogtsbauernhof Museum, Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, Koblenz where you’ll see Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, learn about winemaking and attend a special Rhine Valley tasting in Rüdesheim.

Day 6, Cologne: Your last stop in Germany. See the historic Gothic Cathedral, a World Heritage Site, and explore lovely Old Town.

Day 7-8, Amsterdam: End your cruise in lively Amsterdam where you can cycle along the canals, walk through the famous Red Light District, and enjoy Danish pastries in waterside cafes.

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Amazon River Cruise Highlights in 7-10 Days

Unpack once, hop aboard, and cruise down one of the longest river in the world, and the birthplace to some of the most complex civilizations in the world. If you are looking for an Amazon cruise focused on nature, consider this itinerary:

Day 1, Arrive at starting city: Many expeditions start in Peru.

Day 2, Explore the Rainforest: Disembark your cruise for the first time and take a guided walk through the rainforest to see incredibly diverse wildlife up close and personal.

Day 3, Ucayali River: Walk along the Ucayali River and watch out for the classic pink dolphins.

Day 4-5, Pacaya Samiria Reserve (northeastern Peru): Trek through the Amazonian jungle forest. See spider monkeys, colorful macaws, toucans, river hawks, and giant South American turtles. Learn about medicinal plants from native village shamen.

Day 6, Optional lake visits: Go fishing in Lake Charo or Carocurahuayte, or picnic along Lake Tacscha.

Day 7, Iquitos & Disembark: Take a stroll through this Peruvian port city. The district of Belén is known for its massive open-air street markets and stilt houses lining the Itaya River.

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Westbound Danube River Cruise Highlights

A Danube river cruise is one of the best ways to see the heart of Europe. With two weeks, you can cover a lot of ground at a more leisurely pace - plus have the opportunity for longer shore excursions which will hit upon both the major cities and smaller attractions.

Day 1: Arrive in your beginning city. Many classic westbound Danube River cruises begin in Budapest or Prague.

Day 2, Prague: Walk across the famous Chain Bridge, visit the Jewish Quarter and see the Old Royal Palace. Enjoy a local meal and overnight stay before taking a scenic drive to Budapest where you will embark your river cruise vessel.

Day 3-4, Budapest: Enjoy the day exploring the city. Take in the architectural marvel that is the Hungarian Parliament building, climb Gellert Hill, walk across any one of Budapest’s famous bridges, explore the Great Market Hall.

Day 5-6, Slovakia: Slovakia is a beautiful country, with massive green forests and hidden castles. Explore the capital of Bratislava and take in the sights from Castle Hill.

Day 7-8, Vienna: Sail from Prague to Vienna, where the cities strong music legacy will come alive. Visit the Opera House, enjoy a classic Viennese pastry as you walk the beautiful streets.

Day 9, Melk: Explore the stunning Benedictine Abbey, founded in 1089.

Day 10-11, Passau: Optional day trip to historic Salzburg, or take a walking tour of the city.

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A memorable trip January 2015

5.0

Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon

I loved this trip . The Tucano is a great little ship, and if the weather's good you can eat out on the top deck and watch the river and rain forest go by. The guides were terrific -- they knew the area well, and could tell you about the use of medicinal plants or even take you piranha fishing. There were plenty of opportunities to go on shore and occasionally we'd visit an isolated village. My only disappointment was that it's hard to spot wildlife, though we did see some of the famous pink dolphins, heard plenty of howler monkeys, and, at night, spotted some sloths in the tree by spotlight. Read more

Operator Amazon Nature Tours

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A very nice time October 2016

4.0

Burgundy River Cruise Adventure

A very nice time. Wonderful food and boat staff.

Operator G Adventures

HWT

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Beautiful, fun, great-value river cruise on the Yang-Tze River August 2015

4.0

Three Gorges Highlights: Chongqing to Yichang

We had a great time on this cruise. My wife and I chose this as the end of our 3 week adventurous honeymoon throughout Western rural china. It was also our first river cruise. We'll definitely be doing another.

Overall, the ship we were on, the Victoria Liana, was a little old. Still very nice and comfortable but some of the floors (decks) were slightly warped, some of the furnishings were a bit worn. Normal wear and tear. Nothing to make it look shabby but it also did not look 5 start ultimate luxury.

The price was right - compared to other trips we saw we got an amazing deal. We also got an even better deal because on entering the ship they tried to upsell us a suite. We did the tour, they give us a price, I counter-offered about 1/4 of that and they said no. I told them that we were happy to stay in the regular cabin but if no other guests offered to pay more for the Presidential suite, then our offer still stood. Sure enough, shortly before leaving port the Front Desk Manager told us we could have the suite for the price we offered. What a deal!

For about $200 more, total, we got a private whole deck to our selves in the bow with our own lounge chairs, a large living room with huge windows on 2 sides and a nice bedroom. It really made the trip awesome. Especially since the top outside deck looked like it got crowded when going through some of the most scenic areas. the privacy, especially on our honeymoon was appreciated.

Overall, the staff was very friendly and polite and spoke good english, or good enough. Everyone was local chinese except for a the Cruise Director who was a Bulgarian woman with excellent english skills. Some of the attractions and day tours were included and some were optional and extra charge, though not outrageously priced like some other cruises we've heard about.

I would be mindful of ordering wine as we got a bottle of white that was from 2003. No bueno. Other than that, food was decent. All the western tourists - about 35 in total - ate in a separate dining room. Buffet. There were also about 200 or so local Chinese passengers. I assume they paid a cheaper 'local' price but they all ate in a much larger dining room and had a different local chinese menu. It felt slightly weird being segregated that way but not too awkard.

The views were amazing. Watching peaceful countryside, farms, then highrise mini cities, then gorges and mountains go by was interesting, entertaining and relaxing.

They had some nightly entertainment which the staff put on which was enjoyable if not a highlight.

Overall we had a great voyage and are glad we selected this company. There are definitely more luxurious options but we got a huge bang for our buck and really enjoyed the trip.
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Operator Victoria Cruises

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Danube Riover Cruise June 2015

4.0

Danube Discovery Cruise

We are now on our way home from this wonderful Danube River cruise. I would like to sum up our experience on the Little Prince as outstanding. This trip turned out to far exceed our expectations. The crew and cruise director (Duschan) were terrific. Dining room staff and food quality was excellent. Kitchen staff and our waiter Liviu went out of their way to accommodate the kosher requirements of our table. Tour guides in most locations were very knowledgeable and spoke good english. Our only criticism was the air conditioning in the cabin and dining room. The cabin was very hot and humid and nothing could be done by the staff. We will highly recommend SmarTours to our friends. Read more

Operator SmarTours

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Does Not Recommend

Viking Rescheduled my Flight to CHRISTMAS Without my Consent June 2018

1.0

Pathways of the Pharaohs

I received an email day before yesterday stating that my trip has been moved and now my flight will leave Denver on CHRISTMAS EVE and arrive in Cairo on CHRISTMAS.
And they are sorry if this causes me any inconvenience.
The young people who answer the phone cannot change my cruise to one of the same value since my dream New Years cruises are now unavailable. I spoke to three of them and each one just gives me an email address to send a complaint. No response as of yet. I feel so embarrassed for trusting this company. But I am grateful that I was able to see their true colors before I booked again. I as going to take a Mediterranean cruise with more availability a bit sooner because I was so excited. I feel sick now.
When we read in the disclosures that there may need to be some flexibility in the dates, no reasonable person actually believes that they would deliberately change the schedule in such a way to force you to miss spending Christmas with your family. But they did. And they did it by email. My $20,000 wasn’t even worth a phone call.
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Operator Viking River Cruises

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