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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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Three Gorges Highlights: Yichang to Chongqing

While China is a very hectic, very overwhelming country, it is also a country filled with incredible natural beauty. For the average tourist, these beautiful sites are largely inaccessible or extremely difficult to access due to a combination of language barriers and lack of public transportation. One of these gorgeous areas is located between Yichang and Chongqing: the Three Gorges of the Yangtze River.

With this in mind, many cruise companies have begun offering multi-day trips down the Yangtze River, making the relatively inaccessible easily accessible. One such cruise company is Victoria Cruises. They have a range of vessels and itineraries to suit one’s needs. We decided to hop aboard their most prestigious boat, the Victoria Jenna, for a five night/four day cruise luxurious cruise through the gorges. Newly renovated this year, the ship exudes class and comfort.

The rooms aboard the Victoria Jenna were clean and quite spacious considering we were on a ship. To compliment the five-star standard within the rooms itself, the Victoria Jenna offered ample facilities for it’s guests. Whether you want to lounge on the rooftop or grab a drink at the lovely Yangtze Club bar, there’s something for everyone. The dining options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner were fantastic; the Victoria Jenna offered an array of food from Asian to Western cuisine.

Of course, one of the main reason people cruise is for the excursions. We were lucky enough to go on all of the included and optional tours offered on the Victoria Jenna, and I’m thrilled that we did. They outsource local guides that are truly knowledgable about each and every site.

Last but not least, I was astounded by the staff; never have I seen a staff so attentive and friendly. A very special shoutout goes to Dick, our Cruise Director, who made sure that everything we needed was taken care of; Steven, our River Guide, who not only knew the in’s and out’s of the Yangtze, but also taught Mahjong and Chinese 101, on top of playing MC for the week; and Maggie, our fantastic waitress for every meal in the Executive Lounge, who not only knew us by name, but knew all of our food and drink preferences as well.

I wouldn't cruise down the river with any company other than Victoria Cruises! It was truly the highlight of my month-long journey in China.

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This tour with Sun (Harry) was the best tour I have ever taken! He was an excellent tour guide and now friend to all of us that were on the tour together. Not only did we see most of the spectacular sites in China, crisscrossing the country, but Sun provided a lot of information regarding China, was always careful to meet everyone's needs and was a total support throughout the trip. His calm manner of navigating all the details for our group of 23 and for all the airports, buses, cruise boats and trains was amazing. His command of the English language and his sense of humor kept us very engaged! I have great memories of China, learned a lot and made a friend forever with Sun (Harry)! I would like to go on other Smartours and would welcome him as my guide anywhere in the World. Read more

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We enjoyed the tour. It was well organised & we were satisfied with Accomodation & the itinerary. Our tour guide Sun was excellent & he is a credit to SmarTours.

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