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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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