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Top Rivers & Seas Experiences

Sailing on the Adriatic Sea

River rafting on the Colorado River

Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula  

Cruising on the Rhine River

Enjoying a boat trip on the Ganges River

Snorkeling the shorelines of the Galapagos Islands

Relaxing on the Danube River

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Top Rivers & Seas Attractions

Amazon River

Danube River

Mediterranean Sea

Mekong River

Nile River

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Rivers & Seas Attractions And Landmarks Guide

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

Rivers & Seas Tour Reviews - Summary
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4.6 Meals



Terrific Introduction to Lake Michigan January 2017


Magical Lake Michigan: Chicago to Chicago

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. Read more

Operator Blount Small Ship Adventures



Great trip great guides! January 2017


Western River Expeditions Company Reviews

I recommend not going cheap on ur rain gear. Definitely get water socks and some sort of game for at night. Make sure if you have diet needs, u tell them. Lots of carbs and chips mixed in with delicious food! I gained 2lbs! The guides bust their butts, bring cash! And Their packing list is right on. Read more

Operator Western River Expeditions



Unforgettable trip! January 2017


Western River Expeditions Company Reviews

Absolutely the most memorable trip of my life. The 6 day trip is a must. Got married on this trip in red wall cavern! Guides were awesome, food was great and lots of white water!

Operator Western River Expeditions



Totally worth every cent! January 2017


Western River Expeditions Company Reviews

We just got back from our 7 day and there were very high expectations coming into it. Two friends said it was the best trip of their lives, one of the friends went for his 3rd time with us. It was magical, amazing and I would go again! Lat, Evan, Parker and Jon were spectacular! Read more

Operator Western River Expeditions



Thanks to WRE - you guys RULE. January 2017


Western River Expeditions Company Reviews

Just back from the 7 day. It was awe inspiring and just amazing. The guides are so much more than the wonderful things you read. We had some walking wounded by the end of the trip, and they got top notch first aid - all of us would do this again. I was sad to leave - wish I had booked the 3 day just so I could have stayed on. Read more

Operator Western River Expeditions

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