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River cruise in Europe


Hi there, I'm The River Cruise Queen, your expert in all things river cruises! Whether you're dreaming of a romantic trip down the Danube or an adventure on the Mekong, I've got you covered. Let's work together to make your river cruise dreams a reality!

River Cruise Experts
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We are confident that river cruising is one of the best ways to travel Europe and beyond. We have partnered with the best river cruise companies - Viking River Cruises, Avalon Waterways,  and Ama Waterways and know which European river cruises are the best!

Exotic River Cruises

Explore exotic destinations and remote landscapes on a river cruise. Experience local cultures, indulge in luxurious amenities, and make unforgettable memories along the way. Sail on The Nile, The Mekong River or the Amazon River. 

River Cruise Groups

Gather your friends and family for a river cruise adventure. Discover new destinations, enjoy onboard amenities and entertainment, and create lasting memories together on a stress-free and all-inclusive journey.

It’s time to take a yaycation. 

Hi there!

I’m  Melissa Baum, a travel enthusiast and the owner of Yaycations.


Travel has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I have lived in and travelled to 24 countries and counting! I have some great stories to share from culture-focused European tours and hiking the Appalachian Trail to working in Australia and Germany. Did I ever tell you about the time I got engaged in a bat-filled cave while backpacking through Southeast Asia?


My travels have given me an equal love for adventure and relaxation. While trekking through the jungle is a memorable experience, I know how important it is to sit back and be pampered onboard award-winning river cruises. The last thing you want is to feel like you need a vacation from your vacation. 


I also know how stressful and overwhelming the travel planning process can be, especially with a travel list that is a mile long. This is where my planning expertise comes in handy! I want to take your vacation dream and elevate it to the next level, all while working within your time and financial requirements.  


Whether you are looking to sail the rivers of Europe or check off a dream life list expedition you have been waiting for – the one thing I can guarantee is that I will treat your vacation like it is my own.  


Let’s begin planning your next Yaycation together! 


- Melissa Baum

The River Cruise Queen, Melissa Baum
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– STEP 1 –


Every great vacation starts with a phone consultation. We would love to get to know you and what you want in your next vacation.

– STEP 2 –


We will put together your personalized proposal, from there we fine tune and perfect your itinerary. 

– STEP 3 –


As you get excited for your vacation. We will continue to monitor flights, tours and accommodations and advise you of any important information about your vacation. We are also there to answer your question pre, during and post vacation.


-  STEP 1  - 

Getting to Know Each Other 

Our approach to travel planning is first to build a relationship with our clients. We will help you every step of the way, so tell us your travel hopes and dreams, and we will make them a reality. 

-  STEP 2  -

Planning Your Dream Vacation

Once we have an agreement in place, we will begin working together to plan your perfect trip. I will present you with a few itinerary options, and together, we will narrow them down to create your ultimate vacation. 

-  STEP 3  -

Book The Trip

Once you are ready to start booking, we will send you your custom itinerary and book your trip. We will manage all of the details so all you have to do is start counting down the days! 

Cruising is a great way to travel
Flamingos can be seen in many countries includin on a cruise in the Galapagos
Lavendar field can be seen while taking a river cruise in France
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