Discover The Most Unforgettable River Cruises Not in Europe
Updated: May 26
Take a break from ordinary holidays and treat yourself to an unforgettable cruise experience. Explore far-away lands from a stunning river cruise! Learn more about river cruising on The Nile, Amazon, Mekong and Chobe Rivers.
THE NILE RIVER
Experience the majestic beauty of Egypt with a river cruise on the Nile! Explore the wonders of Egypt from the comfort and convenience of your own river cruise boat, taking in exquisite sights, luxuriously comfortable surroundings and delicious cuisine as you make your way along this legendary river.
Explore ancient sites like the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx and Luxor’s Valley of Kings.
Travel back in time with a visit to unforgettable landmarks along your river cruise. Be mesmerized by the sight of grand monuments like the Great Pyramids and Pharaoh's temple or admire the impressive sculptures of the Sphinx in Giza. Explore Luxor’s Valley of Kings, discover ancient tombs and delve deep into history when you visit Egypt’s remarkable archaeological sites.
Enjoy amazing local cuisine prepared onboard and sample the flavours of Egypt with gourmet dining.
Experience mouth-watering dishes influenced by both ancient and modern Egypt. Enjoy traditional shish kebab and falafel, together with scrumptious local desserts like baklava and kanafeh. Savour dining experiences where ingredients used are fresh from the surrounding areas, creating a delightful combination of flavours in every bite!
Relax in your private stateroom or take in the view from open decks while gliding along the river.
Indulge yourself in the comfort of air-conditioned private staterooms, with panoramic windows giving you a view of passing landscapes. Take a rest away from the heat and enjoy the amenities that make your journey especially comfortable. On top of that, get acquainted with the wonders of Egypt while taking in view decks overlooking its ancient sites while gliding along the river.
Featured River Cruise: Pharos and Pyramids with Viking River Cruises
From $8,999 | 12 Days | 11 Guided Tours | 1 Country
Uncover the ancient secrets of Egypt amid the welcoming culture of today. See the pyramids from astride a majestic camel. Explore the Temple of Karnak’s 136 soaring pillars. Visit Queen Nefertari’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings. Skim the waters of the Nile by traditional felucca. Enjoy the fragrances of Aswan’s spice market. Join our expert Egyptologists on a 12-day cruisetour through Egypt on board Viking's modern Nile ships, owned and operated by Viking.
THE AMAZON RIVER
Embark on a river cruise and explore the fascinating wildlife that calls the Amazon River their home. See exotic plants, animals, and immerse yourself in beautiful nature as you cruise down one of South America's most iconic rivers.
Why Cruise the Amazon?
Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to explore one of the world’s most treasured river basins - the Amazon. Cruise along the vast Amazon River and its tributaries, where you will be immersed in the diverse culture, stunning landscapes, and captivating wildlife of this immense rainforest. From spotting jaguars roaming through the pristine jungle to discovering uncontacted tribes living deep in the forest, you are sure to have an adventure like no other with a River Cruise on the Amazon River!
When Is The Best Time Of Year To Go To The Amazon?
The best time of year to go on a river cruise on the Amazon is during the shoulder season between the wet and dry seasons, as the water levels remain high. Nature enthusiasts will be able to experience plentiful wildlife that comes out in comfortable weather while still navigating deep into the rainforest.
If you are okay with some (or a lot) of rain, the wet season, while the river is highest, will allow you to get a better view of the lush rainforest and give you more chances to observe lots of birds and mammals. The cooler temperatures add to the experience, making it more enjoyable!
Look Out for Amazing Wildlife Along the River Journey.
While cruising down the Amazon River and its tributaries, look out for a variety of animals found only in this area, including dolphins, sloths, turtles and even the rare pink river dolphin. You can also spot hundreds of species of exotic birds and monkeys swinging through the trees. Marvel at the playful pink river dolphins in Peru, or take a peek at rare Amazonian manatees in Brazil’s Anavilhanas National Park. What mysteries lie in store? Discover them all on a river cruise down the Amazon! This is a unique opportunity to experience nature up close!
What Activities Can People Do In The Amazon Rainforest?
Taking a river cruise on the Amazon River is an adventure like no other. Travellers can experience the majesty of Amazonian nature while engaging in activities such as kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, tree climbing and swimming - accompanied by friendly pink river dolphins! For a totally unique perspective, high-flying float plane flights over certain parts of the river are also available to passengers.
Featured River Cruise: From the Inca Empire to the Peruvian Amazon with the Nazca Lines & Galapagos Cruise with Avalon Waterways
20 Days | 2 Countries | From $15238 CAD
Experience the fascinating Nazca Lines, archaeological treasures, and gastronomic delights of Peru, with the untamed rainforest of the Amazon, on this thrilling river cruise adventure that offers a little something for everyone!
THE MEKONG RIVER
Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life on a luxury Mekong River cruise! Explore the vibrant cultures of Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia, visit historical sites and meet locals as your journey through time.
Learn about the local cultures you'll visit
The Mekong River is a lifeline for the six countries it passes through, and your river cruise will take you on an incredible journey across boundaries. You'll visit bustling ports, picturesque villages, vibrant markets and charming towns, gaining insight into the amazing and diverse cultures of Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and more. From traditional rice farming methods to age-old Buddhist temples, you'll experience it all!
Enjoy a variety of activities offered by the river cruise
On your Mekong cruise, you'll be able to take part in a variety of activities. Take a cooking class and learn the secrets behind locals' flavours and spices; bike along riverbanks and countryside roads; or opt to shop in floating markets. You can also go kayaking, explore grand palaces or ruined cities, or simply relax with some calming spa treatments. The options are truly endless!
Dine and relax on board with comfort and luxury
With your luxury river cruise, you'll be able to take full advantage of all the amenities that come with it. Relax in one of the cabins featuring modern configurations and large windows for taking in stunning views. Dine at gourmet restaurants using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients for mouthwatering meals you won't soon forget. Enjoy soothing music and entertainment on the deck, or relax with a massage during calmer moments. Onboard your river cruise, nothing is compromised!
Explore and immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes of South East Asia
From the riverside towns of the Vietnamese Delta to the iconic temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, your Mekong journey is nothing short of captivating. Explore small fishing villages, ancient sites and luscious landscapes as you cruise down the mesmerizing Mekong River. With an expert onboard guide taking care of everything for you, all that’s left for you to do is pull up a chair and enjoy the spectacular sights!
Featured River Cruise: Magnificent Mekong with Viking River Cruises
From $6,699 | 15 Days | 16 Guided Tours | 2 Countries
Shop Old Hanoi’s markets. See the Khmer temple complex of Angkor Wat. Behold the haunting beauty of Ta Prohm Temple, where jungle vines embrace ancient ruins. Explore Phnom Penh by cyclo rickshaw. Discover silk towns, fishing villages, monasteries and local river life. With hotel stays in Hanoi, Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) bracketing your eight-day Mekong cruise, this cruisetour reveals the beauty and grace of a land we have only begun to know.
THE CHOBE RIVER
Come and explore the majestic African landscape on the Chobe River Cruise! Enjoy breathtaking scenery, unique wildlife sightings, and a chance to experience the beauty of nature in a very special way.
Visit the famous Victoria Falls waterfall.
On your Chobe River Cruise, you will have the chance to visit one of nature's greatest wonders - Victoria Falls. As part of your amazing adventure, you will also get to see some other incredible sights. Enjoy African bush elephants, giraffes, and crocodiles that can only be seen in the Serengeti. See rare birds like the Ground Hornbill and other marine creatures like hippos and Nile Monitor Lizards. You’ll never forget your once-in-a-lifetime experience on the beautiful Chobe!
Enjoy meals and drinks on board the cruise ship.
Spend your time enjoying delicious cuisine on board the cruise ship, with meals prepared freshly each day using locally sourced ingredients. Relax and unwind as you take in the incredible scenery and listen to local music during dinner. Enjoy drinks from the bar during your downtime or simply relax on deck and soak up some spectacular views of the African bush. With a Chobe River Cruise, there truly is something for everyone!
Get up close to rare flora and fauna on safari boats in the Chobe river delta area.
One of the most rewarding activities you can enjoy during your Chobe River Cruise is taking part in a safari boat and spotting the stunning, majestic animals. On the combination of shallow channels and lagoons, you will be sure to see some incredible wildlife species such as elephants, hippos and crocodiles as well as some rare birds like sacred ibis. Get up close to these beautiful creatures as they move through the area with your dedicated guide.
What to Expect on Your Chobe River Cruise?
On your Chobe River Cruise, you can expect to take part in incredible guided safaris, spotting amazing local wildlife and breathtaking scenery. Your guide will share their knowledge with you as they explain the various species that call this area home. Get ready to explore diverse ecosystems and learn more about these stunning animals on a cruise that respects both their habitat and presence. With plenty of opportunities for photographs, bird-watching and just taking life slowly, don’t miss out on a magical African experience like no other.
Wildlife Viewing - What can be Seen & When?
While the Chobe River varies throughout the year and in different sections, its marvellous wildlife is always present. In the dry season, herds of elephants migrate from Angola to Zambia and can be seen coming to drink from the river's banks. There are also numerous big cats like lions, cheetahs, hyenas and leopards that can be spotted along with various birds and antelopes such as impalas and elands. Even if you don’t spot an elephant herd, zebras and buffalos are often easy to find so sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful views of Serengeti’s wildlife!
Featured River Cruise: Golden Trails of Africa with AmaWaterways
16 Nights | From $21,761 CAD
Your journey begins with an overnight stay in Johannesburg (option to start with 3 nights in Cape Town). Next, fly to Kasane, Botswana and board the Zambezi Queen, your wildlife river cruise vessel on the Chobe River for the next 4 nights. Enjoy two nights at Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. From here, fly to Johannesburg for two nights at your intimate, all-suite hotel. Depart to Nairobi where a connecting flight brings you to your Tanzania safari. Enjoy two nights at three of the four luxury Tanzanian lodges: Tarangire Treetops, The Manor at Ngorongoro, and the luxury-tented Serengeti Migration Camp or Serengeti Pioneer Camp.
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