Sail Into History on the Most Scenic Rivers in the World

The Duoro River, Oporto, Portugal with traditional port wine boats.

Reason One

Journey through some of the world’s oldest cities, and along picturesque waterways. These great rivers formed the super highways of days gone past with great cities and ports built along the water’s edge. Your cruise will you find traversing rivers surrounded by rolling vineyards, hilltop castles, and intriguing history. Many of the hamlets and cities along the way are not accessible by sea and are hours away by motorcoach. A river cruise brings you up close and personal.

Unpack Just Once in 4-5 Star Accommodations

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Reason Two

No other vacation allows for you to visit different cities and countries and unpack just once.

Your hotel follows with you, no more having to waste time every day or so, settling into a new room. You have more time to discover the sights and sounds of your vacation each day and then return each evening to the comfort of first class accommodations. Or just sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery as it slips by your balcony enroute to your next destination.

Dock in the Heart of Adventure & Learning

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Reason Three

Step off your floating palace each morning into the heart of a new city or hamlet. Most days your ship will dock mere steps from museums, landmarks, and dining adventures. Being so close to the town center allows for you to sample local culture on your own or choose one of the many daily excursions. Quite often your ship will overnight in a city allowing for an extended experience.

Savor the Immersive and Intimate Experiences

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Reason Four

With river ships accommodating less the 200 guests, long lines are nonexistent. The atmosphere is one of relaxation and immersion in the culture, dining, and sights and sounds of the region. Most river cruise lines include extensive daily excursions guided by experts. Wine, beer and champagne is free flowing with most meals onboard. Entertainment is designed to enhance your regional experience. All of this included with the price of your fare.

Enjoy Smooth Sailing Aboard Boutique Size Ships

View on a Rhine River cruise, the Rhine Gorge

Reason Five

Gentle flowing rivers always deliver a smooth and peaceful sail. Motion sickness is not a worry aboard a river ship. Spend time relaxing in the well-appointed lounges or enjoying the expansive views from the observation deck as some of the most beautiful scenery in the world slowly passes by and into your memory.


From The Navigator, article written for Cruise Holidays of Woodinville by Compass Media.