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DANUBE AND RHINE RIVERS
April - December
Glide along the gentle waters of the Danube, the heart and soul of Central Europe. These legendary waters flow through 10 countries, coursing through Germany, Austria and Hungary to the Black Sea. Our Danube River cruises deliver you to culture-rich banks, from scenic vineyards to spectacular monasteries and elegant cities that have inspired composers and writers for centuries.
Hillside castles, lush riverbanks and storybook villages take center stage during our Rhine River cruises through Switzerland, Germany and The Netherlands. With the Main and Moselle Rivers, the Rhine forms one of the most spellbinding rivers systems in Europe. As you admire charming Dutch windmills and Germany’s vineyard-cloaked hills, raise a glass of Riesling to the magnificent vistas unfolding in front of you.
March - December
The rivers of France deliver you to some of the world’s most celebrated places: majestic Bordeaux and gastronomic Lyon, historic Normandy and picturesque Provence, and of course elegant Paris. No matter the waterway, the Rhône River or the Seine River, the Dordogne or the Gironde, a France river cruise will immerse you in a culture rich in wine, art, food and tradition.
RUSSIA AND UKRAINE
May - October
Russia’s vast network of waterways, the Volga and Svir Rivers and the expansive lakes of Onega and Ladoga among them, deliver you to a breathtaking collection of cultural and historic riches. From the stately Kremlin of Moscow to the sophisticated allure of St. Petersburg and a stop at St Basil’s Cathedral.
The Dnieper River tells a complex story that includes Greek, Mongol, Tatar, Ottoman, Cossack, Jewish and Russian chapters. Historic cathedrals and monasteries, Soviet-era monuments, museums and displays of legendary horsemanship, and music and dance enliven the river’s banks from Kiev to Odessa.
Uncover the ancient secrets of Egypt while experiencing the welcoming culture of today. See the pyramids from astride a majestic camel. Wander among 136 soaring pillars in Karnak Temple. Explore Dendera, one of Egypt’s best-preserved and less frequented temples. Skim the waters of the Nile by traditional felucca. Delight in the fragrances of Aswan’s spice market. Join expert Egyptologists on a Nile cruisetour into the heart of Egypt.
CHINA AND SOUTHEAST ASIA
Sail the great waterways of mighty Asia and discover the best of what this region has to offer. Experience the Yangtze River and the stunning Three Gorges, with time to explore Beijing, Shanghai, Tibet’s mountain city of Lhasa and more. Or journey through Cambodia and Vietnam with a Mekong River cruise, traversing the stunning canvas of lush farmlands and emerald hills. The rivers of Asia offer a rich bounty of scenic beauty, vibrant cultures, delicious cuisine, welcoming locals and seeing countless landmarks.
Starting in Botswana, explore Chobe National Park, home to one of the densest populations of wildlife on the African continent. Encounter elephants, giraffes, leopards, lions, gazelles, zebras and buffalos on excursions by boat or open-air vehicle. Depending on your pre/post cruise package, you may further discover the glorious African wildlife at Greater Kruger National Park and experience the thrill of daily game drives, while evenings bring you breathtakingly clear skies.
Alternatively, you can visit the legendary Victoria Falls, one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders. Cape Town and Johannesburg.
November - December
Travel back through centuries as you walk along cobblestone streets through grand cities and historic towns bedecked with twinkling Christmas trees and lined with wooden huts gleaming with handcrafted treasures. Iconic Christmas Markets are plentiful and are on full display for your pleasure. Sparkling lights; the festive sounds of children dressed as angels singing carols; enticing smells of hot-mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, sausages and sweet treats of every kind; and timeless wonders are a feast for all your senses.
February - December
From all perspectives, these steamboats are testimonies to the floating palaces of long ago and a culmination of the finest qualities. Grand in every sense of the word, you will discover a blend of every bold paddlewheeler innovation along with pristine, authentic design. Each vessel boasts an inclusive range of fine amenities, educational enrichment and hospitable services to deliver a uniquely American experience for a truly rich river cruising vacation.