There are few things as romantic as a river running through a city. And everyone loves a good river view, right? Well, it’s time we get one thing straight: the rivers of the world are not just for taking pictures next to.
Rivers have served incredible purposes for travel and trade over the course of human history. But ever since the advance of cars, trains, and planes, the capabilities of the rivers of the world have dwindled and been neglected. But they’re still there – and honestly, can you think of a more epic way to get from city to city than to float from one to the next on a beautiful river?
Well, you don’t have to. There are plenty of river cruises just waiting to offer to transportation from one beautiful country to the next, and in style, too. These cruises are a place of luxury, keeping you comfortable while you introduce yourself to a series of new, unique places and cultures.
If it’s not already on your to-do list, make sure you add one of these 5 most epic river cruises into your near future:
Douro River Cruise
This trip floats you through Portugal and Spain, passing many medieval villages and rollings hills along the way. Most often includes visits to local vineyards, castles and cathedrals.
Kerala River Cruise
This trip through India’s backwaters goes through and by many natural canals and lakes, with day ventures including smaller personal boat outings on local kettuvallams through both fresh water bodies like canals and lovely lakes, and even some salt water from the Arabian Sea.
Danube River Cruise
The second-longest river in Europe, the Danube passes through nine different countries: Austria, Bulgaria Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Romania Slovakia, Serbia and Ukraine. The length of the trip can be anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, but either way travelers can be sure they’ll pass by castles, old fortresses, and certainly some of Europe’s most beautiful and diverse cities and cultures.
The Yangtze River Cruise
The Yangtze River is the longest in Asia, and the third-longest river in the world. On this cruise travelers can see the stunning Three Gorges (Qutang, Wu and Xiling Gorge), some of China’s most impressive landscapes, and can even hit the shores to see ancient temples and old ghost towns.
Nile River Cruise
Egypt was one of the most powerful kingdoms in history, with a long-lasting impact on our world – and it all happened on the banks of the Nile River. So a Nile cruise is a great way to see everything that remains of ancient Egypt as well as what it has grown into, including the pyramids and the Sphinx.