When it comes to planning a river cruise, choosing the right river is more important than you think. One of river cruising’s most appealing attributes is the riverside scenery that surrounds you between ports and your choice of itinerary should depend on what you want to see along the way. For example, a cruise through Holland during tulip season will be filled with beautiful blooms and scenic cities whilst you’re ashore, but generally flat embankments mean that you’ll see little in the way of rolling hills, dramatic gorges or palatial castles when sailing between ports.
European river cruises are usually a week long, with more exotic Asian itineraries spanning longer periods. Unlike traditional ocean cruising, a river cruise sees you spend less time on the water and more time exploring ashore, so you can expect a packed sightseeing schedule that sometimes takes in several ports in a single day.
Check out our ‘Port Highlights’ guide for more on the world’s most popular rivers and what each one has to offer.