Favourite Four Really Unique River Cruises

Oriental, historic, into the wild, or for solo travellers only; sail the world’s great waterways on a river cruise with a difference.

PHARAOHS & PYRAMIDS

Cruise like Cleopatra on the mighty Nile, following in the footsteps of the pharaohs to uncover the secrets of Egypt past and present. Viking’s Egyptologists guide this 12-day cruise tour through the heart of the country, exploring ancient desert sands, millennia-old temples and magnificent pyramids.

The Nile is Egypt’s lifeline, great cities including Cairo, Luxor, Aswan and Alexandria all located on its palm-lined banks. Beyond the modern cities and ancient monuments, a cruise along the river also introduces you to the friendly people of Egypt, with much of the country’s vast population still living their lives beside the waters that slice through the land. The tales of Viking’s Egypt experts will chart a course from the emergence of ancient civilisations to the modern-day trade that continues to thrive on the world’s longest river.

Travellers have sailed the Nile for hundreds of years and Viking’s Pharaohs & Pyramids itineraries will recreate their voyages, beginning in Cairo, Egypt’s exhilarating capital, and ending in the spice-scented surroundings of Aswan. In between, you’ll visit the mesmerising temples of Luxor, see the Valley of the Kings read about since school days, and decipher the hieroglyphics intricately carved into the red sandstone of Esna’s Temple of Khnum. The opportunity to extend your cruise with a four-night fully-escorted land tour of Jerusalem or Jordan is difficult to pass up.

Queen Hatshepsut, Temple of Hatshepsut, Egypt, Luxor, River Cruise

The temple of Hatshepsut near Luxor in Egypt, river cruise

THE BLUE DANUBE FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS

Solo travellers unite for a Danube cruise with a difference. In recognition of the fact that more of us than ever are opting to holiday alone, Riviera Travel has created a European river cruise exclusively for solo travellers. What’s more, guests booking The Blue Danube for Solo Travellers itinerary will pay NO single supplement, making it a tempting option for culture vultures keen to avoid the hefty fares that sometimes come with going it alone.

The beauty of a river cruise, whether you are travelling on your own or otherwise, is that everything is taken care of. This one-time-only itinerary will discover the Danube, known as Europe’s most cultured river, with grand architecture, medieval cities, picturesque towns and scenic wine regions dappling its river banks.

When you aren’t enjoying the chic surroundings of the MS Oscar Wilde, you will be guided through Vienna, visit baroque Bratislava and enchanting Budapest, known as the Pearl of the Danube, cruise the Wachau wine region, and see Salzburg, a city that was music to the ears of Mozart.

If it’s your first time travelling alone, Riviera’s The Blue Danube for Solo Travellers river cruise is the perfect opportunity to mingle with like-minded guests on a holiday that offers guided tours in the world’s most palatial cities to hosted dinners, transfers, coach travel, and the services of a Riviera Travel Tour Manager.

Historic town of Salzburg with Salzach river in summer, Austria, Danube river, river cruise

Chain bridge Budapest, Danube river cruise

BEST OF CHINA

China’s highlights need no introduction but seeing them independently can be difficult, thanks to visa requirements and the sheer size of the country. APT’s Best of China itinerary is designed to take in China’s great landmarks and take away the hard work that can come with seeing this eclectic, exciting destination.

The carefully curated 14-day fully-escorted tour will completely immerse travellers in China’s history, landscapes and cultures. Highlights include stays in some of Asia’s most iconic luxury hotels, with guided tours of futuristic Beijing and Shanghai, plus an unforgettable four-night cruise along the mighty Yangtze River and through the striking Three Gorges region, APT’s knowledgeable and personable destination experts with you every step of the way.

APT’s Freedom of Choice concept means you can tailor your sightseeing and dining experiences in selected destinations to personalise your holiday, while an exclusive Signature Experience could see you tick the Great Wall of China off your bucket list in exclusive style, a private chef cooking you lunch on a rarely visited stretch. Foodies can sample a taste of the Orient elsewhere too, with spectacular Chinese feasts during your time on the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer, an indulgent Peking Duck banquet in Beijing, and a traditional Chinese tea ceremony and dim sum lunch in Shanghai.

Great Wall of China, travel, cruise travel

Three gorges, Yangtze river, river cruising

WILDLIFE & THE FALLS

There is nowhere on earth quite like Africa and if you are looking for an amazing honeymoon or celebrating a special anniversary with the holiday of a lifetime, AmaWaterways’ Wildlife & The Falls itinerary with optional Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Experience promises to be completely unforgettable. Your great African adventure begins with a night in cosmopolitan Johannesburg, from where you will fly to Botswana to join the luxurious Zambezi Queen for a four-night safari cruise along the Chobe River. From hippos and elephants at the riverside to giraffe, zebra, lions, and perhaps even cheetahs during 4×4 safaris through Chobe National Park, you’ll experience the really wild show played out in all its glory right before your eyes.

After two nights at Victoria Falls, one of the world’s seven natural wonders, you’ll return to Johannesburg and the Soweto township, centre of the uprising against apartheid. Finally, it’s just a short flight to the Greater Kruger National Park, where a five-star game lodge known for some of the best game viewing in Africa will deliver exceptional luxury in between exhilarating game drives.

Were the safari experience not incredible enough, AmaWaterways also offers the opportunity to extend the epic adventure with the four-night Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Experience. Trek through the rainforest to see rare and endangered Mountain Gorillas in the mist of the spellbinding Volcanoes National Park. Encountering these beautiful creatures in the wild is an experience you will never forget.

Baby gorilla, Rwanda, wildlife, river cruising

Hippo in the Wild, african adventure, African river cruise

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