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River cruises are quickly becoming a popular way to vacation, putting you on major waterways in scenic locations and giving you the opportunity to witness some once-in-a-lifetime sights. Though these river tours have been around for decades, ships around the world are travelling to new and exciting locations, with a number of popular destinations in Europe, Asia, and North America. For someone who often travels on an ocean liner, a river cruise is highly recommended by the Going Places Travel team!

The Experience

One of the main contrasts between river and ocean cruises is that the main attraction of river cruises is the land, not the ship. Travellers spend time each day in port, touring the city or town, sometimes visiting multiple locations in one day. A majority of river cruises include a standard tour in each port, allowing visitors to learn about the history and culture of the area. Though most of the sailing occurs at night, travellers will occasionally get the chance to take in scenic riverside views, like those of the Rhine Gorge.

Itineraries and Excursions

These unique travel excursions take you to some of the most unique, exclusive destinations in the world. River cruises on the Danube and Rhine Rivers are among the industry’s most popular, but with their popularity growing -- over 2 dozen new river liners were christened in 2014 alone -- there are a myriad of locations opening up every day. Now is the best time to seize the opportunity and discover a new area or to check a trip off your bucket list. Cruises on rivers around the globe bring you up close and personal with the culture of that region, with local faire and performances making their appearances throughout your trip. When you take a river cruise on the Mississippi River in the United States, you’ll be treated to some of the best live music from Memphis and New Orleans; through- out a cruise on the Rhine, you’ll be offered a ne selec- tion of knackwurst and local beers. Always exciting and immersive, river cruises are among the best ways to truly learn about culture. Learn for yourself why river cruises are increasing in popularity, and book a trip along some of the most beautiful waterways in the world. You’re sure to fall in love with whatever region you choose.

Insider’s Tip:

Consider scheduling your cruise during off-peak or shoulder seasons. Europe during the Summer can be particularly overcrowded and more expensive than Spring and Fall.

Contact a Going Places Advisor to plan a river cruise! Visit our Advisor Catalogue and select an agent in your area here.