River cruises are growing in popularity, as more and more people board river boats in order to explore the heartland of different countries that would be inaccessible any other way. These seven river cruises are the best in the world, and allow travelers access to never-before-seen cities, national parks, and areas of extraordinary natural beauty.
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1. Nile River
The Nile River is the longest river in the world, and passes through 11 countries as it winds its way north. It played a huge role in the development of the Egyptian civilization, as the great Pyramids that now represent the ancient Egyptians would have been impossible to build without the Nile. The main tourist route through the Nile takes you through the major Egyptian cities of Khartoum, Aswan, Luxor, Giza and Cairo. Travelers can choose to cruise on a regular cruise ship, or sail down in a felucca, a traditional wooden sailing vessel.
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2. Rivers of France
There are many different river cruises to choose from in France. The Seine route will take you through the majestic downtown core of Paris and on to the medieval towns that line the riverbank on the way out of the suburbs. The Rhône river cruise takes you past classic French farming towns as it winds its way towards the Cote d’Azur. Since France is so rich in culture and cuisine, both of these river cruises feature lots of traditional delicacies from each part of the country, including cheese, wine, charcuterie and other delicious treats for passengers to sample from each region they pass through.
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3. Danube River
The Danube is the second longest river in Europe, and passes through four major capital cities in Eastern Europe: Budapest, Vienna, Bratislava, and Belgrade. It also flows through uncountable smaller cities including towns in Germany, Croatia, Bulgaria, Moldova, Ukraine and Romania. If you are looking for beautiful countryside views as well as gorgeous historical urban architecture, this is the cruise for you. Since the river passes through so many national capitals, it’s the perfect opportunity to see a huge section of European history and art all in one trip.