Walt Whitman once wrote, “Sit by a river, find peace and meaning in the rhythm of the lifeblood of the Earth” and he could not have written a more appropriate prologue to a river cruise vacation had he tried. There is something so inspiring, so rejuvenating, so mystical about bodies of water like rivers and oceans, maybe it’s because we all draw our roots from the water or maybe it’s something more ethereal than we can put into words – but they are special places for most of us and there's no better way to explore the world's great rivers than on a luxurious river cruise vacation.
Rivers are not only inspiring and rejuvenating, they are enablers which allow us to touch, feel and experience over 5000 years of incomparable history along the majestic Yangtze River, the alluring Nile or the enchanting Danube. It’s this incredible attraction and appeal that so many find when traveling on a river cruise — not to mention you can’t get seasick. Think of it this way, many of the world's historically important civilizations were built along rivers, the super highways of bygone eras, with many of them located in countries or regions sure to be on your “bucket list” of places to visit.
Or, if you want to stay a bit closer to home, Premier can now provide you river and small ship cruises throughout North America including extraordinary trips on the Mississippi River, the Snake & Columbia Rivers, Alaska's Inside Passage, the Hudson River, Chesapeake Bay, and New England aboard one of the remarkable U.S. flagged ships with an all American crews.
Imagine two magical weeks traveling the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. Imagine the vistas as you sail by Holland’s wooden windmills and then walk through the majestic tulip fields — maybe buying some for your cabin. Imagine the view from the deck as you sail down the Rhine River, looking up and marveling at the fairy-tale castles and vine-covered hillsides. Picture yourself sailing through the engineering marvel of the Main-Danube Canal, a liquid highway connecting Western Europe and Eastern Europe, through the awe inspiring Wachau Valley and Austria, home of Mozart, the Waltz and the scrumptious Sachertorte. Stroll along the cobblestone streets and charming town squares of Durnstein and linger for a while in a café watching the world go by — it can’t get any more rejuvenating.
If you’re into food and wine, guess we need say no more than France to set your mind ablaze with both culinary and fine vintage wine thoughts. Meander down France’s scenic Saône and Rhône Rivers where around each bend is another stunning vista, another marvelous experience. You’ll explore Burgundy and the lavender fields of Provence, visit Roman ruins in Vienne and in Arles, walk where Van Gogh got much of his inspiration. Visit the Papal Palace of Avignon known as the “City of the Popes.” And, of course learn about the country’s winemaking traditions and its culinary excellence in Lyon — thought of by many as the food capital of the world. Even better, most river cruises of France begin or end with a stay in the “City of Light,” Paris.
If you want to follow the footsteps of the Cossacks, then Russia and its fabled Dnieper and Volga Rivers are for you. Moscow with the Kremlin, Red Square and all those onion domes, St. Petersburg with Catherine’s Palace in Pushkin and the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg and many more sights along the rivers you’ve probably not heard of.
Are your interests more toward that of the ancient Egyptians? If so, look no further than a glorious Nile River Cruise? Egypt has inspired and amazed visitors for millennia, and the Nile is your gateway to its treasures – it’s like watching 5,000 years of history and culture unfold before you. And, you’ll not miss a sight as you enjoy Cairo, Luxor, Aswan and Abu Simbel. Ride a camel, walk the Pyramids and see Luxor’s unimaginable temple of Karnak at night with a private light show.
Looking for something more to the east? China and the incredible Yangtze River with its three Gorges region, the cities of Beijing, Shanghai, and Xi'an awaits you when you take an enchanting river cruise along the Yangtze. For you shoppers, add a few days before or after in amazing Hong Kong. And yes… there are still bargains to be had.
Did we save the best for last? Well, that’s up to you to determine based on your previous travel experiences? The Mekong River flowing leisurely through Vietnam and Cambodia, is the 12th longest in the world, but in terms of history, cultural and ecological richness – the Mekong has no equal. Ancient history, modern wars and even the French have not changed the warmth of the people who welcome Americans with open arms and an invigorating smile. The Mekong untouched by time is the regions lifeline with thriving fishing villages, bustling trade and ancient temples along its banks. Imagine a rickshaw ride in Ho Chi Minh City, a stroll in Hanoi, or explore Cambodia’s Angkor Wat complex containing the most temples in all Southeast Asia– it is truly an emotional and immersive vacation which is made even better by the deluxe accommodations available aboard a beautiful river cruise ship – your home away from home.
For a more comprehensive view of the rivers of the world you can visit aboard a luxurious river cruise ship, please read through our in-depth discussion for each of the major rivers — we’re sure you'll find it very informative. If there’s something you need more information about, just give one of our river cruise experts at Premier a call, or click here to send us an email for more information.
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