Five Great River Cruises

Five Great River Cruises

Five Great River Cruises
Courtesy of Uniworld
Five Great River Cruises
Courtesy of Uniworld
These river cruise itineraries offer something for every kind of traveler.

Foodies

Itinerary: Tauck’s 10-day A Taste of France itinerary, departing from Paris with stops in Lyons, Arles, and Avignon on the Swiss Emerald.
Highlights:
A gourmand’s tour of the Rhône Valley, including a cooking class at Alain Ducasse’s École de Cuisine, in Paris, and a visit to Avignon’s Les Halles, a traditional Provençal food market, accompanied by local chefs.
Details:
800/468-2825; from $5,390 per person, double.

Amateur Historians

Itinerary: A 13-day Waterways of the Czars tour by Viking River Cruises, from St. Petersburg to Moscow, on four of Viking’s Russia-based ships.
Highlights:
A tour of the Hermitage’s 357,000-square-foot storage facility (including the Romanovs’ imperial carriage collection), usually off-limits to the public; onboard arias performed by Mariinsky Theater musicians.
Details:
877/523-0571; from $3,746 per person, double.

Culture Aficionados

Itinerary: Uniworld’s eight-day Gems of Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands on the River Ambassador.
Highlights:
Calls at Cologne, Antwerp, and Maastricht; a visit to see 160 acres of bursting blooms at the decennial Floriade horticultural expo, running between April and October in Venlo, in the Netherlands.
Details:
800/733-7820; from $2,399 per person, double.

Temple Buffs

Itinerary: The 14-day Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia, and the Mekong River from Avalon Waterways, on the new Avalon Angkor.
Highlights:
Access to Vietnam and Cambodia’s remotest villages, as well as one-of-a-kind experiences including a water blessing by Buddhist monks at Cambodia’s Wat Hanchey, on a hilltop overlooking the stupa-studded countryside.
Details:
877/380-1535; from $3,819 per person, double.

Adventurers

Itinerary: AmaWaterways’ 14-day Stars of Africa expedition, with a cruise on Botswana’s Chobe River on the Zambezi Queen and land tours in South Africa.
Highlights:
Excursions through Chobe and Kruger national parks and Victoria Falls; a picnic in a rustic tent on the banks of the Chobe River, which is full of bathing hippos.
Details:
800/626-0126; from $8,995 per person, double.

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