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Rivers of the world

Rivers for Cruising

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A river cruise is an excellent way to both experience a country’s natural beauty and immerse yourself in its history. Often, a river is not simply a waterway which passes conveniently close to many of a country’s most memorable sights, but something which is integral to its history and cultural development. From iconic cities and traditional villages to plunging gorges and wine-rich valleys, the world’s rivers can introduce you to many of its most awesome destinations. Whether you explore iconic European waterways like the Rhine or the Danube or one of the exotic rivers of the Far East such as the Irrawaddy and the Yangtze, you can be sure of an unforgettable experience.

Chobe River

A Chobe river cruise with AmaWaterways is unlike any other. With wonderful wildlife, captivating cultures and national parks galore, this South African river offers the best chance to capture life along the …

The incredible Parliament building in Budapest

Danube cruises are the perfect way to explore one of the Europe's most iconic rivers, the beauty of which was famously honoured by the Austrian composer Strauss when he wrote his celebrated …

A view across the skyline and scenery of Kiev

A cruise along the Dnieper is the perfect way to experience the best that Ukraine has to offer. With a length of 1,420 miles, 680 miles of which lie in the country, …

A peaceful square in Salamanca

Douro river cruises provide a delightful way to experience the dramatic scenery and sun-soaked landscapes of Spain and Portugal. At just over 550-miles in length, the Douro is the third largest river …

The unique streets of Amsterdam
Dutch Waterways

Where the River Rhine crosses the border from Germany into Holland, it branches off into a series of smaller distributaries such as the Waal, Nederrijn and the Lek that converge again further …

The pretty buildings of Wittenberg

At 680-miles long, the River Elbe is one of the major rivers of Central Europe. Originating in the Krkonoše Mountains of north-western Bohemia, it crosses the lowlands of the Czech Republic into …

Karaweik palace in Yangon, Myanmar

The Irrawaddy River – also known as Ayeyarwaddy – stretches across the Asian nation of Myanmar, flowing north to south through numerous captivating towns and cities, each brimming with Far Eastern character …

The beautiful setting of Mainz

One of the more significant of the Rhine’s numerous tributaries, The Main begins its journey near Kulmbach at the convergence of the Red Main and White Main waterways. From there, it flows …

The bright lights of Ho Chi Minh City

The mighty Mekong River winds its way across Southeast Asia, passing through an array of beautiful Far Eastern nations including Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. As one of Southeast Asia’s most important waterways, …

The skyline of New Orleans

The mighty Mississippi River is one of the USA’s most iconic waterways, flowing from its source in Minnesota through a total of 10 different US states on its way to the stunning …

An aerial view across Bernkastel

Originating in the Vosges Mountains in north-eastern France, the 340-mile long Moselle flows through the beautiful Lorraine region, before entering the southern corner of Luxembourg where just west of the town of …

Fine examples of Ancient Egyptian ruins

The Nile is the longest river in the world and certainly one of the most famous, with many wonderful sights along the banks and within easy reach of ports. It runs right …

Picturesque Verona lit up at night

The River Po flows to the east across northern Italy from its source in the scenic hillsides of Pian del Re, before ending its 400-mile journey at the Venice Lagoon. Cutting through …

Hillside castle in Koblenz

From its source high in the Swiss Alps, The Rhine follows the border of France before continuing its journey across Germany and into the Netherlands, where it empties into the North Sea. …

Classic architecture in a peaceful setting in Vienne

The Rhone is one of Europe’s major waterways, flowing for more than 500-miles from its source in Switzerland across southwestern France. Before emptying into the Mediterranean Sea on the beautiful French Riviera, …

The pretty waterfront of Lyon

The Saone is a major tributary of the River Rhone, passing through a wide selection of captivating ports across Switzerland and France on its way to the city of Lyon, where it …

The Seine in Paris

One of France’s great rivers, the Seine rises at Saint-Seine near Dijon in the east of the country, close to the Swiss Alps and flows for 486-miles in a northwesterly direction, dissecting …

The Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg

Experience the best that Russia has to offer on an exciting Volga river cruise. Immortalised in Russian folklore as 'Mother Volga', this majestic river has played a vital role in the life …

The Great Wall of China

The Yangtze is the largest and longest river in China and undoubtedly one of the most spectacular waterways in the world. It flows through no fewer than 11 provinces and numerous major …

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