Most of us have grown accustomed to traveling abroad via planes, trains, or cars. While these are all great ways of getting from point A to point B, you can’t deny that such means of transport don’t really give you a chance to experience your surroundings as well as your final destination. However, traveling on a cruise ship offers you this amazing experience and much more! This is definitely one of the reasons why river cruises have gained so much popularity lately.
When you come to think of it, there are few of us on this planet that would say no to lounging around on a private charter cruise while getting pampered and getting to explore the most exotic places in the world, all at the same time! And since river cruises have become the talk of the day, we’ve decided to give you a hand when it comes to choosing the cruise you and your loved ones will enjoy the most!
However, before we jump into our list of the top ten exotic river cruises of the year, you will want to pay attention to one thing – the seasons! The majority of places you will be able to visit via cruise ships have two seasons, the dry and the wet season.
Since the two have quite different rainfalls and such circumstances, you will want to do some research on which one suits you best. Once you’ve done that, there’s nothing stopping you from visiting one of your desired travel destinations!
1.The Nile River
The Nile is considered to be the longest river in the world, which also means that it is one of the top destinations for a river cruise! The unique experience of cruising the Nile consists of a variety of different landscapes and scenic views such as the glorious pyramids, the Luxor Temple, the Valley of the Kings, etc.
2. The Amazon River
While we’re not completely sure whether the Nile or the Amazon River is the longest river in the world, one thing is certain – the Amazon river has got the largest body of water in the world, including the territory it drains.
So of course, a river as big as this one will surely guarantee you an experience of a lifetime, right? Well, this could even be considered as an understatement because an Amazon river cruise is like nothing you’ve ever heard of. Being surrounded by colorful wildlife, picturesque views, and friendly natives is surely a dream come true for most of us, so why not make it come true?
3. The Ayeyarwady River
Running through the length of Myanmar, this nature’s gem never ceases to amaze its visitors. The Ayeyarwady River cruises offer you an experience of witnessing Myanmar’s combination of post-colonial history and the astounding and intact nature.
And if you are not really a fan of crowds, this is definitely the place to go and explore like a native!
4. The Chobe River
If you were looking forward to a safari while traveling the world on your cruise ship, the Chobe River cruise is definitely the best choice for you. This beautiful river runs through Botswana, where you will also be able to visit the Chobe National Park. This park has four ecosystems, making it the largest wildlife concentration in all of Africa!
5. The Mekong River
Mekong cruises have become extremely popular in the past couple of years, partly due to the fact that they allow you to visit and truly experience Vietnam and Cambodia in their true colors. What this means is that you’ll be able to witness the numerous contrasts and clashes of architecture and nature, while at the same time getting to know the friendly native people!
6. The Yangtze River
The Yangtze River is the longest river in Asia and the third-longest river in the world! This astounding body of water is also popular for a natural site in China called the Three Gorges. And if that is not enough to make you pack your bags, just imagine getting to see the Great Wall of China while lounging around in your deck room!
7. The Danube River
First referred to as “the Queen of Europe’s Rivers” by Napoleon, the Danube River flows through ten countries – each more spectacular than the other. If learning about European history and customs firsthand is one of the things on your bucket list, a Danube River cruise is definitely the best choice for you!
8. The Rhine River
The Rhine River cruise is one of Europe’s most beloved adventures. This unique cruise takes you through four beautiful countries – Switzerland, Germany, France, and the Netherlands.
The Rhine River is also known for dozens of legends and myths, which you’ll hear all about on this amazing cruise experience.
9. The Volga River
This amazing cruise allows you to witness Russia in all its glory along the way! You will be visiting a variety of different, but all nonetheless gorgeous places starting from its capital – Moscow, throughout the lively and picturesque villages on the shore, ending in Russia’s most beautiful city – Royal St. Petersburg. Talk about a Russian adventure!
10. The Ganges River
The Ganges is one of the most important symbols of Indian spiritual life. It is the central site for a great number of religious rituals, so if getting to know and deeply understand this part of India is something you’ve been wanting to do for a long time now, this is definitely the right place to start!
But other than its extremely important role in religion, the Ganges is also important for its history. During the British colonial times, it was used for navigation. Culturally, historically, and of course, aesthetically, this river offers something new and exciting to see and learn every step of the way!
We hope that you’ve found the perfect traveling destination to go to next in this list because each one of these experiences is unique and are definitely guaranteed to make you fall in love with cruising all over again!