9 Best River Cruises In The World

In this video you’re going to discover
the nine best places to go on a river cruise.
I’m Gary Bembridge of Tips For Travellers. River cruising is a great way
to travel and you travel in small ships, largely everything’s included, including
drinks food and excursions – and it’s a fabulous relaxed way of seeing parts of
the world. I’m going to talk about the nine best places to go. First of all the
Rhine. This is the most popular river cruising destination in the world. The
river is a 900 mile long river. It starts in Switzerland and eventually empties into
the North Sea and passes through six countries: Austria, France, Germany,
Liechtenstein, the Netherlands and Switzerland. The reason the Rhine is
so popular is it is just steeped in beautiful scenery and phenomenal history. As you pass along the Rhine you pass fairytale castles, beautiful vineyards. A
big part of the Rhine, which you pass through on a river cruise, is a UNESCO
World Heritage Site and it’s called the Upper Middle Rhine Valley. It’s a
beautiful part of the world and it’s basically between Rudesheim and
Koblentz, and you pass magnificent castles, beautiful scenery. The Rhine
is a great place to go on a river cruise and there’s a huge amount of choice. Now
the second incredible River to go cruising on is the Danube. The Danube is
a very long river. It’s over 1,800 miles long and is the second longest river in
Europe after the Volga. It passes through an incredible eight countries. It starts in Germany and ends in the Black Sea and it passes through Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldavia and finally the Ukraine. The most popular stretch is between Germany and Hungary so starting around
about Passau and ending in Budapest in Hungary. On this cruise you see
phenomenal scenery, you pass you loads of locks and you visit fantastic places
including Melk where there’s an incredible cathedral, Lintz, Vienna, Salzburg –
so really iconic and famous places. Again many many of the river cruising
companies will offer cruises along the Danube. The next great river to cruise
is the Rhone. This is one of France’s most magnificent and mightiest
of rivers. The Rhone is perfect for people who love food and drink, because
it passes through really the gastronomic and winemaking heart of France . On a Rhone cruise you’re going to cruise through places like Burgundy and
Provence. You’re going to visit places like the city of Leon, which is the
gourmet capital of France. Some of the historic places visited is the
fortified city of Avignon. The reason though that many people go on a cruise
on the Rhone is because of the food and the wines. The next great river to cruise
is the Douro, which will take you through Portugal and Spain. The Duoro Valley is
actually a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is not as well-known as many of
the other rivers. Most of the cruises will start in Porto and will wide its
way along the Duror, normally any back to Porto. On the Duoro you’re go past lots of very picturesque vineyards and many villages. The Duoro is really popular with
people who either done the Ryan done the Danube what is the other parts of Europe.
My fifth suggestion on one of the best river cruises in the world is the
Loire in France. The reason that this is fantastic is it’s one of the quietest
rivers for river cruising. It’s a very shallow river so it’s quite difficult to
navigate, so CroisiEurope created a
very specific ship which has paddle wheels on either side to be able to go
down the Loire. So what you’ll find on the Loire is CroisiEurope is the only main
river cruising company there, and it’s absolutely magnificent because you go
to visit incredible Chateau, you see beautiful scenery, historic towns. It is
much less commercial than many of the other rivers which are very busy. My next
suggestion is the Seine in France that cruises between Paris and
Honfleur, which is down on the coast near the Normandy landing beaches. The
Loire is a really great river cruise if you want to see some of Paris, because
often the cruises will include some time to see Paris at night, you’ll get a
chance to visit Versailles, you will go through beautiful French scenery
down to Honfleur and particularly if you’re interested in history and the Normandy
beaches, there’s some great excursions. There are many options of places to
cruise on rivers in Europe, but I want to take a look at some of the other rivers
of the world which I think are amongst the best for river cruises that you can
do. The first of those, and one of the most popular and growing ones, is the
Mekong River. The Mekong River will take you to
Vietnam and Cambodia. Many of the big European river cruise
operators operate on the Mekong. The three big city highlights include Siam
Reap, Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City. Although many people go on the Mekong
River to see the Angkor temples and particularly the beautiful temple of
Angkor Wat. One of the excursions is normally going to the big sprawling
temple at sunrise, and you get to see the sunrise above the temple and then go and
explore it. On these cruises there’s lots of cultural immersion, so a chance to
really understand the culture of Vietnam and Cambodia like visits to markets and,
of course, some of the incredibly beautiful temples. The river cruise boats
tend to be slightly smaller than ones in Europe, a little bit more nimble because
the nature of the river. Now my next suggestion is the Nile. This is one of
the oldest forms of river cruising going right back to the days of the Pharaoh.
The Nile is an incredibly long river, it’s over 4,160 miles long. The river
cruises on the Nile tends to focus on a 120 mile stretch between Luxor and Aswan Dam and this is really the most important part of historic Egypt. In
Luxor you get to see the Valley of the Kings and other significant finds, and
then you basically cruise down to the Aswan Dam with great excursions
where you can go and see some of the very significant sites there. The Nile is
a magnificent place to cruise. It’s very historic cruising in the beautiful small
river cruising boats. The best time to go, because it gets
incredibly unbearably hot in Egypt, is around about Christmastime so between
November through until about January/ February. Another place to go cruising is along the Mississippi River in the United States of America. The Mississippi River
is a magnificent historic River and the river cruises explore
the old history of the south: the Civil War, slavery and also just taken the
beautiful scenery of the old plantations. For those of you who are fans, you can also on many of the cruises go to Memphis and of course visit Graceland (Elvis Presley’s
home). There are two big companies that cruise the Mississippi which are the American Queen Steamboat company and the American
Cruise Lines and they operate those big old traditional paddle steamers with
the big wheels at the back. Of course there are many more rivers of the world
that you can go cruising, and all the time companies are finding more and more rivers. It’s a beautiful way to go and see the world. It’s quite intimate, the boats by their very nature are small, it’s quite a
leisurely approach and most of the river cruises are pretty all inclusive. So
you’ll find your accommodation, your food, your excursions are normally included. It’s a great way of immersing yourself and seeing parts of the world. Those are
in my view the nine best river cruises in the world. If you liked the video I’d
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53 thoughts on “9 Best River Cruises In The World

  1. Another great video. Been on five of these rivers, an your take on them is right on, no question. Can’t wait for your next video.

  2. I guess this is not the best cruise to smash some thots

  3. I do love your videos. Of late, I've wanted to travel solo (specifically transatlantic), I've recently learned that there are more and more single cabins, but I can't find the information. I once took a two week cruise solo, and the upcharge was bearable. Now, it seems the upcharge is %100. I would so love to see a video that informs on this topic. Thanks for reading!

  4. Thanks for another very informative video. I've pretty much tapped out my European river cruise options. Now I know where to cruise next.

  5. Very enticing. On a detail, though, it’s the Douro, not the ‘Duoro’.

  6. Love your videos! Your videos on riving cruising helped my husband and myself along with my parents to decide to try our first European river cruise! We are doing a Viking cruise on the Danube in about 2 months. We are all so very excited! This will be my first ever cruise!

  7. Beautiful video and very informative. What do you think about the Elbe River?

  8. Do you have much time getting off boat to tour castles on the Rhine cruise?

  9. I'm trying to confirm a statement made by a friend of mine. He told me all of Viking's river cruise ships are refurbished AMA Waterways cruise ships. This sounds so untrue to me!

  10. 1. Rhine
    2. Danube
    3. Rhone
    4. Duoro
    5. Loire
    6. Seine
    7. Mekong
    8. Nile
    9. Mississippi

  11. cruises around the Amazon River in Brazil are very popular too and since the river is large enought even normal Cruise Ships and Oceanliners go on it. the Queen Mary visits it frequently. all of them start in Belém and go all the way till Tabatinga and back and usually takes 2 or 3 weeks to do that…

  12. We thoroughly enjoyed the Yangtze River on Viking River Cruises.

  13. I have cruised Rhine and and Danube and agree they would be the top two. I would rate a Danube cruise that includes the Main and Main Danube canal also equal to your top two. I would also give top ratings to the Elbe.

  14. Can you recommend a cruise company for the River Moselle in France? Thank you. My relatives live near there.

  15. OMG im going on a cruise on the Rhine river next week thanks for telling me about it

  16. I have done both Rhine and Danube
    Danube was my first river cruise with Viking in October. Loved it
    Rhine was the second one I did this time i went with Emerald, and was much more beautiful, but both were great.

  17. I have done them all, and the best one for me, is the RHINE/MOSEL, and this one is by GRAND CIRCLE TRAVEL.

  18. Compared to other people, I am still new at river cruises. I have only travelled the Rhine and Danube. This Christmas it will be 6 times I have been on these rivers. My favorite is the Danube starting out of Budapest. My ancestors came from Hungary,Poland,Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Slovakia. I am all eastern European. This will sound strange, but I feel very comfortable in eastern Europe and with my ancestry, perhaps that is why I love the Danube. This Christmas I will start out from Basel on the Rhine and end my journey in Amsterdam. I am looking forward to be on the rivers again…..

  19. My Yangtze River cruise with Viking Cruises was the cruise that got me hooked on river cruising! Surprised you didn't include it in your best cruises.

  20. Big mistake in your listing of countries. The Rhine does not flow through Austria and Liechtenstein!

  21. Loving the river cruise videos,. Thank for your excellent dictation and not including crap background music?

  22. Thanks for the info. Cruised The Netherlands and it was great. Next is The Netherlands through to Hungary. TY for including the Mississippi, on my list.

  23. great video, very infomative and interesting, thank you, More please 🙂

  24. What a fantastic video, it covers so much so quickly, really a bucket list of river cruises.

  25. Thanks for all the information. It`s worth mentioning that the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research in Leipzig, Germany, among other institutions, have identified the Mekong river as one of the most polluted in the World.

  26. Is there a video or review available for the Uniworld River Princess ship?

  27. On a Danube cruise, you won't see Salzburg. The river's name in Salzburg is Salzach.

  28. how would you rate land bus, train tour vs river cruises? any suggestions for po, arno, guadilviquir (sorry spelling, the one seville, cordoba, granada), tiber, …. thames, india, burma, laos, thailand…..japan, south korea…,

  29. There are many cruisers operators….is there any particular to be suggested…??

  30. Great video Gary and nice to bump into you again – online. A long way from MPS… Just completed AMS – BSL with Ama on a Christmas Markets cruise – THE BEST! Comparing other ships we passed, Ama went to town on decorating and activities with a Christmas theme. Done a few other European river cruises and love this way of seeing places. Thanks for the video!

  31. any river cruises which call on leipzig, halle, eisenach, zwickau; bergamo, cremona, pesaro, busseto roncole, yes music connection. taj mahal, angkor wat, excuse spelling. madrid, segovia, toledo, avila, sintra, …..? main for wuerzburg nuernberg, ; elbe for dresden prague berlin potsdam, wittenberg….; danube vienna budapest, munich(?) , loire for chateaux obviously but limited and extremely expensive. most important question is when to visit by river cruise vs bus vs train vs drive rent car.

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