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If you want to see the true soul and personality of a country, head into its heart. Our River Collection meanders into the center of fascinating cultures, grand palaces, acclaimed museums, historic sites, and quaint cafes and boutiques. Nurse a mint julep along the Mississippi, a bold glass of Cabernet along the Gironde, a dry Chardonnay on the Seine, or a sweet Riesling on the Danube. Watch a native dance in an African village on the Chobe, ride a jetboat through a canyon on the Snake River, sail through the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze, and gaze at castles and fortresses in along the Rhine. Ride a bike through Ghent, explore the Great Pyramid of Giza, and tour Avignon’s Papal Palace. Attend a pasta-making workshop in Bologna, discover the roots of Protestantism in Wittenberg, spoon caviar onto your blini pancakes along the Volga, and ride an oxcart through Kampong Tralach. The world is but a canvas on which your imagination can paint.

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Germany / Austria / Czech Republic / Slovakia / Hungary / Serbia / Croatia / Bulgaria / Romania

One of the great rivers of Europe, the Danube is the second longest on the continent and flows through 9 countries. Walk in the footsteps of history in the medieval Bavarian streets of Nuremburg, buy a local trinket at the market in the center of Vilshofen, and admire the Gothic and Italian Baroque wonders of Passau. Explore the contrast between modern glass and steel buildings and the traditional architecture of Linz, visit the amazingly preserved medieval Czech town of Cesky Krumlov and sing in joy at the sounds of Salzburg’s musical legacy, birthplace of Mozart. Explore the winding mountain roads of the Austrian Lake District, visit the glorious Benedictine Abbey at Melk, buy some apricot liqueur, and stroll the cobbled streets of Dürnstein. Enjoy an after-dinner wine tasting in Weissenkirchen, hike up to Bratislava Castle, and learn how to prepare stuffed potato ravioli from a local chef. In Vienna, bike through Donaupark and ride to Klosterneuburg Monastery, or discover the elegance of Vienna at its storied Opera House, the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburg Emperors, Parliament, Town Hall, Vienna University, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Graben, and the renowned Spanish Riding School. Save your energy for Budapest with its spectacular views from Matthias Church, Buda Castle, and Fisherman’s Bastion. Visit intriguing Belgrade, and enjoy a Yugoslav Civil War tour of Vukovar followed by a trip to Vidin Castle in Bulgaria. A Danube cruise is a classic journey into the heart of Europe.


As you enter Dürnstein, you’ll find several shops selling products derived from apricots, the local fruit. However, we suggest heading to the end of Haupstrasse where there are some charming stores awash with apricot liqueur, apricot schnapps, chocolate covered dried apricot and an array of bath products and moisturizers featuring the scent of apricots. We would avoid the apricot wine unless you’re a big fan of fruit punch.


Germany / The Netherlands / France / Switzerland
Flowing 766 miles north through Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, France, and Holland, the Rhine is perhaps the most famous of Europe’s rivers. Treasure a twilight cruise through colorful Amsterdam’s narrow homes lining the canals and a stroll through the Middle Ages among the buildings of Begijnhof. From Cathedral Square, admire Cologne’s splendid Gothic cathedral and in Koblenz, head ashore for a stein of beer made exactly as it has for centuries. Cruise through the overwhelming natural beauty of the Rhine Gorge with its castles and fortresses perched high above the placid river. In Rüdesheim, taste the fruits of a vintner’s labor, soar above the streets on a gondola to Niederwalddenkmal Statue or go for a leisurely bike ride alongside the river. Spend a fascinating evening among the shops and taverns of Rüdesheim’s Drosselgasse, see a 49,000-gallon wine cask in Heidelberg, and explore one of Germany’s oldest cities in Speyer. In Strasbourg, the capital of France’s Alsace region, amble through the enchanting La Petite France neighborhood, and in Breisach, sample a sweet Riesling and bike through the Rheinau woods. Explore the medieval old town center of Basel around Marktplatz, visit the 16th-century, red-sandstone Town Hall and take in the view from the 12th-century Gothic cathedral which shelters the grave of the 16th-century Dutch scholar Erasmus.


For the quintessential beer garden experience in Cologne, head to Hellers am Volksgarten at 27 Volksgartenstrasse, a soothing spot next to a pond where not only can you rent a paddleboat after raising a stein of Kölsch, you can try a plate of traditional German schnitzel.


The many winding rivers of France reveal a country more fascinating, refined, and welcoming than you ever imagined. Gaze down upon Paris from the resplendent Eiffel Tower and relish an impromptu lunch of baguettes, brie and chardonnay on the steps of Sacré-Cœur. Sip the sensational white wines of Cadillac, the rich Merlots and Cabernet Sauvignon of Pauillac, and enjoy a Grand Cru Classé wine tasting in Liborne. Go for a bike tour of Bordeaux, the wine capital of the world, and visit the beguiling home and gardens of Impressionist master Claude Monet in Giverny. Stand in gratitude upon Omaha Beach in Normandy and in awe in the spot where Joan of Arc was martyred. Explore the hilltop ruins of Richard the Lionheart’s Château Gaillard, climb historic Fourvière Hill in Lyon, attend a wine tasting paired with chocolates at Le Chateau de Tournon, and tour Avignon’s Papal Palace.


For a real treat, pair milk chocolate with dessert wines or a sweet Riesling. Dark chocolate goes best with a Merlot or Petit Syrah, while dark bittersweet chocolate beautifully complements a Zinfandel or Cabernet Sauvignon.


Germany / Czech Republic

Many cruises on the Elbe begin in magnificent Berlin and end in beguiling Prague. Along the way, tour a palace built by Prussian king Frederick the Great, discover the roots of Protestantism in Wittenberg at Martin Luther’s House and St. Marien’s Church, and learn how porcelain has been made by hand in Meissen since the early 1700s. Comb through Frauenkirche in Dresden, rebuilt after the bombings in World War II, and in the Green Vault view a stunning array of precious gemstones. Cruise among the other-worldly rock formations of the Saxon Switzerland region, visit Hradčany Castle in Prague and admire the glass dome atop the rebuilt Reichstag in Berlin. Though often incorporated as part of a Rhine or Danube cruise, the Main River has its own glittering cultural pearls, such as the famed 13th century Leaning Tower in Kitzingen and the Residenz Palace and gardens in Würzburg.


For one-of-a-kind designer fashion in Berlin, head to the local boutiques on Mulackstrasse, a narrow cobblestone street. Our favorite is Neue Schwarz at 38 Mulackstrasse with its amazing Bernard Willhelm bomber jackets.


The Netherlands / Belgium

Cruise the protected Dutch bay of Ijsselmeer, visit a tulip farm, watch authentic working windmills in action or see a replica of Henry Hudson’s 17th century ship, the Half Moon, in Hoorn. Tour the battlefields featured in the epic war movie A Bridge Too Far in Arnhem or admire the second largest Van Gogh collection in the world at the Kröller Müller Museum. In Antwerp, see Antwerp Castle, Grote Market, Brabo Fountain and Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens’ house, and then taste an array of Belgian chocolates and waffles. Ride a bike through Ghent to the Castle of Counts and pick up some hand painted blue pottery in Delft. In Kinderdijk, Holland’s greatest grouping of 18th century windmills is picture postcard perfect, and in Amsterdam, the attic that hid Anne Frank is inspiring, while the upscale Joordaan district is awash with cafes and boutiques.


While Holland may be famous for its cheeses and chocolates, it’s also a bastion of Indonesian restaurants as the Asian nation was once a Dutch colony. Look beyond a beef or chicken satay and dive into a plate of nasi uduk, an Indonesian classic that is usually served with fried chicken, shredded omelet, fried onion, tempeh, anchovies and a topping of sambal and emping.


Portugal / Spain
Explore the cobblestone medieval streets of Porto and then leap ahead several centuries at the Museum of Modern Art in the Boavista area. Savor a wine and cheese tasting at Quinta de Avelada and discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Guimarães. Tour the majestic Mateus Palace in Régua, make a pilgrimage to the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios in charismatic Lamego, and enjoy the impressive gorges cradling the Douro river valley. Navigate the labyrinthine street of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, a 16th century town perched on a hilltop, and pop into a local market in Spain’s Vega Terrón.


Not all port wines, native to this region, are the same. For example, never buy a cheap ruby port as the taste is often harsh. Instead, opt for a premium bottle. We like tawny ports that are at least 20 years old, which are delightfully dry and nutty.


Ride a gondola along the canals of Venice and steal a kiss under the Bridge of Sighs, shop for glass treasures on Murano, and enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner at a café overlooking the city’s lagoon as the moon glimmers like a promise kept. Bicycle along Chioggia’s beaches, attend a pasta-making workshop in Bologna, and sip a glass of local Chianti as the Po River winds through northern Italy’s stunning countryside. Be sure to add in a trip to the designer boutiques of Milan and the ancient ruins of Rome before or after your voyage.


Bring a printed map with you when exploring Venice. The streets are so narrow and the stone buildings so tall that a smartphone or handheld GPS often cannot get a satellite fix, and with its many streets winding back upon themselves and all the canals it can be easy to get lost.



Walk across the vast expanse of Red Square, gaze at the crenellated walls of the Kremlin, and ride subways with stations so ornate they appear to be museums. Onion-domed cathedrals abound in Russia’s capital but the best views of Uglich, founded in 1148, are from your ship on the Volga River. Learn the legend of Prince Yaroslavl the Wise of Kiev, who established his namesake town more than a thousand years ago. Tour Kuzino’s fabled Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery and stride among the buildings of Ishi’s Open Air Museum of Architecture. Spoon caviar on to your blini pancakes and discover the legacy of Communism with a visit to a Soviet-era kommunalka.


Never cross the street unless at a marked crossing and, even then, you’ll want to look very carefully in both directions before stepping into the street. Russian drivers, especially during rush hour, can be just as crazy as you’ve heard. We almost learned our lesson the hard way thanks to a distracted cab driver and an unmarked crossing in St. Petersburg.



United States
Travel in comfort through the land traversed by Lewis and Clark in 1805. Appreciate the intricate beauty of the Victorian homes scattered among the hillsides cradling Astoria, stroll along the Rock Cove pathway or explore the unique shops, art galleries, and restaurants of Stevenson, and witness the unstoppable power of nature at Mount St. Helens. Ride a jetboat through a canyon on the Snake River, follow the wine trail in Walla Walla, take in the intoxicating aroma of the International Rose Test Garden, and uncover the history of Native Americans in The Dalles at the end of the Oregon Trail.


If you love cars and planes from the Golden Age, you’ll fall head over heels for the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum in Hood River. The airplanes perform flight demonstrations and cars in the massive collection go out for a spin in this museum where history comes alive.


United States

This narrow river is like stepping back in time to the days of Mark Twain, especially when the sun sets behind your riverboat and sparkles off the rippled waters. Experience living history at the Beardstown Courthouse, where a young Abe Lincoln practiced law and the famed Lincoln-Douglas debate was held in 1858. Tour a winery in Grafton and pick up some handcrafted gifts. The Peoria Riverfront Museum is just steps from your riverboat landing, and the struggles of slaves feel all too real during a tour of the John Hossack House, an important station on the Underground Railroad in Ottawa that ushered tens of thousands of souls to freedom.


Located in downtown Grafton, the Grafton Winery offers a sample flight of five wines for just $5 from a selection of more than a dozen fascinating wines ranging from sweet to full-bodied. We suggest the Captain’s Blush made from the Catawba grape which is described as having “a bold fruit flavor and a sweet finish.”


United States

Feel like a Southern belle or gentleman when you’re sipping a mint julep on the porch of the Oak Alley antebellum plantation house or a sweet tea on the verdant grounds of Houmas House. Visit both the old and new state capitols in stately Baton Rouge and relive the strategies and tragedies of the Civil War Battle of Vicksburg or learn the history of Popeye in Chester. Look for Elvis at Graceland in Memphis, listen to jazz on the famed Bourbon Street of New Orleans or stroll the picturesque oak-lined streets of Natchez.


Some of the best restaurants in New Orleans are just a block or two off Bourbon Street. You’ll find more locals and lower prices. One of our favorites is Cafe Sbisa at 1011 Decatur Street with the best crab cakes in the city. They also serve a terrific Creole brunch.


United States

St. Louis’ iconic Gateway Arch will put you on top of the world, while Hannibal reminds you of the days of Huck and Tom as you visit Mark Twain’s boyhood home. Visit the Smithsonian-affiliated Mississippi River Museum where you can increase your knowledge of Dubuque’s early river commerce, discover creative works at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, or view three states from the towering Grandad Bluff. Local talent is on display at the Pump House Regional Arts Center in LaCrosse, and the awe-inspiring Cathedral of St. Paul, a beaux-arts wonder, is reminiscent of St. Peter’s in Rome.


Red Wing is home of the famed shoe company of the same name, so if you want to pick up a pair right from the source, you’ll find the best selection in America.


United States

The John James Audubon Museum in Henderson displays the world’s largest collection of Audubon artifacts and art. Enjoy viewing the convergence of Pittsburgh’s three rivers and a sparkling city view from Mount Washington before you marvel at the  variety of birds in the National Aviary, or watch the ponies run at famed Churchill Downs in Louisville. See how to hit it out of the park at the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, then learn about a boxing legend at the Muhammad Ali Center. Marvel at Cincinnati’s art deco Union Terminal and visit the many buildings on the National Register of Historic Places in the scenic valley village of Madison.


Cincinnati is known for its chili, but it helps to know the lingo. Cincinnati chili is almost always served atop something else, such as spaghetti or a hot dog. If you order it 3-way, it comes with cheese on top while a 4-way adds some onions and a five-way tops it all off with some beans.


United States

In Alexandria, visit Kent Plantation house, a classic example of French Colonial architecture, and in Shreveport, wander amongst the impressive collection of military aircraft at the Barksdale Global Power Museum. As Louisiana’s oldest settlement, Natchitoches will reward you with authentic European and Creole flavors, and with landmarks like the Kaffie-Frederick Mercantile Store–the oldest general store in Louisiana–as well as the filming sites of the much-loved movie Steel Magnolias.


Savor a taste of the region with duck and sausage gumbo and a shrimp po’ boy sandwich. We suggest The Chimes at 3357 Highland Road in Baton Rouge.


United States

Stomp your feet and clap your hands at the Grand Ole Opry or at any of the many live music venues in Nashville. Near lively Chattanooga, you can view seven states from Lookout Mountain, home to Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. Continue your look back at the Civil war at Shiloh Battlefield, where more than 111,000 Union and Confederate soldiers clashed in one of the most legendary battles of the war, leaving casualties numbering near 24,000. In Florence, learn where musical artists like Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, and The Osmonds laid down their tracks at the iconic FAME recording studios.


Who doesn’t love breakfast served all day? The best in Chattanooga is found at the Bluegrass Grill at 55 East Main Street. The Mediterranean Frittata with Feta, tomatoes, Kalamata olives and fresh spinach is amazing, and the Alderwood Smoked Salmon Frittata with herbed cream cheese is to die for.



Vietnam / Cambodia
Marvel at the peaceful floating villages of the Mekong, stroll through exotic Koh Chen, and explore the wonders of Oudong, once the royal capital of Cambodia. Ride an oxcart through Kampong Tralach and a tuk tuk through the bustling streets of Phnom Penh. Discover the French colonial architecture of the region and applaud a Khmer folk performance presented by local children. Gaze in wonder at the Silver Pagoda and relive the horrors of the Khmer Rouge’s Tuol Sleng S21 detention center, now the thoughtful and sacred Genocide Museum. Call on a workshop making rattan mats in Tan Chau, and visit candy and rice paper workshops around Cai Be. Extend your cruise with a stay in fascinating Ho Chi Minh City, Siem Reap and Hanoi. Visit the infamous prison that American POWs during the Vietnam War called the Hanoi Hilton, tour iconic Angkor Wat temple, and search for local handicrafts in Ho Chi Minh City’s Ben Thanh Market.


Bring your negotiating skills because almost every price on an item in a market or store is negotiable, but also listen carefully. If someone offers a specific price for an item, repeat it back to them at least twice before you agree to the purchase since vendors sometimes “forget” that final, lower price.



In this magical land, once known as Burma, discover “The Golden Land.”  The sun glints off the oldest pagoda in the world, the Shwedagon Pagoda, in Yangon, better known by its former name of Rangoon. The golden Buddha in Mandalay’s Mahamuni Pago is equally stunning. Explore the archaeological wonders of medieval Bagan, watch silversmiths ply their trade in Sagaing, meet local farmers in the village of Shwe Pyi Thar. Along this remarkable river, monks, artisans, and children help personalize your experience. Here, you’re more than a traveler – you become part of the family.


Avoid the stifling heat of summer and the monsoon season by choosing to cruise between November and March. Also, be prepared to disconnect from the rest of the world. Ashore, there is little Wi-Fi and cellphones generally don’t work. Immerse yourself in the experience.



See the past collide with the future in Shanghai, where towering skyscrapers loom over traditional markets. Hear the chiming of the bronze bells at the Hubei Provincial Museum in Wuhan, and visit a local elementary school in Jingzhou. Sail through the magnificent cliffs, misty forests and rock formations of the Three Gorges and then tour the mighty Three Gorges Dam before your ship ascends the five sets of locks. Visit the 12-story Shibaozhai Temple built in 1650 and, in Beijing, be the envy of friends and family with a walk along the Great Wall and a tour of Tiananmen Square.


If you don’t mind the crowds, the best weather for a Yangtze River cruise is in the spring and fall. Choose from colorful blossoms or the deep red autumn foliage as a spectacular backdrop.



India is an exotic blend of colorful textiles, aromatic spices, bustling streets and magnificent monuments. Discover the devotion of the Hindu god Shiva at the Rajbari Temples, and devotion of a more earthly sort in Kolkata, where Mother Teresa changed thousands of lives. The imposing memorial to Mahatma Gandhi is a reminder of the spirit of peace, while the iconic architecture of Agra’s Taj Mahal is a symphony in marble to the enduring power of love. From the tomb of Emperor Humayun in Delhi to the exotic Pink City of Jaipur, India and her great river, the Ganges, will forever flow through your heart.


India’s cultural norms are far different than those in the United States and even an innocuous gesture can have hidden meaning. Never sit with your legs crossed and the sole of your foot pointing toward anyone; it is considered rude. And only touch or pass food with your right hand as Indians often regard the left hand as “unclean.”



Botswana / South Africa / Zimbabwe / Tanzania
Ride a 4×4 through Chobe National Park to a quaint picnic lunch while looking for giraffes, lions and cheetahs, and later visit a charming African Village. Partake of the fine dining to be found in Capetown, sail a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, and tour Victoria Falls. Begin or end your voyage with an authentic African safari for an adventure that exceeds your expectations.


Bring eye drops and a pair of prescription eyewear if you wear contacts. Between June and October, game reserves can be quite dusty, and you don’t want to miss the sights due to irritated eyes.



There is history and then there is ancient history. Everywhere you go along the Nile, the ghosts of the past are your guides. The ruins of the Temple of Karnak tower toward the sky and the Temple of Luxor beguiles you with its intricate entrance. The legendary Valley of the Kings containing Egypt’s god-like royalty are a fascinating glimpse into a long-forgotten culture. Share the river with quaint feluccas, a traditional style of sailboat, and discover the birth of feminism at the Temple of Hatshepsut, which honors the land’s first female ruler. But for all its wonders, the sight that will remain indelibly etched in your mind is the Sphinx crouching like a feline sentinel in the shadows of the pyramids soaring above the Giza Plateau like alien calling cards.


Egypt is not small. The ancient Egyptians had big ideas, built titanic monuments, and placed them far apart. Bring your most comfortable walking shoes if you want to explore in depth. The Giza pyramids spread across the plateau above Cairo for over a mile from one side to the other. If you need new walking shoes, buy them well in advance and make sure your break them in properly before traveling. You don’t want to be focused on an unexpected but painful blister while gazing up at the Sphinx!




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