River cruising is the most comfortable and peaceful way to explore the ancient and medieval world, especially for 50 and older travelers. Unlike ocean cruising, river cruises offer smaller ships and carry 100 to 150 travelers, meaning no queue for meals, a more relaxed and coincidental journey and more personal attention from the staff. Almost every day, the ship stops in the middle of a beautiful city rich in history and culture. A traveler can pass to a cafe or shops or markets or a tour. The ease with which you only have to unpack, you know where to eat every night, no matter what city you visit that day, and the aboard entertainment activities are all tempting properties for river cruises.
River cruises are very accessible to people with mobility problems, as they can enjoy the view from the deck as the ship drives the river. Many river cruise lines offer discounts to travelers over 55 years, if the tour is booked at least 6-7 months in advance. Most river cruises are 7 to 10 days long and offers full board facilities with all meals and drinks, sometimes wine included in the price. Here are some river cruises that are famous for traveling through international borders, spectacular natural scenery and charming old towns
Danube River Cruise
The Danube, the most popular river in Europe, is a great way to experience spectacular cities like Vienna, Munich, Prague and Budapest at a slow pace. The river Danube originates from the Black Forest of Germany and flows along the border of more than 10 countries - Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria, almost 2000 kilometers. His role as a trade route from the middle Ages led to the development of culturally unique and historically rich cities and towns along the banks.
The cruise ship is generally from 2 days to a week with options for crossing the Danube Passau Passau in Germany, at the Austrian border; Or one way road between Regensburg and Budapest; Or between Vienna or Budapest to Nuremberg. The longer cruises give you the opportunity to visit Bratislava in Slovakia, with a beautiful old town and Belgrade in Serbia, one of the oldest capitals in Europe. You can even expand your trip on land to spend more time in Munich and Prague. Before you arrive at the cruise plan 2 extra days in Budapest, called the Pearl of the Danube or Paris of the East for its unexpected elegance, hidden courtyards, remarkable markets and stories of turbulent history.
The Danube river crosses on a warm sunny day on the open deck on a slippery day and glides through the shores of the banks of the river, fairytale castles, medieval fortresses, baroque monasteries, is an unforgettable excursion.
Mekong River Cruise
Mekong River was inaccessible long ago by the presence of many waterfalls and rapids through Tibet's journey to Vietnam, a 1200-km flow through six nations, China, Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. A wire connecting the different cultures of Indochina has opened for travelers in the last decade after the ages of exploration. While the Lower Mekong River makes you familiar with the cultural contrasts of vibrant Vietnam and calm Cambodia, the Upper Mekong River through Laos is known for foggy mountains and picturesque scenery of Thailand and Laos.
The 7-night Lower Mekong River excursion on a custom-built teak cruise in colonial times begins from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and takes a rural scenic route to temples of Angkor Wat and Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. There is a stopover in Kampong Cham, a Cambodian river city in a relaxed atmosphere, riverside bars and interesting colonial architecture. Excursions take you to Wat Nokor's 13th century temple.
You can expand your journey to the Upper Mekong River and visit the Abandoned City, Luang Prabang, the former royal and spiritual capital of Laos. Luang Prabang earned a UNESCO World Heritage Status for over 40 spectacular temples with sunken rooftops, inlaid golden doors and beautiful Buddhas.
While the Makong River offers a relaxing tour, you must still be physically fit to climb in and out of the basic local panga boats for daily trips along the tributaries of Mekong and to rural seaside resorts.
Amazon River Cruise
Nobody should tell you why an Amazon River Cruise is in your list. For millennia, the Amazon is reluctant to reveal its secrets to outsiders. The backbone stories of anaconda and piranha, the possibility that the rainforest still lost ports or plants that can cure cancer, and mystical mythical spirits such as El Chullachaqui, a dwarf guardian of the forest, attracted many scouts to attack Amazon for centuries . Today, the Amazon, the second longest river in the world, offers an excellent opportunity to explore the area of great biodiversity in Brazil, Colombia and Peru.
You can board an Amazon river cruise from the Brazilian ports of Manaus and Belém and drive hundreds of miles to Iquitos, Peru. But Brazil is always associated with Amazon, cruises from Brazil are expensive. Instead, try the Equador or Peru cruise through the western rainforest area, which remains largely untouched and reveals the beauty of Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. In the cruise, the naturalist guide explains the impossible rich ecosystem and the remarkable way of life of the Rio Amazonas river men. A colorful bird, like macaws and toucans, along with mammals, including agile spider juices, creates a beautiful rainforest caffeine with their cry. The guide introduces you to an elusive wildlife, abrasive anacondas, pirate pirates, playful pink dolphins and lazy sloths.
Amazon receives rain for more than 260 days in a year. This way you can only avoid the heavy rainy season, so travel between May and October. If you are a Peru cruise, plan to extend your trip with a few more days to visit the world-famous Unisco Heritage site Machu Pichu and Enhaced Galapagos Islands.
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