A river cruise can combine sight-seeing with travelling, making the journey part of the holiday. On a river cruise, you'll sail straight into the heart of famous cities, towns and villages on some of the world's greatest waterways.
From tours down the Yangtze and the Nile to beautiful rivers in Europe, Russia, Egypt and Vietnam, the options are endless. Pick a Rhine River Cruise and not only will you meander through the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley but you'll see more Medieval castles on the shores than in any other river valley in the world.
River cruises offer excellent value for money with travel, transfers, entertainment, signature lectures, and meals included in the price - choose one of our many cruises, as it's the perfect way to relax and travel.
A room with a view
The majority of river cruise ships have outside cabins meaning you should have a window to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Some cabins come with a French balcony open to a rail, while others have a veranda.
Watch the world go by
River cruise itineraries often include a half day ashore and a half day sailing. Unlike sea days on the oceans, on a river cruise you'll always have a view. You can also spend time listening to talks by guest speakers, wine or beer tasting sessions and cookery demonstrations.
Small and friendly
The size of a river cruise vessel is governed by the length and width of the locks they have to pass through. They generally hold between 100 and 200 passengers. The atmosphere on board is very friendly and you'll most likely be travelling with like-minded people with similar interests. Dining in the restaurant is open which allows you to sit with different people each night or with new friends you've made during your cruise.
Unpack and relax
Once you're on board, just unpack and enjoy the scenery as your floating hotel takes you on a fascinating journey, visiting iconic towns and villages.
No need to fly
European river cruise holidays are perfect if you want a no-fly holiday. You can travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras and connect to local high speed rail networks to join your cruise. Alternatively you can travel by coach with many river cruise lines offering free regional departure points.
The world is your oyster
River cruising isn't just about Europe. There are many exotic rivers throughout the world that you can experience on a boat like the Nile in Egypt, the South East Asia and the Yangtze in China. Two up and coming destinations are the Mississippi river in the USA and the Ayeyarwady river in Myanamar.
Contact your nearest Lincolnshire Co-op Travel branch for more information and speak to one of our cruise specialists.