Top 10 Bucket list river cruises around the world

Jul 23, 2022
With regular stops, cruises offer the perfect opportunity to explore new places. Source: Getty

River cruises are a fantastic way to see and explore new parts of the world while still enjoying all the fun, camaraderie and convenience of cruising.

Most river cruises regularly dock in different cities for the day or overnight, meaning you get to explore a new town or country throughout your trip.

We’ve gathered the Travel at 60 audience’s top 10 most popular river cruises for you to try:

Murray River, Australia

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For a brilliant showcase of breathtaking Australian scenery and its unique wildlife, the famous Murray River is the perfect way to see some of the untouched beauty South Australia has to offer. Highlights include guided walking tours of the Swan Reach township and seeing the towering sandstone cliffs at the Big Bend.

Be sure to include the optional onshore Barossa Valley tour, a must-visit to taste test the amazing wineries for the day.

Join the Travel at 60 community on a Murray River cruise in early 2023

Rhine, Europe

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If you’ve always wanted to experience the fairy-tale sights of Europe, look no further than a trip down the Rhine. The second longest river in central and western Europe, the Rhine travels through Switzerland, Austria, Germany, France and the Netherlands.

There’s no shortage of locations and castles to visit along the way.

Luxury cruise option

Danube, Europe

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A river cruise along the Danube is a great way to experience Europe as the cruise passes through a spectacular array of landscapes in Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Germany.

From the vineyards of Austria to the gorges and peaks of Germany there are a number of breathtaking reasons to take a trip along the Danube.

Budapest to Amsterdam is our European top seller

Nile, Egypt

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A river cruise on the Nile is one of the best ways to see the incredible ruins of ancient Egypt. In fact, most cruises will offer you the chance to visit a number of fascinating attractions along the famed river including the Luxor Temple, Karnak Temple and the Valley of the Kings, just to name a few.

When you’re not on shore exploring the historic wonders, you can sit back on your deck and enjoy the magnificent sites as you sail past.

Cruise the Nile in safety and luxury

Yangtze River, China

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The legendary Yangtze River, the third longest river in the world should be on everyone’s bucket list.

This river, which spans 6,300km, runs from the Tibetan Plateau across China’s vast hinterland to Shanghai and the East China Sea, however, the most fascinating part of the river is the Three Gorges region.

The three gorges on the river are the Qutang Gorge, the shortest and the narrowest of the three, the Wu Gorge, known for its forest-covered mountains, and Xiling Gorge, the largest and most downstream of the three.

At Travel at 60, we recommend travelling in a group on a tour that includes a few nights cruising the Yangtze

Seine, France

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Flowing through the heart of Paris is the beautiful Seine River. The Seine flows from the English Channel at Le Havre across more than 700kms of France, winding through some of the country’s most famous regions and cities.

Set sail in Paris and enjoy the iconic landmarks along the way, including the Eiffel Tower, before heading out into the breathtaking countryside for a relaxing holiday.

Cruise the River Seine

Mekong River, Asia

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Stretching through China, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, the Mekong River provides visitors with the chance of a lifetime to experience the wonders of each of these powerful and fascinating cultures and see world-renowned sites.

If you’d love to delve into the incredible history of some of Asia’s most coveted locations, most river cruises visit many fantastic locations, including Phnom Penh in Cambodia where you can view the incredible Cambodian Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum.

Cruise the Mekong River

Amazon River

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The Amazon River is a place like no other. It is the biggest river by volume in the world, and its basin is home to the Amazon Rainforest, which is the largest tropical rainforest in the world.

The river stretches from Peru in the west to Brazil, and one of the most popular sections of the river is located in Iquitos, Peru. Take a river cruise to see the stunning landscape and unique wildlife — you might even spot a rare pink dolphin!

Put this one on your bucket list

Mississippi River, US

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For those wanting to experience a bit of old-time American charm with a French twist, a cruise down the Mississippi River is a must-do.

Flowing through 10 US states, most of these river cruises stop in charming and fascinating historical cities such as Oak Alley, a historic plantation located in Louisiana and Vicksburg in Mississippi, which is known as the site of a key American Civil War battle.

Cruise the Mississippi River

Ganges, India

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If you enjoy experiencing other cultures and religions, a cruise along India’s Ganges River is one that should be on your ever-increasing bucket list.

The Ganges River flows 2,525 kilometres across India and Bangladesh into the Bay of Bengal, the northeastern part of the Indian Ocean.

The river has many sacred temples settled along its banks, and if you’re interested in marine life, you might also be lucky enough to spot some of the dolphins that live in the river.

This unique itinerary includes an overnight river cruise


The above river cruise options are just a selection of our audience’s favourite cruises. The Travel at 60 team is able to book any river cruise option you might be interested in, including flight quotes to get you there and back! Call the team on 1300 414 198 or email us on [email protected] for a quote for your preferred bucket list holiday!

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