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Ten of the most popular river cruises for adventure travellers

River cruising has come a long way since the days of large groups following their guide on obligatory shopping trips and shore excursions. These days cycling, hiking, yoga classes and gourmet food are all-important ingredients. Here are ten of the most popular river cruises for adventure travellers.

On this premium cruise on the Nile in Egypt you get to witness the pyramids, bazaars, mosques and museums in Cairo, Karnak's Pharaonic temples and Valley of the Kings near Luxor and the masterpiece of a temple Ramses II built in Abu Simbel. Join a Nile cruise and visit edifices where time has stood still for centuries. This adventure tour of Egypt shows you the country in style.

Explore the Amazon River in Brazil from its mouth in Belem to its midway point near Manaus on this 2-week adventure holiday in South America. This is your chance to discover what life along this river is as you visit local communities, sleep on deck in a hammock on a passenger ferry and roam around the white sand beaches that mark the Amazon's islands.

Discover the wildlife that calls the region home, such as capybara, monkeys, and sloth and sail through narrow waterways and the main Amazon channel past local communities, as we observe local life and mingle with fellow travellers.

Sail into the Amazon headwaters in Peru on this 8-day luxury expedition-style cruise. Discover the hidden lakes and lagoons of Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve and the two Amazon tributaries that flow through it, the Marañon and Ucayali rivers. Spot rate pink Amazon dolphins, kayak, canoe and swim in pristine waters and visit remote settlements to learn about local culture. Your experienced guides will teach you all there is to know about flora, fauna and life in the Amazon.

Discover the magic of Central Europe on this cruise along the Danube from southern Germany via the Wachau and Vienna in Austria to Budapest in Hungary. Monasteries, castles, pretty towns and dramatic scenery vie for your attention. Combine this with stellar dining, a menu of excellent excursions (including cycling, hiking and wine tasting), and you have a wonderful cruise through the heart of Europe.

Take a river cruise from Basel in Switzerland along the Rhine through Germany and France to Amsterdam in the Netherlands (or vice versa), and explore vibrant cities, beautiful castles and charming villages. Combine this with stellar dining, a menu of excellent excursions (including cycling, hiking and wine tasting), and you have a wonderful cruise through the heart of Europe.

Sailing from Lyon, France’s culinary capital, to Avignon (or vice versa), you will encounter the best of Provence. From vibrant cities to small villages, from colourful landscapes to beautiful vineyards, where classic wines such as local vintages like Beaujolais and Côtes du Rhône are produced, this river cruise will truly give you a taste of France's good life. Trace the steps of famous artists in Arles, visit the Palais des Papes, the Pont du Gard Roman aqueduct, or the medieval hilltop village, Les Baux de Provence. Combine this with stellar dining, a menu of excellent excursions (including cycling, hiking and wine tasting), and you have a cruise that is hard to beat.

Discover the spirit of season with this river cruise on the Rhine visiting the best Christmas markets in Germany and France. From the Dutch capital of Amsterdam you set sail for Cologne where you visit one of Europe’s largest and most renowned Christmas Markets, set right in front of the UNESCO protected cathedral. Other markets follow along the river - Rüdesheim, historic Heidelberg, Strasbourg's Christkindelsmärik, the oldest Christmas Market in France and pretty Riquewihr in the Alsace.

In true Adventure Coordinators spirit we offer this cruise because it gives you the opportunity for lots of optional active and cultural outings - biking along the Rhine, visiting tavernas, hiking along the Neckar River on the historic Philosopher’s Path, and cycling through Breisach’s countryside.

From festive Amsterdam in The Netherlands to stately Budapest in Hungary, this two-week river cruise along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers immerses you in all that Europe is famous for - castles, thriving cities, vineyards, traditional foods, cultural events and centuries of history.

The terraced vineyards of Portugal's Douro Valley invite you to visit wineries and taste the sweet, fortified wine, Port, or the intense red Barca Velha. On this return sailing between Porto and the western region of Spain you will enjoy the beautiful scenery of one of Europe's best-preserved riverscapes.

Sail in luxury on the Mekong river in Vietnam and Cambodia and discover the Mekong Delta, visit villages and markets, discover temples and a cuisine rich in local falvours.


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