After Europe, what is the next step? : Travel Weekly

Nicole Edenedo

Nicole Edenedo

Do you have clients looking for a river cruise that takes them beyond the cobbled streets and medieval architecture of Europe? A number of river cruise companies can do this, sailing the most adventurous waterways in the world.

Travel season to some of the most sought-after destinations filled with everything from exotic animals to ancient temples and stunning natural scenery begins this fall, with some seasons ending just before the end of the year.

Egypt’s river cruise season runs from September to June, and 2022 is an exciting season to set sail as the country prepares to mark the 100th anniversary of the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb, which was was produced on November 4, 1922. A number of new ships and itineraries all launched offerings on the Egyptian Nile as well as new tours that visit the highlights of the region.

The newest Viking vessel, the 82-passenger Viking Osiris, was launched in late August and is sailing the company’s 12-day Pharaohs and Pyramids itinerary from Cairo, joining its sister ship on the Nile, the Viking Ra. The company offers a pair of four-night pre- and post-cruise extensions to Jordan and Jerusalem.

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AmaWaterways’ AmaDahlia, which launched in September 2021, offers an 11-night Egypt and Nile Secrets itinerary. The itinerary begins with three nights in Cairo, then travels to Luxor for a seven-night Nile round trip and ends with a final night in Cairo before guests return.

Avalon Waterways offers two itineraries in Egypt, the 10-day Taste of Egypt, which visits only one country, and the 14-day Taste of Egypt and Jordan, which also includes visits to several historical sites in Jordan, from the dead Sea. in Petra.

Uniworld offers a 12-day Egypt and Nile itinerary that begins with three nights in Cairo before guests fly to Luxor to begin their seven-night Nile river cruise, followed by an additional three nights in Cairo before the end of the trip. Guests who want a more robust experience can opt for a four-night Jerusalem extension with three days of excursions or a five-night Jordan extension that includes stays at St. Regis Amman and one night at Mazayen Camp Wadi Rum .

Travelers who want to explore more of Africa also have the option of taking a safari river cruise with AmaWaterways on its chartered vessel, the Zambezi Queen. The company offers five safari itineraries: a 10-day Discover Africa; three 13-day cruises — Rivers & Rails of Africa, Wildlife & the Falls and Stars of South Africa; and a 15-day Golden Trails of Africa. Most cruises begin with three nights in Cape Town, followed by four nights cruising the Chobe River as well as two nights spent in Victoria Falls, with the option of adding nights in Johannesburg. The longest route, Golden Trails of Africa, includes seven nights in Tanzania and explores the Serengeti National Park.

Variety Cruises is also an option for travelers looking to explore West Africa. The small luxury ship and yacht company offers two eight-day river cruise itineraries departing from Dakar, Senegal, and Banjul, Gambia, where guests will have the chance to explore wildlife sanctuaries and natural areas. rich where few river cruises venture. The best time to take an African safari river cruise is between March and November, but Variety cruises in West Africa sail from December to February.

Sail in Asia

Asia remains a popular destination for river cruises with its season running from August to April, with eight river cruise companies offering departures on the Mekong. Avalon, AmaWaterways, Scenic, Emerald, Viking, Uniworld, Aqua Expeditions and Pandaw all have ships sailing the Mekong in Vietnam and Cambodia, with some lines offering itineraries that include visits to Thailand.

Century Cruises, based in China, offers several river cruises on the Yangtze River. The company’s four itineraries vary between three and 14 nights of sailing between Chongqing and Shanghai, with stops in Nanjing and the scenic Three Gorges region.

India is also a must for customers looking for something exciting and new in Asia. Avalon offers five itineraries ranging from seven to 21 days, while Uniworld offers a 13-day itinerary sailing the Ganges from New Delhi to Kolkata. For those who want an in-depth experience from a local perspective, Kolkata-based Antara Luxury River Cruises offers a wide variety of river cruises in India ranging from four days to eight days, as well as its brand new 53-day cruise which sets sail in March 2023. The grand cruise is to sail between Prayagraj on the Ganges and Shivsagar on the Brahmaputra, spanning 27 rivers. The voyage will take place aboard the Ganga Vilas, an 18-suite vessel built to accommodate 36 guests.

Adventures on the Amazon

South America should also be on your customers’ radar when it comes to adventurous river cruises. Few river cruise companies venture here, but Avalon and Uniworld are among those with deals on the Amazon. Avalon offers four itineraries between 11 and 20 days that include multiple nights in the Amazon and land tours that take guests to famous Inca sites like Machu Picchu and other Peruvian destinations as well as Ecuador. Uniworld offers two itineraries that explore the Amazon as well as the other rainforest waterways for an in-depth exploration of Peru’s ancient history.

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