Cruises aren’t just about the oceans and seas of the world. Taking a classic cruise to an island destination or along the coast of a large country is a great way to spend a vacation, but river cruises have a whole lot to offer as well. Rivers, being freshwater sources, have historically played big roles in the development of various towns, cities, countries, and even civilizations over the years, with the likes of the Nile, the Danube, the Rhone, and more being amazing rivers to explore and admire. See below for details on some of the best river cruises all around the world from leading river cruise lines like Ama Waterways and Viking River Cruises.

1.Ama Waterways - 7 Night Riches of the Mekong - AmaDara

Ama Waterways - 7 Night Riches of the Mekong - AmaDara
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The twelfth longest river in the world, the Mekong runs from the Tibetan Plateau through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, and you can explore and admire some of its most beautiful scenery on the '7 Night Riches of the Mekong' cruise with Ama Waterways. With rooms available for under $2,000, this world river cruise offers an exceptional opportunity to see some stunning spots all around Asia and make some magical memories.

For this cruise, you and your fellow passengers will be warmly welcomed on board the AmaDara. Designed in a French Colonial fashion and measuring up at over 300 feet, the AmaDara was designed with the Mekong in mind and features interior decor influenced by the surrounding regions and landscapes. You'll be able to stop in some gorgeous rooms on board, with many offering large balconies to step out and admire the views. You'll find two different dining options on board, as well as an exercise center, gift shop, swimming pool, relaxing lounge area with live entertainment in the evenings, and more.

For this Mekong river cruise, you'll set off from Kampong Cham in Cambodia and make several more stops in Cambodia before heading over the border into Vietnam. The first stop will be at Angkor Ban, a beautiful rural village with a really laid-back vibe. Next, you'll stop off at Oudong at the base of the Phnom Udong Mountain and Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. Next, you'll head further along the Mekong and into Vietnam for stops at Tan Chau and Sa Dec, before getting a chance to explore the biggest city in the country: Ho Chi Minh City.

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2.Viking River Cruises - 7 Night Romantic Danube Westbound - Viking Gullveig

Viking River Cruises - 7 Night Romantic Danube Westbound - Viking Gullveig
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For a romantic getaway and a wonderful river cruise all in one, choose the outstanding '7 Night Romantic Danube Westbound' cruise from Viking River Cruises. Heading off along the historic and highly significant Danube River and visiting multiple countries and cities along the way, this cruise is a wonderful way to escape from the monotony of daily life and experience some new, exciting, and memorable with a special someone.

For this cruise, you'll be able to travel on the luxuriously appointed and beautifully furnished Viking Gullveig. Named in honor of a Norse Seer, this river cruise ship features over 90 stunning staterooms, some with verandas, balconies, and suite facilities, as well as a sun deck, a putting green, a walking trail, a lounge, a bar, a restaurant with glass walls, a library, a shop, and more.

The '7 Night Romantic Danube Westbound' sets off from Budapest in Hungary and makes its first stop in one of the world's most magical capital cities: Vienna, Austria. There, you'll be able to admire the local landscapes, do some shopping, taste some authentic Austrian food, visit key cultural landmarks, and more. Next, you'll stop off at Krems, Austria before heading over the border and into Germany for visits to cities and towns like Passau, Regensburg, and Nuremberg. Unique experiences await you at each location, and this trip along the Danube River is one you'll never forget.

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3.Uniworld - 11 Night Splendors of Egypt & the Nile - River Tosca

Uniworld - 11 Night Splendors of Egypt & the Nile - River Tosca
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The longest river in the world, the Nile is a must-visit location for any river cruise enthusiast. Flowing for over 4,100 miles in total, the Nile passes through multiple African countries and is the main water source for Egypt, playing a huge role in the development of Egypt as a nation and being a key touristic landmark for the country in general. With the '11 Night Splendors of Egypt & the Nile' cruise from Uniworld, you'll be able to experience the truly breathtaking majesty of this incredible river and visit some amazing locations around Egypt as you go.

The River Tosca will be your home away from home for this amazing river cruise. A small river cruise ship catering to just 82 passengers, the River Tosca is designed with intimacy and comfort in mind. Unlike big cruise ships from major lines around the world, the River Tosca offers a cozy, personal sort of vibe that really makes it feel like home. The crew will do all they can to make your journey as pleasant as possible, and you'll find plenty of great features on board like a library, restaurant, exercise center, spa, sun deck, swimming pool, bar, lounge, and more.

This Nile river cruise begins at your hotel in Cairo and actually starts off with a flight from Cairo to Luxor. There, you'll be able to climb on board the River Tosca and begin your journey, exploring the Luxor area and making stops at places like Kom Omba, Aswan, and Edfu. Each stop is filled with historical and cultural sites to beguile and amaze you, like the Temple of Horus in Edfu and the amazing Temple of Kom Ombo too. You'll really feel like you stepped back in time on this cruise, able to explore sites that have been standing for thousands of years and really experience the power of Ancient Egypt all around you.

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3 Best River Cruises in the World