The 30 Best River Cruises for 2021 and Beyond


22. Rural traditions on the Mekong

The Mekong River cruise through Vietnam and Cambodia resonates with French influences from colonial rule and, combined with Khmer and Angkorian cultures, have left a legacy of architectural treasures. Ancient temples dot the landscape, with Cambodia’s Angkor Wat to Siem Reap, recognized as one of the world’s major archaeological sites. Meanwhile, the Killing Fields Memorial in Phnom Penh recalls the country’s more recent tumultuous past.

A seven-night cruise from Ho Chi Minh City to Kampong Cham, departing September 18, from £ 1,491 per person (00 84 285 410 7882;

23. Oktoberfest on the Rhine

Munich’s lively Oktoberfest celebrations – pouring beers, Bavarian festivals and marching bands – are a highlight of the Tauck Rhine cruise, and passengers can have fun while enjoying reserved seats in one of the tents. of the brewery. This trip from Amsterdam to Basel – with excursion to Munich – also crosses the Rhine Gorge, whose steep slopes are crowned with crusader-style castles, while Strasbourg’s medieval half-timbered houses exude the allure of boxes of chocolate.

The 10-day package, including seven-night sailing and two-night sailing in Munich, departs September 14, 2022. From £ 4,840 per person (0800 810 8020;

24. The heart of Ukraine

Cossack riders with swords breathe a combative flavor into this 12-night discovery along the Dnieper River in the heart of Ukraine with Saga Cruises. Navigations between Kiev and Odessa are punctuated with bulbous cathedrals and Byzantine icons marking centuries of history, while the islands and lakes of the Dnieper Delta are a treasure trove of wild animals. Founded by Catherine the Great, the great city of Odessa is full of architectural gems, and if you’re feeling particularly energetic, speed up the famous Potemkin Steps (there are 192 of them) which make up the giant staircase leading to the city.

The Heart of Ukraine Roundtrip from Kiev departs on August 6. From £ 1,499 per person including flights (0808 2789459;

25. Musical Moselle

This Rhine and Moselle journey will touch music lovers and Aled Jones fans alike as the Welsh classical music performer and presenter embarks on three days of exclusive events. Guests can mingle with the singer at a welcome session, but the highlight will be his private concert in Cologne. An added attraction comes from a backdrop of striking landscapes with the spectacular Rhine Gorge and the whimsical world of cuckoo clocks and castles in the German Black Forest.

The Legends of the Rhine and Moselle week-long trip from Amsterdam to Basel departs on June 11. From £ 1,745 pp including flights (0800 012 6683;


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