ALBERT AIRDTravel Training and River Cruise Consultant
Introduction• River cruising offers an ideal way to sail into the heart of a destination and experience some of its most beautiful cities and breathtaking scenery all in one trip• Important highways for trade, industry and tourism• So many cities and towns developed along waterways, they were literally made to be accessible by river• River cruising brings you more of these destinations than you could see any other way
River Cruise Destinations• Europe and Russia• Africa• Yangtze – China Cruise Tours• Mekong - Vietnam and Cambodia• Emerging Destinations
Rhine• Europe’s busiest river and where river cruising industry started.• Links with the River Main/Main-Danube Canal and Moselle rivers enabling cruisers to travel along all three• Countries and cities: The Rhine and tributaries flow from the Swiss Alps through Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands• Key Destinations include: Basel, Strasbourg, Mainz, Rhine Gorge, Koblenz, Cologne, Dusseldorf and Amsterdam• Who cruises here? Everybody!
Dutch & Belgian Waterways• Countless Canals, Windmills, Tulips, the art of Rembrandt and Van Gogh and rich maritime history.• Key destinations include: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Hoorn, Volendam & Marken, Antwerp and Bruges• Who cruises here? Everybody!
Danube• Second largest river in Europe, stretches for 2000 miles from Germany to Romania and the Black Sea• Countries and cities: Flows from Germany to the Black Sea, through Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia and follows border between Bulgaria and Romania• Key destinations include: Nuremberg, Passau, Regensburg, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Danube Delta• Who cruises here? Everybody!
Dnieper• Third longest European river after Volga and Danube• Cruise between Kiev and the Black Sea and see how differing societies from the Vikings to the Tartars and the Cossacks have influenced the architecture, culture and people of today’s Ukraine• Key destinations include: Kiev, Zaporozhye, Sevastopol, Yalta and Odessa
Seine• River for cruisers seeking a Gallic flavour & taking in the capital and pretty Normandy landscapes between Paris and Le Havre• Key destinations include: Paris, Les Andelys, Giverny, Caudebec en Caux, Conflans, Rouen and Honfleur• Who cruises here? Viking River Cruises / Peter Deilmann / Connections Elegant River Cruises
Rhône & Saône• These rivers join in French second city of Lyon, showcasing history and beauty of southern France• Cruises along Saône go through wine-growing region of Burgundy, while on Rhône they sail south through Provence famous for its gastronomic and cultural charms• Key destinations include: Chalon-Sur- Saône, Tournus, Macon and Tevoux on the Saône. Lyon lies on both rivers. Vienne, Avignon and Arles on the Rhône
Douro• Cruises take travellers into the heart of the Portuguese and Spanish countryside and away from commercialised coastal areas• Famed for its beautiful scenery and Port Wine production which has helped shape this region• Key destinations include: Porto, Pinhao and Regua in Portugal and Vega de Torron and Salamanca in Spain
Po• Magical Venice with its palazzo-lined canals, grand townhouses and elegant churches.• Venice Lagoon• Po River – Unesco World Heritage site of Ravenna, enchanting Verona – home of literature’s most famous lovers – Romeo & Juliet• Who cruises here? Titan/Uniworld, Shearings & CroisiEurope
Elbe• Itineraries: (Elbe) Berlin to Prague• Countries and Cities: Elbe flows from Czech Republic through Germany to Hamburg.• Key destinations include: Prague, Dresden, Meissen, Wittenburg, Magdeburg, Potsdam and Berlin• Who cruises here? River Cruise Line / Titan
Russian Waterways• Connecting Moscow with St. Petersburg along the Waterways of the Tsars• See Russia’s great landmarks and her heartland too• Key destinations include: Moscow, Uglich, Yaroslavl, Goritzy, Kizhi Island, Mandrogy / Svirstroy and St. Petersburg
Nile• World’s longest river at 4,187 miles• Egypt’s lifeblood – No better way to experience the wealth of Egypt’s history, culture and architecture• Key destinations include: Cairo, Luxor (Valley of the Kings) Alexandria, Aswan and Abu Simbel and Gisa (Pyramids and Sphinx)• Who cruises here? Titan’s ‘The World’s Best River Cruises’ in exclusive partnership with Uniworld
Yangtze• Longest river in China and 3rd longest in world• Choice of 5 or 10 night cruises as part of fully inclusive tours taking in the very best of China• Key destinations include: Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Chongqing, Three Gorges, Wuhan, Nanjing• Pre / Post tours to Hong Kong / Guilin
Mekong• Europe’s busiest river and where river cruising industry started.• Links with the River Main/Main-Danube Canal and Moselle rivers enabling cruisers to travel along all three.• Countries and cities: The Rhine and tributaries flow from the Swiss Alps through Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands• Key Destinations include: Basel, Strasbourg, Stuttgart, Cologne, Nuremberg, Mainz, Trier, Dusseldorf, Amsterdam, Maastricht, Ghent and Antwerp• Who cruises here? Titan’s ‘The World’s Best River Cruises’ in exclusive partnership with Uniworld