Three of the best

RIVERS TO CRUISE

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123The Rhine

Europe’s busiest river was made for cruising. The Rhine flows from the Swiss Alps through six coun­tries and emp­ties out into the North Sea in the Nether­lands. Along the way she me­an­ders past dra­matic gorges and hill­sides dot­ted with fairy­tale cas­tles, fortresses and vine­yards. There are small vil­lages, medieval towns and pic­turesque cities just wait­ing to be ex­plored.

The Ama­zon

The ma­jor­ity of this South Amer­i­can river runs through a rain­for­est that is home to a third of the world’s an­i­mal species. If you’re lucky you’ll see three-toed sloths, pink dol­phins, maybe an ana­conda or two and much more. While you are in South Amer­ica, why not ex­plore the arche­o­log­i­cal trea­sures of Peru, in­clud­ing Machu Pic­chu, and Brazil’s beaches.

The Mekong

There’s plenty to see and do while cruising South­east Asia’s long­est river. The Mekong, the 12th long­est river in the world, flows south-east from the Ti­betan Plateau into the South China Sea. Stop along the way to meet the friendly lo­cals, ex­plore the culture, see an­cient tem­ples and tra­di­tions and sam­ple the cuisines of China, Myan­mar, Thai­land, Laos, Cam­bo­dia, and Viet­nam.

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