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Begin a new vacation each time you set foot ashore!
No matter where you are in the world, shore excursions offer you the opportunities to experience international cultures, sample local cuisine, sightsee and more.
Cruise shore excursions are also unique because of their flexibility. You can take guided tours or customize your sightseeing by renting transportation or embarking on walking tours.
Hit all a port of call's local highlights or focus on one or two extended activities. It's your cruise!


World River Cruises

Introduction

World river cruises serve many purposes. They enable cruisers to get off the beaten path and get up and close and personal with picturesque villages and ancient sites. They also provide a convenient way for cruisers to visit several countries while enjoy the defining landscapes that give them their character.

Educational and cultural experiences are the highlight of every world river cruise. Visit an ancient tomb in Egypt, a temple in Myanmar, a castle in Switzerland, a vineyard in Germany or a monastery in Russia.

Whether you want to cruise the mighty Amazon, the stately Volga, the magnificent Rhine or the incomparable Nile, there is a world river cruise suited for you.

Getting Around

Since world river vessels bring cruisers closer to, and sometimes past, onshore attractions, there usually won't be a need to hire a guide to travel inland. River cruisers are likely to have more time at shore, and this gives them ample time to set out on their own and explore at a leisurely pace. It's often convenient to walk or take public transportation to the main sights.

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Africa

Nile River
Journey to 4,000 years B.C. and dig up the legacy of the Pharaohs when you sail on the world's longest river through the heart of Egypt. Marvel at the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx in Giza, visit the dynasty temples of Luxor and visit the monstrous Aswan Dam.

Asia

Ayeyarwady River
Unearth the religious of heart of Myanmar (formerly Burma) and discover temples, pagodas, shrines perched on volcanic peaks, and the remains of the ancient capital of Pagan.

Yangtze River
Trace China's lifeline along the third longest river in the world, from the Tibetan Highlands to the East China Sea. Wake up to a morning sessions of Tai Chi before exploring the fabled Three Gorges, the tomb of the terracotta Army in Xi'an, and the wonders of Shanghai and Beijing.

Australia

Murray River
Carve a serpentine course through wetlands, gorges, clay pans, red gum forests and grassland as you cruise the fifth longest river in the world. Follow the lifeblood of pioneers through the driest continent on earth and view Aboriginal rock art, archaeological digs and over 350 species of birds.
 

 
Canada

St. Lawrence River and Seaway
Cruise to Quebec City and Montreal, two ageless Canadian cities on the St. Lawrence River, and then continue on the St. Lawrence Seaway, the international route to the Great Lakes. You'll navigate pristine Lake Ontario and the Thousand Islands region, an 80-mile network of scenic river channels and coves.
 
Europe

Danube River
Be engulfed with art, music and history when you sail the second longest river in Europe - a river that flows more than 1,800 miles through eight countries. Trace the paths of warlords who invaded Roman and Byzantine Empires and revel in the cultures of Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava, Melk and Nuremberg.

Elbe River
Voyage through Germany and the Czech Republic past fantastic rock formations, sprawling vineyards and tranquil meadows. Tour Dresden, a glorious treasury of art; Meissen, which produces world-famous porcelain, and Prague, an exhilarating medley of avant-garde creativity and youthful activism.

Rhine River
Venture past Switzerland, France, Germany and the Netherlands through the Rhine Valley, which has more castles than any other river in the world. You'll observe hilltop fortresses, Germany's most famous vineyard and Cologne's 700-year-old Gothic Cathedral.

Rhone and Saone Rivers
Experience the best of Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. Savor the local cuisine of Lyon, visit Roman ruins in Arles, view the art of Picasso, Renoir and Matisse in Provence, tour the palace of the Popes in Avignon and drink the wines of Beaujolais and Burgundy.

Seine River
Glide past the chateaux of kings and the landscape of the Impressionists on the French Seine, which flows through Paris before emptying into the English Channel at Le Havre. Take in Monet's gardens in Giverny, roam the beaches of Normandy and see where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake.

Po River
Fall in love with Italy while cruising its longest river to Venice, famed for its decadent architecture, dreamy canals and narrow alleyways. Along the way, visit Mantua, a highly romantic town; Padua, an old university town; and Verona, the setting of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet".

Douro River
Drift down the River of Gold, which begins in Madrid, Spain and flows to Porto, Portugal. This wonderfully scenic path encapsulates deep cleft gorges, sleepy fishing villages and almond and citrus orchards. Visit Salamanca, Spain's ancient seat of learning, and Porto, recognized for its medieval alleyways.

Russia

The Russian Waterways
Immerse yourself in the waterways of the Tsars and step into Russia's imperial past while sailing past stoic cities that contain preserved Kremlins, monasteries and churches. Tour aristocratic palaces and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg and Red Square and St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow.

South America

Amazon River
Navigate the world's largest carrier of water past small Indian settlements, the stately city of Manaus and remote archeological sites. Nature walks in the rainforest will introduce you some of the most exotic wildlife on the planet, including giant butterflies, toucans and monkeys.

 
Enhance your World river cruise by reading about local culture, people and history in these novels:
Food & Friends: A Chef's Journey through France and Italy - Serge Dansereau
French Dirt - Richard Goodman
A Garden in Lucca, Finding Paradise in Tuscany - Paul Gervais
Notes From an Italian Garden - Joan Marble
Old Provence - Theodore Andrea Cook
Toujours Provence - Peter Mayle
A Walk Across France - Miles Morland

 

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CARIBBEAN: Bury your toes in sugar-white sand, unearth Mayan ruins and shop at outdoor markets for duty-free handicrafts.
BAHAMAS & BERMUDA: Soak up electric blue waters, track the pursuits of legendary pirates and unravel the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle.

MEXICO: Tour ancient villages, old-world factories and traditional plantations. Or daydream in a hammock on a sun-drenched beach.
SOUTH AMERICA: Encounter mummies, active volcanoes and pink dolphins in a country that celebrates both ancient tribes and sophisticated cities.
PANAMA CANAL: Sail through this $350 million man-made wonder en route to fascinating countries like Costa Rica and Aruba. ALASKA: Trek across the "Great Frontier" and explore mile after mile of stunning fjords, glaciers, forests and mountains.
CANADA & NEW ENGLAND: Breathe in the life of rugged seaside villages and the spirit of the American Revolution.

MEDITERRANEAN EUROPE: Stand at the feet of Michelangelo's David, stare into the eyes of da Vinci's Mona Lisa, and take in the most inspired works of art ever created.
NORTHERN EUROPE: Toast to the wonders of lofty castles, grandiose cathedrals and pastoral countryside in an Irish pub.

HAWAII: Relax on Waikiki Beach and snorkel amidst lava rock in Nawiliwili Kauai. Or explore Hawaii's memorials and monuments.
ASIA: Experience a kaleidoscope of Oriental cultures and landscapes and walk the meandering Great Wall of China.
AUSTRALIA & SOUTH PACIFIC: Trek past boiling mud pools and powerful geysers in Tahiti and then attend a world-class performance at the Sydney Opera House.

TRANSATLANTIC: Visit the most geographically diverse regions of the world during a cruise across the Atlantic Ocean.
AROUND THE WORLD: Voyage to several continents across the globe and sightsee lively capitals and rustic villages.

River Cruises:
UNITED STATES: Get a closer look at America by sailing its most legendary rivers, including the Napa, Hudson, Ohio, Missouri and Mississippi.
WORLD: Sail alongside medieval castles, ancient ruins and luxuriant vineyards on rivers such as the Nile, Murray, Danube, Yangtze and Rhine.


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There’s so much to do on — and off — a Carnival cruise. Sure, you know the ship’s gonna be a blast. But what happens when you walk down the gangway into a port? Well, we’ve got the answer: a full-fledged fun bonanza! We’ve tracked down the coolest stuff in every port — which means you can be sure the good times won’t slow down just ‘cause you’re leaving the ship. So go ahead… snorkel, zip-line, ride a 4X4, swim with dolphin, shop or just relax on the beach. We’ve got tons of great shore excursions for you to try. Land ho!

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Make the most of your vacation with a shore and land excursion that appeals to your interests. Knowledgeable, professional guides lead all excursions and offer special insights into the culture, history, wildlife, and geology of each destination. Discover first-hand how islanders went about the business of growing, harvesting and refining sugar in 18th century Barbados. Take an invigorating mush across a snow-covered glacier aboard an Alaskan dogsled. Or stroll through the maze of tiny streets in Mykonos, the birthplace of Apollo. Celebrity Cruises
   
shore excursions that have been specially selected by Disney Cruise Line—provide you and your family with the very best recreation, leisure and sightseeing each destination has to offer. By adding a Port Adventure to your cruise, you'll receive an unforgettable experience ashore along with the peace of mind that comes with having Disney do all the planning. Whether sailing into the horizon, exploring an under the sea world, pillaging with pirates or splashing through the waves on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Port Adventures set the course for a whole new way to add even more magic to your Disney Cruise Line vacation.

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Holland America Line offers a wide variety of shore excursions to fit your lifestyle, ranging from easygoing activities to high adventure. Each of our tours provides the highest level of quality, safety, convenience and value. Once you have booked your cruise, you can easily book your shore excursions online; we recommend you book early for the best selection. Holland America
   
Surfing in Hawaii. Dogsledding in Alaska. Scuba diving in Belize. Exploring ancient medieval cities. You can book your adventures ashore up to two days prior to sailing, so take a look and book now, as the favorites sell out fast. Norwegian Cruise Line
   
Learn more about the 330+ ports Princess visits each year, as well as key points of interest, favorite activities and the full range of excursions we offer to help you explore. Princess Cruises
   
Add Explorer to Your Resume! Discover new places, new foods, and new experiences. Travel to some of the most exciting places in the world and do things you never dreamed you would. This is your vacation and with our Shore & Land Excursions, you can be sure it'll be one of the best ever. Royal Caribbean
   
See and experience more while in port. To make your vacation even more memorable, Windstar® Cruises offers an extensive shore excursions program. Windstar Cruises

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