River cruises are destination-based vacations providing authentic travel experiences filled with culture, art, music, history, heritage and storybook scenery. A river cruise provides the convenience of docking in the heart of cities and towns along the way, often within steps of the main town square. Most river cruises are all-inclusive: shore excursions are included as are wine and beer with lunch and dinner, while some offer complimentary cocktails and beverages all day.
Get to know a country on a river cruise. Explore the waterways of the world while staying in a luxury vessel and enjoying good company and magnificent food, waking in a different city every day and disembarking right in the heart of these iconic destinations.
Asia River Cruises Overview:
A journey on one of Asia’s great rivers offers a tapestry of fascinating sights, colorful cultures, and ancient traditions. A journey on these rivers gets you closer to all the must-see sights and introduces you to the locals and their way of life.
The most important river in the history, culture, and economy of China, the Yangtze is the longest river in Asia and the third longest in the world. At more than 3,900 miles, it flows from the glaciers of the Tibetan Plateau across southwest, central, and eastern China before emptying into the East China Sea at Shanghai. On these fascinating Avalon river cruises you will sail approximately 650 miles through the most impressive stretch of the river, featuring the Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge, and Xiling Gorge—collectively known as the Three Gorges. Along the way you’ll encounter village life on the riverbanks, the beauty of the mountains and river, and will visit the awe-inspiring Three Gorges Dam, the largest hydroelectric dam in the world.
From its source high up in the Tibetan Plateau the powerful Mekong River courses for over 3,000 miles through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, providing a lifeline for millions of people. As you sail along this vibrant waterway, fascinating scenes of daily life unfold, arousing your mind and senses—the sounds of a bustling local market, opportunities to sample traditional candy and rice wine, fishermen hauling in their daily catch, and master artisans crafting works of art from silk and pure silver. By the end of your journey along the Mekong you will have a better understanding of life along the river and the friendly people who depend on it.
Coursing more than 1,300 miles through central Myanmar, the Irrawaddy and its surrounding valley form the historical, cultural, and economic heart of Myanmar. From its glacial origins in the soaring Himalayas, it meanders peacefully through jungle-shrouded highlands and sun-seared plains to its mangrove-dotted delta at the Andaman Sea. The country’s largest river, this “Road to Mandalay” offers you a fascinating glimpse of “The Golden Land” that is Myanmar.