You could pay as little as $50 per person, per night to cruise from Australia


Calm water, front row viewing and a truly immersive travel experience.  

Cruise by quaint towns and villages not accessible by ocean liners. The water is calmer, the ships are intimate and you don’t have to compromise on quality thanks to a wide range of cruise lines and options to suit every traveller.

From the waterways of Europe to the rivers of Asia and beyond, a river cruise will take you right into the heart of your chosen destination where you will experience the sights and sounds of each destination up close and personal, spend longer at each port and in some cases visit multiple ports in one day.

Featured River Cruise Destinations

Cruise Europe and the Mediterranean and expect sumptuous cuisine, breathtaking landscapes, history, tradition and architecture at every turn. Some of the greatest cities in Europe are accessible by river cruise, dotted along the Danube, Rhine, Moselle, Volga and Douro rivers.

Step off your vessel to meander down boardwalks, boulevards, historic piazzas and quaint villages. Cruise to cities including Amsterdam, Budapest, Vienna, Frankfurt, Prague, Lyon, Porto, Lisbon and more. The hardest part is choosing which river to cruise!

Many river cruises are approximately one week in length, giving you plenty of time to experience some of the most famed museums in the world, marvel at historic architecture or indulge in fresh seafood and artisan products (including wine!) made with a passion that is inspirational and infectious. With such diversity sprawled right along the coastline of the Mediterranean, it’s no wonder so many travellers gravitate to this part of the world.



Exploring Asia by river cruise is not only relaxing, but breathtaking and the best way to really get under the skin of the region.

A cruise along the Mekong will enable you to explore the contrast from the big cities of Vietnam and Cambodia. You will learn about daily life and local customs as you sail past (and stop at) remote communities, villages built high up on stilts and floating fishing villages that move with the seasons and food supply. From a river cruise you can explore the famous Angkor Archaeological Park.

A cruise along the Irrawaddy will take you into the heart of Burma, a country virtually untouched for many decades and centuries in parts. Experience stunning colonial architecture, bustling markets in Yangon. Take a Hot Air Balloon ride over Bagan, home to thousands of Buddhist temples and considered one of the most precious archaeological sites in South east Asia. Take in the traditional arts and crafts in Mandalay or visit Inle Lake and its floating markets.

For those interested in China, The Yangtzee River offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Cruise through the magnificent Three Gorges and visit the Three Gorges Dam, along with key cities and sites including Beijing, Xian and Shanghai. A visit to the Terracotta Warriors is a highlight for many.

Cruising the mighty Amazon River will take you on a journey from the big cities deep into the heart of a biodiverse wonderland, where visiting would otherwise be inaccessible.

Learn about remote jungle communities that, in some cases, still live as they did thousands of years ago. Marvel at the abundance of wildlife found along the banks, and perhaps even swim with a pink dolphin! A highlight for many is Limoncocha Biological Reserve; home to more than 478 bird species and several types of monkey.



Australian river cruising is becoming increasingly popular. Our county is home to diverse landscapes, spectacular scenery and one of the longest rivers in the world – the mighty Murray River. The most popular way to cruise the Murray is via traditional Paddle Steamer, though other vessels do operate across the county.

Cruises range in length from 1 – 7 days. No matter where or when you choose to cruise Australia by river you will visit historic towns and larger cities, meet iconic wildlife and learn about the rich history of our country and Indigenous culture.

An African cruise will take you on an unforgettable river safari along the Chobe, in search the African wilderness for the ‘Big 5’ – lion, rhino, buffalo, elephant and leopard. Explore Botswana’s Chobe National Park, the Zambesi, Kruger National Park and Victoria falls where the magic of Africa never disappoints.

Choose from 3 night cruises to some itineraries lasting weeks that include a rail and flight add-ons that will take you to cities including Johannesburg and beautiful Cape Town.

A river cruise is also an excellent way to get under the skin of The Middle East. Stop at key sights including The Great Pyramids, Cairo and the historical city of Alexandria. Princess and Cunard offer a range of  itineraries, while many leading cruise lines including Middle Eastern ports in longer itineraries.

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