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Introducing: Three Mighty Rivers... Looking to try something different? Sail off the beaten path...

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Introducing: Three Mighty Rivers... Looking to try something different? Sail off the beaten path...

Postby cruiseselect » 14 Mar 2018 09:44

Introducing: Three Mighty Rivers

Have you done the Danube, sailed the Seine, or wined on the Rhine, and you're now looking for something a bit different? Are you seeking adventure and enchantment, wildlife and culture? These three mighty rivers course thousands of miles, and offer something a little different, from unique wildlife encounters to ancient wonders...

THE RIVER: BRAHMAPUTRA

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Flowing through Tibet, India and Bangladesh, on a course just shy of 2,000 miles, the stretch of the river in Assam – known for its tea - makes for a memorable river cruise experience, way off the beaten track. This is an unique adventure river cruise on the world’s fastest-moving waterway, where the landscape changes by the hour: sandbanks come and go, water levels visibly rise and fall, and the river is not navigable at night. During the monsoon months of June to September, the river becomes unnavigable as the river swells from 6.2miles wide to over 18!

Unmissable River Highlights: visiting rural villages seemingly untouched by time, many of which have never met tourists, vast tea plantations, and Kaziranga National Park, best known for its population of Great One Horned Rhinoceros.

Cruise the Brahmaputra on the M.V. Mahabaahu
12 days from £2885pp - various dates
Includes:
International flights (indirect) & internal flights;
Overseas transfers
2 nights pre-cruise hotel stay in Kolkata (bed & breakfast)
7 night cruise on M.V. Mahabaahu (full-board), with excursions (including Kaziranga National Park!)
1 night post-cruise hotel stay in Kolkata (full-board)
Sightseeing tour in Kolkata

Read more here

THE RIVER: NILE

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At 4,258 miles, the Nile is considered to be the world’s longest river. The lifeblood of the ancient Egyptian kingdom, the Nile is most commonly associated with Egypt but in fact flows through ten other countries, including Sudan, Kenya, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania. A Nile river cruise, however, will take you back in time through 5,000 years of ancient Egyptian history, past palm-tree lined river banks, drifting sand dunes, and timeless farming scenes, to some of the greatest treasures of the ancient world.

Unmissable River Highlights: Cruising along the Nile, you'll have the opportunity to visit some of world's best known ancient icons (all while enjoying the comfort of a floating hotel), such as Abu Simbel, and the four great statues guarding the temple of Rameses II, the legendary Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens, and the hieroglyph-covered temple complexes of Karnak and Luxor. Another, more recent, highlight of a Nile river cruise is the Aswan High Dam.

Cruise the Nile on the MS Steigenberger Legacy

8 days from £898pp - various dates
Includes:
Return flights, airport taxes, and overseas transfers
7 night cruise on MS Steigenberger Legacy
Full board with buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Excursions, as described
Qualified Egyptologist on board
Evening entertainment

Find out more here


THE RIVER: IRRAWADDY

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The Irrawaddy is becoming increasingly popular as Burma (or Myanmar), the new hot spot, opens up more to tourism. Flowing relatively straight north to south through Burma, the Irrawaddy is sometimes referred to as ‘The Road to Mandalay’, after Rudyard Kipling’s famous poem. River life is vibrant, from rare Irrawaddy dolphins to locals producing candy from the sap of toddy palm trees, and the landscape along the riverbanks is dotted with charming villages and thousands of pagodas and stupas, particularly across the plains of Bagan. Popular cruises sail between Mandalay and Yangon (Rangoon), and the best time of year would be between November and March.

Unmissable River Highlights: Exploring Burma by river cruise is the most comfortable way, and for some tiny rural villages, the only way to do so! Bagan is perhaps one of the most recognisable and photographed destinations along the river, but you'll really fall in love with the authentic and friendly villagers you'll meet as you delve into rural Burma.

Cruise the Irrawaddy on the Scenic Aura

16 days from £5,495pp - various dates
Includes:
Return flights and overseas transfers
2 nights pre-cruise hotel stay in Yangon (plus welcome dinner, one breakfast, and one lunch), and excursions
10 night all-inclusive cruise onboard Scenic Aura
1 night in Mandalay (plus 2x breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner), and excursions

Find out more here


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Our very own Rachel has cruised each of these three rivers (and has even written her own guide on Burma by river), so feel free to ask her! You can also read about her experiences on the Nile and the Brahmaputra.

Feel free to contact us if you want any further information

Happy Cruising

Kerry :)
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