6 Best river cruise destinations in the world - JWT Travel

6 Best river cruise destinations in the world

At JWT Cruises we have selected some of the best river cruise destinations in the world! From the exotic Peruvian and the Amazon River in South America to the Majestic Rhine River in Europe, passing through medieval castles, vineyards, and picturesque landscapes, to the Sacred Ganges and India’s Golden Triangle with its magnificent Taj Mahal.

Have a look at all of them and create lifelong memories as you explore these breathtaking destinations:

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Machu Picchu and the Amazon River

The Amazon River, Peru and surrounding rainforest are an awe-inspiring and unique ecosystem bustling with diverse wildlife and rich indigenous civilizations, the largest and most important biological reservoir on Earth. A cruise through the Amazon is without a doubt one of the best river cruises you will ever experience.

On a special journey through the mighty Amazon River you will come across some of Peru and the Amazon’s most amazing wildlife such as caimans, parrots, egrets, monkeys, the Taricaya turtles, and pink Dolphins. Kayaking, canoeing or swimming the black waters of Clavero Lake; meeting native ribereños, Amazonian villagers who live on the banks of the rivers; or walking in the jungle through the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve are some of the wonderful activities that makes an Amazon River Cruise a once in a lifetime experience.

Not to mention the extraordinary Machu Picchu citadel, in Peru, with approximately 200 structures standing in the middle of a tropical mountain forest 2,430 m above sea level, an unmissable place to see.  At Machu Picchu you will travel back to the time of the Inca Empire, and the conquest of the Spanish, as well as take in its dramatic views, giant walls, ramps and terraces.

Would you like to explore the Peruvian Amazon and the Machu Picchu? Join our 16 nights Peruvian Amazon River Cruise.


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The Ganges River, India & the Taj Mahal

The Ganges, the holy river of Hinduism, is one of the world’s best river cruise destinations as you will discover India’s Golden Triangle: Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, while you sail the Ganges River. Visit its colorful capital city, New Delhi, travelling down the broad boulevards laid out early in the 20th century and be amazed by the Humayun’s Tomb, the tomb of Mughal emperor, as well as “the Raj Ghat memorial”, dedicated to the founder of modern India, Mahatma Gandhi.

Of course, one of the most important spots that makes this river cruise so special is the UNESCO World heritage Taj Mahal, in Agra, dedicated to the favourite wife of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and a masterpiece. An spectacular sight to behold are the changing colors of the Taj Mahal through the day, especially at sunset.

Walk through the “Pink City” of Jaipur and visit the Jantar Mantar, an amazing site devoted to astronomy. While cruising the Sacred Ganges,  take in the remarkable scenery and pay attention to a rare sighting of the endangered Ganges river dolphin.

Would you like to explore the Sacred Ganged and India’s Golden Triangle? Join our 12 nights India and the Ganges River Cruise.


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Egypt and the Nile River Cruise

Egypt and its heartland Nile River is one of our top once in a lifetime river cruise destinations, where you will become an expert in the ancient Middle East civilization as you learn about the dynasties that ruled Egypt throughout different periods in history.

You will explore Cairo and its ancient Citadel of Salah al-Din, with museums and mosques, and breathtaking views of the city. Not to be missed is the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities home to great pharaonic treasures and of course the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx, with the body of a lion and the head of a man,  which experts believe to be a portrait of the pharaoh itself.

Some other important sites you will visit are Luxor and the Temple of Karnak, the Temple of Hatshepsut, one of Egypt’s female pharaohs, as well as the Valley of the Kings, one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world, used for royal burials.

Would you like to explore the Nile and Egypt ? Join our 11 nights Egypt and the Nile River Cruise.


River Cruises in Europe


A cruise along the Rhine is probably one of the best river cruise destinations to go on a voyage, as it passes through some of the most beautiful regions of Germany and France. From learning about the wine making tradition of Alsace, to going on a excursion along the Route des Vins, walking Strasbourg’s enchanting streets and visiting its amazing Cathedral as well as hiking through beautiful landscapes that line the Rhine… There are so many wonderful places to discover.

Some other great sites and activities on a Rhine River Cruise include wine tasting in Castle Vollrads, climbing Forest Koblenz and a walking tour of the largest and one of the most beautiful cities on the Rhine: Cologne.

Would you like to cruise the Rhine? Join our 7 nights Inspiring Rhine River Cruise.


A journey as no other through the Danube River! You’ll pass through the Black Forest, visit amazing countries and cities in Central Europe like Budapest in Hungary and its Garden of Philosophers , Vienna linked  with glorious composers like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss, hike to Bratislava Castle that takes over the city’s skyline, and taste wines at Nikolaihof, believed to be the oldest winery in Austria.

You’ll get to visit  Mozart’s birthplace and the “Sound of Music” city, Salzburg as well as Dürnstein, one of the most beautiful towns along the Danube, and Passau,  a city in Germany built upon the meeting point of three rivers: the Danube, the Inn, and the Ilz.

Would you like to cruise the Danube ? Join our 7 nights Enchanting Danube River Cruise


The Douro River Cruise will bring you to fascinating landscapes and spots through Portugal and Spain. You’ll cruise into the heart of the Douro Valley, passing through quaint villages and famous vineyards, enjoying private tastings of Port or exploring Porto’s historic and colourful Ribeira district. In Spain you will be amazed by the historic town of Salamanca, famous for its sand-colored buildings, abundance of churches and its university.

Would you like to cruise the Douro River ? Join our 7 nights Douro River Valley Cruise

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