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River cruises

Mark and David's verdict:

On a river cruise, the water's always calm, there's scenery on both beams, the boats are small and intimate and sightseeing is the big draw. In fact, river cruising has more in common with a touring holiday by road than an ocean voyage, but without the traffic jams, parking hassles and having to repack.

Recommended company: eWaterways

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eWaterways says

Think of cruising and most people conjure up images of mega cruise ships, decks crawling with thousands of passengers, flashy entertainment, empty expanses of ocean interspersed with crowded ports of call and queues to get on and off the ships.

There is an alternative – here at eWaterways we have selected the world’s finest river cruises in the firm belief that small is beautiful.

Our most popular river cruises are those on Europe’s most spectacular waterways. We have selected the best of the river cruisers on the stunning Rhine, the Danube, the canals of Belgium and Holland and the waterways of the Russian Volga.

Travel further afield and discover the northern stretch of the Amazon on board the luxurious Aqua. There are just 12 spacious cabins and you’ll be able to get up close and personal to the Peruvian Amazon.

The great rivers of the Orient can be explored too – meander along the River Kwai in a colonial style cruiser or discover the Mekong Delta from the comfort of the Jayavarman, a river cruiser in the style of a boutique hotel.

Australia boasts some of the world’s most scenic rivers. Cruise the Murray River and enjoy a taste of all things Australian from the Outback to the superb wines of the Barossa Valley.

There are no waves or seasickness to worry about on a river cruise and many of our cruises are all-inclusive, perfect for ensuring you keep within budget.

Click here to discover eWaterways’ river cruises and prices.

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