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River routes: a wonderful alternative
These trips can be an unforgettable experience and an alternative to traveling on a gigantic ship. All river cruises offer smaller ships that are able to travel in more shallow waters, unlike ocean cruises. Here are some of the more popular river routes: Rhine River, Mississippi River, Nile River, and the Yangtze River.
If you’d like to tour some of Europe’s most famous cities, then cruising the Rhine has several of Europe’s greatest attractions. It flows through six countries, from the Swiss Alps up to the North Sea through the Netherlands. Some of the well-known cities along the Rhine include Basel, Switzerland; Strasbourg, Austria; Cologne, Worms, Dusseldorf, and Mainz, Germany; and Amsterdam, Netherlands. Here are some of the sites you should include on your bucket list: Goethe Museum in Dusseldorf, the Ludwig Museum and Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, Basilica of St. Kastor in Koblenz, Landes Museum in Mainz, Marksburg Castle in Braubach, the Electoral Palace and exquisite water tower in Mannheim, and the birthplace of Beethoven in Bonn.
The Mississippi River is the longest river in the United States. Beginning in Minneapolis, Minnesota with its journey through several states until reaching the Gulf of Mexico at New Orleans, Louisiana, this route is filled with history, especially the Civil War. Some of the well-known cities you will pass by on your river cruise are St. Louis, Missouri; Memphis, Tennessee; Paducah, Kentucky; and Vicksburg, Mississippi. Some of the sites you should visit are: Popeye’s museum in Chester, Illinois, The Lloyd Tilghman House & Civil War Museum in Paducah, Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum and Mud Island in Memphis, the Vicksburg National Military Park in Vicksburg, and Laclede’s Landing in St. Louis.
The Nile River flows through Egypt with river cruises offering several stops. Beginning in Cairo, ships also stopover in these cities: Luxor, Edfu, Aswan, Abu Simbel, Kasr Ibrim and Amada, and Wadi el Seboua. Some of the more well-known tourist attractions include Hypostyle Hall Hieroglyphics in Luxor, the Temple of Kom Ombo in Edifu, the Amada Temple in Kasr Ibrim, and Amada, and the Temple of Wadi el Sebua in Wadi el Seboua. Cairo also offers many attractions, such as Tahrir Square, the Egyptian Museum, and the famous Cairo Tower.
The Yangtze River is Asia’s longest river and winds approximately 3,900 miles from the Tanggula Range to Shanghai. Some of the most popular cities in China the Yangtze River passes through are Beijing, Chongqing, Fengdu, Yichang, Xian, Chengdu, and Lhasa. Be sure these sites are on your bucket list: Three Gorges Museum and Dazu Grottoes in Chongqing; The Ghost Temple in Fengdu; Qutang Gorge Wu Gorge, and Three Gorges Dam at Sandouping.