Around the World 6 River Cruises

A&K's favourite cruises for the coming months.
December 2017

There are few more relaxing ways of taking in a destination than aboard a leisurely river boat cruise. You’re welcomed by a friendly crew who are at your service for the duration of your journey. A cosy cabin awaits, where you can unpack your bags, make yourself at home, and all without the pressure of an imminent hotel move. You’ll soak up the scenery as you move along each waterway and stop at the best places en route to explore in depth. Here are our favourites for the coming months.  

The Peruvian Amazon | January

An incredible sixty percent of Peru is made up of the Amazon region and it’s one of the world’s great wilderness experiences. We invite you on board the sleek, matte-black hulled Aria Amazon to delve into the heart of the five million acre Pacaya Samiria Reserve, a protected Amazon wildlife area. Wake each day to new views of the rainforest from your elegant five-star cabin before the day’s adventures get you up-close to squirrel monkeys, pink dolphins, colourfully feathered macaws and gargantuan water lilies.  
Our suggested Journey: Cruising the Amazon from US$3,645

Irrawaddy River | February

Get up close to the real Myanmar on the timeless Irrawaddy River which runs from the Himalayas to the Indian Ocean bisecting the country. Float peacefully through dreamy landscapes, past small villages, admiring golden stupas and teak monasteries along the way. The all-suite Sanctuary Ananda with its 19 suites is the perfect base with its floor-to-ceiling windows letting you soak up river life from the comfort of your cabin. Sail between the old royal capital, Mandalay, and Bagan with its famous temple plain.
Our suggested Journey: Myanmar in Style from $6,370

Mekong River | March

The longest river in Southeast Asia, the Mekong flows over 4,300 kilometres from the Tibetan Plateau through Laos and Thailand to the South China Sea. Our cruises focus on the equatorial flood plains between Cambodia and Vietnam aboard the super stylish Aqua Mekong. Witness how this great waterway sustains the lives and the people along the route from Siem Reap to Saigon. Meet Buddhist monks and local villagers, explore floating villages, dine on world-class Southeast Asian cuisine and enjoy expert-guided shore excursions by skiff, bicycle and kayak.
Our suggested Journey: Journey on the Mekong from $16,265

Canal de Briare | April

Steeped in history, the Canal de Briare is France’s oldest. It weaves its way through the Upper Loire Valley and into Western Burgundy past idyllic scenery and small country villages towards Sancerre. One of the most rewarding ways to explore this part of the country is aboard the luxury barge Renaissance where you are one of eight passengers along with five crew. You’ll visit famous châteaux, cross Gustave Eiffel’s aqueduct over the River Loire, visit the home of Faience pottery and taste exquisite wines from Sancerre.
Our suggested Journey: Renaissance cruise from €5,690 

Yangzi River | May

From its source in the mountains of Tibet, the Yangzi River flows a distance of 6,380km making it the third longest in the world. It is one of China’s most important transport routes, carrying enormous amounts of cargo and passengers year-round. For travellers the most impressive section is the Three Gorges where boutique cruise ship Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer sails. Setting a new standard for the Yangzi, she has been refurbished and relaunched and reflects a fresh, contemporary design whilst still maintaining local Chinese influences.
Our suggested Journey: Highlights of China from $10,455

Volga River | June

Europe’s longest and largest river, the Volga flows through central Russia and into the Caspian Sea. It is Russia’s central artery and a cruise between Moscow and St Petersburg reveals the many lakes, rivers and canals that connect the two cities. Marvel at churches and monasteries along the way, quaint wooden villages, and rural communities that have changed little in centuries. The 112 passenger Volga Dream is the most intimate cruise ship in Russia and you’ll enjoy outstanding personalised service when you explore this fascinating part of northern Europe.
Our suggested Journey: Waterways of the Czars from $10,760