River cruising takes you into the heart of the destination offering a great mix of culture and scenery. There are certainly some classic river itineraries close to home such as the superb gorges of the Rhine with it's spectacular castles and fortresses or perhaps a cruise on the Elbe taking in extraordinarily beautiful landscapes, and including stops at places such as Dresden and Meissen. Why not combine an interest in wine with a cruise up the Duoro with visits to Porto and Pinhão and a visit to a local "quinta". Further afield explore the mighty Mekong river, explore the Russian waterways or take to the Nile to explore the ancient wonders of Egypt.