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Top Cultural Cruises

We have carefully selected some of the best destinations for absorbing the worlds cultures and viewing significant historical artefacts. Please take a read through and see what may inspire you, we can guarantee these cruises will always be remembered by anyone who has voyaged on them.


eWaterways | Top Cultural Cruises | Egypt

The Nile winds through some of the world's most prolific sights: the resplendent Valley of the Kings, which features the Tomb of Tutankhamen, the Philae Temple, and the High Dam are just a few of these magnificent highlights. Nothing could be more beautiful than the bright lights of Cairo or Luxor at night seen from the comfort of your floating hotel.

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eWaterways | Top Cultural Cruises | Istanbul

For thousands of years Istanbul served as a bridge between Europe and Asia, and today it continues that role as ambassador between East and West. Explore the opulent mosques or haggle in the Grand Bazaar. Take in the aromatic Spice Bazaar, which has been in operation since 1663, and visit the Aya Sophya, dedicated as a Christian church, then converted into a mosque in 1453. Known worldwide for its delicious cuisine, no trip to Istanbul is complete without enjoying a meal al fresco. As you cruise on the Bosphorus in the middle of two continents, enjoy the happy compromise that Istanbul offers.

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Tahiti/South Pacific

eWaterways | Top Cultural Cruises | Tahiti and The South Pacific

Idyllic islands scattered across the South Pacific form French Polynesia, with perhaps the best-known and largest, Tahiti, taking centre stage. Aside from the white sand beaches, swaying palm trees, and crystal blue waters that make this destination a must-see for visitors seeking the ultimate tropical getaway, the islands also have a more rugged, undiscovered side. Black sand beaches, mountains, waterfalls lure adventurers, while those looking to relax enjoy the laid-back attitude that permeates the destination. Enjoy a meal of seafood caught fresh and for a memorable experience, take part in a traditional dance; a pastime for which the country is well-known.

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eWaterways | Top Cultural Cruises | Russia

With its spiraling towers, magical cities, and rich history, it's no surprise that Russia tops the list of cultural cruises. Walk along the streets of St. Petersburg, a city designed and built by Peter the Great, or explore resilient Moscow, located in heart of the country. Distinctive architecture, fabulous art museums, and sprawling squares define the great cities of Russia. St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum is one of the best art museums in the world; Lenin's Mausoleum in Moscow has housed the embalmed body of the Communist leader since his death in 1924; and the Church of the Savior on the Blood features blossoming, colourful towers illustrating the iconic Russian architectural style.The cruises on the Volga River take you from one spectacular location to another in the comfort of your 5 star cruise vessel the Volga Dream.

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eWaterways | Top Cultural Cruises | Greece

Greek cruises offer both the beauty of clear blue seas and rocky cliffs along with the history of ancient sites of civilization and culture. Although similarities do exist between the mainland and islands, all have distinctive personalities. Whitewashed buildings in Santorini, the Parthenon in Athens, and legendary olive groves in Corfu, which are said to outnumber the days in the year, offer an island for every taste. Mykonos presents a vibrant nightlife, and the Peloponnese is the home of Greek legend, including the ancient site of the Olympic Games. There are few places that succeed in combining scenic beauty with ancient structures with such ease as Greece. A cruise through these delightful islands is one that will be remembered for years to come.

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eWaterways | Top Cultural Cruises | Scotland

Rugged beauty meets colourful tradition in Scotland. Explore Loch Ness aboard your vessel and keep an eye out for the fabled monster. Well-known for its whisky, make sure to visit at least one distillery during your time here. Lush gardens are the pride of locals in Inveraray, and Glasgow and Edinburgh are urban cities that exhibit the country's museums and architecture in a modern setting while still paying tribute to their heritage. The Western Isles is the stronghold of the Gaelic language and the home of Eilean Donan Castle, one of the most photographed places in Scotland. The delightful 'Lord of the Glens' vessel offers one of the most spectacular ways to see this part of the world.

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eWaterways | Top Cultural Cruises | Croatia

On the banks of the Adriatic Sea, the Dalmatian Coast is one of the most up-and-coming European travel destinations. The port city of Dubrovnik was from 1358-1808 an independent republic, and today, this walled city is the crown jewel of Croatian travel. Further on up the coast, a more rugged experience awaits featuring mountains and rural coastal towns. Zlatni Rat is a beautiful beach on the island of Brac that is unique in that it boasts not sand, but small pebbles. Sipan and Trstenik are charming towns where you will want to stroll through winding streets or stop for an afternoon swim before moving onto the city of Split, famous for its Roman architecture, such as the Diocletian Palace. A cruise along this fascinating coastline is one of Europe's highlights.

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eWaterways | Top Cultural Cruises | Thailand

There are 13 different ways to describe a smile in Thai, and you just may use them all while enjoying a cruise in this Asian wonderland. Deep hazy green forests line the rivers of this tropical destination Explore locations such as the Khaopoon Cave Temple, where you will find many Buddhist shrines or the Sri Nakharin Stone Garden with its animal-shaped rocks..The Kaeng Lava Cave features stunning formations, as well, in the form of stalactites and stalagmites. Feel the spray of the Sai Yok Yai Waterfalls as you sail serenely past on your way to bustling Bangkok, where you can take in your colourful surroundings in this thriving city.

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Top Cultural Cruises | China

In a nation as large and populous as China, perhaps the most relaxing way to view the country is by water. Explore the hidden passages of this ancient land that feature destinations Fengdu, or "The City of the Devils," a ghost town and the bustling port of New Wanxian County, one of the most important on the Yangtze. Roll along the blue-green waters of the Shennong Stream and drink in the low, green-covered mountains on the banks. The Three Gorges Dam is the largest water conservancy project in the world, and you will have the opportunity to tour these massive facilities before returning to Yichang.

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