Asian Rivers Cruises
Embark on a journey of a lifetime. These historically and culturally rich waters, offer exotic sights, fascinating temples, and unique cultural experiences giving travelers a fresh perspective and insight into Asias diverse history.
Take on the enchanting rivers of Asia including the Ganges, Lena, Indus, Mekong, Ob, Yangtze and much more with an unforgettable river cruise. The rivers of Asia are the cultural and economic backbone of the continent as well as being of high spiritual importance. They support breath-taking scenery that you have to see to believe. And what better way to do so than with a top class river cruise? From sublime coastlines to snow-capped mountains, the majestic Mekong river to wildlife abundant jungles, the vibrant landscapes of Asia hold a captivating sense of immediacy.
Indulge in the world renowned Asian cuisine from China to India and get lost in the ancient wonders and sacred sites that span the continent including the Great Wall of China and the temples of Angkor as well as the marvels of Myanmar, Nepal and Afghanistan. Experience the art deco architecture of Shanghai or wander around Singapore's quirky shops, bars and abundant food fests. Appreciate bewildering wildlife on offer including the elephants in India and don't miss out on a trip to the Silk Road in Bukhara. Cruising through Asia's mysterious and exotic rivers will guide you to the hotspots of the fascinating continent and entertain highly unique and unforgettable experiences.
Mandalay, the second largest city in Myanmar is located on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. Myanmar offers a number of attractions to visit both around the center, and closer to the riverside. Add palaces, churches, temples, mosques, or pagodas to the agenda while visiting the city. Mandalay also has its very own palace, built in the '90s to mimic the original palace which was built in the 1850s. Myanmar is a popular spot for many Asian river cruises. Visitors to Myanmar can expect to find lively markets as well as well as a colourful street food scene.Highlights of Mandalay
- Bask in the grandeur of Mandalay Palace
- Sample some delicious street food such as pork sticks known as 'Tut P'
- Explore some of the unique monasteries such as Shwe In Bin Monastery
Bagan is a beautifully preserved royal city, which lies on the east bank of the Irrawaddy. Thanks to its favourable location, the city gained prosperity through trade with China over the years. The city has always been known as a hotspot for archaelogical findings. There are hundreds of ancient temples in Bagan, many of which have been preserved by UNESCO. A fantastic way to view the temples is via hot air balloon tour. The village has been divided into Old and New Bagan. Bagan itself is continuing to expand as more and more visitors come to the area.Highlights of Bagan
- Explore the many temples of Bagan, bearing in ind the dress-code of no bare shouldres or knees
- Take a hot air balloon trip for unforgettable views over Bagan
- Explore both the Old and New Bagan to truly take in the culture of Bagan
Yandabo is a small port village located along the banks of the Ayeyarwady river, in between Mandalay and Bagan. Yandabo is highly regarded for the pottery produced in the village. Many locals make beautiful pottery pots which are made using clay from the banks of the river.The pots are a key part in maintaining the local economy and are shipped and sold throughout Myanmar Yandabo is also the spot of an important moment of history. In 1826, along the banks of the river, the Yandabo Treaty was signed by the Burmese and the British to end fighting between the countries.
- Highlights of Yandabo
- Visit the spot where the Yandabo treaty was signed
- Visit the pottery village to witness the craftsmanship involved in producing the clay pots
- Enjoy the quaintness and slow pace of life of Yandabo
Mingun, located along the Ayeyarwady River, is an ancient town in Myanmar. Mingun is a popular excursion for those on river cruises in nearby Mandalay. A main tourist attraction of the area is the Mingun temple, the incomplete stupa whose construction began in 1790 by King Bodawpaya but was never completed due to legends that upon completion either the King would die or a devastating event would take place in the country. Mingun is also home to the worlds largest and functioning ringing bell which is well worth seeing.
- Highlights of Mingun
- Marvel at the architectural wonder that is Hsinbyume Pagoda
- Stand underneath the world's largest functioning ringing bell
- Walk around what remains of Minguin temple
Xian, the capital city of the Shaanxi Province, is an ancient city steeped in history and was once apart of the notorious Silk Road. While Xian may now be a bustling modern city, the remains of the ancient city still attract tourists all year round. Xian houses the well-known ancient Terracotta Warriors. Xian also has city gates which were a source of protection in previous years and today the South Gate Square is also a popular tourist spot.
- Highlights of Xian
- Witness the contrast between modern and ancient China
- Visit the beautiful South Gate and the surrounding square
- Visit the ancient Terracotta Warriors, one of China and Asia's greatest attractions
Chongqing is one of the five national central cities of China and is located in the province bearing the same name. It offers great sights such as the vast temples of Baidicheng, the Qutang Gorge, the Great Hall and the beautifully lit Chaotianmen Bridge. Chonqguing is also known due to its proximity to the Three Gorges, hydropower dam, the largest of its kind worldwide. The Three Gorges are a very popular cruising spot for Asian river cruises along the Yangtze River. The Three Gorges Museum is also located here, showing artifacts which reflect the local culture of the area and provide information about the Three Gorges dam project.. Highlights of Chongqing
- Learn about Chongqing past and present at The Three Gorges Museum
- Explore the mini city of Baidicheng located on top of Baidi Hill
- Witness the impressive arched Chaotianmen Bridge
Why Cruise along Asian Rivers?
Asia has a mystical and fascinating history and passengers get to experience this by visiting stunning temples and sights as part of onshore excursions. Its sounds and smells make for a rich and vibrant experience for any traveller and there is no better way to experience Asia than in the luxury of an opulent river vessel.Some of the best cruise is Asia are along the Mekong River. Experience up to 6 different countries and culture all on one cruise. For the best Asian ocean cruises have a look at our selection on our Asian cruise section. For all the best deals and information talk to our cruise experts today by calling 1300 887 590.