“Rivers are roads which move, and which carry us whither we desire to go”, said Blaise Pascal, and it is water journeys where the life and culture of a nation can be observed from a different perspective. A journey by water is a wonderful way to observe the everyday activity, the history, and even wildlife. Click on a heading to learn lots more about each water journey.
Alaska’s Inside Passage is a sail into the wilderness of one of the last frontiers of nature. With few roads, boat is the way to travel through the islets and coastline of South East Alaska. Small towns, glaciers, and snow capped mountains frame the skyline, and every now and again a humpback whale breaches the still water.
The romance of a journey up the Rhine with its legends and traditions, medieval villages, and vineyards sloping down to the shore is a real delight. Passing historic towns, such as Koblenz and Strasbourg, listening to the haunting song of the Lorelei, and tasting wine and beer from the region all combine to make the Rhine a wonderful journey to take.
Sailing down the River Nile is to embrace the heart and culture of Egypt. Ancient monuments loom into view and traditional Egyptian life can be viewed on the shores of this great river. The Nile has inspired the Ancient Egyptians and writers, and will leave a place in the heart of those who visit. From the tomb of Tutankhamun to the farmers ploughing land with oxen on the shores of the Nile and the Temple of Karnak, there is something to enchant everyone in Egypt.
The majestic fjords of Norway are best visited in spring to see the blossoms of fruit trees and at midsummer when the sun never sets. With a backdrop of steep mountains and waterfalls, a trip along the fjord coastline is a magical experience and the scenery is breathtaking. From the Sognefjord to the Hardanger, there is so much to see and do this beautiful part of Scandinavia.
A river trip down the mighty Yangtze River in China is to encounter some of the most cutting edge developments and technologies contrasted with the traditions and culture from ancient Chinese civilization. Mist shrouded gorges with spectacular and atmospheric scenery, towering mountains, and mysterious caves all add to the beauty of the Three Gorges region in China.
Travelling back in time to the historic towns and cities along the Volga Baltic Canal is a highlight of a journey on the Russian Waterways. With scenic views across the shore, the engineering masterpieces of the locks, and some of the most iconic Russian sights, this is a journey to delight in undertaking. Travel during the magical White Nights season and there is an additional joy with the sun never setting at a very special time of the year.
The Panama Canal is a remarkable feat of engineering and is one of the most interesting ways to travel in the world. This classic eighty mile trip through lock systems and passages is a real experience and, with a lake full of diverse species, the perfect place to spot some of the wildlife in the area. From Panama City to Colon, the journey traverses the Continental Divide and joins Atlantic to Pacific Ocean.
For biodiversity and a rich variety of species, the Amazon is hard to beat, and a cruise along the world’s second longest river is the perfect way to see and enjoy this environment. Visitors can spot caimans and pink dolphins—perhaps even a jaguar—and learn about traditional plant medicine, as well as local indigenous tribal life. Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of the Amazon is that there are still thousands of species that have yet to be discovered and identified.
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Date posted: 31st October, 2011Home > Articles > Water Journeys – From the Amazon to the Rhine