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Asia River Cruises

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River cruise holidays in Asia

Introduction

The rivers of Asia, from the mighty Mekong to the spiritual Ganges, are among the greatest on earth. And, there's no better way to take in their landscapes and ancient cultures than aboard a luxury river cruise.

The Mekong River flows through Indochina, its course winding from the high Himalayas to the South China Sea. Board a luxury river cruise to witness daily life along its storied banks, sailing from just south of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, through the Mekong Delta and across the border to Siem Reap in Cambodia, stopping along the way at floating markets, fish farms and ancient temples. Speak to our cruise experts to add on a visit to Angkor Wat or perhaps follow the river further towards its source to explore Luang Prabang in neighbouring Laos.


The Mekong, Laos

Then, in China, the mighty Yangtze River provides a wonderfully scenic way to explore the heart of this fascinating country, from the sheer beauty of its karst landscapes to the infamy of the controversial Three Gorges Dams project. Starting in Chongquing, most Yangtze cruises, including our clients' favourite by Sanctuary Retreats, take in all of the region's highlights, including Fengdu, the Snow Jade Cave, the aforementioned Three Gorges Dam, Dongting and Wuhan, and mix in regionally inspired dining with such authentic experiences as Tai Chi classes and traditional tea ceremonies.


And that's not all. Over in Myanmar, the Irrawaddy meanders from high mountains to vast plains, cutting past ancient towns and temples complexes. First among these is Bagan, whose riverside collection of stupas dates back to the 9th century. And, in India, a cruise along the Ganges takes in the spirituality of Varanasi alongside ancient Mughal ruins, 6th-century rock carvings and even rare sightings of Gangetic dolphins. The Brahmaputra, too is just as enthralling, as it winds past verdant tea plantations and the Kaziranga National Park – home to one-horned rhinos and royal Bengal tigers. 


The Ganges in Varanasi, India

Tailor-make your river cruise by adding a visit to Beijing, Shanghai or any of China's other attractions before or after your sailing, to see more of this complex, compelling country.

 

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Our top itineraries for Asia River Cruises

Sagaing, Myanmar

Myanmar Uncovered on Pandaw

17-day stay and cruise from £6,160 pp incl. flights

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Exclusive tailor-made fly, stay and cruise holiday

Between royal-capital tours and cottage-industry workshops, explore life along Myanmar's storied Irrawaddy River. There's also included hotel stays in Yangon and Inle Lake, introducing you to the gilded headlines of this most enigmatic of destinations.

Karaweik palace in Yangon, Myanmar

Hidden Wonders of Myanmar on APT

13-day luxury river cruise

Experience the heart and soul of Myanmar on this luxury cruise and tour through the remote Irrawaddy region, past local villages, imposing mountains and exotic gilded stupas.

Kaziranga National Park, Assam, India

Indian river cruise: the Brahmaputra

11-day luxury river cruise from £3,090 pp incl. flights

Head off the beaten track with a luxury, small-ship cruise through India’s northeast, taking in unique wildlife, stilted villages and ancient island cities with a range of included excursions, from elephant-backed safaris to cooking courses.

Taj Mahal India

India's Golden Triangle & the Sacred Ganges

15-day stay and cruise from £5,979 pp

An ideal journey for culturally curious travellers, spiritual seekers, photographers, and adventurous souls looking for a truly immersive and unforgettable experience.

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Top offers for Asia River Cruises

Sagaing, Myanmar

Myanmar Uncovered on Pandaw

17-day stay and cruise from £6,160 pp incl. flights

Exclusive
cruise offer

Exclusive tailor-made fly, stay and cruise holiday

Between royal-capital tours and cottage-industry workshops, explore life along Myanmar's storied Irrawaddy River. There's also included hotel stays in Yangon and Inle Lake, introducing you to the gilded headlines of this most enigmatic of destinations.

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Why book with Wexas Travel?

At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

Contact one of our consultants on 020 7590 0610 to discuss how we can tailor your holiday.

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