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Cruise itinerary ideas

Whether you take to the waters regularly, or are considering stepping on board for the first time, we’re confident you’ll find a cruise to excite you. Our itinerary ideas are a good place to start, and detail sample trips designed by our specialists to showcase the variety of experiences on offer.

These itineraries can be tailored to your interests, tastes and budget by our specialists. They can arrange the logistics around boarding your vessel and include further explorations on land. Some cruises can be combined to create longer water-based adventures, and others change character depending which season you pick. We take to the waters regularly, testing out new vessels and routes to help you pick your ideal cruise.

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Itineraries we recommend for cruise

  • Alleppey Backwaters, Kerala

    South India's temples and backwaters

    • Soak up the view of the Shore Temple at sunset.

    • Enjoy France in India in the former colonial enclave of Pondicherry.

    • Stay in a village of 19th century merchants' homes.

    • Witness the ceremonies in Sri Meenakshi temple with hundreds of pilgrims and the smell of incense.

    13 days from $3,105pp

  • Mekong River Delta, Vietnam

    Vietnam's Mekong Delta

    • Spend a few days navigating the mesmerising city of Saigon.

    • Explore the kingdom of coconuts, Ben Tre.

    • Enjoy two nights at a charming riverside lodge in Vinh Long province.

    • Discover the hidden charm and culture of one of the few remaining Khmer communities in Vietnam.

    • Journey along the Mekong and Bassac River on board a traditionally styled sampan.

    • End the trip in Cambodia's capital city, Phnom Penh.

    10 days from $3,130pp

  • Houseboat, Kerala

    Kerala & the Maldives

    • Fort Cochin's colonial atmosphere and architecture.

    • Tea tasting in the high hills of Munnar.

    • Boat safari in Periyar National Park.

    • Stay overnight on a traditional rice barge.

    • Snorkel, scuba and swim in the Maldives.

    12 days from $3,370pp

  • Vat Phou Cruise in the 4000 islands

    Laos Past & Present

    • Cruise along the Mekong on the Vat Phou boat.

    • Visit the World Heritage Site of Wat Phou at Champasak.

    • Sail around the beautiful 4,000 Islands and perhaps spot the Irrawaddy dolphin.

    • Soak up the culture of Laos' spiritual heart in Luang Prabang.

    8 days from $3,555pp

  • Ta Prohm Temple, Cambodia

    Exploring the Mekong and Angkor Wat

    • Cruise through the lush Mekong Delta region and visit the floating markets.

    • Watch the sunrise stream through the giant creeper fig trees at Ta Prohm.

    • Soak up the atmosphere of Saigon.

    • Learn about Cambodia's modern and ancient history in Phnom Penh.

    12 days from $3,660pp

  • Yangtze River

    Yangtze River Classic

    • Marvel at the wonders of the Forbidden City, Great Wall and the Terracotta Warriors.

    • Cruise on the Yangtze river and take in the spectacular scenery.

    • See the enormous Three Gorges Dam up close.

    • Explore Shanghai’s former French Concession by bike.

    • Sample Chinese breakfast specialities and enjoy lunch with a local family.

    12 days from $4,505pp

  • Anantara Song cruising on the Chao Phraya River

    Central Thailand Tour

    • Explore the huge sprawling city of Bangkok.

    • Journey to Kanchanaburi, home to the River Kwai, beautiful waterfalls and forgotten temples.

    • Cruise to the ancient capital of Ayuthaya on board the charming Anantara Song.

    10 days from $5,210pp

  • RV Angkor Pandaw

    Cruising the Red River

    • Begin your trip in Hong Kong where east meets west.

    • Explore the charming Vietnamese capital Hanoi where the organised chaos is perfectly contrasted by the serene temples and beautiful lakes.

    • Embark on a river cruising adventure through lesser visited parts of Northern Vietnam.

    • Visit the hill tribes in the spectacular Mai Chau Valley.

    • Sail on the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Halong Bay.

    15 days from $5,305pp

  • Sea lions, Galapagos Islands

    Galapagos cruise on the Yolita II

    • Experience the unique fearless wildlife of Galapagos.

    • Visit the some of the most remote areas of the Galapagos Islands.

    • See the marine iguana, the world's only marine lizard.

    • Explore the old town of Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    10 days from $5,445pp

  • Pottery in Dakhla Oasis, Egypt

    Classic Egypt tour

    • Visit the spectacular Pyramids of Giza

    • Enjoy the verdant scenery of the Nile Valley

    • Discover tombs & temples on Luxor's West Bank

    • Explore lesser known temples at Edfu & Kom Ombo

    • Stay in luxury in both Cairo and on your Nile cruise

    11 days from $5,535pp

  • The Terracotta Warriors, Xian

    Classic China & Yangtze cruise

    • See China’s iconic sights including the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Terracotta Warriors.

    • Walk along the Great Wall at Jinshanling Pass.

    • Explore Shanghai’s French Concession by bicycle.

    • Trek through the rice terraces and stay overnight in Longji.

    • Cruise along the Yangtze river to discover lost cities and the Three Gorges Dam.

    15 days from $5,620pp

  • Star Clipper

    Thailand's highlands & islands

    • Discover the sprawling city of Bangkok where grand palaces, tuk tuks and street vendors dot the streets.

    • Enjoy Thailand's northern city of Chiang Mai which boasts beautiful temples, one of the best night markets in Asia and stunning mountain scenery.

    • Explore Khao Sok National Park.

    • Spend time cruising through Thailand's southern islands on board the wonderful Star Clipper.

    17 days from $5,815pp

  • Vineyards in the Colchagua Valley

    Trekking & cruising in Patagonia

    • Cruise the Fjords of Chilean Patagonia, getting close to numerous glaciers that are inaccessible by land or other ships.

    • Undertake the W trek in Torres del Paine National Park, a route that circumnavigates the southern edge of the Paine Massif.

    9 days from $5,850pp

  • Brahmaputra River

    Cruising in Assam

    • Explore the old colonial capital of Calcutta.

    • Experience a relaxing cruise on the Brahmaputra.

    • Discover the fast disappearing Majuli river island.

    • Stay in a traditional Assamese tea bungalow.

    • Safari in Kaziranga National Park.

    13 days from $5,940pp

  • Kayaking, Halong Bay

    Family adventure to Vietnam

    • Kayak through stunning limestone karst scenery at Halong Bay.

    • Take time out to enjoy rural life in Ky Son.

    • Try out a martial arts lesson in Hue.

    • Enjoy a fishing trip in Hoi An, before a barbecue lunch on board the boat.

    • Shop and relaxing on the beach at charming Hoi An.

    • Scramble through the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels near Saigon.

    16 days from $6,125pp

  • A Polar Bear edges its way round a Walrus colony, Svalbard

    North Spitsbergen: 7-night cruise

    • Spend time on deck looking out for the elusive polar bear, huge walrus and surfacing whales.

    • Marvel at icebergs carved in to hypnotic shapes by the wind and water.

    • Look for Arctic foxes on the prowl at the bottom of impressive cliff nesting colonies.

    • Walk through the barren landscape and learn the fascinating history of the whalers and trappers who once sheltered here.

    9 days from $6,200pp

  • Tanjung Puting, Indonesia

    Highlights of Indonesia

    • Visit the spectacular Borobudur temple.

    • Spend two nights cruising through Tanjung Puting National Park.

    • Enjoy a few days exploring the hills of Ubud.

    • Embark on an unforgettable sailing adventure around Komodo National Park.

    16 days from $6,255pp

  • Marine iguana, Galapagos Islands

    Galapagos Odyssey Escape

    • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Quito.

    • Cruise on the comfort of a 16-passenger ship.

    • Witness a diversity of wildlife.

    • Up close experience with sea lions and sea turtles.

    • Walk on volcanic formed islands.

    7 days from $6,480pp

  • Ecuador's highlands on the Tren Crucero

    Ecuador by river & rail: Amazon cruise & Tren Crucero

    • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage city of Quito, with its cobbled streets, colonial architecture and pretty squares.

    • Cruise the Amazon in search of wildlife onboard the elegant MV Anakonda.

    • Take the iconic Tren Crucero rail journey from Andes to coast, stopping to admire a variety of sights along the way such as the Cotopaxi Volcano and famous Devil's Nose.

    12 days from $6,490pp

  • Rajmahal boat

    Cruising in West Bengal

    • Explore Calcutta on an unusual walking tour.

    • Watch the world go by from the comfort of a river cruiser.

    • Discover the colonial French and Dutch settlements dotted along the riverbank.

    • Travel by boat, cycle rickshaw and train, avoiding the chaos of Indian roads.

    11 days from $6,590pp

  • M/S Oberoi Philae, Aswan

    Jordan & Egypt Combined

    • Combine relaxation and culture on a Nile cruise.

    • Marvel at the antiquities of Petra.

    • View the awesome landscapes of Wadi Rum.

    • Explore the pyramid complexes around Cairo.

    • Relax by the Red Sea in Egypt.

    16 days from $6,630pp

  • Al Fresco dining on MY Pegasus

    Cruising in the Seychelles

    • Discover Mahe's history on a private island tour.

    • Cruise the Seychelles inner islands.

    • Learn about the native Coco De Mer palm.

    • Enjoy the flavours of traditional Creole food.

    • Spot nesting seabirds and Hawksbill turtles on Cousin Island.

    11 days from $6,780pp

  • Traditional dance, Belaraghi, Flores

    Flores: Indonesia's Wild Frontier

    • Encounter komodo dragons and fantastic marine life.

    • Trek to spend a night in one of the most fascinating villages in Asia.

    • Visit the famous crater lakes of Kelimutu.

    • The stunning Seventeen Islands Coral Garden Marine Park.

    • Relax in two contrasting Balinese towns.

    17 days from $6,935pp

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