The Best River Cruises for the Elderly
River cruises are the perfect way for the elderly to travel if they want to see parts of the world that they may have missed or just want a holiday that mixes relaxation with site-seeing as well as offering the chance to see some of the most beautiful scenery on earth. With that in mind we’ve chosen a handful of the best river cruises for the elderly, or anyone for that matter. If you decide to go on one remember to get all the appropriate vaccinations and don’t forget travel insurance for over 70′s as there is little free medical treatment in these countries.
Mekong River Cruises
The Mekong River runs through Vietnam and Cambodia and generally cruises run between Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City though sometimes much further. Experiencing Vietnam Laos, Thailand and Cambodia from a boat offers you a rich glimpse into an entirely unique set of countries and cultures. There are far too many highlights to list here but the pagodas and temples are just mind blowing. The best has to be Angkorwat in Cambodia which is one of the largest and most impressive temple complexes in the world.
Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwaddy) River Cruises
The river Irrawaddy runs through the heart of Burma. Burmese culture is rich and heavily influenced by the Buddhist religion and teachings. Burma has an often remembered bloody history but the country still manages to exude a calming sense of stillness and peace. The temples and pagodas are amongst the highlights but the way of life, food and culture are possibly the most intriguing aspect of all.
Yangtze River Cruises
Yangtze cruises usually start off at Beijing where you will get the chance to visit the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace three of China’s most famous cultural treasures. From Beijing you will catch your boat and head down the Yangtze through the Three Gorges which are incredible towering gorges. Along the way you will stop at some exquisite temples and get to see the famous hanging coffins perched precariously hundreds of feet above the river. The gorges are not quite as impressive as they once were thanks to what you will arrive at next – the Three Gorges dam. This incredible feat of engineering has flooded an area the size of France and is the world’s largest hydroelectric dam. Finally you will cruise to Shanghai which is hypermodern city reminiscent of Tokyo with its huge neon strips and fascinating shops and culture.
Nile River Cruises
The Nile is the most popular cruise destination in the world and for very good reasons. Not only is Egypt bathed in sun for large portions of the year it has the finest examples of ancient civilisations anywhere in the world. A lot of cruise fly in to Aswan and work their way up from Abu Simbel to Cairo but we would highly recommend you do this the other way around. This way you will get to see the Pyramids at Giza and the Sphinx first. The great pyramid is truly one of the greatest monuments on earth and will really immerse you in the history of Egypt. The Egyptian museum is also worth a full day’s investigation. But when it comes to the cruise you will get to visit Luxor, Carnac, the Valley of the Kings and queens and finally Abu Simbel. Luxor and Carnac are some of the finest temples remaining from the ancient Egyptian civilisation and well worth the time spent looking around. The Valley of the Kings and Queens is less impressive architecturally but still manages to display and tell huge amounts about the ancient civilisation. Finally Abu Simbel itself – now if you don’t know about Abu Simbel we’re going to leave it as a surprise- trust us you won’t be disappointed at all.
Mike is a travel writer for sites such as InsureForAll.com, covering worldwide destinations, budget travel and tips on how to find the best deals on your holiday, including river cruises.