Any cruise is a treat, and with more than two dozen river cruise lines to choose from and twice as many sailing the oceans, you can find one to suit everyone on your family travels. Smaller than ocean-going mega-ships, river cruises are well-suited to couples, many of them traveling the great rivers of Europe and the United States.
Several lines cruise the Rhine, Danube, Rhone, Seine and Elbe in Europe, as well as the Nile and Amazon. But Uniworld River Cruises stretches those boundaries, taking passengers to rivers and regions they might not have considered, or even heard of. For out-of-the-ordinary adventures with all the luxuries you expect on a cruise, consider these destinations.
The Maranon and Ucayali Rivers in Peru
Deep in the rainforests of Peru, the Maranon and Ucayali Rivers unite to become the Amazon. Explore all three and take side trips by skiff on the tributary Samiria and Yanayacu-Pucate rivers, where you can kayak, canoe or swim. Visit remote villages and take jungle walks with a naturalist guide to learn about local plants and animals. Spend evenings stargazing into a dark sky with no city lights to obscure the stars.
The Mekong River
The Mekong is the lifeblood of Southeast Asia, flowing through Cambodia and southern Vietnam. You’ll explore its backwaters and narrow canals by traditional sampan to visit floating villages and colorful markets and meet local craftspeople. Side trips travel to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital, and colorful Siem Reap for a visit to the UNESCO-listed temple complex of Angkor Wat.
Considered sacred, the Ganges flows through the heart of India, through ancient cities, tiny villages and beautiful scenery. Between visits to the Rajbari temple complex and Kalna’s magnificent Hindu temples built by the maharajas of Bardhaman, you’ll explore colorful flower markets and authentic artisan villages, as well as meet traditional artisans. Before boarding the cruise, you’ll spend time in India’s famed golden Triangle to visit the Taj Mahal and two other magnificent monuments in Delhi and Jaipur.
Pasadena gears up for a lot of attention as it prepares to host its annual Rose Parade on New Year’s Day, but it won’t just be the parade that makes it the place to be for family travelers in 2024. The coming year is full of great things for the city, like interesting anniversaries and fun kid-friendly events, which means great ways for visiting families to explore and discover.
Filled with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, Seoul invites travelers to unearth its many gems, and Seoul Tourism Organization is here to help travelers do just that. Through thoughtfully created initiatives like the Theme Tourism County Competition, Seoul Tourism Organization works closely with local districts to identify and showcase what makes each district unique and charming in all seasons.
If you’re trying to travel with the family on a budget, you might feel like there’s no way you’ll be able to truly enjoy all the culinary experiences you might if you were to travel solo or just with your partner. However, that’s not necessarily the case. Don’t make the mistake of thinking every culinary capital across the globe is going to cost you a pretty penny every time you head to dinner as a crew. A new study from Sail Croatia uncovered the cheapest foodie destinations in Europe, so you can plan your next trip accordingly.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Dude alert: If you’ve fallen out of touch with the other guys in your family, Cody Yellowstone is the perfect place to catch up — and autumn is the ideal season for doing so in the great outdoors. From off-road adventures to historic ghost towns to plenty of wildlife, there’s something in this dynamic destination to please family travelers.