Rivers including seas and canals were not only the main source of transporting goods, but have also been an important means of irrigation and livelihood since ancient times. Many ancient civilizations emerged and developed around these rivers.
Many of the banks of these rivers are rich in history and culture. For travelers, these waterways are relaxing and a quieter destination than usual transports like planes, trains or cars etc. While making your trip to any of these waterway, you will get to explore the scenic beauty, flora and fauna, diversity of culture and enjoy a lot of activity, thrill, adventure and water sports. Here are the top 10 waterways of the world that you would like to choose from for an exciting holiday.
Nile is longest river in the world. Its length is 4,135 miles and it runs through ten countries including Sudan, South Sudan Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and Egypt. The banks of this vast river house all historical sites of ancient Egypt from tomb-laden valley of Egyptian kings to monumental structures of this ancient civilization. Cruise is the best way to experience all these at a relaxed pace along with watching the local life of the people. You can also hire a lateen-rigged boat that carries six to eight people. Camping on the island of Nile will be a great experience for tourists. Felucca trips to Ombo and Kom and night out can be equally adventurous.
Volga River (Russia)
It is an Old Russian proverb that “to know Russia, know the Volga”. This great river travels through Russia’s 20 largest cities. Cruising through the banks of these cities is really exciting. Most tour boats travel just a section of Volga that is north of Moscow and travel on to St. Petersburg. To reach there, a series of interconnected waterways are used that touch major cities and old fashioned riverside towns that houses old historic churches and kremlins. The best time to tour Volga is when summer is at its extreme height because Volga River remains Frozen for three months during winter.
Colorado River (United States, Mexico)
Colorado River is the main waterway of Southwestern United States. Every traveler has something to enjoy out of this trip. It passes through the rocky mountain and through dammed areas and lakes like Powell in Arizona and Lake Havasu that falls on the border of Arizona and California and Lake Mead in Nevada. You can enjoy house boating, parties, weakened recreation and a lot more during this trip. If you are adventure enthusiasts, you can enjoy whitewater rafting and kayak where the river cuts through the Grand Canyon. The river also runs through a wildlife sanctuary to further south.
Florida Everglades (USA)
Paddling the Everglades waterways can be a great adventure as well as relief. The paddling route stretches 159 km along the Everglade’s western edge and crosses through the 10,000 islands and finally touches Gulf of Mexico. Embark on an adventure journey and camping. You may be lucky enough to catch the glimpses of alligators, manatees and dolphins. Hire a kayak or canoe in Everglades City. It may take 9 days of paddling to enjoy the wilderness of Florida Everglades.
Li River (China)
Yangtze is China’s most popular river. Li river is one of its tributaries which has breathtaking sceneries. You can explore the waterway through a boat tour or using traditional bamboo rafting trip through Yulong River, which is a less crowded tributary of Li. These trips are organized in Guilin.
Franklin River, Australia
Franklin river near the city of Hobart is one of the most pristine and remote rafting waterways in the world. Your eight day 100 km rafting journey will begin from Lyell Hwy, travel through rough and ready stretches and end finally when the Franklin River splits into Gordon River.
Irrawaddy River (Myanmar)
River tourism of Myanmar offers cruises to travel on the mysterious Irrawaddy River. The trip covers ancient temples, varying itineraries, remote villages, various Buddhist temples and pagodas and local trading centers.
Cruising is a great delight in the scenic drive along France’s longest river Loire. Navigate through the beautiful gardens, green hills and rich history of this country while cruising on this river.
Kenai River (United States)
Kenai River is a melt water river that runs 82 miles through Kenai Peninsula, a part of Southern Alaska. This is the most popular sport fishing destination in US. The scenic beauty and wildlife safari along with adventure sports like multi-day kayaking and Glacier walk attracts lot of tourists. During spring, Beluga whales are often sighted six miles upstream.
Rio Futaleufú (Argentina, Chile)
If you are an adventure enthusiast, then Rio Futaleufu, Argentina’s popular waterway off southern Chile is a great destination. Famous for kayaking and rafting, its scenic beauty cannot be ignored. Covered by thick hardwood forest and steep granite cliffs, this spectacular waterway is also a popular destination for sport fishing, rock climbing, hiking, biking and horse riding.