A Guide to Boat Tours and River Cruises around Minneapolis and St. Paul

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  • Updated August 2, 2021

One of the coolest parts about the Twin Cities is their plentiful access to water.

That’s why exploring the Twin Cities via boat is one of our “must try” activities, no matter if you’re a long time resident or just visiting for the weekend.

But since narrowing down the many options is no easy task, we thought we’d lend a local’s hand with this detailed guide to boat and river cruise around Minneapolis and St. Paul.

  • The Who, What, Where of Boat & River Cruises 
  • What are the most popular boat tours and river cruises in Minneapolis & St. Paul? 
  • Where do cruises go? 

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As the residents of the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Twin Cities locals know a good riverboat cruise when we see one.  

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Whether it’s exploring the architectural wonders spanning the Mighty Mississippi or sipping cocktails as the sun goes down, there are plenty of options for boat tours and river cruises in Minneapolis and St. Paul that meet all the requirements on our must-try list.    

What are the most popular boat tours and river cruises in Minneapolis & St. Paul?  

Before you decide on a vendor and dates for your Minneapolis-St. Paul boat tour, it’s best to decide what type of cruise you’d like to take.   Different boats offer different tour types; some are focused on the scenery, others are more focused on the food and entertainment onboard.   Here are some of the more popular boat tour and river cruise options:  

  • Sunset Dinner Cruise – Sunset dinner cruises are by far some of the most popular and first to book up reservations.   Most of the boat operators in the Twin Cities offer some form of a sunset cruise, departing the dock 1-2 hours before dark for dinner and drinks while the sun goes down.   These tours are great for long summer nights when the best place to be is on the water.
  • Sightseeing Cruise – End-of-the-day boat tours might not be the best option for families or visitors trying to fit in other items on the Twin Cities travel itinerary.   If that’s the case, you may want to consider a general sightseeing cruise.   The daytime trips for Twin Cities boat and river tours often fall in this category, with options to see bridges, well-known landmarks and do some wildlife watching.  
  • Brunch Cruise – It’s hard to go wrong with a Minneapolis brunch in general. But then make that brunch on a boat, and you’re pretty much set for a terrific outing. Brunch cruises typically depart at 10 AM, have a great menu, and are a casual way to relax and enjoy the water and the weekend.
  • Fall Color Cruises – From late September to mid-October, the Mississippi River between Minneapolis and St. Paul light up with some of the best fall colors in the Upper Midwest.   We love to recommend it to out-of-town guests or friends; get out and enjoy the cooler temperatures and enjoy the mid-day or afternoon fall color cruise.  
  • Holiday Cruises – Mother’s Day?   4 th of July?   Labor Day?   If there’s a summer holiday you love to celebrate, there’s a pretty good chance you can commemorate the day with a boat cruise on the Mississippi River.   All the major tour operators in the Twin Cities offer cruises for these events—just make sure to snag reservations well in advance.  
  • Private Party – If you’re checking out options for an upcoming private party venue, summertime boat cruises are a great option to explore. Getting a group together for a birthday, anniversary, class reunion, or corporate event is easy and more affordable than you might think.  

Where do cruises go?  

Not only are there options for the type of boat cruise, but there are also options for departure.   Choosing the tour location changes what you can expect to see and the type of boat you’ll end up taking.   Here are the 4 top departure locations for boat tours and river cruises in the Twin Cities:  

  • Mississippi River in Downtown Minneapolis – Departing from Bohemian Flats Park near downtown Minneapolis, taking a Mississippi River cruise from this location means excellent views of the downtown Minneapolis skyline, the historic Stone Arch Bridge, and the University of Minnesota campus.    
  • Mississippi River in Downtown St. Paul – For terrific views of the St. Paul skyline and the best chance to see wildlife in the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, depart from downtown St. Paul.   You’ll also have an opportunity to board some historic riverboats at the docks on Harriet Island.  
  • Lake Minnetonka – Looking for the best drinks and food?   Want to take a cruise on a newer, luxury yacht? Best to head west for a boat tour on Lake Minnetonka.   We love these tours for ogling at the giant houses while we sip on sundowners.
  • St. Croix River in Stillwater – One trip over the I-94 bridge from Minnesota to Wisconsin, and it’s pretty clear that the St. Croix River is a top Twin Cities boating destination.   Several river tours depart the docks near Stillwater during the summer, with both traditional paddleboat options and upscale dinner cruises. This is our top spot for fall colors as well.  

The Top Twin Cities Boat and River Cruise Companies  

Ready to book your cruise?   Try out one of these Twin Cities boat and river cruise companies for the best tours and destinations:  

More than 5 million visitors have taken a riverboat cruise with Padleford Riverboats in downtown St. Paul.   They offer the largest selection of tour options (sightseeing, dining, themed cruises, school trips, and private events) and have some of the best deals on tickets and dining.   On Mondays, Padleford hosts a $10 cruise with 2-for-1 beers after 6 PM – an excellent happy hour option for co-workers and friends.

  • Location – Downtown St. Paul: 205 Dr. Justus Ohage Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55107
  • Website: Padleford Riverboats

As the largest tour operator in the Twin Cities (five vessels in two locations), Paradise Charters has more than 30 years of experience taking trips on the Mississippi River and Lake Minnetonka. They have an extensive portfolio of tour choices, including a full calendar of tours running seven days a week during the summer. Expect to shell out a bit more for tickets on Paradise cruises, with most tickets running $35-40 per person.  

  • Location – Downtown Minneapolis: 2150 W River Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55454
  • Location – Port of Excelsior/Lake Minnetonka: 2 Water St, Excelsior, MN 55331
  • Website: Paradise Charter Cruises  

Consistently voted on “Best of the Twin Cities” lists, Al and Alma’s boat charters on Lake Minnetonka have been offering tours on the lake since 1973.   Their fleet includes the largest motorized yacht on Lake Minnetonka, the 83-foot “Bella Vista,” and some of Minnesota’s most expensive public yachts.   Al and Alma’s cruises also feature food prepped from their Cooks Bay supper club—expect better menu options than you’ll find on any other Twin Cities boat cruises.  

  • Location – Lake Minnetonka: Lake Minnetonka (multiple locations for departure)
  • Website: Al & Alma’s

Located on the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway near Stillwater, St. Croix Boat and Packet (aka Stillwater River Boats) is home to one of the largest river tour boats in the Twin Cities Metro.  St. Croix operates six boats, seven days per week, with cruises from 11:30 AM to 8 PM.  Their largest boat holds more than 650 guests, with multiple floors of bars and dining and a terrific roof deck for river viewing.

  • Location: 525 Main St S, Stillwater, MN 55082
  • Website: St. Croix Boat and Packet Co.

Looking for an unforgettable party venue for a group of 60-100 friends, family, or co-workers?   The Magnolia Blossom Cruise company offers private charter cruises on their historic riverboat.   The tour boat docks on the Mississippi River between Minneapolis and St. Paul, allowing trips customized to view downtown Minneapolis or downtown St. Paul scenery.   The Magnolia is one of the few boats that will navigate the lock and dam at Ford Parkway, something your guests won’t soon forget.   Note, Magnolia does not offer public boat cruises; the tours are by charter contract only.

  • Location – Mississippi River near St. Paul: 2500 Crosby Farm Rd, St Paul, MN 55116
  • Website: Magnolia Blossom Cruises

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Looking for something different to do on a Tuesday or Friday evening? Imagine cruising on the Mississippi River in a riverboat taking in the beautiful scenery, gentle breeze, and watching the sun set across the Minnesota sky.

In addition to stunning views, enjoy a fabulous dinner of classic BBQ ribs with a secret recipe dry rub, house-brined and grilled chicken with house-made BBQ sauce, cheddar green chili cornbread, Donna’s calico baked beans with brown sugar, potato salad, chef’s choice dessert, and coffee.. Experience an evening everyone will remember. Come aboard!

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  • Entry/Admission - Minnehaha Falls
  • Our tour departs promptly at 10:00am from the North Parking Lot of Mall of America. It is located directly outside of the North Entrance of the mall, in the Charter / Tour Bus area. Across the street from the Bloomington JW Marriott.
  • Mall of America, 60 E Broadway, Bloomington, MN 55425, USA
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  • Infants must sit on laps
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  • Boats are not ADA compliant due to the nature of " boats of a certain age". We can discuss the availability to see if the restrictions may be accomodated.
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  • Infants may be allowed a seat if extras are available on the tour. However, this is not guaranteed. If seat is required, must purchase child ticket
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
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  • 484claudiae 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Great tour Great tour, very interesting and informative! They were very nice and called the previous day to verify that we were still going. Asked us where they had to pick us up. Our only problem was finding where to meet them as it was confusing and we’re not from the area and the mall is large, overwhelming, and confusing. We thought we had to park in the parking garage underneath the mall but instead you park outdoors between IKEA and the Marriott hotel, north side of the mall and walk to where the shuttles and tour buses stop. Both driver and tour guide were very polite and respectful, driver drives carefully and guide was very knowledgeable, learned a lot of interesting things about both cities. I will certainly recommend them to friends and family so they can take the tour in the future. Read more Written May 25, 2024
  • 333jayan 0 contributions 4.0 of 5 bubbles Twin cities highlight tour would have liked a few more stops The trip was great. The guide was knowledgeable. It would have been nice if they could have photo stops at st paul cathedral and state capitol Read more Written May 24, 2024
  • JoanneZ625 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Fantastic tour of the Twin Cities & Great Value! So enjoyed this tour. The guide talked almost non stop with such interesting info from history to current day. Learned more in the 3 hr tour than in my 17 yrs living in the Mpls / St Paul area. The bus inside was very new & comfortable and had a restroom. The driver maneuvered the ride very smooth/safe unlike some tours I have been on in other cities. The driver and tour narrator worked well together & very accommodating. On the day we toured a protest was going on at the state capital and roads were blocked but they circled around and found a side road that we were able to still get out for a closer look at the grounds and building. Definitely a great value too, Totally recommend this tour to out of town visitors and locals! Read more Written October 27, 2023
  • R3474YXwendym 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Great Tour! My sister and I enjoyed the Twin Cities Highlights Tour. The guide was a wealth of knowledge. A great way to see both Minneapolis and St Paul. Read more Written October 27, 2023
  • X9498XSjanelleb 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Very enjoyable with so much interesting information. It was a great tour. The tour guide did an excellent job of sharing so many interesting information about these beautiful cities. Well organized. Very good driver Read more Written October 14, 2023
  • D3863SCstanleys 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Excellent experience of touring Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota We were there that weekend for the football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Minnesota Vikings. We had a wonderful time and tourist Doug did an excellent job of showing us Minnesota and Saint Paul and we really enjoyed the tour. The bus was on time and They allowed us to get off multiple times too enjoy different sites. It was well worth it I recommend it for anyone! Read more Written October 10, 2023
  • JohnB850 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Excellent Tour Excellent, excellent, excellent. Comfortable small bus. The guide was amazing with all his facts, figures, but best of all, stories about Minneapolis and St. Paul. Read more Written October 4, 2023
  • 453sunrise 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Fun times in Minneapolis Everyone was friendly and helpful. Hampton In. Good location to get to restaurants, transportation and attractions. Read more Written October 1, 2023
  • alexkC800QG 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Greg and Steve are a great team The tour was great, we were suppose to hop on the first stop at 9:30, but were 5 min late so we hopped on the 9:40 stop at Hyatt. Overall the tour was great, we learned many things about Min and StP. Greg did a good job throwing some jokes here and there. Thanks again, from Hollywood. Read more Written September 24, 2023
  • Excursion763315 0 contributions 4.0 of 5 bubbles The Twin Cities are all about the water. Our guide Doug and driver Steve were the best, couldn't ask for a better way to spend a Saturday touring the twin cities of Minnesota. I highly recommend the tour. Read more Written September 19, 2023
  • Critter17 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Fabulous tour! This was the best city tour we've ever been on, and we've been on lots! The tour guide Doug was fantastic--knowledgeable and interesting, with a great delivery. Paced just right. We have a much better understanding of Minnesota now. Read more Written September 18, 2023
  • Arne_12 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Very enjoyable and learning experience except for my wife getting motion sickness so we coul Very nice experience. Good and friendly driver. Excellent and very informed guide with nice sense of humor. Gave us new and interesting information about both Minneapolis and St Paul. I did not see there was a senior rate or I could have saved $4. My wife got ill 2 1/2 hours into the trip so we had to leave and missed the last hour plus I had to get an uber to take us home to Woodbury and then get another ride to go get my car in MPLs. Can you find a way to advertise your tours. I tried to find tours by contactin both St Paul and Mpls and was told they have no tours like other major cities do. By accident I learned of your tour. Read more Written September 17, 2023
  • Resort304222 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Great tour! We loved the tour!! It was a great "view" of the city and very informative! The man giving the tour was so nice and knowledgeable. We really enjoyed our time! Read more Written September 5, 2023
  • G1131XCroberth 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles A very nice review of the city so we could choose what else we want to do. Tour guide was very good Spoke clearly and good info. Tour wasn’t too long. Could have used a few more comments about suggested museums. Didn't really need to stop at the ____ center just to get an overview of that section of the city. Read more Written August 30, 2023
  • caseya995 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Great Experience We were in town for a very short time and wanted to see as much as possible. We were able to see way more than we were expecting and learned a lot about the Twin Cities in the process. We really enjoyed the tour! Read more Written August 29, 2023

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We were in the St. Paul area for a music festival and decided to stay in town the whole weekend. This dinner/river cruise was a highlight of our weekend. We went on the rib dinner cruise: the ribs were tender and flavorful, and I loved the cornbread. I don't know what was up with the potato salad, but it had a weird aftertaste, so I didn't finish my serving which is unusual because I am tater salad kinda gal. Dessert was a simple yellow cake with diced fruit. I wish the whipped cream had been sweetened, but it was still yummy. The cruise was nice, but I wish we had more views of the nighttime city skyline.

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We went on July 4 and wanted to entertain new Ukranian immigrants and acclimate them to MN. The weather was perfect. They have beer, soda and snacks including hotdogs. I found it odd that people would need to be that pacified for an hour and a half. It's so serene. I thought it was cool to see how the tracks hook up for the trains. In that short time you'll get all you need to know about the history of St. Paul. We used to take our sons on this yearly. Get tickets online.

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They have a serious wasp problem. Before the boat even left the dock, a bunch of kids were basically melting down. Really detracts from the experience. Also, they didn't take us as far as Fort Snelling at all, as promised. Just randomly turned around beforehand.

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It resembles a lazy river ride, it feels like you're floating along. The announcer mentions a couple of fun facts about the area throughout, and you're left to your own thoughts most of the rest of the time.

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Very clean and efficient. Not much to see in this trip except for the river banks. Did see a bald Eagle and the nest. Also saw the rotating train track. Other than that, the sights were limited. Wish we had chosen a different trip.

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If I could shower a venue with Yelp stars, I pick Padelford Riverboats! We actually got married on the Betsey Northrup this year and our guests actually thanked us for inviting them! We had the ceremony on the top deck, did a sunset dinner cruise, and had a live band. Our guests had access to the top deck after dinner so a lot of people were able to enjoy the city lit up at night while the boat was cruising along the Mississippi River. A lot of our guests said it was one of the best weddings that they had ever been to because it was so different and fun. Jen was our event manager and she was very easy to work with. I basically flooded her email with questions for 4 months and she made sure the day went very well. The food was amazing! This chef knows what he's doing so if you are interested in hosting an event with them and considering catering - you will not be disappointed. We're two weeks out from the wedding and we're still getting compliments on our food! Weddings are stressful. Actually planning any event is stressful but Padelford made things a lot easier. They also offer sight seeing cruises along with dinner cruises in the summer and fall so this is also a great date night/family outing/friends hang out option. There is also a large parking lot available at Harriet Island so you don't have to worry about your car.

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We were fortunate enough to see both a pair of eagles engage midair and bald eagles cruising the riverside. The boat was spacious enough for passengers and offers an air conditioned interior. The journey itself was peaceful and unremarkable. An audio recording available on your phone would dramatically improve the experience as it could not be heard over passenger chatter.

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This is a wonderful activity to enjoy on the Mississippi River. And I got lucky when I visited the Twin Cities in mid-May because most of these tourist-type boat rides don't begin running until after Memorial Day. But hallelujah, Padelford Riverboats go rolling on the river on weekend afternoons. So, despite the drizzle and threat of rain, the boat was actually quite full. Lots of families with excited kids. Tourists. History buffs like me. There is some narration at first and then Padelford is off and running down the mighty Mississippi, which made St. Paul a river transportation hub during the 18th & 19th centuries. The remnants of old flour mills and processing plants still line the waters. I was thrilled to see many unique bridges along the way; many of these structures were made of steel and iron. The bridges were more evidence of the important role the Mississippi River played earlier in our country's history as a way to move goods up and down through the Midwest and into southern ports. I would also encourage birders to take the Padelford Riverboat to check out the variety of waterfowl here. Now I came through very early in May before the nesting and roosting got into full swing. However, I managed to spy out plenty of ducks, a big gaggle of Canadian Geese and plenty of swallows cruising the river banks in search of mud for their nests. The narration mentioned bald eagles are commonly seen during the tour but later on into the summer & fall. A small snack bar on board serves drinks and food. The hot dogs looked good. Be advised--many schools take the kiddies here for school outings. That is great but plan your trip accordingly. Nice employees and ship hands work here. A gracious deck man helped me down the plank which was very slippery and wet with drizzle. Your kids and out-of-town guests will love the Riverboat as much as I did! 5 YELP STARS!

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After years of watching this boat going up and down the Mississippi seemingly just about every time I cross the 35E bridge I finally was able to take trip myself for the first time. Its a good time. It was a Monday afternoon so we took advantage of the Monday Madness trips they run on that day. There are different types of trips and different rates, but on Mondays you can take a 90 minute trip with a couple of drink tickets for the reduced rate of $8 plus the port fee. After negotiating the St. Paul area construction we arrived just minutes prior to the 2:30 departure time. The upper deck was pretty full (at least under the canopy) so we took some chairs and sat along the front rail. We left on time and with the sun going behind the clouds we had a pleasant experience. Other than the Cliff Clavin type that sat to our left it would have been a peaceful one as well. He knew a lot about the area and didn't hesitate to give his own tour while drowning out the Don Shelby narrated tape being played by the crew. Sitting by the rail and seeing the sites from the river for a change while enjoying some Surly beer. This particular trip left from Harriett Island and went up a little past Pike Island and turned around. Will definitely be back to try some of the other trips as time allows. The sunset cruise sound particularly good. Would have scored it higher if not for the self-appointed tour guide and the mess of construction currently going on that made it more than a little frustrating just getting there. Can't wait for the next time though.

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Went on a special outing as a guest of Minnesota Twins. It was so much fun! The folks at the river boat company took great care with all of the guests. Food was great and hot. Drinks were cold and refreshing. . Scenery was amazing. What a great night to spend on the river! Thanks Minnesota Twins !

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Minnesota's music scene is showing its love for the late spider john koerner.

Spider John Koerner's live shows were often filled with funny one-liners, storied anecdotes and bittersweet emotions, and so was the widespread reaction to his death this past weekend.

Memorial plans were still being mapped out for the Minnesota music hero, who died of cancer early Saturday morning at the age of 85. A musical tribute with a potluck after-party at (where else?) Palmer's Bar is being lined up next month, his son Chris Kalmbach said.

In the meantime, tributes began popping up with gusto via social media and old-school media over the past few days for the influential singer/songwriter/guitarist, best known from the pioneering early '60s acoustic trio Koerner, Ray & Glover.

The Cedar Cultural Center — in the heart of what used to be Minneapolis' West Bank music scene — turned its marquee into a memorial plaque that read, "R.I.P. Spider John Koerner, West Bank Music Legend."

HiFi Hair and Records shop owner Jon Clifford proposed a more permanent honor in that neighborhood: He said the city should rename the intersection of Cedar and Riverside avenues after Koerner.

"There is no one who has left a bigger footprint on the West Bank, and never will be," Clifford said.

In addition to her comments for the Star Tribune's front-page obituary that ran Sunday, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame legend Bonnie Raitt offered these words to the Star Tribune: "We got to enjoy a lifetime of fun, great music and meaning. John will be remembered as one of the most beloved and important revivalists of the great folk and blues song tradition."

The Current, KFAI and Jazz88 all aired tributes to Koerner over the weekend and posted memorials on their websites.

On Trampled by Turtles' social media channels, the acoustic sextet's frontman Dave Simonett recounted being too nervous/starstruck to speak to Koerner the first time he sat at the bar beside him at Palmer's.

"In the following years, I did finally muster up the courage to talk to John and found that even though he was a booming cannon on stage, in person he was a soft-spoken, gentle soul," Simonett wrote. "Each time I saw him play I was mesmerized. I am so happy I was able to witness Spider John Koerner play the blues."

On X, Koerner's fellow Minnesota blues and folk vet Paul Metsa shared a great and hopefully true tale about Bob Dylan introducing his old Minneapolis music chum to late Rolling Stones guitarist and blues enthusiast Brian Jones. Jones allegedly said of Koerner, "I thought he was Black," because Koerner sounded like an old blues singer.

On a personal note, Metsa added, "There was no one I was more honored to call my friend and hero."

Maybe the best story of them all so far came from longtime Dylan associate and North Shore resident Gene LaFond, who recounted a New Year's Eve gathering sometime in this century with Koerner and his KR&G bandmate Tony Glover at Bob Dylan's farmstead on the Crow River, about 30 miles northwest of Minneapolis. Here's the full text LaFond posted to Facebook:

"One New Years Eve many years ago, Bob Dylan, at his little farm west of the cities said to my musical partner Larry Kegan & myself, 'See if Koerner & Glover (Dave had passed) would like to come out for a little new years fun.' So Larry & I brought Spider John & Tony Glover out to reunite with Bob. They sat in a circle telling stories of the past for hours. I egged Spider John into singing 'Days of 49′ because I thought Bob had first heard it from Koerner. Spider John refused my guitar & sang it acapella. Then we sang. I think Tony blew a little harp & Bob picked up an old Martin & accompanied Larry & me on a bunch of old songs & originals. Truly mesmerizing time. At about 3 am we said our best wishes for the new year & headed home. I don't think my feet touched the ground for weeks. There was only one Spider John Koerner. May his light shine in our hearts forever."

As for more recent memories, Koerner's longtime friend and sometimes lawyer Doug Myren said he was cared for in his final weeks with a crew that included family members, friends and the widow of bandmate Dave Ray, Mary Jane Mueller.

"He was well taken care of and in pretty good spirits," Myren reported.

Myren also recounted taking Koerner to a Charlie Parr gig a few months ago at the 331 Club, probably the last time he saw his protégé perform. When a friend asked Koerner afterward how he liked hearing Parr sing one of his songs during the show, Koerner responded in his nonchalant way, "Well, actually he sang two of my songs."

"He was always so humble and unassuming, but he did actually enjoy it when he was recognized for being the great musician he was," Myren said.

As for Parr, he not surprisingly had a gig on Saturday night and reportedly paid tribute to him there — including playing a few songs on the guitar that Koerner now famously gave to him last year, according to the show's opening player Daniel Kenneth Libby. "It was very moving," Libby said.

On his own social media channels, Parr simply posted a photo of Koerner and the message, "I wouldn't be here without you."

Star Tribune staff music critic Jon Bream contributed to this article.

Chris Riemenschneider has been covering the Twin Cities music scene since 2001, long enough for Prince to shout him out during "Play That Funky Music (White Boy)." The St. Paul native authored the book "First Avenue: Minnesota's Mainroom" and previously worked as a music critic at the Austin American-Statesman in Texas.

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The name Milwaukee is derived from the Algonquian word Millioke, meaning the “good land,” and from a Potawatomi word, Minwaking, meaning “gathering place by the waters.”

But at times over the years the city has turned its back on the Milwaukee River, which runs through downtown before it meets the Menomonee River and flows into Lake Michigan. 

Now, on most summer days people can explore the city from the rivers. Boat tour companies like Edelweiss Cruises, Milwaukee Boat Line, Riverwalk Boat Tours & Rentals, and Boat MKE – as well as several kayaking companies – offer a wide range of opportunities to get out on the water and cruise the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic rivers, not to mention Lake Michigan. Themes include sunset cruises, historic narrated boat tours, architecture tours, happy hours, and yes, even a Wisconsin Brat Cruise. Charters and rentals are also available, because one of the few things better than being on a boat is being on a boat with a bunch of friends.

Milwaukee may be known as a “great place on a Great Lake,” but don’t forget its rivers. They’re pretty incredible, too.

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Posted: February 21, 2024 | Last updated: February 21, 2024

<p><strong>Embark on a journey through the veins of our planet – its great rivers. This guide will take you through the most iconic river expeditions, offering a unique perspective on the landscapes, cultures, and histories of various regions. From the Danube’s serene waters to the Amazon’s wild rapids, each river tells a story waiting to be explored.</strong></p>

Embark on a journey through the veins of our planet – its great rivers. This guide will take you through the most iconic river expeditions, offering a unique perspective on the landscapes, cultures, and histories of various regions. From the Danube’s serene waters to the Amazon’s wild rapids, each river tells a story waiting to be explored.

<p><span>Your adventure on the Amazon River immerses you in the densest rainforest on Earth. Starting from Iquitos, Peru, this expedition brings you face-to-face with a vast ecosystem, home to an incredible variety of wildlife. Cruising down this river, expect to encounter pink river dolphins, sloths, and a multitude of bird species. Night expeditions add an extra thrill, revealing the nocturnal life of the Amazon. The sounds of the jungle, coupled with the knowledgeable guides, make this a nature lover’s paradise.</span></p> <p><b>Insider’s Tip: </b><span>Book a small boat tour for a more intimate wildlife experience.</span></p> <p><b>When To Travel: </b><span>May to June for lower water levels and better wildlife sightings.</span></p> <p><b>How To Get There: </b><span>Fly to Lima, Peru, and then take a domestic flight to Iquitos.</span></p>

1. The Amazon River, South America

Your adventure on the Amazon River immerses you in the densest rainforest on Earth. Starting from Iquitos, Peru, this expedition brings you face-to-face with a vast ecosystem, home to an incredible variety of wildlife. Cruising down this river, expect to encounter pink river dolphins, sloths, and a multitude of bird species. Night expeditions add an extra thrill, revealing the nocturnal life of the Amazon. The sounds of the jungle, coupled with the knowledgeable guides, make this a nature lover’s paradise.

Insider’s Tip: Book a small boat tour for a more intimate wildlife experience.

When To Travel: May to June for lower water levels and better wildlife sightings.

How To Get There: Fly to Lima, Peru, and then take a domestic flight to Iquitos.

<p><span>Cruise the Nile and step into a world of ancient wonders. The journey typically begins in Luxor or Aswan, taking you through a landscape dotted with temples and historical sites. You’ll see the Luxor Temple illuminated at night, the imposing statues of Ramses II at Abu Simbel, and traditional feluccas sailing the river. This cruise isn’t just about sightseeing; it’s an immersion into the heart of ancient Egyptian civilization, with each stop narrating a chapter from its rich history.</span></p> <p><b>Insider’s Tip: </b><span>Visit during late fall to avoid the scorching summer heat.</span></p> <p><b>When To Travel: </b><span>October to April for cooler temperatures.</span></p> <p><b>How To Get There: </b><span>Fly to Cairo, then take a domestic flight to Luxor.</span></p>

2. The Nile River, Egypt

Cruise the Nile and step into a world of ancient wonders. The journey typically begins in Luxor or Aswan, taking you through a landscape dotted with temples and historical sites. You’ll see the Luxor Temple illuminated at night, the imposing statues of Ramses II at Abu Simbel, and traditional feluccas sailing the river. This cruise isn’t just about sightseeing; it’s an immersion into the heart of ancient Egyptian civilization, with each stop narrating a chapter from its rich history.

Insider’s Tip: Visit during late fall to avoid the scorching summer heat.

When To Travel: October to April for cooler temperatures.

How To Get There: Fly to Cairo, then take a domestic flight to Luxor.

<p><span>A Danube River cruise is a picturesque journey through the heart of Europe. The river passes through historic cities and beautiful landscapes, offering a mix of cultural and natural attractions. You’ll explore Vienna’s architectural splendor, Regensburg’s medieval charm, and Budapest’s vibrant culture. Each city along the Danube has its own unique appeal, from grand palaces and museums to quaint villages and local markets.</span></p> <p><b>Insider’s Tip: </b><span>Look for cruises that offer cultural tours in each city.</span></p> <p><b>When To Travel: </b><span>May to September for pleasant weather.</span></p> <p><b>How To Get There: </b><span>Fly to a major city like Budapest or Vienna to start your journey.</span></p>

3. The Danube River, Europe

A Danube River cruise is a picturesque journey through the heart of Europe. The river passes through historic cities and beautiful landscapes, offering a mix of cultural and natural attractions. You’ll explore Vienna’s architectural splendor, Regensburg’s medieval charm, and Budapest’s vibrant culture. Each city along the Danube has its own unique appeal, from grand palaces and museums to quaint villages and local markets.

Insider’s Tip: Look for cruises that offer cultural tours in each city.

When To Travel: May to September for pleasant weather.

How To Get There: Fly to a major city like Budapest or Vienna to start your journey.

<p><span>The Mississippi River cruise offers a deep dive into the heart of American culture and history. The cruise heads north through the American heartland, starting from the vibrant New Orleans, famous for its jazz and Creole cuisine. You’ll pass historic river towns, witness the rolling landscapes of the Midwest, and learn about the river’s role in America’s development. Onboard, enjoy live jazz, lectures about the river’s history, and Southern hospitality.</span></p> <p><b>Insider’s Tip: </b><span>Spend a few extra days in New Orleans for its rich musical heritage.</span></p> <p><b>When To Travel: </b><span>Spring or fall for moderate weather.</span></p> <p><b>How To Get There: </b><span>Fly into New Orleans or Minneapolis, depending on your starting point.</span></p>

4. The Mississippi River, USA

The Mississippi River cruise offers a deep dive into the heart of American culture and history. The cruise heads north through the American heartland, starting from the vibrant New Orleans, famous for its jazz and Creole cuisine. You’ll pass historic river towns, witness the rolling landscapes of the Midwest, and learn about the river’s role in America’s development. Onboard, enjoy live jazz, lectures about the river’s history, and Southern hospitality.

Insider’s Tip: Spend a few extra days in New Orleans for its rich musical heritage.

When To Travel: Spring or fall for moderate weather.

How To Get There: Fly into New Orleans or Minneapolis, depending on your starting point.

<p><span>Your journey on the Yangtze River will take you through the heart of China, offering a blend of modern wonders and ancient traditions. The highlight of the cruise is the breathtaking Three Gorges, where steep cliffs rise dramatically from the water. Beyond the natural beauty, you’ll experience the engineering marvel of the Three Gorges Dam and explore lesser-known sites like the Shibaozhai Pagoda. The cruise provides insights into China’s history and culture, with stops in bustling cities and tranquil villages.</span></p> <p><b>Insider’s Tip: </b><span>Opt for a cruise that includes a visit to the Lesser Three Gorges.</span></p> <p><b>When To Travel: </b><span>April to October for the best river conditions.</span></p> <p><b>How To Get There: </b><span>Fly to major cities like Chongqing or Shanghai, depending on your itinerary.</span></p>

5. The Yangtze River, China

Your journey on the Yangtze River will take you through the heart of China, offering a blend of modern wonders and ancient traditions. The highlight of the cruise is the breathtaking Three Gorges, where steep cliffs rise dramatically from the water. Beyond the natural beauty, you’ll experience the engineering marvel of the Three Gorges Dam and explore lesser-known sites like the Shibaozhai Pagoda. The cruise provides insights into China’s history and culture, with stops in bustling cities and tranquil villages.

Insider’s Tip: Opt for a cruise that includes a visit to the Lesser Three Gorges.

When To Travel: April to October for the best river conditions.

How To Get There: Fly to major cities like Chongqing or Shanghai, depending on your itinerary.

<p><span>The Rhine River cruise is a journey through European history and culture. Starting from Amsterdam, the river takes you through the heart of Germany and into Switzerland, with stops at historic cities, medieval castles, and vineyard-covered hills. The Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is particularly stunning, with its picturesque villages and the legendary Lorelei Rock. Each port along the Rhine offers its own unique attractions, from Gothic cathedrals to lively beer gardens.</span></p> <p><b>Insider’s Tip: </b><span>Take a vineyard tour in one of the quaint towns along the river.</span></p> <p><b>When To Travel: </b><span>April to October for pleasant cruising weather.</span></p> <p><b>How To Get There: </b><span>Fly to Amsterdam or Basel to start your journey.</span></p>

6. The Rhine River, Europe

The Rhine River cruise is a journey through European history and culture. Starting from Amsterdam, the river takes you through the heart of Germany and into Switzerland, with stops at historic cities, medieval castles, and vineyard-covered hills. The Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is particularly stunning, with its picturesque villages and the legendary Lorelei Rock. Each port along the Rhine offers its own unique attractions, from Gothic cathedrals to lively beer gardens.

Insider’s Tip: Take a vineyard tour in one of the quaint towns along the river.

When To Travel: April to October for pleasant cruising weather.

How To Get There: Fly to Amsterdam or Basel to start your journey.

<p><span>A cruise down the Mekong River is an exploration of Southeast Asia’s diverse cultures and landscapes. The journey often begins in Vietnam’s vibrant Ho Chi Minh City, winding through rural landscapes and floating markets before reaching the mystical temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Along the way, you’ll witness daily life on the river, visit local artisans, and taste regional specialties. The Mekong’s rich cultural tapestry is matched only by its scenic beauty, with lush greenery and traditional villages lining its banks.</span></p> <p><b>Insider’s Tip: </b><span>Extend your trip to explore the Angkor Wat temple complex.</span></p> <p><b>When To Travel: </b><span>November to February for cooler, drier weather.</span></p> <p><b>How To Get There: </b><span>Fly to Ho Chi Minh City or Siem Reap to begin your cruise.</span></p>

7. The Mekong River, Southeast Asia

A cruise down the Mekong River is an exploration of Southeast Asia’s diverse cultures and landscapes. The journey often begins in Vietnam’s vibrant Ho Chi Minh City, winding through rural landscapes and floating markets before reaching the mystical temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Along the way, you’ll witness daily life on the river, visit local artisans, and taste regional specialties. The Mekong’s rich cultural tapestry is matched only by its scenic beauty, with lush greenery and traditional villages lining its banks.

Insider’s Tip: Extend your trip to explore the Angkor Wat temple complex.

When To Travel: November to February for cooler, drier weather.

How To Get There: Fly to Ho Chi Minh City or Siem Reap to begin your cruise.

<p><span>The Volga River cruise is a window into Russia’s soul, connecting the cosmopolitan cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg with the quieter, historic towns along the river. Moscow’s Red Square and the Kremlin, the opulent palaces of St. Petersburg, and the ancient towns of Russia’s Golden Ring provide a rich tapestry of Russian history and culture. With its serene landscapes and diverse wildlife, the river offers a peaceful backdrop to the bustling cities.</span></p> <p><b>Insider’s Tip: </b><span>Try traditional Russian dishes like borscht and pelmeni on board.</span></p> <p><b>When To Travel: </b><span>May to September for warmer weather.</span></p> <p><b>How To Get There: </b><span>Start your journey in either Moscow or St. Petersburg.</span></p>

8. The Volga River, Russia

The Volga River cruise is a window into Russia’s soul, connecting the cosmopolitan cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg with the quieter, historic towns along the river. Moscow’s Red Square and the Kremlin, the opulent palaces of St. Petersburg, and the ancient towns of Russia’s Golden Ring provide a rich tapestry of Russian history and culture. With its serene landscapes and diverse wildlife, the river offers a peaceful backdrop to the bustling cities.

Insider’s Tip: Try traditional Russian dishes like borscht and pelmeni on board.

When To Travel: May to September for warmer weather.

How To Get There: Start your journey in either Moscow or St. Petersburg.

<p><span>Cruising the Douro River takes you through Portugal’s famous wine country, renowned for its Port wine production. Starting from the coastal city of Porto, the cruise travels through the Douro Valley, with its terraced vineyards and quaint villages. You’ll have opportunities to visit local wineries, taste regional cuisine, and explore historic towns like Peso da Régua and Pinhão. The Douro’s scenic beauty is a constant companion, with its rolling hills and serene waters.</span></p> <p><b>Insider’s Tip: </b><span>Take a port wine-tasting tour in one of the vineyards.</span></p> <p><b>When To Travel: </b><span>March to October for the best weather and wine harvest season.</span></p> <p><b>How To Get There: </b><span>Fly to Porto to start your river cruise.</span></p>

9. The Douro River, Portugal

Cruising the Douro River takes you through Portugal’s famous wine country, renowned for its Port wine production. Starting from the coastal city of Porto, the cruise travels through the Douro Valley, with its terraced vineyards and quaint villages. You’ll have opportunities to visit local wineries, taste regional cuisine, and explore historic towns like Peso da Régua and Pinhão. The Douro’s scenic beauty is a constant companion, with its rolling hills and serene waters.

Insider’s Tip: Take a port wine-tasting tour in one of the vineyards.

When To Travel: March to October for the best weather and wine harvest season.

How To Get There: Fly to Porto to start your river cruise.

<p><span>A cruise on the Ganges takes you through the spiritual heart of India. Starting from the historic city of Kolkata, the journey heads towards the holy city of Varanasi, passing through rural Bengal with its traditional villages and temples. The Ganges is not just a river; it’s a lifeline for millions and a sacred entity in Hinduism. Witnessing the river’s rituals, from the daily baths to the grand aarti ceremonies, is a profoundly moving experience.</span></p> <p><b>Insider’s Tip: </b><span>Witness the evening aarti ceremony in Varanasi for a spiritual experience.</span></p> <p><b>When To Travel: </b><span>October to March for cooler temperatures.</span></p> <p><b>How To Get There: </b><span>Fly to New Delhi and take a domestic flight or train to Varanasi.</span></p>

10. The Ganges River, India

A cruise on the Ganges takes you through the spiritual heart of India. Starting from the historic city of Kolkata, the journey heads towards the holy city of Varanasi, passing through rural Bengal with its traditional villages and temples. The Ganges is not just a river; it’s a lifeline for millions and a sacred entity in Hinduism. Witnessing the river’s rituals, from the daily baths to the grand aarti ceremonies, is a profoundly moving experience.

Insider’s Tip: Witness the evening aarti ceremony in Varanasi for a spiritual experience.

When To Travel: October to March for cooler temperatures.

How To Get There: Fly to New Delhi and take a domestic flight or train to Varanasi.

<p><span>The Brazilian Amazon offers a unique river experience, navigating through the world’s largest rainforest and its intricate network of tributaries. Starting from Manaus, you’ll venture deep into the jungle, exploring its diverse flora and fauna. The expedition includes visits to remote indigenous communities, offering a glimpse into their way of life. The Amazon’s wildlife is a major draw, with chances to see monkeys, birds, and perhaps even the elusive jaguar.</span></p> <p><b>Insider’s Tip: </b><span>Pack insect-repellent and lightweight, long-sleeved clothing for jungle excursions.</span></p> <p><b>When To Travel: </b><span>July to December for the dry season and better wildlife viewing.</span></p> <p><b>How To Get There: </b><span>Fly to Manaus, the main gateway for Brazilian Amazon cruises.</span></p>

11. The Amazon River, Brazil

The Brazilian Amazon offers a unique river experience, navigating through the world’s largest rainforest and its intricate network of tributaries. Starting from Manaus, you’ll venture deep into the jungle, exploring its diverse flora and fauna. The expedition includes visits to remote indigenous communities, offering a glimpse into their way of life. The Amazon’s wildlife is a major draw, with chances to see monkeys, birds, and perhaps even the elusive jaguar.

Insider’s Tip: Pack insect-repellent and lightweight, long-sleeved clothing for jungle excursions.

When To Travel: July to December for the dry season and better wildlife viewing.

How To Get There: Fly to Manaus, the main gateway for Brazilian Amazon cruises.

<p><span>Embark on a Seine River cruise to experience Paris from a unique vantage point. These cruises offer breathtaking views of iconic landmarks like the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, and of course, the Eiffel Tower. Opt for an evening cruise to see the city illuminated at night, which adds a magical touch to the experience. Some cruises offer dinner options, making it a perfect romantic outing. Cruises vary in length and style, so you can choose one that suits your preferences.</span></p> <p><b>Insider’s Tip: </b><span>Choose a dinner cruise for an exquisite dining experience. </span></p> <p><b>When To Travel: </b><span>Evening cruises offer a magical view of the lit-up city. </span></p> <p><b>How To Get There: </b><span>Cruises depart from several points, including near the Eiffel Tower.</span></p>

12. The Seine River, France

Cruising the Seine River combines the romance of Paris with the charm of France’s countryside. The journey typically starts or ends in the French capital, allowing time to explore its iconic landmarks. As you sail away from Paris, the Seine takes you through picturesque landscapes and historic towns like Rouen and Honfleur. The river’s pace is leisurely, offering ample time to soak in the scenery and enjoy the French way of life.

Insider’s Tip: Enjoy a Parisian evening meal on the riverbank for a memorable experience.

When To Travel: April to October for pleasant cruising conditions.

How To Get There: Start your journey in Paris, easily accessible by international flights.

<p><span>Rafting on the Zambezi River below Victoria Falls means navigating one of the world’s greatest white water challenges. The river is known for its powerful Grade V rapids, offering an intense and thrilling experience. As you maneuver through the Batoka Gorge, the raw power of the river is palpable, with the mist of the Falls often visible in the distance. This rafting adventure is as much about testing your limits as it is about immersing yourself in the wild African landscape.</span></p> <p><b>Insider’s Tip: </b><span>Be prepared for the infamous Grade V rapids, a challenge even for experienced rafters.</span></p> <p><b>When To Travel: </b><span>The best rafting conditions are from July to February.</span></p> <p><b>How To Get There: </b><span>Fly into Victoria Falls Airport and join a rafting tour from Victoria Falls town.</span></p>

13. The Zambezi River, Africa

Embark on a journey down the Zambezi River in Africa for a truly unique cruising experience. As you navigate these waters, you’ll be awed by the majestic Victoria Falls, one of the planet’s largest and most stunning waterfalls. This adventure isn’t just about the breathtaking scenery; it’s also an opportunity to witness the rich African wildlife that inhabits the riverbanks. Hippos, crocodiles, and various bird species are just some of the fauna you might encounter. For an insider tip, consider taking a sunset cruise to witness the falls bathed in golden hues.

Insider’s Tip: Take a sunset cruise for stunning views of Victoria Falls.

When To Travel: May to October for the dry season and optimal wildlife viewing.

How To Get There: Fly to Livingstone, Zambia, or Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

<p><span>The Chobe River, straddling the borders of Botswana and Namibia, offers a unique cruising experience that doubles as an extraordinary safari adventure. This river delineates the northern edge of the famous Chobe National Park, a sanctuary renowned for its massive elephant populations and diverse wildlife. As you cruise along the river, you can expect to see large herds of elephants bathing, along with a variety of other animals quenching their thirst along the banks. A river safari is highly recommended for those seeking an even closer encounter with nature. </span></p> <p><b>Insider’s Tip: </b><span>Opt for a river safari for close-up wildlife encounters.</span></p> <p><b>When To Travel: </b><span>May to October for the dry season, ideal for wildlife spotting.</span></p> <p><b>How To Get There: </b><span>Fly to Kasane, Botswana, to start your river safari.</span></p>

14. The Chobe River, Botswana/Namibia

The Chobe River, straddling the borders of Botswana and Namibia, offers a unique cruising experience that doubles as an extraordinary safari adventure. This river delineates the northern edge of the famous Chobe National Park, a sanctuary renowned for its massive elephant populations and diverse wildlife. As you cruise along the river, you can expect to see large herds of elephants bathing, along with a variety of other animals quenching their thirst along the banks. A river safari is highly recommended for those seeking an even closer encounter with nature.

Insider’s Tip: Opt for a river safari for close-up wildlife encounters.

When To Travel: May to October for the dry season, ideal for wildlife spotting.

How To Get There: Fly to Kasane, Botswana, to start your river safari.

<p><span>A cruise along the Irrawaddy River explores Myanmar’s rich historical tapestry and vibrant cultural heritage. This journey is more than just a scenic ride; it’s a passage through time, where you’ll witness the enduring legacy of ancient civilizations. As the river winds through Myanmar, you’ll encounter spectacular sights such as the ancient pagodas, traditional villages, and the historic city of Bagan, a site renowned for its thousands of temples and stupas. These architectural marvels offer a glimpse into a past era of opulent kingdoms and spiritual devotion. For an authentic experience, visit a local village to immerse yourself in the daily life and customs of the Burmese people.</span></p> <p><b>Insider’s Tip: </b><span>Visit a local village for an authentic glimpse into Burmese life.</span></p> <p><b>When To Travel: </b><span>November to February for cooler, drier weather.</span></p> <p><b>How To Get There: </b><span>Fly to Yangon or Mandalay, where many cruises begin.</span></p>

15. The Irrawaddy River, Myanmar

A cruise along the Irrawaddy River explores Myanmar’s rich historical tapestry and vibrant cultural heritage. This journey is more than just a scenic ride; it’s a passage through time, where you’ll witness the enduring legacy of ancient civilizations. As the river winds through Myanmar, you’ll encounter spectacular sights such as the ancient pagodas, traditional villages, and the historic city of Bagan, a site renowned for its thousands of temples and stupas. These architectural marvels offer a glimpse into a past era of opulent kingdoms and spiritual devotion. For an authentic experience, visit a local village to immerse yourself in the daily life and customs of the Burmese people.

Insider’s Tip: Visit a local village for an authentic glimpse into Burmese life.

How To Get There: Fly to Yangon or Mandalay, where many cruises begin.

<p><span>River cruises offer a unique way to explore the world, combining the comfort of travel with the excitement of discovery. Each river has its own character, culture, and history, making every journey distinct. As you chart your course down these majestic waterways, you’re not just a traveler but an explorer uncovering the stories that flow through the heart of our world. So, pack your bags, set sail, and let the river’s current guide you to new adventures.</span></p> <p><span>More Articles Like This…</span></p> <p><a href="https://thegreenvoyage.com/barcelona-discover-the-top-10-beach-clubs/"><span>Barcelona: Discover the Top 10 Beach Clubs</span></a></p> <p><a href="https://thegreenvoyage.com/top-destination-cities-to-visit/"><span>2024 Global City Travel Guide – Your Passport to the World’s Top Destination Cities</span></a></p> <p><a href="https://thegreenvoyage.com/exploring-khao-yai-a-hidden-gem-of-thailand/"><span>Exploring Khao Yai 2024 – A Hidden Gem of Thailand</span></a></p> <p><span>The post <a href="https://passingthru.com/a-guide-to-river-cruises-and-expeditions/" rel="noopener">Navigating 15 Majestic Rivers – A 2024 Guide to River Cruises and Expeditions</a> was republished on </span><a href="https://passingthru.com/"><span>Passing Thru</span></a><span> with permission from </span><a href="https://thegreenvoyage.com/"><span>The Green Voyage</span></a><span>.</span></p> <p><span>Featured Image Credit: Shutterstock / Calin Stan.</span></p> <p><span>For transparency, this content was partly developed with AI assistance and carefully curated by an experienced editor to be informative and ensure accuracy.</span></p>

The Bottom Line

River cruises offer a unique way to explore the world, combining the comfort of travel with the excitement of discovery. Each river has its own character, culture, and history, making every journey distinct. As you chart your course down these majestic waterways, you’re not just a traveler but an explorer uncovering the stories that flow through the heart of our world. So, pack your bags, set sail, and let the river’s current guide you to new adventures.

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