Sail the Mekong and Southern Africa with CroisiEurope
Explore the exotic rivers of the world aboard Europe’s premier river cruise line.
A family-run business established in Strasbourg in 1976, CroisiEurope – originally Alsace Croisières – began as the brainchild of Gerald Schmitter, a potter’s son from Betschdorf. From these humble beginnings, the company has continued to gain momentum for over 40 years, leading to its current standing as the leader in European river cruises – welcoming nearly 200,000 passengers aboard its 50 boats each year.
Expanding beyond the crisscrossing rivers of Europe, CroisiEurope’s ever-growing fleet now traverses such exotic waterways as the Mekong Delta and the rivers of Southern Africa. Three generations later, one thing hasn’t changed, however: the fierce commitment to independence that defines CroisiEurope, ensuring that every element of every cruise – from construction through to service – is of a superlative standard.
From the Mekong Delta to Temples of Angkor
From the plateaus of Tibet, the Mekong River extends over 4,300 kilometres through China, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand before diverging into the maze of rivers, swamps and islands known as the Mekong Delta and finally draining into the South China Sea. Much more than just irrigation for Indochina, however, the sinuous Mekong is a giver of life with vibrant villages, historical cities and mighty temples lining its banks.
Embark on an expedition rich in history and culture along this dynamic waterway with CroisiEurope’s 11-day/10-night cruise from Ho Chi Minh City, with its residual French colonial influence, to the vine-tangled stone temples of Siem Reap. Aboard a ship combining charm and colonial-style comfort, you’ll cross the narrow Chao Gao Canal, engage in local life in My Tho and Koh Chen and pass through the city of Phnom Penh with its Royal Palace and bustling markets before finally disembarking on the doorstep of the Angkor temple complex: home of the world-famous Angkor Wat.
In typical CroisiEurope fashion, guests’ every need is catered to – from the inclusion of meals and drinks to headsets for onshore excursions – and for ultimate flexibility, there is the option to extend your voyage with stops in Hanoi and Halong Bay or reverse direction from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh.
Southern Africa: Travel to the Ends of the Earth
A land of undulating desert dunes and rocky coastal mountains – of prolific wildlife and a culture dating back to the dawn of humankind – Southern Africa promises stunning diversity and incomparable adventure.
After first spending time in Johannesburg with its tumultuous history and electric atmosphere, you’ll transfer via plane to Kasane, Botswana where your riverside CroisiEurope lodge awaits. From here, you’ll embark on a full-day Jeep safari to witness elephants in the wild, explore the Chobe and Zambezi rivers aboard small private boats and embrace Namibian culture and customs before transferring once more to stunning Lake Kariba to board a luxurious CroisiEurope river cruiser, African Dream. Travelling through aquatic landscapes of ethereal beauty, you’ll see thousands of birds – not to mention hippos, crocodiles, buffalos and perhaps a big cat or two in Matusadona National Park – on the way to dazzling Victoria Falls, which you’ll have the option to explore on board a helicopter.
With meals and drinks included – showcasing carefully crafted menus that reflect authentic African flavours – and the option to extend your 9-day/8-night sojourn to include a stay at the Cape of Good Hope, there is no more refined way to travel to the ends of the Earth.
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