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US River Cruises

The historic rivers of the United States offer a truly unique and enriching vacation experience. Few vacations are able to offer such exclusivity as a US River Cruise. Possibilities include paddlewheel ships that cruise through the Mississippi River, as well as port-filled itineraries aboard intimate ships in the rivers of Memphis, New Orleans, Ohio, and many other areas. Cruises along the scenic Columbia and Snake Rivers allow you to follow the journeys of Lewis & Clark.

The one-of-a-kind, intimate atmosphere onboard these ships make it much more possible to enjoy American culture as you never have before. Plus, river cruise lines have fabulous, regionally-inspired cuisine, matched perfectly by an attentive and well-trained staff. Whether it’s enjoying ribs in Memphis, jambalaya in New Orleans, in or crab legs in New England, you can expect a fine culinary experience.

US Rivers Cruises are typically 7- to 14-nights, although there are some shorter and longer options available. The best time of the year to book this kind of cruise depends on which river you will be sailing. For example, autumn is a good time to book a Hudson River cruise because of the area’s colorful fall foliage. On the other hand, a Columbia & Snake River cruise is closer to the Pacific Northwest (where it can be a bit rainy), so it is best to book during the late spring and summer, when the weather is more likely to be beautiful.

American Discount Vacations is proud to offer the best deals possible on all US River Cruises booked with us. Backed by our "Low Price Guarantee," and powered by our team of expert travel agents, we're sure to exceed your expectations when booking your next US River Cruise!

Select river cruises cannot be booked online. If you find that the river cruise you're interested in cannot be booked online, or if you'd just prefer to book over the phone with one of our River Cruise Experts, please contact us.

The following is a glimpse of what you can expect on a US River Cruise, by region:

Mississippi River

A Mississippi River cruise makes it possible to experience states such as Louisiana, Mississippi, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Montana, Tennessee, and Kentucky as you’ve never dreamed you could. Mississippi River cruises are perfect for everybody, history buffs and music lovers in particular. You can learn all about the Civil War, Mark Twain, Jazz Music, and Blues. Learn more about Mississippi River cruises.
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Columbia and Snake Rivers

Columbia and Snake Rivers cruises will bring you through the U.S. Pacific Northwest, to states like Oregon and Washington. Some Columbia and Snake Rivers itineraries also include destinations such as Alaska, the San Juan Islands, and British Columbia. These cruises are perfect for history buffs, as you can trace the route of legendary explorers Lewis and Clark. Nature-lovers will appreciate the many waterfalls, volcanos, and walking trails that are along the way. Learn more about Columbia and Snake Rivers cruises.

Hudson River

Located on the U.S. East Coast, Hudson River cruises will bring you to some of the best highlights of upstate New York. These cruises are a wonderful way to get a taste of the city life (where you can see icons like Times Square and the State of Liberty) before whisking you away to the quaint atmosphere of Hyde Park, Sleepy Hollow, and the Catskills. Nature-lovers won’t get enough of the beautiful foliage in the fall, and history buffs can even discover the history and significance West Point Military Academy. Learn more about Hudson River cruises.
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River Cruise Lines

Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.

River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.

Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.

Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.

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Specialty Cruise Lines

These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.

On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.

Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).

Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.

American Cruise Lines
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  • River / Specialty Cruise Line
  • Ships: 12 (100 - 200 Guests)
  • Destination Immersion®
  • Gratuities Included
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  • River / Specialty Cruise Line
  • Ships: 12 (100 - 200 Guests)
  • Destination Immersion®
  • Gratuities Included
  • Select Spirits, Beer & Wine Included

Cruising year-round from across the United States of America, American Cruise Lines is an expert on American cruising. Having a seven ship fleet, their itineraries span from coast to coast, and even cover most of the waterways in between. With ships built in America and having crews comprised solely of Americans, American Cruise Lines surely lives up to their name. With hundreds of itineraries that explore a variety of interesting ports of call, there's something for everyone when traveling with them.

American Queen Voyages
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  • River / Specialty Cruise Line
  • Ships: 4 (166 - 436 Guests)
  • Unique U.S. Destinations
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  • River / Specialty Cruise Line
  • Ships: 4 (166 - 436 Guests)
  • Unique U.S. Destinations
  • Dining, Drinks & Gratuities Included
  • Enrichment Programs

American Queen Voyages, a consolidation of American Queen Steamboat Company and Victory Cruise Lines, offers an expanded exploration of the American heartland with river, lakes and ocean, and expedition adventures. Enjoy a relaxing and historic cruise along the beautiful rivers of the United States of America aboard one of American Queen Voyages' gorgeous paddlewheelers. While on board, you'll be transported to an era of leisurely and romantic travel, perhaps like Mark Twain did years ago. Gracious service, elegant decor, rousing entertainment and rewarding enrichment awaits you!

Viking River Cruises
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  • Ships: 66 (52 - 386 Guests)
  • Shore Excursions & Wi-Fi Included
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  • River Cruise Line
  • Ships: 66 (52 - 386 Guests)
  • Shore Excursions & Wi-Fi Included
  • Wine & Beer Included at Lunch &
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Viking River Cruises operates the world’s largest fleet of deluxe vessels built specifically for river travel. Viking sails in the rivers of Europe, Russia, China and Egypt, including the Rhine, Main, Moselle, Danube, Elbe, Seine, Yangtze, Nile and Volga. Their pricing includes Wi-Fi, meals, lectures, activities and shore excursions - plus, hotel accommodations on their cruise tours. Complimentary specialty coffee and teas are available 24 hours, and complimentary bottled water is replenished daily. While on a Viking River cruise you can expect world-class service, cultural enrichment, and accommodations with hotel-style beds and spacious showers.

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Adventure Travel

When a tour operator offers "Adventure Travel" it often means that their tours include very active itineraries, usually involving the in-depth exploration of the area(s) being visited, and possibly visiting remote locations. This type of tour tends to appeal to thrill-seekers, and those that like to participate in activities that include a good amount of physical exertion.

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Customizable Tours

These tour operators give customers the option of picking and choosing pieces, creating a vacation that fits their preferences. Whether it's selecting specific hotels, or visiting specific destinations, the options are plentiful and sure to please you! We can arrange for as customized and specific of a tour that you would like, whether it be escorted, independent, or a bit of both. Contact us today to get the conversation started with one of our experienced travel advisors.

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Escorted Tours

An escorted tour includes a professional guide, as opposed to being an independent (or self-guided) tour. Some escorted tour operators include a limited amount of time for guests to explore on their own, while others have tours that are completely escorted. Typically, just about your entire itinerary is included and planned for in an escorted tour package. You don't have to worry about what you're going to see and don't have to make reservations (for each component of the trip) with multiple tour operators - this option allows for you to just leave it to the professionals and enjoy yourself.

Depending on the tour operator, as well as on the specific tour, some tours are private (just you and your traveling companions, if you have any) while others are with other travelers that booked the same tour. In the latter case, some tour operators offer small groups (which tend to be more expensive, but also more intimate and exclusive) while some have larger groups that travel together (which provides a very social atmosphere, as you can meet many other people).

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Luxury Tours

When the finest vacation is your top priority, this is the place to start.

Common inclusions on the tours offered by these companies are luxury accommodations, private or small groups, exclusive/VIP experiences, and more. Although these tour operators are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.

Tauck
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  • Founded in 1925
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  • Luxury Guided Travel
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  • Founded in 1925

One of the world's leaders in premium guided travel, cruise, riverboat and family travel adventures, Tauck was founded in 1925. This family-owned, three-generation, award-winning company offers over 100 fantastic vacation packages throughout the world. Every detail of a Tauck tour is handled perfectly, including your luggage being brought to your hotel room ahead of you, preferred seating at shows, meals being included, staying at distinguished hotels in premium locations, and the expert knowledge of an insightful Tour Director. Rest assured, that although your itinerary is planned for you, there will be time experience the destinations on your own too.

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