History & UNESCO

Honor the past & look to the future


Coastal Norway: The World’s Most Beautiful Voyage

Discover unspoiled fishing villages, cultural gems, and historic towns on Coastal Norway: The World’s Most Beautiful Voyage. You’ll explore places such as Bergen, a bustling city with Viking roots, eclectic local culture, and the UNESCO-recognized historic harbor district. In addition to the extensive sightseeing of historic sites included on the base tour, you’ll enjoy lectures designed to highlight Nordic history and heritage.

Essential Holland: Tulips in Spring

Holland is country rich with heritage just waiting to be explored: medieval towns, spinning windmills, and romantic canals and waterways. Explore this enchanting region's historical destinations, many of which have been designated World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. In addition to the extensive sightseeing of historic sites included on the base tour, you’ll also enjoy lectures designed to highlight regional history and culture.

Majestic Rivers of Europe: Castles, Cathedrals & Fairytales

This special departure of our popular Grand European Tour river cruise will offer a closer look at the historic forces and events that shaped the region. In addition to the extensive sightseeing of historic sites included on the base tour, you’ll enjoy lectures and tours planned to highlight significant moments in local history.

Ireland: A Deluxe Journey to the Emerald Isle

The history of Ireland unfolds for you on this journey. As you roam the country, you’ll explore places that have graced Irish lore, and discover specific sites that draw out its history and personality. Tour the Muckross House, a charming and historic 19th century mansion. On Garnish Island, walk among the profusion of gardens and architectural follies that were designed in the first half of the 20th century, then later bequeathed to the Irish people.

Grand European Sojourn

Learn about the events that shaped this region, from ancient times to World War II and beyond. In addition to the extensive sightseeing of historic sites included on the base tour, you’ll enjoy lectures and tours planned to highlight significant moments in local history. Some places you'll visit have been designated World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

Passage to Eastern Europe

Eastern Europe is teeming with historical sites, and you’ll be introduced to a wealth of them on this fascinating river cruise. Experience Belgrade – the 2,500-year-old Serbian capital – as well as two different historic towns in Bulgaria. See the second-largest building in the world in Bucharest and take in the panoramic views from Budapest’s Fisherman’s Bastion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Local guides, expert lecturers, and your Cruise Director help provide a rich historical narrative to complement the impressive sights you’ll see.

America’s Treasures: The U.S. National Parks

Tour a collection of some of America’s most cherished national parks as you journey on America’s Treasures: The U.S. National Parks. Explore the past as you investigate your heritage during a genealogy research demonstration and admire the present as you cruise down the fabulous Las Vegas Strip. In addition to the extensive historic tours included on the base journey, you’ll also receive special insight into these remarkable destinations through enlightening lectures.

The Douro: Portugal's River of Gold & Spain

Dive into the storied past of one of Europe’s most intriguing regions as you explore the people, places, and events that helped shaped Spain and Portugal. You’ll enjoy lectures designed to highlight significant moments in history, as well as extensive sightseeing of historic sites included on the base tour. Many of the destinations you'll visit have been designated World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

Switzerland & the Heart of the Rhine & Moselle

History is around virtually every bend on the Rhine and Moselle rivers. On this cruise, you’ll travel along the scenic Upper Middle Rhine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as explore the Roman ruins of Trier and the Liechtentaler Allee Casino in Baden Baden. You’ll also take a walking and canal tour of Strasbourg and visit the Johannes Gutenberg Museum, which is dedicated to the inventor of moveable type.

Canadian Adventure & The Rockies

Discover some of Canada’s most treasured natural gems as you ride through several Canadian national parks. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the magnificent alpine backdrop and range of wildlife in UNESCO World Heritage Site Banff National Park. As the birthplace of the world’s first national park service, you’ll admire glistening mountain peaks, crystal waters, and lush foliage at every turn.

Rhine Culinary Discovery

The history of Europe seems to unfold before you on this journey. You’ll experience UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Grand Ile in Strasbourg, the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, and the 17th-century canal ring of Amsterdam, all while learning about their significance to the region. See the impressive cathedrals of Speyer, Cologne, and Mainz, and learn about the arduous process of building these monumental edifices.

Northern Aegean Treasures: Highlights of the Greek Isles

The central role that Greece played in the rise of Western civilization is more than evident on this tour, as you visit four UNESCO sites — the Acropolis, the island of Delos, the historic center of Patmos, and the old city of Rhodes — explore famed archaeological sites, and hear a lecture on ancient Byzantium.

Southern Aegean Voyage. Athens, Crete & Rhodes

The past is always present in Greece, as you’ll discover when you visit two grand UNESCO sites — the Acropolis and the old city of Rhodes — explore legendary archaeological sites, and learn via our onboard lecture series.

Hidden Gems of the British Isles & Ireland

Great Britain and Ireland are justly renowned for their history, and there are fascinating reminders of it virtually everywhere we go on this journey. In addition to seeing UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, and the Old Town of Edinburgh, you’ll learn about a church built by Italian POWs on Orkney Island and witness the ancient Callanish Stones, which predate Stonehenge.

Coastal Treasures of Spain, Portugal & France

In a region so steeped in history, it’s no wonder there are so many remarkable sights on this journey. You’ll experience a stunning variety of UNESCO World Heritage Sites as you travel along this coastal route, from Seville’s Alcazar and Cathedral and the Monastery of the Hieronymites and Tower of Belem in Lisbon to Mont St. Michel in France and Westminster Abbey in England.

Croatia & Pearls of the Adriatic Coast

As a crossroads of history — and even prehistory — the Adriatic is home to some of Europe’s greatest treasures. In the course of your journey you’ll visit no less than five UNESCO sites, enjoy lectures on the region’s history and culture, and explore Krapina Neanderthal Museum, site of one of Europe’s largest Neanderthal finds.

Heart of Germany

Celebrate the holiday season by exploring the Christmas markets of several German cities, including Regensburg, Nuremberg, and Frankfurt, as well as attend a Christmas tree decorating event and visit medieval towns where many of our own winter holiday traditions originated. You’ll discover everything from stunning decorations to delicious treats and delicacies to the perfect holiday gift! Don't miss this European holiday river cruise simply sparkling with the excitement of the season.

Amazon River Cruise: Peru’s Wildlife Wonders

Explore the Amazon, a destination truly unlike any other. You’ll marvel at the architecture and antiquity of Lima, Peru’s bustling capital city, before setting off to explore the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, a 8,000-square-mile protected area nicknamed the "birthplace of the Amazon." In addition to the extensive sightseeing included on the base tour, you’ll also enjoy naturalist-led and excursions designed to highlight the wonders of the Amazon.

Antarctica, the Falklands, & South Georgia: In the Realm of the Great Explorers

Channel your inner explorer as you travel legendary waterways, experience the heritage of remarkable destinations, and follow in the footsteps of brave adventurers on Antarctica, Falklands, & South Georgia: In the Realm of the Great Explorers, a truly extraordinary voyage.

Australia & New Zealand: An Adventure Down Under

Discover the unique history of these countries and see some of their remarkable, world-famous destinations. For example, you’ll explore famous UNESCO sites like Sydney’s iconic Opera House and the singular Great Barrier Reef.

Around the World: The Ultimate Journey

More than a travel experience, your Vantage around-the-world tour takes you on a journey through time and the natural world as you enjoy unique excursions and activities and visit eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites on three continents. You’ll explore Singapore’s famous Botanic Gardens, ride the legendary Orient Express, see the unique plant life of South Africa’s Cape Floral Region, step back in time at Machu Picchu, see the rainbow mists of Iguassu Falls, and much more.

Myanmar Explorer: Burma & The Irrawaddy River

Watch as the history of Myanmar and its ancient landmarks unfurl before you. On this adventure, you’ll visit the 5th-9th century archaeological site of Thiri-ya-kittiya, as well the glittering Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon and the spectacular plains of Bagan, home to more than 3,000 temples and pagodas.

Grand Asian Journey: Exploring The Mekong & Irrawaddy Rivers

This part of the world is brimming with history, and its monuments continue to leave travelers in awe. On this adventure, you’ll explore the ancient capital of Ava as well visiting the temple-strewn plains of Bagan, Yangon’s glittering Shwedagon Pagoda, and the world-famous temples of Angkor.

Across Cuba: From Santiago de Cuba to Havana

Cuba’s history comes vividly alive on this in-depth journey, as you visit 500-year-old towns, including four designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You’ll also tour the Che Che Guevara Mausoleum & Memorial, a monument to the man and the revolution, visit a sugar plantation that is now a museum, and even visit a historic ranch founded by Texas cattlemen.

Legendary Machu Picchu & The Galapagos Islands

Climb the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu, a UNESCO site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. This once-in-a-lifetime experience is only the beginning of your historical and UNESCO discoveries; during this adventure, you’ll admire Incan ruins, explore several historical cities, and discover incredible architecture, as well as explore the natural wonders of the rich Galapagos Islands. You’ll also enjoy a series of historical and culture lectures.

America’s Great Lakes

Delve into America’s storied past as you explore museums, embark on guided excursions, and appreciate extensive sightseeing opportunities along the scenic shores of the Great Lakes. You’ll also enjoy a series of lectures designed to highlight America’s history and heritage.

Mysteries Of Angkor Wat & The Mekong River

Uncover the rich history along the Mekong River, including these activities: Tour Phnom Penh, including Choeung Ek and the Tuol Sleng Prison Museum; Discover noted landmarks such as Wat Nokor, Phnom Pros, and Phnom Srey; Embark on a panoramic city tour of Saigon including the Old Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, Opera House, and the Reunification Palace; Explore Hanoi, including a stop at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Presidential Palace, One Pillar Pagoda, and the Temple of Literature; Discover the Angkor Temple Complex, the largest religious monument in the world

On Safari in Kenya & Tanzania: Up Close with the Big Five

This part of the world is so naturally beautiful that UNESCO has named both the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area as World Heritage Sites. You’ll experience both on this remarkable adventure.

Across Patagonia: Chile’s Lakes, Mountains & Wildlife

Explore an enchanting destination bursting with natural beauty and cultural marvels on Across Patagonia: Chile’s Lakes, Mountains & Wildlife. You’ll journey from lively cities and eclectic towns to magnificent national parks, several of which have been designated World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. In addition to the extensive sightseeing included on the base tour, you’ll also enjoy lectures designed to highlight regional history and culture.

Best of Africa: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana & Namibia

The natural riches of southern Africa are evident virtually everywhere you look, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Victoria Falls leave travelers in awe. Yet there is more to this region than just natural splendor – the history is complex and fascinating. On this adventure, you’ll tour Soweto township in Johannesburg – getting a chance to see the home of Nelson Mandela – as well as enjoy the insightful commentary of your local guide as you cruise along the Zambezi River.

South America Adventure: Chile, Argentina & Uruguay

Dive into the storied past of some of South America’s most intriguing countries as you explore the people, places, and events that helped shape this lively region. In addition to the extensive sightseeing of historic sites included on the base tour, you’ll enjoy lectures designed to highlight significant moments in history. Many of the destinations you'll visit have been designated as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

Imperial China, Mysterious Tibet & the Yangtze River

Visit China’s most important cities: Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai. Marvel at the Terra Cotta Warriors, an incredible army of statues entombed with an emperor to protect him in the afterlife. Hike a section of the Great Wall of China not usually open to travelers for a more authentic (and less-crowded) experience. Visit Potala Palace, once home to the Dalai Lama, as well as his former Summer Palace.

Highlights of China & The Yangtze

Visit China’s most important cities: Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai. Marvel at the Terra Cotta Warriors, an incredible army of statues entombed with an emperor to protect him in the afterlife. Hike a section of the Great Wall of China not usually open to travelers for a more authentic (and less-crowded) experience. Discover the historic gems of Beijing, including Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.

Iceland Adventure: Circumnavigating the Untamed

Discover the treasures of Iceland as you explore several cherished national parks and UNESCO landmarks, tour eclectic cities and historical villages, and learn about life in this one-of-a-kind region. In addition to the extensive sightseeing included on the base tour, you’ll enjoy lectures designed to highlight the uniqueness of this rich region.




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