A slow cruise down a river isn’t just for couples anymore. River cruises are opening up for families too and many are packed with family friendly activities and itineraries all will love.

One great benefit to river cruises is the ease of unpacking once you are in your floating hotel and waking up each day to a new city to explore. Unlike oceanliners, river cruises don’t spend days meandering at sea, instead they take to cities internal waterways making for interesting views day and night.

It is also great for multi-generational travel groups because it has something to offer every traveller. Like an all-inclusive resort, cruising offers the convenience of paying for most of your activities up front for one price and then adding on small extras only if you crave them. If you are ready to explore a new place in this unique way, read on for some itineraries that will amaze.

River Cruises for Families

A Moving History Lesson

Try a Siene River itinerary and spend time on Landing Beaches, explore bullet-torn bunkers and learn about the sacrifices made by soldiers in World War Two. On this same trip, families can spend time in Auvers-sur-Oise and explore Monet’s home and the gardens that inspired his paintings.

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Be Transformed by the Brazilian Amazon

Enjoy a 4 to 8 day itinerary in the Brazilian Amazon and immerse yourself in the culture of the places you visit. Families will get to visit the vast forest, interact with the communities along the river, and learn about the conservation projects underway. This is a transformative experience.

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Multi-Generational Trips with Something for Everyone

River cruises are amazing for multi-generational families travelling together. It is particularly appropriate because the itineraries are varied but share the convenience of having one place where everyone returns to at the end of the day. Uniworld Boutique River Cruises has many itineraries particular geared for diverse travellers coming together to create memories: hiking, biking, cooking, language lessons and more.

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For more inspiration, read about our own river cruise adventures.

In Europe

And on the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar.