Los Angeles-based luxury river cruise operator Uniworld's 46-night Rivers of the World cruise will sail in May 2023.
The itinerary will cross nine countries and two continents.
The trip will require several nights in various hotels, an airplane transfer, and five cruise ships.
River cruise fanatics who have considered booking a traditional monthslong around-the-world cruise will soon get their own global river cruise.
But instead of spending endless days at sea on a mega cruise liner, these travelers will have to hop from river to river …
… which will require several nights in various hotels, an airplane transfer, and five cruise ships.
On May 20, 2023, Los Angeles-based luxury river cruise operator Uniworld will launch its 46-night Rivers of the World cruise, the company's longest itinerary yet, according to a press release.
Throughout the over one-month trip, travelers will sail in five ships across nine countries.
So while it's not a true around-the-world sailing experience, it'll still bring cruise goers across several destinations and two continents, which is rare for a river cruise.
Travelers will start in Cairo, Egypt and travel across the Mediterranean Sea on a weeklong cruise aboard Uniworld's new 42-suite S.S. Sphinx.
After this 11-day leg in Egypt, passengers will then fly into Lugano, Switzerland — which straddles Italy's border — for a two-night stay.
From there, they'll move to Milan, Italy for yet another two nights on-land …
… before boarding the S.S. La Venezia for a week of sailing down Italy's Venice Lagoon and Po River.
And the journey continues: After this 11-day Switzerland and Italy passage, guests will pack their bags again before transferring to the S.S. Maria Theresa in Budapest, Hungary …
… where they will then sail to Passau, Germany.
And after a week of seeing Hungary, Austria, and Germany, passengers will yet again transfer to the S.S. Joie de Vivre for a cruise down the Seine with views of northern France.
We're almost done: The fifth and final leg of the trip will bring travelers down Portugal's Douro river on the S.S. Sao Gabriel …
… concluding with a three-night stay in Lisbon, Portugal.
Constant travel can be a hassle.
And traveling from ship to ship may sound exhausting and expensive.
Luckily, the sailing — which starts at almost $39,000 per person — includes these additional airport transfer and flight fees along with onboard dining, alcohol, and other services.
Despite the hassle, hosting a multi-week and multi-country itinerary may be a smart move for the cruise company.
Travelers can't get enough of these monthslong itineraries, and some popular cruise lines like Silversea Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises have seen their around-the-world ocean sailings sell out within hours.
Like these ocean-based itineraries, travelers are quickly booking the upcoming 2023 nine-country river cruise, which only has a few spots available, the company told Insider in an email statement.
And this popularity is holding strong into the future: Its 2024 Rivers of the World cruise, which only shares a handful of similarities with the 2023 itinerary, already has a waitlist.
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