Rivers have throughout time served as the world’s natural highways, facilitating trade and travel, connecting people and cultures.
As civilizations developed along riverbanks, history’s footprints have remained along their shores, making a river journey simply one of the most culturally enriching and rewarding travel experiences you can have.
Enjoy the many benefits of river cruises including:
- Packing and unpacking only once
- Travelling through the heart of countries
- Continuously changing scenery
- Small ships with an average of 150 guests
- All river-view cabins
- A relaxed and informal environment
Discover the world of river cruising with Pearl King Travel!
Comfort, convenience, culture & cuisine
Unpack once, enjoy a glass of wine on the sundeck, listen to enriching lectures, and be entertained by music and local folklore. Enjoy interesting shore excursions in every port of call—or, since your floating hotel docks mostly in the centre of towns and villages, choose to explore the museums, galleries, boutiques and cafes on your own. Over a sumptuous dinner including local specialties, relive the day’s highlights: perhaps discovering architectural surprises in Dresden or Prague, marvelling at the treasures in St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum or strolling through the courtyards of Beijing’s Forbidden City.
A different perspective
River cruising is quite possibly the optimal way to travel. Unlike on a bus tour, you will not spend hours on the highway, but spend your time being in your destination, instead of trying to get there. And instead of endless waves on an ocean cruise, on a river the world reveals itself to you with its constantly changing scenery along the river-shores.
To learn more about exploring the waterways of the world, click below for a short video introduction to the world of river cruising.
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Devon Short BreakSummaryWelcome to the wild, wild West Country, home to a kaleidoscope of coastal scenes, charming villages and sprawling national parks. Our Totnes hotel makes the perfect base for relaxation and exploration of the area. You’ll discover noble Powderham Castle, the striking 12th century cathedral of Exeter, and Buckfast Abbey, whilst the scenery comes alive on a coastal coach tour, a River Exe cream tea cruise and a journey across the moors on the [...]
19 day Ultimate Rail, Cruise & Coach Experience ITINERARYAuckland | Bay of Islands | Rotorua | Wellington | Kaikoura | Christchurch | Arthur’s Pass | Fox Glacier | Queenstown | Doubtful Sound | Te Anau | DunedinINCLUDES• Return flights• 18 nights’ accommodation• Doubtful Sound overnight cruise• Ultimate Small Group Tour Coach with 20 luxury leather reclining seats on a full-size vehicle• 18 breakfasts, 1 morning tea, 1 ultimate High Tea, 2 lunches, 11 dinners, 3 [...]
16 day Andean TrilogyITINERARYSantiago | San Pedro de Atacama | Villamar | Colchani | Uyuni Salt Flats | La Paz | Lake Titicaca | Puno | Sacred Valley | Machu Picchu | Cuzco | LimaINCLUDES• All flights• 15 nights’ accommodation• 15 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 3 dinners• Services of local English-speaking guides• All sightseeing & transfers• SAVE up to £185 per personHIGHLIGHTS• Travel across the high Andes from northern Chile, through Bolivia and into Peru• See [...]
16 day Grand Tour of South AfricaITINERARYPanorama Route | Kruger National Park | Swaziland | Zululand | Durban | Garden Route | Oudtshoorn | Cape TownINCLUDES• All flights• 15 nights’ accommodation• 15 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners• Services of a qualified English-speaking guide• Selected sightseeing & transfers• SAVE up to £1,430 per personHIGHLIGHTS• See the spectacular scenery of Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window• Visit Kruger National Park and search for the ‘Big 5’• Journey [...]
14 day Spicelands of KeralaITINERARYKochi | Munnar | Thekkady | Kumarakom | Houseboat Cruise | KovalamINCLUDES• Return flights• 13 nights’ accommodation• 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner• Services of an English-speaking guide during selected sightseeing• Selected sightseeing & all transfersHIGHLIGHTS• Explore historic Kochi with its narrow cobbled streets• Discover the dramatic tea-covered hills on Munnar• Spot local wildlife at Thekkady’s Lake Periyar• Cruise Kerala’s backwaters in a traditional houseboat• Relax on Kovalam’s golden beachesHEATHROW [...]
11 DAY SOUTH WESTERN ESCAPE ITINERARY Perth | Wave Rock | Kalgoorlie | Esperance | Albany | Margaret River | Fremantle INCLUDES • Return flights with Emirates • 10 nights’ accommodation • 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners • Travel by luxury coach • Services of an experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide • All transfers & sightseeing HIGHLIGHTS • See Australia’s whitest sands at Esperance and marvel at Kalgoorlie’s immense Super Pit Mine [...]
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Historic YorkshireSummaryIt’s little wonder generations of painters have found their muse among Yorkshire’s landscapes. The countryside is devastatingly beautiful, particularly on the wild moors. And its towns and cities combine quaint English charm with reminders of a heritage dating back to Roman times. From our base in bustling York, we’ll plunge into the thick of it all. We’ll visit the [...]
North Wales Short Break Summary From neo-Norman Penrhyn Castle to the lovely lawns and woodlands of Bodnant Garden, the fantastic sights of north Wales offer a far richer experience than you’d expect from a short break. Basing ourselves in the port town of Caernarfon (home to an immense 13th-century castle), we’ll tour the colourful Italianate seaside village of Portmeirion, [...]
The Jurassic CoastSummaryTrue to its name, the magnificent Jurassic Coast covers 185 million years of history. From our base in Bournemouth, we’ll explore the coastline and the towns that line its shores, on a boat cruise from Poole to Swanage and a heritage steam train journey to the village of Corfe. As for the rest of our stay, we’ll tour [...]
13 nights Caribbean on Silver ShadowINCLUDES• Return flights and all private transfers• 3 nights at 5* Conrad Miami• 10 night cruise on board Silver Shadow with a butler service for all suites, unlimited Wi-Fi and 24-hr diningPORTS OF CALLPorts of Call: Fort Lauderdale, USA - Key West, USA - Cozumel , USA - Belize City, Belize - Santo Tomas, Guatemala [...]
CANONNIER - Beachcomber Golf Resort & SpaSPECIAL HEALTH CARE OFFER • 7 nights in a Standard Garden Room• Emirates flights from Manchester• All inclusive• A choice of free land & water sports• Airport transfers in Mauritius• Departs 2 December 2020FROM £1,240 per person - SAVE £1,164 per coupleSAVE 50% OFF ACCOMMODATION COSTS - Book by 30 September 2020. Subject to availability. [...]
PARADIS - Beachcomber Golf Resort & SpaSPECIAL NHS FAMILY OFFER • 2 adults & 2 children (under 12 years)• 7 nights in a Tropical Room• Emirates flights from Manchester• Half board• Free kids club• Private transfers in Mauritius• Departs 12 February 2021FROM £6,220 per Family of 4 - SAVE £1,899 per Family of 4SAVE 50% OFF ACCOMMODATION COSTS - Book by [...]
TROU AUX BICHES - Beachcomber Golf Resort & SpaSPECIAL NHS OFFER • 9 nights in a Junior Suite• Emirates flights from Manchester• Half board• A choice of free land & water sports• Private transfers in Mauritius• Departs 25 January 2021SAVE 50% OFF ACCOMMODATION COSTS - Book by 30 September 2020. Subject to availability.FROM £1,720 per person - SAVE £2,060 per coupleNHS [...]
As our NHS heroes continue to fight the ghastly COVID19, we’re pleased to announce the amazing offer of 50% off accommodation costs is now applicable to anyone in the NHS with a valid NHS ID card. Applicants must still be working within the NHS at time of travel and they must supply their NHS ID at time of booking [...]
7 day Eastern Galápagos on Yacht La PintaITINERARYQuito | Baltra | South Plaza Island | Santa Fe Island | San Cristobal Island | Española | Santa CruzINCLUDES• All flights• 6 nights’ accommodation including 4 nights cruising on Yacht La Pinta• 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners• Sightseeing, excursions & transfers• Galápagos National Park & Tourist Control Card feesHIGHLIGHTS• Go in [...]
15 day New Zealand GetawayITINERARYAuckland | Bay of Islands | Waitomo | Rotorua | Taupo | Wellington | Kaikoura | Christchurch | Fox Glacier | Queenstown | Milford Sound | Te Anau | Dunedin | Mt Cook | Lake TekapoINCLUDES• Return flights• 14 nights’ accommodation in comfortable, mid-range hotels• 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners• Services of a Travelmarvel Tour [...]
9 day Rio, Iguassú & The Southern Pantanal ITINERARYRio de Janeiro | Iguassú Falls | The Pantanal | Caiman LodgeINCLUDES• All flights• 8 nights’ accommodation• 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners• All sightseeing & transfers• Choice of excursions at Caiman Lodge with expert nature guidesHIGHLIGHTS• Visit the legendary statue of Christ the Redeemer• Travel to the top of Sugar Loaf [...]
14 day Highlights of Sri Lanka - Wendy Wu Tours ITINERARYColombo | Sigiriya | Polonnaruwa | Anuradhapura | Kandy | Nuwara Eliya | Yala National Park Ahungalla | GalleINCLUDES• Return flights• 13 nights’ accommodation• 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 13 dinners• Services of an English-speaking tour guide• All sightseeing & transfers• Visa Fees for UK & EU [...]
7 day Kenya Classic ITINERARY Nairobi | Masai Mara | Lake Nakuru | Amboseli National Park INCLUDES • Return flights • 6 nights’ accommodation • 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners • Services of English-speaking driver guide • All sightseeing & transfers • SAVE up to £80 per person HIGHLIGHTS • Experience the culture of the Masai • View [...]
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