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Lüftner Cruises is expanding: Sailing on most important waterways in Asia from fall 2014

Cruising with the greatest comfort on new ships offering 5-star luxury

R.V. Irrawaddy Explorer


From September 2014 the Austrian river cruise specialist Lüftner Cruises will for the first time also be offering, in addition to the most important European rivers, cruises on waterways in Asia, extending its range of cruises to the Ganges, Mekong and Irrawaddy rivers.

The modern boutique ships, currently under construction, will offer room for 50-70 passengers on average and conform completely to the customary high AMADEUS standards in the luxury sector: spacious, tastefully furnished suites with balconies, internationally trained service personnel, regional and international cuisine of the highest quality and inspiring shore excursions are just a few of the advantages which await travellers on the luxury ships on the most beautiful waterways in Asia.

"The extension of our programmes to India, Myanmar, Vietnam and Cambodia marks a very important step for us and our customers", says Dr. Wolfgang Lüftner, founder and managing director of Lüftner Cruises, "because up till now there has really been no operator on these rivers capable of meeting the demands of the sophisticated luxury sector. And that’s why we’re now so happy to be able to offer exciting river cruises to the world’s exotic places with the best ships on the market. The programmes on the Asian waterways conform in every way to what our customers and passengers are used to on our AMADEUS ships in Europe: river cruises of the very highest standard." 

Vietnam & Cambodia:

Two countries, two cultures and two ways of life, connected to one another by the Mekong River. On the 8-day cruise travellers can explore the rich diversity of Indochina and become absorbed by the parallels and contrasts between Vietnam with its vibrant cities and Cambodia with its turbulent history.

The trip begins with a visit to Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city in Vietnam, and takes guests to My Tho in the Mekong Delta where they transfer to the luxurious R.V. Mekong Navigator. The route follows the impressive course of the river which crosses the border into Cambodia at Chau Doc, passes the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh and concludes in Siem Reap with an excursion to the magnificent temple complex of Ankor Wat.


The cruise on the Irrawaddy, also known as the "Road to Mandalay", is considered the jewel in the crown of the new Asian routes. The river, which flows through areas of Myanmar (formerly Burma) which have not yet really been opened up for tourism, can be explored in comfort on the luxurious R.V. Irrawaddy Explorer, offering its visitors countless highlights along its banks. The 10-day cruise beginning in Yangon, the biggest city in the country, and continuing via Prome, with its beautiful pagodas, in a northerly direction to Mandalay, gives passengers the chance to enjoy numerous sights: the historic royal city of Bagan with its two thousand preserved sacred buildings made of brick; the city of Monywa which houses the second largest statue in the world; and the village of Mingun with its unfinished pagoda ruins.


The Voyage of Discovery cruise aboard the 56-passenger RV Ganges Voyager transports you in complete luxury along the fabled and possibly most holy rivers of the world the mighty Ganges River. Rarely seen by westerners, we will cruise the Lower Ganges for eight days roundtrip from historic British colonial Calcutta. You will visit quaint villages and historic cities throughout the cruise that speak of the diverse and rich cultural heritage of India. A comprehensive series of  included shore excursions will feature the unique stonework of the Hindu temples located at Kalna, as well as Mayapur, the religious center for the Krishna movement. Here you will witness the nearly completed Temple of the Vedic Planetarium just slightly smaller in size from the great pyramid of Giza. You will then continue to the riverside port of Murshidabad where white washed colonial era mansions rest along the river banks as they have since the early 19th century with a fascinating visit to Hazaduri Palace now a museum depicting life during the colonization period. 

All the cruises can also be booked on request as a round trip with shore programmes extending over several days.

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