Rivers of surprises
Traveling off the beaten path heightens your sense of adventure. This is true of safari expeditions, Lonely Planet-style budget backpacking trips and even package tours to "new" destinations like Cuba. River cruising could fit into this non-mainstream travel category, too, though boat trips on the Rhine, Seine or Yangtze are increasingly popular and accessible.
But cruising on the world's less famous waterways is a different kind of experience. Off-the-beaten-path river destinations allow cruisers to really see a place for themselves. Here are nine great river cruise experiences in unexpected places.