Cruises that Visit World-Famous UNESCO Historic Sites


UNESCO World Heritage sites are those that have special cultural significance or are natural wonders that are worth seeing and preserving. There are more than 1000 such sites located all over the world. There are cruise lines that are known for their fantastic variety of itineraries that offer on-shore visits to UNESCO sites around the globe.

Regent Explorer Couple
Couple on Regent Explorer deck


Regent Seven Seas is a relatively small line that nevertheless visits hundreds of ports, and from many of these travelers can see some of the world’s greatest architecture and most stunning natural wonders. Pompeii in Italy, the town of Avignon in France, the temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, and the spectacular rainforests of Borneo, are just some of the sights on offer. And in 2017, for the first time, a Regent ship will visit Havana, Cuba, a UNESCO site in its own right thanks to the many striking monuments that dot the city.

Pompei, Italy
Fruneau, Yvon ©UNESCO


Crystal Cruises offers a fabulous range of itineraries in Europe, Asia, and South America, including itineraries around Brazil and the Amazon River, the Danube River, the Mediterranean, the Mexican Riviera, and Japan, Hawaii, and the US west coast. Among the many inspiring UNESCO sites to visit are the Wachau Valley and the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, both of which are situated near the Danube River.

Silversea Cruises travelers can access a number of UNESCO sites too, even including some multi-day on-shore excursions. For instance, travelers who embark on an eastern Mediterranean cruise can go on a mid-voyage land adventure in Pula, Croatia, to see the incredible Plitvice Lakes National Park, which features 16 beautiful lakes and nearly 100 waterfalls. The on-shore trip also includes a visit to another UNESCO site, the Diocletian’s Palace, one of Croatia’s most important historic buildings.


Viking River Cruises are among the most popular and well-known history-themed cruises. This cruise line actually offers both river and ocean cruises, voyaging through the rivers of Asia, Europe, Egypt, and Russia, as well as in the Baltics, the Mediterranean, around the Americas, and the Caribbean.

Travelers onboard Viking River ships enjoy a journey in which the history of the area they’re traveling in is prominently featured, with on-shore excursions to local UNESCO sites, as well as extras such as guided tours and a fantastic curriculum of cultural activities, including lectures, lessons, and entertainment. Viking River Cruises doesn’t just provide a holiday, they help history come to life, to provide a unique experience that history buffs will love.

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