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Take to the rivers for an unforgettable adventure

Discover new destinations, make exciting memories and explore the world from the comfort

of a luxury river cruise planned by one of the world's leading travel experts!


It’s time to upgrade your travel experience

When you think of cruising, what comes to mind? Do you picture a large ship with thousands of people island hopping in the Caribbean or Greek Islands? Or can you envision a luxurious vessel with carefully planned itineraries and less than two hundred passengers on board?
Luckily you've come to the right place! DNA TOURS/ RIVERCRUISEKING.COM is all about dedicated service and creating personalized authentic experiences regardless of where.
Your time on board is just as valuable as your time in each port, so let me use my expertise and insider tips gained from over 125+ cruises, as well as 25 years of living in Europe and traveling the world, to match you to an unforgettable cruise vacation.


The World in One Spot

How far can you travel with just one ticket? With a river cruise the world is at your feet.


The number 1 benefit of river cruising is that it takes you through major European capitals and quaint villages, to abandoned temples in the jungle, on safari, or even back in time as you cruise the Nile. Lose yourself in French vineyards, explore the famed port wine cellars of Vila Nova da Gaia.

Dave is the perfect person to send you there.


In addition to travelling in comfort and style, you will have your tours and activities included, along with gourmet dining, nightly entertainment, and 5-star concierge service from start to finish.

Authentic Experiences

Since I sail 6 to 7 times per year, I'm lucky enough to visit all the exciting itinerary stops personally, always keeping my finger on the pulse of each destination. As a result, I can assist you in planning your journey with complete confidence and give you special tips no one else can.


I particularly love sharing all the 'hidden gems' of each stop with you and turning a simple cruise into an insider's über-vacation!


From in-home dining experiences to street food tours to cooking classes with market visits or special welcome dinners, I love arranging authentic experiences with my tour partners and friends around the world that you won't find in any cruise catalogue. These are the vacation moments that become life-long cherished memories.

Best Price, Guaranteed

As a preferred vendor with my own team of in-house VIP assistants at the top lines, you can book confidently knowing that you are always getting the best price possible and in the surest of hands.

As a proud member of OASIS, I have access to the very best of everything from rates to upgrades and other special treats.


Not only do I offer all my clients first choice access and exceptional travel opportunities for every cruise destination, but you will also enjoy a variety of perks that are not available to anyone else.


Say Yes to Sailing

The hottest trend in travel at the moment is to combine a river cruise with a sea cruise or extended land package to get the most from both time and budget!

After 2 years of Covid we all want to maximize our vacations and limit our flights so combo trips are the ultimate answer.

Dave the River Cruise King is the perfect person to help you package it all together in your own unique adventure... getting the best of all possible worlds.

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Escorted Group Cruises with Dave
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Meet the King of River Cruising

My name is Dave, and I'm called the River Cruise King.


My gift is matching people (and businesses) to their perfect river cruise itineraries and ships, maximizing their travel investments, and guiding them away from cookie-cutter internet offers toward personally tested, high-quality, authentic local experiences that combine seamlessly with the casual elegance of the world's top river cruises.


Whether in Europe, Asia, or Africa, I use the expertise and knowledge gained from 36 years in the travel business, 22 years of living in Europe, and 52 river cruise and 75 sea cruise ventures in curating your special trip. 


I know that planning these kinds of vacations can be overwhelming and leave you feeling like every decision is still questionable no matter how much reading you do. "Did I get the best rate?" "Did I choose the right cabin?" All these things can nag at you. No worries. I can help you with my first-hand experience.

Neither your planning nor your trip should ever make you feel that way, so sit down with me and let's talk.


I have so many secrets and tips and things to share with you you'll need two vacations.

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Dave works on itineraries up to two+ years in advance because early bookers get the best travel opportunities, the best cabins, and have the luxury of time to plan those special moments. It all starts here. Let's start planning.

 STEP 1 
Which Cruise Suits You Best?

Looking to sail in one of my escorted groups? Excellent! Select the itinerary at my Cruise With Dave page from the list of "Future Engagements", fill out the form, and I’ll send you more information.


Already know where you want to go on your own "majestic tour"? E-mail me or schedule a free consultation so I can find out more about your wishes and match you with the best options.


If you are new to river cruises, let’s set up a time to discuss some travel opportunities that would fit you. I want to find out more about you to ensure a perfect fit. I know the right cruise for every guest!

Which Insurance Plan Is Right For You?

Once your cabin is secure the next crucial step is to discuss your travel insurance needs and whether the cruise line's protection and or waiver programs are right for you.


Insurance is absolutely necessary, but the provider's program is not always the right fit for everyone depending on where you live, the journey you pick, and other factors. I will help you sort thru the noise and get this important topic sorted safely.


No one should leave home without travel insurance and I help you figure out your optimum plan.

What To Do Before and After Your Cruise?

Now comes my favorite part: working out the fine details and adding custom experiences to suit your vacation wish list.


For some people the cruise line's land packages before and after the cruise are perfect complements to their vacation. Others like to do their own thing and some like a combination of both.


This is where my inside tips and local knowledge are your greatest asset and will help you choose the absolute best ways to start and end your river cruise journey.


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Cruising the rivers is one of the most enriching, rewarding, and memorable travel experiences you can have.


Taking the leap from ocean cruises to river cruises or cruising with a new company can be overwhelming and stressful at times. I know this feeling first hand.


Before I discovered river cruising, I was an avid ocean cruiser, but take my word for it, once you make the switch you will be a river cruise fan for life!




With 52 river cruises already taken in the past ten years (and 16 more currently booked), there is nowhere to sail that the River Cruise King can't share tremendous insight while helping you plan a magical trip. In fact, our little black book is bursting with possibilities and magical moments yet to be had. As our friends say, "Dave has never met a stranger,"and  the same goes with places that we visit. We're at home in the world and pour all of that knowledge into your trip.

Our close personal relationships - from the crew onboard to the cruise & hotel managers to the folks in the corporate offices - means that no matter where in the world you are or want to go you will be treated with extra special attention as River Cruise King guests; turning your simple river cruise into a magical journey.

Lastly, as an American living in Germany for over 22 years, my services bridge cultural divides that many agents don't even consider; helping you avoid the pitfalls of international travel with ease.


With a keen understanding of your expectations, along with a firm grasp of local realities, together we'll create a truly immersive experience full of authentic and endearing moments.

Then we'll do it all over again somewhere new the following year!

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If you have never been on a river cruise before or are looking for a new way to travel and explore the world, you have come to the right place. There is no better person to help you book your trip than Dave Natale, one of the world's leading river cruise experts.

When you book with the River Cruise King, you can be assured that you are booking with the best and will be treated like royalty.

Download Dave's FREE Cruise Planning Check-list to help guide you to your ultimate cruise vacation.
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