Discover River Cruises is the first-ever luxury river cruise product designed specifically for travelers from Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Headquartered in Singapore, the company was launched in 2021 by international cruise leaders Trey Hickey and Tolgar Biyikli, backed by a global team of tourism experts and investors.


Discover River Cruises’ unique approach allows guests to share an intimate, cross-cultural experience with sophisticated travelers from all over the world – emphasizing Culture, Comfort, Cuisine and Community to provide a Complete vacation unlike any other. The brand sails 7-day and 8-day cruises on the Danube, Rhine and Main Rivers beginning September 2021.  DRC plans to expand operations to Portugal’s Douro River and the Provence region of France in 2022.


Discover River Cruises are offered exclusively through a select network of travel professionals around the world.

Trey Hickey | Co-Founder

Trey Hickey | Co-Founder

Most recently Senior Vice President – International for Carnival plc and Princess Cruises, Trey Hickey has been building and promoting cruise brands in the global market for more than 25 years.  A founding member of the Asia Cruise Association and former board member for the Pacific Asia Travel Association, Trey was instrumental in launching Princess Cruises’ extensive Asia operation, establishing the brand’s successful homeport cruise programs based in and sourced from Japan, China, Taiwan and Singapore.


Trey holds degrees from American, Japanese and British universities, and is fluent in Japanese and English. He has lived and worked around the world to grow cruising including stints in China, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Southeast Asia and Switzerland; he and his family now live in Singapore.

Tolgar Biyikli | Co-Founder

Tolgar Biyikli | Co-Founder

With 20 years’ experience in both ocean and river cruise representation throughout Turkey, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, Tolgar Biyikli brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the worldwide tourism market. In addition to founding one of the regions’ largest and most prestigious tour operators, Tolgar has operated river cruise charters for several years, creating customized experiences for various international clients.


More recently, Tolgar also managed and produced an acclaimed TV series entitled “Cruise Diary”, a 12-part series featured on NTV featuring the notable CNN personality Sinan Kunter, viewed by over 50 million people across Europe.


Tolgar holds degrees from both Turkish and American universities, and is fluent in Turkish, English, French and Italian. He and his family now live in Istanbul.