The Rhine is the most important waterway in Europe. It flows through four countries - Switzerland, Germany, France and the Netherlands, before ending its journey in the North Sea at Rotterdam. a journey of 820 miles.
There are many changes to the landscape along the river Rhine none more noticeable than the Rhine Gourge, where the river narrows to form a steep sided valley overlooked by ancient castles and working vinyards. There is no better way to see the history and beauty of the countries of Europe than on a river cruise. The original major trade routes of Europe were created on the rivers. You can view the famous cities, castles and scenery from the comfort of your floating hotel. Unpack once. You will be transported from city to city with all your meals provided.
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Cities on the Rhine
Rüdesheim Visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum Koblenz - Germany, where the Rhine and Moselle river combine Basel - Switzerland, the medieval town hall. The museum of fine art Dali and Pablo Picasso Andernach - Germany, a 13th century "Liebfrauen" church and the famous Rhine Boulevard. Strasbourg - France, European parliament, the canals of the Old Tanner's quarter and the Gothic Minster Dordrecht - Holland, eighteen beautiful Dutch Windmills, erected in 1740 and still in full working order. Ghent - Begium, Flemish Ghent is a maze of twisting alleys and brick houses. Antwerp - Belgium's second largest city.Visit Grote Market or the famous zoo (the worlds first). Mannheim - Germany, visit a great Baroque castle.
New for 2014
Viking Longships Having made their debut in 2012, the innovative and state-of-the-art Viking Longships set a new standard in river cruising and received international recognition, including awards from Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler and Seatrade. Plus, the Viking Longships were recently named "Best River Cruise Ship" in the 2012 Cruise Critic Editors' Picks. Viking will introduce additional Viking Longships for 2013 and 2014. This new class of vessel features the largest suites in Europe, full-size Veranda Staterooms and the Aquavit Terrace — a Viking exclusive — for al fresco dining.
We are proud to offer a number of fabulous new destinations: France's Bordeaux region and the Southeast Asian nations of Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand. Viking will also launch two new vessels on Portugal's Douro River — plus our entire Russian fleet will be fully refurbished with new staterooms, complete with verandas.
Rhine River Cruise Reviews: These are actual passenger's comments.
Rhine River Cruise Reviews:These are actual passenger's comments. Avalon Poetry: This is the Grand Cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest through the heart of Europe. We started with four days in Amsterdam before boarding the Avalon Poetry Continued
Amadeus Rhine: Joanie and I had never been on a river cruise before, but on a Silversea cruise to the Baltic last year we traversed the Kiel Canal in Germany and thought that the experience must be what river cruising was all about. I well remember going past a small village and watching all of the children jump on their bikes and race to the canal’s edge to watch as the Silver Shadow quietly passed the village. They waved and yelled and it was obviously a huge event. Joanie and I made a mental note to try a river cruise on our next vacation. Continued
Uniworld Rhine: This was a fourteen day river cruise, starting in Amsterdam, down the Rhine to Koblenz, down and up the Moselle, and down the Rhine to Basel. Great towns to visit, great scenery, and a great itinerary all around. We opted for the Uniworld air package, so transfers were included. When we arrived we were greeted at the arrival hall and after a short wait to pick up other passengers, were bussed to the ship, arriving about 11:00 am. Continued
Viking Holland: I believe passionately that Holland is enchanting any time of the year. But Holland at springtime, now that's magical. It's the season when the tulips are in full bloom, and the fields and farms are vibrant carpets of color that would rival Joseph's coat. The breathtaking blooms are worthy of an artist's inspiration. Sprinkle in the quaint cities and towns, the Old-World windmills, and the warmth of the Dutch people and you have the consummate vacation experience.
Avalon-Globus Tulip Time: We are a couple who are in their early 60s. This was our 10th cruise of 7 or more days, but our first river cruise. Our last cruise was in a suite on the Noordam. Continued
Avalon Tapestry 7 night Rhine What an incredible trip we had. The weather was cold, but the scenery was beautiful and the cities we visited were all unique and intersting in their own ways. Continued
Uniworld Tulip Time: Holland at Tulip Time Uniworld Cruise aboard the River Empress. After taking many traditional cruises, decided to explore Holland about a river cruise ship, the Uniworld River Empress. Although quite different than typical cruise ships, it was nonetheless a terrific experience and a great vacation. Continued
Viking Rhine:Approaching the Viking Danube docked at Basel is anything but awe-inspiring. Looking sort of like a ‘real' cruise ship that someone stepped on and flattened, the ship is 360 feet long and only 54 feet wide (beam). Embarkation is simply walking on board and showing the receptionists your ticket and passport. There are no lines to stand in and before you know it, you have your room key. The process could not be more efficient. Continued
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With the decrease in the value of the dollar and the high price of fuel the cost of hotels and meals have doubled in European during the last three years. Savy travelers have come to understand that a river cruise offers the best value for a European Vacation. Accommodations, all meals on board and shore excursions are included in the price and some companies even include wine with dinner. Because of this, you do not have to live in fear of the $300 per night hotel bill, the $100 not so wonderful restaurant meal and the $10 cup of coffee with no free refills. Many people believe that by dealing directly with the cruise line, they cut out the expense of a middleman. But when it comes to cruising, this is never the case. The cruise lines depend on travel agents to sell their product, and so it is the cruise lines who pay the agent's commission, not the customer. The lines also offer agents various extra incentives, bonus commissions and value-added perks, giving the travel agents more pricing leverage and the ability for us to offer you lower rates: There are many superb and well-trained travel agents, but there are not many who know as much as we do about river cruising.