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An Incredible Voyage along the Rhine River

Along the Rhine River in Germany
Along the Rhine River in Germany

With their fabulous rooftop pools, jacuzzies, and wellness programs—plus their exquisite cuisine and delicious cocktail drinks available around-the-clock—it’s tempting to many to never leave your river cruise ship. But as tempting as that sounds, the main reason travelers chose a river cruise is because of the adventure – the amazing, breathtaking stops along the way.  With that in mind, let’s explore the historic, romantic, and awe-inspiring Rhine together!

A pristine alpine wonderland, Switzerland is beautiful any time of year.  It’s known for its snowy mountain caps in the winter and lush green hills in the summer. Whether you’re taking a scenic train ride through the Alps or traveling the Rhine by ship, Switzerland will have you wondering if you’ve walked straight into a fairytale

Most river cruises on the Rhine start or end in Basel, a city known for its love of art and museums. The city has the highest concentration of museums in the country and is centered around a market square, making it perfectly easy to tour. 

But why stop with Basel when there’s so much more of Switzerland to see. Don’t miss Zurich, Lucerne, and the stunning Alpine beauty of the Bernese Oberland.  Have a bit more time?  The Glacier Express is the world’s slowest and most scenic train, traveling all the way across southern Switzerland, linking the resorts of Zermatt and St. Moritz

FranceParlez-vous français? Non? Well, no worries. A good translation app can do wonders to help you navigate the luscious countryside of France, and its mouthwatering cafes and menus. For its food, wine, and historic sights, you’ll love this country for all the right reasons.Wine & DineWine and France go hand-in-hand, and if you haven’t had a bowl of French onion soup, you’re seriously missing out. Whether you’re stopping at a bakery in the morning for a fresh croissant and cafe au lait, a light lunch of a croque monsieur or a full 3-course French dinner, you will not be disappointed. 

Book a Rhine River cruise and you’ll stop in Strasbourg, the capital city of the Alsace region and a charming city for a day trip. The cathedral and Petite France neighborhood are must-sees! 

Traveling to Germany usually takes tourists to Berlin, Munich and other metropolitan areas. On a Rhine river cruise, however, you’ll experience a whole new side of the country—one that is more traditional and inviting. Cruising down the Rhine, you’ll see cultural hubs as well as quaint cities you may not otherwise experience. Rüdesheim and Cologne both offer a variety of entertainment including local musicians and museums, providing for a well-rounded German experience.

Rudesheim is a charming little city on the Rhine known for its production of Reisling wine. The first thing you’ll notice here is the beautiful combination of history and modern winemaking. Cobblestone streets and medieval-style castles lie just outside the vineyards and tasting rooms of Rüdesheim.

Don’t miss the opportunity to try Rüdesheim’s signature “spiked’ coffee drink, which will be let on fire before you enjoy it!

A 2,000-year-old city, Cologne is best known for its colorful rows of houses and its famous Christmas markets.  In contrast to the small-town charm of Rüdesheim, Cologne is a much larger city and cultural hub of this area of Germany. Where Rüdesheim is medieval and rustic, Cologne is more Gothic and modern. Visible from the Rhine River, the Cologne Cathedral is a must-see landmark. Its two towers are still some of the largest peaks in the city. The stop in Cologne offers the options of a Holy City walking tour and cathedral visit, Ko¨lsch Beer tasting or Cologne bike tour.

What better way to end your Rhine river adventure than right in the heart of the Netherlands- Amsterdam. A city known for its red-light district and overall carefree way of life, Amsterdam offers an incredible array of cultural experiences. Cruising one of the world’s most elaborate canal systems will show you much of the beauty this city has to offer.  If you prefer to observe the canals by land, you can opt for a tour through the bohemian neighborhood of Jordaan, which boasts trendy cafes, eateries, and shops. After grabbing a coffee, head to one of the many historical landmarks in this part of town. The Anne Frank House is located just outside Jordaan and across from the historical Westerkerk Cathedral where Rembrandt was buried in 1669. 

These are just a few of the amazing destinations on a Rhine River cruise. Which country is calling your name?  As a luxury river cruise specialist, and veteran of many river cruises, I’ve personally visited and inspected many river cruise ships and destinations, and understand how to personalize your experience. 

Contact me to schedule a time to start planning your voyage!

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