First-time river cruisers usually ask us which itinerary should they choose. Well, it's hard to go wrong but, the two most popular are the Rhine River and the Danube River. The special characteristics of each journey may help travelers decide. Take a look at these short videos from three different cruise lines to get an idea of the things you'll see along the Rhine River.
Set sail through the castle-laden, legendary Rhine River and the vineyard-clad hills of the breathtaking Moselle River on an unforgettable AmaWaterways river cruise.
From Avalon Waterways:
View Rhine River Cruises from Avalon Waterways®: As it winds through Europe's castle-dotted hillsides, dramatic rocky gorges and Old World villages, the Rhine River is the essence of romance.
And from Viking River Cruises:
Fairy-tale castles, grand cathedrals, historic cities, medieval towns and spectacular scenery combine to make the Rhine one of Europe’s best-loved rivers. From Amsterdam and Cologne to Basel, the enchanting, Viking Cruises® Rhine Getaway itinerary presents all the highlights of the legendary Rhine in just eight days. Explore timeless Amsterdam, the city of charming canals and splendid museums. See Holland’s famous waterworks and 18th-century windmills. In Cologne, the jewel of the Rhine, you’ll visit the awe-inspiring Dom, Germany’s largest Gothic cathedral and most-visited landmark. On this Viking Cruises voyage, you’ll sail the Middle Rhine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, passing charming castles that command the riverbanks. You’ll tour both the 700-year-old Marksburg Castle in Koblenz and the ruins of Heidelberg Castle. See Germany’s oldest university in Heidelberg and admire Speyer’s soaring Romanesque cathedral. In quaint Rüdesheim, enjoy the inviting nightlife in the pedestrian-only Drosselgasse and sample a glass of locally produced wine at one of the restaurants or wine bars. See Strasbourg’s European Parliament and tour the city’s famed cathedral, then experience the lush landscape of the Black Forest region. The eight-day Viking Cruises Rhine Getaway voyage lets you discover a lot in a relatively short period of time.
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Scooter Tessari, MCC, owns The Cruise Center, Inc. in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and operates the website Tasteful Journeys devoted to enrichment vacations with a culinary accent and featuring cruises, tours, and custom designed vacation packages.