Tomorrow I’m off on another adventure, cruising on one of the major waterways of Europe on a Rhine River cruise with Lüftner Cruises. I used to think of cruises as something that my parent’s generation would enjoy, but as time moves on, the thought of exploring many different places in comfort, while only having to unpack once, has grown in appeal.
This will be our first river cruise, so I’m keeping an open mind on what to expect, but anticipating that we’ll really enjoy the comforts of the Amadeus Princess which is essentially a floating luxury hotel. I’m looking forward to the gourmet food, the wine tastings and exploring picturesque towns, cities and castles along the Rhine.
Our journey starts in Basel in Switzerland before we briefly pass by the French border to at Strasbourg, the capital of the Alsace region with vineyards lining the banks. Next stop is Speyer with its Romanesque cathedral where many German emperors were buried and Mannheim which had its heyday in the 18th century. Next we’ll stop at Rudesheim with cobbled streets lined with wine houses that I know my husband will enjoy, then we move through a stretch of the Rhine that is known for the castles that overlook the river where we’ll be listening out for the Loreley or siren whose singing might tempt the unwary sailor onto the rocks. Where the Rhine and the Moselle rivers meet we stop at Koblenz, before ending our journey in Cologne where we disembark, although the ship continues on to Amsterdam.
I’ll be posting photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram throughout the cruise using the hashtag #RhineCruiseHC and of course I’ll be writing all about the trip on my return. In the meantime, I tried to find out as much as I could about European cruises, especially on the Rhine and came across these articles that you may also enjoy from other travel bloggers;
The Castle-studded Rhine River video – I enjoyed hearing Rick Steves talking about the medieval castles that line the banks of the Rhine that were built by princes to tax the trade going up and down the river.
10 reasons a river cruise is great for solo travellers – Janice Waugh of the Solo Traveler – Although I prefer to travel with my husband or other family and friends, I think a river cruise is a great option for a woman travelling alone.
Strasbourg, the capital of Christmas – Donna Hull of My Itchy Travel Feet took a Rhine cruise that followed the same route as ours and enjoyed the festive atmosphere and Christmas markets in Strasbourg.
Seizing the moments of my journey with Viking River Cruise – Jeff Titelius of EuroTravelogue takes a river cruise through the Netherlands, enjoying the windmills and cheesy edam moments.
Thanks to Lüftner Cruises who are hosting our Rhine River Cruise and are specialists in European river cruises on the Danube, Rhine, Rhone and other major rivers of Europe
All photos provided by Lüftner Cruises
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