With red sandstone ruins, majestic views along the Neckar valley, the world's largest wine barrel - there is much to love about cruising along the Rhine river with AmaWaterways. There are numerous itineraries that covers the Rhine in incredible detail but our favorite happens to be the one we just sailed on. This itinerary is so in-depth and gives you the true luxury travel experience all while sailing on the most shabby chic floating hotel on the river.
Here is a peak into this beautiful Rhine River Cruise itinerary...
Amsterdam - Did you know that there are over 160 canals in Amsterdam? In fact there are 165 total. You'll get to enjoy some of them on your very own canal cruise on your second day along the riverside.Cologne, Germany - Next stop on your luxury river cruise experience is to Cologne where you can join your own guided tour through the Old Town to explore the Cologne Cathedral - one of Germany’s most revered Gothic masterpieces. Then continue Germany’s oldest town hall, the Cologne Rathaus. Take on a local tavern to excite your taste buds with an infamous Kölsch beer, only made in Cologne, and reibekuchen mit apfelmus, a potato pancake typically served with applesauce. And for you active adventurists you will love a guided bike ride along the Rhine and see the historic Stadtgarten.
Rhine gorge, Rüdesheim - Cruise through the captivating Rhine Gorge, one of the most stunning beautiful stretches of the river before making your way to the winemaking town of Rüdesheim. Part take in a wine tasting to discover the flavors of the town's iconic vineyards or drink up the stunning views when you soar high above the vineyards with a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal. For a different view hike through the town's beautiful vineyards or join a bike tour along the scenic Rhine river. Then later in the day indulge yourself in Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum charm you with the remarkable collection of musical instruments that play themselves! Or opt for tasting the town's special delight, Rüdesheimer coffee, ceremoniously made with brandy, coffee and whipped cream. You can't beat the bespoke service provided from AmaWaterways along each leg of your journey. Ludwigshafen - Your gateway to a luxury travel experience begins with a choice of three excursions in Ludwigshafen. First option: Heidelberg, the perfectly preserved medieval city nestled along the Neckar River Valley on Germany’s Castle Road. Explore the iconic red sandstone Heidelberg Castle and Great Vat, aka the world's largest wine-barrel an 18th-century, 49,000-gallon wine cask. For a more active adventure while discover Philosopher’s Path (named during the Romantic period) on a guided hike to enjoy enjoy panoramic views of the city. Alternatively, you can visit Speyer, one of Germany’s oldest cities. Speyer is known for the largest Romanesque cathedral in Europe—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and the medieval Old Gate, Altpörtel. Lastly, you can join a guided bike tour along the shores of Neckar and enjoy a cycling break to experience the picturesque medieval town of Ladenburg.
Strasbourg, France - Offering both France and Germany flavors due to its borderline location. This city allows you to enjoy a panoramic tour past the Parc de l’Orangerie, the European Parliament and the Place de la République before wandering through the iconic "La Petite France" district, that are lifted straight from a fairytale. Walk the charming streets past Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame or hope on a bike and ride through the city to see Parc de l’Orangerie.Breisach, Germany - Step back in time when you visit the enchanting Alsatian town of Riquewihr, which still looks just as good as it did in the 16th century. On your walking tour, admire historic architecture and famous sights, such as the Dolder Gate or head to Freiburg, home to the Freiburg’s Münster, a Gothic cathedral said to have “the most beautiful spire on earth.” Alternatively, cycle through the countryside or hike the Black Forest, your very own magical land full of cultural traditions.
Basel, Switzerland - This is where you'll disembark your luxury river cruise experience with all the exclusive VIP Travel Experience amenities. Enjoy breakfast onboard and bid farewell to Switzerland before embarking on your post cruise European travels.
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