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River Cruises Offer Travelers Once-in-a-Lifetime Experiences

Indulge in Exclusive Amenities When You Book With Us

Too many places, too little time. It’s a common phrase travelers use when they haven’t fully indulged in all the bespoke travel experiences that remain on a growing bucket list. But there is one unique way of traveling that may remedy your need to experience multiple destinations over a period of days – river cruising. After talking with our Cruise Space specialists, we curated a short list of upcoming river cruises that not only offer luxe accommodations with floor-to-ceiling windows to the world, but also provide unparalleled, immersive excursions you won’t experience elsewhere. 

Chart a new course for culture, food, wine, history and sightseeing. Take an awe-inspiring journey on a famous waterway to experience the picturesque cities and towns along the way. And find out what exclusive VIP amenities you receive when use one of our cruise specialists to book the cruises listed below.

7-Night Christmas Markets on the Rhine

Cruise Line: AmaWaterways
Departs December 2, 2019 aboard AmaKristina
Basel to Amsterdam
Exclusive Amenities: Distinctive Voyages Host and a Private Welcome Reception
Exclusive Shore Event: Private Wine Lunch in Rudesheim

Christmas Market in Cologne, Germany
christmas market in cologne, germany 

Experience the wonder of the holidays in Europe! From the iconic canals of Amsterdam to Switzerland’s glittery cities, Lucerne and Zurich, get caught up in the magic of the holidays with visits to some of the world’s most timeless Christmas Markets.  Warm up with a mug of steamy glühwein while at the Cologne Christmas Market located in front of its UNESCO-designated Gothic cathedral. Let the “Capital of Noël,” Strasbourg, the oldest and largest Christmas Market in France, captivate you the way it has so many others for centuries.

Strasbourg, France
 Christmast market in strasbourg, france

Meander through Heidelberg’s majestic Christmas Market nestled idyllically amongst the historic squares of the Old Town. And while in Gengenbach, marvel at the world’s largest Advent calendar, where every evening at 6:00 pm, the brightly lit windows of the neo-classical town hall open and behind each one is a picture by a famous artist, such as Andy Warhol.  Cherish all the glory of the season in grand European style as you cruise along the Rhine. 

Heidelberg Christmas Market
christmas market in Heidelberg, germany

7-Night Vineyards of the Rhine & Moselle

Cruise Line: AmaWaterways
Departs April 9, 2020 aboard AmaDante
Amsterdam to Luxembourg
Exclusive Amenities: Distinctive Voyages Host and a Private Welcome Reception
Exclusive Shore Event: Currently being procured

Couple toasting on a gondola in Rudesheim, Germany
 vineyard in Rüdesheim, germany

Drink in the beauty, history and flavor of the Rhine and Moselle river valleys’ iconic vineyards. Begin your journey with a gentle ride through Amsterdam’s legendary canals, then head to Cologne where you can whet your palate for the wines ahead by tasting Kolsch beer. As for the vineyards, you’ll soar above them by gondola or hike among the grapes in Rüdesheim and sip wines in Bernkastel as well, learning the legend of the Bernkasteler Doctor. Whatever you choose to do ashore, the stories you’re told and the flavors that grace your palate will surely transform you. Every cruise should be enjoyed with that special someone. With help from a Vacation travel agent, you can create a real romance story with that special someone while you both embark on an amazing voyage along a picturesque river.

Family biking along the Moselle River
family biking along the moselle river

7-Day Tulips & Windmills

Cruise Line: Crystal Cruises
Departs April 16, 2020 board Crystal Bach
Round trip Amsterdam 
Exclusive Amenities: Distinctive Voyages Host and a Private Welcome Reception
Exclusive Shore Event: Rejuvenated Rotterdam

Cruise the inland waters of the Netherlands and Belgium to discover the land of windmills, tulips and wooden shoes. Marvel at the spectacular modern architecture of Rotterdam, the medieval charm of Ghent and the artistic masterpieces of Antwerp. From active or relaxing to adventurous or enriching, Crystal Destination Discoveries™ offers cruisers a world of choice. Plus, Crystal is the only river cruise line that allows its guests to select their shoreside experiences in advance, before they board the ship. 

Tulip fields in Hoorn, Holland
tulip fields in hoorn, holland

Indulge in once-in-a-lifetime immersive experiences while on this exquisite voyage. Paint your own work of art at a workshop in the fabled Van Gogh Museum. Take a 3-hour bike tour to see the enchanting Dutch scenery of Amsterdam’s Waterland. In Hoorn, visit a tulip farm’s greenhouses to learn about the growing process for Holland’s spectacular tulip fields. Sample world-famous gouda cheese at the 17th-century cheese farm “Hoogerwaard” in Rotterdam. For history buffs, venture outside of Antwerp to tour one of Europe’s best-preserved prison camps. And in Ghent, watch a chocolatier transform bars of chocolate into delectable indulgences.    

Ready to book an unforgettable river cruise experience? Let one of Vacation’s on-call travel experts match you with a cruise specialist, who can customize the dream river cruise itinerary that you deserve!

Chocolate Bars in storefront located in Ghent, Belgium
decadent chocolate bars in ghent, Belgium