What begins in Amsterdam and ends in Frankfurt? 8 days of cheese tasting, canal cruising, museum wandering, fairy tale castle snapping and big city partying - pretty much the itinerary of dreams for the aged 21-45 traveller, right? Oh, and did we mention the on board DJ party in Dam? We know you're already sold...
What's up, river roaming crew? Who's pumped for 8 days of casually cruising down the Rhine? Meeting up onboard The A, we'll start as we mean to go on with a welcome shindig, drinks and some tasty Dutch street food treats. Party vibes on high, we'll then head into the bright lights of Dam for a night on the town.
We'll be casting off from Amsterdam early this morning, but chances are you'll still be snoozing peacefully. Them's the joys of a river cruise!
Waking up to the pretty Dutch countryside passing by your window and after filling up on breakfast treats, you'll step on land for the day in Haarlem, famed for its cobblestone streets, traditional gabled houses and leafy courtyards. So, what to do? Well, you could explore the museums, kick back with lattes and stroopwafel in one of the cosy cafes, or opt for a ME Time Optional. For the hops heads, we're heading to a brewery in a converted church, and for the adventure aficionados we've got something real special - blokarting on the beach. YouTube it, then do it.
Back in Dam for the night, and we're heading out to one of the city's most notorious (and oldest) areas - the Red Light District. Our Local Guide will give you the history and etiquette low down, then the night is yours.
No trip to the "Venice of the North" would be complete without a cruise around the city's iconic waterways, so that's exactly what our agenda has in store for today. On route, take note of the way in which no building is actually straight (it's legitimately crazy), and keep your eyes peeled for the narrowest house in the world (just a doors width wide!). Cruise complete, take your pick of our Optionals for how to spend the rest of the day. Maybe the house of Anne Frank has been on your must do list since forever, or perhaps it's the tulip displays at Keukenhof Gardens that you've been dreaming of (April & May only)? For the foodies, we've got a cheese workshop or a mixology masterclass to keep you entertained. Tonight, it's party pants on as we welcome on board one of the cities best local DJ's.
First up is Duisburg, wherewe'll be dropping off those who are keen for a long and beautiful cycle ride into Cologne.
Pretty, medieval, fun loving Cologne. We love this city, its residents love this city, and we're betting you'll love it too. And to be honest, how can you not? After dinner on board, we'll take you to the Altstadt (old town), where the gothic architecture and homely beer halls will have you seriously impressed. Speaking of beer, this evening you'll be trying Kölsch, a Cologne speciality.
Cologne's Cathedral literally dominates the skyline of the city with its twin spires and is regularly voted Germany's most popular tourist attraction, so even if you're not an architecture fan, you'll still appreciate this bad boy. Our Local Guide will give you the history low down on the building and Cologne in general, and we'll also stop by the shrine containing the relics of the Three Magi (wise men).
We'll stop by the pretty town of Bonn on route, most notably the birth place of Beethoven, and you can actually visit the great composer's birth house here.
Ready for something special? Tonight we will dine like Kings and Queen's, quite literally, as we feast on a banquet in a bonafide medieval castle. Eeekk! Think rustic food, think local Rhine wines, think lute-stumming bards and think serving wenches. Definitely more Henry VII than Red Wedding, that's for sure...After dinner (if we can roll ourselves outside), our Local Guide will show us the sites of Koblenz, starting at German Corner, a local hangout where the Rhine and the Moselle river join.
Leaving Koblenz in our white water, today we'll enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Rhine Gorge. This part of the world is lined with more fairytale castles and ruined fortresses than anywhere else on earth, so sit back on deck and just enjoy the world passing you by. Fancy getting a little educational? Today we'll also be hosting a sommelier talk on Riesling wines, the region's most famous export, and yes there will be tastings...
Big on Game of Thrones? Then you'll probably recognise the 12th century Eberbach Monastery, which was used as a filming location. Today, we're visiting with one thing on the mind - wine. We'll taste the abbey's famous Rieslings and cycle around the region...in that order.
...and we've arrived. Weather permitting we'll enjoy a BBQ dinner on deck, then for those who are keen, we're going out out. Frankfurt, what you got for us?
Sleepy and hung over we may be, but this is our last day so we're sure as hell gonna make the most of it. First up, we're going exploring around 'Mainhattan', Europe's largest financial centre and the reason this city is home to bankers galore. Within this part of town you'll find the Old Town - pretty, winding and impressively ancient. Explore around here on foot or bike, and be sure to stop off at the Kleine Markthall for some local wares. Foodies, you can explore the market with our on board chef, stocking up on local produce for tonight's cooking class. Keen to learn about the history of the city? The Rothchilds are a good place to start, as is the Jewish museum. Tonight is our last as a river dwelling crew, so lets go out on a high note...
After one more blissful sleep, we're sad to say it's all over. River cruising, you're our new favourite way of travelling…
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Trip Name: Rolling on the Rhine
Duration: 8 Days
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