Rhine River Cruises

The stunningly beautiful Rhine River Valley has long been a paradise for river cruises. Steeped in legend and myth, revered by the likes of Goethe and Lord Byron, the Rhine rises in the Alps and winds its way north through Switzerland, Germany, France, and the Netherlands. In a region rich in fairytale castles, the Rhine Valley - the heartland of the Holy Roman Empire - has more castles than in any other river valley in the world. Many have survived the ravages of war, neglect and time, and stand like sentinels on the cliffs above quaint riverside villages.

Your river cruise itinerary takes you through two of the most celebrated wine regions in Europe. You will sample Rieslings and other distinctive light white wines at various wineries, including Dr. Heinrich Nagler's estate at Berg Rottland, one of Germany's oldest and most renowned vineyards. Further north, savor the vin d'Alsace in charming medieval towns such as Colmar, with its collection of 16th-century timber framed houses, and Riquewihr, one of the best-preserved villages in France. Explore these picture-book hamlets at your leisure, meandering along narrow cobbled streets worn from centuries of use.

Relax with friends, take in the breathtaking scenery, and allow yourself to slip backwards in time, pulled along by the silver thread of the gently flowing Rhine.

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