After a long summer drought, the traffic at one of the shallowest points on the Rhine was halted for a month, resulting to problems at its transport artery.
Source: Boppard cruise port guide
Source: Koblenz cruise port guide
With breathtaking views, rolling vineyards, historic architecture and exquisite wine, it’s no surprise that people love Rhineland-Palatinate.
CroisiEurope offers 41 different Rhine River cruise itineraries that range in length from 4 to 18 days. Most cruises are roundtrip from Strasbourg and do not include destinations south of Strasbourg, such as Breisach and Basel. The company has only two packages with travel between Amsterdam and Basel. Several of its itineraries feature other waterways in addition to the Rhine River. You’ll find itineraries with travel on the Main, Moselle, Danube as well as some less common rivers like the Neckar and Saar.
Now, let’s take a look at two of CroisiEurope’s Rhine River cruise packages.
Holland and the Romantic Rhine Valley
This is a 7-day cruise from Amsterdam to Strasbourg. Some of the destinations visited are commonly featured by other river cruise companies; however, there are a couple that are unique to CroisiEurope. Also, there is an excursion featured on the first night of your trip.
CroisiEurope has 11 ships for this itinerary. You can read more about the company’s ships here. They vary in size; although, in general, CroisEurope’s ships tend to have smaller staterooms and tend to carry fewer passengers.
Read more from source: CroisiEurope 2018 Rhine River Cruise Itineraries – River Cruise Advisor
“The Basilica of St. Castor (German: Basilika St. Kastor or Kastorkirche) is the oldest church in Koblenz in the German state of Rhineland Palatinate. It is located near Deutsches Eck at the confluence of the Rhine and the Moselle. A fountain called Kastorbrunnen (“Castor well”) was built in front of the basilica during Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812. Pope John Paul II raised St. Castor to a basilica minor on 30 July 1991. This church is worth seeing for the historical events that have occurred in it, its extensive Romanesque construction and its largely traditional furnishings.
Since 2002, the Basilica of St. Castor has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage cultural landscape of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley. In addition, it is a cultural property protected under the Hague Convention.
Emperor Louis the Pious donate money to construct St. Castors church
The church of St. Castor was built between 817 and 836 by Hetto, the Archbishop of Trier with the support of Emperor Louis the Pious, just outside the city of Confluentes (the city founded by the Romans in the area) and dedicated on 12 November 836.
Bacharach is a lovely town on a scenic stretch of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley noted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Castles sit on hilltops around every corner and small towns exult in charm and wine. The river is lazy, the hillsides are rich in vineyards, and the town is full of half-timbered buildings and winding cobblestone streets.
It is one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval towns. Germany has many of these enchanting villages on the river, but this is the only one Victor Hugo described as one of the “world’s prettiest towns”.
History of Bacharach
This area was originally settled by the Celts and known as Baccaracus or Baccaracum. This name references Bacchus, the god of wine. And indeed, the area has been known for its wine for as long as its been in existence.
Its strategic location on the river made it ideal for gathering tolls of boats passing by and led to the development of its castle high on the hill. It was also a shipping station for exporting the many types of wine found along the Rhine.
Read more from source: The 9 Best Things to Do in Bacharach, Germany
Hands down, our trip to Switzerland and Germany during last December ranks as our most memorable family vacation ever. While I put it down to the extreme number of experiences we shared together as a family, the monkies will beg to differ – SNOW was the clear winner!
But snow or not, I think I speak for them when I say there are more family-friendly cities in Europe to visit then I thought. We visited Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Munich in Germany and Zurich in Switzerland and the sheer number of kid-friendly attractions in each city meant that we had to pick carefully.
The busy city of Frankfurt may be the business hub of Germany and the largest financial center in Europe, but that doesn’t mean there is nothing to do for kids here. We visited the Senckenberg Natural History Museum, a must-go if you are visiting Frankfurt with kids. One of the most modern museums of natural history in Europe, and the second largest of its kind in Germany, it is home to Europe’s biggest exhibition of dinosaurs.
We docked in Koblenz on our third full day with Viking River Cruises and had several choices of tours. One of the features I love with Viking is the ability to scope out all tours ahead of time and sign up for the “included tours” as you complete your personal form of registration. Kim was interested in the tour of the Marksburg Castle, but given my back issues I opted to remain on board and hopefully capture the magnificent homes, castles and other architectural interesting buildings on the Middle Rhine. She went ahead with the tour. I was glad I remained on board. As we sailed to Braubach, where Kim and the others would rejoin us. I noticed that there was a cable car running high above the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers where we docked.