With so many alluring waterways in the world, it can be difficult to choose where to make your splash. Do you choose by country? By sights? By unique experiences? When you choose the romantic Rhine River – with its 1287 kilometres of winding whimsical wonder – you choose all of the above.
With its mysterious craggy cliffs, sacred ancient cathedrals, and storied medieval castles perched above quaint cobblestone villages, it’s easy to fall in love with the pillars of the Rhine River. Meandering through five captivating countries the Rhine weaves together a tapestry of history and culture (not to mention countless UNESCO World Heritage Sites), making it as fitting for first-time river cruisers as it is for seasoned off-the-beaten-path travellers. As you visit ancient stone churches, taste decadent Swiss chocolate, and indulge in rich French cheeses, an abundance of local delicacies and delights await.
Cruising down the multinational waterway of the Rhine with Avalon, you can traverse five countries – Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany, France and Austria – exploring picture-perfect towns like Basel, Strasbourg, Cologne, and Amsterdam along the way.
The Rhine River is a ribbon that ties together fascinating countries, cultures and history. It also flows into other legendary waterways, presenting the opportunity to combine a Rhine itinerary with three other renowned rivers – the Moselle, the Main and the Danube – for a more robust river cruise.
Surrounded by brilliant-coloured tulips, the waterways of the Netherlands feed into the Rhine River, presenting unrivalled springtime scenery with endless fields of blooming colour.
A delightfully dizzying number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be found along the Rhine River valley, including the Rhine Gorge, the Cologne Cathedral, the Speyer Cathedral, and the Town of Bamberg.
There’s no better way to unwrap the magic of the Old World than with a journey through the tradition-rich, German Christmas markets with their mulled wines, handmade sweets and hardy holiday décor on a festive wintry river cruise.