By Shelli Elledge
Photographs by Ron Elledge
Uniformed and caring staff members to assist… sweeping views of life along the water’s edge… smells of specially prepared pastries for this afternoon’s tea. On a Rhine River cruise — in my opinion, the Rhine is the most magical river to cruise — guests are never far from the comforts of home. Relaxing on our private balcony, camera in hand, I had to pinch myself to make sure I was not just dreaming. Yes, the views of storybook castles are real!
If you are looking for good-value cruising in one of the most magical places in Europe, you’ll not find a more rewarding experience than an eight-day excursion on the Rhine River. It is a comfortable way to see the spectacular European countryside without having to “go it alone.” And, with multiple stops along the way, optional excursions are available to see the thatch-roofed villages of the Black Forest, sample local cuisine, or meander the cobbled streets on your own.
Now is a great time to plan for departures taking place in the next few months, especially if you want to experience beautiful autumn-colored landscapes or shop in the famous holiday markets.
Two cruise line companies that offer discounted air travel are Viking River Cruises and Avalon Waterways.
Viking River Cruises, 800-304-9616
Avalon Waterways, 877-797-8791
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