River Cruise Newsletter Dated December 5, 2016
Dear Vacations To Go Customer,
Here are just a few of the splendid castles and regal residences that
you can see while cruising along Europe's famed rivers. Each of these
photogenic sights has a fascinating story to tell.
To see photos of these attractions, click the castle or palace name
Castles are common along the Rhine River -- a stretch known as
the Upper Middle Rhine is home to more than 40 fortifications. Many
Rhine itineraries include an excursion to the German city of Heidelberg,
where the red sandstone
looms over the old town center. Once a grand Renaissance palace, the
castle was destroyed during the Nine Years' War of the late 17th
century. Some rebuilding was done (though never completed), and the
edifice was later damaged by lightning strikes in 1764. The ruins caught
the attention of 19th-century poets and artists and soon came to
symbolize German Romanticism.
for Rhine River cruises that visit Heidelberg.
On the Mosel River, travelers can explore
or Reichsburg, in Cochem, Germany. In 1294, King Adolf of Nassau pawned
the castle and about 50 surrounding villages on royal land to the
archbishop of Trier in order to finance his coronation as German
emperor. Neither the king nor his heir could come up with the funds to
reclaim the castle, and it remained with the Trier archbishops until
1794. The original structure fell to ruin, but in 1868, Berlin
businessman Louis Ravené bought the site and rebuilt the castle
around its Gothic foundations.
for Mosel River cruises that visit Cochem.
Climb up to the
for splendid views of Nuremberg, Germany, featured on Danube
River sailings. It was one of the most important castles of the Holy
Roman Empire during the Middle Ages. One of its oldest remaining parts
is the double chapel -- two chapels with the same floor plans, one
sitting atop the other. They are connected by an opening in the middle
that allowed the congregation in either chapel to hear the service in
the other one.
for Danube River cruises that visit Nuremberg.
Danube River itineraries also can provide an opportunity to visit the
in the Bavarian Alps. Neuschwanstein was built on its spectacular
mountain perch from 1869 to 1886 by Ludwig II, sometimes called "Mad
King Ludwig." After losing sovereignty in his kingdom, Ludwig withdrew
into his own world of myths and legends and built elaborate royal
residences where he could feel like a true king. Neuschwanstein is the
most famous, and among its highlights is the Byzantine-style throne room
with frescoes and cobalt blue columns and a grotto built to resemble a
for Danube River itineraries that visit Neuschwanstein.
A stay in Prague is included on many departures on the Danube, Rhine
is one of the world's largest castle complexes and official residence of
the president of the Czech Republic. Also called Hradcany Castle, after
the neighborhood that surrounds it, it's comprised of palaces, churches,
towers and gardens. The Bohemian Crown Jewels are housed here, though
they're rarely displayed. These treasures are stored in what's been
called the least accessible place in the castle -- an iron safe secured
by seven locks. To open it, all seven keyholders -- which include the
president and prime minister -- must be present.
for Danube, Rhine and Elbe river cruise itineraries that stop in Prague.
On Douro River cruises in Portugal, passengers usually head to
Casa de Mateus
during port calls in Regua. Built near the town of Vila Real in the
first half of the 18th century, the palace is a fine example of Baroque
architecture. Some might recognize it from the label that adorned
flask-shaped bottles of Mateus rosé, a popular wine in the early
1970s. Mateus is most famous for its formal gardens, an elaborate
display of topiaries, manicured hedges, tiered pools and a path shaded
by a cypress tunnel.
for itineraries that visit Regua.
Here are this week's Top 15 River Cruises
. All prices are per
person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability.
8 days with Uniworld. Travels between Budapest and Munich. Save up to
Starting at $3,649. Departures from April 16 through August 27,
The Seine Valley
5 days with CroisiEurope. Begins in Honfleur and ends in Paris. Save
$200 per couple.
Starting at $1,351. Departures from April 16
through October 16, 2017.
8 days with Emerald Waterways. Travels between Nuremberg and Amsterdam.
Fly from $995 per person from select gateways.
$1,895. Departures from May 25 through December 6, 2017.
8 days with American Queen Steamboat Company. Travels between New
Orleans and Memphis. Save $400 to $600 per couple, plus enjoy free
shore excursions and more.
Starting at $1,899. Departures from April
3 through November 13, 2017.
9 Day Rhine River Cruise
9 days with Gate 1. Travels between Amsterdam and Basel. Save $1,000
Starting at $1,999. Departures from April 22 through
October 14, 2017.
Amazon Riverboat Adventure in Depth
9 days with G Adventures. Begins and ends in Lima. Save 20%.
Starting at $2,449. Departures from December 31, 2016 through November
Secrets of the Douro
8 days with Emerald Waterways. Begins and ends in Porto. Fly from
$995 per person from select gateways.
Starting at $2,545. Departures
from May 13 through October 28, 2017.
14 Day Danube River Cruise with Budapest & Prague
14 days with Gate 1. Travels between Prague and Budapest. Save $800
Starting at $2,599. Departures from April 20 through
November 23, 2017.
8 days with American Queen Steamboat Company. Begins in Ottawa and ends
in St. Louis. Save $600 per
couple, plus enjoy free shore
excursions and more.
Starting at $2,799
. Departs August 7 & 21, 2017.
Taste of Bordeaux
8 days with AmaWaterways. Begins and ends in Bordeaux. Save $500 to
$1,500 per couple.
Starting at $3,099. Departures from April 6
through November 16, 2017.
8 Day Gems of the Danube
8 days with Scenic Cruises. Travels between Budapest and Nuremberg.
Fly from $495 per person from select gateways.
Starting at $3,445. Departures from April 3 through
September 13, 2017.
Paris & Impressions of the Seine
10 days with Uniworld. Begins and ends in Paris. Save up to 30%.
Starting at $3,999. Departures from April 6 through November 8, 2017.
10 days with Viking River Cruises. Travels between Berlin and Prague.
Save $1,400 to $1,800 per couple.
Starting at $4,249. Departures
from March 10 through November 10, 2017.
Legendary Rhine & Moselle
13 days with Uniworld. Travels between Basel and Amsterdam. Save up
Starting at $5,748. Departures from June 24 through August
Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy
14 days with Avalon Waterways. Begins and ends in Yangon. Save $3,000
to $5,000 per couple.
Starting at $6,159. Departures from January 7
through December 27, 2017.
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