Dear Vacations To Go Customer,
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, river cruises around the world temporarily
stopped operating. Some ships are now planning to resume sailing on U.S.
rivers in August or September, and we will let you know as soon as they
are operating again.
In Europe, a limited number of river cruises are already operating but
for Europeans only. The European Union began accepting visitors from
select non-EU countries last month, which is a step toward a larger
restart of river cruising. The list of approved countries, which is said
to be reviewed every two weeks, includes Canada but does not yet include
the United States.
And in the U.S. just last week, the State Department ended its worldwide
"do not travel" health advisory for international trips.
Today, I'd like to highlight a few of the grand castles and
palaces 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 in 2021.
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 2021 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 in 2021.
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 2021 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 in 2021.
Here are this week's Top 10 River Cruises
. All prices are per
person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability.
8 days with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises. Travels between Budapest
and Passau. Save up to 10%. Plus, receive up to an additional $1,500
per couple discount.
Starting at $2,949. Departures from March 14
through October 31, 2021.
Charms of the South
9 days with American Queen Steamboat Company. Travels between Memphis
and New Orleans. Save up to $1,400 per couple, plus receive a free
$140 per cabin onboard credit.
Starting at $1,999. Departures from
February 6 through December 12, 2021.
9 days with American Queen Steamboat Company. Begins in Minneapolis and
ends in Red Wing. Save $1,000 per couple, plus receive a free $140
per cabin onboard credit.
Starting at $2,099. Departs July 18 & 25,
9 days with American Queen Steamboat Company. Begins in Chicago and ends
in Alton. Save $600 per couple, plus receive a free $140 per cabin
Starting at $2,299. Departs September 25, 2021.
The Seine, Paris & Normandy River Cruise
8 days with Riviera River Cruises. Begins and ends in Paris. Save
$200 per couple. Book a cabin on the middle or upper decks and save up
to $1,500 per couple. Plus, receive a free $400 per couple shipboard
Starting at $2,549. Departures from April 20 through October
Pacific Northwest Splendor
9 days with American Queen Steamboat Company. Travels between Vancouver
and Clarkston or Spokane. Save up to $3,000 per couple, plus receive
a free $140 per cabin onboard credit.
Starting at $2,699. Departures
from March 14 through November 14, 2021.
Jewels of the Rhine
8 days with Emerald Waterways. Travels between Amsterdam and Zurich or
Basel. Fly for free or save $2,000 per couple. Plus, receive an
additional $250 per couple discount.
Starting at $2,995. Departures
from May 1 through October 24, 2021.
Melodies of the Danube
8 days with AmaWaterways. Begins in Budapest and ends in Vilshofen.
Companion flies for free.
Starting at $2,999. Departures from
March 29 through December 27, 2021.
Active & Discovery on the Rhine
8 days with Avalon Waterways. Travels between Amsterdam and Frankfurt.
Save $1,500 per couple. Book a suite and save up to $2,800 per
Starting at $3,599. Departures from May 25
through October 5, 2021.
Black Sea Explorer
8 days with Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours. Travels between Bucharest and
Budapest. Fly for free or save $2,400 per couple. Plus, receive up to
an additional $1,000 per couple discount. Book a suite on the Diamond
Deck and save an extra $500 per couple.
Starting at $4,595.
Departures from April 19 through October 18, 2021.
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