Europe River Cruising with APT
Europe River Cruising with APT
My wonderful Europe River Cruise started with flying Emirates business class on the way to Frankfurt, even though Emirates economy class is very comfortable and spacious, the lie flat business class bed is fantastic to get proper rest. Flying out of Sydney at 6.00am is always a little hard but when they are serving Moet on board and cocktails at the back of the A380 you really don’t care what time it is.
Our River cruise from Nuremberg to Amsterdam was on APT’s AmaReina. We were transferred by bus from Frankfurt to Nuremberg seeing the lovely scenery along the way. As the river cruise was in November, it was quite cold and very pretty watching the snow fall. The ship is lovely, only 2 years old with lush carpeting, beautifully appointed public areas. Very comfortable overall. I had a Twin Balcony Suite. These are located roughly mid ship on the third deck. They are in a great location with a balcony, which is wonderful to sit back and watch the spectacular scenery go by.
The food onboard is amazing, breakfast, lunch and dinner all served to perfection, so nice to come back to after a day of exploring the local areas.
You should definitely take advantage of the day trips from the ship. The guides are very knowledgeable, plus you have some free time afterwards to explore so you can make the most of the time in each destination. If you want to explore the towns yourself there are also bicycles for guests to use.
The cities we visited were so interesting, from Historic World War 2 stories of Nazi Germany where Hitler held his gatherings to Christmas shops and castles Nuremberg is a fascinating medieval city. As you go up the Danube River each little town has its own story.
Bamberg is a quaint medieval town that sits at the entrance of the Danube Canal. Being one of the only places that wasn't seriously bombed in World War 2, Bamberg has retained most of its early architecture and is now a UNIESCO World Heritage site. Beautiful place.
Rothenberg is an enchanting medieval town as you walk through the old city walls you really feel like you have gone back in time. This quaint little town also is home to the famous Christmas museum. Christmas is everywhere in Germany in the winter months, gorgeous decorations to fill your tree!
Miltenberg where in past history this beautiful town could not afford to replace its old medieval houses, another quaint little town.
Rudesheim, home of Siegried's Musical Museum, gorgeous scenery of the Rhine Gorge followed by a Royal dinner experience with Princess Anna at Burg Namedy Castle!
Cologne. Famous for its very gothic cathedral and fragrance museum
Last destination is Amsterdam, with its windmills, clogs, cheese, canals and Red light district! Amsterdam is a great place to have post accommodation after the cruise. So much to see.
If you are looking at considering a Europe River Cruise I would highly recommend the experience. You unpack once, have amazing food and service. You get to see so many quaint ancient towns, a very good history lesson. Travelling in November / December was also special due to so many Christmas markets and stores.