Kim Hoffman had the opportunity to experience the Rhine and Mosel rivers on a seven-night cruise aboard the MS Switzerland. She wanted to share a bit of her experience.
After unpacking only once, we were on our way to cruising legendary rivers and retracing the routes of history as we passed by magnificent castles, quaint villages and sloping vineyards that I have only dreamed about seeing. The experience blended classic land touring with elegant river cruising. I have to say that it was one of the most relaxing ways to experience the heart of Europe.
Before boarding the MS Switzerland, we saw the quaint gabled roofed houses in Amsterdam, as well as the city’s picturesque canals on a panoramic city tour. In Amsterdam, The Netherlands, we said Bon Voyage as we boarded the MS Switzerland to begin our memorable river cruise. We visited beautiful Keukenhof Gardens at the peak of the tulip season which was absolutely incredible. The beauty of the millions of blooming flowers was breathtaking; I couldn’t stop taking photos!
Ports of call in Germany included Cologne, Cochem, Boppard, Rudesheim, Mannheim, an optional excursion to the gateway university city of Heidelberg, and Speyer, gateway to Baden Baden. During the cruise, the majestic European cities of Strasbourg, France and Basel, Switzerland were also visited.
As the MS Switzerland meandered its course, we marveled at some of the world’s most dramatic river scenery and explored charming historic towns and villages and admired centuries-old architecture. We cruised the beautiful Mosel River with its steep valleys rich in vineyards producing some of the finest wines in the world.
When we weren’t exploring the ports of call, it was nice to sit back and relax on our ship. The MS Switzerland, our floating home for ten days, was a joy to behold. “From a single seating for meals, to everyone having an outside cabin, our travelers luxuriated in the ease of getting around,” explains John. The staterooms on the ship are quiet and comfortable and everyone had an amazing view from their room.
I just can’t say enough about the lovely amenities of the ship, the main lounge, bar and the dining room and the food was outstanding. One of my favorite spots on the ship was the sundeck; I saw some of the best views from here.
All in all, the trip was an outstanding experience and I truly enjoyed every minute. Everyone that we traveled with was so fun and we all shared our love for this holiday. I can’t wait to go back someday soon!
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