Winding through the German and Dutch countryside, the Rhine takes you past vineyards, medieval castles, and history ranging from the Middle Ages to World War II. This river offers a chance to view and explore the most dramatic of Germany’s scenery, including impressive architecture like the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, the toll castle of Pfalzgrafenstein, and the Gothic cathedral of Kölner Dom.
In the beautiful town of Würzburg, you’ll see the famous terraced vineyards lining the steep hills and get a chance to sip local wines. Experience more impressive landscapes and culture in the Black Forest, where you can see recreations of historical farms and artisan workshops and have a taste of the Black Forest’s namesake dessert.
Across the river in Strasbourg, the capital of the Alsace region of France, find a mix of French and German life, architecture, and winemaking. Meander around the ancient town of Koblenz, known for its cozy alleyways and narrow lanes, before passing through the naturally spectacular Rhine Gorge. Wander amongst the cafes and plazas of romantic Heidelberg and walk up to the impressive castle that overlooks the city.
A journey along the Rhine also includes the famous windmills and canals of the Netherlands, affording you time to experience Amsterdam where you can cycle around town like a local, visit a local food market, or venture out in a glass-topped canal boat.