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Try something different: river cruises
23rd Jan 2013 by Travelsphere
River deep, mountain high - See historic European towns and cities from a different perspective, on board the luxurious MS Serenade 1.
Snaking over 760 miles from Switzerland into France, Germany and Holland, the Rhine river is one of the longest in Europe. It scythes through an old and spectacular landscape, where medieval castles stand guard over verdant valleys and historic cities.
A river cruise aboard the MS Serenade 1 is an ideal way to explore this fascinating part of Europe. It's a simpler, slower way to travel. You get all the fantastic benefits of taking a tour – exploring different destinations, joining exciting planned excursions, and travelling with a friendly group. But there's no switching hotels, no bus journeys, and no internal flights. Instead, you unpack only once and your luxury accommodation travels with you.
Time to relax
A Travelsphere river cruise gives you time to relax and take everything in. Time to breathe in the fresh air and enjoy good food. Time to watch the world go languidly by as you sit on deck with a glass of wine.
What better way to discover picture postcard towns nestled amongst the soaring alpine peaks? Like the beautiful old wine town of Cochem, with its pretty market square and the unmissable Reichsburg Castle that watches silently over it. Or the baroque, red-roofed university town of Heidelberg, which you'll find almost hidden away on the fringes of the Odenwald (Odin's Forest).
Secrets of the Rhine
The historic towns and cities along the river hold yet more secrets. The twin spires of Cologne's huge Gothic cathedral, the Dom, look out across the city. Climbing the 509 stone steps that spiral up to the top of the south tower is hard work, but the majestic view of the Rhine is breathtaking and well-worth the effort.
In Mainz, another popular stop on the river cruise, you'll find something that changed the world. On the Liebfrauenplatz, be sure not to miss the Gutenberg Museum, a shrine to the man who invented the movable type printing press and ushered in the age of the printed book. Two copies of the famous Gutenberg Bible are on show here.
There's so much to see, so much to do. Just take your pick of these great value Travelsphere adventures aboard the MS Serenade 1...
Experience River Cruising at its best
Starting and ending in the historic city of Cologne, the 10-day Picture-postcard Towns and Alpine Peaks cruise takes you on a leisurely tour of destinations including Strasbourg, Basel and Koblenz. Sit back, relax and watch the Moselle valley slide slowly by; see the dramatic Eiger and Jungfrau peaks; explore the pretty towns and villages and soak up the atmosphere.
See first-hand why the Rhine Valley landscape has inspired so many writers and painters. Settle aboard your luxurious river cruiser and let us take you on a fantastic journey to discover the grand old cities of Würzburg, Cologne and Frankfurt. On the Highlights of the Rhine and Bavaria cruise visit Europe's finest Baroque palace, sample local beers and wines, and explore pretty riverside towns, either on your own or as part of an organised walking tour.
And on the Historic Towns of the Rhine & Moselle cruise you'll set sail from Cologne and cruise along the romantic river Rhine as it winds its way to seven charming destinations. Enjoy the spectacular view across Cochem and the surrounding countryside from Reichsburg castle. Take tea as you pass through the Rhine Gorge, and explore the pretty, winding streets in the old town of Koblenz.