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Dear Vacations To Go Customer,
Today, I'd like to highlight a few of the grand castles and
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.
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 Mosel River cruises that visit Cochem.
Climb up to the
for splendid views of Nuremberg, Germany, featured on Danube
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.
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 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
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.
Here are this week's Top 10 River Cruises
. All prices are per
person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability.
Celebrate the 70s
9 days with American Queen Voyages. Begins in Nashville and ends in
Alton or Louisville. Save 50%, plus get $100 per couple in onboard
Starting at $999. Departs August 13 & 27, 2022.
8 days with Avalon Waterways. Travels between Amsterdam and Basel.
Starting at $1,499. Departures from July 9 through
November 1, 2022.
Prague, Dresden & the Castles of Bohemia
7 days with CroisiEurope. Begins and ends in Prague. Save up to
Starting at $1,719. Departures from August 7 through September
The Seine, Paris & Normandy River Cruise
8 days with Riviera River Cruises. Begins and ends in Paris. Save up
to $4,000 per couple, plus receive a free drinks package.
at $1,759. Departures from July 12 through October 25, 2022.
Burgundy & Provence
8 days with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises. Travels between Lyon and
Marseille. Save 50%.
Starting at $1,949. Departures from July 31
through November 6, 2022.
8 days with Viking River Cruises. Travels between Regensburg and
Budapest. Save up to $1,600 per couple off the cruise price, plus get
Starting at $1,999. Departures from July 8 through
November 13, 2022.
8 days with Viking River Cruises. Travels between Amsterdam and Basel.
Save up to $1,800 per couple off the cruise price, plus get reduced
Starting at $1,999. Departures from July 6 through November
Danube River Cruise
9 days with Gate 1 Travel. Travels between Budapest and Munich. Save
$1,600 per couple.
Starting at $1,999. Departures from July 5
through September 20, 2022.
8 days with AmaWaterways. Begins in Basel and ends in Amsterdam. Save
up to $2,000 per couple.
Starting at $2,199. Departures from July 23
through December 27, 2022.
Columbia & Snake Rivers
8 days with American Cruise Lines. Travels between Clarkston and Hayden
Island. Save up to $1,200 per couple.
Starting at $3,915.
Departures from July 8 through October 27, 2022.
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