Saturday, 5 March 2011

Three Iconic Places To Visit On A River Cruise

River cruising through Europe's waterways offers the perfect way to enjoy some of Europe's most iconic sights and events, without having to check into and out of hotels; you only unpack once and your luxurious accommodation moves with you. Here is AMA Waterways' top three selection of places and events to see within striking distance of a river cruiser.

1. See the Dutch bulb fields in bloom in spring time on a trip to the Keukenhof Gardens with millions of tulips creating a dazzling carpet of colour.

A seven-night Tulip Time cruise round-trip from Amsterdam costs from £1,376 per person, departing in March and April.

2. Germany's top horticultural show (BUGA 2011) runs from April 15 to October 16. It will take over the riverside town of Koblenz all summer long, filling the squares and streets with floral displays. Entry to the show will be included as one of a range of complimentary excursions on the many river cruise itineraries that call throughout the summer.

A seven-night Enchanting Rhine cruise from Amsterdam to Basel costs from £1,569 per person.

3. Cruise Russia's waterways in June, when the days are at their longest, enjoying balmy summer evenings sailing slowly through the Russian countryside. In St Petersburg, attend a magnificent ballet performance at the famous Hermitage.

An 11-night Russian Waterways cruise from Moscow to St Petersburg on the newly-designed AmaKatarina costs from £2,314 per person.

For more information, contact one of the river-cruise agents of The Cruise Line Ltd or visit www.amawaterways.co.uk.