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From the UNESCO-designated Rhine River to the steep riverbank slopes of the Moselle River, experience the Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland up close and in unsurpassed style from your elegant floating hotel. Take in the majestic views of the surrounding countryside from the comfort of your river-view stateroom or the Sun Deck. Indulge in exquisite, regionally inspired cuisine served with unlimited distinctive wine and hearty beer. Enrich yourself with a variety of engaging shore excursions designed to take you deeper into fascinating destinations—from grand cities like Amsterdam and Strasbourg to charming towns like Rüdesheim and Riquewihr. And throughout your journey, be treated to the unparalleled service of extraordinary crew who always go above and beyond to ensure that every mile you travel becomes your most cherished memory.
Ready. Set. Get Active.
Climb higher and pedal further with active hiking and biking adventures that ensure you'll get in your 10,000 daily steps—or pedals—while you leave your tracks behind in timeless cities and fairytale towns, experiencing them from an exhilarating new perspective and forging a deeper connection to historic places and the land itself. Here are a few you can experience.
Be Inspired in Heidelberg
Up in the hills of Heidelberg lies a path winding through the forest called Heidelberg's Philosophers' Path, or the Philosophenweg, as it was named during the Romantic Period. Here it was possible to escape the noise of the town for the serenity of the forest, and that is just what many of the university professors and philosophers of Heidelberg did. The path provided a place for solitude, contemplation, natural beauty, and sweeping views of the Neckar River, Old Town of Heidelberg and Heidelberg Castle. These views from along this path are said to have inspired the famous German poets Joseph von Eichendorff and Friedrich Hölderlin in their writings, and they are certain to inspire you.
Gems along the Moselle
Trier, Bernkastel, Traben-Trarbach and Cochem provide delightful medieval backdrops, while the castles and ruins towering above the towns and vineyards along the famous Moselle cycle route offer beautiful panoramas. The route follows the twists and turns of the river, starting in Trier, Germany's oldest town and a great place to explore Roman history, all the way downriver towards Koblenz, at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. In between, beautiful Bernkastel impresses with its colorful half-timbered houses and romantic alleys, as well as its well-known "Bernkastler Doctor," a locally produced wine. Traben-Trarbach enchants with its many architectural masterpieces of art nouveau and Belle Epoch; and Cochem, one of the Moselle's most picturesque towns, delights with its 11th-century castle and charming city center. These are just a few of the many highlights you'll discover along the Moselle bike path.
For more information on how you can step into the pages of your own fairytale Rhine and Moselle river adventure, contact your preferred travel advisor, call (800) 626-0126 or visit AmaWaterways.com.
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By Dan Heims, president, Terra Nova Nurseries, Inc.
Photographs courtesy of Terra Nova Nurseries, Inc.
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