We just returned from a December sailing - Amsterdam to Basel. Was a superb experience. All the beauty and history of the Rhine river valley, plus the added bonus of holiday decorations and the terrific European Christmas markets at every stop.
We normally travel independently so I was a little apprehensive about signing up for a guided tour like this one. As it turns out this cruise was the perfect balance between the guided and independent experience. Plenty of freedom to explore in each port on your own, included excursions with guides when you wanted them, and all the details of food, lodging, transportation, etc taken care of for you.
The highlights for us were the French cities of Strasbourg and Colmar but we enjoyed every part of this experience. The ship docks at several small German towns that are unlikely to be familiar to most American toursts, but were each delightful. The "castle day" cruise on the middle Rhine was also a highlight.
Food was very good. Nothing exceptional but we certainly never went hungry. We added a couple of days of independent travel on each end of the trip which made for one fantastic European vacation.
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