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Cruising the Rhine in November

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Cruising the Rhine in November

We are thinking about cruising the Rhine (Amsterdam to Basel) in November by the Viking Lines. Is it a good idea to go at this time, seeing that the rates are great?

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1. Re: Cruising the Rhine in November

The rates could be great, but did you check the weather?

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2. Re: Cruising the Rhine in November

And did you check the number of daylight hours?

Also, "great rates" make me assume that travel dates are before the beginning of the Christmas market season.

In other words, there's reason why rates are great. If you intend to visit Germany/Central Europe in early to mid November you are better off if you book a nice hotel on one or two of the larger cities and plan a culture-oriented city trip that involves concerts and theatre, museums and exhibitions, fine dining and shopping - all these activities will be in full swing.

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3. Re: Cruising the Rhine in November

It is the worst month for such travel. Bad weather, dark days, and nothing to do in the towns that you visit.......

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4. Re: Cruising the Rhine in November

We have done three river cruises in November and enjoyed each one of them. One on the Danube, one on the Rhine and one on the Moselle.

This year we traveled Nov. 10-24 (land and cruise) and had wonderful weather, except for one day of snow.

We always go during the fall for lower prices and fewer crowds. We had no issues with finding things to do anywhere, including pre and post cruise stays we did independently.

Shorter hours of daylight are not relevant to why we visit Europe but may be important to you as something to consider.

I suggest for info specific to river cruising you head over to the River Cruise forum at cruisecritic.com. It is very active and there are many people there happy to provide info about their experiences.

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5. Re: Cruising the Rhine in November

The Rhine from Amsterdam, for the first day or two, is mostly industrial. No much to see.

The cold, dreary weather, can be OK if you are visiting the Christmas Markets. They do not begin until later in November. We just returned from a Danube Christmas Market Cruise and loved it. BUT, there was a purpose. Visit markets, see and experience interesting sights, crafts, traditions, drink gluhwein, and enjoy the traditional holiday spirit. Spend a little more and enjoy a remarkable experience.

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6. Re: Cruising the Rhine in November

Thanks very much for the info. Will head to cruisecritic.com for further research.

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