After my last lengthy post, I thought I would give you a break with a shorter one! I only have one week to go before my upcoming river cruise, so I will have to return to posting excerpts of my past travelogues at a later date. Instead, I thought I would post the itinerary for my upcoming trip.
My third European river cruise with Vantage Travel (and my mom as my travel partner) begins with a three-night pre-cruise visit in Bruges and Ghent, Belgium. Next, we join the River Navigator, in Amsterdam, for a 16-day river cruise. Finally, we will wrap up our adventure (and photography/ chocolate buying trip) with a post-cruise visit to Basel, Bern, and Lucerne, Switzerland.
The following is our itinerary: August 20, 2011 – Fly to Belgium for pre-cruise extension August 24 – Arrive Amsterdam / Embark ms River Navigator August 25 – Amsterdam August 26 – Cologne, Germany August 27 – Cologne and Cochem August 28 – Piesport (Luxembourg) August 29 – Piesport and Trier, Germany August 30 – Trier and Berkastel August 31 – Rüdesheim September 01 – Rüdesheim and Mainz (for Heidelberg): Depart for Speyer in the evening September 02 – Speyer and Rastatt (for Baden-Baden): Depart for Strasbourg, France, in the evening September 03 – Strasbourg September 04 – Strasbourg and Breisach, Germany September 05 – Breisach (For Freiburg) and Basel,Switzerland September 06 – Basel September 07 – Basel/ Disembark ship / Begin 3-night Lucerne extension
I have been doing some research on our cruise stops and it sure looks like it is going to be a fascinating (and gorgeous) cruise! If/when time permits, I will blog along the way, so stay tuned!
Meanwhile, If any of you have any chocolate recommendations for these countries, please let me know! As I posted earlier, I collect wrappers and labels of chocolate from around the world. And, I also savor each and every chocolate I purchase, so I seek out the best! (See “CHOCOLATE!” for a complete list of what I have already collected.)