Kongo recently took a river cruise — The Enchanting Rhine — aboard AMAWaterways™ AMASonata from Amsterdam to Zurich. This trip included a 7-night water cruise with two day land excursions to both Lucerne and Zurich. If you’re thinking about a river cruise in the near future Kongo hopes you read on.
Officially one of the most beautiful villages in France ( Les plus beaux villages de France), tiny Alsatian Riquewihr nestles among vineyards between the Rhine River to the east and the Vosges mountains to the west. This little commune hasn’t changed much in 500 years and was spared damage in World War II when fast advancing American forces surprised and routed the German defenders before they had a chance to destroy the town as part of Hitler’s scorched earth policies.
Yesterday Kongo sailed through the Rhine gorge, a section of the Rhine River known as the “Middle Rhine.” This is a spectacular stretch of country filled with castles, charming medieval villages, and perhaps a lurking dragon or two.
Kongo departed Amsterdam yesterday to sail through the connecting canal to the Rhine River. The canal rises above the level of the surrounding land and it is interesting to look down upon the adjacent farms and villages.