Europe River Cruising with APT

Europe River Cruising with APT

I was lucky enough to fly Emirates business class on the way to Europe, economy on the way home. Even though Emirates economy class is very comfortable and spacious, the lie flat business class is fantastic even just for the longer sector to get proper rest.
Our River cruise from Nuremberg to Amsterdam was on APT’s AmaReina from Amawaterways. The ship is gorgeous, only 2 years old with lush carpeting, beautifully appointed public areas. Very comfortable overall. I had a Twin Balcony Suite. These are located roughly mid ship on the third deck. They are in a great location with a balcony, which is wonderful to sit back and watch the spectacular scenery go by.
You should definitely take advantage of the day trips from the ship. The guides are very knowledgeable, plus you have some free time afterwards to explore so you can make the most of the time in each destination. I absolutely loved the fragrance museum in Cologne. It was different to all the churches and castles you see prior to that.
My favourite places along the river were Bamburg and Amsterdam. Bamburg because it was so darn cute with lots of little boutique shops – no big department stores, it also has gorgeous architecture and lots of beer (Bavaria and all). Amsterdam is a favourite because it’s so diverse and everyone is so open and embracing of things.
I would definitely add at least 1-2 nights pre and post a Europe River Cruise for flight recovery and because there is just so much to see!
Also be aware you will put on weight on the trip because of all the delicious food! A stand out for me was the awesome bratwurst with sauerkraut in Nuremberg – spicy and delicious with a local beer.

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