Europe is a place that has it all: Culture, art, food and history. With so much to do, it can be hard to narrow down activities. To help, Contiki created the ultimate European bucket list to use as a guide for what to do in Europe.
Unlike 99% of AmaWaterways’ cruises, my first impression when I arrived in Basel left little to be desired. After watching another couple who was on the same ship get picked up and taken to the ship, my transfer never showed up. I had to take a taxi to the ship. That left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth to start.Continue reading
A European vacation is generally one rich in cultural highlights, as many of the famous cities and landmarks in Europe have existed for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. A sightseeing tour of a city can take you to some of the world’s most famous landmarks– and it’s often not far to travel to another city with equally famous and historical significance. That’s not to mention the rich local culture and traditions that have often been observed and passed down for hundreds of years, and which you can experience firsthand.
This year I decided to take an Avalon river cruise to relax. I’ve taken many river cruises with Avalon before and loved it every time. The Romantic Rhine itinerary I went on starts in Amsterdam and ends in Basel for a total of 7 nights aboard the Tranquility II.
We flew into Zurich Switzerland two-nights prior to our cruise which allowed us enough free time to explore the city on our own. We purchased a Zurich City Pass (26 Euro) and this allowed us to transfer by train from our hotel to the city center, where we boarded a web of trams to get around the city. We stopped at some local coffee shops, sampled roasted chestnuts from a street vendor, and visited the Zurich Zoo as we explored the city. The next morning, we enjoyed a nice breakfast buffet at the Movenpick Hotel, which was included as part of our Avalon pre-night hotel package.