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About Rudesheim

Rudesheim (pronounced roo-des-hyme) is a town built for tourism. Its omnipresent oompah bands and sprawling hillside vineyards tickle all the right notes of "quaintness" for the river cruise traveler who's looking for a picturesque German village. But the town and its environs -- particularly through the craftsmanship evident in the region's food and wine -- offer more than just a simple stereotype for those who want to peer behind the old-fashioned facade.

It is easy (and worthwhile) to allow yourself to be swept along in the festive currents of music, tempting aromas of grilled meat, free-flowing Rheingau wines and crowds of travelers who seem to find their way to the town's narrow Drosselgasse ("choke alley") year-round. The nice thing about Rudesheim's size and setting is that you can also make a quick exit from the melee. Within minutes, you can find yourself wandering through row upon row of ripening grapes to an uncrowded vista over the Rhine Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site -- or relaxing in a beer garden (biergarten).

Rudesheim is little, but it has a little bit of everything in an easily accessible package. So, indulge yourself. Take a gondola ride, taste some Rhenish wine and enjoy the summer sunshine on the Rhine Valley. Or meander through a winter evening's Christmas market in the warmly lit confines of ancient cobbled streets ... and if you fancy a nightcap, top off your coffee with local brandy and set it alight.


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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Rudesheim

    Leaving:
    Basel
    Visiting:
    Breisach, Strasbourg ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Avalon Waterways
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    7 Night Cruise to Rudesheim Route (Avalon Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Basel
    • Day 2
      Breisach
    • Day 3
      Strasbourg
    • Day 4
      Ludwigshafen
    • Day 5
      Rudesheim
    • Day 6
      Cologne
    • Day 7
      Amsterdam
    • Day 8
      Amsterdam
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    Avalon Expression - Avalon Waterways

    Sightseeing excursions led by local guides

    Features 64 200-square-foot panoramic suites

    Fare includes wine with dinner, tours and Wi-Fi

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    Avalon Expression Reviews

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    Avalon Expression joined Avalon Waterways in May 2013.Itineraries focus on the Danube River wit...

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    djwoodman
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Avalon Romantic Rhine Review
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    Sail Date Sep 2019
    First-time river cruisers/long-time ocean cruisers
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  • 4 Night
    Cruise to Rudesheim

    Leaving:
    Frankfurt
    Visiting:
    Rudesheim, Cologne ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Avalon Waterways
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    4 Night Cruise to Rudesheim Route (Avalon Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Frankfurt
    • Day 2
      Rudesheim
    • Day 3
      Cologne
    • Day 4
      Amsterdam
    • Day 5
      Amsterdam
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    Avalon Artistry II - Avalon Waterways

    Features 52 200-square-foot panoramic suites

    Choice of excursions - Leisurely, Traditional or Essential Sightseeing options

    Wine with dinner, bottled water and Wi-Fi included in fare

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    Avalon Artistry II Reviews

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    0.0/5

    The 128-passenger Avalon Artistry II will join the Avalon Waterways fleet of river cruise ships...

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    Azpattio
    Sail Date Sep 2019
    Excellent value and exceptional service from staff to tour director Tony!!!
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    drcarol
    Sail Date Jun 2019
    The Rhine and Moselle Northbound WZRA 90611
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Rudesheim

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
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    Amsterdam, Cologne ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Crystal River Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Rudesheim Route (Crystal River Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Amsterdam
    • Day 2
      Amsterdam
    • Day 3
      Cologne
    • Day 4
      Koblenz
    • Day 5
      Koblenz
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Rudesheim
    • Day 6
      Mannheim
    • Day 7
      Strasbourg
    • Day 8
      Basel
    Ship Details

    Crystal Bach - Crystal River Cruises

    Pros

    Exceptional dining and wine options makes ship a foodie haven

    Cons

    Nascent enrichment programming still has holes

    Bottom Line

    Beautifully designed ship with top-notch service provides luxurious cruising experience

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    Crystal Bach Reviews

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    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    In Crystal Bach, Crystal River Cruises has elegantly stitched together a gorgeous ship that sai...

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    USC Adventurer
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    The Most Fabulous Cruise Experience
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    radar65
    Sail Date Apr 2019
    Nice ship, Interesting itinerary, Poor dining room service.
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Rudesheim

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
    Visiting:
    Amsterdam, Cologne ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Scenic
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    14 Night Cruise to Rudesheim Route (Scenic)
    • Day 1
      Amsterdam
    • Day 2
      Amsterdam
    • Day 3
      Cologne
    • Day 4
      Rudesheim
    • Day 5
      Miltenberg
    • Day 6
      Wurzburg
    • Day 7
      Bamberg
    • Day 8
      Nuremberg
    • Day 9
      Regensburg
    • Day 10
      Salzburg
    • Day 11
      Emmersdorf
    • Day 12
      Vienna
    • Day 13
      Vienna
    • Day 14
      Budapest
    • Day 15
      Budapest
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    Scenic Jewel - Scenic

    Innovative "sun lounges" offer usable balconies in all weather

    More choices in port: tours, independent exploration, electric bikes

    Four dining venues, plus room service

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    Scenic Jewel Reviews

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    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.0
    Value5.0

    Scenic Jewel debuted in 2013 as the seventh in Scenic's "Space Ship" class -- so called because...

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    RetiredQA
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Voyage of the Damned or Cursed....Jewels of Europe with Paris and Prague
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    Sail Date May 2019
    BEST TRIP EVER!
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Rudesheim

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
    Visiting:
    Amsterdam, Cologne ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    AmaWaterways
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    14 Night Cruise to Rudesheim Route (AmaWaterways)
    • Day 1
      Amsterdam
    • Day 2
      Amsterdam
    • Day 3
      Cologne
    • Day 4
      Rudesheim
    • Day 5
      Wertheim
    • Day 6
      Wurzburg
    • Day 7
      Bamberg
    • Day 8
      Nuremberg
    • Day 9
      Regensburg
    • Day 10
      Passau
    • Day 11
      Emmersdorf
    • Day 12
      Vienna
    • Day 13
      Bratislava
    • Day 14
      Budapest
    • Day 15
      Budapest
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    AmaSerena - AmaWaterways

    Pros

    Excellent dining and a variety of cabin choices, including many with twin balconies

    Cons

    Problems with the Apple Infotainment system

    Bottom Line

    Upscale ship with spacious cabins, as well as shoreside options tailored to activity level

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    AmaSerena Reviews

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    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    AmaWaterways is an ideal river cruise choice for fit and active baby boomers and Gen X'ers seek...

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    MichiganMichelle
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Beautiful
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    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Superior Service
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Rudesheim

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
    Visiting:
    Amsterdam, Cologne ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    AmaWaterways
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    7 Night Cruise to Rudesheim Route (AmaWaterways)
    • Day 1
      Amsterdam
    • Day 2
      Amsterdam
    • Day 3
      Cologne
    • Day 4
      Rudesheim
    • Day 5
      Ludwigshafen
    • Day 6
      Strasbourg
    • Day 7
      Breisach
    • Day 8
      Basel
    Ship Details

    AmaMora - AmaWaterways

    Pros

    Lots of active excursions, exercise classes, an outdoor pool and twin balconies

    Cons

    The pool bar is rarely staffed and the water is too warm to be refreshing

    Bottom Line

    A wide variety of activities allows a more personalized river cruise

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    As AmaWaterways' 23rd ship, AmaMora encompasses the best offerings of the European fleet, with a f...

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    Marygalsea
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Nice new ship. Cruise manager and cleanliness need work
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    Sail Date Oct 2019
    First River Cruise. Outstanding Vacation
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Rudesheim

    Leaving:
    Basel
    Visiting:
    Breisach, Strasbourg ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    AmaWaterways
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    7 Night Cruise to Rudesheim Route (AmaWaterways)
    • Day 1
      Basel
    • Day 2
      Breisach
    • Day 3
      Strasbourg
    • Day 4
      Rudesheim
    • Day 5
      Rudesheim
    • Day 6
      Cologne
    • Day 7
      Amsterdam
    • Day 8
      Amsterdam
    Ship Details

    AmaKristina - AmaWaterways

    Pros

    Beautifully appointed ship offers free internet and excursions

    Cons

    Nighttime entertainment is limited and often seems an afterthought

    Bottom Line

    Attentive service and casual atmosphere make passengers feel at home

    Reviews

    AmaKristina Reviews

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    4.5/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    Named for Kristin Karst, executive vice president and part owner of AmaWaterways, AmaKristina e...

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    mercedes ayllon
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    What a wonderful Cruise
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    Sail Date Sep 2019
    AmaWaterways - one of the best cruises!
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Rudesheim

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
    Visiting:
    Amsterdam, Cologne ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    AmaWaterways
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    7 Night Cruise to Rudesheim Route (AmaWaterways)
    • Day 1
      Amsterdam
    • Day 2
      Amsterdam
    • Day 3
      Cologne
    • Day 4
      Rudesheim
    • Day 5
      Ludwigshafen
    • Day 6
      Strasbourg
    • Day 7
      Breisach
    • Day 8
      Basel
    Ship Details

    AmaStella - AmaWaterways

    Pros

    Up to six daily excursions including those for gentle walkers, hiking and biking

    Cons

    Underwhelming welcome when first boarding the ship

    Bottom Line

    Beautiful ship, professional and friendly staff and excellent attention to detail

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    AmaStella Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    There are so many decisions to make during an AmaStella cruise: Have breakfast in the lounge or...

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    merrychristmas2019
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Christmas gift
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    Ksuevine
    Sail Date Aug 2019
    Magnificent Europe
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