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We spend two to three months overseas each year. We run a cooking school in Lucca, Tuscany for a couple of weeks then go exploring. The luxury river cruises are way out of our budget. We also prefer to vacation with locals in Europe. ... Read More
We spend two to three months overseas each year. We run a cooking school in Lucca, Tuscany for a couple of weeks then go exploring. The luxury river cruises are way out of our budget. We also prefer to vacation with locals in Europe. This Croisieurope itinerary fitted into our schedule and budget. We were very happy. After a 4 week roadtrip to the bottom of Italy, back up the Adriatic coast, across the Alps to Austria then up to Munich we spent 3 days in Strasbourg before embarking. My mother flew into Munich from Toronto and joined us. Strasbourg is a beautiful city. We stayed at the Sofitel which was perfectly located for exploring the city. Embarkation was easy - a 20 minute cab ride from the hotel. We embarked, our luggage was taken to our cabin. At least two thirds of the passengers were French, about 40 were with a Probis group out of the UK. They had their own guide. She was very knowledgeable. I do think Croisie should consider putting a native English speaking guide on board. Some the local guides were very good - Heidleberg and Trier stand out. Others were quite poor. At the winetasting in Rudesheim, we were handed a handout (not enough for the dozen or so native English speakers) so we were left out. The itinerary was excellent. What a way to see the Romantic Rhine. We paid for the excursion package. It was very good value. My husband is a chef and we were very impressed by the quality of the meals. The menus were mainly French inspired. Dinners were either 3 or 4 courses. desserts were yummy. The staff were happy to accommodate my mother with gluten free options. The all-inclusive bar works well. Service was quite good, The staff were always helpful. They provided all of the entertainment - a bit amateurish at times but very warm. We did have a German historian come on board for a lecture. Very good. As we cruised down the rivers, there was a bilingual commentary that was very useful. Our final stop was changed due to a lock failure but the crew organised for the buses to take the passengers onto their final destinations. We were bussed back to Strasbourg where we took the train to Marseilles. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
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