River boat trip through Europe

Old Oct 7th, 2004, 01:40 PM
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River boat trip through Europe

Hi all....am considering a riverboat trip from Amsterdam to the Black Sea early next year ( April--May) and would appreciate any suggestions anyone might have as to how I might best go about doing this. Thanks, Bob
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Old Oct 7th, 2004, 01:43 PM
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Hi by,

Are you planning on a bareboat charter?
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Old Oct 7th, 2004, 01:47 PM
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You may want to check Viking River Cruises. They have several cruises that go to the Black Sea, although I'm not sure where they start from. Here is the link:http://www.vikingrivercruises.com/

Good luck!
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Old Oct 7th, 2004, 06:51 PM
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Dont have the details on this - but I believe the only river going near Amsterdam is the Rhine - and I don;t think it connects to the Danube (which does go to the black sea). Or, were you planning on starting in Amsterdam and them going through the Baltic and down through russia? (Sorry not to be more specific - can;t find my overall topographical map - this is just from memory.)

Are you renting a boat and piloting yourself? Or asking about river cruises (perhaps you could do two of the latter - one up the Rhine to Germany - and then switch by land to another down the Danube).
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Hi NYT,

>...I believe the only river going near Amsterdam is the Rhine - and I don;t think it connects to the Danube ...<

It does. See, for example,
http://vacationtravelcruises.jobbank...4820_20636.htm
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There is a canal linking the river Main with the Danube. It is used a lot by cruise ships travelling between the Rhine and the Danube.
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Hi By,

I have just received a new brochure from Viking River Cruises and they have listed a 14 night cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest, April thru July.

They also list cruises from Budapest to the Black Sea and back upstream to Vienna during the March-July time frame.

Their web site, vikingrivercruises.com

I am envious, enjoy Jim
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Old Jun 12th, 2005, 07:46 AM
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WE too are thinking of the Uniworld Nuremburg all way to black sea. They treated us super on China trip so of course, lean toward them plus xtra of more cities. Any comments on kind of weather we will run into if choosing (Oct/Nov) or should we wait for spring?
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There are lots of options but check out Grand Circle Travel www.gct.com if you are one of us over 50 folks
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You were fortunate because Uniworld was awful on our European river cruise
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Old Aug 1st, 2005, 08:13 PM
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EVMI: What was so bad about your uniworld cruise? I have been looking into companies too.
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It was a few years ago but Uniworld had only one "guide" for the 160 passengers on board and she was not very efficient. The food was awful as well but maybe things have improved. I think you should check other companies and compare prices and read their material carefully. If you are part of the over 50 check out Grand Circle
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I did extensive research before selecting Viking for our river cruise through Russia. We were very, very pleased (though they are a bit pricier, we felt they were well worth the extra). You can check out the various vendors with a websearch for "cruise forums". Some have more extensive information on the river cruises than others.

Note that guests aboard our Viking Cruise (and many had taken many Viking cruises and said this is a definite trend) were mostly well over 50, mostly over 60, some over 70.
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