20 Ways to be Enchanted by Europe

20 Ways to be Enchanted by Europe
Lourdes Galindo August 3, 2022

Ask any well-rounded traveler about their favorite places to visit and the list is sure to include several European destinations, and it’s no wonder why. With so many countries, cultures, and traditions to discover, no two European journeys are ever the same. With the most included features and Cultural Connections found anywhere, every Vantage journey through Europe’s pastoral landscapes, charming villages, cultural capitals, and spectacular sights is an experience unlike any other.


  1. Uncover two distinct historical eras with a choice of tours in Nuremberg, focusing on either World War II or the city’s medieval times.
  2. In Luxembourg you’ll enjoy a full day of exploring many of its memorable sites, including the American Cemetery.
  3. A visit to Mainz, once the seat of the Holy Roman Empire, allows you an opportunity to gaze upon one of the original 15th-century Gutenberg bibles.
  4. Discover the 19 UNESCO-listed windmills of Kinderdijk — built around 1740 and still in working order — and learn how the Dutch have prevented flooding for centuries.


  1. Tour Würzburg’s UNESCO-listed Residenz Palace, a spectacular Baroque bishop’s castle designed by visionary architect Balthasar Neumann in the 18th century.
  2. Discover Heidelberg on a full-day tour that includes a visit to its imposing castle and a walking tour of the Old Town with its red-roofed buildings.
  3. Find out why Budapest is the “Buda-best” on a tour of the city’s historic gems, including City Park, Heroes’ Square, and the iconic Parliament Building.
  4. Experience Vienna’s musical heritage during a Vantage-exclusive private classical concert at the esteemed Kursalon Music Hall.
  5. Marvel at the spectacular setting of Reichsburg Castle, perched atop a steep hill in the quaint town of Cochem on the Moselle River.


  1. Visit world-famous Keukenhof Gardens in the springtime and watch it come alive in a brilliant kaleidoscope of colors as over 7 million rainbow-hued tulip blooms burst to life.
  2. Cruise along the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a stretch of river so disarmingly beautiful that it was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  3. Enjoy scenic cruising through the Wachau River Valley, a UNESCO Heritage Site and world-famous wine region, as you take in the romantic views of hilltop castles, ancient monasteries, and terraced vineyards.
  4. Catch a glimpse of the famous Lorelei, the site of many shipwrecks and a legend about a golden-haired maiden who would sit atop the rock combing her hair and singing a song that lured sailors into perilous waters.


  1. Step into the home of a local German family in Speyer for a lovely afternoon savoring coffee, cake, and conversation during a unique cultural exchange sure to open your eyes to daily life in Germany.
  2. Meet the “count” of Reichsburg Castle and join him in a toast over a glass of the fine Riesling for which the vineyard-laden Moselle Valley is famous.
  3. Set out on a full-day tour of France’s renowned Alsatian Wine Route and savor a specially-prepared Alsatian meal during a delightful dinner on board your ship.
  4. A walking tour of Rotterdam includes a visit to the bustling Market Hall where you’ll have the opportunity to sample a selection of local specialties.
  5. Step inside the famous kitchens of De Kookfabriek and work up an appetite with an exclusive cooking workshop where you’ll learn how to whip up your own lunch of Dutch specialties.
  6. Top off a fun-filled morning of discoveries in Marktheidenfeld with a traditional German-style barbecue, or “grill party,” with live music.
  7. Take part in several engaging and interactive cooking demonstrations throughout your journey when you sail aboard our Majestic Rivers of Europe Wine Cruise: Castles, Cathedrals & Fairytales cruise!

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