Photo/winnie the pooh
Europe, one of the seven continents of the world, has a long history of civilization and rich cultural heritage. Perhaps it is amsden that piece of intoxicant flower sea, also be the cologne cathedral of Germany shock heart, perhaps it is French Paris arc DE triomphe to the atmosphere of Eiffel Tower, perhaps it is Swiss dazzling in eyes fashionable shop, dream town of intra-ken and angel can be enchanted maiden peak. Each country has its own characteristics and each scenic spot has its own unique charm. Just because of this, I still have enough attraction to return here in less than two years.
I remember when I decided to take the Viking river ferry to Europe, the staff warmly asked me if I should take my parents with me. “No,” I said firmly. “my parents are too old to take this cruise.” However, when the 11-day Viking ship estrela was about to end, I regretted not bringing my parents with me because it was a leisurely and luxurious trip for my family and even the elderly. If you’re curious about what makes me so different, here’s how.
Viking Cruises is an international cruise company, which provides inland river cruise and ocean cruise services worldwide. The routes cover five continents all over the world, and it has a high reputation in Europe and the United States. Estella, this is specially for Chinese guests set up the European airlines, here, you do not have to eat but not accustomed to western food, you do not have to worry about not English. As long as you step out of the cabin, there will be people waiting for you to pick up the plane. From the service staff to the tour leader to the chef, all of them are Chinese. The whole course is provided with Chinese language service and Wifi.
1) the difference between sea and river?
International liner: I have to sit at a few times over the years, the most memorable is the first time a person from Shanghai to Nagasaki, was staying in not the bottom of the balcony, the waves so taken directly to the cabin noise, also meets high winds laying down on the way, looking at the sad scene layer upon layer of deep sea waves the ship, the moment there is no network signal more think more fear, I even think such as lost, themselves haven’t a good explanation of things? Ha! Later, I swore that I would never take a cruise alone again, until the trip from Hong Kong to Vietnam, from xiamen to the ancient island of Japan and Okinawa was also a family trip, but even though most of these ships had no Internet connection in the deep sea.
Viking river: quite different from the traditional sea boat, she is swimming in the beautiful Rhine river, without any shaking, dizziness or sound of the engine. From Amsterdam, the Netherlands, a calm and steady course upstream, through Germany, France, and finally arrived in Switzerland. River boats usually dock during the day and run at night, not only saving you the trouble of dragging heavy luggage to and from place to place every day, but also arriving at each station with a luxury bus and experienced Chinese tour guide to guide you all the way, vividly explaining the history and culture of Europe, you have enough time to slowly appreciate the exotic customs of different places. After watching the scenery on the shore in the daytime and returning to the ship in the evening, the service staff smiled and said “hard work, welcome home!” And immediately handed a hot towel and tea water, it felt warm very close. Have capacious if the accommodation of star class hotel, reachs all sorts of cate to let a person open appetite greatly, you still can be drinking champagne to appreciate the music performance of the boat at the same time, or also can be on deck bask in the sun, looking at scenery of both sides leisurely and carefree ground is killing time.
2) what about accommodation on Viking?
Yes, the estela is one of the Viking river liners, but I think it’s more like a moving five-star hotel. Spacious and bright room and balcony, every detail of the room seems to be made exclusively for Chinese guests, from the start into the room, suitcase clothes no longer need to worry about put in the box crease, you can be like at home hanging in the wardrobe. You don’t need to use a plug-in to charge the battery, and each guest is given a portable thermos cup, a small, thin mini-charger and a selfie stick. You can drink coke, beer and even JDB free of charge in the fridge every day. There are also sweet drinks for every guest who stays in the fridge, fruit on the table to warm tea, and virgin daily which prepares the specific schedule of the next day in advance. If the morning walk and, back to the room you will find that the waiter in the room cleaning will be your various charging cables wrapped neatly, little by little are warm to hide the care of the guests.
3) what about the food on Viking?
If you sneak in instant noodles or Chinese mustard, you’ll regret it. There are noodle stalls on the ship from 6 am to 12 PM every day. For breakfast, there are congee with preserved eggs and lean meat with peanuts, Fried eggs and pancakes with scallions, etc. There are different flavors of Chinese and western food and fish with oysters and Japanese style. On the Viking ship, you don’t have to worry about with the Boyle rob food buffet, anyone here, will be the atmosphere of the distressful: elegant environment, michelin-starred chef, chef and sichuan homemade “old who is” you don’t miss, each of them with information, even in the figure to prepare good wine good dishes, Chinese food and western food taste delicious delicacies.
4) 11-day itinerary, how to play?
There is no single landscape, only 24 hours of beauty:
– ship date on the first day: the Netherlands, Amsterdam
day 2: the Netherlands, Amsterdam and city sights/canal and/or mountain diamond flowers/nightscape
through light zone, on the third day: the Netherlands, child
embankment windmill day 4: Germany, cologne, cologne city tour
day 5: Germany, fort along the Rhine river sightseeing – Marx, flow haim city small train
sixth day: Germany, Heidelberg
on the seventh day: France, Paris
eighth day: France, Strasbourg, Obernai
day 9: Switzerland, lucerne
day 10: Switzerland, jungfraujoch, itlaken town
day 11: Switzerland, Basel – disembark
route details from the moment of boarding, the rooms have been ready as above.
Day 1: Amsterdam, Netherlands – boarding day
12 hour flight,
finally landed safely in Amsterdam,
11 days of virgin estela romantic Europe tour, starting from the Netherlands ~
The Viking estra, anchored in the port of Amsterdam, is quietly awaiting our arrival.
Amsterdam is a city of water. It is known as the Venice of the north. There are boat Tours of the canal day and night, or all year round. With a total length of more than 100 kilometers, the canal is one of the busiest canals in Western Europe. Cruise through between the famous river, river on both sides is typical Dutch traditional local-style dwelling houses building, characteristic is positive and house Windows were slender, it is said that this is because when a property tax is levied according to the appearance of the area, the shrewd Dutch in order to save tax is to minimize the positive area, due to the facade narrow so the mind of the decoration on the gable roofs.
Located in the square of Amsterdam museum, it is the largest museum in the Netherlands. Hals and other masterpieces. One of the most classic paintings is Rembrandt’s “night watch” on the second floor. The museum, which opened to the public in 1885, is one of the oldest museums in Europe.
van gogh museum
It has the largest collection of van gogh’s works in the world. Mr. Ritterfield designed the building, and Mr. Kurokawa designed the other. There are often short-term exhibitions about van gogh’s daily life and how he painted, as well as van gogh’s many masterpieces, such as sunflowers, poppies, earless and earless self-portraits, and four paintings from the last year of his life.
virgin is the chef of a Michelin star chef, who also serves individual dishes on a daily basis in addition to the buffet. From Chinese braised pork and delicious chicken to French toast and my favorite Japanese salmon.
leaving the Netherlands, the Estella slowly made her way towards Germany on the Rhine. Standing on the top deck of the ship, the sun deck leans against the railing, allowing the breeze to blow over the face, and the beauty of the two sides gradually fades away from me. The afterglow of the setting sun will dye the river into a flame of purplish, the distance of a plane line across the sky, with a ribbon like white line, the river shed a piece of golden light.
tasting coffee, listening to music, against the Rhine, wake up, from the Netherlands to Germany.
again today, cologne cathedral Kö Lner Dom is the representative work of medieval European gothic architecture. It can also be said to be the most perfect gothic church architecture in the world. Together with Notre Dame cathedral in Paris and st. Peter’s basilica in Rome, it is called the three major religious architectures in Europe. It is the largest church in northern Europe and the symbol of cologne.
Cke is a bridge across the Rhine river in cologne, Germany. The hohenzollen bridge was one of the most important and heavily traveled railway Bridges in Germany during world war ii. Since the summer of 2008, people have padlocked the bridge, and so far deutsche bau has allowed these locks to hang on it, mostly out of love and affection.
and then a cup of beer, a dessert, eating the German characteristics of sausage and pig, imperceptible one afternoon.
sitting on the Viking estela, different angles of view of the cologne cathedral under the night, in the light of the reflection, the church fluorescent more spectacular.
leaving the estela, the virgin bus was waiting for us on the riverbank. Rhine river flows through Germany, which belongs to the middle and upper reaches. The scenery on both sides of the river is beautiful, with lofty mountains and magnificent momentum. The forest vegetation is good.
see Marx castle for the first time, you will be shocked by its magnificent appearance.
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3 each CASTLE has its own story. MARKSBURG CASTLE in Germany, the only CASTLE on the Rhine river that was not damaged by war, fortunately avoided the wars of the two world wars. The credit goes to the Eppstein family who built it, and the castle itself is a wonder. More than 700 years of history, standing in Germany blauerbach mountain extremely magnificent, now the owner of the lost castle in.
from Amsterdam to Basel, along the Rhine river, the two sides of the different style of architecture stands, each characteristic castle seems to tell a unique legend. One after another, the towering castle on the Rhine river is a masterpiece of German cultural history, is a symbol of German history and culture. These castles are all built of stone, gothic, Renaissance, baroque, rococo and romantic.
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lunch back to the virgin Estella, today’s main course is delicious ribs and chicken soup.
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castle and chateau, is a major characteristic, the Rhine middle flow of having winelands haim RUDESHElM, is a famous riesling swathe of wine producing area. Riding a small train into the old village, flashing sunshine as if shining an old story, every beautiful and quiet corner are filled with flowers.
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western food, Chinese food, Japanese food, seafood, seafood, food and wine. In the evening, you can also taste the local riesling wine.
six days: Germany, Heidelberg
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Lilke once said, “Paris is a city without parallel.”
Paris is famous for its romantic fashion.
Paris is the earliest day of all trips to get up, leaving the ship at 6.30am to catch a bus to Strasbourg railway station. When we got the ticket, we were pleasantly surprised. However, we did not expect that Viking helped us book the first class seat of the French high-speed train TVG2350, and the one-way ticket for about 2 hours was about 135 euros per person (about 1000 yuan). Of course the seat is comfortable and capacious, such considerate arrangement calculates to get up early also value ~
Paris, this is a city that can satisfy all your imagination, more than you think. From the champs-elysees, the arc DE triomphe, the musee d ‘orsay, Notre Dame DE Paris, the Paris opera house, the alexandre iii bridge, luxe park, and the Eiffel Tower, most of the famous attractions are in view.
snails, foie gras, truffles, caviar… When it comes to French food, do these fancy words come to mind? That’s right, Viking also specially arranged the most special local wine in Paris with the snail!
buy buy buy, for many Chinese tourists, Paris galeries lafayette is indispensable to the mall buying one of the points. Galeries lafayette department store is adjacent to the famous Paris opera house, which is the most luxurious and magnificent department store in Europe. There is the world’s largest perfume and cosmetics section, the world’s largest lingerie section, and sometimes the latest collection of the most luxurious brands, as long as the card amount is enough, you can indulge in shopping.
, Obernai, Strasbourg, France
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as luck would have it, we were on our way to meet Easter in Europe. These Easter eggs with the lovely white rabbit chocolate, Viking cruise time to prepare for our surprise.
Lion Monument, an arrow is deeply inserted into the back of the dying Lion, the Lion face shows pain, the front paw press the shield and the spear, the shield has the Swiss national emblem. It is a monument to the 786 Swiss officers and guards who died in 1792 during a violent attack on the Tuileries during the French revolution. The monument is intended to pray for world peace. American novelist Mark Twain once praised lucerne’s stone lion as “the saddest and most moving stone carving in the world”.
Lucian lake is a picturesque place to visit. Along the lake all the way forward, river slightly ancient city slowly receded from the side, peaceful and quiet, no matter from what degree to shoot, are beautiful as wonderland.
Easter is a time to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The most representative mascot of Easter is the egg and the rabbit, the ancients often regarded the egg as a symbol of fertility and resurrection. Later, christians gave new meaning to the egg, that it is the symbol of the tomb of Jesus, the future life is out of it and born. At Easter, people dye eggs red to represent the blood shed during the crucifixion of Jesus, as well as the happiness after the resurrection. Walking in the streets of Switzerland, you can see all kinds of eggs
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is full of vitality and changes. From the bottom of the mountain to the top of the mountain, the scenery inside the mountain is completely different. The snow on the top of the mountain flutters and fogs fill the air. But below the mountainside, there are endless green grass, bright yellow mountain flowers; Cattle were scattered on the gentle hillside, and the villages in the valley were quiet and rustic.
some people say that jungfraujoch even an angel would be enchanted. Arriving at Europe’s highest train station, the fresh air and breathtaking scenery make the sky white.
Interlaken, known as the backbone of Europe, is a famous town at the foot of jungfraujoch.
every time I travel abroad, people always ask me what network I can use to share my beautiful pictures in time. Whether you’re on a Rhine cruise ship, a TGV train or a snow-capped Swiss mountain, you can get fast and convenient Internet anytime, anywhere
when the captain in the farewell dinner picked up the cup, life everywhere together and leave, and then the United States of travel have an end of the day. From classical elegance to modern prosperity, we can enjoy endless food and wine along the way, as well as European inland river scenery and humanistic feelings. Away from the worldly noise, sip leisurely mood, feel the European royal noble love luxury travel way, only the virgin river boat.
1 I like Mr. Lin yutang’s words very much: “you never know how wonderful a trip is until you come home tired and rest on a familiar old pillow. 11 days of Viking cruise, just left already miss ~
. 2. Pick-up and drop-off service: Refers to the course start day arrived at the airport to send port service and routes the end of the day leave to send machine service
3. Shore excursion, Chinese tour guide service
4. Travel within have all attractions attractions tickets cost
5. Strasbourg – Paris France high-speed rail (TGV) first class train ticket back and forth
6. Three meals a day on the boat and shore catering costs, which was embodied in a stroke the ship provide snacks throughout the day and the fresh pasta, Chinese tea bags and coffee, free wine, beer and cocktails, Lunch at 4 local restaurants: lunch at maid’s peak, German pork knuckle-joint, Swiss fondue, local French food in Paris. 8. Free WIFI
9. VOX electronic headset speaker
1. Return flight to Europe cost (Viking Viking ship can act as purchasing agency tickets, and enjoy preferential prices)
2. Domestic airport and transit transport
3. The visa fee (Viking can help the Viking ship visa, need to charge a fee
4. Insurance premium (Viking can help the Viking ship insurance, need to collect insurance)
5. In addition to the ship free of red wine, champagne, cocktail, beer, spirits of other high-grade wine. 6. Personal consumption such as laundry on board, telephone and some high-grade alcoholic drinks.
7.5 optional “once in a lifetime” luxury self-pay experiences: helicopter castle in the Rhine valley, Lucian skydiving, all-day porsche drive through black forest, hot-air balloon experience, half-day tour of keukchenhofer gardens (tulip period).