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7. Romantic Rhine

Imagine gliding past fairy tale castles and vine-clad hillsides while sipping a local Riesling wine on the sun deck, soaking up the scenery from your elegant river ship. Dining in luxury while the beautiful Rhine Gorge passes you by is the perfect date night, or you can slide the floor-to-ceiling glass windows wide open to create a French balcony in your suite to create your own private view of the river. Calls include Cologne, Strasbourg and Heidelberg.

Avalon WaterwaysRomantic Rhine eight-day cruise from Amsterdam to Zurich (or vice versa) sails regularly between March and October and starts from £1,855pp (be quick and book by 31 January to save £300 per couple on 6 June, 13/18/27 July and 7 Oct departures) including flights, all meals and shore excursions. Go to avaloncruises.co.uk.

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