Summer Guide 2013: Rivers
Kate Simon is the Travel Correspondent of The Independent and The Independent on Sunday. She was Travel Editor of The Independent on Sunday from 2005 to 2011. Kate is also the co-founder of Little Black Book Creative (www.lbbcreative.co.uk), which offers editorial services, media relations consultancy and travel-writing training.
Saturday 11 May 2013
Float down the Rhine in Germany on a 10-day cruise on the MS Algeria with Shearings (0844 824 6351; shearings.com). You can admire the Unesco-listed Rhine Gorge from the comfort of the boat. The journey includes excursions such as wine-tasting in Boppard, a walking tour of Koblenz and a trip to the castle at Lahnstein. The price of £879pp, based on two sharing, includes return coach travel from regional stops around England, a week's full-board cruise and two nights' half-board hotel accommodation en route.
Snuggle up in the River Lodge – a wooden deck with a canvas cabin above a bend in the Rio Sever in the Alto Alentejo, Portugal. The refuge for two is an addition to the luxury camping collection, Canopy & Stars (01275 395447; canopyandstars.co.uk). There is a gas hob and a nearby compost toilet. It's a short trek to use the solar-powered showers and baths, but there's always the river to bathe in. From £35 per night.
Explore Berlin, Poland and the Baltic Islands aboard the MS Princess. The nine-day trip starts in the German capital and calls at the Polish city of Szczecin, the Polish National Park of Wolin, and the white-sand beaches and fishing villages of Rügen, Usedom, Hiddensee and Darss. The River Cruise Line trip (0844 544 6581; rivercruiseline.co.uk) departs on 2 August for £1,259pp, based on two sharing, including return flights from Heathrow to Berlin with British Airways, transfers, B&B in Berlin and evening entertainment on board.
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