Travelled : The Rhein River, Arnhem in The Netherlands to Mainz in Germany.
Visited : Dussseldorf, Cologne, Bonn.
Stayed : On the MS Allegro, cabin 105 to be exact. The Allegro is 110m long, 10m wide and carries 144 passengers and crew.
Budget : MS Allegro ‘8 day Romantic Rhein Cruise, €499 per person (includes coach transfer back to Arnhem).
We enjoyed a good night at Camping De Muk, but it’s an early start today. We service the Hymer, before shutting everything down and locking it up. We leave the keys with Caroline and she arranges a lift up to the bus stop, kindly saving us a 2 kilometre walk. The bus arrives promptly and on time, the fare is €3 each for the 10 kilometre journey to Nijmegen. Arriving at the railway station we transfer to a local train to Arnhem. There was a long queue at the ticket office, but like most things in the Netherlands they are multi-lingual and you just have to find the right language, so after a minute at the ticket machine we have our tickets. The fare to Arnhem another €5.50 each and it’s only four stops away.
Arriving in Arnhem we wander down to the port. As we had stayed in Arnhem a couple of days before we know our way around and laugh to find the Allegro is moored only 50 metres from the camper stop, where we had parked. However it was not the place to leave the Hymer unattended for more than a few hours.
We read last year of fellow bloggers Mark and Bev’s cruise on the Allegro. They live in Melbourne and travel Europe annually with their Hymer. Seemed like good value and Mark and Bev highly recommended it. So after some research using Google Translate and some assistance from Jeanne and Martin our Dutch friends we met in Spain two years ago, here we are.
We should mention that after a couple of hours cruising in The Netherlands we cross the non-existent frontier into Germany. A new country for us, so we’re looking forward to some new adventures.
We find a Spanish Bar on our way back down to the Allegro. Sit in the shade and discuss what a lovely place Bonn has proven to be. Tomorrow we depart for Linz and another adventure.