Travel Two Ways: the Moselle or the Mississippi

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Amsterdam at night.

One Splurge, One Steal

Two themed river cruises for two budgets.

Sail along the Mississippi on the American Queen.
Pop into New Orleans for a one-night stay before you fly home.

Sip fine wines while visiting ancient villages in central Europe, or get your toes tapping in America’s music capitals of Nashville, Memphis, and New Orleans. 
The Moselle – the Splurge
Flatbed seats will help you arrive in Amsterdam refreshed after a nonstop flight from Chicago with Delta Air Lines. Then savor the cuisine of a renowned French chef while returning from Paris via Air France.
Sip Bernkasteler riesling – which legend holds is a cure for all that ails – while drifting along the Moselle and Middle Rhine wine regions. This eight-day voyage begins with two nights in Amsterdam before the 148-passenger AmaDolce cruises from Cologne to Luxembourg. Explore ashore on two wheels with AmaWaterways’ complimentary fleet of bicycles, then retire to an airy suite with a French balcony.
The perfect finish: Let the TGV train whisk you to Paris for a three-night hotel stay with breakfast daily. Join in guided sightseeing and optional excursions, including a Seine cruise and cabaret dinner show, or discover the City of Light independently.

The Mississippi – the Steal
Given that American Airlines is taking delivery of one new plane a week, you’re likely to be more comfortable and better connected while flying nonstop from Chicago to Nashville. Return home from New Orleans.
Practice your two-step while stepping back in time aboard an authentic steamboat. The 436-passenger American Queen, available to book through Pleasant Holidays, evokes a bygone era – with the most modern of amenities, of course – as she rolls down the Mississippi on an eight-day cruise. Sailing from Memphis, the paddle wheeler provides the perfect way to explore antebellum homes and Civil War battlefields before arriving in the Big Easy for a one-night hotel stay.
Start things off on the right note with a two-night stay in Nashville, highlighted by a private performance by John Carter Cash. Then spend a night in Memphis, “Home of the Blues,” with tours of Graceland and Sun Studio. Enjoy daily breakfast and a dinner on historic Beale Street.
Originally appeared in Virtuoso Traveler magazine.

Take the AmaDolce along the Moselle.