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German Riverscapes from Trier to Passau

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Visit: Trier, Cochem, Koblenz, Miltenberg, Wertheim, Wuerzburg, Zeil am Main, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau

This cruise showcases the majesty of three great European rivers — the Moselle, the Main and the Danube. Travel the man-made Main-Danube canal — a stunning technological marvel — as you transit from the beautiful Danube River. Explore the upper middle Rhine Valley with its numerous castles and experience the tranquil meandering of the Main.

Discover the half-timbered buildings of Miltenberg and Wertheim, along with the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Würzburg, Bamberg and Regensburg. Another sight of this cruise is the region that has been considered the best place for Riesling in the world: the romantic vineyards and villages of the Moselle river.

Due to low clearance heights at bridges and locks on the river route between Frankfurt and Regensburg, access to the sun deck might be restricted for safety reasons.

 

EarlyBird Booking Discount: Book by 30 November 2021 and save 15% on 2022 departures

Day 1: Trier

Begin your cruise in the German city of Trier. Embark in the afternoon and enjoy the scenery as your vessel cruises the beautiful Moselle. Celebrate your cruise with a Welcome Cocktail and a sumptuous Welcome Dinner.  The departure will be at 4pm.

Meals: Welcome Dinner

Day 2: Cochem - Koblenz

Cochem: Arrive 7am - Depart 1.30pm | Koblenz: Arrive 10pm

In the morning, your vessel arrives in Cochem in the vine-covered Moselle Valley. Take part in a morning walking tour and explore Cochem’s narrow streets, winding alleyways, quaint churches, and medieval town gates, as well as Reichsburg Castle, which offers unparalleled views over lush terraced vineyards.

Alternatively, visit a local winery and taste typical Moselle wines of the region, before returning to your ship, which departs at lunch. Enjoy the afternoon cruising through the beautiful countryside before arriving in Koblenz late this evening.

Excursions:

  • Cochem walking tour with visit to the Reichsburg
  • OR Wine tasting of typical Moselle wines in a local winery

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Koblenz

Depart 1pm

Explore Koblenz, one of the oldest towns in Germany. On a morning tour, discover the UNESCO sites along its romantic streets, such as the St. Castor Basilica, the Church of our Beloved Lady, and the Schängel Fountain. Continue by cable car up to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, the second-largest preserved fortress in Europe, dating back to 1000 AD.

After lunch, your vessel continues along the Upper Middle Rhine Valley. Enjoy the fairytale landscape with its many castles and look out for the myth-enshrouded Lorelei cliff. Enjoy dinner with your fellow cruisers this evening.

Excursions:

  • Koblenz walking tour with Ehrenbreitschein Fortress

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Miltenberg - Wertheim

Miltenberg: Arrive 2pm - Depart 2.30pm | Wertheim: Arrive 7pm - Depart 7.30pm

Spend a tranquil morning unwinding on board as the scenic riverscape passes by. Just after lunch, your floating hotel will dock in Miltenberg, a medieval town situated on the Main in the midst of scenic wooded hillsides. This will give you the opportunity to explore the charming town with its plethora of photogenic sights, squares, and alleyways.

If you choose to join the afternoon tour, you will get the opportunity to learn all about Miltenberg before heading off to Wertheim in a comfortable bus. Stroll through the medieval streets of Wertheim, visit Angel’s Fountain or pay a visit to the glass museum and marvel at the art and craftsmanship on display there. Your ship will continue onward to Wertheim in the meantime, where you will rejoin it for dinner.

Excursions:

  • Miltenberg walking tour and Wertheim with glass museum

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Wuerzburg

Arrive 8am - Depart 6pm

A busy day awaits you as your ship arrives this morning in Würzburg. Located in the heart of the Franconian wine district, this Bavarian town is known for its lavish Baroque and Rococo architecture. Admire the sights on the morning tour, including the Residenz, a Baroque palace considered to be a masterpiece of that era. The tour concludes with a wine tasting in the ancient wine cellar of a local vineyard.

Continue your explorations with the afternoon tour to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval towns. Alternatively, visit Marienberg Fortress, a former prince-bishop's castle with a history that can be traced back three millennia to 1000 BC. After the guided tour, enjoy some free time, before a bus takes you back to your ship in Würzburg, where a delicious dinner awaits.

Excursions:

  • Würzburg with a visit to the Residenz and wine tasting
  • Medieval Rothenburg ob der Tauber
  • OR Visit to the Marienberg Fortress (Wuerzburg)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Zeil am Main - Bamberg

Zeil am Main: Arrive 1pm - Depart 1.30pm | Bamberg: Arrive 6.30pm - Depart 7pm

After a relaxing morning onboard you can choose to join the afternoon excursion to Bamberg. A comfortable bus will collect you from Zeil am Main, where your ship docks at lunchtime, and take you to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Bamberg, which has retained much of its medieval layout, many of its historic buildings and Baroque facades. Known for its historic quarter, its many churches and monasteries, its imperial cathedral, and the charming “Little Venice” quarter, there is sure to be something to please every taste. After the walking tour, admire the seven hills of Bamberg, each topped with a church, as you enjoy a beer from one of the many local breweries. While you explore the magnificent sights of Bamberg, your ship will make its way to Bamberg as well, where you will board it again in the evening.

Excursions:

  • Bamberg walking tour

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Nuremberg

Arrive 7am - Depart 1pm

The former Imperial city of Nuremberg awaits you today, with its turbulent history and sights. After breakfast, explore Nuremberg on the morning tour, admiring the romantic old town, the Palace of Justice (the venue of the Nuremberg Trials), and more.

If you prefer, you can learn more about World War II and the Nazi past at the Documentation Center of Nuremberg. After lunch on board, learn more about the Main-Danube canal in an informative onboard presentation. This evening, celebrate your cruise with your fellow guests at the festive Captain’s Gala Dinner.

Excursions:

  • Nuremberg - the capital of Franconia
  • OR Visit the Documentation Center of Nuremberg

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Regensburg

Arrive 9am - Depart 8pm

In the morning, your ship arrives in Regensburg, one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval towns. On the morning tour, you can immerse yourself in the historic atmosphere of this unique town, which boasts architecture from many different centuries and a bridge that has spanned the Danube since the 12th century.

In the afternoon, choose between a visit to the 600-year-old Weltenburg Abbey, situated on the banks of the Danube, and a trip to the 18th century Thurn and Taxis Palace with a stop at their traditional brewery and a beer tasting. Once you return on board, the excitement is not over yet for the day, as a traditional Bavarian evening awaits you.

Excursions:

  • Regensburg walking tour
  • Thurn & Taxis Palace with brewery and tasting
  • OR Visit Weltenburg abbey

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Passau

This morning, your vessel arrives in Passau. After breakfast, we wish you a good trip home and hope to see you soon!

Meals: Breakfast

 

 

Cruise Package Includes:

  • Fascinating river cruise in on outside river-view stateroom of your choice, most with French balcony or drop-down panoramic windows
  • Walk-out balconies in Suites (except Amadeus Brilliant)
  • Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for all excursions
  • Services of an experienced, multilingual Cruise Director
  • Gourmet dining with all meals included (buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner and midnight snack) in the elegant Panorama-Restaurant, which accommodates all guests in one seating
  • Free-flowing quality red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions with every dinner on board
  • Coffee and tea after lunch and dinner
  • 24-hour complimentary coffee and tea station
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Special onboard entertainment including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and nightly music by the Amadeus Duo in the Panorama Bar
  • Fitness room (open 24 hours)
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
  • Non-smoking environment (smoking permitted on the Sun Deck)
  • All port taxes and local taxes

 

Not Included:

  • Tips
  • Personal items
  • Excursions (ask us for package prices) booking in advance is cheaper than booking onboard
  • Anything not mentioned in 'Package Includes'

 

 

Introductory Excursion Package for only $385.00 per person

Enjoy a package of 6 pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance:

  • Koblenz walking tour with Ehrenbreitschein Fortress
  • Miltenberg walking tour and Wertheim with glass museum
  • Würzburg with a visit to the Residenz and wine tasting
  • Bamberg walking tour
  • Nuremberg - the capital of Franconia
  • Regensburg walking tour

Additional shore excursions can be purchased onboard at the below rate.

 

Unlimited Excursion Package for only $585.00 per person

Enjoy the flexibility to choose any shore excursion of the ones listed below for a discounted rate when purchased in advance. When booking our new ALL-IN excursion package prior to departure we offer you maximum flexibility at a great value. Create your personalised shore excursion program by choosing your favourite tours from our list of exciting options in each port.

  • Cochem walking tour with a visit to the Reichsburg € 37.00
  • OR Wine tasting of typical Moselle wines in a local winery € 15.00
  • Koblenz walking tour with Ehrenbreitschein Fortress € 44.00
  • Miltenberg walking tour and Wertheim with glass museum € 41.00
  • Würzburg with a visit to the Residenz and wine tasting € 59.00
  • Medieval Rothenburg ob der Tauber € 38.00
  • OR Visit the Marienberg Fortress (Wuerzburg) € 42.00
  • Bamberg walking tour € 29.00
  • Nuremberg - the capital of Franconia € 44.00
  • OR Visit the Documentation Center of Nuremberg € 55.00
  • Regensburg walking tour € 20.00
  • Thurn & Taxis Palace with brewery and tasting € 64.00
  • OR Visit Weltenburg abbey € 38.00

Prices per person if excursions are purchased on board.

 

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Cruise Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and cruises are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (lc)

Package Information

  • Duration: 9 Days/8 Nights
  • Type: River Cruise
  • Departures: 30 June & 23 August 2022
  • Cities Visited: Trier, Cochem, Koblenz, Miltenberg, Wertheim, Wuerzburg, Zeil am Main, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau
  • Price From: $ 1,904