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German Riverscapes from Passau to Trier

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Visit: Passau, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Bamberg, Ochsenfurt, Würzburg, Wertheim, Miltenberg, Oberwesel, Koblenz, Cochem, Trier

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: Passau

Start your 9-day European cruise in the beautiful city of Passau, situated at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers. After embarkation, enjoy an evening Welcome Cocktail, followed by a delicious Welcome Dinner.  The departure is at 7pm.

Meals: Welcome Dinner

Day 2: Regensburg

Arrive 10am - Depart 6pm

In the morning, your cruise ship arrives in Regensburg, one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval towns. During the morning walking tour, you can admire this UNESCO World Heritage Site, which boasts architecture from many different centuries.

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 have returned to your ship, enjoy a special Bavarian evening on board.

Excursions:

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Nuremberg

Arrive 1.30pm - Depart 6pm

After lunch, enjoy your afternoon in Nuremberg, either on your own or as part of the guided city tour. The romantic old town was lovingly restored after the destruction incurred during World War II. Pass by the Palace of Justice, the venue of the Nuremberg trials, and walk through the narrow medieval alleyways starting at the foot of the castle.

Alternatively, learn more about World War II and the Nazi past at the Documentation Center of Nuremberg, before you return to the vessel and the ship departs.

Excursions:

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Bamberg

Arrive 7am - Depart 12.30pm

During breakfast, your vessel arrives in the beautiful imperial town of Bamberg. This medieval town is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site and has retained its medieval layout, along with its historic buildings and Baroque facades. You can explore on your own or join our informative walking tour in order to learn more about this beautiful town. As you admire the seven hills of Bamberg, each topped with a stunning church, enjoy a beer from one of the many local breweries. After rejoining your vessel, listen to a talk about the creation and importance of the Main-Danube Canal.

Excursions:

  • Bamberg walking tour

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Ochsenfurt - Würzburg

Ochsenfurt: Arrive 6am - Depart 9.30am | Würzburg: Arrive 12.30pm - Depart 6pm

Ochsenfurt is your gateway to a choice of two-morning excursions. Travel overland by bus to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a well-preserved medieval town whose towers, city gates, walls, and half-timbered gables have remained unchanged. Alternately, continue by coach and visit Marienberg Fortress, a former prince-bishop's castle with a history that can be traced back three millennia to 1000 BC.

After your tour, join the vessel for lunch in Würzburg, a Bavarian town known for its lavish Baroque and Rococo architecture. This afternoon, explore the city on your own or join the guided walking tour, which includes a visit to the Residenz, where you can learn about "Würzburg Rococo"- the most exuberant of all the variations of this style in Germany. The tour concludes with a wine tasting in the ancient wine cellar of a local vineyard. Your vessel departs Würzburg before dinner this evening.

Excursions:

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Wertheim - Miltenberg

Wertheim: Arrive 8am - Depart 9am | Miltenberg: Arrive 1.30pm - Depart 2pm

In the morning, you can choose to join the excursion to Wertheim and Miltenberg, two towns picturesquely surrounded by forests and famous for their architecture and museums. Both are unique in their own way and reflect the history of the area. Begin with a walking tour in Wertheim and explore its medieval streets and unique glass museum. In Miltenberg, see the timber-framed houses dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries. Rejoin your vessel at lunchtime and spend the afternoon relaxing on board.

Excursions:

  • Miltenberg walking tour and Wertheim with glass museum

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Oberwesel - Koblenz

Oberwesel: Arrive 9am - Depart 2pm | Koblenz: Arrive 5pm

After breakfast, your vessel docks in Oberwesel, the ”City of Towers”, which you can discover during a morning walking tour. For a more active adventure, join a guided hike through the town and its surroundings.  In the afternoon, you’ll want to have a camera at the ready for the most beautiful section of the river — the legendary Upper Middle Rhine Valley. With its castles, historic towns and vineyards, this beautiful valley is filled with a dramatic and varied natural landscape.

In the late afternoon, take part in the walking tour of Koblenz, a town ideally situated at the confluence of the Rhine and the Moselle rivers. The Romans, the Franks, the Holy Roman Empire, the French, and the Germans all left their mark on this town over the course of its 2000-year history. To end the day, celebrate at the festive Captain’s Gala Dinner.

Excursions:

  • Oberwesel walking tour
  • OR Hiking in and around Oberwesel
  • Koblenz walking tour

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Koblenz - Cochem

Koblenz: Depart 6am | Cochem: Arrive 12pm - Depart 5pm

Your vessel departs Koblenz early in the morning. Admire the scenery of the winding river with the steep slate slopes of the Moselle Valley during the panoramic cruise to Cochem.  After lunch, take part in a 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 the famous Moselle wines, before returning to your ship.

Excursions:

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Trier

Enjoy breakfast on board before disembarking. The entire crew thanks you for your patronage and wishes you a safe journey home.

Meals: Breakfast

 

 

Cruise Package Includes:

  • Fascinating river cruise in on outside river-view stateroom of your choice, most with French balconies
  • 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 $345.00 per person

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

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

 

Unlimited Excursion Package for only $580.00 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 personalized shore excursion program by choosing your favourite tours from our list of exciting options in each port.

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

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: 22 June & 7 August 2022
  • Cities Visited: Passau, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Bamberg, Ochsenfurt, Würzburg, Wertheim, Miltenberg, Oberwesel, Koblenz, Cochem, Trier
  • Price From: $ 1,904