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Start your European vacation in splendid Paris before boarding a high-speed TGV train to Luxembourg, where you embark the MS Amadante. See Trier, the oldest city in Germany, and continue along the meandering Mosel River Valley, famous for Europe's steepest vineyards. Visit the charming towns of Bernkastel and Cochem, sampling Mosel vintages along the way. Then, cruise through the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River, dotted with picturesque castles from Koblenz to Rüdesheim. Enter the Main River and stop at the medieval towns of Miltenberg, Wertheim, and Bamberg before cruising through the Main-Danube Canal to historic Nuremberg, ending your journey in majestic Prague.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive In Paris, France
Day 2 : Paris
Day 3 : Paris
Day 4 : Paris | Luxembourg | Embarkation
Day 5 : Trier, Germany | Bernkastel
Day 6 : Koblenz | Rhine River Gorge | Rüdesheim
Day 7 : Mainz | Heidelberg
Day 8 : Wertheim
Day 9 : Würzburg | Kitzingen
Day 10 : Bamberg
Day 11 : Nuremberg | Disembarkation | Prague, Czech Republic
Day 12 : Prague
Day 13 : Depart Prague

Highlights

  • Sightsee in Paris and enjoy the city's cafes and museums
  • Take a guided walking tour of Trier, Germany’s oldest city
  • Visit Heidelberg's red-walled castle with its Great Vat
  • Discover the Bavarian city of Nuremberg and learn about its rich history
  • Tour Prague's historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Ship

MS Amadante

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Castle surrounded by vineyards. European city on the river. A building sits in the middle of the river Enjoy a beautiful river view at sunset. Visit the unique Sacre Coeur Basilica while touring through Paris

Day 1 Arrive In Paris, France

Arrive in Paris and check-in to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Walk through the city’s enchanting streets, drop by a charming sidewalk café, or visit one of many world class museums.

Day 2 Paris

Today, visit Notre Dame and then enjoy some free time to explore the “City of Light.” Afterwards, see some of the most famous sights on a panoramic city tour, followed by a photo stop at Champs de Mars for views of the Eiffel Tower. 

Day 3 Paris

Enjoy a free day to explore the romantic “City of Light.” Stroll along the Champs Elysées, lined with boutiques and cafes, or go to the top of the Eiffel Tower, built for the 1889 World’s Fair. 

Day 4 Paris | Luxembourg | Embarkation

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Bid au revoir to Paris as you board your TGV high-speed train that whisks you away and into Luxembourg, one of Europe’s last independent duchies. Take a guided walking tour of Luxembourg as well as a stop at the American Cemetery and Memorial, the final resting place of General George Patton, before boarding the ship. Tonight, gather on board for a Welcome Dinner. The ship departs very late tonight for Germany. 

Day 5 Trier, Germany | Bernkastel

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast a guided walking tour of Trier—Germany’s oldest city—introduces you to its rich Roman past. See Trier Cathedral, the Basilica of Constantine, and the Porta Nigra gate that dates back to 179 A.D. Continue on to Bernkastel, strategically located in the middle of the Mosel Valley’s wine-producing region, an area that’s been cultivating wine for over 500 years. A guided walking tour through the old town center this afternoon takes you past many medieval and Renaissance buildings. Enjoy a winery visit and sample several regional vintages. Your ship departs later this evening and cruises overnight. 

Day 6 Koblenz | Rhine River Gorge | Rüdesheim

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, enjoy a guided tour of Cochem that takes you to the spectacular hilltop Reichsburg Castle, offering fantastic views of the river valley below. Or, opt to take a walking tour of Koblenz and explore its charming town square and quaint shops. Return to the ship for a scenic afternoon cruise along the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine, with castle ruins, fortresses, and the legendary Lorelei Rock. Arrive in Rüdesheim this evening and visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, or you may choose to enjoy some Rüdesheimer Coffee. The ship moors overnight in Rüdesheim.

Day 7 Mainz | Heidelberg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, depart Rüdesheim and cruise to beautiful Mainz, arriving after lunch. Your guided walking tour includes a visit to the Gutenberg Museum, home to two copies of the world’s first printed Bible as well as centuries-old manuscripts and printing presses. You may also choose to see the famed Chagall windows, which depict scriptural scenes in stunning blue. As an alternative to Mainz, you can travel by motor coach to Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest university town, where you may take a tour of the old town and visit the red-walled castle with its Great Vat (a 49,000-gallon wine cask) as well as enjoy beautiful views of the Neckar Valley and city below. Later this afternoon, the ship departs Mainz and cruises overnight to Wertheim. 

Day 8 Wertheim

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Welcome to Wertheim, a quaint German town known for its intricate glassworks and charming medieval architecture. You have your choice of one of three excursions today. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the historic city center, a scenic guided bike tour along the Main River, or a visit to a local bakery for a pretzel-making demonstration and tasting. Your ship cruises to Würzburg this evening.

Day 9 Würzburg | Kitzingen

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning’s guided tour of Würzburg shows you all of the city’s major sites, or you may prefer to visit the Residenz Palace and gardens, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The next stop is Kitzingen this afternoon where the town’s Historic Court Council and honorary Wine Queen escort you to one of Germany’s oldest wine cellars to sample regional wines. You may either cruise to Kitzingen, or get there via a guided bike ride through the Franconian countryside. Later tonight, the ship sails towards Bamberg. 

Day 10 Bamberg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive this afternoon in enchanting Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you have one of three ways to explore. The first is a guided walking tour of this medieval gem to see its cathedral, Old Town Hall and elegant old mansions, as well as sample some of Bamberg’s famous smoked beer. The second is a guided bike tour along the Main River, and the third is a Bamberg Specialties tasting where you can enjoy smoked beer, licorice root and Hornla, a local favorite whose recipe dates back to 1427. This evening, continue cruising towards Nuremberg. 

Day 11 Nuremberg | Disembarkation | Prague, Czech Republic

Today, discover the Bavarian city of Nuremberg. Often associated with WWII and gingerbread-making during the holidays, Nuremberg has a rich medieval heritage that is woven perfectly into its modern day presence. See Gothic churches, the Zeppelin Field where Hitler once held his massive Nazi Party Rallies, and Justice Palace where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946. Take some free time to explore the city’s romantic corners and charming shops, and have lunch on your own before transferring to the epically beautiful city of Prague. 

Day 12 Prague

Your morning’s sightseeing tour reveals why Prague is considered one of Europe’s most attractive cities, with a historic city center that’s recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See Rudolfinum, the National Museum, Wenceslas Square, and the Hundertwasser Dancing House. Next, visit the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle and St. Vitus before walking over the romantic Charles Bridge to the Old Market Square, where you find the capital’s famous Astronomical Clock, Tyn Church, and the statue of Jan Husek. The rest of the day is at your leisure, perhaps to enjoy yourself in one of the city’s many charming cafés.

Day 13 Depart Prague

  • 1 Breakfast
Bid farewell to Prague and prepare for your homeward flight. 

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Cat E
170 sq. feet. 6 cabins on Piano Deck. Picture window, sitting area, Infotainment system, safe, hair dryer, bathrobes, A/C, ample closet space. #108-113.
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170 sq. feet. 7 cabins on Piano Deck. Picture window, sitting area, Infotainment system, safe, hair dryer, bathrobes, A/C, ample closet space. #101-107.
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170 sq. feet. 6 cabins on Cello Deck. French balcony, sitting area, Infotainment system, safe, hair dryer, bathrobes, A/C, ample closet space. #225-230.
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170 sq. feet. 28 cabins on Violin Deck. French balcony, sitting area, Infotainment system, safe, hair dryer, bathrobes, A/C, ample closet space. #305-332.
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170 sq. feet. 2 cabins on Cello Deck. French balcony, sitting area, Infotainment system, safe, hair dryer, bathrobes, A/C, ample closet space.
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255 sq. feet. 4 cabins on Violin Deck. French balcony, sitting area, bathtub and shower, Infotainment system, safe, hair dryer, bathrobes, A/C, ample closet space. #310-304.

Notes

Included Features:
- 3 nights hotel in Paris at the Pullman Paris Montparnasse (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
- Transfer to the high-speed TGV train to Luxembourg, followed by transfer to ship
- 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom, most with French balconies
- Shore excursions in every port with personal headset included
- Limited Edition Tours
- Entertainment on demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library, and English language TV stations
- Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
- Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding
- Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
- Unlimited red and white wines from Europe's great wine regions, beer and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
- Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
- Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain's Gala Dinner
- Transfer to the hotel in Prague
- 2 nights hotel in Prague at the InterContinental or Hilton Old Town (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
- Special highlights including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and piano music
- Bicycles to explore on your own and guided bicycle tours
- Services of professional Cruise Manager
- All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
- Transfers between hotel and ship are included with the purchase of cruise and land package; airport transfers are included with the purchase of airfare from AmaWaterways
- All local taxes

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  • 12 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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