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Example 8 Day Cruise aboard MS Amadolce
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Embark your luxurious small ship in Luxembourg and settle in for an exciting 8-day European river cruise. Visit 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 before ending your journey in majestic Prague.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Luxembourg
Day 2 : Trier / Bernkastel, Germany
Day 3 : Cochem / Koblenz / Rhine Castles / Rudesheim, Germany
Day 4 : Mainz / Heidelberg, Germany
Day 5 : Wertheim, Germany
Day 6 : Würzburg / Kitzingen, Germany
Day 7 : Bamberg, Germany
Day 8 : Disembark in Nuremberg, Germany

Ship

MS Amadolce

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Castle surrounded by vineyards. Vineyard by the river A building sits in the middle of the river Visit the unique European towns Walk through the vineyards of Europe

Day 1 Embark in Luxembourg

Arrive in Luxembourg and transfer to the port to board your ship in the afternoon. Tonight gather on board for a Welcome Dinner. The ship departs very late tonight for Germany.

Day 2 Trier / Bernkastel, Germany

  • 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 the Roman Baths, Trier Cathedral, Basilica of Constantine and the Porta Nigra gate that dates back to 180 A.D. Continue on to Bernkastel, strategically located in the middle of the Mosel wine-producing region, an area that has 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. Also enjoy a winery visit to sample several different regional vintages. The ship departs later this evening and cruises overnight.

Day 3 Cochem / Koblenz / Rhine Castles / Rudesheim, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, the ship makes a brief stop in Alken, where you have a choice of two excursions – Cochem or Koblenz. In Cochem, take a guided tour of the spectacular hilltop Reichsburg Castle, which offers fascinating views of the river valley. Alternatively, travel to Koblenz, a historic wine-growing town, where you can see the Four Towers, the Church of Our Lady, and hear the story behind the Schängel Fountain and City Hall. Return to the ship for a scenic afternoon cruise along the most beautiful part of the Rhine, with ruined castles and fortresses and the legendary Lorelei Rock. Arrive in Rüdesheim this evening and visit the Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum after dinner. The ship moors overnight in in Rüdesheim.

Day 4 Mainz / Heidelberg, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The ship departs Rüdesheim this morning and cruises 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 and centuries-old manuscripts and printing presses. Alternatively, travel by motor coach to Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest university town. Visit the red-walled castle and see its Great Vat (a 49,000-gallon 18th-century wine cask), and also enjoy gorgeous views of the Neckar Valley and city below. Later this afternoon, the ship departs Mainz and cruises overnight to Wertheim.

Day 5 Wertheim, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This afternoon your ship arrives in Wertheim, where you can join a guided walking tour and spend free time to explore on your own. Reboard the ship this evening and cruise overnight to Wurzburg.

Day 6 Würzburg / Kitzingen, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, take a guided tour of Würzburg showing you all of the major sights or visit the Residenz Palace and gardens, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Europe’s best examples of Baroque architecture. This afternoon, take an optional excursion to medieval Rothenburg for a walking tour and free time to explore on your own. A famous shop dedicated solely to Christmas is located here, offering handmade ornaments, nutcrackers and other seasonal wares. The ship cruises to Kitzingen, arriving this evening. The local Aulic Council and Wine Queen escort you to Germany’s oldest wine cellar to sample regional wines. Later tonight, the ship sails to Bamberg.

Day 7 Bamberg, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After arriving this afternoon in enchanting Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, take a guided walking tour of this medieval gem. Admire the town’s breathtaking cathedral, the Old Town Hall that straddles the river, and the serpentine streets lined with lovely houses and 18th-century mansions. Also sample some of Bamberg’s famous smoked beer. This evening, your ship cruises to Nuremberg.

Day 8 Disembark in Nuremberg, Germany

  • 1 Breakfast
Following breakfast on board, disembark and bid farewell to Germany. Transfer to the airport for flights home.

MS Amadolce

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Violin Deck, 255 square feet, sitting area, floor-to-ceiling windows with French balconies, bathroom with bathtub and shower.

Notes

Please note: Cruise fares do not include port charges.

Included Features:
- 7 Nights Deluxe Cruise Accommodation in an Outside Stateroom - 82% of the Staterooms with large French Balconies
- Daily Sightseeing Program as outlined in the Itinerary
- Infotainment System in all Staterooms with Free Internet, Hit Movies, Music Library and English Language TV Stations
- Terry Bathrobes and White-on-white plush Bedding in all Staterooms
- Superb Dining with all Meals included during your Cruise
- Free-flowing Red & White Wines from Europe's great Wine Regions, beer and soft drinks with every Dinner on board the Ship
- Bottled Water in every stateroom replenished daily
- Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain's Gala Dinner
- Special Highlights including Lectures, Theme Dinners, Cooking Demonstration, onboard Music Performances and afternoon & evening Piano Music
- Use of Bicycles to explore on your own
- Services of Professional Cruise Manager
- All English Language on board in a non-smoking Environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
- All local Taxes

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  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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