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Embark on the MS Amadante in beautiful Luxembourg. 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, where you end your journey.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embarkation | Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Day 2 : Trier, Germany | Bernkastel
Day 3 : Koblenz | Rhine River Gorge | Rüdesheim
Day 4 : Mainz | Heidelberg
Day 5 : Wertheim
Day 6 : Würzburg | Kitzingen
Day 7 : Bamberg
Day 8 : Nuremberg | Disembarkation

Highlights

  • Explore Trier, Germany's oldest city, and discover its rich past
  • View castle ruins and fortresses cruising along the Rhine
  • Sample wines from some of the best wine regions in Europe
  • Visit Heidelberg's red-walled castle with its Great Vat
  • Take guided bike tour along the Main River

Ship

MS Amadante

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

A castle overlooks the green countryside A building sits in the middle of the river Castle surrounded by vineyards. The gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral towers over the streets of Paris Christmas markets on the Rhine

Day 1 Embarkation | Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Board your cruise in Luxembourg. Tonight, gather on board for a Welcome Dinner. 

Day 2 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. Also enjoy a winery visit and sample several regional vintages. Your ship departs later this evening and cruises overnight. 

Day 3 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 4 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 5 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 local bakery for a pretzel-making demonstration and tasting. Your ship cruises to Würzburg this evening. 

Day 6 Würzburg | Kitzingen

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning’s guided tour of Würzburg shows you all of the city’s major sights, 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 escorts 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 7 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 8 Nuremberg | Disembarkation

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, disembark the ship. 

MS Amadante

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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. 24 cabins on Cello Deck. French balcony, sitting area, Infotainment system, safe, hair dryer, bathrobes, A/C, ample closet space. #201-224.
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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.
Stateroom category A+ room on the AmaDante.
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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:
- 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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