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This perfect journey combines three beautiful rivers, the Rhine, Main and Moselle, into one grand adventure. Cruise past historic vineyards and imposing hilltop castles. Discover how everything in Zell centers on the “Black Cat” and how it relates to wine, and learn the secrets of Trier’s Porta Nigra. Let the storybook villages of Rüdesheim, Wertheim, Bernkastel and Cochem captivate you. All along the way, enjoy Europe at its most picturesque.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Prague, Czech Republic
Day 2 : Prague
Day 3 : Prague
Day 4 : Prague | Nuremberg, Germany | Embark
Day 5 : Bamberg
Day 6 : Volkach | Wurzburg | Kitzingen
Day 7 : Wertheim
Day 8 : Mainz | Rudesheim | Rhine Gorge | Lahnstein
Day 9 : Cochem | Zell
Day 10 : Trier
Day 11 : Luxembourg | Disembark | Paris, France
Day 12 : Paris
Day 13 : Paris
Day 14 : Depart Paris

Highlights

  • Join a guided walking tour of Bamberg, where you’ll see its Old Town Hall and elegant old mansions
  • Be treated to wine tasting in one of the world’s most beautiful wine cellars located beneath the Residenz
  • Learn the art of pretzel making with a visit to a local bakery in Wertheim
  • Visit one of Europe’s oldest working mustard mills and sample Cochem’s famous mustard

Ship

MS Amadante

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Cochem Castle, Germany Astronomical clock, Prague Wertheim Bamberg St. Stephen's Church, Prague Cochem town on the Mosel River, Germany Porta Nigra, Trier, Germany Cochem

Day 1 Arrive Prague, Czech Republic

Arrive in Prague and check into your hotel.

Day 2 Prague

Experience the wonders of Prague and its historic city center that is a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site on your city tour or you can hike to the grand castle. See Rudolfinum, the National Museum, Wenceslas Square and the Hundertwasser Dancing House. 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 will find the capital’s famous Astronomical Clock. 

Day 3 Prague

Beer has a long and illustrious history in the Czech Republic with the first brewery known to have existed in 993. Pilsner Urquell was created in 1842, being the first pilsner ever made, whilst Budweiser came into being in the city of Budweis. Beer is a core part of the country’s national identity, so much so the Czechs are the biggest consumers of beer in the world. The country is home to more than 100 breweries with a combination of big names and micro establishments offering a huge range of styles, so join a Czech beer tasting and discover for yourself what makes the Czech’s beer some of the very best in the world. 

Day 4 Prague | Nuremberg, Germany | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Depart Prague and drive through the pastoral German countryside for a city tour of Nuremberg’s fabulous Gothic churches and impressive city walls. Later in the day, board your luxurious ship. Cap the day off with a welcome aboard wine toast. 

Day 5 Bamberg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Bamberg has been referred to as “Franconian Rome” as like Rome, it was built on seven hills—but in Bamberg, a church graces each one. Bamberg’s medieval and Baroque architecture has withstood the test of time with one of the largest intact centers in Europe; it even survived WWII bombings, and as such, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join a guided walking tour of this medieval gem where you’ll see its cathedral, Old Town Hall and elegant old mansions, and afterwards indulge in the town’s famous smoked beer, Rauchbier. 

Day 6 Volkach | Wurzburg | Kitzingen

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located in lower Franconia lies Volkach. Enjoy a walking tour of this quaint town with many historic sites such as the church of St. Bartholomew built 700 years ago, the Maria Immaculata Well built in 1480, and the Maria im Weingarten, a pilgrimage church built in the 1300’s. If you prefer a more active way to explore the town, join the guided bike tour. Alternatively, you can go on a full-day excursion to Rothenburg, Germany’s best-preserved walled town located on the Romantic Road. Later in the day, and for those not going to Rothenburg, visit Würzburg, a beautiful city bursting with Baroque splendor. While here, you have a choice to join a city tour or visit the city’s crown jewel, the Baroque Residenz Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to a treasure trove of magnificent art, including Tiepolo’s fresco ceiling. Following both the city tour and the palace visit, you’ll be treated to wine tasting in one of the world’s most beautiful wine cellars located beneath the Residenz. Wander through the atmospheric candlelit corridors and vaults of the cellar as you as you taste the wine of Franconia. Later in the day, enjoy a walking tour Kitzingen as you listen to the enduring legends that make visiting this town extra fun, especially for Dracula followers. 

Day 7 Wertheim

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wertheim's old town center still features half-timbered houses and the Gothic architecture of the Stiftskirche, its oldest Protestant church. You may either join a guided walking tour through the historic city center or learn the art of pretzel making with a visit to a local bakery. For those seeking a more active adventure, take a scenic bike ride through the Main River Valley or hike high above the town for a visit to the castle, one of the most picturesque ruins in Germany. 

Day 8 Mainz | Rudesheim | Rhine Gorge | Lahnstein

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Mainz, located at the confluence of the Main and Rhine rivers. Join a walking tour of Mainz, home to many historic treasures, including one of Germany’s most important churches, the Romanesque cathedral and the Chagall stained-glass windows depicting scriptural scenes in stunning blue, which you will get to see. For a more active adventure, go on a guided bike tour. During the afternoon, sail to Rüdesheim, where you can visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum, home to one of the greatest collections of self-playing musical instruments; or take a ride over the vineyards of Rüdesheim in a gondola to the Niederwald Monument, and then afterwards be treated to a wine tasting. Later in the day, set sail towards Lahnstein through the Rhine River Gorge, famous for its beautiful and imposing castles and legendary Lorelei Rock. Cap the day off with an exclusive festival celebration in Lahnstein. 

Day 9 Cochem | Zell

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wake up in fairytale Cochem and visit the Reichsburg Castle followed by a walking tour. As an alternative, visit one of Europe’s oldest working mustard mills where you will sample Cochem’s famous mustard. You may also opt to take a guided bike tour along the captivating Moselle River. Later cruise to Zell, famous for their Riesling and the well-known arched black cat icon, often seen on the labels of local German wines. Experience the hospitality of the citizens of Zell, including the local Wine Queen and Mayor, at an exclusive wine festival where you’ll sample local wines, sausages and more. 

Day 10 Trier

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a scenic cruise along the Moselle to Trier, Germany’s oldest city, renowned for its rich ancient Roman past, and as such has been referred to as the “Rome of the North” or “Second Rome” as it has impressive Roman relics and nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Join a guided tour of the city, including the old Roman amphitheater, Roman Baths and Basilica of Constantine. Alternatively, go in search of the secrets of the Porta Nigra Gate, dating back to 180 A.D. on a tour that takes you back to a time when Rome ruled the world from the Emperor’s seat in Trier. You also have the choice of a bike tour through the historic city center and along the Moselle River; or hike high above Trier to Petrisberg. 

Day 11 Luxembourg | Disembark | Paris, France

Disembark in Luxembourg. En route to Paris, you will stop at the American Cemetery and Memorial, the final resting place of General George Patton. Later, you will enjoy a walking tour through Luxembourg before boarding a TGV high-speed train to Paris, where you will check into your hotel. 

Day 12 Paris

Get acquainted with some of the many iconic sites in the “City of Light,” including Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower on a city tour. 

Day 13 Paris

You’ll visit one of the world’s most renowned museums, the Musée d’Orsay. Housed in the train station building, constructed by Victor Laloux for the 1900 World Fair, the Orsay is a national museum devoted to all the arts between 1848-1914. The various artistic movements represented include Academism, Realism, Impressionism, Symbolism and Art Nouveau. Among the featured artists are Cézanne, Courbet, Daumier, Degas, Gauguin, Manet, Millet, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Rodin, Seurat, Sisley and Van Gogh. Your morning museum visit will be the perfect entrée for a later in the day visit to Montmartre, long known as the city’s premier artist's enclave. During the mid to late 1800s, artists also began calling Montmartre home. Pissarro and Jongkind were two of the first to live there, followed by other notable artists, including Degas, Matisse, Toulouse-Lautrec, Renoir and Picasso. For easy access to Montmartre, you’ll hop aboard the funicular railroad that ascends the hill. Montmartre's most recognizable landmark is the Basilica du Sacré-Coeur, constructed from 1876 to 1912. The white dome of this Roman Catholic basilica sits at the highest point in the city. After your visit to Montmartre, you’ll be taken on an illumination tour, discovering why Paris is renowned as the “City of Light.” 

Day 14 Depart Paris

  • 1 Breakfast
Bid au revoir to Paris as you prepare for your homeward journey. 

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170 sq. feet. 4 cabins on Piano Deck. Picture window, sitting area, Infotainment system, safe, hair dryer, bathrobes, A/C, ample closet space. #108-111.
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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. 4 cabins on Cello Deck, 4 cabins on Violin Deck. French balcony, sitting area, Infotainment system, safe, hair dryer, bathrobes, A/C, ample closet space. #227-230 (CD) #329-332 (VD)
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170 sq. feet. 26 cabins on Cello Deck, 4 cabins on Violin Deck. French balcony, sitting area, Infotainment system, safe, hair dryer, bathrobes, A/C, ample closet space. #201-226 (CD) #325-328 (VD)
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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. #305-324.
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170 sq. feet. 1 cabins on Cello Deck. French balcony, sitting area, Infotainment system, safe, hair dryer, bathrobes, A/C, ample closet space.#302
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255 sq. feet. 1 cabins on Violin Deck. French balcony, sitting area, bathtub and shower, Infotainment system, safe, hair dryer, bathrobes, A/C, ample closet space. #301,302,304.

Notes

Included Features:
- 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with French balconies)
- Computer for internet access
- Entertainment-On-Demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies, a music library and English language TV stations
- Desk and sitting area
- Bottled water replenished daily
- Wellness Program with a dedicated Wellness Host leading various exercise classes as well as discussions on healthy eating and relaxation techniques, both on board and on shore.
- Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
- Internet and Wi-Fi access
- Sun deck whirlpool and walking track
- Fitness room, massage services and hair salon
- Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
- Daily entertainment including cultural performances
- All onboard dining in a variety of venues
- Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
- The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant
- Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
- La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
- Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
- Sip & Sail Daily Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
- Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
- Immersive tours in every destination
- Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
- Bike tours and hikes
- Special Interest Tours
- Knowledgeable guides
- Personal headset for easy exploration
- Airport transfers with purchase of air from the expedition company
- Land Program
- 3 nights hotel in Prague at the Cosmopolitan HotelPrague (or similar), including city tour, Czech beertasting and daily breakfast
- Transfer from Prague to Nuremberg with city tourof the Nuremberg and then on to the ship
- Transfer from the ship to Luxembourg with citytour and then on to Paris via high-speed TGV train
- 3 nights hotel in Paris at the Renaissance Arc de Triomphe or the the Renaissance Paris Le Parc Trocadero (or similar), including city tour and daily breakfast
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