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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Following breakfast on board, disembark and bid farewell to Germany. Transfer to the airport for flights home.
The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.