Duration: 8 Days
This Central European river cruise will take you across Germany to Luxembourg on the Main, Rhine, and Moselle Rivers. You will embark on your river cruise in Nuremberg, Germany, and sail through the fascinating Main Danube Canal to Bamberg. Marvel at the 13th-century Romanesque cathedral and the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall)—built on an island in the middle of the Regnitz River. You’ll also stop in Wurzburg, the “Pearl of the Romantic Road” and see the magnificent baroque Bishop’s Residenz and the largest ceiling fresco ever painted. There will be many historical sites to see, but you’ll also have time to relax, do some shopping, and stop in a Konditorei (German pastry and coffee shop) for a delicious local favourite and experience a German afternoon tradition!
Your river cruise will continue through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, considered the most enchanting view of the Rhine River. See ancient castles standing majestically on cliffs 400 feet above the water. Get a chance to try some of the best wines Germany has to offer in the wine village of Bernkastel, home to Germany’s largest expanse of vineyards. This beautiful area will fascinate you with its narrow streets and half-timbered houses which have been standing since the Middle Ages. The opportunities to be swept away are countless on this fabulous river cruise holiday as you make your way to the ancient city of Trier, Germany—believed to be even older than Rome. Many remnants of ancient Rome can still be found, such as imperial baths and the Roman Bridge, with stone pilings dating from 144-152 AD. A truly remarkable experience on the rivers of a Central Europe cruise.
Welcome to Germany. Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding.
Flights into Nuremberg must arrive by 3 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
Set sail while enjoying dinner on your first night onboard.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG (D)
The City of Seven Hills
Join your Adventure Host for today's special activities.
CLASSIC - Take a Guided Walking Tour of the former home to imperial dynasties, and see its Romanesque cathedral, Old Town Hall, and seven hills crowned with churches.
DISCOVERY - Onboard introduction to photography with our expert Brenda Tharp, world-class photographer.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WURZBURG (B,L,D)
A Perfect Day in the Pearl of the Romantic Road
CLASSIC - Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Wurzburg with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop's Residenz-with the largest known ceiling fresco.
Explore the city on your own or visit a local winery. Later, enjoy onboard entertainment.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE (B,L,D)
Beauty on the Main River
Ask about today's energizing or relaxing Adventure Host activities.
CLASSIC - Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Bavarian village.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RUDESHEIM (B,L,D)
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country
DISCOVERY - Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat, OR;
ACTIVE - Take an open-air Cable Car Ride to the Niederwald Monument. Ride or walk back down through the vineyards.
This afternoon, relax on the Sky Deck as you cruise through the magnificent Rhine Gorge.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BERNKASTEL (B,L,D)
German Vineyards of the Moselle Valley
CLASSIC - Take a Guided Walking Tour of the charming wine village of Bernkastel - with its medieval marketplace and 17th-century half-timbered houses, OR:
ACTIVE - Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Guided Hike to nearby castle ruins.
Spend some free time at your leisure this afternoon, perhaps biking through the Renaissance-style village, or visiting a cafe to sample Apfelkuchen or other wonderful German desserts.
DISCOVERY - Join a Wine Tasting to experience the tradition of legendary German wine making.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board while sailing.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REMICH (B,L,D)
Old World Charm and World-Class Wine
CLASSIC - Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Trier-Germany's oldest city with ancient Roman remnants dating from 144-152 AD. Starting from Porta Nigra walk through the city centre, OR:
CLASSIC - Join a history-focused Roman Trier Guided Tour to learn more about the history of Roman civilization in this Moselle River city, and visit the ruins of a 20,000-seat amphitheater, and imperial baths.
This afternoon, take a Guided Optional Excursion to Luxembourg City-with its dramatic views, ancient ruins, and modern architecture in its deep gorge terrain.
This evening, share in an award ceremony for Favourite photos taken on your cruise.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN REMICH (B,L,D)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.
Flights should not leave Luxembourg City airport before 8 am. (B)