Europe & Baltic Cruises
(Europe River & Castle Cruise)
Embark on a European rivers and castles journey between Luxembourg and Nuremberg. Embark your ship and 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.
Available Cruise Departure Dates:
Nuremberg-Luxembourg (2015): May 19, Jun 23, Jul 28, Aug 25, Sep 29, Oct 27
Luxembourg-Nuremberg (2015): May 26, Jun 30, Aug 4, Sep 1, Oct 6, Nov 3
*Please note cruise itinerary and activities may be subject to slight modifications based on seasonality.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.
Enjoy a city tour with private vehicle and guide. Start your tour with the Old town. Visit Olympiaturm and enjoy the landscape. The view of Munich, its surroundings and, if the weather is good, the Alps from the Salzkammergut to the Allgaeu Alps is just as unique as the Olympic tower itself. On April 5, 2005 the Olympic tower has even grown by 1.75 meters. A Russian specialist helicopter under Swiss flag has been used to lift off the antenna’s top end and put up a new antenna piece by piece, which from now on will provide six million TV viewers in Munich and the south of Bavaria with digital TV broadcasting. The new height of the Olympic tower is now 291.28 meters. Up here on one of the highest towers in Europe you can get away from the bustle of the city. Take a deep breath, forget everything and then relax. From the viewing platforms of the tower at a height of 190 metres, the shiny silver tent roof silhouette of the Olympic park is a brilliant example of exceptional architecture. Continue your tour with BMW Museum and its distinctive architecture in the shape of a futuristic silver bowl, which is among the most attractive museums in Munich. Entrance fees are included in the tour cost.
Meet your driver for a private train station transfer.
Relax and enjoy the train ride from Munich to Nuremberg. Approximately 1.5 hours
Enjoy a private transfer between the Nuremberg port and your Nuernberg Hotel.
Tonight, embark your cruise ship and gather for a Welcome Dinner.
Port charges are included in your multi-day itinerary.
This morning you will arrive in the medieval town of Bamberg where you will enjoy a walking tour of this picturesque town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the cathedral, the Old Town Hall that straddles the river, and explore serpentine streets lined with charming houses. Sample some of Bamberg’s famous smoked beer before continuing your cruise, now on the Main River. After departing Bamberg you will cruise to the Main River town of Schweinfurt, and enjoy an evening walk.
This morning you will arrive in Kitzingen. On your walking tour, you’ll see the famous Leaning Tower, built during the 13th century, the Old Main Bridge, Kitzingen Church and the Renaissance Town Hall. Later, the Aulic Council and Wine Queen will welcome you to Germany’s oldest wine cellar. You will taste several different wines, learning first-hand about wine history and production in the region.
In the afternoon, you will have a choice of three different tours. You can choose the Wurzburg Tour and Residenz visit, during which you will see the major sights, including the Residenz Palace and gardens, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site as one of Europe’s foremost examples of baroque architecture and design. In the alternative, take a guided bike tour from Kitzengen to Wurzburg (capacity controlled).
Optional:Enjoy an optional tour to medieval Rothenburg, a beautiful walled city situated on the Romantic Road. Your walking tour includes entrance to the Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas Museum.To participate in the optional tour, please contact your sales specialist.
This morning, you will tour Wertheim, located at the confluence of the Main and Tauber Rivers. The town has retained much of its medieval Franconian character, which you will discover on your walking tour of the historic city center. In the alternative, a guided bike tour from Wertheim (capacity controlled) will take you along the Main River Valley.
Cruise during lunch time to Miltenberg, arriving in the afternoon for a guided walking tour along cobble-stone streets lined with gabled, half-timbered houses. Tonight, the ship sails leaving Bavaria, Franconia and the Main River behind.
Early this morning, you will cruise on the Rhine River, where you will see the stunning beauty of the Rhine castles and the infamous Lorelei Rock as we sail through the fascinating Rhine Gorge. Arrive in Mainz after breakfast and take a walking tour of beautiful Mainz, where you will see the famous Gutenberg Museum, home of the world’s first printed bible.
In the afternoon, arrive in Rudesheim and visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, which houses one of the greatest collections of robotic and self-playing musical instruments of the 18th-20th centuries. In the alternative, chose an excursion to Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest university town. You will visit the red-walled Heidelberg Castle, the Great Vat and also take a walking tour of Old Heidelberg. Tonight, the ship cruises to Koblenz, which is situated at the confluence of the Mosel and Rhine rivers.
Today, visit the fairytale village of Cochem, surrounded by the scenic wine villages of the Mosel Valley. Walk along narrow cobblestone streets lined with medieval houses before taking a guided tour of Reichsburg Castle. Situated high above Cochem, the castle grounds boast spectacular views of the River Mosel. In the alternative, enjoy a guided bike tour (capacity controlled) of the scenic Mosel Valley.
This evening, continue past hillside vineyards to Zell, where a welcoming wine fest awaits you. Experience the hospitality of Zell with a visit by the Mayor and Wine Queen.
This afternoon, arrive in Trier, Germany’s oldest city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its rich ancient Roman history. On your guided tour, you will see the old Roman amphitheater, Roman Baths, Basilica of Constantine and the Porta Nigra gate, dating back to 180 A.D.
After breakfast, disembark the ship in Remich, Luxembourg, as your cruise journey has come to an end.
Enjoy a private port transfer with a private driver and vehicle.
Meet your private driver and guide at your hotel for a full-day city tour of Luxembourg today. You'll be guided through the most impressive sights of the city and making stops to see the Luxembourg Castle (exterior) in addition to the Cathedral of Notre Dame, with its magnificent Gothic Revival architecture. You'll see the town fortifications, dating back to the 10th century, which played a major role in Luxembourg's addition to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Admire the Grand Ducal Palace - the residence of the Grand Duke, and where he performs his duties as head of state. Drive to the Gëlle Fra war memorial, standing tall to commemorate the more than one thousand Luxembourg volunteers who fought on the Allied Forces in WWI. You can see the Bock cliffs which are home to the ruins of a 10th century castle, and network underground passages called casemates. See the Neumünster Abbey and visit the lively Place d'Armes: a beautiful square the old town. At the end of your day you'll have a return transfer to the hotel. Admissions (if desired), are payable on the spot.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.
The King's Hotel First Class greets you with the charm of warm wood panelling and its modern luxury furnishings. The stylish interior creates a unique experience in this business hotel. The warm and comforting atmosphere welcomes you when you enter the elegant lobby. Whether in the lovingly fitted rooms and suites with four-poster beds, the rustic wine tavern or the inviting hotel bar, the special “Kings style” is everywhere. The Hotel is within walking distance of the main train station as well as the Karlsplatz Stacchus square.
The MS AmaDolca and the MS AmaLegro, have both set a new standard in European river cruising and offer a number of features, which no other European river cruise ships can match. Each vessel carries 148 passengers in unequaled luxury, comfort and style and is staffed by a highly-trained professional crew, with an ongoing emphasis on personal service.The MS AmaDolce, AmaLegro, AmaLyra, and AmaDante have all set a new standard in European river cruising and offer a number of features, which no other European river cruise ships can match. Each vessel carries 148 passengers in unequaled luxury, comfort and style and is staffed by a highly-trained professional crew, with an ongoing emphasis on personal service.
The Novotel Luxembourg Centre is located in the UNESCO World Heritage listed historic centre of Luxembourg, 3 minutes from the train station connected by the TGV high-speed train services. It features 150 modern and comfortable rooms, a bar, and a restaurant. Take advantage of the fitness centre and the many nearby tourist attractions and activities.
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