This one-week cruise combines the majesty of two great European rivers - the Rhine and the Danube. Explore the Upper Middle Rhine Valley with its numerous castles, and experience the tranquil Main meanders.
Travel the man-made Main-Danube canal - a stunning technological marvel - as you transit onto the beautiful Danube. Discover the half-timbered buildings of Miltenberg and Wertheim, along with the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Würzburg, Bamberg and Regensburg.
Due to low clearance heights at bridges and locks on the river route between Frankfurt and Regensburg, access to the sun deck might be restricted for safety reasons.
The historic city of Cologne is the starting point of your 8-day European cruise. After embarkation, enjoy a Welcome Cocktail followed by a delicious Welcome Dinner.
Relax on board this morning while cruising through the fairytale landscape of the Upper Middle Rhine valley. Learn about the Lorelei, the nymph who, legends say, enticed sailors with her song and beauty.
After lunch, the wine-making town of Rüdesheim awaits you. Discover the region’s rich history on a morning walking tour and discover the world of self-playing instruments during your visit of the fascinating Music Cabinet Museum. Alternatively, take a tram ride on the “Wine Express” through the vineyards of Rüdesheim, sample fine wines and stroll along the quaint “Drosselgasse”, mentioned in the 15th century as an alley used by Rhine boatmen. Enjoy a delectable dinner on board in the evening.
In the late morning, your vessel arrives in Miltenberg. After lunch, join the excursion to explore its timber-frame houses that evoke 16th- and 17th-century Germany. Continue to Wertheim and stroll through its medieval streets. Visit the Glass Museum and learn about the use of glass as a material from antiquity to today's high-tech products.
This evening, enjoy another memorable dinner as the ship plies the waters toward our next stop.
In the morning, your vessel docks in Würzburg, a city known for lavish Baroque and Rococo architecture, located in the heart of Franconian wine country. On the morning tour, view the beautiful sights of the town including the Residenz, a Baroque palace considered a masterpiece of its era. The tour concludes with wine tasting in the ancient wine cellar of a local vineyard.
In the afternoon, join the trip to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, whose towers, city gates, walls, and half-timbered gables have remained unchanged by the hands of time, or visit Marienberg Fortress, a former prince-bishop's castle with a history that can be traced back three millennia to 1000 BC.
The morning is spent cruising the scenic Main River. After lunch, you will arrive in the Imperial city of Bamberg, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Bamberg survived all the wars of the past centuries largely untouched and can be experienced as it was centuries ago. Upon arrival, discover its architectural charm on a walking tour.
This evening, attend the onboard presentation about the creation and importance of the Main-Danube canal as we enter the waterway to cross onto the Danube River.
Following breakfast, join the excursion to the romantic old town of Nuremberg, lovingly restored after the destruction incurred during World War II. Pass by the Palace of Justice, the venue of the Nuremberg trials, and discover the old town with a walk through the narrow medieval alleyways.
Alternatively, delve deeper into the history of World War II and the Nazi era at the Documentation Center of Nuremberg. Back on board, as you enjoy the Captain’s Gala Dinner, your vessel continues to Regensburg.
Regensburg, one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities, awaits you today. This UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts architecture from many centuries, reflective of its varied history. The 12th-century stone bridge, the Church of St. James and patrician houses are a few of the highlights you can admire on the walking tour.
In the afternoon, choose between a visit to the 600-year-old Weltenburg Abbey, which is situated on the banks of the Danube and houses the oldest monastic brewery in the world, and a trip to the 18th century Thurn and Taxis Palace with a stop at their traditional brewery and beer tasting. Back on board, enjoy the Bavarian-themed evening, celebrating the charming region through which you have cruised.
This morning, your vessel arrives in Passau. After breakfast we wish you a good trip home and hope to see you soon!
Would you like to start your journey from the current disembarkation port? Then follow the link to the itinerary in reversed direction:Passau → Cologne
Cruise your way and choose from a carefully curated selection of immersive and inspiring excursions and adventures! Select one of our packages offered at a discounted rate when purchased in advance or book individual shore excursions at regular rates on board your cruise.
Enjoy the flexibility to choose any shore excursion of the ones listed below for a discounted rate when purchased in advance.
When booking our new ALL-IN excursion package prior to departure we offer you maximum flexibility at a great value. Create your personalized shore excursion program by choosing your favorite tours from our list of exciting options in each port.
Enjoy a package of 4 pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance:
Additional shore excursions can be purchased onboard at the below rate.
|Cruise Cologne - Passau||Unit Price|
|Rüdesheim walking tour with Music Cabinet Museum||$ 32.00|
|OR Visit to a vineyard with tasting & Drosselgasse in Rüdesheim||$ 47.00|
|Miltenberg walking tour and Wertheim with glass museum||$ 46.00|
|Würzburg with visit to the Residenz and wine tasting||$ 67.00|
|Medieval Rothenburg ob der Tauber||$ 43.00|
|OR Visit to the Marienberg Fortress (Wuerzburg)||$ 47.00|
|Bamberg walking tour||$ 33.00|
|Nuremberg - capital of Franconia||$ 50.00|
|OR Guided Tour of the Documentation Centre of Nuremberg||$ 62.00|
|Regensburg walking tour||$ 23.00|
|Thurn & Taxis Palace with brewery and tasting||$ 72.00|
|OR Visit to Weltenburg abbey||$ 43.00|
Prices per person if excursions are purchased on board.