2021 : Europe's Rivers & Castles : 7-Night Cruise with 3 Nights Pre-Cruise and 3 Nights Post-Cruise : Prague to Paris : ms AmaLucia
Europe's Rivers & Castles
CRUISE FROM : Luxembourg to Nuremberg
Two iconic cities, Prague and Paris, bookend this perfect journey that combines three beautiful rivers, each of which is striking in its own unique way. From the meandering Main to the UNESCO-designated Upper Middle Rhine Valley with its multitude of castles dotting its shores to the vineyard-clad hills of the Moselle, enjoy Europe at its most picturesque. Let the storybook villages-Bernkastel, Cochem and Wertheim-captivate you; and Rothenburg, located on the Romantic Road enchant you. Marvel at the world's largest ceiling fresco in the Wurzburg Residenz, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and the beautiful Chagall windows while in Mainz. Savor the many flavors of Germany with a chance to sample the world-famous wines of the Rheingau, the hearty smoked beer of Bamberg and Rudesheim's famed coffee. All along the way, gain an intimate understanding of the history and culture of the places you visit.
COUNTRIES: France, Germany, Luxembourg
RIVERS: Rhine, Danube, Moselle, Main
Europe's Rivers & Castles
At A Glance
On our cruises, you will enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours. In many cases, you will have a choice of excursions, such as standard tours, bike tours, hikes and Special Interest tours. We always include a large variety of activities so that you can choose how you want to explore. No matter your preference, your days will be full of discovery and wonder.
AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES
A WORLD OF EXPLORATION
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. (B)
Day 3 : PRAGUE
Enjoy uninterrupted time to explore Prague and its many museums and landmarks at your leisure. Visit such sites as St. Vitus Cathedral, the Gothic resting place of numerous saints, or the Franz Kafka Museum, which houses first editions of several of the prolific author's works. You may also see the historic fort Vysehrad, explore the natural science and history collections at the Narodni Museum or travel back through Jewish history at the Holocaust memorial in the former ghetto at Josefov. (B)
Day 4 : PRAGUE - NUREMBERG, GERMANY - EMBARKATION
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. (B,D)
Day 5 : BAMBERG
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. (B,L,D)
Day 6 : VOLKACH - WURZBURG - KITZINGEN
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 Wurzburg, 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. (B,L,D)
Day 7 : WERTHEIM
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. (B,L,D)
Day 8 : MAINZ - RUDESHEIM - RHINE GORGE - LAHNSTEIN
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 Rudesheim, 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 Rudesheim 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. (B,L,D)
Day 9 : COCHEM - ZELL
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. (B,L,D)
Day 10 : TRIER
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. (B,L,D)
Day 11 : LUXEMBOURG - DISEMBARKATION - 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. (B)
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. (B)
Day 13 : PARIS
You'll visit one of the world's most renowned museums, the Musee 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 Cezanne, Courbet, Daumier, Degas, Gauguin, Manet, Millet, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Rodin, Seurat, Sisley and Van Gogh. Your morning museum visit will be the perfect entree 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 Sacre-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." (B)
Day 14 : DEPART PARIS
Bid au revoir to Paris as you prepare for your homeward journey. (B)
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- Offer valid through 12/31/2020
- 14 Days
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- ms AmaLucia
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Port Charges not included in cruise price $196 per person.
Single Supplement for Cruise 50% of twin price; AA+ and Suite 100% of twin price.
Single Supplement for Land $800 per person.
Bedding Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. The Options are: Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size).
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All rates are per person for cruise only, based on double occupancy in an entry level category stateroom unless stated otherwise. Offer is valid on select sailings only and applicable to new bookings only. Unless explicitly stated that single supplement is waived, solo travelers in a double occupancy stateroom must pay an additional single supplement amount before receiving any discounts. Ask about Solo Traveler promotions. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change or termination without notice. Port charges, land programs and round-trip airfare are not included in cruise price. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.