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Holiday Markets on the Rhine & Mainz Rivers  2004


Detailed Day by Day Itinerary

 

Dec 9

DAY 1    DEPART HOME
Enjoy an overnight flight from the U.S. to Frankfurt
             


Dec 10
DAY 2    ARRIVE FRANKFURT / TRANSFER TO KÖLN (COLOGNE ) / EMBARK DELUXE VANTAGE RIVER CRUISE SHIP
Arrive in Frankfurt, transfer to Cologne, and then board your deluxe Vantage river cruise ship. Settle into your well-appointed outside cabin, then enjoy dinner and meet your fellow travellers. This is just one of the many fabulous included meals that you'll enjoy during your cruise.



Dec 11

DAY 3    KÖLN (COLOGNE )
Tour the Gothic Cathedral, visit Christmas markets, Captain's Welcome dinner and more



Dec 12

DAY 4    RÜDESHEIM
Scenic sailing, visit to the Musikkabinett, special dinner



Dec 13

DAY 5    MAINZ (HEIDELBERG) / FRANKFURT
Full-day excursion to Heidelberg



Dec 14

DAY 6    WERTHEIM
Walking tour of Wertheim



Dec 15

DAY 7    WÜRZBURG (ROTHENBURG OB DER TAUBER)
Full-day excursion to Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Romantic Tauber Valley, including lunch at a local restaurant!



Dec 16

DAY 8    WÜRZBURG
Würzburg, "The Pearl of the Romantic Road" — Bavaria's celebrated region of beam-and-stucco and turreted castles.



Dec 17

DAY 9    BAMBERG
Spend the morning cruising leisurely to enchanting Bamberg. On your included city tour, you'll see why the entire town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. Here an ornate town hall straddles the river, an awe-inspiring cathedral points toward the heavens, and the city brims with Renaissance palaces and stunning Baroque houses. Once the capital of the Holy Roman Empire, Bamberg today has a down-to-earth side, with more breweries within the city limits than any other city in Germany, even Munich. Your city tour includes the Old Town Hall, the Imperial Cathedral, and St. Michael's Abbey.



Dec 18

DAY 10    NUREMBERG
As you cruise this morning, join in a discussion of Nuremberg's role during and after World War II. Nuremberg was considered the ideological center of the Third Reich, and it was here that many of its officers were brought to justice.

Your city tour includes the storybook 900-year-old ramparts that surround the city; the history-rich Old Town; the Imperial Castle; Hitler's parade grounds and amphitheater; and the Justice Palace where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946. (A tour of the Justice Palace interior will be included if possible; however, access is not guaranteed.) Enjoy a hearty German lunch at a local restaurant, then have free time to explore on your own.



Dec 19

DAY 11    DISEMBARK SHIP / TRANSFER TO MUNICH FOR THE 3 NIGHT  MUNICH EXTENSION
Disembark / Bus to Munich for the 3 night Optional Munich Extension .  Afternoon and evening at leisure.  We went to the Deutsche Technical Museum



Dec 20

DAY 12    MUNCHEN (MUNICH
Morning panoramic city tour of Munich.  In the afternoon we went by train on our own to Garmish-Partenkirschen for a storybook-like visit at the base of the Alps.  Evening farewell dinner and folklore show at the Hofbrauhaus.



Dec 21

DAY 13    MÜNCHEN (MUNICH)
We took an optional all-day motorcoach tour back to the Alps to visit Linderhof, the summer palace of Ludwig II, and also Oberamergau, home of the Passion Play.



Dec 22

DAY 14   MÜNCHEN (MUNICH)
Transfer to airport / Return to U.S.