Markets on the Rhine & Mainz Rivers
Detailed Day by Day Itinerary
||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
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.
||DAY 3 KÖLN (COLOGNE )
Tour the Gothic Cathedral, visit Christmas markets, Captain's Welcome dinner and more
||DAY 4 RÜDESHEIM
Scenic sailing, visit to the Musikkabinett, special dinner
||DAY 5 MAINZ (HEIDELBERG) / FRANKFURT
Full-day excursion to Heidelberg
||DAY 6 WERTHEIM
Walking tour of Wertheim
||DAY 7 WÜRZBURG (ROTHENBURG OB DER
Full-day excursion to Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Romantic Tauber Valley, including lunch at a local restaurant!
||DAY 8 WÜRZBURG
Würzburg, "The Pearl of the Romantic Road" — Bavaria's celebrated region of beam-and-stucco and turreted castles.
||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.
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.
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
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.
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.
||DAY 14 MÜNCHEN
Transfer to airport / Return to U.S.