Read More:Europe River Cruise Featured Route: The Rhine & Mosel

Here are some highlights of this cruise. To start the cruise, there is a guided walking tour of Trier, Germany’s oldest city. Trier was an old Roman outpost. Important sights include the Roman Baths, Trier Cathedral, Basilica of Constantine and the Porta Nigra gate that dates back to 180 A.D. The cruise continue on to Bernkastel, which is located in the middle of the Mosel wine-producing region. This area has been producing wine for over 500 years. A guided walking tour through the old town center and a winery visit to sample several different regional vintages are scheduled for this portion of your cruise.
On the next day, you will enjoy a guided tour of Cochem that takes you to the spectacular hilltop Reichsburg Castle (also known as Cochem Castle). It has fantastic views of the river valley below. Touring inside the castle is great! Or, opt to take a walking tour of Koblenz and explore its charming town square and quaint shops. The scenic afternoon cruise will take you along the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine (the Rhine River Gorge), with castle ruins, fortresses and the legendary Lorelei Rock featured along the twisting river. Next up is Rüdesheim in the evening. A possible visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum could be fun or try a special Rüdesheim coffee, which is every bit as good as Irish coffee.
Beautiful Mainz is the next stop. There is a guided walking tour which includes a visit to the Gutenberg Museum, home to two copies of the world’s first printed Bible and centuries-old manuscripts and printing presses. Or you could travel by motor coach to Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest university town. The tour includes a visit to the red-walled castle and its Great Vat (a 49,000-gallon 18th-century wine cask). The castle is perched on a hillside and has gorgeous views of the Neckar Valley and city below.
Next up is Wertheim, a quaint German town. It known for its intricate glassworks (on some cruises, there has been a glass blowing demonstration on the ship) and charming medieval half-timbered architecture. There is a guided tour of the city followed by free time to explore on your own afterwards.
A guided tour of Würzburg’s major sights in the morning is your next chance to learn more about the river towns in southern Germany. Or you could chose to visit the Residenz Palace and gardens, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Europe’s best examples of Baroque architecture. The Residenz Palace was home to one of the 7 Electors of the Holy Roman Emperors. The afternoon brings two options. You could take an optional excursion to medieval Rothenburg, one of the best walled cities in all of Europe, for a walking tour and free time to explore on your own. Or you could choose to remain on board as the ship cruises to Kitzingen. This evening, the town’s Historic Court Council and honorary Wine Queen will escort you to Germany’s oldest wine cellar to taste regional wines.
Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is your next stop and you’ll have a guided walking tour of this medieval gem. The town’s cathedral, the Old Town Hall that straddles the river, and the serpentine streets lined with lovely houses and 18th-century mansions are sights you will remember long after the cruise is done. Included in this tour is a chance to sample some of Bamberg’s famous smoked beer.
Your last day is a guided tour of historic Nuremberg. You will see Gothic churches, the hill-topped castle in the old town walled city. Also the tour includes the zeppelin field where Hitler held his infamous Nazi Party Rallies, and the Justice Palace courtroom where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946 (it is still being used, so sometimes the courtroom is not available for inside tours).
We are leading a group on this awesome cruise in late October 2015 but departing from Nuremberg and finishing up in Trier/Luxembourg. We would love to have you join us on a future river cruise!


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