*A Tale of Three Rivers

£1000pp Early Booking Discount

Holiday Details

Bamberg to Trier 5th Nov 2021
Various regional airports 7 nights
*Viking River Cruises £1,595.00

*A Tale of Three Rivers

 

See great cities & landscapes

Sail Europe’s most iconic rivers: the Moselle with its steep vineyards; the castle-studded Rhine; and the Main, lined with quaint villages. Taste legendary Moselle Rieslings. Survey the Rhine from 900-year-old Marksburg Castle. Savor hearty German cuisine. With bookends in Trier and Bamberg, this 8-day journey celebrates the diverse landscapes of three of Europe’s most beloved rivers.

INCLUDES AN EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT OF £700 pp

Day 1 — Bamberg, Germany

Arrive in Bamberg today and transfer to your ship. Founded in 902, Bamberg remains a medieval-looking city known for its symphony orchestra. The city’s winding streets are filled with baroque patrician houses and are home to the breathtaking 11th-century Cathedral of Holy Roman Emperor Heinrich II, housing his tomb and that of Pope Clement II. Bamberg is especially noted for its Altes Rathaus, or Old Town Hall, situated on a twin-arched bridge over the Regnitz River, and for the old bishop’s houses: the 16th-century Alte Hofhaltung (Old Court) and 17th-century Neue Residenz (New Residence).

Day 2 — Bamberg, Germany

Today enjoy a walking tour of Bamberg’s beautifully preserved Old Town area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, then take time to explore or perhaps sample the town’s famous locally brewed smoky beer, rauchbier. Enjoy lunch on board your ship before we depart this afternoon and begin cruising along the scenic Main River, which winds its way west through the Franconia region of Germany. (B, L, D)

Day 3 — Würzburg, Germany

Disembark in Würzburg, a Franconian wine town, and tour the Bishops’ Residenz, a beautiful baroque palace with numerous paintings and frescoes. After an onboard lunch, enjoy some free time in Würzburg, or join an optional journey to the walled medieval village of Rothenburg. Return to your ship and relax as you dine and cruise through the night. (B, L, D)

Day 4 — Heidelberg, Germany

We sail through the early morning, arriving in Wertheim after breakfast. Disembark for a full-day excursion to Heidelberg, an ancient city that is home to Germany’s oldest university founded in 1386. Tour the imposing red sandstone ruins of Heidelberg Castle, built in the 12th century but twice destroyed by lightning and then later rebuilt. A guided walk through Heidelberg’s Old Town and marketplace is included, as is lunch in a local restaurant. Return to your ship at dinnertime; we sail through the night. (B, L, D)

Day 5 — Mainz, Germany

Arrive in Mainz during breakfast, then disembark and join a guided tour of a city that boasts over 2,000 years of history. Walk along the picture-postcard streets of Old Town and stop at the Gutenberg Museum. Founded in 1900, 500 years after the birth of Johannes Gutenberg, the museum covers the history of the printed word and displays many illuminating books and fascinating printing technologies, including a replica of Gutenberg’s workshop. Return to your ship for lunch and scenic afternoon cruising along the Rhine. Arrive in Rüdesheim midafternoon. You have time at leisure to enjoy the restaurants, bars and shops that line Rüdesheim’s Drosselgasse, or you may choose to join an optional wine-tasting experience. Dine on board and remain docked overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 6 — Cochem, Germany

Cruise this morning through the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine. With castles perched on both sides, this area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After lunch on board your ship, you arrive in the quaint Moselle town of Cochem. Stretch your legs with a walking tour of the city and visit the imposing Reichsburg Castle. Return to your ship before dinnertime; we sail through the night. (B, L, D)

Day 7 — Trier & Bernkastel, Germany

We dock in Bernkastel this morning, one of the Moselle’s most beloved medieval villages and a thriving wine center. You might join an optional wine tasting excursion during your stay. Return to your ship for lunch and enjoy lovely unspoiled scenery as we cruise along the Moselle River toward Trier. We arrive this afternoon in time for a tour of Germany’s oldest city. See the wonderfully preserved Roman Porta Nigra, Trier Cathedral and the Church of Our Lady. Dine on board. We remain docked here tonight so you may wish to take an evening stroll in town. (B, L, D)

Day 8 — Trier, Germany

After breakfast, proceed to the airport for your return flight home

Enjoy it all, it’s all included:

– Return scheduled flights from London

– PLUS, free regional flights from up to 14 UK airports

– Deluxe river-view stateroom

– All delicious on board meals

– Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board

– Complimentary guided tours almost every day

– Free Wi-Fi on board (restrictions apply).

– Free coffee and tea anytime on board

– On board talks and entertainment

– All port charges, airport taxes and overseas transfers

– PLUS Free On Board Gratuities

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