Arrive at Prague Václav Havel Airport, where you will be transferred to the hotel.
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Prague city tour or Jewish Prague Beauty and drama abound in the “City of Spires.” Enjoy a panoramic city tour, taking in such places as the State Opera House, Wenceslas Square, Charles Bridge, and the avant-garde Dancing House, before arriving at Prague Castle. Here, you’ll visit St. Vitus Cathedral, Vladislav Hall, and the Golden Lane. You’ll cross Charles Bridge on foot and head to Tyn Church and the famous astronomical clock in beautiful Old Town Square. Or explore Jewish Prague on a walking tour of Josefov, the city’s old Jewish quarter. It features Europe’s oldest surviving Jewish cemetery; the Old New Synagogue, the Continent’s oldest active synagogue; and Pinkas Synagogue, now a memorial to Holocaust victims. Note: The synagogues and Jewish cemetery are closed on Saturdays. If the tour lands on a Saturday, we will visit sites in the Josefov district associated with writer Franz Kafka.
Prague, transfer to Nuremberg
Transfer via motorcoach to Nuremberg where you will board the stylish River Ambassador.
FEATURED EXCURSION: Bamberg walking tour Awaken in charming Bamberg, a lively city with one of Europe’s largest intact Old Town centers (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Like Rome, Bamberg is built on seven hills—only here, a church tops each one. Your tour takes you past the imperial Cathedral of St. Peter and St. George; the huge 17th-century New Palace (once home to the prince-bishops) and its glorious rose garden; the Town Hall; and Little Venice, an area of colorful fishermen’s houses. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner
Cruising the Main River, Würzburg (Rothenburg)
FEATURED EXCURSION: Tour of Medieval Rothenburg After enjoying a scenic stretch of the river, embarkon a guided tour of picturesque Rothenburg, a well-preserved medieval walled town. Then venture off on your own to see more of the treasures this delightful city has to offer. You may wish to explore the Christmas magic of Käthe Wohlfahrt’s museum, which enchants at any time of the year. After dinner onboard, take a walk through ancient Würzburg. Stroll across the 15th-century Alte Mainbrücke, the oldest bridge spanning the Main, for a great view of the city lights.
Würzburg, cruising the Main River
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Würzburg Residenz visit or exclusive Franconian “Village Day” Tour the magnificent Würzburg Residenz, an immaculate example of baroque architecture and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The palace was designed in the 18th century by an international team of architects and artists.(Particularly noteworthy is Tiepolo’s ceiling fresco—the largest in the world). After your tour, enjoy the lovely Court Gardens. Alternately, chat with the residents of a Franconian village over cake and coffee before joining them on a guided tour of their village to learn about daily life in the region. This cultural exchange is precisely what travel is all about—getting to know your fellow global citizens. Later, relax onboard with more scenic sailing.
Miltenberg, cruising the Main River
FEATURED EXCURSION: Miltenberg walking tour with exclusive “Village Day” Delightful Miltenberg, the “Pearl of the Main River,” is still protected by its medieval walls and two gates—one facing east and another facing west. On your walking tour, you will discover a town that seems to embody a German fairytale, with its 14th- and 15th-century half-timbered houses (including the famed Crooked House) and the venerable Royal Inn, which has been a working hotel since the 17th century. Further explore Miltenberg by enjoying a beer tasting at Brauhaus Faust, one of Miltenberg’s famous breweries; make an exclusive visit to a farm in a nearby village; learn about watercolor painting with an artist in her home; or “Go Active” with a hike up to Helmstetter vineyard or the nearby castle ruins.
Nierstein (Nierstein or Heidelberg), cruising the Rhine River
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of exclusive Nierstein “Village Day” with vineyard tractor ride, Riesling wine tasting, and naturalist-led vineyard hike or Heidelberg city tour* Spend the day on an exclusive visit to the village of Nierstein, where renowned white wines havebeen made for centuries. Ride a tractor through the steeply sloping vineyards to sample some of the world’s finest Rieslings, and meet a naturalist who will discuss the region’s viniculture as you get a close-up view of wine-grape growing. Or, opt to have a motorcoach take you to Heidelberg, a perfectly preserved medieval city nestled in the Neckar River Valley along Germany’s Castle Road. Heidelberg is home to Germany’s oldest university and is forever immortalized by Sigmund Romberg’s operetta, The Student Prince. You’ll be guided through the romantic ruins of Heidelberg Castle’s courtyard, and then continue into downtown Heidelberg and Old Town. *Note: Lunch is not included with the tour of Heidelberg.
Strasbourg, cruising the Rhine River
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Strasbourg by canal or exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Strasbourg walking tour Admire picturesque Strasbourg, called the “Crossroads of Europe” for its location halfway between Paris and Prague, as you glide along its canals in a glass-enclosed water taxi. You’ll feel like you’re in a fairytale as you sail through the city’s beautiful historic core, where half-timbered houses are adorned with flower boxes. Or choose to see Strasbourg à pied with a walking tour that will haveyou feeling like a local. Explore the winding lanes of Old Town; walk through lively markets like the one at Broglie Square; and indulge in tasty pastries and coffee at a charming café. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
Disembark the ship and transfer to EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg for your flight home. Note: Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.