Day 1: Frankfurt (Embark)
Arrive at Frankfurt Airport. If your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship.
Day 2: Frankfurt
Settle into impressive Frankfurt. The city and its business district, Mainhattan, flaunt mixed material skyscrapers that protrude from its otherwise classically German skyline. The financial and business hub is home to one of the world’s largest stock exchanges. Experience one of Germany’s most unique cities by foot or by bike, making time to sample its famed Ebblewoi, apple wine, or its schnitzel topped with green sauce. Bike through Mainhattan and past its stunning Banking District, Central European Bank District, Goethe University and captivating Museum Mile.Featured Excursions:Frankfurt “Do as the Locals Do”“Let’s Go” Mainhattan by bike
Day 3: Mainz, Rüdesheim
Start your day with an array of opportunities in this colorful and medieval German city nestled on the Rhine. What was once a Roman military post, Mainz still holds on to its historical importance in a whole new age. Explore Mainz’s natural wonders with a trip to Wiesbaden’s hot springs and take a dip in the sparkling mineral waters. Wander around Mainz’s Old Town and marvel at its old-world buildings’ Gothic architecture. Mainz is marvelous. When your afternoon begins in vibrant Rüdesheim, you won’t know where to start. Journey to the extraordinary Eberbach Abbey, one of the most remarkable architectural sites in all of Germany. The former monastery sits in the acclaimed Rheingau region and has been a popular filming location movie and television. We’ll treat you to a Rheingau Riesling wine tasting within its historic walls.Featured Excursions:Mainz Espresso walk to Old TownAbbey Eberbach medieval monastery tour with Riesling tasting
Day 4: Rüdesheim, Boppard
Boppard is as picture-perfect as it gets. Wander through its stone-laden streets, riverside walking paths and historic center, stopping in for wine at the half-timbered taverns serving up exceptional Riesling from grapes grown on nearby vineyards. Make your way up to arguably the best view in the entire region, Rhine Bend, by scenic chairlift ride. See the Rhine River at its most astonishing point and stroll through its vineyard-dotted hillsides before heading back down to its waterfront streets.Featured Excursions:Boppard Rhine wine village stroll“Let’s Go” Rhine biking or walking on higher grounds with chairlift ride to Rhine Bend view and vineyard hike
Day 5: Cochem
Perhaps one of Germany’s most colorful cities, Cochem feels just like a storybook with its dramatic castles. impressive landscapes and pastel-colored shops, restaurants and buildings lining the banks of the Moselle. Perched high above on a cliff the brilliant Cochem Castle, or Reichsburg Cochem, brings German history and culture to life and provides panoramic views of the Moselle and Cochem below. Amidst Cochem’s rolling hills, sits the community of Ediger-Eller. Enchanting in its own right, Ediger-Eller shares many of its neighboring towns German characteristics and charm. Embark on an exclusive exploration of the town where you’ll be joined by the mayor of Ediger-Eller for a tasting of scrumptious local Rieslings. Or, head to the outskirts of town and journey through some of Europe’s steepest Riesling vineyards.Featured Excursions:Cochem: Pearl of the Moselle and magnificent Reichsburg CastleExclusive Ediger-Eller “Village Day” with wine tasting“Let’s Go” steepest vineyards in Europe: Riesling Vineyard hike
Day 6: Trier, Remich
Trier is no stranger to famous landmarks, stunning cathedrals, natural beauty, UNESCO World Heritage sites and architectural treasures. See Trier’s Roman heritage and Gallic charm as you stroll to some of the city’s most notable spots. Marvel at stone Roman gate, Porta Nigra, the Karl Marx house, Imperial Baths and more. Or experience Trier’s culinary side on a journey to uncover the best regional products and local wines. Feast like a Roman and sample dishes based off of first-century Apicius recipes as you meander through lively markets.Featured Excursions:Trier Roman heritage and Gallic charm panoramic and walking tourCulinary Trier: “Sip & Savor”
Day 7: Remich, Bernkastel
On this day, uncover Remich’s diverse history and natural landscapes at the Roman Villa Borg. The villa was reconstructed to be an authentic representation of the buildings that originally stood as part of an agricultural facility. Or discover one of Germany’s most scenic wonders, the Saar Bow, a breathtaking river loop that astonishingly cuts into the landscape. The higher you hike, the more magical the views of this breathtaking natural formation become. In the neighboring country of Luxembourg, experience a healthy dose of historical novelties with a visit to the expansive Luxembourg American War Cemetery and Memorial of General Patton, one of the heroes of World War II.Featured Excursions:Nature and Antiquity: Roman Villa, Borg, Perl and the Saar BowLuxembourg City: Best of and Must see
Day 8: Bernkastel
Bernkastel sits peacefully in the Moselle Valley and is as romantic and picture-perfect as it gets. Explore by foot its scenic streets, taverns and vineyards, and enjoy a tasting of exceptional regional Rieslings. Aside from the medieval marketplace, a must-see is the Graach Gate, the last remaining town gate of Bernkastel-Kues. Its original purpose was that of protection, hoping to ward off foreign aggression in the 1300s, but now it’s a museum of local history and a beloved landmark. If a bike is your transportation of choice, cycle along the dreamy paths of the middle Moselle.Featured Excursions:Bernkastel: picture-perfect and as romantic as it gets - Village & Vineyard walk with Riesling tasting“Let’s Go” biking the scenic middle Moselle
Day 9: Bonn, Cologne
Start your day in Ludwig van Beethoven’s birthplace of Bonn. Here, you can explore the city’s quaint Old Town, visit the German National Museum of Contemporary History or pedal along the Rhine’s breathtaking promenade. This afternoon, your ship will arrive in Cologne. Take a guided tour of the famous Cologne Cathedral or experience it like a local by visiting its Kölsch beer halls, stylish Belgian Quarter or one of the many Art Nouveau cafés.Featured Excursions:
Cologne walking discovery tour with Cologne CathedralAs you walk through the narrow lanes of the Old Town, you’ll find it hard to believe that more than 70 percent of the city was destroyed by bombs during WWII. The famous 12 Romanesque churches were reconstructed from the rubble, and The Cathedral, Cologne’s iconic landmark, rises magnificently in the city center. Though it was badly damaged by WWII, the great UNESCO-designated cathedral retains many of its original treasures—the relics of the Magi and other sacred figures, which inspired its building in the 12th century, the 14th-century stained-glass windows that were stored safely throughout the war and the beautifully painted choir stalls—though other treasures are displayed separately. Enter the awe-inspiring nave and learn about the history of the cathedral and its art collections, especially the pieces surrounding the Shrine of the Magi.
Note: The number of visitors allowed in Cologne Cathedral is regulated by a very strict schedule of time slots. Sightseeing will be arranged around the time slots obtained. On Sundays and Catholic holidays, guided tours inside the cathedral will not be possible.
Cologne “Do as the Locals Do”
Day 10: Cologne (Disembark)
Disembark the ship. If your cruise package includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Cologne Airport for your flight home.