UNESCO World Heritage-listed locations and picturesque towns make up this historically-rich itinerary, while vineyards and natural beauty create stunning riverbank backdrops.
Itinerary also travels in reverse.
Frankfurt – Bernkastel
When you arrive in Frankfurt, you will be transferred to Bernkastel to board your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship, where your captain and crew will be waiting to warmly welcome you. This evening, join your fellow guests for dinner on board.
Today, you will get the opportunity to explore a piece of Europe’s vast history as you travel to Bernkastel, a town that can be dated back to 3000 BC. Situated along the banks of the Moselle River, Bernkastel contains a number of well-preserved medieval buildings, some of which you will have the opportunity to explore today during your guided tour.
Witness the timber-framed houses, castle ruins and ancient fortifications that pepper the medieval marketplace and learn about the history of this winemaking town from your local guide. If you are feeling more active, then you may instead choose to cycle around Bernkastel.
EmeraldPLUS: A wine tasting in Bernkastel
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided bike tour near Bernkastel
EmeraldEXCURSION: A walking tour of Bernkastel
Early this morning, sail into the enchanting town of Cochem. When you arrive, enjoy a guided tour of Cochem’s old town, including a number of well-preserved medieval sites and ancient fortifications, before visiting Reichsburg Castle, a prime example of Gothic Revival architecture.
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Cochem and the Reichsburg Castle
Koblenz can be found among the picturesque surrounds of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Rhine Valley; a place that has a strong influence on the German Romantics of the 18th century, thanks to its many ruins, castles and ancient monasteries. You will get the opportunity to learn about Koblenz, one of the oldest castles in Germany, as you embark on a guided walking tour. Included is a cable car ride across the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine rivers to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, where postcard-worthy panoramic views of the surrounding area await.
This afternoon, relax on board as we cruise through the Rhine Gorge. Your EmeraldPLUS experience is certain to delight, as you enjoy a regional wine lecture in the Horizon Lounge.
EmeraldPLUS: A regional wine lecture on board
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Koblenz and the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
Miltenberg - Wertheim
Set on the banks of the Main River, Miltenberg perfectly encapsulates life in medieval Bavaria. A series of well-preserved half-timbered buildings and a number of prominent landmarks pepper the area, including the Gothic Merchant Hall, an impressive symbol of past affluence that was created by trade along the waterways of Europe. After your tour, you will have some free time to explore Miltenberg at leisure.
Later, be transferred by coach to the medieval glass-blowing town of Wertheim, where you will have some free time to explore, perhaps stopping to learn more about its ancient craft.
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Mildenburg Castle
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Miltenberg
Würzburg offers a unique level of exploration; with something to delight art lovers, wine connoisseurs and history buffs. Viticulture flourishes in the surrounding area, and air raids during WWII destroyed most of the old town. A decision was made to restore it to its former glory, leaving behind an intricate mixture of medieval buildings and modern designs for you to discover today.
Your included EmeraldPLUS experience is certain to be a highlight of your trip, with a wine tasting in the Staatlicher Hofkeller below the Würzburg Residence, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed Baroque palace that is considered to be one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in Europe.
EmeraldPLUS: A wine tasting in the cellar of the Würzburg Residence
EmeraldEXCURSION: A walking tour of Würzburg and a visit to the Würzburg Residence
Immerse yourself in the magic of the past today as you explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed charms of Bamberg, an ancient city that boasts one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval town centres. Join your local guide for a tour of Bamberg’s medieval past, including more than 2,000 listed buildings with ornate façades from across the centuries, each richly decorated with spectacular ornamentation.
Tonight, you will enjoy a gala dinner.
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Bamberg with local tasting
After breakfast, it is time to bid farewell to your fellow guests and disembark the ship for your transfer from Nuremberg to the airport, taking memories of ancient squares and ornate wine cellars with you.