Heart of Germany - 2018

Koblenz • Wurzburg • Bamberg • Nuremberg • Regensburg
  • VISIT AS MANY AS 6 CHRISTMAS MARKETS
  • ENJOY INSPIRED CUISINE–EVERY DAY OF YOUR TRIP
  • TOUR THE RESIDENZE PALACE
  • CHOOSE BETWEEN TWO WALKING TOURS IN NUREMBERG
  • WANDER THE MEDIEVAL TOWN OF HEIDELBERG
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Starting in late November, the cities and towns of Germany fall under a holiday spell. Snow begins to fall on rooftops, bright lights line streets and homes, and the world-famous Weihnachtsmärkte (Christmas Markets) appear in village squares with music, treats, and holiday treasures. What better way to experience this seasonal magic than aboard a gala holiday cruise? Start your holiday season with Heart of Germany.

Shop your way through as many as 6 colorful Weihnachtsmärkte ... Visit Nuremberg's world-famous toy museum ... Explore the exquisite architecture of Würzburg ... Soak in the striking landscapes as you cruise along the Rhine, Main, and Danube rivers ... The discoveries are endless. In addition to exploring four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, your European river cruise will also visit smaller medieval towns such as Bamberg and Heidelberg, where many of our own winter holiday traditions originated.

Traveling solo? Vantage is the only company in the travel industry whose river ships include cabins built specifically for solo travelers, so you can experience these treasured destinations without paying a Single Supplement. Keep in mind — because it's a holiday cruise, departures are limited! Don't miss this enchanting European river cruise simply sparkling with the excitement of the season.


Regensburg to Koblenz

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DAYS 1-2:

Depart home / Arrive in Munich, Germany / Transfer to Regensburg / Embark ship

If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, a Vantage representative will meet you and arrange transfer to the pier, where you board your ship and officially begin your holiday cruise. Start things off right at the Captain's Welcome Reception.

Included Meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

Regensburg

Enjoy a walking tour of Regensburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Unforgettable Moment: Later you'll have time at leisure to stroll through the charming Christmas market. Back on the ship, enjoy a German language lesson before gathering for the Captain's Welcome Dinner.

Biking Opportunity: Explore Regensburg’s monuments and history, including Walhalla Memorial Hall, during a medium 14-mile route. Click here for details.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 4:

Nuremberg

This morning you'll have your choice of two city tours in Nuremberg. Choose “Nuremberg and World War II” to explore the city’s World War II history and visit the Documentation Center, or take the “Medieval Nuremberg” tour that includes entrance to the delightful Toy Museum, which you can explore at your leisure. Unforgettable Moment: Enjoy the Christmas market here, which offers charm, history, and quite a few treasures you may want to bring home. You'll also learn about the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal during a lecture.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 5:

Bamberg

This morning you will discover medieval Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, during a city tour that includes one of the Nativity scenes for which the city is known this time of year. Enjoy some leisurely and scenic sailing in the afternoon. Cultural Connection: Attend a lecture on Germany in the 21st Century. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 6:

Wurzburg (Rothenburg)

Arriving in Würzburg, you'll have a choice: Set out on a half-day tour of the Würzburg Residenz, a baroque European castle that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, followed by leisure time in the town. Or, you may join an optional full-day tour of medieval Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Later, gather with your fellow travelers for a Christmas Tree Decoration Event. 

Biking Opportunity: Grab a bike and explore this scenic 17-mile route along the Main River. Click here for details.


 

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Optional Tour: Full-day Rothenburg Tour with Christmas Museum

Full-day Rothenburg Tour with Christmas Museum

  • Approximate Cost: $69 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 6 hours
  • Location: Wurzburg, Germany
  • When: Full-Day tour

Picturesque Rothenburg ob der Tauber features winding cobbled lanes lined with half-timbered houses, as well as massive towers and intact city walls around the Old Town where one can take in views over both the city and the Tauber valley. Known for its “eternal Christmas” atmosphere, the town’s various shops sell beautiful, handcrafted Christmas gifts and souvenirs all year round. Come December, the area comes to life with the famous Christmas Market, one of the most romantic markets in Germany. You’ll take a walking tour and pay a visit to the Christmas Museum; plus, you’ll enjoy some free time to explore the shops and take in the stunning views.


Note: Christmas Museum is not available during holiday season departures.

DAY 7:

Aschaffenburg / Heidelberg / Frankfurt

After arriving in Frankfurt, you’ll set off for a tour of Heidelberg, a red-roofed town on the Neckar River that is home to Germany's oldest university. Unforgettable Moment: Enjoy panoramic views from the plaza of imposing Heidelberg Castle, a Gothic-Renaissance ruin of red stone looming above the downtown and see the castles famed Heidelberg Tun, an immense wine barrel, now empty, with a capacity of some 58,000 gallons. Afterwards, descend via funicular from the castle to the town center to stroll the pedestrian-only main street. There are Christmas markets on several squares in town, including Kornmarkt, Universitaetsplatz, and Marktplatz — not to mention the idyllic ice rink at Karlsplats.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 8:

Koblenz

Today embark for scenic cruising on the Rhine on your way to Koblenz, a more than 2,000-year-old city strategically set at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. From the wedge-shaped headland where the waters meet, known as Deutsches Eck or "German Corner," a giant equestrian statue of Kaiser Wilhelm I overlooks the united rivers. You'll enjoy a walking tour of this charming town.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 9:

Transfer to airport in Frankfurt / Depart US Gateway

After breakfast, gather your new Christmas goods before disembarking and transferring to the airport for your flight home. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Important Notice:The above day-by-day itinerary is preliminary and subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Cruise Director or regional expert. In addition, should there be an extreme change in water levels, Vantage will do everything possible to provide either the included excursion or an alternate excursion at Vantage’s discretion.

Please Note: Port Times & Itineraries are subject to change. Fluctuating water levels may affect itinerary.

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