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Majestic Rivers of Europe Wine Cruise: Castles, Cathedrals & Fairytales - 2022

14-night river cruise with Mainz, Cologne, Rüdesheim, Heidelberg, Wertheim, Marktheidenfeld, Würzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Vienna, Budapest
  • The Danube River along the shore of Budapest, featuring the grand Parliament building
  • Europe Wine River Cruise with Castles and Cathedrals including Cologne, Rüdesheim, Heidelberg, Würzburg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Vienna, and Budapest
  • All FREE Single Supplements Are Sold Out
  • All Reduced Single Supplements Are Sold Out
FREE Solo Space
Solo Friendly Supplements
Save up to $3,698 per couple with FREE international airfare on select departures.
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Splendor Cabaret Lounge

Splendor Captain's Club

Splendor Compass Rose Restaurant

Splendor Fitness Room

Splendor Front Terrace

Splendor Large Deluxe Suite: Colombus Suite

Splendor Library

Splendor Lisa Minnelli Owner's Suite

Splendor Lobby and Reception Area

Splendor Massage Studio

Splendor Stateroom with Outside View

ms River Splendor

Splendor Stateroom with Outside View

Splendor Stateroom with French Balcony

Splendor Sun Deck

Featured Videos

A Musical Moment in Vienna's Kursalon

Vienna is recognized throughout the world for its excellent classical music performances. As part of your Vantage river cruise itinerary, feast your eyes and ears at a private classical music concert at the Kursalon.

A Day in Marktheidenfeld

Stop in the provincial town of Marktheidenfeld to experience a true slice of German life. Meet local artisans at the paper mill, stop at a small castle whose owner will show us his collection of antique instruments, and then go to a family-run vineyard, where the owner personally explains the winemaking process.


Sail past this “siren song” landmark.

Vantage Highlight- Budapest

Enjoy a city tour of Budapest (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) featuring Fisherman’s Bastion.

Scenic Cruise of the Wachau Valley

Lined with ancient towns, castles, monasteries and vineyards, Austria’s magnificent Wachau Valley - a UNESCO World Heritage Landscape - is a highlight of your Vantage river cruise on the Danube River.

The Würzburg Residenz

Your Vantage river cruise through Germany includes a half-day tour of the Würzburg Residenz, a baroque European castle that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your tour includes a visit to the wine cellar for a tasting and lecture.

Nuremberg: A City For All Seasons

With its rich history and strong arts and crafts traditions, Nuremberg is a fascinating and beautiful city to visit any time of year.

Regensburg: Germany's Medieval Gem

Two thousand years of history line the streets of Regensburg, a beautifully preserved Bavarian city on the Danube. Today, nearly 1,000 buildings built between the 11th and 13th centuries remain standing in their original glory, unscathed by World War II.

Romantic Heidelberg: Germany’s Ideal University Town

Heidelberg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has everything going for it. A beautiful riverside setting in the Rhine-Neckar Valley… Germany’s oldest and most prestigious university...An imposing castle…Historic baroque architecture…And a lively a cultural scene, with great dining, shops, wine cellars, beer gardens, museums, and more. In fact, Heidelberg is consistently rated one of the best cities in Germany to visit and to live, and you’ll find out why on your included tour here.

Biking Opportunities

On board our ships, complimentary bicycles are available for your use so you can pedal along the scenic paths that wind along the river, or cycle around town, during your free time.

Slavka Holubova, Cruise Director

Slavka, born in Bratislava, enjoys the trips she guides, the different people she meets, and the challenges she sometimes faces. She likes to be around people and always finds a way to help. Her favorite place to visit is the Netherlands for many reasons, but especially because the people there are openminded and straightforward. Her most memorable experiences are the thank-you notes she receives after a tour. “For some people, you remain in their minds even when you’re gone.” Slavka thinks that postcards and bookmarks are nice souvenirs, since they are light and small. On her free time, she travels, read books, play sports, and goes to the movies.

Dr. Markus Urban, Lecturer, Modern Germany & Rhine-Main-Danube Canal

Dr. Markus Urban was born in 1976 in Würzburg, on the Main River. He became a Nuremberger at the age of five, and studied history at the University of Erlangen and also at Kalamazoo College in Michigan. His experience guiding travelers on tours of Nuremberg, including the former Nazi Party Rally Grounds, Palace of Justice (scene of the Nuremberg Trials), and the old medieval town, dovetailed perfectly with his doctoral studies.

Professor Edward Kudlak, Lecturer, Vienna: The City of Music

Welcome to the city of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Mahler, Bruckner, Schonberg, and so many others! More than any other city on Earth, Vienna boasts a vast classical music heritage, and Professor Edward Kudlak is the ideal host to enhance your appreciation of it. Born in Montreal, he studied at both McGill University and the Vienna Academy of Music before becoming concertmaster for the Academy Orchestra, Haydn Orchestra, and Vienna Baroque Ensemble.

Optional Extension to Prague & Bratislava

Make the most of your included airfare by adding two more European countries to your passport — magnificent Prague, an elegant, Old World capital boasting many grand castles, and Bratislava, the delightful capital of Slovakia. 

Optional Extension to Paris, France

Paris never goes out of style. So, let Vantage return you — or introduce you — to this timeless capital on a romantic 3-night extension. You’ll be seduced by the city’s intoxicating allure, where every corner offers the chance to fall in love — whether with the Mona Lisa on a tour of the Louvre, or with the luscious food!/p>

The ms River Splendor

Unpack just once, relax, and discover the most luxurious and rewarding way to see Europe. The Deluxe ship, the ms River Splendor, has been designed specifically for the discerning traveler, with spacious staterooms, a state-of-the-art infotainment system, gourmet international dining, themed lounges, complimentary Concierge service, and a crew-to-passenger ratio of better than 1:4.

Owner's Suite on the ms River Splendor

The 330 square-foot Owner's Suite has all the features of a Deluxe Suite, including floor to ceiling windows with remote control curtains; private airport transfers upon arrival and departure from your destination when you purchase Vantage air, laundry service, and more.

Deluxe Suites on the ms River Splendor

Make the most of your journey by upgrading to a 250-square-foot Deluxe Suite at a surprisingly reasonable price. Your Deluxe Suite includes all of the amenities of Deluxe Staterooms, plus a minibar, luxurious bathrobes and slippers, a bathroom with a shower and bathtub, and more.

Deluxe Staterooms on the ms River Splendor

Join us and unpack just once in your private stateroom. All staterooms face outside and feature a glorious view. Deluxe staterooms on the Navigator deck have French balconies, which offer the best of all worlds: grand, panoramic views and the ability to open your room to fresh river breezes — without reducing valuable interior space, the way a traditional balcony does.

Single Staterooms on the ms River Splendor

If you're traveling solo, you'll also have the choice of reserving a single cabin so you don't have to pay based on double-room rates. (Availability is limited, so reserve promptly if interested.)

Sheraton Bratislava Hotel

Sheraton Bratislava Hotel is a modern hotel nestled on the banks of the Danube River, just a 10-minute walk to Bratislava's historic Old Town. The hotel features a true French restaurant, Brasserie Anjou®, vibrant Amber's Bar® and Port Wilson Lobby Lounge®, Link@Sheraton Cafe with healthy options and an exclusive Club Lounge. Find your glow in Shine Spa for Sheraton™ offering heated swimming pool, Finnish sauna, steam bath, 24/7 Sheraton fitness and a wide variety of massages and treatments. Room amenities include: Sitting area and large work desk, A/C, Wired/WiFi High Speed Internet Access for a fee, separate rain shower and bath, 32" TV, complimentary coffee/tea making facilities, bathrobe and slippers, in-room safe with charge plug, iron and ironing board.

Other Helpful Videos

Solo Travel with Vantage

You can count on the best value in the industry when you travel solo with Vantage, beginning with one free Single Supplement on each departure of most Small Ship Cruises and Escorted Land Tours. We also offer among the lowest Single Supplements available. And you’ll enjoy single-occupancy staterooms on our fleet of deluxe river ships.

Vantage's Referral Program

Do you have friends who love to travel as much as you do? Why not be rewarded for sharing your love of travel? That's the philosophy behind Vantage's newly enhanced Referral Program, where you can earn up to $8,200 in your choice of cash and free travel rewards for every eight friends you refer!

Vantage Deluxe Travel Air Upgrades

Upgrade your flight category to First Class, Business Class, or Premium Economy, and you’ll start your trip off right. That’s because you’ll arrive refreshed, unfrazzled, and ready to go. Even better, you’ll be able to take advantage of our contract prices, meaning big savings and no service fees.

Travel Protection Plan

When you’re ready to travel to the places you love, there’s a way to plan with more peace of mind. From medical emergencies to travel delays and beyond, the Travel Protection Plan gives you the added security to discover the world without worrying about the unexpected.

SmartPay Discount Plan

Optional pre-trip extensions. Exclusive optional tours. Upgraded business class seats. These things can be yours — virtually for free — when you use SmartPay to pay for your trip in advance. That’s because you can save an average of up to $600 per person — a full 10% — when you reserve your trip and pay in full 12 months or more prior to your journey!

Group Program - Travel for FREE

Earn a FREE trip with every 10 paying travelers you bring with you!

Vantage Deluxe Worldwide River Cruising

In Europe, civilization developed along the rivers, so there's no better route along which to explore. Voyages aboard our own private and privately chartered fleet span the entire continent. Our tantalizing array of itineraries reveals storybook castles, half-timbered villages, medieval town squares, and dramatic landscapes of rolling vineyards and lofty mountains. And because your river ship is your home throughout your voyage, you'll unpack just once and feel comfortable in no time.

The World of Vantage

Discover the world with Vantage Deluxe World Travel — at the best values available today — for worldwide river cruises, small ship discoveries, and escorted land tours for small groups

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