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Grand European River Cruise - 2020

Frankfurt | 23-night river cruise with Mainz, Cologne, Rüdesheim, Heidelberg, Wertheim and Marktheidenfeld, Würzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Vienna, Budapest, Kalocsa, Mohacs, Vukovar, Belgrade, Donji Milanovac, Ruse, Giurgiu | Bucharest
  • ENJOY CRUISE LIFE ON A DELUXE RIVER SHIP, FEATURING WORKSHOPS, EVENING ENTERTAINMENT, AND MORE
  • MARVEL AT THE STORYBOOK SCENERY ALONG THE UNESCO-LISTED RHINE RIVER
  • SPEND FOUR DAYS EXPLORING UNESCO-LISTED BUDAPEST AND ITS MYRIAD TREASURES, INCLUDING THE PARLIAMENT
  • ENJOY A ROUSING DANCE PERFORMANCE BY LOCAL CHILDREN IN BULGARIA
  • SAIL THROUGH THE IRON GATES, ONE OF THE DANUBE'S MOST BEAUTIFUL STRETCHES
  • MAKE THE MEMORIES OF A LIFETIME WHEN YOU EXPLORE EUROPE ALONGSIDE YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY ON OUR SPECIAL DEPARTURES
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Transylvania, Romania

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DAY 1:

Fly to Romania

Today you’ll board an overnight flight to Bucharest, Romania.

DAY 2:

Arrive in Bucharest, and attend a Welcome Briefing

Arrive in Bucharest today. If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, our representative will meet you outside the arrivals area and assist with your transfer to your Bucharest hotel. Tonight, attend a Welcome Briefing and Dinner in the hotel.

Included Meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

Transylvanian delights: Mountainous Sinaia and Peles Castle

Venture into Transylvania, the mountainous, legend-haunted region in central Romania. On the way, stop for lunch in Sinaia, a former royal summer retreat, and visit fairytale-worthy Peles Castle. As you enter Transylvania proper, you’ll see why it’s known as the last medieval landscape in Europe. You’ll return to Bucharest in the afternoon. Enjoy dinner in the hotel this evening.

Vantage Exclusive:

  • Stop for lunch in the beautiful mountain town of Sinaia and visit Peles Castle

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 4:

Panoramic Bucharest tour, then explore its historic sites

Today we’ll set off on a panoramic tour of Bucharest and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards, explore Bucharest’s grand monuments and leafy, old-world boulevards on a city tour that includes a choice of entrances. You can visit the infamous People’s Palace, the grandiose, sprawling, and never-completed administrative building initiated by dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Alternatively, take a fascinating walking tour of Manuc’s Inn, Bucharest’s oldest hotel building, which was built as a way station for caravans and surrounds a large open courtyard. This afternoon we’ll transfer to Giurgiu and embark our river ship. Tonight, the Contemporary Bulgarian Trio puts a twist on traditional music during our first dinner on board.

Included Features:

  • Your choice of tours: visit the massive Palace of the Parliament, or take a walking tour of Manuc’s Inn
  • Enjoy an evening of folk entertainment
Vantage Onboard Enrichment:
  • Morning yoga and stretching, offered throughout the duration of your cruise
  • Optional early risers’ breakfast in the Captain’s Club, offered throughout the duration of your cruise
  • Chess, shuffleboard, track, spa, and other amenities
Please note: Travelers who embarked on the Transylvania pre-trip extension will join the Base Program today. Extension travelers will have already completed the Bucharest portion of the Base Program on Days 3 and 4 of the extension.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 5:

Spend a day in captivating Veliko Tarnovo, including lunch with students and a choir performance

Today offers an exciting high point of your journey when you spend a full day in Veliko Tarnovo, a 12th-century Bulgarian capital where colorful houses perch above the winding Yantra River. Have lunch with local university students in Veliko Tarnovo before heading to the 16th-century village of Arbanassi for a lovely Eastern Orthodox choir performance at the Church of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel. This afternoon, some local children come on board for a delightful dance performance and, later, we’ll learn about the Bulgarian tradition of icon painting from a local artist, and then meet a local Orthodox priest.

Included Features:

  • Full-day tour of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi with Orthodox choir performance
  • Local children perform traditional dance
  • Learn about icon painting from a local artist and meet an Orthodox priest on board

Cultural Connection:

  • Have lunch with local university students

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 6:

Cruising to Belgrade with a Balkan-style BBQ

As you cruise this morning, a lecture on “Bulgaria, Romania, and the Expansion of the European Union” offers some contemporary context to our journey as we sail toward Belgrade. Enjoy some leisure time on board, including the festive Balkan-style BBQ on the sun deck of the ship (weather permitting).

Cultural Connection:

  • Lecture Series: "Serbia Today"

Scenic Sailing

  • Leaving Belgrade, enjoy views of the Golubac Fortress as you sail to Donji Milanovac

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 7:

Cruising the Iron Gates of the Danube, and cultural immersion in Donji Milanovac

Relax on deck this morning and enjoy the views as your river cruise passes through one of the most dramatic and beautiful stretches of the Danube river, the series of gorges known as the Iron Gates of the Danube. As your ship passes through two sets of locks, you’ll hear commentary from the bridge describing the process.

This afternoon, set off on a walking tour of charming Donji Milanovac, where you’ll visit the Church of St. Nikolas and an elementary school. Here, you’ll also enjoy a fascinating introduction to the Cyrillic alphabet, the script invented by a Byzantine monk in the 9th century but now widely used throughout the Slavic world.

Included Feature:

  • Take a walking tour of charming Donji Milanovac
Scenic Sailing:
  • Relax on deck this morning and enjoy the views as your river cruise passes through one of the most dramatic and beautiful stretches of the Danube river, the series of gorges known as the Iron Gates of the Danube

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 8:

Discover Belgrade and Kalemegdan Fortress

An illuminating lecture on modern Serbia sets the stage for our discovery of the country’s 2,500-year-old capital, Belgrade, on a half-day tour. Belgrade’s recent history can be felt in the city’s grittiness, but bold redevelopment and the positive outlook of residents will undoubtedly impress you. As a counterpoint to Belgrade’s comeback, we’ll visit the Kalemegdan Fortress. Dating back to a staggering 279 BC, the fortress was since destroyed more than 40 times in approximately 115 battles.

This afternoon, take advantage an optional tour to Tito’s Memorial and Royal Palace. Or, if you're up for something a bit more adventurous, speak to your Concierge about where you can rent a canoe or kayak. Tonight’s sure to be festive, too, as we enjoy a traditional Serbian salt and bread welcome performed by two local women in traditional garb and an accordion player. We’ll enjoy another folk music and dance troupe as the evening’s entertainment.

Included Feature:
  • Half-day city tour of Belgrade including a visit to the Church of Saint Sava 
Cultural Connections:
  • Lecture series: "Serbia Today"
  • Local folk-style entertainment, including salt & bread welcome, traditional dress and music

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Optional Tour: Tito's Memorial and Royal Palace

Tito's Memorial and Royal Palace

  • Approximate Cost: $79 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3.5 hours
  • Location: Belgrade, Serbia
  • When: Afternoon Tour
Start your tour at the Royal Compound in Dedinje, a fashionable district of Belgrade. King Alexander I Karađorđević built it for his family in the 1920s, before his assassination in 1934 changed the course of Yugoslavian history. Today, the Crown Prince Alexander Karađorđević and his family live in the Royal Palace. You’ll enjoy a guided walking tour of the grounds, the Royal Palace, and the Church of Saint Andrej the First-Called, along with a welcome drink. Your next stop is the memorial to former President of Yugoslavia Josip Broz Tito and the museum showcasing tributes he received during his rule.

DAY 9:

Explore Croatia, and savor a home-hosted lunch in Vukovar

What better way to learn about local life than with a visit to a local family? As we make landfall in Croatia today, we’ll join a local family in their home for a riveting lunch. Then, if school is in session, we’ll meet some local students, or otherwise attend a guitar concert in a local courtyard. After, we’ll make our way to Eltz Manor, a baroque castle housing the Vukovar City Museum. More music awaits us back on the ship when a local band comes on board to play some modern-day classics that they’ve rejiggered into new arrangements.

Vantage Exclusive:

  • Home-hosted Croatian lunch and cultural exchange in Vukovar
Included Features:
  • Explore the 19th-century Eltz Manor, a Neo-Baroque palace that hosts the Vukovar City Museum 

Cultural Connections:

  • Learn about the monastic tradition when you visit a Franciscan monastery
  • Meet local schoolchildren or hear live guitar in the courtyard
  • Explore the 19th-century Eltz Manor, a Neo-Baroque palace that hosts the Vukovar City Museum
  • Enjoy entertainment onboard with a folk music performance by a local tamburitza orchestra

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 10:

Get folksy with craft and cooking lessons in Kalocsa

After breakfast, transfer to charming Pécs in the foothills of the Mecsek Mountains. Set off on a walking tour that includes a visit to the city’s UNESCO-listed Necropolis, which hearkens back to the 4th century, as well as the Pécs Cathedral. Alternatively, you might also embark on an hour-long city tour by train. Lunch is in a local Pécs restaurant.

Visit the town of Kalocsa this afternoon and embark on a city tour that includes workshops on folk painting, folk embroidery, and the making of traditional Hungarian paprika bread, as well as an organ concert.

Included Features:

  • City tour of Kalocsa
  • Visit charming Pécs in the foothills of the Mecsek Mountains. Then journey to UNESCO-listed Sopianae Necropolis, a 4th century Roman-era Christian burial site, or an optional hour-long panoramic city tour by mini-train
Cultural Connection:
  • Folk art work shop in Kalocsa including paprika bread making, egg painting, and embroidery
Scenic Sailing:
  • Tonight, enjoy some more scenic sailing, during which you’ll be able to see Budapest lit up at night, including its towering Parliament building

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 11:

Exploring the Pest side of Budapest, and a Jewish Heritage optional tour

Divided by the Danube, Budapest is actually two cities — Buda and Pest. Today we’ll explore Pest, beginning with an inside visit to St. Stephen’s Basilica, as well as a tour of City Park, Heroes’ Square, and neighboring Andrássy Avenue — a UNESCO World Heritage Site lined with Neo-Renaissance palaces and homes — and a glimpse of the Parliament building, which you’ll explore in-depth tomorrow. This afternoon, take an optional Jewish Heritage tour that reveals the historic Jewish Quarter and local landmarks, or simply enjoy some leisure time to explore Budapest on your own. Back on the ship this evening, a folk music and dance show concludes your first night in Budapest in style

Vantage Exclusive:

  • Tour the best parts of Pest, including St. Stephen’s Basilica, City Park, Heroes’ Square, elegant Andrássy Avenue, and the iconic parliament building
Cultural Connections:
  • Join in with folk music and a dance show onboard this evening, Eastern European-style

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Optional Tour: Jewish Heritage Tour

Jewish Heritage Tour

  • Approximate Cost: $39 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Budapest, Hungary
  • When: Afternoon Tour

Discover the largest Jewish community in eastern Europe during your stay in Budapest. This tour offers an illuminating look into the rich cultural, historical, and religious heritage of Hungary, with visits to Budapest’s Jewish Quarter, Dohány Synagogue — Europe’s largest — and more.

Please note: This tour is not available on Saturdays.


DAY 12:

Take a walk on the Buda side and go inside Parliament

Arguably Budapest’s most historic building, the Parliament towers over the Danube with its intriguing blend of architectural styles and 365 spires — one for every day of the year. Tour the inside of the Parliament building in this Vantage-exclusive experience that allows us fast-track entrance.

Vantage Exclusive:

  • Fast-track to enter the iconic Hungarian Parliament
Included Feature:
  • Explore the 19th century Castle Hill
Please note: The Parliament can cancel any confirmed visit at any time. In the event of a cancellation, travelers will instead visit the Opera House.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 13:

Head to Hollókő, or spend a day at leisure in Budapest

Join our delightful full-day optional tour to the Hungarian village of Hollókő, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a “living village” of early rural life before the agricultural revolution of the 20th century. Alternatively, enjoy a day at leisure in Budapest, perhaps taking advantage of our onboard bicycles to cruise along the Danube pathways, or to do some shopping on the Váci Utca, Budapest’s most famous shopping street.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Optional Tour: Hollókő: A Step Back in Time

Hollókő: A Step Back in Time

  • Approximate Cost: $109 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 8 hours
  • Location: Budapest, Hungary
  • When: Full-day tour, including home-hosted lunch

A scenic journey back in time, into the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, takes you to the medieval UNESCO World Heritage village of Hollókő. Here life follows the same patterns it did centuries ago — the houses are built in a medieval style with whitewashed walls and red-tiled roofs, and the locals still honor age-old customs and dress in traditional embroidered clothing on special occasions — such as your arrival! You'll be greeted with singing, dancing, and a snack of Hungarian cheesecake. Then, in small groups, we'll be invited into a home for lunch — a truly wonderful way to meet people of Hungary. Afterwards, you'll take a walking tour through the village's cobbled streets.


DAY 14:

City tour of Budapest, or opt for a Hungarian horse show

Begin the day with a city city tour of regal Budapest, including Fisherman’s Bastion and other local landmarks; or, transfer to the Great Market Hall for a guided tour followed by an afternoon at leisure. Alternatively, you can choose to take our Hungarian Horse Show optional tour this afternoon, where you'll be given a tour of the Lazar Equestrian Park in addition to a delightful horse show.

Included Feature:

  • Your choice of tours: city tour of Budapest featuring Fisherman's Bastion, or a visit to the Central Market Hall
Biking Opportunity:
  • Enjoy the most magnificent sites of Budapest, including Freedom Bridge, Chain Bridge, and the Hungarian Parliament Building during a medium-paced 9-mile route. Click here for details>Click here for details

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Optional Tour: Hungarian Horse Show

Hungarian Horse Show

  • Approximate Cost: $69 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 4.5 hours
  • Location: Budapest, Hungary
  • When: Half-day tour

Enjoy the romantic scenery of the countryside as you visit the Equestrian Park of the Lázár brothers, who have won several world championships in carriage driving. Hungarian horsemen will welcome and accompany you to the inn’s yard where you will enjoy the famous Hungarian pálinka (brandy) before going to the show. The horse show features varied styles of dressage and fun competition with guests. After the show, a carriage awaits you for a scenic ride through the surrounding area.


DAY 15:

Make Vienna the apple of your eye

A morning of scenic sailing through Bratislava awaits this morning. Culinary Feature: Enjoy an apple strudel-making session today in the lounge and enjoy dessert before lunch! This afternoon, you’ll arrive in Vienna, where you’ll be treated to a city tour. The capital’s historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Among the many highlights are the Austrian National Library and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. This evening, dinner is on board your ship or treat yourself to a fun evening with a Viennese Heurigen Dinner, a cozy family-style affair with wine and music.

Vantage Exclusive:

  • Panoramic city tour of Vienna including an inside visit of the Austrian National Library
Cultural Connections:
  • Apple strudel making demo
  • Evening onboard entertainment
Scenic Sailing:
  • Enjoy morning scenic sailing through Bratislava, including views of Bratislava Castle

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Optional Tour: Viennese Heurigen Dinner, Music & Wine

Viennese Heurigen Dinner, Music & Wine

  • Approximate Cost: $109 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3.5 hours
  • Location: Vienna, Austria
  • When: Evening tour, including dinner

Join us for this lively optional tour and take a seat inside a traditional heurigen — a cozy, family-style tavern — for hearty food, lively music, and locally produced vintages, of course. Heurigens customarily feature rustic décor, open courtyards with outdoor seating, and an accordion player playing traditional Viennese songs. Look forward to a fun, authentic, and festive evening!


DAY 16:

Vienna as you like it, and a private Kursalon concert

Join an onboard lecture this morning on "Musical Vienna" prior to venturing to Austria's grand capital. Then you'll experience another unforgettable moment on your choice of two tours: either the Museum of Art History or Schönbrunn Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is one of the grandest of European castles. With the afternoon at leisure, perhaps you can schedule a visit to a spa in Vienna through our Vantage Concierge Service, or take one of the complimentary shipboard bicycles. This evening, you’ll be treated to a private classical music concert at the Kursalon.

Back on board ship, dancers will entertain you and welcome you up into the crowd to learn the waltz and enjoy some fancy stepping, too.

Vantage Exclusive:

  • Exclusive, private concert at the Kursalon
Included Feature:
  • Your choice of tours: Schönbrunn Palace or the Museum of Art History
Cultural Connections:
  • Onboard lecture: Musical Vienna
  • Evening onboard entertainment and waltz lesson
Biking Opportunity:
  • Enjoy the architecture of Vienna, including panoramic sights of the city’s skyscrapers, during a medium 8-mile route. Click here for details
Water Sport Opportunity:
  • Ask your Concierge about renting a boat or kayak during your free time

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 17:

Indulge in scenic Wachau Valley cruising and a wine tasting dinner

Depart Vienna and settle back to enjoy one of the most scenic stretches of our journey. The Cultural Landscape of the Wachau Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, notable for its architecture, vineyards, monasteries, and orchards. As you take in the romantic views of hilltop castles and terraced vineyards, you'll cruise by the wine town of Dürnstein. In 1192, King Richard the Lionheart of England was imprisoned in the castle that looms above the town. Tonight’s dinner will be further enhanced by a pairing and tasting of local wines with commentary.

Included Feature:
  • Scenic Wachau Valley sailing with live commentary
Cultural Connection:
  • German lesson
Culinary Feature:
  • Interactive cooking lesson in the Captain’s Club: Tiroler Gröstl

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 18:

Music and pub crawls in picturesque Passau

Today, join a walking tour of baroque Passau, known as the "town of three rivers" because it's located where two tributaries join the Danube river. On your tour, visit a beer garden, and enjoy an organ concert inside St. Stephan’s

Included Feature:

  • Walking tour of Passau
Cultural Connections:
  • Organ concert in Passau
  • Onboard painting lesson in the ship’s lounge
Biking Opportunity:

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 19:

Regensburg: Roman architecture and Bavarian charms

You’ll arrive at the picturesque Regensburg today, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating to the Roman era. A morning walking tour reveals what many call the most charming town on the Danube River — it's sure to be a highlight of your Europe river cruise.

Included Feature:

  • Walking tour of Regensburg
Culinary Feature:
  • Interactive cooking lesson in the Captain’s Club: Dark beer braised short ribs
Biking Opportunity:
  • Explore Regensburg’s monuments and history, including the Walhalla Monument, during a moderate 14-mile route. Click here for details

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 20:

Nuremberg, customized for you — tour the town’s highlights or explore its WWII history

This morning, learn about the Main-Danube Canal during an onboard presentation, followed by lunch. Upon arrival in Nuremberg this afternoon, you'll have your choice of two city tours: Choose “Nuremberg and World War II” to explore the city’s World War II history and visit the Documentation Center, or take the “Highlights of Nuremberg” tour that includes a visit to the delightful Toy Museum.

Later this evening, enjoy the "Magic of Rhythm Show," where International tap stars showcase a variety of styles, from ferociously fast Paddle-and-Roll rhythms to languid, elegant Soft Shoe to fiery a-cappella counterpoint. From the first taps to last, these artists will captivate you with thrilling, humorous and unforgettable performances.

Included Feature:
  • Your Choice of Tours: "Nuremberg in WWII" or "Medieval Nuremberg"
Cultural Connections:
  • Lecture on the Main-Danube Canal
  • Evening onboard entertainment

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 21:

Sail the Altmühl Valley, tour Bamberg by foot, and enjoy a wine tasting dinner

You’ll cruise toward Bamberg today and arrive midmorning for a walking tour of the historic center of town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy some free time to explore independently afterward and return to your ship in time for lunch. Set sail for Würzburg and hear a fascinating lecture on Bavaria, Germany's “special state", along the way. You’ll also learn how to make Swabian meat pockets, a hearty dish that is well known in this region.

Tonight’s delicious dinner onboard includes a pairing of four wines with insights on their local production.

Included Feature:
  • Walking tour of Bamberg
Cultural Connections:
  • Lecture on Bavaria: Germany's special state
  • Wine pairing dinner onboard
Culinary Feature:
  • Interactive cooking lesson in the Captain’s Club: Swabian meat pockets

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 22:

Tour and wine tasting inside the Würzburg Residenz

Arriving in Würzburg, set out on 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 from an experienced sommelier. The Residenz are ideal for strolling, and you’ll have time to do so before transferring back to the ship for lunch. More active travelers will have the option to walk back to the ship for lunch onboard.

Alternatively, you may join an optional tour of medieval Rothenburg ob der Tauber, whose timbered homes and cobbled streets are like stepping back in time. After enjoying some free time and lunch on your own in Rothenburg, you’ll continue on to your tour and wine tasting at Würzburg Residenz.

Included Feature:
  • Half-day tour of the Würzburg Residenz with wine tasting
Cultural Connection:
  • Lecture on Germany in the 21st Century: Changes and Challenges
Culinary Feature: Biking Opportunity:

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Optional Tour: Tour to Rothenburg with Christmas Museum

Tour to Rothenburg with Christmas Museum

  • Approximate Cost: $69 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 9 hours
  • Location: Würzburg, 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 take in the stunning views, explore the shops and enjoy lunch on your own.

Note: Lunch is not provided on this tour. The Christmas Museum is not available during holiday season departures.

DAY 23:

Exploring village life in Marktheidenfeld, with a BBQ lunch and traditional live music

We'll arrive in Wertheim this morning and will set out to explore the town after breakfast. The highlight of our day will be a delightful half-day tour during which learn about local industry. Later, we’ll savor a BBQ lunch and take in some traditional live music.

Back on the ship, a glassblowing demonstration introduces us to the artistry of this age-old craft. Later tonight, you’ll have the opportunity to watch a cooking demonstration on kasspatzle (the German version of macaroni and cheese).

Vantage Exclusive:
  • German-style BBQ with traditional live music
Included Feature:
  • Tour one of four traditional German industries in Marktheidenfeld: Visit the local paper factory, a forge where traditional blacksmithing is done, a local château, or a family-owned winery
Cultural Connection:
  • Glassblowing demonstration onboard
Culinary Feature:
  • Interactive cooking lesson in the Captain’s Club: Käsespätzle

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 24:

Go day-tripping through romantic Heidelberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

In the morning, the ship docks in Aschaffenburg, and we will take a coach bus to Heidelberg. 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. This evening, we'll meet the ship in Rüsselsheim and enjoy onboard entertainment, including expert vocal performances from the 4 Virtuosos.

Included Feature:

  • Full-day excursion to Heidelberg with Heidelberg Castle and lunch at a local restaurant
Cultural Connection:
  • Evening entertainment in the ship’s lounge

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 25:

Sip Kölsch while exploring the historic cultural center of Cologne

This morning, explore Cologne’s Gothic splendor on a walking tour that includes the UNESCO-listed Cologne Cathedral. Enjoy a tasting of Kölsch beer, a signature brew that is only made here in Cologne.

Included Feature:

  • Walking tour of Cologne
Cultural Connections:
  • Kölsch beer tasting
  • Evening entertainment in the lounge
Biking Opportunity:
  • Enjoy this scenic path along the iconic Rhine River, with terrific views of Cologne Cathedral and the Hohenzollern Bridge, during this easy 5-mile route. Click here for details

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 26:

Rüdesheim personalized for you; Rhine Valley views

After some scenic sailing in the morning — during which we'll marvel at the scenery and hear about local lore — you'll arrive in Rudesheim, where you'll have your choice of three tours. The first is a cable car ride to the historic Niederwald Monument, which overlooks the Rhine Valley and commemorates the unification of Germany in the late 19th century. You can also embark on a mini-train ride to Siegfried's Musikkabinett, an amusing museum dedicated to self-playing music and its instruments. Your third choice of tours is a newly added vigorous hiking tour, where you’ll sample three different regional vintages. Afterwards, return to the ship for the Captain's Farewell Dinner.

Included Features:

  • Scenic sailing of the UNESCO-listed Upper Middle Rhine Valley with commentary
  • Your choice of tours in Rüdesheim: Cable car ride to Niederwald Monument, a mini-train ride to Siegfried's Musikkabinett, or a wine hike in Rüdesheim

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 27:

Disembark ship and return home

Disembark ship in Mainz, then transfer to the Frankfurt airport for your return flight home.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Post-Trip Extension

Amsterdam, the Netherlands (Post-trip)

FROM: $1099 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $275 PER DAY

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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