Heart of Germany - 2018

Regensburg • Nuremberg • Bamberg • Würzburg • Koblenz
  • Discover the medieval charms of UNESCO-named Bamberg
  • Explore Regensburg, where modern culture meets historic architecture
  • Cruise the gorgeous Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Enjoy unforgettable castle views in Heidelberg
  • Wander the lavish rooms of the UNESCO-named Würzburg Residenz
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Starting in late October, the cities and towns of Germany fall under a wintery spell. Snow begins to fall on rooftops, bright lights line streets and homes, and the cobblestone streets are blissfully clear of crowds. Start your winter season with our Heart of Germany river cruise and enjoy a European vacation like no other.

Soak in the striking landscapes as you cruise along the Rhine, Main, and Danube rivers… Admire the exquisite architecture of Würzburg and Regensburg … The discoveries in this enchanting corner of Europe are endless. In addition to exploring four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, your deluxe Germany cruise will also visit smaller medieval towns, such as Nuremberg and Heidelberg, that are as full of charm as they are history.

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. Don't miss this scenic European river cruise — while steering clear of crowds — on this captivating off-season journey. Join us for a one-of-a-kind European river cruise and discover what makes Vantage’s cruise line the premier in deluxe travel.

Regensburg to Koblenz

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Munich, Germany

FROM: $399 PER PERSON | 3 DAYS | $133 PER DAY | SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: FREE
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DAY 1:

Board a flight to Munich, Germany

Grab your bags — it’s time to go! This evening, you’ll fly overnight to Munich.

DAY 2:

Embark ship in Regensburg

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

Included Meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

Discover the historic gems of Regensburg

Cultural Connection: Begin the day learning about the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal during a lecture. Cultural Connection & Unforgettable Moment: Then, set off on a walking tour of UNESCO-named Regensburg, complete with a delectable culinary treat. A remarkable combination of charming history and a lively cultural scene, this city is full of medieval architecture, historic squares, and energetic pubs. After returning to the ship for lunch, you’ll have some time to explore at your own pace. Cultural Connection: Back on board this afternoon, 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:

Navigating medieval Nuremberg

Today, visit the towering Schöner Brunnen fountain and the city’s incredible medieval castle on our “Medieval Nuremberg” tour. Back on the ship this evening, more evening entertainment rounds out another historical, and festive, day in Germany.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 5:

Wander the streets of romantic Bamberg

This morning we set out on foot to discover UNESCO-named Bamberg on a city tour. With its medieval structures and picturesque surroundings, this city is a true German masterpiece. Cultural Connection: We'll even have a chance to sample Glüwein, a mulled wine drink and regional favorite during the winter months. After the tour, enjoy some free time to explore this romantic city on your own. Enjoy scenic sailing in the afternoon. Cultural Connection: Back on the ship this afternoon, enjoy a lecture on Germany in the 21st Century.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 6:

Discover Würzburg, with an option to tour Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Arriving in lavish Würzburg today, you'll have a choice: Set out on a half-day tour of the Würzburg Residenz, a baroque European castle that is an UNESCO World Heritage Site, followed by leisure time in the town. Or, you may join an optional tour of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a fabulously preserved medieval town.

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: Rothenburg Tour with Christmas Museum

Rothenburg Tour with Christmas Museum

  • Approximate Cost: $69 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 4 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 explore the shops and take in the stunning views.


    DAY 7:

    Unforgettable castle views in Heidelberg

    After arriving in Frankfurt, you’ll set off for a tour of Heidelberg, a red-roofed town on the Neckar River and 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. Then, savor fantastic city views during a funicular ride back to the city's downtown area; active travelers can return on foot. After enjoying lunch in a local restaurant together, you'll enjoy some leisure time. Be sure to stroll along the pedestrian-only main street in the town’s center or explore its various squares — stop by the idyllic ice rink at Karlsplatz for the perfect winter activity.

    Included Meals:

    Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

    DAY 8:

    At the confluence: Koblenz

    Enjoy a relaxing morning of scenic cruising on the Rhine as you make your way to Koblenz, a city more than 2,000-years-old 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. Upon arrival, you'll enjoy a walking tour of this charming town in the afternoon. Grab your boogie shoes this evening to enjoy a night of dancing onboard following dinner.

    Included Meals:

    Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

    DAY 9:

    Auf Wiedersehen! Time to fly home

    After breakfast, you’ll disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight home. Or, continue to your post-trip extension in Cologne.

    Included Meals:

    Breakfast

    Post-Trip Extension

    Cologne, Germany

    FROM: $399 PER PERSON | 3 DAYS | $133 PER DAY | SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: FREE

    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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