Heart of Germany - 2019

Munich • 7-night river cruise with Regensburg, Nuremberg, Bamberg, Würzburg, Heidelberg, Koblenz • Frankfurt
  • 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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In the crisp cool of early winter, Europe is paradise for travelers in the know. Come along with Vantage and sail into the Heart of Germany in spellbinding, off-season fashion. You’ll follow the scenic Upper Middle Rhine Valley, winding past imposing medieval castles, sweeping vineyards, and bucolic villages where time has (almost) stood still, all with the added benefit of fewer crowds and more room for exploring. Revel in the architecture and romantic scenery in Würzburg and Regensburg, explore the medieval half-timbered towns of Nuremberg and Heidelberg, and experience four UNESCO World Heritage Sites and six immersive Cultural Connections that highlight German history, tradition, and seasonal charms.

Traveling solo? Vantage is the only company with river ships that offer specially built cabins for solo travelers, so you can experience these treasured destinations without paying a Single Supplement. Keep in mind — because it’s a seasonal cruise, departures are limited! Maximize your journey with pre- and post-trip extensions to Prague and Brussels for the ultimate in off-season delights.

Regensburg to Koblenz (ms River Voyager)

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Prague, Czech Republic

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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’ll board ship and begin your cruise. Tonight, you’ll convene with fellow travelers at the Captain’s Welcome Reception.

Included Meals:


DAY 3:

Discover the historic gems of Regensburg

Cultural Connection: Begin the day with an enlightening talk on the history of the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal. Cultural Connection & Unforgettable Moment: Experience a slice of Bavaria on a walking tour of UNESCO-named Regensburg, complete with a delectable culinary treat. Once part of the Roman Empire, today Regensburg offers spire-topped medieval architecture, a lively cultural scene, and energetic pubs. After lunch on the ship, enjoy extra time to explore Regensburg on your own. Cultural Connection: Back on board this afternoon, pick up some helpful phrases during a German lesson. Tonight, savor good food and good conversation during 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

Choose between two tours in Nuremberg today: “Nuremberg and World War II” to explore the city’s World War II history and visit the Documentation Center, or “Medieval Nuremberg,” featuring the Schöner Brunnen fountain, the city’s medieval castle, and more landmarks.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 5:

Wander the streets of romantic Bamberg

Spend the morning discovering Bamberg on a city tour. With its medieval marvels and ubiquitous breweries, this UNESCO-listed city is a true German masterpiece. Cultural Connection: We’ll sip some warm Glühwein, a traditional mulled wine and a regional favorite during the winter months. After the tour, enjoy some free time to explore this romantic city on your own. Cultural Connection: Back on the ship, a lecture on Germany in the 21st Century will enhance your discoveries in this country.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 6:

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

Arriving in lavish Würzburg, you’ll have a choice of tours: Set out on a half-day exploration of the Würzburg Residenz, a baroque European castle and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, followed by leisure time; or, spend a full-day touring Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a storybook town of medieval homes and cobblestoned lanes.

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 home to Germany’s oldest university.Unforgettable Moment: Enjoy panoramic views from Heidelberg Castle’s plaza before heading underground into the castle’s cellars. Here we’ll find the quirky Heidelberg Tun, an immense wine barrel, now empty, with a capacity of some 58,000 gallons. Then, revel in more fantastic city views during a funicular ride downtown; active travelers can return on foot. Enjoy some leisure time after we lunch together in a local restaurant. Be sure to stroll Heidelberg’s pedestrian-only main street or explore its various squares — or, stop by the ice rink at Karlsplatz for the ideal winter activity.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 8:

At the confluence: Koblenz

Enjoy relaxing and scenic cruising on the Rhine as you make your way to Koblenz, an ancient city strategically located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. From the wedge-shaped headland where the waters meet, a giant equestrian statue of Kaiser Wilhelm I overlooks the united rivers. Enjoy a walking tour this afternoon. This evening, grab your boogie shoes for 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 Brussels.

Included Meals:


Post-Trip Extension

Brussels, Belgium


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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