Day 1 (Tue) Prague.
Fly to Prague where you will be met and transferred to the InterContinental Hotel (or similar) for two nights.
Day 2 (Wed) Prague.
Included today: Guided sightseeing.
Prague is a 1,200 year old city preserved in time. See its best-known treasures on a guided walking tour, including the Old Town’s astronomical clock, Hradcany Castle grounds, St Vitus Cathedral and the Charles Bridge. Browse the shops for hand-cut crystal or art books, mingle with the locals in Wenceslaus Square or stroll alongside the Vltava River. (B)
Day 3 (Thu) Prague – Nuremberg.
After lunch, drive to Nuremberg, where your cruise ship is docked. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception. (B, D)
Day 4 (Fri) Bamberg.
Included today: Guided walk, see the Old Town Hall.
In the early morning hours, arrive in medieval Bamberg, former residence of one of Germanys most powerful imperial dynasties and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your GUIDED WALK takes in its historic centre, including the great 13th-century Romanesque cathedral and the fascinating Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall)built on an island in the middle of the Regnitz River when the bishop refused to give the townspeople land for a town hall! This afternoon, enjoy some relaxing time on board as you cruise toward Wrzburg on the Main River (B, L, D)
Day 5 (Sat) Wrzburg.
Included today: Guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s Residenz.
Surrounded by steep, verdant vineyards, Wrzburg is known as the ‘Pearl of the Romantic Road’ and makes an immediate impression with views of its beautiful Marienberg Fortress and 15th century Old Main Bridge. Today’s guided sightseeing tour visits the magnificent Bishop’s Residenz, home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted. (B, L, D)
Day 6 (Sun) Main River Village
Included today: Guided walk.
On the banks of the Main River you find cultural gems of small towns, many of them tucked away behind defensive walls and towered gates. Half timbered houses, narrow streets and medieval town centres, these picturesque Bavarian villages are a photographers delight. Join your Local Guide to experience one of these towns on a GUIDED WALK. (B, L, D)
Day 7 (Mon) Rdesheim – Rhine Gorge
Included today: Visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum: cruise through the Rhine Gorge.
Pretty Rdesheim is the perfect example of a Rhine Valley wine town, and SIEGFRIEDS MECHANICAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM is a real surprise. Enjoy a SPECIAL TREAT, then theres free time to explore the Drosselgasse and pick up some souvenirs. Downstream,the dramatic RHINE GORGE is the most beautiful stretch of river. Pass the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where sweet songs of local beauties lured enchanted sailors to their doom. (B, L, D)
Day 8 (Tue) Bernkastel
Included today: Guided walk, wine tasting and a visit to Reichsburg Castle.
Early this morning you arrive in the charming wine village of Bernkastel on the Moselle River. With its fascinating narrow streets and half-timbered houses that have stood since the Middle Ages, youll enjoy a GUIDED WALK that includes the beautiful marketplace with its renaissance-style Town Hallbuilt in 1608and the pointed house, built in 1416. The Moselle is famous for its wines, and growers in this area look after Germanys largest expanse of vineyards, the most celebrated of the vintages being the Bernkasteler Doktor. This evening enjoy a TASTING of some of these well-loved German wines. (B, L, D)
Day 9 (Wed) Trier.
Included today: Choice of guided sightseeing or Roman Trier tour in Trier.
Today cruise amongst the beautifully ethereal scenery of the Moselle Valley en route to Trier, the oldest city in Germany and some claim, even older than Rome. The famous Porta Nigra is the only surviving fortified gate from the original Roman settlement and it still gives access to the town centre. Today, join an included guided city tour or the more history-focused ‘Roman Trier’ tour before free time to explore this magnificent town. Trier also offers pleasant market squares, Germany’s oldest Christian church, a Roman amphitheatre and a whole host of picturesque architectural styles. This afternoon, cruise to Remich in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. (B, L, D)
Day 10 (Thu) Remich – Paris. ( Disembarkation )
Included today: High-speed TGV train journey.
Reach Remich in the early morning hours and say goodbye to your crew after breakfast. Travel to Luxembourg City or to Metz to board the HIGH-SPEED TRAIN to Paris and enjoy GUIDED sightseeing upon arrival. Known as one of the worlds most romantic and lively cities, Paris is a delight for all your senses. Your INCLUDED CITY SIGHTSEEING shows you magnificent must-see sights, such as Notre Dame Cathedral, the unique Louvre Museum with its glass pyramid as a contrast to its ancient architecture, the commemorative Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower. (B)
Day 11 (Fri) Paris.
Included today: Day at leisure.
Today Iin your free time, stroll down the Champs-Elyses, with sprawling side walks, and lavish cafs, or perhaps visit the world-famous Louvre museum, the Palace of Versailles or Montmartre with its gleaming white Sacr Coeur Basilica and bevy of artists on Place du Tertre. Paris is also well known for its colourful night-life and an optional outing to one of the worlds most famous cabaret shows is available. All of this awaits your discovery! (B)
Day 12 (Sat) Paris.
Transfer to the airport or station for your journey to the UK. (B)