Bavaria & the Romantic Rhine 2018

River Rhine | Germany, Europe

10 days
per person
  • Nuremberg
  • The Rhine
  • Bamberg
  • Wurzburg
  • Rhine River
  • Amsterdam
  • Rhine River
  • Cologne
  • Rudesheim
  • Rhine River
NurembergThe RhineBambergWurzburgRhine RiverAmsterdamRhine RiverCologneRudesheimRhine River
Note that there may be small differences between our general Itinerary for this cruise and a specific departure. To view departure specific itineraries please go to the Dates and Prices tab and click "View Itinerary" on a specific departure.


Bavaria & the Romantic Rhine Itinerary

Join us as we glide through two of nature’s corridors, which lead you through the heart of Europe and reveal the beautiful sights and fascinating history of Germany. Our cruise starts Amsterdam, the vibrant capital of the Netherlands. Enjoy the open landscape before the riverbanks rise dramatically on either side and medieval castles assert a commanding presence – this is the Rhine Gorge, a stretch of the river celebrated for its evident beauty and mysterious legends. We then join the Main river and stop to explore Miltenberg, the pearl of the river and Wüzburg, before following the Main Danube canal as far as Nuremberg. With the comforts of our 4 star ship to enjoy every day, you have the perfect balance of relaxing and exploring.

Day 1: UK – Amsterdam
We travel to Amsterdam, the vibrant capital of the Netherlands, and enjoy a relaxing evening onboard our ship.

Day 2: Amsterdam – Cologne
This morning you are free to explore Amsterdam or join our optional city tour which takes in the main sights. We cast off this afternoon for Cologne.

Day 3: Cologne
Relax on the sun deck as we cruise along to the largest city on the Rhine, Cologne. Here you can join our optional walking tour which also visits the enormous gothic cathedral.

Day 4: Cologne - Rüdesheim
Relax on the sun deck as we cruise along the Rhine, which leads us through the spectacular Rhine Gorge and past the legendary Lorelei. We stop at the quaint wine town of Rüdesheim where you can enjoy many highlights on our optional excursion, including a cable car ride for panoramic views across the Rhine valley. Join our evening optional excursion visiting a traditional wine cellar to sample some of the region’s delicious wine.

Day 5: Rüdesheim - Mainz
Mainz, is a fascinating city heralded as the wine capital of Germany. Here you have the morning free to explore or join our optional coach excursion visiting the majestic city of Heidelberg, home of Germany’s oldest university.

Day 6: Miltenberg
This morning you are can enjoy free time to explore the historic Miltenberg, the pearl of the river Main. The half-timbered houses fill the Old Market Place. The oldest part of the town sits between the Main River and the mountain Greinberg. This afternoon we set sail for Würzburg

Day 7: Würzburg
This morning you are free to explore the city of Würzburg, which served as the home of powerful prince-bishops for centuries. Join our optional excursion to visit Würzburg Palace – one of the finest pieces of baroque art in the world, its 8th century church and the Fortress Marienberg.

Day 8: Bamberg
We arrive in Bamberg in the afternoon, which is located at the start of the Main-Danube canal. Surrounded by seven hills, it boasts the most intact centre in Germany with the old town listed as a world heritage site because of its authentic medieval appearance. Join our city tour to enjoy the main sights including the cathedral, Altenburg Castle, the Old Town Hall and the former Benedictine Monastery. This evening we cruise along the Main-Danube canal towards Nuremberg.

Day 9: Nuremberg (Rail) – Cologne (Coach) / UK (Air)
This morning we bid farewell to our captain and crew and disembark our ship. We have free time in Nuremberg which is Bavaria’s second largest city after Munich. It combines medieval and modern life in an area filled with gothic churches, aristocratic houses, fountains, memorials and romantic corners. Our optional excursion is a great way to make the most of our visit before we check in at our hotel – those travelling by rail stay in Nuremberg and those travelling by coach are taken to Cologne. Those travelling by air set off on the return journey in the morning.

Day 10: Nuremberg (Rail) / Cologne (Coach) – UK
We set off this morning for our return journey to the UK.

Bavaria & the Romantic Rhine

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• Cruise along part of the Main-Danube Canal, the Main River and the Rhine River

• See the striking scenery of the dramatic Rhine Gorge

• Hear about the legends of the Lorelei Rock

• See the gothic masterpiece that is Cologne Cathedral


We offer a number of flexible travel options for you to join your cruise, whether you want to travel to the port of departure or directly to the ship. Please see below:

Dates and pricing

The details below show the travel options, pricing and the available departure dates for this itinerary. If you have any questions about this cruise please do not hesitate to call our Holiday Advisors.


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Enhance your holiday experience with a range of optional and included excursions that allow you to discover the history of our ports of call, experience the tradition of local regions and explore further afield. They’re the perfect complement to your cruise itinerary, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!


Amsterdam city tour


Our city tour is aboarOur city tour is aboard a tourist bus with a fully transparent roof (which opens in good weather), offering panoramic views of the city, canals, squares and main attractions.d a tourist bus with a fully transparent roof (which opens in good weather), offering panoramic views of the city, canals, squares and main attractions.


Cologne guided tour & Cathedral


The Cathedral of Cologne is one of Germany’s most important architectural monuments, a gothic masterpiece which boasts the highest church spires ever built. We have a visit here before we venture into the old town for an insight into the city’s 2,000 year history.

Rudesheim by night


Visit a traditional wine cellar to sample some of the region’s best wines, before exploring the captivating Drosselgasse, which is filled with little taverns and courtyards and is the cultural heart of the town.


Rüdesheim highlights


A road train ride transports you to view fascinating examples of early 1900 mechanical music making systems at Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum. We also include a cable car ride to reach the Niederwald monument, with spectacular views along the way.


Heidelberg highlights


Heidelberg is one of the most popular destinations in Germany, situated on the edge of the Denwald Forest where the Neckar river reaches the Rhine Plain. The main attractions are its castle, the Church of the Holy Ghost, and its university – the oldest in Germany. A 15-minute climb or funicular ride leads you to view the restored areas of the castle which are used for public events. The castle’s terrace in particular offers fine views of the city, while at the castle down in the adjacent cellar we encounter the Heidelberg Tun, one of the largest wine vats in the world.


Wurzburg Palace


The residence of the former prince bishops is one of the most important baroque castles in Europe and an absolute must-see for visitors to Würzburg. Our guided tour starts in the opulent Garden Hall and takes you to the grand staircase, through the White Hall, to the Imperial Hall – one of the most magnificent in the history of palace architecture. From there we are shown the stunning imperial rooms.


Bamberg city tour


Bamberg’s brewing industry goes back almost 900 years to the days when monasteries were the first breweries. This guided tour takes you around the old town so you can see the highlights of the old town with buildings from the 11th to 19th centuries including the town hall and the Bamberg Cathedral.


Nuremberg city tour


Our coach takes you through this medieval city. Its old town is almost completely surrounded by the 15th and 16th century city walls and houses the Kaiserberg Castle. You can also enjoy some free time exploring the city on foot.

Excursion Package

Excursion Package Price


Don't miss a thing by booking our special excursion package which includes all the listed excursions for this cruise. Not only can you take part in all the exciting trips we have organised, you can enjoy all this at a reduced cost!

At a glance

Length: 10 days

From: Amsterdam

Ends: Nuremberg

Travel options available:

    10 days
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    Included in the Price

    • Return travel from the UK
    • One night's bed and breakfast accommodation (coach & rail only)
    • Welcome drink, Captain’s get-together & party night
    • En suite cabin accommodation aboard the MS Serenity
    • Eight nights’ cruise on a full board basis
    • Early risers and mid morning tea/coffee
    • Entertainment every night of your cruise
    • Visits to Amsterdam, Cologne, Rudesheim, Mainz, Miltenberg, Wurzburg, Bamberg & Nuremberg
    • Services of our experienced and friendly Cruise Director and Cruise Manager


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