Day 1 ARRIVE PARIS, FRANCE
Arrive in Paris and check-in to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Walk through the city’s enchanting streets, drop by a charming sidewalk café or visit one of many world class museums.
Day 2 PARIS
Enjoy Paris’ most famous sights during your morning guided tour. You will visit Notre Dame Cathedral and see the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Paris Opéra, Madeleine church, Champs Elysées and much more. The remainder of the day is yours to explore on your own. (B)
Day 3 PARIS
Enjoy a free day to explore the romantic “City of Light.” Stroll along the Champs Elysées, lined with boutiques and cafes, or go to the top of the Eiffel Tower, built for the 1889 World’s Fair. (B)
Day 4 PARIS - LUXEMBOURG - EMBARKATION
Bid au revoir to Paris as you board your TGV high-speed train to Metz, then transfer to Luxembourg, one of Europe’s last independent duchies. You will have a guided walking tour of Luxembourg and stop at the American Cemetery and Memorial, the final resting place of Gen. George Patton, before boarding the ship. Tonight, gather on board for a Welcome Dinner. The ship departs very late tonight for Germany. (B,D)
Day 5 TRIER, GERMANY - BERNKASTEL
After breakfast, a guided walking tour of Trier, Germany’s oldest city, will introduce you to its rich Roman past. You will see Trier Cathedral, the Basilica of Constantine and the Porta Nigra gate that dates back to 179 A.D. Continue on to Bernkastel, strategically located in the middle of the Mosel Valley’s wine-producing region, an area that’s been cultivating wine for over 500 years. A guided walking tour through the old town center this afternoon will take you past many medieval and Renaissance buildings. You will also enjoy a winery visit and sample several regional vintages. Your ship departs later this evening and cruises overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 6 COCHEM - KOBLENZ – RHINE RIVER GORGE – RÜDESHEIM
Today, enjoy a guided tour of Cochem that takes you to the spectacular hilltop Reichsburg Castle, offering fantastic views of the river valley below. Or, opt to take a walking tour of Koblenz and explore its charming town square and quaint shops. Return to the ship for a scenic afternoon cruise along the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine, with castle ruins, fortresses and the legendary Lorelei Rock. We arrive in Rüdesheim this evening and visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. The ship moors overnight in Rüdesheim. (B,L,D)
Day 7 MAINZ - HEIDELBERG
This morning, depart Rüdesheim and cruise to beautiful Mainz, arriving after lunch. Your guided walking tour includes a visit to the Gutenberg Museum, home to two copies of the world’s first printed Bible as well as centuries-old manuscripts and printing presses. You will also get to see the famous Chagall stained-glass windows, which depict scriptural scenes in stunning blue. Alternatively, travel by motor coach to Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest university town, where you will have your choice between two tours. Your first option is a tour of the old town, where you will visit the red-walled castle with its Great Vat (a 49,000-gallon wine cask) and enjoy beautiful views of the Neckar Valley and city below. Or, for your second option, enjoy a hike up the Philosopher's Path up to a panoramic view point of Heidelberg. Later this afternoon, the ship departs Mainz and cruises overnight to Wertheim. (B,L,D)
Day 8 WERTHEIM
Welcome to Wertheim, a quaint German town known for its intricate glassworks and charming medieval architecture. You have your choice of one of three excursions today. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the historic city center, a scenic guided bike tour along the Main river, or a visit to local bakery for a Pretzel tasting. Reboard your ship this evening and cruise overnight to Würzburg. (B,L,D)
Day 9 WÜRZBURG - KITZINGEN
This morning’s guided tour of Würzburg will show you all of the city’s major sights, or you may prefer to visit the Residenz Palace and gardens, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Arrive in Kitzingen this afternoon where the town’s Historic Court Council and honorary Wine Queen will escort you to Germany’s oldest wine cellar to sample regional wines. Later tonight, the ship sails towards Bamberg. (B,L,D)
Day 10 BAMBERG
Arrive this afternoon in enchanting Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Disembark for a guided walking tour of this medieval gem and see its cathedral, Old Town Hall and elegant old mansions. Alternatively, you may choose to sample some of Bamberg’s famous smoked beer or enjoy a guided bike tour along the Main river. This evening, we continue cruising towards Nuremberg. (B,L,D)
Day 11 NUREMBERG – DISEMBARKATION – PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
After breakfast, you will leave the ship and take a guided tour of historic Nuremberg. You will see Gothic churches, the zeppelin field where Hitler held his infamous Nazi Party Rallies, and the Justice Palace courtroom where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946. You will also have some free time on your own before transferring to Prague. (B)
Day 12 PRAGUE
After your morning sightseeing tour, you’ll see why Prague is considered one of Europe’s most attractive cities. Visit the 1,000 year-old Prague Castle and St. Vitus before crossing the famous Charles Bridge to the Old Market Square. The balance of the day is yours to spend as you wish. This evening, an optional “Folklore Dinner Show” provides an opportunity to learn about Czech music, dance and traditions. (B)
Day 13 DEPART PRAGUE
Bid farewell to Prague and prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
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Begin your vacation in Paris before taking a high-speed TGV train into Luxembourg, where you will board your ship. Visit Trier, the oldest city in Germany, and continue through the Mosel River Valley, admiring its steep hillsides sheathed in endless vineyards. Visit the German villages of Bernkastel and Cochem and experience the dramatic scenery of the Rhine River Gorge, dotted with picturesque fortresses and castle ruins. Along the Main River, stop at medieval towns before cruising through the Main-Danube Canal to historic Nuremberg. Conclude your journey with two nights in beautiful Prague.
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