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Magic of Advent on the Rhine and Main

Strasbourg →  Nuremberg

7 Days

Make the most of the advent season with this festive seasonal cruise! From Strasbourg in France, cruise along the legendary Rhine River to Speyer, one of Germany’s oldest towns, visit Mannheim, situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar rivers, and discover Mainz, capital of the beautiful Rhineland-Palatinate region of Germany, where you can try local delicacies or visit the Gutenberg museum. Travel along the Main River to the commercial hub Frankfurt and onward to the romantic, medieval towns of Miltenberg and Wertheim. Finally, wrap up your cruise with a stop in Würzburg, located in the midst of the Franconian wine-growing district, and Bamberg, one of Germany’s most beautiful towns. 

Itinerary

Begin your festive advent journey in the city which is the official seat of the European Parliament – Strasbourg. After embarking in the afternoon, spend some time relaxing on board, enjoying the Welcome Cocktail and meeting your fellow travelers at the celebratory Welcome Dinner. 

Departure Strasbourg
9pm

Your first stop is in Speyer, one of Germany’s oldest towns, situated in the beautiful Rhineland-Palatinate region. During the course of the morning’s guided tour, uncover Speyer’s secrets and history, which goes back to the Romans. The tour includes a visit to the imperial Speyer Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Before lunch, your vessel will leave Speyer and head for Mannheim. If you choose to join the afternoon tour, you will pay a visit to the nearby university town of Heidelberg, picturesquely nestled among the forested slopes of the Neckar and Rhine valleys, visit the ruins of Heidelberg castle, and soak in the festive atmosphere of the Heidelberg Christmas market. While you wind down at a delicious evening meal, your cruise ship will continue on its way. 

Stay Speyer
7am - 11.30am
Stay Mannheim
2pm - 11:59pm

You are spoilt for choice this morning with two fascinating tour options: explore Mainz with a visit to one of its bakeries, famous for local delicacies such as Christstollen and Bethmännchen. Alternatively, after a stroll through Mainz, visit the Gutenberg Museum, one of the oldest printing museums in the world, where you can delve into the fascinating world of printing and literacy. Return to your vessel for a tasty lunch while you head to one of Germany’s most populous cities and an important commercial hub – Frankfurt. In the evening, why not join us as we tour a traditional apple farm and taste the apple cider for which the region is known. In the evening, while you enjoy the company of your fellow travelers at dinner, your vessel will continue its journey down the Main River. 

Stay Mainz
5am - 11am
Stay Frankfurt
5pm - 7pm

Spend the morning at a leisurely breakfast and enjoy the amenities of your floating hotel. After lunch, you can choose to continue relaxing on board or join one of two available excursions. You can take part in a guided stroll through the romantic town of Miltenberg, full of medieval flair and half-timbered houses, followed by a visit to the nearby town of Wertheim, where you will discover the seemingly magical art of glassblowing at the local glass museum. Alternatively, explore Miltenberg, taste some festive Lebkuchen (a kind of gingerbread), and then make your way to Wertheim to learn more about its romantic alleyways and ruined castle. After you rejoin your ship in Wertheim, it will set sail again while you spend the evening in style and comfort. 

Stay Miltenberg
2pm - 2.30pm
Stay Wertheim
6.30pm - 7pm

The Bavarian town of Würzburg is known for its Baroque and Rococo architecture as well as its picturesque location in the midst of the Franconian wine-growing district. In the morning, discover more about this architecturally magnificent town, including the imperial palace known as the Würzburg Residence, one of the foremost examples of the southern German Baroque style. Your visit to the Residence will conclude with a tasting of typical Franconian wine in the time-honored cellar of the palace. In the afternoon, two optional excursions await you. One takes you to the unforgettable little town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, one of the most perfectly preserved medieval towns in Europe. Don’t miss the chance to try the local sweet treat known as Schneeballen (snowballs). The alternative excursion takes you to Marienberg Fortress, an imposing structure on the left bank of the Rhine with a spectacular view over Würzburg.

Stay Wuerzburg
9am - 6pm

Enjoy a leisurely morning on board, admiring the passing Main riverscape. In the afternoon, discover Bamberg, a former imperial city. It is considered one of Germany’s most beautiful cities and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its medieval layout, many historic buildings and imposing Baroque facades. Bamberg was founded in 1007 and is surrounded by the famous seven hills of Bamberg, each topped with a church. Back on board in the evening, drink a toast to your successful cruise, your fellow guests and the hospitable AMADEUS crew at the celebratory Captain’s Gala Dinner. 

Stay Bamberg
3pm - 7pm

Don’t miss out on one final, delicious breakfast on board before disembarking. The AMADEUS team wishes you safe travels and hopes to welcome you back soon. 

Arrival Nuremberg
7am

Dates & Prices

Comfortable corner sofa, luxurious bathroom, walk-out exterior balcony, mini-bar, walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, bathrobe, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.

Spacious bathroom, drop-down panoramic window, mini-bar, walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.

Spacious bathroom, drop-down panoramic window, mini-bar, walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.

Spacious bathroom, drop-down panoramic window, mini-bar, walk-in wardrobe, single bed, flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.

Spacious bathroom, drop-down panoramic window, mini-bar, walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.

Spacious bathroom, panoramic window (cannot be opened), walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe. Cabins with connecting doors are available on request.

Spacious bathroom, small panoramic window (cannot be opened), spacious wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe. Cabins with connecting doors are available on request.

Inclusions

  • Large, outside river-view staterooms, most with French balconies or walk-out balconies
  • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions, beer & soft drinks
    with every lunch and dinner onboard
  • Gourmet dining onboard 
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Services of an experienced English-speaking onboard Cruise Director
  • 24 hour coffee station​
  • All onboard entertainment including talks, cooking demonstrations, musical performances and nightly piano music
  • Bottled water in every stateroom 
  • In-stateroom infotainment center
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
  • Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for optional excursions
  • All local taxes & port charges included

Excursions and excursion packages

Cruise your way and choose from a carefully curated selection of immersive and inspiring excursions and adventures! Select one of our packages offered at a discounted rate when purchased in advance or book individual shore excursions at regular rates on board your cruise.

Save up to £ 43.00 per person

Unlimited Excursion Package | for only £ 256.00 per person

Enjoy the flexibility to choose any shore excursion of the ones listed below for a discounted rate when purchased in advance.

When booking our new ALL-IN excursion package prior to departure we offer you maximum flexibility at a great value. Create your personalized shore excursion program by choosing your favorite tours from our list of exciting options in each port.

Introductory Excursion Package | for only £ 132.00 per person

Enjoy a package of 4 pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance:

  • Speyer walking tour with visit to the Imperial Dome
  • Evening excursion to Frankfurt with visit to an apple farm and hot cider tasting
  • Würzburg with visit to the Residenz
  • Bamberg walking tour

Additional shore excursions can be purchased onboard at the below rate.

Cruise Strasbourg - Nuremberg Unit Price
Speyer walking tour with visit to the Imperial Dome £ 22.00
Excursion to Heidelberg with Christmas Market £ 48.00
Mainz walking tour with visit to a bakery £ 22.00
  OR Mainz walking tour with Gutenberg Museum £ 17.00
Evening excursion to Frankfurt with visit to an apple farm and hot cider tasting £ 63.00
Miltenberg walking tour and Wertheim with glass museum £ 36.00
  OR Miltenberg walking tour with gingerbread and Wertheim walking tour £ 39.00
Würzburg with visit to the Residenz £ 45.00
  OR Medieval Rothenburg ob der Tauber and tasting of local pastries £ 44.00
  OR Visit to the Marienberg Fortress (Wuerzburg) £ 37.00
Bamberg walking tour £ 26.00

Prices per person if excursions are purchased on board.

Additional Services

Arrival & Transfer

You're in good hands with us from the start: Let us book you a transfer from the airport or train station to the ship port and back. The following prices apply per person per transfer.

NUREMBERG (GER)
Aiport - Port £56
Train Station – Port £56

 

STRASBOURG (FRA)
Train Station - Port £26
Airport Basel Mulhouse - Port £198