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Riesling & More: Wine Cruise

Cologne → Passau

8 Days

This exclusive cruise on the Rhine & Danube offers a journey of discovery through the world of good taste! On your 8-day tour, let yourself be enchanted by unmistakable Riesling wines, Franconian "Stein" wines, fruity Danube wines of the Wachau valley, creative craft beers and famous Nuremberg specialties! Learn all you need to know about winemaking in conversation with experienced winemakers and let floral, aromatic or peachy smells pervade your senses in exclusive tastings. Onboard dinners with wine pairings and discussions led by a Master of Wine round out this special program. Welcome to an atmosphere abundant in natural beauty, decadent treats and finest wine!

Itinerary

Welcome to your AMADEUS wine cruise! Embark in the afternoon and get acquainted with your luxurious home-from-home before the Welcome Aboard Wine Toast in the evening. This is followed by a delicious Welcome Dinner.

Stay Cologne
Departure 6pm

Your vessel arrives in the winemaking town of Rüdesheim in the late morning. This picturesque town with vineyard-covered hills overlooking the Rhine is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Rhine Gorge area, as well as the Rheingau wine region, which is known particularly for its excellent Riesling and Pinot Noir wines. In the afternoon, visit a classic Rheingau Riesling winery and discover why this area is known as the “heartland of Riesling”. In the cooler climate of this region, Riesling wines exhibit a distinctive richness of aroma as well as a cleansing acidity, and, unusually for a white wine, this variety of Riesling also matures magnificently over several decades. In the evening, enjoy dinner on board as your vessel cruises toward Miltenberg.

Stay Rüdesheim
11.30am - 4pm

You arrive in Miltenberg after breakfast. This Bavarian town is situated in the historic Franconian wine region, which has been producing wine for over 1,000 years. Miltenberg is the starting point for a winery visit and a vineyard walk in the afternoon. The region’s most famous wines include the Silvaner and the Müller-Thurgau. Typically, they are bottled in distinctive, squat green or brown flagons called “Bocksbeutel”. While you are exploring this fairy tale wine region, your vessel leaves Miltenberg and continues to Wertheim, where you rejoin the ship later in the afternoon. In the evening, enjoy a relaxed dinner on board.

Stay Miltenberg
11am - 12.30pm
Stay Wertheim
4.30pm - 6.15pm

Your vessel arrives in Würzburg in the morning, where you can continue your exploration of the Franconian wine region. You can choose to join the optional Würzburg walking tour and wine tasting in the morning, which will take you to the town’s most beautiful sights and give you a chance to savor the region’s excellent wine. The continental climate, with warm, dry summers and cold winters, lends these wines their distinctive “personality”. Fuller-bodied, less aromatic, often drier and earthier than most, the Franconian wines are considered some of Germany’s most “masculine” wines. In the afternoon, visit a winery in the region and taste some of the best Riesling wines, along with regional specialities. In the evening, share your impressions with your fellow travelers over dinner.

Stay Wuerzburg
8am - 6pm

Enjoy a relaxed morning on board as your ship cruises the beautiful Main toward Bamberg. Join the optional afternoon Bamberg walking tour to explore this medieval, UNESCO-protected town. Sights worth seeing include the unique Town Hall, built on a bridge, and the Bamberg Cathedral with its four towers. In the late afternoon, attend the onboard wine lecture and wine tasting. The evening concludes with an exclusive Highlight Dinner on board with wine pairings while your ship transits the Main-Danube Canal.

Stay Bamberg
3pm - 7pm

Early in the morning, your ship docks in Nuremberg. You can opt to join the city tour of Nuremberg, or explore this Bavarian town on your own. Its attractions include the romantic Old Town, the Palace of Justice (the venue of the Nuremberg trials), the Nuremberg Castle, and a lively farmer’s market. As part of your Nuremberg experience you will also visit a local craft beer brewery and taste culinary specialities. The vessel departs at midday. Back on board your floating hotel, your evening culminates with a rousing Oktoberfest celebration.

Stay Nuremberg
5am - 1pm
Excursions

After breakfast, start your day with the optional walking tour of Regensburg and see its quaint Old Town, rightly declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The highlights of the city include the magnificent Gothic Regensburg Cathedral, the stone bridge dating back to the year 1135, and the Thurn and Taxis Palace. In the afternoon you can choose to relax on board or join the optional excursion to Weltenburg Abbey, the oldest monastery in Bavaria. Enjoy an onboard wine lecture and tasting in the late afternoon, with some of the most famous wines of the Danube region. The evening culminates with the Captain’s Gala Dinner with wine pairings from the Wachau region.

Stay Regensburg
8am - 6pm

Your AMADEUS vessel arrives in Passau in the morning. After a leisurely breakfast, the crew bids you adieu and wishes you a safe trip home.

Arrival Passau
8am

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, 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, 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.

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.

Inclusions

  • 4 selected wine tastings to first-class wineries including specialised tour by winemaker
  • Transfer from ship to wineries and back Informative and entertaining onboard talks by wine expert
  • Welcome Wine Toast, exclusive Highlight Dinner with wine paring, Captain’s Gala Dinner with wine pairing
  • large, outside river-view staterooms, most with French balconies or walk-out balconies
  • Return flights from London and non-UK transfers (regional flights, rail and door-to-door pick up available on request)
  • 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

 

Please note: The “from” package prices include estimated flight costs and are a guide, and we reserve the right to alter any of our advertised package prices.

Excursion Packages

Owing to the variety of available excursions it‘s often difficult to choose between them - so on this cruise we offer you tailor-made and carefully composed sets of excursions that you can book in advance with 15% discount. All excursions can of course also be booked individually at regular rates on board.

Cruise Highlights Unit Price
Würzburg walking tour incl. wine tasting £ 44.00
Bamberg walking tour £ 21.00
City Tour Nuremberg £ 15.00
Regensburg walking tour £ 14.00
Excursion to Weltenburg Abbey £ 49.00
Onboard Booking Price
Prices for packages booked in advance

Arrival & Hotel

Arrival & Transfer

You’re in good hands with us from the start: We will book your transfer from the airport or train station to the ship port and back.