9 Days German Riverscapes from Trier to Passau
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9 Days
Trier, Germany
Passau, Germany

Vessel: MS AMADEUS Brilliant

Departure date: 22 Jul 2021

This 9 day cruise combines the majesty of two great European rivers - the Rhine and the Danube. Explore the Upper Middle Rhine Valley with its numerous castles, and experience the tranquil Main meanders.

Travel the man-made Main-Danube canal - a stunning technological marvel - as you transit onto the beautiful Danube. Discover the half-timbered buildings of Miltenberg and Wertheim, along with the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Würzburg, Bamberg and Regensburg.


Day 1
TRIER (Embarking)

Departs at 16:00PM

Start your cruise in Trier on the banks of the Moselle River. Embark in the afternoon and make yourself comfortable in your luxury floating hotel. In the evening, celebrate the commencement of your trip with a Welcome Cocktail and a sumptuous Welcome Dinner.

Day 2
Stay Cochem:  07:00am - 13:30pm
Stay Koblenz :  Arrive at 22:00pm

Early in the morning, your vessel arrives in Cochem, which lies in the vine-covered Moselle Valley. Wine production in this region stretches back to the Romans, who established the first vineyards here in the second century. Take part in a morning walking tour of Cochem and explore the narrow streets, winding alleyways, quaint churches, and medieval town gates, as well as Reichsburg Castle, which offers unparalleled views over the dreamy, forested surroundings. Conclude your tour with a wine tasting before returning to your ship, which departs at lunchtime.

Unwind in one of the luxurious communal spaces or in your cabin in the afternoon before enjoying a delectable dinner on board with your fellow guests.

Excursion: Cochem walking tour with wine tasting

Day 3
Stay Koblenz:  Depart at 13:00pm

This morning, discover Koblenz, one of the oldest towns in Germany, which has been shaped by, among others, the Romans, the Franks, and the Holy Roman Empire over the course of its 2,000-year history. On our guided morning walk through the romantic streets you will discover some of its UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the St. Castor Basilica, the Church of our Beloved Lady, the Schängel Fountain, and more.

After the tour, you will return to your ship, where you can find yourself a comfortable deck chair in preparation for the scenic passage of the Loreley as the ship continues along the Upper Middle Rhine Valley. This is arguably the most beautiful section of the Rhine and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy the fairytale landscape with its many castles and look out for the myth-enshrouded Lorelei Rock.

Day 4
Stay Miltenberg: 14:00pm - 14:30pm
Stay Wertheim :  19:00pm - 19.30pm

Spend a tranquil morning unwinding on board as the scenic riverscape passes by. Just after lunch, your floating AMADEUS hotel will dock in Miltenberg, a medieval town situated on the Main in the midst of scenic wooded hillsides. This will give you the opportunity to explore the charming town with its plethora of photogenic sights, squares, and alleyways.

If you choose to join the afternoon tour, you will get the opportunity to learn all about Miltenberg before heading off to Wertheim in a comfortable bus. Stroll through the medieval streets of Wertheim, visit the Angel’s Fountain or pay a visit to the glass museum and marvel at the art and craftsmanship on display there. Your ship will continue onward to Wertheim in the meantime, where you will rejoin it for dinner.

Excursion: Miltenberg and Wertheim walking tours

Day 5
Stay Wuerzburg:  8:00 am - 18:00pm

A busy day awaits you as your ship arrives in Würzburg in the morning. This Bavarian town, located in the heart of the Franconian wine district, is known for its lavish Baroque and Rococo architecture. You can admire the main sights of the town on the morning walking tour, including the marketplace, the Maria Chapel, the Marienburg Fortress, and the surrounding vineyards. The tour concludes with a wine tasting in the ancient wine cellar of a local vineyard. Continue your explorations with the unmissable afternoon tour to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval towns. This self-contained town with its towers, walls and city gates which have remained unchanged since the Thirty Years’ War is deservedly know as Germany’s “Jewel of the Middle Ages.” Join a local guide who will take you to points of interest such as the St. Jakob Parish Church, where art lovers can admire an altar by Tilman Riemenschneider, one of the greatest German sculptors of the Middle Ages. After the guided tour, enjoy some free time or visit the famous Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas Museum. A bus will take you back to your ship in Würzburg, where you can wind down at dinner.

Day 6
Stay Zeil am Main:  13:00pm - 13:30pm
Stay Bamberg:  18:30pm - 19:00pm

After a relaxing morning on board you can choose to join the afternoon excursion to Bamberg. A comfortable bus will collect you from Zeil am Main, where your ship docks at lunchtime, and take you to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Bamberg, which has retained much of its medieval layout, many of its historic buildings and Baroque facades. Known for its historic quarter, its many churches and monasteries, its imperial cathedral, and the charming “Little Venice” quarter, there is sure to be something to please every taste. After the walking tour, admire the seven hills of Bamberg, each topped with a church, as you enjoy a beer from one of the many local breweries. While you explore the magnificent sights of Bamberg, your ship will make its way to Bamberg as well, where you will board it again in the evening.

Excursions:  Bamberg walking tour
Day 7
Stay Nuremberg: 07:00am - 13:00pm

The former imperial city of Nuremberg awaits you today, ready to fascinate and enchant you with its impressive history and countless sights. After breakfast, explore Nuremberg by yourself or join the morning city tour, admiring the romantic old town, passing by the Palace of Justice, the venue of the Nuremberg Trials, exploring the delicacies at the farmer’s market, and more.

Return to your ship for a tasty lunch on board before learning more about the Main-Danube Canal in an informative on-board talk. This evening, you are invited to celebrate your cruise with your fellow guests at the delectable and festive Captain’s Gala Dinner.

Day 8
Stay Regensburg:  09:00am - 20:00pm

In the morning, your AMADEUS cruise ship arrives in Regensburg, one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval towns. On the morning tour you can immerse yourself in the historic atmosphere of this unique town, which boasts architecture from many different centuries. The stone bridge, built in 1135-1146, the Church of St. James and the patrician houses are a few of the highlights of this beautiful city. Sample a Regensburg bratwurst or admire the famous black forest cuckoo clocks as you wander through the quaint alleyways and cobbled streets.

Another excursion lies in store for you in the afternoon, should you wish to continue your explorations. This tour takes you to Weltenburg Abbey, a Benedictine monastery on the banks of the Danube in Bavaria. Once you return on board, the excitement is not over yet for the day, as a traditional Bavarian evening awaits you this evening.

Excursions:  Regensburg walking tour
                    Excursion to Weltenburg Abbey
Day 9
PASSAU, GERMANY (Disembarking)

Arrives: 09:00am

Your cruise terminates in Passau, where you will enjoy a leisurely breakfast on board before disembarking. The AMADEUS crew wishes you a safe homeward journey and looks forward to welcoming you again soon!

MS AMADEUS Brilliant

This exclusive, 110-meter cruise ship was built in 2011 and completely refurbished for 2020. It offers you premium travel comfort. Generous suites and cabins are located across three decks, offering accommodation for up to 150 passengers. The cabins are, for the most part, equipped with French balconies, which offer a fantastic view over the beautiful passing riverscapes.

Discover new culinary delights in our onboard Panorama Restaurant, as well as flavorful cocktails and releaxing atmosphere in our Panorama Bar and Lounge. All the on-board amenities are up to the customary high AMADEUS standard, and you can enjoy lounging on the spacious Sun Deck with its Lido Bar, or you can unwind with a good book in the quiet and comfortable AMADEUS Club. Regardless of what you choose to do, you will feel at home on board with us!


Built: 2011
Complete Renovation: 2020
Registry: Germany
Length x Width: 110 x 11.4 m / 361 x 37.5 ft
Stateroom/Suites: 68/8
Max. passengers: 150
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