10 Day Luxury All Inclusive River Cruise Munich to Cologne

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10 Day Luxury All Inclusive River Cruise Munich to Cologne

Throughout your journey, enjoy a host of culinary experiences and sample delicious Franconian wine and hearty beer at breweries in Munich and Cologne. Discover the legendary Rhine, the tranquil Main and Bavaria’s epic history and culture.

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Description

We’ve created a comprehensive Jewish Heritage programme both on-board and onshore that delves deeply into the past and present, featuring Signature Lectures on the history of Jews in Europe and tailored excursions ranging from the archaeological traces of the Frankfurt ghetto and the Rothschild family to the new Jewish institution and synagogue in Munich. We’ve handpicked passionate local experts who have the most up-to-date, insider knowledge of today’s Jewish communities and who can present you with an eye-opening experience.

Delve into “Mad” King Ludwig’s life at his picture-book Castle Neuschwanstein and be enchanted by the opulent UNESCO-designated Würzburg Residence. Let your inner adventurer out with a visit to BMW World and “Go Active” on a host of guided biking and hiking activities, including biking through the romantic Tauber Valley and hiking through the Tauberhase vineyards. And throughout your journey, enjoy a host of culinary experiences and sample delicious Franconian wine and hearty beer at breweries in Munich and Cologne. Discover the legendary Rhine, the tranquil Main and Bavaria’s epic history and culture.

Delving deeply into Germany’s Jewish history, as well as great art and architecture; food, wine and beer. This itinerary features fun-filled adventures and historically significant experiences for families designed to spark creativity and lifelong learning.

Day by day

First Day welcome to Munich 

Arrive at Munich Airport, where you will be transferred to the hotel.

Hotel:

Second Day we visit the Bavarian Alps

Not far from Munich, in the Bavarian Alps region, lie historically significant yet vastly contrasting sites. Choose how you wish to experience this region. Wishing to relive fairy-tales? You’ll want to visit “Mad” King Ludwig’s picture-book Castle Neuschwanstein. WWll history buffs may prefer to visit Hitler’s alpine lair, Eagle’s Nest, the historic survivor of the Third Reich where Hitler, Eva Braun and Himmler entertained foreign diplomats. Another historic and haunting reminder of Hitler and the atrocities of the Third Reich is the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial, which you have the choice to visit. Note: Eagle’s Nest is only available on May–October departure dates.

Hotel:

Third Day we explore Munich then embark at Nuremberg 

Cosmopolitan Munich combines a special mix of tradition and modernity. Experience both facets with a panoramic tour. Amble through one of the most beautiful squares in Germany, Marienplatz, home to the Old and New Town Halls. In the Art Quarter, you’ll find how the Munich lifestyle blends culture with life’s finer things, such as a visit to BMW World, followed by lunch at Hofbräuhaus. Alternatively, you may opt to explore the city’s vast Jewish history, home to a host of famous citizens, such as the Nobel prize– winning author Lion Feuchtwanger, who predicted much of what became the terror of the Holocaust. Today, however, the people of Munich look forward to a future of hope with the recent opening of Jewish institutions, including a synagogue, which you’ll visit.

Ship:    River Queen

Fourth Day we tour Nuremberg and Bamberg

Choose how you wish to experience this area with either a tour of Nuremberg and Bamberg, or a visit to Nuremberg’s Documentation Centre and Courtroom 600, where the famed Nuremberg trials took place. For a more active adventure, enjoy a bike ride along the Main and Regnitz rivers. Cap the day off at the festive Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

Ship:    River Queen

Fifth Day cruise the Main River to Rothenburg

Travel along the “Romantic Road” to Germany’s best-preserved walled city, Rothenburg, with half-timbered houses and charming shops. For a more active adventure, hike through the Tauberhase vineyards and enjoy a barbecue lunch with Franconian wine.

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Sixth Day take in the sights of Würzburg     

The opulent Würzburg Residence, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers a true sense of the history of this region through the European Renaissance, containing the world’s largest ceiling fresco by Tiepolo. Later, visit Weikersheim, a dreamy village in the romantic Tauber Valley. Here, visit the “mini Versailles” palace along with its glorious baroque gardens. Be treated to a tasting of local wine and other regional products, or choose to enjoy a guided bike ride through the Tauber Valley.

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Seventh Day its either Miltenberg, Frankfurt or Wertheim

Get a glimpse of village life in enchanting Miltenberg with a choice of excursions—meet an artist at her atelier, taste beer at a local brewery, try your hand at lawn bowling or visit a nearby family-owned vineyard. You may prefer to go to Frankfurt to learn more about its Jewish heritage, as well as visit the former palace of the Rothschild family, which is now home to the Jewish Museum, depicting how the community lived over the centuries. Alternatively, you can stroll through quaint Wertheim, where you’ll see commemorative reminders—embedded stones of the names of the victims from the Nazi regime; in fact, in 300 other places in Germany, you can see these reminders as well.

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Eighth Day why not hike from Braubach to Marksburg Castle    

Visit one of the only castles on the Rhine that has never been destroyed, Marksburg Castle. If you would like a more invigorating excursion, hike from Braubach through the mountains to the castle.

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Ninth Day cologne sightseeing 

You have an array of choices for how you wish to experience Cologne. Those interested in history and architecture will want to stroll with a local expert through Old Town to the UNESCO-designated Gothic Cologne Cathedral. Beer connoisseurs will want to go to a brewery to taste the traditional local brew of the city, Kölsch. Lovers of art won’t want to miss one of the most important contemporary museums in Europe, Museum Ludwig. And for those who wish for more exploration of Germany’s significant Jewish heritage, visit the oldest Jewish community in Europe north of the Alps. Cap your wonderful adventure off at the Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

Ship:    River Queen

Tenth Day we depart Cologne 

Depart Cologne

Disembark the ship and transfer to Cologne Airport for your flight home.

Dining

All meals on-board, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients

Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions

Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners

Unlimited beverages on-board, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, speciality coffee and tea, and mineral water

Travel Highlights

  • 1 country: Germany.
  • 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites.
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days.
  • All gratuities, both on-board and onshore.
  • Services of an experienced Cruise Manager.
  • Captivating on-board local entertainment.

The Difference

Impeccable service with a larger on-board staff than any other river cruise line.

Intimate and Beautifully designed ships and carrying an average of just 130 guests.

All gratuities on-board and onshore.

All-scheduled airport transfers.

Elegant and well-appointed river-view staterooms and suites.

In-suite butler service.

All dining on-board and unlimited beverages (including many premium spirits such as Grey Goose, Crown Royal, and Glenfiddich).

A wide choice of personalised excursions led by English-speaking local experts.

A number of exclusive excursions offered only by us.

Well-equipped on-board fitness centre.

On-board exercise and wellness classes (with certified on-board wellness instructors in Europe).

Bicycles and Nordic walking sticks for onshore use.

Ship-wide internet and Wi-Fi access.

On-board entertainment and signature lectures.

Additional Information

Price is a seasonal from price.

All cabins are luxury, but upgrades are available.

Guarantees, Bonds and Awards

  • This tour is run by our outstanding travel partners who are award winners British Travel Awards Best Small Group.
  • All Tours are Guaranteed Departures.
  • Tours are fully bonded, protected and guaranteed and you pay the operator directly when booking.
  • ABTA protected

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Only £100 per person deposit required (except for last minute bookings).

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