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15 Day Luxury All Inclusive River Cruise Cologne to Vienna

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15 Day Luxury All Inclusive River Cruise Cologne to Vienna

Embrace Europe’s old-world heritage along with its modern wonders on a majestic journey. Find inspiration at every turn on this grand journey of discovery from Cologne to Vienna, including an in-depth exploration of Germany’s fascinating Jewish heritage.

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Embrace Europe’s old-world heritage along with its modern wonders on a majestic journey. Find inspiration at every turn on this grand journey of discovery from Cologne to Vienna, including an in-depth exploration of Germany’s fascinating Jewish heritage.

Experience artistic treasures at the opulent UNESCO-designated Würzburg Residence, Vienna’s Belvedere Museum and Melk’s 900-year-old abbey. Let your inner adventurer out with a visit to the BMW Museum and get close to nature through guided activities, including biking through the romantic Tauber Valley and hiking through the Tauberhase vineyards. And throughout your journey, be treated to a host of culinary experiences, such as sampling delicious Franconian wine and hearty German beer.

Tradition, history, art and a host of irresistible flavors are yours to discover on one grand journey. This itinerary features fun-filled adventures and historically significant experiences for families designed to spark creativity and lifelong learning. Grand European Discovery is a combination of Rhine-Main Discovery and Munich (cruise only) and Danube Discovery and Prague (cruise only).

Day by day

First Day welcome to Cologne and embark your ship 

Arrive at Cologne Bonn Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.

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Second Day see the sights of Cologne 

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 Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

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Third Day we cruise the Rhine River

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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Fourth 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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Fifth Day explore Würzburg and visit Weikersheim

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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Sixth Day we travel 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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Seventh Day its onto 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 Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

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Eighth Day Nuremberg at your Leisure

Enjoy a day at leisure in Nuremberg to enjoy the sights.

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Ninth Day historical or city tour of Nuremberg

Partake in a tour of Nuremberg, enjoying Old Nuremberg. WWll history buffs may wish to go on a guided tour of significant WWII sites, including Courtroom 600, the venue for the historic Nuremberg trials. Later, your ship will traverse the most impressive section of one of the modern marvels of engineering, the Main-Danube Canal, a masterwork that allows ships to cruise from the North Sea all the way to the Black Sea. After a day of historical exploration, spend your last night on the ship with a Captain's Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner. Note: Courtroom 600 is an active court. Visitors will only be permitted to see the courtroom during trial breaks.

Ship:    River Ambassador

Tenth Day walking tour of Regensburg 

Discover Regensburg, one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval towns, whether walking through the cobbled lanes of the UNESCO-designated Old Town or exploring Germany’s oldest Jewish community. Should you wish to do something completely different, tour the state-of-the-art BMW factory. Note: If the tour lands on a day when the BMW factory is closed, we will visit the Audi factory instead. The Audi production line is closed on weekends, so if your visit is scheduled for a weekend, you will see the Audi museum instead.

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Eleventh Day enjoy a town day in Straubing or Theresienthal glass visit            

Deggendorf—gateway to the magical Bavarian Forest—awaits via a traditional horse-drawn wagon. En route to a Theresienthal glass manufacturer, enjoy freshly baked bread and schnapps. If you’d like to be more active, bicycle along the Danube to Straubing, where you will meet up with your fellow travellers and have a choice between participating in a lively exploration of local brewing traditions or experiencing daily life in this enchanting town.

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Twelfth Day three ways to explore Passau

You have three ways to experience Passau—strolling with a guide through its medieval lanes lined with baroque buildings; taking a panoramic tour followed by a shorter walk through the heart of the charming city; or going active by cycling first along the Danube’s riverside bike path and ending in Passau’s Old Town.

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Thirteenth Day Weissenkirchen “Village Day” or Melk abbey            

Cruise through the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley before arriving in Weissenkirchen. You have a choice of two equally enchanting excursions. Experience the fruits of the land at a tasting of apricot-infused delicacies and local wine and then hike through the storied vineyards and orchards. Alternatively, you may wish to experience Melk’s 900-year-old abbey, home to the extraordinary library that inspired the novel The Name of the Rose.

Ship:    River Ambassador

Fourteenth Day see the sights of Vienna

See the city of imperial architectural marvels on a tour featuring the stately Ringstrasse lined by impressive buildings such as St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Visit the legendary opera house in the heart of the city. If you prefer to experience the sheer number of artistic gems, then partake in the “City of Arts” tour featuring a Gustav Klimt exhibit at the Belvedere, a remarkable collection that includes his most famous painting—The Kiss. Note: The Vienna State Opera House is occasionally closed to visitors for rehearsals or special events without advance notice. If we cannot visit the opera house, we will visit an alternative venue instead.

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Fifteenth Day we bid farewell to Vienna 

Disembark the ship and transfer to Vienna International Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in Vienna.


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

14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners.

2 Welcome and 2 Farewell Gala Dinners.

2 Captain’s Welcome and 2 Captain's Farewell Receptions.

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

Travel Highlights

  • 2 countries: Austria, Germany.
  • 6 UNESCO World Heritage sites.
  • Services of an experienced Cruise Manager.
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days.
  • All gratuities, both on-board and onshore.
  • Captivating on-board local entertainment.
  • Cultural enrichment, including 2 Signature Lectures.
  • Exclusive Multi-generational Family-Friendly Programme on a select July departure.

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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