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Experience inspiring scenery on an 11-day cruise through the wonders of the Middle Rhine Valley. Sail down the Main-Danube Canal, discover medieval treasures and explore Germany’s exceptional winelands.
– On-board Bavarian music night
– Drive along the Romantic Road
– Sail through the magnificent Rhine Gorge
– 10 nights on a 5-star ship
– Full Board Dining
– Captain’s dinner and farewell drinks
– Return flights (regional departures available)
– Expert Cruise director and concierge
– Complimentary on board tea & coffee
– Complimentary on-board wifi
Day 1 – Arrival in Cologne
Arrive in Cologne and board the ship. You’ll have time to settle in and familiarize yourself with the ship before dinner is served.
Day 2 – Cologne
After breakfast, embark on a guided walking tour of Cologne, visiting the magnificent Cathedral and the old town before enjoying some free time. At lunchtime, return to the ship. After lunch, the ship leaves its mooring to head to Andernach, where you’ll arrive during dinner.
Day 3 – Andernach and Braubach
One of Germany’s oldest towns, Andernach full of picturesque streets to explore during a guided walking tour. See its castle, the city walls and the old harbour. Return to the ship for lunch before sailing to Braubach, where you’ll have the afternoon and evening to explore.
Day 4 – Rhine Gorge and Rudesheim
Sail through the world-famous Rhine Gorge today. Settle on the deck as enjoy the views of the castles that teeter on the valley slopes. Later on, arrive in Rudesheim for a guided walking tour.
Day 5 – Mainz
During breakfast, you’ll arrive in the historic city of Mainz, famed as Germany’s wine capital and the birthplace of Johannes Gutenberg. The morning’s tour takes you through the old town, stopping to admire the charming buildings. The afternoon is spent onboard as the ship sailing to Miltenberg
Day 6 – Miltenberg & Wertheim
In the morning, arrive in Miltenberg, a medieval village. Here, a local guide shows you the gatehouse and charming marketplace. Later on, the ship meanders down the Main to Wertheim where you will enjoy another walking tour. This evening, the ship sets sail for Wurzburg during dinner.
Day 7 – Wurzburg
Enjoy a relaxing morning of scenic sailing before arriving in Wurzburg in the early afternoon. After a guided tour, you’ll have the rest of the afternoon and evening to explore at your own pace.
Day 8 – Rothenburg & Ochsenfurt
This morning, drive along the Romantic Road, passing medieval towns, castles and grand palaces. Later, arrive in Rothenburg, where you’ll have time to explore before heading to Ochsenfurt where the ship will be waiting. After eating lunch onboard, enjoy a walking tour, taking time to admire the town’s impressive mechanical town hall clock.
Day 9 – Bamberg
Spend another relaxing morning onboard the ship before arriving in Bamberg in the afternoon. An informative tour showcases the town’s history, as well as its interesting architecture. This evening, enjoy a magnificent dinner hosted by the Captain, followed by a traditional Bavarian music performance.
Day 10 – Nuremberg
Today, arrive in the Bavarian city of Nuremberg. Spend the day exploring the city before returning to the ship for the final dinner.
Day 11 – Return Home
Depart the ship after breakfast to return home.
Please note, this itinerary can be completed in reverse order.
MS George Eliot
Flight time: Approx. 1 hr 50 mins
Time zone: GMT+1
Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the ship for the duration of your cruise. Please note that speeds may vary.
UK Citizens do not require a visa to enter Germany however must have a valid passport.
Low Locks & Bridges
Due to locks and low bridges along this stretch of river, the rear main part of the sun deck will be closed between Mainz and Nuremberg. The other outside areas in front of the lounge, the lido bar and the lower section of the sun deck in front of the wheelhouse are still accessible.
Dusseldorf Airport to Ship: 1 hour
Cologne Airport to Ship: 30 minutes
Nuremburg to Munich: 1 hour 45 minutes / 2 hours
*All times given are approximate
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