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Rhine & Danube Symphony Cruise (Passau-Cologne)
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Rhine & Danube Symphony Cruise (Passau-Cologne)

  • 7 Night Holiday
  • Full Board
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Discover the highlights of the Rhine and Danube dotted along the rivers from Passau to Cologne.

Before commencing your River Cruise adventure, enjoy a guided tour of the capital of Bavaria, Munich. Relax on board the 4 Star MS Amadeus Star, as you cruise along two of Europe’s major rivers, the Danube and the Rhine.

Excursions include exploring the historical city of Nuremberg, the fascinating town of Rüdesheim and a walking tour of Würzburg followed by wine tasting. Before bidding 'Auf Wiedersehen', a final highlight of your holiday will be an escorted tour of Cologne; founded 2000 years ago by the Roman's and today it's Germany's fourth largest city.   

A programme of further optional excursions will be offered on board at each port of call, subject to availability.

Travel from one fascinating location to another, while never having to unpack and discover a new destination every day.

Please note that this holiday may not be suitable for those with reduced mobility. For more details, please contact us.

 

Practical Information for this holiday

River Cruise Information

Food & Drink

The 7-night cruise during this holiday is full board; meals are served in the indoor Panorama restaurant on board the ship.

In the middle of the day you can choose between varied menus and buffet specialities in the Panorama Restaurant or a light lunch alternative in the Panorama Bar.

Evening meals are composed of a 5-course menu featuring regional specialities of the countries through which you travel, classic favourites and vegetarian alternative dishes.

Wine is included with dinner.

Embarkation and Disembarkation

You will have a guided transfer to the exact mooring at the port of embarkation, and will also be met at the disembarkation point at the end of your cruise. While the ship is moored at each port of call, you are free to disembark as you wish. Before leaving the ship independently, please note the mooring point and the onward sailing time. Embarkation or disembarkation times may vary on particular cruise schedules (as described in the itinerary).

Dress Code

There is no specific dress code on board, but it is recommended that you dress smartly for dinner. By day and for shore excursions it is recommended you wear layered clothing and comfortable shoes. It is advisable to take a pullover or jacket for cooler evenings.

Tipping

In common with international customs, it is normal but not obligatory to tip staff. The amount of your tip is left to your discretion and should be seen as a reward for good service. If you would like a recommendation we suggest, as a guideline, € 5-7 per guest per day.

Currencies

Germany: Euro(€)

Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not require a visa for the countries visited, however non-EU citizens should check with their embassy.
Packing List
 We advise you to bring:
  • Dress code as above
  • Your valid passport
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera

Holiday highlights

MS Amadeus vessel

The MS Amadeus vessels are spacious ships, with a more comfortable and intimate atmosphere compared to an ocean liner. All passenger cabins are outward facing with windows offering views of the river as you cruise past some of the best scenery in Europe. You can also relax in the classical café onboard or take in wonderful views from the sun deck, lounge or bar areas.

Medieval German towns

The countryside of Bavaria is characterised by German medieval towns, filled with half-timbered houses, medieval fortifucations and castles. On your cruise you will have the opportunity to visit a selection of these include Nuremberg, Rudesheim and Wertheim. 

Cologne 

Germany’s fourth largest city spans the river Rhine and was founded almost 2000 years ago by the Romans. The city was utterly devastated during the Second World War and is now characterised by the contrast between modern post-war architecture and the carefully and painstakingly re-built Old Town.

Practical Information for this holiday

River Cruise Information

Food & Drink

The 7-night cruise during this holiday is full board; meals are served in the indoor Panorama restaurant on board the ship.

In the middle of the day you can choose between varied menus and buffet specialities in the Panorama Restaurant or a light lunch alternative in the Panorama Bar.

Evening meals are composed of a 5-course menu featuring regional specialities of the countries through which you travel, classic favourites and vegetarian alternative dishes.

Wine is included with dinner.

Embarkation and Disembarkation

You will have a guided transfer to the exact mooring at the port of embarkation, and will also be met at the disembarkation point at the end of your cruise. While the ship is moored at each port of call, you are free to disembark as you wish. Before leaving the ship independently, please note the mooring point and the onward sailing time. Embarkation or disembarkation times may vary on particular cruise schedules (as described in the itinerary).

Dress Code

There is no specific dress code on board, but it is recommended that you dress smartly for dinner. By day and for shore excursions it is recommended you wear layered clothing and comfortable shoes. It is advisable to take a pullover or jacket for cooler evenings.

Tipping

In common with international customs, it is normal but not obligatory to tip staff. The amount of your tip is left to your discretion and should be seen as a reward for good service. If you would like a recommendation we suggest, as a guideline, € 5-7 per guest per day.

Currencies

Germany: Euro(€)

Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not require a visa for the countries visited, however non-EU citizens should check with their embassy.
Packing List
 We advise you to bring:
  • Dress code as above
  • Your valid passport
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Travel to Germany

Morning

Munich City Tour

Upon arrival in Munich, you will be met by your local guide who will assist you in the transfer to Passau port with a guided Munich panoramic city tour en-route. Highlights will include the Nymphenburg Palace, King's Square with its three temple buildings in the classical Greek style, the Bavarian National Museum, the Angel of Peace monument, the elegant buildings and shops along Maximilian Street, the Maximilianeum, the National Opera House, the Royal Palace, Stachus Square and the medieval city gates. Have some free time to wander the streets of Bavaria’s capital before transferring to Passau.

Afternoon

Commence River Cruise

Arrive in Passau port to join your river cruise ship and your home for the next 7 nights. Settle in to your cabin and explore the range of facilities on board your ship as you embark on your cruise along two of Europe’s major rivers, the Danube and the Rhine. Sit back with a welcome cocktail in one of the lounge areas, followed by a tasty welcome dinner.

Day 2 - Regensburg

Full Day

Regensburg

Today will be spent at Regensburg, situated at the meeting point of the Danube, Naab and Regen rivers. Regensburg is one of the oldest towns in Germany, founded by the Romans in the 2nd century. The medieval centre of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is known for its cathedral and stoned bridge. You will have free time to explore the city and wander its winding, cobbled streets. An optional excursion to Weltenburg Abbey (payable locally) is also available where after a short tour of the abbey church, you can taste the famous dark beer of Weltenburg, brewed here in the oldest monastery brewery in the world.

Evening

Bavarian Evening

Enjoy a traditional Bavarian evening hosted by the crew on board your ship. You will sail towards Nuremburg this evening.

Day 3 - Nuremberg

Full Day

Nuremberg City Tour

Today enjoy an included city tour of Nuremberg, Bavaria’s second largest city. Discover the delights of this typical German city, which while being completely destroyed during the Second World War, its half-timbered houses, Gothic churches, medieval city walls and imperial castle have all been carefully restored to their former glory. Have some free time to explore the city’s main market before returning to your ship.

Day 4 - Bamberg

Full Day

Bamberg

During the night your ship has passed through the Rhine-Main-Danube canal and this morning you will arrive to the beautiful Imperial city of Bamberg, on the banks of the Main River. Bamberg’s entire city centre is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site with the town extending over seven hills, each crowned by a beautiful church. This has led to Bamberg being called the "Franconian Rome". You will have the morning to explore the town before leaving to cruise towards Würzburg in the afternoon. This evening, join a talk about the creation and importance of the Rhine-Main-Danube canal.

Day 5 - Würzburg

Morning

Würzburg Walking tour

Today arrive into Würzburg where you will have an included walking tour followed by a wine tasting. Würzburg is known for its baroque art and architecture as well as being the centre of Bavarian wine production. Experience the many beautiful sights of the town such as the marketplace, the Maria Chapel, the Marienberg Fortress and the surrounding vineyards where you will get to sample some of the local wines.

Afternoon

At Leisure

In the afternoon, explore Würzburg at your own place or take an optional excursion (payable locally) to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a medieval walled town located an hour away from Würzburg.

Day 6 - Wertheim

Full Day

Wertheim

Today have the morning at leisure in Wertheim, known for its picturesque town centre, medieval castle and glass making heritage. Take an optional walking tour of Wertheim and the neighbouring town of Miltenburg (payable locally) or else explore Wertheim at your own pace before you cruise onwards towards the Rhine River and Rüdesheim in the afternoon.

Day 7 - Rüdesheim

Full Day

Rüdesheim

This morning you will arrive in the romantic town of Rüdesheim, surrounded by gentle sloping vineyards and famous for its local wine, brandy and specialty coffee (careful - the local coffee and brandy are married in the "Rüdesheimer Kaffee" concoction!). Enjoy an included walking tour of the old town and immerse yourself in the history of the city and see the Eagle Tower, a part of the city wall, and the fortifications from the 15th century as well as a visit to Siegfried Mechanical Music Cabinet” for a musical adventure with historical self-playing instruments.

Day 8 - Cologne and Return Home

Full Day

Cologne and Return Home

It is time to say goodbye after a full week of delights aboard your cruise vessel. After breakfast, you will meet with your local guide and be transferred to Cologne city centre with a city tour of Cologne included en route. You will have the morning and early afternoon at leisure (dependent on flight times) before transferring to Cologne airport for your return flight home.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

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MS Amadeus Star 4

This latest Amadeus fleet offers spacious, comfortable and elegant cabins as well as a wide range of leisure time facilities. All passenger cabins are outward facing with windows offering views of the river as you cruise past some beautiful scenery. Activities during your cruise ... read more read more read more

This latest Amadeus fleet offers spacious, comfortable and elegant cabins as well as a wide range of leisure time facilities. All passenger cabins are outward facing with windows offering views of the river as you cruise past some beautiful scenery. Activities during your cruise will include folklore performances, lectures, themed evenings, culinary presentations and live music events, as well as optional shore excursions.

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www.lueftner-cruises.com


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