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Bavaria and the Alsace aboard MS Serenade

The Rhine and her Tributaries

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Explore the delightful Rhine Valley and uncover impressive architecture and historic sights

Discover pretty cobbled streets and picturesque medieval towns and cities, including Bamberg, Würzburg, Miltenberg, Mainz and Strasbourg on this cruise through Germany and France. Contrast the unspoilt countryside of the delightful Rhine Valley with impressive architecture and historic sights.

Including...

20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners

Excursions

  • Lake Titisee visit and cruise

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Day 1 UK to Nuremberg

Nuremberg

Fly to Munich and transfer to Nuremberg to embark MS Serenade. Enjoy a welcome reception this evening as you cruise to Bamberg.

Nuremberg Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 2 Bamberg

Bamberg

You have the whole day to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bamberg, one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Germany, set on the Regnitz river. There’s a stunning cathedral to admire and you can stroll through historic streets to see the Old Town Hall set on an island in the river and the quaint fishermens' houses of 'Little Venice'. Perhaps join an optional walking tour of this UNESCO-listed Bavarian city with an expert guide. Depart this evening and cruise towards Wurzburg.

Bamberg Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 3 Würzburg

ResidenzPalace

Arrive in the university city of Würzburg this afternoon and discover the cathedral, 13th-century fortress and many wonderful baroque buildings built for the prince-bishops of the Schönborn family in the 17th and 18th centuries. You may like to join an optional city tour which includes a visit to the magnificent Residenz Palace, often referred to as the 'castle above all castles'. Your ship departs this evening for Miltenberg.

Würzburg Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 4 Miltenberg

Miltenberg

Arrive in Miltenberg after lunch. Enjoy three hours to explore independently in this old Bavarian city that's enclosed by ancient walls and overlooked by a 13th-century fortress. Enjoy strolling through the winding streets and squares and admire the handsome half-timbered houses. MS Serenade sets off for Mainz later this afternoon.

Miltenberg Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 5 Mainz to Mannheim

Mainz

Arrive early and enjoy a morning in Mainz.The city is famous as the home of Gutenberg, the father of modern printing, and his achievements are celebrated in a museum here. Mainz also has a large Romanesque cathedral which is well worth a visit. Or you can choose to join an optional excursion to the medieval university city of Heidelberg, set on the pretty River Neckar. Discover the history of the magnificent Renaissance castle and explore the cobbled streets to see the 'Old Bridge' and Germany's oldest university. MS Serenade pauses in Mannheim briefly for excursion participants to rejoin the ship, before continuing to Strasbourg overnight.

Mannheim Baden-Württemberg Germany Europe

Day 6 Strasbourg

StrasbourgCathedral

You have a full day to discover the delights of Strasbourg. The capital of the Alsace region, it displays influences from both France and Germany, sitting as it does on the border. Much of the architecture is German in style, while the ancient quarter of La Petite France is a maze of narrow streets lined by medieval buildings, crossed by canals and surrounded by old fortifications. Be sure to see the pink sandstone cathedral – one of the most beautiful examples of Gothic architecture in Europe – which also has an astronomical clock. You might like to explore the city in more detail on an optional excursion that includes a canal cruise. Depart Strasbourg late this evening and cruise overnight to Breisach.

Strasbourg Alsace France Europe

Day 7 Breisach-Basel

Breisach

Wake up in Breisach, situated in the beautiful Rhine Valley. After breakfast bid MS Serenade farewell and join an included excursion which visits Lake Titisee in the heart of the enchanting Black Forest. Enjoy a short boat ride on the glacial lake before a light lunch in a lakeside location. Afterwards, there will be some free time to explore. Afterwards transfer to the locally rated 4-star Swissotel Le Plaza Basel for an overnight stay with dinner and breakfast included at the hotel.


Day 8 Basel to UK

Check out after breakfast and travel to Basel for your return flight to the UK.



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The Rhine and her Tributaries

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