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Romance of the Rhine and Main: Nuremberg to Amsterdam aboard Amadeus Royal

The Rhine and her tributaries

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  • A car with a tick VIP on selected river cruises
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Sail the Main and Middle Rhine and uncover the history and heritage of Bamberg, Würzberg, Cologne and more…

Discover traditional Bavarian towns on this fascinating voyage along the Main and Middle Rhine which includes selected drinks with lunch and dinner on board.


20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners

  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Included travel insurance
  • Return flights and transfers
  • Saga Cruise Host
  • Saga Cruise Assistant on board
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • Drinks reception and Captain’s dinner 
  • Entertainment and activities on the ship


  • Walking tour of Bamberg
  • Würzburg tour and visit to the Residenz Palace
  • Amsterdam coach tour and canal cruise

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06/11/2020 UK to Nuremberg


Fly to Munich and transfer to Nuremberg, the historic Bavarian city, where you embark Amadeus Royal. Cruise towards Bamberg early this evening as you enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board.

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07/11/2020 Bamberg 🎧

Picturesque Bamberg

Today you pass into the Main through the Main-Danube Canal, the idea for which  originated in 793AD with Charlemagne, although the canal wasn’t finally completed until 1992! This vast civil engineering project includes no fewer than 16 locks.

Your ship moors in Bamberg, renowned as one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Germany. An included walking tour of the old city, nestled beneath the stunning Michaelsberg Monastery, will reveal its cobbled streets and quaint thoroughfares lined with interesting buildings, timber-framed houses and historic museums, all remarkably untouched by World War II. Visit the cathedral, a fine representation of the transition from Romanesque to Gothic architecture, and walk through the historic streets to discover the old Town Hall, magnificent Renaissance building of Alte Hofhaltung and the quaint fisherman’s houses of ‘Little Venice’.

Depart Bamberg early this evening.

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08/11/2020 Würzburg 🎧

The Residenz Palace in Wurzburg

Arrive in Würzburg, set among vineyards on the banks of the River Main, for the afternoon. It was an important city in the Middle Ages, but owes its present appearance to the prince-bishops of the Schönborn family, who erected a large number of wonderful baroque buildings in the 17th and 18th centuries. Enjoy an included guided tour of one of Europe’s most splendid baroque palaces, the Residenz, which dates back to the early 18th century and features frescoes by Tiepolo. You’ll then continue into the picturesque Bavarian town to see the 13th-century Fortress of Marienberg, the cathedral and old Main Bridge. Amadeus Royal leaves early this evening to start cruising up the River Main, continuing overnight towards Miltenberg. 

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09/11/2020 Miltenberg

The charming town of Miltenberg

Spend a leisurely morning on board as you cruise to Miltenberg, set in the attractive Main valley, between the Odenwald and the Spessart. Arrive at lunchtime and spend the afternoon exploring. The oldest part of the city lies on the left bank of the Main below a steep wooded hill, crowned by a 13th-century castle. The old town, enclosed within ancient walls and gates, is home to charming streets of half-timbered houses and old wine taverns which you'll no doubt discover this afternoon as you explore independently. If beer is more you thing, however, why not join an optional tour of the local brewery. Sail north along the Main towards Rüdesheim.

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10/11/2020 Rüdesheim to Koblenz 🎧

Lorelei Rock

Early this morning you pass through Frankfurt, with its numerous bridges, and Mainz, at the confluence of the Rhine and Main rivers.

From Mainz your ship joins the River Rhine for the next section of the journey, arriving in Rüdesheim later this morning. Explore this charming old wine town, which is famed for its cobblestone Drosselgasse, full of restaurants, wine houses and garden taverns. Perhaps join an optional wine tasting or an excursion to Siegfried's Museum of Mechanical Music where you can see all kinds of 'self-playing' music machines, from barrel organs and music boxes to horn gramophones.. Amadeus Royal leaves Rüdesheim during lunch, sailing along probably the most famous and scenic stretch of the Rhine Valley. You pass Pfalz bei Kaub, a tower on an island in the centre of the river, where once a toll was levied on passing ships.

Soon afterwards, the ship rounds the 132-metre Lorelei Rock, the inspiration for a famous poem by Heinrich Heine, set to music by Friederich Silcher. The Lorelei was a siren who is said to have sat on the rock combing her hair and singing, thus luring sailors to their watery deaths on the submerged rocks. Your ship moors in Koblenz later this afternoon and you'll have a few hours to explore. The city is situated at the point where the Rhine meets the Moselle and it's one of Germany's oldest towns with a history spanning 2,000 years. Discover the attractive riverside promenade and several historic churches, all set beneath the Festung Ehrenbreitstein citadel on top of the hill.

Later tonight, Amadeus Royal will cruise towards Cologne.

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11/11/2020 Cologne 🎧

An aerial view of Cologne

Continue north along the Rhine, passing Bonn, capital of West Germany from 1949 until April 19, 1999 when Berlin was restored as capital of the reunified country. You reach Cologne in the early hours, where the ship moors within easy reach of the city centre. Founded by the Romans, Cologne has long been an important trading centre. Whilst here, you may like to discover the city's interesting history at the Roman Germanic Museum, or admire the impressive Gothic cathedral. Building started in 1248 to house the relics of the three Magi but was not finally completed until 1880! You can see the magnificent shrine to Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar – now among the patron saints of Cologne – behind the high altar. You set sail at lunchtime and cruise north overnight past the busy industrial centres of Düsseldorf, Duisburg and Essen. 

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12/11/2020 Amsterdam 🎧

Montelbaanstoren tower in Amsterdam

Early this morning you cross the Dutch border, passing the city of Nijmegen, and taking the Amsterdam Rijnkanaal north through the flat polder landscape of South Holland to Amsterdam.

You arrive in Amsterdam and remain moored here for the rest of the day and overnight. Enjoy an included excursion which highlights the vivid history of the city and includes a canal cruise to view such treasures as the famous Skinny Bridge, the Montelbaanstoren tower and the Jewish Quarter. A fascinating coach tour will reveal the city’s most famous sights further afield. Alternatively you might wish to explore the city on an optional culinary-themes walking tour. This afternoon cheese lovers may wish to join an optional excursion visiting Volendam, Edam and the Katwoude Cheese Farm.

Look forward to a farewell dinner on board this evening.

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13/11/2020 Amsterdam to UK

Fly home

Disembark Amadeus Royal after breakfast and travel to Amsterdam airport for your return flight to the UK.

Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions or by exploring independently.

🎧 Interactive maps and audio headset tours are available for exploring independently in Bamberg, Würzburg, Rüdesheim, Koblenz, Cologne and Amsterdam.
Romance of the Rhine and Main: Nuremberg to Amsterdam aboard Amadeus Royal

The Rhine and her tributaries