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Wine Towns of the Main and Rhine aboard MS Carmen

The Rhine and her Tributaries

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This cruise explores picturesque stretches of the Rhine and one of its biggest tributaries – the Main

Cruise along scenic stretches of the Rhine and Main through Franconia, the Alsace and the Netherlands, discovering charming medieval wine towns and the vibrant cities of Strasbourg and Amsterdam en route…

Including...

20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners

Excursion
  • Strasbourg tour and canal cruise

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Day 1 UK to Frankfurt

Frankfurt

Fly to Frankfurt and embark MS Carmen or Amadeus Royal. Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board as you cruise overnight towards Miltenberg.

Frankfurt Hesse Germany Europe

Day 2 Miltenberg to Wertheim

Wertheim Castle

Arrive early with time to stroll in the medieval Bavarian town of Miltenberg. Late this morning, cruise along the Main River to spend the afternoon and evening in Wertheim. This small, typically Franconian town is dominated by an impressive 12th-century ruined castle, plus there's a late-Gothic church and medieval town centre which you can explore. Cruise overnight to Aschaffenburg.

Wertheim am Main Baden-Württemberg Germany Europe

Day 3 Aschaffenburg

Aschaffenburg

Arrive early morning in the city known as 'Bavarian Nice' thanks to its mild, sunny climate and lively cultural scene. Head to Theaterplatz square in the old quarter, to admire the fine neo-classical theatre, arcade and fountains. You can't miss the enormous Renaissance Johannisburg Palace. It's a vast complex, with four wings and two towers, built from 1605 to 1614 around the keep of the original medieval castle, which is the fifth tower. There's also a replica of a Roman villa in Pompeii – the Pompejanum – commissioned by King Ludwig I and built in the years between 1840-1848 to discover. Depart late morning and spend the afternoon and evening sailing towards Strasbourg.

Aschaffenburg Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 4 Strasbourg

Strasbourg

You'll have an afternoon to explore this delightful capital of the Alsace region, restored to France in 1919 after centuries of tug-of-war with Germany. Discover its cobbled streets, picturesque half-timbered houses and magnificent cathedral on an included tour and cruise on the canals. Depart for Rüdesheim early this evening.

Strasbourg Alsace France Europe

Day 5 Rüdesheim to Oberwesel

Oberwesel

Arrive in the charming wine town of Rüdesheim for a morning exploring. Alternatively, join a fascinating optional excursion to Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Music. Cruise to Oberwesel. Best known for the production of Reisling, the town is surrounded by a medieval wall and defence towers with the dramatic Schönburg Castle perched high above it. It was built in the 12th century, by the Dukes of Schönburg who ruled Oberwesel and collected customs fees from ships passing through on the Rhine. The castle was burned down in 1689 and remained in ruins for 200 years before it was bought and restored by a German-American family. There is now a hotel and restaurant within the castle. Remain moored here overnight.

Oberwesel Middle Rhine Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 6 Oberwesel to Andernach

Gyser

Depart early this morning from Oberwesel and continue to Andernach. Spend the morning in this 2000-year-old town, discovering the cathedral, the 'Runde Turm’ round tower and old city walls. Nearby, on a peninsula called Namedyer Werth, is an extraordinary natural phenomenon – a cold water geyser which you can see in action on an optional excursion. Enjoy the onboard facilities as you cruise through the afternoon and overnight towards Amsterdam.

Andernach Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 7 Utrecht to Amsterdam

Dom Tower

Arrive in Amsterdam late morning and spend the afternoon and evening in this friendly capital. Perhaps gain an 'instant' overview of the city on an an optional excursion. Your ship remains moored here overnight.

Amsterdam Holland Netherlands Europe

Day 8 Amsterdam-UK

Amsterdam

Disembark your ship after breakfast and travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Amsterdam Holland Netherlands Europe

Important information

Due to the annual closure of the Moselle River between May 20 and 29, the June 1 departure will follow a reverse itinerary with MS Carmen sailing through the Moselle and Rhine. Please call for details.

Please note

Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions at an additional cost, or by exploring independently.


Wine Towns of the Main and Rhine aboard MS Carmen

The Rhine and her Tributaries

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