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German Riverscapes from Passau to Trier

Passau →  Trier

9 Days

This cruise showcases the majesty of three great European rivers — the Moselle, the Main and the Danube. Travel the man-made Main-Danube canal — a stunning technological marvel — as you transit from the beautiful Danube River. Explore the upper middle Rhine Valley with its numerous castles and experience the tranquil meandering of the Main.

Discover the half-timbered buildings of Miltenberg and Wertheim, along with the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Würzburg, Bamberg and Regensburg. Another sight  of this cruise is the region that has been considered the best place for Riesling in the world: the romantic vineyards and villages of the Moselle river.

Due to low clearance heights at bridges and locks on the river route between Frankfurt and Regensburg, access to the sun deck might be restricted for safety reasons.

(We reserve the right to make amendments to the timetable and program.)



Start your 9-day European cruise in the beautiful city of Passau. After embarkation, meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Cocktail, followed by a delicious Welcome Dinner.

Stay Passau
Departure at 7pm

In the morning, your AMADEUS cruise ship arrives in Regensburg, one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval towns. During the morning walking tour, you can admire this UNESCO World Heritage Site, which boasts architecture from many different centuries.

In the afternoon, choose between a visit to the 600-year-old Weltenburg Abbey, situated on the banks of the Danube, and a trip to the 18th century Thurn and Taxis Palace with a stop at their traditional brewery and a beer tasting. Once you have returned to your ship, enjoy a special Bavarian evening on board.

Stay Regensburg
10am - 6pm

After lunch, enjoy your afternoon in Nuremberg, either on your own or as part of the guided city tour. The romantic old town was lovingly restored after the destruction incurred during World War II. Pass by the Palace of Justice, the venue of the Nuremberg trials, and walk through the narrow medieval alleyways starting at the foot of the castle.

Alternatively, learn more about World War II and the Nazi past at the Documentation Center of Nuremberg, before you return to the vessel and the ship departs.

Stay Nuremberg
1.30pm - 6pm

During breakfast, your AMADEUS vessel arrives in the beautiful Imperial town of Bamberg. This medieval town has retained its medieval layout, along with its historic buildings and Baroque facades.

Join our informative walking tour and learn more about the development of this historically significant city, whose old town was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. Admire the seven hills of Bamberg, each topped with a stunning church. After rejoining your vessel, enjoy a relaxing afternoon cruising and join a presentation about the creation and importance of the Main-Danube Canal.

Stay Bamberg
7am - 12.30pm

Ochsenfurt is your gateway to a choice of two morning excursions. Travel overland by bus to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a well-preserved medieval town whose towers, city gates, walls, and half-timbered gables have remained unchanged. Alternately, continue by coach and visit Marienberg Fortress, a former prince-bishop's castle with a history that can be traced back three millennia to 1000 BC.

After your tour, join the vessel for lunch in Würzburg, a Bavarian town known for its lavish Baroque and Rococo architecture. This afternoon, explore the city on your own or join the guided walking tour, which includes a visit to the Residenz, where you can learn about "Würzburg Rococo"- the most exuberant of all the variations of this style in Germany. The tour concludes with a wine tasting in the ancient wine cellar of a local vineyard. Your vessel departs Würzburg before dinner this evening.

Stay Ochsenfurt
6am - 9.30am
Stay Würzburg
12.30pm - 6pm

In the morning, you can join the excursion to Wertheim and Miltenberg, two towns picturesquely surrounded by forests and famous for their architecture and museums. Both are unique in their own way and reflect the history of the area. Begin with a walking tour in Wertheim and explore its medieval streets and unique glass museum. In Miltenberg, see the timber-framed houses dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries.

Rejoin your vessel at lunchtime and spend the afternoon relaxing on board, cruising the Main river.

Stay Wertheim
8am - 9am
Stay Miltenberg
1.30pm - 2pm

After breakfast, your AMADEUS vessel docks in Oberwesel, the ”City of Towers”, which you can discover during a morning walking tour. For a more active adventure, join a guided hike through the town and its surroundings.

In the afternoon, you’ll want to have a camera at-the-ready for the most beautiful section of the river — the legendary Upper Middle Rhine Valley. With its castles, historic towns and vineyards, this beautiful valley is filled with a dramatic and varied natural landscape.

In the late afternoon, take part in the walking tour of Koblenz, a town ideally situated at the confluence of the Rhine and the Moselle rivers. The Romans, the Franks, the Holy Roman Empire, the French, and the Germans all left their mark on this town over the course of its 2000-year history. To end the day, celebrate at the festive Captain’s Gala Dinner.

Stay Oberwesel
9am - 2pm
Arrive at 5pm

Your vessel departs Koblenz early in the morning. Admire the scenery of the winding river with the steep slate slopes of the Moselle Valley during the panoramic cruise to Cochem.

After lunch, take part in a walking tour and explore Cochem’s narrow streets, winding alleyways, quaint churches, and medieval town gates, as well as Reichsburg Castle, which offers unparalleled views over lush terraced vineyards. Alternatively, visit a local winery and taste the famous Moselle wines, before returning to your ship.

Departure at 6am
Stay Cochem
12pm - 5pm

Enjoy breakfast on board before disembarking. The entire AMADEUS crew thanks you for your patronage and wishes you a safe journey home.

Arrive 11am

Reverse direction itinerary

Would you like to start your journey from the current disembarkation port? Then follow the link to the itinerary in reversed direction:

Trier →  Passau

Dates & Prices

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  • Large, outside river-view staterooms, most with French balconies or walk-out balconies
  • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions, beer & soft drinks
    with every lunch and dinner onboard
  • Gourmet dining onboard 
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Services of an experienced English-speaking onboard Cruise Director
  • 24 hour coffee and tea station​
  • All onboard entertainment including talks, cooking demonstrations, musical performances and nightly piano music
  • Fitness room (open 24 hours)
  • Bottled water in every stateroom 
  • In-stateroom infotainment center
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
  • Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for optional excursions
  • All local taxes & port charges included

Excursions and excursion packages

Cruise your way and choose from a carefully curated selection of immersive and inspiring excursions and adventures! Select one of our packages offered at a discounted rate when purchased in advance or book individual shore excursions at regular rates on board your cruise.

Unlimited Excursion Package | for only $ 341.00 per person

Enjoy the flexibility to choose any shore excursion of the ones listed below for a discounted rate when purchased in advance.

When booking our new ALL-IN excursion package prior to departure we offer you maximum flexibility at a great value. Create your personalized shore excursion program by choosing your favorite tours from our list of exciting options in each port.

Introductory Excursion Package | for only $ 205.00 per person

Enjoy a package of 6 pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance:

  • Regensburg walking tour
  • Nuremberg - capital of Franconia
  • Bamberg walking tour
  • Würzburg with visit to the Residenz and wine tasting
  • Miltenberg walking tour and Wertheim with glass museum
  • Koblenz walking tour

Additional shore excursions can be purchased onboard at the below rate.

Cruise Passau - Trier Unit Price
Regensburg walking tour $ 23.00
Thurn & Taxis Palace with brewery and tasting $ 72.00
  OR Visit to Weltenburg abbey $ 43.00
Nuremberg - capital of Franconia $ 50.00
  OR Visit to the Documentation Center of Nuremberg $ 62.00
Bamberg walking tour $ 33.00
Medieval Rothenburg ob der Tauber $ 43.00
  OR Visit to the Marienberg Fortress (Wuerzburg) $ 47.00
Würzburg with visit to the Residenz and wine tasting $ 67.00
Miltenberg walking tour and Wertheim with glass museum $ 46.00
Oberwesel walking tour $ 23.00
  OR Hiking in and around Oberwesel $ 23.00
Koblenz walking tour $ 23.00
Cochem walking tour with visit to the Reichsburg $ 42.00
Wine tasting of typical Moselle wines in a local winery $ 17.00

Prices per person if excursions are purchased on board.

Additional Services

Arrival & Transfer

You're in good hands with us from the start: Let us book you a transfer from the airport or train station to the ship port and back. The following prices apply per person per transfer.

Port - Train station $ 27
Port - Airport Munich $ 105

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