Passau → Cologne
This one-week cruise combines the majesty of two great European rivers - the Rhine and the Danube. Explore the Upper Middle Rhine Valley with its numerous castles, and experience the tranquil Main meanders.
Travel the man-made Main-Danube canal - a stunning technological marvel - as you transit onto the beautiful Danube. Discover the half-timbered buildings of Miltenberg and Wertheim, along with the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Würzburg, Bamberg and Regensburg.
The beautiful city of Passau is a wonderful starting point for your 8-day European cruise. After embarkation, enjoy an evening Welcome Cocktail, followed by a carefully prepared Welcome Dinner.
A morning arrival brings your Amadeus river vessel to one of Germany’s most well preserved medieval cities. This UNESCO world heritage site boasts architecture from many centuries, reflective of its varied history throughout the years. The stone bridge, built in 1135–1146, the Church of St James, the Schloss of Thurn and Taxis, and Patrician houses are a few of the highlights of this beautiful city. Perhaps sample a Regensburg bratwurst or search for the famous black forest cukoo clocks, there is something for everyone. In the afternoon, you can choose to visit the Weltenburg Abbey, about 25 miles west of Regensburg and housing the oldest monastic brewery in the world. Enjoy a special Bavarian evening on board.
Following lunch, enjoy your afternoon in Nuremberg. Consider a visit to the romantic Old Town of Nuremberg, lovingly restored after the destruction incurred during World War II.
During the night your ship has passed the Rhine-Main-Danube canal and during breakfast it arrives in the beautiful Imperial city of Bamberg. This medieval town is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, which retains its medieval layout of three settlement areas, along with its historic buildings and Baroque facades. As you take in the seven hills of Bamberg, each topped with a stunning church, enjoy a beer from one of the many local breweries. This evening, join a talk about the creation and importance of the Rhine-Main-Danube canal.
Today, visit Würzburg, a city in Bavaria known for lavish baroque and rococo architecture, located in the center of the Franconian wine country. Experience the many beautiful sights of the town such as the marketplace, the Maria Chapel and the old main bridge, the Marienberg Fortress and the surrounding vineyards. As the central hub for wine in this part of Germany, Würzburg is the perfect place to visit some of the local wineries for tastings. From Würzburg, you can venture to nearby Rothenburg ob der Tauber, one of the most perfectly preserved medieval towns in Europe. Its towers, city gates, walls, and half-timbered gables have remained unchanged since the Thirty Years’ War. Return to the ship and continue up the river Main.
Today, join our optional excursion in the afternoon to Wertheim and Miltenberg, two towns famous for their architecture and museums. Both are unique in their own way and are reflective of the storied history of the area. Begin with a walking tour in Wertheim and explore the medieval streets and unique glass museum. In Miltenberg see the timber-frame houses give a feeling of 16th and 17thc Germany. This evening, enjoy the Captain's Gala Dinner as the ship plies the waters toward our next stop.
After a relaxing morning onboard, the vessel arrives in Rüdesheim, a picturesque winemaking town in the Rhine Gorge. The romantic river landscape of the Middle Rhine Valley has enchanted visitors for centuries and has therefore been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites since 2002. Discover the region's rich history of winemaking, perhaps by visiting the local museum – a great place to start! The afternoon you spend cruising along the Rhine, before your vessel docks in Cologne late at night.
After a generous breakfast, the entire AMADEUS crew thanks you for your patronage, bids you farewell and wishes you a safe journey home. We hope to welcome you again soon!
Would you like to start your journey from the current disembarkation port? Then follow the link to the itinerary in reversed direction:Cologne → Passau
Owing to the variety of available excursions it‘s often difficult to choose between them - so on this cruise we offer you tailor-made and carefully composed sets of excursions that you can book in advance with 15% discount. All excursions can of course also be booked individually at regular rates on board.
|Cruise Highlights||Unit Price||A||B||C|
|Regensburg walking tour||$ 21.00|
|Excursion to Weltenburg Abbey||$ 72.00|
|City tour of Nuremberg||$ 47.00|
|Bamberg walking tour||$ 32.00|
|Würzburg walking tour incl. wine tasting||$ 64.00|
|Excursion to Rothenburg ob der Tauber||$ 42.00|
|Miltenberg and Wertheim walking tours||$ 45.00|
|Rüdesheim walking tour incl. music cabinet museum||$ 31.00|
|Onboard Booking Price||$ 163.00||$ 312.00||$ 354.00|
|Prices for packages booked in advance||$ 139.00||$ 266.00||$ 302.00|