Walk through thousands of years of history in the medieval towns of Rothenburg, Bamberg and Miltenberg. Revel in the architectural gems on display—the Würzburg Residenz and Mannheim Baroque Palace. Indulge your inner child with visits to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum and the Speyer Technik Museum. Discover the Alsatian capital of France, Strasbourg, and savor local flavors like rich Rüdesheimer coffee and hearty Bamberg smoked beer. All this and more awaits you as you experience the many medieval treasures of Europe.
|October 30, 2024||from $4,248 CAD - Compared to $5,239 CAD||Per Person|
|1||Wed Oct 30||Basel|
|2||Thu Oct 31||Strasbourg|
|3||Fri Nov 1||Ludwigshafen|
|4||Sat Nov 2||Rüdesheim|
|5||Sun Nov 3||Miltenberg|
|6||Mon Nov 4||Kitzingen|
|7||Tue Nov 5||Bamberg|
|8||Wed Nov 6||Nuremberg|
DAY 1 – Basel
Board the ship in Basel for your Medieval Treasures cruise.
DAY 2 – Strasbourg
“The Gem of the Alsace” tour
OR Strasbourg bike tour
Capital of Alsace, Strasbourg is beloved for its wine culture and enchanting 16th- and
17th-century half-timbered houses, which line La Petite France quarter on the banks of the Grand Île (Grand Island), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join a tour of the city that takes you past the stunning Parc de l’Orangerie, the European Parliament and the Place de la République and then walk through the iconic “La Petite France” district, which appears to have been lifted straight from the pages of a fairytale. Wander through these charming streets and past the Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame with its famous astronomical clock. Alternatively, the active adventurer can go on a guided bike tour.
DAY 3 – Ludwigshafen
Mannheim Baroque Palace
OR “Secrets of Speyer” tour
OR OR Speyer Technik Museum
Ludwigshafen is your gateway to a choice of three excursions. Visit the Mannheim Baroque Palace—one of the largest palaces in Europe, which is furnished with over 800 exhibits, recreating its bygone grandeur. Alternatively, join a walking tour of one of Germany’s oldest cities, Speyer, known for the largest Romanesque cathedral in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site; its crypt contains the tomb of eight German emperors and kings. Speyer is also home to the medieval Altpörtel, Old Gate. Or, if you prefer a more modern view of Speyer, you can visit the intriguing Speyer Technik Museum. Later in the day, sail to Rüdesheim, where you’ll be treated to a wine tasting.
DAY 4 – Rüdesheim
Siegfried’s Mechanical Instrument Cabinet
OR Gondola ride
OR Vineyard hike
Continue your exploration of Rüdesheim with a choice of excursions. Those who fancy a more whimsical adventure will want to visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Instrument Cabinet. For an adventure of a different kind, soar over the vineyards of Rüdesheim on a gondola to the Niederwald Monument; or opt to take a hike through the vineyards. (B,L,D)
DAY 5 – Miltenberg
“The Pearl of the Main” walking tour
OR Miltenberg Castle hike
OR Miltenberg to Wertheim bike tour
OR Pretzel bakery visit and tasting
Enjoy a scenic cruise to Miltenberg, the “Pearl of the Main River.” While on your walking tour, you’ll discover why this medieval town seems to leap from the pages of a fairytale with its 14th- and 15th-century half-timbered, gabled houses; the famed Crooked House; and the venerable Royal Inn, which has been a working hotel since the 17th century. For those who would like a more active adventure, hike to the Miltenberg Castle, offering majestic views of the town and river; or go on a guided bike ride along the Main River. Later in the day, set sail for Wertheim, considered to have one of Germany’s most beautiful city centers with precious half-timbered houses. While here, join a walking tour or go to a pretzel bakery for a delicious tasting.
DAY 6 – Kitzingen
Würzburg walking tour and Residenz Palace
OR Full-day Rothenburg*
OR Kitzingen to Volkach bike tour
Walking tour and exclusive wine event
There are several choices of excursions, depending on your interests. You can go to Würzburg, a beautiful city bursting with Baroque splendor. While here, visit its crown jewel, the Baroque Residenz Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that features an opulent interior, including a grand fresco by Tiepolo. Alternatively, you can take a trip through a thousand years of history while in Rothenburg, Germany’s best-preserved walled town located on the Romantic Road. Interestingly, the imagery of Walt Disney’s Pinocchio was very much influenced by sketches of Rothenburg. Or for a more active excursion, go on a bike tour from Kitzengen to Volkach. Later in the day, take a walking tour and attend a special wine event in Volkach held exclusively for AmaWaterways guests.
*Volkach walking tour and wine tasting event not combinable with this excursion.
DAY 7 – Bamberg
UNESCO city walking tour and smoked beer tasting
OR Tastes of Bamberg
OR Bamberg bike tour
Explore enchanting Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in one of three ways. Join a guided walking tour of this medieval gem where you’ll see its cathedral, Old Town Hall and elegant old mansions. Or taste your way through the city sampling smoked beer, licorice root and Hornla pastry, a local favorite dating back to 1427. And for those wishing to explore the town more actively, hop on a bike for a guided bike tour along the Main River from Eltmann and to Bamberg’s quirky quarters beyond the town center. (B,L,D)
DAY 8 – Nuremberg
Bid farewell to Nuremberg and prepare for your flight home.
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