Spend two nights in Munich during Oktoberfest, followed by a relaxing and inspiring cruise on the Romantic Rhine. Visit iconic and picturesque ports of call, sample incredible cuisine onboard and absorb the local culture as you cruise on Europe’s longest river aboard one of the newest ships in the fleet.
Day 1 Depart the USA
Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Munich, Germany.
Day 2 Munich, Germany
Upon arrival in Munich, you will be met by a representative of Mayflower Cruises and Tours and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day and evening are at your leisure to explore the city on your own. The hotel is within walking distance of the Oktoberfest fairgrounds.
Day 3 City Tour of Munich
After breakfast, an included panoramic tour showcases the former Olympic site, Nymphenburg Palace, Maximilianstrasse and the Parliament, the National Theater and Munich’s Residenz. During a walking tour, stroll the Marienplatz Square and see the famous Glockenspiel. After the tour, the remainder of your time in Munich is at leisure. Meal: B
Day 4 Munich to Nuremberg
After breakfast, depart by coach for Nuremburg. Upon arrival, enjoy a panoramic tour of this historic city. See the 900-year-old ramparts and the Nazi party rally grounds, where rallies were held from 1933 until 1938 among other sights. After the tour, embark your Emerald Waterways vessel for a seven night cruise on the Rhine River. Meals: B, D
Day 5 Bamberg, Germany
This morning, arrive in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bamberg. Boasting one of Europe’s largest intact medieval town centers, Bamberg is bursting with original character and charm. During the included walking tour, stroll through this charming town whose center is the largest preserved old quarter in Europe.
Meals: B, L, D
Day 6 Würzburg, Germany
Known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road”, Würzburg is surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. Join your guide for a walking tour of Wurzburg followed by a visit to the Bishops’ Residenz, one of Germany’s largest and most ornate baroque palaces and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your tour highlights the palace’s unique staircase, elaborate 18th-century frescoes and the amazing 3–dimensional stuccowork. Meals: B, L, D. DiscoverMORE: Tour to Rothenburg (additional cost) *** Please note, you can only choose either the included visit to the Bishop’s Residenz OR the DiscoverMORE option, as both tours run at the same time.
Day 7 Wertheim to Miltenberg, Germany
Today we start from the stunning medieval glass-blowing town of Wertheim, where you have the opportunity to explore on your own. Then, travel by coach to the picturesque village of Miltenberg on the Main River. On the walking tour, see how the village creates an imitable feeling of Bavarian life in the middle ages and the Old Town is lined with well–preserved half–timbered buildings. The gothic Merchant Hall is an impressive symbol of past affluence created by trade from river traffic. Meals: B, L, D EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike around Miltenberg area.
Day 8 Rüdesheim and Koblenz, Germany
After breakfast, arrive in Rüdesheim - one of Germany’s most popular towns. Your options are to visit the Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum OR, if you feel active, take a guided hike through the vineyards. Continue exploring and perhaps taste the famous “Rüdesheimer Coffee”, made with Germany’s most famous brandy Asbach Uralt. After lunch, the ship sails through the UNESCO World Heritage region of the spectacular Rhine Gorge. As you cruise through this scenic area, pass by picture-perfect towns, and the infamous Lorelei Rock. Learn of the tragedies that occurred due to this enchanted temptress! In the early evening, the ship arrives into the beautiful 2,000-year-old town of Koblenz. Meals: B, L, D. EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike through vineyards (Rüdesheim)
Day 9 Cologne
Early this morning, the ship sails from Koblenz, cruising along the Rhine to Cologne, Germany’s oldest city. On arrival, step back in time as you depart on a walking tour with local guides. See the Old Town, squares lined with cafés and shops, ending at the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage listed gothic Cathedral in Dom Platz. This evening the captain will be delighted to welcome you to the Gala Farewell Dinner. Meals: B, L, D. EmeraldACTIVE: Tour to Drachenburg (additional cost) OR Football Stadium Tour (additional cost) *** Please note, you can only choose the Drachenburg Castle OR the Football Stadium Tour as both Discover MORE options run at the same time.
Day 10 Amsterdam
The ship sails along the Amsterdam Rijnkanaal and into Amsterdam. This morning you can decide to either enjoy a glass top canal boat tour through Amsterdam’s canals OR a guided bike tour. After the canal cruise, you will have free time to visit some of Amsterdam’s other famous attractions, such as the Rijks or Van Gogh Museums, or simply stroll the streets to enjoy the lively atmosphere as you people-watch or shop. Meals: B, L, D. EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour. DiscoverMORE: Tour of Haarlem (additional cost)
Day 11 Return to USA
It’s time to say goodbye to the Captain and crew and disembark the ship for the transfer to the Amsterdam Airport for your flight home. Meal: B