Day 1: Cologne (embark)
Arrive at Cologne Bonn Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.
Day 2: Cologne
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Cologne
Day 3: Braubach, cruising the Rhine River
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Exclusive Nierstein “Village Day” with vineyard tractor ride, Riesling wine tasting and naturalist-led vineyard hike, and Heidelberg tour with castle visit
Day 4: Cruising the Main River, Miltenberg
FEATURED EXCURSION: Miltenberg walking tour with exclusive “Village Day”
Day 5: Cruising the Main River, Würzburg
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Würzburg Residence visit OR exclusive Franconian “Village Day”
Day 6: Kitzingen (Rothenburg), cruising the Main River
FEATURED EXCURSION: Tour of medieval Rothenburg
Go ashore for a guided tour of Rothenburg, a well-preserved medieval town, followed by free time to explore on your own. After dinner onboard, stroll through ancient Würzburg, crossing the old stone bridge over the Main River for a superb view of the city lights.
Day 7: Bamberg
FEATURED EXCURSION: Bamberg walking discovery tour
Today’s walking discovery tour of Bamberg—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—will take you past the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. George, the 17th-century New Palace and its glorious rose garden and the colorful fishermen’s houses of Little Venice.
Day 8: Nuremberg
Leisure day in Nuremberg.
Shuttles will be available to take you to and from the historic center of Nuremberg. Walk up to the castle grounds, visit the house where Dürer lived and worked, stop at the farmers’ market, browse the city's charming shops, or perhaps borrow one of the ship’s bikes for a spin along the river.
Day 9: Nuremberg, cruising the Main-Danube Canal
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Nuremberg city tour or Nuremberg WWII historical tour with Documentation Center visit
Head ashore in Nuremberg for a panoramic tour of the city. Or, you can take a guided tour of significant WWII sites, including Courtroom 600, the venue for the historic Nuremberg Trials. Later, cruise the most scenic parts of the Main-Danube Canal, a marvel of modern engineering.
Note: Courtroom 600 is an active court. Visitors will only be permitted to see the courtroom during trial breaks.
Day 10: Regensburg
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of “2,000 Years in One Hour” Regensburg walking tour or Jewish Regensburg or BMW factory visit
Regensburg is one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval towns, and your tour provides a concise overview of its 2,000-year history. For a different perspective, explore sites associated with Germany’s oldest Jewish community, dating back more than a thousand years, or tour the state-of-the-art BMW factory.
Note: If the tour lands on a day when the BMW factory is closed, we will visit the Audi factory (weekdays) or the Audi museum (weekends).
Day 11: Deggendorf (Theresienthal), cruising the Danube River, Passau
FEATURED EXCURSION: Choice of exclusive Bavarian Forest village and Theresienthal glass manufactory visit OR exclusive guided "Go Active" bicycle ride along the Danube River, and Straubing, "A Day in Town"
Ride through the Bavarian Forest in a horse-drawn wagon, stopping to visit a renowned glassmaking workshop. Or, opt to take a guided bike ride along the Danube. Return to the ship and savor the beautiful scenery on the way to Straubing, where you’ll spend the day and have a choice of activities.
Day 12: Passau, Engelhartszell
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Passau walking tour OR exclusive guided “Go Active” Bavarian river bicycle ride
Your guided walking discovery tour of Passau is a fine introduction to this charming and well-preserved town, strategically situated at the confluence of three rivers. You will also have free time to roam on your own. Or, cycle along one of the most scenic sections of the Danube’s riverside bike path with an expert guide.
Day 13: Weissenkirchen (Weissenkirchen or Melk), cruising the Wachau Valley
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Weissenkirchen “Village Day” with exclusive guided “Go Active” vineyard hike with wine tasting OR Melk Abbey with library visit
Enjoy a day full of activities in Weissenkirchen—stroll through the village, sample local delicacies and wines, and hike through a vineyard. Or, visit Melk Abbey, home to the famous library that inspired The Name of the Rose. Later, relax onboard during a scenic cruise through the Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 14: Vienna
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Vienna city tour with visit to Vienna State Opera or exclusive “Vienna, City of Arts” tour
See Vienna’s top sights on a panoramic tour, followed by a stroll to the State Opera House for a guided tour. Or, view the Gustav Klimt exhibit at the Belvedere, a remarkable collection that includes his most famous painting—The Kiss. In the evening, enjoy a Captain's Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
Day 15: Vienna (disembark), transfer to the airport
Disembark the ship and transfer to Vienna International Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in Vienna. (Continental Breakfast/Buffet Breakfast)
A soul-stirring odyssey through the heart of Europe.
Travel along three majestic rivers—the legendary Rhine, the tranquil Main and the enchanting Danube—finding newfound inspiration at every turn. Encounter some of the prettiest towns in Europe—Strasbourg, Heidelberg and Bamberg—and tour Austria’s stately capital city, Vienna. Taste the Rheingau’s renowned Rieslings in the very vineyards where the grapes were grown, wander along the crooked medieval lanes of Regensburg and explore acclaimed landmarks, including two baroque masterpieces—Melk Abbey and the Würzburg Residence. Tradition, history, art and a host of irresistible regional flavors are yours to discover on this grand and perfectly-paced journey.
14-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the stylish River Ambassador
Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options
All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients including 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners; 2 Welcome and 2 Farewell Gala Dinners; 2 Captain’s Welcome and 2 Captain's Farewell Receptions
Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water
Explore 2 countries: Austria, Germany and 6 UNESCO World Heritage sites
Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
All transfers on arrival and departure days
All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
Captivating onboard local entertainment
Free Internet and Wi-Fi access onboard
Cultural enrichment, including 2 Signature Lectures
12 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
Guided "Go Active," "Do as the Locals Do," "Village Day" and "Gentle Walking" programs
State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all excursions
Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.