Rhine, Main and Danube Bus Tour and River Cruise
Another value-packed 3-River Cruise on Rhine, Main and Danubebooked on one of the most convenient Dutch floating hotels MPS-ESMERALDA.
Day 1 - Arriva Cologne, Germany(other airport on request)
A warm welcome awaits you upon arrival Cologne. You enjoy a bus-charter tour of Rhineland´s capital Cologne, including its 800-years old and mighty Gothic Cathedral this afternoon followed by bustransfer to your hotel for a welcome reception, dinner and for overnight. (D & OV)
Day 2 - Cruising to Bonn and Andernach
Day 3 - Travel along Coblence and Loreley to RüdesheimThis morning you leave Andernach by way of Coblence at the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine rivers, continuing through the historical Rhine Gorge and see the mythical Loreley Rock where legends of mermaids who have lured sailors to their death exit. Later arrive at historical Ruedesheim and walk on charming Drosselgasse, lined with many inviting wine-bars. . (Meals & OV on board)
Day 4 - Passing Mainz and Frankfurt on the way to AschaffenburgThis morning you cruise along the cities of Mainz and Frankfurt on the Main river with a good view to its great skyline, called "Mainhattan". Your ship cruises through valleys of the wooded Spessarts before you arrive Aschaffenburg, dominated by a Renaissance style palace of the 17th centure. (Meals & OV on board)
Day 5 - Cruising to Miltenberg and Wertheim
Day 6 - On to Karlstadt and to WuerzburgThis morning you cruise along the “Woodpecker Forest”, through deep valleys and meadowland of the meandering Main river. You stop at the charming Bavarian town of Karlstadt for a sightseeing and brewery visit. Later, you will arrive Wuerzburg. Your ship docks in the former bishop-city for the night. (Meals & OV on board)
Day 7 - Cruising District of Franconia to Schweinfurt
Day 8 - To Bamberg and to NurembergIn the morning you depart Schweinfurt and enter the Main-Danube Canal at Bamberg. You visit Bambergs Domplatz and the medieval Cathedral of the 13th century and see the tomb of the Hungarian King Stephen, another masterpiece of the 16th century. In the afternoon rejoin your ship gliding further upstream to Nuremberg. (Meals & OV on board)
Day 9 - Cruise to RiedenburgAfter your breakfast a charter-bus takes you on a city bustour of ancient Nuremberg where you visit its restored 15th century Albrecht Duerer Haus, the Town Hall of Nuremberg and beautiful fountains of Gothic style. Around lunch time you continue your cruise and visit the highest point of waterways in Europe with over 1.300 feet above sea level. In the evening your boat arrives at Riedenburg, dominated by its Castle Eggersberg. (Meals & OV on board)
Day 10 - Cruising to RegensburgSet off this morning on a leisurely cruise first by way of Kehlheim, the confluence region of the Main Canal, the Altmuehl and Danube rivers. At noon time arrive at Regensburg for a sightseeing tour to enjoy masterpieces of ancient architecture, like the Romanesque Tower, Ducal Palace and taking a side trip by motor coach to Walhalla, the German Temple of Fame. (Meals & OV on board)
Day 11 - Passau
Day 12 - Bus Tour from Passau to MunichAfter your rich breakfast on board you disembark in Passau and transfer by bus to Munich for a city bustour to visit its landmark Church of Our Lady, the Hofbraeuhaus, former Olympic Ground and visit King Ludwig’s famous Horse Carriage Museum. – In the evening you are invited for a special dinner with local music and folklore entertainment. (Meals & OV on board)
Day 13 - Bus Tours to Castle Neuschwanstein and OberammergauToday you are leaving by bus and take the road to fairy-tale Castle Neuschwanstein of former Bavarian King Ludwig II. You admire an artificial grotto, apartments of Romanesque and Byzantine sanctuary and many rooms recall themes of Richard Wagner’s famous operas inside. At the foothills of the Alps you stop at Oberammergau, home of the original Passion Plays where you can take pictures and get postcards. Later we return to Munich for a last farewell dinner and a surprise drawing with everyone winning a valuable gift. (Meals & OV on board)
Day 14 - The last Day of the TourAfter your rich breakfast at your hotel and with wonderful memories of your tour and extended stay in Munich, a bus-transfer takes you to the airport of Munich for your return flight. (B.)
What the Land Tour all includes (add airfaires):
- Bus-transfers between airport Cologne and airport Munich/hotels and ship.
- 3 accommodations at first class hotels in Cologne (1) and Munich (2), all rooms with private facilities.
- 3 buffet-style breakfasts and 3 three-courses dinners.
- A welcome reception upon arrival hotel in Cologne.
- Baggage handling in/out hotels and ship.
- 10 nights on board of MPS Esmeralda in an outside and twin-bedded cabin, all with private facilities, telephone, TV and air-condition.
- 10 days all meals on board, each day up to 5 meals.
- All sightseeing’s and entrance fees as per itinerary.