Arrive at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship..
Featured Excursions: Choice of Strasbourg by canal OR exclusive 'Do as the Locals Do' Strasbourg walking tour.
Admire picturesque Strasbourg on a canal ride through the city's historic center, filled with half-timbered houses adorned with colorful flower boxes, or see the sights on foot with a local expert. In the evening, enjoy a Captain's Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Cruising the Rhine River, Mannheim (Heidelberg or Nierstein), Nierstein
Featured Excursions: Exclusive Nierstein 'Village Day' with vineyard tractor ride, Riesling wine tasting and naturalist-led vineyard hike, and Heidelberg tour with castle visit.
Spend the day in Nierstein, where renowned white wines have been produced for centuries. Ride a tractor through scenic vineyards, sample fine Rieslings and learn about the region's viniculture from an expert naturalist. From there, head to Heidelberg, home to Germany's oldest university, where you'll see the ruins of the Heidelberg Castle courtyard and the city's Old Town.
Cruising the Main River, Miltenberg
Featured Excursion: Miltenberg walking discovery tour with exclusive 'Village Day'.
Miltenberg's cobblestone streets are lined with half-timbered houses that lean crookedly against one another, a lingering reminder of long-ago floods. Get a glimpse of village life with a choice of excursions—meet an artist at her atelier, taste beer at a local brewery, try your hand at lawn bowling or visit a nearby family-owned vineyard. For a more active adventure, you might take a bike ride along the Main or a hike up to the castle ruins.
Cruising the Main River, Würzburg
Featured Excursions: Choice of Würzburg Residence visit OR exclusive Franconian 'Village Day'.
Relax onboard during a scenic cruise. Later, tour the Würzburg Residence—a magnificent example of baroque architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and see its lovely Court Gardens. Alternatively, meet the friendly residents of a Franconian village and learn more about daily life in the region.
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.
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.
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 for a wonderful view of the second-largest city in Bavaria. Visit the half-timbered house where Albrecht Dürer lived and worked, now a museum displaying his original etchings, woodcuts, and paintings. Kaiserstrasse, in the heart of Old Town, hosts a daily farmers' market, and charming little shops line the alleys and lanes in the neighborhood. Stop by the Handwerkhof for handmade items, from leather goods to engraved glassware. Or sign out one of the ship's bicycles and bike along the Pegnitz River.
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.
Featured Excursions: Choice of '2,000 Years in One Hour' Regensburg walking discovery tour OR Jewish Regensburg walking discovery tour OR BMW factory visit.
Regensburg is one of Europe's best-preserved medieval towns, and your walking discovery tour provides a concise overview of its fascinating 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 instead. The Audi production line is closed on weekends, so if your visit is scheduled for a weekend, you will see the Audi museum instead.
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 sample freshly baked bread en route to a renowned glassmaking workshop. If you'd like some exercise, take a guided bike ride along the Danube instead. 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.
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, you can choose to cycle along one of the most scenic sections of the Danube's riverside bike path with an expert guide.
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 wonderful activities in Weissenkirchen—stroll through the village, sample apricot-infused delicacies and taste local wines and hike through a vineyard. Or, you can choose to visit Melk's 900-year-old abbey, a significant center of learning for many centuries and home to the extraordinary library that inspired the novel The Name of the Rose. Later, relax onboard during a scenic cruise through the spectacular Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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 showcasing the city's architectural heritage, followed by a stroll to the State Opera House for a guided tour. As an alternative, 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.
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..