Discover the sunny Rheingau, which will make you feel like you've landed in a fairytale world with its picturesque vineyards, castles and palaces. From the sung-about Loreley to vibrant Rhine metropolises, glide past the blossoming spring landscape of the Middle Rhine Valley and stroll through the streets of Rüdesheim lined with charming half-timbered houses. Immerse yourself in the past at Drachenburg Castle and walk in Beethoven's footsteps in Bonn. After this trip, you will return with suitcases full of dreamlike memories
Ship departs in the afternoon toward Koblenz.
The German city of Koblenz enjoys a fabulous geographical setting. It lies at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers (what a treat for riverboat cruise trips) and the convergence of three low mountain ranges, the Westerwald, Hunsrück, and the Eifel (great photo opportunities). It is a popular destination for exploring the romantic Rhine Valley. It is a rather unimposing town mostly visited because of its strategic position but it is welcoming and pleasant with a good range of bars and restaurants in a pedestrianised centre.
There are some interesting attractions, a major one being the Deutsches Eck, a park with a huge statue of Kaiser Wilhelm who base provides a great position to view the point where the Rhine and Moselle meet. One of the best time to visit Koblenz is in August during the festival Rhein in Flammen (Rhine in Flames) when there is a splendid fireworks display.
EXCURSION OFFERED: Koblenz: Old town tour with hot chocolate and Koblenz kisses
The knowledgeable guides will pick you up directly from the ship and accompany you on your foray through Koblenz. The old town was lovingly rebuilt and restored after the devastating destruction in the 2nd World War and so there is much to discover. The St. Castor Basilica, the Liebfrauenkirche, the Kaiser Wilhelm Monument at the German Corner, where the Moselle meets Father Rhine, romantic alleys and of course the city's landmark - the Schängelbrunnen in front of the town hall - are among the most important sights of the two-liquid city.
On this old town tour the focus and visit is on the Liebfrauenkirche and the history of St. Nicholas. On the way there is a hot chocolate and the Koblenzer Küsschen
It is not possible to visit the church during church services About 2 hours
Arrive Boppard around 3:30pm
Boppard is a small city consisting of nine villages located in the Rhine Province in Germany. The city is filled with Roman designed cathedrals and medieval buildings along its winding roads illustrating the life of Roman, French and German inhabitants that occupied the city in the middle ages.
Nazi soldiers once occupied Rhine Province during world war one, and as a result, seized Boppard. Some buildings today still depict ruins that tell the story of aerial assaults and military combat fighting of the first world war. There are many significant landmarks such as the Former Electoral castle, Romanesque Revival church, the Town wall, and much more. Various events are held in the Summer, and wine festivals are held in the spring highlighting the city's vineyards and wineries
EXCURSION OFFERED: Boppard: Funzeltour
Enjoy the evening during a special tour through Boppard. After picking you up from the boat, you will take a walk to the pension at Schinderhannes and Julchen. After the welcome, the Funzeltour starts on foot with a ladder wagon (6-person wine tasting on the way). Experience the eventful history of the town in a relaxed, humorous way. Marvel at walls that date back to Roman times. At each sight the city guides will hand you a glass of wine. After returning to the pension, the hosts will serve soup on the doorstep for refreshment. A cosy get-together by the fireplace with cheese platter completes the evening tour. With many new impressions the way back to the ship is done in a cheerful mood. Duration: 2 h
This beautiful city is part of the Rhine Gorge UNESCO World Heritage Site situated alongside the River Rhine in Germany. There have been vineyards on the steep slopes of Rüdesheim since the first century when the Romans occupied the site. There are several ancient castles within the confines of the city including the ruined Burg Ehrehfels and the atmospheric twelfth century fortress, the Boosenburg which often hosts many popular live concerts. The stone castle of Brömserburg which dates back to the tenth century is the location of a museum dedicated to wine. Near the city's Market Square is the beautiful church of St. Jakobus which was largely constructed in the early fourteenth century. It is now a venue for the Rheingau Musik Festival of classical and choral music. The city hosts many other festivals including a summertime firework display, a wine festival and a Christmas market.
EXCURSION OFFERED: Rüdesheim: On the trail of the Rüdesheim vintner
With a guided tour through the lively and winding old town of Rüdesheim you start a tour for connoisseurs. In the world-famous "Drosselgasse", which was already a popular excursion destination in the second half of the 19th century, it seems as if time has stood still. Here several wine bars in half-timbered style with a rustic atmosphere are lined up. Rüdesheim is known above all for the Riesling and Spätburgunder wines. If the weather is good, one of the most renowned winegrowers of Rüdesheim will be waiting for you and will guide you through his vineyard at the estate. Tradition meets the young generation. In our Viva Mission we also introduce young winegrowers and so you will be spoiled with different wines from the Rheingau by the expert. The tasting will provide a lot of knowledge and above all a lot of humour to make the social part of the tour a very enjoyable one. What could be better than a glass of wine with a view of the Rhine and the vineyards? But judge for yourself. Duration: 2 h walking
EXCURSION OFFERED: Rüdesheim coffee for connoisseurs
" Rüdesheimer Kaffee is an alcoholic coffee drink from Rüdesheim am Rhein in Germany invented in 1957 by the German television chef, Hans Karl Adam. It is a popular drink in coffee houses. Asbach Uralt brandy and sugar cubes are added to a cup. In Rüdesheim, a cup that is specially designed for this beverage is used." Duration: 2 h walking
EXCURSION OFFERED: Rüdesheim Gondola and City Walk
Start on foot through the lively and winding old town of Rüdesheim. In the world-famous "Drosselgasse", which was already a popular excursion destination in the second half of the 19th century, it seems as if time has stood still. Here several wine bars in half-timbered style with a rustic atmosphere are lined up. Then it goes on with a trip in the "Rüdesheimer cable railway" opened already in 1954. This replaced the rack railway destroyed in the 2nd World War, which even carried the first tourists in 1884. Float over the vineyards of the Rheingau and enjoy unique views. At the top you will visit the historic "Niederwalddenkmal" and from the"Niederwald-Tempel" you can let your gaze wander over the Rhine valley and the vineyards. Duration: 2 h walking
On the eastern side of the Rhine is the town of Königswinter in North Rhine-Westphalia. The town at the foot of the Siebengebirge mountains has a population of around 41,000. Numerous monuments and museums worth seeing make a visit to the town an unforgettable experience. For example, the Siebengebirgsmuseum provides detailed information about the legendary mountain landscape, which is the oldest nature reserve in Germany. At Sea Life, visitors can experience the underwater world up close and personal and the "Nibelungenhalle" is not only an architectural masterpiece but also houses a reptile zoo. The "Drachenburg Castle" is enthroned high above the "Drachenfels" cliff and is one of the landmarks of Königswinter. The imposing building is reminiscent of a fairytale castle and provides a fantastic view over the region. The "Hirschburg" castle is also a historical building of this town. In the region around the so called "Nightingale Valley", the historic villa is situated in a quiet environment. In the middle of the Siebengebirge mountains there is a kilometre-long system of tunnels called Ofenkaulen. The origin of these tunnels is said to date back to the Middle Ages.
EXCURSION OFFERED: Konigswinter: Castle Drachenburg and Drachenfelsz
Let yourself be enchanted by the history of Königswinter and follow us on a tour to the Drachenfelsen and its Drachenburg. Take a tour up the Drachenfelsen with the oldest cogwheel railway still in operation. Admire the view from the plateau near the ruins of Drachenburg Castle. Learn more about the former high castle or enjoy the diverse nature that extends around the Drachenfelsen. Another sight worth mentioning is Drachenburg Castle below the castle ruins. Immerse yourself in the neo-early Gothic and neo-Renaissance styles of architecture that are hidden around and in the castle. Duration: 2.5 h
EXCURSION OFFERED: Cologne: Belgian Quarter
Luxury and classy galleries meet hipsters and street art. Experience the Belgian Quarter, one of the most popular and expensive residential areas in Cologne. The contribution of several international artists makes it the most creative neighbourhood in Cologne. The neighbourhood is covered with art ranging from small stickers to multi-storey murals.<br>On the other hand, discovering the luxurious identity of the neighbourhood means learning history about Cologne's diversity from the past to the present at the same time.<br>Learn where the name for the quarter comes from. Walk past the old building facades with their charm from days gone by and a wide variety of architectural styles. After a refreshment in one of the many traditional breweries around Cologne, continue on to the cathedral. Lots of interesting information about this internationally renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site is the rounding finale of the tour before heading back to the ship. Duration: 2 h Tram - Walking
Cologne is a Gothic masterpiece, anchored by its world-famous cathedral whose twin spires dominate the city skyline. Founded by the Romans in 38 BC, it grew as an important trading town to become the fourth largest city in Germany. A popular stopping off point on Rhine river cruises, the city is a charm to walk round to explore antique streets full of interesting architecture which besides the cathedral includes a number of splendid churches and medieval buildings (such as City Hall which dating from the 12th century is the oldest in Germany).
Modern day Cologne has a liberal joie de vivre with an appreciation for culture from both ends of the spectrum. Visitors can enjoy the avant-garde and postmodern alongside the antique splendour and enjoy diverse pursuits from a visit to a chocolate museum to a lively night out on the tiles in the beer halls of the Altstadt district.
Ship arrive about 8am. Disembark after breakfast.
* Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed here. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
|1||Dusseldorf (Germany)||5:00pm||Embarkation 1:00pm|
|2||Boppard (Germany)||7:00pm||Optional tour or Free Time|
|3||Rudesheim (Germany)||12:30pm||Optional tour or Free Time|
|4||Bonn (Germany)||3:00pm||Optional tour or Free Time|
|8||Dusseldorf (Germany)||8:30am||Disembarkation 10:00|
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REGULAR Rate includes: cruise and port taxes, GRATUITIES, all meals, wine, and a beverage package - Soft Drinks, as well as tea and coffee, Beer, wine, throughout the day and evening between 10am and midnight. Sightseeing excursions are not included and can be booked onboard.