Enjoy an extended stay in Berlin before beginning in Mainz where you’ll sail to Wiesbaden, a spa town known for its mineral springs. Sail onwards to Rüdesheim in the Rheingau region and visit picturesque settings fit for TV and film sets. Marksburg Castle brings fairytale-like Koblenz to life, while the slopes of the Moselle Valley are yours to explore by bike in Cochem. Uncover Trier’s beautifully preserved Roman remains on a guided walk and, in Bernkastel, you’ll taste the town’s finest wines within a truly majestic surrounding.
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your centrally located hotel in Berlin, your home for the next two nights.
Today, you will be invited on a guided tour of Berlin, where you can discover how its tangible history can be seen on every street. Enjoy learning about Berlin Cathedral and the iconic Berlin Wall, a feature point that holds the memory of how the city was both divided and reunited. After your tour, you are free to explore at leisure, perhaps discovering the creating lifestyles of the people who call Berlin their home. Included Excursion A guided tour of Berlin (B)
After breakfast, fly to Frankfurt and be transferred to the luxurious surrounds of your Emerald Cruises Star-Ship. This evening, join your fellow travellers for dinner on board. (B/D)
Today you will visit Schloss Vollrads where aith a glass in your hand you will walk through the former private rooms of the count's family and you will learn a lot of interesting facts about our Rieslings and our 800-year-old history. At different stations the wine is exchanged and all important details are explained. It is a very communicative way of wine tasting and you have the opportunity to take a look behind historical wall. Art, culture and the estate’s wine cellar complement each other to allow for a truly unforgettable experience. Included Excursion Visit to Schloss Vollrads wine estate with tasting (B/L/D)
Start your day with a visit to the Eberbach Abbey, offering you the opportunity to experience a journey with all of your senses. You’ll be amazed by the beauty of one of the best-preserved medieval monasteries which lie in the Rheingau Region. Founded in 1136 by St. Bernard of Clairvaux (Burgundy) the monastery was one of the most active in Germany, and also boasted the largest vineyards in medieval Germany. As a major filming location of 1986 film 'In the Name of the Rose', adapted from Umberto Eco's thrilling novel with same name, Eberbach deserves a visit. Today the abbey continues to make exquisite wines and offers guided tours, enabling everyone to enjoy its history and architectural splendour. It also serves as a set for film and TV: the Season 5 trailers of Game of Thrones were filmed here. Alternatively, enjoy a hike up the Niederwalddenkmal - a monument located in the Niederwald, near Rüdesheim am Rhein in Hesse, Germany. It overlooks the valley of the Rhine and was built in the 1870/80s to commemorate the Unification of Germany. Included Excursion A visit to Eberbach Abbey with wine tasting EmeraldACTIVE A guided hike to Niederwalddenkmal (B/L/D)
The ancient city of Koblenz is the gateway to the Rhine Gorge. Once a Roman stronghold, the area is now full of postcard-worthy parks and flowers. These are yours to discover today during a guided tour of the city, including the German Corner, where the Moselle meets the Rhine. Later today, enjoy a visit to a family owned winery for an adventure hike and wine tasting on the property grounds. In the evening, enjoy a visit to the Imperial Castle in Cochem which stands majestically over the Mosel River valley, are an invitation for every history and culture enthusiast to enjoy a beautiful afternoon in one the highest hill castles on the Mosel River. Soaring over Cochem, this medieval castle was heavily damaged while in the possession of the electoral princes of Trier. However, it was restored in the neo-gothic style associated with German castle romanticism in the 19th century. Included Excursion Walking Tour of Koblenz EmeraldPLUS Visit to a family owned winery with wine tasting EmeraldPLUSCochem Castle visit with entertainment (B/L/D)
Today, you will enjoy the enchanting town of Cochem during a guided walk through the numerous well-preserved sites of this quaint town, including the remains of the historic town wall with its old fortifications, the Town Hall and its many other gems. Later today, enjoy a regional wine presentation and tasting on board of your star-ship. Included Excursion A guided tour of Cochem EmeraldPLUS Regional wine presentation on board of your star-ship EmeraldACTIVE Guided bike tour in Cochem (B/L/D)
In southwest Germany, near the Luxemburg border, the city of Trier is a hidden treasure often called the “Rome of the North”. During your guided tour, explore the ruins of the old city baths, once a hive of activity during ancient times, and the Porta Nigra, the best-preserved Roman city gate north of the Alps. Included Excursion A guided tour of Trier (B/L/D)
Dating back to 3000 BC, Bernkastel is situated along the banks of the Moselle River and home to well-preserved buildings dating back to 1416. Enjoy a guided walking tour, where you will have the opportunity to stroll through the medieval marketplace with its gabled timber-framed houses, castle ruins and town gate. Or, take part in a guided bike tour of the area. Included Excursion A walking tour of Bernkastel EmeraldPLUS A wine tasting in Bernkastel EmeraldACTIVE Bike tour near Bernkastel (B/L/D)
After breakfast, it is time to say farewell to your fellow guests and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport. This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information. (B)
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