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Medieval Cities of Germany

9 days From £2,695 £2,445 per person
4.0 stars(3 reviews)

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Discover nine enchanting cities in nine days, on a luxurious river cruise.

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2024 Tour code: RMR24

About the tour

Discover nine enchanting medieval cities in nine days on this brand-new luxurious river cruise. Sail from the Danube to the Rhine, two of Europe's most famous rivers, admiring idyllic scenery, unique towns, Baroque palaces, Romanesque cathedrals and travel along Germany's Romantic Road.


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Day 1 - To vibrant Cologne

Our holiday begins as we meet at London St Pancras to begin our journey. We board the Eurostar to Brussels, then continue by rail to bustling Cologne, known for its impressive Gothic cathedral, the largest in Northern Europe. After settling into our hotel we enjoy our first night in this striking city.

  • Dinner
Day 2 - Discovering Cologne and to Passau where we board our luxurious ship

We enjoy a walking tour of Cologne this morning, exploring its bustling streets and lively squares. As well as visiting the cathedral, we admire the Romanesque townhouses dotting the city's streets. This afternoon, we journey by rail to Passau where our luxurious ship awaits us and we're welcomed on board with a refreshing cocktail in the lounge. After settling into your wonderful cabin and familiarising yourself with our magnificent ship, we indulge in our first delicious five-course dinner on board.

Setting sail into the serene Danube, we begin to see its lush and verdant banks, filled with dense forests that seem to stretch on endlessly and charming villages that are scattered throughout the landscape.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 – Charming Regensburg and captivating Weltenburg Abbey

Regensburg is our first port of call this morning, which we discover on a guided city walk. Exploring the historic streets, we see the Dom St Peter cathedral, a grand building with beautiful stained-glass windows.

After lunch, we visit the lovely Weltenburg Abbey, the oldest Benedictine monastery in Bavaria which sits on a scenic bend of the Danube Gorge - a magical setting. The Abbey is a magnificent example of Baroque architecture, with its stunning frescoes, intricate stucco work, and grand façade that is both imposing and inviting.

One of its highlights is the stunning baroque altar, which is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. The high altar is an exquisitely carved masterpiece that is richly decorated with gold leaf and features a beautiful painting of the Annunciation, which is surrounded by an array of stunning sculptures.

The Abbey is also famous for its brewery, which produces some of the finest beer in the world. The beer, which is brewed using traditional methods, is made from local ingredients and is renowned for its rich, full-bodied flavour.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 – Fascinating Nuremberg

At lunchtime, our ship moors into the historic city of Nuremberg - once the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire. On a guided tour, we see the imperial Kaiserburg castle, impressively situated overlooking the enchanting Altstadt marketplace. There's a unique charm here, from the vibrant figurines to the striking stone sculptures and murals that vividly depict the city's rich medieval history. During dinner this evening we set sail for Bamberg, cruising overnight.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 – Historic Bamberg

We arrive and moor in beautiful 9th-century Bamberg this morning. Exploring this medieval town on a guided tour, we see the stunning Bamberg Cathedral and the charming district of 'Little Venice' where quaint half-timbered houses line the riverside. During lunch onboard, we begin an overnight sailing.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 – Medieval Rothenburg ob der Tauber and wine-tasting in Würzburg

Mooring in Ochsenfurt this morning, we drive along Bavaria's wonderful Romantic Road to the historic walled town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. This small and picturesque city, often referred to as the 'Jewel of Germany', is filled with medieval marvels and was even featured in the classic film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang due to its perfectly preserved medieval charm.

During a sightseeing tour, we stroll along atmospheric cobbled lanes, past brightly painted houses and characterful squares, taking in the city's fascinating history and culture. After the tour, we rejoin our ship in Würzburg for lunch before continuing on to our next stop - the Würzburg Residenz, a grand Baroque palace. Here, we Indulge in a wine-tasting experience, savouring the rich flavours of the region.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 – Discovering the history of Wertheim and Miltenberg

This morning we arrive into the town of Wertheim for a guided tour. We see the town's ancient castle which overlooks its medieval centre and marketplace before we visit the Glass Museum. Here, we can admire its extensive collection of glass objects from the past and present.

Next, we head to Miltenberg, a town surrounded by dense green forests and gentle hills. Its medieval centre has been impeccably preserved, and we have the pleasure of touring it with a guide. As we explore, one of the most notable landmarks is the castle which sits on a hilltop, overlooking the town. This 12th-century building has been renovated and restored over the years and now serves as a museum that showcases the town's rich history.

After a morning of exploration, we return to our ship for lunch and begin our next overnight cruise.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 – Delightful Mainz

In the heart of Germany's winelands, Mainz has a fascinating ancient history. We explore it today on a guided tour, seeing its 1,000-year-old Romanesque cathedral, the Mainz Dom, and walking among the city's lovely half-timbered buildings.

Returning to our ship, we enjoy our last night onboard.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 – Homeward bound

After arriving into Strasbourg, we say goodbye to our wonderful crew and head to Strasbourg station for the train to Paris. Here, we join the Eurostar service to London St Pancras where our holiday comes to an end.

  • Breakfast

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Ms S Mathews

4 stars

Submitted 23 Jun 2017

I enjoyed all aspects of the trip -- the sights, excursions, crew, no real complaints The evening entertainment was OK, liked our pianist, was surprised how our waiter at the table remembered our preferences.

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Mr . Hill

4 stars

Submitted 22 Jun 2017

TravelMarvel experience was incredible. Everything was thought of and food was outstanding. Usually the rail travel is the highlight but in this case was deco d.

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Mr T Morley

4 stars

Submitted 22 Jun 2017

Excellent holiday for us, the word used from a personal perspective as the holiday was much needed. Give good (4*) for the following reasons: Nuremburg - it was a bank holiday we could not get into the Arena or Court Houses where the WWII trials etc were held, there was a Rock Concert. The literature did not advise on this, best to avoid such bank holidays. Guide concentrated on Mediaeval history. Could have done with more time there. Cruise - The Sun Deck was unavailable for three days, understand why but given the weather was good this was disappointing, again advance information would have been useful. Other cruises seemed to cope! - on the ship the seats in the Dining area in particular were not that comfortable. Elsewhere only slightly better.

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