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Premium Rhine & Main Cruise

(Tour code: RMR17)Journey along two of Europe’s most important rivers

Journey along two of Europe's most important rivers on this awe-inspiring cruise. Follow the Rhine from Amsterdam to Cologne, meandering through the iconic Rhine Gorge before joining the Main and passing through the heartland of medieval Germany, all aboard a fabulous Travelmarvel vessel.

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Tour Highlights
  • Glass-topped canal boat cruise in Amsterdam
  • Rembrandt’s Windmill
  • Brühl and Augustusburg Castle
  • Falkenlust hunting lodge
  • Rhine Gorge
  • Journey on the Winzerexpress train
  • Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum
  • Würzburg, Bamberg and Nuremberg
  • Travel Marvel Diamond or Jewel
What’s Included (Full details)
  • First Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
  • Optional Bag Concierge
  • 7-night cruise on the Travelmarvel Diamond or Jewel

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Eurostar
Day 1

London to Amsterdam

After meeting at our dedicated St Pancras Departure Office, take the Eurostar to Brussels, continuing on to Amsterdam via high-speed rail. Upon arrival in the iconic Dutch city, transfer to our ship, either the Travelmarvel Diamond or Travelmarvel Jewel (departure dependant). You will be greeted with a welcoming cocktail and an introduction to the Captain and crew.

Includes:
  • Dinner
  • Eurostar Meal
Amsterdam
Day 2

Exploring Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a city like Venice: founded on and still focussed today around water and waterways. However, unlike Venice, Holland's largest city is no mere museum piece. Amsterdam is a real, living and breathing metropolis; far more than just an oasis for tourists. Today, we board a glass-topped boat for a scenic cruise through the myriad of canals in the Dutch city, exploring Amsterdam's main landmarks from the water. Later this afternoon, transfer to a coach for the journey to Utrecht to see the iconic 'Rembrandt's Windmills' - one of the enduring images of rural Holland that has been made famous by the artist. Back aboard our vessel this evening there is a Captain's Welcome Dinner with live entertainment.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Rhine Gorge
Days 3-4

Brühl and the Rhine Gorge

We arrive in Cologne this morning and head south into the Rhineland, bound for the historic town of Brühl. Here, we embark on a fascinating excursion to the elegant Augustusburg Castle. Built by the archbishop Clemens August, the expansive estate is one of the country's best examples of German Rococo. After some free time here, we continue on to the similarly designed Falkenlust hunting lodge, which once provided German dignitaries with a luxurious place of residence when out hunting in the surrounding forests. The following day, our journey continues through the breathtaking scenery of the Rhine Gorge. Dramatic valleys and rolling hills surround us on either shore as we meander along the river, picking our way through lush vineyards and past romantic castles and towns. We arrive in the town of Rüdesheim, fabled for its wine production. Here, we join the quaint Winzerexpress train through the town centre to Siegfreid's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, which charts the history of the music box.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Miltenberg
Day 5

Exploring Miltenberg

Receive a special welcome from the locals today as we dock in Miltenberg, where you will be invited into the homes of some of the town's friendly residents to enjoy some coffee and traditional cakes and learn about the area's culture and history.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Wurzburg
Day 6

On to Würzburg

We arrive in the city of Würzburg today, in Germany's Bavarian region. The colourful city is full of rich rococo architecture and classical Baroque buildings. Here we have a guided tour and free time. Perhaps visit one of the many wine taverns that this region is famous for, Würzburg is central to the Franconian wine industry. Alternatively, you could explore the Marienberg Fortress, which sits atop a grassy promontory at the head of the cityscape and its restored interiors are full of historical artefacts and works of art.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Bamberg
Day 7

Discovering UNESCO Bamberg

We cruise into Bamberg today, a town spread over seven hills and boasting UNESCO status. Situated at the confluence of the Regnitz and Main rivers, medieval Bamberg is one of Germany's oldest and most visited towns. We explore Bamberg on a guided tour, visiting some of the key sights including the impressive Romanesque Cathedral and its wealth of sculpture and the twin spires of Michaelsberg Abbey. Bamberg's ancient centre is rich in charming old timber-framed houses, such as the Altstadt and Rathaus buildings, giving the city a truly timeless feel. Tonight there is a farewell dinner to mark our last night aboard our vessel.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Nuremberg
Day 8

Historic Nuremberg

This morning we explore Nuremberg on a guided tour, visiting the city's many landmarks including the sites of the Nazi Party's famous Rallies and the court buildings used for the Trials post WWII. We then disembark our vessel and transfer to our hotel for an overnight stay in Nuremberg.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Eurostar
Day 9

Return to London

We begin our journey home this morning after checking out of the hotel. Travelling by high-speed rail via Cologne to Brussels, transferring on to the Eurostar back to London St Pancras, where the tour concludes.

Includes:
  • Breakfast

Please note

Optional shore excursions are not included in the price of your tour and are payable locally.

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