Blue Water Holidays
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01756 706500 +44 1756 706500
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

European Rivers and Castles

Journey along the Moselle, Rhine and Main rivers through Germany's beautiful wine-producing areas and past historic castles. Includes shore excursions

Exclusive Blue Water Package
7 nights from £1790pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Nuremberg
  • Bamberg
  • Wurzburg
  • Miltenberg

Call us on 01756 706500 (+44 1756 706500) to discuss this holiday

AMA Waterways

Exclusive savings of up to £400pp! Applies to 2018 departures. Prices shown include discount. Book by 30 Apr 2018

Exclusive savings of up to £750pp! Applies to 2019 departures. Prices shown include discount. Book by 30 Apr 2018

Save 25% on selected 2018 departures! Applies to 24 May and 1 Nov 2018 departures. Book by 30 Apr 2018. Subject to availability.

European Rivers and Castles Special Offer

Enjoy visits to well-preserved medieval towns and admire the dramatic scenery of the Rhine Gorge, dotted with fairytale castles and majestic fortresses, on this superb cruise along the beautiful Rhine, Main and Moselle rivers.

See the sights of UNESCO-listed Bamberg on a walking tour and discover the ornate Wurzburg Residence with its beautifully landscaped gardens.

Explore the quaint town of Wertheim, renowned for its glassworks, before cruising to picturesque Mainz. Discover an array of musical instruments at Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in the wine-producing town of Rudesheim before seeing the sights of Trier, Germany's oldest city.

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European Rivers and Castles Itinerary

Day 1 - Nuremberg (Germany)

Arrive in Nuremberg, where your luxurious ship awaits you. Tonight, gather together for the Welcome Dinner. (D)

Day 2 - Bamberg - Schweinfurt

Join the guided walking tour of Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see the breathtaking cathedral and Old Town Hall, and taste the city's famous smoked beer. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Kitzingen - Wurzburg or Volkach - Wurzburg - Kitzingen

In 2018 explore Kitzingen where the Historic Court Council and honorary Wine Queen will take you to Germany's oldest wine cellar. See the highlights of Wurzburg on a guided tour followed by a visit to the magnificent Residenz Palace and gardens, or enjoy a guided bike ride from Kitzingen to Wurzburg. In 2019 enjoy a walking or cycling tour of Volkach, or join the full day excursion to Rothenburg. Later, visit the Baroque city of Wurzburg and tour its beautiful Residenz Palace. Cycle from Wurzburg to Kitzingen or enjoy a leisurely cruise then enjoy a walking tour of the town to learn about the Dracula legends. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Wertheim

Cruise to the quaint German town of Wertheim, known for its intricate glassworks and medieval architecture. Enjoy a walking tour of the city, join a guided bike ride or visit a local bakery for a pretzel-making demonstration. In 2019 there is also the option to hike up to the ruined castle high above the town. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Mainz - Rudesheim - Koblenz or Lahnstein

See beautiful Mainz on a guided walking tour or visit Heidelberg, Germany's oldest university (2018 only) or enjoy a guided bike tour (2019 only). In Rudesheim choose to visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, take a gondola ride over the town or hike through the vineyards (2018 only). Sail through the beautiful Rhine River Gorge past the legendary Lorelei Rock to Koblenz (2018 only) where there will be a guided tour after dinner. In 2019 there will be stop at Lahnstein for an exclusive festival celebration. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Cochem - Zell

In Cochem, take a guided tour to the hilltop Reichsburg Castle, visit one of Europe's oldest mustard mills or join the guided bike tour along the Moselle River. In Zell the local Wine Queen and Mayor will welcome you to an exclusive wine festival where you can sample local wine and sausages. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Zell - Trier

Explore Trier, Germany's oldest city on a guided tour to the Roman Amphitheatre or join the tour that reveals the secrets of the Porta Nigra. In 2018 there is the option to hike to Trier's ancient amphitheatre and in 2019 you can choose to join the bike tour through the historic city centre or hike above the city to Petrisberg. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Luxembourg

Disembark the ship this morning. (B)

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary. Key: B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner

Price Includes

  • 7 nights full board deluxe accommodation in an outside cabin - most with French or the revolutionary Twin balconies
  • Flight inclusive package prices include return flights from the UK and transfers
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain's Gala Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner and bottled water in cabins replenished daily
  • Sip and Sail Daily Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
  • Tours and excursions daily with personal headset included
  • "Culinary Delights - Bites and Sights" excursions
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • State of the art Infotainment System in all cabins with hi-speed internet, Hollywood movies, extensive music library and English TV stations
  • Special highights including lectures, theme dinners, cooking demonstration, on board music performances and afternoon/evening piano music
  • Bicycles to explore on your own and guided bicycle tours
  • Services of professional Cruise Manager
  • Port Charges
  • All local taxes

Price Does Not Include

  • Cruise only prices do not include flights or transfers
  • Gratuities

Cruise Extensions

  • Paris and Prague Extension Extend your cruise with a 3-night pre-cruise stay in Paris from £880 and a 2-night post-cruise stay in Prague from £347. Please contact us for details

Special Features

  • Special wine-themed itineraries:
  • 2018: 5 Apr; 19 Jul
  • 2019: 1 Aug; 14 Nov

2018 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Departure Date Cruise Only from Exclusive Blue Water Package from
May 24£1783£2083
Jun 14£2328£2628
Jul 19; Aug 09£2261£2561
Aug 30; Sep 20£2461£2761
Oct 11£2328£2628
Nov 01£1583£1883

2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Departure Date Cruise Only from Exclusive Blue Water Package from
May 02£2367£2967
Jun 06, 27£2438£2738
Aug 01£2263£2563
Aug 22£2333£2633
Oct 03£2649£2949
Oct 24£1972£2272
Nov 14£1490£1790

Price Information

  • Prices are per person based on two people sharing a Cat E cabin. Single supplement available
  • Cabin upgrade supplements are available, please contact us