Package Duration: 7 nights Cruise-Only
MEDIEVAL GERMANY RIVER CRUISE River Cruise-Only price includes:
- 7 night river cruise aboard ms George Eliot from Nuremberg (Germany) to Mainz (Germany)
- All meals from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your day of departure
- Welcome cocktails & dinner plus Captain`s dinner
- Complimentary onboard tea & coffee
- Five star service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
- Complimentary onboard Wi-Fi
- The services of a Riviera Travel River Cruises cruise director and concierge
- Seven guided tours, including Bamberg, Würzburg, Nuremberg, Ochsenfurt, Miltenberg, Wertheim and Mainz
- Port taxes
RIVIERA PLUS! New for 2021 and beyond
Riviera are delighted to introduce their new, Riviera Plus program. Guests who book a deluxe/superior suite or any Upper (Diamond) Deck stateroom/suite will receive the following additional benefits onboard:
1. Smart handset with maps, translator, currency converter, unlimited calls, text messages and internet usage, on-board or ashore.
2. L`Occitane en Provence toiletries for that extra touch of luxury
3. Bottle of chilled Prosecco on arrival
4. Platter of fresh seasonal fruits during the cruise
5. An aperitif each evening - complimentary
DRINKS PACKAGE: Available from an extra $199 AUD per person
Tea, coffee and water will be served complimentary throughout your cruise, but should you wish to indulge in a glass of wine or a beer with your lunch or dinner, we would recommend adding our drinks package to your booking. Simply relax and when it`s time to dine in the restaurant, take your pick from a range of: draught beer; non-alcoholic beer; soft drinks; juices; red, white and rose house wines; and wine recommendations from the menu by the glass. If you choose not to purchase a drinks package, there is a vast selection of drinks on board each ship available for individual purchase.
(Please note that drinks packages must be purchased by all guests occupying the same cabin or suite, and do not include drinks from the bar.)
7 Night Cruise sailing from Nuremberg to Mainz aboard George Eliot.
NOTE: Cruise operates in approximate reverse order to the itinerary outlined below.
Day 1 MAINZ
Arrive in Mainz, where your great Bavarian adventure begins. Be welcomed aboard your five-star floating hotel by the dedicated crew, taking in the air of anticipation and excitement as you explore the luxury surroundings that you will call home for the next seven nights. Settle into your exceptionally well-equipped cabin, then get acquainted with your ship and fellow cruisers while you look forward to a delicious welcome dinner to start your cruise off in style.
Day 2 - MAINZ
Whether you decide to take breakfast in bed or set yourself up for the day at the plentiful buffet, afterwards you can enjoy a morning exploring bustling Mainz on our guided tour. Dominating its skyline is the colossal six-towered 12th-century cathedral – Martinsdom – a pinnacle of German Romanesque architecture that houses a spectacular nave, many elaborate tombs and a peaceful colonnaded cloister. Also unmissable is Saint Stephen’s Church, which features nine breathtaking stained glass windows, created by the artist Marc Chagall, that bathe the interior in magical blue light. Book-lovers will appreciate the Gutenberg Museum, located in a gorgeous 17th-century building in Mainz’s Old Town, whose star attractions are two 1455 Gutenberg Bibles, among the first books ever printed.
Of course, Mainz is also at the heart of Germany’s winelands, so it’s a pleasure to seek out a traditional wine tavern in the pastel-painted, timber-crisscrossed buildings of the old town to sample a glass. If you prefer beer, the vaulted chambers of the Eisgrub-Bräu beer hall are a fine place for a mug of the local dark brew. Back on board your floating boutique hotel in the afternoon, find a relaxing seat in the lounge to take in the lovely views of lush woodland and fertile vineyards seamlessly idling by. As evening approaches, why not enjoy an apéritif in the bar before choosing a table in the restaurant to enjoy the chef’s masterful creations for dinner?
Day 3 MILTENBERG & WERTHEIM
Today we’re moored in Miltenberg, a beautifully preserved medieval village whose labyrinth of winding alleys and lanes begs exploration. And so, this morning we do exactly that, as our local guide shows us the highlights of this charming destination. Admire the impressive gatehouse which stands like a proud guardian of the village, and wander across the charming marketplace, lined by traditional fachwerk buildings instantly recognisable by their grids of timber framing.
The story goes that locals were allowed free wood from the surrounding forests, hence the abundance of this architectural style. Highlights of this beautiful square include the trickling fountain, ornately carved from stone and complete with dancing cherubs, and the intricately detailed Gasthaus Zum Riesen, which claims to be Germany’s oldest tavern. In the afternoon we pass under Miltenberg’s red-brick bridge and continue to Wertheim, navigating the gentle meandering bends typical of the Main River. Relax and take in the scenery while sipping your choice of tea or coffee or maybe something a little more fortifying from the bar.
Wertheim is completely off the main tourist trail, making it a delightful surprise, all the better for its untouched ambience. We pass the fishing boats riding at anchor while admiring the muted colours of the sage-green, pale lilac and buttercup-yellow houses opposite. This afternoon, enjoy a carefully planned walking tour around this wonderfully intriguing town. A russet-walled 12th-century castle overlooks the old town, surveying the church spires, turrets and patchwork of multicoloured buildings below. There’s time to explore here and, as you wander the quaint and colourful market square, look out for the blink-and-miss-it Zobelhaus, a contender for the narrowest house in Germany. This evening you’ll be served another delectable dinner, and overnight we cruise to Würzburg.
Day 4 WURZBURG
One of the delights of river cruising is indulging in complete relaxation, so this morning perhaps catch up on some reading or simply watch the world float by. This afternoon we arrive at elegant Würzburg, which contrasts with the quaint towns and villages you’ve encountered so far. We have a guided tour of this Bavarian city sitting resplendent on the banks of the Main, founded in the 10th century as the centre of the kingdom known as Franconia. The impressive Marienberg Fortress overlooks the neat blocks of grand pastel-coloured buildings punctuated by the spires and domes of the city’s many churches. The jewel in Würzburg’s illustrious crown is the Residenz, a magnificent Baroque palace that whisks you back to a more romantic age. Originally conceived to rival the Palace of Versailles in scale, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and features one of Germany’s most spectacularly ornate staircases and dozens of interconnecting rooms adorned with gorgeous frescoes, priceless tapestries, sculptures and paintings. There’s ample time to explore here as you wish before returning to the ship, enjoying another evening of exceptional cuisine and a drink in the bar as the pianist works his magic at the keyboard.
Day 5 ROTHENBURG & MARKTBEIT
After breakfast we take a drive along the Romantic Road – the perfectly named route made up of a spellbinding procession of folkloric scenery, medieval towns, lofty castles and grand palaces, so picture-perfect they could all serve as film sets. We arrive at gorgeous Rothenburg, crowning a hill with glorious views over the meandering river below. The old town is cradled within immaculately preserved walls, and there’s time to explore its narrow, cobbled streets lined with tall gabled half-timbered houses.
A short drive takes us to Ochsenfurt, nestled on the banks of the Main where our ship and another superb lunch await. This afternoon we explore this picturesque little town on a guided tour, with its romantic, half-timbered houses and ancient ramparts. Wander the old town, stopping to admire the façade of the town hall with its impressive mechanical clock and a lovely 13th-century church with its strikingly colourful interior before returning to the ship.
Day 6 BAMBERG
Another day dawns and this morning is free to enjoy the ship’s five-star facilities while admiring the magnificent undulating landscape. The foredeck features exquisite outdoor furnishing and there’s nothing quite as refreshing as the gentle breeze as we progress along the serene waters of the Main. Alternatively, why not find a quiet alfresco seat at the Lido Lounge at the stern of the ship and admire one enchanting vista after another?
We moor this afternoon in Bamberg, undoubtedly one of the prettiest small towns in the whole of Europe and so precious that UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site. Planned by Emperor Heinrich II in the 11th century as a Franconian capital, it sits on seven lush green hills, a similar setting to the city whose grandeur it was meant to equal – Rome! You’ll discover its history and many architectural highlights on our informative tour led by a local guide, which takes in the exquisite Old Town and impressive multi-spired cathedral. Perhaps the most noticeable and intriguing landmark is Bamberg’s Old Town Hall, which sits on an island in the middle of the burbling river, flanked by bridges either side. From here you can also see ‘Little Venice’ – a delightful cluster of former fishermen’s houses built along the waterfront, mostly dating from the Middle Ages. Leaving Bamberg, we join the Main–Danube canal, a superb feat of engineering guiding us to our next fascinating stop, Nuremberg.
Day 7 NUREMBERG
Of course, this Bavarian city is intriguing for its association with the Second World War, as the site of many pre-war Nazi rallies and, later, the war crimes trials. What’s little known, however, is that Nuremberg also captivates visitors with its cobbled streets with classic half-timbered houses, an enchanting castle (rebuilt after wartime bombings) and many historic landmarks. These include the Church of Saint Lawrence, a stunning example of Gothic architecture, and the intricate Church of Our Lady, which features a working mechanical clock dating from 1506 and overlooks the bustling Hauptmarkt square, itself renowned for its intricate fountain resembling a Gothic church tower. Amid all this splendour, spare a moment to taste Nuremberg’s famous gingerbread, perhaps stocking up with a packet to spice up the biscuit tin back home! Afterwards you return to the ship for your final dinner on board, perhaps selecting a local white from the wine list and, later, enjoying a coffee in the lounge with your travel companions while sharing memories of your exploration of Germany’s medieval heart.
Day 8 NUREMBERG
After breakfast, the crew bids you farewell before you disembark the ship.
*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (12Feb21). All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. The following are NOT included in this package - 1. Ships gratuities 2. Drinks aboard river cruise other than those as listed as included in a Drinks Package (if you choose to pay the additional fee) 3. Any meals other than those as stated 4. Transfer to port to join cruise 5. Transfer from port to depart cruise 6. Travel insurance - proof of which is mandatory prior to documentation release 7. International or domestic airfares. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Offer valid until sold out/withdrawn from sale and is subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty.