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OPTIONAL PRE-CRUISE TOUR: 3-Day / 2-Night Brussels & Luxembourg

DATES: August 18-20, 2020

Day 1: Tuesday, August 18th

Arrive Brussels

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the lovely Hotel Metropole. The remainder of the day is at leisure. The capital of Belgium, greater Brussels covers 62 square miles with a population of 2.1 million inhabitants. Brussels is also the de facto capital of the European Union. The EU Secretariat and NATO headquarters are here. Most residents are bilingual in French and Dutch, with English spoken as a second language by a third of the population.

OVERNIGHT: Hotel Metropole (2 nights)

Day 2: Wednesday, August 19th

Brussels

Brussels is known for its cuisine and gastronomy as well as its historical and architectural landmarks. This morning, see the Rue Royale, Parliament, the Royal Palace and St. Michael Cathedral. Walk, explore and photograph the historic Grand Place and the naughty Manneken Pis. Enjoy a guided tour about Belgian chocolate; its history, fabrication and varieties. Tonight, we dine at the Belga Queen, one of the Brussel’s great restaurants. (B,D)

Day 3: Thursday, August 20th

Luxembourg – Embarkation

Depart Brussels this morning for the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. This small, landlocked country, headed by the Grand Duke Henri, has a population of 576,000 people. Luxembourg City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the exceptional preservation of the fortifications and buildings, going back to the 10th century. See Old Town, the Grand Ducal Palace and view the Alzette and Petrusse gorges from high atop the battlements. Visit the American Cemetery and the grave of WWII General George S. Patton. Enjoy a late lunch at Am Tiirschen, perhaps the city’s most historic eatery with a profoundly medieval ambience. 

TIP: Try the Luxembourg specialty Kniddelen, bacon dumplings with mustard sauce! Board the AmaDante at approximately 4pm. (B,L)

TOUR ENDS

7-NIGHT CRUISE: LUXEMBOURG TO NUREMBERG

Tour Dates: August 20 – 27, 2020

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Day 1: Thursday, August 20th 

Embarkation – Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Board your cruise in Luxembourg. Tonight, gather on board for a Welcome Dinner. (D)

Day 2: Friday, August 21st

Trier – Bernkastel

Trier is Germany’s oldest city, renowned for its rich ancient Roman past, and referred to as the “Rome of the North” or “Second Rome” as it has impressive Roman relics and nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Join a guided tour of the city, including the old Roman amphitheater, Roman Baths and Basilica of Constantine. Alternatively, go in search of the secrets of the Porta Nigra Gate, dating back to 180 A.D., on a tour that takes you back to a time when Rome ruled the world from the Emperor’s seat in Trier. You also have the choice of a hike high above Trier to Petrisberg. Later in the day, sail to Bernkastel, walk through its colorful Old Town center and past many medieval and Renaissance buildings on a guided tour that also includes a winery visit and tasting. Cycling enthusiasts can choose to join a bike tour and hikers can opt to trek up to the ruins of Landshut Castle, which dates all the way back to the 9th century. (B,L,D)

Day 3: Saturday, August 22nd

Alken – Rüdesheim

Head to fairytale Cochem and visit the Reichsburg Castle followed by a walking tour. As an alternative, visit one of Europe’s oldest working mustard mills where you will sample Cochem’s famous mustard. You may also opt to hike to Reichsburg Castle and enjoy a visit or take a walking tour through nearby Koblenz. Later in the day, set sail for Rüdesheim, where you can visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, or enjoy the town’s iconic Rüdesheimer coffee, served ceremoniously with whipped cream and brandy. (B,L,D)

Day 4: Sunday, August 23rd

Rüdesheim

Drink up the stunning views by soaring high above the vineyards with a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal Statue or allow yourself to be treated to a wine tasting. For a more active adventure, hike through the town’s beautiful vineyards or join a guided bike tour of the scenic Rheingau wine region. As an alternative, head to the confluence of the Rhine and Main Rivers to Mainz, where you’ll enjoy a walking tour of its Old Town, brimming with quaint narrow streets, Baroque churches and half-timbered houses. You’ll also have a chance to visit the Collegiate Church of St. Stephan, best known for its blue Chagall windows. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Monday, August 24th

Wertheim

Wertheim’s old town center still features half-timbered houses and the Gothic architecture of the Stiftskirche, its oldest Protestant church. You may either join a guided walking tour through the historic city center or learn the art of pretzel making with a visit to a local bakery. For those seeking a more active adventure, take a scenic bike ride through the Main River Valley or hike high above the town for a visit to the castle, one of the most picturesque ruins in Germany. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Tuesday, August 25th

Würzburg

Enjoy a city tour of Würzburg, a bursting with Baroque splendor. Or visit Würzburg’s Baroque Residenz Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that features an opulent interior, including a grand fresco by Tiepolo. Or stretch your legs while hiking to Würzburg Castle. Later in the day, go on a full-day excursion to Rothenburg, Germany’s best-preserved walled town located on the Romantic Road. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Wednesday, August 26th

Eltmann and Bamberg

Head to Bamberg, which has been referred to as “Franconian Rome” as, like Rome, it was built on seven hills—but in Bamberg, a church graces each one. Bamberg’s medieval and Baroque architecture has withstood the test of time and, as such, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join a guided walking tour of this medieval gem where you’ll see its cathedral, Old Town Hall and elegant old mansions, and afterwards, indulge in the town’s famous smoked beer, Rauchbier. Or, indulge in the culinary specialties of Bamberg, including licorice root, Hornla pastries, traditional German sausage and smoked beer. As a more invigorating alternative,pedal from Eltmann to Bamberg, meeting the ship there later in the day. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Thursday, August 27th

Nuremberg – Disembarkation

After breakfast, disembark the ship. (B)

Cruise Ends. 

OPTIONAL POST-CRUISE TOUR: 3-NIGHTS IN PRAGUE

Tour Dates: August 27 – 30, 2020

Day 1: Thursday, August 27th 

Nuremberg – Pilsen (Plzen) – Prague

Depart the ship at 9am and continue your journey with land tour in Prague. Drive through the countryside toward Prague. Stop in the city of Pilsen (Plzen) — known worldwide for THE Pilsner Urquell Brewery and its Pilsner beer, created by Bavarian brewer Josef Groll here in 1842. The city is ringed by parks and the old center has the 19th-century Great Synagogue, which also hosts concerts. The Cathedral of St. Bartholomew, completed in the 16th century, has Renaissance paintings and a tall spire with a viewing gallery. Enjoy a tour and lunch at the brewery. Following lunch, continue on to Prague, arriving late afternoon. (B,L)

Day 2: Friday, August 28th 

Prague Sightseeing / Special Dinner

Discover Prague with a city & castle tour. Both will reveal why Prague is considered one of Europe’s most attractive cities, with a historic city center that’s recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See all the key highlights, including the National Museum, Wenceslas Square, the 1,000 year-old Prague Castle and Old Market Square, where you will find the famous Astronomical Clock. Also enjoy an exclusive visit to the Strahov Library — the oldest and largest monastic library in the country, with two magnificent baroque halls dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. Tonight enjoy a private Czech dinner for the Kramer Vineyards Group at a beautiful riverside restaurant. (B,D)

Day 3: Saturday, August 29th

Prague

Spend a day at your leisure. Wander through the city admiring its diversity of architectural styles: Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo and Art Nouveau. Meander through its colorful local markets or simply relax in a café to enjoy the many famous Czech beers. (B)

Day 4: Sunday, August 30th

Depart Prague

Bid farewell to Prague and prepare for your onward flight. (B)

PLEASE NOTE:

A reasonable degree of mobility is required for all passengers on this program. Most of the guided tours provided on your cruise are walking tours. Many historic villages in Europe are located on hilltops, where it is necessary to walk up and down hilly, cobblestone streets that may have narrow passageways. Ships docked in port are often rafted side-by-side to another river ship. Passengers are then required to ascend and descend flights of 12 or more stairs to walk up to observation deck, down to gang planks to enter or exit the rafted ships. To participate in tours and get on and off the ship, travelers must be able to walk unaccompanied.

Disabilities and Wheelchairs
Persons with a walking disability or an injury, or who require a wheelchair/scooter or other mobility device, must have another dedicated person traveling with them to assist/push etc. The ship’s crew and other cruise guests are not available to assist persons with limited mobility. On customized pre or post cruise land programs, the Expanding Horizons tour manager is authorized to remove, or ask to leave from the tour, any traveler incapable of, unwilling to, or impeding the overall movement and progress of the tour group.