OPTIONAL: 3-NIGHT PRE-CRUISE TOUR OF PRAGUE
SATURDAY, JULY 9 – TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2022
DAY 1: SATURDAY, JULY 9
ARRIVE PRAGUE CZECH REPUBLIC
Arrive at Prague Vaclav Havel International Airport. You will be met and transferred to our hotel. Tonight join Micole and Teri for welcome drinks.
OVERNIGHT: Hotel Eurostars Thalia or similar (3 nights)
DAY 2: SUNDAY, JULY 10
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 dinner of gourmet Czech cuisine at a beautiful riverside restaurant. (B,D)
DAY 3: MONDAY, JULY 11
PRAGUE AT LEISURE
Today is at leisure to enjoy Prague. 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. Optional tours are available including an emotional visit to Terezin, the Napoleonic fortress converted by the Nazis into a concentration camp. (B)
DAY 4: TUESDAY, JULY 12
PRAGUE / PLZN / NUREMBERG
Depart Prague and journey through the Czech countryside toward Plzn (“Pilsen”), known worldwide for its Pilsner Urquell Brewery and 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 Nuremberg, boarding our ship AmaPrima in the late afternoon. (B,L)
7 NIGHTEUROPE’S RIVERS & CASTLES CRUISE
TUESDAY, JULY 12 – TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2022
DAY 1, TUESDAY JULY 12
EMBARKATION – NUREMBERG, GERMANY
Planning Your Travel:Nuremberg is the second largest city of the German State of Bavaria and is known for its historical landmarks like the Imperial castle and the walled Old Town.
If booking your own flights: Nuremburg (NUE) is the nearest airport.
- Coach Transportation: For those arriving into Nuremburg on the same day as embarkation, AmaWaterways offer coach transportation to the port of embarkation. Cost is $35 per person and must be booked with Expanding Horizons at time of final payment.
- Private Car Transportation:This service is offered by various companies – for example BlackLane Global Chauffeur Services.
- Services subject to change without notice.
DAY 2, WEDNESDAY JULY 13
Bamberg 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. Alternatively, enjoy a bike tour through Bamberg and follow your knowledgeable guide along the river to the enchanting winemaking town of Eltmann. (B,L,D)
DAY 3, THURSDAY JULY 14
Go on a full-day excursion to Rothenburg, Germany’s best-preserved walled town located on the Romantic Road. For those not going to Rothenburg, 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. As an alternative to the walking tour and the palace visit, the more active guest may choose to venture high above the town for a hike to Marienberg Fortress, which dominates the city. (B,L,D)
DAY 4, FRIDAY JULY 15
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 5, SATURDAY JULY 16
RÜDESHEIM – RHINE GORGE – LAHNSTEIN
Arrive in Rüdesheim, where you can visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, or take a ride over the vineyards of Rüdesheim in a gondola to the Niederwald Monument, and then afterwards be treated to a wine tasting. You may also hike through a Rüdesheim vineyard. Another choice today is to take a guided bike tour along the Rhine Valley, riding between the Rheingau hills and the Rhine River. Later in the day, set sail towards Lahnstein through the Rhine River Gorge, famous for its beautiful and imposing castles. Cap the day off with a visit to Lahneck Castle. (B,L,D)
DAY 6, SUNDAY JULY 17
COCHEM – ZELL
Wake up in 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 take a guided bike tour along the captivating Moselle River or a hike to Reichsburg Castle. Later, cruise to Zell, famous for its Riesling and the well-known arched black cat icon, often seen on the labels of local German wines. Experience the hospitality of the citizens of Zell, including the local Wine Queen and Mayor, at an exclusive wine festival where you’ll sample local wines, sausages and more. (B,L,D)
DAY 7, MONDAY JULY 18
Enjoy a scenic cruise along the Moselle to Trier, 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 bike tour through the historic city center and along the Moselle River; or hike high above Trier to Petrisberg. (B,L,D)
DAY 8, TUESDAY JULY 19
LUXEMBOURG – DISEMBARKATION
Planning Your Travel:Transportation to the Luxemburg Airport (LUX) for onward flights can be arranged on board your cruise ship it the cruise manager.
- AmaWaterways offers three transfers to the airport: 3:45 AM, 8:00 AM & 11:45 AM.
- Cost is $45 per person.
Services subject to change without notice.
OPTIONAL: 2-NIGHT POST-CRUISE TOUR OF BRUSSELS
TUESDAY, JULY 19 – THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2022
DAY 1: TUESDAY, JULY 19
LUXEMBOURG TO BRUSSELS
This morning experience 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, the American Cemetery and grave of WWII General George S. Patton Jr. 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! Later this afternoon arrive in Brussels and the lovely Hotel Metropole. The capital of Belgium, greater Brussels covers 62 square miles with a population of 2.1 million inhabitants. Brussels is a marvel of 19th century neo-classical buildings, combined with tasteful modern day structures. This is 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 Le Plaza Brussels (2 nights)
DAY 2: MONDAY, JULY 20
Brussels is known for its cuisine and gastronomy as well as its historical and architectural landmarks. This morning see the iconic sites of the Brussels city center: the Grand Place, Sablon and Royal districts. Stroll the Rue Royale and see 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. Belgian chocolatiers constantly experiment with new flavors. Sample hazelnut, dark ganache, salted butter caramel, ginger, tea, coffee, saffron and chili! Tonight dine in a bit of Brussels history — Aux Armes de Bruxelles — which has been open since 1921. (B,D)
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.