Heart of Germany

From $1,748 | 7 Days | 6 Guided Tours | 1 Country

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Heart of Germany

From $1,748 | 7 Days | 6 Guided Tours | 1 Country

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Heart of Germany

From $1,748 | 7 Days | 6 Guided Tours | 1 Country

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Heart of Germany

From $1,748 | 7 Days | 6 Guided Tours | 1 Country

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Heart of Germany

From $1,748 | 7 Days | 6 Guided Tours | 1 Country

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Heart of Germany

Sail along the picturesque Main River—Germany’s heart and soul—on this enriching itinerary. This is the land of Franconian wine and Bavarian beer, where the famed Romantic Road leads to charming Old Towns that evoke a fairy-tale Europe. Explore the cobbled streets of Rothenburg and Bamberg and marvel at the splendid palace of Würzburg. See the dramatic sandstone ruins of Heidelberg Castle lording over its namesake town. Browse the Market Square of Nuremberg, brimming with a rich past. History lines the banks of the Main, one of Europe’s most intimate waterways. Join us for this intimate view of Germany.

Celebrate the Season with Thanksgiving Cruises: With a nod to a home-cooked meal, a traditional Thanksgiving feast of roasted turkey and all the trimmings will be served on each November departure in Europe.

The Magic of European Christmas: Cruises sailing from November 30 through December 13 will include Christmas markets. Here, the spirit and romance of the holidays come alive with the scent of gingerbread and the tunes of traditional carols around every corner. Whichever Christmas markets you visit, you’ll enjoy a wonderful feast of tasty treats, as well as dozens of stalls brimming with unique and inspiring handcrafted gifts.

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Nuremberg, Germany

Day 1 | Nuremberg, Germany

Welcome to Nuremberg, Bavaria’s second largest city. Transfer from the airport to your ship.* After boarding, you have free time to stretch your legs and explore the city a bit on your own. (D)

Nuremberg Palace of Justice, Germany

Day 2 | Nuremberg, Germany

Take a morning tour of the city’s most prominent landmarks and delight in the iconic Christmas market in the Old Town's Main Market Square. Browse booths with colorful ornaments, handmade gifts and sweet-smelling treats; there is no better place to shop for wooden toys and nutcrackers, and you may even spot the golden curls of the Christkind, an angel who brings children toys. Taste the traditional Lebkuchen (gingerbread), savory bratwurst and glühwein (hot spiced wine); chances are you'll hear carolers harmonizing a favorite holiday song. Take free time this afternoon to further explore Nuremberg; return aboard for dinner and an early evening departure. (B, L, D)

Bamberg, Germany

Day 3 | Bamberg, Germany

This morning we visit Bamberg, with its medieval city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your walking tour includes a visit to the magnificent 11th-century cathedral, reworked in late Romanesque style in the 13th century, and the picturesque city hall built on an island in the middle of a river. Take free time to walk around Bamberg or visit its traditional Christmas markets. You can also follow Bamberg’s popular “Route of Nativity Scenes” to view diverse crèche displays at a few dozen churches, museums and other public spaces. (B, L, D)

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Bishops Residenz, Würzburg, Germany

Day 4 | Würzburg & Rothenburg, Germany

After breakfast, disembark in Gerlachshausen for a full day in two of Northern Bavaria’s most charming destinations. Tour the Bishops’ Residenz, an exquisite baroque palace with numerous paintings and frescoes. Then, ride in a deluxe motorcoach along the Romantic Road to Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Stop for a hearty lunch in a local restaurant, then explore this medieval town with its joyful Christmas market. Rothenburg is also home to Germany’s Christmas Museum, open all year, and you're invited to try the local pastry, the Schneeball (snowball). Your ship awaits you in Würzburg; return aboard for dinner. (B, L, D)

Wertheim Castle, Germany

Day 5 | Wertheim, Germany

Enjoy scenic cruising this morning as we sail into Wertheim, located at the confluence of the Main and Tauber Rivers, while you finish lunch. During your afternoon walking tour, experience life in a typical small German town. Take some free time to visit Wertheim’s Christmas market or explore the town on your own. The ship awaits you in Freudenberg; return aboard for dinner. We sail through the night to Frankfurt. (B, L, D)

Heidelberg Turret Gate, Germany

Day 6 | Heidelberg, Germany

Arrive in Frankfurt around breakfast and disembark for a full-day excursion to Heidelberg, home to Germany’s oldest university, founded in 1386. Tour the imposing red sandstone ruins of Heidelberg Castle, originally built in the 12th century. Your guided walk ends at Heidelberg’s Old Town and marketplace, where you will encounter our final Christmas market. Shop for special gifts, sample scrumptious local treats or treat yourself to lunch at a local café. Return aboard for dinner. This evening, feel free to explore Frankfurt, a stunning blend of traditional charm and modern elegance. (B, D)

Frankfurt, Germany

Day 7 | Frankfurt, Germany

After breakfast, disembark and we will take you to the airport for your return flight.* Or, extend your journey with 2 nights in cosmopolitan Cologne. (B)

The following meals are included: B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner

* Airport meet & greet transfers included when air is purchased from Viking River Cruises

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