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Cruising VIVA style – It's all about you.

Relax while the heart of Europe unrolls at your feet.
From the romantic Blue Danube to the castles of the Rhine Gorge, our itineraries feature some of Europe’s most captivating Old World capitals, including Cologne, Strasbourg, Basel, Vienna, Passau, Salzburg and Budapest. While each day brings the opportunity to discover yet another dazzling destination, how you explore is up to you: soak up the atmosphere from a comfortable chair on deck, enjoy the view from your cabin’s private balcony, explore on your own, or join one of the optional small group shore excursions featuring wine tastings, museum visits, guided tours, and more. Whether you are an explorer, a nature lover or an art enthusiast - our selection of experiences will open up new perspectives for you on every journey.

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Individuel Excursions 2020

Main

Aschaffenburg: ''Moi Ascheberg''
You will start your tour at the city's symbol, the Johannisburg Castle. From the former second seat of government of the archbishops and electors of Mainz, the tour takes you into the historic old town to the Theaterplatz with its sundial. As you go on with the tour, you will get to enjoy the Mediterranean flair of this overall architectural concept of the town. Later, you will head north again through the colonnades at Johannisberg Palace where you will visit the Pompeian. Here you will visit the beautiful reconstructed Roman villa and get to see its picturesque garden area with Mediterranean shrubs.
Duration: approx. 2 hours
walking
per person 17 USD
Frankfurt
TBA
Duration: TBA
TBA
per person TBA
Karlstadt: Every step of the way!
With the city tour '' Karlstadt-Every step of the way '' you will learn something worth knowing about Karlstadt with its more than eight hundred years of history and its historical buildings --- A city tour, an experience at every step!
Duration: approx. 1,5 hours
walking
per person 17 USD
Karlstadt: Be welcomed on the ship by the ''Karschter Flaak''.
You will be welcomed on the ship by the “Karschter Flaak.” With him you will visit the charming town of Karlstadt in the Franconian wine country along the River Main. After leavin the ship, you will begin your tour by heading to the old town through the marketplace, where you will be met by the old beautiful architecture of the town as you walk to the historic town hall. Here, you will be welcomed to the clock room where the tasting of different wines will take place. At the clock room, you will be astonished by the quality of the wines by tasting 6 different wines. After the wine tasting, you will be escorted back to the ship through the picturesque old town of Karlstadt.
Duration: approx. 1.5 - 2 hours
walking
per person TBA
Nueremberg: Culinary City Walk of Nueremberg
This tour combines a walking city tour with culinary specialties of Nuremberg. You will be transferred to the Kaiserburg where the walking tour begins. During the walk from the castle down to the city center, you will see all the important sights such as the castle terrace, the Albrecht Dürer Haus, St. Sebald Church the old Town Hall and the Market Square. Once arriving at the Market Square, you will have your second stop to taste German gingerbread (Lebkuchen) which you can enjoy while looking at the church. On the way further you will stop at a local restaurant to have a tasting on the go of Nuremberg's famous grilled sausage (Bratwurst) and enjoy some free time afterwards. At the end of this tour, you will know everything about Nuremberg's food culture and have made many memories to take home.
Duration: approx. 3 hours
walking
per person 28 USD
Wertheim: Walking Tour with Castle Visit
Begin the tour from the ship, with the mini train that will take you up to the Wertheim castle. through this ride you can enjoy the beautiful landscapes and panorama. On arrival, you will be met by a breathtaking overview of Wertheim and the beautiful Wertheim castle. As you stroll through the castle, you will see the unique architectural balconies as well as the Löwenstein building.
Duration: approx. 3 hours
walking
per person 37 USD
Würzburg: A walk through Wuerzburg with Royal Residence
You will visit the town of Würzburg that is now well-known for its beautiful skyline and a vibrant university town with a baroque, distinctly southern feel . From a far you will see the Cathedral, the Marien Church, “Neumünster” and “Käppele”. As you go on with the tour you will get to learn more about the history of Würzburg, where you will be able to understand why it was one of the most powerful clerical centers of Germany during the middle ages. Further into the tour, you will visit the townscape which is still influenced by the numerous churches that can be found everywhere in the town. Later, you will pay a visit to the former residence of the Würzburg prince-bishops which is one of the most important baroque palaces in Europe and today it is on UNESCO's World Heritage list. You will be able to expand your knowledge of the royal residence as you dive into the history of the residence which was originally designed for Prince-Bishop Johann Philipp Franz von Schönborn by the young and unknown architect Balthasar Neumann. Marveled by the history you will also learn the architectural background of the residence that it took sixty years to complete; the shell of the palace was built from 1720 to 1744 and the interior finished in 1780. In conclusion to an educative experience in the royal residence tour, you will return to the ship.
Duration: approx. 3 hours
walking
per person 37 USD

Moselle

Bernkastel: Moselle Bulli Tour through the Zeltinger vineyards with wine tasting
Let yourself be chauffeured through the vineyards in unique restored VW Bulli's and enjoy the wines where they have grown. The driver will explain the wines and cultural landscape and there is a sample of every wine area that is passed through. Enjoy the moment and be surprised.
The trip is weather dependent! In case of rain the tour will not take place !!
Duration: 1,5 - 2 hours
to/from ship with VW Bulli
per person 55 USD
Bernkastel: Walking Tour with Wine tasting
Beginning from your river ship, take a guided stroll through this quintessential German wine town. Brimming with medieval charm and an abundance of Weinstuben or wine bars, Bernkastel offers many enriching discoveries for the curious traveler, history buff or wine lover. Acquaint yourself with such places as
the Graach Gate, the town's last surviving gate, and the Gothic St. Michael's Church, with its distinctive spire. In the cobbled market square is the Renaissance-style Town Hall, which stands nestled among a charming bevy of gabled, half-timbered buildings. Another must-see attraction is the unusual 16th-century Spitzhäuschen or Pointed House, renowned for its quirky architecture. Before walking back to your Viva river ship, cap off your town tour on the riverfront with a delectable wine tasting at the Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler wine estate.
Duration: approx. 2,5 hours
walking
per person 45 USD
Cochem: Bundesbank bunker --- experience a Bank secret back in time!
Begin the tour from the ship, with an escorted transfer to the Bunker. You will visit the secret treasury of the old federal republic hidden in the midst of a residential area, underground bank vault, kitchen, dormitory, workspace bags of money with old surrogate currency. After the tour you will be escorted back to the ship by bus.
Duration: approx. 1,5 hours
Transfer / walking
per person 52 USD
Traben-Trarbach: Explore the underground of Traben-Trarbach
The Art Nouveau city of Traben-Trarbach was around 1900, alongside the city of Bordeaux, one of the most important wine trade cities in Europe. The reason for this exceptional position was the huge demand for Riesling wines and exports, especially to Great Britain and overseas. This led to the establishment of over 100 wine companies. The capacity of the Traben-Trarbacher wine cellar has been increased like in no other Moselle community. It is noteworthy that large areas of the city center have cellars, some of which are multi-storey and over 100 meters long. A guided tour of the underground type through the mystical semi-darkness of the Traben-Trarbacher underworld and the cellar vaults is an exciting discovery of the history of historical viticulture and the old cellar technology for the preparation of the world's finest wine, the Riesling.

Wine tasting on request!
Duration: approx. 1,5 hours
walking
per person 15 USD
Traben-Trarbach: Nightwatch Tour
TBA
Duration: approx.1,5 hours
walking
per person 15 USD
Trier: The Secrets of Porta Negra
The Porta Negra gate dates back to a time (about A.D. 180) when the Romans often erected public buildings of huge stone blocks (here, the biggest weigh up to six metric tons), here will a Roman centurion show you the Secrets of the Porta Negra.
The Centurion – in the splendor of his parade armament – will abduct us into a time when Rome ruled the world – and the Emperor in Trier decided the fate of the Empire. Suddenly the audience is standing in the midst of that eventful time – and not just as passive observers! In his thrilling, entertaining, and humorous manner, the centurion takes us on an eventful journey back in time. He wrests the many different secrets from the walls of the Porta Negra: priceless and puzzling, delightful and dismal. Suddenly, all those people come to life who have gone in and out through this gate: Emperor and warrior, bishops and barbarians, those walled up alive, and devilish demons. And little by little, the suspicion arises that not only does the Porta Negra have a great surprising secret – so does the centurion ...

You will be delighted with this eventful journey through the centuries: sometimes haunting, often pleasurable – and always thrilling.
Duration: approx. 3 hours
walking
per person 30 USD

Rhine

Amsterdam: Canal Cruise
Explore the beauty of the “Venice of the North” on a canal boat tour—the ideal way to explore this charming, eccentric capital. Lined with charming gabled row houses and bobbing houseboats, Amsterdam's canals are listed as a World Heritage site. Located in very close proximity to your ship, this guided sightseeing canal tour offers magnificent views of the city, and comfortable, climate-controlled seating year-round.
Duration: approx. 1 hour
by foot / boot
per person 33 USD
Amsterdam: Bag Museum and Afternoon Tea
TBA
Duration: approx. 4 hours
metro and by foot
per person 90 USD
Amsterdam: Keukenhof
The waterways of Holland and Belgium overflow with beauty all year long, but there is one season when the region transforms into a landscape out of a fairy tale: in the spring, when acres of flowers explode in a riot of color and scent. This — on top of medieval churches, windmills, Dutch and Flemish masterpieces, Renaissance palaces, diamonds, porcelain, lace, world-famous chocolates and cheeses, and centuries of history and culture — is what makes this tour such a rare and wonderful treat.

Transfer by bus from Amsterdam towards The Hague to Lisse, where the world-famous Keukenhof is located. There is deliberately no guided tour, so that you can discover this magical place at your own pace. The local guide is available during the tour to assist you in finding the most beautiful spots of the park and tell you a lot about the history of the Keukenhof. The variety of shapes and colors, as well as the way in which the tens of thousands of flowers are presented will inspire you.
Seasonal! Starting end of March until beginning of May! Alternativ Tour is Mr. Tulip
Duration: approx. 5 hours
Bus - by foot
per person 59 USD
Amsterdam: Museums
upon Request
Duration: approx. 4 hours
Bus - by foot
per person upon request
Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans with Boots Tour
TBA
Duration: approx. 4 hours
Bus / Boot / by foot
per person 39 USD
Deventer: City Walking Tour
Built along the banks of the Ijssel River, Deventer is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands and was a member of the Hanseatic League. Today, after many years of restoration, many old buildings have become living quarters, shops, taverns, restaurants and offices. Finish the tour with a visit to the medieval district of Bergquartier where you can relive the Middle Ages with its beautiful and revitalized religious buildings.
Duration: approx. 1,5 hours
by foot
per person 20 USD
Dordrecht: City Walking Tour
The history of Dordrecht can be seen in the more than 800 monuments of the city. The St. Elizabeth flood in 1421 devoured dozens of villages, but Dordrecht's city walls survived. The city remained like an island in an inland lake. All large medieval monuments such as the courtyard, the city gate, the town hall and the large church have been restored in recent years. Most of the other historical buildings, such as warehouses and patrician houses, have also been restored to their former glory. The maritime past goes back 700 years and even today Dordrecht is an important inland navigation center. The surprising beauty of this city entices many visitors and the old seaport and the small historical harbors filled with pleasure yachts and nostalgic boats as well as the waterways contribute to the charm of this ancient city.
Duration: approx. 1,5 hours
by foot
per person 20 USD
Enkhuizen: Zuiderzee Museum
The tour guide will accompany you the few steps to the large open-air museum, which is located near the mooring. Here, on the one-and-a-half-hour guided tour, life comes alive again, as it was contested in the Netherlands a long time ago. Hundreds of buildings from the area of ??the former Zuiderzee have been rebuilt in the huge area, from the small bakery to the large church. You see the fishermen repairing their nets, the women washing the clothes or the potter at work. Take a seat on the wooden bench at school, buy sweets at the mom-and-pop shop or listen to the organ playing in the church! After the tour, you can move freely around the grounds and try Dutch pastries in the small cafe before returning to the ship.
Duration: approx. 3 hours
by foot and boot
per person 33 USD
Hoorn: City Walking Tour
Every year many thousands of people enjoy this beautiful city. You really need to see, hear, taste and feel Hoorn! Everywhere you go you will encounter the history of the powerful Dutch East India Company, that sent beautiful ships to trade with Asiatic countries during the 17th and 18th centuries. This gives the city a special atmosphere. The nicest way to get to know the city is to take a city walk!
Duration: approx. 1,5 hours
by foot
per person 20 USD
Nijmegen: City Walking Tour
Nijmegen is the oldest city in the Netherlands with a rich history which is reflected in magnificent medieval monuments. During the tour, as you walk through the historic city center, the glorious history of the city comes alive again with sights such as the Valkhof, the church tower St. Steventoren and the legendary Mariken.
Duration: approx. 1,5 hours
by foot
per person 20 USD
Rotterdam: Culinary City Walk
TBA
Duration: approx. 1,5 - 2 hours
by foot
per person 32 USD
Rotterdam: City and Harbor Tour
Discover this fascinating city by coach in the company of an expert local guide. Known as Manhatten an der Maas (Manhatten on the Meuse), Rotterdam is one of the most modern cities in the Netherlands. In terms of urban development, Rotterdam has gained worldwide recognition for the way in which it was rebuilt after the Second World War.

Next, experience Rotterdam Harbor, one of the world's largest ports, from the water. Visit different parts of the harbor onboard a ship and witness the busy traffic of sea-going and inland ships and admire Rotterdam's impressive skyline. Get a glimpse into the city’s history, as well as its modern innovations and the city center’s internationally renowned architecture. Return to the ship by bus.
Duration: approx. 4 hours
Bus - by boot (Spido)
per person 58 USD

Rhone

Arles:
TBA
Duration: TBA
TBA
per person TBA
Avignon:
TBA
Duration: TBA
TBA
per person TBA
Lyon: Walking Tour ''Vieux Lyon'' with tasting
From the ship you will take the metro to the old town '' Vieux Lyon '' with your guide. The then economic center of the city impressed with its picturesque, cobbled streets. There you will also get a glimpse of the famous '' Traboules '', which characterize passages that lead through houses and courtyards from one street to another. On the way you have the opportunity to taste French specialties such as '' praline brioche ''!
Let yourself be surprised.

You can keep your Metro tickets and use them all day for further excursions!
Duration: approx. 3 hours
walking / metro
per person TBA
Tain-L'Hermitage: Walking Tour and Chocolate Museum with Workshop
Your excursion starts with a city walk through Tain-L'Hermitage. Known to wine lovers all over the world, here you will find one of the best wines of France, the Hermitage. You ill also visit the Cité du Chocolat Valrhona in Tain l'Hermitage. Here you embark on an educational and sensory journey into the world of chocolate. During the tour will be introduced to the secrets of chocolate production and have the opportunity to play with the whole range of chocolate flavors to create your own recipe. Experience every stage of the production process and immerse yourself in the magic of transforming the finest cocoa beans into high-quality chocolate. After the visit we return to the ship.
Duration: approx. 3 hours
walking
per person TBA
Viviers: Walking Tour
The village is only about 10 minutes away from the jetty, on foot, mind you, with trees providing you with pleasant shade on the way. A bishopric had existed in Vivarium since the fifth century (namely Viviers was given its former Roman name), and by the middle of the thirteenth century the bishops had gained dominion over immense lands on the right bank of the Rhone. A visit to both the ecclesiastical district and the lower part of the city is highly recommended: the Saint Vincent Cathedral, the knight's house and the Belvédère de Chateauvieux are worthwhile destinations and guarantee an excellent excursion.
Duration: approx. 2 hours
walking
per person TBA

Seine

Les Andeleys: Bus and Walking Tour
While you’re enjoying your first delicious lunch, the captain has skilfully berthed at Les Andelys, a small town dominated by one of the most spectacular sights along the entire valley – Château Gaillard. This afternoon we discover the story behind this remarkable castle. The remarkable Château Gaillard guards the
apex of the river bend and was built by Richard the Lionheart in the 12th-century to defend Rouen from the French. Besieged many times during the turbulent history of northern France, Château Gaillard is now one of the most dramatic ruins in the region.
Les Andelys: smooth walking paths
Château Gaillard: short walking distance to castle. Paths can be uneven up to castle!
Duration: approx. 4 hours
by Bus / walking
per person 67 USD
Paris: Sightseeing Tour by Bus with stops!
We have arrived in Paris and this morning we take a sightseeing tour of this amazing capital, one of the world’s most iconic cities.
You can spend countless days in Paris and still not see all it has to offer. During your panoramic tour you will gain some insight into this pulsating metropolis, the largest city of France and its central center. Visit the Place de la Concorde with the obelisk from Luxor, the largest square in Paris, the Champs-Elysées, one of the most impressive boulevards in the world, the Cathedral of the Invalids, an important dome and burial place for Napoleon I, the enormous triumphal arch with the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and of course the Eiffel Tower, the "iron" landmark of the city. Paris is everything you imagine it
be – romantic, inspiring, vibrant – even outrageous – but best of all Paris is unique, and a fitting finale to a wonderful cruise.
Duration: approx. 4 hours
by Bus
per person 62 USD

Package Excursions 2020

Baltic See

Baltic See Package: Coastal culture and nature

Zingst: Bus Tour from Stralsund to Zingst Island approx. 4,5 hours, Bus and walking


On the way to the Zingst island you´ll pass Barth, also known as the Vineta town, learn more about the first settlement of the land in front of Pomerania (Vorpommern), pass one of the most beautiful places for birdwatchers (the resting place of hundreds of thousands of cranes and wild geese) and finally enjoy 2 hours in the tranquil town of Zingst. Many of the estates were purchased by captains in the late 19th and early 20th century. Today they give the place a unique flair. Learn more about the special features of thatched houses. A walk through the family-friendly holiday resort is a lasting experience. The whole island is a refuge for artists. Whoever experienced Zingst knows why. On the way back, you will pass Kummerow, the place becoming rule model for the play writer Ehm Welk as a location for his much-read youth book “Pagans of Kummerow”
No gradient, smooth paths!

Greifswald: Bus Transfer with City Walking Tour approx. 3 hours, Bus Transfer and walking


Start at Greifswald´s suburb in the fishermen settlement Wieck and get an impression of life next to and with the permanent influence of water by visiting one of the most modern water defense systems in Europe. On the way from Wieck to Greifswald you pass the famous drawbridge Wieck (painted by Caspar David Friedrich as well). In Greifswald you visit the museum harbour. On the walk through the old town you get to know beautiful brick Gothic architecture. Enjoy Patrician Houses surrounding the Market Square, an impressive Town Hall but also sculptures by Jo Jastram at the Fish Market and the traces of Caspar David Friedrich in his hometown. The “Rubenov Monument” in front of the campus of the university is a must on your to do list. History of Greifswald, first, is the history of the third oldest university in Germany. 11,000 students, becoming part of 61,000 inhabitants, shape the character of this city today.
No gradient, smooth paths!

Rügen: Bus Tour with stops at the Victoria view and the Baltic Seaside Resort Binz approx. 4 hours, Bus and walking


From the pier in Lauterbach, you drive through the “Rose Town of Putbus”. The Putbus Circus is based on the noble English town of Bath´s architecture. The enlightened Prince Malte brought to life bath culture on Rügen island in the 19th century. This can be seen impressively at the Bath House Goor. We continue over the biggest island town Bergen to the chalk cliffs in the national park Jasmund. A leisurely walk leads you from the bus exit to the “Victoria View", from where you enjoy a magnificent view of the “Kimg´s Chair", Rügen island´s mightiest chalk cliff. Back in the bus you experience Sassnitz with Mukran harbor and learn more about the huge offshore plants, the construction of the Nordstream 2 pipeline and “Rügenfisch", the largest producer of canned fish in Germany. The route takes you past the longest building in Europe in Prora to the seaside resort of Binz. The wonderfully restored spa architecture in Binz will impress you during a walk. From Binz it goes back to Lauterbach. Meet the “Rasender Roland", one of Germany´s most scenic narrow gauge railways, pass one of the most beautiful sections of the “Deutsche Alleenstrasse", an avenue lined with linden trees and let yourself be enchanted by the charm of the original film locations for the movie “Pagans of Kummerow" in Vilmitz.
Average gradient, forest or smooth paths!

Usedom: Bus Tour on Usedom Island with stop in Heringsdorf approx.4,5 hours, Bus and walking


In Peenemünde, you drive from the pier through the former army research laboratory to build the V2 missile, a terrible weapon to be used by the Nazies during WWII. Learn more about the place´s history and especially about the pioneer conquering the moon, Werner von Braun. Past the island´s western baths Karlshagen, Trassenheide and Zinnowitz, you go to the Backwaters. Enjoy the peace and the beautiful landscape in and around Loddin. Going to the East on the federal street #111, you reach the “Emperor´s Baths”. A tour through Bansin takes you past Warmbath, the picturesque Lake Schloonsee and the Villa Gorki. During a 90-minute stop you will explore Heringsdorf and have plenty of time to linger. Figure out why the emperors recovered in Heringsdorf. A highlight is of course the “Kaiservilla Staudt” (Emperor´s estate). Heringsdorf's partly roofed pier, the longest of its kind in Europe, is also worth seeing. On the way to Wolgast you experience the charms of the fishermen settlement Krummin. Leaving Usdom island you cross the draw bridge to Wolgast harbour, where you can catch your cruise ship again. No gradient, smooth ways!

Szczecin: Bus Tour with stops at the ''Three Eagle Monument'', the ''Pomeranian Duke's Renaissance Castle'' and the famous ''Haken Terrasse'' approx. 3,5 hours, Bus and walking


Despite its great distance to the Baltic Sea, the city is dominated by the harbour. Numerous shipyards underline the importance of the harbour and its maritime character. After the destruction of WWII, the city was slowly rebuilt. The old one has been carefully restored - first and foremost, of course, the Castle of the Dukes of Pomerania, the Gothic Town Hall and the Basilica of St Jakobi. On the round trip you get to know the old town, the newer parts of Szczecin and above all Szczecin's long and eventful history. Enjoy lovingly restored Art Nouveau architecture, see the birthplace of the Russian Tsarina Catherine the Great and learn more about Szczecin resident´s resistance against the communist regime in the 1980s. Stops at the Castle, the Three Eagle Monument, the location where Pope John Paul II preached in public and next to the impressive Neo Renaissance styled “Haken Terrasse” complete your exiting excursion.
No gradient, smooth paths!

Swinoujscie: City Tour on the Milk-Run Train including stops downtown and beach promenade approx. 3 hours, Train and walking


Swinoujscie, Uznam island´s largest city covers both Uznam and Wollin island. Strong fortified in history, badly damaged in WWII, the town has become a prospering harbor centre and an appreciated resort for vacationers. Visit the town´s new built promenades, learn more about the harbor and ferries to Denmark and Skandinavia. Explore the town without any effort on a scenic tourist milk-run train. Dug into Prussian history visiting Angle´s Fort and Western Fort. Enjoy Polish hospitality during one of several stops.
No gradient, smooth paths!

Stralsund: Guided walking Tour approx.2 hours, walking


The city of Stralsund faces the Strelasund, a strait of the Baltic Sea, and due to its location, is often called the gateway to the island of Rügen. The eventful history of Stralsund started in 1234, the year, the city received its town charter. On a guided city tour you will learn more about its history and discover the downtown area, which has been part of the UNCESCO World Heritage since 2002. As your river cruise ship moors directly in the city centre, the distances to overcome are very short. On foot you will experience the highlights of the Hanseatic city, the harbour island, the Heilgeistkloster, the “House of Pregnant Men", the cradle of German department store culture and the Old market square coming with a fascinating town hall gable and beautiful patrician houses in North German brick Gothic architecture. No gradient, partly cobblestone!
Duration: see individual description
see individual description
per person Package price from 240 USD

Elbe

Elbe Package: Upstream --- In the flow of time

Dresden: City Walking Tour approx. 3 hours, walking


Discover the “Florence of the North”. In a combination of renaissance and baroque architecture unique in Europe, Dresden's old town thrills every visitor. A walk through the old town is a must for every visitor in Dresden. Our walk begins at Theater Square. You will pass the Zwinger with its museums, the palace, the famous Semper Opera and the Italian village, refuge for the Italian master builders of the Catholic court church. Our passionate guide tells you a lot about the history of the Saxon Electors, which is closely linked to the history of the buildings in this city. Dresden's history is that of glittering festivals, endless wealth, unique art, but also the history of intrigues, mistresses and the change between war and peace as well. Passing by the largest mosaic image in the world, the “Princes´parade”, you visit the Church of our Lady, Dresden's most significant symbol for suffering and resurrection. The tour ends with a beautiful view from the “Brühl Terrace”, affectionately called the "Balcony of Europe" by many Dresden residents. No gradient, partly cobblestones!

Lüneburg: Bus Tour and guided Walking Tour (from Lauenburg & Geesthacht) approx. 3,5 hours, Bus and walking


Rich in salt in the heyday of the Hanseatic League, prospering through the centuries through a committed citizenship, embedded in the heath named after the city, Lüneburg is one of the pearls of the north. You drive from Lauenburg pier to Lüneburg by bus. The walking tour begins at the Market Square with its baroque Town Hall. Enjoy the porcelain carillon. Learn more about the salt production in the Middle Ages and enjoy well preserved North German brick Gothic. The area around the Ilm Harbour is well known from the Telenovela "Red Roses". The Manpower operated crane is one tour´s highlights. In the seventies, Lüneburg's city fathers decided to preserve the old town and to refurbish it. That is why you can still today admire the "leaning houses of Lüneburg" (caused by the consequences of salt mining). As a university town and refuge for civil servants, Lüneburg is a wonderful place of youthful freshness and contemplative peace. "Money can be earned well in Hamburg and spent even better in Lüneburg." This statement says a lot about the lovable charm and quality of life of this pearl of the North. No gradient!

Magdeburg: Bus Tour with several stops approx.3 hours, Bus with stops


Otto I, later even called the Great, a staunch supporter of the Empire idea and the first German Emperor as well, Otto von Guericke and his famous attempt to prove the tremendous power of air pressure, Wilhelm von Steuben, first Prussian officer and later George Washington´s chief of staff during the American Revolutionary War, the Krupp works and the Millennium Tower in the BuGa Park are testimonies to the fact that Magdeburg and the Magdeburg´s residents were often one step ahead of their time. Discover this city and its eventful history on a bus tour with stops. Driving along the banks of the Elbe, you can see what is left of historic Magdeburg. But you can also see the beautifully restored Art Nouveau houses around the Hasselbach Square. The city is inextricably linked to mechanical engineering. From one of the few surviving German ship mills to modern wind turbines, Magdeburg has always been a leader in the most advanced technologies in mechanical engineering. Massive fortifications from the Thirty Years' War and Magdeburg as a fortress city of Prussia testify to the importance of this city over the centuries. A highlight of the tour is the stop at the Cathedral Square. The Cathedral of St. Mauritius and St. Catherine overlooks the rock named after him and is visible from afar. This impressive gothic building was considered the largest religious building in Germany until the completion of the Cologne Cathedral. The Green Citadel in the immediate vicinity is master builder Hundertwasser´s last work. The rebuilt baroque buildings surrounding Cathedral Square are today the seat of Saxony-Anhalt´s parliament, the parliament´s administration and various ministries. A second stop on the “Old Market Square” opens the view to the new Magdeburg. Heavily destroyed during World WarII, neglected during the GDR era and reawakened since reunification, Magdeburg became a dynamic young city with an impressive history. No gradient!

Meissen: Walking Tour with visit to the Albrechtsburg Castle approx.3,5 hours, walking


Meissen is inextricably linked to the invention of Dresden China (European porcelain). Elector "August the Strong" used to call it "White Gold". In fact, the Dresden art collections would be inconceivable without the income from Dresden China. You learn all about the history and technology of manufacturing and you can enjoy old and modern products in an exhibition on the “Albrechtsburg”. The museum at this remarkable castle also grants a unique insight into the life of the Wettin Dynasty and on one of the most beautiful and completely preserved castles in Germany. The view down from the castle wall over the Elbe Valley will be unforgettable for you. The Meissen story is also that of life on and with the Elbe River. High and low tide, new technologies in river navigation and Meissen resident´s fight against the forces of nature provide material for interesting narratives. A lovable small town, characterized by well-preserved Renaissance architecture, but dominated by the imposing Albrechtsburg Castle, can be experienced on a short and very intense city tour. Enjoy the world's first playable porcelain chime´s sound. The legend of Bishop Benno and the fish or the "Meissner Fummel" enrich this eventful tour wonderfully.
Moderate gradient up to Albrechtsburg, partly cobblestones!

Tangermünde: Walking Tour approx. 2 hours, walking


If you want to enjoy Rothenburg ob der Tauber´s beauty without the hustle and bustle, then do not miss our city tour in Tangermünde. Originally a Christian outpost against the Slavs on the Elbe River, Tangermünde became an important second residence for Emperor Charles IV. Until the 15th century, the Margraves and Electors of Brandenburg ruled here. The excellent location at the mouth of the Tanger River into the Elbe River made Tangermünde an important trading center. The joined the Hanseatic League. Even a fire in the 17th century could not slow down the hardworking citizens. The mighty city walls, the city gates, the Gothic churches and the Imperial Castle survived the fire. Pretty little half-timbered houses have now been built on the open spaces. Spared from the turmoil of war in the following centuries, Tangermünde became a time capsule. Enjoy this impressive mixture of North German brick Gothic and picture-book atmosphere of a half-timbered town. Outstanding buildings are St. Stephan Church, the Town Hall or the Neustädter Gate. The city impresses as a “Gesamtkunstwerk” as well. Slight gradient, partly cobblestones!

Lutherstadt Wittenberg: Bus Transfer and guided Walking Tour approx 3,5 hours, Bus Transfer and walking


A monk invites for debate. He publishes the points to be discussed upon the door of the local Castle Church. This act became the starting point for a development that turned the world upside down. Even Martin Luther himself could least foresee it. Catch your bus in front of the pier of the ship. The walking tour begins at the Luther House, once Luther's residence and today the largest museum of history of the Reformation in the world. During the walk from Luther House to Castle Church, you learn that Reformation was much more than Luther and his work in this city. Saxon Elector Friedrich the Wise´s residence town became one of the most important European university sites in the Renaissance. Friedrich invited the brightest heads of Europe. Logarithm, Cesarean section, the modern German language and a new relation of man to God, all this we owe to the work of Luther and his colleagues in a small central German city more than 500 years ago. You see all original locations, visit one of the two World Heritage Churches and enjoy Lucas Cranach's masterpieces. On your way back to the ship by bus, there is a short photo stop at Wittenberg´s Hundertwasser House.
No gradient, some cobblestones, but the pedestrian area of the city is completely handicapped friendly!
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Elbe Package: Christmas Magic

Melnik



Prague



Ceské Kopisty



Dresden

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Elbe - Mittelland Canal - Rhine

River Package: Magical River Worlds

Duisburg



Muenster



Minden



Wolfsburg



Meissen

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Rhone

Rhone Package: Festive France

Arles: --- and its artists, about 3 hours, on foot


Arles, the gateway to the Camargue, is a small town in Provence that is rich in culture and tradition. Numerous magnificent buildings such as the mighty arena are still reminiscent of the glorious Roman history. Arles captivates with a mixture of Roman, Romanesque, Provencal and Gypsy culture. Emperor Constantine once called it `` Little Rome in Gaul '' and still today the amphitheater from the 1st century AD bears witness to the city's Roman past. While walking through this beautiful city, you will meet artists like Vincent van Gogh and experience the typical southern Provencal charm. Vincent van Gogh spent his last years in Arles and painted many of his most famous works.
With entry to the Arles Arena!

Avignon: Les-Baux-de Provence --- Carriéres de Lumiére & olive oil mill, approx. 4 hours, bus - on foot


Today's excursion takes you to the Alpilles, a limestone chain in the southwest of Provence. On the southern side of the Alpilles is one of the largest olive growing regions in France. First, visit the medieval village of Les-Baux-de-Provence, whose narrow streets and houses seem to grow out of the rocks. The place will enchant you and from the citadel there is a breathtaking view over the so-called Höllental. Afterwards you will have the opportunity to visit one of the olive oil mills and learn about the production of one of the world's best olive oils. The secret of its manufacture will surprise you, as will the color and taste of the oil. On the way back you will pass Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. which corresponds to the ideal of a typical southern French town.

Tain-L'Hermitage: city tour and chocolate museum with workshop, approx. 4 hours, on foot


Your trip begins with a walking tour of Tain-L'Hermitage. The place is particularly known to wine lovers, because here you will find one of the best wines in France, the Hermitage. Then visit the Cité du Chocolat Valrhona. Here you embark on an educational and sensory journey into the world of chocolate. During the tour with seven different stations, you will learn about chocolate in a tasty way. You will be introduced to the secrets of making and have the opportunity to play with the full range of chocolate flavors to create your own recipe. Experience every stage of the manufacturing process and immerse yourself in the magic of transforming the finest cocoa beans into high-quality chocolate. After the visit, you will then return to the ship.

Viviers: Ardèche Gorges and Lavender Museum, approx. 4 hours, bus and on foot


For thousands of years, the limestone cliffs have been hollowed out by the turquoise 120 km long Ardèche. This natural phenomenon has created one of the most beautiful landscapes in southern France. Before you reach the impressive natural limestone arch Pont d’Arc, which connects the two banks of the river like an arch, visit the Lavender Museum of St. Remèze by learning a lot about the production and use of these versatile plants. Along the way there are many opportunities to take photos of this wonderful landscape from different perspectives. Very close to the La Madelein cave you can enjoy the fantastic view over the so-called cathedral, an impressive stone formation in the gorges of the Ardèche.

Lyon: '' Vieux Lyon '', city tour with tasting, approx. 3 hours, on foot and by metro!


From the ship, take the metro to the old town '' Vieux Lyon '' with your guide. The then economic center of the city impressed with its picturesque, cobbled streets. There you will also get an insight into the famous '' Traboules '', which characterize passages that lead through houses and courtyards from one street to another. On the way you have the opportunity to taste French specialties such as '' praline brioche ''! Let yourself be surprised.

You can keep your tickets and use them all day!
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Seine

Seine Package: Voyage, Voyage all Hightlights

Les Andelys: Bus and Walking Tour, approx. 4 hours


While you’re enjoying your first delicious lunch, the captain has skilfully berthed at Les Andelys, a small town dominated by one of the most spectacular sights along the entire valley – Château Gaillard. This afternoon we discover the story behind this remarkable castle. The remarkable Château Gaillard guards the
apex of the river bend and was built by Richard the Lionheart in the 12th-century to defend Rouen from the French. Besieged many times during the turbulent history of northern France, Château Gaillard is now one of the most dramatic ruins in the region.
Les Andelys: smooth walking paths
Château Gaillard: short walking distance to castle. Paths can be uneven up to castle!

Rouen: walking Tour with chocolate and cheese tasting, approx. 2 hours


We awake in Rouen, Normandy’s capital, one of Europe’s finest medieval cities and scene of many momentous events over the centuries. Pride of place on our guided tour of the city belongs to its stunning Gothic cathedral, which was immortalised by the great Impressionist Claude Monet in a series of 28 paintings showing the facade at varying times of day and in different weather conditions. Briefly becoming the world’s tallest building when the soaring spire was added in the 19th century, the cathedral is also notable for the recumbent statue reputedly containing the heart of Richard the Lionheart.
Rouen’s beautifully tangled alleyways are a revelation, lined with antique shops, tasteful boutiques and, of course, countless restaurants serving exceptional local cuisine emphasising the country’s outstanding gastronomic heritage. The Place du Vieux-Marché is one of the city’s most poignant spots; a large cross marks the point where the ‘Maid of Orléans’ Joan of Arc was burned at the stake for her beliefs. No gradient, smooth paths and partly cobblestone.

Caudebec: fullday trip to Honfleur & Etretat, Bus and walking Tour, freetime for lunch and excl. Calvados tasting, approx. 9,5 hours.


Honfleur: is often regarded as the most picturesque spot on the northern French coast. Its old harbour, sheltering both fishing boats and luxurious pleasure craft, is beautifully preserved and surrounded by a perfect waterfront of pastel-coloured 16th- to 18th-century houses, many converted to seafood restaurants. Watch the talented artists capturing the captivating views along the waterfront,
while the intricate maze of streets behind is also well worth discovering. The eaves of the tall half-timbered buildings almost touch, and on the streets below is an abundance of traditional shops selling antiques, books and fine foods.
Honfleur’s most famous son is Eugene Boudin, one of the forerunners of Impressionism and a friend of Claude Monet, who also painted the harbour many times. Little gradient, smooth paths but also partly cobblestones.

Etretat:''If I wanted to show the sea to a friend for the first time, then I would choose Etretat'' - Alphonse Kaar
Not otherwise did Alphonse Karr once write this sentence in one of his works. In Etretat you have the opportunity to bury the impressive circular rocks and cliffs that characterize the place. On top of the top stands the chapel Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde. It was considered the inspiration of many painters. Monet also spent a lot of time in Etretat. Optional visit recommendation: The Gardens from Etretat.
little gradient, smooth paths but also partly cobblestones.

Vernon: Giverny, Monet's house and garden, Transfer and walking, approx. 4 hours.


One of the great delights of river cruising is the magical sensation of waking up in a different place from where you were the night before. This morning the ship has moored in delightful Vernon, and we take the short drive to Giverny to
visit Monet’s garden and house. The artist himself called his garden his ‘most beautiful masterpiece’, and it’s certainly one of the world’s most photographed and painted, ideally viewed in the delicate morning light. In the Japanese-
inspired water garden, shaded by great weeping willows and surrounded by bamboo, rhododendrons and azaleas, is the lily pond where he painted his extraordinary Les Nymphéas (Water Lilies) series. There’s ample time to
here, absorbing the tranquil atmosphere while marvelling at the light bouncing off foliage of every hue and the magical reflections dancing off the water.
No gradient, smooth paths.

Paris: Sightseeing Tour by Bus with stops, approx 4 hours


We have arrived in Paris and this morning we take a sightseeing tour of this amazing capital, one of the world’s most iconic cities.
You can spend countless days in Paris and still not see all it has to offer. During your panoramic tour you will gain some insight into this pulsating metropolis, the largest city of France and its central center. Visit the Place de la Concorde with the obelisk from Luxor, the largest square in Paris, the Champs-Elysées, one of the most impressive boulevards in the world, the Cathedral of the Invalids, an important dome and burial place for Napoleon I, the enormous triumphal arch with the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and of course the Eiffel Tower, the "iron" landmark of the city. Paris is everything you imagine it
be – romantic, inspiring, vibrant – even outrageous – but best of all Paris is unique, and a fitting finale to a wonderful cruise.
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Seine Package: Voyage, Voyage the big three!

Rouen: walking Tour with chocolate and cheese tasting, approx. 2 hours


We awake in Rouen, Normandy’s capital, one of Europe’s finest medieval cities and scene of many momentous events over the centuries. Pride of place on our guided tour of the city belongs to its stunning Gothic cathedral, which was immortalised by the great Impressionist Claude Monet in a series of 28 paintings showing the facade at varying times of day and in different weather conditions. Briefly becoming the world’s tallest building when the soaring spire was added in the 19th century, the cathedral is also notable for the recumbent statue reputedly containing the heart of Richard the Lionheart.
Rouen’s beautifully tangled alleyways are a revelation, lined with antique shops, tasteful boutiques and, of course, countless restaurants serving exceptional local cuisine emphasising the country’s outstanding gastronomic heritage. The Place du Vieux-Marché is one of the city’s most poignant spots; a large cross marks the point where the ‘Maid of Orléans’ Joan of Arc was burned at the stake for her beliefs. No gradient, smooth paths and partly cobblestone.

Caudebec: fullday trip to Honfleur & Etretat, Bus and walking Tour, freetime for lunch and excl. Calvados tasting, approx. 9,5 hours.


Honfleur: is often regarded as the most picturesque spot on the northern French coast. Its old harbour, sheltering both fishing boats and luxurious pleasure craft, is beautifully preserved and surrounded by a perfect waterfront of pastel-coloured 16th- to 18th-century houses, many converted to seafood restaurants. Watch the talented artists capturing the captivating views along the waterfront,
while the intricate maze of streets behind is also well worth discovering. The eaves of the tall half-timbered buildings almost touch, and on the streets below is an abundance of traditional shops selling antiques, books and fine foods.
Honfleur’s most famous son is Eugene Boudin, one of the forerunners of Impressionism and a friend of Claude Monet, who also painted the harbour many times. Little gradient, smooth paths but also partly cobblestones.

Etretat:''If I wanted to show the sea to a friend for the first time, then I would choose Etretat'' - Alphonse Kaar
Not otherwise did Alphonse Karr once write this sentence in one of his works. In Etretat you have the opportunity to bury the impressive circular rocks and cliffs that characterize the place. On top of the top stands the chapel Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde. It was considered the inspiration of many painters. Monet also spent a lot of time in Etretat. Optional visit recommendation: The Gardens from Etretat.
little gradient, smooth paths but also partly cobblestones.

Vernon: Giverny, Monet's house and garden, Transfer and walking, approx. 4 hours.


One of the great delights of river cruising is the magical sensation of waking up in a different place from where you were the night before. This morning the ship has moored in delightful Vernon, and we take the short drive to Giverny to
visit Monet’s garden and house. The artist himself called his garden his ‘most beautiful masterpiece’, and it’s certainly one of the world’s most photographed and painted, ideally viewed in the delicate morning light. In the Japanese-
inspired water garden, shaded by great weeping willows and surrounded by bamboo, rhododendrons and azaleas, is the lily pond where he painted his extraordinary Les Nymphéas (Water Lilies) series. There’s ample time to
here, absorbing the tranquil atmosphere while marvelling at the light bouncing off foliage of every hue and the magical reflections dancing off the water.
No gradient, smooth paths.
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per person package from 250 USD