A Tale of Three Rivers 2019 Viking River Cruise
NEW CRUISE FOR 2019 Sail Europe’s most iconic rivers: the Moselle with its steep vineyards; the castle-studded Rhine; and the Main, lined with quaint villages. Taste legendary Moselle Rieslings. Survey the Rhine from 900-year-old Marksburg Castle. Savor hearty German cuisine. With bookends in Trier and Bamberg, this 8-day journey celebrates the diverse landscapes of three of Europe’s most beloved rivers.
Arrive in Trier today and transfer to your ship. One of Germany’s most treasured cities for its rich history, Trier was once the regional capital of the Holy Roman Empire. After Emperor Constantine the Great had a vision of Christ, he and his mother Helena built great churches and cathedrals here. A few still stand, the magnificent Romanesque Cathedral of Trier among them. The 20,000-seat amphitheater, the Roman Bridge and the massive Porta Nigra, the ancient city gate, are further relics of that time. Today, Trier is a picturesque town surrounded by forests and vineyards, known also as a vibrant university town.
Enjoy a morning tour of Trier, Germany’s oldest city, set on the banks of the Moselle River. See the wonderfully preserved Roman Porta Nigra, Trier Cathedral and the Church of Our Lady. Lunch is served on board as we depart. Enjoy scenic cruising along the Moselle this afternoon. You dock in Bernkastel around dinnertime. After your evening meal you can take a walk through the town’s cobblestone streets, or join an optional wine-tasting excursion in this famous wine region.
A walking tour takes you through the quaint Moselle town of Cochem. Then, visit imposing Reichsburg Castle. After lunch you sail the scenic Moselle to Winnigen, arriving in the evening during dinner. Explore the cobbled streets and cafés, or stay on your ship and hear folktales about the Moselle.
After breakfast, disembark in Koblenz for a tour of Marksburg Castle, the only Rhine fortress that was never destroyed. Since its fortifications have remained so intact, stepping inside is a veritable journey back to the Middle Ages. Take in views of the Rhine Valley from this castle’s stunning vantage point. Meet your ship in Braubach, where it has sailed during your excursion. Have lunch and enjoy cruising through the storied Middle Rhine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lined with medieval castles, historic towns and vineyards.
Today’s full-day excursion takes you to Heidelberg, home to Germany’s oldest university. Tour the imposing red sandstone ruins of Heidelberg Castle, built in the 12th century but twice destroyed by lightning and then later rebuilt. A guided walk through Heidelberg’s Old Town and marketplace is included, as is lunch in a local restaurant. Return to your ship for dinner and departure.
Disembark in Karlstadt and take a half-day excursion to the enticing Franconian wine town of Würzburg where you tour the Bishops’ Residenz, a beautiful baroque palace with numerous paintings and frescoes. Enjoy some free time in Würzburg this afternoon, or join an optional journey along the “Romantic Road” to the walled medieval village of Rothenburg. Meet your ship in Würzburg and dine on board.
This morning, enjoy scenic cruising along the Main River as you make your way eastward through the Franconia region of Germany. After lunch we stop in the historic town of Bamberg, founded in 902 and an important center of the German Enlightenment. Enjoy a walking tour of Bamberg’s beautifully preserved Old Town area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, then take time to explore or perhaps sample the town’s famous locally brewed smoky beer, rauchbier. Dine on board.
After breakfast, proceed to the airport for your return flight home.
Please note all departure dates are listed in the enquiry form.
|Date||Fares from (pp)||Save up to (pp)|
|28 June 2019||£1,995||£500pp|
|05 July 2019 (in reverse)||£1,995||£500pp|
|12 July 2019||£1,995||£500pp|
|19 July 2019 (in reverse)||£1,995||£500pp|
|26 July 2019||£1,995||£500pp|
|02 August 2019||£1,995||£500pp|
|09 August 2019 (in reverse)||£1,995||£500pp|
|16 August 2019 (in reverse)||£1,995||£500pp|
|23 August 2019||£2,995 Cat A Veranda||£500pp|
|30 August 2019 (in reverse)||£3,995 Cat AA Veranda Suite||£500pp|
|06 September 2019||£1,995||£500pp|
|13 September 2019 (in reverse)||£1,995||£500pp|
|20 September 2019||£1,995||£500pp|
|27 September 2019 (in reverse)||£1,995||£500pp|
|04 October 2019||£1,995||£500pp|
|11 October 2019 (in reverse)||£1,995||£500pp|
|18 October 2019||£1,995||£500pp|
|25 October 2019 (in reverse)||£1,995||£500pp|
|01 November 2019 (in reverse)||£1,495||£500pp|
- Savings of £500pp plus free gratuities*
- Return scheduled flights from the UK. Fly from a choice of up to 14 regional airports at no extra cost. Please call for details
- 8 days on board in a river-view stateroom
- All on board meals
- Specially selected house wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
- All port charges, airport taxes and overseas transfers
- PRICE GUARANTEE: Once you have paid in full for your trip, you are safe from any additional charges. Airfare increases, currency fluctuations, increased fuel surcharges, new government taxes—none of these will apply to you.