Three Rivers: Danube, Main & Rhine - Southbound Aboard ms Joy

View Cologne Cathedral towering over the Rhine, explore ancient Nijmegen, and learn about modern-day warfare at the Dutch National Military Freedom Museum before disembarking in the canal city of Amsterdam.



Explore three glorious rivers on this very exciting cruise. Travel Germany's Romantic Road, visit the famed Nurburgring motorsports complex, savor the tastes of Frankfurt, and fully immerse in the historic beauty of towns like Nijmegen, Rothenburg and Cologne. Embark your riverboat in Regensburg, Germany, cruising the Danube to Nuremberg for tours above and underground. Make your way into the countryside to visit Bayreuth, Bamberg and Rothenburg along the Romantic Road. Artisan crafts and passions add local color to your cruise along the Main, where you'll enjoy a hands-on visit to a historic paper mill or be privy to a private piano collection during a visit with your eclectic host. Frankfurt's name alone evokes images of the all-American hotdog that took its cue from the sausages that are made here; discover the city's local specialties on your foodie tour, before a sparkling dinner at Schlosshotel Kronberg raises the culinary bar. Set a course for the race track at Nurburgring or slow your pace on a bicycle ride.

Explore three glorious rivers on this very exciting cruise. Travel Germany's Romantic Road, visit the famed Nurburgring motorsports complex, savor the tastes of Frankfurt, and fully immerse in the historic beauty of towns like Nijmegen, Rothenburg and Cologne. Embark your riverboat in Regensburg, Germany, cruising the Danube to Nuremberg for tours above and underground. Make your way into the countryside to visit Bayreuth, Bamberg and Rothenburg along the Romantic Road. Artisan crafts and passions add local color to your cruise along the Main, where you'll enjoy a hands-on visit to a historic paper mill or be privy to a private piano collection during a visit with your eclectic host. Frankfurt's name alone evokes images of the all-American hotdog that took its cue from the sausages that are made here; discover the city's local specialties on your foodie tour, before a sparkling dinner at Schlosshotel Kronberg raises the culinary bar. Set a course for the race track at Nurburgring or slow your pace on a bicycle ride.

Traveling Well Includes:
  • Exclusive with Tauck
  • Visit the historic race track at Nurburging, considered the greatest road racing circuit in the world, viewing the long North loop track, built in the 1920s, around the village and medieval castle of Nurburg in the Eifel mountains
  • Enjoy a sparkling dinner at Schlosshotel Kronberg, built in 1893 and home to Empress Victoria Friedrich whose antique furnishings hint at the grandeur of this elegant palace
  • Discover Frankfurt on a guided walking tour of its historic sites, learning about its role post-WWII, or take a tasting tour that tempts with the sausages that gave the modern-day Frankurter its name
  • Tauck Values Includes
  • Explore Nuremberg on a choice of excursions that include going underground the city in its historic rock-cut tunnels, where centuries-old breweries would store their beer
  • All private Tauck shore excursions - $2,535 Value!

  • Day 1 - Arrive Amsterdam & Embark riverboat

    Tour begins: 4:00 PM. A transfer is included from Schiphol International Airport or Amsterdam Centraal Station to your riverboat. Check in time aboard ship is 4:00 PM for all guests. Join us for a welcome reception followed by dinner onboard your riverboat tonight and an evening cruise on Amsterdam's storied canals, after-dinner drink in hand.



    Lodging: ms Joy

    Meals: D

    Day 2 - Pursue your interests in Nijmegen

    You have a choice of sightseeing adventures today. Join our local guide for a walking tour into the heart of Nijmegen, the oldest town in the Netherlands and vibrant with medieval sights that straddle streets from the 16th-century Lower Town by the banks of the Waal River to the older Upper Town. Alternatively, learn about the Dutch passion for horticulture during an expertly guided visit to the Gardens of Appeltern and a water pumping station, or venture to the Freedom Museum in Groesbeek, chronicling 20th century history in the Netherlands. Your ship sails this afternoon, bound for Koln, Germany.



    Lodging: ms Joy

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 3 - Koln (Cologne) & Bonn

    Spend a leisurely morning aboard the riverboat, arriving in Koln before lunch for a walking tour with a local guide. Founded by the Romans in 38 BC, the city is like a living textbook of history and architecture, with Roman ruins, medieval churches, avant-garde buildings and the famous filigree-towered Kolner Dom (Cologne Cathedral), designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.



    Lodging: ms Joy

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 4 - The Middle Rhine Valley

    Dock in Koblenz for your choice of excursions. Drive to the Nurburgring race track that was featured in the movie Rush; see its Grand Prix race track built in 1984, and a long Nordschleife North loop track, built in the 1920s, around the village and medieval castle of Nurburg in the Eifel Mountains. Or, go at your own pace as you ride a bicycle along the Rhine from Koblenz to Boppard. Enjoy head-turning scenic beauty this afternoon as your riverboat charts a course through the picture-book landscapes of the Middle Rhine Valley, designated a UNESCO World Heritage for its history as an important transport route and its castle-crowned hilltops. Arrive in Wiesbaden this evening where a Tauck Exclusive dinner at Schlosshotel Kronberg, built in 1893 under the commission of Empress Victoria Friedrich and sparkling with antiques and paintings from her private estate.



    Lodging: ms Joy

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 5 - A taste of Frankfurt

    While its name evokes images of the famous sausage that inspired modern-day hot dogs, Frankfurt is home to one of the most impressive skylines in Germany, with world-renowned museums, historic cathedrals and ornately gabled half-timbered houses lining its streets and squares. Join a local guide for a walking tour of its landmark sites or whet your appetite for some of the city's most tempting culinary specialties on a tasting walk. Return to your riverboat for an afternoon of cruising, followed by dinner at leisure onboard.



    Lodging: ms Joy

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 6 - Paper or pianos in Middle Main

    Dating back to the 7th century, Wertheim is located where the Main River meets the Tauber River in southwest Germany in a fairy-tale setting. It is crowned with a hilltop castle that reigns over the city with delightful views, is renowned for its Franconian wine and glass making – and is home to a paper mill and piano collection that are yours to experience on a choice of excursions. See how paper is made on an interactive visit to a working paper mill or meet the owner of a private piano collection as your host shows you his prized musical instruments.



    Lodging: ms Joy

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 7 - Bavarian beauty on the Romantic Road

    Arrive in Wurzburg this morning, set on the banks of the Main River in the heart of Franconian wine country along the Romantic Road for a choice of shore excursions. Join a local guide for a walking tour of Wurzburg, known for its lavish Baroque and Rococo architecture, including the 18th-century Residenz Palace. Or visit the walled Bavarian town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber at the north end of the Romantic Road, resplendent with medieval architecture, half-timbered houses and a cobblestoned Old Town.



    Lodging: ms Joy

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 8 - Bamberg or Bayreuth

    Your riverboat docks in Bamberg this morning, located on the River Regnitz close to the Danube Main Canal, for a day of Bavarian discoveries. You can choose to join our local guide for an in-depth tour of Bamberg, spread over seven hills that earned is nickname, Franconian Rome. Explore its medieval old town, surrounded by Europe's largest intact wall and discover the special smoked beer it is famous for. Or drive to nearby Bayreuth to see its Baroque opera house, charming palaces, historical gardens and museums on a locally guided tour. At its center is the former home of composer Richard Wagner, whose music is featured every year at the Richard Wagner Festival, Germany's most important opera event. Dinner is at leisure onboard the riverboat.



    Lodging: ms Joy

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 9 - Choices in Nuremberg

    An important commercial hub from the Middle Ages onward, Nuremberg, the second largest city in Bavaria, is steeped in a rich historic legacy that can be seen and felt today, both above and below ground. View its well-preserved landmarks, including the imperial castle and the walled Old Town on a locally guided walk that provides insights about this Franconian capital or go underground with a local guide learning about centuries of history both above and below ground. Explore the historic rock-cut tunnels that were cut into the rock starting in 1380. Their main uses were beer storage for local breweries but in the 1940s, they were also used as air raid bunkers. Enjoy time to discover the sights on your own before returning to the riverboat for a farewell cocktail and dinner.



    Lodging: ms Joy

    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 10 - Journey Home

    Tour ends: Regensburg. Disembark ship in Regensburg this morning. A transfer from your riverboat to Munich's International Airport is included, approximately a 90-minute drive away. Flights should be booked after 12 noon. Allow a minimum of three hours for flight check-in at the airport. For additional nights in Munich, ask at booking.



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    Meals: B

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    Cruise Line
    Tauck River Cruising
    Offer
    Offer valid through 9/30/2024
    Duration
    10 Days
    Cruise Ship
    ms Joy

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Amsterdam  
    Day 2Nijmegen  
    Day 3Koln  
    Day 4Koblenz  
    Day 5Frankfurt  
    Day 6Wertheim  
    Day 7Wurzburg  
    Day 8Bamberg  
    Day 9Nuremberg  
    Day 10Regensburg  
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    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
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    * Land / cruise price per person in U.S. dollars, based on double occupancy, includes cruise fare, most meals, port charges, shore excursions, applicable fuel surcharges, and gratuities to Tauck Directors, Tauck Cruise Director, ship staff, local guides & drivers, and on all included meals.

    Itinerary Changes - Although not expected, Tauck reserves the right to alter the sequence of ports or omit or substitute scheduled ports or attractions at any time without prior notice. Further, museums and attractions may be subject to closure due to state, local or religious holidays.

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