Cruise through the very best of Germany from Cologne to Nuremburg via the River Ambassador. You’ll enjoy stops in lovely preserved towns and cities such as Step back in time in beautifully preserved towns and cities such as Miltenberg, Rothenburg, Heidelberg and Bamberg. Admire beautiful Strasbourg as you glide through its canals under bridges that have stood for 600 years. Your journey ends in Munich with a two-night hotel stay.
Motor coach transportation is included from various pick up points to Chicago O’Hare airport for the overnight flight to Cologne, Germany.
Embark the River Ambassador
You have an array of choices for how you wish to experience Cologne. Those interested in history and architecture will want to stroll with a local expert through Old Town to the UNESCO-designated Gothic Cologne Cathedral. If you prefer to embark on a journey to the birthplace of eau de Cologne, then visit Farina House. Beer connoisseurs will want to go to a brewery to taste the traditional local brew of the city, Kolsch. Lovers of art won't want to miss one of the most important contemporary museums in Europe, Museum Ludwig. And for those who wish for more exploration of Germany's significant Jewish heritage, visit the oldest Jewish community in Europe north of the Alps. Cap off the day at the Captain's Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.; Featured Excursions: Cologne walking discovery tour with choice of Cologne Cathedral or Farina House or Kolsch beer tasting or Museum Ludwig or Jewish Heritage, Cologne's Jewish Quarter. (D)
Visit one of the only castles on the Rhine that has never been destroyed, Marksburg Castle. If you would like a more invigorating excursion, hike from Braubach through the mountains to the castle.; Featured Excursions: Choice of Marksburg Castle visit or exclusive guided "Go Active" Marksburg Castle mountain hike.
Get a glimpse of village life in enchanting Miltenberg with a choice of excursions-meet an artist at her atelier, taste beer at a local brewery, try your hand at lawn bowling, or visit a nearby family-owned vineyard. You may prefer to go to Frankfurt to learn more about its Jewish heritage, as well as visit the former palace of the Rothschild family, which is now home to the Jewish Museum, depicting how the community lived over the centuries. Alternatively, you can stroll through quaint Wertheim, where you'll see commemorative reminders-embedded stones of the names of the victims from the Nazi regime; in fact, in 300 other places in Germany, you can see these reminders as well.; Featured Excursions: Miltenberg walking discovery tour with exclusive "Village Day" and choice of Jewish Heritage, Frankfurt Jewish Museum & the legacy of the Rothschild family or Jewish Wertheim.
The opulent Wurzburg Residence, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers a true sense of the history of this region through the European Renaissance, containing the world's largest ceiling fresco by Tiepolo. Later, visit Weikersheim, a dreamy village in the romantic Tauber Valley. Here, visit the "mini Versailles" palace along with its glorious Baroque gardens. Be treated to a tasting of local wine and other regional products, or choose to enjoy a guided bike ride through the Tauber Valley.; Featured Excursions: Wurzburg Residence and choice of Weikersheim "Village Day" or exclusive guided "Go Active" cycling through the romantic Tauber Valley.
Travel along the "Romantic Road" to Germany's best-preserved walled city, Rothenburg, with half-timbered houses and charming shops. For a more active adventure, hike through the Tauberhase vineyards and enjoy a barbecue lunch with Franconian wine.; Featured Excursions: Choice of the Romantic Road-medieval Rothenburg or exclusive guided "Go Active" Tauberhase vineyard hike and barbeque.
Choose how you wish to experience this area with either a tour of Nuremberg and Bamberg, or a visit to Nuremberg's Documentation Center and Courtroom 600, where the famed Nuremberg trials took place. For a more active adventure, enjoy a bike ride along the Main and Regnitz rivers. Cap the day off at the festive Captain's Reception and Gala Dinner.; Featured Excursions: Nuremberg city tour and Bamberg walking discovery tour or choice of Jewish Heritage Nuremberg WWII and Documentation Center visit or exclusive guided "Go Active" bicycle ride along the Main and Regnitz.
Disembark and travel to Munich to stay at a local hotel
Not far from Munich, in the Bavarian Alps region, lie historically significant yet vastly contrasting sites. Choose how you wish to experience this region. Wishing to relive fairytales? You'll want to visit "Mad" King Ludwig's picture-book Castle Neuschwanstein. WWII history buffs may prefer to visit Hitler's alpine lair, Eagle's Nest, the historic survivor of the Third Reich where Hitler, Eva Braun, and Himmler entertained foreign diplomats. Another historic and haunting reminder of Hitler and the atrocities of the Third Reich is the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial, which you have the choice to visit. Note: Eagle's Nest is only available on May-October departure dates.; Featured Excursions: Choice of fairytale Bavaria or Hitler's alpine lair or Jewish Heritage visit to Dachau Concentration Camp.
Airport transfer to the Munich Airport and flight departure home. Upon arrival motorcoach transportation will return you to your original pick up location.
- Group motorcoach transfer to and from Chicago O’Hare from select pick-up points
- Round trip flights from Chicago O’Hare to Cologne, Germany and return from Munich, Germany with air-inclusive package
- Motorcoach transfers between the airport and ship when purchasing our air inclusive package
- Experienced Tour Manager from Fox World Travel to accompany the group*
- Customized informative travel documents containing all trip details and helpful packing and planning information
River Cruise Highlights
- Deluxe 7-night Uniworld river cruise in a riverview stateroom on the River Ambassador
- All gratuities to onboard staff, and to Uniworld onshore coach drivers and tour guides
- All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
- Unlimited complimentary fine wine, beer, spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages onboard the ship*
- $100.00 per person shipboard credit
- Daily sightseeing and tours included
- Bottled water replenished daily in your stateroom; and 24-hour specialty coffee and tea station
- Free Internet and Wi-Fi
- State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all shore excursions
- Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
- Luxuriously appointed riverview staterooms with hotel beds, hair dryer, safe and flat-screen TV with satellite for complimentary movie and entertainment options and L’Occitane bath and body products
* Minimum group required for Fox World Travel tour manager to participate. In the unlikely event the minimum number is not reached, an experienced local tour manager is still included. Unlimited beverages do not include premium wine and premium spirits.
Not included: Meals unless noted; medical services; airline imposed baggage fees; airport gratuities to baggage handlers, insurance, or any other items of a personal nature. A valid passport is required. Travel insurance protection is not included. Ask your travel consultant about our reasonable options.
Air-Inclusive from Chicago O’Hare
Understated elegance makes the intimate 116-passenger River Ambassador an ideal place to savor Europe’s renowned scenery and centuries-old cultural heritage. An eclectic art collection adorns the walls, and every stateroom and suite is beautifully and uniquely decorated, making for a truly luxurious and one-of-a-kind ship.
Departing from Chicago
Depart September 16
Lufthansa #435 – Depart Chicago O’Hare at 9:20 p.m. and arrive in Munich at 1:05 p.m. on Sept. 17
Lufthansa#1990 – Depart Munich at 3:35 a.m. and arrive in Cologne at 4:35 p.m.
Return September 26
Lufthansa #434 – Depart Munich at 3:40 p.m. and arrive in Chicago O’Hare at 6:30 p.m.
Please note: Flight schedules are subject to change and FWT has no control over flight changes, delays or cancellations. Tickets will be non-refundable once issued. Changes will be subject to a fee plus any fare difference. Additional restrictions may apply. Flight schedules are subject to change. Fox World Travel has no control over flight or equipment changes, seat assignments, delays or cancellations. A minimum of 10 passengers is needed for the group air. Checked baggage fees may apply.
Pricing and flight options from other cities available upon request.
Cancellation and travel protection is strongly recommended. Fox World Travel offers several plans with Travel Guard Insurance. Details and rates can be obtained from your travel consultant.
- Date of Booking to June 13, 2017: Deposit amount $400.00 per person
- June 14 to July 17, 2017: 50% of trip cost + applicable airline fees
- July 18 to August 16, 2017: 75% of trip cost+ applicable airline fees
- August 17, 2017 to date of departure: No refund
Airline tickets are non-refundable once ticketed.
A valid passport is required with a validity of at least six months beyond the return date of the trip.
Note: Daily Itinerary is subject to change. Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.
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