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Arrive at Airport Duesseldorf International Airport where you will be transferred to the ship docked in Cologne. (D)

Begin your day with a walking tour of lovely Koblenz. You’ll wind your way through romantic narrow streets and historic squares, taking in Old Town and the 12th-century Church of Our Lady. Then you’ll take a breathtaking trip across the Rhine on an aerial cable car. Enjoy panoramic views as you’re whisked up to the vulnerable fortress of Ehrenbreitstein to take in a stunning bouquet of colors and fragrances at the Federal Horticultural Show. While sailing in the afternoon, be dazzled by the UNESCO-designated Upper Middle Rhine Valley as you cruise toward Mainz. (BB, L, Captain’s Welcome Gala)

After a morning of scenic sailing along the Main River, your ship will dock in Aschaffenburg, sometimes called the “Bavarian Nice” for its mild climate and Mediterranean gardens. In the mid-19th century, King Ludwig I of Bavaria chose to build a residence in Aschaffenburg, and after your walking tour introduces you to the town’s many charms— including historic gardens and a lovely river walk—you will understand why. King Ludwig’s passion for the ancient world led him to build a perfect replica of a Roman house, the Pompejanum, next to Aschaffenburg’s Johannisburg Castle, one of Germany’s grandest Renaissance palace complexes. Explore the magnificent Mediterranean landscape surrounding the Pompejanum and castle, taking in the scent of pine, cedar, and fig trees, before heading back to your ship. (BB, L, D)

Begin your day with a walking tour of Miltenberg, a Medieval gem known as the “Pearl of the Main River.” You will see 14th-and 15th-century half-timbered houses that seem lifted straight out of the pages of a German fairytale. Then it’s on to Schloss Kleinheubach, a magnificent Versailles-like castle with exquisite grounds built in the early 18th century. You will take a private guided tour of the estate with a member of the Princely family and indulge in a reception featuring wine from the house of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg. In the afternoon, enjoy scenic sailing along the Main. (BB, L, D)

Würzburg Residenz is an immaculate example of Baroque architecture and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built and decorated in the 18th century by an international team of architects, sculptors, stucco-workers, and painters, this grand palace features the largest ceiling fresco in the world and some of the most expansive and beautiful gardens in Europe. Your unforgettable tour of the estate will be capped off by a private wine tasting of fabulous Franconian wines in the historic Residenz cellars. (BB, L, D)

DAY 6: HASSFURT (Bamberg)
Spend the morning on the peaceful Main before visiting the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bamberg. Bamberg has one of Europe’s largest intact Old Town centers. Your tour takes you past the Imperial Cathedral; Town Hall; and “Little Venice,” an area of colorful 19th-century fishermen’s houses. You will also spend time at the four-winged New Residence, the ornate former home of Bamberg’s prince-bishops. You will get a spectacular panoramic view of Bamberg from the Residence’s lovely rose gardens. (BB, L, D)

Your panoramic tour of Nuremberg—an archetypal Medieval German city encircled by defensive walls and red-roofed buildings—will introduce you to the city’s long and storied history. Birthplace of Albrecht Duerrer and famous for its pocket watches, Nuremberg was also home to the astounding post-WWII War Crimes Trials. After your city tour during which you’ll take in Kaiserburg Castle and the famous town wall with its towers, you will visit Nuremberg’s historic Hesperides Gardens, which boast Italian-style planting. From the tranquil gardens, you will move on to equally peaceful St. John’s Cemetery, one of Europe’s most famous cemeteries, which is known for the opulent flower arrangements adorning its graves. (BB, L, Captain’s Farewell Dinner)

Disembark the ship and transfer via motorcoach to Prague. (BB)

Beauty and drama abound in the “City of Spires.” A mixture of architectural styles from Gothic and Renaissance to Baroque and Art Nouveau make up this fairytale city. You will be taken on a panoramic city tour passing such places as the State Opera House, Wenceslas Square, Charles Bridge, and the avant-garde Frank Gehry- and Vlado Milunicdesigned Dancing House, before finishing up in Old Town—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The drive will conclude at stunning Prague Castle. (BB)

Transfer to the Prague airport for your flight home. (CB or BB)

Cologne, Germany
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