Variation is life, and this baby ticks all the boxes. Booming cities, medieval castles, river kayaking, rock climbing, gingerbread munching and beer tasting. 2 weeks, 2 countries, and exclusive to travellers aged 21-45. Let's do this...
What's up, river roaming crew? Who's pumped for 2 weeks of water based good times? Good, because our welcome party complete with tasty German street food is the perfect ice breaker. Tonight is our first as a group, so let's start out on a high, and given the fact that Regensburg offers the highest concentration of bars per square mile, it won't be difficult.
2000 years of history accumulates in Regensburg, and we're going to give you the low down in just one hour - how's that for the short version? On route, we'll pit stop at the world's oldest sausage restaurant, then it's back to it with a birds eye view hike around the city. If you've been accustomed to the water life, we're guessing our canoe or kayak excursion through the Danube Gorge is more your jam. But then again, this place IS the home of BMW, so it would be rude not to pay a visit to the factory to learn about German's finest piece of engineering.
WHAT A DAY. Can it get any better? Well yes, actually, courtesy of our onboard beer mixology class, which will keep us busy as we journey towards Kelheim.
A little city with a big reputation, stepping into Nuremberg means taking a journey back in time, to the beginning of WWII and even further, given the city's previous status as the undeclared capital of the Holy Roman Empire. Exploring on a guided bike tour is for sure the best way to get up to speed on anything and everything Nuremberg, from the pivotal role it played during the war, to the highly publicised trails in the years that followed. If it's the city's culinary reputation you're more interested in, you're in luck, our 'Spice is Nice' Optional is all about tracking the historic spice route, and of course sampling the city's famous gingerbread.
Our genius crew have done it again, getting us into Bamberg whilst we slept soundly in our beds. Fill up on breakfast today, as we've got ALL the activities on offer. If your hungering for something a little more physical, boy have we got options. Like the sound of kayaking the Main and Pegnitz rivers, or maybe you're even more daring than that, in which case the rock climbing routes around Bamberg are your literal playground. After dinner and fully stuffed, we'll kick back and snuggle down for a group movie night.
Keen to up your kitchen game? Head out this morning to the Green Market with our onboard chef, where you'll learn about and pick up ingredients for tonight's dinner. For those looking to head further afield, we've also got an Optional excursion to Rothenburg on the cards, arguably the prettiest town, and certainly the most romantic, in all of Germany. Or perhaps, you'd rather visit the Würzburg Residence; a Baroque palace famed for its grand staircase, hall of mirrors and a ceiling fresco that dwarfs the Sistine Chapel's.
Why not take advantage of our onboard (and free to use) bicycles, freewheeling along the main river cycle route. Pretty as a postcard, Miltenberg is all traditional houses, river front vistas and medieval castles peeking through the tree tops. We'll be hitting the town with our local guide, hiking through a vineyard and nosying around a legit fairytale castle, before rewarding ourselves with some local beer at a brewery tour and tasting. Oh, and in between we'll also squeeze in a watercolour class. Now THAT is one perfect day, but we're not done yet. If your booze quota isn't quite full for the day, why not join us for a winery tour and tasting in yet another medieval castle. And if THAT'S not all, we're also offering some foodie onboard experiences; pretzel making, and then a Franconian sausage BBQ on deck. #yum.
Stopping at our final destination, why not start the day by taking a bike or walking tour of Frankfurt, followed by a watercolour class. Foodies (you know who you are by now) - today chef has something seriously special lined up, in the form of a Franconian lesson. Urr, wow. Then this evening, who's up for a little Frankfurt by night wander? This city is known as a place of contrast, where towering sky scrapers and ancient abodes sit shoulder to shoulder, whilst it's buzzing night life scene gives the likes of New York or London a run for their money. No wonder then it's commonly referred to as 'Mainhattan'...
Waking up this morning we'll be saying our goodbyes to those leaving us, and welcoming in a new crew of river roaming pals for the second leg of our adventure. How best to break the ice? A welcome party, obvs, complete with music and delicious eats. For afters, given we're basically Frankfurt locals by now, how about we show the newbies the very best this city has to offer after dark?
Got carried away last night? A big breakfast and a strong coffee should sort you right out, as you'll be needing all your energy for today. First up, we're going exploring around 'Mainhattan', Europe's largest financial centre and the reason this city is home to bankers galore. Within this part of town you'll find the Old Town - pretty, winding and impressively ancient. Explore around here on foot or bike, and be sure to stop off at the Kleine Markthall for some local wares. Foodies, you can explore the market with our on board chef, stocking up on local produce for tonight's cooking class. Keen to learn about the history of the city? The Rothchilds are a good place to start, as is the Jewish museum. Tonight, we'll get another taste if the city's eclectic nightlife scene.
Well good morning pretty Rüdesheim! Do we have any Game of Thrones fans onboard? Then you'll probably recognise the 12th century Eberbach Monastery, which was used as a filming location. Today, we're visiting with one thing on the mind - wine. We'll taste the abbey's famous Rieslings and cycle around the region...in that order.
Ready for something special? Tonight we will dine like Kings and Queens, quite literally, as we feast on a banquet in a bonafide medieval castle. Eeekk! Think rustic food, think local Rhine wines, think lute-strumming bards and think serving wenches. Definitely more Henry VII than Red Wedding, that's for sure... After dinner (if we can roll ourselves outside), our Local Guide will show us the sites of Koblenz, starting at German Corner, a local hangout where the Rhine and the Moselle river join.
Stopping first at Remagen this morning, and it's time to flex your cycling skills once again. We'll drop you off here and meet up with you again in Bonn, giving you plenty of time to take in the delights of the romantic Rhine valley.
Stopping here to pick up our weary cyclists, it's worth having a wander around Bonn, most notably the birth place of Beethoven, and you can actually visit the great composer's birth house here.
Pretty, medieval, fun loving Cologne. We love this city, its residents love this city, and we're betting you'll love it too. And to be honest, how can you not? Once docked, we'll take you to Cologne's Cathedral, which literally dominates the skyline of the city with its twin spires and is regularly voted Germany's most popular tourist attraction. Then, it's onto the Altstadt (old town), where the gothic architecture and homely beer halls will have you seriously impressed. Speaking of beer, this evening you'll be trying Kölsch, a Cologne speciality.
Hopefully there won't be too many sore Kölsch heads this morning, as we've got another prime cycling opportunity for you - again riding the long, flat and ridiculously beautiful path to Duisburg. Or, you could just chill on deck - totally your choice.
Old meets new in Duisburg, where we'll be docking for dinner. itching for a party this evening? We have good news - one of the town's most notable DJ's will be coming onboard to get the party started...
No trip to the "Venice of the North" would be complete without a cruise around the city's iconic waterways, so that's exactly what our agenda has in store for today. On route, take note of the way in which no building is actually straight (it's legitimately crazy), and keep your eyes peeled for the narrowest house in the world (just a door's width wide!). Cruise complete, take your pick of our Optionals for how to spend the rest of the day. Maybe the house of Anne Frank has been on your must do list since forever, or perhaps it's the tulip displays at Keukenhof Gardens that you've been dreaming of. For the foodies, we've got a cheese workshop or a mixology masterclass to keep you entertained. Tonight, let's see what the bright lights of Dam have in store for us...
We'll be casting off from Amsterdam early this morning, but chances are you'll still be snoozing peacefully. Them's the joys of a river cruise!
Waking up to the pretty Dutch countryside passing by your window and after filling up on breakfast treats, you'll step on land for the day in Haarlem, famed for its cobblestone streets, traditional gabled houses and leafy courtyards. So, what to do? Well, you could explore the museums, kick back with lattes and stroopwafel in one of the cosy cafes, or opt for a ME Time Optional. For the hops heads, we're heading to a brewery in a converted church, and for the adventure aficionados we've got something real special - blokarting on the beach. YouTube it, then do it.
Back in Dam for the night, and we're heading out to one of the city's most notorious (and oldest) areas - the Red Light District. Our Local Guide will give you the history and etiquette low down, then the night is yours.
After one more blissful sleep, we're sad to say it's all over. River cruising, you're our new favourite way of travelling…
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