Go Astro Travel, LLC is offering our fourth Joe Sixpack beer themed trip. This time we start in Prague (Optional pre-cruise) and sail from Nuremberg Germany to Luxembourg. This scenic cruise will take us to the home of Rauschbeir (smoked beer) in Bamberg, past scores of castles high above the Rhine River and into Trier, filled with Roman ruins and fantastic white wine.
Europe’s Rivers and Castles
The cruise starts in Nuremberg which has a beautifully restored old city from the middle ages and a strong beer tradition. We continue to Bamberg, known not only for their smoked beers but for a beautifully restored palace and cathedral. We continue to Wurzburg, Kitzingen and Wertheim filled with wine, palaces, Gothic architecture and even pretzels. We then cruise north along the Rhine gorge past castles lining both sides high above us. On the Moselle River we’ll visit Cochem with it’s fully restored castle perched high above the river. Finally we’ll visit Trier, once the center of Roman life and still filled with beautiful ruins. Enjoy packing and unpacking once, stopping in 7 different parts of Germany, enjoying beer and wine with friends in a truly luxurious yet unpretentious atmosphere.
You’ll have the opportunity to start in Prague a few days before the cruise. This beautiful city has a rich beer tradition and is filled with spires, a 1000 year old castle and one of the oldest bridges in Europe. We will be offering a customized tour with our private guide who will take us on a tour of beautiful Prague. In addition we will offer beer dinners and events.
For those doing the Prague extension, you’ll fly directly into Prague. For those starting in Nuremberg, you’ll fly into Munich. You can either fly out of Luxembourg or take a transfer to Paris.
DAY 1 – Nuremberg
Embark your cruise in Nuremberg. Tonight, meet your fellow passengers on board. (D)
DAY 2 – Bamberg, Schweinfurt
Walking tour and smoked beer tasting
Discover enchanting Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your guided walking tour includes the Imperial Cathedral and the charming fishermen’s village known as “Little Venice” as well as taste the city’s famous smoked beer, Rauchbier. (B,L,D)
DAY 3 – Kitzingen, Würzburg
Walking tour and wine tasting
City tour and Residenz Palace visit
OR Kitzingen bike tour
Explore Kitzingen, Franconia’s wine trade center, with a city tour. Later, the Aulic (wine) Council and Wine Queen will welcome you with a special five-wine tasting in one of Germany’s oldest wine cellars. During the afternoon, you have a choice of two excursions. Join a guided bike ride from Kitzingen to Würzburg along the Main River and “Romantic Road,” or take a walking tour through Würzburg and then visit its Residenz Palace. The 300-room palace took nearly 60 years to complete and contains the world’s largest ceiling fresco, created by Venetian painter Tiepolo, as well as one of the most beautiful staircases in the world (B,L,D)
DAY 4 – Wertheim
OR Main River bike tour
OR Pretzel bakery visit and tasting
OR Castle hike
Wertheim’s old town center still features half-timbered houses and the Gothic architecture of the Stiftskirche, its oldest Protestant church. You may either join a guided walking tour through the historic city center or learn the art of pretzel making with a visit to a local bakery. For those seeking a more active adventure, take a scenic bike ride through the Main River Valley or hike high above the town for a visit to the castle, one of the most picturesque ruins in Germany. (B,L,D)
DAY 5 – Mainz, Rüdesheim, Rhine Gorge & Koblenz
City tour with Chagall windows
OR Full-day Heidelberg excursion
OR Mainz to Rüdesheim bike tour
Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum
OR Vineyard hike
OR Gondola ride
Evening walking tour
Arrive in Mainz, located at the confluence of the Main and Rhine rivers, where you have a choice of three excursions. Join a walking tour of Mainz, home to many historic treasures, including one of Germany’s most important churches, the Romanesque cathedral and the Chagall stained-glass windows depicting scriptural scenes in stunning blue, which you will get to see. Alternatively, visit Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest university town, where you will tour the Old Town and visit the red-walled castle with its Great Vat. For a more active adventure, cycle along the Rhine River to Rüdesheim. During the afternoon, you can participate in one of three excursions while in Rüdesheim. Visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum, home to one of the greatest collections of self-playing musical instruments; take a ride over the vineyards of Rüdesheim in a gondola to the Niederwald Monument; or go on a hike through the vineyards. Later in the day, set sail towards Koblenz through the Rhine River Gorge, famous for its beautiful and imposing castles and legendary Lorelei Rock. After dinner, join a tour of Koblenz to explore its romantic narrow streets, historic squares and 12th-century churches. (B,L,D)
DAY 6 – Cochem, Zell
Reichsburg Castle and walking tour
OR Cochem Mustard Mill tour
OR Bike tour
Exclusive wine festival
Wake up in fairytale Cochem and visit the Reichsburg Castle followed by a walking tour. As an alternative, visit one of Europe’s oldest working mustard mills where you will sample Cochem’s famous mustard. You may also opt to take a guided bike tour along the captivating Moselle River. Later cruise to Zell, famous for their Riesling and the well-known arched black cat icon, often seen on the labels of local German wines. Experience the hospitality of the citizens of Zell, including the local Wine Queen and Mayor, at an exclusive wine festival where you’ll sample local wines, sausages and more. (B,L,D)
DAY 7 – Trier
OR Secrets of Porta Nigra tour
OR Amphitheater Hill hike
Enjoy a scenic cruise along the Moselle to Trier, Germany’s oldest city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, renowned for its rich ancient Roman past. Join a guided tour of the city, including the old Roman amphitheater, Roman Baths, Basilica of Constantine and the Porta Nigra Gate that dates back to 180 A.D. Alternatively, you can join a tour to discover the Secrets of the Porta Nigra; or go on a hike to Trier’s amphitheater where gladiators once held contests. (B,L,D)
DAY 8 – Luxembourg
This morning, bid farewell to your luxurious river cruise ship. (B)
The 144-passenger AmaDante made her debut in 2008. Relax in spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms, ranging in size from 170-225 sq. ft., or in a single stateroom of 140 sq. ft. You can always indulge even more in one of the suites at 255 sq. ft. Most staterooms have a French balcony. Additional stateroom amenities include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, unlimited Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe. In the marble bathroom, enjoy multi-jet showerheads, soothing bath and body products, robes and hair dryers. Suites feature added enhancements, including a larger sitting area with sofa and two chairs, and an expansive bathroom complete with a bathtub and separate shower. The AmaDante offers a host of added comforts and conveniences, including a sauna, whirlpool, massage and hair salon, a stylish and inviting Main Lounge, and specialty coffee station. As a member of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the exclusive international culinary society, you’ll be treated to exquisite, locally-inspired cuisine always paired with unlimited wine, as well as beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. You’ll also enjoy a variety of dining venues, including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant, featuring an exquisite tasting menu prepared right before your eyes. With a walking track on the Sun Deck, a fitness room and a fleet of onboard bicycles to use on your own or on one of the many guided bike tours, as well as healthy menu choices, you’ll have everything needed to stay active and healthy while sailing Europe’s great rivers.
Cabins are efficient and well appointed. Shown is the Category A at 170 sq ft of space. Categories B & C are identical to Category A. The only difference is location. For Most cabins have French Balconies; some of fixed windows.
Please call for pricing 610-398-2444