Rhine-Main Discovery & Munich

Bamberg, Germany
11 Days from $3,499 per person

Experience the vastness of Bavaria along the Main and Rhine rivers and in its capital, Munich. Delve into “Mad” King Ludwig’s life at his picture-book Castle Neuschwanstein and be enchanted by the opulent UNESCO-designated Würzburg Residence.

Let your inner adventurer out with a visit to BMW World and “Go Active” on a host of guided biking and hiking activities, including biking through the romantic Tauber Valley and hiking through the Tauberhase vineyards. And throughout your journey, enjoy a host of culinary experiences and sample delicious Franconian wine and hearty beer at breweries in Munich and Cologne. Discover the legendary Rhine, the tranquil Main and Bavaria’s epic history and culture.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).

  2. Arrive at the Munich Airport, where you will be transferred to the hotel. 

  3. 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. WWll 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.

  4. Cosmopolitan Munich combines a special mix of tradition and modernity. Experience both facets with a panoramic tour. Amble through one of the most beautiful squares in Germany, Marienplatz, and home to the Old and New Town Halls. In the Art Quarter, you’ll find how the Munich lifestyle blends culture with life’s finer things, such as a visit to BMW World, followed by lunch at Hofbräuhaus. Alternatively, you may opt to explore the city’s vast Jewish history, home to a host of famous citizens, such as the Nobel prize– winning author Lion Feuchtwanger, who predicted much of what became the terror of the Holocaust. Today, however, the people of Munich look forward to a future of hope with the recent opening of Jewish institutions, including a synagogue, which you’ll visit.
    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. 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 Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch and Captain's Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner
  6. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. The opulent Würzburg 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast and Dinner
  8. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. 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, Kölsch. 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 your wonderful adventure off at the Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch and Farewell Dinner
  11. Cologne (disembark), transfer to the airport


  • All Meals All Meals
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Professional Cruise Management Professional Cruise Management
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • All Gratuities All Gratuities
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • Six-Star Ships Six-Star Ships


  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water


  • 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the stylish River Ambassador
  • 2 nights in Munich at Le Méridien Munich (or similar) with breakfast
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days


  • 1 country
  • 8 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided “Go Active,” “Village Day” and “Gentle Walking” programs
  • 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks


  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: “AD 1517: Martin Luther’s Revolution and the Quest to Build a Modern World”
  • Exclusive Generations Family Program on select July departures
  • Exclusive insight with Uniworld’s Jewish Heritage program
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
18 May 17 28 May 17 $3949$3799pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$3,799 pp
asterisk 27 May 17 6 Jun 17 $4049$3899pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$3,899 pp
15 Jun 17 25 Jun 17 $4049$3899pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$3,899 pp
asterisk 24 Jun 17 4 Jul 17 $3949$3799pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$3,799 pp
check-mark 13 Jul 17 23 Jul 17 $3949$3799pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$3,799 pp
asteriskcheck-mark 22 Jul 17 1 Aug 17 $3949$3799pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$3,799 pp
10 Aug 17 20 Aug 17 $3949$3799pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$3,799 pp
asterisk 19 Aug 17 29 Aug 17 $3949$3799pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$3,799 pp
7 Sep 17 17 Sep 17 $4249$4099pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$4,099 pp
asterisk 16 Sep 17 26 Sep 17 $4249$4099pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$4,099 pp
5 Oct 17 15 Oct 17 $4149$3999pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$3,999 pp
asterisk 14 Oct 17 24 Oct 17 $3749$3599pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$3,599 pp
2 Nov 17 12 Nov 17 $3649$3499pp Early BookingBook by Jan 16
$3,499 pp

*These departures operate in reverse.

√Generations Family Program on these departures.

NOTE: Flights must arrive between 5am and 5pm and depart between 6am and 6pm. Airport arrival and departure transfers are included on arrival and departure days only.

For guests not going to Munich, deduct $400 from the price of the cruise/tour. 

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.

Price shown is per person based on two people sharing a twin bedded Stateroom and cruise in category 5 Cabin. Single rooms are available at a supplement.  Cabin upgrades available at a supplement. Port Charges included.

Early Booking and Pay in Full Discounts vary based on Stateroom category.

AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift!  Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.

Frequent Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the price of the vacation.

Special Discounts and Promotions: At times we offer discounted departures. These discounts are valid for new bookings only and are not combinable with any other discounts other than our Frequent Traveler Discount and $100 AARP Member Discount. Other restrictions may apply, please call for details.

Cancellation Penalties: 90-60 days prior to departure: 35%; 59-30 days prior to departure: 50%; 29-1 days prior to departure: 80%; Day of departure: 100%.


Length: 361 ft / Width: 37.5 ft / Voltage: 110/220 volts / Guests: 116 / Staff: 41

Suite: 4 (256 sq ft) / Staterooms: 54 (128 sq ft) / Rivers: Rhine River, Danube River

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.

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Lavishly appointed riverview suite (256 sq ft - 24 sq m) with a French balcony

Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water

Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, waffle bathrobes, and slippers

Additional special amenities and services

Category 1

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (128 sq ft - 12 sq m) with a French balcony 

Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water

Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, backlit magnifying mirror, cozy bathrobes, and slippers

Category 2-3

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (128 sq ft - 12 sq m)

Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water

Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, cozy bathrobes, and slippers

Features & Amenities

Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds draped in high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, along with a menu of pillow options.

Our meticulously designed ships feature enticing public areas and luxurious amenities, including a lounge with full-service bar, well-equipped fitness center, restaurant, Serenity River Spa, and a Sun Deck where you can relax and take in the ever-changing views.







  • U.S. citizens traveling to Germany must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Germany.

  • The currency in Germany is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive in Germany, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Germany. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • We recommend packing layers to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress.  It’s important to bring comfortable walking shoes and a waterproof jacket with a hood. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.


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