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Medieval Treasures Cruise 2021

9 days
France, Germany & Switzerland
Starting from $4198*

Join us for this Medieval Treasures Cruise 2021. You will see places from Switzerland, France, and Germany. Departure is on August 30, 2021. Prices start at $4,198* per person for a fixed window stateroom. (Special Airfare pricing from select cities when you register by March 31, 2020 and purchase airfare from EO. See brochure for more details.) 

*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount.

What’s Included

  • Beverages with All Meals
  • Cruise
  • Meals on Ship
  • Select Shore Excursions
  • Deluxe cruise accommodations (based on double occupancy)

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 AUGUST 30: DEPART USA

Board your overnight flight to Switzerland.

Day 2 AUGUST 31: EMBARKATION – BASEL, SWITZERLAND

Embark your cruise in Basel. Tonight, meet your fellow passengers on board. (D)

Day 3 SEPTEMBER 1: STRASBOURG, FRANCE

Capital of Alsace, Strasbourg is beloved for its wine culture and enchanting 16th- and 17th-century half-timbered houses which line La Petite France quarter on the banks of the Grand Île (Grand Island), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join a tour of the city that takes you past the stunning Parc de l’Orangerie, the European Parliament and the Place de la République and then walk through the iconic “La Petite France” district, which appears to have been lifted straight from the pages of a fairytale. Wander through these charming streets and past the Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame with its famous astronomical clock. Alternatively, the active adventurer can go on a guided bike tour. (B,L,D)

Day 4 SEPTEMBER 2: LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY – RÜDESHEIM

Ludwigshafen is your gateway to a choice of three excursions. Visit the Mannheim Baroque Palace—one of the largest palaces in Europe, which is furnished with over 800 exhibits, recreating its bygone grandeur. Alternatively, join a walking tour of one of Germany’s oldest cities, Speyer, known for the largest Romanesque cathedral in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site; its crypt contains the tomb of eight German emperors and kings. Speyer is also home to the medieval Altpörtel, Old Gate. Or, if you prefer a more modern view of Speyer, you can visit the intriguing Speyer Technical Museum. Later in the day, sail to Rüdesheim, where you’ll be treated to a wine tasting. (B,L,D)

Day 5 SEPTEMBER 3: RÜDESHEIM

Continue your exploration of Rüdesheim with a choice of excursions. Those who fancy a more whimsical adventure will want to visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. For an adventure of a different kind, soar over the vineyards of Rüdesheim on a gondola to the Niederwald Monument; or opt to take a hike through the vineyards. (B,L,D)

Day 6 SEPTEMBER 4: MILTENBERG – WERTHEIM

Enjoy a scenic cruise to Miltenberg, the “Pearl of the Main River.” While on your walking tour, you’ll discover why this medieval town seems to leap from the pages of a fairytale with its 14th- and 15th-century half-timbered, gabled houses; the famed Crooked House; and the venerable Royal Inn, which has been a working hotel since the 17th century. For those who would like a more active adventure, hike to the Miltenberg Castle, offering majestic views of the town and river; or go on a guided bike ride along the Main River. Or you can taste local specialties on a “Flavors of Miltenberg” tour. Later in the day, set sail for Wertheim, considered to have one of Germany’s most beautiful city centers with precious half-timbered houses. While here, join a walking tour, hike to the impressive stone ruins of Wertheim Castle or go to a pretzel bakery for a delicious tasting. (B,L,D)

Day 7 SEPTEMBER 5: KITZINGEN– VOLKACH

There are several choices of excursions, depending on your interests. You can go to Würzburg, a beautiful city bursting with Baroque splendor. While here, visit its crown jewel, the Baroque Residenz Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that features an opulent interior, including a grand fresco by Tiepolo. Alternatively, you can take a trip through a thousand years of history while in Rothenburg, Germany’s best-preserved walled town located on the Romantic Road. Interestingly, the imagery of Walt Disney’s Pinocchio was very much influenced by sketches of Rothenburg. Or for a more active excursion, go on a bike tour from Kitzengen to Volkach. Later in the day, everyone will be treated to an exclusive wine festival celebration in Volkach. (B,L,D)

Day 8 SEPTEMBER 6: BAMBERG

Explore enchanting Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in one of three ways. Join a guided walking tour of this medieval gem where you’ll see its cathedral, Old Town Hall and elegant old mansions. Or taste your way through the city sampling smoked beer, licorice root and Hornla pastry, a local favorite whose recipe dates back to 1427. And for those wishing to explore the town more actively, hop on a bike for a guided bike tour along the Main River and to its quirky quarters beyond the town center. (B,L,D)

Day 9 SEPTEMBER 7: NUREMBERG– DISEMBARKATION

Disembark the ship in Nuremberg after breakfast and return home. (B)

Enhance Your Journey

Pre-Tour Switzerland Starting from $1580

August 26: DEPART USA
Board your overnight flight to Switzerland.

August 27: ARRIVE IN ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
Arrive in Zurich and check into your hotel.

August 28: ZURICH
Set alongside a glistening lake and framed by the Alps, Switzerland’s largest city, Zurich, seamlessly blends its historic past with its progressive future—all of which will be on full display during your city tour. (B)

August 29: ZURICH – LUCERNE
Check out of your hotel and head off on a scenic drive past Alpine lakes before reaching Vitznau. Upon arrival, enjoy a cruise across the tranquil waters of Lake Lucerne. Once in Lucerne, you’ll check in to your hotel. (B)

August 30: LUCERNE
Discover Lucerne's unrivaled beauty on a walking tour that includes the spectacular medieval walls and towers, dating back to the 13th century. (B)

August 31: LUCERNE – BASEL – EMBARKATION
Check out of your hotel and visit the iconic Lion Monument, sculpted in memory of the Swiss Guards massacred during the French Revolution. Later, head to Basel. Before boarding the ship, you’ll go on a highlights tour of the city. (B,D)

(B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner)

*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount.

Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.

 

Post-Tour Prague Starting from $900

SEPTEMBER 7: NUREMBERG – DISEMBARKATION – PILZEN – PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Disembark the ship in Nuremberg and transfer to Prague. En route, stop at Pilzen, where you’ll enjoy a highlights tour before continuing on to Prague. (B)

SEPTEMBER 8: PRAGUE
Discover fairytale Prague via a city tour or a hike. Both will reveal why Prague is considered one of Europe’s most attractive and vibrant cities, with a historic city center that’s recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See all the key highlights, including the National Museum, Wenceslas Square, the 1,000 year-old Prague Castle and Old Market Square, home to the Astronomical Clock. (B)

SEPTEMBER 9: PRAGUE
Enjoy uninterrupted time to explore Prague and its many museums and landmarks at your leisure. Visit such sites as St. Vitus Cathedral, the Gothic resting place of numerous saints, or the Franz Kafka Museum, which houses first editions of several of the prolific author’s works. You may also see the historic fort Vyšehrad, explore the natural science and history collections at the Národní Museum or travel back through Jewish history at the Holocaust memorial in the former ghetto at Josefov. (B)

SEPTEMBER 10: DEPART PRAGUE
Bid farewell to Prague and prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

(B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner)

*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount

Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.

 

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