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Here are the details of everything you'll be seeing and doing and enjoying on your New Year cruise.

Your cruise continues on from Nuremberg, via the Main and then the mighty Rhine river, on to Amsterdam.

Plenty of included shore excursions (at no extra charge) make this a varied kaleidoscope of European life, enhanced by the magic of New Year in Vienna.

 
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New Year in Vienna Danube River Cruise

Amsterdam Cruise Extension

Day by Day Itinerary
 

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Some of the most beautiful scenes in central Europe will scroll by your picture windows while you enjoy the New Year's Cruise this December/January.

You'll travel through beautiful scenery and visit lovely towns in Germany and the Netherlands on this one week extension to your New Year cruise.

This is the itinerary for the 2007/8 extension to Amsterdam Cruise.  Amadeus Waterways are still finalizing the schedule to fit in with lock times, etc, and so this itinerary may slightly change between now and departure.

Click here for the main details of this cruise and the booking form to confirm your interest.

Click here for the main cruise itinerary.

Itinerary

Day 9 (Sunday 6 January) :  Nuremberg to Bamberg

The well preserved medieval center of Bamberg justifies its World Heritage designation
 

Say farewell to the other members of your group who are leaving in Nuremberg this morning.

The rest of us will continue on to Amsterdam.  We proceed on along the Main-Danube Canal to the river Main.

This afternoon we arrive in Bamberg and enjoy a walking tour of this medieval gem, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. Marvel at the breathtaking cathedral, the Old Town Hall that straddles the river, and the city's serpentine streets with charming houses and 18th-century mansions.

We have some free time before continuing our cruise, now on the Main River.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 10 (Monday 7 January)  :  Wrzburg

The Marienberg Castle towers over the Main River
 

This afternoon we arrive in Wrzburg, the capital of Lower Franconia.

Known as "The Pearl of the Romantic Road",  Wrzburg is surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards.

During our tour of the area, we will see the major sights including the magnificent Residential Palace.

The evening is free to explore Wrzburg on your own.

Included meals - Dinner

 

Day 11 (Tuesday 8 January) :  Wertheim and Miltenberg

A river cruiser moving in to dock at Miltenberg
 
You don't see this sort of scene in an American town.

Our first stop today is in Wertheim where we'll enjoy free time - perhaps browsing the market square and the shops before a fascinating glass-blowing performance onboard ship.

Then we cruise on to Miltenberg for a guided walking tour along narrow, cobble-stoned streets with gabled, half-timbered houses.

Tonight, the ship sails leaving Bavaria, Franconia and the Main River behind.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 12 (Wednesday 9 January) :  Main - Rhine Castles - Koblenz

One of the many castles you'll see during today's cruising.
 

This morning we arrive in Mainz, and disembark for a walking tour of this beautiful town, famous as the home of Gutenberg (inventor of the printing press). There is free time to explore before the ships sails at lunch time.

Our afternoon cruising takes us through the Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of the river, passing castle after castle.

All Germany is rich in castles but the romantic Rhine Valley - the heartland of the old Holy Roman Empire - has a particularly high density of important medieval military buildings. Some are ruins, but many, like Marksburg Castle, have survived the ravages of war, fire and neglect.  Some are fascinating windows into the age of chivalry and the development of this fascinating form of military construction.

Don't miss the legendary Lorelei Rock, where sweet songs of local beauties are fabled to have lured enchanted sailors to their doom.

We arrive in Koblenz this evening with some free time to explore on your own.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 13 (Thursday 10 January) :  Koblenz - Cologne


Where the Main and Rhine rivers meet in Koblenz

In Koblenz this morning we will enjoy a walking tour of this 2,000-year-old city, situated at the junction of the Rhine and Mosel Rivers.

After time in Koblenz, we continue to Cologne where we will visit the city's glorious 13th-century Gothic cathedral.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 14 (Friday 11 January) :  Cologne - Amsterdam

The impressive cathedral in Cologne

Enjoy a morning of leisurely cruising, and arrive in Amsterdam in the afternoon.

Admire the wonderful architecture of this vibrant city during a guided canal boat tour.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 15 (Saturday 12 January) :  Amsterdam

Amsterdam
 

Today is entirely yours to explore Amsterdam on your own.

Perhaps, visit one of the city’s renowned museums such as the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum or the Anne Frank House.

Tonight, enjoy a Gala Farewell Dinner on board the Amadagio.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 16 (Sunday 13 January) :  End of Cruise

Our cruise extension comes to an end this morning.

You can choose to fly home now or perhaps extend your time in Europe further as you wish.

Included Meals: Breakfast

 

Click here for the main details of this cruise and the booking form to confirm your interest.

Click here for the main cruise itinerary.

 

Originally published 30 Apr 2007, last update 21 Jul 2020

 
 
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