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Medieval Germany

From £1,749 pp

Explore Medieval Germany in its purest form, cruise the gentle meanders of the Main and mighty Danube discovering the aptly named Romantic Road, the twisting streets of medieval Bamberg, enchanting Rothenburg and fascinating Nuremberg. Following embarkation in Mainz we enjoy a leisurely start with time to explore this pretty town, with its stunning Romanesque cathedral and timber-clad buildings, at the very scenic heart of the country’s famous winelands.

Our cruise along the Main with its characteristic meandering bends takes us firstly to idyllic Miltenberg, a fantastically well-preserved medieval village set against a spectacular backdrop of lush green forests and rolling hillsides. Then it’s on to delightful Wertheim, off the well-trodden tourist trail, its ancient castle standing proud over the neat, pretty houses and colourful market square below.

Further delights are uncovered as we arrive in Wurzburg, the most elegant of Bavarian cities, crowned by the stunning Baroque palace, a relic of a bygone age. Take the Romantic Road to Rothenburg on our optional tour for spectacular views of the river below as it winds its way through this fairy-tale land. The beauty of Bamberg never fails to enchant as our cruise arrives in undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and historic towns in Europe. Sitting atop lush green hills, the spires of the stunning cathedral stretch to the sky above, whilst below the winding streets and quaint squares are a delight to explore. More picture perfect views as we awake in historic Nuremberg, synonymous with the Second World War, but today an intriguing and stunning city once again with its ornate Gothic church and bustling market, a fitting finale to our magical cruise along one of Europe’s most spectacular waterways.

What’s Included:

  • Seven guided tours, including Bamberg, Würzburg, Nuremberg, Rothenburg and Mainz
  • Seven nights on board in your choice of luxury cabin or suite, with river views
  • All meals on board from dinner on your day of arrival through to breakfast on your day of departure
  • Welcome dinner and the Captain’s Dinner
  • Live classical quartet recital on board
  • Complimentary on-board tea and coffee
  • Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi (connection speeds may vary)
  • Return scheduled flights from 6 regional airports (a supplement may apply)
  • Five-star service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
  • Services of a Riviera Travel cruise director and concierge
  • All port charges, airport taxes and overseas transfers
  • No surcharges guaranteed
  • ABTA, ATOL and IATA protection

Riviera Plus New for 2021

Customers in all deluxe and superior suites and all upper-deck cabins will benefit from a wealth of unique, new benefits including a smart handset with maps, translator, currency converter, unlimited calls, text messages and internet usage. There will also be L’Occitane en Provence toiletries for that extra touch of luxury. Not forgetting a bottle of chilled Prosecco on arrival, platter of fresh seasonal fruits during the cruise and an aperitif each evening, with our compliments.

Day 1 - Arrive in Mainz

Arrive at the airport for your flight to Frankfurt, where a comfortable coach awaits to take you to your five-star cruise ship in Mainz. The dedicated English-speaking crew is ready to welcome you, and there’s an air of anticipation and excitement as you and your like-minded fellow cruisers acquaint yourselves with the luxury surroundings of the ship that will be your home for the next seven days.

You’ll soon be settled into your exceptionally well-equipped, spacious cabin and looking forward to a first-night dinner to start off your cruise in style.

Dinner

Day 2 - Mainz

Whether you decide to take breakfast in bed or set yourself up for the day at the plentiful buffet, afterwards you can enjoy a morning exploring bustling Mainz on our guided tour.

Dominating its skyline is the colossal six-towered 12th-century cathedral – Martinsdom – a pinnacle of German Romanesque architecture that houses a spectacular nave, many elaborate tombs and a peaceful colonnaded cloister.

Also unmissable is Saint Stephen’s Church, which features nine breathtaking stained glass windows, created by the artist Marc Chagall, that bathe the interior in magical blue light.

 

Day 2 - Mainz

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - Miltenberg & Wertheim

Today we’re moored in Miltenberg, a beautifully preserved medieval village whose labyrinth of winding alleys and lanes begs exploration.

And so, this morning we do exactly that, as our local guide shows us the highlights of this charming destination.

Admire the impressive gatehouse which stands like a proud guardian of the village, and wander across the charming marketplace, lined by traditional fachwerk buildings instantly recognisable by their grids of timber framing.

The story goes that locals were allowed free wood from the surrounding forests, hence the abundance of this architectural style. Highlights of this beautiful square include the trickling fountain, ornately carved from stone and complete with dancing cherubs, and the intricately detailed Gasthaus Zum Riesen, which claims to be Germany’s oldest tavern. 

Day 3 - Miltenberg & Wertheim

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Würzburg

One of the delights of river cruising is indulging in complete relaxation, so this morning perhaps catch up on some reading or simply watch the world float by.

This afternoon we arrive at elegant Würzburg, which contrasts with the quaint towns and villages you’ve encountered so far. We have a guided tour of this Bavarian city sitting resplendent on the banks of the Main, founded in the 10th century as the centre of the kingdom known as Franconia. The impressive Marienberg Fortress overlooks the neat blocks of grand pastel-coloured buildings punctuated by the spires and domes of the city’s many churches.

The jewel in Würzburg’s illustrious crown is the Residenz, a magnificent Baroque palace that whisks you back to a more romantic age. Originally conceived to rival the Palace of Versailles in scale, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and features one of Germany’s most spectacularly ornate staircases and dozens of interconnecting rooms adorned with gorgeous frescoes, priceless tapestries, sculptures and paintings.

There’s ample time to explore here as you wish before returning to the ship, enjoying another evening of exceptional cuisine and a drink in the bar as the pianist works his magic at the keyboard.

Day 4 - Würzburg

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Rothenburg & Ochsenfurt

After breakfast we take a drive along the Romantic Road – the perfectly named route made up of a spellbinding procession of folkloric scenery, medieval towns, lofty castles and grand palaces, so picture-perfect they could all serve as film sets.

We arrive at gorgeous Rothenburg, crowning a hill with glorious views over the meandering river below. The old town is cradled within immaculately preserved walls, and there’s time to explore its narrow, cobbled streets lined with tall gabled half-timbered houses.

A short drive takes us to Ochsenfurt, nestled on the banks of the Main where our ship and another superb lunch await. This afternoon we explore this picturesque little town on a guided tour, with its romantic, half-timbered houses and ancient ramparts.

Wander the old town, stopping to admire the façade of the town hall with its impressive mechanical clock and a lovely 13th-century church with its strikingly colourful interior before returning to the ship.

Day 5 - Rothenburg & Ochsenfurt

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 Bamberg

Another day dawns and this morning is free to enjoy the ship’s five-star facilities while admiring the magnificent undulating landscape. The foredeck features exquisite outdoor furnishing and there’s nothing quite as refreshing as the gentle breeze as we progress along the serene waters of the Main.

Alternatively, why not find a quiet alfresco seat at the Lido Lounge at the stern of the ship and admire one enchanting vista after another?

We moor this afternoon in Bamberg, undoubtedly one of the prettiest small towns in the whole of Europe and so precious that UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site. Planned by Emperor Heinrich II in the 11th century as a Franconian capital, it sits on seven lush green hills, a similar setting to the city whose grandeur it was meant to equal – Rome!  

Day 6 Bamberg

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Nuremberg

Of course, this Bavarian city is intriguing for its association with the Second World War, as the site of many pre-war Nazi rallies and, later, the war crimes trials.

What’s little known, however, is that Nuremberg also captivates visitors with its cobbled streets with classic half-timbered houses, an enchanting castle (rebuilt after wartime bombings) and many historic landmarks. These include the Church of Saint Lawrence, a stunning example of Gothic architecture, and the intricate Church of Our Lady, which features a working mechanical clock dating from 1506 and overlooks the bustling Hauptmarkt square, itself renowned for its intricate fountain resembling a Gothic church tower.

Amid all this splendour, spare a moment to taste Nuremberg’s famous gingerbread, perhaps stocking up with a packet to spice up the biscuit tin back home!

Afterwards you return to the ship for your final dinner on board, perhaps selecting a local white from the wine list and, later, enjoying a coffee in the lounge with your travel companions while sharing memories of your exploration of Germany’s medieval heart.

Day 7 - Nuremberg

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 Nuremberg - Return Home

Today you return to Munich airport for your return flight.

Breakfast

Riviera Travel MS George Eliot Exterior

The MS George Eliot is one of the smaller vessels in Riviera Travel’s fleet.  At 110 metres she offers the convivial ambience and personal service of a boutique hotel. With 36 staff serving just 132 guests, the experience is intimate and enjoyable. Launched in 2019 she offers excellent standards of accommodation consistent with Scylla’s (the ship operator) other 5 star ships. Standard cabins are a good size at 172 ft² with floor to ceiling windows opening to a rail on the middle and upper decks.  4 Superior Suites and 4 Deluxe Balcony Suites are available on each ship at 247 ft² and 253 ft² respectively.  Deluxe Balcony Suites, located on the upper deck, also feature a small private balcony.  Cabins on the lower deck are slightly smaller at 161 ft² and feature high level windows with 2 Superior Suites at 183 ft². Guests are welcomed in the elegant lobby with its gleaming marble floor, well-lit by sophisticated lighting. Thoughtful design is on tasteful display throughout the ship; sustainable hardwood furniture, intricate wrought-iron work, and polished copper and brass are beautifully complemented by soft leather and sumptuous Italian fabrics. She is really a lovely base for you to explore the rivers and waterways of continental Europe.

Riviera Travel - MS George Eliot - Deluxe Balcony Suite

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • 70 outside cabins & suites, most with French balconies, some with private balcony
  • For and aft sundecks with sun-shades, deck chairs & loungers
  • ‘Whirlpool’ splash pool
  • Stylish restaurant with open seating with tables of 4 and 6
  • Main lounge with bar & piano
  • Bistro bar & restaurant with outside seating terrace
  • Complimentary coffee and tea throughout the day with speciality patisseries in the afternoon
  • Elevator to Diamond, Ruby and Emerald decks
  • Wellness area, massage, nail salon and hairdresser
  • Onboard souvenir shop*
  • Laundry service*

* Payable locally.

Accommodation & Amenities

70 spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms and suites range in size from 161 – 253 ft².  Accommodations on the middle and upper decks feature floor to ceiling glass sliding doors opening to a French Balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish.  If you really want to indulge yourselves why not take one of the 4 Deluxe Balcony Suites on the upper deck with their own private balconies with chairs and table.      

Deluxe Balcony Suite

253 ft² – Diamond (Upper) Deck

  • Floor to ceiling glass doors opening to a private balcony with table and chairs and additional floor to ceiling windows
  • Enhanced sitting area
  • Larger private marble bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with Crabtree and Evelyn bath products, Bathrobes and slippers
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
Riviera Travel - MS George Eliot - Deluxe Balcony Suite
Riviera-Travel - MS George Eliot - Superior Suite

Superior  Suite

194 ft² – Diamond & Ruby (Upper & Middle) Deck

  • Floor to ceiling glass doors opening to French balcony
  • Enhanced sitting area
  • Marble bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with Crabtree and Evelyn bath products
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Diamond & Ruby Deck Cabin

172 ft² – Diamond & Ruby (Upper & Middle) Deck

  • Floor to ceiling glass doors opening to a French balcony
  • Private marble bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with Crabtree and Evelyn bath products
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

 

Riviera Travel - MS George Eliot - French Balcony Cabin
Riviera-Travel - MS George-Eliot - Emerald Superior Suite

Emerald Deck Superior Suite

183 ft² –  Emerald (Lower) Deck

  • Smaller Fixed Windows
  • Private marble bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with Crabtree and Evelyn bath products
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

 

Emerald Deck Cabin

161 ft² –  Emerald (Lower) Deck

  • Smaller Fixed Windows
  • Private marble bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with Crabtree and Evelyn bath products
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

 

Riviera-Travel - MS George Eliot - Emerald Cabin
Riviera Travel - MS George Eliot - Deck Plan
DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
May 19George EliotNuremberg£1749Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², Fixed Windows£1749  
Lower DeckSuperior Suite183 ft², Fixed Windows£1999  
Middle DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£2049  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£2349  
Upper DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£2199  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£2449  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite253 ft², Outside Balcony£2799  
May 26George EliotMainz£1799Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², Fixed Windows£1799  
Lower DeckSuperior Suite183 ft², Fixed Windows£2049  
Middle DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£2099  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£2399  
Upper DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£2249  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£2499  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite253 ft², Outside Balcony£2849  
Jun 2George EliotNuremberg£1899Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², Fixed Windows£1899  
Lower DeckSuperior Suite183 ft², Fixed Windows£2149  
Middle DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£2199  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£2499  
Upper DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£2349  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£2599  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite253 ft², Outside Balcony£2949  
Jun 9George EliotMainz£1949Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², Fixed Windows£1949  
Lower DeckSuperior Suite183 ft², Fixed Windows£2199  
Middle DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£2249  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£2549  
Upper DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£2399  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£2649  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite253 ft², Outside Balcony£2999  
Jun 16George EliotNuremberg£1949Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², Fixed Windows£1949  
Lower DeckSuperior Suite183 ft², Fixed Windows£2199  
Middle DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£2249  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£2549  
Upper DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£2399  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£2649  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite253 ft², Outside Balcony£2999  
Jun 23George EliotMainz£1849Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², Fixed Windows£1849  
Lower DeckSuperior Suite183 ft², Fixed Windows£2099  
Middle DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£2149  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£2449  
Upper DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£2299  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£2549  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite253 ft², Outside Balcony£2899  
Aug 12George EliotNuremberg£1749Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², Fixed Windows£1749  
Lower DeckSuperior Suite183 ft², Fixed Windows£1999  
Middle DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£2049  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£2349  
Upper DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£2199  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£2449  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite253 ft², Outside Balcony£2799  
Aug 19George EliotMainz£1749Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², Fixed Windows£1749  
Lower DeckSuperior Suite183 ft², Fixed Windows£1999  
Middle DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£2049  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£2349  
Upper DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£2199  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£2449  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite253 ft², Outside Balcony£2799  
Aug 26George EliotNuremberg£1849Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², Fixed Windows£1849  
Lower DeckSuperior Suite183 ft², Fixed Windows£2099  
Middle DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£2149  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£2449  
Upper DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£2299  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£2549  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite253 ft², Outside Balcony£2899  
Sep 2George EliotMainz£1999Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², Fixed Windows£1999  
Lower DeckSuperior Suite183 ft², Fixed Windows£2249  
Middle DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£2299  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£2599  
Upper DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£2449  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£2699  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite253 ft², Outside Balcony£3049  
Sep 9George EliotNuremberg£1999Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², Fixed Windows£1999  
Lower DeckSuperior Suite183 ft², Fixed Windows£2249  
Middle DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£2299  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£2599  
Upper DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£2449  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£2699  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite253 ft², Outside Balcony£3049  
Sep 16George EliotMainz£1999Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², Fixed Windows£1999  
Lower DeckSuperior Suite183 ft², Fixed Windows£2249  
Middle DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£2299  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£2599  
Upper DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£2449  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£2699  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite253 ft², Outside Balcony£3049  
Sep 23George EliotNuremberg£1599Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², Fixed Windows£1599  
Lower DeckSuperior Suite183 ft², Fixed Windows£1849  
Middle DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£1899  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£2199  
Upper DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£2049  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£2299  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite253 ft², Outside Balcony£2649  
Sep 30George EliotMainz£1299Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², Fixed Windows£1299  
Lower DeckSuperior Suite183 ft², Fixed Windows£1549  
Middle DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£1599  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£1899  
Upper DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£1749  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£1999  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite253 ft², Outside Balcony£2349  
DepartCarrierSupplement  
BirminghamLufthansa£30
DublinLufthansa£30
EdinburghLufthansa/Eurowings£90
HeathrowBritish Airways/LufthansaNil
StanstedEasyjet/RyanairNil
ManchesterLufthansa£30

Please Note: Not all airports are available for every departure. For availability from your preferred departure point, and flight times please call for the latest information.


Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a twin cabin with a limited number of single cabins available on all decks, at the relevant supplement.  The price includes full board from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your final day; if you choose to travel with us on any of the full day excursions by coach, a packed lunch will be provided. Anyone choosing to stay on the ship may of course have lunch in the restaurant; morning/afternoon tea and coffee; all visits and excursions as mentioned in the brochure, airport transfers, coach travel as mentioned, travel to and from port of embarkation and the services of a Riviera Travel Tour Manager. DEPOSIT The deposit for this river cruise is £250 per person SINGLE OCCUPANCY On lower decks on all ships there are a limited number of standard cabins at No Single Supplement, subject to availability.  For other cabins, price for sole occupancy is twice that per person rate for the relevant cabin as above, less £430 for 2019 departures and £480 for 2020 departures. TRANSFER TIMES Between Frankfurt airport and the ship in Mainz, approx 45 minutes, between Munich airport and the ship in Nuremburg approx 2 hrs. Due to locks and low bridges the main part of the sun deck will be closed between Frankfurt and Nuremberg. The other outside areas in front of the lounge, the lido bar and the lower section of the sun deck are still accessible.  


Enquire now about this cruise & speak to one of our friendly river cruising team on 0800 471 4754.

Why Choose This Cruise?

Riviera Travel’s river cruises have caused a bit of a revolution in the UK market, selling more river cruises in the UK than any other river cruise line.  A range of brand-new classically-styled ships have impressed with their high standards for the price.  Riviera’s 30 years of land-touring experience have carried into their river cruise excursions, providing good value off-ship experiences.  Whilst some may require higher levels of inclusions and finer dining, Riviera’s river cruises deliver consistently high standards for their loyal UK customers.