8 Day Germany's Finest (Start Frankfurt)
1. Embark At Frankfurt
Hallo river roaming crew! We've got 8 days of Germany's finest coming up, and we intend to enjoy every second of it, starting right now. Who's with us? Good, because our welcome party complete with tasty german street food is the perfect ice breaker. And for desert, who's up for a little Frankfurt by night wander? This city is known as a place of contrast, where towering sky scrapers and ancient abodes sit shoulder to shoulder, whilst it's buzzing night life scene gives the likes of New York or London a run for their money.
2. Frankfurt To Miltenberg Via Aschaffenburg
We'll be casting off from Frankfurt early this morning, but chances are you'll still be snoozing peacefully. Stopping off on route in Aschaffenburg, why not take advantage of our on board (and free to use) bicycles, freewheeling along the main river cycle route. Pretty as a postcard, Miltenberg is all traditional houses, river front vistas and medieval castles peeking through the tree tops. We'll be hitting the town with our local guide, hiking through a vineyard and nosing around a legit fairytale castle, before rewarding ourselves with some local beer at a brewery tour and tasting. Oh, and in between we'll also squeeze in a watercolour class at a local artist's studio. Now THAT is one perfect day, but we're not done yet. If your booze quota isn't quite full for the day, why not join us for a winery tour and tasting in yet another medieval castle. And if THAT'S not all, we're also offering some foodie on board experiences; pretzel making, and then a Franconian sausage BBQ on deck. #yum.
3. Miltenberg To Würzburg Via Lohr And Karlstadt
Our late night departure from Miltenberg will mean we get into Lohr (the birthplace of the real life Snow White, no less) bright and early. Cycling enthusiasts can disembark here and bicycle the route to the next stop, whilst slow risers can enjoy a leisurely breakfast and perhaps take part in our on board paint and wine class. Respectable or what? A quick stop here to pick up those who chose to cycle, then it's on to Würzburg. Pulling into medieval Würzburg at dusk, we'll jump straight into the action with an Optional visit to the Würzburg Residence, a Baroque palace famed for its grand staircase, hall of mirrors and a ceiling fresco that dwarfs the Sistine Chapel's. If you're more into all things supernatural, perhaps our lantern light tour is more your jam. Accompanying the town's Night Watchmen around the dark and winding streets, you'll stop by the aptly named Watchman pub for a strong, and well needed drink.
4. Würzburg To Kitzingen
Keen to up your kitchen game? Head out this morning to the Green Market with our on board chef, where you'll learn about and pick up ingredients for tonight's slow food cooking class. For those looking to head further afield, we've also got an Optional excursion to Rothenburg on the cards, arguably the prettiest town, and certainly the most romantic, in all of Germany. Today's all about our cooking class, where chef will impart his wisdom on all things Franconian slow food, then, full stuffed, we'll kick back and snuggle down for a group movie night.
5. Kitzingen To Bamberg
Our genius crew have done it again, getting us into Bamberg whilst we slept soundly in our beds. Fill up on breakfast today, as we've got ALL the activities on offer. First up, we'll explore the beer capital of Franconia in the way we've become accustomed - by bike. If it's the beer you're interested in, chances are our beer tour will pique your interest, with the opportunity to learn about and sample just some of the regions 400+ beers whilst brewery hopping. If your hungering for something a little more physical, boy have we got options. Like the sound of kayaking the Main and Pegnitz rivers, or maybe you're even more daring than that, in which case the rock climbing routes around Bamberg are your literal playground. Whatever you choose, save some energy for tonight - we've got a reputable local DJ coming on board..".
6. Bamberg To Nuremberg
A little city with a big reputation, stepping into Nuremberg means taking a journey back in time, to the beginning of WWII and even further, given the city's previous status as the undeclared capital of the Holy Roman Empire. Exploring on a guided bike tour is for sure the best way to get up to speed on anything and everything Nuremberg, from the pivotal role it played during the war, to the highly publicised trails in the years that followed. If it's the city's culinary reputation you're more interested in, you're in luck, our 'Spice is Nice' Optional is all about tracking the historic spice route, and of course sampling the city's famous gingerbread. On board, it's all happening; a historic talk, and a beer mixology class. Sounds like you've got some decisions to make..
7. Nuremberg To Regensburg Via Kelheim
A quick early morning stop off here to stretch your legs, before it's onwards to Regensburg. 2000 years of history accumulates in Regensburg, and we're going to give you the low down in just one hour - how's that for the short version? On route, we'll pit stop at the world's oldest sausage restaurant, then it's back to it with a birds eye view hike around the city. If you've been accustomed to the water life, we're guessing our canoe or kayak excursion through the Danube Gorge is more your jam. But then again, this place IS the home of BMW, so it would be rude not to pay a visit to the factory to learn about German's finest piece of engineering. Tonight is our last as a group, so let's go out on a high, and given the fact that Regensburg offers the highest concentration of bars per square mile, it won't be difficult...
8. Disembark At Regensburg
After one more blissful sleep, we're sad to say it's all over. River cruising, you're our new favourite way of travelling