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Legends of the Moselle, Rhine and Main with Jack Hollingsworth
(Photography Cruise)

8 days with Emerald Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival Frankfurt - Bernkastel Embarkation
Arrive at Frankfurt International Airport and transfer to Bernkastel to board your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship where you will be welcomed by your Captain and crew. This evening, enjoy your first dinner on board with your fellow travellers. (Dinner)

Day 2 Bernkastel
Dating back to 3000BC, Bernkastel is situated along the banks of the Moselle River and home to well-preserved buildings dating back to 1416. Enjoy a guided walking tour, where you will have a chance to stroll through the medieval marketplace with its gabled timber-framed houses castle ruins and town gate. Historically a winegrowing town, vines cover the steep-slopes surrounding the village. Alternatively, you will have a chance to take part on a guided bike tour in the Bernkastel area. Tonight, the Captain will be delighted to host a gala dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided biking tour in the Bernkastel area

EmeraldPLUS: Wine Tasting

Day 3 Cochem
Today you arrive at the enchanting town of Cochem. In the morning you will have a guided walk and the opportunity to visit the Reichburg Castle. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Koblenz
Today you arrive in Koblenz, where you will have a guided tour and a chance to visit the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress on the opposite side of the river. This fortress was part of the Prussian defences against the French in the 19th century and later used as a headquarters for the American military during WWII. In the afternoon, sail through the spectacular Rhine Gorge, passing countless castles and vineyards as well as the infamous Lorelei statue and Pfalzgrafenstein Castle, which was built on an island in the middle of the river as a medieval toll station. Countless vineyards and medieval castles line the shores of this section of the river, with photo opportunities at every bend. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: Regional wine lecture on board

Day 5 Miltenberg - Wertheim
Welcome to Miltenberg, a picturesque village on the Main River, which creates an imitable feeling of Bavarian life in medieval times due to the Old Town being lined with well-preserved half-timbered buildings. The gothic Merchant Hall is an impressive symbol of past affluence created by trade from river traffic. After your included tour of Miltenberg and free time, you will be transferred by coach to the stunning medieval glass-blowing town of Wertheim. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike around Miltenberg area

Day 6 Würzburg
Known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road”, Würzburg is surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. Visit the Bishops’ Residenz, one of Germany’s largest and most ornate baroque palaces and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your tour highlights the palace’s unique staircase, elaborate 18th century frescoes and the amazing 3–dimensional stuccowork. This evening, the Captain will be delighted to welcome you to the Captain’s Farewell Dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: Wine tasting at the Bishop’s Residenz Cellar

Day 7 Bamberg
Relax on board this morning as we cruise to Bamberg. Feel the magic of the past as you explore this UNESCO World Heritage city with your guide. Boasting one of Europe’s largest intact medieval town centres, Bamberg is bursting with character and charm. At the town centre is the largest preserved old quarter in Europe. Around 2,400 listed buildings and the centuries–old garden quarter form a special cultural heritage. Admire hundreds of building façades richly decorated in fascinating detail with spectacular ornamentation. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Nuremberg Disembarkation
After breakfast it is time to farewell your fellow passengers and disembark the ship for your transfer to Nuremberg Airport for your onward or homebound flight. (Breakfast)

Tour Map
All This Included

Medieval Bavaria is brought to life during excursions to UNESCO World Heritage-listed towns, where fascinating fortresses tell military tales. Wine-lovers will relish a journey to the center of the Franconian wine country to taste local produce in the beautiful setting of the Bishop’s cellar in Würzburg, before an insightful on-board lecture on regional wine. And in Bernkastel, as a fitting conclusion to your trip, you’ll be invited to taste the town’s finest wines within a truly majestic surrounding.

Jack Hollingsworth is an award-winning commercial photographer who specializes in travel, lifestyle and portrait photography. Jack shot commercially for years using traditional cameras until he fell in love with his iPhone camera, which he now uses as his main photographic device. Jack travels the world teaching others how to get better photos from their smart phones. During this sailing, he will conduct two workshops for guests who are interested, and will offer his photography advice and help during selected free time while sailing and, if possible, during some tours. The end result for guests will be a newfound skill and beautiful photos from the cruise!

  • Return travel from the Germany from Frankfurt. 
  • 7 nights in a stateroom or suite of your choice
  • All on-board meals in Reflections restaurant
  • Complimentary wine, beer & soft drinks to accompany lunch and dinner on-board
  • EmeraldACTIVE activities
  • Extra-special EmeraldPLUS activities
  • A variety of on-board evening entertainment
  • Earn EmeraldEXPLORER points
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on-board
  • Complimentary on board bicycles
  • All port charges, airport taxes and transfers within Europe
  • All tips included
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Emerald Destiny
  • Itineraries are subject to change.
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.

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