Detailed Itinerary

2024 Christmas on the River




Walk through thousands of years of history in the medieval towns of Rothenburg, Bamberg and Miltenberg at the most festive time of year. Revel in the architectural gems on display—the Würzburg Residenz and Mannheim Baroque Palace. Indulge your inner child with visits to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum and the Speyer Technical Museum. Discover the Alsatian capital of France, Strasbourg, and savour local flavours like rich Rüdesheimer coffee and hearty Bamberg smoked beer. All this and more await you as you experience the many medieval treasures of Europe.

1 post night in Nuremberg is included on the evening of December 4th.



Board the ship in Basel for your Medieval Treasures cruise.

Day One


“The Gem of the Alsace” tour and Christmas Markets

OR Strasbourg bike tour

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. In front of the cathedral, wander through the charming stalls of Strasbourg’s lively Christmas Market. Alternatively, the active adventurer can go on a guided bike tour. (B,L,D)

Day Two


Mannheim Baroque Palace

OR Medieval Speyer and Christmas Markets

OR Speyer Technical Museum


Wine tasting

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. During this tour you will also have a chance to visit Speyer’s charming Christmas Markets. 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 Three


Siegfried’s Mechanical Instrument Cabinet

OR Gondola ride

OR Vineyards hike

Continue your exploration of Rüdesheim with a choice of excursions. Those who fancy a more whimsical adventure will want to visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Instrument Cabinet. 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 Four


“The Pearl of the Main” walking tour

OR Flavors of Miltenberg

OR Miltenberg Castle hike

OR Miltenberg to Wertheim bike tour


Walking tour

OR Pretzel bakery visit and tasting

OR Castle Hill hike

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 Five


Würzburg walking tour and Christmas Markets

OR Full-day Rothenburg with Christmas Market

OR Kitzingen to Volkach bike tour


Walking tour

Volkach Wine Festival

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, followed by a visit to Würzburg’s Christmas Markets. 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 – and the town’s Christmas Market is just as enchanting. For a more active excursion, go on a bike tour from Kitzengen to Volkach. Later in the day, attend a special wine festival in Volkach held exclusively for AmaWaterways guests. (B,L,D)

Day Six


UNESCO city walking tour, smoked beer tasting and Christmas Markets

OR Tastes of Bamberg

OR Bamberg bike tour

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. This tour includes a tasting of Bamberg’s famous smoked beer as well as a trip to the city’s festive Christmas Markets. Alternatively, taste your way through the city sampling smoked beer, licorice root and Hornla pastry, a local favorite dating 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 from Eltmann and to Bamberg’s quirky quarters beyond the town center. (B,L,D)

Day Seven


Disembark your ship and stay the night in Nuremberg at your included post night hotel. Day at your Leisure to experience one of Europe’s largest Christmas Market in Nuremberg.

Day Eight


Check out of your hotel and prepare for your flight home.

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