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Holiday type River cruises
Country Germany
Travel type Cruise
Price range From £1499
Travel partner Riviera Travel
Duration 13 nights
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Cruise the heart of Europe - MS Lord Byron

This fourteen day tour takes you on a journey from Cologne in the heart of the Rhine valley to Vienna and finally Budapest on the banks of the Danube. Your floating accommodation is the MS Lord Byron, one of the most luxurious vessels cruising the inland waterways of Europe.


  • Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a twin cabin with a limited number of single cabins available on the 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/station transfers
  • Coach travel as mentioned
  • Travel to and from port of embarkation
  • Services of a Riviera Travel tour manager
Day one

You fly to Düsseldorf from where a coach will take you to the ship. Or you can take a late morning Eurostar from London St. Pancras International arriving in Brussels approximately two hours later, where a coach will take you over the German border to your ship. Moored in Cologne’s picturesque historic centre, the dedicated crew will welcome you aboard your first-class floating hotel, ensuring you settle into your comfortable and extremely well equipped cabin and familiarise yourself with the ship.

Day two

Awakening to the lapping of the water and the valley sides slipping past your cabin window. We call at Koblenz, dominated by its immense fortress overlooking the confluence of the Rhine and the Moselle. This morning we take a guided walk around the old town exploring its streets and squares.

During a lunch we cruise to Boppard, ‘Pearl of the Rhine’, situated on a sweeping meander, it really is one of the most attractive villages in the Rhineland. Its stone quayside is lined by boats against a backdrop of archetypical half-timbered buildings and cobbled streets, all surrounded by some of Germany’s finest Roman walls.

Day three

Today, you experience one of the real highlights of your cruise, the passage through the Rhine gorge. Here the valley narrows, the current is swifter and the valley sides soar to more than 1,000 feet, crowned by the ruins of castles that once held sway over passing mariners. We pass rocky outcrops and around twisting bends to the famous Loreley Rock, where legend has it, enchanting maidens lured unsuspecting sailors to watery graves. Next we call at Rüdesheim, a Rhine wine town with many famous wines available to sample, as you wander the backstreets.

Day four

This morning, we take the short cruise to the confluence of the rivers Rhine and Main at the town of Mainz. An important Roman city for 500 years, with the largest amphitheatre north of the Alps, it is home to the fine St Stephen’s church where light flickers through blue stained glass windows with their intricate biblical figures – a masterpiece by the artist Marc Chagall. Mainz’s most famous son though is Gutenberg, father of modern printing, and there is a museum where you can see two original Gutenberg Bibles, the earliest books ever printed in Europe. During dinner our ship cruises up the River Main.

Day five

This morning, we cruise between dense forests to the small town of Miltenberg. Developing through the Middle Ages under the powerful protection of the nearby castle, surrounded by walls, it is one of Germanys’ best preserved medieval villages.

During lunch we cruise around the first of the many meandering bends which so characterise the River Main, pausing at Wertheim, virtually unknown on the mainstream tourist trail.

Please note: when cruising from Mainz to Passau the sun deck is closed due to low bridges.

Day six

Breakfast is taken whilst cruising towards Würzburg, situated at the head of Germany’s ’Romantic Road’ and we have a walking tour of the city. A former seat of the Prince Bishops, their magnificent Residenz is one of Europe’s finest Baroque palaces, constructed to compete with the greatest courts of the day such as Vienna and Versailles.

Day seven

Today we visit Bamberg, one of the most beautiful small towns in Europe. The masterpiece you see today began its artistic journey during the 11th century, when the Emperor Heinrich II planned a capital as grand as Rome and selected Bamberg as the location for this. Although it never became as large as Rome, for its size it has a wealth of fine buildings. It has a network of canals like Venice and a tangle of lanes, lined with merchant’s houses.

Day eight

We call at Nuremberg which, sadly will always be associated with the Nazi period, where the Third Reich held court against a background of marching grounds and later with the international war crimes tribunal which brought down the final curtain on that notorious regime. What is less well-known is that Nuremberg is regarded as the capital of Germany’s First Reich, the era that lasted 1,000 years, and was central to the trade routes and power of the Roman Empire.

This morning, we include a guided tour taking in the great ramparts and many fine historic buildings from Nuremberg’s Imperial Age including the Kaiserburg castle, Craftsmen’s court, Church of St Lawrence and the Market Square with its fountain.

Day nine

This morning, we cruise along the Main- Danube canal to Kelheim and the Danube. We visit Regensburg, originally a Roman garrison guarding the most northwesterly point of their empire, dominated by its cathedral, the finest in Bavaria.

This afternoon, take a stroll into the city centre and visit the Altes Rathaus, the town hall with its Gothic hall where many of the great events in Germany’s history were solemnised. Regensburg calls itself Germany’s best preserved medieval city, and it is hard to argue as you wander amongst the glorious winding streets and alleyways of the old town.

Day 10

Passau is our last town in Germany, nestling as it does where the Danube gorge widens. Our journey continues into Austria an are synonymous with scenery. Relax aboard the ship today, as we cruise through the narrowing valley.

Day 11

On a rocky bluff above the town of Melk is an enormous Benedictine abbey which we visit this morning. This extraordinary building was originally a Hapsburg palace, and subsequently bequeathed to the Benedictine order during the 11th century. It has been a monastery ever since. Reconstructed in full Baroque style during the 18th century, the Abbey has many fine rooms and a stupendous library with more than 80,000 priceless volumes including many intricate medieval manuscripts.

As lunch is served we cruise downstream, through the Wachau valley, before approaching our destination, the city of Strauss – Vienna. To celebrate the city’s legacy we have arranged a classical recital on board by a quartet of talented musicians.

Day 12

Vienna is one of the real gems of Central Europe, conjuring up an image in the mind of culture, ornate architecture, cafés, aristocratic palaces, cathedrals and the music of great composers. To be fair the reality is little different and as capital of the Hapsburg Empire, which held sway over much of Central and eastern Europe for centuries, there is a wealth of things to see. In its heart we have St Stephen’s cathedral, then the Hofburg, now home to the crown jewels and relics of the Holy Roman Empire, the Vienna Boys’ Choir and the Spanish Riding School. This morning we will have a guided tour and the afternoon is free.

Day 13

We arrive in Budapest, straddling the river. Dominated by the castle, the city, often called ‘Little Paris of Middle Europe’, is famous for the monuments that reflect both local culture and that of numerous foreign powers, which ruled here for most of its existence. Today, Budapest is a collage of palatial buildings and baroque churches with archaic spires.

We take a guided tour and this evening the ’Captain’s Dinner’ will take place, serving specialities of the countries and regions we have visited during our cruise.

Day 14

After breakfast it’s time to say goodbye to your crew and transfer to the airport at the appropriate time for your flight to the UK.
MS Lord Byron – five star

You’ll feel the unmistakable understated opulence of this extraordinary vessel as you board through the spacious, marble-floored lobby. Stylish furnishings using environmentally friendly materials are beautifully combined with the most advanced safety systems and the work of the designer’s eye conjuring up the classic lines and sophistication of a luxurious ocean liner. As always, the finesse is in the detail - beautifully crafted tropical hardwoods, wrought iron, highly polished copper and brass, all beautifully illuminated then added to soft leather furnishings and imaginative colour schemes, promotes a subtle, chic ambience of exceptional taste.
Intuitive, unobtrusive service is graceful, efficient yet friendly with 35 staff serving just 140 guests. This outstanding ratio of 4:1 allows a personal touch which makes such a difference to your cruise. Plus unlike other vessels typically carrying up to 200 passengers, you’ll enjoy simply far more space – as well as a smaller, more intimate dining experience.
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