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Germany's Finest (Start Regensburg) - U by Uniworld

We have partnered up with our friends over a Uniworld to create U by Uniworld, a brand new river cruising experience for travellers aged 21-45. Check our https://www.contiki.com/nz/en/destinations/europe/river-cruises-info for more info. U by Uniworld trips require 10% of Tour price as deposit. Full Payment is due 120 days before departure. Variation is life, and this baby ticks all the boxes. Booming cities, medieval castles, river kayaking, rock climbing, gingerbread munching and beer tasting. All in just 8 days, and exclusive to travellers aged 21-45. Germany, lets be seeing you…


Duration: 8 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: Easy
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 199106
Starts: Regensburg, Germany Finishes: Frankfurt, Germany
You will Visit
  • Regensburg
  • Kelheim
  • Nuremberg
  • Hassfurt
  • Wurzburg
  • Miltenberg
  • Frankfurt

Itinerary

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Day 1: Embark at Regensburg

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. Tonight is our first as a group, so let's start out on a high, and given the fact that Regensburg offers the highest concentration of bars per square mile, it won't be difficult.

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Day 2: Regensburg to Kelheim

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. WHAT A DAY. Can it get any better? Well yes, actually, courtesy of our onboard beer mixology class, which will keep us busy as we journey towards Kelheim.

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Day 3: Kelheim 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.

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Day 4: Nuremberg to Hassfurt via 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. 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. After dinner and fully stuffed, we'll kick back and snuggle down for a group movie night.

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Day 5: Hassfurt to Würzburg

Keen to up your kitchen game? Head out this morning to the Green Market with our onboard chef, where you'll learn about and pick up ingredients for tonight's dinner. 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. Or perhaps, you'd rather visit the Würzburg Residence; a Baroque palace famed for its grand staircase, hall of mirrors and a ceiling fresco that dwarves the Sistine Chapel's. "

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Day 6: Würzburg to Miltenberg via Wertheim

Why not take advantage of our onboard (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. 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 onboard experiences; pretzel making, and then a Franconian sausage BBQ on deck. #yum.

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Day 7: Miltenberg to Frankfurt

Stopping at our final destination, why not start the day by taking a bike or walking tour of Frankfurt, followed by a watercolour class. Foodies (you know who you are by now) - today chef has something seriously special lined up, in the form of a Franconian lesson. Urr, wow. Then this evening, 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. No wonder then it's commonly referred to as 'Mainhattan'...

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Day 8: Disembark at Frankfurt

After one more blissful sleep, we're sad to say it's all over. River cruising, you're our new favourite way of travelling…

Inclusions:
      Accommodation
    • You'll be sleeping exclusively aboard The A, part of the U by Uniworld river boat collection, decked out with all the home comforts you could dream of…and a few little extra flourishes just for fun…
      Staff
    • Alongside your experienced crew, a dedicated U Cruise host will look after you from start to finish, plus super knowledgeable Local Guides along the journey
      Food
    • Oh Good Lord are you in for a treat. 14 meals are included in this trip - breakfast and dinner every night, plus ME Time Optional experiences, all with an emphasis on regional cuisine and general deliciousness
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Tour Highlights:
  • ONBOARD: Welcome Party w/ German Street Food
  • Student Night Life in Regensburg
  • 2000 years in One Hour Walk or Bike
  • Regensburg Bird's Eye View Hike
  • Walhalla Biking
  • ONBOARD: Beer Mixology Class
  • ONBOARD: History Talk: Nuremberg, WWII & Trials
  • Nuremberg Old Town & Kaiserburg Castle
  • Rome of the North: Beer Capital of Franconia
  • ONBOARD: After dinner European Movie Night
  • Morning at the Green Market with the Chef
  • Würzburg: Night on the old bridge
  • Biking the Main River Cycle Route 2
  • Village adventures: Castle & Vineyard hiking
  • ONBOARD: Pretzel & German bread making class
  • ONBOARD: Franconian Sausage BBQ on deck
  • ONBOARD: Chef's cooking class: Franconian slow food specialties
  • Frankfurt by bike or walk
  • Mainhattan Club Night