• Explore the cobblestone streets of Rothenburg
  • Opportunity to see red sandstone ruins of Heidelberg Castle
  • Visit fascinating Bamberg town which is know as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Discover Nuremberg

Gain an intimate view of Germany

Follow the storybook “Romantic Road” to Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Tour Würzburg’s Bishops’ Residenz. See Bamberg’s Romanesque and Gothic treasures. Delve into Nuremberg’s World War II history at the former Nazi Rally Grounds, subterranean “art bunkers” and Palace of Justice. For seven days, you’ll cruise the Main between Frankfurt and Nuremberg, stopping in the markets, beer gardens, wine cellars and parks that make Franconian Bavaria one of Germany’s most fun-loving regions.

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Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport
Rivers & Seas
  • Main River
Ship Name
  • Viking Longships Tour

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Incredible experience August 2015

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Incredible experience sailing on the Grand European tour from Amsterdam to Budapest! Just wonderful! The tours were interesting, and most allowed for adequate free time to explore the areas visited. But the staff! Beyond compare.
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Already planning our next cruise August 2015

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We talked about doing a cruise with Viking ever since we were made aware of them back in 2008. We just arrived home yesterday and are still floating on air! The spectacular time we had is almost beyond description. First, we loved our stateroom. It was the basic 150 square foot space. This room was so well designed. We met new friends and always had someone new to share a conversation with. The gem in the hospitality crown was our Program Director, who had more energy than any five people put together. I could go on and on but I will say this: we are already planning our next cruise with Viking.
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We enjoyed the entire experience August 2015

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We enjoyed the entire experience; Normandy and Omaha Beach were especially moving. The food and service deserve praise too. This is our third Viking cruise and we'll do it again. Viking does it first rate all the way. Keep it up.
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Every bit as good as it looks January 2015

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Viking was the only European river cruise company we knew about because of their TV commercials, so we booked with them. .We were extremely pleased with our Danube cruise, especially the port excursions, then we went with them to Russia. Having done two river cruises I now know there are lots of other cruise lines, but I don't see any reason to switch at this point. One thing to mention: most of the people on board are in their 50s and 60s , so I wouldn't bring kids or grandkids along -- they won't have any companions their own age. But we did enjoy meeting the other people on board -- many of whom had responded to their TV commercials, too, we discovered!
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Day 1: Nuremberg, Germany

Meals : D
Accommodation : Nuremberg Palace of Justice, Germany

Welcome to Nuremberg, Bavaria’s second largest city. Transfer from the airport to your ship.* After boarding, you have free time to stretch your legs and explore the city a bit on your own.

Day 2: Nuremberg, Germany

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Bamberg, Germany

Take a morning tour of the city’s most prominent landmarks and delight in the iconic Christmas market in the Old Town's Main Market Square. Browse booths with colorful ornaments, handmade gifts and sweet-smelling treats; there is no better place to shop for wooden toys and nutcrackers, and you may even spot the golden curls of the Christkind, an angel who brings children toys. Taste the traditional Lebkuchen (gingerbread), savory bratwurst and glühwein (hot spiced wine); chances are you'll hear carolers harmonizing a favorite holiday song. Take free time this afternoon to further explore Nuremberg; return aboard for dinner and an early evening departure.

Day 3: Bamberg, Germany

Meals :B, L, D
Accommodation : UNESCO Bishops Residenz, Würzburg, Germany

This morning we visit Bamberg, with its medieval city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your walking tour includes a visit to the magnificent 11th-century cathedral, reworked in late Romanesque style in the 13th century, and the picturesque city hall built on an island in the middle of a river. Take free time to walk around Bamberg or visit its traditional Christmas markets. You can also follow Bamberg’s popular “Route of Nativity Scenes” to view diverse crèche displays at a few dozen churches, museums and other public spaces.

Day 4: Würzburg & Rothenburg, Germany

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Wertheim Castle, Germany

After breakfast, disembark in Gerlachshausen for a full day in two of Northern Bavaria’s most charming destinations. Tour the Bishops’ Residenz, an exquisite baroque palace with numerous paintings and frescoes. Then, ride in a deluxe motorcoach along the Romantic Road to Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Stop for a hearty lunch in a local restaurant, then explore this medieval town with its joyful Christmas market. Rothenburg is also home to Germany’s Christmas Museum, open all year, and you're invited to try the local pastry, the Schneeball (snowball). Your ship awaits you in Würzburg; return aboard for dinner.

Day 5: Wertheim, Germany

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Heidelberg Turret Gate, Germany

Enjoy scenic cruising this morning as we sail into Wertheim, located at the confluence of the Main and Tauber Rivers, while you finish lunch. During your afternoon walking tour, experience life in a typical small German town. Take some free time to visit Wertheim’s Christmas market or explore the town on your own. The ship awaits you in Freudenberg; return aboard for dinner. We sail through the night to Frankfurt.

Day 6: Heidelberg, Germany

Meals : B, D
Accommodation : Frankfurt, Germany

Arrive in Frankfurt around breakfast and disembark for a full-day excursion to Heidelberg, home to Germany’s oldest university, founded in 1386. Tour the imposing red sandstone ruins of Heidelberg Castle, originally built in the 12th century. Your guided walk ends at Heidelberg’s Old Town and marketplace, where you will encounter our final Christmas market. Shop for special gifts, sample scrumptious local treats or treat yourself to lunch at a local café. Return aboard for dinner. This evening, feel free to explore Frankfurt, a stunning blend of traditional charm and modern elegance.

Day 7: Frankfurt, Germany

Meals : B

After breakfast, disembark and we will take you to the airport for your return flight.* Or, extend your journey with 2 nights in cosmopolitan Cologne.

Dates & Pricing

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$ 1,798

Price Per Day:

$ 257 per person
  • Deposit Price: $ 500
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Ship Name

Viking Longships Tour

Ship Stats

Explorer Suite (Es) Features

  • Suite size: 445 sq. ft.
  • Hotel-style beds 79 inches x 63 inches (with optional twin-bed configuration)
  • Private wraparound veranda off the spacious living room offers 270-degree views
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, known as a French balcony, in the bedroom
  • Large bathroom with shower, heated mirror & floor, premium bath products
  • Telephone, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer & bottled water replenished daily
  • Bathrobe and slippers available upon request
  • Individual climate control
  • Space under bed for storing suitcases
  • Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers
  • Voltage: 220V and 110V in stateroom
  • Two Sony 40-inch flat-panel TVs with premium entertainment package including: BBC News, CNBC, CNN, National Geographic, TNT Series, Sky Sports, videos on demand and “View From the Bridge”
  • View the Explorer Suite in our 360° Longship Tour
Ship Description

Sailing our most popular itineraries, our award-winning Viking Longships showcase innovative engineering, streamlined design and understated elegance for the most comfortable river cruise experience available.

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Deck & Cabin Plans


Trip Includes
  • 7-day cruise with river-view stateroom
  • 6 guided tours with audio headset
  • Most meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 6 dinners, featuring regional specialties and including Welcome Cocktail Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch
  • Visit 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Culture Curriculum: Enjoy a classical music perfomance; attend lectures on the European Union & the Main River; get to know a local glassblower and his craft
  • All port charges
  • Free Wi-Fi, connection speed may vary
Meals Included:

6 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches and 6 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Standard Group
Start City
End City
Cancellation Policy:

For any cruise/land booking, whether under deposit, partially paid, or paid in full and air-inclusive packages paid in full, the following travel agent or guest-requested situations are considered cancellations and penalties will apply as noted below: changes to departure date; substitutions of itinerary; substitution of another person for original booked guest(s); or changing to a promotional fare. All cancellations must be in writing. For all air-inclusive packages cancelled after issuance of an airline ticket, the air portion of the refund, if any, will be processed only after the return of airline ticket to Viking. The following cancellation charges will be assessed for all written cancellations received prior to departure up to the scheduled time of departure.


Cancellation received | Following charges will apply: (Broken out by days before departure) 121 days or more is $100 per person | 120-90 days is 15% of full fare | 89-60 days is 35% of full fare | 59-30 days is 50% of full fare | 29-0 days is 100% of full fare.

Full Fare is defined as the full cost of any cruise, land or air component purchased from Viking.

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