South-west Germany done differently.

8 days Saarbrücken-Heidelberg-Stuttgart

A very special cruise for romantics on the four most beautiful rivers in Germany: quaint narrow lanes create a medieval atmosphere, idyllic vineyards and picturesque castles pass by the riverbank. Travel back to Roman times in Mainz and Trier. Stuttgart, Heidelberg, Bernkastel and Saarbrücken invite you to go for a stroll; the baroque Ludwigsburg Palace invites you to dream. Experience unforgettable days and unique views on the Rhine, Neckar, Moselle and Saar. You’ll want to come back again and again – and that’s a promise!

Why this river cruise?

  • The most beautiful rivers in Germany:Rhine, Neckar, Moselle and Saar
  • Germany’s oldest city Trier with the famous Porta Nigra from the Roman times
  • Unique cruise along the Neckar
  • The state capital Stuttgart with its unique location in the valley basin between woods and vineyards
  • The former imperial palace Bad Wimpfen – a centre of power of the Hohenstaufen emperor in the Middle Age
  • The “Swabian Versailles”: Ludwigsburg Palace with the “Blooming Baroque” as an included excursion!
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The first impressions of your trip.

Experience the most beautiful countryside on this river cruise!

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The services provided during your trip

  • 8 day cruise in an outside cabin of the booked category 
  • nicko cruises full board:
    • Generous breakfast buffet with coffee/tea and juices
    • Lunch and dinner with multi-course menus served at the table
    • Optional light lunch buffet
    • Coffee/tea after lunch and dinner
    • Coffee/cake or late night snack according to daily schedule
    • Festive Gala Dinner
    • Welcome and farewell reception by the captain
    • Table reservation on board
  • Excursion to Ludwigsburg Palace (see p.121)
  • Expert nicko cruise director and local tour guides
  • Comfortable Sennheiser audio system on all excursions
  • Entertainment programme on board
  • Luggage service between landing stage and cabin on embarkation & disembarkation
  • All port and passenger fees

Important travel information

Important travel information: Please note that daily on-board information and excursions will be provided in German language only for individual travellers. Except for the marked dates, that indicate our guaranteed English departures. Different languages are available on request for groups and charterers. Minimum number of participants for this cruise up to 30 days before departure: 85 people (see section 8.1. of our travel terms).

Your itinerary

Day

1

Saarbrücken
Casting off 6:00 pm Embarkation from 3.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.

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Day

1

Saarbrücken
City tour of Saarbrücken Excursion Package

One highlight of the city is definitely the Ludwig Church, designed by the baroque builder Stengel who has also worked on the St. Johann Cathedral, the Church of Freedom and the Old Townhouse. The Castle of Saarbrucken combines architectural styles of Baroque, Classizism and Modern times.

Trip duration:

02:00 h

Day

1

Merzig
Mooring 11:45 pm

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Day

2

Merzig
Casting off 7:30 am

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Day

2

Trier / Riol
Mooring 12:00 am Casting off 6:00 pm City tour by bus and on foot of Trier Excursion Package

Germany’s oldest city was founded in 16 BC by the Roman emperor Augustus. The coach tour takes you to the Roman remains – including the 2000 years old „Porta Nigra“ and the imperial baths. Then during the guided walk, you will visit other important sites such as the impressive cathedral, the Roman palace and its garden.

Trip duration:

03:00 h

Day

2

Bernkastel
Mooring 11:15 pm

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3

Bernkastel
Casting off 12:15 pm Stadtrundgang Bernkastel mit Moselwein

Hier atmen wirklich jeder Stein und jedes Haus Geschichte. Lassen Sie sich auf einem geführten Streifzug durch die uralten Gassen von Bernkastel-Kues davon überzeugen. Der Ortsname Bernkastel geht zurück auf „Princastellum“, einem römischen Kastell, welches in der großen Flussbiegung erbaut wurde. Erst 1904 wurden die Ortsteile Bernkastel und Kues zusammengeführt und durch eine Brücke über die Mosel verbunden. Bei diesem geführten Rundgang erfahren Sie nicht nur Wissenswertes zur Weinkulturlandschaft, sondern auch die faszinierende Geschichte der Cusanusstadt. Ein Glas Moselwein rundet den Ausflug ab.

Day

3

Winningen
Mooring 11:30 pm

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4

Winningen
Casting off 6:00 am

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Day

4

Middle Rhine Valley
Passage of the famous Loreley.

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4

Mainz
Mooring 4:45 pm Tour of Mainz on foot Excursion Package

Impressive buildings, monuments and museums testify to the city’s 2.000 years history. Magnificent Baroque buildings, aristocratic palaces and the huge cathedral point back to the age of the Prince Electors. Our guided walk will introduce you to the different epochs and many facets of the city.

Trip duration:

02:00 h

Walking duration:

02:00 h

Day

5

Mainz
Casting off 2:15 am

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5

Heidelberg
Mooring 12:00 am Tour on foot of Heidelberg

This city is known for its famous castle and its picturesque old town embedded in a wonderful landscape. Experience the special atmosphere in the narrow streets of Heidelberg and explore the beauty of the Electoral Palatine churches, the marketplaces and the Old Bridge. Of course, we will also visit the castle, which is the town’s major landmark. Please join us on our visit of this unique town and its castle which has already inspired poets and artists of the romanticism.

Trip duration:

02:00 h

Day

6

Eberbach
Mooring 1:00 am Casting off 7:00 am

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6

Bad Wimpfen
Mooring 4:00 pm Casting off 8:00 pm Guided tour through Bad Wimpfen

The Celtics, the Romans and even the Staufer had an impact on the history of Bad Wimpfen. The city used to be an important strategic location on the Roman defensive wall (the Limes). It blossomed again during the Imperial Age. Our guided walk shows you the romantic town centre with its many half-timbered houses in the Franconian and Alemannic styles.

Trip duration:

01:30 h

Day

7

Lauffen
Mooring 12:30 am Visit the Ludwigsburg Palace with the “Blooming Baroque” park.

This tour shows us „Baroque in Bloom“ as we visit Ludwigsburg Castle. It was built in the early 18th Century by Ludwig Eberhard and is one of Germany’s largest Baroque castles. It was known as the „Swabian Versailles“, and served as the residence of Württemberg Dukes and Kings. It is situated in a beautiful array of gardens, which form the oldest and loveliest Garden Exhibition in Germany. You have a chance to stroll and relax in the park and thereby experience a botanical round the world voyage.

Trip duration:

03:30 h

Day

7

Lauffen
Casting off 1:00 pm Visit the Ludwigsburg Palace with the “Blooming Baroque” park.

This tour shows us „Baroque in Bloom“ as we visit Ludwigsburg Castle. It was built in the early 18th Century by Ludwig Eberhard and is one of Germany’s largest Baroque castles. It was known as the „Swabian Versailles“, and served as the residence of Württemberg Dukes and Kings. It is situated in a beautiful array of gardens, which form the oldest and loveliest Garden Exhibition in Germany. You have a chance to stroll and relax in the park and thereby experience a botanical round the world voyage.

Trip duration:

03:30 h

Day

7

Stuttgart
Mooring 9:00 pm

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Day

8

Stuttgart
Disembarkation until 9:00 a.m.

Walking duration :

approx. 30 minutes

Stairs :

Yes

Slope :

Little

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Day

8

Stuttgart
City tour of Stuttgart

Don't miss this interesting excursion through the capital of Baden-Wuerttemberg. After an interesting bustour you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view over Stuttgart. You will see the interesting architecture of the new and old castle, the contemporary building of the art museum during a short guided walk in the city centre.

Trip duration:

02:15 h

The sun deck is in limited use at times on the Neckar. Arrival and departure times are target times. We reserve the right to change itineraries and excursion programmes. If a route cannot be travelled due to low/high tides or a boat defect, the shipping company reserves the right to take passengers on this route by bus, to accommodate them in hotels and/or change the route. In certain circumstances it may be necessary to change to another ship.

The itinerary of your river cruise on the map

Your ship on its journey: MS CASANOVA

 

You will be enchanted by the wonderful and elegant ship when walking on for the first time. Our MS CASANOVA has the charm of a small grand hotel: inviting comfort and a relaxing ambient welcomes every guest. The cabins have a lot of space for cosiness and relaxation. There is a social atmosphere in the panorama saloon furnished in style. Diverse delicacies await you in the comfortable panorama restaurant. Fantastic views are not only guaranteed from the sun deck of this ship.

 

Further details about your ship
  • At a glance

    nicko boutique 96 passengers 24 103 m 9.70 m 1.40 m 220 volts

Explore the world – safely!

For us, the safety of the guests and crew on board our ships always comes first – especially in these current times. In 2020, we proved that our safety and hygiene practices work when we were the first cruise operator worldwide to get our ships going again in June. Our proven measures meet national and international health standards. We have summarised the key facts for you in our 10-point plan.

For our ocean cruises we will introduce the so called 2G regulation, which stands for „Geimpfte and Genesene“ and means vaccinated and recovered persons on October 27, 2021 on VASCO DA GAMA and for WORLD VOYAGER from October 29, 2021. On our river trips, the 2G regulation applies with the start of the winter season from November 29th, 2021.

This means that on our cruises from the dates mentioned, only fully vaccinated or recovered guests travel in accordance with the 2G rule. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from the 2G regulation. They must present a negative PCR test, which must not be older than 72 hours at the time of entry.

This year, we are again pursuing our passion to offer you unforgettable holiday experiences, showing you the most beautiful spots on the river and along European coasts. Come on board!

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