Legends of Berlin
& the Moselle, Rhine & Main Rivers
May 31 – June 16, 2019
River Cruise & Land Tour
Saturday, June 1 – Hamburg
Upon arrival in Hamburg, Germany, site of the 110th Rotary International Convention, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Sunday, June 2 – Hamburg
This and every morning, breakfast will be served in your hotel. Prior to the opening ceremonies, discover the Hanseatic city of Hamburg on a guided tour immersing yourself in the unique atmosphere and enjoy a piece of Hamburg’s lively culture. Hamburg has a lot to oharborom Jungfernstieg with its upmarket shops, the downtown lakes (the Binnenalster and the Aussenalster), the Reeperbahn (Hamburg’s entertainment district), to the largest harbour in Germany and the old Speicherstadt (warehouse district).
Strolling through time, you will discover the historical beauty of Hamburg’s Speicherstadt accompanied by a guide clad in the traditional robes of Hamburg’s merchants of old. This strikingly picturesque commercial and warehouse complex with its unmistakable red-brick architecture, green copper crowns, charming modest towers, bay windows and gabled roofs offers you unique views of historical urban beauty. Aromas of roasted coffee, tea and various spices from around the world fill the air.
On a little hill, not far from the harbor, you will find the “Michel”, Hamburg’s landmark. It is 132 meters high and Germany’s most important protestant baroque building. The view from the platform, 82 meters high is worth the exhausting ascent of 432 stairs. If you prefer just the view, rather than the walk and the view you can visit the tower by elevator.
A bold glass structure rises above the historic Kaispeicher A, a monumental redbrick block at the western tip of HafenCity Hamburg. An architectural vision has become reality – the Elbphilharmonie concert hall is Hamburg’s new cultural landmark. The design combines tradition and modernity just where the Hanseatic city is at its most authentic: directly on the water and in the heart of the city.The Elbphilharmonie opened in January 2017 as one of the world’s finest concert halls. Join us this evening, following the Opening Ceremonies, for the now famous Hamden Rotary Club Tours Cocktail Reception.(B, CKTL)
Monday, June 3 – Hamburg
Breakfast will be available in your hotel this morning, prior to a day filled with several Plenary Sessions during the convention hours. Tonight you may wish to choose one of the many Host Committee Events available. (B)
Tuesday, June 4 – Hamburg
Breakfast will again be available in your hotel. Plenary Sessions and events of the Rotary International Convention continue. Tonight, you may wish to choose one of the optional tours available. (B)
Wednesday, June 5 – Hamburg
Again, breakfast is served in your hotel this morning. The Plenary sessions and events of the convention continue. Tonight, enjoy the unforgettable Closing Ceremonies. (B)
Thursday, June 6 – Hamburg/Berlin
After breakfast this morning, you will depart for Berlin, the capital of Germany. It is perceived both nationally and internationally as a pulsating creative metropolis. Since the fall of the wall and German reunification, an interesting design landscaped with agencies, ateliers, showrooms, fairs, and sales platforms has emerged on the Spree. Upon arrival, you will begin your visit with a tour of historical Berlin; it’s fascinating monuments, the Political Berlin; with its government area and along the Embassy Quarter, and the cultural Berlin; passing many theaters, museums, and the divided Berlin; with Checkpoint Charlie and the former border crossings. This evening enjoy a Welcome Dinner. (B,D)
Friday, June 7 – Berlin
Breakfast will be served this morning in your hotel. You will begin your day with a taste of one of the things that makes Berlin different from other cities: their graffiti and street art at its finest. While you may be used to graffiti as a “crime” in Berlin they have allowed their young people, fascinated with this art form, to channel it into something quite interesting. Your tour will highlight the building high paintings, unintelligible colorful bold letters making unknown words, or funny words. These artists make surreal figures cut out of rough wallpaper and plastered on a wall. Even traffic lights become objects of art. Your guide will point out these and many others as you make your way through the city. This afternoon you will receive a “day pass” to independently explore Museum Island. Between 1823 and 1930, a unique ensemble of museums emerged on Spree Island. This UNESCO World Heritage site consists of five individual museum buildings: The Altes, the Alte Natonalgalerie, the Neues Museum, (designed as a “sanctuary for art and science), the Bode Museum and the Pergamonmuseum are oriented towards the Kupfergraben. You pass is valid for unlimited entry to all of the museums on Museum Island. (B)
Saturday, June 8 – Berlin
Later this morning, after breakfast, you will embark on a Trabi Safari. You will get to experience Berlin from the status symbol of the former GDR. Looking like a cross between a golf cart and an amusement park bumper car, the Trabant — a sluggish two-cylinder vehicle from East Germany — was arguably the most venerated object of desire behind the Iron Curtain. After a brief introduction to your vehicle’s technical secrets, you will cruise around Berlin around 30 KM per hour. The balance of the day is at leisure. (B,D)
Sunday, June 9 – Berlin/Frankfurt
This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Frankfurt. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your ship in Bernkastel, to board your Emerald Waterways river cruise ship where you will be welcomed by your Captain and crew. This evening enjoy your first dinner on board with your fellow travelers. (B,D)
Monday, June 10 – Bernkastel
Dating back to 3000BC, Bernkastel is situated along the banks of the Moselle River and home to well-preserved buildings dating back to 1416. Enjoy a guided walking tour, where you will have a chance to stroll through the medieval marketplace with its gabled timber-framed houses castle ruins and town gate. Historically a winegrowing town, vines cover the steep-slopes surrounding the village. Alternatively, you will have the chance to take part in a guided bike tour in the Bernkastel area as part of the EmeraldActive offering or you might choose the EmarldPlus Wine Tasting, both included in your journey. Tonight, the Captain will be delighted to host a gala dinner. (B,L,D)
Tuesday, June 11 – Cochem
Today you arrive at the enchanting town of Cochem, situated on the left bank of the Moselle RIver. In the morning you will have a guided walk and the opportunity to visit the Reichburg Castle, built in 1868 on the ruins of an old castle. The rebuilt castle was commissioned in a neo-Gothic style, by a wealthy Berlin businessman, Louis Ravene. Don’t miss the stunning view of Cochem and the Moselle Valley. (B,L,D)
Wednesday, June 12 – Koblenz
After arrival in Koblenz, you will have a guided tour and a chance to visit the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress on the opposite side of the river. This fortress was part of the Prussian defenses against the French in the 19th century and later used as a headquarters for the American military during WWII. In the afternoon, sail through the spectacular Rhine Gorge, passing countless castles and vineyards as well as the infamous Lorelei statue and Pfalzgrafenstein Castle, which was built on an island in the middle of the river as a medieval toll station. Photo opportunities abound at every bend. Today’s EmeraldPLUS choice is a Regional Wine lecture on board. (B,L,D)
Thursday, June 13 – Miltenberg/Wertheim
Welcome to Miltenberg, a picturesque village on the Main River, which creates an imitable feeling of Bavarian life in medieval times due to the Old Town being lined with well-preserved half-timbered buildings. The gothic Merchant Hall is an impressive symbol of past affluence created by trade from river traffic. After your included tour of Miltenberg, you will be transferred by coach to the stunning medieval glass-blowing town of Wertheim to enjoy free time until the ship arrives.
Friday, June 14 – Wurzburg
Known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road”, Wurzburg is surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. Visit the Bishops’ Residenz, one of Germany’s largest and most ornate baroque palaces and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your tour highlights the palace’s unique staircase, elaborate 18th-century frescoes and the amazing 3–dimensional stuccowork. The EmeraldPLUS today is a wine tasting at the Bishop’s Residenz. (B,L,D)
Saturday, June 15 – Bamberg
Relax on board this morning as we cruise to Bamberg. Feel the magic of the past as you explore this UNESCO World Heritage city with your guide. Boasting one of Europe’s largest intact medieval town centres, Bamberg is bursting with character and charm. At the town centre is the largest preserved old quarter in Europe. Around 2,400 listed buildings and the centuries–old garden quarter form a special cultural heritage. Admire hundreds of building façades richly decorated in fascinating detail with spectacular ornamentation. This evening, the Captain will host his Farewell Dinner. (B,L,D)
Sunday, June 16 – Nuremberg/USA
After breakfast it is time to say farewell to your fellow passengers and disembark the ship for your transfer to Nuremberg airport for your flight to the USA. You will leave this enchanting ship with fond memories of your Rotary River Experience. (B
LAND & CRUISE ONLY PRICE:
From $7599 per person based on double occupancy
This price is based on a Standard “Category E” Cabin
Upgrades to Balcony and Suite Cabins are available upon request.
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