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Medieval Germany, the Main to the Danube

Itinerary, Prices and Dates


Mainz to Regensburg 8 Days

Regensburg, River Danube
Regensburg, River Danube

Following embarkation in Mainz we enjoy a leisurely start with time to explore this pretty town, with its stunning Romanesque cathedral and timber-clad buildings, at the very scenic heart of the country's famous winelands. Our cruise along the Main with its characteristic meandering bends takes us firstly to idyllic Miltenberg, a fantastically well-preserved medieval village set against a spectacular backdrop of lush green forests and rolling hillsides. Then it's on to delightful Wertheim, off the well-trodden tourist trail, its ancient castle standing proud over the neat, pretty houses and colourful market square below.

Further delights are uncovered as we arrive in Wurzburg, the most elegant of Bavarian cities, crowned by the stunning Baroque palace, a relic of a bygone age. Take the Romantic Road to Rothenburg on our optional tour for spectacular views of the river below as it winds its way through this fairy-tale land. The beauty of Bamberg never fails to enchant as our cruise arrives in undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and historic towns in Europe. Sitting atop lush green hills, the spires of the stunning cathedral stretch to the sky above, whilst below the winding streets and quaint squares are a delight to explore.

More picture perfect views as we awake in historic Nuremberg, synonymous with the Second World War, but today an intriguing and stunning city once again with its ornate Gothic church and bustling market. As our luxurious river cruiser seamlessly joins the majestic Danube we conclude our journey in the wonderful city of Regensburg, its imposing cathedral and iconic bridge providing a fitting finale to our magical cruise along one of Europe's most spectacular waterways.

What's Included

  • 7 nights cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom
  • Most staterooms have floor to ceiling sliding glass doors opening to a French Balcony
  • Tour highlights include
  • Visit to Mainz - capital of the Rhineland and once home to Gutenberg
  • See the attractive medieval towns of Wertheim & Miltenberg
  • Enjoy a guided tour of elegant Würzburg
  • Discover the Romantic Road plus picturesque and beautifully preserved 16th century Rothenburg
  • Guided tour of medieval Bamberg, one of Europe's most beautiful small cities
  • Tour of Nuremberg - steeped in modern and ancient history
  • Visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Regensburg
  • Gourmet dining with all meals included during your cruise
  • Welcome & Captain's Gala Dinners
  • Services of professional Cruise Manager
  • Return flights from selected London and regional airports
  • All port charges, airport taxes and transfers from airport to ship

Day 1: Arrive in Mainz

Map of the Main & Danube Rivers
Map of the Main & Danube Rivers

You fly to Frankfurt, where your comfortable coach transfer awaits to take you to your ship in Mainz for the start of your great Bavarian adventure. Be welcomed aboard by the dedicated crew, taking in the air of anticipation and excitement as you explore the luxury surroundings that you will call home for the next 7 days. Settle into your exceptionally well equipped cabin, then get acquainted with your ship and your fellow cruisers while you look forward to a delicious first night dinner to start your cruise off in style.
Included Meals D

Day 2: Mainz

After breakfast, whether you decide to take breakfast in bed or set yourself up for the day at the plentiful buffet, enjoy a morning exploring pretty Mainz, the capital of Rhineland-Palatinate and an important Roman city for 500 years. The 12th century Dom St Martin is a quintessentially Romanesque cathedral that mustn't be missed - look out for the elaborate tombstones especially. And if one stunning church isn't enough, romantic St Stephen's is charming from the outside, but boasts a truly remarkable interior, and will reward visitors with illumination in the incredible bright blue light that floods through the stained glass windows - a masterpiece by great artist Marc Chagall.

For lovers of books and those keen to delve into the dusty chapters of history, the Gutenberg Museum is a must as it is home to two very rare Gutenberg Bibles, the first books ever printed. You can even try out Gutenberg's 15th century book printing technology for yourself in the Druckladen print shop - you'll agree it's a tricky skill to master!

Of course, as Mainz is also at the very heart of Germany's winelands, it would be rude to leave without sampling a local drop. Discover wonderfully olde worlde taverns among the pastel-clad and timber criss-crossed buildings of the Old Town or, if beer is more your tipple of choice, the vaulted chambers of the Eisgrub-Brau beer hall are a fine place to sample a mug of the local dark beer.

As the day progresses into afternoon, find yourself back aboard your elegant vessel, cruising by the mesmerising scenery along the banks of the Main River. Watch transfixed as evening encroaches and darkness falls upon the lush green landscape that surrounds you on all sides.
Included Meals B L D

Day 3: Miltenberg & Wertheim

Awake refreshed from your comfortable overnight cruise and peek out of your cabin window to find yourself greeted by a change of scenery. You're moored in pretty Miltenberg, one of Germany's best preserved medieval villages, and a labyrinth of winding alleys and lanes beg exploration. Backed by dense, emerald-green forest, this picturesque stop off has something of a fairytale feel and comes complete with its very own castle nestled into the lush, tree-clad hillside.

Admire the impressive gatehouse, which stands like a proud guardian to the village, and wander across the charming market place, lined by traditional 'fachwerk' buildings, instantly recognisable by their grids of timber framing. The story goes that locals were allowed unlimited free wood from the surrounding forests, hence the abundance of this architectural style! The trickling fountain, ornately carved from stone and complete with dancing cherubs, and the intricately detailed Gasthaus Zum Riesen, which claims to be Germany's oldest tavern, are highlights of this gorgeous square.

In the afternoon, pass under Miltenberg's red brick bridge and continue cruising to Wertheim, navigating the gentle meandering bends that characterise the River Main. Relax and take in the scenery while sipping your choice of tea or coffee (complimentary, naturally) or maybe something a little more fortifying from the bar. Or watch the riverside scenes slip by from the privacy and comfort of your sumptuous cabin, many of which have French balconies allowing for incredible unhindered views.

While Wertheim is completely off the main tourist trail radar, it's a delightful surprise to those who happen upon it on a Main River cruise, and all the better for its peaceful untouched quality. Pass the fishing boats riding at anchor whilst admiring the muted colours of the sage green, palest lilac and buttercup yellow houses opposite. A russet-walled 12th century castle overlooks the Old Town, surveying the church spires and turrets, and the patchwork of multicoloured buildings below. Peruse the quaint and colourful market square - looking out for the blink-and-you'll-miss-it Zobelhaus, a sure contender for the narrowest house in rural Germany!

This evening it's another delectable dinner, well-earned from all that discovery, and an overnight cruise to mesmerising Würzburg.
Included Meals B L D

Day 4: Würzburg & (Rothenburg Luxury Motorcoach Transfer)

Würzburg is quite a marvel, contrasting with the quaint towns and villages that you've encountered on your adventure so far. This elegant Bavarian city, founded in the 10th century as the centre of the kingdom known as Franconia, sits resplendent and impressive on the banks of the Main. Neat blocks of grand pastel buildings are peppered with the spires and domes of the city's many churches, chapels and cathedrals.

The true jewel in Würzberg's illustrious crown however is the Residenz, a truly stunning example of a Baroque palace that whisks you back in time to a more romantic age. This morning we have a tour of the city and then a delicious lunch served on board, followed by a gentle cruise to Bamberg. Alternatively, you may take the option of a tour to Rothenburg, along the whimsical Romantic Road, which has Würzburg at its head. Perfectly named, in view of the romantic sights which pass by as you travel further into this German fairy story. Arrive at spectacular 16th century Rothenburg, crowning a hill the views over the meandering river below are astonishing. Explore its narrow cobbled streets lined with tall gabled half-timbered houses surrounded by perfectly preserved medieval walls, before re-joining the cruise as it glides its way towards the wonder that is Bamberg.
Included Meals B L D

Day 5: Bamberg

Another new day, another breathtaking vista when you draw back the curtains in your cabin. Bamberg is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful small towns in the whole of Europe, and UNESCO has declared it a World Heritage Site by way of confirmation. Planned by Emperor Heinrich II in the 11th century as a Franconian capital as grand as Rome, Bamberg sits on seven lush green hills, akin to its Italian inspiration. Join the guided tour and take in the historic Old Town and impressive multi-spired cathedral. Although perhaps the most noticeable and intriguing landmark is Bamberg's Old Town Hall, which sits on an island in the middle of the sublime river, flanked by bridges either side. From here you can also see the riverside fishermen's houses known as Little Venice. On leaving delightful Bamberg, we join the Rhine-Danube canal a superb feat of German engineering which, as its name implies, guides us to that other great central European artery, the sublime River Danube. But before that and after lunch it's the steady meander to Nuremberg. Take the afternoon to enjoy the ship's five star facilities, while taking in the magnificent undulating landscape that you venture deeper into. Indulge in afternoon tea and perhaps chef's special patisserie, while being sure to leave room for the evening's splendid dinner.
Included Meals B L D

Day 6: Nuremberg

Wake in Nuremberg, having glided effortlessly through the night, and choose either to join the guided tour or explore at your leisure. History buffs will find this Bavarian city intriguing for its association with the Second World War, as the site of many pre-war Nazi rallies and then, later, the International War Crimes Tribunal. However, it's impossible to hold this unfortunate blighted past against Nuremberg, when faced with its picture-perfect streets, enchanting castle (rebuilt after WWII bombings) and breathtaking landmarks, including the Church of St Lawrence, a towering example of stunning Gothic architecture, and the intricate Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche) which boasts a working mechanical clock and overlooks the bustling Hauptmarkt Square with its legendary golden fountain. Taste the fairytale on market days with a bite of Nuremberg's famous gingerbread, perhaps purchasing a stash to spice up the biscuit tin back home!

Rest in luxury back aboard the ship after a busy morning of exploration and discovery, and press on through Germany's rural heart towards Dietfurt for a peaceful overnight mooring.
Included Meals B L D

Day 7: Regensburg

As we sleep, the ship silently slips its moorings, cruising past Kelheim we join one of Europe's most gorgeous rivers, immortalised in verse, song and music, the majestic River Danube. Passing hills which seem to roll on endlessly for miles, we arrive at our final destination, Regensburg. Once Roman, and mercifully spared any war damage, the city is just wonderful and your heart literally lifts as you first catch sight of the city's iconic Old Stone Bridge. Roam this UNESCO World Heritage Site freely in the afternoon, perhaps visiting the Altes Rathaus (old town hall) complete with medieval torture chamber in the cellar! It's impossible to miss the imposing cathedral of St Peter, which towers over the colourful Domplatz in all its Gothic glory, and Thurn und Taxis Palace, with its pristinely kept grounds, is a romantic highlight.
Included Meals B L D

Day 8: Depart Munich

After a grand final evening aboard the ship that's become your home over the last week, undoubtedly spent reminiscing your personal highlights with new friends, you make your departure to Munich airport, taking with you a storybook full of magical memories of your fairy-tale cruise along two of Europe's most iconic rivers.
Included Meals B

Alternate Itinerary


Day 1: Arrive in Mainz

Map of the Main & Danube Rivers
Map of the Main & Danube Rivers

You fly to Frankfurt, where your comfortable coach transfer awaits to take you to your ship in Mainz for the start of your great Bavarian adventure. Be welcomed aboard by the dedicated crew, taking in the air of anticipation and excitement as you explore the luxury surroundings that you will call home for the next 7 days. Settle into your exceptionally well equipped cabin, then get acquainted with your ship and your fellow cruisers while you look forward to a delicious first night dinner to start your cruise off in style.
Included Meals D

Day 2: Mainz

After breakfast, whether you decide to take breakfast in bed or set yourself up for the day at the plentiful buffet, enjoy a morning exploring pretty Mainz, the capital of Rhineland-Palatinate and an important Roman city for 500 years.

The 12th-century Dom St Martin is a quintessentially Romanesque cathedral that must not be missed – look out for the elaborate tombstones especially. If one stunning church isn’t enough, romantic St Stephen’s is charming from the outside, but boasts a truly stunning interior. Visitors will be rewarded with illumination in the bright blue light that floods through the stained glass windows – a masterpiece by great artist Marc Chagall.

For lovers of books and those keen to delve into the dusty chapters of history, the Gutenberg Museum is a must as it is home to two very rare Gutenberg Bibles, the first books ever printed. You can even try out Gutenberg’s 15th-century printing technology for yourself in the Druckladen print shop – you’ll agree it’s a tricky skill to master. Of course, as Mainz is also at the very heart of Germany’s winelands, it would be rude to leave without sampling a local drop.

Discover wonderfully olde-worlde taverns among the pastel-clad and timber criss-crossed buildings of the Old Town or, if beer is more your tipple of choice, the vaulted chambers of the Eisgrub-Brau beer hall are a fine place to sample a mug of the local dark beer.

This afternoon, find yourself back aboard your elegant vessel, cruising by the mesmerising scenery along the banks of the Main. Watch transfixed as dusk descends upon the lush landscape that surrounds you.
Included Meals B L D

Day 3: Miltenberg & Wertheim

Awake refreshed from your comfortable overnight cruise and peek out of your cabin window to find yourself greeted by a change of scenery. You're moored in pretty Miltenberg, one of Germany's best preserved medieval villages, and a labyrinth of winding alleys and lanes beg exploration. Backed by dense, emerald-green forest, this picturesque stop off has something of a fairytale feel and comes complete with its very own castle nestled into the lush, tree-clad hillside.

Admire the impressive gatehouse, which stands like a proud guardian to the village, and wander across the charming market place, lined by traditional 'fachwerk' buildings, instantly recognisable by their grids of timber framing. The story goes that locals were allowed unlimited free wood from the surrounding forests, hence the abundance of this architectural style! The trickling fountain, ornately carved from stone and complete with dancing cherubs, and the intricately detailed Gasthaus Zum Riesen, which claims to be Germany's oldest tavern, are highlights of this gorgeous square.

In the afternoon, pass under Miltenberg's red brick bridge and continue cruising to Wertheim, navigating the gentle meandering bends that characterise the River Main. Relax and take in the scenery while sipping your choice of tea or coffee (complimentary, naturally) or maybe something a little more fortifying from the bar. Or watch the riverside scenes slip by from the privacy and comfort of your sumptuous cabin, many of which have French balconies allowing for incredible unhindered views.

While Wertheim is completely off the main tourist trail radar, it's a delightful surprise to those who happen upon it on a Main River cruise, and all the better for its peaceful untouched quality. Pass the fishing boats riding at anchor whilst admiring the muted colours of the sage green, palest lilac and buttercup yellow houses opposite. A russet-walled 12th century castle overlooks the Old Town, surveying the church spires and turrets, and the patchwork of multicoloured buildings below. Peruse the quaint and colourful market square - looking out for the blink-and-you'll-miss-it Zobelhaus, a sure contender for the narrowest house in rural Germany!

This evening enjoy another delectable dinner, well-earned from all that discovery, and an overnight cruise to mesmerising Würzburg.
Included Meals B L D

Day 4: Würzburg

One of the many highlights of river cruising is being able to indulge in complete relaxation. Catch up on some reading or relax as you watch the world float by. This afternoon we arrive in marvellous Würzburg, contrasting with the quaint towns and villages you’ve encountered on your adventure so far. We have a guided tour of this elegant Bavarian city, founded in the 10th century as the centre of the kingdom known as Franconia, sitting resplendent on the banks of the Main. Neat blocks of grand pastel buildings are peppered with the spires and domes of the city’s many churches. The true jewel in Würzburg’s illustrious crown however is the Residenz, a truly stunning example of a Baroque palace that whisks you back in time to a more romantic age. You have time to explore as you wish before returning to the ship.
Included Meals B L D

Day 5: Rothenburg & Marktbreit (Luxury Motorcoach Transfer)

After breakfast we take a drive along the whimsical Romantic Road, perfectly named in view of the romantic sights that pass by as you travel further into this German fairy tale. Arrive at spectacular 16th-century Rothenburg ob der Tauber, crowning a hill with astonishing views over the meandering river. Explore its narrow, cobbled streets lined with tall, gabled half-timbered houses surrounded by perfectly preserved medieval walls.

A short drive takes us to Marktbreit, nestled in the southernmost point of the Main, where our ship and another superb lunch await. There is free time to relax on board or continue your journey of discovery in Marktbreit, a romantic medieval town with elegant buildings that recall the grandeur of days past. Wander the Old Town and admire its Renaissance-style town hall, 16th-century castle and baroque trading houses before rejoining the cruise this evening.
Included Meals B L D

Day 6: Bamberg

Another day dawns and there is plenty of opportunity to enjoy the ship’s five-star facilities whilst taking in the magnificent, undulating landscape. The vessel moors this afternoon in Bamberg, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful small towns in all of Europe, and UNESCO has declared it a World Heritage Site by way of confirmation. Planned by Emperor Heinrich II in the 11th century as a Franconian capital as grand as Rome, Bamberg sits on seven lush green hills, akin to its Italian inspiration.

Join our guided tour and take in the historic Old Town and impressive multi-spired cathedral. Although perhaps the most noticeable and intriguing landmark is its Old Town Hall, which sits on an island in the middle of the sublime river, flanked by bridges on either side. From here you can see Little Venice, the riverside fishermen’s houses. On leaving Bamberg, we join the Main-Danube canal, a superb feat of German engineering that connects several great European arteries and guides us to our last stop, Nuremberg.
Included Meals B L D

Day 7: Nuremberg

History buffs will find Nuremberg intriguing for its association with the Second World War, as the site of many pre-war Nazi rallies and later, the International War Crimes Tribunal. However, it’s impossible to hold this unfortunate blighted past against this Bavarian city, as you’ll see on our guided tour this afternoon. Marvel at its pictureperfect streets, enchanting castle (rebuilt after WWII bombings) and breathtaking landmarks, including the Church of St Lawrence, a towering Gothic masterpiece, and the intricate Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), which boasts a working mechanical clock and overlooks the bustling Hauptmarkt Square with its legendary golden fountain. Taste the fairy tale on market days with a bite of Nuremberg’s famous gingerbread, perhaps purchasing a stash to spice up the biscuit tin back home! Later you return to the ship for your final dinner on board and reflect on all that you have experienced on this wonderful cruise.
Included Meals B L D

Day 8: Depart Munich

Today you bid farewell to your travelling companions and the ship that has become your home for the last week. At the appropriate time you transfer to the airport for your return flight.
Included Meals B


  • Included Meals  Included Meals - B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner.

  • Tour or Transfer by Luxury Motorcoach  Transfer or Tour via Luxury Motorcoach

MS Lord Byron & MS Jane Austen



Overview

Every aspect of the 5★ MS Lord Byron (2013) and her sister ship, the MS Jane Austen (new for the 2015 season), are designed to the highest possible specification and exacting standards to bring you the very best and most enjoyable river cruising experience, in the most luxurious comfort. Stylish furnishings using environmentally friendly materials are beautifully combined with the most advanced safety systems … and the work of a wonderful 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. Blend this with the low passenger complement, just 140 guests, with 35 crew, a ratio of 4 to 1, guarantees an excellent level of service and a more personal touch.

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • 74 comfortable outside cabins and suites, most with French Balconies
  • For and aft sundecks with sun-shades, deck chairs & loungers
  • 'Whirlpool' splash pool
  • Stylish restaurant with open seating
  • Additional Chef's Restaurant seats 24 diners
  • Main lounge with bar & piano
  • Stern Lido lounge & Library
  • Complimentary coffee and tea throughout the day with speciality patisseries in the afternoon
  • Elevator to Diamond and Ruby decks
  • Sauna, steam room and solarium
  • Onboard souvenir shop*
  • Laundry service*

* Payable locally.


Deck Plan

Riviera Travel, MS Lord Byron - deck plan
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Luxury Cabins

These lovely new 5★ river cruise vessels, feature beautifully furnished cabins and suites, the majority featuring floor to ceiling sliding glass doors opening to a French Balcony.

All Cabins & Suites Feature

  • Private tiled bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with quality bath products
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Deluxe Suite (Diamond Deck)

Additional Features

  • Suite size: 242 sq. ft.
  • Floor to ceiling opening glass doors (French Balcony)
  • Enhanced sitting area

Suite (Diamond & Ruby Decks)

Additional Features

  • Suite size: 199 sq. ft.
  • Floor to ceiling opening glass doors (French Balcony)
  • Enhanced sitting area

French Balcony Cabin (Diamond & Ruby Decks)

Additional Features

  • Cabin size: 161 sq. ft.
  • Floor to ceiling opening glass doors (French Balcony)

Suite (Emerald Deck)

Additional Features

  • Suite size: 199 sq. ft.
  • Smaller Fixed Window
  • Enhanced sitting area

Cabin (Emerald Deck)

Additional Features

  • Cabin size: 161 sq. ft.
  • Smaller Fixed Window
  • No Single Supplement

MS Swiss Tiara



Overview

With beautiful polished marble decks, adorned with rich hardwoods, tasteful brass fittings and classic wrought-iron staircases, the 5★ MS Swiss Tiara evokes the classic luxury hotels from the golden age of travel. Blend this with the ship's low passenger complement, just 140 guests, with 35 crew, a ratio of less than 4 to 1, guarantees an excellent level of service and a more personal touch.

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • 74 comfortable outside staterooms and suites, most with French Balconies
  • For and aft sundecks with sun-shades, deck chairs & loungers
  • Stylish restaurant with open seating
  • Main lounge with bar & piano
  • Stern Lido lounge & Library
  • Complimentary coffee and tea throughout the day with speciality patisseries in the afternoon
  • Elevator to Diamond and Ruby decks
  • Sauna, steam room and 'Whirlpool' splash pool
  • Souvenir shop
  • Onboard souvenir shop*
  • Laundry service*

* Payable locally.


Riviera Travel, MS Swiss Tiara - deck plan
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Luxury Staterooms

This lovely 5★ river cruise vessel features beautifully furnished staterooms and suites, the majority featuring floor to ceiling sliding glass doors opening to a French Balcony.

All Staterooms & Suites Feature

  • Private tiled bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with quality bath products
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Suite (Diamond & Ruby Decks)

Additional Features

  • Suite size: 193 sq. ft.
  • Floor to ceiling opening glass doors (French Balcony)
  • Enhanced sitting area

French Balcony Stateroom (Diamond & Ruby Decks)

Additional Features

  • Stateroom size: 161 sq. ft.
  • Floor to ceiling opening glass doors (French Balcony)

Suite (Emerald Deck)

Additional Features

  • Suite size: 193 sq. ft.
  • Smaller Fixed Window
  • Enhanced sitting area

Stateroom (Emerald Deck)

Additional Features

  • Stateroom size: 161 sq. ft.
  • Smaller Fixed Window
  • No Single Supplement

MS William Shakespeare & MS Charles Dickens



Overview

The 5★ MS William Shakespeare (2014) and MS Charles Dickens (2015) have been specialy commissioned and designed to Riviera's specification by Dutch ship builders Veka Group. Carrying just 140 passengers each, the crew ratio of 4:1 ensures excellent service throughout your cruise. Finished with the highest quality materials with luxurious carpets, rich hardwoods and plenty of steel and glass the ships have an elegant and sleek style throughout. Images are of teh MS William Shakespeare, décor may vary.

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • 74 comfortable outside cabins and suites, most with French Balconies
  • Deluxe Suites have full outside balconies
  • Sundeck with sun-shades, deck chairs & loungers
  • 'Whirlpool' splash pool on deck
  • Stylish restaurant with open seating
  • Main Globe lounge with bar & piano
  • Stern Midsummer Bar & Chef's Restaurant for 24 diners
  • Complimentary coffee and tea throughout the day with speciality patisseries in the afternoon
  • Lift to Hamlet & Othello decks
  • Sauna, steam room and hairdresser* on board
  • Onboard souvenir shop*
  • Laundry service*

* Payable locally.


Deck Plan

Riviera Travel, MS William Shakespeare - deck plan
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Luxury Cabins & Suites

These lovely new 5★ river cruise vessels feature beautifully furnished cabins and suites, the majority with floor to ceiling sliding glass doors opening to a French Balcony.

All Cabins & Suites Feature

  • Private tiled bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with quality bath products
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Deluxe Suite (Hamlet Deck)

Additional Features

  • Suite size: 245 sq. ft.
  • Floor to ceiling opening glass doors leading to an outside balcony with table & chairs
  • Enhanced sitting area

French Balcony Cabin (Hamlet & Othello Decks)

Additional Features

  • Cabin size: 161 sq. ft.
  • Floor to ceiling glass doors open all the way to create a full width French Balcony.

Cabin (Romeo Deck)

Additional Features

  • Cabin size: 151 sq. ft.
  • Smaller Fixed Window
  • No Single Supplement


Fine dining

As you enter the restaurant the mouth-watering aroma of roasting Provençal Lamb drifts tantalisingly from the galley. Smartly uniformed, friendly and intuitive waiting staff professionally guide you to your classically set table with its crisp white linen, premium quality European china, polished fine glassware and gleaming cutlery whilst freshly baked bread is immediately placed before you with effortless style.Welcome - you're at home. Quality dining is an integral part of your river cruise experience - and our ships take this to the highest five-star levels with superb cuisine prepared by a dedicated and highly professional brigade of chefs.

Take a stroll on the Sun Deck as the river gradually awakes, and enjoy Early Risers' tea or coffee and freshly baked pastries. The full breakfast buffet is a sumptuous affair with innumerable hot and cold options, plus a popular omelette station prepares dishes to order. Or if you prefer, why not enjoy continental breakfast in your cabin: breakfast in bed as enchanting scenery and riverside life drift gently by - priceless! Naturally complimentary tea and coffee are available throughout the day and a very comprehensive lunch buffet allows selection of as little or as much as you wish from an extensive and tempting selection. Don't forget to leave some room for afternoon tea and the chef's special patisserie - it's just too tempting to ignore!

The day's culinary highlight is the splendid four-course dinner: entrée, soup, main course and dessert plus a salad buffet is always available - all within the ambience of a high quality restaurant. The carefully designed menus include international classics together with dishes reflecting the regions we pass through, with careful selections from local markets. In addition, the 'Welcome Dinner' enjoys an extended menu and towards the end of your cruise, the Captain proudly hosts his excellent 'Gala Dinner' featuring specialities of the countries and regions through which you've travelled.

Open Seating

Our clients constantly tell us they love our informal free seating and smaller tables policy, quite unlike the inevitable regimentation of many cruise ships which is exactly the atmosphere we are trying to achieve. Then there's the wine list. We take great pride in its excellent quality and style, including not only the classic choices but also an extensive range of local wines. Many of these are extremely well-priced, delightful hidden gems and rarely marketed outside their production area.

New Chef's Restaurant

In addition to the main restaurant, we are proud to unveil the unique new Chef's Restaurant, open for dinner on the Lord Byron and Jane Austen, with huge panoramic windows and seating for just 24 diners. Here the chef presents his personal favourite signature dishes with a fixed menu using the finest of seasonal produce. This superb dining experience must be reserved on board.

DepartShipEmbarkFrom
May 9Jane AustenMainz£1199Cabin Upgrades 
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², fixed windows£1199
Lower DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², fixed windows£1299
Middle DeckCabin161 ft², French balcony£1499
Middle DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², French balcony£1649
Upper DeckCabin161 ft², French balcony£1599
Upper DeckSuperior Stern Suite199 ft², French balcony£1699
Upper DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², French balcony£1749
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite242 ft², Outside balcony£1999
May 16Jane AustenNuremberg£1399Cabin Upgrades 
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², fixed windows£1399
Lower DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², fixed windows£1499
Middle DeckCabin161 ft², French balcony£1699
Middle DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², French balcony£1849
Upper DeckCabin161 ft², French balcony£1799
Upper DeckSuperior Stern Suite199 ft², French balcony£1899
Upper DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², French balcony£1949
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite242 ft², Outside balcony£2199
May 23Jane AustenMainz£1399Cabin Upgrades 
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², fixed windows£1399
Lower DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², fixed windows£1499
Middle DeckCabin161 ft², French balcony£1699
Middle DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², French balcony£1849
Upper DeckCabin161 ft², French balcony£1799
Upper DeckSuperior Stern Suite199 ft², French balcony£1899
Upper DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², French balcony£1949
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite242 ft², Outside balcony£2199
May 30Jane AustenNuremberg£1399Cabin Upgrades 
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², fixed windows£1399
Lower DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², fixed windows£1499
Middle DeckCabin161 ft², French balcony£1699
Middle DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², French balcony£1849
Upper DeckCabin161 ft², French balcony£1799
Upper DeckSuperior Stern Suite199 ft², French balcony£1899
Upper DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², French balcony£1949
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite242 ft², Outside balcony£2199
Jun 6Jane AustenMainz£1499Cabin Upgrades 
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², fixed windows£1499
Lower DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², fixed windows£1599
Middle DeckCabin161 ft², French balcony£1799
Middle DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², French balcony£1949
Upper DeckCabin161 ft², French balcony£1899
Upper DeckSuperior Stern Suite199 ft², French balcony£1999
Upper DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², French balcony£2049
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite242 ft², Outside balcony£2299
Jun 13Jane AustenNuremberg£1499Cabin Upgrades 
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², fixed windows£1499
Lower DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², fixed windows£1599
Middle DeckCabin161 ft², French balcony£1799
Middle DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², French balcony£1949
Upper DeckCabin161 ft², French balcony£1899
Upper DeckSuperior Stern Suite199 ft², French balcony£1999
Upper DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², French balcony£2049
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite242 ft², Outside balcony£2299
Jun 20Jane AustenMainz£1499Cabin Upgrades 
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², fixed windows£1499
Lower DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², fixed windows£1599
Middle DeckCabin161 ft², French balcony£1799
Middle DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², French balcony£1949
Upper DeckCabin161 ft², French balcony£1899
Upper DeckSuperior Stern Suite199 ft², French balcony£1999
Upper DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², French balcony£2049
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite242 ft², Outside balcony£2299
Jun 27Jane AustenNuremberg£1499Cabin Upgrades 
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², fixed windows£1499
Lower DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², fixed windows£1599
Middle DeckCabin161 ft², French balcony£1799
Middle DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², French balcony£1949
Upper DeckCabin161 ft², French balcony£1899
Upper DeckSuperior Stern Suite199 ft², French balcony£1999
Upper DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², French balcony£2049
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite242 ft², Outside balcony£2299
Aug 30Jane AustenMainz£1499Cabin Upgrades 
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², fixed windows£1499
Lower DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², fixed windows£1599
Middle DeckCabin161 ft², French balcony£1799
Middle DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², French balcony£1949
Upper DeckCabin161 ft², French balcony£1899
Upper DeckSuperior Stern Suite199 ft², French balcony£1999
Upper DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², French balcony£2049
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite242 ft², Outside balcony£2299
Sep 6Jane AustenNuremberg£1599Cabin Upgrades 
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², fixed windows£1599
Lower DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², fixed windows£1699
Middle DeckCabin161 ft², French balcony£1899
Middle DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², French balcony£2049
Upper DeckCabin161 ft², French balcony£1999
Upper DeckSuperior Stern Suite199 ft², French balcony£2099
Upper DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², French balcony£2149
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite242 ft², Outside balcony£2399
Sep 13Jane AustenMainz£1599Cabin Upgrades 
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², fixed windows£1599
Lower DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², fixed windows£1699
Middle DeckCabin161 ft², French balcony£1899
Middle DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², French balcony£2049
Upper DeckCabin161 ft², French balcony£1999
Upper DeckSuperior Stern Suite199 ft², French balcony£2099
Upper DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², French balcony£2149
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite242 ft², Outside balcony£2399
Sep 20Jane AustenNuremberg£1599Cabin Upgrades 
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², fixed windows£1599
Lower DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², fixed windows£1699
Middle DeckCabin161 ft², French balcony£1899
Middle DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², French balcony£2049
Upper DeckCabin161 ft², French balcony£1999
Upper DeckSuperior Stern Suite199 ft², French balcony£2099
Upper DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², French balcony£2149
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite242 ft², Outside balcony£2399
Sep 27Jane AustenMainz£1499Cabin Upgrades 
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², fixed windows£1499
Lower DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², fixed windows£1599
Middle DeckCabin161 ft², French balcony£1799
Middle DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², French balcony£1949
Upper DeckCabin161 ft², French balcony£1899
Upper DeckSuperior Stern Suite199 ft², French balcony£1999
Upper DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², French balcony£2049
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite242 ft², Outside balcony£2299
Oct 4Jane AustenNuremberg£1199Cabin Upgrades 
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², fixed windows£1199
Lower DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², fixed windows£1299
Middle DeckCabin161 ft², French balcony£1499
Middle DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², French balcony£1649
Upper DeckCabin161 ft², French balcony£1599
Upper DeckSuperior Stern Suite199 ft², French balcony£1699
Upper DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², French balcony£1749
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite242 ft², Outside balcony£1999

Departure Point & Supplements

Departure PointCarrierSupplement
BirminghamFlybe£50
BristolBMI Regional£140
DublinAer Lingus/Lufthansa£50
EdinburghLufthansa/Easyjet£140
HeathrowBritish Airways/Lufthansa£0
ManchesterLufthansa£50

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Single Occupancy Supplements: No single supplement for selected lower deck cabins, subject to availability.


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