Auf dem Main finden im Sommer viele Flusskreuzfahrten statt, die oft in Würzburg ablegen
Beyond the Boat

Unmissable Bavaria River Cruise Extension Tours

River Cruise Extension Tours

We know the gift of travel is a valuable experience that connects people and places in many special ways. When tourism closed its doors during the difficult months of the COVID-19 outbreak, Germany ranked as the second safest country in the world by the London Deep Knowledge Group, furthering its trust as a safe destination. When you are ready to explore, river cruises continue to be a great way of traveling around Germany and this handy brochure provides tour ideas for those looking to venture beyond the boat or plan a stand-alone dream trip to Bavaria. The special tips inside capture the spirit of Bavaria – traditionally different and full of surprises. Safe travel planning!

Where vacation becomes something more

What do we want from a vacation? Relaxation, adventure, inspiration, surprises, meeting new people and much more. Most of all, though, we want to come back with memories made. In Bavaria, Germany’s biggest and most visited state, travelers can make long lasting memories while exploring some of Europe’s most stunning landscapes and diverse history and culture that hide unexpected treasures.

Delightful no matter the season, Bavaria is prepared to indulge visitors any time of the year. While summer is the time for beer gardens (and trust us, there’s no place like a Bavarian beer garden on a balmy evening!) or exploring the beauty of the region’s lakes and mountains, winter gets cozy with some of the best Christmas markets in Europe, warming up in spas or, for the more active types, excellent winter sports offerings not to be missed.
Step inside a picture-perfect paradise!

Let the adventures begin...

Whether you travel by plane, rail or car, there are several options for a quick and convenient journey to and within Bavaria. A comprehensive network of roads and rail links, in conjunction with the main airports and reliable car rental providers, will help you get around. Enjoying a river cruise in Bavaria leaves you with many options to hop off the boat. Up next, you will discover five themed tour suggestions and ideas throughout Bavaria with real tips from our local ambassadors. If you don’t have the time for all it, just mix and match. Each stop-over is a highlight of its own!

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Blick über Donau auf die Regensburger Altstadt, die seit 2006 ein UNESCO-Welterbe ist

5 Reasons to stay

Bavaria is best placed to enhance cruise travelers’ experience “beyond the boat”. Here’s why touring the region makes perfect sense.

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Sunset-Cruise durch die Bregenzer- und Rorschacher Bucht

Facts & Figures

All major river cruise operators are offering Danube cruises with start and end points in Bavaria. Let’s look at the ins and outs of it.

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Bieramt: Neben fränkischem Bier gibt es auch Brotzeiten

Tour 'Bavarian Flavors'

For a real taste of Bavaria, dive deep into the region’s unique beer culture or try your hand in a special gingerbread baking class.

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Neuschwanstein Castle

Tour 'Bavarian Alps: Scenic Road Trips'

From impressive scenic views to the opulent architecture embodying the fantasies of a very special king – make a traveler’s dream come true in Bavaria

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Bamberg: Abenddämmerung in den Altstadtgassen

Tour 'Franconian highlights'

In addition to the delectable culinary delights, in Franconia there’s no shortage of splendid historic architecture and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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Passau: Am höchsten Punkt der Altstadt steht der barocke Stephansdom

Tour 'Historic & spiritual places'

Bavaria’s sacred sites are important places of pilgrimage for those travelers seeking historic and spiritual fulfillment. Witness Bavaria’s rich past.

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Florian Blickenberger: Der Schmuckdesigner beim Stand Up Paddling am Chiemsee

Tour 'Live Mind, Body & Soul'

Thinking of both toning up and tuning out? Then this is the perfect trip combo. Experience both the city and countryside action while winding down.

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