Stepping Back in Time in Miltenberg

Step back in time in Miltenberg, Germany! The Hotel Zum Riesin - purportedly the oldest Inn in Germany - is front and center.

Step back in time in Miltenberg, Germany! The Hotel Zum Riesin – purportedly the oldest Inn in Germany – is on the left. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Friday, July 17, 2015

Viking River Cruises’ Viking Vidar entered Day 5 of her 15-day Grand European Tour today as we spent the morning cruising the glorious Main River.

A morning of scenic cruising seems to be just what the doctor ordered; most guests arrived down to The Restaurant for breakfast at about the same time I did: 9:00 a.m. River cursing is surprisingly hard work, and it’s nice to see Viking’s itinerary planners recognize this and build in suitable amounts of scenic cruising and free time.

Guests are divided up into groups so that walking tours through town are possible and manageable. Photo ©  2015 Aaron Saunders

Guests are divided up into groups so that walking tours through town are possible and manageable. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Miltenberg, Germany – our first port of call along the Main River – crept up on us just after lunchtime, and Viking had planned an afternoon filled with multiple ways to enjoy it.

First up was the standard Walking Tour of Miltenberg. This would feature a leisurely walk around town, followed by free time and then a motorcoach transfer to nearby Wertheim, Germany, where Viking Vidar would sail in the meantime. There was also a Gentle Walkers group set up for guests with mobility difficulties, or those who want to spend more time taking in the sights and less time on the move.

Our local guide in Miltenberg led us on a walking tour of this fairytale town. Photo ©  2015 Aaron Saunders

Our local guide in Miltenberg led us on a walking tour of this fairytale town. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

The other option was the Miltenberg Culinary Walk. Available for the very-reasonable cost of €12 per person, this walking tour focused on the culinary heritage of Miltenberg, with visits to a small local brewery, a distillery that makes schnapps, a praline maker and, of course, a local coffee house. Clocking in at just over four hours, this tour also included free time and then the bus transfer back to the ship docked in Wertheim.

I chose to do the regular walking tour – that’s the brilliance of river cruising: there’s always more than one option for how to spend your time. Some guests even decided just to stay onboard the ship itself and enjoy a relaxing afternoon out of the heat!

A few guests chose to stay in the air conditioned comfort of the Viking Vidar. I can't say I blame them - it got HOT! Photo ©  2015 Aaron Saunders

A few guests chose to stay in the air conditioned comfort of the Viking Vidar. I can’t say I blame them – it got HOT! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

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Our Live Voyage Report from onboard Viking River Cruises’ Viking Vidar’s Grand European Tour continues tomorrow from Wurzburg and Rothenburg! Be sure to follow along with our adventures on Twitter @deckchairblog.

 

 

 

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