2014-11-12 Wednesday

We arrived in Mainz during breakfast. We disembarked for a guided tour of Mainz, a city that boasts over two thousand years of history. We walked the picturesque streets of Old Town and stopped by the Gutenberg Museum. Founded in 100 – 500 years after the birth of Johannes Gutenberg – the museum covers the history of the printed word and displays many beautiful books and fascinating printing technologies, including a replica of Gutenberg’s workshop. We returned to our ship for lunch and a scenic afternoon cruising on the Rhine. We docked in Rudesheim in the afternoon and again disembarked for a tour that provided an introduction into the region’s long tradition of viticulture, which dates back to Roman times. We stopped at a local pub for some hot spiced wine, beer and another lesson in card playing.

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