Relax aboard your floating hotel as you glide serenely from the delightful Danube to the picturesque waters of the Rhine. Navigating through the Main-Danube Canal with its many locks, our ship climbs to over 1,300 feet above sea level and onwards deep into the heart of Germany, covering over six hundred splendid miles. Highlights include romantic Rothenburg, renowned as the best preserved medieval town in Germany as well as ancient Nuremburg, a city of emperors and princes dominated by a mighty fortress. Our itinerary also features time in captivating Cologne, home to a majestic cathedral which houses the Shrine of the Three Kings.
Monday. We journey to Hull for the overnight ferry to the continent enjoying dinner, entertainment and breakfast on board.
Tuesday. We continue to our overnight dinner, bed and breakfast stop.
Wednesday. We travel to Passau in Bavaria where we board the MV Esmeralda.
Thursday. We pass imposing Walhalla at the approach to Regensburg, a magical medieval town with an old stone bridge spanning the Danube and a carefully preserved old quarter with an afternoon to explore.
Friday. We sail on to Kelheim where we leave the Danube and glide into the Main-Danube Canal. We then cruise smoothly through the Altmuhl Valley, an unspoilt region characterised by bizarre rock formations, juniper heathlands and riverside meadows.
Saturday. Our destination of the day is Nuremburg, a city that reflects Germany’s history through the centuries. Follow the Historical Mile which ends at the twelfth century castle and be astounded by the ornate fountains and highly crafted churches.
Sunday. Our adventure continues reaching Bamberg, a town often referred to as the Rome of Franconia. This enchanting gem stands on seven hills and is dominated by an imperial cathedral. Its well-preserved old town is a World Heritage Site and home to over a thousand historical monuments.
Monday. Arriving at Hassfurth, we join our coach to Rothenburg where we take a trip back in time to the Middle Ages. Enclosed by historic walls and gates along with ancient watchtowers, this unique town features gothic fountains and is like a living museum where time has stood still. We rejoin the Esmeralda at Kitzingen and cruise to Wurzburg – a university town with a distinctive Mediterranean flavour.
Tuesday. A day cruising along the Main with a short call mid-afternoon at Wertheim – nicknamed ‘Little Heidelberg’. This evening over dinner we cruise to Miltenberg.
Wednesday. Look forward to an afternoon in rumbustious Rudesheim where you might like to explore twelfth century Bromserburg Castle, wander the quirky alleyways or pop into the Middle Ages Torture Museum and learn about witches, the inquisition and medieval punishments!
Thursday. Today we cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge to Cologne, a city with a majestic cathedral featuring the Shrine of the Three Kings.
Friday. We disembark after breakfast and head for our ferry back to Hull enjoying dinner, entertainment and breakfast on board.
Saturday. We make our way home.
The MV Esmeralda has comfortable public areas featuring attractive surroundings from which to discover a relaxing river cruise. The stunning views from the restaurant provide the perfect backdrop from which to enjoy your meals.
Full board on the ship including hot/cold buffet
breakfast, lunch and dinner • Morning coffee and
afternoon tea whilst cruising
Glenton customers have rated Esmeralda as good or excellent for:
Comfort & Cleanliness: 86%
your holiday moves up a gear when you board your P&O ferry at Hull for your sailing to the continent. drop your overnight bag in your cabin then explore the ship or unwind with an aperitif in one of the bars.
ON BOARD DINING
All GLENTON continental holidays include dinner and breakfast onboard. Head to ‘The Kitchen’ buffet restaurant where your waiter will show you to your table and take your order if you wish to purchase any drinks. Then you’re free to help yourself from the wide selection of tasty dishes from around the world. At breakfast, choose from continental or a fully cooked menu. Alternatively if you fancy treating yourself, why not upgrade to The Brasserie Restaurant and enjoy fine dining with full waiter service?
Make your way to the Show Lounge and enjoy live bands throughout the evening – there’s even a dance floor if you fancy a wee boogie! Or slow the pace down at the Piano Bar where you can sip a cocktail as you listen to mellow music. Perhaps you’d like to catch a blockbuster movie at the cinema or try your luck at the casino.
Your GLENTON continental holiday includes an air conditioned inside en suite cabin with bunk beds. However, you can upgrade to a cabin with level beds and/or sea view for a small supplement. Please ask your holiday advisor when booking.
Grab a bargain during your crossing with duty fee offers on treats such as alcohol and perfume.