The opening of the Main-Danube Canal in 1992 made possible the dream of sailing across the heart of Europe from the North Sea to the Black Sea. This special cruise will take you from Germany to Austria, by the Rivers Rhine and Main, the new canal and the River Danube. With 9 nights on board, there is a lot of cruising, many locks to negotiate, much to experience, and dozens of interesting and picturesque places to see, but the overall pace is as leisurely and relaxing as possible. From the Rhine Gorge to the history of Nuremberg, stunning castles to Roman cities, this really is the opportunity to sit back and relax as the changing landscapes of Germany pass you by.
Day One. We journey to Hull for the overnight ferry to the continent enjoying dinner, entertainment and breakfast on board.
Day Two. We continue to our overnight dinner, bed and breakfast stop.
Day Three. We travel to Passau in Bavaria where we board the MV Esmeralda.
Day Four. We pass imposing Walhalla at the approach to Regensburg, a magical medieval town. Afternoon to explore.
Day Five. 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.
Day Six. Our destination of the day is Nuremburg, a city that reflects Germany’s history through the centuries.
Day Seven. Our adventure continues reaching Bamberg, a town often referred to as the Rome of Franconia.
Day Eight. Arriving at Kitzingen, we join our coach for our trip along the Romantic Road, our first stop is Tauberbischofsheim along the Tauber Valley then on to Bad Mergentheim.
Day Nine. A day cruising along the Main with a short call mid-afternoon at Wertheim – nicknamed ‘Little Heidelberg’. This evening over dinner we cruise to Mainz.
Day Ten. Look forward to an afternoon in rumbustious Rudesheim.
Day Eleven. Today we cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge to Cologne.
Day Twelve. We disembark after breakfast and head for our ferry back to Hull enjoying dinner, entertainment and breakfast on board.
Day Thirteen. 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%