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Main Valley to Blue Danube

Holiday Highlights

  • Transit along the Main-Danube Canal in the picturesque Altmuehl Valley
  • Explore the medieval city of Bamberg
  • Discover the spectacular city of Passau

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Holiday details

What is Included?

  • 7 nights full-board accommodation throughout your cruise
  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • Fantastic river views from every cabin
  • Enjoy a captains dinner
  • On-board evening entertainment programme
  • Services of a Shearings resort representative
  • Expertly-planned optional shore excursions to help you make the most of your time away
  • Choice of joining cruise by Coach or Air

Join us as we sail along the Main Valley and the beautiful Blue Danube, with so much to discover. Step back in time, exploring the medieval cities of Bamberg and Regensburg, awaken your inner child with a visit to Nuremberg’s popular Toy Museum, and sample some of Bamberg’s famous beers, with over 50 varieties to choose from. Explore Wurzburg’s Palace, marvel at the 16 lochs of the Danube-Main Canal and enjoy the views of the Altmuehl Valley. Unforgettable experiences await on this spectacular waterway!

Must See

Main-Danube Canal

Part of our wonderful cruise along the Danube takes in the engineering marvel that is the Main-Danube Canal. Taking over 70 years to complete, the canal boasts other interesting statistics...

• It’s over 170 kilometres long
• Up to 4 metres deep
• Can be as much as 55 metres wide in some areas

Watch as the crew expertly manoeuvre through 16 locks and 7 weirs and take us under 120 bridges. And relax as the canal takes in the picturesque scenery, from Nuremberg to Riedenburg in the Altmuehl Valley.

Travel Options

10 days by Coach:

7 nights full-board cruise. 1 night ben & breakfast en route. 1 night half-board post route.

8 days by Air:

7 nights full-board cruise. Return flights and transfers.

Optional Excursions

Guided city tour of Würzburg
Guided walking tour of Bamberg & Little Venice
Guided city tour of Nuremberg
Rosenburg Castle
Weltenburg Abbey & historic Kelhelm
Explore Passau & organ concert

Holiday Details

Sailing Itinerary

Wednesday: Embark in Wurzburg
Join the elegant MPS Da Vinci in Wurzburg, a beautiful baroque city.
Thursday: Wurzburg to Schweinfurt
Today we set sail to Schweinfurt arriving early evening. Take a stroll along the Main River or explore the town hall square with its impressive monument of Friedrich Ruckert, a famous poet and town descendant.
Friday: Schweinfurt to Bamberg
We cruise through the morning to arrive in Bamberg with so much to see and do. Visit the medieval city centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or the outstanding Old Bridge Town Hall and the imperial cathedral. Bamberg is most famous for its beer, a tradition going back a thousand years. Be sure to sample the renowned smoked beer.
Saturday: Bamberg to Nuremberg
We sail through the morning to Nuremberg, city of toys. Established in the 11th-century and now the second largest city in Bavaria, Nuremberg is bursting with historical sites such as Nuremberg Castle; the old city moat which still exists but has never been filled with water; and the Albrecht Durer House, Nuremberg’s only Gothic building.
Sunday: Nuremberg to Riedenburg
Today experience a highlight of the cruise as we sail the Danube-Main Canal. After passing the canal, we moor at the historic town of Riedenburg, located in the Altmuehl Valley.
Monday: Riedenburg to Regensburg
Regensburg, one of the oldest and best preserved medieval cities in Europe, is our destination today. Take time to visit the many buildings and monuments of this wonderful city, including the Dome St Peter and the Stone Bridge.
Tuesday: Regensburg – Passau – Linz
Passau is situated at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz and is fondly known as ‘The Three Rivers City’. Located at the Austrian border, Passau is one of the most spectacular cities on the Danube. Venture into the old town to see St Steven’s Cathedral, housing one of the world’s largest cathedral organs. Explore the majestic fortress sitting high above the river and the Pilgrimage Church ‘Mariahilf’– sights not to be missed! We continue on to Linz and moor overnight.
Wednesday: Disembark in Linz
Time to depart the MPS Da Vinci with fantastic memories of the Main and Danube.

Join by Coach

Tuesday: UK to Belgium
Across to Calais and our hotel in Belgium for our overnight stay.
Wednesday: Belgium to Wurzburg
We join the MPS Da Vinci for our cruise along the beautiful Main and Danube rivers.
Wednesday: Linz to Belgium
We wave goodbye to the MPS Da Vinci and make the journey by coach to our overnight hotel.
Thursday: Belgium to UK
We travel on to Calais for our ferry to Dover and continue home.

Join by Air

Wednesday: UK to Wurzburg
Fly to Frankfurt where you will be met at the airport by a representative and transferred to the MPS Da Vinci for your cruise.
Wednesday: Linz to UK
From the MPS Da Vinci, transfer to Munich airport for the flight back to the UK.

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