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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

Holiday Summary

10 days from only £1339

Departs Tuesdays
9 nights
Board: Full Board

Per person. Based on two passengers

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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

Your Ship

MPS Da Vinci
MPS Da Vinci

Luxury without the price tag - that's the ethos behind the MPS Da Vinci. Designed along the lines of a splendid yacht,the MPS Da Vinci is one of the most elegant and luxurious river cruise vessels in Western Europe. This eclectic mix of the antique and contemporary results in a unique river cruise experience.

Life on board

Setting foot on board trhe Da Vinci feels like you're walking into an exclusive floating private member's club. On the MPS Da Vinci you can’t fail to be impressed with the open space and large reception area. Head to the sun deck, where you can sit back and watch the ever-changing scenery go by. How about a workout on the fitness equipment – or a relaxing sauna or Turkish bath? You’ll also find it easy to relax in the beautifully-designed lounge, with an inviting open fireplace to keep you warm. And at the end of the day you can retire to your cabin, with a delightful river view right outside your window.

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Joining Your Holiday

This tour is available with departures from the following regions…

  • East Midlands
  • North East
  • North West
  • South East
  • South West
  • West Midlands
  • Yorkshire

We offer a number of ways to join our tours. Enter your postcode to see which are available to you…

Home Connect - we collect you from your home

For the ultimate in convenience and comfort, why not choose our Home Connect service?

Relax in the comfort of your own home, waiting for your driver to collect you from your front door and take you to meet your coach. Then at the end of your holiday we’ll take you home again - it’s that easy! When you book this service you’ll be given a collection time window, usually of approximately 30 minutes. This will be re confirmed when your tickets are issued.

Note: Home Connect is only available on Grand Tourer holidays travelling by coach.

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Tour Connect - easy connections at nearby locations

Try our Tour Connect Service for a hassle-free way to travel.

This service may incur a small supplement for those travelling from selected joining points and for customers booking within four weeks of departure.

We’ll pick you up by coach from a convenient joining point near you and take you to one of our interchanges. Here you’ll join your holiday coach and set off for a fantastic holiday.  When you've chosen your tour, give us a call and we'll let you know your approximate pick-up time.

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Direct Connect - make your own way to join the tour

Available from your area for this tour at no extra cost and car parking available for a small fee.

You can also choose to drive or get a lift direct to one of our coach interchanges. Our coach interchanges offer plenty of seating, toilet facilities, refreshments and a shop. They also provide car parking for your convenience for a small fee.

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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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