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Four Rivers Discovery

 

Heidelberg
  • Overview

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    • Discover the vibrant cities of Cologne and Frankfurt
    • Visit the historic towns of Rudesheim and Mainz
    • Explore beautiful Heidelberg on the River Neckar
    • Enjoy the wonderful scenery of the famous Rhine and Moselle

    Enjoy a taste of four wonderful European rivers as we cruise along the Rhine to the Main river, sailing onto the Neckar and Moselle. From the lively cities of Cologne and Frankfurt to the sleepy riverside villages we pass along the way. This autumn cruise is the perfect way to explore the gentle German rivers as the season’s colours change.  Read More

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    • Great for - City
    • Great for - Culture
    • Great for - Food & Drink
    • Great for - History
    • Great for - Nature
    • Great for - Scenery


    Roman Square in Frankfurt
      
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    Must See: Neckar Valley
    The beautiful Neckar Valley must be one of Germany’s best kept secrets, familiar to few tourists, unlike the popular Rhine and Moselle routes.

    With many medieval towns and villages along the way, this is a truly romantic waterway waiting to be discovered.

    The Neckar river starts in the Black Forest before winding its way across to the Rhine, and it has been tamed over the years with several dams and locks.

    Heidelberg is known as the ‘Pearl of the Neckar’, and we will moor at this beautiful city, overlooked by the castle ruins high above.
  • Itinerary

    ITINERARY

    LOCATIONS


  • The Ship

    YOUR SHIP



    MV Esmeralda

    • MV Esmeralda exterior
    • MV esmeralda
    The hugely popular MV Esmeralda is our largest River Cruise ship, and this exclusively-chartered vessel is perfect for Europe River Cruises exploring some of the most beautiful scenery. Discover wonderful landscapes during our relaxing Danube River Cruises, and relax on-board, making the most of the Esmeralda’s excellent facilities.

    With her comfortable lounge areas and attractive decor, the MV Esmeralda is sure to be the perfect home from home just our scenic River Cruises. You’ll be able to travel in style and comfort as we make our way along one of the world’s most enchanting rivers, discovering mesmerising attractions, towns and cities. And, this year, we have even more departures to choose from!

    Enjoy delicious meals on-board the MV Esmeralda, including buffet breakfasts, three-course lunches and four-course evening meals, as well as exciting gala dinners! When the weather’s nice, you should absolutely spend some time on the sun deck, where you’ll find sun loungers and a shaded area from which you can admire the ever-changing scenery. You can also make your way to the lounge, with its comfortable leather couches and plush chairs.

    For those who would like to enjoy some quiet time, why not spend an hour or two in the MV Esmeralda’s library? Here you’ll find a great assortment of books and games that are sure to provide lots of entertainment.

    You’re sure to make lots of new friends during our relaxing River Cruises on-board the MV Esmeralda, and in the evening you’ll be able to chat with your new companions over a drink or two at the bar. Or, for those feeling more energetic, you could always dance the night away along to our talented on-board keyboardist!

    We promise to take good care of you during our MV Esmeralda River Cruises - we can’t wait to welcome you on board!
    • Length: 90 metres
    • Width: 11.20 metres
    • Accommodation areas refurbished: 2011
    • Passenger Capacity: 126
    • Passenger decks: 3
    • Star rating: 3*

    Cabins

    • MV Esmeralda Grade A

      Promenade Deck Cabin, MV Esmeralda
      • Private bathroom facilities including wet room-style shower and toilet
      • A higher deck for fantastic views
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      • Radiator
      • LCD TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Wardrobe with full length mirror
      • Dressing table with mirror
      • Large sliding picture window
      • Twin beds
      Enjoy the best possible views of the changing landscape on our Danube River Cruises by choosing one of our excellent Grade A cabins on-board the MV Esmeralda. We have a superb selection of cabins, and these offer wonderful views of the river scenery, as well as the great facilities you expect of Shearings River Cruises.

      Spend time relaxing in your cabin, with its LCD TV and comfortable air conditioning. You’ll also find a wet room-style bathroom in your cabin, ensuring you have everything you could possibly require during your journey.
    • MV Esmeralda Grade B Single Cabin

      MV Esmeralda
      • Private bathroom facilities including wet room-style shower and toilet
      • Safe
      • Radiator
      • Portable TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Wardrobe with full length mirror
      • Dressing table with mirror
      • Large sliding picture window
      • Twin beds for sole occupancy
      Relax on-board fantastic Europe River Cruises with Shearings and make the most of the MV Esmeralda’s excellent Grade B single cabins. Perfect for those travelling alone, these cabins provide everything you’ll need during your exciting River Cruise, including a safe to hold your important personal belongings, and air conditioning.

      You’ll also find a portable TV, wardrobe, dressing table and private bathroom in your Grade B single cabin, with twin beds for sole occupancy.
    • MV Esmeralda Grade B Twin Cabin

      MV Esmeralda
      • Private bathroom facilities including wet room-style shower and toilet
      • Safe
      • Radiator
      • Portable TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Wardrobe with full length mirror
      • Dressing table with mirror
      • Large sliding picture window
      • Twin beds
      Join us on scenic River Cruises along the Danube on the MV Esmeralda and enjoy a relaxing stay in one of our Grade B Twin Cabins. Located on the Promenade deck, these cabins offer a great range of facilities to ensure you have everything you’re likely to require during your pleasant cruise along one of Europe’s most picturesque rivers.

      You’ll find air conditioning, a safe, a radiator and a portable TV in your cabin. As well as this, you’ll be able to store your belongings in the cabin’s wardrobe and on the dressing table. Be sure to admire the beautiful views from the large sliding picture window!
     
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  • Excursions & Extras

    INCLUDED EXCURSIONS


    Heidelberg
    Heidelberg Transfer
    Join us in beautiful Heidelberg as we enjoy an included transfer into this splendid city during our holiday. Heidelberg is overlooked by its majestic castle - explore at leisure to discover the city's many sights and attractions.

    Please note: This excursion is available on departures after 15th October 2016.
     
    Roman Square in Frankfurt
    Panoramic Frankfurt
    We’ll spend an afternoon in Frankfurt during our holiday, allowing us to explore all this wonderful city has to offer. Join our guided tour, taking in the city’s many highlights. Stroll along Frankfurt’s bustling streets, admire its fantastic architecture and explore its many attractions, including Frankfurt Cathedral, Saint Paul’s Church, the Romerberg square and many more. 

    OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS


    Wine glasses
    Evening Wine Tasting and Siegfried’s

    Join us this evening as we board the Little Tourist Train to our first port of call, the world-famous Siegfried's Musik Kabinett just off the famous Drosselgasse.

    This Museum is home to one of the world’s biggest collections of self-playing musical instruments, where visitors can admire over 350 exhibits. Our tour concludes with a visit to Adolf's wine cellar to taste his famous local wines.

    Here, we learn about the different wines of this region, the history of winegrowing in the region, the way the wines are produced and their particularities. Following this we get to taste the local wines, which are served with a pretzel to neutralize the taste of the different wines. A great way to spend an evening in Rudesheim!

    Cochem
    Explore Cochem
    Join us on our guided walking tour as we explore the pretty little Moselle town of Cochem. The old quarter is dominated by the late-Gothic imperial castle and is dotted with medieval squares and lovingly restored timber-framed houses – architectural gems typical of the Moselle region. 

    We see the market square, the baroque town hall, the Martinsbrunnen (a feature of the town's historical water supply), St. Martin's Church, the former Capuchin monastery (now an arts centre) and sections of the old town walls, including the town gates. 
    Roman Square in Frankfurt
    Guided city tour of Frankfurt
    Frankfurt is famous for its bustling cultural city centre, as well as its amazing skyline and fascinating history. Germany's fifth-largest city, Frankfurt is filled with spectacular sights, and our tour will allow us to discover the very best sights this destination has to offer. 

    Please note: This excursion is available on departures after 15th October 2016.
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    Historical Worms
    Join us as we explore the historical city of Worms, located in Rhineland-Palatinate and with a fascinating heritage stretching back to pre-Roman times. There is plenty to discover in this beautiful city, from ancient architecture to excellent sights. 
    Heidelberg
    Majestic Heidelberg and castle
    Join us as we head to the beautiful city of Heidelberg. Considered as one of the finest jewels in Germany’s crown, this city is one of the the country's most popular destinations . Located on the banks of the Neckar River, Heidelberg is home to the oldest university in Germany, which dates back to 1386 and has over 28,000 students.

    Heidelberg’s main attraction is its stunning castle, perched on the hillside overlooking the city. Our comprehensive panoramic tour takes us to the Altstadt (historical city centre) and Hauptstrasse (main street), approximately one mile in length, and is reputedly the longest pedestrian shopping street in Germany.

    The Philosophenweg provides wonderful views across the oldest part of the city; after our time here we enjoy a leisurely drive along the river Neckar before heading to the castle. Nestled 300 feet above the city, the castle is a combination of several buildings surrounding an inner courtyard, put together with a haphazard look. Each building highlights a different period of German architecture.

    The castle has a history almost as old as the city itself, with the first parts of the castle being constructed around 1300. From the Great Terrace and gardens, there is an amazing view of Heidelberg, the Neckar River and the Neckar valley, and on a clear day Mannheim is even visible on the horizon.
    Cologne Cathedral
    Panoramic Cologne and Cathedral

    Join us as we explore this historical city! Cologne has strong Roman ties and is the fourth-largest city in Germany, with more than one million inhabitants. The city is located on both sides of the River Rhine and is home to the famous Kolner Dom (Cologne Cathedral). During World War II, the inner city of Cologne was completely destroyed and was then fully reconstructed in the 1950s.

    With our expert guide, we see many of Cologne’s fascinating sights, including the ancient Roman city walls, which were the longest in Germany; the impressive medieval gates; and the twelve large Romanesque churches, which are located in the confined area within the boundaries of the medieval city walls. Many of Cologne's churches rank among the most important in Western Europe.

    We also see the world-famous 4711 – the original Eau de Cologne headquarters; the medieval Old City with its impressive town houses, dating back to the 14th century; and the historical Rathaus (City Hall).

    We then continue to the world famous Cathedral (entrance included). We find out when construction began and why it took until the 19th century to complete. You will see the world-famous Gero-Crucifix of the 10th century and the medieval stained glass windows.  

 


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What's included

  • Six nights full-board cruise
  • Full-board accommodation throughout your cruise
  • Services of a Shearings Cruise Manager
  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • Fantastic river views from every cabin
  • On-board evening entertainment programme
  • One included excursion
  • Five optional excursions
MV Esmeralda exterior

MV Esmeralda

The hugely popular MV Esmeralda is our largest River Cruise ship, and this exclusively-chartered vessel is perfect for Europe River Cruises exploring some of the most beautiful scenery.

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