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Beautiful Bavaria to the Danube River

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Overview

Days
  • Admire enchanting river scenery
  • Discover the scenic town of Wurzburg, famous for its Baroque architecture
  • Take in Nuremberg’s beautiful city centre with a panoramic tour
  • Explore Bamberg’s UNESCO Old Town
  • Spend time in Regensburg, home to some 1,500 listed buildings

Sail along the magnificent Main-Danube Canal with us, admiring spectacular riverscapes during this marvellous journey on-board the MS Serenade 2. Explore beautiful riverside towns and cities, and delve into the history and heritage of Wurzburg, Nuremberg, Bamberg, and many other superb destinations.
Embarking in historical Wurzburg, we’ll enjoy an included guided city tour to uncover this charming town’s many sights. Wurzburg is known for its fine Baroque architecture, and our tour will take in some of its most stunning examples. Perhaps Wurzburg’s main sight is the Residenz, a UNESCO World Heritage Site commissioned by two prince-bishops in the 18th century. The entire town is overlooked by the mighty Marienberg Fortress, situated on the left bank of the Main River.

We’ll then begin our river cruise, sailing to Kitzingen, with time at leisure to explore this stunning Bavarian town. The region’s largest wine producer, Kitzingen is surrounded by vineyards and spectacular scenery.

Our next port of call will be Bamberg, famous for its historical UNESCO World Heritage Site listed Old Town. Spend time exploring this extraordinary town before we return to the MS Serenade 2 for our cruise to Nuremberg.

Bavaria’s second-largest city, Nuremberg is filled with stunning architecture and dramatic sights. Famous for Nuremberg Castle, this spectacular city has something for everyone, and we will be able to further explore it with our included guided panoramic tour today.

Onwards from Nuremberg, we’ll sail to Regensburg, set at the confluence of the Danube, Naab and Regen Rivers. Enjoy a stroll through the Old Town, with its countless listed buildings, admiring sights such as the cathedral and Krauterermarkt.

It will then be time to sail to Passau, where we will have time to discover this impressive city at leisure before our final night on-board the MS Serenade 2.

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Itinerary

Day One - UK to Belgium
From the UK, we’ll travel by coach to Belgium, via Calais, and will stay at an overnight hotel. (D)

Day Two - Belgium to Wurzburg
Continuing our journey, we’ll make our way to Wurzburg in Northern Bavaria and will step aboard the MS Serenade 2, enjoying a welcome drink upon arrival. Settle in to your cabin, before we sit down to our evening meal tonight. (B,D)

Day Three - Wurzburg to Kitzingen
After breakfast this morning, discover historical Wurzburg with a guided tour. Take in the city’s famous Baroque architecture and views of Marienberg Fortress, overlooking the entire town. We then make our way back to the ship, as we begin our river cruise. We will set sail from Wurzburg by midday and will cruise to Kitzingen. Admire beautiful river views during our journey - why not visit the Sun Deck to better take in the scenery? We arrive by early evening. (B,L,D)

Day Four - Kitzingen to Bamberg
Discover Kitzingen at leisure this morning, or why not join our optional tour? As Bavaria’s largest wine-producer, Kitzingen is known for its wine-making heritage, and one of its main sights is the Leaning Tower. This 13th-century tower features an iconic crooked roof which is said to have been built during a drought. Due to the lack of water, legend has it that workers used wine as a replacement when making the mortar, resulting in the tell-tale tilt. By midday, it will be time to continue our cruise, as we sail to Bamberg. (B,L,D)

Day Five - Bamberg to Nuremberg
Wake in Bamberg this morning and enjoy breakfast on-board, before we explore this charming town. Perhaps Bamberg’s most famous sight is the Klein-Venedig (‘Little Venice’) neighbourhood, so called for its colourful fishermen’s houses situated along the River Regnitz. We can discover Bamberg and ‘Little Venice’ with our optional excursion - it will then be time to continue our cruise to Nuremberg, departing after midday. Admire splendid views as we take lunch and dinner on-board today. (B,L,D)

Day Six - Nuremberg to Regensburg
Nuremberg is famous for its many historical sights and fascinating heritage, which we can uncover with our included panoramic tour. Sit back and relax as we take in the many attractions here, such as the city’s numerous Gothic churches, its medieval market, and splendid Old Town. Nuremberg is overlooked by an impressive castle, which we can discover with an optional excursion this afternoon. Later today, we continue our cruise, journeying through the night to Regensburg. (B,L,D)  

Day Seven - Regensburg to Passau
Known for its medieval centre, the whole of which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Regensburg is considered to be one of Germany’s top cultural attractions. We will arrive by midday, with the entire day to explore - consider joining our optional excursion to further discover Regensburg’s many sights, and to visit the famous Historic Sausage Kitchen. This evening, we depart for Passau. (B,L,D)

Day Eight - Passau
Enjoy a day at leisure in Passau, referred to as the ‘City of Three Rivers’ for its location at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz Rivers. Take a stroll through the Old City, admiring the beautiful Gothic and Baroque architecture found throughout this splendid destination. Tonight, we’ll celebrate on-board with a Captain’s gala dinner and an evening of entertainment. (B,L,D)

Day Nine - Passau to Belgium
Time to disembark the MS Serenade 2 after breakfast this morning, as we continue our journey by coach to an overnight hotel in Belgium. (B,D)

Day Ten - Belgium to UK
We make our way back to the UK, via Calais, and continue home. (B)

Extras included on this holiday

Captain's gala dinner

Enjoy a fantastic Captain's gala dinner while on-board!

Welcome drink on arrival

Enjoy a welcome drink on arrival.

Welcome drink on arrival

Enjoy a welcome drink on arrival.

MS Serenade 2

The stunning MS Serenade 2 offers a truly unique cruising experience. This beautiful and sleek ship has been designed to create a luxurious, modern and spacious atmosphere on board. A real highlight of the Serenade 2 is the superbly designed Forward Observation Lounge where you can sit back and relax enjoying stunning views along the river. We’re sure that once you have experienced the magic of the Serenade 2 you will be back next year!

Allow us to welcome you on board our newest addition to the Shearings river cruise family, the MS Serenade 2. Inaugurated in 2007, this beautiful ship really is at the cutting edge of design, guaranteeing the most comfortable possible surroundings for her passengers. The cabins on board the Serenade 2 are amongst the very best and the largest of any river cruise vessel. They feature hotel style beds (not berths or bunks) and a well-appointed bathroom, with WC, bath and separate shower. All cabins feature a flat screen TV, phone, mini-fridge, tea/coffee making facilities, safe and hairdryer, plus floor-to-ceiling sliding French windows on the upper two decks.

Relax on-board, where our highly professional crew and cruise manager, will be happy to help. Why not enjoy the spacious Sun Deck which incorporates covered shaded areas, and space to relax in one of the plentiful deck chairs or sun loungers. Perhaps partake in a game of giant chess or visit the on-board fitness suite which incorporates a small gym and sauna.

Enjoy contemporary cuisine in the chic Mendelssohn Restaurant on-board located on the Mozart Deck, where each day begins with a sumptuous breakfast buffet, with English and Continental delicacies available.

At lunchtime, sit down to a mouth watering buffet, helping yourself to a fantastic selection of foods, from cold meats and cheeses to a choice of hot dishes.

Come dinnertime, there will be a four-course evening meal to enjoy with your fellow cruise passengers, sampling gourmet dishes from our superb on-board chefs. Not only this, you will also be treated to an impressive Captain’s gala dinner during your cruise, which is sure to be a wonderfully memorable experience.

And what better way to the end of the day, than a visit to the superb Captain’s Club for a post dinner drink.

 
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The Local Area

Included Excursions

Discover Wurzburg

Join us for a guided tour of this wonderful city. Wurzburg is the capital of Lower Franconia and is one of the loveliest Baroque cities in Germany, famous for being the centre of Franconian wine production. Wurzburg’s attractions are countless - it’s hard to believe that 90 per cent of the city was devastated in an air raid lasting 20 minutes on the 2nd of March 1945. In a miraculous rebuilding programme, nearly every major structure has been restored.

One of Wurzburg’s famous landmarks is the mighty fortress, Festung Marienberg, which sits on the hillside overlooking the city. We will explore the Old Town on foot, seeing the market square, the late-Gothic Church of St. Mary, and, next to it, the Falkenhaus with its beautiful Rococo facade. Another highlight is the four-towered Wurzburg Cathedral of St.Kilian, one of the largest Romanesque churches in Germany.

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Nuremberg Guided Panoramic Tour

A city fit for a king; don’t miss this opportunity to discover the undeclared capital of the Holy Roman Empire, where the beer is as dark as the coffee. The cityscape of Nuremberg, Bavaria’s second largest city, is dominated by the stunning castle, a mighty fortress built in 1140.

Of course, Nuremberg is known for the German activities that took place here before and during the Second World War, and our guided city tour will touch on this important part of the city’s history.

Our tour will take in the Nuremberg’s many highlights, so we can uncover the beautiful architecture and fascinating sights this city is so famous for. 

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Optional Excursions

Bamberg 'Little Venice'

Bamberg is a beautiful city located in Upper Franconia on the river Regnitz, close to its confluence with the Main River. The city of Bamberg prides itself with being on seven hills, as it symbolises similarity to Rome. The hills are Cathedral Hill, Michaelsberg, Kaulberg/Obere Pfarre, Stefansberg, Jakobsberg, Altenburger Hill and Abtsberg.

The Old Town of Bamberg is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage, primarily for of its authentic medieval appearance. During our walking tour there is the chance to see The Dom, which contains the intriguing Bamberg Rider sculpture - no one knows for sure who the young royal rider is! The Altes Rathaus is perched in the middle of a bridge and is an amazing sight. Other sights to take in include the Regnitz River, the Cathedral (dating from 1237), with the tombs of emperor Henry II and Pope Clement II; Alte Hofhaltung, residence of the bishops in the 16th and 17th centuries; Neue Residenz, residence of the bishops after the 17th century; the Old Town Hall (dating from 1386), built in the middle of the Regnitz River and accessible by two bridges.

We also see Klein-Venedig (‘Little Venice’), a colony of picturesque fishermen's houses from the 19th century along one side of the Regnitz River.

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Explore Kitzingen

Bavaria’s largest wine producer, Kitzingen is famous for its vineyards and fascinating heritage, and our excursion today will allow us to discover into its many sights. Admire the town’s beautiful architecture during our tour, and learn about its interesting myths and legends. 

For instance, legend has it that the Crooked Tower (Falterturm) in the town centre was constructed during a drought. Without access to any water, the builders used wine when mixing the mortar, causing the top of the tower to lean the way it does. As well as this, it’s said that the golden ball atop the tower contains the heart of Dracula, and that if you follow the Crooked Tower’s path it leads to Kitzingen’s old cemetery, where the grave of Dracula can be found. 

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Explore Passau

Join us on our guided walking tour of Passau. Situated at the confluence of the rivers Danube, Inn, and Ilz, Passau is known worldwide as the ‘Three Rivers City’. The Old Town of Passau was rebuilt in the 17th century by Italian Baroque masters after a devastating town fire. In the heart of Passau rises the Passauer Stephansdom (Cathedral of St Steven’s) with its three characteristic, green onion-domed towers.

In the Old Town, there are many beautiful churches, the New Bishop’s Residence and the magnificent Gothic Town Hall to discover. The fortress ‘Veste Oberhaus’ lies to the north of Passau’s Old Town, with the Pilgrimage Church ‘Mariahilf’ lying to the south.

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Historical Regensburg And Sausage Kitchen

We’ll spend time exploring the beautiful city of Regensburg, set alongside the River Danube. The historical Old Town here is a designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the city is considered one of Germany’s best cultural attractions.

Take a stroll through the old quarter with us and see some of the 1,500 listed buildings to be found here. The stone bridge, cathedral and Krauterermarkt are amongst the city’s significant architectural monuments, and the enchanting medieval architecture throughout Regensburg is sure to make you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time.

After our time exploring the city, we’ll visit Regensburg’s famous Historic Sausage Kitchen, thought to be the oldest restaurant in the world to be continuously open. Sample some of Regensburg’s delicious Bavarian sausages and soak up the atmosphere here.  

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Nuremberg Castle Tour

Nuremberg is overlooked by its Imperial Castle, which dominates the north-western corner of the city’s Old Town. In the Middle Ages, the castle was one of the most important imperial castles of the Holy Roman Empire.

The oldest part of Nuremberg Castle is its five-cornered tower, which was constructed before 1050. In the east of the castle, we’ll discover the entrance to the castle gardens and the castle gate. Through this gate you can enjoy one of the best views of the Old Town, and if you want to look further afield you can climb the round tower (Sinwellturm) in the first court of the castle. The Palas houses the castle museum and the two-storey chapel.

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