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Main Valley to Blue Danube Cruise plus 2 nights in Munich

 

  • Overview

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

    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! Read More



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    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.
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  • Excursions & Extras

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    Bamberg Little Venice
    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.

    Wurzburg
    Discover Wurzburg & Residenz Palace

    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 and 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 explore the Old Town on foot – we see the market square, the late-Gothic Church of St. Mary, and next to it is the Falkenhaus with its beautiful Rococo facade. Another highlight is the four-towered Wurzburg Cathedral St.Kilian, which is one of the largest Romanesque churches in Germany.

    We continue to the impressive Residenz Palace. The former residence of the Wurzburg prince bishops and one of the most important baroque palaces in Europe, today it’s on UNESCO's World Heritage list. The Palace, known as the ‘Castle above all Castles’, was built from 1720 – 1744 and was based on a design by Balthasar Neumann. The building masterfully combines not only the various German Baroque styles, but also French Chateau architecture and the imperial baroque style of Vienna, the result being a highly individual and distinctive style. The highlight of the Palace is the interior decor, especially the ceiling frescos in the Imperial Hall and above the staircase.  

    Nuremberg
    Explore Nuremberg & Castle

    Nuremberg was once an imperial residence, a powerful free imperial city and an international trading centre. Our guided tour takes us around this fascinating city before heading to the historic Old Town to explore and maybe catch a glimpse of some of the city’s famous sights including Nuremberg Castle, St. Lawrence Church, St. Sebaldus Church, the Church of Our Lady, St. John’s Cemetery (Albrecht Durer) and the former Nazi party rally grounds.

    We then head to the Imperial Castle, which dominates the north-western corner of Nuremberg's old town. In the Middle Ages, the castle was one of the most important imperial castles of the Holy Roman Empire. In the west of the castle is Luginsland tower. It was built in 1495 and took just one year to complete and served originally as a storehouse for grain. Today it is used as a youth hostel.

    The five-cornered tower was constructed before 1050 and is the oldest building of the castle and city. In the east of the castle is the entrance to the castle gardens and the castle gate. Through the castle gate you can enjoy one of the best views of the old town. 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.

    Passau
    Explore Passau and Organ Concert

    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. The fortress ‘Veste Oberhaus’ lies to the north of Passau’s Old Town with the Pilgrimage Church ‘Mariahilf’ lying to the south. We first head to the Cathedral of St Steven’s Cathedral for the world-famous concert, in which the world’s largest cathedral organ sounds. St Stephen's is a true masterpiece of Italian Baroque, built by Italian architect Carlo Lurago and decorated in part by Carpoforo Tencalla. It is also notable for its gothic and baroque architecture.

    With 17,774 pipes and 233 registers, the organ at St. Stephen's was long held to be the largest church pipe organ in the world and is today second in size only to the organ at First Congregational Church, Los Angeles, which was expanded in 1994. Passau with its unique charm and its atmosphere is one of the most beautiful and spectacular German cities on the Danube.

    Regensburg
    Historical Regensburg

    We’ll spend time exploring the beautiful city of Regensburg, set alongside the River Danube, whose historical old town is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a stroll in the old quarter and see some of the 1,500 listed buildings. The stone bridge, cathedral and Krauterermarkt are amongst the city’s significant architectural monuments.

    Weltenburg
    Weltenburg Abbey and historic Kelhelm

    Join us as we head to historic Kelheim. This beautiful city is located at the confluence of the Danube River and the Main-Danube Canal and was the first residence of the Wittelsbach princes, as well as being granted town rights as early as 1181.

    The city is the gateway to the Danube Gorge, with its 400-foot cliffs. The gorge is the river's steepest, narrowest area and is justly famous for its stunning scenery. Arguably Kelheim’s most famous landmark is the ‘Befreiungshalle’ (Liberation Hall) which is located on top of a hill overlooking the city. This monumental building was erected between 1842 and 1863 by the Bavarian king Ludwig I in remembrance of all the people who helped to end the rule of Napoleon over the German states.

    We then head to nearby Weltenberg Abbey. Founded by Irish/Scottish monks in about 620, the Abbey is a fairy-tale Benedictine building set on a spur of rock in the Danube, cleverly integrated into the river's sinuous curve. Its monastic tradition dates back further than that of any other abbey in Bavaria.

    Within the baroque complex is a beer garden, one of Bavaria's most beautiful, where the majestic views and award-winning food create an ambience no less reverent than that of the grandiose Asam church. This abbey church, a masterpiece of European baroque, was built and decorated by the famous Asam brothers between 1716 and 1739. The well-known abbey brewery is one of the oldest in the world, dating back to 1050 – a true gem.

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