Cruise Itinerary - European River Cruise Adventure

Day 1:

From selected local departure points we cross the Channel to Calais and continue through Belgium and on to Cologne, for a late dinner on board.

Day 2:

Cruising overnight we reach Koblenz at the gateway to the Rhine tourist area. This afternoon sit back and enjoy the stunning scenery as we cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge and reach Rudesheim, the popular tourist centre, renowned for its narrow alleys and famous wine taverns.

Day 3:

An overnight and morning cruise to Aschaffenburg where our coach excursion includes the old town and an opportunity to visit Schloss Johannisberg, the majestic 17th century palace overlooking the River Main. Then cruise onward to delightful Miltenberg by mid-evening.

Day 4:

A full day cruising on the River Main, with a short call at Wertheim, nicknamed ‘little Heidelberg’, to reach the historic city of Wurzburg at about midnight.

Day 5:

A morning coach excursion to Festung Marienberg viewpoint, offering fabulous views across the city of Wurzburg before re-joining the ship at Ochsenfurt. Continuing upstream through the peaceful countryside of Franconia, to arrive at Schweinfurt.

Day 6:

Cruise to Bamberg, the ‘Treasure chest of Franconia’, to join the Main-Danube canal, 106 miles in length and connecting the two rivers to complete the ability to navigate cross Europe by water. We reach Nuremberg by late evening.

Day 7:

Our coach excursion gives us the opportunity to visit Nuremberg, known for its wartime associations, hilltop Kaiserburg and the restored Lorenzkirche. We re-board at Hilpoltstein to climb through rural Bavaria on the beautifully engineered canal, to reach a summit height of 1,332ft. above sea level, through massive locks with a lifting height of up to 78ft. We continue into the scenic Altmuhl Valley to reach picturesque Riedenburg by mid-evening.

Day 8:

Today we leave the canal and join the mighty Danube at Kelheim, cruising downstream to historic Regensburg, an old Roman city, for the evening..

Day 9:

Today we cruise through pastoral landscapes on the Danube to reach the gorgeous small city of Passau on the Austrian border by mid afternoon for our final night on board.

Day 10:

This morning we disembark at Passau for our coach journey back through Germany to Cologne for our final overnight stay and dinner.

Day 11:

To Calais for the Channel crossing, before returning home to our original joining points.

Departure Dates and Prices 2018 - 11 Days Full Board

  • Grand UK brochure prices in BLACK
  • River Cruise Holidays discount prices in RED
  • Tel Grand UK Reservations on 01603 886 795 and quote Travel 55 Ref: TRA55 + Tour Code

Deck & Cabin Location

Departs May 7 2018

Main (lower) deck

£1199 | £1116

Promenade (upper) deck £1299 | £1209
  • All prices £’s per person
  • Departure Code: C
  • Tour Code: RIE
  • Ship - The Esmerelda

Single cabin supplement: Main Deck: £229, Promenade Deck: £339 - Limited availability

Prices are per person, based on two sharing a cabin.Please note: Prices reflect cabin location. Promenade Deck cabins are higher above the waterline and have better views. There is a stair lift between Main and Promenade Deck and Promenade Deck and Sun Deck. Whilst there is a stair lift on board wheelchair access to and from ship is not possible.

All holidays subject to Grand UK Terms Conditions. Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors on this website.


Grand UK European River Cruise Adventure

11 Days by Coach - 7% Discount

Prices from £1116

The opening of the Main-Danube Canal in 1992 made possible the dream of sailing across the heart of Europe from the North Sea to the Black Sea. This special cruise will take you from Germany to Austria, by the Rivers Rhine and Main, the new canal and the River Danube. With 9 nights on board, there is a lot of cruising, many locks to negotiate, much to experience, and dozens of interesting and picturesque places to see, but the overall pace is as leisurely and relaxing as possible. From the Rhine Gorge to the history of Nuremberg, stunning castles to Roman cities, this really is the opportunity to sit back and relax as the changing landscapes of Germany pass you by.

To book this European River Cruise Adventure with Grand UK call them direct on 01603 886 795 and quote our discount code TRA55. You will then receive a 7% discount per person off of the brochure price. This saving is available on all Grand UK holidays.

Discount of 7% on all Grand UK river cruise holidays. To book call Grand UK on 01603 886 795 and quote TRA55 for the discounted price.

Cruise Highlights

  • Koblenz
  • Rhine Gorge
  • Passau
  • Rudesheim
  • Aschaffenburg
  • Miltenberg
  • Main-Danube canal
  • Nuremberg

The Esmeralda

The Esmeralda is a spacious, superior river cruise ship, with a homely, friendly atmosphere. Public areas include a forward lounge/bar on the Promenade (upper) Deck, a separate restaurant on the Main (lower) Deck, and a partially covered open-air Sun Deck. There is a lift between Promenade and Main Decks, and a stair lift between Promenade and Sun Decks. The Esmeralda offers 63 twin-bedded cabins, which are located on the Promenade and the Main Deck. Cabins are identical, with a picture window, shower and toilet, satellite television, telephone, safe deposit box and continental electricity socket (220volts). Promenade Deck cabins are higher above the waterline and have better views. The ship is fully air-conditioned throughout.

Please note: Whilst there is a lift onboard, wheelchair access to/from the ship is not possible.

What's Included:

  • Free local joining points
  • All coach travel
  • Return Channel crossings
  • Cruise itinerary and sightseeing excursions as stated
  • Accommodation in a twin outward facing cabin
  • Full board on the ship including hot/cold buffet breakfast, set menu lunch and dinner
  • Half board in overnight hotel*
  • Morning coffee and afternoon tea whilst cruising
  • Tour Manager escorted
  • Regular entertainment on board cruise ship
Brochures requested. Click here to go to the brochures page.

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