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DAY 1: From selected local departure points to Cologne, for a late dinner.
DAY 2: Cruising overnight we reach Koblenz at the gateway to the Rhine tourist area. This afternoon we cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge and reach Rudesheim.
DAY 3: An overnight and morning cruise to Aschaffenburg where our coach excursion includes the old town and an opportunity to visit Schloss Johannisberg. Then on to delightful Miltenberg by mid-evening.
DAY 4: A day cruising on the Main, with a call at Wertheim, nicknamed ‘little Heidelberg’, to reach the historic city of Wurzburg at midnight.
DAY 5: A morning coach excursion to Festung Marienberg viewpoint before rejoining 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 reach Nuremberg, known for its
DAY 7: Our coach excursion gives us the opportunity to visit Nuremberg, hilltop Kaiserburg and the restored
Lorenzkirche. 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. Into the scenic Altmuehl Valley to reach picturesque Riedenburg.
DAY 8: Leave the canal and join the mighty Danube at Kelheim, cruising downstream to historic Regensburg, an old Roman city, for the evening.
DAY 9: Cruise through a pastoral landscape on the Danube to reach the city of Passau on the Austrian border by mid afternoon for our final night on board.
DAY 10: Disembark at Passau for our coach journey to Cologne area for an overnight stay and dinner.
DAY 11: To Calais for the Channel crossing, then onto our original joining points.
The Esmeralda is a spacious, superior, river cruise ship with 63 outward facing cabins on two decks with a homely, friendly atmosphere. The vessel has air-conditioning throughout.
Public areas include: > Forward lounge/bar on Promenade Deck > Restaurant on the Main Deck > Partially covered Sun Deck
All cabins include: > Picture window > Shower & toilet > Satellite television > Safety deposit box > Twin beds at floor level > Continental electricity socket (220 volts)
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.
Single cabin supplement: Main Deck: £229* Promenade Deck: £339*
- Free local joining points
- All coach travel
- Return Channel crossings
- Tour Manager escorted
- 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
- Regular entertainment on board