Friday 27 July:
Arnhem - Wirges - Southern Germany (coach transfer)
We leave Arnhem at 09:30 by comfortable coach for our journey to Southern Germany. We will of course offer you coffee during the trip and we will make a stop for lunch. We will arrive in Erlangen early in the evening where you will spend the night in a hotel. We will have dinner in the hotel. Your luggage will stay on the coach so make sure you pack your toiletries in your hand luggage for the overnight stay in the hotel.
Saturday 28 July:
Southern Germany - Passau - Vienna
You can enjoy a delicious breakfast before the coach departs. On the way the ever-changing landscape will give you occasional glimpses of the Danube. On arrival in Passau the Da Vinci will be waiting for you. You will be welcomed on board for lunch. Immediately after arrival the anchor will be weighed and it won’t be long before the Wachau valley comes into view. The hillsides of the Wachau valley, lined with vineyards, provide a wonderful panorama for which this region is famed. During the journey we will inform you of the opportunities we offer to make your holiday as complete as possible.
Sunday 29 July:
We will arrive in the Austrian capital during breakfast. Vienna is a cultural and political centre and has for a long time been the centre of classical music and opera. Vienna has many baroque building styles but also styles from other periods. The inner city of Vienna is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During a city tour(*) you will be introduced to all the unusual aspects of this beautiful city in a comfortable way.
Monday 30 July:
Vienna - Melk - Grein
Melk is a small town at the end of the Wachau valley. The world-famous Melk Abbey (1702) stands high above the Danube and contains an enormous amount of baroque art. Towards the end of the afternoon we continue our journey to Grein. The town hall here contains an original rococo theatre.
Tuesday 31 July:
Grein - Passau
Passau is known as the Three Rivers City as this is where the Danube, the Inn and the Ilz converge. The baroque townscape with its beautiful towers, squares, bridges and passageways is the work of 17th century Italian baroque masters. You can enjoy unforgettable views during a city walk(*).
Wednesday 1 August:
Passau - Regensburg
Regensburg is a city in eastern Bavaria where culture lovers can indulge themselves. This harbour town located on the Naab and Reegen rivers is one of Germany’s better preserved medieval towns. You could easily spend a couple of days here.
Thursday 2 August:
Regensburg - Riedenburg - Mühlhausen
At Kelheim we switch from the Danube to the Main-Danube Canal. This canal has formed a link between the Main and the Danube since 1992. In the afternoon we will moor at the three-castle town of Riedenburg, sometimes known as the ‘Pearl of the Altmühldal valley’. During dinner we continue sailing towards Mühlhausen
Friday 3 August:
Mühlhausen - Nuremberg
We arrive after lunch in Nuremberg, a vibrant metropolis with a medieval flair. It is without doubt one of Germany’s loveliest cities. The town is surrounded by a five kilometre city wall. The Keizerburcht (Imperial Castle) alone is well worth a visit. We will take you free of charge by bus to the town centre.
Saturday 4 August:
Nuremberg - Bamberg
The beautiful and lively university town of Bamberg is built on seven hills and is located in the cirque valley of the River Regnitz. This river flows into the Main close by. The rolling hills around the town add to Bamberg’s stunning location. The most famous building in the historic town centre is the Romano-Gothic Cathedral with its four tall towers protruding high above the town. This church also contains the sarcophagus of Emperor Henry II and his wife.
Sunday 5 August:
Bamberg - Schweinfurt
Schweinfurt features in this afternoon’s programme. This town has Germany’s largest collection of 19th century art (the Georg Schäfer museum).The reconstructed city walls emphasise its medieval character.
Monday 6 August:
Schweinfurt - Würzburg - Karlstadt
Würzburg is encircled by vineyards. This old episcopal and university town has the character of a baroque town with southern charm. Architectural masterpieces from various periods are positioned idyllically among the vineyards. Art, culture and Franken wine hold an important place in the people’s life in Würzburg. A city walk(*) led by a local guide will give you an even better impression of this lovely town. In the evening we sail on to Karlstadt where we stay overnight.
Tuesday 7 August:
Karlstadt - Arnhem (coach transfer)
This wonderful journey is almost over. During this diverse holiday you have been able to experience the differences between Austria and Germany, and between the Danube and the Main. You were also able to experience the highest navigable point by boat in Europe. All in all an unforgettable holiday which you will long remember. We will take you by coach from Karlstadt to your destination Arnhem. On the way we will stop for lunch, and coffee will be served on the journey. We expect to arrive in Arnhem during the evening.
During this cruise we will sometimes sail during the night. Both Day 1 and Day 12 are travel days by coach.
Various excursion opportunities (not included in the price)
Local entertainment twice
Includes shuttle bus in Bamberg and Nuremberg
Live entertainment throughout