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Shearings Holidays European River Cruises Overviews. Part 2

Romantic Rhine & Main Valley Travelling

Cologne river view

Travelling along the romantic Rhine and into the scenic Main Valley, you’ll have the chance to explore some of Germany’s oldest and most fascinating cities. To cultural Cologne, medieval Andernach and delightful Rüdesheim, add Offenbach’s palaces and Miltenberg, home of one of the oldest inns in Germany. You could explore Wertheim’s glass museum, pretty Lohr or Marienberg Fortress in Würzburg. So enjoy some of the most enchanting destinations that Germany has to offer from the comfort of a beautiful ship.

Main Valley to the Blue Danube

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 Nüremberg’s popular Toy Museum, and sample some of Bamberg’s famous beers, with over 50 varieties to choose from. Explore Würzburg’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 truly awe-inspiring waterway!

Danube Symphony Cruise

Enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Danube, taking in some of Europe’s most splendid scenery and learning something of the area’s fascinating history. Discover Vienna, the beautiful ‘City of Waltzes’. See Budapest, ‘Queen of the Danube’ and home to a myriad of historical treasures. Cruise to Esztergom, a picturesque town full of historical delights. And call in at Bratislava, a cultural capital city with much to see and do. The combination of outstanding natural beauty and wonderful history make this cruise a truly unforgettable experience.

Main – Danube Canal Explorer

Get stunning views of Germany’s hills and vineyards as you glide along the beautiful Main and Danube rivers. The highlight of this cruise is the Main – Danube Canal, an engineering marvel of over 16 lochs stretching over 106 miles. You’ll also experience Linz; Passau, near the Black Forest; medieval Regensburg; castle-filled Riedenburg; Mühlhausen, a walled medieval city and the romantic corners of Nüremberg. Explore the influential architecture of Schweinfurt, heavily bombed in the Second World War and Würzburg, a beautiful Baroque city. History, culture and a fantastic ship – what could be better?

Historic Towns & the Loreley Valley

We are proud to offer a Rhine cruise on the beautiful MPS Da Vinci. Admire the architecture of Würzburg and Koblenz, explore medieval Karlstadt, see where the Tauber meets the Main in Wertheim, sample the beer brewed in Miltenberg, visit Rüdesheim in the Rhine Gorge and bustling Cologne and Düsseldorf. You’ll be inspired by the stunning scenery, fascinating history and elegant surroundings.

Floriade, Holland in Bloom

There is only one time to visit Holland and that is Spring. Enjoy this gentle meandering cruise with visits to picturepostcard Dutch towns and cities including Amsterdam, Volendam, Arnhem and Nijmegen. The highlight of our Dutch river cruise is the included excursion to Floriade 2012, a 10 year horticultural exposition set in 66 hectares of land. Stroll through the park and marvel at the flower displays and themed worlds just waiting to be explored!

Classic Rhine Cruise

This Classic Rhine cruise takes in all the best that Germany’s longest river has to offer – Drachenfels Mountain views, the unspoilt promenade of former royal resort Boppard, Rüdesheim’s 15th-century cobblestone street lined with open-air taverns and Mainz, previously a fort in Roman Germany’s northern frontier. You will enjoy stunning views of ancient castles, rolling vineyards and the Rhine Gorge, a World Heritage Site.

What’s more, you will be relaxing in the friendly atmosphere of the MV Virginia whilst enjoying the charming villages and superb views.

The Classic Moselle

Join the friendly MV Virginia on a relaxing cruise to explore all the best the Moselle Valley has to offer. We start our cruise in bustling Cologne and make our way south to enjoy the quiet villages, scenic green hills and vineyards of Germany’s famous wine country. You get the opportunity to explore Koblenz and Cochem before we make our way to some of the lesser-known Moselle villages including Traben-Trarbach, Bernkastel and Alken. The beauty of the Moselle and the hospitality of the MV Virginia – the trip of a lifetime!

Valleys of the Rhine & Moselle

Join this popular cruise taking in two of Europe’s most spectacular rivers. From the Roman city of Cologne to medieval riverside villages, this cruise is a relaxing journey through scenery and sights that will leave you spellbound. Highlights include medieval fortifications in Andernach; wine in Winningen; restored half-timbered houses in Cochem; the cable car in Koblenz and the open-air taverns of Rüdesheim. This valleys cruise is sure to provide a memorable trip!

UNESCO World Heritage Upper Middle Rhine Valley

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