Almost lost to the mists of time, there lived a man whose name was Charlemagne, the first Holy Roman Emperor. He dreamed an outlandish dream for the 7th Century: to build what we now know of as the Main-Danube Canal.
Inspired by his dreams, Crystal Mahler embarks on the grandest of voyages along Europe’s mightiest rivers – the Rhine, Main and Danube. As you cruise between Amsterdam and Budapest, prepare to explore the capital cities and quaint villages of Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary.
Inaugural Grand Europe
The Main-Danube Canal is Europe’s highest navigable waterway: you sail through 16 locks and, near Nuremberg, the Canal climbs to over 1,300 feet above sea-level. As you wind your way along the 106 mile Main-Danube Canal, think of Charlemagne and his men, attempting to dig a navigable trench with only hand tools. Don’t dwell too long on them, because you may miss the hilltop monasteries and medieval castles, grape arbors and picturesque villages that your ship will glide by.
From the windmills of Holland, the fairy-tale villages of Germany, the castle-laden scenery of Austria’s Wachau Valley to the feudal fortresses of Slovakia and more. Explore historic churches, stunnning medieval architecture and magnificent cathedrals on this cruise.
With unforgettable overnight stays in grand European cities: Amsterdam, Budapest, Passau and Vienna.