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Enjoy a Botanica Journey across Europe.

Discover the culture and traditions of Holland on your Botanica World Discoveries' river cruise.

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43 Days from Amsterdam to Bordeaux including a 12-night cruise of the Rhine & Moselle rivers, six nights aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express Train, a 12-night tour of Italy and France and a 7 night cruise in Bordeaux.  View complete itinerary

Trip code: BTAB43
Duration: 43 days
Accommodation: Luxury River Ship and Comfortable Hotels
Journey: Amsterdam to Bordeaux
Meals included: 99

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Amsterdam, Netherlands

Embark the MS Royal Crown and enjoy a Welcome Dinner this evening.
Stay: Twelve Nights: MS Royal Crown with classic ‘old world’ charm
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Keukenhof Garden

Visit the spectacular Keukenhof Garden.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 3. Arnhem, Freedom of Choice

Visit De Wiersse, a moated manor estate. Visit the Airborne Museum or Middachten Castle.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 4. Cologne, Germany, Freedom of Choice

Choose to visit a private garden or the magnificent Cologne Cathedral.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 5. Cochem

Enjoy the fairytale scenery as we make our way to Cochem.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 6. Bernkastel

Explore this lovely town then music by London Festival Opera.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 7. Rüdesheim, Freedom of Choice

Choose your activity today followed by another musical performance.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 8. Mannheim for Heidelberg

Visit the University City of Heidelberg then a musical soirée at Mannheim Castle.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 9. Speyer, Freedom of Choice

Choose from two touring options today in Speyer including the Technik Museum.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 10. Strasbourg, France, Freedom of Choice

Choose to visit the beautiful town of Colmar or a tour of Strasbourg.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 11. Breisach & The Black Forest, Germany

Sample some delicious Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte during our journey through The Black Forest.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 12. Basel, Switzerland

Enjoy a walking tour of Basel today, followed by a Farewell Dinner onboard this evening.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 13. Insel Mainau to Zurich

Disembark and visit the floral paradise of Insel Mainau arriving into Zurich.
Stay: Zurich, Romantik Hotel Europe
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 14. Arrive Budapest

Fly to Budapest and be transferred to your hotel.
Stay: Two Nights: Budapest, The Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 15. Budapest Sights

Tour the sights and secret gardens of Budapest.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 16. Budapest to Vienna

Board the luxurious Danube Express. This evening, the Vienna Supreme Orchestra will play.
Stay: Six Nights: Danube Express Train
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 17. Semmering Pass, Lake Achen & Innsbruck, Austria

Travel across central Austria and into the Alps.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 18. The Vorarlberg, Austria & Zürich, Switzerland

Relax and enjoy the scenery as we enter into Switzerland.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 19. St Gotthard Pass, Switzerland & Lake Como and Milan, Italy

Visit Villa Carlotta and Villa Balbianello.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 20. Verona & Trieste, Italy

Visit Giardini Giusti then arrive into Trieste.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 21. Lake Bled & Ljubljana, Slovenia

Explore Lake Bled then tour Ljubljana.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 22. Ljubljana to Venice, Italy

Our train travels on the causeway across the Venice Lagoon where we disembark.
Stay: Two Nights: Venice, Danieli Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 23. Venice Sightseeing

Explore some secret gardens of Venice.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 24. Padua Botanic Gardens, Italy

Depart Venice to visit the World Heritage-listed, Padua Botanic Gardens. Later arrive into Verona.
Stay: Two Nights: Verona, Hotel due Torri
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 25. Verona Garden

This morning we visit Giardini Giusti, regarded as one as Europe’s most beautiful Renaissance gardens known for its box and cypress hedges. This afternoon is free to explore Verona, famous for Juliet’s balcony.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 26. Villa Gamberaia

Depart Verona to Villa Gamberaia, located in the hills of Florence, and celebrated by architectural historians and garden designers. Afterwards enjoy free time in Florence or perhaps visit the Boboli Gardens before arriving at your hotel overlooking the Tuscan countryside.
Stay: Two Nights: Florence countryside, Villa Olmi
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 27. Tuscan Garden

This morning visit Venzano garden, designed by Australian Donald Leevers. Afterwards we visit World Heritage-listed village San Gimignano.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 28. Villa Torrigiani

Today we visit Villa Torrigiani garden, a fine example of how Italian gardens were converted to English style parks in the 19th century. Enjoy free time in the beautiful village of Lucca.
Stay: Two Nights: Santa Margherita Ligure, Hotel Metropole
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 29. Cinque Terre

Enjoy a full day to explore the best of the beautiful Cinque Terre towns set in the most spectacular of locations along the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 30. Serre de La Madone, France

Travel along the French Riviera to the town of Menton, where Lawrence Johnson created Serre de la Madone. Continue on to Cannes, in the heart of the French Riviera.
Stay: Three Nights: Cannes, Pullman Cannes Mandelieu
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 31. Villa Ephrussi

Today we visit Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, once home to Baroness Beatrice de Rothschild. Later, visit the acclaimed Renoir Museum in Cagnes-sur-Mer.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 32. Grasse Perfumery

This morning visit Villa Noailles in Grasse and tour a perfumery. This afternoon is free to relax.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 33. La Louve Garden

Explore La Louve Garden, a private French contemporary garden before travelling to Avignon.
Stay: Two Nights: Avignon, Grand Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 34. Avignon Gardens

Visit Brantes Castle, a contemporary garden with a Tuscan influence and tour Saint Andre Abbey and gardens. Have time to explore Avignon, perhaps tour the Papal Palace.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 35. Carcassonne & Canal du Midi Dinner Cruise

Depart Avignon for Carcassonne, a hilltop town famous for its walled fortifications. This evening enjoy a dinner cruise along the famous Canal du Midi.
Stay: Carcassonne, Hotel de la Cite
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 36. French Countryside

Travel through the French countryside. Enjoy a delicious French cuisine Farewell Lunch before arriving at your ship, docked on the Garonne River. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner and meet your crew and guest lecturers.
Stay: Seven Nights: MS AmaDolce, a luxurious small river ship (less than 100 guests)
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 37. Cadillac, Sauternes or Water Lilies, Freedom of Choice

Enjoy a morning sail through French villages and landscapes. From Cadiallac travel to Le Temple-sur-Lot to see a unique water lily garden where Claude Monet began his obsession with painting water lilies. Founded in 1280, the walled village of Cadillac offers a wealth of historic treasures and sights. Others may choose to visit Château de La Brède, once the home of the philosopher, Montesquieu, to tour its English style garden. Afterwards, head to the family winery of Château De Myrat for a tour which includes a tasting of Sauternes’ world-famous dessert wines.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 38. Pauillac, Private Garden, Freedom of Choice.

Today, we see the lovely village town on the left bank of the Gironde estuary known as Pauillac. Situated in the famed Médoc AOC (appellation d’origine contrôlée), a government controlled designation of origin which signifies where grapes are grown. You’ll be able to dabble in local blends this afternoon at an authentic Médoc wine tasting and learn the art of barrel making. There is also the option to visit a beautiful private garden.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 39. Blaye, Cognac & Château Gardens, Freedom of Choice

Today you can choose to spend a full day visiting château gardens including the well-known Château La Roche Courbon also known as ‘Sleeping Beauty’s Castle’. Alternatively discover the town of Blaye, including a walk along its 17th century citadel. After lunch, perhaps journey to Cognac for a tour and a tasting or sail to the town of Bourg.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 40. Bergerac, Private Garden & Saint-Émilion, Freedom of Choice.

Enjoy a relaxing morning cruising, then explore the picturesque and historic village of Bergerac on the northern bank of the Dordogne River. Visit the nearby Les Jardins de Sardy, one of the best private gardens in the Dordogne area with its Italian style yet English garden feel. Alternatively travel to World Heritage-listed Saint-Émilion. Explore its remarkable network of cellars and tunnels which have been used in the making of sparkling wines since the 19th century. After a tour, enjoy a glass of bubbles and a selection of Saint-Émilion’s macarons.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 41. Libourne, Caviar, Art Lecture, Freedom of Choice.

This morning tour Libourne including a visit to a caviar estate. This afternoon enjoy an art lecture as we cruise to Bordeaux where we will dock and indulge in a spectacular dinner. Later, take in the sights on an illuminations cruise of this magical city.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 42. Bordeaux, Botanical Gardens, Musee des Beaux Arts, Freedom of Choice

Your choices this morning including seeing the elegant port city of Bordeaux on foot or perhaps visit the Musee des Beaux Arts with an art expert. Perhaps visit Bordeaux Botanical Gardens, recognised as progressive projects of landscape architecture. Enjoy a free afternoon.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 43. Disembark Ship, Depart Bordeaux

Disembark your ship for the final time after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Visit Keukenhof Garden
  • Cruise through the Rhine Valley & Moselle River regions
  • Visit a private garden in Cologne
  • Explore the palace & gardens of Schwetzingen
  • Tour Insel Mainau, the ‘flower island’
  • Travel through the Black Forest
  • Visit the Speyer Technik & the Arnhem Airborne museums
  • Enjoy a secret gardens of Budapest tour
  • Visit Schonbrunn Palace & garden
  • Enjoy a private concert at the House of Mozart in Vienna
  • Travel over Semmering Pass to Kitzbuhel
  • Take a cable car to Alpengarten Hoher Kasten to see flora common to the Alps
  • Visit the gardens of Villa Carlotta and Villa Balbianello on Lake Como
  • Visit Giardini Giusti Garden
  • Spend time on stunning Lake Bled
  • In Venice enjoy a secret gardens tour
  • See Alpine plants in a stunning setting
  • Tour Padua Botanic Gardens
  • Visit Giardini Giusti
  • Explore Villa Gamberaia in Florence
  • Enjoy exploring Tuscan villages including San Gimigiano
  • Tour Villa Torrigiani
  • Explore the famous Cinque Terre
  • Visit Lawrence Johnson’s Menton garden
  • Stay on the French Riviera & explore Villa Ephrussi
  • Visit Villa Noailles and a perfumery in Grasse
  • Tour gardens in Provence; La Louve, Brantes Castle & St Andre Abbey
  • Enjoy a dinner cruise on the Canal du Midi
  • Stroll the grounds & gardens of French châteaux with your Botanical Guide
  • Explore Le Temple-sur-Lot the water lily garden that inspired Monet
  • Tour Château de La Brede former home of philosopher Montesquieu
  • Explore Bordeaux on a walking tour
  • Enjoy a sightseeing tour in Pauillac
  • Visit Libourne & enjoy a tasting in a cave in St Émilion

Map

Included Experiences

  • All sightseeing as mentioned
  • Services of a Cruise/Train Director, local and specialist guides & Botanical Guide
  • Airport transfer on first & last day, tipping, port taxes & porterage
  • 99 Meals – 42 Breakfasts, 23 Lunches & 34 Dinners
  • Economy flight between Zurich & Budapest
  • Wine, beer & soft drinks included with lunch & dinner on board your cruises

MS Royal Crown Deckplan

MS Royal Crown

Cruise Europe’s Rhine and Moselle rivers in classic old world style aboard this charming river ship.

See the deck plans for MS Royal Crown here

Additional Information

MS Royal Crown

  • Combining art deco elegance and modern day comforts, the 90 guest MS Royal Crown is both beautiful to look at and a great joy to travel on. Spacious teak decks, elegant public rooms and staterooms with mahogany, rosewood and marble, together with rich fabrics and specially designed furniture, all blend together to create a unique vessel designed for the rivers flowing through the heart of Europe.

  

Fitness Level

  • This tour requires a medium level of fitness – Involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour, multiple two night stay in one location with potential for unexpected changes to itineraries

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices are for land/cruise and rail only. Flights not included

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