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Botanica

European Rivers of Music & Rose Gardens Cruise

Munich to Amsterdam

Trip Code: BTOR11
11 Days
12 Jul 2021
  • Trip Inclusions
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Similar Trips

Trip Inclusions

  • 11 Days aboard the MS Royal Crown with a Cruise Director and Botanical Guide
  • 29 Meals plus wine, beer and soft drinks included with lunch and dinner on cruise
  • Enjoy a series of classical musical performances including string quartets and piano recitals
  • Cruise through spectacular Bavarian countryside and explore charming villages and towns
  • Explore Nuremberg's Hesperides Gardens and the historic rose village of Steinfurth
  • Visit famous rose gardens in Bamberg, Baden-Baden and The Hague
  • Enjoy a visit to Delft Blue Pottery and discover the Japanese Garden in Cologne
  • Airport transfers on first and last day, port taxes, tipping and porterage

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Medium Fitness level - involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour. A good degree of mobility is required
  • Small Ship – Up to 90 guests maximum
  • This cruise is in partnership with our UK sister company and will be with like-minded guests.
  • Botanical Guide subject to minimum numbers
  • Prices are for cruise only. Flights not included
Europe map BTOR11 2020-2021
Munich to Amsterdam

Arrive into Munich airport by 12 noon where you will be met and transferred to Regensburg to embark the MS Royal Crown. This evening enjoy a Welcome Dinner on board where you will meet your fellow travellers and Botanical Guide.

Stay: 10 Nights, MS Royal Crown

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  • Dinner

Relax onboard this morning as we cruise towards Nuremberg. After lunch on board, set off on a guided tour of the Old Town, famous for its ancient city walls. Also visit the Hesperides Gardens, developed in the 17th and 18th centuries by wealthy tradesmen and often referred to as the 'Baroque Gardens'. This evening enjoy a special drinks reception before dinner.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning, cruise to one of Germany’s prettiest towns. Bamberg's location, 65 kilometres north of Nuremberg, was a key factor in preserving its architectural heritage from the ravages of war. Each of the town's major buildings displays characteristics of each European architectural style from the Romanesque onwards. Later, continue onto Rosengarten, located in the inner courtyard of the Neue Residenz, Bamberg's famous 17th-century palace. This rose garden was designed in 1733 and is framed by lime trees and an elegant pavilion with splendid views of Bamberg. Our morning tour will end with a performance by a string quartet in the palace. Return to the ship for lunch as we cruise towards Wurzburg.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Arrive this morning in historic Wurzburg, the wine capital of Germany's Franconia region. Set off on a guided tour of the Old Town, which has an impressive collection of churches. Also visit the magnificent Prince Bishop’s Residenz Palace where you'll be treated to a tasting of local wines in the Residenz Cellar.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Enjoy a day of cruising on the Main River delighting in picturesque Bavarian countryside and gliding by charming towns and villages.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning set off for Baden-Baden. First stop is the Garden for Rose Novelties, where 100 rose growing prizes are presented and awarded every year. The expansive garden area on the hillside is divided into four distinct fields. The middle way of the garden is lined with rose arches, while statues of Aphrodite, Hebe and Bacchus are situated in semi-circular arcades. After lunch in a local restaurant, continue to the centre of Baden-Baden. This elegant Belle-Epoque resort town is one of Germany’s best kept secrets. The ornate spa assembly rooms form the focal point of the town, both architecturally and socially. The old quarter is full of charming houses, exclusive boutiques and cafés and is open to pedestrians only. After a guided tour, enjoy free time to wander around Baden-Baden. This evening be entertained by a piano recital onboard whilst we cruise to Mainz.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning you'll set off for a visit to Steinfurth, Germany's oldest rose village. At the town's famous rose garden and museum we'll learn that roses have been cultivated here for more than 150 years, and are now shipped all over the world. This afternoon, return to the ship in Mainz and cruise through the beautiful Rhine Gorge.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Arrive into Cologne and set off for a morning tour to the Japanese Gardens in nearby Leverkusen. The beautiful gardens of around 15 hectares contain many rare plants from different parts of East Asia along with enchanting sculptures, ornate lanterns and arched gates. Return to your ship and after lunch on board, choose your afternoon excursion. Perhaps visit the Cologne Botanical Garden, established in the 19th century and home to more than 10,000 species of plants. Alternatively you may choose to visit the city's famous cathedral, which is the largest Gothic church in northern Europe. The cathedral tour will conclude with a visit to a 'Brauhaus' to sample some of the local Kolsch beer.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today, arrive in the beautiful Dutch city of Arnhem where you'll have a choice of excursions. Perhaps join a morning tour to the De Wiersse Castle. Surrounded by farmland and woods, the castle grounds include 15 hectares of gardens and 30 hectares of landscaped park. The moated manor house has been lived in and managed by the De Wiersse family since 1678. This historic garden has avenues and pergolas, fountains and statues, meadows and bridges over a gently flowing stream. Alternatively, depart for a full-day tour to the Botanical Pond Garden. This stunning 2.25 hectare comprehensive pond garden was created in 1987 by Ada Hofman, author of various pond books. Ada has succeeded in bringing together one of the largest collections of plants, shrubs and trees in the country, with around 3000 different species found in the garden. Many animals have been released in the ponds and garden, including ring snakes, frogs, slow worms, various fish species, salamanders and lizards.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

From Rotterdam we depart for a full-day tour of this fascinating region of the Netherlands. Our first stop will be Delft, the birthplace of Vermeer. Here you'll enjoy a walking tour of the pretty town and a visit to the Delft Blue Pottery which has been creating the iconic blue and white ceramic pieces since the 17th century. After lunch in a local restaurant, continue to The Hague for a visit to the rose garden in Westbroek Park. Return to the ship this evening and join your fellow travellers in the lounge for a concert by a string quartet, followed by a Farewell Dinner.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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  • Breakfast

In all we had a fantastic holiday. We would recommend Botanica to all who'll ask.

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