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Rhine and Moselle Cruise.

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

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13 Days on an exclusive river ship with a Botanical Guide. Cruise the Rhine and Moselle Rivers through some of Europe’s prettiest areas and enjoy a series of performances by the London Festival Opera. View complete itinerary

Trip code: BTRM13
Duration: 13 days
Accommodation: Luxury River Ship
Journey: Amsterdam to Zurich
Meals included: 34

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Amsterdam, Netherlands

Arrive into Amsterdam and transfer to the MS Royal Crown for embarkation after 4pm. This evening enjoy a Welcome Dinner onboard where you will meet your fellow travellers and Botanical Guide.
Stay: Twelve Nights: MS Royal Crown with classic ‘old world’ charm
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Keukenhof Garden

From Amsterdam, drive to nearby Keukenhof Garden for a morning in this extraordinary horticultural haven. With 32 hectares of flowers, more than 7 million bulbs in bloom and 800 varieties of tulips, this is a truly unique and unforgettable experience. In the early evening we invite you to attend a classical performance on board the MS Royal Crown by a string quartet.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 3. Arnhem, Freedom of Choice

Visit De Wiersse, a moated manor estate in the woods, which has been remarkable maintained since 1678. This afternoon you may choose to visit the Airborne Museum in Hartenstein which pays tribute to the Battle of Arnhem, one of the major tragedies of World War II. Alternatively visit Middachten Castle which dates from the early Middle Ages. Spend time exploring the “neo” baroque gardens before returning to the ship.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 4. Cologne, Germany, Freedom of Choice

This morning cruise the legendary Rhine River. Pass Duisburg and Dusseldorf before arriving in Cologne in the afternoon. Choose between a visit to a wonderful private roomed garden in the heart of Cologne and meet the owner, or visit the magnificent Cologne Cathedral. Return to the ship and sail this evening.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 5. Cochem

Relax this morning and enjoy the fairytale scenery of the Moselle Valley as we make our way to Cochem, where we arrive in the early afternoon. The town of Cochem is famous for its 11th century Reichsburg Imperial Castle, set impressively on a tree-clad hill above a bend of the river. On a guided tour, walk along Cochem’s winding medieval streets and see the baroque Town Hall.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 6. Bernkastel

Arrive this morning at Bernkastel, situated in the heart of the Moselle Valley. On our morning ashore we will explore this lovely town and sample some of its locally produced wine. After lunch on board, we will drive to nearby Kloster Machern for an Opera Gala performance by the London Festival Opera, featuring the works of great German, French and Italian composers. Return to the ship and sail in the afternoon, enjoying the views along the meandering valley.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 7. Rüdesheim, Freedom of Choice

After breakfast choose to tour the cobblestone streets of the town’s vibrant Drosselgasse and take a mini-train to Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum, or visit two gardens. The first is Darmstadt Botanic Gardens housing over 9,000 plant species, and next is Prinz-Georgs Garden, described as a jewel of baroque gardening art. After lunch, relax and enjoy a vocal and instrumental recital by London Festival Opera. Return to the ship and sail in the evening past the city of Mainz where the Rhine meets the Main.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 8. Mannheim for Heidelberg

From our berth in Mannheim, we set off after breakfast for an excursion to the University City of Heidelberg, with its baroque-style old town and castle. Return to the vessel for lunch and some free time. This evening we will depart for Mannheim Castle for London Festival Opera’s classical soirée’, featuring celebrated arias and ensembles from the operas of Haydn and Mozart, performed in period costume.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 9. Speyer, Freedom of Choice

Arrive this morning in the handsome city of Speyer. Choose from two touring options, a visit to the Technik Museum with its amazing collection of aircraft, classic cars, locomotives, fire engines and even a space shuttle. Alternatively take a tour of the city including the mighty cathedral. This Romanesque basilica was founded by Emperor Conrad II in 1030 and is one of the largest and most impressive edifices in Germany. This afternoon enjoy a visit to Schwetzingen Palace and Gardens, a cultural heritage site of European significance: more than 100 sculptures are scattered throughout this wonderful, and at times surprising, landscape. This evening enjoy a string quartet performance onboard the ship.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 10. Strasbourg, France, Freedom of Choice

Enjoy a morning’s cruise as we head towards the French town of Strasbourg, arriving in the early afternoon. After lunch on board, you will have the choice of two touring options. Visit the beautiful town of Colmar with its cobblestone streets lined with half-timbered medieval and early Renaissance buildings. Alternatively take a tour of the delights of Strasbourg, including the fascinating old quarter. Start with the Quai de la Petite France where the River Ill splits into a number of canals, see the Ponts Couverts, a series of wooden bridges dating back to the 13th century, the Place Gutenberg and the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the tallest medieval building in Europe. This evening sail in the early evening towards Breisach.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 11. Breisach & The Black Forest, Germany

This morning we arrive in Breisach, gateway to the Black Forest. After breakfast we depart for a scenic excursion through the area’s landscape of mountains, meadows and dense forest. During our tour we will ensure there is time to sample some delicious Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte. Return to the ship for lunch and this afternoon is at leisure in the pretty town of Breisach. For those who wish, there will be an afternoon tour to the Freiburg Botanic Gardens with its series of glasshouses. Sail this evening towards Basel.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 12. Basel, Switzerland

After breakfast depart for a guided walking tour of Basel, Switzerland’s third most populous city, which borders France and Germany. The medieval appearance of Basel’s historic quarter remains as impressive to the locals as it does to the tourists who come here each year. Our tour shall pass by its Cathedral, the glorious guildhalls, Basel’s manor houses, and finally, shall end with breathtaking views from the top of Münster Hill. Return to the ship for lunch and enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Early this evening join your fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 13. Insel Mainau to Zurich

Disembark after breakfast and travel to the shores of Lake Constance to see the floral paradise of Insel Mainau, known as the ‘flower island’. The island’s arboretum contains 500 species of deciduous and coniferous trees, many exotic and valuable. There are acres of floral displays, including tulips and other spring bulbs in bloom. Your tour will finish in Zurich at the airport at 5pm or the Zurich hotel at 6pm.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Visit the extraordinary Keukenhof Gardens with spring bulbs
  • Travel through the Rhine Valley with its spectacular hilltop castles
  • Visit a private garden in Cologne
  • Cruise through the beautiful Moselle River region
  • Explore the palace & gardens of Schwetzingen
  • Tour Insel Mainau, the ‘flower island’ on the shores of Lake Constance
  • Travel through the Black Forest
  • Visit the Speyer Technik & the Airborne Museums
  • Enjoy musical performances along the journey from the London Festival Opera

Map

Included Experiences

  • All sightseeing as mentioned
  • Services of a Cruise Director, local guides & Botanical Guide
  • Airport transfers on first & last day, tipping & port taxes
  • 34 Meals – 12 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches & 12 Dinners
  • Botanical Guide – Anthea Guthrie
  • Anthea is a multi-award winning British horticulturalist
  • Botanica’s Founder, Judy Vanrenen will host part of this tour

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.

 

London Festival Opera

  • Bringing together established opera singers from major British operacompanies, London Festival Opera has achieved a considerable reputation for presenting fine opera and music performances internationally in palaces, castles, country houses, theatres, embassies, private homes and some of the leading opera houses of the world.

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 cruise only. Flights not included

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