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Discover the magical city of Venice when your Botanica World Discoveries' garden tour takes you to Italy.

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24 Days from Amsterdam to Venice including a 12-night Rhine & Moselle cruise followed by six nights aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express with a Botanical Guide. View complete itinerary

Trip code: BTRMDE24
Duration: 24 days
Accommodation: Luxury River Ship and Rail Journey
Journey: Amsterdam to Venice
Meals included: 60

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 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

Choose to visit a private garden or the magnificent Cologne Cathedral.
  • 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

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. Depart Venice

After breakfast, transfer to the airport.
  • 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

Map

Included Experiences

  • All sightseeing as mentioned
  • Services of a Cruise/Train Director, local guides & Botanical Guide
  • Airport transfer on first & last day, tipping, port taxes & porterage
  • 60 Meals – 23 Breakfasts, 16 Lunches & 21 Dinners
  • Economy flight between Zurich & Budapest

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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