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ROYAL CROWN
Four River Journey Cruise

Departing Oct 10 - 17, 2011

Four of Europe’s most legendary rivers await on you this mesmerizing journey. Experience the romantic spirit and the rich heritage left by history and nature along the Danube, the Main-Danube Canal, the Main and the Rhine. Your journey through the heart of Europe starts on the Danube, without doubts the most delightful among the European rivers and continues on the Main-Danube Canal. The idea of connecting the Rhine and Danube by canal was first conceived in the 17th century. Yet it was not until 1992 that this dream was realized with a technical masterpiece with 16 locks to overcome a total difference in elevation of 107.3 meters or 352 feet. Sailing up the Main River is an enchanting experience too: Floating from one city to another, gliding past steep vineyards, fairy-tale castles, impressive ruins and medieval villages. Finally the Rhine: The banks of the Rhine River are steeped in 2,000 years of history. Since ancient Roman times the gorgeous Upper Middle Rhine Valley has been an inspiration to all who journey here.

Day One

Join the Royal Crown in Passau in the early afternoon. Afterwards you may take some time to settle in your suite or cabin before the ship sets sail in the late afternoon. This evening, enjoy a welcome cocktail with your Cruise Director before dinner onboard.


Day Two

After breakfast, the Royal Crown reaches Regensburg. An optional guided city walk through the old town of Regensburg is the best way to experience the beauty of the medieval city in the morning. Gorgeous squares offer an unspoilt view of the city’s architectural masterpieces. Impressive architectural monuments such as the Thurn & Taxis Palace or the Old City Hall still show the wealth of the previous medieval trading town at every turn whereas St Peter’s Cathedral is indisputably the city’s spiritual centre. In the afternoon, enjoy a leisurely cruise along the tranquil landscape of the upper Danube. After a short technical stop in Kelheim the Royal Crown will start its 171 kilometre long passage of the Main-Danube Canal while you prepare for a sumptuous Welcome Dinner on board.


Day Three 

The next highlight of your cruise is the Franconian capital of Nuremberg. Nuremberg's many sights make sure that visitors will be delighted. From the Albrecht Dürer's House, the Germanische Nationalmuseum to the New Museum for Art and Design: Over 30 museums offer exhibitions on a wide variety of topics. During today’s optional excursion you may also take a look at some of Nuremberg's many historical buildings. The imperial castle is particularly impressive. Nuremberg's churches and fountains are also well worth a visit while the Documentation Centre Party Rally Grounds which is a poignant reminder of the years of the Nazi reign. During the evening, the Royal Crown will continue its journey on the Main-Danube Canal and Main towards Schweinfurt.


Day Four

After a leisurely morning sail the Royal Crown reaches Schweinfurt just before lunch. In the heart of the delightful Franconian wine country, Schweinfurt presents its visitors a fascinating contrast between industry and art, tradition and modern living. The optional afternoon tour offers pure romanticism. During a leisurely walk our guides will acquaint you with the history and sights of the city. Afterwards visit a vinery, learn more about the production of wines and sparkling wines and – last but not least – enjoy them during a wine tasting. During the course of the evening, your cruise will continue westwards.


Day Five

This morning, the Royal Crown docks in Würzburg where you will enjoy an optional guided city walk. The old Franconian episcopal city and university town is beautifully situated in a basin in the Main valley. Europe’s greatest baroque-age architect, Balthasar Neumann, built the Residence Palace, nowadays a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The former home of Würzburg’s prince bishops is nicknamed the “castle above all castles” since it is said to have the most beautiful staircase of any building in the world. High above the Main, dominating the scene, stands the medival fortress of Marienberg. Other must sees include the historic town hall building and the Romanesque St. Kilian Cathedral. From the old Main bridge marvel the fantastic views of the pilgrimage Käppele church and the famous vineyards. Departing Würzburg you will enjoy a scenic evening cruise along the Main River..


Day Six

Around noon the Royal Crown reaches Frankfurt. The city brings opposites together in the most fruitful way - and in a most enjoyable manner, the advantages of a global city with tranquility. Visit a city with a savoir-vivre where multilingualism is an accepted way of life. Yet often only a few steps separate global city flair and homey coziness in Frankfurt. Parts of the unmistakable style of the city on the Main River are the renowned museums on the banks, the bold high-rise architecture, the Paulskirche as well as Frankfurt sausages. Come along and meet the contrasts when joining the optional city tour. Back on board, the ship sets sails towards the Rhine river.


Day Seven

After a night stop in Rüdesheim the Royal Crown will enter the famous Middle Rhine Valley in the morning. The last highlight of your cruise is rated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As you follow the river’s endlessly curving banks idyllic vineyards give way to the famous Lorelei rock, broad green plains, narrow valleys and darkly forested hills. Traditional half-timbered houses are nestled into the sunny slopes of the riverbank. And all along this beautiful scenery loom proud, imposing castles and mighty ruins. After a scenic cruise along the Rhine the Royal Crown will reach Cologne in the afternoon. Sailing into this vibrant city with its skyline dominated by the cathedral is an awe inspiring experience. Here, you have some time to explore or to join the optional city tour. Of course, a visit to the cathedral, the world’s largest Gothic structure built over a period of 600 years is a must before returning on board and preparing for tonight’s Captain’s Cocktail and Dinner.


Day Eight

Your memorable “4 Rivers Journey” comes to an end this morning as you disembark the Royal Crown in Cologne and prepare for your onward journey.


Royal Crown
Year 2011 Rates in US Dollars

ACCOMMODATION
7 Night
Sept 3 - 10

7 Night
Oct 10 - 17; Oct 17 - 24; Oct 24 - 31

Deluxe Cabin
$1837
$1575
Premium Cabin
$2293
$1972
Royal Suite
$2758
$2363
Single supplement
25%
25%

 

 

 

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