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Treasures of the Main and Rhine
The tranquil Dutch waterways reveal sweeping panoramas and limitless horizons, before joining the Rhine and Main rivers...

Treasures of the Main and Rhine

Amsterdam to Nuremberg

Monday 9th May to Tuesday 17th May 2022

From £4,400 per person

8 nights including
2 Gala Dinners

The tranquil Dutch waterways reveal sweeping panoramas and limitless horizons, before joining the Rhine and Main rivers which flow through beautiful landscapes of forests and luscious vineyards. Proud fortresses sit atop their lonely perches; fairy tale castles sit atop precipitous cliffs; and medieval towns, along the banks, are rich in cultural heritage. As the awe-inspiring scenery of the UNESCO designated Upper Middle Rhine Valley glides gently by, enjoy a glass of wine from the local vineyards as we pass the mythical Lorelei rock and romantic castle ruins which make this a voyage to remember.

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Guest Speaker Michael Buerk

Royal Crown cruise guest speaker Michael Buerk

Michael Buerk is perhaps best known as the BBC correspondent responsible for two reports from Ethiopia in 1984 that are widely regarded as the most influential pieces of television ever broadcast. He has reported for the BBC from nearly 70 countries, has covered more than a dozen wars, been jailed, blown up, shot at and gassed during the course of his assignments. He was main presenter of BBC Television’s flagship news programme for 15 years and continues to chair BBC Radio 4’s long-running ethical debate programme, the Moral Maze. He also writes for several leading newspapers and magazines.

Monday 9th May

Amsterdam

Join our representative at London Heathrow airport for pre-flight refreshments, before boarding the accompanied flight to the capital of The Netherlands, Amsterdam, where Royal Crown awaits.

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Tuesday 10th May

Arnhem

Beautiful Arnhem plays host to our excursion to one of the most stunning royal residences in The Netherlands, the 300 year old Het Loo Palace. William III had a royal place built on the Royal Estate Het Loo as early as 1685. It served as the royal family’s summer residence for many years, but was converted into a magnificent museum in 1984. Its lavishly furnished rooms offer a splendid insight into royal life over the last few centuries and the meticulously sculpted gardens remain in their original formal 17th century style.

We spend the afternoon relaxing on board cruising the lower Rhine to Cologne.

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Wednesday 11th May

Cologne

Cologne Cathedral in Germany

2,000-year-old Cologne spans the Rhine River and has a distinctive historical charm. Here, we embark on an exciting journey of discovery into the city’s past, and visit a landmark of High Gothic architecture set amid the reconstructed Old Town, the twin-spired Cologne Cathedral which still stands proud after being hit by 14 large aerial bombs during World War II.

Standing on the foundations of an urban Roma villa, with the world-famous Dionysius mosaic, the Romano- Germanic Museum houses Roman antiquities and explores the archaeological heritage of the city and the surrounding area from the Palaeolithic period to the early Middle Ages.

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Thursday 12th May

Rhine Gorge / Rüdesheim

The Rhine Gorge in Germany and Rheinstein Castle

Cruising through the dramatic UNESCO World Heritage site of the Rhine Gorge, we are immersed in a stunningly beautiful landscape of fairytale castles atop the steep, terraced banks before passing the legendary Lorelei Rock, where it is said the sweet songs of lovelorn maidens lured enchanted sailors to their doom.

From Rüdesheim, we venture to Schloss Vollrads, one of the oldest wineries in Germany. Situated above Oestrich- Winkel in the Rheingau it is attractively nestled in a cultivated landscape and an ideal venue at which to enjoy our tour and wine tasting. Only Riesling grapes are cultivated on the 80 hectares of vineyards, used to make unique and authentic wines. All vineyards around Schloss Vollrads descend down to the Rhine in a southerly direction and, using knowledge and a tradition of over 800 years of viticulture, they create very special Riesling wines.

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Friday 13th May

Aschaffenburg

The medieval Mespelbrunn Castle in Bavaria, Germany

This morning is spent cruising the Rhine Valley and the Main, with the opportunity to perhaps attend an enlightening talk by our guest speaker in the Lounge, or enjoy panoramic vistas from the Sun Deck.

After exploring the Old Town of Aschaffenburg, we travel to Schloss Mespelbrunn, a true jewel in the heart of Bavaria. The romantic castle is surrounded by a water- filled moat and, due to its hidden location in a quiet valley, it has never suffered any war damage. The present Renaissance building is mostly from the mid- 16th century. Still a private residence, it provides a great insight into life in a castle of yesteryear.

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Saturday 14th May

Miltenberg / Wertheim

The medieval German town of Miltenberg

This morning we step ashore in the delightful Franconian town of Miltenberg, famed for its magnificent half- timbered buildings, where our walking tour allows us to discover the Old Market Place, known as the ‘Schnatterloch’ and the Gasthaus zum Riesen, Germany’s oldest royal inn.

Our next port of call is Wertheim am Main. Situated at the confluence of the Main and Tauber rivers, it is famed for its landmark castle and the medieval buildings of its Old Town. Here, we discover one of the best-preserved Cistercian monasteries in southern Germany. Bronnbach Monastery was established in 1151 and wine growing was an integral part of the cloister life of the Cistercians. The long history has left a rich legacy such as the Romanesque church with baroque altars and choir stalls and the Gothic cloister.

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Sunday 15th May

Würzburg

The Marienberg fortress in Wurzburg in Bavaria

Today, we join Germany’s ‘Romantic Road’ in Würzburg. The city is set in a beautiful hilly location on the River Main and possesses a wealth of history, as well as playing host to a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Residence Palace. A walking tour of the city’s main attractions takes us to the Prince Bishop’s Palace for a tasting of renowned local Franconian wines.

 

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Monday 16th May

Bamberg

The stunning old buildings in the old town of Bamberg by the River Main

The vine-clad hills of the Main valley glide gently by as we navigate the river to join the continent’s greatest man-made waterway, The Rhine-Main-Danube canal, at Bamberg.

Standing on seven hills, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bamberg, with its 11th century Romanesque cathedral, welcomes our arrival. Exploring on foot, we embrace the old town and its preserved medieval buildings, including the muraled Altes Rathaus, located on an island in the Regnitz river.

Before departing Bamberg, we travel to the New Residence, which served as the seat of Bamberg’s prince bishops. We enjoy an exclusive Champagne

reception prior to a private string quartet recital with musicians from the world- renowned Bamberg Symphony Orchestra in the newly renovated Imperial Hall.

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Tuesday 17th May

Nuremberg / UK

We disembark Royal Crown in Nuremberg before being transferred to Munich airport for our flight home.

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Our decks and Cabins

Below you can see our decks and what cabins are on each of them. If you click the arrow you can see further information on each cabin and what it has to offer. So get exploring and get booking. We look forward to you joining us on board for an experience of a lifetime…

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Royal Suites

Panorama Deck

The Royal Suite cabin on the Royal Crown cruise ship of Hebridean Island Cruises

Panorama Deck
Picture windows
King-size bed

The Royal Suites are centrally located on the Panorama Deck, each with a king-size bed comprising two single mattresses in one solid bed frame with two duvets; the beds cannot be split into twin format. The suites also comprise a separate seating area with sofa, easy chair and dressing table/writing desk.

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Cabins With Double Twin Beds
PS

Premium Cabins

Select Deck

The Premium Suite cabin on the Royal Crown cruise ship of Hebridean Island Cruises

Select Deck
Portholes
Queen-size bed

The Premium Cabins are located on the Select Deck, each with a queen-size bed comprising two single mattresses in one solid bed frame with two duvets; the beds cannot be split into twin format.

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Deluxe Cabins

Select Deck

The Deluxe cabin on the Royal Crown cruise ship of Hebridean Island Cruises

Select Deck
Portholes
Twin beds (2 single beds)

The Deluxe Cabins are located on the Select Deck each with twin beds; the beds cannot be arranged as a double.

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Single Cabins
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Deluxe Single

Select Deck

The Deluxe cabin on the Royal Crown cruise ship of Hebridean Island Cruises

Select Deck
Portholes
Twin beds (2 single beds)

The Deluxe Cabins are located on the Select Deck each with twin beds; the beds cannot be arranged as a double.

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