Rhineland Gardens

Tour & Cruise RC93(RK)
Lake Geneva
Cruise RC93
Switzerland, Germany, France
3-16 May 2001
14 days
Fares from £2925
6-16 May 2001
11 days
Fares from £2330
Aboard Swiss Crystal

Explore romantic old towns, magnificent cathedrals and, with Sir Roy Strong, one of Germany's best-kept secrets - its spectacular formal and botanic gardens. The ever-changing scenery as you cruise along will be as interesting as the modern and medieval highlights of cities such as Strasbourg, Heidelberg and Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber.


Tour & Cruise RC93(RK): Lake Geneva  
Cabin Grade: Price per
adult (£):
Standard (Twin Use) Prom Deck
Standard (Twin Use)
Standard (Sole Use) Prom Deck
Standard (Sole Use)
Standard (Twin Use) Main Deck
Standard (Twin Use)
Standard (Sole Use) Main Deck
Standard (Sole Use)
Superior (Twin Use) Main Deck
Superior (Twin Use)
Cabin Grade: Price per
adult (£):
Standard (Twin Use) Prom Deck
Standard (Twin Use)
Standard (Sole Use) Prom Deck
Standard (Sole Use)
Standard (Twin Use) Main Deck
Standard (Twin Use)
Standard (Sole Use) Main Deck
Standard (Sole Use)
Superior (Twin Use) Main Deck
Superior (Twin Use)
Swiss Crystal deck plans
for location of cabins
Thu 3 May
London - Geneva - Lausanne
"Tour & Cruise" passengers fly from London to Geneva and transfer to the Hotel de la Paix in Lausanne. Set on the shores of Lake Geneva, this will be our base for the next three nights.
Fri 4 May
We visit the early Gothic cathedral of Notre Dame before driving to one of the local vineyards. Upon our return to Lausanne, we visit the Olympic Museum.
Sat 5 May
We join a cog-wheel railway travelling up to Rochers de Naye, giving breathtaking views of the Alps and Lake Geneva. After lunch we descend to Chillon Castle.
Sun 6 May
Lausanne - Solothurn - Basel
After a walking tour of Solothurn, we continue to Basel and join Swiss Crystal mid-afternoon.
RC93 Cruise Itinerary
Sun 6 May
London - Zurich - Basel - Breisach
After a morning flight from London to Zurich, we join Swiss Crystal berthed in Basel. We sail early evening and cruise along the Upper Rhine to Breisach.
Mon 7 May
Breisach (for Freiburg im Breisgau and Colmar)
This morning enjoy a tour of Freiburg im Breisgau and then visit the local market, or enjoy "Kaffee und Kuchen" in one of the cafes. After lunch, we cross into France to Colmar, where we visit the picturesque Old Town, with its 16th and 17th century houses and walk through its narrow streets dissected by bridges and canals. This evening, enjoy the Welcome Cocktail Party and Gala Dinner as we sail towards Strasbourg.
Tue 8 May
Strasbourg - Heidelberg
We visit Strasbourg this morning, a typically French city, with many handsome buildings in Louis XV style and, in the old town, picturesque timber framed houses. This afternoon, relax on deck as we cruise on the River Neckar or attend one of our Guest Speaker's talks. Overnight in Heidelberg.
Wed 9 May
Heidelberg - Mainz
Heidelberg We disembark for a morning walking tour of the beautiful old town of Heidelberg. Visit the spectacular Renaissance style castle, perched on a hillside overlooking the town, and enjoy free time to wander through the picturesque streets. Alternatively, join our excursion to Schwetzingen Gardens, which successfully demonstrate the transition from Baroque to landscape gardening. Not only is the flora of the gardens magnificent, its statues, orangery and arboretum should not be missed. Swiss Crystal sails mid-afternoon for Mainz.
Thu 10 May
Mainz (for Darmstadt) - Frankfurt
Join our excursion to Darmstadt which has a number of interesting gardens including the Matildenhoehe with a landscaped park and sculpture garden, and the Prinz-Georgs-Garten, a Rococo pleasure garden with luxuriant bedding plants and pleached peach and apple trees. In 1450, Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of printing, set up his press in Mainz. So you can choose instead to visit the fascinating Museum of World Printing. We enter the River Main and arrive late afternoon in Frankfurt.
Fri 11 May
Frankfurt - Obernburg
During our morning in Frankfurt we will visit the "Palmengarten", one of Europe's best botanic gardens. Established in 1868, it houses a formal rose garden with both modern and old varieties, a rock garden with mountain plants and a magnificent rhododendron garden. The original palm house is home to ornamental plants, some dating back to the creation of the garden, and a vast tropicarium with collections from a range of habitats. Overnight in Obernburg.
Sat 12 May
Obernburg - Miltenberg
Disembark in Miltenberg for a walking tour in this picturesque Lower Franconian town with its beautiful half-timbered houses, narrow lanes, historic town walls and gate towers. Sail late morning and enjoy an afternoon relaxing on deck before we arrive in Gemuenden.
Sun 13 May
Gemuenden - Karlstadt - Wuerzburg
We sail early morning and stop briefly at Karlstadt where you can disembark for an excursion to Veitshochheim to visit the Bishops’ Gardens, Germany's most famous Rococo garden. Continue by coach to Wuerzburg to rejoin Swiss Crystal. Or you may prefer to spend a leisurely morning on board as we cruise towards Wuerzburg. In the afternoon we visit the magnificent Residenz, Hof Kirche and Gardens and enjoy a stroll through the stunningly restored Old Town. We overnight in port, so an opportunity to dine ashore and sample the region's famed "Frankenwein".
Mon 14 May
Wuerzburg - Ochsenfurt (for Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber)- Schweinfurt - Hassfurt
We arrive at Ochsenfurt after breakfast for our full-day excursion to one of the most picturesque towns in Germany, Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber. The old Franconian Imperial city is an exquisitely preserved medieval town; its impressive Town Hall is considered to be one of the finest in southern Germany. Re-join Swiss Crystal at Schweinfurt and sail to Hassfurt where we stay overnight.
Tue 15 May
Hassfurt - Bamberg (for Bayreuth)
We sail to the beautiful cathedral city of Bamberg. Our excursion will include the Cathedral, Rose Garden and the Old Town. Alternatively, take our excursion to Bayreuth to visit the Eremitage, where three periods of garden history are represented: from 1718 formal gardens with geometrical hedges and water gardens; in the mid-1700s a series of follies were built; and landscaping from the 19th century, predominantly English in style. We then enter the Main-Danube-Canal.
Wed 16 May
Nuremberg - Munich - London
Disembark in Nuremberg and transfer to Munich airport for our return flight to London. Strasbourg Heidelberg

Speakers' Corner:
Before you explore, get the full picture from our Guest Speakers. Joining you on board will be:

Sir Roy Strong Garden writer and historian, former Director of the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Sir Roy will be talking about the major gardens visited on the cruise and the history of German garden style.

James MH Thompson Formerly with the Royal Commission on Historic Monuments and lecturer in the history of architecture, he will discuss the history and architecture of the various places visited on the cruise.

Please note Guest Speakers travel on the cruise portion of the holiday only.

With Sir Roy Strong explore the GARDENS of the Rhine, many handsomely restored in recent years. Among the panorama of gardens you will discover are spectacular Schwetzingen, Frankfurt’s botanic Palmengarten and the gardens of the Eremitage in Bayreuth.

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