This popular itinerary is book-ended by two of Europe’s most memorable cities—Prague and Paris—connected by a scenic river journey along the Main and Rhine aboard the elegant Royal Crown, from Regensburg, Germany to Strasbourg, France, and then using the TGV train that connects Strasbourg to Paris in just over two hours. Romantic old-world villages set among winding rivers, vineyards and rolling hills are juxtaposed with cities emblematic of a rapidly transforming new Europe. Our program includes a private charter of the lovely 45-cabin Royal Crown. Originally River Cloud, this is an intimate vessel just over half the size of most riverboats in the region. This itinerary offers an unparalleled combination of Europe’s most dazzling and historic sites with the comfort of the Royal Crown’s elegant staterooms, refined cuisine and service.
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- Group Travel Tour, International River Voyages
- Departure Dates
- Jun 8, 2020 - Jun 22, 2020
- day June 8 & 9
Depart for Prague, Czech Republic
Depart home on an overnight flight to Prague, the scenic capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. Arrive on June 9th and transfer to the Four Seasons hotel, located in a historic building along the banks of the Vltava River in Old Town.
FOUR SEASONS PRAGUE
- day June 10
Prague, Czech Republic
Discover the fairy tale-like setting of Prague’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, during a guided walking tour that showcases six centuries of architectural styles lining cobbled streets. Also visit the historic Jewish Quarter, which preserves the oldest synagogue in Europe and the evocative Old Jewish Cemetery. Enjoy an afternoon of independent exploration before gathering for a gala welcome reception, dinner, and private concert at a 17th-century chateau boasting panoramic views of the city.
FOUR SEASONS PRAGUE
- day June 11
Enjoy a special private visit to the Strahov Monastery library, with two Baroque rooms housing an impressive collection of precious ancient manuscripts. Continue with an exploration of the ancient Prague Castle complex, which dominates a hilltop above the river and offers lovely views over the city. Prague Castle, a royal residence in the 9th century, today comprises a rich variety of churches, gates, chapels, palace halls, and towers from every period of its history, including the gothic St. Vitus Cathedral, built over a 600-year period, the Old Royal Palace, with its beautiful Lategothic Vladislav Hall, and Golden Lane, a charmingly quaint street that dates back to the 15th century. The evening is at leisure.
FOUR SEASONS PRAGUE
- day June 12
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer by motorcoach to Regensburg. Enjoy a Bavarianstyle lunch and walking tour of the beautifully-preserved and UNESCO listed historic city center before embarking Royal Crown on the banks of the Danube River.
- day June 13
Cruise through the morning and call at Nuremberg early in the afternoon. Board a panoramic coach for a driving tour of the unique old town, a maze of half-timbered buildings and gothic churches encircled by a medieval city wall. See the former Third Reich parade grounds, site of many pre-war Nazi rallies, and tour the courthouse, site of the infamous Nuremberg war crimes trials. Gather for a special briefing on the top current affairs in Germany with a reporter.
- day June 14
Arrive this morning in Bamberg, founded in 902 and situated on seven hills, with a network of canals winding their way around splendid baroque buildings. Enjoy a walking tour of its
beautifully preserved old town and a private string quartet concert, followed by an afternoon of cruising the Main River.
- day June 15
Drive through beautiful Franconian scenery to Rothenberg, one of Germany’s most beautiful and best preserved Medieval towns. Situated on a plateau overlooking the Tauber River, the town boasts beautiful structures and gardens dating to 950. Enjoy a guided walking tour through Old Town and along the castle walls, to the castle gardens and the impressive patrician houses. This afternoon, enjoy a walking tour and private wine tasting in the town of Kitzengen.
- day June 16
One of the most magnificent Baroque buildings in southern Germany—the Würzburg Residenz Palace—rises high above the Main. In the 16th century, the medieval castle was converted into a magnificent palace with five grand halls, 300 bedrooms, a mirrored gallery, and an enormous, recently restored ceiling painting by Tiepolo. Remain in port for an afternoon at leisure to stroll the riverfront or seek out a distinctive bottle of the local Franconian wine.
- day June 17
Miltenberg/ The Romantic Rhine
Dock this morning at Miltenberg along Bavaria’s famous Romantic Road, which runs through the medieval heart of Germany. One of Germany’s best-preserved historic towns, Miltenberg’s strategic location on a narrow strip of flat land adjacent to the Main River allowed it to develop into an important trading center through many centuries. Enjoy a walking tour among picturesque timberwork houses followed by a private organ concert in nearby Amorbach. This afternoon, cruse along the most beautiful stretch of the Romantic Rhine, a storybook landscape of medieval castles and myths. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has inspired artists and composers for centuries, including the great 19th century Romantics Lord Byron, Victor Hugo, and Goethe.
- day June 18
Heidelberg & Speyer
Enjoy a guided walking tour of Heidelberg, home to a number of great poets and academics, world-famous castle ruins, and Germany’s oldest university. This afternoon visit Speyer’s
acclaimed Romanesque cathedral, which houses the largest crypt in Germany.
- day June 19
Cross into France and call at Strasbourg, where the European Parliament makes important decisions about the future of its member countries. Built at the intersection of several Roman roads, Strasbourg features a historic UNESCO World Heritage-designated city center with 16th-century half-timbered houses and a gothic cathedral built of red sandstone. Choose to a visit and tour the European Parliament headquarters, or enjoy a private wine tasting at a winery in the Alsace countryside. After an afternoon at leisure, return to the ship to enjoy a private string quartet concert, followed by the captain’s farewell dinner.
- day June 20
Strasbourg, France (disembark), Paris
Disembark and bid farewell to the Royal Crown. Meander on local boats through the canals of Strasbourg’s “Petite France,” as the former tanners’ and fishmongers’ districts are known.
After an Alsatian lunch, board the TGV (high-speed train) bound for Paris. The evening is at leisure in the City of Light.
- day June 21
This morning, choose between several in-depth options, including a walking tour the stylish Marais district, featuring Place des Vosges and the Picasso Museum. Or gather for a presentation and tasting led by a renowned chocolate expert, including a sampling of rare chocolates, followed by a private visit to a master chocolatier shop. The afternoon is free for independent exploration before a festive farewell reception and dinner.
INTERCONTINENTAL PARIS LE GRAND
- day June 22
Paris, France - return home
Transfer to the airport for flights home.
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