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Exploring the World by River A Comprehensive Guide to River Cruising 2011 NOBLE CALEDONIA Exploring the World by River with Noble Caledonia RHINE — MAIN — MOSELLE — DANUBE — RHONE — SAONE — SEINE — DOURO — ELBE — ODER — VISTULA — NILE BRAHMAPUTRA — HUDSON — ST LAWRENCE — AMAZON — MEKONG — IRRAWADDY — DNEIPER — VOLGA Exploring by river vessel is to our minds simply the most the world ﬂoats by is a fortifying experience. The comfortable means possible. There is something rather ever-changing scenery and the immediate accessibility of special about sitting on deck or in a luxuriously appointed an area so steeped in history will probably result in very room and watching the world pass by. Rivers and canals few pages being read as the river unfolds before you. are by their very nature so much more interesting than Such vistas cannot be appreciated from any other means road or trackside, and the gentle speed of the vessel of transport; the stately pace and quietness of the vessel allows you to catch the essence and atmosphere of the allows you to be at one with your surroundings. In a world region. A journey by river, unlike travel by road or rail, where places seem to be becoming ever more crowded, allows you to absorb the landscape, appreciate the subtle the river offers a respite and the opportunity to enjoy the changes in architecture and reﬂect on the many ways landscape without the constant background hum of that the river you are travelling along has inﬂuenced the trafﬁc. It also allows you the opportunity to moor in the course of history. heart of cities and towns and stroll from the vessel into the centre, without the need to always resort to road Nothing can prepare you for the peace and beauty of a transportation. river cruise. To relax on deck with a good book whilst Page 2 • 020-7752 0000 Contents MS Johann Strauss 6-7 Springtime on the Rhine 8 Spring Flowers in the Netherlands 9 Three River Odyssey 10-11 East of Budapest 12-13 Across Europe by River 14-15 Amsterdam to the Black Sea 16-17 The Danube - East to West 18-19 Mozart on the Danube 20 Rhine Odyssey 21 From Transylvania to the Danube Delta & Budapest 22-23 Christmas or New Year on the Danube 24-25 MS Rembrandt 26-27 Spring or Summer in Provence 28 Provence & the Rhone 29 La Vie en Rose 30-31 Christmas or New Year in Provence 32-33 MS Douro Prince 34 Along the River of Gold 35 SS Misr 36 A Royal Steamer Restored 37 MS Katharina Von Bora 38 Passage Along the Elbe 39 MS Johannes Brahms 40 From Berlin to Prague 41 Passage through Pomerania 42-43 Polish Odyssey 44-45 MS Avalon Creativity 46 Paris to Normandy’s Landing Beaches 47 MS Charaidew 49 Passage through Assam 48-49 MS Grande Mariner 51 Autumn Colours on the Hudson 50-51 Delﬁn II 53 Amazon & the Incas 52-53 RV Mekong Sun 54-55 Sacred Rivers & Holy Mountains 56-57 Pandaw Vessels 58-59 Mekong Exploration 60 Golden Land 61 MS Valutin 62 Journey to the Crimea 63 MS Yesenin 64 Russian Odyssey 65 MS Litvinov 66 Mother Volga 67 Passage to Astrakhan 68-69 MS Anton Chekhov 70 Astrakhan to Moscow 71 MS Volga Dream 72 Volga Odyssey 73 From Moscow to the Baltic Shores 74-75 MS Koshevoy 76 The Black Sea & Beyond 77 River Cloud II 78-79 A Passage through Time 80 Summer Gardens of Franconia 81 Waterways of the Low Countries 82 Alsace to the North Sea 83 www.noble-caledonia.co.uk • Page 3 A World of Choice Cruising into Budapest Due to the enormous demand we have experienced for river cruising over the past few years, we have increased our portfolio to offer cruises all over the world. From the historical waterways of Europe to the atmospheric Mekong River in Cambodia and the Brahmaputra in India, the Nile through ancient Egypt or the elaborate architecture along the Volga in Russia, to name just a few, we pride ourselves in offering the most diverse range of river cruises available from any tour operator. Advantages of River Cruising Rivers seem made for the traveller who wants to see the world close up. Not only do you ﬂoat tranquilly through an ever-changing and Another great joy of river travel is that you only have to unpack once. fascinating landscape, you become part of it. River cruises allow you to You may well have travelled through three or four countries, visited a blend in with Nature’s water highways that wend their way from number of capitals, towns and villages and cruised through large mountains and gorges, through forests and pasture-land in their eternal swathes of picturesque countryside and all the while your ﬂoating hotel ﬂow towards the sea, linking picturesque villages, historic towns and has travelled with you with every detail taken care of, from formalities legendary cities. Yet always you are in supreme comfort, with all you of border crossings to sumptuous meals and information on what to see could want aboard an intimate and well-appointed ﬂoating hotel. and do in the next town. Once you have unpacked, you are there for the The advantages of river travel are enormous. For a start, you are never duration of the trip, and can relax and enjoy your surroundings. No out of sight of land. The countryside simply unfolds around you, a checking in and out of hotels and none of the general malaise that grips constant source of fascination as you relax on the sundeck or gaze out most who undertake long coach tours. through panoramic windows. There are no lengthy days at sea spent River cruising avoids all the tedium of train and coach journeys – you amongst thousands of other passengers, instead our vessels can stretch your legs and enjoy refreshments whenever you wish – while accommodate from as few as 24 passengers to just 200. still being delivered into a fascinating port almost every day, often in their very heart. Your entire river journey is spent surrounded by all the facilities of a ﬁrst-class hotel, with space to allow you to chat with new friends or spend quiet time alone. Page 4 • 020-7752 0000 Main Foyer - MS Johann Strauss COMMENTS FROM OUR PAST PASSENGERS “Just returned from a Douro trip. It was our ﬁrst experience of a river cruise and we had an excellent holiday. The organisation, accommodation and food were ﬁrst class, especially the guides who were both knowledgable and friendly.” — Carol Spurs “Fourth river cruise with Noble Caledonia. The whole experience from beginning to end was excellent. Travel arrangements , service, cabin accommodation, catering, excursions and attention to detail were all superb.” — N.R. & J. Binks “From the moment we stepped on board, I felt welcomed and valued by the crew. Efﬁciency and courtesy prevailed throughout and every request was fulﬁlled with immediacy and charm.” — Caroline Scott “We thought that MS Johann Strauss was probably the best river ship that we have been on and we would certainly go aboard again in the future….They were the best organised excursions that we have ever Atmosphere Onboard experienced and a pleasure to go on them as we were not even There was a time when river cruising meant narrow boats, tiny cabins and crammed into coaches.” — Margaret & Mike Horton limited space. Vessels today are roomy, comfortable and have all the “Just a note to say how much my wife and I have enjoyed our recent holiday travelling along the Mekong river on the RV Orient Pandaw. facilities you would expect from a hotel. The vessels we feature range The travel arrangements all worked well, arrival arrangements, guides and drivers were excellent. As to the Pandaw cruise; these are from standard cabins to luxurious suites with balconies and all have areas comfortable small river boats, well equipped and staffed. The crew and of observation deck and excellently appointed public areas. local guides made the trip a very memorable experience. Thank you for the arrangements, we feel that they represented excellent value for money.” — Ian C. Rowlands The atmosphere onboard is friendly and informal and within days you will have made new friends in the open-seating restaurant, on the small-group shore excursions or whilst relaxing in the comfortable public areas onboard. An Educational Experience You will be travelling amongst like-minded people but, for those who seek On all cruises you will ﬁnd informative staff onboard and excellent silence, there will always be the opportunity to relax in a secluded spot on English-speaking local guides to accompany you ashore. A daily brieﬁng the sun deck or simply relax in your well-appointed cabin. by the Cruise Director will give you information on the next day’s activities and for those looking for more of an understanding of the Relaxing on Deck - River Cloud II regions being visited, informal talks and presentations often by a specially selected expert, take place on many vessels to give you an insight into the history and culture. They will always be available for informal chats and to share their expertise. Group Travel and back-to-back discounts We are delighted to be able to offer group discounts and beneﬁts for groups of ten or more people travelling together. Also, many of our cruises can be combined and special offer prices are applicable for bookings for two consecutive cruises. Please contact us for details. Value for Money ALL THIS IS INCLUDED IN YOUR CRUISE PRICE: O Reservations handled by experienced travel consultant with ﬁrst-hand knowledge of the vessel O Economy class scheduled air travel from London (plus regional airports for some itineraries) O Airport assistance at check-in for Noble Caledonia chartered cruises (London airports only) O Accommodation aboard a river vessel in a comfortable well-appointed cabin with outside view and en-suite facilities O All meals aboard the vessel O Welcome and Farewell dinners O Shore excursions (additional optional excursions at extra cost on some cruises) O English speaking local guides O Services of a Cruise Director and efﬁcient onboard staff O Guest speakers on selected cruises O Pre/post cruise accommodation in ﬁrst-class or best available hotels according to itinerary on bed and breakfast basis O Detailed pre-departure information O Transfers O Port taxes O Airport taxes (excluding local tax in Asia) www.noble-caledonia.co.uk • Page 5 MS Johann Strauss A Very Special River Vessel Due to the enormous demand we have experienced over the past few years for river cruising, we now have our own vessel which we operate on the major rivers that cross Europe from the North Sea to the Black Sea. Having the vessel under our complete control allows us to plan the itineraries that are best suited for our clients and also provide the service which we know our passengers enjoy. We have been most fortunate in acquiring one of the best vessels aﬂoat in Europe today. Built in 2004, the four-star MS Johann Strauss is a 90 cabin vessel built to the highest speciﬁcations. Although the vessel can carry a maximum of 180 passengers, we limit passenger numbers to a maximum of 160. One of her many ﬁne features is the number of French balcony cabins. There are over 60 such cabins with a sliding glass door. From these cabins, which are located on the Opera and Waltz decks, the views are spectacular and for many the opportunity to open the door to fresh air is a great bonus. Reception Sun Deck All cabins are large, being 170 square feet, and compare favourably with hotel rooms or the better cabins on large ships. They are well planned and smartly furnished in light woods and restful colours. Facilities include individually controlled heating and air conditioning, television, telephone, mini-bar, safe, hairdryer, radio and a well appointed bathroom with shower and toilet. Another well designed feature of the vessel is the positioning of the restaurant, lounge, bar and café on the top deck. These public areas also have ﬂoor to ceiling windows, affording excellent views as you dine or relax. On board you will also ﬁnd a ﬁtness centre with a sauna, whirlpool and gymnasium equipment. Opera & Waltz Deck Cabin Lounge Bathroom Polka Deck Cabin Whirlpool Cafe Waltz Deck Opera Deck Polka Deck Cat A Cat B Cat BF Cat C Cat D Friendly cabin staff Page 6 • 020-7752 0000 Dining onboard All cruises include full board in the single-sitting restaurant. Tables are unassigned creating the perfect ambience to relax and recount the day’s experiences with new found friends. Breakfast is provided buffet style, a splendid choice of breads, pastries, cereals, yoghurts together with the Full English selection. For early risers, tea, coffee, breads and pastries are available from 07.00 hours. Lunch is a mix of buffet and served dishes. Afternoon tea is also provided daily with a choice of cakes. Dinner is a four course affair with a varied selection of starters, main dishes, cheese board and desserts with house wine, Dessert beer and soft drinks also included. Coffee and tea are provided after lunch and dinner. To ﬁnish the day, snacks are available in the Main course with wine bar in the late evening. A Unique Atmosphere on Board The atmosphere onboard is friendly and informal and within days you will have made new friends The restaurant in the open-seating restaurant, on the small-group shore excursions or whilst relaxing in the comfortable public areas onboard. You will ﬁnd yourself amongst like-minded people in an English speaking environment, but still always free to explore at your own pace. Meticulously organised Dinner Menu arter excursions make the most of the fascinating places you have come to see and for those who seek St e h Sauce Mousselin wer and Cray Fish wit peace and quiet, there will always be the opportunity to ﬁnd a secluded spot on the sun deck or Timbal of Cauliﬂo or Starter Salad g simply rest in your well-appointed cabin. While there will be no elaborate shows onboard; a on-Potato Dressin Corn Lettuce Bac musician will play each evening whilst you relax in the lounge, guest speakers will provide a series Soup p with Egg Royal Clear Chicken Sou of interesting talks and our cruise director will host informative port brieﬁngs. After a day or try Soup with Puff Pas Asparagus Cream exploring ashore, you will return to the comfort and peace of a well run and exceedingly Main Co urse Sauce r with White Wine comfortable vessel. Fillet of Red Snappe ise FISH - Pan Fried and Pommes Lyonna or Ginger nted with Garlic and ed Young Pork Sce g of Mashed Potatoes Deck walk MEAT - Wok Fri in a Rin in Sw eet and Sour Sauce or wer h Coconut Cauliﬂo Breaded Tofu wit VEGETARIAN - Garden Greens and Tomatoes Crème with le Selection Today’s Vegetab Carrots nes co, Green Peas, Roma Dessert Fruits and Rum Soaked with Poppy Seeds Parfait of Almond or with Forest Fruits Hazelnut Ice Cream or Fruit Cup or Ass orted Cheese Plate Tea or Coffee Lectures take place in the Lounge Sample menu www.noble-caledonia.co.uk • Page 7 Springtime on the Rhine A NAVIGATION OF THE RHINE AND THE WATERWAYS OF THE LOW COUNTRIES EFORE BOOK B RY 2011 A 31 JANU VE £400 AND SA SON OFF PER PER RICES THE P N MS JOHANN STRAUSS ABOARD THE SHOW 18th to 27th March; 10th to 19th April* 2011 oin us in springtime for our journey along the mighty Rhine J Marksburg Castle NORTH SEA NETHERLANDS and into the canals and waterways of the Netherlands and The Hague • Amsterdam • • • Arnhem Belgium. The Rhine, for so long one of Europe’s main Maas Rotterdam GERMANY trading routes makes for a fascinating passage through time Bruges • •Ghent • Cologne and contrasts beautifully with our day of exploration along the Rh Brussels• ine Koblenz Moselle and the network of waterways in the Low Countries. le • • Rüdesheim Main el • Cochem • Frankfurt os M This detailed look at the Rhine and Low Countries will offer a •Mannheim • Heidelberg ine FRANCE Neckar Rh captivating and endlessly romantic journey. The scenery is stunning Baden-Baden • and makes an excellent combination with the artistic riches we shall see along the way, from the wonderful collections on show in the museums and galleries, to the fairytale castles and medieval charms of the towns and villages along the rivers. We will see much on this most rewarding of trips and as our ﬂoating hotel takes us from one point to another, it will also be a most relaxing way to explore, as we enjoy the ﬁrst class comfort, good food and service for which the MS Johann Strauss is renowned. The Itinerary Palace of Het Loo, the favoured summer residence of the Dutch Royal family from 1686 to 1975. Rejoin the Day 1 London to Frankfurt. vessel for lunch and explore the town of Arnhem Fly by scheduled ﬂight. Drive to independently. Arnhem is well known because of the the MS Johann Strauss moored airborne paratrooper landings and the battles around on the Rhine in Mannheim. the bridge over the Rhine. Optional afternoon tour to Welcome drinks and dinner the 75 acre ‘Dutch Open Air Museum’. onboard. Moor overnight. Day 7 Amsterdam. Morning guided excursion of Heidelberg Day 2 Heidelberg & Amsterdam. Explore the city of the ‘Golden Age’ on Rudesheim. You have a an excursion, which will include the incomparable morning to enjoy this most picturesque and romantic Rijksmuseum with its splendid collection of old of German cities which is home to Germany’s oldest masters. Another perspective of this enchanting city university, dating back to 1386. A morning tour will will be provided by a canal boat trip. include the castle, the old town with its famous market Day 8 The Hague & Keukenhof Gardens. From place and the city gates. Return to the vessel for lunch Rotterdam we will head for The Hague where our ﬁrst and enjoy a leisurely afternoon cruising. stop is the Mauritshuis; since 1822, it has housed the Day 3 Cruising the Romantic Rhine & Marksburg Royal Cabinet of Paintings. Some of the most revered Castle. Be on deck after breakfast as we continue sailing golden-age art treasures, including works by Rembrandt, Palace of Het Loo north along the most scenic section of the Rhine. After Vermeer and Paulus Potter can be admired here. We will lunch disembark in Braubach for a visit to the imposing then continue to the oldest part of the city to view the 12th century Marksburg Castle. This is the only hill castle Hall of Knights (outside only) at the Binnenhof, the seat on the Rhine that has never been destroyed. of the Dutch government. After lunch we will make our Day 4 Cochem. Relax this morning and enjoy the way to nearby Keukenhof Gardens at Lisse. Whilst drive through the lovely scenery of the Moselle Valley Holland is famous for many cultural contributions, as we make our way to Cochem. The town of Cochem among its biggest claims to fame are the ﬂoral is famous for its 11th century Schloss and the attractions that you will see at this famous park. Reichsburg, set impressively on a tree clad hill above a Day 9 Ghent & Bruges. Sail through the night across bend of the river. Walk its winding medieval streets to Belgium and moor in the city of Ghent. Drive to and see the Baroque Town Hall on a guided tour. nearby Bruges which was one of the largest and ﬁnest Day 5 Cologne. Enjoy a relaxing morning as we cruise cities in Europe. On a half day tour we will see some of along the Rhine, arriving in Cologne after lunch. On the most important places and buildings which survive our guided tour we will include a walk along the river from the Middle Ages. promenade and through the old town to the Day 10 Brussels to London. Disembark after magniﬁcent cathedral. breakfast and return to London by scheduled ﬂight. Bruges Day 6 Arnhem. This morning drive to the nearby PRICES PER PERSON Based on double occupancy Tour Code: RCJSRHINE Price includes: Economy class EXTEND YOUR STAY 18th March 10th April* scheduled air travel (it is possible to DOUBLE SOLE DOUBLE SOLE travel by train from London, details on A two night hotel extension is CAT DECK CABIN DESCRIPTION OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY request), 9 nights aboard the MS available in the spa town of D Polka Forward £1695 £2495 £1995 £2795 Johann Strauss on full board, house wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner, Baden-Baden, one of Germany’s C Polka Mid-ship £1895 £2695 £2195 £2995 shore excursions, guest speaker, best kept secrets. Our extension BF Opera French balcony forward £2195 £2995 £2495 £3295 services of a cruise director, tour B Opera French balcony £2395 £3195 £2695 £3495 manager, transfers, port taxes, airport includes a two night hotel stay on taxes, gratuities to crew and whilst on breakfast only basis with transfers. A Waltz French balcony £2595 £3395 £2895 £3695 shore excursions. Full details available on request. * This departure operates in the reverse direction. Embarkation is in Amsterdam. Not included: Travel insurance, optional NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may affect itinerary. All special offers are subject to excursion to Dutch Open Air Museum. availability. Page 8 • 020-7752 0000 Spring Flowers in the Netherlands A RIVER JOURNEY ALONG THE DUTCH WATERWAYS AND THROUGH THE BULB FIELDS BOOK 31 JANU BEFORE AND SA ARY 2011 PER PER VE £300 SO THE PRI N OFF MS JOHANN STRAUSS C SHOWNES ABOARD THE 27th March to 3rd April* 2011 with Jill Billington & 3rd to 10th April 2011 with Dr Toby Musgrave his coming spring immerse yourself in the cultural and horticultural splendours of the Netherlands. T Amsterdam Join the ﬁrst class MS Johann Strauss for an eight day journey which will afford us the opportunity to enjoy the Dutch countryside in some depth. The programme will include spending a day surrounded by the ﬂowers of the Keukenhof, visiting the beautifully restored Palace and Gardens of Het Loo, exploring the shores of the Zuider Zee from Volendam to Enkhuizen, the marvellous windmills of Kinderdijk and of course the art treasures of Amsterdam. April is the perfect time for such a journey, when the landscape is Z ei d e r Enkhuizen NORTH • • e Hoorn u Z touched by the arrival of spring. The itinerary we have designed is, we SEA •• Edam Volendam believe, a perfect mix of horticulture, history, art and Dutch lifestyle and •Amsterdam el Lisse • Ijss makes for a colourful and endlessly interesting week. We will also enjoy The Hague • Utrecht • • Het Loo Delft • as Ne der rijn Ma •Arnhem the great comfort of the MS Johann Strauss as we criss-cross the Rotterdam Windmill, Kinderdijk Nieuwe • • Schoonhoven Netherlands along the intricate network of rivers and waterways that • Dordrecht Waal Rh ine NETHERLANDS make Holland such a unique place. The Itinerary Kinderdijk, there are 19 in total and they date from1740. Later, join the guided walk Day 1 London/Manchester/Birmingham/Edinburgh through Dordrecht with its old world to Amsterdam. Fly by scheduled ﬂight. Transfer to the atmosphere with quaint shops, MS Johann Strauss and embark. This evening, enjoy cottages, courtyards and canals. Sail welcome drinks and dinner on board. Moor overnight in the evening to Rotterdam and moor in Amsterdam. overnight. Day 2 Amsterdam. Explore the city of the ‘Golden Day 6 The Hague & Delft. From Age’ on an excursion which will include the Rotterdam we will head for The Hague where our incomparable Rijksmuseum with its splendid ﬁrst stop is the Mauritshuis; since 1822, it has housed collection of old masters. The excursion will end with a the Royal Cabinet of Paintings. Some of the most canal ride through Old Amsterdam. revered golden-age art treasures, including works by Day 3 Edam & Hoorn. Spend the day exploring the Rembrandt, Vermeer and Paulus Potter, can be Zuider Zee. From Volendam drive to Edam, a tranquil admired here. Continue to nearby Delft for lunch. little town with its drawbridges across canals and Vermeer was born here and you will see the place charming historic houses with their lovely facades. where he painted his famous ‘View of Delft’. Enjoy a Continue on to Enkhuizen, considered by many to be tour of the famous Delft Blue Pottery before returning the prettiest town in Holland with its well preserved to the vessel. buildings dating back to the 15-17th century. Rejoin Day 7 Schoonhoven to Keukenhof. Sail during the vessel in Hoorn. breakfast to Schoonhoven. Take a walk this morning Day 4 Arnhem & Het Loo. Spend the morning to some of Schoonhoven’s silversmith workshops. relaxing whilst cruising along the Ijssel River to where Nearby the Gothic town hall is a gem and dates back it joins the Lower Rhine at Arnhem. Arnhem is well to the 15th century. Later, sail to Utrecht where a The Old Harbour, Hoorn known because of the airborne paratrooper landings short coach ride will take us to the and the battles around the bridge over the Rhine. On marvellous bulb gardens of the town side of the bridge stands a monument Keukenhof at Lisse. commemorating the British forces. Join an optional Day 8 Amsterdam to excursion to the Palace of Het Loo, the favoured London/Manchester/ summer residence of the Dutch Royal family from Birmingham/Edinburgh. 1686 to 1975. Disembark after breakfast Day 5 Dordrecht. A leisurely morning cruising across and return to your chosen southern Holland to Dordrecht. After lunch we will join airport by scheduled ﬂight. an excursion to see the marvellous windmills of PRICES PER PERSON Based on double occupancy Tour Code: RCJSFLOWER Keukenhof Gardens Price includes: Economy class 27th March* 3rd April scheduled air travel, (it is possible to DOUBLE SOLE DOUBLE SOLE travel by train from London, details on CAT DECK CABIN DESCRIPTION OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY request)7 nights aboard the MS D Polka Forward £1295 £2095 £1495 £2295 Johann Strauss on full board, house wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner, C Polka Mid-ship £1495 £2295 £1695 £2795 shore excursions, guest speaker, BF Opera French balcony forward £1795 £2595 £1995 £3095 services of a cruise director, tour B Opera French balcony £1995 £2795 £2195 £3395 manager, transfers, port taxes, airport taxes, gratuities to crew and whilst on A Waltz French balcony £2195 £2995 £2395 £3595 shore excursions. * Please note that on this departure the itinerary varies on day 1 and ﬂights are to Not included: Travel insurance, Brussels. We embark in Ghent and sail to Amsterdam. optional excursion to the Palace of NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may affect itinerary. All special offers are subject to Het Loo. availability. www.noble-caledonia.co.uk • Page 9 Three River Odyssey A JOURNEY ALONG THE RHINE, MAIN AND DANUBE RIVERS EFORE BOOK B RY 2011 A 31 JANU VE £300 AND SA SON OFF PER PER RICES THE P N MS JOHANN STRAUSS ABOARD THE SHOW 19th April to 1st May & 12th to 24th July* 2011 ravel with us along mainland Europe’s T GERMANY Rh three greatest rivers, along routes which in e Frankfurt have for centuries been the main arteries Mainz • • Wurzburg • Bamberg • CZECH M • • • Wertheim Nuremberg R E P U B L I C ain Mannheim Heidelberg • Miltenberg • Kelheim for trade and culture. Absorb the subtle changes Rothenburg• • • RegensbergD Ma -Dan ube VAKI A SLO in Passau• anube Melk in architecture as we make our way across a • LEY • • Bratislava DANUBE WACHAU VA L D Vienna anube great swathe of Middle Europe, enjoying its Esztergom• BEND A USTRIA • Budapest natural and man-made beauty and with the HUNGARY assistance of our guest speakers and excellent local guides, gaining a better understanding of its history and peoples. We begin our river odyssey in Germany with a visit to historic Heidelberg and then cruise through Franconia, Bavaria and into Austria, The Danube Bend at Visegrad Slovakia and ﬁnally to Hungary. If the itinerary sounds busy, remember that aboard your ﬂoating, ﬁrst class Medieval Rothenburg hotel that is the MS Johann Strauss, such journeys are accomplished with great ease. Go to sleep in Germany and wake up in Austria and because we able to moor mostly in town and city centre locations, your time ashore is well spent without tedious long coach journeys. This itinerary will especially appeal to those who enjoy visiting historic towns, villages and castles. The river Main in particular on which we spend six days as the centre-piece of our journey meanders through some of Bavaria’s most beautiful landscapes, dotted with historic towns and villages, peaceful monasteries and imposing medieval castles. After our call at Nuremberg we leave the Main and join the Main-Danube canal, an amazing waterway which makes this journey possible. Prior to the early 1990s there was no water link between the two rivers, but now we can cruise through to the Danube making our journey on through Austria, Slovakia and Hungary, an effortless and enjoyable ride through Europe. The Itinerary Day 5 Bamberg. Arrive in Bamberg in the morning and enjoy a tour of one of Germany’s loveliest cities. Day 1 London to Frankfurt. Fly by scheduled ﬂight. Every single European style from the Romanesque Drive to Mannheim and embark the MS Johann onwards, has left its mark on Bamberg, each Strauss. This evening enjoy welcome drinks and dinner bequeathing at least one major building. onboard. Moor overnight. Day 6 Nuremberg. Explore Nuremberg, the capital of Day 2 Heidelberg. From the nearby port of Franconia on a guided tour of the old city within the Mannheim we will drive to Heidelberg for a half day vast walls. See Zeppelin Field and the site of the excursion to this most picturesque and romantic of Nuremberg Trials, the Palace of Justice. Afternoon at German cities which is home to Germany’s oldest leisure, those interested in the history of WWII may university, dating back to 1386. The tour will include care to visit the Documentation Centre Museum. the castle, a dramatically sited red sandstone ruin that Day 7 Kelheim & Regensburg. After a morning tour of dominates the city, the old town with its famous Kelheim including Liberation Hall, sail through the market place and the city gates. Relax onboard this Danube Gorge on small local boats and view the afternoon as we cruise the Rhine to Mainz where we dramatic 400ft cliffs. After lunch drive to Regensburg enter the Main River. to explore this fascinating and beautiful medieval city. Day 3 Miltenberg & Wertheim. Explore the delightful See the magniﬁcent, twin-spired cathedral Dom St Franconian town of Miltenberg with its half-timbered Peter, the treasury and the tower houses. Rejoin the houses. On a walking tour see the picturesque MS Johann Strauss which will have re-positioned to triangular-shaped Marktplatz and walk up to Regensburg. Sail in the late evening. Residential Palace, Wurzburg Mildenburg, a restored medieval castle with excellent Day 8 Passau. Walking tour of the ancient fairytale views of the town. After an early lunch onboard, join a Bavarian city of Passau, the meeting point of the tour to Wertheim, known as the ‘Little Heidelberg’. After a tour of this delightful town rejoin the MS Johann Strauss which has sailed through the afternoon to Wertheim. Day 4 Wurzburg & Rothenburg. After breakfast arrive in historic Wurzburg, the wine capital of Franconia. Tour the city including the magniﬁcent Residential Palace set in equally stunning parkland. Also, see the old town with its impressive collection of churches. After lunch on board depart for an excursion to Rothenburg, a remarkable well preserved medieval town in a truly splendid position, high above the River The Stone Bridge, Regensburg Tauber. Later rejoin the vessel and sail. Page 10 • 020-7752 0000 Melk Abbey Danube, Ilz and Inn Rivers. See the old town and and a drive around the famous Ringstrasse. Optional cathedral that houses the largest pipe organ in the afternoon excursion to the summer palace of world. After a short organ recital return to the vessel Schonbrunn. for lunch. Afternoon free in Passau. Sail in the late Day 11 Bratislava. Arrive this morning in the capital afternoon. of Slovakia. Formerly known as Pressburg this historic Day 9 Melk & the Wachau Valley to city is dominated by an enormous 9th century fortress. Vienna. Visit the beautiful Baroque On a guided excursion see the old quarter, the ornate abbey situated on a cliff, high Baroque Palace and the ancient city gates. above the Danube at Melk. Day 12 Esztergom & Budapest. Reach Esztergom, Relax and enjoy the Hungary’s second city at breakfast time. You have the enchanting scenery as we choice of an optional morning excursion to Visegrad cruise during lunch on our or staying on board as we navigate the famous way to Vienna, arriving in the Danube Bend. Arrive in Budapest at lunch time. On our early evening. afternoon tour, visit Fisherman’s Bastion for Day 10 Vienna. A marvellous views of the city and see the Matthias morning excursion will Church, which for centuries witnessed the coronations include the Hofburg of the Kings of Hungary. Palace (outside only), St Day 13 Budapest to London. Disembark after Stephen’s Cathedral breakfast and return to London by scheduled ﬂight. BOOK BEFORE 31 JANUARY 2011 AND SAVE £300 PER PERSON OFF THE PRICES SHOWN Price includes: Economy Budapest class scheduled air travel, 12 PRICES PER PERSON Based on double occupancy Tour Code: RCJSTHREE nights aboard the MS 19th April 12th July* Johann Strauss on full board, DOUBLE SOLE DOUBLE SOLE house wine, beer and soft CAT DECK CABIN DESCRIPTION OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY drinks with dinner, shore excursions, guest speaker, D Polka Forward £2395 £3195 £2495 £3295 services of a cruise director, C Polka Mid-ship £2595 £3395 £2695 £3495 tour manager, transfers, port BF Opera French balcony forward £2895 £3695 £2995 £3795 taxes, airport taxes, gratuities to crew and whilst B Opera French balcony £3095 £3895 £3195 £3995 on shore excursions. A Waltz French balcony £3295 £4095 £3395 £4195 Not included: Travel insurance, optional * This departure operates in the reverse direction. excursions to the Palace of NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may affect itinerary. All special offers are subject to availability. Schonbrunn and Visegrad. Due to low bridges on certain sections of the river please note that on occasion Polka Deck cabin windows will be partially below water levels and the sun deck will be closed. Miltenberg www.noble-caledonia.co.uk • Page 11 East of Budapest A RIVER JOURNEY TO THE DANUBE DELTA EFORE BOOK B RY 2011 A 31 JANU VE £400 AND SA SON OFF PER PER RICES THE P N MS JOHANN STRAUSS ABOARD THE SHOW 1st to 16th May & 2nd to 17th September 2011 Exlploring the Danube Delta at Tulcea oin us for one of the great river journeys of J the world as we navigate the Danube River from Budapest to the delta in the east. Travel from the heart of Europe to the distant Dan CRO ATI• ube HUNGARY •Budapest Pecs • • Kalocsa Vukovar ROMANIA Black Sea shores visiting Romania, Bulgaria, A a •Novi Sad Tulcea • DANUBE D n u be IRON GATES DELTA Belgrade Bucharest Serbia, Croatia and Hungary. We will travel • Donji Milanovac • • Turnu Severin • Vidin • Giurgiu • Constanta both down and upriver affording us a Belogradchik • anu •• Rousse Svistov• D be comprehensive look at Eastern Europe. This is SERBIA • Veliko Tarnovo BLACK one of the world’s great journeys, following as BULGARIA SEA it does one of the most important trade routes The Belogradchik Rocks since the earliest of times, linking the east with the west. We will travel through some of Europe’s most beautiful landscapes, from the delta lands of the Danube, past the distant Carpathian Mountains to the plains of Hungary. We will visit the great cities of Bucharest, Budapest and Belgrade as well as riverside villages and towns along the Danube as the great river makes its way to the Black Sea. From the great comfort of our vessel we will travel effortlessly, enjoying the varied scenery, architecture and learning more about a region that has seen more of its fair share of conﬂicts, revolutions and wars. The Itinerary explore the boulevards with their decidedly French The Iron Gates style and later tour the excellent Village Museum Day 1 London/Manchester which houses a collection of historic houses from all to Budapest. Fly by regions of Romania. Lunch will be taken at a lively scheduled ﬂight. Drive to Romanian restaurant. the MS Johann Strauss Day 7 Danube Delta. Today we arrive in Tulcea, and embark. Welcome situated at the entrance to the Danube Delta. drinks and dinner. Moor Enjoy a boat trip into the delta wetlands, overnight. famous for its birdlife. Day 2 Budapest. Enjoy your day in Hungary’s elegant Day 8 Constanta. From the port of Tulcea join the full capital and spend the morning on an excursion that day excursion to Constanta, known as Tomis to the includes the old quarter, a visit to the Matthias Church Greeks but named Constanta by the Romans. Our city and the Fishermen’s Bastion from where there are tour will include the excellent Archaeological Museum. stunning views of the city. Be sure to visit the Treasury and see the gigantic 3rd Day 3 Vukovar. A relaxing morning onboard as we century Roman Mosaic. Later, stretch your legs with a cruise through Hungary and Croatia to Vukovar, which walk along the Black Sea waterfront promenade. hugs the western bank of the Danube. For centuries, Day 9 Veliko Tarnovo. From the port of Rousse we will the river helped transform the town into an important drive to the wonderfully picturesque Veliko Tarnovo, trading centre. More recently, Vukovar is famous for the ‘City of the Tsars’. The Yantra River all but the heroic battle in the Patriotic War and encircles the city, a one time capital, and the unprecedented devastation to which the town was enchanting houses cling to the steep gorge. This is exposed over the months. Among a number of one of the most interesting and scenic places in attractive buildings damaged in the war, the most Eastern Europe. interesting are the castle of the Elz family (18th Day 10 Belogradchik & Vidin. In the early morning century), Baroque buildings in the centre of the town arrive in the Bulgarian port of Vidin. From here we will and the Franciscan monastery. drive to Belogradchik which is located close to the Day 4 Cruising through the Iron Gates. Spend a Serbian border. The Belogradchik Rocks are a famous relaxing day on board as we sail through Serbia. In the Bulgarian beauty spot. The sandstone has been morning there will be a ‘green stop’ at Donji weathered into all manner of bizarre shapes, and Milanovac, an attractive town, ideal for gentle and housed amongst the rocks is an Ottoman fort, built on easy exploration. Day 5 Turnu Severin. Turnu Severin is picturesquely Parliament Building, Bucharest set in the Carpathian Mountains on the banks of the famous Iron Gate Gorge. Known since Roman times for its warm and sunny climate, it is surrounded by linden and chestnut trees and makes for a fascinating visit. From here there will be an excursion to see the Hercules Spa, the Roman baths where Emperor Trojan’s soldiers recuperated after their ambitious campaigns. Day 6 Bucharest. Arrive this morning in the port of The Covered Market, Budapest Turnu Magurele and drive to Bucharest. We will Page 12 • 020-7752 0000 Veliko Tarnovo Sveti Sava Church, Belgrade the remains of a Roman structure. The excursion will enjoys a ﬁne position on the slopes of the Mecsek Hills. end with a city tour of Vidin, including the Baba Vida The shore excursion will feature the sites associated Fortress. Afternoon cruising through the ‘Iron Gates’. with the city’s Roman, Ottoman and Hapsburg past. Day 11 Belgrade. After all the turmoil of past years it Day 14 Kalocsa. Famous for its surrounding plains, is good to see that life has returned to normal in this horses and the production of paprika, Kalocsa has a historic city which was founded on the site of a Celtic history dating back over 1000 years. It is also the site settlement, dating back to the 3rd century B.C. Our of Hungary’s ﬁrst cathedral. There will be an excursion this afternoon will include the city’s main opportunity to see rural Hungary and a sights including the Kalemegdan Citadel, a hill fortress provincial town, and included in the tour is a at the junction of the Danube and Sava Rivers, and demonstration of local horsemanship for the old quarter. Optional evening Folklore which the region is famous. performance. Day 15 Budapest. Today we return to the Day 12 Novi Sad. This morning we will arrive in Novi Queen of the Danube. This morning, join Sad. Following the destruction of the three main an optional excursion to the small Baroque bridges by the NATO bombing campaign in 1999, the town of Godollo. It was the favoured city of Novi Sad, in the Serbian northern province of home of Sissy, the wife of Emperor Vojvodina, has returned to normal and much Franz Josef, and in recent years the rebuilding has taken place. The city is rich in historic palace has been restored. buildings including the fortress, Bishop’s House, Clock Day 16 Budapest to Tower and numerous churches, some of which will be London/Manchester. Disembark seen on our morning tour. this morning and return to your Day 13 Pecs. Lying between the Danube and Drava chosen airport by scheduled Danube Delta birdlife Rivers in southern Hungary, the historic city of Pecs ﬂight. BOOK BEFORE 31 JANUARY 2011 AND SAVE £400 PER PERSON OFF THE PRICES SHOWN Price includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, 15 nights PRICES PER PERSON Based on double occupancy Tour Code: RCJSEAST11 aboard the MS Johann Strauss 1st May 2nd September on full board, house wine, beer DOUBLE SOLE DOUBLE SOLE and soft drinks with dinner, CAT DECK CABIN DESCRIPTION OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY shore excursions, guest speaker, services of a cruise director, tour D Polka Forward £2795 £3595 £2995 £3795 manager, transfers, port taxes, C Polka Mid-ship £2995 £3795 £3195 £3995 airport taxes, gratuities to crew BF Opera French balcony forward £3295 £4095 £3495 £4295 and whilst on shore excursions. Not included: Travel insurance, B Opera French balcony £3495 £4295 £3695 £4495 optional Folklore performance A Waltz French balcony £3695 £4495 £3895 £4695 and Godollo excursion. NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may affect itinerary. All special offers are subject to availability. www.noble-caledonia.co.uk • Page 13 Across Europe by River A RIVER JOURNEY LINKING BUDAPEST AND AMSTERDAM EFORE BOOK B RY 2011 A 31 JANU£400 PER VE & SA N PLUS PERSO ENTARY M COMPLIXTENSION MS JOHANN STRAUSS ABOARD THE WINE E 16th to 30th May & 17th September to 1st October 2011 ravelling across Europe by river T offers an insight that cannot easily be had by more conventional forms of transport. The leisurely pace NETHERLANDS Amsterdam •• Utrecht Cologne• GERMANY Rh Würzburg ine allows you to enjoy the subtle changes of Rüdesheim • Main Bamberg• •Bayreuth scenery, the contrasting styles of Miltenberg • •• CZECH Wertheim Rothenburg• •Kelheim Nuremberg R E P U B L I C architecture and allows time to read and n- • ub •Regensburg Ma IA D an e VA K i • Danube Passau Vienna O digest each region’s history. There is WA Melk • • S L DANUBE CHAU VALLEY Esztergom •• BEND Visegrad • something rather special about reading Budapest The Danube at Schlogen near Passau AUSTRIA your guide book on deck as you approach HUNGARY Siegfried’s Music Museum, Rudesheim the next port of call. You can join the guided excursion, the majority of which are included in the cost, or explore individually. For many this is the delight of a river journey. Embarking in Budapest, we will have two weeks ahead of us as we make our way along the Danube, through Hungary, Austria and Germany where we will reach the Main-Danube Canal. It was the opening of this canal that made this journey possible. A great feat of engineering, it allows our vessel to connect through to the Main and Rhine Rivers. From here we will pass some of Germany’s most scenic places, including the dramatic Rhine Gorge before arriving at our ﬁnal destination of Amsterdam. Our journey will take us along the most romantic sections of the Danube, Main and Rhine rivers. This is a river voyage through idyllic rolling landscapes of pastures and vines, past centuries old villages, towns and imperial cities Hero’s Square, Budapest which have witnessed the fascinating and turbulent history of Middle Europe. The Itinerary the tower houses. After lunch in Weltenburg, drive to Kelheim for a tour which will include Liberation Hall, Day 1 London to Budapest. Fly by scheduled then sail through the Danube Gorge on small local ﬂight. Transfer to the MS Johann Strauss and boats and view the dramatic 400ft cliffs. embark. Welcome drinks and dinner. Day 8 Nuremberg. Explore Nuremberg, Day 2 Budapest & Esztergom. Spend the capital of Franconia on a guided the morning in Budapest. On our tour of the old city within the vast walls. morning tour, visit Fishermen’s Bastion Day 9 Bamberg. Arrive in Bamberg, one of for marvellous views of the city and see the Germany’s loveliest cities. Every single European Matthias Church, which for centuries witnessed style from the Romanesque onwards has left its the coronations of the Kings of Hungary. Sail at mark on Bamberg, each bequeathing at least lunchtime, navigating the famous Danube Bend, one major building. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure. arriving into Esztergom in the early evening. Day 10 Wurzburg & Rothenburg. After a morning of Alternatively, join an optional excursion to Visegrad scenic cruising, arrive in historic Wurzburg, the wine and rejoin the vessel in Esztergom. capital of Franconia. Tour the city including the Day 3 Vienna. Arrive into Vienna at lunchtime. A magniﬁcent Residential Palace set in equally stunning guided excursion by coach will take us around the parkland. Also, see the old town with its impressive famous Ringstrasse, the gardens of the Belvedere collection of churches. Later, travel along the Palace and to the stunning Hofburg Palace (outside ‘Romantic Road’ to Rothenburg, a remarkably well views only). preserved medieval town in a truly splendid position, Day 4 Vienna. Optional morning excursion to the high above the River Tauber. Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens, the favourite Day 11 Wertheim & Miltenberg. Explore the summer residence of Maria Theresa. Afternoon free in delightful town of Wertheim, known as ‘Little Vienna. Heidelberg’, on a walking tour. During lunch, sail on to Day 5 Melk & Wachau Valley. Visit the beautiful Passau Baroque abbey situated on a cliff, high above the Danube at Melk. Relax and enjoy the enchanting scenery as we cruise through the afternoon. Day 6 Passau. Walking tour of the ancient fairytale Bavarian city of Passau, the meeting point of the Danube, Ilz and Inn Rivers. See the old town and cathedral that houses the largest pipe organ in the world. After a short organ recital, return to the vessel for lunch. Day 7 Regensburg. Explore this fascinating and beautiful medieval city. See the magniﬁcent, Stableck Castle on the Rhine twin-spired cathedral Dom St Peter, the treasury and Page 14 • 020-7752 0000 The Palm House at Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna COMPLIMENTARY PRE-CRUISE EXTENSION WORTH £400 PER PERSON FOR THE FIRST 10 CABINS BOOKED WINE OF KINGS AND KING OF WINE 13TH TO 16TH MAY & 14TH TO 17TH SEPTEMBER 2011 Join us before your cruise for a complimentary three-night tour through the famous wine regions of Hungary. It was made famous by Louis XV when he served Tokaj wine to Madame de Pompadour, and Emperor Franz-Josef sent Queen Victoria bottles of Tokaj to celebrate her birthday, 12 bottles for every year; this amounted to 972 bottles by 1900. Day 1 London to Tokaj. Fly by scheduled ﬂight to Budapest. Upon arrival, drive to Tokaj and check-in to the delightful Mansion Hotel Andrassy. Your Hungarian guide is a wine expert and will give an introductory talk on Tokaj before dinner. Day 2 Tokaj. This morning we will visit the Tokaj wineries to learn how Tokaj is made and how wine making has changed since the fall of Communism. The tour will end with some wine tasting. After lunch we will visit another winery and compare the different qualities of Tokaj. Dinner this evening will be taken in a local the Franconian town of Miltenberg with its morning. Join an excursion to see this charming and restaurant. half-timbered houses. On a walking tour see the compact city. Cruise through lunch, Day 3 Eger. After breakfast drive picturesque triangular-shaped Marktplatz and walk up arriving into Amsterdam in the to Eger, one of Hungary’s oldest to the Mildenburg, a restored medieval castle with mid-afternoon. Explore the city of the and most charming cities. excellent views of the town. Sail in the early evening. ‘Golden Age’ on an excursion which will Check-in to a ﬁrst class hotel Day 12 Rudesheim. Enjoy some time in colourful include the incomparable where we will enjoy lunch. In the Rudesheim, an important wine producing area. Join an Rijksmuseum with its splendid afternoon there will be a guided excursion to explore the cobblestone streets of the collection of old masters. Evening walking tour which will give you Drosselgasse and take a mini-train to Siegfried’s canal ride through Old an insight into the city’s Mechanical Music Museum. Amsterdam. fascinating history, including how Day 13 Cologne. Explore historic Cologne on a guided Day 15 Amsterdam to London. walking tour that will visit the magniﬁcent cathedral, Disembark after breakfast and ‘Bull’s Blood’ came to be named. the largest in Germany. Sail during dinner. return to London by scheduled Dinner will be taken in a local Day 14 Utrecht to Amsterdam. Arrive in Utrecht this ﬂight. restaurant with local wine tasting. Day 4 Eger & Budapest. This morning we shall concentrate on BOOK BEFORE 31 JANUARY 2011 & SAVE £400 PER PERSON OFF THE PRICES Price includes: Economy SHOWN PLUS COMPLIMENTARY EXTENSION FOR FIRST TEN CABINS BOOKED class scheduled air travel, 14 the local chardonnays and ﬁnish nights aboard the MS the morning with a tasting of PRICES PER PERSON Based on double occupancy Tour Code: RCJSEUR11 Johann Strauss on full board, Bull’s Blood. After lunch, transfer 16th May 17th September house wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner, shore to Budapest to embark the MS DOUBLE SOLE DOUBLE SOLE CAT DECK CABIN DESCRIPTION OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY excursions, guest speaker, Johann Strauss. services of a cruise director, D Polka Forward £2895 £3695 £3095 £3895 tour manager, transfers, port Extension includes: Three nights hotel C Polka Mid-ship £3095 £3895 £3295 £4095 taxes, airport taxes, accommodation, all meals, excursions gratuities to crew and whilst and wine tasting, transportation, BF Opera French balcony forward £3395 £4195 £3595 £4395 English speaking guides. on shore excursions. B Opera French balcony £3595 £4395 £3795 £4595 Not included: Travel Not included: Travel insurance, A Waltz French balcony £3795 £4595 £3995 £4795 insurance, optional excursion gratuities, porterage. to Palace of Schonbrunn and Numbers are limited and special offer NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may affect itinerary. All special offers are subject to availability. to Visegrad. Due to low bridges on certain sections of the river please note that on occasion Polka Deck cabin windows will is subject to availability. be partially below water levels and the sun deck will be closed. www.noble-caledonia.co.uk • Page 15 Amsterdam to the Black Sea A RIVER VOYAGE FROM THE NORTH SEA TO THE BLACK SEA EFORE BOOK B RY 2011 A 31 JANU VE £400 AND SA SON OFF PER PER RICES THE P N MS JOHANN STRAUSS ABOARD THE SHOW 30th May to 21st June; 2nd to 24th August*; 1st to 23rd October 2011 his is the Ultimate T Wurzburg’s Residential Palace NETHERLANDS Grand Tour of Europe. • Amsterdam Sail clear across the GERMANY Cologne • Würzburg Rh continent, visit seven in e Koblenz ain Bamberg countries, travel more than • •M • Rüdesheim Heidelberg• • • •• • Nuremberg Weissenkirchen Ma Regensburg 2200 miles and unpack only -D • u VAK IA in Miltenberg an be Wertheim Passau • Melk •• Danube S L O • once as you settle aboard Rothenburg WACHAU VA LLEY Vienna your wonderfully comfortable AUSTRIA •Budapest HUNGARY • Pecs • • Kalocsa ROMANIA ﬂoating hotel. Trace the Mohacs D Tulcea routes of emperors and kings anube IRON • UBE GATES Cernavoda DAN LTA as you cruise along the Rhine, Belgrade • Bucharest • E •Constanta •D SERBIA Svistov • •Rousse Main and Danube. Live the Veliko Tarnovo• BLACK dream of Charlemagne, who BULGARIA SEA 1200 years ago, dreamed of building a canal connecting the Rhine to the Danube. This is truly the voyage of a lifetime at an unbeatable price. The Itinerary the medieval wonder of Germany. Spend the afternoon at leisure in Regensburg before setting sail Day 1 London/Manchester/Birmingham/Edinburgh this evening for Passau. to Amsterdam. Fly by scheduled ﬂight and transfer to Day 11 Passau. Arrive this morning is Passau, where the MS Johann Strauss. the Inn and Ilz rivers join the Danube. Join the tour Day 2 Amsterdam. Enjoy a morning in Amsterdam that will include a scenic drive and a guided walk and during the guided tour visit the impressive through the Old Town. Tour the breathtaking The Danube Delta Rijksmuseum. Later sail to Cologne. Cathedral of St. Stephan, which contains Day 3 Cologne. This morning cruise the world’s largest church pipe organ. the legendary Rhine. Pass Duisburg Day 12 Melk & Wachau to Vienna. and Dusseldorf before arriving in This morning, visit the magniﬁcent Cologne for a tour to see the city’s Melk Abbey. Continue by road to famous cathedral. Weissenkirchen, a beautiful Day 4 Koblenz & Rudesheim. Arrive in wine-growing region. Enjoy some wine Koblenz for a walking tour of this historic tasting before returning to the ship for lunch. Your commercial centre. After lunch, continue through the cruise continues through the romantic Wachau Valley. dramatic Rhine Gorge to Rudesheim, passing romantic Day 13 Vienna. A morning city tour will include a drive castles, lush vineyards and the infamous Lorelei rock. around the Ring and a visit to the Old Quarter In Rudesheim, enjoy a tour of Siegfried’s Musical including St Stephan’s cathedral. In the afternoon Instrument Museum. perhaps join an optional excursion to the Schonbrunn Day 5 Heidelberg. From the port of Mannheim, Palace and Gardens, the favourite summer residence disembark for a morning tour to romantic Heidelberg, of Maria Theresa. the oldest university town in Germany. Day 14 Budapest. Cruise through Slovakia to Day 6 Miltenberg,Wertheim & Wurzburg. This Hungary. Be on deck as your ship passes the morning tour the pretty Franconian town of Esztergom Cathedral, Hungary’s largest, towering over Miltenberg, known for its half-timbered medieval the river. Later, we will cruise through the Danube houses. Later drive to beautiful Wertheim, where you Bend where the river changes direction. This will enjoy free time in the charming market square afternoon, arrive in Budapest. before returning to the vessel for lunch. This Day 15 Budapest. We have the day to explore afternoon, tour Wurzburg and visit the magniﬁcent Hungary’s elegant capital. Spend the morning on an Prince Bishop’s Residenz Palace. Day 7 Cruising/Rothenburg. Enjoy a full day of The Iron Gates region cruising through the sunny valleys of the meandering Main. Alternatively, you may take a half day tour to Rothenburg, Europe’s most perfect fairy-tale town. Day 8 Bamberg. This morning, enter the Main-Danube Canal at Bamberg, one of Germany’s most beautiful historic towns. Enjoy a guided tour and some free time here. Day 9 Nuremberg. Join a guided tour of this historic city. Sail at lunchtime and continue cruising through the highest point of any commercial waterway in Europe, 1332 feet above sea level. Day 10 Regensburg. This morning enjoy a guided Bamberg stroll around historic Regensburg, widely regarded as Page 16 • 020-7752 0000 Fishermen’s Bastion, Budapest excursion that will include the old quarter, visiting the between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains. Matthias Church and the Fishermen’s Bastion. Day 20 Veliko Tarnovo. From Svistov, drive to Veliko Afternoon at leisure. Alternatively enjoy an optional Tarnovo, the capital of the second Bulgarian Kingdom excursion to the small Baroque town of Godollo. from 1187 to 1393. The city formed a natural fortress, Day 16 Kalocsa. Arrive this morning in charming located on three hills surrounding the Yantra River. A Kalocsa, renowned for paprika production. Your tour of palace, fortiﬁcations and churches were built into the the Puszta district will include the town and a terrain. Across the river, ancient stone houses spectacular display of Hungarian horsemanship. seemingly perched on top of each other rise up the Depart this afternoon for a relaxing cruise down the steep riverbank. After lunch in a local restaurant, visit beautiful Danube, arriving in Mohacs in the early the museum town of Arbanassi. evening. Moor overnight. Day 21 Constanta. Early this morning, arrive in Day 17 Pecs. Depart on a morning’s excursion to Pecs. Cernavoda at the entrance to the Black Sea Canal. Lying between the Danube and Drava Rivers in Drive to nearby Constanta, a popular resort city. Its southern Hungary, the historic city of Pecs enjoys a colourful history dates back to ancient ﬁne position on the slopes of the Mecsek Hills. The Greek and Roman times. excursion will feature the sites associated with the Day 22 Danube Delta. Today we Weissenkirchen in the Wachau Valley city’s Roman Ottoman Hapsburg past. arrive in Tulcea, situated at the Day 18 Belgrade. Spend the morning in this entrance to the Danube Delta. interesting city. A half-day tour highlights the city’s Enjoy a boat trip into the delta main attractions, including the Kalemegdan fortress wetlands, famous for its birdlife. as it looms over the conﬂuence of the Sava and Day 23 Bucharest to London/ Danube rivers, Saint Sava Cathedral, the largest Manchester/Birmingham/ Orthodox Church in the world, and Tito’s Memorial. Edinburgh. Disembark this This evening enjoy an optional Folklore performance. morning in Cernavoda and drive to Day 19 Cruising through the Iron Gates. Today the Bucharest for the return scenery becomes truly spectacular as you cruise scheduled ﬂight to your through the Iron Gates, a narrow Danube gorge chosen airport. BOOK BEFORE 31 JANUARY 2011 AND SAVE £400 PER PERSON OFF THE PRICES SHOWN Price includes: Economy Interior of Melk Abbey class scheduled air travel, PRICES PER PERSON Based on double occupancy Tour Code: RCJSBLACK11 22 nights aboard the 30th May 2nd August*; 1st October MS Johann Strauss on full DOUBLE SOLE DOUBLE SOLE board, house wine, beer CAT DECK CABIN DESCRIPTION OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY and soft drinks with dinner, shore excursions, D Polka Forward £4095 £4895 £3995 £4795 guest speaker, services of C Polka Mid-ship £4295 £5095 £4195 £4995 a cruise director, tour BF Opera French balcony forward £4595 £5395 £4495 £5295 manager, transfers, port taxes, airport taxes, B Opera French balcony £4795 £5595 £4695 £5495 gratuities to crew and A Waltz French balcony £4995 £5795 £4895 £5695 whilst on shore excursions. * This departure varies and the ﬂight is from London to Brussels with embarkation in Ghent. Please Not included: Travel note that the ﬂights from Bucharest to Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh are indirect insurance, optional services. excursions to Palace of NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may affect itinerary. All special offers are subject to availability. Due to low bridges on certain sections of the river please note that on occasion Polka Deck cabin windows will be Schonbrunn and Godollo. Constanta partially below water levels and the sun deck will be closed www.noble-caledonia.co.uk • Page 17 The Danube East to West A RIVER JOURNEY FROM THE DANUBE DELTA TO BAVARIA EFORE BOOK B RY 2011 A 31 JANU VE £250 AND SA SON OFF PER PER RICES THE P N ABOARD THE MS JOHANN STRAUSS SHOW 21st June to 5th July 2011 oin us for a passage through time as we J GERMANY sail the Danube from its delta to its navigable headwaters in Bavaria. This is Linz Grein Passau Durnstein S L O V A K I A one of the world’s great journeys, following Munich • • •• • • • Bratislava • • Salzburg Melk EYVienna • WACHAU VA LL Esztergom Budapest as it does one of the most important trade • A USTRIA HUNGARY • Kalocsa ROMANIA routes since the earliest of times, linking the Pecs • • Mohacs D Tulcea east with the west. anube IRON U• BE GATES Cernavoda DAN LTA Belgrade• • Bucharest • DE •• • Belogradchik Vidin Giurgiu We will travel through some of Europe’s SERBIA Bratislava Castle Veliko Tarnovo• BLACK most beautiful landscapes from the vast BULGARIA SEA area of channels that make up the delta region with its proliﬁc birdlife to the vine covered hills of Austria’s picturesque valleys. Our journey through Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia and Austria will be made in great comfort as we cross Eastern Europe from the Carpathian foothills to the rolling plains of Hungary. We will visit villages, towns and cities along this great waterway which has played its part in the history of the continent and seen more than its fair share of conﬂicts, revolutions and wars. The Itinerary Day 8 Budapest. Arrive this morning in the city of Danube Delta Budapest. We have the day to explore Day 1 London /Manchester/Birmingham Hungary’s elegant capital. Our guided Main square, Linz to Bucharest. Fly by scheduled ﬂight. excursion includes the old quarter, a visit to Transfer to Cernavoda, embark the MS the Matthias Church and the Fishermen’s Johann Strauss and sail. This evening Bastion from where there are stunning enjoy welcome drinks and dinner onboard. views of the city. Moor overnight. Day 2 Danube Delta. Today we will reach Day 9 Budapest. After a morning with the vast Danube Delta one of the most free time in Budapest, return to vessel for important wetlands left in Europe. From lunch as we slip our moorings and begin our journey our base in Tulcea it will be possible to join a boat trip heading in a westerly direction sailing through to explore the delta. Budapest and towards one of the scenic highlights of Day 3 Bucharest. Arrive this morning in the port of the river, the Danube Bend. Oltenita for the drive to Bucharest. We will explore the Day 10 Bratislava & Vienna. Arrive this morning in boulevards with their decidedly French style and later the Slovak capital of Bratislava. Join a guided walking tour the excellent Village Museum which houses a tour of the city, formerly known as Pressburg, a former collection of historic houses from all regions of capital of Hungary. See the old quarter, the ornate Romania. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Baroque Palace and the ancient city gates. Sail at Day 4 Veliko Tarnovo. Depart by coach for a full-day midday for Vienna, arriving in the early evening. tour to Veliko Tarnovo, the capital of the Second Day 11 Vienna. Join the morning guided tour which Bulgarian Kingdom from 1187 to 1393. The city will include the famous Ringstrasse and St Stephen’s formed a natural fortress, located on three hills Cathedral. This afternoon there will be an optional Veliko Tarnovo surrounding the Yantra River. A palace, fortiﬁcations tour to the summer palace of Schonbrunn with its and churches were built into the terrain. On Tsarevets magniﬁcent interiors and landscaped gardens. Hill see the old fortress walls, royal palaces and Day 12 Durnstein, Melk and Grein. Sail in the early patriarchal church. hours for the lovely Wachau Valley. During breakfast Day 5 Cruising through the Iron Gates. Today the we will moor in the charming town of Durnstein in scenery becomes truly spectacular as you cruise Austria’s scenically splendid wine producing Wachau through the Iron Gates, a narrow Danube gorge Valley. It was here that Richard the Lionheart was held between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains. captive on a Crusader journey. Explore independently Day 6 Belgrade. After all the turmoil of past years it is with a stroll through the town. In the late morning sail good to see that life has returned to normal in this on to Melk where an excursion will include the historic city which was founded on the site of a Celtic Fishermen’s Bastion, Budapest settlement, dating back to the 3rd century B.C. Our Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna excursion this afternoon will include the city’s main sights including the Kalemegdan Citadel, a hill fortress at the junction of the Danube and Sava Rivers, and the old quarter. Optional evening Folklore performance. Day 7 Pecs. Arrive in the Hungarian town of Mohacs, an area renowned for its paprika production. Drive to the university town of Pecs, a settlement dating back to Roman times. On a walking tour see some of the beautifully restored grand buildings, the Romanesque cathedral and the Mosque. Page 18 • 020-7752 0000 Durnstein OPTIONAL PRE-CRUISE EXTENSION IN ROMANIA Join us before your cruise for a 4-night journey through Transylvania, visiting Sibiu and Brasov. Day 1 London to Sibiu. Fly to Sibiu by indirect scheduled ﬂight. One of the seven walled cities founded by the Saxons, Sibiu was at the crossroads of invasions, conﬂicts and wars during the Middle Ages. Stay two nights at the four-star Continental Forum Hotel. Dinner this evening will be at your hotel. Day 2 Sibiu. This morning there will be a walking tour of Sibiu, followed by some free time before lunch in the old city. Later, drive to Sibiel, a colourful village situated 20 km from Sibiu. Here we visit a unique and superb museum of glass painted icons. This evening, enjoy a traditional dinner. Day 3 Azuga/Sinaia/Brasov. Today we travel to Azuga in Prahova Valley, home of the Royal Cellar which is the wine supplier for the Royal family. We will stop at a local vineyard for lunch and enjoy some wine tasting before continuing on to Sinaia. Here we will see the fairytale Peles Castle, built by King Carol I in the 19th century. Continue on to Brasov where we will stay for two nights at the ﬁve-star ARO Palace Hotel. Dinner this evening will be at a local restaurant. Day 4 Brasov. Day at leisure. Relax and enjoy your time in Brasov. Lunch will be included at the hotel and dinner this evening will be at a local restaurant in Poiana. Day 5 Bran & Cernavoda. Depart Brasov this morning and drive through the mountain-ringed imposing Baroque Abbey Relax and enjoy high tea as early life, Schloss Mirabell and the Residenz. landscapes and past some of the you sail onwards to the charming Baroque town of Day 14 Passau. Built on the conﬂuence of the area’s historical monuments. We Grein. Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers, Passau is a beautiful and will stop at Bran to visit the world Day 13 Linz & Salzburg. This morning we will stop in fascinating town, rich in history. Enjoy a guided famous ‘Dracula’s Castle’. Linz for those wishing to take the optional full day tour morning excursion and an afternoon at leisure to Continue on to Ploiesti for a with lunch to Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and explore independently. lunch stop, and ﬁnally to famous for its architectural treasures and music Day 15 Passau to London/Manchester/Birmingham. Cernavoda where we will embark festival. Our excursion will include the house known as Disembark after breakfast and transfer to Munich for the MS Johann Strauss. Itinerary Tanzmeisterhaus where he was born and spent his return scheduled ﬂights to your chosen airport. continues as per day 1. Prices per person: £395 BOOK BEFORE 31 JANUARY 2011 AND SAVE £250 PER PERSON OFF THE PRICES SHOWN Price includes: Economy class Single: £495 scheduled air travel, 14 nights Extension includes: Four nights hotel PRICES PER PERSON Based on double occupancy Tour Code: RCJSEWEST aboard the MS Johann Strauss on accommodation as described, all DOUBLE SOLE full board, house wine, beer and soft meals, excursions, transportation, CAT DECK CABIN DESCRIPTION OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY drinks with dinner, shore excursions, entrance fees, English speaking guest speaker, services of a cruise guides, UK tour escort. D Polka Forward £2495 £3295 Not included: Travel insurance, director, tour manager, transfers, C Polka Mid-ship £2695 £3495 port taxes, airport taxes, gratuities to gratuities for porters, guides, BF Opera French balcony forward £2995 £3795 crew and whilst on shore excursions. restaurants, beverages during meals Not included: Travel insurance, (except water). B Opera French balcony £3195 £3995 optional Folklore performance, Numbers are limited and places are A Waltz French balcony £3395 £4195 Palace of Schonbrunn and Salzburg subject to availability. NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may affect itinerary. All special offers are subject to excursions. availability. www.noble-caledonia.co.uk • Page 19 Mozart on the Danube A MUSICAL JOURNEY ALONG THE DANUBE INCLUDING SALZBURG WITH LONDON FESTIVAL OPERA EFORE BOOK B RY 2011 A 31 JANU VE £300 AND SA SON OFF PER PER RICES THE P N MS JOHANN STRAUSS ABOARD THE SHOW 5th to 12th July 2011 with Humphrey Burton & 1st to 8th November* 2011 with Rodney Greenberg he magic of Mozart has once again placed its spell resulting in two trips for 2011. The demand for T London Festival Opera Mozart inspired trips along the Danube continues unabated and with our friends London Festival Opera and guest speaker Rodney Greenberg we can promise you a marvellous experience. This celebration of Mozart’s life will take us on a E R M A N Y Danub Weissenkirchen SLOVAKIA G e Durnstein journey along the River Danube, from Bavaria to • Munich Linz • •• • Bratislava DANUBE WA • Melk •Vienna D Hungary through Slovakia and Austria. On this seven •Salzburg V A LCLHY U A an ube BEND E night river cruise, we will visit small towns and villages Budapest • • Godollo as well as the cities of Budapest, Vienna, Bratislava AUSTRIA HUNGARY and Salzburg, enjoying some of Mozart’s ﬁnest works in idyllic settings. In addition to our excursions and music ashore, we will also enjoy performances aboard our wonderfully comfortable vessel. More than any other 18th century composer, Mozart changed the course of Belvedere Palace, Vienna music. His unique craftsmanship, partly learnt and partly instinctive, widened the boundaries making him the master of his art. His understanding and perception of human nature resulted in marvellous operas, which are today as uplifting and relevant as they were to audiences over 200 years ago. He changed the course of the symphony, pianoforte, concerto, the string quartet and the sonata and much more besides. The life and times as well as the music of Mozart will be brought vividly to life by our guest speakers who will accompany the trip. Also adding to our enjoyment will be ‘highlight’ performances by ‘London Festival Opera’ the travelling opera company. They will perform on board the vessel after dinner in the wonderfully intimate atmosphere of the lounge. The Itinerary The tour is completed with a short concert of works by Mozart and Schubert, performed by a Day 1 London to Munich. Fly by scheduled string quartet from the Vienna Philharmonic. ﬂight. Transfer to the MS Johann Strauss. This evening perhaps enjoy an optional Day 2 Linz. Drive to Salzburg, birthplace of performance at the State Opera House or Mozart and famous for its architectural treasures Volksoper. Performance details not available at and music festival. Visits will be made to the house the time of going to press. The Wachau Valley known as Tanzmeisterhaus where he was born and Day 5 Bratislava. A morning tour of this historic city, spent his early life; to Schloss Mirabell and the Residenz. formerly known as Pressburg, will concentrate on Mozart’s Salzburg Before we leave Salzburg, we shall enjoy a special time here. The tour ends with a concert of music by Dvorak concert of music by Salzburg’s most famous son. and Mozart in the Palais Tichy by the Kapralova Quartet, Day 3 Wachau Valley. This morning we will reach the four ladies who are all members of the Czech Philharmonic picturesque Wachau Valley, famous for its wine. We will Orchestra. Evening performance of highlights from the moor in Durnstein, where King Richard the Lionheart Marriage of Figaro by London Festival Opera. was imprisoned. During a guided walking tour, learn Day 6 Danube Bend & Budapest. This morning we about the enthralling history of the town. Continue to will navigate the scenic Danube Bend and arrive in the nearby village of Weissenkirchen to sample the Budapest in the afternoon. A guided afternoon tour excellent local wine. Sail through the lovely scenery of will include the old quarter, a visit to the Matthias the Wachau to Melk and moor under the shadow of the Church and the Fishermen’s Bastion. Optional evening great Baroque Abbey. After lunch, enjoy a guided tour visit to the Budapest State Opera (programme of the abbey. This evening London Festival Opera will unknown at time of going to press). Moor overnight. perform highlights from the Magic Flute. Day 7 Budapest. This morning drive out of Budapest to Day 4 Vienna. A guided excursion of Austria’s elegant Godollo, a small Baroque town known as the ‘Hungarian LONDON FESTIVAL OPERA capital will take us around the famous Ringstrasse, on to Versailles’. Return to the vessel for lunch and enjoy an the gardens of the Belvedere Palace and to the stunning afternoon of individual exploration. Farewell Opera Gala Accompanying Hofburg Palace (outside views only). An afternoon performed by London Festival Opera. us on this cruise excursion by coach and on foot will focus on Mozart’s Day 8 Budapest to London. Disembark after and performing career and life in the city, including the Figaro House. breakfast and return to London by scheduled ﬂight. onboard will be members of PRICES PER PERSON Based on double occupancy Tour Code: RCJSMOZ11 London Festival Price includes: Economy class 5th July 1st November* scheduled air travel, 7 nights aboard Opera. Bringing DOUBLE SOLE DOUBLE SOLE the MS Johann Strauss on full board, together established opera singers CAT DECK CABIN DESCRIPTION OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY house wine, beer and soft drinks from major British opera D Polka Forward £1495 £2295 £1195 £1995 with dinner, shore excursions, guest speaker, services of a cruise director, companies, London Festival Opera C Polka Mid-ship £1695 £2495 £1395 £2195 tour manager, transfers, port taxes, have achieved a considerable BF Opera French balcony forward £1995 £2795 £1695 £2495 airport taxes, gratuities to crew and reputation for presenting opera B Opera French balcony £2195 £2995 £1895 £2695 whilst on shore excursions. Not included: Travel insurance, and music performances in a wide A Waltz French balcony £2395 £3195 £2095 £2895 optional musical performances in variety of worldwide venues. * This departure date operates in the reverse order from Budapest to Passau. Vienna and Budapest. NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may affect itinerary. All special offers are subject to availability. Page 20 • 020-7752 0000 Rhine Odyssey A NAVIGATION OF THE RHINE AND THE WATERWAYS OF THE LOW COUNTRIES BOOK 31 JANU BEFORE AND SA ARY 2011 PER PER VE £400 SO THE PRI N OFF MS JOHANN STRAUSS C SHOWNES ABOARD THE 24th July to 2nd August 2011 uring this 10 day cruise we will explore the mighty Rhine The Reichsburg, Cochem D NETHERLANDS Z u i de r and the canals and waterways of the Netherlands and NORTH SEA Zee • Kampen Belgium. The Rhine, for so long one of Europe’s main Edam ••Amsterdam • Volendam •Arnhem trading routes, makes for a fascinating passage through time Maas GERMANY and contrasts beautifully with our day of exploration along the Bruges • •Ghent • Cologne Moselle and the network of waterways in the Low Countries. Rh Braubach Brussels• ine Boppard Koblenz We begin our journey through time in the historic city of el le • •••Rüdesheim • Main • Cochem Frankfurt os M Heidelberg on the Neckar River, one of Europe’s great seats of •Mannheim • Heidelberg ine FRANCE Neckar Rh learning and then continue along the Rhine to the wine producing region around Rudesheim. The next morning we cruise past the most romantic and scenic section of the Rhine. This UNESCO World Heritage Site takes us past clifftop castles, charming villages and the legendary Lorelei Rock. Entering the Netherlands, we call into the city of Arnhem, a famous WWII battle site and the nearby Palace of Het Loo. Crossing the country by a complicated network of waterways, we ﬁrstly head north to the Zuider Zee and then cross this tranquil stretch of water to Volendam before we reach the ‘Golden Age’ city of Amsterdam. The next highlight will be a visit to Bruges. No matter how many times you visit this medieval gem there is always something new to discover. The Itinerary our guided tour we will include a walk along the river promenade and through the old town to the Day 1 London to Frankfurt. Fly magniﬁcent cathedral, the largest in Germany. by scheduled ﬂight. Drive to the Day 6 Arnhem. This morning drive to the nearby Palace MS Johann Strauss moored on of Het Loo, the favoured summer residence of the Dutch the Rhine in Mannheim. Royal family from 1686 to 1975. Rejoin the vessel for Amsterdam Day 2 Heidelberg & Rudesheim. lunch and explore the town of Arnhem independently. You have a morning to enjoy this Optional afternoon tour to the 75 acre ‘Dutch Open Air Heidelberg most picturesque and romantic of German cities which Museum’. Sail in the late afternoon past the charming is home to Germany’s oldest university, dating back to town of Deventer heading for the Zuider Zee. 1386. A morning tour will include the castle, a Day 7 Kampen-Edam-Volendam. Call into Kampen, dramatically sited red sandstone ruin that dominates on the shores of the Zuider Zee this morning and the city, the old town with its famous market place and enjoy a couple of hours exploring this medieval town. the city gates. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon onboard. Later, sail across the Zuider Zee to Volendam and Day 3 Cruising the Romantic Rhine & Marksburg after lunch drive to nearby Edam, a tranquil little town Castle. Be on deck after breakfast as we continue with its drawbridges across the canals and charming sailing north along the most scenic section of the historic houses with their lovely facades. Rhine through the lovely Lorelei Valley. After lunch Day 8 Amsterdam. Morning guided excursion of disembark in Braubach for a visit to the imposing 12th Amsterdam. Explore the city of the ‘Golden Age’ on a Rudesheim century Marksburg Castle. This is the only hill castle on morning’s excursion, which will include the the Rhine that has never been destroyed. It has been incomparable Rijksmuseum with its splendid collection lived in for over 700 years. Continue up to Boppard, a old masters. Another perspective of this enchanting delightful riverside town, and moor overnight. city will be provided by a canal boat trip. Day 4 Cochem. The town of Cochem is famous for its Day 9 Ghent & Bruges. Sail through the night across 11th century Schloss and the Reichsburg, set to Belgium and moor in the city of Ghent. Drive to impressively on a tree clad hill above a bend of the nearby Bruges which was one of the largest and ﬁnest river. Walk its winding medieval streets and see the cities in Europe. On a half day tour we will see some of Baroque Town Hall on a guided tour. Rejoin the vessel the most important places and buildings which survive in Koblenz, a city that sits on the conﬂuence of the from the Middle Ages. Rhine and Moselle. Day 10 Brussels to London. Disembark after Day 5 Cologne. Enjoy a relaxing morning as we cruise breakfast and return to London by scheduled ﬂight. along the Rhine, arriving in Cologne after lunch. On PRICES PER PERSON Based on double occupancy Tour Code: RCJSRHINE Price includes: Economy class scheduled DOUBLE SOLE air travel, 9 nights aboard the MS TRAVEL BY TRAIN CAT DECK CABIN DESCRIPTION OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY Johann Strauss on full board, house D Polka Forward £1995 £2795 wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner, It is possible to travel by train shore excursions, guest speaker, services from London St Pancras in either C Polka Mid-ship £2195 £2995 of a cruise director, tour manager, BF Opera French balcony forward £2495 £3295 transfers, port taxes, airport taxes, standard or Standard Premier B Opera French balcony £2695 £3495 gratuities to crew and whilst on shore (First Class) aboard Eurostar. excursions. Supplement applies and details A Waltz French balcony £2895 £3695 Not included: Travel insurance, optional NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may affect itinerary. All special offers are subject to excursion to Dutch ‘Open Air Museum’. available on request. availability. www.noble-caledonia.co.uk • Page 21 From Transylvania to the A JOURNEY FROM TRANSYLVANIA ALONG THE DANUBE FROM THE BLACK SEA TO BUDAPEST EFORE BOOK B RY 2011 Danube Delta & Budapest A 31 JANU VE £300 AND SA SON OFF PER PER RICES THE P N SHOW MS JOHANN STRAUSS ABOARD THE 20th August to 2nd September & 19th October to 1st November 2011 oin us as we navigate the Danube from the J • • Godollo Budapest Black Sea to Budapest. From the earliest of times HUNGARY the Danube has been one of Europe’s most Pecs • • Kalocsa • Mohacs ROMANIA Tulcea important trade routes linking the Black Sea shores IRON Sibiu • •• Brasov • DANUB E D anube Bran DELTA with central Europe. Belgrade • GATES • •• Azuga Sinaia Bucharest Vidin • • Giurgiu Cernavoda Belogradchik • Da •• Rousse We will sail through Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, nube • Veliko Tarnovo B L A C K SERBIA Croatia and Hungary, one of the world’s great BULGARIA SEA journeys, through some of Europe’s most beautiful landscapes. From the delta lands of the Danube to the plains of Hungary, we will visit the great cities of Bucharest, Belgrade and Budapest as well as riverside villages and towns along the Danube, as the great river makes its way from the Black Sea. Before embarking our vessel we have included four nights in Transylvania. A land of forests, castles and stunning medieval towns, a journey through Transylvania is an unforgettable experience. We explore the beautiful and restored Saxon city of Sibiu and a further highlight is the chance to visit Peles Castle. The Itinerary We will stop at Bran to visit the world famous ‘Dracula’s Castle’, built as a fortress in 1212 by the Day 1 London to Sibiu. Fly to Sibiu by Knights of the Teutonic Order. Vlad Tepes, better indirect scheduled ﬂight. One of the seven known as Vlad the Impaler, used the Castle as The colourful city of Sibiu walled cities founded by the Saxons, Sibiu headquarters for his incursions into Transylvania. The Danube Delta was at the crossroads of invasions, conﬂicts Continue on to Ploiesti for a lunch stop, and ﬁnally and wars during the Middle Ages. Throughout to Cernavoda where we will embark the MS the centuries, its boundaries expanded to Johann Strauss. encompass a network of streets lined with Day 6 Danube Delta. The vast Danube Delta is one Gothic arcades, Renaissance houses and of the most important wetlands left in Europe. Baroque churches that lead into the From the port of Tulcea, join a boat trip to explore beautifully preserved medieval centre. the delta. Sail in the afternoon. Stay two nights at the four-star Day 7 Bucharest. Arrive this morning in the port hotel where we will enjoy dinner this evening. of Giurgiu for a drive to Bucharest. We will explore the Day 2 Sibiu. This morning there will be a walking tour boulevards with their decidedly French style and later of Sibiu, followed by some free time before lunch in tour the excellent Village Museum. Enjoy lunch in a the old city. Later, drive to Sibiel, a colourful village typical Romanian restaurant. Rejoin the ship in Giurgiu situated 20 km from Sibiu, and a place where the and reposition to Rousse for an overnight mooring. Parliament Building, Budapest rhythm of daily life is scheduled only by the ringing of Day 8 Veliko Tarnovo. From the port of Rousse, the church bells. Here we visit a unique and superb depart by coach for a full-day tour to Veliko Tarnovo, museum of glass painted icons, located in the old the ‘City of the Tsars’. The Yantra River all but village church. This evening, enjoy a traditional dinner encircles the city, a one time capital, and the during which we will be able to talk to our local hosts enchanting houses cling to a steep gorge. The about Romanian daily life in a Transylvanian village. excursion will include lunch in a local restaurant. Return to Sibiu for your overnight stay. Day 9 Belogradchik & Vidin. This morning we will Day 3 Azuga/Sinaia/Brasov. Today we travel to arrive in the Bulgarian port of Vidin. From here, drive Azuga in Prahova Valley, home of the Royal Cellar to Belogradchik which is located close to the Serbian which is the wine supplier for the Royal family. We will border. The Belogradchik Rocks are a famous stop at a local vineyard for lunch and enjoy some wine tasting before continuing on to Sinaia. Here we will see the fairytale Peles Castle, built by King Carol I in the 19th century. Continue on to Brasov where we will stay for two nights at a four star hotel and where we will enjoy dinner tonight. Day 4 Brasov. Day at leisure. Relax and enjoy your time in Brasov. Lunch will be included at the hotel and dinner this evening will be at a local restaurant in Poiana, a nearby resort set in a fantastic location in the Carpathians. Day 5 Bran & Cernavoda. Depart Brasov this morning and drive through the mountain-ringed landscapes Bran Pass and the Carpathian Mountains and past some of the area’s historical monuments. Page 22 • 020-7752 0000 Peles Castle, Sinaia Godollo Palace near Budapest Bulgarian beauty spot. The sandstone has been Cathedral and Tito’s Memorial. Sail in the early evening. weathered into all manners of bizarre shapes and Day 12 Pecs. Arrive in the Hungarian town of Mohacs housed amongst the rocks is an Ottoman fort, built on an area renowned for its paprika production. Drive to the remains of a Roman structure. The excursion will the university town of Pecs, a settlement dating back end with a city tour of Vidin, including the Baba Vida to Roman times. On a walking tour see some of the Fortress. beautifully restored grand buildings, the Romanesque Day 10 Cruising through the Iron Gates. Today the cathedral and the Mosque which is now a Catholic scenery becomes truly spectacular as you cruise church. through the Iron Gates, a Day 13 Budapest. Arrive this morning in the city of narrow Danube gorge Budapest. We have the day to explore Hungary’s between the Carpathian elegant capital. Spend the morning on an excursion and Balkan Mountains. that includes the old quarter, a visit to the Matthias’ Day 11 Belgrade. Arrive in Church and the Fishermen’s Bastion from where there Belgrade and join a tour are stunning views of the city. After lunch on board of the city’s main there will be free time in Budapest or the opportunity attractions, including to join an optional excursion to the small Baroque Kalemegdan town of Godollo. fortress, Day 14 Budapest to London. Disembark after Saint Sava breakfast and return to London by scheduled ﬂight. The Iron Gates region of the Danube BOOK BEFORE 31 JANUARY 2011 AND SAVE £300 PER PERSON OFF THE PRICES SHOWN Price includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, 4 nights hotel PRICES PER PERSON Based on double occupancy Tour Code: RCJSSYLVAN accommodation with all meals. 9 nights aboard the MS Johann Strauss 20th August 19th October on full board basis, house wine, beer DOUBLE SOLE DOUBLE SOLE and soft drinks with dinner aboard CAT DECK CABIN DESCRIPTION OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY the vessel, shore excursions, guest D Polka Forward £2295 £3095 £2195 £2995 speaker, services of a cruise director, tour manager, transfers, port taxes, C Polka Mid-ship £2495 £3295 £2395 £3195 airport taxes, gratuities to crew and BF Opera French balcony forward £2795 £3595 £2695 £3495 whilst on shore excursions. B Opera French balcony £2995 £3795 £2895 £3695 Not included: Travel insurance, optional excursion to Godollo, A Waltz French balcony £3195 £3995 £3095 £3895 gratuities for Transylvania section of NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may affect itinerary. All special offers are subject to itinerary. Bran Castle availability. www.noble-caledonia.co.uk • Page 23 Christmas or New Year TWO FESTIVE CRUISES THROUGH AUSTRIA, SLOVAKIA AND HUNGARY EFORE BOOK B RY 2011 on the Danube A 31 JANU VE £200 AND SA SON OFF PER PER RICES THE P N SHOW ABOARD THE MS JOHANN STRAUSS Salzburg Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna CHRISTMAS CRUISE MA NY Dan ub e Weissenkirchen Durnstein SLOVAKIA R Linz • •• • Bratislava 21st to 28th December 2011 • Melk •Vienna D GE WA BANUBE Schonbrunn Christmas Market Salzburg CH an ube BEND • VA L A U • Esztergom LEY Budapest • hristmas in Central Europe is a very special C time and nowhere is this more evident than in the cities, towns and villages of the Danube. AUSTRIA HUNGARY Our Christmas cruise has been planned to include the Christmas markets in Vienna and Salzburg, a ‘Mozart tour’ in Salzburg, and a day in the lovely Wachau Valley with a visit to the village of Weissenkirchen where the traditional joys of Christmas can be best enjoyed. For those who wish to attend Midnight Mass we have made arrangements for a visit to the magniﬁcent church in Melk Abbey. Other highlights of the week will include a full day and two evenings in Budapest, a visit to the Hungarian palace of Godollo and a tour of the scenic Danube Bend and Hungary’s second city of Esztergom. Melk Abbey in the snow The Itinerary charming town of Durnstein in Austria’s scenically splendid wine producing Wachau Valley. After the Day 1 London to Vienna. Fly by walking tour of Durnstein we will continue to scheduled ﬂight and transfer to nearby Weissenkirchen for some seasonal the MS Johann Strauss. Enjoy a gluhwein. This evening there will be the concert on board featuring works by opportunity to attend Midnight Mass in the Mozart and Strauss followed by a magniﬁcent setting of Melk Abbey. welcome dinner. Alternatively, attend Day 5 Christmas Day on the Danube. A relaxing day an optional performance at the as we sail past Vienna and Bratislava and enjoy the Staatsoper or Volksoper (subject to availability). good food and festivities of Christmas Day on board. Day 2 Vienna. We have the whole day to explore Day 6 Esztergom to Budapest. On this morning’s Vienna. In the morning there will be a city sightseeing excursion, we will explore Hungary’s second city of tour, driving around the ‘Ring’ visiting the Old Quarter Esztergom with its magniﬁcent cathedral, and including St Stephen’s Cathedral and the Christmas continue outside the city to the villages and towns of market outside the City Hall. On the afternoon the scenic Danube Bend. Return to the vessel for lunch excursion, we will visit Schonbrunn Palace and and enjoy an afternoon cruise along the Danube Bend Gardens which has its own Christmas market. to Budapest. Day 3 Salzburg. From the town of Grein, take a full Day 7 Budapest. A guided tour will include the day tour to Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and famous Matthias Church, for centuries the scene of the for its architectural treasures and music festival. Rejoin coronation of the kings of Hungary; and the the vessel in Linz. Fisherman’s Bastion, for ﬁne views of the city. In the Day 4 Melk. This morning we will reach the afternoon, we drive out of Budapest to Godollo. picturesque Wachau Valley, famous for its wine. We Optional evening visit to the Budapest State Opera. will moor under the shadow of the great Baroque Day 8 Budapest to London. Disembark after abbey, situated on a cliff high above the Danube. breakfast and return to London by scheduled ﬂight. After a guided tour of the abbey we will drive to the BOOK BEFORE 31 JANUARY 2011 AND SAVE £200 PER PERSON OFF THE PRICES SHOWN Price includes: Economy class scheduled air travel from London, PRICES PER PERSON Based on double occupancy Tour Code: RCJS211211 seven nights aboard the MS DOUBLE SOLE Johann Strauss on full board, shore CAT DECK CABIN DESCRIPTION OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY excursions as described, services of a cruise director, tour manager, D Polka Forward £1495 £1895 guest speaker, Christmas Day Gala C Polka Mid-ship £1695 £2095 dinner, transfers, gratuities, port BF Opera French balcony forward £1995 £2395 taxes, airport taxes. B Opera French balcony £2195 £2595 Not included: Travel insurance, optional music performances in A Waltz French balcony £2395 £2795 Vienna and Budapest. Weissenkirchen NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may affect itinerary. All special offers are subject to availability. Page 24 • 020-7752 0000 Snowy Durnstein NEW YEAR CRUISE MA NY Dan ub e Weissenkirchen Durnstein SLOVAKIA R Linz • •• • Bratislava 28th December 2011 • Melk •Vienna D GE WA BANUBE Salzburg CH an ube BEND • VA L A U • Esztergom to 4th January 2012 LEY Budapest • AUSTRIA ly to Budapest after Christmas and enjoy a week HUNGARY F of relaxation and sightseeing aboard the MS Johann Strauss on a Danube River cruise that will include Esztergom and the Danube Bend, Bratislava, Vienna, Salzburg and the beautiful Wachau Valley. See in the New Year in Vienna. Be on deck for the mighty bells of St Stephen’s as they ring in the New Year. Other highlights will include a Strauss concert at the beautiful Auersperg Palace in Vienna and a day in Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart, where we will visit his home and learn more of his genius. This will be a relaxing week as we enjoy the comforts of the MS Johann Strauss and slowly make our way through the very heart of Europe along a waterway that has inﬂuenced the course of history and even today provides a major artery for trade and travel from Germany to the Black Sea. Melk Abbey The Itinerary Slovakian musicians who will provide music into the evening for our New Year’s Eve celebrations. Day 1 London to Budapest. Fly by scheduled ﬂight. Day 5 Vienna. After a late breakfast we will drive to Drive to the MS Johann Strauss and embark. Welcome the lovely Palais Auersperg in the heart of Vienna for a drinks and music by a Gypsy Orchestra prior to dinner. Strauss concert. On an afternoon tour, drive around Moor overnight. the stately Ringstrasse, stop at St Stephen’s Cathedral Day 2 Budapest. A morning city tour will include the and enjoy a visit to the Kartnerstrasse. highlights of the former twin cities of Buda & Pest. See Day 6 Salzburg. From the town of Linz take an optional the ornate Houses of Parliament, the beautiful full day tour to Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and Matthias Church and admire the view from the top of famous for its architectural treasures and music festival. the Fisherman’s Bastion. In the afternoon, drive out of Our morning walking excursion will concentrate on Bratislava Castle Budapest to Godollo, a small Baroque town. Mozart’s family and his musical contemporaries. In the Day 3 Esztergom & the Danube Bend. Today you afternoon there will be some free time to explore have the choice of staying on board as the vessel independently before returning to the vessel. cruises from Budapest to Esztergom. Alternatively, you Day 7 Melk. This morning we will reach the may join the overland tour which will include the picturesque Wachau Valley, famous for its wine. We scenic and cultural highlights on Hungary’s Danube will moor under the shadow of the great Baroque Bend and second city of Esztergom. abbey for our tour. See the abbey before driving to the Day 4 Bratislava. On this morning’s city tour we will charming town of Durnstein in Austria’s scenically see the Cathedral of St Martin, where many of the splendid wine producing Wachau Valley. After a kings and queens of the Austro-Hungarian Empire walking tour of Durnstein continue to nearby were crowned. From the castle you have a ﬁne view Weissenkirchen for some seasonal gluhwein. over the city and the Danube. This afternoon, whilst Day 8 Vienna to London. Disembark after breakfast cruising to Vienna, we will be joined by some and return to London by scheduled ﬂight. BOOK BEFORE 31 JANUARY 2011 AND SAVE £200 PER PERSON OFF THE PRICES SHOWN Price includes: Economy class scheduled air travel from PRICES PER PERSON Based on double occupancy Tour Code: RCJS281211 London, seven nights aboard DOUBLE SOLE the MS Johann Strauss on full CAT DECK CABIN DESCRIPTION OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY board, shore excursions, D Polka Forward £1395 £1795 concert in Vienna, New Year’s Eve Gala dinner, transfers, C Polka Mid-ship £1595 £1995 gratuities. port taxes, airport BF Opera French balcony forward £1895 £2295 taxes. B Opera French balcony £2095 £2495 Not included: Travel insurance, optional music A Waltz French balcony £2295 £2695 performances in Vienna and NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may affect itinerary. Music performances are subject to schedules Budapest. Budapest at night and availability. All special offers are subject to availability. www.noble-caledonia.co.uk • Page 25 MS Rembrandt Built in the Netherlands in 2003, this attractive four star vessel has been associated with us since her launch. Very much of the new generation of river vessels, the MS Rembrandt is however smaller than most. With a maximum of just 78 guests rather than the customary 160-200, she is able to offer a yacht-like atmosphere which is enhanced by the stylish décor of beautiful woods and luxurious fabrics. Reception The main lounge is located forward on the Upper deck and the views from both the side and forward windows are marvellous. Likewise the dining room, which offers a single sitting, also has large windows on both sides of the room, so wherever you are you can watch the riverside pass slowly by. When sailing and also in port, one of the best places to be is on the Sun and Observation deck where the views can be appreciated from the comfortable deck furniture. The day to day programme will be co-ordinated by the Noble Caledonia cruise director who will provide daily brieﬁngs on the forthcoming events. Also on board will be a guest speaker who will Bar provide informal informative talks and accompany us ashore. Lounge Sun Deck Restaurant Page 26 • 020-7752 0000 Passenger cabins are located over two decks. The cabins on the Main deck have a good size window, whilst those on the Upper deck have a larger window. These cabins have twin beds which convert during the day to a comfortable sofa. In addition there are four suites on the Upper deck each with a double bed and French balcony. All suites and cabins have well designed private bathrooms with shower and toilet. Other facilities in the cabins include satellite television, telephone, hairdryer and individually controlled heating and air-conditioning. The MS Rembrandt is proud of its excellent reputation for its cuisine. Enjoy international and local dishes in the stylish and welcoming dining room and later relax in the lounge and bar. Coffee and tea is available free of charge in the lounge during the day. The vessel is also famous for its Friendly crew service and hospitality offered by the crew of 24. Suite Standard Cabin (night time) Category 1 Category 2 Category 3 Category 4 www.noble-caledonia.co.uk • Page 27 Spring or Summer in Provence SEASONAL VOYAGES ALONG THE RIVER RHONE EFORE BOOK B RY 2011 A 31 JANU VE £500 AND SA SON OFF PER PER RICES THE P N ABOARD THE MS REMBRANDT SHOW ly south for spring or summer in Provence, one of the loveliest corners of France. The light is magical, F the colours vibrant and the landscape as beautiful and mesmerising as it appeared to the great impressionist artists. Few places in France stir the emotions as much as Provence. This corner of Mediterranean France has so much to offer. The light, lifestyle and beauty of the region has attracted some of the greatest artists, FRANCE P ROVENCE Rhone indeed it difﬁcult to think of Provence without the names of Viviers • Orange Cezanne, Van Gogh, Picasso and many more springing to mind. Uzes • • • Chateauneuf-du-Pape Pont du Gard • •Avignon • Arles On our week long river journey there will be the opportunity to visit The Camargue the exquisite town of Avignon and discover some of the impressive • • Marseille Pont du Gard THE RHONE Roman sites in Arles and Orange. But, no trip to Provence would be DELTA complete without some time spent in the hilltop villages and the surrounding landscapes that are as beautiful and mesmerising as they appeared to the great impressionist artists. In considerable comfort and style we will explore the River Rhone and take excursions to nearby towns and sights. Sail through a countryside dotted with cypress, umbrella pine and vines and relax as the view constantly changes. The Itinerary des Chevaliers. Relax on board this afternoon or explore this charming town further. Day 1 London to Marseille. Fly Day 6 Orange. A morning tour will take us to by scheduled ﬂight to Marseille. nearby Orange, an important Roman Colourful Provence Transfer to the MS Rembrandt settlement dating back to 100 B.C. See the which will be moored in Arles and remarkable classical theatre, one of the most embark. Welcome drinks and dinner. Moor impressive monuments of antiquity in France. overnight. Return to the vessel for lunch and continue Day 2 Arles. Explore this great Roman city sailing south to Arles arriving this evening. on foot with a local guide and learn more of the Day 7 Marseille to London. Disembark after breakfast wonders as we walk through the vast amphitheatre and transfer to Marseille airport for the return and visit the Roman necropolis, les Alyscamps and the scheduled ﬂight to London. cloisters of St Trophime. Afternoon at leisure. Day 3 Avignon. Arrive in Avignon this morning where our walking tour will concentrate on the Palais des Papes, the huge Gothic Palace of the Popes which was built in the 14th century as a fortiﬁed palace for the pontiﬁcal court. Afternoon free for individual sightseeing and shopping in Avignon. Day 4 Pont du Gard and Chateauneuf du Pape. Morning excursion to the Pont du Gard, one of the wonders of antiquity, built by Agrippa in 19 B.C. This imposing aqueduct-bridge was built by the Romans in order to provide the city of Nimes with fresh water from the Uzes area. Continue to historic Lavender ﬁelds of Provence Uzes, a gem of a town with a captivating history and some imposing and very beautiful buildings including the castle of the Ducs d’Uzes. After lunch visit the ancient castle overlooking Chateauneuf du Pape and enjoy the splendid views before sampling some rich, full bodied red wines for which the village is famous the world over. Sail in the evening to Viviers. Day 5 Viviers. Spend the morning in the sleepy southern Ardeche town of Viviers. A guided tour will The Pont d’Avignon include the Bishop’s Palace, Cathedral and La Maison Uzes 2011 DEPARTURE DATES AND PRICES PER PERSON Based on double occupancy Tour Code: RCRESPRING/RCRESPRINT & RCRESUMMER /RCRESUMMET Price includes: Economy class return scheduled air travel, 6 20th, 26th March; 8th, 14th, 20th, 26th August nights aboard the MS Rembrandt on full board, shore TRAVEL BY TRAIN DOUBLE SOLE excursions, wine, beer and soft CAT CABIN DESCRIPTION OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY drinks with dinner, entrance fees, local guides, services of a Travel by Eurostar and TGV for the 1 Main deck aft twin £1495 £1995 cruise director, tour manager, following supplements per person: 2 Main deck twin £1795 £2195 guest speaker, transfers, airport Standard class £99 3 Upper deck twin £1995 - taxes, port taxes. 4 Upper deck suite £2195 - Not included: Travel insurance, Standard Premier class £245 gratuities. NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may affect itineraries. All special offers are subject to availability. Page 28 • 020-7752 0000 Provence & the Rhone A JOURNEY ALONG THE RIVER RHONE BOOK 31 JANU BEFORE AND SA ARY 2011 PER PER VE £500 SO THE PRI N OFF MS REMBRANDT C SHOWNES ABOARD THE 23rd April to 1st May 2011 oin us aboard the 78 passenger MS Rembrandt, our comfortable J Avignon Rhone FRANCE ﬂoating hotel for our exploration of the River Rhone. This is an P ROVENCE Viviers excellent way to explore Provence, a mixture of river and road • Orange • Uzes Chateauneuf-du-Pape • • • Chateau Grignan journeys which afford a contrasting look at countryside and town. Pont du Gard • • • Avignon We will sail through a countryside dotted with cypress, umbrella pine Nimes Arles •• Les Baux de Provence • Menerbes and vines. Visit historic towns and villages, see some incredible • Marseille THE RHONE Roman monuments and observe the landscape of the Lower Rhone DELTA Valley with its wonderful timeless quality. The Itinerary morning at leisure in Avignon or join an optional coach tour to Les Baux de Provence and St Remy. The hill-town of Bonnieux Day 1 London to Marseille. Fly by scheduled Sail this afternoon and relax as we cruise north to ﬂight to Marseille. Embark the MS Rembrandt Chateauneuf du Pape. and enjoy welcome drinks and dinner on board. Day 5 The Pont du Gard and Chateauneuf Moor overnight in Arles. du Pape. This morning drive to the nearby Day 2 Arles. On our morning walking tour we Pont du Gard, the impressive Roman Aqueduct will see the huge amphitheatre and the former built in the ﬁrst century as part of a system to Cathedral of St Trophime, a Romanesque bring water to Uzes and Nimes. Later, continue Basilica constructed in the 12th century. to historic Uzes, a gem of a town with a Afternoon at leisure. captivating history and some imposing and very Day 3 Avignon. Arrive in Avignon this morning beautiful buildings including the castle of the Ducs where our walking tour will concentrate on the d’Uzes. Return to the vessel for lunch. In the Palais des Papes, the huge Gothic Palace of the Popes afternoon visit the ancient castle overlooking which was built in the 14th century as a fortiﬁed Chateauneuf du Pape and enjoy the splendid views palace for the pontiﬁcal court. The afternoon is free to before sampling some rich, full bodied red wines for explore the enchanting old quarter with its excellent which the village is famous the world over. shops and cafes or cross over the river to historic Day 6 Orange & Viviers. A morning tour will take us to Villeneuve-les- Avignon, which was founded in the nearby Orange, an important Roman settlement 13th century and became known as the City of dating back to 100 B.C. See the remarkable classical Cardinals. For those who would like to visit the lovely theatre, one of the most impressive monuments of scenery of the nearby Luberon, we have arranged an antiquity in France. Return to the vessel for lunch and optional afternoon excursion to the picturesque continue sailing north to Viviers, arriving in the late village of Menerbes, a favourite of artists through the afternoon. Stretch the legs in this sleepy riverside town. ages, the village of Bonnieux, and Lacoste, a hill-top Day 7 Chateau Grignan. This morning we will visit the village dominated by the imposing ruins of the magniﬁcent 16th-17th century Grignan Castle. It is Marquis de Sade’s chateau. the largest Renaissance castle in the South East of Day 4 Avignon to Chateaunef du Pape. Enjoy a France. It became very famous thanks to Mme de Sevigne, a 17th century French writer who lived in Chateau Grignon Versailles with King Louis XIV and wrote letters to her daughter living in the Grignan Castle. In the afternoon we cruise south to Avignon. Day 8 Nimes and Avignon. This morning join the Provence street excursion to historic Nimes, where we will discover some The amphitheatre at Arles of Frances; best preserved classical buildings together with some stunning modern constructions. Visit Les Arenes (the Roman Amphitheatre) and the Maison Carree, a remarkably well preserved rectangular Roman Temple. Return to the vessel for lunch and enjoy an afternoon at leisure in wonderfully atmospheric Avignon. Day 9 Marseille to London. Disembark in Arles and transfer to Marseille airport for the return journey to London. PRICES PER PERSON Based on double occupancy Tour Code: RCRERHON/RCRERHONT Price includes: Economy class return scheduled air travel, 8 nights aboard DOUBLE SOLE the MS Rembrandt on full board, CAT CABIN DESCRIPTION OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY shore excursions, entrance fees, local TRAVEL BY TRAIN 1 Main deck aft twin £2195 £2295 guides, services of a cruise director, 2 Main deck twin £2395 £2795 tour manager, guest speaker, Travel by Eurostar and TGV for the transfers, airport taxes, port taxes. following supplements per person: 3 Upper deck twin £2695 - Not included: Travel insurance, shore 4 Upper deck suite £2995 - excursions shown as optional, Standard class £99 gratuities. Standard Premier class £245 NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may affect itineraries. All special offers are subject to availability. www.noble-caledonia.co.uk • Page 29 A SUMMER CRUISE BLENDING WINE, FOOD AND CULTURAL DISCOVERY La Vie en Rose EFORE BOOK B RY 2011 THROUGH PROVENCE, THE RHONE VALLEY AND BURGUNDY A 31 JANU VE £500 AND SA SON OFF PER PER RICES THE P N SHOW ABOARD THEMS REMBRANDT 29th July to 8th August 2011 ot only do the Rhone and Saone run through some of the most N beautiful countryside, they also lie close to some of France’s outstanding wines and during this river cruise we will be visiting Co te Cha Puligny Montrachet lonnaise Beaune •• • ne Chalon-sur-Saone Sao nais and tasting some of the ﬁnest examples. Join us as we explore Provence, Ma con • Geneva • Fuisse • Macon Rhone and Burgundy wine country whilst enjoying the best local food Be au jolai • Brouilly s along the way and an evening of music. Take in the grandeur of the •Lyon Rhone FRANCE Pont du Gard, the medieval village of Viviers, the amazing 14th century Tournon • •Tain L’Hermitage Palais des Papes and enjoy free time to explore Lyon and Beaune. Rhone Viviers • P ROVENCE For this specially arranged exploration we have Uzes • • Chateauneuf-du-Pape Pont du Gard • •Avignon enlisted the help of wine expert, Roger Preece. Arles •• St Remy de Provence Grape harvest •Nice Roger’s interest in wine dates from when, whilst THE RHONE working for Stowells of Chelsea, he helped in DELTA broadening the company’s portfolio. This led to extensive travel throughout wine-growing Europe and an ever-increasing love affair with wines. He opened a wine bar in South Kensington which was so successful that the venture grew into an impressive 17 more bars. Roger still has an interest in 2 bars and acts as a wine consultant to several companies. He holds a Diploma from the Wines & Spirits Education Trust and his hobbies include golf and attempting to maintain a healthy liver function. The Itinerary one of the highlights of our 2010 cruise. The historic chateau is set in splendid gardens. Day 1 London to Lyon/Geneva. Fly by Look around before tasting a few Brouilly scheduled ﬂight. Transfer to Chalon-Sur-Saone cuvees including a rare Brouilly rose in the where you will embark the MS Rembrandt. Chateau’s magniﬁcent cellars. Our afternoon Welcome drinks and dinner on board. cruise takes us to Lyon. Sail to Lyon this Day 2 Beaune. Today visit the world-famous afternoon. 15th century Hospices de Beaune, with its Day 6 Lyon. Today begins with a guided tour remarkably decorated roof, gallery, kitchen and of the old part of the city, including the a well-preserved idea of how the beds would amazingly decorated 19th century hilltop have looked in the Grand Salle des Malades. Basilica of Notre Dame. Take a walk through Beaune is a blend of cobbled streets, medieval the ‘Halles de Lyon’, a famous food market half-timbered houses, ﬂowered squares and gardens. where renowned chefs are often spotted selecting Then travel a few miles to the village of Puligny their ingredients. Lunch is in one of Lyon’s many ﬁne Montrachet for lunch at the famous domaine of restaurants and the afternoon is free. Wander past the Hospices de Beaune Olivier Leﬂaive. Return to the ship and enjoy a late shops and cafes on the banks of the Saone or perhaps afternoon relaxing on board as we cruise to visit the marvellous fabric museum (Musee Historique Chalon-sur-Saone. des Tissus) or the equally fascinating Musee des Day 3 Cote Chalonnaise and Puligny Montrachet. Beaux-Arts housed in a 17th century Benedictine This morning visit the Cote Chalonnaise where some Abbey. In the early evening sail for Tournon. of today’s best value in Burgundy can be found. Taste Day 7 Tournon and Hermitage. This morning we are some wines at Chateau de Chamirey, probably the moored opposite the imposing hill of Hermitage ﬁnest Mercurey producer. Return to the ship for lunch covered with Syrah vines making some of the ﬁnest and and enjoy a late afternoon cruise to Macon. most expensive red wines in the entire Rhone Valley. Day 4 The Maconnais. From our mooring near Macon Visit an historic domaine, part of the famous Caves we drive a short distance into the green heart of l’Hermitage whose growers dominate the AC as well as View across the Saone in Burgundy Maconnais wine growing country and visit Roger some ﬁne Crozes Hermitage, and beautifully-perfumed Lyon Luquet’s domaine in the charming village of Fuisse, Viognier. After lunch we sail for Viviers. where Roger and his sons make some of the ﬁnest Pouilly Fuisse. After touring the vineyard and cellars taste both the ‘Terroir’ and ‘Old Vines’ cuvees which will provide an interesting contrast in styles. Two differing cuvees of St Veran will be there and a highlight will be their ‘champagne method’ Cremant de Bourgogne, which was recently awarded a Coups de Coeur by the 2009 Hachette Guide. After lunch sail for Belleville. Day 5 Beaujolais. Today drive into the charming rolling countryside of Beaujolais and visit the family Viviers owned 17th century Chateau de la Chaize in Brouilly Page 30 • 020-7752 0000 Chateauneuf du Pape Palais des Papes, Avignon Day 8 Viviers. Spend the morning in the southern After dinner this evening, there will be some musical Ardeche town of Viviers, a wonderfully preserved entertainment reﬂecting the romance of Provence. walled town ﬁrst established by the Romans. Visit the Day 10 Avignon & Saint Remy de Provence. This Bishop’s Palace, Cathedral and La Maison des morning our Avignon walking tour will concentrate on Chevaliers as well as enjoying the sweeping views over the Palais des Papes, the huge Gothic Palace of the the Rhone valley at the top of the town. This afternoon Popes which was built in the 14th century as a fortiﬁed cruise down river to Avignon for an overnight mooring. palace for the pontiﬁcal court. Today lunch is at the Day 9 The Pont du Gard and Chateauneuf du Pape. Chateau d’Estoublon, one of the most remarkable and This morning drive to the nearby UNESCO World best-preserved 18th century chateaux in the region, Heritage site, the Pont du Gard. This complete with vineyards, olive groves and impressive Roman aqueduct was built in formal gardens. Their wines are a super the ﬁrst century as part of a system to bring example of the little-known Baux de water to Uzes and Nimes. Later we continue Provence appellation. After lunch, there is to historic Uzes, a gem of a town with a some free time to look around the classic captivating history and some imposing and Romanesque Provence town of St. Remy de very beautiful buildings including the castle Provence where the light inspired Van of the Ducs d’Uzes. After lunch visit Gogh in many of his most famous Domaine Grand Veneur on the outskirts of the paintings. Enjoy the farewell dinner as we Vineyards on the Rhone sleepy village of Chateauneuf du Pape where we will cruise to Arles. taste a benchmark Lirac, award winning Rhone reds Day 11 Lyon/Nice to London. Disembark this and whites as well as classic Chateauneuf du Pape. morning and return to London by scheduled ﬂight. BOOK BEFORE 31 JANUARY 2011 AND SAVE £500 PER PERSON OFF THE PRICES SHOWN Price includes: Economy class return scheduled air travel, 10 PRICES PER PERSON Based on double occupancy Tour Code: RCREROSE nights aboard the MS Rembrandt DOUBLE SOLE on full board, shore excursions, CAT CABIN DESCRIPTION OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY (including lunch ashore on days 2, 1 Main deck aft twin £2695 £3195 6 and 10), entrance fees, local guides, services of a cruise director, 2 Main deck twin £2995 £3795 tour manager, guest speaker, 3 Upper deck twin £3095 - transfers, airport taxes, port taxes. 4 Upper deck suite £3495 - Not included: Travel insurance, gratuities. NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may affect itineraries. All special offers are subject to availability. www.noble-caledonia.co.uk • Page 31 Christmas or New Year A RIVER JOURNEY ALONG THE RHONE EFORE BOOK B RY 2011 in Provence A 31 JANU VE £500 AND SA SON OFF PER PER RICES THE P N SHOW MS REMBRANDT ABOARD THE 23rd to 30th December 2010 & 30th December 2010 to 6th January 2011 Avignon f you are looking for a seasonal break to end your year, our trip through Provence may be of interest. It I offers a relaxing journey along the River Rhone through the lovely Provencal countryside, visiting Avignon, Arles and Chateauneuf du Pape. From the vessel there will also be optional excursions to the historic city of Nimes FRANCE P ROVENCE Rhone and a visit to the wild and beautiful Camargue. Enjoy a week in an Uzes Chateauneuf-du-Pape area of France well known for the good things in life, delicious • •Avignon Pont du Gard • • Nimes • food, idyllic scenery and historic towns and villages that all make • Arles Aix-en-Provence The Camargue • for an appealing and rewarding journey. Port St Louis • • Marseille THE RHONE DELTA For seven nights you will stay aboard the ﬁrst class 78 passenger MS Rembrandt. Once you have unpacked you can take life at your own pace as your ﬂoating hotel sails down the lower Rhone. The schedule has been planned to include sufﬁcient time in each place to explore the area in some depth. On the Christmas trip we will arrive in Arles on Christmas Eve and moor for the night. Arrangements will be made for those who wish to attend Midnight Mass. On the New Year trip, we will again moor in Arles on the last day of the year, a marvellous place to see in 2012. Join us for a week of good food, good company and interesting days ashore. The Itinerary The vessel will moor overnight in Arles, close to the town. Arles in the evening is wonderfully romantic The Camargue Day 1 London to Marseille. Fly by scheduled and atmospheric with its narrow streets and ﬂight to Marseille and transfer to Avignon enchanting squares, the perfect place for an to embark the MS Rembrandt. Welcome after dinner walk and drink in one of the bars. drinks and dinner on board. Moor overnight Day 4 Arles to Port St Louis. Morning free in in Avignon. Arles or join an optional excursion to Nimes to Day 2 Avignon. You have the whole day to see some of the best preserved Roman public explore Avignon. From our mooring close to the buildings in the world. Sail after lunch to Port centre of town start with a visit to the Palais St.Louis, arriving in the early evening. Moor des Papes, the huge Gothic Palace of the overnight. Popes which was built in the 14th century as a Day 5 Port St Louis. This morning drive to the fortiﬁed palace for the pontiﬁcal court. Later, sparsely populated Camargue, situated on the explore the enchanting old quarter with its Rhone Delta. The area is best known for its excellent shops and cafes or cross over the incredibly varied birdlife and white horses. After lunch river to historic Villeneuve-les-Avignon, which was there will be a visit to historic Aix en Provence, a founded in the 13th century and became known as bustling university town of great charm. There will be the City of Cardinals. This evening sail to Arles. time to explore its avenues and squares, graced by Day 3 Arles. Today we visit the huge amphitheatre lovely 17/18th century Provencal yellow-stoned and the former Cathedral of St Trophime, a buildings. Romanesque Basilica constructed in the 12th century. Palais des Papes, Avignon The Roman amphitheatre at Arles Uzes Page 32 • 020-7752 0000 The Pont du Gard Arles Day 6 Port St Louis to Chateauneuf du Pape. Spend beautiful buildings including the castle of the Ducs a relaxing day on board as we cruise up the Rhone to d’Uzes. Return to the vessel for lunch. In the afternoon Chateauneuf du Pape. Moor overnight. visit the ancient castle overlooking Chateauneuf du Pape Day 7 Chateauneuf du Pape and the Pont du Gard. and enjoy the splendid views before sampling some rich, This morning drive to the nearby Pont du Gard, the full bodied red wines for which the village is famous the impressive Roman Aqueduct built in the ﬁrst century as world over. Sail to Avignon and moor overnight. part of a system to bring water to Uzes and Nimes. Day 8 Avignon to London. Disembark after breakfast Later, continue to historic Uzes, a gem of a town with a and drive to Marseille airport for the return scheduled captivating history and some imposing and very ﬂight to London. BOOK BEFORE 31 JANUARY 2011 AND SAVE £500 PER PERSON OFF THE PRICES SHOWN Price includes: Economy class return scheduled air travel, 7 PRICES PER PERSON Based on double occupancy Tour Code: RCRE231211/RCRE301211 nights aboard the MS CHRISTMAS NEW YEAR Rembrandt on full board, wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner, 23 December 30 December shore excursions, entrance fees, DOUBLE SOLE DOUBLE SOLE local guides, services of a cruise TRAVEL BY TRAIN CAT CABIN DESCRIPTION OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY director, tour manager, guest 1 Main deck aft twin £1695 £2195 £1695 £2195 speaker, transfers, airport taxes, Travel by Eurostar and TGV for the port taxes. 2 Main deck twin £1995 £2395 £1995 £2395 Not included: Travel insurance, following supplements per person: 3 Upper deck twin £2195 - £2195 - optional excursion to Nimes on Standard class £99 4 Upper deck suite £2395 - £2395 - day 4, gratuities. Standard Premier class £245 NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may affect itineraries. All special offers are subject to availability. www.noble-caledonia.co.uk • Page 33 MS Douro Prince For our passages along the Douro we have chartered the charming MS Douro Prince which is a friendly and intimate ship with an elegant single-sitting dining room, welcoming lounge, bar, sundeck and gift shop. There are 24 spacious outside cabins and one suite. Cabins on the Main deck have ﬂoor to ceiling windows which give access to a small balcony and cabins on the Upper deck are slightly larger and have a large picture window. All cabins have a private shower and toilet except the suite which has a bath. All cabins are stylishly decorated Reception with individually controlled air-conditioning, private facilities and television. Category 2 Cabin Bar Restaurant Suite Page 34 • 020-7752 0000 Along the River of Gold A CRUISE FROM OPORTO ALONG PORTUGAL’S DOURO RIVER ABOARD THE MS DOURO PRINCE he Douro Valley is a region of stunning natural beauty, a serene landscape of hillside vineyards lining T The Douro’s vinecovered slopes the winding river banks of the River Douro. From its meagre beginnings in the hills north of Madrid, the River Douro makes its way through Northern Portugal, descending almost 400 feet in a meandering ﬂourish to the ocean and the endlessly fascinating city of Oporto. Where once vessels laden with barrels of port drifted downstream to Oporto, we will cruise along this lovely river aboard the charming PORTUGAL MS Douro Prince. Port Wine production is the main industry, the low Pinhao altitude of the river banks perfect for cultivating the sweet grapes Oporto • Regua • • Bitetos • • Lamego • Vega de Terron unique to Portugal’s national drink, and the grapevines cascade Castelo Rodrigo • • Salamanca across the contours of the Douro’s many imposing riverside SPAIN mountains. Our navigation of the Douro will take us from Oporto, on a wonderfully scenic path, past sleepy villages and a tranquil countryside of almond and citrus trees as far as Vega de Terron in Spain. From here there will be the chance to visit Spain’s ancient seat of learning, Salamanca. Along the way we shall visit the world renowned Port wine region, restored palaces, places of pilgrimage and cultural centres. Small towns and settlements perched on the sloping hillsides of the region have retained an aura of medieval simplicity, its many tiny communities, largely agricultural, clustering round historic churches, monasteries and castles. The Itinerary learning since the early 13th century. Stroll around the Plaza Mayor with its warm Day 1 London to Oporto. Fly by scheduled coloured sandstone buildings, one of the ﬂight. Upon arrival transfer to the MS Douro most beautiful squares in Spain. Later enjoy Prince for embarkation. a traditional show before returning to the Day 2 Regua. Depart for Regua, the heart of vessel for a traditional Portuguese barbecue. the port producing region, crossing the Day 5 Figueira Castelo Rodrigo. This morning Carrapatelo Dam and ﬂood gate. This we will cruise via the Pocinho Dam and ﬂood afternoon there will be a half-day excursion gate. Enjoy a morning excursion to the to the picturesque pilgrimage town of medieval town of Figueira Castelo Rodrigo. Lamego, with its Gothic cathedral and narrow Explore its narrow and steep lanes and admire its winding streets. This evening, dinner will be taken at enchanting 16th century facades and Manuelino style the Vintage House Hotel. Moor overnight in Pinhao. windows. Return to the vessel and cruise to Pinhao, Plaza Mayor, Salamanca Day 3 Pinhao & Vega de Terron. This morning we will arriving in the late afternoon. This evening enjoy dinner Lamego Cathedral visit Quinta do Seixo, an ancient property with 99 and a traditional Portuguese folk music show onboard. hectares of vineyards and a modern winery in the Day 6 Regua & Bitetos. Cruise downstream towards heart of the Douro Valley. Here we will learn more Regua for a visit to the 18th-century Mateus Manor about the history of Port which goes back to the 17th House and its gardens. This beautiful palace and century. Afternoon cruising to Vega de Terron in gardens is still owned by the Count of Vila Real and is Spain. Tonight will be the Captain’s dinner onboard. one of the best examples of Baroque architecture in Day 4 Vega de Terron & Salamanca. From Vega de Portugal. The romantic gardens feature a unique 100 Terron, embark on an optional excursion to foot long cedar tunnel and formal garden. Return to Salamanca. Salamanca has been famous as a seat of the vessel and sail to Bitetos. Enjoy a traditional Portuguese dinner this evening at the 14th century Rabello Boats on the Douro at Oporto Alpendurada Monastery from where there are breathtaking views of the river below from the terrace. Day 7 Oporto. Cruise this morning to Oporto, crossing the Crestuma-Lever dam. In the afternoon, enjoy a city tour of Oporto, Portugal’s second largest city and a World Heritage Site. The tour will conclude with a visit to a Port wine lodge. Day 8 Oporto to London. Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for the return scheduled ﬂight to London. 2011 DEPARTURE DATES AND PRICES PER PERSON POST-CRUISE EXTENSION Based on double occupancy Tour Code: RCDPDOURO Price includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, seven If you would like to extend your 9th April; 2nd, 16th July; 14th, 28th May; nights aboard the MS Douro 6th, 20th, 27th August; 11th, 18th June; Prince on full board, shore stay in Portugal, we have a three CAT CABIN DESCRIPTION 8th October 10th, 24th September excursions as described, night hotel extension in Lisbon 1 Upper deck cabin £1395 £1495 transfers, tour manager, port based on breakfast only basis with taxes, airport taxes. 2 Main deck cabin with balcony £1595 £1695 Not included: Travel accommodation at a ﬁrst class NA Upper deck suite £1795 £1895 insurance, gratuities, optional central hotel. Full details available 1 For sole use £2095 £2195 excursion to Salamanca (£80 per person). on request. NB. Ports subject to change. www.noble-caledonia.co.uk • Page 35 SS Misr Originally constructed in Preston by the Royal Navy in 1918, the SS Misr was purchased and later converted into a luxury Nile steamer for King Farouk and is recorded as the venue for the King’s birthday celebrations. Now fully restored to a 5-star deluxe propeller steam vessel, the SS Misr accommodates just 45 passengers in spacious, air-conditioned cabins and suites and there is a crew of 63 to ensure the highest level of service. Misr means ‘the Kingdom of Egypt’ and the décor reﬂects the fashion of the period, each cabin with its own individual style. All cabins and suites have a private balcony, en-suite bathroom, hairdryer, mini-bar and television. The suites on the Upper deck are 50% larger in size than the standard cabins. The two Panorama suites at the front of the vessel offer impressive panoramic views. The Marasem Restaurant, Saraya Lounge and Dahabia Bar are located on the higher decks offering wonderful views of the Nile. The period-style restaurant accommodates all guests at one sitting. There is also a lower sun deck with comfortable wicker chairs and an upper sun deck with Double Cabin a pool and sun beds for relaxation. Pool Main Course Twin Suite Dining Room Cat 4 - Twin/double cabin Cat 3 - Twin/double cabin Cat 2 - Suite Cat 1 - Panorama suite Cat 5 - Single Lounge Sun Deck Page 36 • 020-7752 0000 A Royal Steamer Restored A ROYAL INVITATION TO SAIL ON THE MOST LUXURIOUS STEAMSHIP ON THE NILE ABOARD THE SS MISR oin us aboard the lovingly restored SS Misr for a Nile cruise from Luxor, visiting ancient sites and J Ramses II and Karnak Temple, Luxor temples, and learning of the great civilisations that have existed in the Nile Valley. This is a passage through antiquity, an incomparable river voyage that brings to life the great monuments of the Pharaohs and the divine kings of thirty dynasties who ruled Egypt for some 35 centuries before Christ. A cruise on a Nile steamer as a leisure pursuit was pioneered by British tourists in Sue a Ca n JORDAN the late 19th century looking for a comfortable way to visit Egypt’s sites. z l This however is no ordinary Nile cruise. You will travel in luxury aboard a ﬁve-star EGYPT SAUDI Nile vessel, formerly owned by King Farouk of Egypt. The addition of every possible ARABIA RE Esna • Luxor D modern comfort allows today’s traveller to enjoy magniﬁcent surroundings and • Kom Ombo A Edfu • SE an historic ambience in the wake of the last reigning King of Egypt. We have • •Aswan chartered the SS Misr for these dates during 2011. Having the vessel under our SUDAN control means that we can provide the service that we know our clients enjoy, and joining us onboard will be an Egyptologist to bring much to your understanding and enjoyment. The Itinerary Day 4 Aswan. This morning we will visit the High Dam at Aswan, Day 1 London Gatwick or Manchester to Luxor. Fly considered an engineering by charter ﬂight. Upon arrival transfer to the SS Misr miracle when it was built in the and embark. Sail to Esna for an overnight mooring. 1960s and the most important Day 2 Edfu & Kom Ombo. This morning we will sail to achievement in Egypt in the Edfu to visit the Temple of Horus, considered one of last century. Today it the most beautiful and best preserved temples in provides electricity Egypt. Dedicated to Horus, the falcon headed god, and irrigation for the temple dates back to Ptolemaic times and was the whole of Egypt. We will then continue to the built in three stages between 237 B.C. and 57 B.C. temple island of Philae, dedicated to the goddess Isis, Later, continue to Kom Ombo, famous for its temple, wife of Osiris and mother of Horus. The temple was for an overnight mooring. originally on Philae Island but because of high water Day 3 Kom Ombo. Depart early this morning for a levels, the temple was dismantled in1977 and visit to the temple of Kom Ombo. It was built during reconstructed on a nearby higher island called Agilkai. the Ptolemaic dynasty and unique because its This evening there will be an optional ‘Sound & Light ‘double’ design meant that there were courts, halls, Show’ at Philae Temple. Feluccas on the Nile sanctuaries and rooms duplicated for two sets of gods. Day 5 Aswan. Today there will be an optional Wall painting, Luxor The southern half of the temple was dedicated to the excursion to the temples of Abu Simbel (by road), crocodile god Sobek and the northern part of the arguably the most remarkable of all Nubian antiquities. temple was dedicated to the falcon god Haroeris. This Alternatively, take the excursion to a Nubian village afternoon we will sail to Aswan. Here we will take a which will also include some bird watching. Sail to Edfu ride on either a private boat or a felucca, for this afternoon for an overnight mooring. generations the traditional sailing boat of the Nile, to Day 6 Cruising. Spend a relaxing day onboard as we visit the Botanical Gardens on Kitchener Island and cruise the Nile to Luxor. Elephantine Island Museum. Day 7 Luxor. Today there will be a visit to the West Bank, one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. See the Valley of the Kings, the temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. This evening there will be a private reception at Luxor Temple, held exclusively for SS Misr passengers. Enjoy a cocktail and stroll around the illuminated temple, empty of visitors. Day 8 Luxor to London Gatwick or Manchester. Disembark after breakfast and visit the temples of Karnak and Luxor before transferring to the airport for Temple of Philae your return charter ﬂight. 2011 DEPARTURE DATES AND PRICES PER PERSON Based on double occupancy Tour Code: RCMISR11 Price includes: Economy class charter ﬂights, 7 nights aboard 17th, 24th January 2011 28th Feb; 24 Oct; the SS Misr on full board, CAT CABIN DESCRIPTION DECK 7th, 14th Nov 2011 excursions as described, 4 Twin/double cabin Lower £1995 £2095 services of guides and local representatives, tour manager, 3 Twin/double cabin Main/Upper £2095 £2195 Egyptologist, transfers, airport 2 Suite Main/Upper £2295 £2395 taxes, Egyptian visa 1 Panorama suite Main £2595 £2695 procurement fee. Not included: Travel 5 Single cabin Lower £2095 £2195 insurance, gratuities, optional 4 For single occupancy Lower £2895 £2995 excursions. Temple of Abu Simbel at Aswan NB. Ports subject to change. www.noble-caledonia.co.uk • Page 37 MS Katharina von Bora For our voyages along the Elbe, we have chartered the elegant 80-passenger MS Katharina von Bora. With stylishly furnished cabins, a spacious Panorama Restaurant and cosy lounge, once you embark this delightful vessel you will feel immediately at home. All passengers are accommodated in well-appointed outside cabins. On the Upper Deck all cabins have a French balcony and cabins on the Main Deck have non-opening windows. The twin bed cabins give around 12 m² of space and the deluxe cabins offer some 13 m². The single cabins provide an area of 9 m². All cabins have individual climate controls, shower and WC, hairdryer and satellite television. There is also a safe, minibar and telephone. Twin cabins have either a double bed or two lower beds, the deluxe cabins have a double bed and the single cabins all have a ﬁxed lower bed. Public areas include the Panorama Restaurant which can seat all passengers at one seating, the Panorama Lounge with bar, Sun Deck with awning and sunshades, loungers, chairs and Dining Room tables. The friendly and attentive crew onboard offer excellent service. Upper Deck Cabin Lounge Sun Deck Cabins with a * feature double beds Category 1 Category 2 Category 3 Category 4 Bar Page 38 • 020-7752 0000 Passage along the Elbe A RIVER CRUISE FROM BERLIN TO PRAGUE KATHARINA VON BORA ABOARD THE 12th to 21st May & 15th to 24th September 2011 oin us aboard the delightful Katharina von Bora as we discover J the natural beauty of former East Germany’s dramatic landscape whilst we cruise along the Elbe River from historic Berlin to beautiful Prague. For those contemplating a tour of Middle • Magdeburg • Berlin •Potsdam • Wittenberg GERMANY Europe, the usual option is a land based coach tour offering E lbe overnight stops and long road journeys. This attractive itinerary offers Meissen • an ideal alternative of relatively short journeys by road, whilst the Dresden • S AXON major part of the journey is undertaken aboard our ﬁrst class vessel. S WITZERLAND We begin in Berlin with a two night hotel stay allowing ample time CZECH Melnik R E P U B L I C • Prague to discover the delights of this historic city after which we transfer to • Potsdam to embark our vessel for our seven night relaxing river voyage along the Elbe. During our passage we will visit Luther’s home town of Wittenberg, the famous porcelain producing town of Meissen and culturally rich Dresden. Our voyage will take us through the lovely Elbsandstein Mountain, where the Elbe has cut a deep valley through sandstone rocks and we will end in Prague where we have an overnight mooring. For those wishing to spend longer in Prague, we are offering a Albrechtsburg Castle from Meissen two night optional hotel extension. Sans Souci Palace, Potsdam The Itinerary continue on to Dresden for a tour of the city known as ‘Florence of the Elbe’. Our guided tour will include Day 1 London or Manchester to Berlin. Fly by historic centre and the Frauenkirche and the Baroque scheduled ﬂight and transfer to the Hotel Grosser Church of our Lady which still shows signs of the Allied Kurfurst or similar for a two night stay. This evening bombing during World War Two. Rejoin the vessel in enjoy dinner at the hotel. Dresden and moor overnight. Day 2 Berlin. This morning’s city sightseeing tour of Day 7 Dresden. This morning we visit Zwinger Palace, this historic city will include the Cathedral, Reichstag, the most important Baroque building in Germany. The Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin Wall. Baroque Palace is a complex of The afternoon will be at leisure for you pavilions and galleries and was, like so to explore independently before many of the city’s most prominent Old Town Square, Prague meeting again for dinner this evening in buildings, commissioned by Augustus a local restaurant. the Strong, elector of Saxony. We will Day 3 Potsdam. We depart the hotel continue on to the Green Vault this morning and drive to Potsdam to Museum which is part of the Dresden visit Sans Souci, the Versailles of Prussia. Castle and contains the largest collection of treasures Here amongst the splendour of Frederick the Great’s in Europe. After some free time in Dresden, return to creation we will see the park of the Palace of Sans the vessel and sail to the spa town of Bad Schandau. Souci and the Tea House. Later, transfer to the Day 8 Saxon Switzerland. From Bad Schandau we Katharina von Bora for embarkation. make our way to the famous rock tower known as the Day 4 Magdeburg. Today enjoy the excursion of Bastei which was formed by water a million years ago Magdeburg which has a history dating back some and from where we can enjoy stunning views of the 1200 years. Visit the cathedral that can be traced Elbe. Continue to Castle Königstein, an impressive back to 937 when Emperor Otto I founded a fortress overlooking the Elbe where Napoleon's forces monastery and dedicated it to St. Maurice. were billeted during his German campaign. Enjoy a Day 5 Wittenberg. Wittenberg was the home of leisurely afternoon onboard as we cruise to Melnik. Martin Luther and the centre of the Protestant Day 9 Melnik & Prague. Arrive into Melnik during Reformation. It was here at the Schlosskirche in 1517 lunch and join the excursion to Prague where there will that Luther nailed his 95 Theses in opposition to the be a guided city tour including the picturesque old Roman Catholic Church. On our excursion we will take quarter, visiting the Old Town Square, the famous a walk through the old town. Charles Bridge and other highlights. Our vessel will Day 6 Meissen & Dresden. Visit the Meissen factory reposition to Prague where we will moor overnight. museum where ﬁne porcelain has been produced Day 10 Prague to London or Manchester. Disembark since the early 1700s and see ﬁrst-hand how this after breakfast and return to London or Manchester trademarked porcelain is created by hand. We by scheduled ﬂight. POST-CRUISE EXTENSION If you would like to extend your PRICES PER PERSON Based on double occupancy Tour Code: RCKBELBE stay in Prague, we are offering a Price includes: Economy class scheduled air CAT CABIN DESCRIPTION travel, two night hotel accommodation in Berlin two night hotel extension based 1 Main deck twin £1795 on breakfast only basis, dinner in Berlin on days 1 and 2, 7 nights accommodation aboard the on breakfast only basis with 2 Main deck double deluxe £1995 Katharina von Bora on full board basis, shore accommodation at a ﬁrst class 3 Upper deck twin £1995 excursions, cruise director, tour manager, guest central hotel. Full details available 4 Upper deck single £1995 speaker, port taxes, airport taxes. Not included: Travel insurance, gratuities. on request. NB. Ports subject to change and water levels may affect itinerary. www.noble-caledonia.co.uk • Page 39 MS Johannes Brahms Built in 1998 to operate along the more shallow rivers and coastal waters of Europe, the four star MS Johannes Brahms is ideally suited for for our voyages in northern Europe. Carrying just 80 passengers in considerable comfort, she offers all the facilities you may require. The cabins all have outside views with large windows, private shower and toilet, telephone, mini-bar, safe and individually controlled air-conditioning and heating. The cuisine served on board is international and meals are served at a single sitting in the attractive Main Deck dining room. On the Upper Deck you will ﬁnd the Panorama Lounge, a suitably named salon offering excellent views through panoramic windows. The Sun Deck is equipped with comfortable deck chairs and is a lovely spot Cabin to relax and watch the ever changing scenery. Lounge Restaurant Page 40 • 020-7752 0000 From Berlin to Prague A RIVER CRUISE ALONG THE ELBE MS JOHANNES BRAHMS ABOARD THE 2nd to 9th April*; 9th to 16th April; 16th to 23rd April* 2011 or those contemplating a tour of Middle Europe, the usual F Sans Souci Palace, Potsdam • Berlin option is a land based coach tour offering overnight stops and •Potsdam • Magdeburg long road journeys. This attractive itinerary offers an ideal Wittenberg Dessau • • alternative of relatively short journeys by road, whilst the major part GERMANY of the itinerary is undertaken aboard a ﬁrst class river vessel. Our E lbe journey will take us from Berlin to historic Magdeburg, Luther’s Meissen • Bad Schandau home town of Wittenberg, the famous porcelain producing town of S AXON Dresden •• • Pillnitz Meissen and to culturally rich Dresden. Our passage will take us S WITZERLAND • Zernoseky through the lovely Elbsandstein Mountains, where the Elbe has cut a CZECH deep valley through sandstone rocks and we will end in Prague, REPUBLIC Prague • navigating the Vltava right into the centre of the city. The Itinerary Reformation. It was here at the Schlosskirche in 1517 that Luther nailed his 95 Theses in opposition to the Day 1 London to Berlin. Fly by scheduled ﬂight. Roman Catholic Church. An optional morning Enjoy a tour of Berlin which will include the excursion will include a visit to Worlitz Park, the ﬁrst Cathedral, Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate and the English-style park in Germany, and then continue Berlin Wall. Embark MS Johannes Brahms and sail to Wittenberg where there will be a walk in the early evening. through the old town. Rejoin the vessel in Day 2 Potsdam. Enjoy an optional Wittenberg and cruise this evening to excursion to the Versailles of Prussia. Here Meissen. amongst the splendour of Frederick the Day 5 Meissen & Dresden. Optional morning Great’s creation we will see the park of the excursion to the Meissen factory and Palace of Sans Souci and the Tea House. museum. Fine porcelain has been Alternatively, stay onboard and sail to produced here since the early 1700s. Genthin, arriving at lunchtime. Afternoon Rejoin the vessel in Dresden for lunch and cruising to Magdeburg, arriving in the late in the afternoon, join an optional city tour. evening. Moor overnight. See the historic centre and the Frauenkirche, the Day 3 Magdeburg to Dessau. Enjoy a morning Baroque Church of our Lady, still showing the results optional excursion of Magdeburg which has a history of the Allied bombing. Later visit the Zwinger Palace, dating back some 1200 years. Visit the cathedral that the most important Baroque building in Germany. can be traced back to 937 when Emperor Otto I Moor overnight. founded a monastery and dedicated it to St.Maurice. Day 6 Pillnitz to Zernoseky. Arrive in Pillnitz this Spend a relaxing afternoon sailing to Dessau. Moor morning and enjoy an optional excursion to Pillnitz overnight. Castle which lies picturesquely on the banks of the Day 4 Wittenberg. Wittenberg was the home of River Elbe. With its flying buttresses and chimneys Martin Luther and the centre of the Protestant ornamented with crowns, this is the only castle of its size in Europe built in a Chinese style. The vessel has Saxon Switzerland repositioned to Bad Schandau, where those who have taken the optional tour rejoin the vessel at lunchtime. Afternoon cruising to Zernoseky. Moor overnight. Day 7 Prague. Morning cruising to Melnik, arriving at lunchtime. From here, join an optional excursion to Prague which will be devoted to the picturesque old quarter, visiting the Old Town Square, the famous Charles Bridge and other highlights. During the afternoon the vessel continues to Prague. Moor Zwinger Palace, Dresden overnight. Day 8 Prague to London. Disembark after breakfast Prague and return to London by scheduled ﬂight. SHORE EXCURSIONS PRICES PER PERSON Based on double occupancy Tour Code: RCJBPRAG11 Price includes: Economy class The seven optional excursions DOUBLE SOLE scheduled air travel, 7 nights CAT DECK/CABIN DESCRIPTION OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY aboard the MS Johannes detailed in the itinerary are not D Main Deck aft - outside twin £1195 £1895 Brahms on full board, services included but may be of cruise director, transfers, pre-purchased as a package at the C Main Deck - outside twin £1395 £2045 half day Berlin excursion, port B Upper Deck aft - outside twin £1595 - taxes, airport taxes, tour reduced price of £195 per person. A Upper Deck - outside twin £1795 - manager. The excursions are Potsdam, Not included: Travel Magdeburg, Wittenberg, Meissen, * These dates operate in the reverse direction, from Prague to Berlin. Itinerary available insurance, shore excursions, on request. gratuities. Dresden, Pillnitz and Prague. NB. Ports subject to change www.noble-caledonia.co.uk • Page 41 Passage through Pomerania A CRUISE FROM BERLIN TO THE GERMAN ISLANDS OF THE BALTIC COAST ABOARD THE MS JOHANNES BRAHMS oin us aboard the MS Johannes Brahms J Hiddensee National Park as we cruise from Berlin to the Baltic, BALTIC Hiddensee SEA along the Oder River through Germany Vitte • Rugen and Poland and along the German Baltic coast Stralsund • l d Bo dden to the islands of Usedom, Rugen and Greifswa Greifswald Bodden Usedom • Hiddensee. This is a voyage to a beautiful Wolgast• area that is little known in the UK. The resorts along the Baltic coast are deservedly known as the ‘Royal’ resorts. Berlin’s high society loved • Szczecin Oder National Park the fresh summer breezes and the sandy Oder GERMANY beaches of Usedom and Rugen. Usedom has Schwedt • POLAND Rugen’s coastline the highest number of sunny days in the Niederﬁnow • whole of Germany. The guest houses and Od Elbe er hotels with their typical architecture have • Berlin been restored to their original glamour. The attractive landscapes, such as the chalk cliffs on Rugen, the heathland of the car-free island of Hiddensee and the National Park on the River Oder are all much admired by nature-lovers. There are also the historical Hanseatic cities of Stralsund and Greifswald. In addition we have a day to explore Berlin and a river journey along the Oder River with Germany to the Stralsund harbour west and Poland to the east. We will call into the Polish city of Szczecin, an historic and fascinating place which will also be our gateway to the Baltic Sea. Lighthouse, Hiddensee The Itinerary many species of bird. Moor overnight in Szczecin. Day 4 Szczecin to Wolgast. This morning explore the Day 1 London to Berlin. Fly by scheduled ﬂight. city of Szczecin on an escorted tour. We visit the Transfer to the MS Johannes Brahms and magniﬁcent terrace, high above the Oder River and embark. Welcome dinner on board this the castle of the princes of Pomerania. The evening. cityscape is dominated by huge round squares Day 2 Berlin. A morning coach and broad avenues. Spend a restful afternoon tour through the capital will on board as we cruise across the Oder lagoon to include the Kurfurstendamm the town of Wolgast on the German with its elegant shops, the mainland. This evening after dinner there Brandenburg Gate, the will be a walking tour of Wolgast. Reichstag (Parliament), the world famous boulevard Day 5 Wolgast to Greifswald. On a coastal drive this Unter den Linden and the Potsdamer Platz. Return to morning we will visit the seaside resorts of Koserow the vessel for lunch and sail. and Zinnowitz on the island of Usedom, known locally Day 3 Niederﬁnow to Szczecin. Our vessel is lowered as ‘Berlin’s bathtub’. We return to the ship in 36 metres (120 ft) in the giant navigation lift at Peenemunde for lunch and cruise on to Greifswald, Niederﬁnow. A morning tour allows you a good look at with its many enchanting thatched houses. In the this feature and at the ruined monastery in Chorin. afternoon we have a walking tour through Greifswald, We rejoin the ship in Schwedt and then cruise on to which escaped the ravages of World War Two. Moor Szczecin through the National Park on the overnight in Greifswald. German-Polish border with its huge reed beds and The Hanseatic city of Stralsund Berlin Cathedral Page 42 • 020-7752 0000 The seafront at Usedom Day 6 Greifswald to Vitte. We cross the bay called the Day 7 Vitte to Stralsund. In the early morning we Greifswalder Bodden and tie up in Lauterbach on the sail back to Rugen for a visit to the famous chalk island of Rugen. Much of the island cliffs. Relax during the afternoon is given over to nature reserves and as we sail to Stralsund, a major dotted around the coast are trading centre of the Hanseatic attractive small resorts. Brahms League in the 14th and 15th completed his ﬁrst symphony here centuries. In the 17th and 18th and Lenin stayed here in 1917 on centuries they became Swedish his way from Switzerland to St administrative and defensive Petersburg. We will see much of the centres for the German territories. island on a guided drive to the well- Before dinner there will be a known resorts along the south east guided walking tour through the coast of the island. We rejoin the ship to cruise heart of the old city. Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate through the Sound and the Bodden to Vitte on the Day 8 Stralsund to London. Disembark after island of Hiddensee. This evening there will be a ride in breakfast and drive to Hamburg for the return a horsedrawn coach through this car-free island. scheduled ﬂight to London. BERLIN EXTENSION 2011 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES PER PERSON If you would like to extend your Based on double occupancy Tour Code: RCJBPOMBE1/RCJBPOMHA1 Price includes: Economy class stay in Berlin after your cruise, we 23rd, 30th* April; 7th May; 3rd, 10th*, 17th, 24th* September; 1st October scheduled air travel, are offering a two night stay at a DOUBLE SOLE seven nights aboard CAT DECK/CABIN DESCRIPTION OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY the MS Johannes ﬁrst class hotel for £195 per Brahms on full person based on two sharing or D Main Deck aft - outside twin £1395 £1895 board, services of £345 for single occupancy. The C Main Deck - outside twin £1495 £1995 cruise director, B Upper Deck aft - outside twin £1695 £2195 transfers, shore hotel stay will be on bed and A Upper Deck - outside twin £1795 £2295 excursions, port breakfast basis and the price also taxes, airport taxes. includes transfers between the * These departures operate in the reverse direction, from Stralsund to Berlin. On these dates the overnight Not included: Travel stop and walking tour take place in Ueckermunde, rather than Wolgast. Itinerary available on request. insurance, gratuities. vessel, hotel and airport. NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may also affect itineraries. www.noble-caledonia.co.uk • Page 43 AN OVERLAND EXPLORATION OF POLAND’S CULTURE AND HISTORY COMBINED WITH Polish Odyssey A CRUISE ABOARD THE MS JOHANNES BRAHMS INCLUDING A VISIT TO THE RUSSIAN EXCLAVE KALININGRAD Kaliningrad Cathedral oin us for our comprehensive exploration of Poland including the J A SE little known Polish coastline and across to the Russian exclave of LATVIA C I Kaliningrad. This unusual journey is a combination of an overland T AL B Kaliningrad R U tour and a relaxing river cruise. We will explore in some depth a corner of Drewnica • SSIA • ••Frombork Gdansk • • Tolkmicko Prussia that has witnessed the fateful history of conﬂicts between the Malbork • Elblag Germanic and Slav nations. This land, rich in natural history, minerals, POLAND architecture and enterprising people makes for a fascinating journey. •Torun Warsaw Being a late-comer to tourism the area is charmingly untouched and Zelazowa Wola • • offers the traveller an insight rarely available in the more developed Czestochowa • regions of Europe. After exploring Krakow, a stunningly architectural Oswiecim Krakow marvel which has survived many wars, we will begin our journey across • •• Wieliczka Poland that will take us from the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains to the Baltic shores. Taking us ﬁrstly to the pilgrimage city of Czestochowa and on to Warsaw and the surrounding area. We will visit the birthplace of Chopin in Zelazowa Wola, see the sights of old Warsaw and then continue north to the ‘Gingerbread’ city of Torun. On reaching the Baltic Coast at Gdansk we will board MS Johannes Brahms and begin our exploration of the northern Polish waterways and the Baltic coast. The network of waterways and canals that criss-cross northern Poland allow us to travel inland through bucolic landscapes and old towns and villages. This combined with the protected coastal waters permits our vessel access to the Baltic. If you enjoy exploring unknown corners of Europe this could be the ideal tour for you. Our ﬂoating hotel makes an otherwise complicated itinerary easy and affords comfortable accommodation in an area that is only beginning to develop its tourism infrastructure. The Itinerary Day 4 Czestochowa. Depart this morning for Czestochowa (2.5 hour drive), the town renowned for Day 1 London to Krakow. Fly by scheduled indirect the Pauline Monastery of Jasna Gora (Light Hill). ﬂight to Krakow. On arrival transfer to your 4-star Home to the Black Madonna painting, Poland’s The Overland Canal. Elblag hotel. Relax until the evening, before enjoying holiest relic, every year millions of pilgrims from all dinner with your fellow travellers at the hotel. over the world visit Czestochowa purely to visit this Day 2 Krakow to Wieliczka. After breakfast shrine. On arrival here you will have lunch in a local depart on a full day tour of Wieliczka and restaurant, followed by a guided tour of the Krakow. Wieliczka Salt Mine is a world class Monastery. Later check in to your 3-star hotel and attraction and a UNESCO world heritage enjoy an afternoon at leisure to relax or explore site. Enjoy a fascinating morning visit of independently before enjoying dinner at the the mines, once one of the world’s hotel this evening. biggest and most proﬁtable industrial Day 5 Warsaw. Depart this morning for establishments. Your tour includes a Warsaw, some 130 kms away. We will stop for walk in the oldest part of the salt lunch en-route and arrive in the early afternoon. Malbork mine and a visit to its subterranean Check in to your 4-star hotel and then enjoy an museum. Lunch will be in a local restaurant. Later afternoon at leisure and dinner at the hotel. return to Krakow for an afternoon tour of the Old Day 6 Zelazowa Wola & Warsaw. After breakfast Town, including St Mary’s Church. Dinner this evening depart for a morning tour to the town of Zelazowa will be at a local restaurant. Wola, birthplace of pianist and composer Chopin. Day 3 Auschwitz & Birkenau or Wawel Hill. After Housed in an annex of his home is a museum devoted breakfast depart for a guided tour of Auschwitz and to his life and works. Afterwards return to Warsaw for Birkenau, located close to the town of Oswiecim, a lunch in the Old Town, before an afternoon visit of the 60km drive from Krakow. Known throughout the world highlights of this city including the Royal Castle. as a symbol and reminder of the horrors of The Dinner this evening will be at a local restaurant. Holocaust during WWII, this will be a memorable and moving morning. Alternatively, you may wish to join an excursion to Wawel Hill in Krakow. From the 11th century onwards Poland’s monarchs took up their residence here in the Royal Castle, and were crowned and buried in the Wawel Cathedral, also the resting place of Polish national heroes since the 19th century. The tour will include visits to both the Castle and Cathedral, where you will see priceless art treasures, ﬁne architecture and fascinating relics. Both tours include lunch. Afternoon free in Krakow. Dinner Frombork Old Town Square, Warsaw will be at your hotel this evening. Page 44 • 020-7752 0000 Neptune’s Statue, Gdansk Krakow Day 7 Warsaw to Torun. Travel today from Warsaw restaurant. We start with a short tour of Kaliningrad to Torun, with lunch on arrival. After lunch join a and a visit to the Cathedral, before travelling through guided tour of the house of Nicolas Copernicus, the the dunes of the Spit. After lunch we visit the Bird Town Hall, St. Mary’s and St. John’s Church. The Reserve in Rossitten. Back on board there is a concert afternoon is free to explore, perhaps sample some of of Russian folk music in the lounge after dinner. the city’s famous gingerbread, deﬁnitely worth Day 12 Kaliningrad to Elblag. We set sail again in the experiencing some of the delicious varieties you will early morning across the inland sea to Elblag on the ﬁnd on sale. Enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening. southern tip of the bay. We arrive during the late Day 8 Torun to Gdansk. Depart today for Gdansk, afternoon for a guided walk through the town, before with lunch on arrival. Transfer to the port to embark returning on board for dinner. Gdansk riverside the MS Johannes Brahms. Day 13 Elblag to Drewnica. After breakfast we offer Day 9 Gdansk to Tolkmicko. The MS Johannes Brahms an excursion to the Overland Canal, before returning departs Gdansk in the early morning for the inland sea of to the ship for lunch. After lunch there is an excursion the Zalew Wislany. After a restful morning on board we to Malbork, home of the Order of Teutonic Knights. On arrive during the afternoon in Tolkmicko. From here we our return to the ship we set sail for Drewnica. take a coach excursion to Frombork, where we visit the Day 14 Drewnica to Gdansk. During the early morning cathedral and enjoy an organ recital. Moor overnight. we set sail for Gdansk on the ﬁnal stage of our cruise. Day 10 Tolkmicko to Kaliningrad. We set sail early After our arrival there during the morning we have a across the inland sea and into the River Pregola to guided walk through the city to visit the Oliva Cathedral arrive in Kaliningrad during the evening. After dinner and the Old Town. The afternoon is at leisure in Gdansk Chopin’s Statue, Warsaw we are taken by coach into the city for an evening of before we serve our farewell dinner on board. classical music. Day 15 Gdansk to London. Disembark after breakfast Day 11 Kaliningrad. Today we enjoy a full-day and transfer to the airport for your return scheduled excursion to the Curonian Spit with lunch in a local indirect ﬂight to London. 2011 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES PER PERSON Based on double occupancy Tour Code: RCJBPOMBE1/RCJBPOMHA1 Price includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, 7 nights hotel accommodation on full 21st, 28th May; 4th, 11th June 2011 board basis at a 3 or 4 star hotel, porterage at DOUBLE SOLE hotels, 7 nights aboard the MS Johannes CAT DECK/CABIN DESCRIPTION OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY Brahms on full board, all excursions, services of English speaking local guides and a cruise D Main Deck aft - outside twin £2295 £2995 director, transfers, port taxes, airport taxes. C Main Deck - outside twin £2495 £3195 Not included: Items of a personal nature B Upper Deck aft - outside twin £2695 £3395 (drinks, laundry etc), gratuities to hotel/restaurant staff and local guides during A Upper Deck - outside twin £2895 £3595 land tour, gratuities to ship and shore NB. No visa is required for Kaliningrad (Russia) at the time of printing this information, if excursions staff during cruise, travel insurance. the situation changes and a visa becomes necessary the cost will not be included in your holiday price. Water levels may affect itineraries and ports of call are subject to change. www.noble-caledonia.co.uk • Page 45 MS Avalon Creativity Launched in July 2009, the MS Avalon Creativity offers the traveller considerable luxury. Carrying a maximum of 140 passengers, the vessel boasts spacious staterooms and inviting public areas. All staterooms measure 172 square feet with a private shower and toilet, large storage closet, writing desk, ﬂatscreen satellite television, radio, minibar, hairdryer, safe and individual climate control. All have outside views; those on the Indigo deck have two picture windows and those on Reception Area the Royal and Sapphire decks have a sliding glass door. There are also two junior suites which measure 258 square feet and have the additional features of a sofa and coffee table. The dining room, lounge and other recreation areas are spacious and airy with both the dining room and lounge offering large panoramic windows so passengers can enjoy the passing views. High quality international cuisine is offered in the single sitting dining room with complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with dinner, and coffee and tea are available throughout the day from the self-service station in the Club lounge. The sky deck is the perfect place to relax, with comfortable deck furniture and a whirpool. In addition there is a ﬁtness centre, hair salon, Stateroom Detail internet corner and the ship has a lift. Dining Room Stateroom with French Balcony Junior Suite Sky Deck Sky Deck Royal Deck Whirlpool Sapphire Deck Indigo Deck Page 46 • 020-7752 0000 Paris to Normandy s Landing Beaches A RIVER CRUISE ALONG THE SEINE ABOARD THE MS AVALON CREATIVITY ombine time in France’s splendid capital with the beauty of France’s Norman countryside. Our river C journey will begin in Paris where we will be moored in the heart of the city with time to explore the romantic ‘City of Lights’. From here we will cruise along the Seine, enjoying the lovely landscapes and charming villages that inspired the great impressionist artists of nel English Chan the 19th and 20th centuries. Sailing along the river, you are able Gold Le Havre to appreciate the countryside in a way that is just not possible Omaha Beach • Beach • Juno• • •Honﬂeur • Rouen Andelys Les from the road or railway. Beach Se ine • NORMAN DY Vernon • •GivernyConﬂans • Sei • Paris Every crook in the river hides something of interest. Experience FRANCE ne Vincent van Gogh’s Auvers-sur-Oise, walk the cobblestone streets of provincial Vernon, delight in the Gothic architecture of Rouen, and see where Joan of Arc was tried and executed. Lose yourself in the exquisite gardens of Giverny, whose rich palette inspired Impressionist Claude The Seine at Les Andelys Monet for many years. Taste the apple cider, Calvados, and camembert for which northern France is Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris famous. Experience history ﬁrsthand at the poignant WWII landing beaches. Add to all this, the romance and convenience of cruising leisurely down one of France’s greatest rivers, and you have the formula for a leisurely in-depth exploration of one of the richest regions of France. The Itinerary Day 5 Rouen. Rouen is the capital of Upper Normandy and an important commercial city, perhaps best known Day 1 London/Manchester/Edinburgh to Paris. Travel for its connection to Joan of Arc, who lived, was by Eurostar from London St Pancras to Paris or imprisoned, and burned at the stake in the marketplace scheduled ﬂights are available from London Heathrow, of this town in 1431. Enjoy the guided walk through the Manchester or Edinburgh. On arrival, transfer to the medieval quarter with its half-timbered, glazed-tile MS Avalon Creativity for embarkation after which houses, and the Gros Horloge, an intricate astronomical there will be a welcome reception. clock dating back to the 16th century. The splendid Day 2 Paris. France’s capital never fails to impress. A gothic cathedral was once the tallest building in the city tour will include sights such as the magniﬁcent world and the subject of a series of Claude Monet’s Notre Dame Cathedral, the unique Louvre Museum paintings. The afternoon is free for you to explore on with its glass pyramid as a contrast to its ancient your own, or you can join an optional excursion to the architecture, the commemorative Arc de Triomphe, pretty coastal town of Honﬂeur or to the busy port city Opéra, Madeleine, Champs Elysées, and the Eiffel of Le Havre with its contemporary architecture. Tower, a structural miracle of its age. Day 6 Rouen. Make your choice today between an Day 3 Paris to Conﬂans. After breakfast, enjoy a excursion to the historic Normandy landing beaches relaxing morning on board as your ship slips its moorings where we will visit poignant sites such as Omaha Omaha Beach, Normandy and glides gently down the River Seine, passing through Beach, the Pointe du Hoc monument and the suburban Paris. This afternoon, we will dock at Conﬂans American Cemetery. Alternatively join an excursion for and you can choose to either join the guided excursion a more in-depth look at this picturesque, mainly to Auvers-sur-Oise, the quaint little town where Vincent agricultural region. The most important products are Van Gogh lived and died, or take the guided visit to dairy, apples and grain. Camembert cheese is a Napoleon and Josephine’s Château de Malmaison just specialty, as is Calvados, a strong alcoholic apple outside Paris. Requiring extensive renovations, this large brandy. Thoroughbred horses are also reared here. country estate was purchased by Josephine Bonaparte Day 7 Les Andelys. The most dramatic sight along the in 1799 while Napoleon was ﬁghting in Egypt. It was her Seine is imposing Château Gaillard at Les Andelys. aim to make it “the most beautiful and curious garden in Built by King Richard the Lionheart in 1196, the Europe, a model of good cultivation”. château is truly a masterpiece of Middle Ages military Day 4 Vernon. This morning, choose between a architecture. Explore on your own and enjoy your last guided visit of Claude Monet’s house and stunning day in France in this delightful small town. gardens at Giverny or a visit to Bizy Castle with its Day 8 Paris to London/Manchester/Edinburgh. magniﬁcent courtyard. There will also be time to stroll Disembark after breakfast and return to London St through this delightful city on your own. Relax on Pancras by Eurostar or to your chosen airport by board this afternoon or take your pick of a number of scheduled ﬂight. Rouen optional excursions on offer. 2011 DEPARTURE DATES AND PRICES PER PERSON Based on double occupancy Tour Code: RCAV Price includes: Standard class Eurostar train EUROSTAR UPGRADE 12th April 10th, 24th May; 12th July; 6th September travel or economy class 21st June; 9th August; scheduled air travel, Upgrade your Eurostar train CAT CABIN DESCRIPTION DECK 20th September 18th October seven nights aboard the journey for £79 per person to E Forward stateroom with window Indigo £1495 £1695 £1595 £1795 MS Avalon Creativity on full board with wine, Standard Premier class. Services B Aft stateroom with French balcony Sapphire £1895 £2095 £1995 £2195 beer and soft drinks will include a meet and greet, A Forward stateroom with French balcony Sapphire £1945 £2145 £2045 £2245 served with dinner, shore excursions, transfers, spacious seating a meal with P Stateroom with French balcony Royal £2045 £2245 £2145 £2345 port taxes, airport taxes. drinks and complimentary Jnr Suite Junior suite with French balcony Royal £2245 £2445 £2345 £2545 Not included: Travel magazines & newspapers. E For sole use Indigo £2295 £2595 £2495 £2695 insurance, gratuities. NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may also affect itinerary. www.noble-caledonia.co.uk • Page 47 A JOURNEY ALONG THE MIGHTY BRAHMAPUTRA RIVER Passage through Assam EFORE BOOK B RY 2011 THROUGH NORTHERN INDIA’S ASSAM REGION A 31 JANU VE £500 AND SA SON OFF PER PER RICES THE P N SHOW ABOARD THE RV CHARAIDEW hink of Assam and your ﬁrst thoughts probably involve tea and T TIBET Brah maybe temples. Certainly it is not noted for its tourism, mostly NG E m A ap A R HIMALAY u because of the lack of acceptable accommodation and tra • • Majuli Island Sibsagar transportation. This is a great pity, as this state that lies south of Tibet BHUTAN Vishnath Kaziranga and Bhutan and north of Bangladesh has so much to offer the • Tezpur • • National Park Orang National Park • •Jamuguri naturalist, bird watcher or cultural traveller. One of the world’s great • putra Guwahati hma Br a rivers, the Brahmaputra runs for some 1800 miles from its source in the Tibetan Himalaya to its delta in the Bay of Bengal. Nothing can prepare H Assam ES A AD IND RM the traveller for the vastness and emptiness of this great water highway, L NG BA U B IA as myriad channels ply through seemingly endless archipelagos of sand islands. Within striking distance of the river are a number of signiﬁcant Kolkata• national parks. Among these is the World Heritage Site at Kaziranga, BAY OF where the world’s largest population of rhino reside. BENGAL This unusual journey will appeal to those who wish to witness this extraordinary area, its diverse cultures and marvellous wildlife but who are weary of the more well trodden paths around the world. The roads may be poor and the tourist infrastructure very much in its infancy, but that is precisely why we ﬁnd this region so exciting. Now is the time to visit before big chains and all other paraphernalia that 21st century tourism entails. The Itinerary population of well over 1000 rhinoceros is the best place in the world to see these beasts. There are also Elephant, Kaziranga National Park Day 1 London to Kolkata. Fly by scheduled indirect ﬂight. good populations of tiger, wild elephant, sambar, Day 2 Kolkata. Arrive in the morning and transfer to swamp deer, hog deer, wild pig and many other species. your ﬁrst class hotel for a two- night stay. Afternoon Day 10 Kaziranga. Disembark pre-dawn and drive to city tour. Kaziranga’s Central Range for an early morning Day 3 Kolkata. Our morning excursion will include a elephant ride, the best way to get really close to the visit to the ﬂower markets and a cruise down the River rhino and other animals. After breakfast at a lodge, we Hoogly. After lunch visit the Marble Palace and the walk through terraced tea gardens and past a Karbi South Park Cemetery. tribal village, then drive to a Mising tribal village, with Day 4 Kolkata to Guwahati. Depart on a their distinctive houses raised on piles. After lunch either morning ﬂight to Guwahati. Visit the poignant take a jeep safari in the little visited Burapahar Range, Commonwealth War Graves cemetery. Finally or if preferred, visit a delightful Assamese village. walk through a local market before embarking Day 11 Vishnath. This morning set sail upstream, Tea Plantation on the RV Charaidew and setting sail. with Kaziranga National Park on the right bank. Day 5 Ganesh Pahar. The day is spent Around midday we reach Vishnath, with an cruising upstream, with hills rising on either Ahom-period Shiva temple. There are other side. Battling against strong currents, we later temples too, and we walk through the reach an idyllic stop at Ganesh Pahar, where town before re-boarding and setting off we can explore a delightfully serene again, with Kaziranga still on the far bank. hinterland lying under jungle-covered slopes. Day 12 Cruising. The day is spent on the Day 6 Cruising. Leaving the hills behind, river, and we have a good chance of spotting we enjoy our ﬁrst taste of the wilderness Gangetic dolphin. We should arrive in the experience, sand banks like icebergs on either side. We evening at lonely Dhansiri Mukh. may make a short stop to visit a bankside village, Day 13 Kaziranga. This morning we land and take a creating a sensation as we do. jeep safari in Kaziranga’s little-visited Eastern Range, Rhino, Kaziranga National Park Day 7 Orang National Park. Rising early, we take to with grasslands much favoured by rhino, where you Aswaklanta Temple, Guwahati our country boat for another cruise up National Park. might spot the rare Bengal Florican. Here in this rarely visited park we take jeeps and ride Day 14 Cruising/Jamuguri. Another day spent through forest and grassland looking for rhino, deer cruising upstream. We shall take time to pause and and other wildlife. walk through Jamuguri village, getting an insight into Day 8 Tezpur. We cruise on to Tezpur, where we visit the life of rural India. the 6th century Da Parbatia temple ruins with a Day 15 Majuli Island. Around breakfast time, we should beautifully carved portal, then explore the town by reach Majuli Island, supposedly the world’s largest river cycle rickshaw, stopping at Cole Park with medieval island, and possessing unique Hindu monasteries famed stone carvings saved from sites all over the region. for their dance-drama performances - the whole island is Day 9 Kaziranga. Continue upstream, passing below a now shortlisted for future UNESCO World Heritage seemingly endless new bridge across the vast width of status. We visit a monastery at Auniati with an eclectic the river bed, to moor at Steemer Ghat, a lovely beach museum, enjoy a typical Mising tribal lunch in a stilted backed by jungle-covered hills. In the afternoon we bamboo hut, then attend a dance performance at drive to Kaziranga’s Western Range for a jeep safari Kamalbari monastery, before cruising across to Neamati and to scan the wilderness from an observation tower. Ghat on the opposite bank. Kaziranga is a World Heritage site and with a Day 16 Sibsagar. We visit Gatoonga tea estate this Page 48 • 020-7752 0000 The mighty Brahmaputra River morning and see all the processes of tea production to Sibsagar, and spend our last night on board. then drive for about an hour to Sibsagar, the one-time Day 17 Assam to Kolkata. Disembark after breakfast POST-CRUISE EXTENSION capital of the kings of Assam. We shall see temples for your ﬂight to Kolkata. On arrival transfer to your AT SUNDERBAN with stupa-like proﬁles, and palaces of distinctive form ﬁrst class hotel for your overnight stay. - note the crocodiles and rather sexy caryatids that Day 18 Kolkata to London. Depart this morning by Join us on Day 18 for a 3 night adorn the roof of the Rang Mahal. We return to the scheduled ﬂight (indirect), arriving into London this stay at the Sunderban Tiger ship which will have cruised up to Dikhou Mukh close evening. Camp followed by a ﬁnal night in Kolkata. BOOK BEFORE 31 JANUARY 2011 AND SAVE £500 PER PERSON OFF THE PRICES SHOWN Day 18 Kolkata to Sunderban. Price includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, You will be met at the hotel 2011/2012 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES PER PERSON three nights hotel Based on double occupancy Tour Code: RCASSAM12 before travelling by road and accommodation in Kolkata 3rd to 20th November 2011; 26th January to 12th February 2012; on full board basis, 13 nights boat to Sunderban Tiger Camp 23rd February to 11th March 2012 aboard the RV Charaidew on on the banks of the Pitchkhaki full board, shore excursions, river. Afternoon cruising Twin: £4495 Single: £5695 experienced U.K. tour manager, entrance fees, observing the migratory birds Single travellers interested in reducing their holiday cost by sharing their cabin can register transfers, port taxes, airport and wildlife. their interest with us. We will then contact you with further details if and when another taxes. single traveller wishes to take this option. Not included: Travel Day 19 Sunderban. Cruise into Please note that road conditions in Assam are often poor, therefore overland journeys will be slow and at times insurance, gratuities, Indian the Sunderban Tiger Reserve subject to delays. visa. Forest and take a canopy walk at RV Charaidew NB. Ports subject to change. Itineraries may vary according to river conditions.Elephant rides are subject to availability. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. All special offers are subject to availability. Dobanke. Visit the spotted deer rehabilitation and in the afternoon experience the true Sunderbans as you walk through the native village at Dayapur. Day 20 Sunderban. Depart for Netidopani Watch Tower which The RV Charaidew is a 38m long, twin engined, steel-hulled passenger ship. The vessel has twelve houses a 300 year old temple of generous-sized twin-bedded air conditioned cabins with en suite shower and WC. All cabin accommodation ‘Bon Bibi’. In the evening enjoy is on the upper deck, as is the bar and sitting area. The dining room is on the lower deck, while a top watching the villages perform in sundeck offers additional open-air seating and sun loungers. Furnishings make extensive use of natural the local theatre. materials and local fabrics. Breakfast and lunch on board is a mixture of Assamese and Continental dishes Day 21 Sunderban to Kolkata. while dinner each evening is Assamese which is milder than most Indian cuisines. A full range of wines, Search for the elusive tiger as we spirits and beer is available at an extra cost on board. The owner and operator, the Assam Bengal cruise to the Sudhayakhali Watchtower. In the afternoon Navigation Co., is an Indian/British joint venture based in Guwahati and its directors have a wealth of transfer back to your ﬁrst class experience in both operating river vessels and Indian tourism. hotel in Kolkata. Day 22 Kolkata to London. Depart this morning by scheduled ﬂight (indirect), arriving into London this evening. Twin: £950 per person Single: £1250 Extension includes: Three nights hotel Lounge accommodation in deluxe air conditioned cottages at the Sun Deck Sunderban Tiger Camp on full board basis, overnight accommodation in Kolkata in a ﬁrst class hotel, activities as described. Not included: Travel insurance, gratuities. NB. Minimum numbers are required for the extension to operate Cabin www.noble-caledonia.co.uk • Page 49 Autumn Colours on the Hudson A RIVER CRUISE FROM NEW YORK TO MONTREAL GRANDE MARINER ABOARD THE 28th September to 12th October & 12th October to 26th October* 2011 oin us for this unique cruise through the rivers, lakes, and bays of J Sagu en CANADA ay the northeast traveling from New York City to Montreal as the ay Quebec aw autumn season paints a picturesque backdrop. Experience the •rence Se Montreal • t Law brilliant shades of fall and unparalleled views of historic river towns, S Thousand Islands • Ogdensburg dramatic mountain ranges and majestic fjords. Set against a radiant Lake Onta rio Erie Canal Moh • Amsterdam spectrum of green, yellow, orange and red hues, you’ll discover aw k • Troy USA Hudson phenomenal wildlife, including seals, birds and whales. Capture the • Kingston A T L A N T I C •New york O C E A N splash of colours before you as Mother Nature unveils one spectacular vista after another on your journey from the historic Hudson River through the Erie Canal and into Canada’s St. Lawrence and Saguenay Rivers. The Itinerary to take a local shuttle on a panoramic loop around this charming area and view some of the highlights such Day 1 London to New York. Fly by scheduled ﬂight. as the H. Lee White Marine Museum, the Richardson- Transfer to your ﬁrst class hotel for an overnight stay. Bates House Museum or Fort Ontario. Day 2 New York. Morning at leisure before embarking Day 7 Thousand Islands. Today we cruise to Clayton the Grande Mariner for an afternoon departure. Cruise in the gorgeous Thousand Islands region. through the bustling New York Harbor You will visit the notable Antique Boat enjoying unparalleled views of the Museum for a glimpse of the world’s Statue of Liberty and the city largest showcase of classic skyline. A short trip up the Hudson recreational boats. Moor overnight in brings you to Kingston, New York. the scenic Alexandria Bay with views of Day 3 Hudson River. Visit the Hudson River the famed Boldt Castle. Maritime Museum with indoor and outdoor exhibits Day 8 Thousand Islands & Ogdensburg. dedicated to preserving the area’s maritime history. Continuing through the scenic Thousand Islands, you There is an optional excursion to Hyde Park or the will visit tiny Dark Island in Chippewa Bay and tour the Autumn on the Hudson River Vanderbilt Mansion, Hyde Park includes visiting stately and elegant Singer Castle. Built as a private Boldt Castle, Thousand Islands “Springwood,” the estate of Franklin D. Roosevelt now home in 1905, the mansion was used for rum-running home to his presidential library and museum. Later, cruise during Prohibition. Continue on to Ogdensburg where to Troy known for its unparalleled Victorian architecture. you may opt to visit the Frederic Remington Art Museum Here, witness the unique feat of lowering the ship’s pilot to admire the original works of this American painter. house as we prepare to travel under the low bridges of Day 9 Cruising. Crossing into Canada you cruise the the Erie Canal. This engineering design was the brainchild St. Lawrence Seaway, the gateway from the Atlantic of founder Luther H. Blount and is still a trademark of the Ocean to the North American Great Lakes. The Blount Small Ship Adventures experience today. Seaway is a system of locks, canals and channels Day 4 Erie Canal. Pass through the Erie Canal Lock 11 dotted with waterfront communities, scenic islands to Amsterdam, originally a Dutch settlement on the and amazing wildlife habitats. banks of the Mohawk River. New York’s Mohawk Day 10 Quebec City. Welcome to charming and Chateau Frontenac, Quebec Valley is the ancestral home of the Haudenosaunee historic Quebec City. With its distinctly French culture (Iroquois) Mohawk, who now reside predominantly it’s considered by many to be the most romantic city in along New York’s northernmost border. Tonight in North America. Be sure to visit the impressive Chateau Amsterdam, enjoy a presentation by the staff of the Frontenac and browse the shops and restaurants along New York Folklore Society. A guest basket maker the cobblestone streets of Old Town. This morning an introduces you to the history of the basket making optional tour introduces the charms of Quebec City traditions of the Haudenosaunee Mohawk. and the stunning view from Observation Towers before Day 5 Erie Canal. Enjoy a full day on the Erie Canal’s visiting the impressive Montmorency Falls. calm, blue water and the unspoiled beauty of the Day 11 Cruising. Cruise north along the St. Lawrence surrounding countryside. A “Between Locks Optional River to the mouth of the beautiful Saguenay River. Tour” leads you on a journey through this beautiful This swift waterway is bordered by dramatic cliffs region making several stops. First, enjoy the ofﬁcial Erie creating some of Canada’s most stunning natural Canal Museum, located in the last remaining weigh lock scenery. The Saguenay is noted as one of the world’s building, and later the Snake-Oil Glass Works to discover best spots for whale watching, attracting belugas, right ﬁrst-hand the craftsmanship of the glass blowing process and the beautiful glass creations that come from it. Complete the excursion with wine tasting at a local winery. Tonight, in Sylvan Beach a lakeside resort town, a local performer and historian will entertain us with the history and period music of the Erie Canal. Day 6 Lake Ontario. On the shores of magniﬁcent Lake Ontario, cruise along the Oswego Canal with an onboard birding expert who introduces the various Whale watching on the Saguenay River species of birds inhabiting the canal. You may choose Page 50 • 020-7752 0000 whales and even the elusive blue whale. A naturalist extinct volcano. Roam the narrow streets of Old and fjord expert will join you at this scenic wonder to Montreal, whose architecture, boutiques and outdoor introduce you to the area’s majestic fjords and cafes delight. Later this evening enjoy a performance phenomenal wildlife, including seals, birds and whales. of the ﬂute and guitar by local entertainers. Day 12 Cruising. Day spent cruising south to Montreal. Day 14 Montreal to London. Disembark and enjoy Day 13 Montreal. A day at leisure allows you to some time at leisure in Montreal. Later transfer to the discover the treasures of this vibrant city. Climb the airport for the return scheduled ﬂight to London. summit of Mount Royal, believed by some to be an Day 15 London. Morning arrival. PRICES PER PERSON Based on double occupancy Tour Code: RCGMHUDSON Price includes: Economy class scheduled DOUBLE SOLE air travel, overnight hotel accommodation CAT DECK OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY in New York on bed & breakfast basis, 12 1 Lower/Main deck £3695 £5995 nights accommodation aboard the 2 Main deck £3995 - Grande Mariner, shore excursions (as shown in itinerary), services of a tour 3 Main/Upper deck £4295 - manager, guest speaker, transfers, port 4 Sun deck £4495 - taxes, airport taxes. Not included: Travel insurance, optional * This departure operates in the reverse direction from Montreal to New York. excursions, gratuities, visas. Grande Mariner NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may affect itineraries. All special offers are subject to availability. Montmornecy Falls, Quebec The Grande Mariner was commissioned in the United States in 1998 and recently refurbished, this coastal ship operated by Blount Small Ship Adventures has recently been refurbished and with a passenger capacity of 96 is the perfect size for this itinerary. The Grande Mariner offers four categories of classic small-ship cruising cabins. Each features private facilities and individually controlled air conditioning systems, which continuously feed in fresh air. Smoking is restricted to outside decks so all cabins are smoke-free. Single-sitting meals with an open seating policy allows you the freedom to meet many travelling companions. Our chef-prepared meals are delicious, healthy, and often reﬂective of the region in which you Erie Canal in Autumn are travelling. Beverages and snacks are available around the clock. With a little advance notice, dietary Old Montreal restrictions can be easily accommodated. Stair lifts are available between the Main, Sun and Top decks on all vessels for your convenience. In the Vista View lounge enjoy 180-degree views from our comfortable, casual lounges. This social setting is perfect for getting to know your fellow passengers. The Retractable Pilot House also allows the vessel to slip beneath low bridges and transit locks that typically exclude cruise ships. As a result of this feature, our ships are the only overnight cruising vessels able to navigate the historic Erie Canal. Dining Room Lounge PRE OR POST CRUISE Category 3 Cabin, Main Deck EXTENSION IN NEW YORK If you would like to spend some time in New York prior to embarking the Grande Mariner, we are offering a two night hotel extension at a ﬁrst class central hotel on breakfast only basis. Full Category 1 Category 2 details available on request. Category 3 Category 4 www.noble-caledonia.co.uk • Page 51 Amazon & the Incas AN EXPLORATION OF PERU INCLUDING THE LAND OF THE INCAS AND AN AMAZON RIVER CRUISE DELFIN II ABOARD THE 18th April 2011 & 10th October 2011 oin us on this exploration of Peru which includes a river J Machu Picchu COLUMBIA ECUADOR cruise aboard the exclusive Delﬁn II into the deep and pristine Amazon rainforest. This promises to be an on Riv Ama z er unforgettable journey as we explore the seldom-visited Iquitos • Yarapa River Nauta wilderness and enjoy rich and varied wildlife of the Pacaya Belluda Cano • Caro Curahuayte •• Samiria National Reserve. Often referred to as the ‘Jungle Marañon Riv er Pacaya River Yanallpa • Dorado River •Pacaya-Simiria of Mirrors’ because of the clear reﬂections of the jungle National Park Ucay which can be seen in the rivers and lakes, this is the largest BRAZIL al i PERU Rive r protected ﬂooded forest in the world and one of the SOUTH primary intact areas of rainforest in the Amazon. The PACIFIC OCEAN Reserve has a great diversity of wildlife and aquatic life, including pink and gray fresh-water dolphins, caimans, Machu Picchu huge river turtles, anaconda, tapir and several species of • SA ALL V • CR EY Lima Cusco • ED monkey. More than 300 species of birds live here, including Aguas Calientes• ﬁve of the eight species of Macaw found in Peru. During our cruise, the daily itinerary will be ﬂexible depending on water levels and wildlife sightings and amongst a small group of like-minded travellers, you will explore an area where few have gone before. The ﬂora, fauna and wildlife will astound you and this can be explored from the comfort of a ﬁrst-class river vessel accompanied by highly knowledgeable guides who will explain all that we see. In addition to the four night cruise, we will also spend time in the historical city of Lima and Cusco and the surrounding Sacred Valley, rich in Inca history, including Machu Picchu, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. The Itinerary linked to this huge lake. During the dry season, the morning will be spent hiking through the Day 1 London to Lima. Fly by scheduled pristine and unique ecosystem, with emergent Toucan ﬂight via Madrid. On arrival, transfer to the trees and canopy trees reaching up to 55 metres Plaza de Armas, Lima Novotel Lima for a two night stay. in height. Returning to the vessel for lunch, we Day 2 Lima. Explore Lima this morning on a will continue up the Puinahua River, towards the guided city tour. Pacaya River and the heart of the Pacaya Samiria Day 3 Lima to Nauta. Transfer to the Reserve. Filled with lakes, palm swamps and streams, the airport this morning for the short ﬂight to Iquitos, reserve becomes a ﬂooded forest in the rainy season and gateway to the Amazon. On arrival, transfer to is one of the most beautiful places you will ever visit. Later Nauta (approx. 1½ hours), where we will embark we begin our night safari in search of herons, speckled the awaiting Delﬁn II, which is moored on the owls and ﬁsh bats ﬂying over the water. Maranon River, for our four night cruise. Day 6 Caro Curahuayte & Yanallpa Community. For Day 4 Belluda & Dorado River. Dawn and dusk are cruises in the wet season, our activity this morning will the best times of day for nature observation, therefore an be a ﬁshing excursion on Caro Curahuayte Lake. During early rise is highly recommended. Our activities this this season, the forest is ﬂooded and many trees ﬂower morning will depend on the seasons, for the April and bear fruit. For the cruises during the dry season, we departure (wet season) we will explore Belludo Stream will take the skiffs out in search of shore birds. When the aboard skiffs (small open boats). Now in the Reserve, we river is very low, broad white sandy beaches emerge hope to see parrots, macaws and monkeys. During the and river islands form, creating a special ecosystem. dry season (October departure), it is possible to explore Return to the vessel for lunch and this afternoon we will two different kinds of ecosystems: ﬂooded forest and stop at a riverside community to meet local villagers terra ﬁrma forest. We will disembark at the native village and learn about their unique way of life. You may wish of Belluda Cano, where we will take a hike to explore to bring any gifts such as books, pencils, pens and Pink river dolphin these forests, looking out for a variety of birdlife. clothing. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner this evening followed Reaching a lagoon, we will board dugout canoes and by some music from the onboard staff. search for some of the most endangered and unique Day 7 Yarapa River & Lima. Our last morning will be freshwater ﬁsh. Relax onboard the Delﬁn II as we cruise spent exploring the Yarapa River by skiffs and we will upstream during lunch. This afternoon, we will take to the skiffs to explore the Dorado River, enjoying encounters Cathedral and Plaza de Armas, Cusco with gray and pink dolphins with the chance to swim. Day 5 Azun Poza Lake & Pacaya River. There are differing itineraries again this morning depending on the season. During the wet season, we will explore Atun Poza Lake in the skiffs. We hope to see several species of egret, herons, hawks, long-legged neotropical cormorants ﬁshing for their dinner and unusual and loud horned Inca weaver from the Sacred Valley screamers. We will also explore other black water lagoons Page 52 • 020-7752 0000 Exploring the Amazon with the Delﬁn II’s skiffs stop at the village of Puerto Miguel to meet local returning to Aguas Calientes for an overnight stay at villagers. Return to the vessel and continue cruising down the Hatuchay Tower Hotel. the Amazon River. Disembark in Nauta after lunch and Day 10 Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley. Enjoy the transfer to Iquitos airport for the ﬂight to Lima. morning at leisure or return to Machu Picchu for Overnight hotel stay at the Novotel Lima. further exploration independently. This afternoon, Day 8 Lima to Cusco. Transfer to the airport this transfer to Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley for an morning for the ﬂight to Cusco where we will stay overnight stay at the Casa Andina Private Collection. overnight at the Novotel Cusco. Day 11 Sacred Valley & Cusco. This morning we will Day 9 Aguas Calientes & Machu Picchu. Take an early visit the workshop of Pablo Seminario, a recognised train this morning to the town of Aguas Calientes. Inca artist in the Sacred Valley. Continue to Cusco for Enjoy the changing scenery as we travel through the an overnight stay at the Novotel Cusco. Tree frog Andean highlands. From Aguas Calientes, we will board Day 12 Cusco to London via Lima. Transfer to the The Sacred Valley a bus to take us to Machu Picchu, the ‘Lost City of the airport for the ﬂight to Lima and connect with the Incas’. Explore the different areas of the deserted city onward scheduled ﬂight to London via Madrid. and enjoy lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge hotel before Day 13 London. Arrive this morning. PRICES PER PERSON Based on double occupancy Tour Code: RCD2AMAZON Price includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, seven nights hotel accommodation on bed CABIN/HOTEL ROOM DESCRIPTION and breakfast basis, four nights aboard the Delﬁn Delﬁn II Suite & Twin/Double Hotel Room £4395 II on full board, lunch on day 9, excursions, tour guides, entrance fees, transfers, airport taxes. Delﬁn II Master Suite & Twin/Double Hotel Room £4795 Not included: Travel insurance, gratuities, Peru Delﬁn II Suite for Sole Use & Single Hotel Room £5895 departure tax. Del n II NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may affect itinerary. OPTIONAL EXTENSION LAKE TITICACA Launched in March 2009, the Delﬁn II is an elegant river vessel carrying just 28 passengers in complete comfort. The fourteen suites include four master suites with 180° panoramic windows and ten spacious suites, all with en-suite facilities and ample storage space. The vessel features a dining room, library, bar, an open observation area with large sofas and sun deck with hammocks. Staff on board will cater to your every need whether serving you a drink from the bar or ﬁne cuisine in the dining room. Dedicated kitchen staff carefully prepare contemporary cuisine using the ﬁnest fresh ingredients in order for your dining experience onboard to be of the highest level. Fine china and crystal ware complete the experience. Coffee On the border of Peru and Bolivia, and tea are also available throughout the day. There is a high ratio of crew to passengers and these highly Lake Titicaca is one of the most trained professionals, many of them Amazonian, will make every effort to provide you with a personal fascinating lakes in the world, a service which is second to none. The guides have years of experience and an extensive knowledge of the sacred place for Inca civilisation. ﬂora, fauna, wildlife and culture that you will encounter. Join us for a two night extension, staying at the lakeside town of Puno. The extension includes transfer from Cusco to Puno including a tour of the town of Andahuaylillas and the Temple of Kalsaya, a cruise on Lake Titicaca to the ﬂoating reed Uros Islands and Taquile Island, two nights hotel accommodation in Puno on Dining Room bed and breakfast basis, lunch on both days and transfer to Puno airport for the ﬂight to Lima. Twin: £495 per person Single: £695 Master Suite www.noble-caledonia.co.uk • Page 53 RV Mekong Sun For this departure we have chartered the 28-passenger, Mekong Sun which provides an excellent way of cruising this remote region. Our ship was custom built in Laos in 2006 and is a very comfortable vessel capable of mastering the wilder sections of the upper Mekong. Accommodation is arranged over two decks with 11 classic cabins on the main deck which measure 12 m2 with sliding windows and French balconys providing fantastic views of the passing landscapes. There are three superior cabins, one on the main deck which measures 16m2 which has superb panoramic views to the front and are two on the upper deck which measure 18m2 and feature a small private balcony. All cabins are en-suite with shower/WC and air conditioning. There is a large sundeck onboard with bar service in addition to the restaurant and bar area. The excellent crew of 17 provides a selection of Asian and continental food and friendly service throughout the cruise. The Mekong Sun is a very comfortable ship capable of mastereing the wilder sections of the upper Mekong. We can assure clients and exclusive yet casual travelling experience with Sun Deck comfortable cabins and public areas and ﬁrst class service. Superior Cabin Lounge/Library Open Restaurant on Sun Deck Page 54 • 020-7752 0000 Classic Cabin Sun Deck Bar www.noble-caledonia.co.uk • Page 55 Sacred Rivers & Holy Mountains A PASSAGE ALONG THE MEKONG INCLUDING A JOURNEY TO SHANGRI-LA RV MEKONG SUN ABOARD THE 20th November to 10th December 2011 he mighty Mekong which ﬂows through six countries is considered to be one of the world’s most T beautiful and wildest rivers and until recently its upper reaches were unnavigable. However we are now delighted to be offering this fully escorted tour which includes the Yunnan Province of China and Shangri-la, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. The centrepiece of • Shangri La this unique adventure will be our seven night voyage aboard • Lijiang CHINA the delightful RV Mekong Sun which we have on exclusive charter and which accommodates a party of only 26 guests. • Kunming YUNNAN Our journey begins in China and a highlight of our time spent there will be our visit to Zhongdian, known as Shangri-la. The • Jinghong Hong Kong • region adjoins Tibet and abounds in Tibetan culture. Upon Pak Tha • • • Luang Prabang embarking the Mekong Sun we will explore the Golden Chiang Saen LAOS Triangle on the border of Burma, Laos and Thailand.Cruising along the Mekong we stop at local villages, all the time BUR M witnessing daily life along the banks of the Mekong. We cruise ek VI ong THAILAND onto mystical Luang Prabang in Laos, a UNESCO World MA ET NA Heritage Site and a town sure to captivate even the most CAMBODIA Siem Reap •• Angkor M jaded of travellers with its crumbling French colonial TONLE LAKE To nle architecture, splendid gold wats with their hundreds of GULF Mek OF resident monks, river activity and markets. We ﬁnally explore SIAM on g the wonder which is Angkor Wat. Sunset over the Mekong Luang Prabang This truly is a journey of a lifetime full of contrasting sites and relaxing interludes spent onboard a unique vessel in a very special and diverse corner of Asia. The Itinerary completed in 1681. It is said that the Fifth Dalai Lama chose the site of the monastery through divination and Day 1 London to Hong Kong. Fly by named it "Gedan Songzanlin Monastery". In 1724, scheduled ﬂight to Hong Kong. during the reign of Emperor Yongzheng in the Qing Day 2 Hong Kong. Arrive this afternoon Dynasty, the monastery was renamed the "Guihua and transfer to your ﬁrst class hotel for a two Monastery". During its time of greatest prosperity, night stay. Remainder of day is at leisure. there were more than 3000 monks in the temple, Day 3 Hong Kong. This morning enjoy a tour now there are still 700 monks inside. On the way of Hong Kong including visits to Repulse Bay, from the monastery, we stop in a Tibetan village Aberdeen and Victoria Peak. The afternoon is and visit a traditional Tibetan home. free for further exploration. Day 8 Shangri La to Lijiang. This morning, during our Day 4 Hong Kong to Kunming. After breakfast drive to Lijiang we visit the Tiger Leaping Gorge, which in the hotel, transfer to the airport for our ﬂight is believed to be the deepest gorge in the world. From to Kunming. On arrival transfer to our centrally the top of the gorge you look down the steeply angled located hotel and have an afternoon free. This mountain sides to the rushing Golden Sands (Jingsha) evening enjoy a group dinner at the hotel. River with its 18 frothing rapids more than 200 metres Day 5 Kunming. Today we visit the Stone Forest, a below. On arrival in Lijiang we transfer to our hotel for typical Karst formation. The Stone Forest covers an area an overnight night stay. of more than three hundred square kilometers. Scientiﬁc Day 9 Lijiang to Jinghong. After breakfast we visit the research has shown that what is now the Stone Forest Black Dragon Pool Park. We continue to Baisha Naxi was 270 million years ago an immense expanse of water Village and Baisha Ancient Mural. Baisha (White Sand) with a vast stretch of limestone sediment formed over is located in the north of Lijiang. According to history the years on the seaﬂoor. About 200 million years ago Baisha is the earliest place for the settlement of Naxi numerous stone peaks, pillars, and stalagmites rose abruptly from the ground and towered into the sky, extending now as far as the eye can see, looking like a vast forest of stone, hence the name "the Stone Forest". Day 6 Kunming to Shangri La. This morning we ﬂy to Shangri La and check in the hotel for a two night stay. This evening we explore the old town with old streets and houses and enjoy a performance of local dance by Tibetan people in the middle square of the old town. Day 7 Shangri La. Today we visit Songzanlin Tibetan Buddhism Monastery, which is 5 km from the seat of Buddhist Deity, Laos Shangri-la County. Construction began in 1679 and was Angkor Wat Page 56 • 020-7752 0000 Songzanlin Tibetan Buddhism Monastery nationality after they entered soak up the peaceful isolation and visit another small Lijiang basin. The present village. Once back on the RV Mekong Sun you will murals are all kept in Dabaoji Palace continue downstream and anchor at a sand bank. and Liuli Temple in Baisha. In total, Day 15 Pak Ou. After a relaxing morning onboard we there are 100 vivid ﬁgures visible stop at a small riverside village for a visit and to see and their facial expressions are vivid their local distillery, before walking through the forest enough to show their happiness, to the famous Pak Ou Caves with thousands of small anger, sadness and joys. We also Buddha statues inside the caverns. visit Lijiang Old Town a UNESCO Day 16 Luang Prabang. After another relaxed breakfast World Heritage Site, which is one on board today we plan to arrive in Luang Prabang. Visit of the best-preserved ancient Wat Xieng Thong with its striking buildings of tiled roofs Monks, Luang Prabang towns of the minority ethnic people of China. This and gold and red colours. Tour the Royal Palace with its evening we ﬂy to Jinghong. elephant throne and traditional musical instruments and Day 10 Jinghong. After breakfast visit Ganlanba enjoy sunset from Phousi Hill. This evening visit the morning market, water Dai Villages, the Burmese Night Market in the main street. Dinner and lunch will be Temple and Rubber Garden. After lunch visit the Wild served in a local restaurant. Elephant Valley natural reserve. Day 17 Luang Prabang. In the early morning you will Day 11 Jinghong to Chiang Saen. This morning we be able to visit the traditional giving of alms in the board our private speedboat to take us for a cruise streets of Luang Prabang. This beautiful town contains along the upper reach of the Mekong. In the late numerous Buddhist monuments incl. the Wat Maha afternoon we will arrive in Chiang Saen where we will That and Wat Phnom Pao, French and Laotian style meet our guide and transfer to the RV Mekong Sun. houses and has a charming centre with few cars and a Day 12 Golden Triangle. The morning starts with an wonderful laid back atmosphere. After lunch in town excursion to the Golden Triangle area. You will be visiting you will leave on an afternoon excursion to visit the the Doi Tung Royal Orchid Botanical Gardens, one of the famous Kuang-Si waterfalls. In the evening you enjoy most beautiful botanical gardens of Southeast Asia. A your farewell dinner with local folk musicians on board. sightseeing tour gets you acquainted with this once Day 18 Luang Prabang to Siam Reap. Disembark this notorious region, including visits to the Golden Buddha morning and transfer to the airport for our ﬂight to of Sop Ruak and the new Hall of Opium. Siam Reap. On arrival transfer to your hotel for a two Day 13 Pak Tha. Cruise along the Mekong at Pak Tha. At night stay, spend the rest of the day at leisure. Pak Tha, a small village, enjoy a long-tail boat excursion Day 19 Siam Reap. Morning guided tour to the ancient on the Namtha River to visit a Khmu village. Visit a small Khmer city of Angkor Wat, arguably the world’s village school sponsored by guests of your Mekong cruise greatest temple. This afternoon is free to either explore vessel. Today we proceed to the Thai-Laotian border at Siam Reap and its markets or maybe return to Angkor Chiang Khong (Thailand) and Ban Huay Xay (Laos). Wat to explore independently. Spend a last relaxing dinner and evening in Laos. Day 20 Siam Reap to London Heathrow. Morning at Day 14 Pakbeng. After breakfast our voyage leisure before transferring to the airport for your return Black Dragon Pool, Yunnan Province, China continues to the small town of Pak Beng, where we scheduled ﬂight to London Heathrow via Bangkok. visit the market, small stalls and shops along the one Day 21 London Heathrow. Arrive this morning. main street. Later, relax on deck or in the lounge and PRICES PER PERSON Based on double occupancy Tour Code: RCMS201111 Price includes: Economy class DOUBLE SOLE scheduled air travel, seven nights CAT/CABIN DESCRIPTION OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY aboard the RV Mekong Sun on full Classic Twin £5395 £7295 board, eleven nights hotel Superior (with Panorama View) £5895 - accommodation in 4/5 star hotels with breakfast, daily meals as described, Superior (with Balcony) £6395 - shore excursions, guides, entrance fees Please note we will also be chartering the Mekong Sun for departures in 2012, and donations, transfers, port taxes, UK please register your interest with us and we will forward details as soon as they departure tax. are available. Not included: Travel insurance, visas, NB. While every effort will be made to adhere to the speciﬁcs shown on this itinerary, ports of call gratuities, local departure tax. Old Town, Lijiang and hours of arrival and departure are subject to change without notice. www.noble-caledonia.co.uk • Page 57 Pandaw Vessels The Irrawaddy Flotilla Company was founded in 1865 and by the 1920’s was the largest privately owned ﬂeet of ships in the world. In 1942 the bulk of the ﬂeet of over 650 vessels was sunk in an act of denial when the Japanese invaded Burma. In 1995 the Irrawaddy Flotilla company was revived by Paul Strachan. He acquired the Pandaw built in 1947, from the Inland Water Transport and spent a year re-ﬁtting her. They tried to conserve as many original features as they could, restoring her to recreate the atmosphere and character of the ﬁrst class deck of a colonial river steamer. Following the success of Pandaw I and then Pandaw II, larger vessels have been built, with further improvements to design and efﬁciency without sacriﬁce to charm and authenticity. The Cruise Fine dining and excellent service, a hospitable caring management team all help to make a Pandaw experience something very special. The staff to guest ratio is higher than on most other ships or hotels ensuring high levels of service and care. There are no hidden extras on a Pandaw cruise such as additional charges for unscheduled sightseeing trips; complimentary coffee, tea and mineral water are available all day. In addition there is a free bar throughout the cruise offering local spirits and cocktails free of charge. Nothing on a Pandaw cruise is compulsory. Passengers are welcome to join the escorted shore excursions, do their own thing or just stay on board. Though there is space for those who seek silence, a Pandaw cruise can also be a convivial experience with a group of like-minded travellers exploring a little known country in the charming and historic atmosphere of a Pandaw. Scheduled for at least once, if not twice a day, there are Relaxing on Deck excursions into timeless villages and small towns. Saloon Dining Room The Upper Deck Cocktail Bar Breakfast Buffet Pandaw Cuisine RV TONLE PANDAW RV MEKONG PANDAW RV PANDAW II Premium cabins are the ﬁrst 8 forward cabins on the Upper Deck (end of September to March only) Page 58 • 020-7752 0000 THE PANDAW CHARITY Pandaw passengers have been actively involved in a variety of community, humanitarian and cultural projects since Pandaw Cruises began in 1995. Some of the countries Pandaw works in are amongst the poorest in the world and passengers want to give something in return for the wonderful travel experiences these places offer. There are a number of ongoing projects, such as support of orphanages in Cambodia, assistance with healthcare in Burma and a school construction programme in Burma which Noble Caledonia are proud to have been involved in. When the Cyclone Nargis hit the Delta area in Burma in May 2008, Pandaw acted very quickly to deploy resources to assist people in the affected areas and both Pandaw vessels The Staterooms in Burma were converted into ﬂoating The average Pandaw stateroom (170 sq ft.) is considerably larger than the average on other ships. hospitals. Several thousand patients were All rooms are air-conditioned with their own controls and for the cooler months there are ﬁtted treated and ﬁve babies were born on the vessels. Once the vessels returned to normal windows with insect screens and warm blankets. There is a mini safe in each room. The bathrooms, service, enough money had been raised to for a ship are very roomy with granite basin tops. The RV Tonle Pandaw has cabins on the lower purchase a vessel which now operates as a deck for solo travellers; smallish yet cosy, these all have solid brass port holes giving to the river. ﬂoating clinic, operated by the British medical charity Merlin, moving from village to village. Dining Thai executive chefs have evolved a fusion cuisine combing the best of Asian and Western traditions on board. Produce is sourced locally as far as possible, including tropical fruit and vegetables and the fresh river ﬁsh is a favourite. At each meal there is a choice of spicy Asian, European or vegetarian. Breakfasts and lunches are simple buffet. Dinner is a sit down table d’hote. Dress at night is smart-casual and never formal. There is no compulsory seating plan and a choice of table sizes from a couple to a larger group. After the Cyclone - Pandaw IV acting as a ﬂoating hospital Pandaw are committed to raising money to invest in education in Burma and have been assisting in the development of new schools for over 10 years. To date, eight schools have been completed and work is underway on the next project at Ye Ywar village near Pagan. Typically each school can accommodate approximately 250 children with 5 teachers and when building the school, Pandaw also sponsor furnishings, teaching material and subsidise the teachers’ salaries. This year Pandaw opened a new clinic in Gantgar, located 10km south of Bagan which is the crossing point for Thiri Island. Both Single Cabin Dining Room Gantgar and Thiri Island have had no existing medical facilities until now. As well as servicing the two villages, people are travelling from miles around to visit the clinic. Passengers can donate onboard after visiting these projects or they may donate after returning home. Many regular Pandaw passengers organise fund raising events back home, or undertake sponsored events to raise money for these projects. Visit www.pandaw.com for further information and for details on how to donate. Twin Cabin The ‘Noble Caledonia School’ on Thiri Island built in 2007 www.noble-caledonia.co.uk • Page 59 Mekong Exploration A RIVER CRUISE FROM HO CHI MINH CITY TO ANGKOR VIA KAMPONG CHAM ABOARD THE RV MEKONG PANDAW OR RV TONLE PANDAW Angkor Wat, Cambodia he centre-piece of our visit to Indochina is a seven night L T M VI ek A THAILAND ong passage along the great Mekong River from Ho Chi Minh City ET OS MY NA to Angkor Wat, one of the greatest Buddhist sites in all Asia. Bangkok CAMBODIA AN • • •Angkor Wat M Siem Reap Our journey will begin in Bangkok with a few days of luxury in the • Kampong Chhnang TONLE MAR LAKE To riverside Shangri La Hotel. We will also spend two days in Ho Chi nle Phnom Penh• • Kampong Cham Ho Chi Mek Chau Doc GULF • ong • Minh City Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, where we can enjoy the sights OF • Cai Be My Tho • SIAM elt ong a and absorb the intriguing mix of South East Asia and France before ek M D embarking on our Mekong River cruise. SOUTH CHINA SEA Firstly we will explore the Delta; here the river-life is rich and fascinating with whole towns ﬂoating on rafts. We will then make our way through Vietnam to the Cambodian border and onwards towards the capital of Phnom Penh. Continuing up river we will reach Kampong Cham, the furthest north we can navigate. We hope to see river dolphins and explore remote villages where the rich tapestry of Cambodian life continues in its own timeless way. Lastly, the highlight for many will be the visit to the ancient Khmer city of Angkor Wat. The Itinerary with outstanding displays of Khmer crafts. There will be an afternoon excursion to the Khmer Rouge Day 1 London Heathrow to Bangkok. Fly by detention centre called S21 and the Killing Fields, scheduled ﬂight. situated outside the city. Day 2 Bangkok. Arrive and transfer to the Shangri La Day 10 Phnom Penh to Tonle River. Spend the Hotel or similar for a two night stay. morning cruising the Tonle River and view the rich Day 3 Bangkok. Morning visit to the Grand Palace. tapestry of Cambodian rural life. Mooring mid-stream, Afternoon free. we make a truly wonderful motor boat excursion into Day 4 Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City. Morning ﬂight the lake side wetlands. and transfer to the Hotel Soﬁtel Plaza or similar for a Day 11 Day 11 Kampong Cham (Mekong River). We two night stay. glance by the capital Phnom Penh in the early Day 5 Ho Chi Minh City. Morning city tour including morning and stop at the little known Chong Koh silk the War Museum. After lunch, visit the Cu Chi tunnels. weaving village for a morning walk. In the afternoon Day 6 My Tho to Cai Be. Transfer to the Delta port of we stop at Peam Chi Kang village to visit the wat or My Tho, embark your Pandaw vessel and sail through monastery and school. lunch. Moor near Cai Be and make a fascinating trip Day 12 Kampong Cham Area. Morning journey upriver by traditional junk to Vinh Long and Tien Giang. to the hilltop pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey. Explore evergreen islands and the former mandarin’s Sail back downstream over lunch for an exploration of residence An Kiet House. the Kampong Cham Area, and travel by bus to the 12th Mekong Delta Day 7 Cai Be to Chau Doc. Morning junk trip around century Angkorian temple of Wat Nokor. Silver Pagoda, Phnom Penh Cai Be to see a ﬂoating market. Walk ashore to visit Day 13 Kampong Cham to Siem Reap. Disembark the French Gothic Cathedral and colourful port area. this morning and transfer to the Rafﬂes hotel Remainder of day cruising through the Mekong Delta. d’Angkor or similar for a two night stay. Day 8 Chau Doc. We travel from the main Mekong Day 14 Siem Reap. Visit Angkor Wat and then the channel at Tan Chau by local ferry boat. At Chau Doc, south gate of Angkor Thom, Bayon, the Royal transfer to small boats to visit a Cham tribal village and Enclosure, Phimeanakas and the Elephant’s Terrace. also visit a cat ﬁsh farm. Take a trishaw ride round this After lunch explore Kravan, Pre Rup, Mebon Oriental, fascinating town with its ﬁne French colonial buildings Neak Pean and Preak Temples. and bustling market. Afternoon border crossing and Day 15 Siem Reap to Bangkok to London. Fly from evening cruise up the broad Mekong channel. Siem Reap to Bangkok and connect with your Day 9 Phnom Penh. The capital of Cambodia retains scheduled ﬂight to London. a French charm. The city has several impressive wats Day 16 London Heathrow. Arrive today. and the The National Museum is another highlight, 2011/12 DEPARTURE DATES AND PRICES PER PERSON Based on double occupancy Price includes: Economy class Upstream - Every Monday 13th June 2011 to 12th March 2012 scheduled air travel, six nights Downstream - Every Wednesday 22nd June 2011 to 21st March 2012 hotel accommodation on breakfast only basis, seven 13th June to 28th September 2011 3rd October 2011 to 21st March 2012 nights aboard a Pandaw DOUBLE SOLE DOUBLE SOLE vessel on full board basis, CABIN CATEGORY OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY drinks whilst onboard Lower Deck Twin (RV Mekong Pandaw only) - - £3895 £4695 (including tea, coffee, mineral water, local beers, local spirits Main Deck Twin £3395 £4095 £3995 £4795 and cocktails), shore Upper Deck Twin £3595 £4295 £4395 £5295 excursions, guides, entrance Upper Deck Premium Twin - - £4795 £5695 fees and donations, lunch on days 5 and 14, port taxes, UK Lower Deck Single (RV Tonle Pandaw only) £3595 - £3795 - departure tax. Please note that Upper Deck Premium Twin cabins are only available from the end of September to March. Not included: Travel THESE CRUISES WILL BE ABOARD EITHER RV MEKONG PANDAW OR RV TONLE PANDAW. THE SHIP FOR YOUR CHOSEN DEPARTURE insurance, visas, gratuities, DATE WILL BE ADVISED TO YOU AT THE TIME OF BOOKING. local departure tax. NB. The itinerary shown is for guidance only and is subject to change depending on local conditions. Page 60 • 020-7752 0000 Golden Land A RIVER JOURNEY ALONG THE IRRAWADDY ABOARD THE RV PANDAW II n 1885 the British annexed the ancient kingdom of Burma and so began a I Shwedagon Pagoda, Rangoon Kyauk-Myoung Katha Shwegu love affair which lasted until the Second World War. Today on arriving in •• Mandalay •• Tagaung Yandabo • •• • Mingun dy Myanmar (renamed since 1989), the visitor is still likely to be as entranced Amarapura ad Pagan rra w •I MYANMAR as our Victorian forefathers. Finding an extraordinarily picturesque land • • Magwe Sale populated by people of great charm and natural warmth. Minhla • Gwechaung Thayetmyo •• THAILAN Our journey will take us from the lush teak plantations around the city of Prome, Irrawaddy •Prome through the near desert landscape of Middle Burma and into the mountains of Upper Burma to Katha and the Second Deﬁle on the Upper Irrawaddy. We will D visit the historic city of Pagan with its 3,000 monuments, visit the forts at Minhla, Rangoon the legendary city of Mandalay with its royal palaces, as well as a number of lesser • known but equally interesting river ports which have rarely been visited by MOUTHS ANDAMAN OF THE foreigners. We will be privileged to see places remote from the modern world and IRRAWADDY SEA experience a timeless quality in areas far from the usual tourist track. Myanmar offers the traveller a unique experience, a rare cultural and thought provoking event which will stay with you forever. The Itinerary Day 9 Yandabo. We will stop at this very small rural village that specialises in pot making. Visit the Pandaw School Day 1 London Heathrow to Rangoon. Fly by built with past donations from Pandaw passengers. scheduled ﬂight via Bangkok. Day 10 Amarapura & Mandalay. Morning exploration Day 2 Rangoon. Arrive and transfer to a ﬁrst class of the ancient capital, Amarapura, by coach and by hotel for an overnight stay. Enjoy an afternoon Golden Buddha, Pagan sampan, crossing the U Bein Bridge to see the paintings excursion to the Shwedagon pagoda. in the Taung Tha Man Kyauk Taw Gyi Temple. In the Day 3 Rangoon to Prome. Set off after breakfast by afternoon there will be a coach tour of central Mandalay. private coach to Prome and embark Pandaw II. After Day 11 Mingun. This morning we stop at Mingun to lunch visit the 5th-8th century archaeological site of see the largest working bell in the world and the Thiri-yakittiya, former centre of the Pyu civilisation. unﬁnished pagoda, the largest single mass of brick Day 4 Thayetmyo. This pleasant colonial town once building in the world. guarded the border between Royal Myanmar and Day 12 Kyauk-myoung & Khan-nyat. Visit the British Myanmar following the 2nd Anglo Myanma War spectacular potteries near Kyauk-myoung where the of 1855. Outside the town is an extensive war cemetery famous 50-gallon water pots are handmade. We will where Turkish prisoners of war were laid to rest. In the enter the Third Deﬁle and sail upstream for the rest of town itself we visit the market, see the colonial houses Pagan the day, stopping at the village of Khan-nyat. and ride by horsedrawn cart to see the countryside. Day 13 Tagaung. Explore the ancient city of Tagaung Day 5 Minhla and Gwechaung. Visit the two Italian by foot, viewing the fortiﬁcations and the archaeological built forts constructed to keep the British at bay from area. In the evening, we will climb the Pagoda Hill at Royal Myanmar and climb the Gwechaung hill for the Tigyang with its stunning views of the Irrawaddy. view. In the afternoon we will cruise on to Magwe Day 14 Katha. Today we will reach the enchanting where we will climb the river bank and wend our way colonial town of Katha, the setting for George Orwell’s through a labyrinth of passages and paths to reach Burmese Days. If time allows a visit to the lake at the magniﬁcent Myat-thalon Pagoda. Indaw-lay will offer a glimpse of highland Myanmar Day 6 Sale. Walk through this picturesque river town with its rich bird life. to visit a number of teak monasteries including the Day 15 Shwegu. Travel by local speedboat to view the Yout-saun-kyaung with its spectacular wood carvings. largest of the three Irrawaddy gorges. In the In the late afternoon we will moor at the foot of afternoon we will return downstream. U Bein Bridge, Amarapura Tan-chi-taung mountain and ascend on foot or ride in Day 16 Cruising. A day cruising downstream, stopping a Second World War jeep for the spectacular sunset. for a walk in a jungle village. Day 7 Pagan. Today we will visit a selection of the Day 17 Mandalay to Rangoon. Disembark and ﬂy to 3,000 listed monuments at this World Heritage Site. Rangoon for an overnight stay. This afternoon there Back onboard this evening, there will be a puppet will be an excursion to the downtown area. show on deck. Day 18 Rangoon to London. Transfer to the airport Day 8 Pagan. Further explorations by coach of the this morning for the return scheduled ﬂight to London monuments of Pagan and later we will visit a via Bangkok. Arrive in the early evening. lacquerware school and markets. 2011/12 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES PER PERSON Based on double occupancy Tour Code: RCIRRAWADY Price includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, 14 nights aboard RV Pandaw II on full 27th February; 2nd, 30th October 2011; board, drinks onboard (including tea, coffee, 21st December 2011; 30th January; 28th February 2012 mineral water, local beers, local spirits and cocktails), two nights hotel accommodation DOUBLE SOLE CAT/CABIN DESCRIPTION OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY in Rangoon on bed and breakfast basis, shore excursions, entrance fees and donations, port Main deck £4495 £4795 taxes, UK departure tax. Upper deck £4995 £5295 Not included: Travel insurance, visa, gratuities, local departure tax. NB. The itinerary shown is for guidance only and is subject to change depending on local conditions. www.noble-caledonia.co.uk • Page 61 MS Vatutin The MS Vatutin accommodates 280 passengers in cosy, comfortable cabins. All cabins feature two lower beds with outside views. Cabins have opening panoramic windows (except for cabins on the lower deck which have a non-opening porthole). The 2-bed suites have separate bedroom (with a king-size bed) and lounge areas and are about 30 square metres in size. The atmosphere onboard is informal and there is a multi-lingual cruise team onboard at your disposal for the duration of the cruise. The Ukrainian crew of approximately 20 provide excellent hospitality. There is also a doctor onboard. Onboard facilities include two bars, a large lecture theatre, reading room, shop, sun deck and hair salon. Meals are served at a single sitting in the panorama Restaurant. The menus offer traditional Ukrainian cuisine. At breakfast time there is a large buffet selection, whereas lunch Bar and dinner are a la carte. Friendly crew Restaurant Lounge Restaurant Dance Bar Cabin Page 62 • 020-7752 0000 Journey to the Crimea A RIVER CRUISE ALONG THE DNIEPER ABOARD THE MS VATUTIN ur voyage can truly be described as a passage through O • Kiev Cave Monastery, Kiev history, from the great city of Kiev which saw the dawn of M UKRAINE OL Christianity in the 10th century, to the shores of the Black • Zaporozhye DOVA r pe Dnie Sea where Greek settlers met with Scythian nomads and so began a • Kherson •Odessa IA Vikovo • RUSS colonisation and a turbulent history without parallel. Danube CRIMEA ROMANIA Delta Sevastopol •• Bakhchisarai • From the great plains of the endless Russian Steppe came wandering A Yalta RI invaders - Sarmatians, Goths, Khazars, Mongols, Tartars, Turks and in BLACK SEA A G BUL latter days, Russians, each leaving their mark. Starting in Kiev, the mother city of Russia and the state from which all later Russian states TURKEY were descended, we will then cruise along the Dnieper. This will be a leisurely interlude, sailing past the rolling, wheat-growing, Ukrainian countryside, an opportunity to recharge the batteries in preparation for our visits to Sevastopol, Yalta and Odessa. The Itinerary opportunity to attend an optional concert given by the world-famous Black Sea Fleet Ensemble. Day 1 London Heathrow to Kiev. Fly by scheduled Day 8 Sevastopol/Yalta. Today there is a full day indirect ﬂight. Transfer to the MS Vatutin for excursion to Yalta, dubbed the “Nice of the Black Sea”. The embarkation. town was once the fashionable holiday resort of the royal Day 2 Kiev. The history of Kiev goes back over 1000 family and of ambitious citizens. Today it remains the years – it is known as the “Cradle of Russia”. This Ukraine’s most popular seaside resort on account of its morning there will be a city tour and this afternoon you splendid promenades and beaches. In the suburb of White Palace, Yalta can visit St. Sophia Cathedral, built in 1037 by Yaroslav Livadia we visit the White Palace, once a summer the Wise in a Byzantine style. This evening attend an residence for the Czar Nicholas II, and more recently the optional concert by the National Choir of the Ukraine. site of the historic 1945 Yalta Conference, at which Stalin, Day 3 Kiev. Today we offer a visit to the famous Roosevelt and Churchill agreed the division of Europe. Monastery of the Caves, which was once the spiritual Day 9 Sevastopol. Today you can either explore home of the Russian Church. Sevastopol further independently or join the optional Day 4 Cruising the Dnieper. Enjoy a relaxing day on excursion to visit the Panorama Museum, where the siege board. of the city in the Crimean War comes vividly to life in Day 5 Zaporozhye. Situated on the lower Dnieper, at painted murals which line the walls of the circular building. the conﬂuence of Lenin Lake and the Kakhovka Sea, Day 10 Vikovo for Danube Delta. Vilkovo is a Zaporizhzhya is an historic and important Cossack city provincial Ukrainian town located on plenty of islands and a place of pilgrimage for thousands of Ukrainians connected by canals in the picturesque Danube Delta, who visit Khortitsa Island. A morning city tour will 18 km away from the Black Sea. Vilkovo is often include the Museum of the Cossacks and an optional called “Venice of Ukraine” or “Venice of Bessarabia”. Cossack show. Here you will see canals which cross this green town, Day 6 Kherson. After cruising into the delta of the multitude of bridges and foot-bridges made of wood, River Dnieper we reach the regional capital and port houses made of reed and clay. of Kherson. A trip in small launches takes us through Day 11 Odessa. Founded by Catherine the Great in the narrow channels of the delta to Fisherman’s 1794 following the Russian victory over the Turks, Island. On leaving Kherson we sail through the vast Odessa today is a busy port and popular resort. On our plains of the Ukraine and past plantations, vineyards morning city tour see the famous Promenade, the and huge ﬁelds of wheat and melons. acoustically perfect Opera House and the ruins of the Odessa Day 7 Sevastopol. We will begin our exploration of the castle, built by Catherine the Great. Crimea by exploring Sevastopol on a morning city tour Day 12 Odessa. Today is free for you to explore which will include St. Vladimir's Cathedral - the burial- Odessa further independently or alternatively join the vault of famous admirals and to admire the view of full day optional excursion to Bessarabia. Sevastopol harbour from the observation platform. Day 13 Odessa to London Heathrow. Disembark This afternoon there will be an optional excursion to after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your Bakhchisarai, the seat of the Crimean Khans from the return scheduled indirect ﬂight to London Heathrow. 15th century to 1783. This evening there will be the 2011 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES PER PERSON Based on double occupancy Tour Code: RCRECRIMEA Price includes: Economy class return scheduled air 5th to 17th May, 8th to 20th September, 29th September to 11th October 2011 travel, 12 nights aboard the DOUBLE SOLE MS Vatutin on full board, CAT DECK OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY shore excursions as described, entrance fees, 1 Lower deck £1995 £2695 local guides, services of a 2 Main deck £2195 - cruise director, tour manager, 3 Middle deck £2395 - guest speaker, transfers, airport taxes, port taxes. 4 Upper deck £2595 - Not included: Travel 5 Upper deck suite £2995 - insurance, gratuities, shore 6 Upper deck for sole use - £2695 excursions shown as optional. Splendour of the Russian Orthodox church NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may affect itinerary. www.noble-caledonia.co.uk • Page 63 MS Yesenin We have chartered the MS Yesenin for our cruises between Moscow and St Petersburg which means that there will be solely Noble Caledonia guests onboard and our tour managers and guest speaker will be able to offer a service tailored to our clients needs. Named after the famous Russian poet of the revolution, the MS Yesenin was launched in the late 1980s. Built in Austria, she has the great advantage of accommodating only 90 passengers, whereas most other vessels in the region carry 200-250 passengers. The cabins are comfortable and all have the beneﬁt of a picture window, a dressing table and a full length mirror. The cabins are located over two decks. There is a choice of smaller standard cabins on the Boat and Main deck or larger cabins on the Main deck. In addition, there are junior suites which are double the size of the Boat deck cabins, or suites which are three times the size of the Boat deck cabins. Facilities on board include a reading and observation lounge, main lounge and bar, Restaurant concert/lecture room, single sitting dining room and spacious sun deck. Junior Suite Lounge Suite Standard Cabin Category 1 Category 3 Suite Category 2 Category 4 Page 64 • 020-7752 0000 Russian Odyssey A 12 DAY VISIT TO MOSCOW, ST PETERSBURG, THE GOLDEN RING AND THE LAKES OF KARELIYA MS YESENIN ABOARD THE with Professor Ludmilla Selezneva oin us aboard the delightful MS Yesenin on a journey through Russia, linking J • Kizhi Catherine’s Palace, St Petersburg LAKE the great cities of Moscow and St Petersburg. Our 12 day comprehensive Mandrogi O N E G A LAKE look at Russia both past and present will travel along the mighty Volga River LADOGA • Svir River Goritzy Vol ga- • Wate and the network of rivers, lakes and canals that weave through the Russian • St Petersburg waBalti r y c heartland. This is the ideal way to explore Russia. Your comfortable river vessel acts as your ﬂoating hotel both in the cities and beyond, allowing you to relax RUSSIA and enjoy some of Mother Russia’s greatest historic and natural sights. Yaroslavl Uglich • • The well planned itinerary includes two days in Moscow and three days in St Mos cow Canal Petersburg where a full sightseeing programme is arranged with excellent local Moscow • guides. The journey between Moscow and St Petersburg includes three days exploring the cities of the Golden Ring. These marvellously historic and atmospheric reminders of Russia’s intriguing past, with their kremlins and elaborately decorated cathedrals, offer a very different insight to that of the big cities. By way of a complete contrast the itinerary continues into the forests and lakes of Kareliya, a beautiful area of seemingly endless forests and rolling green landscapes. Here we will pass villages and hamlets with a timeless quality as we navigate the great lakes of Ladoga and Onega and travel along the Svir River. The Itinerary village is also home of the famous Kirillov Belozersky Monastery, now a museum, founded by St Kirill in 1397. Day 1 London Heathrow or Manchester to Moscow. Day 7 Kizhi Island. Enjoy the morning cruising Fly by scheduled ﬂight. Drive to the MS Yesenin and beautiful Lake Onega, Europe’s second-largest lake. embark. After lunch, arrive at Kizhi Island, home of the Days 2 & 3 Moscow. Your stay in Moscow will begin with Open-Air Museum of Architecture with its dozens of a morning’s guided city tour which will include Red buildings, wooden houses, windmills and churches. Square and St Basil’s cathedral (outside only). In addition The Church of the Transﬁguration, Russia’s largest there will be another guided tour inside the Kremlin. wooden church with its walls and 22 aspen cupolas, Day 4 Uglich. Relax this morning as we cruise along the was built in 1714 and constructed without the use of Volga. As we approach Uglich, you will see the cathedral nails. Adjacent is the Church of the Intercession, where and churches rise up from the horizon, and this has made Orthodox services are still held. Uglich one of the most beloved cities in Russia. It was Day 8 Mandrogi. As we make our approach to St here that Ivan the Terrible’s son Dmitry was murdered in Petersburg we will stop at the village of Mandrogi, 1591, and the city built the magniﬁcent Church of St- located in the middle of the ﬁnal locks leading to St Dmitry-on-the- Blood on the spot where the murder took Petersburg. It features a collection of wooden houses place. We will also visit the Cathedral of the Resurrection but the main activity is craft making, such as lace, and view the outside of St John’s Church. ceramics and matryoshkas. Day 5 Yaroslavl. Stretching for some 18 miles on both Days 9 to 11 St Petersburg. After breakfast, arrive in Church of the Transﬁguration, Kizhi banks of the Volga, Yaroslavl is an important port, magniﬁcent St Petersburg, where you will have three founded in the 11th century by Prince Yaroslavl the days to explore this unique city. Our programme will Wise. We will see the 13th century Spassky Monastery include a guided city tour including some of its beautiful ensemble, a group of majestic 17th century cathedrals aristocratic palaces and the Peter & Paul Fortress.We and an elegant rotunda, and the remains of an ancient will also visit the Hermitage Museum, which features trading centre. Spend some time in the Church of Elijah one of the world’s greatest collections of ﬁne art. On the Prophet. Spend some free time in the marketplace our last day in this incomparable city we will drive out to before returning to the ship for lunch. Afternoon cruising. Petrodvorets Grand Palace. Day 6 Goritzy. Spend a relaxing morning as we cruise to Day 12 St Petersburg to London Heathrow or Goritzy. A typical Russian village, Goritzy is home to the Manchester. Disembark and transfer to the airport for 16th century Monastery of the Resurrection, where Ivan the return scheduled ﬂight to your chosen airport. the Terrible’s ﬁrst and fourth wives were exiled. This Interior of the Hermitage, St Petersburg 2011 DEPARTURE DATES AND PRICES PER PERSON Based on double occupancy Tour Code: RCYESEN11 Price includes: Economy class 14th May 4th, 25th June; 16th July; scheduled air travel, 17th September 6th, 27th August 11 nights aboard DOUBLE SOLE DOUBLE SOLE the MS Yesenin on CAT DECK CABIN DESCRIPTION OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY full board, shore 4 Main Standard twin £1695 £2295 £1795 £2395 excursions, tour manager, guest 3 Boat Standard twin £1795 £2495 £1895 £2595 speaker, local 2 Main Superior twin £1995 £2695 £2095 £2795 guides, transfers, 1 Boat Junior suite £2345 - £2445 - port taxes, airport taxes. N/A Boat Suite £2745 - £2845 - Not included: Travel insurance, Russian * Please note, for the August departures it is possible to travel from London to Moscow by train. visa, gratuities. Full details available on request. Church of Elijah the Prophet, Yaroslavl N.B Ports subject to change. Water levels may affect itinerary. www.noble-caledonia.co.uk • Page 65 MS Litvinov Built in Germany in 1991 and renovated in 2001, the MS Litvinov, is one of the most comfortable ships in Russia. Accommodating 260 passengers, the vessel offers an intimate, friendly environment. The Litvinov has ﬁve decks of passenger cabins, including cabins on the (top) Sun Deck. All cabins have outside views with a large window and a private shower and toilet. Two elegant restaurants allow for one seating for all meals which is a major advantage, especially with the busy sightseeing programme. The Volga Restaurant on the Upper Deck seats 160 guests. The more intimate Neva Restaurant on the Boat Deck seats 66. Restaurants are lined with panoramic windows, so you can dine with a view. The Rachmaninov Lounge on the Sun Deck has a bar and dance ﬂoor, and is also used for lectures and shows. The Kremlin Bar is another pleasant place to relax. Other amenities onboard include a beauty salon, sauna, and Junior Suite souvenir shop. There is also a doctor onboard. Twin Cabin Restaurant Bar Category 1 Category 2 Category 3 Category 4 Category 5 Category 6 Suite Page 66 • 020-7752 0000 Mother Volga A CRUISE FROM ROSTOV ON DON TO MOSCOW BOOK 31 JANU BEFORE AND SA ARY 2011 PER PER VE £400 SO THE PRI N OFF MS LITVINOV C SHOWNES ABOARD THE 28th April to 12th May 2011 xplore Russia by river from the southern city of Rostov on Don •Yaroslavl E Uglich • Statue of Mother Russia, Volgograd all the way to Moscow. From the comfort of our vessel we will Moscow • Kostroma • travel effortlessly as the Volga River snakes across great Nizhni Novgorod • swathes of countryside. Such a trip by any other means than a river Vo a lg vessel would be difﬁcult to comprehend. Your comfortable travelling RUSSIA hotel will transport you through the vast lands of the Tatars, passing •Kazan Ulianovsk small hamlets of wooden houses, fabulous kremlins, glorious • cathedrals and in stark contrast, some vast industrial complexes. • Saratov • Samara Don Volgograd • Our journey will include Volgograd, formerly known as Stalingrad, ••Starocherkasskaya Rostov on Don where what many regard as the battle of the century took place as Volga well as the busy ports along the southern Volga, the Tatar city of Kazan and ancient Nizhni Novgorod. There will also be two full days CASPIAN SEA to explore the delights of Moscow. The Itinerary Kazan was ravaged in 1552 by Ivan the Terrible who forced the Muslim Khan to become Christian. See the Day 1 London to Rostov on Don. Fly by scheduled architectural masterpieces the city has to offer. indirect ﬂight. Upon arrival, transfer to the MS Litvinov Day 9 Nizhni Novgorod. Formerly known as Gorky, and embark. Moor overnight. the city was closed to foreigners until 1990. Founded Day 2 Rostov on Don & Starocherkasskaya. We will in 1221, it became an important trading post spend the morning exploring Rostov on Don and its attracting caravans from Siberia and the Orient. surrounding countryside. The southernmost part of Today we will take a city tour where we will see many Russia’s Steppes was an 18th century Cossack outpost well preserved memorials from the 13th and 14th and trading centre. Today this “Gateway to the centuries. Of special interest is the ancient Kremlin. Caucasus” leads to the Ukraine and is an industrial Day 10 Kostroma. The pride of Kostroma is the museum and agricultural centre. Sail in the afternoon to nearby in the former Ipatyevsky Monastery, founded in the 14th Starocherkasskaya for a visit to the Cossack Museum. century. This lovely city is also unique in that its central Day 3 Cruising. A relaxing day as we cruise to area is the only city in Russia to have retained its Volgograd. 18th-19th century classical layout. Day 4 Volgograd. Mamaev Kurgan, or the Tatar Day 11 Yaroslavl. One of the best preserved Mound, commands a view of central Stalingrad ‘Golden Ring’ cities, Yaroslavl stretches along and the surrounding steppe. At its summit today both banks of the Volga for 18 miles. Founded is the largest freestanding statue in the world. in the 11th century, it soon became one of the Rodina, ‘Mother Russia’, nearly 150 metres high most important trading towns in all Russia. Ipatyevsky Monastery, Kostroma and brandishing a sword weighing 14 tons, faces Here we will see the lovely Church of Elijah the west and exhorts her sons to follow. The entire hill Prophet, and the Spassky Monastery. has been turned into a park and massive Day 12 Uglich. Sailing along the Volga, one is monuments bear witness to the tragedy that befell suddenly confronted by the delightful view of the the city on the Volga. We will spend the afternoon green domed Transﬁguration Cathedral and the blue exploring this thought provoking place. domed cupolas dotted with golden stars of the Church Day 5 Saratov. On a city tour we will discover one of of St Dmitry on the Blood. This morning we will enjoy the oldest cities on the Volga. Saratov is surrounded a walking tour of this undiscovered gem. by mountains and is best known as the birthplace of Day 13 Moscow. Arrive today and enjoy a city tour the writer and politician Chernyshevsky. including Red Square. Moor overnight. Day 6 Samara. Spend the afternoon in this busy river Day 14 Moscow. Morning excursion to the ever trading port. Stroll along the promenade and visit impressive Kremlin, including a visit to one of the three Stalin's secret bunker. It was built in 1942 as a cathedrals. Afternoon free. precaution in case he had to ﬂee from Moscow. Day 15 Moscow to London. Disembark after St Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow Day 7 Ulianovsk. Arrive this morning and take a city breakfast and transfer to the airport for the return tour, visiting the Lenin Museum. indirect scheduled ﬂight to London. Day 8 Kazan. One of the oldest Tatar cities in Russia, PRICES PER PERSON Based on double occupancy Tour Code: RCLI280411 DOUBLE SOLE Price includes: Economy class CAT CABIN DESCRIPTION OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY scheduled air travel, 14 nights aboard the MS Litvinov on full 1 Lower deck twin £2295 £2795 board, Captain’s welcome 2 Main deck twin £2395 £2895 cocktail reception, Gala 3 Sun/Upper deck twin £2495 £2995 farewell dinner, shore excursions, transfers, tour 4 Boat deck twin £2595 - manager, port taxes, airport 5 Boat deck junior suite £3395 - taxes. 6 Boat deck suite £3795 - Not included: Travel insurance, gratuities, Russian visa. Church of Prince Yaroslavl, Yaroslavl NB. Ports subject to change. All special offers are subject to availability. www.noble-caledonia.co.uk • Page 67 Passage to Astrakhan A CRUISE FROM ST PETERSBURG TO ROSTOV ON DON EFORE BOOK B RY 2011 A 31 JANU VE £400 AND SA SON OFF PER PER RICES THE P N ABOARD THEMS LITVINOV SHOW 1st to 20th October 2011 oin us on a cultural journey from St Petersburg, all the way to J Ipatyevsky Monastery, Kostroma the city of Astrakhan in the south and on to Rostov on Don. St Petersburg • Mandrogi • Along the way we will encounter the many ethnic people of the Central Volga, learn something of their cultures and enjoy the ever • Goritsy changing landscapes of countryside and city, of towns and villages. We will pass small hamlets of wooden houses, fabulous kremlins, • Yaroslavl a •• Kostroma Vo glorious cathedrals and, in stark contrast, some vast industrial lg Pljos complexes. This is a fascinating voyage in an area which sees few Nizhni Novgorod • tourists. Such a trip by any other means would be difﬁcult to Vo lga comprehend. Your comfortable travelling hotel will transport you RUSSIA through the forests and lakes of Kareliya, the cities of the ‘Golden • Kazan Ring’ and the vast lands of the Tatars. Ulianovsk • • Saratov • Samara Don The Itinerary • Volgograd •Rostov on Don Volga Day 1 London to St Petersburg. Fly by scheduled indirect ﬂight. Upon arrival, transfer to the MS Litvinov for embarkation. Moor overnight. Astrakhan • Day 2 St Petersburg. Enjoy a city sightseeing tour CASPIAN SEA where we will stroll along Nevsky Avenue, the main street in St Petersburg, before touring the attracting caravans from Siberia and the The Hermitage, St Petersburg impressive St.Isaac’s, the city’s large cathedral, Orient. Today we will take a city tour where now a museum of elaborate icons and artworks. we will see many well preserved memorials We will spend time in the world famous from the 13th and 14th centuries. Of special Hermitage Museum, formerly the Winter Palace, interest is the ancient Kremlin. home of the last six czars. A treasure trove of three Day 9 Kazan. One of the oldest Tatar cities in million exhibits, its 320 halls display Da Vincis, Russia, Kazan was ravaged in 1552 by Ivan the Rembrandts, Titians, Michelangelos, French Terrible who forced the Muslim Khan to Impressionists and North American artists. become Christian. On a coach tour, see the Day 3 Mandrogi. Spend most of the day cruising Lake architectural masterpieces the city has to offer Ladoga and visit the village of Mandrogi where we will including the Kremlin, the leaning 17th century see some examples of traditional Russian wooden Syumbek Tower, mosques and minarets, and architecture. Get acquainted with the history of the magniﬁcent Orthodox churches and cathedrals. Russian vodka industry at the museum of Russian Day 10 Ulianovsk. Arrive this afternoon and take a Vodka or take a leisurely walk in the picturesque woods. city tour, visiting the Lenin Museum. Day 4 Cruising. Relax today as we cruise across Lake Day 11 Samara. Spend this morning in this busy river Onega and down the Volga Baltic Waterway to the trading port. Stroll along the promenade and visit White Lake. Stalin’s secret bunker. It was built in 1942 as a Day 5 Goritsy. Arrive in Goritsy in the early afternoon. precaution in case he had to ﬂee from Moscow. From here it is a short drive to the Monastery of St Day 12 Saratov. On a city tour we will discover one of Cyril of the White Lake. The history of the site dates the oldest cities on the Volga. Saratov is surrounded back to the end of the 14th century. However, the by mountains and is best known as the birthplace of monastery reached its peak in the middle of the 18th the writer and politician, Chernyshevsky. century with holdings of over 20 000 serfs. Day 13 Volgograd. Mamaev Kurgan, or the Tatar Day 6 Yaroslavl. Stretching for some 18 miles on both Mound, commands a view of central Stalingrad and the banks of the Volga, Yaroslavl is an important port surrounding steppe. At its summit today is the largest founded in the 11th century by Prince Yaroslavl the freestanding statue in the world. Rodina, ‘Mother Wise. We will see the 13th century Spassky Monastery Russia’, nearly 150 metres high and brandishing a ensemble and spend some time in the Church of Elijah sword weighing 14 tons, faces west and exhorts her the Prophet. Its walls and vaulting are covered in ﬁne sons to follow. The entire hill has been turned into a old Russian paintings. Later, join a tour to the nearby Golden Ring city of Kostroma. Day 7 Pljos. Today, explore this small merchant town independently, or take an excursion to the towns of Suzdal and Vladimir. In Suzdal we will see St. Euthymius Monastery and many ﬁne examples of old Russian architecture. Later, drive to Vladimir and discover the Assumption Cathedral, the Cathedral of St Demetrius, and the Golden Gate. Day 8 Nizhni Novgorod. Formerly known as Gorky, the city was closed to foreigners until 1990. Founded Ikon from the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, Goritsy Church of Elijah the Prophet, Yaroslavl in 1221, it became an important trading post Page 68 • 020-7752 0000 Church on Spilled Blood, St Petersburg park and massive monuments bear witness to the an excursion to the Rossoshki Cemetery. Afternoon tragedy that befell the city on the Volga. We will spend sailing along the Volga Don Canal. today exploring this thought provoking place. Day 18 Cruising. Today we navigate the Don River Day 14 Cruising. A fascinating day as we cruise the heading west through the heart of Cossack country. Lower Volga. Day 19 Starocherkasskaya & Rostov on Don. Day 15 Astrakhan. Located 70 feet below sea level on Founded in 1593, Starocherkasskaya was a Don a large island in the Volga Delta, this fascinating city, Cossack capital. Once a fortiﬁed town of 20 000, it is perhaps best known for its caviar, is divided by the now a small village, with streets restored to their late Kutum River and linked by more than 30 bridges. The 19th century appearance. On a walking tour we will Lake Onega city’s old bridge with its dozens of arches is over two visit the Cossack Museum. Sail during lunch to nearby Astrakhan miles long. On a city tour we will discover an Rostov on Don where we will spend the afternoon extraordinary mix of architectural styles. exploring the city and its surrounding countryside. Day 16 Cruising. Relax today as we sail back along Day 20 Rostov on Don to London. Disembark after the Volga to Volgograd. breakfast and return to London by scheduled indirect Day 17 Volgograd. Morning free in Volgograd or join ﬂight. BOOK BEFORE 31 JANUARY 2011 AND SAVE £400 PER PERSON OFF THE PRICES SHOWN Price includes: Economy class scheduled air PRICES PER PERSON Based on double occupancy Tour Code: RCLI011011 travel, 19 nights aboard DOUBLE SOLE the MS Litvinov on full CAT CABIN DESCRIPTION OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY board, Captain’s 1 Lower deck twin £2695 £3495 welcome cocktail reception, Gala farewell 2 Main deck twin £2895 £3595 dinner, shore excursions, 3 Sun/Upper deck twin £3095 £3695 transfers, tour manager, 4 Boat deck twin £3195 - port taxes, airport taxes. Not included: Travel 5 Boat deck junior suite £3995 - insurance, gratuities, 6 Boat deck suite £4995 - Russian visa. NB. Ports subject to change. All special offers are subject to availability. www.noble-caledonia.co.uk • Page 69 MS Anton Chekhov Cabin Built in Austria in 1978, the MS Anton Chekhov is a comfortable and well maintained vessel which, in the course of her life, has been upgraded on a number of occasions. The last major reﬁt was in 2003. Accommodating 220 passengers, the ship is well furnished in an attractive Russian style and the staff on board offer a friendly and efﬁcient service. Passenger accommodation is arranged over three decks and all cabins have outside views with a large picture window and a private shower and toilet. There is ample storage in each cabin with a wardrobe, shelves and under bed storage for suitcases. The public areas include two bars, a swimming pool under a sliding glass roof, dining room where Russian inﬂuenced cuisine is served, reading room and lecture lounge, shop, hairdresser and sauna. Also on board is a clinic and laundry service. Restaurant Suite Category 1 Category 2 Category 3 Category 4 Category 6 Category 5 Swimming Pool Page 70 • 020-7752 0000 Astrakhan to Moscow A VOYAGE ALONG THE WATERWAYS OF RUSSIA BOOK 31 JANU BEFORE AND SA ARY 2011 PER PER VE £400 SO THE PRI N OFF MS ANTON CHEKHOV C SHOWNES ABOARD THE 26th April to 15th May 2011 & 18th September to 6th October 2011* ere is a wonderful opportunity to travel along ‘the main • •Yaroslavl H street of Russia’, an apt title for the mighty River Volga as she snakes her way through the Russian heartland from the Caspian Sea to Moscow. Along the way we will encounter the Uglich • Moscow Nizhni Novgorod • Vo a Kozmodemyansk lg many ethnic peoples of the Central Volga, learn something of •• Cheboksary their cultures and enjoy the ever-changing landscapes of Cheboksary • RUSSIA •Kazan countryside and city, of towns and villages. Pass small hamlets of wooden houses, fabulous Kremlins, glorious cathedrals and, in • Saratov • Samara stark contrast, some vast industrial complexes. Our journey will Don • Volgograd include some of the cities of the ‘Golden Ring’, ancient Nizhni • Starocherkasskaya •Rostov on Don Novgorod, Volgograd (Stalingrad), the scene of some of the Volga ﬁercest ﬁghting of the Second World War, and Astrakhan, a former capital of the Tatar Empire which fell to Ivan the Terrible • Astrakhan CASPIAN SEA in 1556. The Itinerary of the oldest cities on the Volga. Saratov is surrounded by mountains and is best known as the birthplace of Day 1 London to Rostov on Don. Fly by scheduled the writer and politician Chernyshevsky. indirect ﬂight. Upon arrival, transfer to the MS Anton Day 11 Samara. Spend some time in this busy river Chekhov and embark. Moor overnight. trading port. A city tour will include the main sights. Day 2 Rostov on Don. We will spend this morning on a Day 12 Cruising. Relax onboard we cruise to Kazan. Volga Embankment, Yaroslaval city tour. The southernmost part of Russia’s Steppes was Day 13 Kazan. One of the oldest Tatar cities in Russia, Moskva River and the Moscow Kremlin an 18th century Cossack outpost and trading centre. Kazan was ravaged in 1552 by Ivan the Terrible who This afternoon we will visit the Anton Chekhov Museum. forced the Muslim Khan to become Christian. During Day 3 Rostov on Don & Starocherkasskaya. Enjoy a our city tour, see the architectural masterpieces the morning at leisure in Rostov on Don and this city has to offer including the Kremlin. afternoon sail to nearby Starocherkasskaya for a visit Day 14 Cheboksary and Kozmodemyansk. This to the Cossack Museum. morning we will enjoy a city tour of Cheboksary before Day 4 Cruising. Relax today as we cruise to Volgograd. sailing to Kozmodemyansk in the afternoon. Here we Day 5 Volgograd. Today we will explore this will take a walk through the town and visit the strategically placed city at the conﬂuence of the Volga Ethnographic Museum. Church of St Dmitry, Uglich and Don Rivers. Mamaev Kurgan, or the Tatar Mound, Day 15 Nizhni Novgorod. Formerly known as Gorky, commands a view of central Stalingrad and the the city was closed to foreigners until 1990. Today we surrounding steppe. At its summit today is the largest will take a city tour where we will see many well freestanding statue in the world. Rodina, ‘Mother preserved memorials from the 13th and 14th centuries. Russia’, nearly 150 metres high and brandishing a Day 16 Yaroslavl. One of the best preserved ‘Golden sword weighing 14 tons. We will spend some time Ring’ cities, Yaroslavl stretches along both banks of the exploring this thought provoking place. Volga for 18 miles. Here we will see the lovely Church Day 6 Cruising. A fascinating day as we cruise the of Elijah the Prophet, and the Spassky Monastery. Lower Volga to Astrakhan. Day 17 Uglich. Sail along the Volga to Uglich, a Day 7 Astrakhan. Located 70 feet below sea level on delightful ‘Golden Ring’ city. We will enjoy a tour where a large island in the Volga Delta, this fascinating city, we will see the Kremlin amongst other attractions. perhaps best known for its caviar, is divided by the Day 18 Moscow. Arrive into Moscow and enjoy a city Kutum River and linked by more than 30 bridges. On a tour including Red Square. Moor overnight. city tour we will discover an extraordinary mix of Day 19 Moscow. Today take an excursion to the ever architectural styles. impressive Kremlin, including a visit to one of the three Day 8 Cruising. A restful day spent cruising. cathedrals. Day 9 Volgograd. Today you are free to explore Day 20 Moscow to London. Disembark after individually or join a tour to the Rossoshki Military breakfast and transfer to the airport for the return Cemetery. scheduled indirect ﬂight to London. Day 10 Saratov. On today’s tour we will discover one Mosque, Kazan PRICES PER PERSON Based on double occupancy Tour Code: RCAC260411/RCAC180911 Price includes: Economy class 26th April 18th September* scheduled air travel, 18/19 DOUBLE SOLE DOUBLE SOLE nights aboard the MS Anton CAT CABIN DESCRIPTION OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY Chekhov on full board, Captain’s welcome cocktail 4 Main deck twin £2795 £3395 £2695 £3295 reception, Gala farewell dinner, 3 Upper deck twin £2995 £3495 £2895 £3395 shore excursions, transfers, 2 Boat deck twin £3095 £3595 £2995 £3495 tour manager, port taxes, airport taxes. 1 Boat deck suite £4395 - £4295 - Not included: Travel insurance, Russian visa, excursions shows * This departure date operates in the reverse direction, from Moscow to Rostov on Don and is one night shorter. Itinerary available on request. as optional, gratuities. NB. Ports subject to change. All special offers are subject to availability. www.noble-caledonia.co.uk • Page 71 MS Volga Dream The vast network of Russian waterways are served by numerous standard class vessels. However we are now able to offer the luxurious, ﬁve-star MS Volga Dream, which entered service during the spring of 2007. This elegant vessel has been totally rebuilt from a vessel that originally accommodated over 200 passengers and now accommodates just 100. The result is a splendid and spacious vessel which offers the most superior accommodation and services on the route. Cabins are located over four decks and categories range from standard cabins on the Cabin deck to superior cabins on the Main deck. On the upper two decks, Promenade and Sun, you will ﬁnd deluxe cabins and suites. All cabins offer individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, direct dial telephone, satellite ﬂat screen television and minibar. Additional comforts provided include bathrobes, slippers, hairdryer, bathroom accessories kit, bottled water, welcome fruit basket and champagne. On board facilities include a single sitting dining room offering the best of traditional Russian cuisine and international choices. Every day a delightful lunch is served in the restaurant with international dishes inspired by local produce bought ashore that day. When weather permits guests can dinw on the Sun Deck. Dinner is al a carte. Onboard there is also luxurious lounge and bar where a pianist plays each evening and afternoon tea is served each day. There is also a library which features board games and internet access, an outside bar with comfortable deck Lounge furniture, ﬁtness centre, sauna, massage, hairdresser and boutique. Owner’s Stateroom Restaurant Standard Cabin Superior Junior Suite Standard twin Superior junior suite double Superior twin Deluxe double Owner’s stateroom double Junior Suite double Deluxe single Standard single Superior stateroom twin Please note that all twin cabins have ﬁxed twin beds and all double cabins have ﬁxed double beds. Page 72 • 020-7752 0000 Volga Odyssey A VOYAGE ALONG THE VOLGA FROM MOSCOW TO ASTRAKHAN ABOARD THE LUXURIOUSVOLGA DREAM 23rd September to 5th October 2011 ere is a wonderful opportunity to travel along ‘the main street of H •Yaroslavl Church of St Dmitry on the Blood, Uglich Russia’, an apt title for the mighty Volga River as she snakes her way Uglich • •Moscow from Moscow through the Russian heartland to the Caspian Sea. Along Nizhni Novgorod the way we will encounter the many ethnic peoples of the Central Volga, learn • Vo something of their cultures and enjoy the ever changing landscapes of a lg countryside and city, of towns and villages. Pass small hamlets of wooden RUSSIA •Kazan houses, fabulous kremlins, glorious cathedrals and, in stark contrast, some vast industrial complexes. It is a fascinating time to undertake such a journey, to • Saratov witness the turning point of economic development in an area which sees few Don • Samara •Volgograd tourists and is very much the motor of the Russian economy. Volga The Itinerary of the region. Of special interest is • Astrakhan Day 1 London to Moscow. Fly to Moscow by the Air and Space CASPIAN SEA scheduled ﬂight. On arrival, transfer to the MS Volga Museum as well as Dream and embark. Moor overnight. the Railroad Museum at the newly constructed Day 2 Moscow. Explore the Kremlin this morning Railway Terminal. including visits to the Assumption and Archangel Day 9 Saratov. One of the oldest cities on the Volga, Cathedrals. We will also visit the Armoury Museum Saratov is surrounded by mountains and is best known which dates back to 1485. Return to the vessel for as the home of the writer and politician, Moscow Theatre lunch and this afternoon, visit the Tretyakov gallery. Chernyshevsky and the world’s ﬁrst cosmonaut, Yuri Day 3 Moscow. Morning at leisure. In the early Gagarin. Our excursion will include a lively farmers’ afternoon, enjoy a guided city tour which will include market and a walk through the old quarter. Later, the magniﬁcent Red Square and its famous landmark, attend a concert by the local Philharmonic society. St Basil’s cathedra. Return to the vessel and enjoy the Day 10 Volgograd. Stretching along the Volga river view from deck as we depart Moscow. for 50 kilometres, Volgograd was established in 1589 Day 4 Uglich. Arrive in Uglich this morning, a delightful with the building of the fortress of Tsaritsyn. Mamaev ‘Golden Ring’ city dating from the 10th century. See Kurgan, or the Tatar Mound, commands a view of the chapel of Dmitry and the Church of the central Stalingrad and the surrounding steppe. At its Transﬁguration, noted for its beautiful iconostasis. summit today is the largest free-standing statue in the Day 5 Yaroslavl. Stretching for some 18 miles on both world. Rodina, Mother Russia, nearly 150 metres high Walls of the ancient Kremlin, Nizhni Novgorod banks of the Volga, Yaroslavl is an important port and brandishing a sword weighs 14 tons. We will founded in the 11th century by Prince Yaroslavl the spend the afternoon exploring this thought provoking Wise. See the Saviour Transﬁguration Monastery and place and later, visit the Battle Panorama Museum the 17th century Church of Elijah the Prophet. and Pavlov’s House. Day 6 Nizhni Novgorod. Formerly known as Gorki, the Day 11 Astrakhan. Located 70 feet below sea level on city was closed to foreigners until 1990. Here we will a large island in the Volga Delta, this fascinating city, see many well preserved monuments from the 13th perhaps best known for its caviar, is divided by the and 14th centuries. Stroll along the oldest street, Kutum River and linked by more than 30 bridges. Here stopping at the apartment-museum of the famous you will ﬁnd an extraordinary mix of architectural writer, Maxim Gorky. styles, predominantly Russian but with Indian and Day 7 Kazan. One of the oldest Tatar cities in Russia, Persian touches. Moscow’s St Basil’s Cathedral Kazan was ravaged in 1552 by Ivan the Terrible who Day 12 Volga River Delta & Astrakhan. Depart early forced the Muslim Khan to become Christian. There for a visit to the Volga River Delta with a local are many masterpieces of architecture here. Take a naturalist to explore the unique ﬂora and fauna of the walk down picturesque Bauman Street and enjoy a region. Return to Astrakhan to explore the city further. concert by a local Tatar folk ensemble. Day 13 Astrakhan to London. Disembark after Day 8 Samara. Founded in the 16th century, today breakfast and transfer to the airport for the return Samara is an important industrial and cultural centre scheduled ﬂight to London via Moscow. PRICES PER PERSON Based on double occupancy Tour Code: RCVD230911 Price includes: DOUBLE SOLE Economy class CABIN DESCRIPTION DECK OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY scheduled air travel, 12 Standard twin Cabin £2495 £3195 nights aboard the MS Superior twin Main £2995 £3995 Volga Dream on full board, house wine and Deluxe double Promenade £3695 - soft drinks with lunch Junior Suite double Promenade/Sun £4595 - and dinner, shore Superior stateroom twin Sun £4995 - excursions as described, cruise director, Superior junior suite double Sun £5495 - transfers, port taxes, Owner’s stateroom double Promenade £6495 - airport taxes. Standard single Promenade - £2895 Not included: Travel insurance, Russian visa, Deluxe single Sun - £3495 gratuities. NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may also affect itineraries. www.noble-caledonia.co.uk • Page 73 From Moscow to the Baltic Shores A PASSAGE THROUGH RUSSIA FROM MOSCOW TO ST PETERSBURG ABOARD THE LUXURIOUS VOLGA DREAM his river voyage links the great cities of the Tsars. Russia’s two T Church of the Transﬁguration, Uglich • Kizhi LAKE most famous cities are also the greatest repositories of Russian ONEGA L A K E Mandrogi art and architecture. Moscow, the medieval and 20th century LADOGA • Sv ir River Goritzy Vol ga- • Wate capital, has a wonderful heritage of early buildings, while St Petersburg, • St Petersburg waBalti r y c the creation of Peter the Great, beneﬁted from the inspiration of RUSSIA Europe’s greatest 18th century architects and craftsmen. We begin our journey in Moscow where we explore the vast Kremlin and Red Square. Uglich • •Yaroslavl Having explored the wonders of the city, we will sail through the Mos cow enchanting countryside with its tranquil and timeless quality which has Canal Moscow • so inspired writers and musicians over the centuries. Our exploration of ancient Russia will introduce us to the magical Golden Ring cities of Holy Russia which still preserve their medieval kremlins, fortiﬁed monasteries and beautiful cathedrals and churches. In between the towns and cities we will sail past a rolling landscape of farms and silver birch woods dotted with villages and hamlets, and in the great forests of Kareliya we will sail across the vast waters of Lakes Onega and Ladoga. Finally, having navigated the Neva River we will enter magniﬁcent St Petersburg where we have two days to enjoy the sights both in the city and surrounding countryside. Without doubt a river cruise through Russia is the best means for exploring this marvellous country. It offers comfort and safety and allows you the opportunity to see so much without the discomfort of long road or train journeys or the uncertainty of Russian domestic ﬂights. In addition we are fortunate in having the luxurious Volga Dream which offers the highest standards of any vessel sailing between Moscow and St Petersburg. The Itinerary Wise. The oldest city on the Volga River, Yaroslavl was Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, Goritsy unharmed during World War II, and many churches Day 1 London to Moscow. Fly by scheduled ﬂight. On from the 13th to 17th centuries are intact. See the arrival transfer to the luxurious MS Volga Dream and Savior Transﬁguration Monastery, adorned embark. with murals depicting Saint John’s Day 2 Moscow. Today join your guide for a apocalyptic visions. Visit the 17th century half day tour of Moscow Kremlin. Here you Church of Elijah the Prophet with its most will visit the Assumption and Archangel prized asset – frescoes painted by renowned Cathedrals, both of which important in their artists of ancient Russia. Visit a colorful own right. Also in the Kremlin you will visit the farmer’s market to sample the fruit and buy Armoury Museum, which dates back to 1485. local foods. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure. Day 6 Goritsy. Sail today on the White Lake, Day 3 Moscow. This morning there will be a once known as the “czar’s ﬁshing grounds.” visit to the Tretyakov Art Gallery which has Dock in Goritsy and tour the Kirillov the largest collection of Russian art – from Belozersky Monastery, founded by the hermit early icons to Russian avant-garde works. Saint Cyril. The monastery contains the 13th-century After lunch at a local restaurant continue on your Cathedral of the Assumption, with superb frescoes. Transﬁguration Monastery bell tower, Yaroslavl sightseeing tour which will include the magniﬁcent Day 7 Kizhi. Enjoy the scenery today as we cruise Red Square with its famous landmark, St. Basil’s across beautiful Lake Onega. The tiny island of Kizhi is domed cathedral, a colourful multi-domed complex located at the northern end of the lake and we will whose architects were supposedly blinded by Ivan the arrive in the afternoon for a walking tour. It is Terrible so that they could never recreate such renowned for its open-air Museum of Architecture splendour again. Continue on a city sightseeing tour which has been assembled from various areas of the which will include such sites as Cathedral of Christ the region and restored to form an intriguing glimpse of Saviour, the Park of Fallen Idols and Novodevichy memorial cemetery. This evening we begin our Kazan Cathedral in Red Square, Moscow journey on the Russian waterways. Enjoy scenic views of the Moscow – Volga man-made canal as the ship sails off from Moscow. Day 4 Uglich. Today we visit Uglich, one of the most beloved cities in Russia. It was here that Ivan the Terrible’s son, Dmitry, was murdered in 1591, and the city built the magniﬁcent Church of St Dmitry on the Blood on the spot where the murder took place. Visit the ﬁve-domed Church of the Transﬁguration, noted for its beautiful iconostasis and enjoy a concert of choral music. Day 5 Yaroslavl. Stretching for some 18 miles on both banks of the Volga, Yaroslavl is an important port founded in the 11th century by Prince Yaroslavl the Page 74 • 020-7752 0000 Catherine’s Palace at Pushkin, St Petersburg the past. The Transﬁguration Church, with 22 domes, building in the city, the Smolny Cathedral built by is the ultimate in Russian fairy-tale architecture. architect Rastrelli in mid-18th century, the Nevsky Day 8 Svir River & Mandrogi. A relaxing day as we prospect which is the main city thoroughfare, and the cruise along the Svir River with its forested banks and Church on the Spilled Blood, commissioned by small settlements.We will make an afternoon stop at Alexander III as a memorial to his father, Alexander II the picturesque village of Mandrogi, a lovely spot for who was killed by a terrorist bomb at this site in 1881. those who wish to take a walk in the countryside. Day 10 St Petersburg. This morning’s excursions Day 9 St Petersburg. Arrive in St. Petersburg, this will be to one of the most famous museums in captivating city founded by Peter the Great in the world, the Hermitage. Originally 1703. Built on a group of islands connected commissioned by Catherine the Great as a by bridges, it is one of the great art cities of winter palace, the museum now houses over the world. Enjoy a half day sightseeing tour two million exhibits. Some of the interior during which we will visit the Grand Palace highlights include the Ambassador’s and Low Park. The lavish décor of the Staircase, the Throne Room and the buildings is rivalled only by its famous Grand Ballroom. This afternoon is at your leisure to Cascade of fountains. After lunch continue explore further at your own pace. on a half day city sightseeing tour which will take you Day 11 St Petersburg to London. Disembark after past Peter and Paul Fortress which is the oldest breakfast and return to London by scheduled ﬂight. Church of the Transﬁguration, Kizhi 2011 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES PER PERSON Based on double occupancy Tour Code: RCVDMOSC11 Price includes: Economy class 16th to 26th May; 26th May to 5th June*; 17th to 27th June 2011 scheduled air LUXURY ON THE VOLGA DOUBLE SOLE travel, 10 nights CABIN DESCRIPTION DECK OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY aboard the Volga For those who would prefer to Dream on full Standard twin Cabin £2395 £3295 board, house wine combine a cruise along the Volga Superior twin Main £2895 £3495 and soft drinks with hotel stays in St Petersburg Deluxe double Promenade £3295 - with lunch and and Moscow we are also offering dinner, shore Junior Suite double Promenade/Sun £3595 - excursions, the option of combining two Superior stateroom twin Sun £3795 - transfers, port nights hotel accommodation in Superior junior suite double Sun £4195 - taxes, airport taxes. both Moscow and St Petersburg in Not included: Owner’s stateroom double Promenade £4995 - centrally located, ﬁve star hotels Travel insurance, Standard single Promenade - £2995 Russian visa, with a 6-night cruise along the Deluxe single Sun - £3495 gratuities. Volga. Departure dates and full * This departure operates in the reverse direction, from St Petersburg to Moscow. details available on request. NB. Ports subject to change. All special offers are subject to availability. www.noble-caledonia.co.uk • Page 75 MS Koshevoy Built in 1988 in Germany, the MS Koshevoy meets the highest international safety standards with all modern amenities. Accommodating 260 passengers, cabins are equipped with internal phone, air-conditioning, refrigerator, shower and toilet. Public areas and amenities aboard include a sauna, hairdressing salon, ﬁrst-aid post and souvenir Shop. Two elegant restaurants on board allow for one seating for all meals. There are also two bars onboard, a lounge and Reception observation deck. Bar Cabin Lounge Suite Cabin Cat 1 Cat 2 Cat 3 Cat 4 Cat 5 Cat 6 Cabin Page 76 • 020-7752 0000 The Black Sea & Beyond A JOURNEY LINKING THE GREAT CITIES OF KIEV & ISTANBUL ABOARD THE MS KOSHEVOY ur journey begins in Kiev, a city with a remarkable past. It was O • Kiev The Swallow’s Nest, Yalta here, between the 9th and 11th centuries that Kievan Rus, M UKRAINE OL the state from which all later Russian states were descended, • Zaporizhzhya DOVA r pe Dnie was founded. Today’s architectural remnants are magniﬁcent and • • Kherson Shabo• Odessa IA RUSS we will be able to explore in some depth such wonderful sights as the ROMANIA CRIMEA Sevastopol St Sophia Cathedral and the Caves Monastery. Like travellers in •Constanta • • Yalta ancient times we will use the mighty Dnieper River to sail from Kiev to A RI BLACK SEA A G the Black Sea and the Crimea. • Nessebar BUL Our journey then takes us along the coast of the Black Sea to Istanbul • TURKEY Odessa and then along the coasts of Romania and Bulgaria to the ancient town of Nessebar. Here we leave the vessel and drive to Istanbul for a two-night hotel stay. This unusual trip offers a wonderful combination of river and sea cruising. Our journey down the Dnieper will take us past great swathes of Ukrainian farmlands, towns and villages as we head for the Crimea. Then our landscapes become seascapes as we explore the Black Sea coast with its heady and potent mix of cultures. The Itinerary attended by Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill in 1945. On the third day of our Crimean visit, enjoy a visit to the Day 1 London to Kiev, Ukraine. Fly by scheduled most unusual of the Crimean Palaces, the Alupka. ﬂight. Transfer to the MS Koshevoy and embark. Days 9 & 10 Odessa & Shabo, Ukraine. Founded by Day 2 Kiev. The dawning of Christianity in the 10th Catherine the Great in 1794 following the Russian century has provided the ancient city of Kiev with a victory over the Turks, Odessa today is a busy port and splendid architectural heritage. On a morning city tour popular resort. One of its most famous features is the we will explore the major sites. In the afternoon visit Potemkin Steps which rise to a height of almost 500 the famous Cave Monastery. feet from the sea to the upper town. On an afternoon Day 3 Sailing along the Dnieper. city tour see the famous Promenade, the acoustically Day 4 Zaporizhzhya. Zaporizhzhya is an historic and perfect Opera House and the ruins of the castle, built by important Cossack city and a place of pilgrimage for Catherine the Great. On the following day we will drive thousands of Ukrainians who visit Khortitsa Island. A to the village of Shabo, a small wine producing village. morning city tour will include the Museum of the Day 11 Constanta, Romania. Arrive in Constanta at Cossacks. This afternoon there will be the opportunity to lunchtime for an afternoon visit to the ancient citadel attend an optional Cossack show. of Histria. Referred to locally as Romania’s Pompeii, a Cave Monastery Complex, Kiev Day 5 Kherson. Arrive this morning in Kherson which local guide will lead us through the ruins to the Potemkin Steps, Odessa was founded in 1778 by Catherine the Great. See St museum which contains a unique collection of Catherine’s Cathedral, St Sophia’s Church and the archaeological discoveries from the region, dating remains of the original fortress. There will also be a back to the colonisation by ancient Greece. boat trip to the charming Fisherman’s Island. Day 12 Nessebar, Bulgaria. Arrive in Nessebar in the Day 6 Sevastopol, Crimea. We will begin our late morning, a charming historic town. A walking tour exploration of the Crimea by exploring Sevastopol. Our will include the 12th century St Stephen’s church and tour will include the Panorama Museum, where the some of the traditional houses with their overhanging siege of the city in the Crimean War comes vividly to life ﬁrst ﬂoors above winding cobbled lanes. in the painted murals which line the walls of the circular Day 13 Nessebar to Istanbul. Disembark after building. This afternoon there will be an excursion to breakfast and drive (six hours) to Istanbul for a two Bakhchisarai, the seat of the Crimean Khans from the night stay in a four-star hotel. Dinner at the hotel will 15th century to 1783. This evening there will be an be included this evening. optional concert by the Black Sea Fleet Ensemble. Day 14 Istanbul. After breakfast enjoy a half-day city Days 7 & 8 Yalta. In Yalta we will visit some of the much tour which will end with lunch in a local restaurant. favoured palaces and grand houses of the 19th century Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Farewell dinner at hotel. Russian nobility. Perhaps the most famous is the Livadia Day 15 Istanbul to London. Transfer to the airport Palace, once a resort home of Tsar Nicholas II and more and return to London by scheduled ﬂight. recently associated with the historic Yalta Conference 2011 DEPARTURE DATES AND PRICES PER PERSON Based on double occupancy Tour Code: RCMKBLACK/RCMKBLACKR Price includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, 12 nights 19th* August 5th, 15th* May; 8th June*; aboard the MS Koshevoy on full CAT CABIN DESCRIPTION 2nd*, 16 July; 2nd September 2011 board basis, lunch on day 14, two 5 Main deck twin £1795 £1895 nights hotel accommodation in Istanbul at a four-star hotel with 4 Upper deck twin £1995 £2095 breakfast and dinner, shore 3 Sun deck twin £2095 £2195 excursions as detailed, services of 2 Boat deck cabins 409-412 & 425 + 426 £2395 £2495 a cruise director, local guides, entrance fees, transfers, port 1 Boat deck - two room suites £2895 £2995 taxes, airport taxes. 6 Boat deck single £2595 £2695 Not included: Travel insurance, visas, optional shore excursions, * These departure dates operate in the reverse direction, from Istanbul to Kiev. Itinerary gratuities. available on request. The Blue Mosque, Istanbul NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may also affect itineraries. All special offers are subject to availability. www.noble-caledonia.co.uk • Page 77 River Cloud II Noble Caledonia is delighted to be offering a number of cruises aboard the luxurious River Cloud II. This truly deluxe vessel is in a class of her own combining the nostalgic charm of the gracious age of travel together with all the up to date comforts of a ﬁve star river vessel. Sea Cloud Cruises, the owner of the vessel, has invested time thought and enormous sums to produce something rather special. Nothing has been spared to create not only a vessel that is beautiful to look at but also 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. If you appreciate the best in life, you will ﬁnd no better river vessel. Built in 2001, River Cloud II is an 88-passenger luxurious river vessel operated by Sea Cloud Cruises, a Hamburg based company who we have been associated with for many years. With just 31 twin cabins and 13 panoramic cabins, she is extremely spacious. Furnishings and fabrics have been carefully chosen to reﬂect the glories of a bygone maritime tradition. Facilities on board include a boutique, hairdresser, panoramic lounge and single sitting restaurant. Outside there is a large sun deck, shufﬂeboard and large-scale chess board. Due to limited passenger numbers, the vessel operates in true ﬁve-star luxury. The Luxurious Interior The Cabins The cabins on board have a Mediterranean elegance with ﬁne woods and fabrics. The harmonious surroundings extend to the bathrooms with marble sinks, spacious showers and gold-plated taps. Cabins feature individual climate control, a television and video, safe, radio and direct-dial telephone. In addition each cabin has a selection of non-alcoholic drinks which are available free of charge during the cruise. Various toiletries, a bath robe and hairdryer are also provided. Category C and B cabins located on the Cabin Deck measure 118 sq. feet. The cabins feature two port holes and two single beds which in category C cabins can be combined into a double bed. The Junior Category C Cabin Suites measure 150 sq. feet with ﬂoor to ceiling windows and sitting areas. Category A Panoramic Cabin Category B Cabin Shufﬂeboard Courts Chess Board Bridge Category A Bathroom Bar Sun Deck Restaurant Foyer/Reception Promenade Deck Lounge Boutique and Hairdresser Cabin Deck Category A Category B Category C Page 78 • 020-7752 0000 The Restaurant set for Dinner Lounge The Sun Deck Relaxing on Deck Sunbathe undisturbed, read, or just enjoy the passing scenery on the spacious sun deck or sit at the round teakwood tables under the big white umbrellas. A chessboard and two shufﬂeboard areas await their players. Bath towels and wool blankets are available on deck. When the weather permits, enjoy the delightful luncheon buffets and evening barbeques while sitting outdoors. The Restaurant On board, the kitchen team will indulge you with delectable dishes, with local ingredients fresh from LUXURY RIVER CRUISING Beautifully Presented Cuisine Restaurant market. A ﬁne selection of elegant wines from regional For a brochure vintages accompanies the meals. Open seating reﬂects the easy atmosphere on board and you which includes may select a different seat at each meal, according to where and with whom you would like to full details pertaining to all dine. Whether for lunch or dinner, you can look forward to exquisite, Mediterranean-inﬂuenced our cruises aboard cuisine and ﬁne regional wines selected by ﬁrst-class chefs included in the cruise price. River Cloud II, please telephone The Lounge 020 7752 0000 The classic lounge with its stately Steinway grand piano is the main meeting area on River Cloud or refer to our II. Guests gather here at the bar on the Promenade Deck for tea-time or for presentations and website www.noble-caledonia.co.uk concerts. In the evenings, the lounge is the perfect setting to let an eventful day come to an end. www.noble-caledonia.co.uk • Page 79 A Passage Through Time A VOYAGE FROM AMSTERDAM TO REGENSBURG EXPLORING THE LIFE OF THE HIGH NOBILITY RIVER CLOUD II ABOARD THE with Countess Leontine von Schmettow 28th April to 6th May 2011 round one hundred years ago, Europe’s fortunes lay almost A Gutenfels Castle on the Rhine NETHERLANDS exclusively in noble hands. Palaces, castles and stately homes • Amsterdam • Het Loo •Arnhem have seen numerous events and have been home to many GERMANY stories. Countess Leontine von Schmettow will be Rh in e Bad Breisig • Main joining River Cloud II for this cruise from Koblenz • •Bamberg Main-D anub Wurzburg • Amsterdam to Regensburg to give an insight into • Nuremberg the previous and present life of the high nobility. • e Regensburg She will reveal the truth behind many myths and her entertaining stories will be told amidst private and grand surroundings. There will be three exclusive reception dinners in the private residences of the nobility. Whether visiting the palace of the Dutch royal family, the St Emmeram Palace of the Thurn und Taxis baronial family, the home of Princess Heide von Hohenzollern or as a guest of Duke Andreas von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha, Countess Leontine von Schmettow will take you behind the scenes and reveal some interesting facts about the lives of famous monarchs and noblemen who once inﬂuenced and shaped history. This journey will take us through some beautiful landscapes and past medieval villages and ancient towns. From the comfort of the River Cloud II, we will discover something different each day as we make our way along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers. It was only in 1992 that a journey such as this became possible with the opening of the Main-Danube canal. This monumental work created a canal of 106 miles running from Bamberg on the Main to Kelheim on the Danube, thereby making it possible for shipping to sail from the North Sea to the Black Sea. The Itinerary illustrates the lifestyle of one of the most resplendent Residential Palace, Wurzburg princely palaces in Europe. Day 1 London to Amsterdam. Fly by scheduled ﬂight. Day 6 Bamberg. Enjoy a morning city tour of On arrival, transfer to River Cloud II and embark in the Bamberg, including the famous old town. There is afternoon. This evening enjoy a canal cruise. hardly a single house in the old town which is not a Day 2 Arnhem & Het Loo Palace. Arrive in Arnhem protected building; walk through almost a thousand early this morning. From here we will visit the palace of years of history while still experiencing today’s lust for Het Loo. Now more than 300 years old, this was once a life. In the afternoon we will visit Callenberg Castle royal palace. The ornate rooms provide an insight into and meet Andreas von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha. the House of Orange and the way they lived. Listen to the fascinating history of one of the most Day 3 Bad Breisig. Today we enjoy a visit to Princess important European ruling dynasties. After the talk Heide von Hohenzollern’s home, Namedy Castle. This is there will be a chamber concert and tea. a moated castle dating from the 14th century which Day 7 Nuremberg. Arrive in Nuremberg at lunchtime. was converted into a castle complex in 1890. It has been All of Nuremberg’s beautiful narrow old streets are the family home of the Hohenzollern dynasty since situated within the ﬁve kilometre long town walls which 1907. Princess Heide von Hohenzollern will welcome you originate from the Middle Ages. They were intended to in person and following a tour of the castle, invite you to protect the town’s riches in art, culture and the join her for lunch. In the late afternoon, return to the sciences. Explore on a city tour. Sail this evening. vessel which has relocated to Koblenz and sail along the Day 8 Regensburg. Morning cruising. Enjoy a city tour Rhine, passing the famous Lorelei Rock. of Regensburg which is one of the oldest cities in Day 4 Cruising. Enjoy a relaxing day onboard. During Germany and has more than 1500 listed buildings. an informal morning discussion, Countess Leontine Follow in the footsteps of the Thurn und Taxis von Schmettow will answer your questions about the baronial family through the city and then continue to Half-timbered house, Bamberg German nobility. This evening, the chef invites you to their Palace of St Emmeram for a sparkling wine a ‘Nobility dinner’, created especially for this voyage. reception. The former monastery is one of the largest Day 5 Wurzburg. Arrive at Wurzburg this morning and palaces in Europe where people still reside. enjoy a city tour which will include the Residential Day 9 Regensburg to London. Disembark after Palace. ‘The Residenz’, a World Heritage Site, is one of breakfast and transfer to Munich for the return the highlights of the European Baroque period. It also scheduled ﬂight to London. PRICES PER PERSON Based on double occupancy Tour Code: RCR2280411 Price includes: Economy class scheduled DOUBLE SOLE air travel, 8 nights aboard River Cloud II on CAT CABIN DESCRIPTION OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY full board basis, wine and beer with lunch C Twin bedded cabin £2495 £3295 and dinner, soft drinks, shore excursions, private receptions, guest speaker, B Double bedded cabin £2895 £3695 transfers, port taxes, airport taxes. A Junior suite £3895 £6645 Not included: Travel insurance, gratuities. Amsterdam NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may also affect itinerary. Page 80 • 020-7752 0000 A JOURNEY LINKING THE MAIN AND DANUBE RIVERS WITH VISITS TO SOME OF Summer Gardens of Franconia THE FINEST HISTORICAL PARKS AND GARDENS ABOARD THERIVER CLOUD II 13th to 20th August 2011 oin us for a relaxing cruise from Koblenz to Regensburg, J Rose Garden of the Bamberg New Residence Rh ine through the lovely Franconian countryside. Along the GERMANY Koblenz Bamberg • Main • AUSTRIA banks of the Main are enchanting medieval villages and • Frankfurt Würzburg • Amorbach • Miltenberg some of the most fascinating ancient and Romantic towns Main-Danu • • Nuremberg Canal in Europe, including Regensburg, very much a living and Regensburg be • Danu thriving medieval museum. be Munich • Joining us onboard will be landscape gardener, Antonius Bosterling and tree nursery designer, Volker Rahenbrock. They will take us on expertly guided tours of some of the ﬁnest historical parks and gardens along our route, the highlight being the Federal Horticultural Show in Koblenz. A journey such as this will appeal to those who enjoy seeing something different each day whether it be imposing cities or rural hamlets, but do not ﬁnd the thought of long coach journeys appealing. We will sail through Europe with great ease, enjoying relaxing interludes on board in between our varied visits ashore. The Itinerary Romanesque onwards has left its mark on Bamberg, Regensburg each bequeathing at least one major building. This Day 1 London to Frankfurt. Fly by scheduled ﬂight afternoon we will visit the gardens of Bamberg. The and transfer to River Cloud II in Koblenz. Moor Baroque gardens of the Bamberg New overnight. Residence were designed under the reign of Day 2 Koblenz - The gardens of today. This Prince-Bishop Friedrich Carl von Schönborn. Be morning concentrates on the modern garden captivated by the scent of some 4,500 roses in with a visit to the Federal Horticultural Show the rose garden. Continue on to the pleasure in Koblenz including a cable car ride. Volker gardens of Seehof Castle. This evening’s Rahenbrock will accompany and guide us on a dinner will be centred on garden herbs. walk around the Electoral Palace, the Day 6 Nuremberg - The Hesperides Gardens. Nuremberg’s sculptures at the ‘Deutsches Eck’ (German Explore the capital of Franconia on an Hosperide Gardens Corner) and the newly created landscaped optional guided tour of the old city within the park surrounding the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. vast walls. The tour will include a visit to the In the afternoon, glide along the romantic river Hesperide Gardens, developed by rich tradesmen. Rhine past the Lorelei Rock. Following the example of noble pleasure gardens, Day 3 Miltenberg - Monastery gardens. Spend a small Baroque ﬂower gardens with statues and relaxing morning on board and listen to talks on the fountains were created. In the afternoon, the latest trends in garden design. There will be a chance Nuremberg master ﬂorists will present an exclusive to ask questions and get advice for your own garden. show of the latest ﬂoral trends for autumn. This afternoon, explore the delightful Franconian town Day 7 Regensburg - Gardens of the Enlightenment. of Miltenberg with its half-timbered houses. Enjoy a Arrive into Regensburg this morning and explore this guided tour of the city and continue to the town of fascinating and beautiful medieval city on a guided tour. Amorbach which was founded in 1253. Visit the The tour will include the romantic family, which was Abbey and enjoy an organ concert. designed in the English style. The Herzogspark on the GARDEN EXPERTS Day 4 Wurzburg - Court gardens. Arrive this morning Danube features artistic and historical monuments from in historic Wurzburg, the wine capital of Franconia. Visit various eras in the midst of a rich world of vegetation. the Residenz Palace on a guided tour with its stunning Today’s afternoon lecture is on ‘art in the garden’. parkland. The former residence of the Wurzburg Day 8 Regensburg to London. Disembark after prince-bishops is one of the most important palaces of breakfast and transfer to Munich airport for the return the Baroque period and a UNESCO World Heritage scheduled ﬂight to London. Site. We will take a walk through the court gardens at Veitshöchheim, the best preserved Rococo garden in Germany. Following a picnic in the show garden of the Landscape gardener, Antonius Bavarian Gardening Club, we will see an exclusive Bosterling and tree nursery preview of new varieties being tested for 2012. designer, Volker Rahenbrock will Day 5 Bamberg - Pleasure gardens. Morning cruising, accompany all the excursions, arriving in Bamberg at lunchtime, one of Germany’s provide tips on garden design, Koblenz loveliest cities. Every single European style from the make suggestions as to what to plant and give advice on looking PRICES PER PERSON Based on double occupancy Tour Code: RCR2130811 after your gardens at home. The Price includes: Economy class scheduled DOUBLE SOLE air travel, 7 nights aboard River Cloud II on Bavarian Gardening Club will also CAT CABIN DESCRIPTION OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY full board basis, wine and beer with lunch give exclusive insights into the C Twin bedded cabin £2295 £3095 and dinner, soft drinks, shore excursions, creation of new varieties, and garden experts, transfers, port taxes, B Double bedded cabin £2695 £3695 master ﬂorists will be revealing airport taxes. A Junior suite £3595 £6595 Not included: Travel insurance, gratuities. current trends in cut ﬂowers. NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may also affect itinerary. www.noble-caledonia.co.uk • Page 81 Waterways of the Low Countries A CRUISE ALONG THE WATERWAYS OF THE NETHERLANDS AND BELGIUM ABOARD THE RIVER CLOUD II 14th to 21st April 2011 oin us aboard River Cloud II for a journey along the waterways J Bruges NETHERLANDS NORTH of the Netherlands. Enjoy a relaxing week onboard as we SEA navigate our way through the timeless landscape in a land The Hague •Amsterdam • Schiedam Ma as e Ned rrijn renowned for its artistic heritage. In addition to the many • Nieuwe • Waal • Nijmegen exceptional museums, we will explore small villages and towns that Dordrecht are rich in history. • Antwerp • Ghent No trip to the Low Countries would be complete without a visit to BELGIUM one of the impressive bulb gardens and during our journey we will visit one of the best, the world famous Keukenhof. This itinerary is a perfect mix of horticulture, history, art and Low Countries lifestyle and makes for a colourful and endlessly interesting week. We will enjoy the great comfort of one of the world’s ﬁnest river vessels as we crisscross the Netherlands along the intricate network of rivers and waterways that make this corner of Europe such a unique place. The Itinerary Day 5 Cruising/Dordrecht. Relax onboard as the banks of Flanders and the Netherlands glide by as we sail to Day 1 London to Amsterdam. Fly by Dordrecht, arriving in the early afternoon. From here scheduled ﬂight. On arrival, transfer there will be an optional afternoon excursion to visit to River Cloud II and embark. Sail the windmills of Kinderdijk. These 19 polder mills, this evening. lines up like toy soldiers, look out over ﬂat, drained Day 2 Schiedam. This morning meadows. They stopped working long ago and are join the optional excursion to The now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hague, the third largest city in the Day 6 Nijmegen. Early this morning, arrive into Netherlands. In the 18th century, the town grew into Nijmegen, the oldest city in the Netherlands. On an an international city with many elegant buildings. The optional excursion visit the Kroller-Muller Museum. Royal Family has resided here since 1831 and a Helene Kroller-Muller was a passionate collector of complex of medieval buildings now houses the Dutch modern art and her preference for Vincent van Gogh government. Afternoon cruising. resulted in what is the largest privately owned and Day 3 Antwerp. Today we are in the ancient city of second largest in the world. Spend the afternoon Antwerp which became a member of the Hanseatic relaxing onboard as we sail to Amsterdam. The Hague League in the 14th century and was the richest Day 7 Amsterdam. This morning join the optional city merchant city of Europe in the 16th century. For tour including a canal cruise and visit to the centuries the city has been a place where art and culture Rijksmuseum. After lunch there will be an optional have played an important role. Enjoy an optional guided excursion to the Keukenhof Gardens, one of the city tour which will include an exclusive visit to the world’s most splendid ﬂoral extravaganzas. Explore cathedral where we will enjoy an organ recital. these gardens, more than seventy acres of beautiful Day 4 Ghent. Morning cruising, arriving into the park with tranquil ponds and tree-shaded paths. Over picturesque port of Ghent at lunchtime. On an seven million tulips and other ﬂowers are on exhibit. optional afternoon tour, visit the old town of Bruges, a Moor overnight in Amsterdam. UNESCO World Heritage Site and a particularly Day 8 Amsterdam to London. Disembark after romantic Hanseatic town in which medieval breakfast and return to London by scheduled ﬂight. architecture still plays the major role. Kinderdijk windmills Amsterdam Antwerp PRICES PER PERSON Based on double occupancy Tour Code: RCRC214041 Price includes: Economy class scheduled DOUBLE SOLE air travel, 7 nights aboard River Cloud II on CAT CABIN DESCRIPTION OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY full board basis, wine and beer with lunch and dinner, soft drinks, transfers, port C Twin bedded cabin £2195 £3095 taxes, airport taxes. B Double bedded cabin £2595 £3595 Not included: Travel insurance, shore A Junior suite £3495 £6595 excursions (package of 6 can be purchased for £295 per person), gratuities. NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may also affect itinerary. Page 82 • 020-7752 0000 Alsace to the North Sea A RIVER JOURNEY FROM STRASBOURG TO AMSTERDAM ABOARD THERIVER CLOUD II 8th to 15th October 2011 oin us for a week of luxury aboard River Cloud II as we sail along the NETH •Amsterdam E R L A N D S J Rhine. Enjoy the tranquil beauty of the countryside and the contrasts and vibrancy of the cities and towns along this most historic of waterways. See enchanting medieval villages and some of the most Cologne • GERMANY le Koblenz fascinating, ancient and romantic towns in Europe. Relax onboard and el • • Rüdesheim os M • Cochem enjoy the gentle undulating countryside as the river meanders past vine • Mannheim • Heidelberg FRANCE e Rhin covered banks and castles perched above river cliffs. Such tranquil settings Strasbourg • are perfect places to escape the modern world. Basle • If you have not cruised along a river before, nothing can prepare you for SWITZERLAND the peace and beauty of it. To relax on deck with a good book whilst the world ﬂoats by is a fortifying experience. The ever-changing scenery and the immediate accessibility of an area so steeped in history will probably result in very few pages being read as the river unfolds before you. Such vistas cannot be appreciated from any other means of transport. The Itinerary Hunsrueck and Eifel regions lies the small town of Cochem which is famous for its 11th century Schloss Day 1 London to Strasbourg. Fly by scheduled ﬂight and the Reichsburg castle. Join the optional afternoon to Basle and transfer to Strasbourg to embark River city tour which will explore the many sacred buildings, Cloud II. historic gates and beautifully restored old timberwork Day 2 Strasbourg. Enjoy a full day in Strasbourg and Heidelberg houses. Continue to the castle that overlooks the join the optional city tour which will include a boat trip town. Sail this evening. through ‘Petite France’ and the famous cathedral Day 6 Cologne. Arrive this morning in the great city of which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cologne. Explore independently or join the guided city Day 3 Mannheim & Rudesheim. This morning join tour. The highlight of the excursion will be the visit to the optional tour to Heidelberg with its picturesque old Cologne Cathedral regarded by many as the most town and Germany’s oldest university. Spend the beautiful church in Germany. The construction afternoon cruising to Rudesheim and join the began in 1248 and work continued through optional evening tour to Eberbach Monastery for the centuries until 1880 when it is said the a wine tasting and concert. Eberbach last stone was laid. Spend a relaxing Monastery has unites Romanesque afternoon onboard as we sail to simplicity with Baroque magniﬁcence. Strasbourg Old Town Amsterdam. Day 4 Koblenz. Morning cruising, arriving in Day 7 Amsterdam. Today join the Koblenz at lunchtime. From here there will be optional guided city tour of Amsterdam an optional excursion to Eltz Castle, nestled in which will include a visit to the the hills above the river. The castle is one of Rijksmuseum where exhibits include the most beautiful in Germany and looks like Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch’. This afternoon something straight out of a fairy tale. Rejoin the vessel explore independently. Moor overnight. in Alken and moor overnight. Day 8 Amsterdam to London. Disembark after Day 5 Cochem. Enjoy a relaxing morning onboard. breakfast and return to London by scheduled ﬂight. Located on a bend in the River Moselle between Reichsburg Castle, Cochem Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch’ The Moselle PRICES PER PERSON Based on double occupancy Tour Code: RCR2081011 Price includes: Economy class scheduled DOUBLE SOLE air travel, 7 nights aboard River Cloud II on CAT CABIN DESCRIPTION OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY full board basis, wine and beer with lunch and dinner, soft drinks, transfers, port C Twin bedded cabin £2295 £3095 taxes, airport taxes. B Double bedded cabin £2695 £3695 Not included: Travel insurance, shore A Junior suite £3595 £6595 excursions (package of 7 can be purchased for £235 per person), gratuities. NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may also affect itinerary. www.noble-caledonia.co.uk • Page 83 FRONT COVER: Johann Strauss moored at Esztergom; Parliament building, Budapest; elephant Kaziranga National Park, Assam; Shwezigon Pagoda, Pagan Call 020-7752 0000 Reservations: Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm. Brochures: 24 hours a day/7 days a week NOBLE CALEDONIA www.noble-caledonia.co.uk 2 CHESTER CLOSE, BELGRAVIA, LONDON SW1X 7BE Printed in England firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 020 7245 0388 - October 2010 Job No TE 07939 The air holidays and ﬂights in this brochure are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority Our current booking conditions apply to all reservations (available on request)
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