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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




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               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



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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.




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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)


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                  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


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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

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                                                       Springtime on the Rhine
                           A NAVIGATION OF THE RHINE AND THE WATERWAYS OF THE LOW COUNTRIES
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                                                  oin us in springtime for our journey along the mighty Rhine

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                                              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.


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Spring Flowers in the Netherlands
                                  A RIVER JOURNEY ALONG THE DUTCH WATERWAYS AND THROUGH THE BULB FIELDS                                                                                             BOOK
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                             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.

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                                                                                                                                                                               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.

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makes for a colourful and endlessly interesting week. We will also enjoy                                The Hague
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the great comfort of the MS Johann Strauss as we criss-cross the                                           Rotterdam                                                           Windmill, Kinderdijk
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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.


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                                                             Three River Odyssey
                             A JOURNEY ALONG THE RHINE, MAIN AND DANUBE RIVERS
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                                                   ravel with us along mainland Europe’s

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                                            great swathe of Middle Europe, enjoying its                                                                    Esztergom•
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                                            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.

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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


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                                                                          East of Budapest
                                               A RIVER JOURNEY TO THE DANUBE DELTA
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       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.
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                                                                                                           HUNGARY
                                                                                                                   •Budapest
                                                                                                            Pecs • • Kalocsa
                                                                                                         Vukovar
                                                                                                                                             ROMANIA

                                               Black Sea shores visiting Romania, Bulgaria,                      A a •Novi Sad                                         Tulcea
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                                                                                                                                         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
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                                               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

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                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                    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.


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                                                       Across Europe by River
                                 A RIVER JOURNEY LINKING BUDAPEST AND AMSTERDAM
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                                                             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
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                                             allows you to enjoy the subtle changes of            Rüdesheim
                                                                                                            • Main Bamberg• •Bayreuth
                                             scenery, the contrasting styles of                          Miltenberg
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                                             digest each region’s history. There is                                                      WA Melk
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                                             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

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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
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                                                                                                                  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.


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                                            Amsterdam to the Black Sea
                              A RIVER VOYAGE FROM THE NORTH SEA TO THE BLACK SEA
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      SHOW                                        30th May to 21st June; 2nd to 24th August*; 1st to 23rd October 2011

                                                  his is the Ultimate

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            Wurzburg’s Residential Palace
                                                                               NETHERLANDS
                                                  Grand Tour of Europe.
                                                                                   • Amsterdam
                                                  Sail clear across the                              GERMANY
                                                                                  Cologne •             Würzburg




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                                            continent, visit seven




                                                                                                       in e
                                                                                    Koblenz      ain        Bamberg
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                                                                                                                     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

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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


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                                             The Danube East to West
                                A RIVER JOURNEY FROM THE DANUBE DELTA TO BAVARIA
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      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.

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                                                                                                                                                            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.


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                                                            Mozart on the Danube
                           A MUSICAL JOURNEY ALONG THE DANUBE INCLUDING SALZBURG WITH LONDON FESTIVAL OPERA
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                                                                                                 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.


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                                     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
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                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.




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                                                                                                          Brussels•




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                                                                                                                                Koblenz
We begin our journey through time in the historic city of                                                                             el
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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.


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                                                 From Transylvania to the
                           A JOURNEY FROM TRANSYLVANIA ALONG THE DANUBE FROM THE BLACK SEA TO BUDAPEST
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                                                 Danube Delta & Budapest
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31 JANU VE £300
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                                                                               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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  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.


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                                                       Christmas or New Year
                         TWO FESTIVE CRUISES THROUGH AUSTRIA, SLOVAKIA AND HUNGARY
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                                                           on the Danube
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                                                                                           ABOARD THE             MS JOHANN STRAUSS

                               Salzburg




                                                                                                                                                                                 Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna




                                                  CHRISTMAS CRUISE                                                                     MA
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                                                                                                                                                                                          SLOVAKIA
                                                                                                                                   R                Linz        •    ••          • Bratislava
                                                    21st to 28th December 2011                                                                                       • Melk •Vienna D




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            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.


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                 28th December 2011                                                                                   • Melk •Vienna D
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                                                                                                                 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.


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                       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




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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


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                                                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.


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               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.


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                             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
                                                                                                                                                                  •• •
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                                                                                                                                                                              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

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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.


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                                                      Christmas or New Year
                                               A RIVER JOURNEY ALONG THE RHONE
        EFORE
 BOOK B RY 2011



                                                            in Provence
       A
31 JANU VE £500
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 PER PER RICES
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                                                                              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


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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.


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                   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


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                                       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.


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                                      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


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                                 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.


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        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


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                                           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.


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           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




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                                           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


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                 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


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 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.


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                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                          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.


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           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


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 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.


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                                                  A JOURNEY ALONG THE MIGHTY BRAHMAPUTRA RIVER



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                                                               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

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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


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           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

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                                              phenomenal wildlife, including seals, birds and whales. Capture the                             • Kingston A T L A N T I C
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                                              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

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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.




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 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

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                                          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

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                                              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

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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


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                        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


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                     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
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                                                    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


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 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.


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                             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)


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                                                                                                                      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



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                                                Mekong Exploration
                   A RIVER CRUISE FROM HO CHI MINH CITY TO ANGKOR VIA KAMPONG CHAM




                                                        ABOARD THE            RV MEKONG PANDAW OR RV TONLE PANDAW
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                                                          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.


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                                                                      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

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                                                                                                                                                         Shwedagon Pagoda, Rangoon
                                                                                                              Kyauk-Myoung    Katha Shwegu
    love affair which lasted until the Second World War. Today on arriving in                                                           ••
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as our Victorian forefathers. Finding an extraordinarily picturesque land                                         • • Magwe
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populated by people of great charm and natural warmth.                                                       Minhla •
                                                                                                                        Gwechaung
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                                                                                                                                             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




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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.


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                              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




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                                             Journey to the Crimea
                                                                  A RIVER CRUISE ALONG THE DNIEPER




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colonisation and a turbulent history without parallel.                                                        Danube
                                                                                                                               CRIMEA
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invaders - Sarmatians, Goths, Khazars, Mongols, Tartars, Turks and in                           BLACK SEA




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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.


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                            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

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                                                             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

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    the great cities of Moscow and St Petersburg. Our 12 day comprehensive                                          Mandrogi O N E G A
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    look at Russia both past and present will travel along the mighty Volga River                             LADOGA      • Svir River
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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
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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.


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                          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

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                                        Mother Volga
                                                        A CRUISE FROM ROSTOV ON DON TO MOSCOW                                                                                                 BOOK
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                                                                                                                                                                                           PER PER VE £400
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                                                   28th April to 12th May 2011

      xplore Russia by river from the southern city of Rostov on Don                                                                        •Yaroslavl

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                                                                                                                           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
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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.


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                                                                    Passage to Astrakhan
                                               A CRUISE FROM ST PETERSBURG TO ROSTOV ON DON
        EFORE
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31 JANU VE £400
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    THE P N                                                                                      ABOARD THEMS LITVINOV
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                                                            oin us on a cultural journey from St Petersburg, all the way to

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                  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
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                                                       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




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                                                       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

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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.


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              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


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                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
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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.


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                    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.

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                                                                   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                                                         •




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something of their cultures and enjoy the ever changing landscapes of                                                                  a




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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.


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         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

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           Church of the Transfiguration, Uglich                                                                                                                     • Kizhi
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                                                          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
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                                                   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

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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.


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                        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


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                                            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

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                                                                                                                                                    • Kiev                  The Swallow’s Nest, Yalta
         here, between the 9th and 11th centuries that Kievan Rus,                                                       M
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         the state from which all later Russian states were descended,                                                                            • Zaporizhzhya




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was founded. Today’s architectural remnants are magnificent and                                                                         •     • Kherson
                                                                                                                                 Shabo• Odessa




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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
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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.


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                             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


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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.

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                             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




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                                                                                                                           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.


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           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.


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        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.


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                                         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.


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