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                      Explore the Rhine, Moselle, Main & Danube Rivers
                                    with Noble Caledonia
                                  March to November 2012




                             NOBLE CALEDONIA
MS Johann Strauss at Esztergom
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           SERBIA
              CONTENTS                                                                               Page 20         Spring Flowers & the Golden Age of                                                                                                                                                       • Veliko Tarnovo                            SEA
                                                                                                                     Dutch Art                                                                                                                                                      BULGARIA
              Page 4           Exploring Europe by river with
                                                                                                     Page 22         Glories of the Rhine
                               Noble Caledonia
                                                                                                     Page 24         Rivers of Music
              Page 6           MS Johann Strauss
                                                                                                     Page 26         Amsterdam to the Black Sea
              Page 11          The Noble Caledonia difference
                                                                                                     Page 28         From the Balkans to Budapest
              Page 12          Our on board staff
                                                                                                     Page 30         East of Budapest
              Page 13          Guest speakers and London Festival
                                                                                                     Page 32         Budapest to Basle
                               Opera
                                                                                                     Page 34         Mozart on the Danube
              Page 14          Pre-post cruise extensions
                                                                                                     Page 36         Great Houses & Gardens of Franconia
              Page 16          Springtime in the Netherlands
                                                                                                     Page 38         Rivers of Wine
              Page 18          River Deep & Mountain High
  Exploring Europe by River
                                                                                                                                                 MS Johann Strauss at Durnstein




                                         with Noble Caledonia
                                  Exploring Europe by river vessel is   unlike travel by road or rail, allows you to absorb the landscape,
                                  to our minds simply the most          appreciate the subtle changes in architecture and reflect on the
                                  comfortable means possible.           many ways that the river you are travelling along has influenced the
                                                                                                                                                 vistas cannot be appreciated from any other means of transport, the
                                  There is something rather special     course of history.
                                                                                                                                                 stately pace and quietness of the vessel allows you to be at one with
                                  about sitting on deck or in a
                                                                        Nothing can prepare you for the peace and beauty of a river cruise.      your surroundings. In a world where places seem to be becoming
                                  luxuriously appointed room and
                                                                        To relax on deck with a good book whilst the world floats by is a         ever more crowded, the river offers a respite and the opportunity to
                                  watching the world pass by. Rivers
                                                                        fortifying experience. The ever-changing scenery and the immediate       enjoy the landscape without the constant background hum of
and canals are by their very nature so much more interesting than
                                                                        accessibility of an area so steeped in history will probably result in   traffic. It also allows you the opportunity to moor in the heart of
road or trackside, and the gentle speed of the vessel allows you to
                                                                        very few pages being read as the river unfolds before you. Such          cities and towns and stroll from the vessel into the centre without
catch the essence and atmosphere of the region. A journey by river,
                                                                                                                                                 the need to always resort to road transportation.

                                                                                                                                                 Every day holds something new, whether it be the cultural delights
                                                                                                                                                 of the cities, the vast skies over the Hungarian Plains, the lush
                                                                                                                                                 wetlands of the Danube delta, the enchanting vine covered
                                                                                                                                                 landscape of the Wachau valley or the medieval villages and towns
                                                                                                                                                 that pepper the Danube Valley in Austria and Bavaria. For the past
                                                                                                                                                 ten years we have been working in partnership with our Vienna
                                                                                                                                                 based agents Lloyd Touristik, honing our shore excursion
                                                                                                                                                 programmes to ensure that your time ashore is an informative,
                                                                                                                                                 inspiring, comfortable and well balanced experience.

                                                                                                                                                 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
                                                                                                                                                 fascinating landscape, you become part of it. River cruises allow you to
                                                                                                                                                 blend in with Nature’s watery highways that wend their way from
                                                                                                                                                 mountains and gorges through forests and pasture-land in their
                                                                                                                                                 eternal flow towards the sea, linking picturesque villages, historic towns
                                                                                                                                                 and legendary cities. Yet always you are in supreme comfort, with all
Moselle River
                                                                                                                                                 you could want aboard an intimate and well-appointed floating hotel.

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                                                                                               Relaxing on deck




                                                                                               swathes of picturesque countryside and all the while your floating
                                                                                               hotel has travelled with you with every detail taken care of, from
                                                                                               formalities of border crossings to sumptuous meals and information
                                                                                               on what to see and do in the next town. Once you have unpacked,
                                                                                               you are there for the duration of the trip, and can relax and enjoy
                                                                                               your surroundings. No checking in and out of hotels and none of the
                                                                                               general malaise that grips most who undertake long coach tours.

Main Foyer                                                                                     River cruising avoids all the tedium of train and coach journeys – you
                                                                                               can stretch your legs and enjoy refreshments whenever you wish –
                     Advantages of River Cruising                                              while still being delivered into a fascinating port almost every day,
                     The advantages of river travel are enormous. For a start, you are         often in their very heart. Your entire river journey is spent surrounded
                     never out of sight of land. The countryside simply unfolds around         by all the facilities of a first-class hotel, with space to allow you to
                     you, a constant source of fascination as you relax on the sundeck or      chat with new friends or spend quiet time alone.
                     gaze out through panoramic windows. There are no lengthy days at
                     sea spent amongst thousands of other passengers, instead our              If you have not tried a river cruise before, you may have some
                     vessel, the MS Johann Strauss, accommodates only 160 passengers           reservations about the vessel. There was a time when river cruising
                     and offers an atmosphere akin to a country house hotel.                   meant narrow boats, tiny cabins and limited space. Today, this could
                                                                                               not be further from the truth. The MS Johann Strauss is remarkably
                     Another great joy of river travel is that you only have to unpack once.   roomy with hotel room style and size cabins, luxuriously appointed
                     You may well have travelled through three or four countries, visited a    and spacious public areas, single sitting dining and vast areas of
Your floating hotel                                                                             observation and sun decks.
                     number of capitals, towns and villages and cruised through large

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   MS Johann Strauss
                                                                                                                     Waltz Deck Cabins




            A Very Special River Vessel
                       Due to the enormous demand we have
                       experienced over the past few years for river                          Friendly cabin staff                       Relaxing onboard                                                      Foyer

                       cruising, we now have our own vessel on long
                       term charter which we operate on the major                                                                        Spacious Cabins
                       rivers that cross Europe from the North Sea to                                                                    One of the many fine features of the vessel are the number of
                       the Black Sea. Having the vessel under our                                                                        French balcony cabins. There are over 60 such cabins with a sliding
                       complete control will allow us to plan                                                                            glass door. From these cabins, which are located on the Opera and
                       itineraries which are best suited for our clients                                                                 Waltz decks, the views are spectacular and for many the opportunity
and also provide the service which we know our passengers enjoy.                                                                         to open the door to fresh air is a great bonus.

We have been most fortunate in acquiring one of the best vessels                                                                         All cabins are large, being 170 square feet of space, comparing
afloat in Europe today. Built in 2004 and refurbished in 2011, the                                                                        favourably with hotel rooms or the better cabins on large ships. They
four star MS Johann Strauss is a 90 cabin vessel built to the highest                                                                    are well planned and smartly furnished in light woods and restful
specifications. Although the vessel can carry up to 180 passengers,                                                                       colours. Facilities include individually controlled heating and air
we limit passenger numbers onboard 160 to maximise your space                                                                            conditioning, television, telephone, minibar, safe, hairdryer, radio
                                                                           Polka Deck Cabin                                              and a well appointed bathroom with shower and toilet.
onboard.

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                                                                               Public Areas
                                                                               A well designed feature of the MS Johann Strauss is the positioning
                                                                               of the restaurant, lounge, bar and café on the top deck. These public
                                                                               areas have floor to ceiling windows, affording excellent views as you
                                                                               dine or relax. On board there is also a fitness centre with a sauna,
                                                                               whirlpool and gymnasium equipment. When cruising the spacious
                                                                               sun deck is a perfect place to relax onboard and watch daily life on
                                                                               the banks of the river. There is also a small library onboard.




Opera & Waltz Deck Cabin                                                       Lounge Bar


                                                                               The upper decks

        Waltz
        Deck




       Opera
       Deck




        Polka
        Deck



                           Cat A   Cat B   Cat BF   Cat C   Cat D   Bathroom


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Lounge
Fitness Centre




                 The café


                                         Sauna                                       W




                                                         The bar                                                   Library                                Reception


                 A Unique Atmosphere Onboard                                             peace and quiet, there will always be the opportunity to find a
                 The atmosphere onboard is friendly and informal and within days         secluded spot on the sun deck or simply rest in your well-appointed
                 you will have made new friends in the open-seating restaurant, on       cabin. While there will be no elaborate shows onboard; a musician
                 the shore excursions or whilst relaxing in the comfortable public       will play each evening whilst you relax in the lounge, guest speakers
                 areas onboard. You will find yourself amongst like-minded people in      will provide a series of interesting talks and our cruise director will
                 an English speaking environment, but still always free to explore at    host informative port briefings. After a day exploring ashore, you will
                 your own pace. Meticulously organised excursions make the most of       return to the comfort and peace of a well run and exceedingly
                 the fascinating places you have come to see and for those who seek      comfortable vessel.

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Dining
All cruises include full board in the single sitting restaurant. Breakfast
is provided buffet style, a splendid choice of breads, pastries, cereals,
yoghurts together with the Full English selection. For early risers, tea,
coffee and pastries are available from 06.30 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 plate and desserts. Coffee and tea
are provided after lunch and dinner. To finish the day, snacks are
available in the café in the late evening.
                                                                             Afternoon tea   The Restaurant


                                                                                             Dessert                                          Chefs




                                                                                                                        Dinner Menu
                                                                                                                                    Starter
                                                                                                         Timbal of Cauliflower and Cray Fish with Sauce Mousseline
                                                                                                                                    or
                                                                                                                               Starter Salad
                                                                                                                    Corn Lettuce Bacon-Potato Dressing
                                                                                                                                     Soup
                                                                                                                      Clear Chicken Soup with Egg Royal
                                                                                                                                      or
                                                                                                                     Asparagus Cream Soup with Puff Pastry
                                                                                                                                Main Course
                                                                                                              Pan Fried Fillet of Red Snapper with White Wine Sauce
                                                                                                                               and Pommes Lyonnaise
                                                                                                                                         or
                                                                                                              Wok Fried Young Pork Scented with Garlic and Ginger
                                                                                                               in Sweet and Sour Sauce in a Ring of Mashed Potatoes
                                                                                                                                         or
                                                                                                                   Breaded Tofu with Coconut Cauliflower Crème
                                                                                                                         with Garden Greens and Tomatoes
                                                                                                                        Today’s Vegetable Selection
                                                                                                                         Green Peas, Romanesco, Carrots
                                                                                                                                    Dessert
                                                                                                         Parfait of Almond with Poppy Seeds and Rum Soaked Fruits
                                                                                                                                      or
                                                                                                                     Hazelnut Ice Cream with Forest Fruits
                                                                                                                                      or
                                                                                                                      Fruit Cup or Assorted Cheese Plate
                                                                                                                                 Tea or Coffee
Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                             Sample menu
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                                                                                                                                                         Value for Money
                                                                                                                                                        When you book a river cruise with Noble Caledonia
                                                                                                                                                            aboard the MS Johann Strauss you can be
                                                                                                                                                         assured of value for money with all this included
                                                                                                                                                                       in your cruise price:
                                                                                                                                                    O Reservations handled by an experienced, professional
                                                                                                                                                      travel consultant with first-hand knowledge of the vessel
                                                                                                                                                    O Economy class scheduled air travel from London (or the
                                                                                                                                                      option of train travel or regional airports for some itineraries)
                                                                                                                                                    O Airport assistance at check-in (London airports only)
                                                                                                                                                    O Accommodation aboard the first-class MS Johann Strauss
                                                                                                                                                      in a comfortable well-appointed cabin with outside view
                                                                                                                                                      and en-suite facilities
                                                                                                                                                    O All meals aboard the vessel including:
The Sun Deck                                                                                                                                          — Early riser pastries      — English buffet breakfast
                                                                                                                                                      — Lunch consisting of buffet and served dishes
The Noble Caledonia Difference                                          Comparing Prices – Inclusion of Gratuities                                    — Afternoon tea             — Late evening snacks
                                                                                                                                                      — Four course dinner with house wine, beer or soft drinks
                                                                                                                                                    O Complimentary tea and coffee throughout the day
The majority of vessels on European Rivers are sold in international    On most other river vessels, gratuities are not included and the

                                                                                                                                                    O Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinner
markets with most owners and operators being based in America,          recommended daily level is €10 per person per day. However, aboard

                                                                                                                                                    O Shore excursions including entrance fees
Australia or Continental Europe, many of whom have only recently        the MS Johann Strauss you do not have to worry about tips as we
entered the river cruising market. Their onboard service, cuisine and   have included them in the price of your holiday. So, for instance on a
                                                                                                                                                    O English-speaking local guides
shore excursions are therefore designed to have a broad appeal to a     14 night cruise the usual tips will amount to approximately £250 per        O Guest speaker(s)
diverse mix of nationalites.                                            couple. In addition we tip all our guides and drivers along the way,        O The use of ”Quietvox” earphones on shore excursions
                                                                        thereby taking away the hassle of always having to remember to              O Services of a Cruise Director and Tour Managers
                                                                                                                                                    O Detailed pre-departure information
Established in 1991, Noble Caledonia is fully bonded, family owned      have some Euro small change with you. Most other companies
                                                                                                                                                    O Transfers
and British based. Our itineraries are planned from our London office    expect you to tip on each excursion as you go along.
                                                                                                                                                    O All gratuities (on board and ashore)
and the shore excursions, lectures, food and service onboard are

                                                                                                                                                    O Port & airport taxes
specifically designed based on our past experience of what we know       Drinks with Dinner
our clients enjoy. Unlike many other vessels, English is the only
                                                                        In order to make our pricing as comprehensive as possible, we include       In addition, guests in our category A cabins on the Waltz
language used on board and ashore. In addition, the shore                                                                                           deck benefit from the following:
                                                                        house wine, beer or soft drinks with your evening meal. This is another
                                                                                                                                                    O
programmes and guest speaker presentations are designed to have
                                                                        special arrangement to make your trip all the more enjoyable. Even with         Fresh fruit plate on arrival
particular appeal for our travellers, offering a more in-depth and
                                                                        such extra inclusions our prices still compare favourably to other          O   Free laundry/Press service (up to 3 items per day)
relevant perspective than is possible when the audience is a mix of
                                                                        companies and when you consider that in addition our trips also include     O   Daily cabin service for Continental Breakfast
nationalities brought together on a river vessel.
                                                                        a guest speaker, who will provide informative talks, shore excursions and   O   Cabin slippers and selection of exclusive toiletries
                                                                        all gratuities we believe our prices, like our trips are second to none.

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                                                                            was commissioned in 2004, Vasily’s training dates back more than             Welcome address in the lounge
                                                                            thirty years when he started his career in the former USSR’s Navy.
                                                                            Born in the Danube Delta region, he developed a strong relationship
                                                                            with his surrounding natural world from an early age so it wasn’t
                                                                            surprising that after 3 years in the Navy he couldn’t resist the ‘call of
                                                                            the Danube’, where he has been sailing since 1978.

                                                                            A note from our Cruise Director - Cesar Perez
                                                                            “Having been the Cruise Director onboard the MS Johann Strauss for
                                                                            the last four years, I can safely say that sailing onboard our river
                                                                Reception
                                                                            cruise vessel is an experience you will never
                                                                            forget. I can promise you a warm welcome on
Our onboard staff                                                           board from all our staff and officers, who work
While on board you will be looked after by our team of experienced          hard to ensure that you get the best possible                                      COMMENTS FROM PAST PASSENGERS REGARDING
                                                                                                                                                                       THE MS JOHANN STRAUSS
staff including our Cruise Director, Cesar Perez and our Tour               experience from your holiday. The excitement of
Manager Rodica Ghiserel, both of whom have worked with us for               sailing through changing scenery each day is one                              “I've just returned from my trip Music on the Danube and I wanted
                                                                                                                                                          to let you know how much I enjoyed it and what an excellent
many years. Cesar and Rodica are in daily contact with our London           of the many reasons why I enjoy my role as Cruise Director so much,           holiday it was. I thought that the standard your company maintain
                                                                                                                                                          in all aspects was excellent and the staff could not do enough to
office and the onboard programme is in their                                 as well as meeting so many different and interesting people, from             ensure that everyone was having an enjoyable time. No mean feat
capable hands. A daily briefing by the Cruise                                clients to locals. Exploring by river really is the best way to cover dis-    as it wasthe end of a long and busy season for them.This was my
                                                                                                                                                          first experience of river cruising and it was excellent, I will certainly
Director will give you information on the next                              tance, with minimal effort. I look forward to welcoming you onboard           repeat the experience, although I think that any future river cruise
                                                                            one of our varied itineraries in 2012”.                                       will find it difficult to improve on Music on the Danube. Thank you
day’s activities and expert, English-speaking local                                                                                                       to all the crew of the Johann Strauss for a memorable holiday.”
guides provide insider insights into local culture,                                                                                                       — M.E. Carmichael, November 2010
architecture, history and traditions. And unlike                            Group Travel and back-to-back discounts                                       “I have just returned from the cruise 'Across Europe by River' and I
                                                                                                                                                          felt I must tell you what a marvellous trip it had been. Right from the
many other operators, each of our river cruises is accompanied by a         We are delighted to be able to offer group discounts and benefits for          start at Heathrow Airport the devotion of the staff was excellent.It
                                                                                                                                                          was great to return to the same cabin we occupied last year and as
guest speaker to help you make the most of it all. Our guest speakers       groups of ten or more people travelling together. Also, many of our           before it was most comfortable. The staff all worked so hard and
provide entertaining and informative talks as you sail along. They will     cruises can be combined and special offer prices are applicable for           appeared to enjoy their work thoroughly. The cabin was cleaned
                                                                                                                                                          twice a day, the food in the restaurant was excellent and the choice
be constantly available for informal chats, sharing their expertise and     bookings for two consecutive cruises. Please contact us for details.          was amazing, possibly too much. The waiters could not do enough
anecdotes, as well as accompanying you on shore.                                                                                                          to make sure we were satisfied, and went out of their way to make
                                                                                                                                                          sure we had all we needed.” — Donald Turner, September 2010
                                                                                                                                                          “We returned yesterday from a 17-day river cruise aboard the
                                                                                                                                                          MS Johann Strauss, East of Budapest. I cannot praise too highly! All
                    Our Captain                                                                                                                           the staff were splendid, the attention to detail remarkable and the
                    Ever since we chartered the MS Johann Strauss in                                                                                      service and quality overall was astonishingly high. Congratulations
                                                                                                                                                          to the whole team, but especially the cruise director, Cesar and the
                    2007 we have been fortunate to have the                                                                                               hotel manager, Stuart Turner, who provided such splendid
                                                                                                                                                          leadership and an example of hard work and high standards.”
                    invaluable cooperation of one of the most                                                                                             — A. Mason, April 2010
                    experienced and friendly Captains sailing the                                                                                         “My wife and I have just enjoyed a great holiday which exceed our
                    European waterways today. Without                                                                                                     best expectations....the crew without exception were friendly and
                                                                                                                                                          obviously very well trained. The food was nicely presented and
compromising the safety of his passengers and his crew, Captain                                                                                           excellent throughout, whilst the ship and all it had to offer for our
                                                                                                                                                          comfort was splendid. It was indeed a very happy ship.”
Vasily Mariceanu is well known for boldly going where no other                                                                                            — Derek and Barbara Childs, August 2010
                                                                            Waltz Deck walkway
captain has gone before. Master of the MS Johann Strauss since she

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Guest Speakers
Accompanying each cruise will also be one or two carefully selected
guest speakers who will provide an insight into the culture and
history of the places you will be visiting and will always be available
for informal chats and to share their expertise and knowledge. Either
as a specialist on the area or in a specific field, their on board talks will
bring an added dimension to the tour, complementing the guides
who will share their local knowledge with you during your excursions.

With backgrounds in areas such as art history, horticulture, cultural
history, archaeology and classical music our speakers will truly bring
to life the sites and experiences of your journey.

Details pertaining to our guest speakers for each cruise are featured
on the relevant pages in this brochure.



                                                                                   London Festival Opera

                                                                              We are delighted to be joined onboard many of our cruises by
                                                                              London Festival Opera.

                                                                              We have long been associated with London Festival Opera and each
                                                                              year our music themed cruises grow in popularity. London Festival         Particular attention is given to the design and quality of our
                                                                              Opera have achieved a considerable reputation for presenting opera        costumes which are as authentic as possible. Whether it is a period
                                                                              in palaces, castles, country houses, theatres, concert halls, embassies   evening dress, such as Regency or Victorian to enhance a gala
                                                                              and private homes and gardens. Recent engagements have been               performance or a full production, the costumes will be of the highest
                                                                              throughout the UK, Europe and as far afield as Barbados, Marrakech         quality and style.
                                                                              and Moscow.
                                                                                                                                                        Bringing together artists from the major British opera companies
                                                                                                                                                        including the Royal Opera, English National Opera and
                                                                                                                                                        Glyndebourne Festival Opera, the company has a considerable
                                                                                                                                                        reputation and has appeared in some of the world's leading venues
                                                                                                                                                        including as a guest company in one of the Italy's greatest opera
                                                                                                                                                        houses, La Fenice in Venice.

                                                                                                                                                        London Festival Opera will be performing onboard the following
                                                                                                                                                        cruises aboard the MS Johann Strauss in 2012: Rivers of Music,
Exploring ashore                                                                                                                                        From the Balkans to Budapest and Mozart on the Danube.

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    Pre/Post Cruise Extensions                                                                                                                                           Lucerne Hotel Extension

                                                                                                                                                                        Available in conjunction with the following itineraries
Before embarking or after disembarking the MS Johann Strauss there                                                                               Peles Castle, Sinaia
                                                                                                                                                                          before embarking or after disembarking in Basle:
are various extensions available to help you discover the beauty and                                                                                                    River Deep & Mountain High; Rivers of Music; Glories
diversity of the region in more depth. Please note that hotels used                                                                                                               of the Rhine; Budapest to Basle
may vary to those stated but will be of the same standard.                                                                                                              Join us before or after your cruise for a 3-night hotel stay in Lucerne. The
                                                                                                                                                                        extension includes three nights bed & breakfast based on twin room at
                                                                                                                                                                        the four star Beaux Rivages Hotel with mountain view, tour of Lucerne,

 Transylvania Extension
                                                                                                                                                                        cruise on Lake Lucerne, transfers to/from resort.
                                                                                                                                                                        www.beaurivage-weggis.ch

                                                                                                                                                                        Twin: £395 per person based on double occupancy             Single: £575
Available in conjunction with the following itinerary:                                                                                                                  Upgrade to a Lake View Room -
                                                                                                                                                                        Twin: £585 per person based on double occupancy             Single £765
     From the Balkans to Budapest - A Celebration
        of the Music and History of the Balkans
          (pre-cruise, 13th to 17th June 2012)                                colourful village situated 20 km from Sibiu. Here we visit a unique and

                                                                                                                                                                        Prague Hotel Extension
                                                                              superb museum of glass painted icons, located in the old village church.
THE ITINERARY                                                                 This evening, enjoy a traditional dinner during which we will be able to talk
Day 1 — London to Sibiu. Fly to Sibiu by indirect scheduled flight. One        to our local hosts about Romanian daily life in a Transylvanian village.
of the seven walled cities founded by the Saxons, Sibiu was at the            Day 3 — Azuga/Sinaia/Brasov. Today we travel to Azuga in Prahova
crossroads of invasions, conflicts and wars during the Middle Ages. Stay       Valley, home of the Royal Cellar which is the wine supplier for the Royal                 Available in conjunction with the following itinerary:
two nights at the four-star Continental Forum Hotel. Dinner this evening      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                      Mozart on the Danube (post cruise – 13th to 15th
will be at your hotel.                                                                                                                                                      September; 30th October to 1st November;
Day 2 — Sibiu. This morning there will be a walking tour of Sibiu, followed   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                             pre cruise - 28th to 30th October 2012)
by some free time before lunch in the old city. Later, drive to Sibiel, a
                                                                              Hotel. Dinner this evening will be at a local restaurant.
                                                                                                                                                                        Join us for a two-night pre or post                          Old Town, Prague
                                                                              Day 4 — Brasov. Day at leisure. Relax and enjoy your time in Brasov.
                                                                                                                                                                        stay in Prague at the first class
                                                                              Lunch will be included at the hotel and dinner this evening will be at a
                                                                                                                                                                        Esplanade Hotel on breakfast only
                                                                              local restaurant in Poiana.
                                                                                                                                                                        basis. Our stay includes a walking
                                                                              Day 5 — Bran & Cernavoda. Depart Brasov this morning and drive through
                                                                                                                                                                        tour of the old town and transfer
                                                                              the mountain-ringed landscapes and past some of the area’s historical
                                                                                                                                                                        from the vessel to the hotel and
                                                                              monuments. We will stop at Bran to visit the world famous ‘Dracula’s
                                                                                                                                                                        from the hotel to the airport. The
                                                                              Castle’, built as a fortress in 1212 by the Knights of the Teutonic Order. Vlad
                                                                                                                                                                        Esplanade hotel is located in the
                                                                              Tepes, better known as Vlad the Impaler, used the Castle as headquarters
                                                                                                                                                                        heart of Prague’s historical centre,
                                                                              for his incursions into Transylvania. Continue on to Ploiesti for a lunch stop,
                                                                                                                                                                        the perfect location for individual
                                                                              and finally to Cernavoda where we will embark the MS Johann Strauss.
                                                                                                                                                                        exploration.
                                                                              Twin: £395 per person based on double occupancy                    Single: £495
                                                                                                                                                                        Twin: £255 per person based on
                                                                              Extension includes: Four nights hotel accommodation as described, all meals,
                                                                              excursions, transportation, entrance fees, English speaking guides, UK tour escort.       double occupancy Single: £355
Bran Pass and the Carpathian Mountains
                                                                              Not included: Travel insurance, gratuities.                                               www.esplanade.cz

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                                                                                                                                                            Baroque Eger old town


                                                                                      Wine of Kings

                                                                               & King of Wines

                                                                         Available in conjunction with the following itineraries:
                                                                                Mozart on the Danube & Rivers of Wine
                                                                             (pre-cruise Mozart on the Danube – 2nd to 5th
                                                                            September; 19th to 22nd October & post-cruise
                                                                           7th to 10th November 2012 & post-cruise Rivers of
                                                                                   Wine – 7th to 10th October 2012).
                                                                         Join us before or after your cruise for a three-night tour through the             will visit another winery and compare the different qualities of Tokaj.
                                                                         famous wine regions of Hungary. It was made famous by Louis XV when                Dinner this evening will be taken in a local restaurant.
                                                                         he served Tokaj wine to Madame de Pompadour, and Emperor                           Day 3 — Eger. After breakfast drive to Eger, one of Hungary’s oldest
                                                          Lake Lucerne
                                                                         Franz-Josef sent Queen Victoria bottles of Tokaj to celebrate her birthday,        and most charming cities. Check-in to a first class hotel where we will
                                                                         12 bottles for every year; this amounted to 972 bottles by 1900.                   enjoy lunch. In the afternoon there will be a guided walking tour which
                                                                                                                                                            will give you an insight into the city’s fascinating history, including how

Budapest Hotel Extension
                                                                         THE PRE-CRUISE ITINERARY                                                           ‘Bull’s Blood’ came to be named. Dinner will be taken in a local
                                                                                                                                                            restaurant with local wine tasting.
                                                                         Day 1 — London to Tokaj. Fly by scheduled flight to Budapest. Upon
                                                                                                                                                            Day 4 — Eger & Budapest. This morning we shall concentrate on the
                                                                         arrival, drive to Tokaj and check-in to the delightful Mansion Hotel
                                                                                                                                                            local chardonnays and finish the morning with a tasting of Bull’s Blood.
                                                                         Andrassy. Your Hungarian guide is a wine expert and will give an
                                                                                                                                                            After lunch, transfer to Budapest to embark the MS Johann Strauss.
 Available in conjunction with the following itinerary:                  introductory talk on Tokaj before dinner with special emphasis on the
                                                                                                                                                            Twin: £395 per person based on double occupancy
Budapest to Basle (pre-cruise – 9th to 11th July 2012)                   historical aspect. Enjoy an excellent Hungarian dinner with wine.
                                                                                                                                                            Single: £495
                                                                         Day 2 — Tokaj. This morning we will visit the Tokaj wineries to learn how
                                                                                                                                                            Extension includes: Three nights hotel accommodation, all meals, excursions and
Before embarking the MS Johann Strauss, fly to Budapest by scheduled      Tokaj is made and how wine making has changed since the fall of                    wine tasting, transportation, English speaking guides.
flight and transfer on arrival to                                         Communism. The tour will end with some wine tasting. After lunch we                Not included: Travel insurance, gratuities.
the centrally located K&K Hotel
for a two night stay on                                                                                                     Vineyards of the Tokaj region

breakfast only basis. The K&K
Hotel is a delightful 4-star hotel
located next to the State Opera
House and close to all the main
sites of the city, a perfect base
from which to explore the city
which is often referred to as the
‘Queen of the Danube’.

Twin: £255 per person based
on double occupancy
Single: £355
                                Budapest                                                                                                                                                                                    Tokaj wine cellars
www.en.kkhotels.com

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     A RIVER JOURNEY ALONG THE DUTCH WATERWAYS AND THROUGH THE BULB FIELDS                                                                         Volendam




Springtime in the Netherlands
                                           24th to 31st March 2012 with Chris Bailey


This coming spring immerse yourself in the cultural and horticultural   Late March is the perfect time for such a journey,
splendours of the Netherlands. Join the first class MS Johann Strauss    when the landscape is touched by the arrival of
for an eight day journey which will afford us the opportunity to        spring. The itinerary we have designed is, we
enjoy the Dutch countryside in some depth.                              believe, a perfect mix of horticulture, history, art
                                                                        and Dutch lifestyle and makes for a colourful and
The programme will include spending an afternoon surrounded by          endlessly interesting week. We will also enjoy the
the flowers of the Keukenhof, exploring the shores of the Zuider Zee     great comfort of the MS Johann Strauss as we                               Day 3 — Edam & Hoorn. Spend the day exploring the Zuider Zee. From
from Volendam to Enkhuizen, the marvellous windmills of Kinderdijk      criss-cross the Netherlands along the intricate                            Volendam drive to Edam, a tranquil little town with its drawbridges
and of course the art treasures of Amsterdam.                                                                                                      across canals and charming historic houses with their lovely facades.
                                                                        network of rivers and waterways that make
                                                                                                                                                   Continue on to Enkhuizen, considered by many to be the prettiest town
Windmill, Kinderdijk
                                                                        Holland such a unique place.
                                                                                                                                                   in Holland with its well preserved buildings dating back to the 15-17th
                                                                                                                                                   century. Rejoin the vessel in Hoorn.
                                                                                            GUEST SPEAKER - CHRIS BAILEY
                                                                                                                                                   Day 4 — Arnhem. Spend the morning relaxing whilst cruising to Arnhem.
                                                                                             Chris Bailey read history at Cambridge specialising   Arnhem is well known because of the airborne paratrooper landings and
                                                                                             in modern European history. After gaining an MBA      the battles around the bridge over the Rhine. On arrival there will be a
                                                                                             at Manchester Business School, he became a
                                                                                             management consultant in Eastern Europe and
                                                                                             Africa working particularly in Romania, Bulgaria,
                                                                                             Serbia, Bosnia, Ukraine and Russia on projects
                                                                        funded by the European Union or the British government. He has also
                                                                        lectured widely for Hull University.

                                                                        THE ITINERARY
                                                                        Day 1 — London/Manchester/Birmingham/Edinburgh to Amsterdam.
                                                                        Fly by scheduled flight or travel by train from London St Pancras (via
                                                                        Brussels). Transfer to the MS Johann Strauss and embark. This evening,
                                                                        enjoy welcome drinks and dinner on board. Moor overnight in Amsterdam.
                                                                        Day 2 — Amsterdam. Explore the city of the ‘Golden Age’ on an
                                                                        excursion which will include the incomparable Rijksmuseum with its
                                                                        splendid collection of old masters. The excursion will end with a canal
                                                                                                                                                   The Hague
                                                                        ride through Old Amsterdam.

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                                                                                                                                               Amsterdam




                                                                                                                                                            Keukenhof Gardens


                                                           choice of optional excursions     landscape created in 1881 by Hendrik Willem Mesdag. Continue to                    Day 8 — Amsterdam to London/Manchester/Birmingham/Edinburgh.
                   Enkhuizen
                            Ze d e r




                                                           to the 75 acre “Dutch Open        nearby Delft for lunch. Vermeer was born here and you will see the place           Disembark after breakfast and return to your chosen airport by
   NORTH
                         • •
                               e




                    Hoorn
                             ui




    SEA                      Z
                   Edam •• Volendam                        Air Museum”, where a              where he painted his famous ‘View of Delft’. Enjoy a tour of the famous            scheduled flight or to London by train (via Brussels).
        Keukenhof      •Amsterdam
                                            el




                     •                                     brick-by-brick reconstruction     Delft Blue Pottery before returning to the vessel.
              Lisse •
                                       Ijss




    The Hague          Utrecht                             of 60 houses, windmills, barns    Day 7 — Schoonhoven to Keukenhof. Sail during breakfast to
              •
           Delft •            as•  Ne der rijn
                           Ma                  •Arnhem
       Rotterdam
             Nieuw •e • Schoonhoven
                      • Dordrechtaal
                                                           and farm buildings provide a      Schoonhoven. Take a walk this morning to some of Schoonhoven’s                      BOOK BEFORE 31 AUGUST 2011 AND SAVE £200
                                                    Rh     wonderful representation of       silversmith workshops. Nearby the Gothic town hall is a gem and dates
                     NETHERLANDS
                                W                      ine

                                                           rural 17th-19th century           back to the 15th century. Later, sail to Utrecht where a short coach ride
                                                                                                                                                                                  PER PERSON OFF THE PRICES SHOWN BELOW
                                                           Holland. Alternatively join the   will take us to the marvellous bulb gardens of Keukenhof at Lisse.                 PRICES PER PERSON
optional excursion to the Kroller-Muller Museum with its world-renowned
                                                                                                                                                                                Based on double occupancy      Tour Code: RCJS240312
collection of mainly 19th and 20th century visual art.                                                                                             The Old Harbour, Hoorn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           DOUBLE           SOLE
Day 5 — Dordrecht. A leisurely morning cruising across southern                                                                                                                      CAT      DECK            CABIN DESCRIPTION                           OCCUPANCY      OCCUPANCY

Holland to Dordrecht. After lunch we will join an excursion to see the                                                                                                               D        Polka           Forward                                      £1395          £1995
marvellous windmills of Kinderdijk, there are 19 in total and they date                                                                                                              C        Polka           Mid-ship                                     £1595          £2295
from 1740. Later, join the guided walk through Dordrecht with its old                                                                                                                BF       Opera           French balcony forward                       £1695          £2395
world atmosphere with quaint shops, cottages, courtyards and canals.                                                                                                                 B        Opera           French balcony                               £1895          £2695
Sail in the evening to Rotterdam and moor overnight.                                                                                                                                 A        Waltz           French balcony                               £2095          £2995
Day 6 — The Hague & Delft. From Rotterdam we
                                                                                                                                                                                  Price includes: Economy class scheduled air travel or standard class rail travel, 7
will head for The Hague where our first stop is                                                                                                                                    nights aboard the MS Johann Strauss on full board, house wine, beer and soft
the Mauritshuis; since 1822, it has housed the                                                                                                                                    drinks with dinner, shore excursions, guest speaker, services of a cruise director,
Royal Cabinet of Paintings. Some of the most                                                                                                                                      tour manager, transfers, port taxes, airport taxes, gratuities to crew and whilst
                                                                                                                                                                                  on shore excursions.
revered golden-age art treasures, including                                                                                                                                       Not included: Travel insurance, optional excursion to the Dutch Open Air
works by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Paulus Potter,                                                                                                                                    Museum/Kroller-Muller Museum.
                                                                                                                                                                                  NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may also affect itinerary. All special offers are
can be admired here. Another must-see is the                                                                                                                                      subject to availability.
395-foot Panorama Mesdag, a cylindrical

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   A NAVIGATION OF THE RHINE AND MOSELLE RIVERS FROM THE LOW COUNTRIES TO SWITZERLAND                                                                                                                                                   The Reichsburg and town of Cochem




 River Deep & Mountain High
                                          31st March to 11th April 2012 with Caroline Aston


Join us for our journey along Germany’s lovely rivers. The mighty                This detailed look at two     NORTH
                                                                                                                SEA  NETHERLANDS
Rhine, for so long one of Europe’s main trading routes contrasts                 of Europe’s great rivers                 • Amsterdam
                                                                                                                                 •Arnhem
beautifully with our exploration of the Moselle, surely one of the               will offer a captivating               Maas
                                                                                                                                                            GERMANY
loveliest rivers in all Europe. We will also visit the historic city of          and endlessly romantic                                         • Cologne                           Heidelberg




                                                                                                                                                 Rh
Heidelberg on the Neckar River, one of Europe’s great seats of                   journey. The scenery is




                                                                                                                                                    ine
                                                                                                                                       Koblenz       Rüdesheim               Main   splendid collection of old masters.
learning. Most trips on offer along the Rhine are based on four to six           stunning and makes an                            Cochem
                                                                                                                               Bernkastel       • • •
                                                                                                                                                le
                                                                                                                                            •el
                                                                                                                                                                                    Day 3 — Arnhem. Spend the morning relaxing whilst cruising to
                                                                                                                                        •




                                                                                                                                                os
                                                                                                                                  Trier    M                      Mannheim
days and concentrate on only one section of the river. Here you                  excellent combination                                                            • •
                                                                                                                                                                    Heidelberg




                                                                                                                                                            ine
                                                                                                                FRANCE                                                              Arnhem. Arnhem is well known because of the airborne paratrooper




                                                                                                                                                                    Neckar
                                                                                                                                                         Rh
have a most comprehensive journey including as it does some of                   with the artistic riches we                                                                        landings and the battles around the bridge over the Rhine. On arrival
                                                                                                                                                             •Baden-Baden
the most interesting places in the Netherlands, combined with the                shall see along the way                             Strasbourg      •                              there will be a choice of optional excursions; the 75 acre “Dutch Open Air
great wine producing areas along the Moselle and the historic cities             from the wonderful                                                                                 Museum”, where a brick-by-brick reconstruction of 60 houses, windmills,
                                                                                                                                            Basle
                                                                                                                                                     •                              barns and farm buildings provide a wonderful representation of rural
of Cologne, Koblenz and the enchanting resort of Baden-Baden.                    collections on show in the                           SWITZERLAND
                                                                                                                                                                                    17th-19th century Holland. Alternatively join the optional excursion to
Added to these riches is a visit in France to Strasbourg, an endlessly           museums and galleries to
                                                                                                                                                                                    the Kroller-Muller Museum with its world-renowned collection of mainly
fascinating place in the delightful Alsace region.                               the fairytale castles and medieval charms of the towns and villages                                19th and 20th century visual art.
                                                                                 along the rivers. This promises to be a most rewarding journey.                                    Day 4 — Cologne. Enjoy a relaxing morning as we cruise down the
                                                                                                                                                                                    Rhine, arriving in Cologne after lunch. On our guided tour we will include
                                                                                                      GUEST SPEAKER - CAROLINE ASTON                                                a walk along the river promenade and through the old town to the
                                                                                                   Caroline is a regular contributor to the UK premier                              magnificent cathedral, the largest in Germany. Later, visit a local brewery
                                                                                                   royalty magazine 'Majesty' and has also written for                                                        and sample its excellent beer.
                                                                                                   ‘The Daily Telegraph’. She has been involved in                                                            Day 5 — Cochem. Relax this morning and
                                                                                                   many programmes for the BBC and acts as historical                                                          enjoy the lovely scenery of the Moselle Valley as
                                                                                                   advisor to many BBC stations. It has been said of                                                            we make our way to Cochem, where we will
                                                                                                   her that if history gives you a headache then she is                                                         arrive in the early afternoon. The town of
                                                                                 the human equivalent of aspirin!                                                                                               Cochem is famous for its 11th century Schloss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 and the Reichsburg, set impressively on a tree
                                                                                 THE ITINERARY                                                                                                                   clad hill above a bend of the river. On the
                                                                                 Day 1 — London or Manchester to Amsterdam. Fly by scheduled flight                                                             guided tour, walk along its winding medieval
                                                                                 or take the train via Brussels. On arrival, transfer and embark the MS                             streets and see the Baroque Town Hall.
                                                                                 Johann Strauss. Welcome drinks and dinner on board. Moor overnight.                                Day 6 — Bernkastel & Trier. Here in the heart of the Moselle Valley we
                                                                                 Day 2 — Amsterdam. Explore the city of the ‘Golden Age’ on an                                      will explore lovely Bernkastel and sample some of its locally produced
                                                             Cologne Cathedral
                                                                                 excursion which will include the incomparable Rijksmuseum with its                                 wine. Later drive to nearby Trier, onetime capital of the Roman Western

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                                                                                                                                    Bernkastel market square   Allee runs for several kilometres from the pump room to Lichtental
                                                                                                                                                               Convent past the neo-baroque theatre. The old quarter is full of elegant
                                                                                                                                                               houses, exclusive boutiques and cafés and is fully pedestrianised. After a
                                                                                                                                                               guided tour there will be free time to wander around this remarkable
                                                                                                                                                               town which somehow manages to retain its old world charm and yet be
                                                                                                                                                               very much of the 21st century.
                                                                                                                                                               Day 10 — Strasbourg. Today, we cross to the other side of the Rhine
                                                                                                                                                               and enter France. Our guided tour will introduce us to the delights of
                                                                                                                                                               Strasbourg including the fascinating old quarter. Start with the Quai de
                                                                                                                                                               la Petite France where the River Ill splits into a number of canals, see the
                                                                                                                                                               Ponts Couverts, a series of wooden bridges dating back to the 13th
                                                                                                                                                               century, the Place Gutenberg and the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the
                                                                                                                                                               tallest medieval building in Europe.
                                                                                                                                                               Day 11 — Basle. Arrive in Switzerland and moor in Basle, the nation’s
                                                                                                                                                               second largest city. Our guided excursion will take us to the old market
                                                                                                                                                               square with its brightly painted Town Hall and along Minster Hill, past
                                                                                                                                                               many handsome 18th century houses to the Minster with its slender
                                                                                                                                                               twin spires. The oldest parts of the building date between 9th -13th
                                                                                                                                                               centuries, although much was rebuilt in the Gothic style after the 1356
                                                                                                                                                               earthquake. Afternoon at leisure or join an optional excursion to the
Empire and a fascinating mix of European architectural styles, but pride       the evening past the city of Mainz where the Rhine meets the Main.
                                                                                                                                                               Black Forest. Farewell dinner on board this evening.
of place goes to the most impressive group of Roman monuments                     Day 8 — Heidelberg. From our berth in Mannheim, we visit
                                                                                                                                                               Day 12 — Basle to London or Manchester. Disembark after breakfast and
north of the Alps. See the Roman ruins including the impressive Porta                Heidelberg where we have a day to enjoy this most picturesque
                                                                                                                                                               transfer to the airport or train station for your return journey to the UK.
Nigra, the most important ancient monument in the city and the                          and romantic of German cities which is home to Germany’s
largest Roman city gate extant. Sail from Bernkastel in the late                         oldest university, dating back to 1386. Our guided tour will          A three night post-cruise extension to Lucerne is available in
afternoon and enjoy the views along the meandering valley.                              include the castle, a dramatically sited red sandstone ruin that       conjunction with this cruise. Please refer to page 15 for details.
Day 7 — Rudesheim. Today, we leave the Moselle and head                                dominates the city, the old town with its famous market place
back to the Rhine, joining the great river in the city of Koblenz.                      and the city gates.                                                     BOOK BEFORE 31 AUGUST 2011 AND SAVE £300
The section of river to the south of Koblenz is regarded by
many as the most romantic with its cliff hugging castles and
                                                                                          Day 9 — Baden-Baden. We leave the banks of the Rhine and
                                                                                          drive inland to the spa town of Baden-Baden. This beautiful
                                                                                                                                                                 PER PERSON OFF THE PRICES SHOWN BELOW
vine clad hills. In the afternoon we will reach Rudesheim, a colourful river   belle-epoch resort is one of Germany’s best kept secrets. The spa               PRICES PER PERSON
side town. Here you explore the cobblestone streets of the Drosselgasse        assembly rooms and famously elegant casino form the focal point of the          Based on double occupancy      Tour Code: RCJS310312
and take a mini-train to Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum. Sail in          town, both architecturally and socially. In the spa park, the Lichtentaler                                                                                 DOUBLE           SOLE
                                                                                                                                                                    CAT      DECK            CABIN DESCRIPTION                           OCCUPANCY      OCCUPANCY

Strasbourg                                                                                                                                                          D        Polka           Forward                                      £1995          £2895
                                                                                                                                                                    C        Polka           Mid-ship                                     £2195          £3095
                                                                                                                                                                    BF       Opera           French balcony forward                       £2395          £3495
                                                                                                                                                                    B        Opera           French balcony                               £2595          £3695
                                                                                                                                                                    A        Waltz           French balcony                               £2795          £3995

                                                                                                                                                                 Price includes: Economy class scheduled air travel or standard class rail travel,
                                                                                                                                                                 11 nights aboard the MS Johann Strauss on full board, house wine, beer and
                                                                                                                                                                 soft drinks with dinner, shore excursions, guest speaker, services of a cruise
                                                                                                                                                                 director, tour manager, transfers, port taxes, airport taxes, gratuities to crew
                                                                                                                                                                 and whilst on shore excursions.
                                                                                                                                                                 Not included: Travel insurance, optional excursions: Dutch Open Air Museum,
                                                                                                                                                                 Kroller-Muller Museum, and Black Forest.
                                                                                                                                                                 NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may also affect itinerary. All special offers are
                                                                                                                                                                 subject to availability.
                                                                               Amsterdam


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                        A RIVER JOURNEY THROUGH THE NETHERLANDS & BELGIUM




            Spring Flowers & the
Golden Age of Dutch Art
                                                                                                                                                             Palace of Het Loo


                          22nd April to 1st May 2012 with Ann Clements & Janette Merilion                                                                   Day 2 — Amsterdam. This                                Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch’
                                                                                                                                                            morning our in-depth look at
                                                                                                                                                            classic art begins at beautiful
Spring in the Low Countries is the perfect time to immerse yourself                           GUEST SPEAKER - ANN CLEMENTS                                  Rembrandthuis, the home that
in the botanic and cultural splendours of the region. Join us on a                            Ann read History of Art and English at                               the bankrupt artist was
journey through the gentle landscape and picturesque cities and                               Manchester University and has spent                                    forced to abandon in
towns that so inspired the Old Masters.                                                       many years as a lecturer of Art. She is a                               1660. Here, enjoy
                                                                                              Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and                                 personal glimpses of the
We begin in Amsterdam and for 10 days journey around the                                      she recently published a book, "The Bleak                              man as you view his studio,
interlinking waterways which will afford us the opportunity to enjoy                          Midwinter" on artists' responses to snow.                         self-portraits, and some 250
                                                                                                                                                            etchings. Then continue to the
the renowned artistic heritage of the Low Countries together with a     GUEST SPEAKER - JANETTE MERILION                                                    Rijksmuseum, arguably
scenic and restful journey through the timeless countryside. In         Janette Merilion is a well known horticultural lecturer and historian with a        Amsterdam's most important art venue. Housing some of the greatest
addition to the many exceptional museums we will explore small          successful garden design business. Janette attended De Montfort University          examples of Western European painting and decorative arts, it boasts works
villages and towns that are rich in history and possess a marvellous                          to study horticulture and garden design and has had a         by Vermeer, Goya, and Rubens. Here, Rembrandt's famous ‘The Night
architectural heritage.                                                                       love affair with plants all of her life. She is a talented,   Watch’ hangs in the Hall of Honour. Return to the vessel for a late lunch.
                                                                                              innovative designer, who not only provides inspiration        Day 3 — Keukenhof Gardens & Haarlem. Drive to the nearby Keukenhof
                                                              Antwerp                         and practical advice, but is now making a considerable        Gardens for a morning in this extraordinary horticultural heaven. Our timing
                                                                                              name for herself as a professional speaker. Janette's         in late April is ideal and we will enjoy the gardens at their best. After lunch
                                                                                              garden and horticultural experience include: Radio            continue overland to charming Haarlem. Here, visit the 17th-century Church
                                                                                              broadcasts for the BBC, a series of garden make overs         of St. Bavo, immortalized in the artwork of Dutch painters Pieter Saenredam
                                                                                              for Yorkshire Television and lecturing on garden design       and Gerrit Berckheyde. Also see the busy market square and 14th-century
                                                                        and garden history for various education authorities.                               town hall before visiting the Frans Hals Museum, named for one of the most
                                                                                                                                                            celebrated painters of the Dutch golden age. View the Frans Hals’ Civic
                                                                        THE ITINERARY                                                                       Guard and see the spectacular display of 16th and 17th century portraits,
                                                                        Day 1 — London Heathrow/Edinburgh/Manchester/Birmingham/                            still life’s, and landscapes. Rejoin the vessel in Enkhuizen and sail.
                                                                        Southampton to Amsterdam. Fly from your chosen airport by scheduled                 Day 4 — Arnhem & Het Loo. Spend the morning relaxing whilst cruising
                                                                        flight or travel by train from London. On arrival transfer to the MS Johann          towards Arnhem. Join the excursion to the Palace of Het Loo, the
                                                                        Strauss which will be moored in the heart of Amsterdam. Welcome drinks              favoured summer residence of the Dutch Royal family from 1686 to
                                                                        and dinner. Moor overnight.                                                         1975. The Palace and grounds have undergone a spectacular restoration

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                         Bruges                                                                                                                           Kinderdijk windmills                                                                                  Keukenhof Gardens




                                                    returning them to their original   famous Delft Blue Pottery before returning to the vessel.                                 Steen castle, Antwerp’s most ancient building. The afternoon is free.
       NORTH         NETHERLANDS                    17th century splendour.            Day 6 — Rotterdam & Dordrecht. Start the day with a visit to Rotterdam’s                  Perhaps, visit Ruben’s House and the Royal Art Museum with its great
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                Haarlem
             Keukenhof •
                        • •Amsterdam                collection at the Kroller Muller   including Van Eyck, Fabricius and J. Bosch. Alternatively for those who would             Plantin-Moretus House where the original printing processes from type
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        The Hague                         Het Loo
                   • •DelftMaas Nederrijn• • Arnhem Museum of late 19th and 20th       like something lighter join the tour to the marvellous windmills of Kinderdijk,           casting to hand press can be seen or visit a diamond workshop.
            Rotterdam •                             century paintings including        there are 19 in total and they date from 1740. Rejoin the vessel in Dordrecht             Day 10 — Antwerp to London Heathrow/Edinburgh/Manchester/
                         • Dordrecht                278 works by Van Gogh.             for lunch. Later, join the guided walk through Dordrecht with its old world               Birmingham/Southampton. Disembark after breakfast and return to
     Veere •                                        Day 5 — The Hague & Delft.         atmosphere with quaint shops, cottages, courtyards and canals.                            London or your chosen regional airport by scheduled flight or return to
           • Middelburg
                                                    From Rotterdam we will head        Day 7 — Middelburg & Veere. Today, we explore Southern Zeeland,                           London by train.
  • Bruges             • Antwerp                    for The Hague where our first       starting in the lovingly restored medieval town of Middelburg whose
           • Ghent    BELGIUM
                                                    stop is the Gemeentemuseum         12th century abbey is one of the oldest in the Netherlands. After a
                                                    where we will see the 'View of     morning guided walking tour we return to the vessel for lunch and sail on                  BOOK BEFORE 31 AUGUST 2011 AND SAVE £300
Delft' by Johannes Vermeer, ‘The Bull’ by Paulus Potter and ‘The                       to the 13th century town of Veere. Formerly a seaport but now within a                      PER PERSON OFF THE PRICES SHOWN BELOW
Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp’ by Rembrandt van Rijn. Continue                   lake due to the Delta works carried out in the 1960’s. It’s a charming
to nearby Delft for lunch. Vermeer was born here and you will see the                  place with well preserved houses and a marina.                                            PRICES PER PERSON
place where he painted his famous ‘View of Delft’. Enjoy a tour of the                 Day 8 — Ghent & Bruges. Morning visit to Ghent with its beautiful canal                   Based on double occupancy      Tour Code: RCJS220412
                                                                                       setting lined by Guildhouses to see St Bavon’s Cathedral, one of the most                                                                                            DOUBLE           SOLE
                                                                              Veere                                                                                                   CAT      DECK            CABIN DESCRIPTION                           OCCUPANCY      OCCUPANCY
                                                                                       celebrated churches in Belgium with Jan van Eyck’s famous altarpiece
                                                                                       ‘Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’. Return to the vessel for lunch followed by                     D        Polka           Forward                                      £1995          £2895
                                                                                                                                                                                      C        Polka           Mid-ship                                     £2195          £3095
                                                                                       an afternoon in Bruges. Bruges was one of the largest and finest cities in
                                                                                                                                                                                      BF       Opera           French balcony forward                       £2395          £3495
                                                                                       Europe. The 15th century Belfry still dominates the centre as it did then
                                                                                                                                                                                      B        Opera           French balcony                               £2595          £3695
                                                                                       and the Town Hall, St John Hospital and the Begijnhof border the narrow
                                                                                                                                                                                      A        Waltz           French balcony                               £2795          £3995
                                                                                       canals. On a walking tour we will see some of the most important places
                                                                                       and buildings which survive from the Middle Ages including the Basilica                     Price includes: Economy class scheduled air travel or standard class train travel,
                                                                                       of the Holy Blood, City Hall, the Begijnhof, Minnewater and the Belfry                      9 nights aboard the MS Johann Strauss on full board, house wine, beer and
                                                                                                                                                                                   soft drinks with dinner, shore excursions, guest speaker, services of a cruise
                                                                                       and Church of Our Lady. Sail in the late evening for Antwerp.
                                                                                                                                                                                   director, tour manager, transfers, port taxes, gratuities to crew and whilst on
                                                                                       Day 9 — Antwerp. This morning we will start with a visit to the                             shore excursions, airport taxes.
                                                                                       magnificent Cathedral of Our Lady with its three vast alterpieces painted                    Not included: Travel insurance.
                                                                                                                                                                                   NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may also affect itinerary. All special offers are
                                                                                       by Rubens. Continue to the Grote markt surrounded by the Golden Age                         subject to availability.
                                                                                       Town Hall and various guild halls. Finish the morning with a visit to the

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                                                                                                                                                                       Day 3 — Ghent & Bruges. Morning visit The Belfry & Rosary Quay, Bruges
     A VOYAGE FROM THE WATERWAYS OF THE LOW COUNTRIES ALONG THE RHINE TO BASLE
                                                                                                                                                                       to Ghent with its beautiful canal setting
                                                                                                                                                                       lined by Guildhouses to see St Bavon’s
                                                                                                                                                                       Cathedral, one of the most celebrated



                 Glories of the Rhine
                                                                                                                                                                       churches in Belgium with Jan van Eyck’s
                                                                                                                                                                       famous altarpiece ‘Adoration of the
                                                                                                                                                                       Mystic Lamb’. Return to the vessel for
                                                                                                                                                                       lunch followed by an afternoon in
                                                                                                                                                                       Bruges. Bruges was one of the largest
                                                                                                                                                                       and finest cities in Europe. The 15th
                                             1st to 15th May 2012 with Henry Davis                                                                                     century Belfry still dominates the centre
                                                                                                                                                                       as it did then and the Town Hall, St John
                                                                                                                                                                       Hospital and the Begijnhof border the
                                                                                                                                                                       narrow canals. On a walking tour we will
The Rhine, for so long one of Europe’s main           NORTH
                                                                                                            relaxing way to explore, as we enjoy the first class        see some of the most important places
                                                       SEA  NETHERLANDS
trading routes makes for a fascinating passage                          Het Loo
                                                                                                            comfort, good food and service for which the               and buildings which survive from the
                                                          Amsterdam
                                                           Gouda
                                                                            •
                                                                      • • Utrecht
through time. Our detailed look at the river from               •                                           MS Johann Strauss is renowned.                             Middle Ages including the Basilica of the
                                                            Rotterdam   •• • Arnhem
                                                                    Maas Kinderdijk
aboard the MS Johann Strauss will offer a                                                  GERMANY                                                                     Holy Blood, City Hall, the Begijnhof,
                                                             Antwerp
                                                      Bruges
                                                           •        •               •Cologne                                                                           Minnewater and the Belfry and Church
captivating and endlessly romantic journey. The                                                             GUEST SPEAKER - HENRY DAVIS
                                                        Ghent •
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scenery is stunning and makes an excellent                   B E L G I U M Koblenz Rüdesheim Main        Henry Davis lectured in International & European
                                                                             Cochem
                                                                                    • l• •                                                                             Day 4 — Kinderdijk & Rotterdam. This
combination with the artistic riches we shall see                                  el
                                                                                       e                 Studies at the Birkbeck College (University of
                                                                                                                                                                       morning enjoy an excursion to see the 18th-century windmills of
                                                                              os
                                                                                M
along the way, from the wonderful collections on                                  Speyer • •  Heidelberg London) and is Convener of International &
                                                                                                                                                                       Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and tour a working windmill.



                                                                                              Neckar
                                                        FRANCE                                           European Studies at the School of Oriental & African
                                                                                       ine
show in the museums and galleries, to the fairytale                                 Rh                                                                                 Return to the vessel for lunch. You have the afternoon to explore
                                                                         Strasbourg • •Kehl
                                                                                                         Studies (University of London). His main academic
castles and medieval charms of the towns and                                                                                                                           Rotterdam, Holland’s second-largest city — or take an optional journey
                                                                                     • Breisach          area of interest is European
                                                                                                                                                                       to Delft, famous for its blue-and-white pottery. Stop at one of the last
villages along the rivers.                                                          •Basle               history and politics. Apart from
                                                                                                                                                                       Delftware factories for a demonstration.
                                                                                                         his writings on British foreign
                                                                          SWITZERLAND                                                                                  Day 5 — Gouda & Amsterdam. From Utrecht join a morning tour to
Our exploration will explore the canals and                                                              policy, he has had published
                                                                                                                                                                       Gouda to see the Town Hall and St. John’s Church, both Gothic in style.
waterways of Belgium and the Netherlands before                                                          several articles and from time to
                                                                                                                                                                       The tour ends with a demonstration of the craft of artisanal
entering the mighty Rhine. We begin in Antwerp and continue to                      time has broadcast on the countries of Central
                                                                                                                                                                       cheese-making. Return to the MS Johann Strauss in Utrecht for lunch
                                                                                    Europe, Eastern Europe and Russia, re travel and
the medieval gem of Bruges which no matter how many times you
                                                                                    academically-related topics. He was the Editor of                                  Dutch cheese market
visit there is always something new to discover, the ‘Golden Age’
                                                                                    'Albanian Life' for four years. Henry has organised and led scores of
city of Amsterdam, the city of Arnhem, a famous WWII battle site                    study-tours, and has been a Noble Caledonia tour-leader and lecturer
and the nearby Palace of Het Loo. We continue into Germany and                      since the Company was established.
the city of Cologne with its magnificent cathedral before cruising
along the most romantic and scenic section of the Rhine which is in                     THE ITINERARY
fact a UNESCO World Heritage Site and takes us past cliff top                           Day 1 — London/Manchester to Antwerp. Fly to Brussels by scheduled
castles, charming villages and the legendary Lorelei Rock. Other                        flight or travel by Eurostar. On arrival transfer to the MS Johann Strauss in
highlights in Germany include the 700 year old Marksburg Castle, a                      Antwerp. Welcome drinks and dinner on board. Moor overnight.
                                                                                        Day 2 — Antwerp. This morning join a morning guided tour of Antwerp.
visit to the Moselle Valley and the enchanting town of Cochem and
                                                                                        See the Town Hall, Steen Castle and Our Lady Cathedral, with its four
Heidelberg, the most picturesque and romantic of German cities.                         magnificent altarpieces painted by Peter Paul Rubens. Return to the
We will see much on this most rewarding of trips and as our floating                     vessel for lunch and enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore Antwerp’s
hotel takes us from one point to another, it will also be a most                        wonderful shops and cafés. Sail in the evening.

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                                                                                                                          Marksburg Castle




                                                                                                                                             Heidelberg’s city gate


aboard and sail to Amsterdam, arriving in the late afternoon.              charming villages, many castles and the legendary Lorelei Rock. Arrive in                  Day 15 — Basle to London/Manchester. Disembark after breakfast and
Day 6 — Amsterdam. Explore the city of the ‘Golden Age’ on an                Rudesheim in the early evening, where you will have time to enjoy an                     transfer to the airport or train station for your return journey.
excursion which will include the incomparable Rijksmuseum with its                        after dinner stroll in the city’s Drosselgasse, a                           A three night post-cruise extension to Lucerne is available in
splendid collection of old masters.                                                        pedestrian-only street lined with shops and pubs.                          conjunction with this cruise. Please refer to page 15 for details.
Day 7 — Arnhem. This morning drive to the nearby Palace                                    Day 11 — Heidelberg & Speyer. After breakfast this
of Het Loo, the favoured summer residence of the Dutch                                    morning, take a journey to Heidelberg, home to Germany’s
Royal family from 1686 to 1975. The Palace and grounds                          oldest university founded in 1386. A guided tour features imposing                     BOOK BEFORE 31 AUGUST 2011 AND SAVE £400
have undergone a spectacular restoration returning them to their                Heidelberg Castle, a red sandstone ruin overlooking the Neckar River.                   PER PERSON OFF THE PRICES SHOWN BELOW
original 17th century splendour. Rejoin the vessel for lunch and                Continue with a walking tour through the Old Town and
enjoy some free time to explore this afternoon. Arnhem is well                 marketplace. Rejoin your ship in Speyer and enjoy some free time in                    PRICES PER PERSON
known because of the airborne paratrooper landings and the battles          this quiet German town before we depart this evening.                                     Based on double occupancy      Tour Code: RCJS010512
around the bridge over the Rhine. On the town side of the bridge stands    Day 12 — Strasbourg. From the port of Kehl, join a morning guided tour                                                                                                DOUBLE           SOLE
                                                                                                                                                                           CAT      DECK            CABIN DESCRIPTION                           OCCUPANCY      OCCUPANCY
a monument commemorating the British forces. Optional afternoon            which will introduce us to the delights of Strasbourg including the
tour to the 75 acre ‘Dutch Open Air Museum’.                               fascinating old quarter. Start with the Quai de la Petite France where the                      D        Polka           Forward                                      £3195          £3995
                                                                                                                                                                           C        Polka           Mid-ship                                     £3395          £4195
Day 8 — Cologne. Your morning walking tour takes you past St.              River Ill splits into a number of canals, see the Ponts Couverts, a series of
                                                                                                                                                                           BF       Opera           French balcony forward                       £3695          £4495
Martin’s Church to Cologne’s Old Town and includes a visit to the          wooden bridges dating back to the 13th century, the Place Gutenberg
                                                                                                                                                                           B        Opera           French balcony                               £3895          £4695
magnificent Gothic cathedral.                                               and the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the tallest medieval building in Europe.
                                                                                                                                                                           A        Waltz           French balcony                               £4195          £4895
Day 9 — Cochem. The town of Cochem is famous for its 11th century          Day 13 — Breisach. This morning, arrive in Breisach, gateway to the
Schloss and the Reichsburg, set impressively on a tree clad hill above a   Black Forest. After breakfast, enjoy an excursion through the area’s                         Price includes: Economy class scheduled air or standard rail travel, 14 nights
bend of the river. On the guided tour, walk along its winding medieval     mountain landscape, meadows and dense forests.                                               aboard the MS Johann Strauss on full board, house wine, beer and soft drinks with
                                                                                                                                                                        dinner, shore excursions, guest speaker, services of a cruise director, tour manager,
streets and see the Baroque Town Hall.                                     Day 14 — Basle. Today's excursion will take us to the old market square                      transfers, port taxes, airport taxes, gratuities to crew and whilst on shore excursions.
Day 10 — Koblenz & Rudesheim. Wake up in Koblenz, at the confluence         with its brightly painted Town Hall and long Minster Hill, past many                         Not included: Travel insurance, optional excursion to Dutch Open Air Museum
of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. This morning’s excursion takes you to     handsome 18th century houses to the Minster with its slender twin spires.                    and Delft.
                                                                                                                                                                        NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may also affect itinerary. All special offers are
the 700-year-old Marksburg Castle. After lunch onboard we sail through     The oldest parts of the building date between 9th-13th centuries,                            subject to availability.
the glorious Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, passing    although much was rebuilt in the Gothic style after the 1356 earthquake.

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  A NAVIGATION OF THE RHINE & MOSELLE RIVERS FROM SWITZERLAND TO THE LOW COUNTRIES WITH LONDON FESTIVAL OPERA




                               Rivers of Music
  15th to 26th May 2012 with Rodney Greenberg; 25th July to 5th August 2012 with Rodney Trudgeon

The mighty Rhine, for so long one of Europe’s main trading routes               former German capital of Bonn and another recital in the Hall of Mirrors at
contrasts beautifully with our exploration of the Moselle, surely one of        the Mannheim Residence. Mozart first performed here in the summer of
                                                                                1763 and retained his links with the city for many years. The joy of music
the loveliest rivers in all Europe. We will also visit the historic city of                                                                                    Trier                                     Heidelberg
                                                                                performed in such special places puts the finishing touch to a splendid trip.
Heidelberg on the Neckar River, one of Europe’s great seats of
learning. Most trips on offer along the Rhine are based on four to six                                                                                         THE ITINERARY
                                                                                GUEST SPEAKER - RODNEY GREENBERG
                                                                                                                                                               Day 1 — London Heathrow/Manchester to Basle or London St Pancras
days and concentrate on only one section of the river. Here you have                                 Rodney graduated with honours at the Music Faculty        (via Paris) to Basle. Choose to either travel by scheduled flight or train.
a most comprehensive journey including some of the most interesting                                  of Manchester University, specialising in Piano and       On arrival, you will be met and transferred to the MS Johann Strauss for
places in the Netherlands, combined with the great wine producing                                    Composition. His music has been performed at the          embarkation. Welcome drinks and dinner on board. Moor overnight.
areas along the Moselle and the historic cities of Cologne, Koblenz                                  Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room. He began his           Day 2 — Basle. This morning’s excursion will take us to the old market
                                                                                                     broadcasting career in BBC radio, working as a Music      square with its brightly painted Town Hall and along Minster Hill, past
and Heidelberg as well as the enchanting resort of Baden-Baden
                                                                                                     Producer and writing radio portraits of Broadway          many handsome 18th century houses to the Minster with its slender
Added to these riches is a visit to Strasbourg in France, an endlessly                               composers. In 1970 he joined the Music and Arts           twin spires. The oldest parts of the building date between 9th -13th
place in the delightful Alsace region.                                          Department of BBC Television. Since 1980, he has been a freelance              centuries, although much was rebuilt in the Gothic style after the 1356
                                                                                Producer/Director combining work for the BBC, Channel Four and Sky             earthquake. Spend the afternoon at leisure or join an optional excursion
This detailed look at two of Europe’s great rivers will offer a captivating     Arts with projects for other major companies in Europe and America. His        to the Black Forest. After dinner enjoy a performance by London Festival
and romantic journey. The scenery is stunning and makes an excellent            biography of Gershwin is published by Phaidon. He has collaborated with        Opera.
                                                                                numerous eminent musicians, producing and directing over 300                   Day 3 — Strasbourg. From the port of Kehl, join a morning guided tour
combination with the artistic riches we shall see along the way from
                                                                                television music programmes ranging from concerts, opera and ballet to         which will introduce us to the delights of Strasbourg including the
the wonderful collections on show in the museums and galleries to the           documentary features and master classes.                                       fascinating old quarter. Start with the Quai de la Petite France where the
fairytale castles and medieval charms of the towns and villages.                                                                                               River Ill splits into a number of canals, see the Ponts Couverts, a series of
                                                                                GUEST SPEAKER - RODNEY TRUDGEON                                                wooden bridges dating back to the 13th century, the Place Gutenberg
                                     MUSICAL INTERLUDES                         As a name long associated with classical music broadcasting in South                                  and the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the tallest
                                      Not only have we organised one of the                          Africa, Rodney’s radio career has spanned some 25                                   medieval building in Europe. Afternoon at leisure,
                                      most comprehensive trips along these                           years. After many years as a current affairs, magazine                               and this evening we hope to attend a
                                      two great rivers, but have added the                           and music presenter, Rodney joined Classic FM in                                     performance in the Opera National du Rhin.
                                      extra dimension of music. The journey                          Johannesburg where he was a regular presenter. He                                    Performance details are not available at the time
                                      along the Rhine with its strong                                has interviewed numerous international musicians,                                  of going to press. This evening moor overnight in
                                      connections with the lives of                                  politicians, authors and actors and is In much                                       Kehl.
Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schumann and Mozart is all the more enjoyable                                demand as a lecturer on various aspects of the vast                                    Day 4 — Baden-Baden. This morning we drive
when accompanied by the music of the masters. We will have the pleasure                              world of classical music. Rodney’s accessible and                                       inland to the spa town of Baden-Baden. This
of listening to London Festival Opera perform both on board as well as          informal style has endeared him to local audiences and also guests                                            beautiful belle-epoch resort is one of
                                                                                                                                                                Beethoven
other highlights such as a string quartet recital in Beethoven’s house in the   onboard the numerous cruises he has lectured on.                                                               Germany’s best kept secrets. The spa

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                                                                                      drive to nearby Trier,            NORTH
                                                                                                                                                                                  the works of Mendelssohn and Schumann.
                                                                                      onetime capital of the              SEA
                                                                                                                                   NETHERLANDS
                                                                                                                                                                                  Day 10 — Arnhem. This morning drive to the nearby Palace of Het Loo,
                                                                                      Roman Western Empire and              Amsterdam •     • Het Loo                             the favoured summer residence of the Dutch Royal family from 1686 to
                                                                                                                         The Hague • Delft • Arnhem
                                                                                      a fascinating mix of                          • •Rotterdam                                  1975. The Palace and grounds have undergone a spectacular restoration
                                                                                                                                    Maas
                                                                                      European architectural                                                GERMANY               returning them to their original 17th century splendour. Rejoin the vessel
                                                                                      styles, but pride of place                               Bonn
                                                                                                                                                     •Cologne                     for lunch and enjoy some free time to explore this afternoon. Arnhem is
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                                                                                                                                                           ine
                                                                                      goes to the most impressive             BELGIUM                                             well known because of the airborne paratrooper landings and the battles
                                                                                                                                                 Koblenz     Rüdesheim Main
                                                                                      group of Roman                                        Cochem
                                                                                                                                                     • • •
                                                                                                                                         Bernkastel • elle                        around the bridge over the Rhine. On the town side of the bridge stands
                                                                                                                                             Trier • M




                                                                                                                                                       os
                                                                                      monuments north of the                                                  •Mannheim
                                                                                                                                                                 • Heidelberg     a monument commemorating the British forces. Optional afternoon tour




                                                                                                                                                                ine


                                                                                                                                                                      Neckar
                                                                                                                                                             Rh
                                                                                      Alps. On the afternoon                                                                      to the 75 acre ‘Dutch Open Air Museum’.
                                                                                                                          FRANCE
                                                                                      excursion see the Roman                                                •Baden-Baden         Day 11 — The Hague & Delft. From Rotterdam we will head for The
                                                                                                                                              Strasbourg • •Kehl
                                                                                      ruins including the                                                                         Hague where our first stop is the Mauritshuis; since 1822, it has housed
                                                                                      impressive Porta Nigra, the                                        •Basle                   the Royal Cabinet of Paintings. Some of the most revered golden-age art
                                                                                      most important ancient                                                                      treasures, including works by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Paulus Potter can
                                                                                      monument in the city and                                  SWITZERLAND                       be admired here. After lunch we will make our way to nearby Delft.
                                                                                      the largest Roman city gate                                                                 Vermeer was born here and we will see the place where he painted his
                                     Siegfried’s Music Museum, Rudesheim              extant. Sail in the late evening.                                                           famous ‘View of Delft’ and have a tour of the Delft Blue Pottery.
                                                                                       Day 8 — Cochem & Bonn. The town of Cochem is famous for its 11th                           Farewell dinner onboard tonight and concert by London Festival Opera.
assembly rooms and famously elegant casino form the focal point                              century Schloss and the Reichsburg, set impressively on a tree clad                  Day 12 — Amsterdam to London Heathrow/Manchester or London St
of the town, both architecturally and socially. The old quarter is                             hill above a bend of the river. On the guided tour, walk along its                 Pancras (via Brussels). Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the
full of elegant houses, exclusive boutiques and cafés and is                                     winding medieval streets and see the Baroque Town Hall.                          airport for your return scheduled flight to London or Manchester or travel
fully pedestrianised. After a guided tour there will be free time                                 Cruise back up the Moselle this afternoon, rejoining the Rhine                  by train to London St Pancras.
to wander around this remarkable town which somehow                                                and reaching Bonn at midnight.                                                 A three night pre-cruise extension to Lucerne is available in
manages to retain its old world charm and yet be very much                                        Day 9 — Bonn & Cologne. Morning visit to Beethoven's                            conjunction with this cruise. Please refer to page 15 for details.
of the 21st century. Sail this afternoon and relax onboard while                                  House, followed by a brief tour of Bonn. In the late morning
enjoying a performance by London Festival Opera.                                                sail on to Cologne and after lunch there will be a guided walk
Day 5 — Heidelberg. From our berth in Mannheim, we visit
                                                                           Me
                                                                              ndelssohn       along the river promenade and through the old town to the                            BOOK BEFORE 31 AUGUST 2011 AND SAVE £600
                                                                                          magnificent cathedral, the largest in Germany. Our visit to Cologne
Heidelberg where we have a day to enjoy this most picturesque and
                                                                                      will end with a string quartet recital in the late medieval castle of Burg
                                                                                                                                                                                    PER PERSON OFF THE PRICES SHOWN BELOW
romantic of German cities which is home to Germany’s oldest
university, dating back to 1386. A morning tour will include the castle, a            Konradsheim, an imposing moated castle and a striking setting to enjoy                      PRICES PER PERSON
dramatically sited red sandstone ruin that dominates the city, the old                                                                                                            Based on double occupancy      Tour Code: RCJS150512/RCJS250712
                                                                                                                                                            Strasbourg Old Town
town with its famous market place and the city gates. After lunch on                                                                                                                                                                       15th May                 25th July
board drive to the ‘Mirror Hall of the Residence of Mannheim where a                                                                                                                                                                    DOUBLE       SOLE       DOUBLE SOLE
                                                                                                                                                                                      CAT DECK         CABIN DESCRIPTION              OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY
string quartet will play some works by Mozart.
                                                                                                                                                                                      D     Polka      Forward                         £2695       £3495        £2595       £3395
Day 6 — Rudesheim & Koblenz. Rudesheimis a colourful riverside town.
                                                                                                                                                                                      C     Polka      Mid-ship                        £2895       £3695        £2795       £3595
This morning explore the colourful riverside town of Rudesheim
                                                                                                                                                                                      BF    Opera      French balcony forward          £3195       £3995        £3095       £3895
independently with its cobblestone streets of the Drosselgasse and
                                                                                                                                                                                      B     Opera      French balcony                  £3395       £4195        £3295       £4095
perhaps take the mini-train to Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum.
                                                                                                                                                                                      A     Waltz      French balcony                  £3695       £4495        £3595       £4395
Sail at lunchtime and enjoy the afternoon cruising towards Koblenz
where we join the Moselle. This section of the Rhine is regarded by many
                                                                                                                                                                                    Price includes: Economy class scheduled air travel or standard class train travel,
as the most romantic with its cliff hugging castles and vine clad hills. In                                                                                                         11 nights aboard the MS Johann Strauss on full board, house wine, beer and soft
the late afternoon we arrive in Koblenz which sits on the confluence of                                                                                                              drinks with dinner, shore excursions, onboard performances and music ashore as
                                                                                                                                                                                    described, guest speaker, services of a cruise director, tour manager, transfers,
the Rhine and Moselle. Enjoy a guided walking tour of Koblenz followed                                                                                                              port taxes, gratuities to crew and whilst on shore excursions, airport taxes.
by a concert of Chopin’s piano music in the 14th century moated castle                                                                                                              Not included: Travel insurance, optional shore excursions to the Black Forest
owned by the Princes of Hohenzollern.                                                                                                                                               and Dutch Open Air Museum.
                                                                                                                                                                                    NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may also affect itinerary. All special offers are
Day 7 — Bernkastel & Trier. Here in the heart of the Moselle Valley we                                                                                                              subject to availability.
will explore lovely Bernkastel on a morning walking tour. After lunch we

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                                                                                                                                                               Day 3 — Cologne. This morning
                            A RIVER VOYAGE FROM THE NORTH SEA TO THE BLACK SEA                                                                                                                         The Palm House at Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna
                                                                                                                                                               cruise the legendary Rhine. Pass
                                                                                                                                                               Duisburg and Dusseldorf before
                                                                                                                                                               arriving in Cologne for a tour to



 Amsterdam to the Black Sea
                                                                                                                                                               see the city’s famous cathedral.
                                                                                                                                                               Afternoon at leisure and sail in the
                                                                                                                                                               evening.
                                                                                                                                                               Day 4 — Koblenz & Rudesheim.
                                                                                                                                                               Arrive in Koblenz for a walking tour
                                                                                                                                                               of this historic commercial centre.
                           26th May to 17th June 2012 with Henry Davis & Stephen Phillips                                                                      After lunch, continue through the
                      & 5th to 27th August 2012 with Dr Katherine Lack & Dr Richard Butterwick                                                                 dramatic Rhine Gorge to
                                                                                                                                                               Rudesheim, passing romantic
                                                                                                                                                               castles, lush vineyards and the
This is the Ultimate Grand Tour of Europe. Sail clear across the                                   GUEST SPEAKER - DR KATHERINE LACK                           infamous Lorelei rock. In
continent, visit seven countries, travel more than 2200 miles and                                                                                              Rudesheim, enjoy a tour of
                                                                                                   Dr Katherine Lack originally trained as an agricultural
                                                                                                                                                               Siegfried’s Musical Instrument Museum. Moor overnight.
unpack only once as you settle aboard your wonderfully                                             scientist at Oxford, where she took her doctorate in
                                                                                                                                                               Day 5 — Heidelberg. From the port of Mainz, disembark for a morning
comfortable floating hotel. Trace the routes of emperors and kings                                  1985. More recently she has studied medieval
                                                                                                                                                               tour to romantic Heidelberg, the oldest university town in Germany. Sail
                                                                                                   history and historical research techniques, and this
as you cruise along the Rhine, Main and Danube. Live the dream of                                                                                              at lunchtime as we enter the River Main.
                                                                                                   diverse background has led her to explore the links
Charlemagne, who 1200 years ago, dreamed of building a canal                                                                                                   Day 6 — Miltenberg & Wertheim. This morning on a walking tour, see
                                                                                                   between superficially different subjects. She has
connecting the Rhine to the Danube. This is truly the voyage of a                                                                                              the pretty Franconian town of Miltenberg, known for its half-timbered
                                                                              written on science, history and theology, and is the author of three
lifetime at an unbeatable price.                                                                                                                               medieval houses. Return to the ship for lunch whilst sailing onto
                                                                              recent books tracing historical journeys and their cultural background,
                                                                                                                                                               beautiful Wertheim. Afternoon walking tour followed by some free time.
                                                                              which give an insight into life in the dark ages and medieval times.
                    GUEST SPEAKER - HENRY DAVIS                                                                                                                Day 7 — Wurzburg. Arrive this morning in historic Wurzburg, the wine
                                                                                                                                                               capital of Franconia. Tour this lovely town including the magnificent
                    Henry Davis lectured in International & European          GUEST SPEAKER - DR RICHARD BUTTERWICK
                                                                                                                                                               Prince Bishop’s Residenz Palace. Also see the old town with its collection
                    Studies at the Birkbeck College (University of London)    Dr Richard Butterwick graduated in History from Cambridge, before                of churches before returning to the ship for lunch as we sail to Bamberg.
                    and is Convener of International & European Studies       obtaining his doctorate at Oxford. He taught European history at Oxford          Day 8 — Bamberg. This morning, enter the Main-Danube Canal at
                    at the School of Oriental & African Studies (University                       and Queen’s University Belfast before moving to the          Bamberg, one of Germany’s most beautiful historic towns. Enjoy a
                    of London). His main academic area of interest is                             School of Slavonic and East European Studies, where          morning guided tour. This afternoon the ship remains in Bamberg,
                    European history and politics.                                                he is now Senior Lecturer. His academic interests            allowing you time at leisure to explore Bamberg further.
                                                                                                  range across the history and culture of Europe, but          Day 9 — Nuremberg. Join a guided tour of this historic city. Sail at
GUEST SPEAKER - STEPHEN PHILLIPS                                                                  especially in the eighteenth century, and especially in      lunchtime and continue cruising through the highest point of any
Stephen is a writer and broadcaster who frequently lectures on historical                         Poland and Lithuania. A great lover of the baroque           commercial waterway in Europe, 1331 feet above sea level.
and archaeological subjects. He studied ancient history and classical                             and classical styles in the arts, he particularly delights   Day 10 — Regensburg. Early this morning we enter the Danube
                     archaeology at London and Cambridge and has                                  in Mozart’s operas. Richard has published three              River, arriving in Regensburg after breakfast. Enjoy a guided stroll
                     taught those subjects at universities and made           books and many articles in scholarly periodicals and collections, and is in      around historic Regensburg, widely regarded as the medieval
                     television programmes on a wide range of cultural        frequent demand as a speaker at international conferences.                       wonder of Germany.
                     subjects. Stephen has written for most of Britain’s                                                                                       Day 11 — Passau. Arrive this morning is Passau, where the
                     national papers as well as specialist arts magazines.    THE ITINERARY                                                                    Inn and Ilz rivers join the Danube. Join the tour that will
                     He made numerous programmes for the BBC for              Day 1 — London/Manchester/Birmingham/Edinburgh to Amsterdam.                     include a guided walk through the Old Town. Tour the
                     whom he also worked as a news reporter, presented        Fly by scheduled flight and transfer to the MS Johann Strauss. Moor               breathtaking Cathedral of St. Stephan, which contains
                     the Radio 4 arts series Kaleidoscope and reviewed for    overnight in Amsterdam.                                                          one of the world’s largest church pipe organ. Enjoy an
the World Service. He was a founder member of Channel 4, organising           Day 2 — Amsterdam. Enjoy a morning in Amsterdam and during the                   organ recital before returning to the ship for lunch.
and producing its arts coverage and series editing its first arts series.      guided tour visit the Rijksmuseum. Later sail to Cologne.                        Afternoon at leisure in Passau. Later cruise into Austria.

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                                                        Fishermen’s Bastion, Budapest                                                                                                    River. A palace, fortifications and churches were built into the terrain.
                                                                                                                                                                                         Across the river, ancient stone houses seemingly perched on top of each
                                                                                                                                                                                         other rise up the steep riverbank. After lunch in a local restaurant, visit
                                                                                                                                                                                         the museum town of Arbanassi. Rejoin the ship in Rousse and sail.
                                                                                                                                                                                         Day 21 — Constanta. Early this morning, arrive in Cernavoda at the
                                                                                                                                                                                         entrance to the Black Sea Canal. Drive to nearby Constanta, a popular
                                                                                                                                                                                         resort city. Its colourful history dates back to ancient Greek and Roman
                                                                                                                                                                                         times. On a guided tour see the Museum of National History and
                                                                                                                                                                                         Archaeology and the Roman mosaic. Return to the ship for a late lunch
                                                                                                                                                                                         and sail as we make our way to the Black Sea.
                                                                                                                                                                                         Day 22 — The Black Sea & Tulcea. Awake early
                                                                                                                                                                                         today to experience sunrise over the Black Sea. Weather
                                                                                                                                                                                         conditions permitting, we hope to make a short cruise
                                                                                                                                                                                         into the Black Sea proper, with a good chance of
                                                                                        Bamberg                                                                     The Danube Delta     spotting birdlife; a wonderful start to the day. Later we
                                                                                                                                                                                         cruise to Tulcea, situated at the entrance to the Danube
Day 12 — Melk & the Wachau Valley to Vienna. This morning we will                                  Day 16 — Kalocsa. Arrive this morning in charming Kalocsa, renowned                   Delta and enjoy an afternoon boat trip into the delta
reach the picturesque Wachau Valley, famous for its wine. We will moor                             for paprika production. Your tour of the Puszta district will include the             wetlands.
in Melk under the shadow of the great Baroque Abbey, situated on a                                 town and a spectacular display of Hungarian horsemanship. Depart this                 Day 23 — Bucharest to London/Manchester/
cliff high above the Danube. Enjoy a guided tour of the abbey. During                              afternoon for a relaxing cruise down the beautiful Danube, arriving in                Birmingham/Edinburgh. Disembark this morning in
lunch continue sailing through the                                                                                                                 Mohacs in the early evening. Moor     Cernavoda and drive to Bucharest for the return
Wachau to Durnstein, where King          NE THE RL A NDS                                                                                           overnight.                            scheduled flight to your chosen airport.
Richard the Lionheart was                    • Amsterdam GE RM A NY                                                                                Day 17 — Pecs. Lying between
imprisoned. After free time in this
                                            Cologne •
                                                              Mainz
                                                                 Würzburg
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nearby village of Weissenkirchen
                                              Koblenz
                                                      •  Main
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                                                          •
                                                                     Bamberg
                                                                     • Nuremberg
                                                                     • Regensburg Weissenkirchen                                                   of Pecs enjoys a fine position on        PER PERSON OFF THE PRICES SHOWN BELOW
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                                                                                                                                                                                         PRICES PER PERSON
Sail in the evening to Vienna.                                             WACHAU VALLEY    Bratislava
                                                                                            Dan ube Budapest
                                                                                                                                                   excursion will feature the sites
                                                                                                   •                                                                                     Based on double occupancy       Tour Code: RCJSBLACK12
Day 13 — Vienna. A morning city                                             A US TR IA                                                             associated with the city’s Roman
                                                                                          HUNGA RY
                                                                                                   •
                                                                                           Pecs • • Kalocsa
                                                                                                                  ROM A NIA                                                                                                                        26th May                5th August
tour of Austria’s elegant capital                                                                   Mohacs                                         Ottoman Hapsburg past. Return to                                                            DOUBLE        SOLE       DOUBLESOLE
                                                                                                        D                          Tulcea
will take us around the famous                                                                            anube   IRON
                                                                                                                  GATES
                                                                                                                                          • NUBE   the ship in Mohacs and enjoy an           CAT DECK         CABIN DESCRIPTION              OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY
                                                                                                                             Cernavoda DA ELTA
Ringstrasse, and the Old Quarter                                                                  Belgrade•          Bucharest •      • •D         afternoon of cruising.                    D     Polka      Forward                         £4395        £5495       £4295        £5395
                                                                                                                                •        Constanta
including St Stephan’s cathedral.                                                                     S E RBIA Svistov • Rousse                    Day 18 — Belgrade. Spend the              C     Polka      Mid-ship                        £4595        £5695       £4495        £5595
                                                                                                                Veliko Tarnovo •        BLACK
In the afternoon perhaps join an                                                                                                                   morning in this interesting city. A       BF    Opera      French balcony forward          £4795        £5895       £4695        £5795
                                                                                                                    BUL GA RIA            SEA
optional excursion to the                                                                                                                          half-day tour highlights the city’s       B     Opera      French balcony                  £4995        £6095       £4895        £5995
                                                                                                                                                                                             A     Waltz      French balcony                  £5195        £6295       £5095        £6195
Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens.                                                                                                                     main attractions, including the
Day 14 — Bratislava. Arrive this morning in the Slovak capital of                                  Kalemegdan fortress as it looms over the confluence of the Sava and
                                                                                                                                                                                           Price includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, 22 nights aboard the MS
Bratislava. Join a guided walking tour of the city, formerly known as                              Danube rivers, Saint Sava Cathedral, the largest Orthodox Church in the                 Johann Strauss on full board, house wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner, shore
Pressburg, a former capital of Hungary. See the old quarter, the ornate                            world, and Tito’s Memorial. This evening enjoy an optional Folklore                     excursions, guest speaker, services of a cruise director, tour manager, transfers,
Baroque Palace and the ancient city gates. Later, we will cruise to                                performance.                                                                            port taxes, airport taxes, gratuities to crew and whilst on shore excursions.
                                                                                                                                                                                           Not included: Travel insurance, optional excursions to Palace of Schonbrunn,
Budapest arriving in the late evening. Moor ovenight.                                              Day 19 — Cruising through the Iron Gates. Today the scenery                             Godollo and evening folklore performance in Belgrade.
Day 15 — Budapest. We have the day to explore Hungary’s elegant                                    becomes truly spectacular as you cruise through the Iron Gates, a                       NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may also affect itinerary. All special offers are
                                                                                                                                                                                           subject to availability. Due to low level bridges on certain sections of the river, please note
capital. Spend the morning on an excursion that will include the old                               narrow Danube gorge between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains.                        that on occasion, Polka deck cabin windows may be below water levels and the sun deck
quarter, visiting the Matthias Church and the Fishermen’s Bastion.                                 Day 20 — Veliko Tarnovo. From Svistov, drive to Veliko Tarnovo, the                     may be closed.

Afternoon at leisure. Alternatively enjoy an optional excursion to the                             capital of the second Bulgarian Kingdom from 1187 to 1393. The city
                                                                                                                                                                                         Flights from Bucharest to Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh are indirect
small Baroque Palace of Godollo. Sail at midnight.                                                 formed a natural fortress, located on three hills surrounding the Yantra              services. Transfer time from Cernavoda to Bucharest airport is approximately 3 hours.

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  A CELEBRATION OF THE MUSIC AND HISTORY OF THE BALKANS FROM THE DANUBE DELTA TO BUDAPEST                                                                 Veliko Tarnovo




From the Balkans to Budapest
    17th to 26th June 2012 with Humphrey Burton, Violinist Sherban Lupu and London Festival Opera


Join us on what promises to be a splendid journey from the Danube             GUEST SPEAKER - HUMPHREY BURTON
Delta to Budapest. A river cruise of many hundreds of miles as the            We are delighted to be joined onboard by Humphrey Burton. Humphrey
mighty river travels through Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia and           read music and history at Cambridge and joined the BBC in 1955 as a
Hungary. This is no ordinary journey but a celebration of music                                   studio manager specialising in music programmes,
                                                                                                  transferring to television three years later where he   Szering and Nathan Milstein as well as
through a landscape that has inspired composers and poets
                                                                                                  enjoyed much success, including producing and           with Norbert Brainin of the Amadeus
through the ages.
                                                                                                  directing nearly two hundred music programmes           String Quartet and Sandor Vegh. Lupu has
                                                                                                  with the composer and conductor Leonard                 won prizes in numerous competitions
Humphrey Burton is well known to many of our past travellers for
                                                                                                  Bernstein. Humphrey retired from management             such as: Vienna International, Romanian
the many musical journeys he has accompanied for us, particularly                                 when he was 50 and has since combined a freelance       National String Quartet, Jacques Thibaud
for the Danube for which he has a special affection. Past trips with                              career as a presenter and director of television        in Paris, Carl Flesch in London, Royal
Humphrey have concentrated on the section of river that runs                  operas and concerts with work as an impresario and writer.                  Society of Arts, and the Park Lane Group
through Austria and Hungary, and now for the first time he is                                                                                              Contest. Mr. Lupu specialises in the music
                                                                                  “Romania has had a fascination for me ever since I wrote the
heading further east for a musical treat in the Balkans.                                                                                                  of his native Romania and Eastern Europe
                                                                                  life of Yehudi Menuhin, who adored his Romanian teacher, the
                                                                                                                                                          as well as the virtuoso romantic repertoire.
                                                                                  composer and virtuoso performer George Enescu. During this
Humphrey’s knowledge and great enthusiasm for the region will be
                                                                                  remarkable cruise, we shall visit Enescu's Budapest house and           THE ITINERARY
evident in his illuminating talks and joining him on board is the                 hear his violin music played by a top-flight soloist of today: I
                                                                                                                                                          Day 1 — London/Manchester to Bucharest. Fly by scheduled flight. On
 L F O performing aboard the Johann Strauss
                                            world renowned violinist              couldn't be more excited - though the gypsy musicians we'll
                                                                                                                                                          arrival transfer to Cernavoda and embark the MS Johann Strauss. Moor
                                            Sherban Lupu. Travelling              hear later on the tour, in Budapest, are just as phenomenal in
                                                                                                                                                          overnight.
                                            through Sherban’s native              their own way. I look forward to greeting you on the Danube!”
                                                                                                                                                          Day 2 — Danube Delta. The vast Danube Delta is one of the most
                                            Romania whilst listening to his                                                     Humphrey Burton           important wetlands left in Europe. From the port of Tulcea, join a boat
                                            exquisite interpretations of                                                                                  trip to explore the delta. Sail in the afternoon. Welcome drinks and
                                                                              GUEST VIOLINIST - SHERBAN LUPU WILL BE JOINING US                           dinner this evening will be followed by a recital by the world renowned
                                            some of the greatest works
                                                                              ONBOARD FROM 17TH TO 19TH JUNE                                              violinist Sherban Lupu.
                                            will be a very special
                                                                              We will also be joined onboard by Sherban Lupu, one of the world's          Day 3 — Bucharest. Arrive this morning in the port of Oltenita for a
experience, and the icing on the cake will be provided by our good            leading performers of George Enescu's music. Romanian-born Sherban          drive to Bucharest. We will explore the boulevards with their decidedly
friends London Festival Opera.                                                Lupu studied at the Bucharest Conservatory with George Manoliu. While       French style and visit the home (now a museum) of the violinist and
                                                                              a student he concertized throughout Eastern Europe and performed on         pedagogue, George Enescu, the Elgar of Romanian music. Enjoy lunch in
It is unlikely that we shall ever be able to offer such a unique trip         Romanian radio and television. Mr. Lupu left Romania to study in London     a typical Romanian restaurant. Rejoin the ship in Giurgiu and reposition
again and hope you will be able to join us on this Danube musical             at the Guildhall School of Music with Yfrah Neaman and he took lessons      to Rousse for an overnight mooring. This evening enjoy an onboard
odyssey.                                                                      and master classes with legendary violinists Yehudi Menuhin, Henryk         performance by London Festival Opera.

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                                                                                                The Parliament building, Budapest               Sveti Sava Church, Belgrade                                                                             The Iron Gates, Romania




             Dan
                ube
                            Godollo
                                                                                             settlement dating back to Roman times which lies between the Danube              your Farewell Dinner followed by a wonderful finale performance from
              Budapest   ••                                                                  and Drava Rivers in southern Hungary. On a walking tour see some of              London Festival Opera.
             HUNGARY
               Pecs   • • Mohacs               ROMANIA
                                                                                             the beautifully restored grand buildings, the Romanesque cathedral and           Day 10 — Budapest to London/Manchester. Disembark after breakfast
                                                                                             the Mosque, which is now a Catholic church.                                      and return to London or Manchester by scheduled flight.
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                                            GATES                                    E LTA                                                                                    A four night pre-cruise extension to Transylvania is available in
                           Belgrade                            Bucharest
                                      •     • Turnu Severin •                • Cernavoda     capital. Spend the morning on an excursion that includes the old                 conjunction with this cruise. Please refer to page 14 for full details.
                                                       Giurgiu      • Oltenita
                                            Danub e
                                                               •• Rousse                     quarter, a visit to the Matthias’ Church and the Fisherman’s Bastion
                                   SERBIA                    • Veliko Tarnovo B L A C K      from where there are stunning views of the city. After lunch on board
                                                 BULGARIA
                                                                                  SEA
                                                                                             there will be free time in Budapest or the opportunity to join an optional        BOOK BEFORE 31 AUGUST 2011 AND SAVE £400
                                                                                             excursion to the small Baroque Palace of Godollo. Tonight enjoy an                 PER PERSON OFF THE PRICES SHOWN BELOW
Day 4 — Veliko Tarnovo. From the port of Rousse, depart by coach for a                       excellent onboard performance from a local gipsy band.
full-day tour to Veliko Tarnovo, the ‘City of the Tsars’. The Yantra River all               Day 9 — Budapest. Today will be dedicated to the music of this great             PRICES PER PERSON
but encircles the city, a one time capital, and the enchanting houses cling                  city. Enjoy a morning visit to the Bartok Museum, followed by a tour of          Based on double occupancy       Tour Code: RCJSBALICAN

to a steep gorge. The excursion will include lunch in a local restaurant.                    the Franz Liszt Academy. This afternoon, depending on schedules, we                                                                                           DOUBLE           SOLE
                                                                                                                                                                                   CAT      DECK             CABIN DESCRIPTION                            OCCUPANCY      OCCUPANCY
Day 5 — Cruising through the Iron Gates. Today the scenery becomes                           hope to include a guided tour of the State Opera House. Tonight enjoy
                                                                                                                                                                                   D        Polka            Forward                                       £2495          £3295
truly spectacular as you cruise through the Iron Gates, a narrow Danube
                                                                                             Exlploring the Danube Delta at Tulcea                                                 C        Polka            Mid-ship                                      £2695          £3495
gorge between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains. This evening
                                                                                                                                                                                   BF       Opera            French balcony forward                        £2995          £3695
enjoy an onboard performance by London Festival Opera.                                                                                                                             B        Opera            French balcony                                £3195          £3895
                            Day 6 — Belgrade. Arrive in Belgrade and join                                                                                                          A        Waltz            French balcony                                £3395          £4095
                            a tour of the city’s main attractions Saint Sava
                            Cathedral, the largest Orthodox Church in the                                                                                                       Price includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, 9 nights aboard the
                             world and Tito’s Memorial; your tour will end                                                                                                      MS Johann Strauss on full board, house wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner,
                                                                                                                                                                                shore excursions, guest speaker, services of a cruise director, performances by
                               with an excellent dance display from a local                                                                                                     London Festival Opera, tour manager, transfers, port taxes, airport taxes,
                                Folklore troupe. Sail in the early evening.                                                                                                     gratuities to crew and whilst on shore excursions.
                                                                                                                                                                                Not included: Travel insurance, optional Godollo excursion.
                                 Day 7 — Pecs. Arrive in the Hungarian
                                                                                                                                                                                NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may also affect itinerary. All special offers are subject
                                        town of Mohacs an area renowned                                                                                                         to availability. Transfer time from Bucharest to Cernavoda on day 1 is approximately 3 hours.
                                           for its paprika production. Drive                                                                                                    Due to low level bridges on certain sections of the river, please note that on occasion, Polka
                                                                                                                                                                                deck cabin windows may be below water levels and the sun deck may be closed.
                                            to the university town of Pecs, a

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                                                      A RIVER JOURNEY TO THE DANUBE DELTA




                                   East of Budapest
                                                  26th June to 11th July 2012 with Henry Davis
                                            & 7th to 22nd October 2012 with Canon Dr Anne Davison


            Dan
               ube
                                                                                                               GUEST SPEAKER - HENRY DAVIS
                         Godollo
             Budapest   ••                                                                                      Henry Davis lectured in International & European
            HUNGARY
             Pecs • • Kalocsa
                    • Mohacs                  ROMANIA                                                           Studies at the Birkbeck College (University of            The Belogradchik Rocks
          Vukovar
                 •
      C R O AT I A         Novi Sad                                    Tulcea
                                                                                                                London) and is Convener of International &
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                                                                                                                European Studies at the School of Oriental & African
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                       Belgrade            GATES
                                                              Bucharest
                                                                                  E LTA                                                                                   are stunning views of the city. Afternoon at leisure. Welcome drinks and
                                • • • Turnu Severin •
                     Donji Milanovac                                     • • Constanta
                                                                           Cernavoda                            Studies (University of London). His main academic
                                     Vidin • Turnu Giurgiu • Oltenita                                                                                                     dinner. Sail in the early evening.
                                              Magurele •
                             Belogradchik • anu
                                                            ••                                                  area of interest is European history and politics.
                                          D    be
                                                  Svistov•
                                                               Rousse                                                                                                     Day 3 — Vukovar. A relaxing morning onboard as we cruise through
                              SERBIA                       • Veliko Tarnovo               Apart from his writings on British foreign policy, he has had published
                                                                            BLACK                                                                                         Hungary and Croatia to Vukovar, which hugs the western bank of the
                                               BULGARIA                      SEA          several articles and from time to time has broadcast on the countries of
                                                                                                                                                                          Danube. For centuries, the river helped transform the town into an
                                                                                          Central Europe, Eastern Europe and Russia, re travel and academically-
                                                                                                                                                                          important trading centre. More recently, Vukovar is famous for the
                                                                                          related topics. He was the Editor of 'Albanian Life' for four years. Henry
Join us for one of the great river journeys of the world as we                                                                                                            heroic battle in the Patriotic War and unprecedented devastation to
                                                                                          has organised and led scores of study-tours, and has been a Noble
navigate the Danube River from Budapest to the delta in the east.                                                                                                         which the town was exposed over the months. Among a number of
                                                                                          Caledonia tour-leader and lecturer since the Company was established.
                                                                                                                                                                          attractive buildings damaged in the war, the most interesting are the
Travel from the heart of Europe to the distant Black Sea shores
                                                                                                                                                                          18th century castle of the Elz family and the Baroque buildings in the
visiting Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia and Hungary. We will                                               GUEST SPEAKER - CANON DR ANNE DAVISON
                                                                                                                                                                          centre of the town.
travel both down and upriver affording us a comprehensive look at                                               Anne spent the early part of her career working with      Day 4 — Cruising through the Iron Gates. Spend a relaxing day on
Eastern Europe. This is one of the world’s great journeys, following                                            major companies such IBM, British Petroleum and           board as we sail through Serbia and Romania. In the morning there will
                                                                                                                British Airways. After studying for her Doctorate in      be a short stop at Donji Milanovac, an attractive town, ideal
as it does one of the most important trade routes since the earliest
                                                                                                                History and Comparative Religion she became an            for gentle and easy exploration. Arrive into Turnu Severin this
of times, linking the east with the west. We will travel through some                                           Adviser in Inter Religious Relations with the Church of   evening and moor overnight.
of Europe’s most beautiful landscapes, from the delta lands of the                                              England, Vice Moderator of the World Council of           Day 5 — Turnu Severin. Turnu Severin is
Danube, past the distant Carpathian Mountains to the plains of                            Churches in Geneva and has sat on numerous advisory committees for              picturesquely set in the Carpathian Mountains on
Hungary.                                                                                  Inter Religious Relations. She is widely travelled, having led many             the banks of the famous Iron Gate Gorge. From here
                                                                                          pilgrimages to Israel and Lebanon and lectured on numerous cruise ships.        there will be an excursion to see the Hercules Spa, the
We will visit the great cities of Budapest, Bucharest and Belgrade as                                                                                                     Roman baths where Emperor Trojan’s soldiers
                                                                                          THE ITINERARY                                                                   recuperated after their ambitious campaigns.
well as riverside villages and towns along the Danube as the great
                                                                                          Day 1 — London/Manchester to Budapest. Fly by scheduled flight.                  Day 6 — Bucharest. Arrive this morning in the port
river makes its way to the Black Sea. From the great comfort of our
                                                                                          Drive to the MS Johann Strauss and embark. Moor overnight.                      of Turnu Magurele and drive to Bucharest. We will
vessel we will travel effortlessly, enjoying the varied scenery,                                                                                                          explore the boulevards with their decidedly French
                                                                                          Day 2 — Budapest. Enjoy your day in Hungary’s elegant capital and
architecture and learning more about a region that has seen more                          spend the morning on an excursion that includes the old quarter, a visit        style and later tour the excellent Village Museum
of its fair share of conflicts, revolutions and wars.                                      to the Matthias Church and the Fishermen’s Bastion from where there             which houses a collection of historic houses from

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            Danube Delta birdlife                               Szechenyi chain bridge and Parliament Buildings, Budapest                        The Iron Gates   of Vojvodina, has returned to normal and much rebuilding has taken
                                                                                                                                                                  place. The city is rich in historic buildings including the Petrovaradin
                                                                                                                                                                  fortress, Bishop’s House, Clock Tower and numerous churches, some of
                                                                                                                                                                  which will be seen on our morning tour.
                                                                                                                                                                  Day 13 — Pecs. Lying between the Danube and Drava Rivers in southern
                                                                                                                                                                  Hungary, the historic city of Pecs enjoys a fine position on the slopes of
                                                                                                                                                                  the Mecsek Hills. Our shore excursion from the port of Mohacs will
                                                                                                                                                                  feature the sites associated with the city’s Roman, Ottoman and
                                                                                                                                                                  Hapsburg past.
                                                                                                                                                                  Day 14 — Kalocsa. Famous for its surrounding plains, horses and the
                                                                                                                                                                  production of paprika, Kalocsa has a history dating back over 1000 years.
                                                                                                                                                                  It is also the site of Hungary’s first cathedral. There will be an opportunity
                                                                                                                                                                  to see rural Hungary and a provincial town, and included in the tour is a
                                                                                                                                                                  demonstration of local horsemanship for which the region is famous.
                                                                                                                                                                  Day 15 — Budapest. Today we return to the Queen of the Danube. This
                                                                                                                                                                  morning, join an optional excursion to the small Baroque palace of
                                                                                                                                                                  Godollo. It was the favoured home of Sissy, the wife of Emperor Franz
                                                                                                                                                                  Josef, and in recent years the palace has been restored. Afternoon free
                                                                                                                                                                  for independent sightseeing or shopping. There are some excellent
                                                                                                                                                                  museums and galleries and marvellous shops, but the great charm of
all regions of Romania. Lunch will be taken at a lively Romanian                   Day 9 — Veliko Tarnovo. From the port of Rousse we
                                                                                                                                                                  this city is its enchanting architecture which is best appreciated on a
restaurant. Rejoin the vessel in Oltenita.                                         will drive to the wonderfully picturesque Veliko Tarnovo,
                                                                                                                                                                  stroll through old Buda. Farewell dinner on board.
Day 7 — Tulcea. Today we arrive in Tulcea, situated at the entrance to             the ‘City of the Tsars’. The Yantra River all but encircles
                                                                                                                                                                  Day 16 — Budapest to London/Manchester. Disembark this morning
the Danube Delta. Enjoy a boat trip into the delta wetlands, famous for            the city, a one time capital, and the enchanting
                                                                                                                                                                  and return to your chosen airport by scheduled flight.
its birdlife.                                                                      houses cling to the steep gorge. This is one of the
Day 8 — Constanta. From the port of Cernavoda join the full day                    most interesting and scenic places in Eastern Europe.
excursion to Constanta, known as Tomis to the Greeks but named                     Rejoin the vessel in the port of Svistov. The excursion
Constanta by the Romans. Our city tour will include the excellent                  will include lunch in a local restaurant.                                       BOOK BEFORE 31 AUGUST 2011 AND SAVE £400
Archaeological Museum. Be sure to visit the Treasury and see the                   Day 10 — Belogradchik & Vidin. In the early                                      PER PERSON OFF THE PRICES SHOWN BELOW
gigantic 3rd century Roman Mosaic. After lunch in a local restaurant,              morning arrive in the Bulgarian port of Vidin. From
stretch your legs with a walk along the Black Sea waterfront promenade             here we will drive to Belogradchik which is located                            PRICES PER PERSON
from the Edwardian casino to the Genoese Lighthouse. Sail this evening.            close to the Serbian border. The Belogradchik                                  Based on double occupancy      Tour Code: RCJSEAST12
                                                                                   Rocks are a famous Bulgarian beauty spot. The                                                                                           26th June              7th October
The Belogradchik Rocks                                                             sandstone has been weathered into all manner of                                                                                      DOUBLE       SOLE       DOUBLE SOLE
                                                                                                                                                                      CAT DECK         CABIN DESCRIPTION              OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY
                                                                                   bizarre shapes, and housed amongst the rocks is
                                                                                                                                                                      D     Polka      Forward                         £3295       £4195        £3195       £3995
                                                                                   an Ottoman fort, built on the remains of a Roman structure. The
                                                                                                                                                                      C     Polka      Mid-ship                        £3495       £4395        £3395       £4195
                                                                                   excursion will end with a city tour of Vidin, including the Baba Vida
                                                                                                                                                                      BF    Opera      French balcony forward          £3795       £4595        £3695       £4495
                                                                                   Fortress. This historic river port dates back to Roman and Thracian times.         B     Opera      French balcony                  £3995       £4795        £3895       £4695
                                                                                   Day 11 — Belgrade. After all the turmoil of past years it is good to see           A     Waltz      French balcony                  £4295       £4995        £4095       £4895
                                                                                   that life has returned to normal in this historic city which was founded on
                                                                                   the site of a Celtic settlement, dating back to the 3rd century B.C. Our         Price includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, 15 nights aboard the MS
                                                                                   excursion this afternoon will include the city’s main sights including the       Johann Strauss on full board, house wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner, shore
                                                                                                                                                                    excursions, guest speaker, services of a cruise director, tour manager, transfers,
                                                                                   Kalemegdan Citadel, a hill fortress at the junction of the Danube and
                                                                                                                                                                    port taxes, airport taxes, gratuities to crew and whilst on shore excursions.
                                                                                   Sava Rivers. Optional evening Folklore performance.                              Not included: Travel insurance, optional Folklore performance and Godollo
                                                                                   Day 12 — Novi Sad. This morning we will arrive in Novi Sad. Following            excursion.
                                                                                                                                                                    NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may also affect itinerary. All special offers are
                                                                                   the destruction of the three main bridges by the NATO bombing                    subject to availability.
                                                                                   campaign in 1999, the city of Novi Sad, in the Serbian northern province

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                         A JOURNEY ALONG THE DANUBE, MAIN AND RHINE RIVERS




                         Budapest to Basle
                                              11th to 25th July 2012 with Roger Mills


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                                                                                                                                                                         century fortress. On a guided excursion see the old quarter, the ornate
                                                                                                  • Zurich                     AUS TR    IA        Visegrad • Budapest
                                                                                    SWIT Z                   D                                                           Baroque Palace and the ancient city gates. Continue sailing on to Vienna
landscapes, dotted with historic towns and villages, peaceful                                     E R L AN                                      HUNGA RY
                                                                                                                                                                         in the afternoon and moor overnight on arrival.
monasteries and imposing medieval castles.                                                                                                                               Day 4 — Vienna. A morning excursion will include the Hofburg Palace
                                                                                                           GUEST SPEAKER - ROGER MILLS                                   (outside view only), St Stephen's Cathedral, and a drive around the
This is the perfect trip for those who enjoy seeing something                                     Roger Mills is best known as the Director and Series                   famous Ringstrasse. This afternoon, join the excursion to the summer
different every day. Our floating hotel, the MS Johann Strauss                                     Producer of the Michael Palin Travel Documentaries.                    palace of Schonbrunn. Sail in the late evening.
transports you in considerable comfort between great cities, towns                                Of the Seven series, from ‘Around the World in                         Day 5 — Melk. Visit the beautiful Baroque abbey situated on a cliff,
and villages. Past ever changing landscapes where the slow speed of                               Eighty Days’ (1989) to ‘Michael Palin’s New                            high above the Danube at Melk. Relax and enjoy the enchanting scenery
                                                                                                  Europe’(2006) he has directed six. Roger Mills has                     as we cruise through the afternoon.
the vessel allows us to absorb the ever changing views of town and
                                                                                                  been making documentaries for forty five years and                      Day 6 — Passau. Join the walking tour of the ancient fairytale Bavarian
country. If you have never experienced a river journey on a modern
                                                                             to date has won four BAFTAs, one for ‘Sailor’, about life on HMS Ark                        city of Passau, the meeting point of the Danube, Ilz and Inn Rivers. See
large river cruiser it is difficult to explain the sheer pleasure that        Royal, two in the Best Series Category for ‘Forty Minutes’ and BAFTA's                      the old town and cathedral that houses one of the largest pipe organs in
comes from travelling through the heart of Europe observing                  special award for ‘Services to Television’.                                                           the world. After a short organ recital return to the vessel for
everyday life along the banks of the rivers.                                                                                                                                           lunch. Afternoon free in Passau. Sail in the early evening.
                                                                             THE ITINERARY                                                                                                Day 7 — Regensburg & Kelheim. Enjoy a full day tour
                                              The Stone Bridge, Regensburg   Day 1 — London/Manchester/Birmingham to Budapest.                                                            today. This morning explore Regensburg, a fascinating
                                                                             Fly by scheduled flight and transfer on arrival to the MS                                                     and beautiful medieval city. See the magnificent,
                                                                             Johann Strauss for embarkation. Moor overnight in Budapest.                                                 twin-spired cathedral Dom St Peter, the treasury and the
                                                                             Day 2 — Budapest & Esztergom. On our morning city tour see                                               tower houses. Continue on to Weltenburg for lunch, and then
                                                                             the Matthias Church, which for centuries witnessed the coronations of                              drive to Kelheim for a tour which will include Liberation Hall.
                                                                             the Kings of Hungary, and the Fishermen’s Bastion from where there are                      Afterwards sail through the Danube Gorge on small local boats and view
                                                                             fine views of the city. Return to the ship for lunch, and this afternoon you                 the dramatic 400ft cliffs. Rejoin your vessel in Kelheim and sail in the
                                                                             have the choice of an optional overland tour to Esztergom, via Visegrad, or                 early evening.
                                                                             stay on board the ship as we navigate the famous Danube Bend.                               Day 8 — Nuremberg. Explore Nuremberg, the capital of Franconia on a
                                                                             Day 3 — Bratislava. Arrive today in the capital of Slovakia. Formerly                       guided tour of the old city within the vast walls. See Zeppelin Field and
                                                                             known as Pressburg, this historic city is dominated by an enormous 9th                      the site of the Nuremberg Trials, the Palace of Justice. Afternoon at

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                                                                                Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna                                                                     The Danube Bend at Visegrad


leisure. Those interested in the history of World War II may care to visit                                   a walking tour see the picturesque triangular-shaped        Day 15 — Zurich to London/Manchester/Birmingham. Disembark in
the Documentation Centre Museum.                                                                               Marktplatz and walk up to the Mildenburg, a               Basle after breakfast. Transfer to the airport and return to the UK by
Day 9 — Bamberg. Arrive in Bamberg, one of Germany’s loveliest cities.                                          restored medieval castle with excellent views of the     scheduled flight.
Its relative geographical location, some 40 miles north of Nuremberg,                                           town. Sail in the early evening.                         A two night pre-cruise hotel extension in Budapest and a post-cruise
was a key factor in preserving its magnificent architectural heritage from                                       Day 12 — Heidelberg. Morning cruising. From              three night extension in Lucerne is available with this cruise. Please
the ravages of war. Every single European style from the Romanesque                                              the port of Mainz we will drive to Heidelberg for       refer to pages 14 and 15 for full details.
onwards has left its mark on Bamberg, each bequeathing at least one                                                an afternoon excursion to this most
major building. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure in Bamberg.                                                            picturesque and romantic of German cities,           BOOK BEFORE 31 AUGUST 2011 AND SAVE £300
Day 10 — Wurzburg. After a morning of scenic cruising, arrive in historic                                             home to Germany’s oldest university, dating
Wurzburg, the wine capital of Franconia. Tour the city including the                                                 back to 1386. The tour will include the               PER PERSON OFF THE PRICES SHOWN BELOW
magnificent Residential Palace set in equally stunning parkland. Also, see                                             castle, a dramatically sited red sandstone         PRICES PER PERSON
the old town with its impressive collection of churches. Sail this evening.                                            ruin that dominates the city, the old town
                                                                                                                                                                         Based on double occupancy       Tour Code: RCJS110712
Day 11 — Wertheim & Miltenberg. Explore the delightful town of                         with its famous market place and the city gates.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     DOUBLE           SOLE
Wertheim, known as ‘Little Heidelberg’, on a walking tour. During lunch, sail          Day 13 — Baden Baden & Strasbourg. Morning visit to the beautiful                      CAT      DECK            CABIN DESCRIPTION                            OCCUPANCY      OCCUPANCY

on to the Franconian town of Miltenberg with its half-timbered houses. On              belle époque resort of Baden Baden. This is one of Germany’s best kept                 D        Polka           Forward                                       £3295          £4095
                                                                                       secrets, a marvellous hillside town of gracious buildings and endless parks.           C        Polka           Mid-ship                                      £3495          £4295
                                                                                       After lunch join an afternoon tour of Strasbourg, including the fascinating            BF       Opera           French balcony forward                        £3695          £4495
                                                                                       old quarter. Start with the Quai de la Petite France where the River Ill splits        B        Opera           French balcony                                £3895          £4695
                                                                                       into a number of canals. See the Ponts Couverts, a series of wooden                    A        Waltz           French balcony                                £4095          £4895
                                                                                       bridges dating back to the 13th century, the Place Gutenberg and the
                                                                                       Cathedral of Notre Dame, the tallest medieval building in Europe.                   Price includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, 14 nights aboard the MS
                                                                                                                                                                           Johann Strauss on full board, house wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner, shore
                                                                                       Day 14 — Breisach & Colmar. Mooring on the German side of the                       excursions, guest speaker, services of a cruise director, tour manager, transfers,
                                                                                       Rhine at Breisach, there will be a morning drive into the Black Forest with         port taxes, airport taxes, gratuities to crew and whilst on shore excursions.
                                                                                                                                                                           Not included: Travel insurance, optional excursion to Esztergom.
                                                                                       its mountainous landscape, bright green meadows and dense forest.
                                                                                                                                                                           NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may also affect itinerary. All special offers are
                                                                                       Return to the vessel for a late lunch. This afternoon there will be a visit to      subject to availability. Due to low level bridges on certain sections of the river, please note
                                                                                       nearby Colmar in Alsace. This wine-trading centre is noted for its many             that on occasion, Polka deck cabin windows may be below water levels and the sun deck
                                                                                                                                                                           may be closed.
Bratislava Castle
                                                                                       fountains, Gothic churches and Renaissance houses.

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      A RIVER VOYAGE BETWEEN BUDAPEST TO BAVARIA WITH LONDON FESTIVAL OPERA                                                                              Main square, Linz




            Mozart on the Danube
                                                         With London Festival Opera
                            5th to 13th September 2012 with Humphrey Burton;
             22nd to 30th October & 30th October to 7th November* 2012 with Rodney Greenberg


                           The magic of Mozart has once again               valley or the medieval villages and towns that pepper the Danube
                           placed its spell resulting in three trips for    Valley in Austria and Bavaria. Our journey will end in one of the most
                                                                                                                                                         musicians, producing and directing over 300 television music
                           2012. The demand for Mozart inspired trips       romantic towns in Europe, Regensburg, very much a living and
                                                                                                                                                         programmes ranging from concerts, opera and ballet to documentary
                           along the Danube continues unabated and          thriving medieval museum.                                                    features and master classes. 2011 marks his 41st consecutive year
                           with our friends London Festival Opera and                                                                                    directing cameras at the BBC Proms, and he continues to be a guest
                           guest speakers Humphrey Burton and                                   GUEST SPEAKER - HUMPHREY BURTON                          lecturer for Noble Caledonia on music cruises along the Danube.
                           Rodney Greenberg we can promise you a                                We are delighted to be joined onboard by
                                                                                                Humphrey Burton. Humphrey read music and                 THE ITINERARY
                           marvellous experience.
                                                                                                history at Cambridge and joined the BBC in 1955 as
                                                                                                                                                         Day 1 — London/Birmingham/Manchester to Budapest. Fly by
                                                                                                a studio manager specialising in music programmes,
This celebration of Mozart’s life will take us on a journey along the                                                                                    scheduled flight. Transfer to the MS Johann Strauss and embark. Moor
                                                                                                transferring to television three years later where he
River Danube, from Hungary to Bavaria through Slovakia and                                                                                               overnight in Budapest.
                                                                                                enjoyed much success, including producing and
Austria. On this eight night river cruise, we will visit small towns and                                                                                 Day 2 — Budapest. We have the day to explore Hungary’s elegant
                                                                            directing nearly two hundred music programmes with the composer and
                                                                                                                                                         capital. Spend the morning on an excursion that includes the old quarter,
villages as well as the cities of Budapest, Vienna, Bratislava and          conductor Leonard Bernstein. Humphrey retired from management
                                                                                                                                                         visiting the Mathias’ Church and the Fisherman’s Bastion from where
Salzburg, enjoying some of Mozart’s finest works in idyllic settings.        when he was 50 and has since combined a freelance career as a
                                                                                                                                                         there are stunning views of the city. After lunch on board there will be
                                                                            presenter and director of television operas and concerts with work as an
In addition to our excursions and music ashore, we will also enjoy                                                                                       free time in Budapest or the opportunity to join an optional excursion to
                                                                            impresario and writer.
performances aboard our wonderfully comfortable vessel.
                                                                                                                                                         Salzburg
                                                                            GUEST SPEAKER - RODNEY GREENBERG
The life and times as well as the music of Mozart will be brought vividly
                                                                            Rodney graduated with honours at the Music Faculty of Manchester
to life by our guest speakers, who will accompany the trip. Informative     University, specialising in Piano and Composition. His music has been
after dinner talks and the benefit of our expert’s knowledge on our                                performed at the Wigmore Hall and the Purcell
visits ashore will add much to our understanding and enjoyment on                                 Room. He began his broadcasting career in BBC
what promises to be a marvellous affair. Adding to our enjoyment will                             radio, working as a Music Producer and writing radio
                                                                                                  portraits of Broadway composers. In 1970 he joined
be ‘highlight’ performances by ‘London Festival Opera’ the travelling
                                                                                                  the Music and Arts Department of BBC Television.
opera company. They will perform on board the vessel in the
                                                                                                  Since 1980, he has been a freelance Producer/
wonderfully intimate atmosphere of the lounge.                                                    Director combining work for the BBC, Channel Four
                                                                                                  and Sky Arts with projects for other major
Every day holds something new, whether it be the cultural delights          companies in Europe and America. His biography of Gershwin is
of the cities, the enchanting vine covered landscape of the Wachau          published by Phaidon. He has collaborated with numerous eminent

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                                                                                                                                             Durnstein                             Melk Abbey interior


                                                                                                             we will moor in the charming town of                                                        Day 9 — Regensburg to London/Birmingham/Manchester. Disembark
                                                         • Prague
                                                                                                             Durnstein in Austria’s scenically splendid                                                  after breakfast and drive to Munich airport for your return scheduled flight
                                                  CZECH
                                                 REPUBLIC                                                    wine producing Wachau Valley. It was                                                        to your chosen airport.
                             Dan
                                   ub                                                                        here that Richard the Lionheart was held                                                    Pre and post cruise extensions to Prague and the famous wine
            Regensburg   •            e
                                                                    Weissenkirchen
                                                                    Durnstein          S L O VA K I A        captive on a Crusader journey. Explore                                                      regions of Hungary are available in conjunction with this cruise.
             Munich
                   •         Passau       •   Linz   •          ••           Bratislava
                                                                • Melk • • Dan                               independently with a stroll through the                                                     Please refer to pages 14 and 15 for full details.
            GERMANY                                      WA             Vienna     ube           DANUBE
                                     •Salzburg              CH
                                                         VA L L A U
                                                               EY
                                                                                                  BEND       town. After lunch sail on to Melk where an
                                               AUSTRIA
                                                                                     Budapest   • •Godollo   excursion will include the imposing Baroque
                                                                                     HUNGARY                 Abbey which dominates the Danube from its cliff top setting. Continue on                     BOOK BEFORE 31 AUGUST 2011 AND SAVE £300
                                                                                                             to Weissenkirchen to taste some of the wonderful wines of this region.                        PER PERSON OFF THE PRICES SHOWN BELOW
   the Palace of Godollo. Built in the 1740’s it was the favoured home of                                    Day 6 — Linz & Salzburg. This morning we will stop in Linz for those
   Sissy, the wife of Emperor Franz Josef and in recent years the palace has                                 wishing to take the optional full day tour with lunch to Salzburg, birthplace               PRICES PER PERSON
   been restored. Welcome drinks and dinner on board. Sail in the evening.                                   of Mozart and famous for its architectural treasures and music festival. Our                Based on double occupancy      Tour Code: RCJSMOZ12
   Day 3 — Bratislava to Vienna. Arrive this morning in the Slovak capital                                   excursion will concentrate on Mozart’s family and his musical                                                                                 5th September 22nd & 30th* October
   of Bratislava. Join a guided walking tour of the city, formerly known as                                  contemporaries. Visits will be made to the house known as Geburtshaus                                                                        DOUBLE      SOLE           DOUBLE      SOLE
                                                                                                                                                                                                             CAT DECK       CABIN DESCRIPTION            OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY        OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY
   Pressburg, a former capital of Hungary. See the old quarter, the ornate                                   where he was born and spent his early life, Schloss Mirabell and the Residenz.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             D    Polka     Forward                        £2095       £2895         £1995       £2795
   Baroque Palace and the ancient city gates. This evening enjoy an after                                    Before we leave we shall enjoy a special concert of music by Salzburg’s most
                                                                                                                                                                                                             C    Polka     Mid-ship                       £2295       £3095         £2195       £2995
   dinner performance on board by London Festival Opera, as we sail                                          famous son. Return to the ship and sail this evening for Passau.                                BF   Opera     French balcony forward         £2595       £3395         £2495       £3295
   towards Vienna.                                                                                           Day 7 — Passau. Enjoy a walking tour of the ancient fairytale city of                           B    Opera     French balcony                 £2795       £3595         £2695       £3495
   Day 4 — Vienna. Join the morning guided tour which will include the                                       Passau, the meeting point of the Danube, Ilz and Inn rivers. See the old                        A    Waltz     French balcony                 £2995       £3795         £2895       £3695
              famous Ringstrasse, St Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg                                     town and cathedral that houses one of the largest pipe organs in the
                  Palace (outside only). On an optional afternoon excursion                                  world. After a short organ recital, return to the vessel for lunch.                           Price includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, 8 nights aboard the MS
                  also see the summer palace of Schonbrunn with its                                          Afternoon free, and this evening enjoy an on board performance by                             Johann Strauss on full board, house wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner, shore
                                                                                                                                                                                                           excursions, guest speaker, services of a cruise director, performances by London
                       magnificent interiors and landscaped gardens. This                                     London Festival Opera. Sail in the early evening.                                             Festival Opera, tour manager, transfers, port taxes, airport taxes, gratuities to
                         evening we hope to offer an optional music event                                    Day 8 — Regensburg. Regensburg is Germany’s largest and best preserved                        crew and whilst on shore excursions.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Not included: Travel insurance, optional shore excursions to Godollo,
                          ashore at the State Opera or Volksopera. Details of                                medieval city. Join a guided walk or explore independently its winding                        Schonnbrun Palace, Salzburg and evening performance in Vienna.
                            optional music events will be available                                          lanes, streets and numerous squares, see the twin-spired cathedral Dom St                     NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may also affect itinerary. All special offers are
                              approximately three months prior to each                                       Peter, the treasury and the tower houses and try some local wines.                            subject to availability.

                                 departure date. Sail in the late evening.                                   Afternoon free in this wonderful living museum. Farewell dinner followed by                 * Please note that this departure operates in the reverse direction from Regensburg to
Mozart                           Day 5 — Durnstein & Melk. During breakfast                                  a performance of highlights from the Magic Flute by London Festival Opera.                  Budapest.

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            A PASSAGE THROUGH HISTORY ALONG THE MAIN, RHINE & MOSELLE RIVERS                                                                                Rose Garden of the Bamberg New Residence




 Great Houses & Gardens
                                         of Franconia
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                      11th to 23rd September 2012 with Michael Michieli & Nicholas Merchant
                                                                                                                                                            THE ITINERARY
                                                                                                                                                            Day 1 — London to Prague. Fly by scheduled flight. On arrival, transfer
                                                                                                                                                            to the Esplanade Hotel or similar for your two-night stay.
                   On our passage along Germany’s three great                                GUEST SPEAKER - MICHAEL MICHIELI
                                                                                                                                                            Day 2 — Prague. The historic heart of Prague bears the most impressive
                   rivers we will encounter some of her greatest                            Michael Michieli is a Gardens Consultant for the                witness to the city’s one thousand years of development and it
                   Romanesque buildings and travel through time                             Royal Horticultural Society garden holidays and, as             embraces almost 2000 buildings and monuments and is on UNESCO’s
                   to the beauty of the Baroque, so well executed in                        the previous head of the Mediterranean Garden                   World Cultural Heritage List. This morning we will visit the major
                                                                                            Society’s UK branch, he brings a wealth of                      attractions including Prague Castle and St Vitas Cathedral, the old Jewish
                   her great country estates. The Rhine and its
                                                                                            experience to the holidays he leads. He has served              quarter and Wenceslas Square with the town hall’s famous astronomical
                   tributaries the Main and Moselle were some of                            on The Plant Conservation committee for the                     clock. Afternoon at leisure.
the busiest rivers in Europe, a water highway that not only            National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens and as the               Day 3 — Prague to Regensburg. Check out of your hotel today and drive to
transported people and goods, but ideas and fashions. They were        national collection holder of verbena has exhibited at horticultural shows           Regensburg to embark the MS Johann Strauss. Travel through the delightful
also a source of wealth and much of Germany’s finest architecture,      such as Hampton Court, Malvern RHS Show and Chateaux du Courson                      countryside of Bohemia. After stopping for lunch we cross the border into
                                                                       near Paris. When not exhibiting he is a horticultural lecturer and                   Germany and reach Regensburg in the afternoon. After a brief but
museums and art are to be found close to their banks.
                                                                       botanical tour leader. He is a member of the institute of horticulture               fascinating tour of this beautiful medieval city we continue to St Emmeram
Whilst any river trip along these great rivers must include elements   undertaking major research trail projects to find new plant varieties.                Palace for a tour that will include the romantic landscaped park of the Thurn
of all the arts and history both ancient and modern, on this trip we                         GUEST SPEAKER - NICHOLAS MERCHANT
will also concentrate on the splendid Baroque country houses and                               Nicholas Merchant’s career has mirrored his abiding
gardens. Somewhat different in taste and style to our own great                                interest in Antiques. He has worked for some of the
houses and gardens, but fascinating all the same for the                                       major Auction Houses in London and in the provinces,
extraordinary marriage of styles from the past.                                                where his wide knowledge of his subject was sought
                                                                                               after as a Valuer and in advising clients on the sale of
Join us for a passage through history which will start with the                                their goods. His particular interest is English 18th
incomparable treasures of Prague and carry us across a great           century furniture and Country Houses. However, his interest is broad and he
                                                                       likes to discuss objects, not just for themselves but in their historical context.
swathe of Middle Europe. Travelling at a slow pace we will enjoy the
                                                                       Lecturing has taken Nicholas to the United States, South Africa, Europe and
subtle changes in scenery and styles from the beautiful medieval       all over the United Kingdom including the Victoria and Albert Museum in
cities of Franconia to the enchanting but simpler and more bucolic     London. Since joining the panel of lecturers of the NADFAS in 2004 his
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Regensburg
landscapes of the Moselle.                                             convivial style of lecturing has resulted in over 220 lectures all over the world.

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         The Reichsburg, Cochem                                              Nuremberg’s Hosperide Gardens                                                                   which sits on the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle.
                                                                                                                                                                             Day 10 — Koblenz. Today drive to nearby Sayn Palace, the rebuilt
                                                                                                                                                                             neo-gothic home of the Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn. See the 22
                                                                                                                                                                             acre English-style park garden built for Prince Ludwig in the mid 19th
                                                                                                                                                                             century. Of particular note is the fine collection of rare trees, the lake,
                                                                                                                                                                             grotto and ruin of a Baroque pavilion. A more recent addition is the
                                                                                                                                                                             Butterfly Garden. In the afternoon, glide along the romantic Moselle
                                                                                                                                                                             river towards Cochem.
                                                                                                                                                                             Day 11 — Cochem. The town of Cochem is famous for its 11th century
                                                                                                                                                                             Schloss and the Reichsburg, set impressively on a tree clad hill above a
                                                                                                                                                                             bend of the river. On the guided tour, walk along its winding medieval
                                                                                                                                                                             streets and see the Baroque Town Hall.
                                                                                                                                                                             Day 12 — Bernkastel & Trier. Here in the heart of the Moselle Valley we
                                                                                                                                                                             will explore lovely Bernkastel and sample some of its locally produced
                                                                                                                                              Residential Palace, Wurzburg   wine. Later cruise to nearby Trier, one time capital of the Roman Western
                                                                                                                                                                             Empire and a fascinating mix of European architectural styles, but pride
and Taxis baronial family, which was designed                                                                                 afternoon, on a guided tour, explore the       of place goes to the most impressive group of Roman monuments north
in the English style. The Herzogspark on the                                                                                  delightful Lower Franconian town of            of the Alps. See the Roman ruins including the impressive Porta Nigra,
Danube features artistic and historical                       hi             GERMANY                                          Miltenberg with its half-timbered houses.      the most important ancient monument in the city and the largest
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monuments from various eras in the midst of                    • •Rüdesheim                                                   Day 8 — Darmstadt, Worms &                     Roman city gate extant. Moor overnight.
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a rich world of vegetation.                            l le                                                                   Heidelberg. From the port of Mainz on the
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Day 4 — Nuremberg. Explore the capital of                                                    • Nuremberg                      confluence of the Main and Rhine we drive       Luxembourg for your return scheduled flight to London.
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within the vast walls. The tour will include a                                                                                enchanting small summer palace of Prince
visit to the Hesperides Gardens, developed                                                                                    George which houses a priceless grand           BOOK BEFORE 31 AUGUST 2011 AND SAVE £400
by rich tradesmen. The Hesperides gardens date back to the 17th and                       ducal porcelain collection. The adjoining garden is a superb example of
18th centuries and evolved from the cottage gardens of the Middle Ages.                   a period garden laid out according to late-18th century French
                                                                                                                                                                               PER PERSON OFF THE PRICES SHOWN BELOW
Day 5 — Bamberg. Arrive today in one of Germany’s loveliest cities. Its                   gardening principles and is a jewel of Baroque gardening art. Return to            PRICES PER PERSON
relative geographical location, some 40 miles north of Nuremberg, was                     vessel which has moved to the city of Worms for lunch. Afternoon free in
                                                                                                                                                                             Based on double occupancy       Tour Code: RCJS110912
a key factor in preserving its magnificent architectural heritage from the                 Worms to visit St Peter’s Cathedral which is situated on the highest
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         DOUBLE           SOLE
ravages of war. Every single European style from the Romanesque                           elevation of the inner city. This is one of the most exquisite examples of              CAT      DECK            CABIN DESCRIPTION                            OCCUPANCY      OCCUPANCY

onwards has left its mark on Bamberg, each bequeathing at least one                          Romanesque architecture. It is closely related to the name of bishop                 D        Polka           Forward                                       £2895          £3695
major building. This morning we will visit the gardens of Bamberg                                 Burchard of Worms and to the city’s heyday in the 12th and 13th                 C        Polka           Mid-ship                                      £3095          £3895
New Residence that were designed under the reign of                                                centuries. Alternatively, join an optional excursion to Heidelberg,            BF       Opera           French balcony forward                        £3295          £4095
Prince-Bishop Friedrich Carl von Schönborn. Continue on to Seehof                                 one of the most picturesque and romantic of German cities which                 B        Opera           French balcony                                £3495          £4295
Castle, among the features reflecting the splendour of the former                                   is home to Germany’s oldest university, dating back to 1386. The               A        Waltz           French balcony                                £3695          £4495
Rococo garden are the restored cascade with its waterworks and                                      afternoon visit will include the castle, a dramatically sited red
                                                                                                                                                                               Price includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, 2 nights at the Esplanade
some of the original sandstone sculptures by Ferdinand Tietz.                                      sandstone ruin that dominates the city, the old town with its               Hotel in Prague on bed & breakfast basis, lunch on day 3, 10 nights aboard the
Day 6 — Wurzburg. Arrive in historic Wurzburg, the wine capital of                                famous market place and the city gates.                                      MS Johann Strauss on full board, house wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner
Franconia. Visit the Residenz Palace on a guided tour with its                                     Day 9 — Rudesheim. This morning explore the colourful riverside             onboard, shore excursions, guest speaker, services of a cruise director, tour
                                                                                                                                                                               manager, transfers, port taxes, gratuities to crew and whilst on shore
stunning parkland. The former residence of the Wurzburg                                              town of Rudesheim independently with its cobblestone streets of           excursions, airport taxes.
prince-bishops is one of the most important palaces of the Baroque                                  the Drosselgasse and perhaps take the mini-train to Siegfried’s            Not included: Travel insurance, optional shore excursion to Heidelberg,
                                                                                                                                                                               gratuities and meals other than those stated while in Prague.
period and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will take a walk through                         Mechanical Music Museum. Sail at lunchtime and enjoy the afternoon
                                                                                                                                                                               NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may also affect itinerary. All special offers are
the court gardens at Veitshöchheim, the best-preserved Rococo garden in                   cruising towards Koblenz where we join the Moselle. This section of the              subject to availability. Due to low level bridges on certain sections of the river, please note
                                                                                                                                                                               that on occasion, Polka deck cabin windows may be below water levels and the sun deck
Germany.                                                                                  Rhine is regarded by many as the most romantic with its cliff hugging                may be closed.
Day 7 — Miltenberg. Spend a relaxing morning on board. This                               castles and vine clad hills. In the late afternoon we arrive in Koblenz

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    A JOURNEY ACROSS EUROPE ALONG THE DANUBE, MAIN, RHINE AND MOSELLE RIVERS                                                                                                                                                        Krems in the Wachau Valley




                                               Rivers of Wine
                                 23rd September to 7th October 2012 with Henry Davis & Roger Preece


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                                                                                                                                                                                     GUEST SPEAKER - ROGER PREECE
                                                  Passau•     Dan        •   Krems   S L O VA K I A    Rhine with its cliff-top castles to the city of Mainz where the Rhine
                      GERMANY                                    ube
                                                                     •              • Bratislava
                                                                      Melk     • Vienna Danube                                                                                       Roger’s interest in wine dates from when, whilst working for Stowells of
                                                              WA
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                                                                                                       meets the River Main.
                                                                                                                                                                                     Chelsea, he helped in broadening the company’s portfolio. This led to
                                                             AUSTRIA                 HUNGARY
                                                                                       Budapest    •                                                                                                      extensive travel throughout wine-growing Europe
                                                                                                       The Main, perhaps less well known than the Rhine, offers endlessly
                                                                                                                                                                                                          and an ever-increasing love affair with wines. This
                                                                                                       eye-catching landscapes as we pass enchanting medieval hamlets                                     continued, despite a career path which led him into
Rivers came before roads and although they may not offer the fastest                                   and villages as well as the imposing historic cities of Bamberg,                                   soft drinks. Finally he took the plunge and opened a
route, they without doubt provide the most comfortable and scenic                                      Wurzburg and Nuremberg. Shortly after Nuremberg we enter the                                       wine bar in South Kensington. The venture went well
                                                                                                                                                                                                          and was built into a group of 17 bars. Roger still has
way of travelling across Europe. On this quartet of rivers we travel                                   Main/Danube Canal a marvellous piece of civil engineering that
                                                                                                                                                                                                          an interest in two bars and acts as a wine consultant
through some of Continental Europe’s most picturesque landscapes,                                      connects the two rivers. The historic gems of Regensburg, Passau                                   to several companies. He holds a Diploma from the
some of her greatest cities and, by way of contrast, timeless villages.                                and the Wachau follow as we head for the great cities of Vienna               Wines & Spirits Education Trust and regularly leads Noble Caledonia’s
                                                                                                       and Budapest.                                                                 wine-themed cruises.
Late summer is the perfect time to see middle Europe at its best. The
grapes are ripening on the vines, the weather is still pleasantly warm                                 GUEST SPEAKER - HENRY DAVIS                                                   THE ITINERARY
and best of all the high season crowds have dispersed.                                                 Henry Davis lectured in International & European Studies at the Birkbeck      Day 1 — London to Luxembourg. Fly by scheduled flight. On arrival,
                                                                                                       College (University of London) and is Convener of International &             transfer to Trier to embark the MS Johann Strauss. Moor overnight.
River banks across Europe are often home to some of the best                                                                 European Studies at the School of Oriental & African    Day 2 — Trier & Bernkastel. Start the day with a guided tour of Trier,
vineyards and on this journey we pass through some of the finest                                                              Studies (University of London). His main academic       Germany’s oldest city. See the well preserved Roman sites including
                                                                                                                             area of interest is European history and politics.      Porta Nigra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the imposing cathedral.
wine producing areas. Our journey is not designed solely for the wine
                                                                                                                             Apart from his writings on British foreign policy, he   Return to the vessel for lunch and begin our journey along the Moselle.
enthusiast but for those with interests in all manner of subjects. But,                                                      has had published several articles and from time to     In the late afternoon arrive in Bernkastel in ‘Middle Moselle’ famous for
as we pass riverside vineyards along these great rivers we will have the                                                     time has broadcast on the countries of Central          its excellent local wines. Enjoy some free time exploring this enchanting
opportunity to taste and learn more about each region. The great                                                             Europe, Eastern Europe and Russia, re travel and        town.
                                                                                                                             academically-related topics. He was the Editor of       Day 3 — Cochem. Relax this morning and enjoy the lovely scenery of
Rieslings and contrasting Eiswein’s of the Moselle, the surprisingly
                                                                                                       'Albanian Life' for four years. Henry has organised and led scores of         the Moselle Valley as we make our way to Cochem, arriving in the early
good Pinot Noir produced to the south of the River Main and the                                        study-tours, and has been a Noble Caledonia tour-leader and lecturer          afternoon. The town of Cochem is famous for its 11th century Schloss
fabulous wines of Austria’s Wachau region.                                                             since the Company was created.                                                and the Reichsburg, set impressively on a tree clad hill above a bend of

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                                                                                                                                                           Schloegener Schlinge.
                                                                                                                                                           Day 11 — Melk & Krems in the Wachau Valley. Visit the beautiful
                                                                                                                                                           Baroque abbey of Melk situated on a cliff, high above the Danube. Sail
                                                                                                                                                           through the enchanting Wachau Valley over lunch. Spend the afternoon in
                                                                                                                                                           Krems an ancient trading town and centre of the Wachau’s excellent wine
                                                                                                                                                           growing region. Sample a wide selection of local wines in a ‘heuriger’.
                                                                                                                                                           Day 12 — Vienna. A morning excursion will include the Hofburg Palace
                                                                                                                                                           (outside only), St Stephen's Cathedral, a drive around the famous
                                                                                                                                                           Ringstrasse. Optional afternoon visit to the summer palace of
                                                                                                                                                           Schonbrunn. Sail in the late evening.
                                                                                                                                                           Day 13 — Bratislava. Arrive early this morning in Bratislava, Slovakia.
                                                                                                                                                           Formerly known as Pressburg, this historic city is dominated by an
                                                                                                                                                           enormous 9th century fortress. On a guided excursion see the old
                                                                                                                                                           quarter, the ornate Baroque Palace and the ancient city gates.
                                                                                                                                                           Afternoon cruising the Danube.
                                                                                                                                                           Day 14 — Budapest. Take an early breakfast and be on deck for our
                                      Melk Abbey                                                                                              Miltenberg   arrival into Hungary’s elegant capital. On our morning tour see the
                                                                                                                                                           Mathias Church, which for centuries witnesses the coronations of the
the river. Walk its winding medieval streets and see the Baroque Town        charming market square.                                                       Kings of Hungary and the Fishermen’s Bastion. Moor overnight in
Hall on a guided tour. In the evening sail on to Koblenz and moor            Day 6 — Wurzburg. Spend the afternoon at the                                  Budapest.
overnight.                                                                   Residenz Palace, the former residence of the                                  Day 15 — Budapest to London. Disembark the MS Johann Strauss
Day 4 — The Romantic Rhine & Rudesheim. This morning we sail                 Wurzburg-prince-bishops. It is one of the most                                after breakfast and return by scheduled flight to London.
along the Middle Rhine valley where the banks are lined with vineyards,      important palaces of the Baroque period and a                                 A post-cruise extension to the famous wine regions of Hungary is
historic towns and clifftop castles. In the afternoon arrive in Rudesheim,   UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour the palace                                   available in conjunction with this cruise. Please refer to page 14 for
                                                                                                                                                           full details.
a charming riverside town. Drive to nearby Vollrads Castle and Wine          and end the tour with a visit to the wine cellars to
Estate. The estate has been the Greiffenclau residence since the 14th        sample some of the local wines.
century and the making of wine on this site can be traced back to 1211.      Day 7 — Bamberg. This is one of Germany's
Day 5 — Miltenberg. This morning on a walking tour, see the pretty           loveliest cities. Its relative geographical location,                          BOOK BEFORE 31 AUGUST 2011 AND SAVE £400
Franconian town of Miltenberg, known for its half-timbered medieval          some 40 miles north of Nuremberg was a key factor in                            PER PERSON OFF THE PRICES SHOWN BELOW
houses. Return to the ship for lunch whilst sailing onto beautiful           preserving its magnificent architectural heritage from the
Wertheim. Afternoon walking tour followed by some free time in the           ravages of war. Every single European style from the Romanesque               PRICES PER PERSON
                                                                             onwards, has left its mark on Bamberg, each bequeathing at least one          Based on double occupancy       Tour Code: RCJS230912
Rudesheim vineyard                                                           major building.                                                                                                                                           DOUBLE           SOLE
                                                                             Day 8 — Nuremberg. Explore Nuremberg, the capital of Franconia on a                CAT      DECK            CABIN DESCRIPTION                            OCCUPANCY      OCCUPANCY

                                                                             guided tour of the old city within the vast walls.                                 D        Polka           Forward                                       £3295          £4095
                                                                             Day 9 — Regensburg. Arrive this morning and enjoy a guided stroll                  C        Polka           Mid-ship                                      £3495          £4295
                                                                             around historic Regensburg, widely regarded as the medieval wonder of              BF       Opera           French balcony forward                        £3795          £4595
                                                                             Germany. The city’s unique state of preservation is a living witness to            B        Opera           French balcony                                £3995          £4795
                                                                                                                                                                A        Waltz           French balcony                                £4195          £4995
                                                                             two thousand years of rich and colourful history. See the magnificent,
                                                                             twin-spired cathedral Dom St Peter, the treasury and the tower houses.
                                                                                                                                                             Price includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, 14 nights aboard the MS
                                                                             Spend the afternoon at leisure in Regensburg before setting sail this           Johann Strauss on full board, house wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner, shore
                                                                             evening for Passau.                                                             excursions, guest speaker, services of a cruise director, tour manager, transfers,
                                                                             Day 10 — Passau. Morning walking tour of the ancient fairytale                  port taxes, gratuities to crew and whilst on shore excursions, airport taxes.
                                                                                                                                                             Not included: Travel insurance, optional excursion to Schonbrunn Palace.
                                                                             Bavarian city of Passau, the meeting point of the Danube, Ilz and Inn
                                                                                                                                                             NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may also affect itinerary. All special offers are
                                                                             Rivers. See the old town and cathedral that houses one of the largest           subject to availability. Due to low level bridges on certain sections of the river, please note
                                                                                                                                                             that on occasion, Polka deck cabin windows may be below water levels and the sun deck
                                                                             pipe organs in the world. After a short organ recital return to the vessel      may be closed.
                                                                             for lunch. Afternoon free in Passau. Sail in the late afternoon through the

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