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					MS Johann Strauss
 Explore the Rhine, Main & Danube Rivers
        March to November 2011




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          CONTENTS                                                                              Page 22             Amsterdam to the Black Sea                                                                              HUNGARY
                                                                                                Visiting - Amsterdam, Cologne, Koblenz, Rudesheim,
          Page 4           River Cruising with Noble Caledonia                                  Heidelberg, Miltenberg, Wertheim, Wurzburg,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      •                                                           ROMANIA
          Page 6           MS Johann Strauss                                                    Rothenburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau,                                                          Pecs   • • Kalocsa
                                                                                                Wachau Valley, Vienna, Budapest, Kalocsa, Pecs,                                                                         Mohacs
          Page 8           Our on board staff                                                   Belgrade, cruising the Iron Gates, Veliko Tarnovo,                                 C ROATIA
          Page 9           Guest Speakers                                                       Constanta, Danube Delta, Bucharest.                                                                  Vukovar   •
                                                                                                Page 24             The Danube - East to West                                                                                     Novi Sad                                          Sibiu                                             Tulcea             DANUB
          Page 10          Springtime on the Rhine                                                                                                                                                                            •                                                             •             Brasov
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               •          DE LTA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 E

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bran • •
          Visiting - Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Rudesheim, cruising the                             Visiting - Bucharest, Danube Delta, Bucharest, Veliko
                                                                                                Tarnovo, Belogradchik, Vidin, Cruising through the Iron                                                                                         Danube
          Romantic Rhine, Marksburg Castle, Cochem, Cologne,
                                                                                                Gates, Belgrade, Pecs, Budapest, Esztergom, Bratislava,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  IRON
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  GATES                                  • Azuga
          Arnhem, Amsterdam, The Hague, Keukenhof Gardens,
                                                                                                Vienna, Durnstein, Melk, Grein, Linz, Salzburg, Passau.                                                                            Belgrade •                         • Turnu Severin             Sinaia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         •
          Ghent, Bruges, Brussels.                                                                                                                                                                                                      Donji Milanovac   •                                                • Bucharest    Danube
          Page 12          Spring Flowers in the Netherlands                                    Page 26             Mozart on the Danube                                                                                                                                                                                           • Cernavoda
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Vidin•                                         Giurgiu                       • Constanta
          Visiting - Amsterdam, Edam, Hoorn, Arnhem, Het Loo,                                   Visiting - Munich, Linz, Wachau Valley, Vienna, Bratislava,                                                                                                                                                 •
          Dordrecht, The Hague, Delft, Schoonhoven, Keukenhof,                                  Danube Bend, Budapest.                                                                                                                             Belogradchik   •                                             •
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Rousse
          Amsterdam.                                                                            Page 28             Rhine Odyssey                                                                                                                                                       Svistov•                                                   BLACK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         SERBIA
          Page 14          Three River Odyssey                                                  Visiting - Frankfurt, Heidelburg, Rudesheim, cruising the                                                                                                                                                  • Veliko Tarnovo                         SEA
          Visiting - Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Miltenberg, Wertheim,                               Romantic Rhine, Marksburg Castle, Cochem, Cologne,                                                                                                                                BULGARIA
          Wurzburg, Rothenburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Kelheim,                                    Arnhem, Kampen, Edam, Volendam, Amsterdam, Ghent,
          Regensburg, Passau, Melk, the Wachau Valley, Vienna,                                  Bruges, Brussels.
          Bratislava, Esztergom, Budapest.                                                      Page 30     From Transylvania to the Danube
          Page 18          East of Budapest                                                     Delta and Budapest
          Visiting - Budapest, Vukovar, Turnu Severin, Bucharest,                               Visiting - Sibiu, Azuga, Sinaia, Brasov, Bran, Cernavoda,
          Danube Delta, Constanta, Veliko Tarnovo, Belogradchik,                                Danube Delta, Bucharest, Veliko Tarnovo, Belogradchik,
          Belgrade, Novi Sad, Pecs, Kalocsa, Budapest.                                          Vidin, Cruising through the Iron Gates, Belgrade, Pecs,
                                                                                                Budapest.
          Page 20          Across Europe by River
          Visiting - Budapest, Esztergom, Vienna, Melk, Passau,
          Regensburg, Nuremberg, Bamberg, Bayreuth, Wurzburg,
          Wertheim, Miltenberg, Rudesheim, Cologne, Utrecht,
          Amsterdam.
 Exploring Europe by River
                                                                                                                                                    your surroundings. In a world where places seem to be becoming
                                                                                                                                                    ever more crowded, the river offers a respite and the opportunity to
                                                                                                                                                    enjoy the landscape without the constant background hum of
                                                                                                                                                    traffic. It also allows you the opportunity to moor in the heart of
                                                                                                                                                    cities and towns and stroll from the vessel into the centre without
                                                                                                                                                    the need to always resort to road transportation.
                                            with Noble Caledonia                                                                                    Every day holds something new, whether it be the cultural delights
                                                                                                                                                    of the cities, the vast skies over the Hungarian Plains, the lush
                                     Exploring Europe by river vessel is   appreciate the subtle changes in architecture and reflect on the          wetlands of the Danube delta, the enchanting vine covered
                                     to our minds simply the most          many ways that the river you are travelling along has influenced the      landscape of the Wachau valley or the medieval villages and towns
                                     comfortable means possible.           course of history.                                                       that pepper the Danube Valley in Austria and Bavaria. For the past
                                     There is something rather special                                                                              ten years we have been working in partnership with our Vienna
                                     about sitting on deck or in a         Nothing can prepare you for the peace and beauty of a river cruise.      based agents Lloyd Touristik, honing our shore excursion
                                     luxuriously appointed room and        To relax on deck with a good book whilst the world floats by is a         programmes to ensure that your time ashore is an informative,
                                     watching the world pass by. Rivers    fortifying experience. The ever-changing scenery and the immediate       inspiring, comfortable and well balanced experience.
and canals are by their very nature so much more interesting than          accessibility of an area so steeped in history will probably result in
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          Rivers seem made for the traveller who wants to see the world close up.

catch the essence and atmosphere of the region. A journey by river,        vistas cannot be appreciated from any other means of transport, the      Not only do you float tranquilly through an ever-changing and

unlike travel by road or rail, allows you to absorb the landscape,         stately pace and quietness of the vessel allows you to be at one with    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
                                                                                                                                                    you could want aboard an intimate and well-appointed floating hotel.


                                                                                                                                                    Advantages of River Cruising
                                                                                                                                                    The advantages of river travel are enormous. For a start, you are
                                                                                                                                                    never out of sight of land. The countryside simply unfolds around
                                                                                                                                                    you, a constant source of fascination as you relax on the sundeck or
                                                                                                                                                    gaze out through panoramic windows. There are no lengthy days at
                                                                                                                                                    sea spent amongst thousands of other passengers, instead our
                                                                                                                                                    vessel, the MS Johann Strauss, accommodates only 160 passengers
                                                                                                                                                    and offers an atmosphere akin to a country house hotel.

                                                                                                                                                    Another great joy of river travel is that you only have to unpack once.
                                                                                                                                                    You may well have travelled through three or four countries, visited a
Johann Strauss moored at Esztergom
                                                                                                                                                    number of capitals, towns and villages and cruised through large

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                                                                           Australia or Continental Europe, many of whom have only recently            DRINKS WITH DINNER
                                                                           entered the river cruising market. Their onboard service, cuisine and       For the 2011 season we are including house wine, beer or soft drinks
                                                                           shore excursions are therefore designed to have a broad appeal to a         with your evening meal. This is another special arrangement to make
                                                                           diverse mix of nationalites.                                                your trip all the more enjoyable.

                                                                           Established in 1991, Noble Caledonia is fully bonded, family owned          By including all gratuities and drinks with dinner we have gone one
                                                                           and British based. We only market our trips in the UK and our               step further than most other river companies. Our prices, even with
                                                                           itineraries, shore excursions, food and service are therefore               these extra inclusions still compare favourably and when you
                                                                           specifically designed for our own market. So, unlike many other              consider that in addition our trips also include a guest speaker who
                                                                           vessels, English is the only language used on board and ashore. In          will provide informative evening talks and shore excursions, we
                                                                           addition, the shore programmes and guest speaker presentations              believe our prices, like our trips are second to none.
Main Foyer                                                                 are designed to have particular appeal for our travellers, offering a
swathes of picturesque countryside and all the while your floating          more in-depth and relevant perspective than is possible when the
hotel has travelled with you with every detail taken care of, from         audience is a mix of nationalities brought together on a river vessel.
formalities of border crossings to sumptuous meals and information
on what to see and do in the next town. Once you have unpacked,            Comparing Prices                                                                   Value for Money
you are there for the duration of the trip, and can relax and enjoy        ALL GRATUITIES ARE INCLUDED
your surroundings. No checking in and out of hotels and none of the        On most other river vessels, gratuities are not included and the               When you book a river cruise with Noble Caledonia,
general malaise that grips most who undertake long coach tours.            recommended daily level is €10 per person per day. However, aboard             you can be assured of value for money with all this
                                                                           the MS Johann Strauss you do not have to worry about tips as we                           included in your cruise price:
River cruising avoids all the tedium of train and coach journeys – you     have included them in the price of your holiday. So, for instance on a        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
can stretch your legs and enjoy refreshments whenever you wish –           14 night cruise the usual tips will amount to approximately £250 per
while still being delivered into a fascinating port almost every day,      couple. In addition we tip all our guides and drivers along the way,            option of train travel or regional airports for some itineraries)
often in their very heart. Your entire river journey is spent surrounded   thereby taking away the hassle of always having to remember to                O Airport assistance at check-in (London airports only)
by all the facilities of a first-class hotel, with space to allow you to    have some Euro small change with you. Most other companies                    O Accommodation aboard the first-class MS Johann Strauss in
                                                                                                                                                           a comfortable well-appointed cabin with outside view and
chat with new friends or spend quiet time alone.                           expect you to tip on each excursion as you go along.                            en-suite facilities
                                                                                                                                                         O All meals aboard the vessel including:
If you have not tried a river cruise before, you may have some                                                                                             — Early riser pastries     — English buffet breakfast
reservations about the vessel. There was a time when river cruising                                                                                        — Lunch consisting of buffet and served dishes
meant narrow boats, tiny cabins and limited space. Today, this could                                                                                       — Afternoon tea        — Late evening snacks
                                                                                                                                                           — Four course dinner with house wine, beer or soft drinks
not be further from the truth. The MS Johann Strauss is remarkably                                                                                       O Complimentary tea and coffee throughout the day
roomy with hotel room style and size cabins, luxuriously appointed                                                                                       O Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinner
and spacious public areas, single sitting dining and vast areas of                                                                                       O Shore excursions including entrance fees and tips to guides
                                                                                                                                                           and drivers
                                                                                                                                                         O English-speaking local guides
observation and sun decks.

                                                                                                                                                         O Services of a Cruise Director and efficient onboard staff
                                                                                                                                                         O Guest speaker(s) O Detailed pre-departure information
Know what you are buying
The majority of vessels on European Rivers are sold in international                                                                                     O All gratuities O Transfers O Port taxes O Airport taxes
                                                                                                                                           Reception
markets with most owners and operators being based in America,

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   MS Johann Strauss
                                                                            Sun Deck




             A Very Special River Vessel
                                    Due to the enormous demand we
                                    have experienced over the past
                                    few years for river cruising, we now
                                    have our own vessel which we
                                    operate on the major rivers that
                                    cross Europe from the North Sea
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Lounge
                                    to the Black Sea. Having the vessel
under our complete control allows us to plan the itineraries that are       All cabins are large, being 170 square feet, and compare favourably         Another well designed feature of the vessel is the positioning of the
best suited for our clients and also provide the service which we           with hotel rooms or the better cabins on large ships. They are well         restaurant, lounge, bar and café on the top deck. These public areas
know our passengers enjoy.                                                  planned and smartly furnished in light woods and restful colours.           also have floor to ceiling windows, affording excellent views as you
                                                                            Facilities include individually controlled heating and air conditioning,    dine or relax. On board you will also find a fitness centre with a
We have been most fortunate in acquiring one of the best vessels            television, telephone, minibar, safe, hairdryer, radio and a well           sauna, whirlpool and gymnasium equipment.
afloat in Europe today. Built in 2004, the four-star MS Johann Strauss is    appointed bathroom with shower and toilet.
a 90 cabin vessel built to the highest specifications. Although the vessel
                                                                            Bathroom                                 Polka Deck Cabin
can carry a maximum of 180 passengers, we limit passenger numbers
to a maximum of 160. One of her many fine features is the number of
French balcony cabins. There are over 60 such cabins with a sliding
glass door. From these cabins, which are located on the Opera and
Waltz decks, the views are spectacular and for many the opportunity to
                                                                                                                                                         Whirlpool                              Cafe
open the door to fresh air is a great bonus.

Opera & Waltz Deck Cabin
                                                                                                                             Waltz
                                                                                                                             Deck




                                                                                                                             Opera
                                                                                                                             Deck




                                                                                                                             Polka
                                                                                                                             Deck


                                                                            Friendly cabin staff                                                Cat A   Cat B        Cat BF        Cat C          Cat D

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                                                                             Lounge and Bar


                                                                             breads and pastries are                                                                                 A Unique Atmosphere on Board
                                                                             available from 07.00 hours.                   Dinnerrter enu
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                                                                                                                                                                                     The atmosphere onboard is friendly and informal and within days
The restaurant                                                                                                                             Sta                               e
                                                                             Lunch is a mix of buffet                                                       h Sauce Mousselin
                                                                                                                                    wer   and Cray Fish wit                          you will have made new friends in the open-seating restaurant, on
                                                                                                                   Timbal of Cauliflo            or
Dining onboard                                                               and served dishes.                                           Starter Salad                              the small-group shore excursions or whilst relaxing in the
                                                                                                                                                    Potato Dressing
                                                                             Afternoon tea is also                            Co   rn Lettuce Bacon-
All cruises include full board in the single-sitting restaurant. Tables                                                                       Soup                                   comfortable public areas onboard. You will find yourself amongst
                                                                             provided daily with a choice                                        p with Egg Royal
are unassigned creating the perfect ambience to relax and recount                                                              Clear Chicken Sou                                     like-minded people in an English speaking environment, but still
                                                                                                                                               or
                                                                                                                                                                try
                                                                             of cakes. Dinner is a four                                       Soup with Puff Pas
the day’s experiences with new found friends. Breakfast is provided                                                           Asparagus Cream                                        always free to explore at your own pace. Meticulously organised
                                                                                                                                          Main Co     urse
                                                                             course affair with a varied                                                                    Sauce
buffet style, a splendid choice of breads, pastries, cereals, yoghurts                                                                                   r with White Wine           excursions make the most of the fascinating places you have come
                                                                                                                                     Fillet of Red Snappe ise
                                                                                                                    FISH - Pan Fried
                                                                             selection of starters, main                                and Pommes Lyonna
together with the Full English selection. For early risers, tea, coffee,                                                                           or                       Ginger   to see and for those who seek peace and quiet, there will always be
                                                                                                                                                       nted with Garlic and es
                                                                             dishes, cheese board and                                 d Young Pork Sce
                                                                                                                    MEAT - Wok Frie r Sauce in a Ring of Mashed Potato               the opportunity to find a secluded spot on the sun deck or simply
                                                                                                                        in Sweet and Sou            or
                                                                   Dessert   desserts with house wine, beer                                                 Coconut Cauliflo
                                                                                                                                                                             wer
                                                                                                                                          Breaded Tofu with                          rest in your well-appointed cabin. While there will be no elaborate
                                                                                                                       VEGETARIAN - Garden Greens and Tomatoes
                                                                             and soft drinks also included.                    Crème with
                                                                                                                                                                                     shows onboard; a musician will play each evening whilst you relax in
                                                                                                                                                  le Selection
                                                                             Coffee and tea are provided                           Today’s Vegetab     Carrots
                                                                                                                                                        sco,
                                                                                                                                      Green Peas, Romane                             the lounge, guest speakers will provide a series of interesting talks
                                                                             after lunch and dinner. To finish                                    Dessert                    Fruits
                                                                                                                                                             and Rum Soaked          and our cruise director will host informative port briefings. After a
                                                                                                                                           with Poppy Seeds
                                                                             the day, snacks are available in           Parfait of Almond            or
                                                                                                                                                         with Forest Fruits           day exploring ashore, you will return to the comfort and peace of a
                                                                                                                                    Hazelnut Ice Cream
Main course with wine                                                        the bar in the late evening.                                             or
                                                                                                                                                                        te            well run and exceedingly comfortable vessel.
                                                                                                                                      Fruit Cup or Assorted Cheese Pla
                                                                                                     Sample menu                                 Tea or Coffee
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      COMMENTS FROM PAST PASSENGERS REGARDING
              THE MS JOHANN STRAUSS
                                                                            Our onboard staff                                                          limited to the Danube and his knowledge on the Rhine, Main and
  “We thought that MS Johann Strauss was probably the best river                                                                                       RMD Canal made him the ideal Captain for our itineraries which
  ship that we have been on and we would certainly go aboard again          While on board you will be
  in the future….They were the best organised excursions that we                                                                                       stretch from the North Sea to the Black Sea.
  have ever experienced and a pleasure to go on them as we were             looked after by our team of
  not even crammed into coaches.” — Margaret & Mike Horton                  experienced staff including our
  “We have just returned from ‘Music on the Danube’ and it is to            Cruise Director, Cesar Perez and
                                                                                                                                                       A note from our Cruise Director and Tour
  your credit that you have a remarkable relationship between your                                                                                     Manager
  staff and the captain and crew of the MS Johann Strauss. We saw           our Tour Manager Rodica
  nothing but a seamless relationship between the two. The Captain          Ghiserel, both of whom have                                                “Having been the Cruise Director on board the
  was always about the vessel and available to explain all we might
  ask and the staff in the restaurant were faultless. The food itself       worked with us for many years.                                             MS Johann Strauss for the last four years, I can
  was first class. We had a superb holiday, enhanced by our guest
  speaker, Humphrey Burton. Noble Caledonia should be justifiably            Cesar and Rodica are in daily                                              safely say that sailing onboard our river cruise
  proud of all that the company’s employees do to enhance your              contact with our London office                                              vessel is an experience you will never forget. I can
  reputation.” — The Reverend Cannon M. Irving LVO
                                                                            and the onboard programme is                                               promise you a warm welcome onboard from all
  “We returned yesterday from a 17-day river cruise aboard the
  MS Johann Strauss, East of Budapest. I cannot praise too highly! All      in their capable hands. A daily briefing by the Cruise Director will        our staff and officers, who work hard to ensure
  the staff were splendid, the attention to detail remarkable and the       give you information on the next day’s activities and expert,              that you get the best possible experience from
  service and quality overall was astonishingly high. Congratulations to
  the whole team, but especially the cruise director, Cesar and the hotel   English-speaking local guides provide insider insights into local          your holiday. The excitement of sailing through changing scenery
  manager, Stuart Turner, who provided such splendid leadership and
  an example of hard work and high standards.” — A. Mason                   culture, architecture, history and traditions. And unlike many other       each day is one of the many reasons why I enjoy my role as Cruise
                                                                            operators, each of our river cruises is accompanied by a guest             Director so much, as well as meeting so many different and
  “The MS Johann Strauss is a happy ship which makes guest,
  especially first timers, feel at home.” — S.Tomlin                         speaker to help you make the most of it all. Our guest speakers            interesting people, from clients to locals. Exploring by river really is
  “I returned from the most wonderful week on the Johann Strauss,           provide entertaining and informative talks as you sail along. They         the best way to cover distance with minimal effort. I look forward to
  the crew and staff were lovely, smiley, courteous and helpful. The
  cabin was spotless. The food was wonderful and there was plenty           will be constantly available for informal chats, sharing their expertise   welcoming you onboard one of our varied itineraries in 2011.”
  of choice for everyone. The programme was beautifully put                 and anecdotes, as well as accompanying you on shore.                       — Cesar Perez, Cruise Director, MS Johann Strauss
  together and the guides very knowledgeable..” — P. Plumb
  “We have just returned from the Budapest to Amsterdam cruise                                                                                         “I have been working as a Tour Manager for many
  onboard the MS Johann Strauss. It was absolutely marvellous. All          Our Captain
  the crew from the Cruise Director to our chambermaid was so                                                                                          years on various vessels but suddenly, when
  friendly and efficient.” — J & R Hunter                                    Ever since we chartered the MS Johann Strauss in
                                                                                                                                                       chance brought me aboard MS Johann Strauss, I
                                                                            2007 we have been fortunate to have the
                                                                                                                                                       felt I had come home in a way. The wonderful
                                                                            invaluable cooperation of one of the most
                                                                                                                                                       thing is that our passengers feel the same as soon
                                                                            experienced and friendly Captains sailing the
Cruising into Budapest                                                                                                                                 as they embark. They immediately get into the
                                                                            European waterways today. Without
                                                                                                                                                       spirit of this very well run "happy ship", as vessel is
                                                                            compromising the safety of his passengers and
                                                                                                                                                       often referred as. They feel the safety and the promise of an
                                                                            his crew, Captain Vasily Mariceanu is well known
                                                                                                                                                       excellent Noble Caledonia cruise. The shore excursions are superbly
                                                                            for boldly going where no other captain has gone before. Master of
                                                                                                                                                       tailored by Noble Caledonia and Lloyd Touristic and they are full of
                                                                            the MS Johann Strauss since she was commissioned in 2004,
                                                                                                                                                       unforgettable moments of learning and discovery. The proof is that
                                                                            Vasily’s training dates back more than thirty years when he started
                                                                                                                                                       on one of the recent cruises we had 42 repeat clients. One can easily
                                                                            his career in the former USSR’s Navy. Born in the Danube Delta
                                                                                                                                                       become addicted to the Noble Caledonia style of river cruising
                                                                            region, he developed a strong relationship with his surrounding
                                                                                                                                                       which is unique in many ways. Hopefully you will feel the same after
                                                                            natural world from an early age so it wasn’t surprising that after 3
                                                                                                                                                       experiencing a cruise aboard the MS Johann Strauss in 2011.”
                                                                            years in the Navy he couldn’t resist the ‘call of the Danube’, where
                                                                                                                                                       — Rodica Ghiserel, Tour Manager, MS Johann Strauss
                                                                            he has been sailing since 1978. His passion for navigation is not

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                                                                                                                                                        hundred music programmes he
          Guest Speakers                                                                                                                                made over the next two
                                                                                                                                                        decades with the composer and
                                                                                                                                                        conductor Leonard Bernstein.

                                                                                                                                                        As a programme maker,
Accompanying each cruise will also be one or two carefully selected                                                                                     Humphrey has won four
guest speakers who will provide an insight into the culture and                                                                                         Emmies and three BAFTAs.
                                                                                                                                                        Among his credits are The
history of the places you will be visiting and will always be available
                                                                                                                                                        Golden Ring, The Making of
for informal chats and to share their expertise and knowledge.                                                                                          West Side Story, Conversations
Speakers who will be joining us onboard the MS Johann Strauss in                                                                                        with Glenn Gould and 168
2011 include the following:                                                                                                                             editions of the arts
                                                                                                                                                        magazine Aquarius for LWT.
Mr Henry Davis
                                                                                                                                                        Humphrey took up orchestral
Henry Davis lectured in International & European                             Lectures take place in the Lounge
                                                                                                                                                        conducting late in life, making     Exploring Melk Abbey’s Marble Hall
Studies at Birkbeck College (University of London)                                                                                                      his debut at the Royal Albert Hall
and is Convener of International & European Studies                          In Denmark, Toby wrote a weekly gardening article for the leading          on his 70th birthday in 2001 with a critically acclaimed performance of
at the School of Oriental & African Studies                                  Danish broadsheet in 2004 and 2005, and contributes regularly to the       Verdi’s Requiem, which raised £75,000 for the Prostate Research charity.
(University of London). His main academic areas of                           magazines Bo Bedre, Garden Living and Haven. Next year will see the        He has published major biographies of Bernstein, Yehudi Menuhin and
interest are Europe, particularly Russian and Central                        release of his first Danish publication A Garden Journey, which follows     William Walton and has been a regular contributor to both Radio 3 and
& Eastern European history and politics. He has                              the design and construction of his new garden.                             Classic FM. He was made a CBE in the Millennium honours list.
written and had published several articles and has
                                                                             In the UK Toby continues to build on 10 years of experience as a regular   Canon Dr Anne Davison
broadcast extensively on the countries of these regions, in terms of
                                                                             contributor to a number of British national magazines and newspaper,
travel and academically related topics. He was the Editor of Albanian Life                                                                              Anne’s First Degree was in History and Comparative
                                                                             including BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine, The Garden, Gardens
for four years, and has written extensively on British foreign policy.                                                                                  Religion and for her Doctorate she researched clergy
                                                                             Illustrated, The English Garden, The Saturday Telegraph and The Sunday
                                                                                                                                                        training for ministry in a multi-faith and multi-cultural
Henry has organised and led a considerable number of study tours since       Times.
                                                                                                                                                        society. She has recently retired after fifteen years as
1965 - both for undergraduate and adult students, and for seasoned
                                                                             Mr Humphrey Burton                                                         Adviser to the Bishop of Chelmsford for
travellers - throughout Europe, the states of the former USSR, the Middle
                                                                             Humphrey Burton read music and history at                                  Inter-Religious Relations. She was Vice Moderator to
East and North America. He is often invited to lecture at various
                                                                             Cambridge, where he conducted the University                               the World Council of Churches Inter-Faith Dialogue
European and American universities, such as the Russian State University
                                                                             Music Club choir. He joined the BBC in 1955 as a                           Group, Chair of the Advisory Board for the Study of
of the Humanities in Moscow and the University of Texas in Austin and
                                                                             studio manager specialising in music programmes,                           Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at Birmingham University and a
Richmond University (the American University in London).
                                                                             transferring to television three years later. After five                    member of many other advisory committees. She has also been
Dr Toby Musgrave                                                             years on the arts magazine Monitor he spearheaded                          involved in clergy training and lectured on many WEA courses.
Dr Toby Musgrave is one of the UK’s leading                                  the expansion of cultural programmes, which                                For several years she ran a peace awareness project for young Christians,
authorities in garden history and design. With a                             followed the opening of BBC 2 in 1964 and was                              Jews and Muslims between England and Israel and she has led
degree in horticulture and a Ph.D. in garden history,                        appointed the first Head of the Music and Arts department. Between          pilgrimages to both Israel and Lebanon. In recognition of this in 2001
since 1994 Toby has embarked on a freelance career                           1967 and 1975 Humphrey worked as a founder member of London                she was installed as a Lay Canon of Chelmsford Cathedral. Anne has
as a television and radio presenter and consultant,                          Weekend Television, first as Head of Drama, Arts and Music and then as      lectured on many cruises, which gives her an opportunity to combine her
author, journalist and photographer, designer and                            editor and host of the arts magazine Aquarius, for which he was            love of travel with her passion for history and religion. She has lived at
lecturer. Since 2004 he has divided his time                                 awarded the Royal Television Society’s silver medal as a presenter. In     various times in Nigeria and Switzerland and currently lives in Docklands,
between the UK and Denmark.                                                  1970 he produced and directed the Emmy-winning Beethoven’s                 East London.
                                                                             Birthday: a bi-centennial tribute. This was among the first of nearly two

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                   A NAVIGATION OF THE RHINE AND THE WATERWAYS OF THE LOW COUNTRIES

                                                                                                                                    Entering the Netherlands, we call into the city of Arnhem, a famous WWII



         Springtime on the Rhine
                                                                                                                                    battle site and nearby Palace of Het Loo. Crossing the country by a
                                                                                                                                    complicated network of waterways, we reach the ‘Golden Age’ city of
                                                                                                                                    Amsterdam, seeing some of its glorious art treasures. The next highlight
                                                                                                                                    will be the stunning works by Rembrandt, Vermeer and other Dutch
                                                                                                                                    Masters in the Hague and an afternoon at the world famous Keukenhof
                                                                                                                                    Gardens, a stunning sight with its myriad of colours of blooming spring
                                18th to 27th March; 10th to 19th April* 2011                                                        flowers. Our route then takes us south into Belgium for a day in Bruges
                                                                                                                                    where we are surrounded by its medieval splendour.

Gutenfels Castle on the Rhine                     Join us in springtime for our journey along the mighty Rhine and into the         This detailed look at the Rhine and Low Countries will offer a captivating
                                                  canals and waterways of the Netherlands and Belgium. The Rhine, for so            and endlessly romantic journey. The scenery is stunning and makes an
                                                  long one of Europe’s main trading routes makes for a fascinating passage          excellent combination with the artistic riches we shall see along the way,
                                                  through time and contrasts beautifully with our day of exploration along          from the wonderful collections on show in the museums and galleries, to
                                                  the Moselle and the network of waterways in the Low Countries.                    the fairytale castles and medieval charms of the towns and villages along
                                                                                                                                    the rivers. We will see much on this most rewarding of trips and as our
                                                  We begin our journey in the historic city of Heidelberg on the Neckar River,
                                                                                                                                    floating hotel takes us from one point to another, it will also be a most
                                                  one of Europe’s great seats of learning, and then continue along the Rhine
                                                                                                                                    relaxing way to explore, as we enjoy the first class comfort, good food and
                                                  to the wine producing region around Rudesheim where we will moor
                                                                                                                                    service for which the MS Johann Strauss is renowned.
                                                  overnight. The next morning we cruise past the most romantic and scenic
                                                  section of the Rhine. This UNESCO World Heritage Site takes us past cliff         THE ITINERARY
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                                                  top castles, charming villages and the legendary Lorelei Rock. Other
  PER PERSON OFF THE PRICES SHOWN                                                                                                   Day 1 — London to Frankfurt. Fly by scheduled flight. Drive to the MS Johann
                                                  highlights in Germany will be the 700 year old Marksburg Castle, a visit to       Strauss moored on the Rhine in Mannheim. Welcome drinks and dinner
 PLUS NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT ON FIRST
                                                  the Moselle Valley and the enchanting town of Cochem and the city of              onboard. Moor overnight.
   TEN CABINS BOOKED FOR SOLE USE†                                                                                                  Day 2 — Heidelberg & Rudesheim. You have a morning to enjoy this most
                                                  Cologne with its magnificent cathedral.
                                                                                                                                    picturesque and romantic of German cities which is home to Germany’s oldest




Bruges                                                                                                          Palace of Het Loo   Heidelberg


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  — Splendour of Keukenhof
university, dating back to 1386. A morning tour will include          NORTH                                                            Royal Cabinet of Paintings. Some of the most revered
                                                                         SEA       NETHERLANDS                                                                                                                    Gardens in bloom
the castle, a dramatically sited red sandstone ruin that                                                                               golden-age art treasures, including works by Rembrandt,
                                                                        The Hague      • Amsterdam                                                                                                                — Magnificent Cologne Cathedral,
dominates the city, the old town with its famous market                           • • •Arnhem                                          Vermeer and Paulus Potter can be admired here. We will
                                                                                     Maas Rotterdam                                                                                                               the largest in Germany
place and the city gates. Return to the vessel for lunch and                                                    GERMANY                then continue to the oldest part of the city to view the Hall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  — Scenic cruising through the
enjoy a leisurely afternoon onboard as we cruise to                  Bruges
                                                                           • •Ghent                  • Cologne                         of Knights (outside only) at the Binnenhof, the seat of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lorelei Valley on the Rhine




                                                                                                           Rh
Rudesheim where we arrive in the evening.                                   Brussels•                                                  Dutch government. Another must-see is the 395-foot




                                                                                                              ine
                                                                                                 Koblenz        Rüdesheim Main
Day 3 — Cruising the Romantic Rhine & Marksburg                                                        le • •                          Panorama Mesdag, a cylindrical landscape created in 1881
                                                                                                    el
                                                                                                         • Cochem    • Frankfurt




                                                                                                      os
                                                                                                  M
Castle. Be on deck after breakfast as we continue sailing                                                         •Mannheim            by Hendrik Willem Mesdag. After lunch we will make our
                                                                                                                     • Heidelberg




                                                                                                                   ine
                                                                        FRANCE
north along the most scenic section of the Rhine through                                                                               way to nearby Keukenhof Gardens at Lisse. Whilst Holland is




                                                                                                                         Neckar
                                                                                                                Rh
the lovely Lorelei Valley. After lunch disembark in Braubach                                                     •Baden-Baden          famous for many cultural contributions, among its biggest                 The Reichsburg, Cochem

for a visit to the imposing 12th century Marksburg Castle.                                                                             claims to fame are the floral attractions that you will see at
This is the only hill castle on the Rhine that has never been destroyed. It has                             this famous park.
been lived in for over 700 years. Continue up the confluence of the Rhine &                                  Day 9 — Ghent & Bruges. Sail through the night across to Belgium and moor
Moselle and moor overnight.                                                                                 in the city of Ghent. Drive to nearby Bruges which was one of the largest and
Day 4 — Cochem. Relax this morning and enjoy the drive through the lovely                                   finest cities in Europe. The 15th century Belfry still
scenery of the Moselle Valley as we make our way to Cochem. The town of                                     dominates the centre as it did then and the Town
Cochem is famous for its 11th century Schloss and the Reichsburg, set                                       Hall, St John Hospital and the Begijnhof border
impressively on a tree clad hill above a bend of the river. Walk its winding                                the narrow canals. On a half day tour we will see
medieval streets and see the Baroque Town Hall on a guided tour.                                            some of the most important places and buildings
Day 5 — Cologne. Enjoy a relaxing morning as we cruise along the Rhine,                                     which survive from the Middle Ages. And of course
arriving in Cologne after lunch. On our guided tour we will include a walk along                            no trip to Bruges would be complete without
the river promenade and through the old town to the magnificent cathedral.                                   sampling some of the best chocolate in the world.
Day 6 — Arnhem. This morning drive to the nearby Palace of Het Loo, the                                     Rejoin the vessel in Ghent and moor overnight.
favoured summer residence of the Dutch Royal family from 1686 to 1975. The                                  Day 10 — Brussels to London. Disembark after
Palace and grounds have undergone a spectacular restoration returning them to                               breakfast and return to London by scheduled flight.
their original 17th century splendour. Rejoin the vessel for lunch and explore the
town of Arnhem independently. Arnhem is well known because of the airborne                                  PRICES PER PERSON Based on double occupancy Tour Code: RCJSRHINE
paratrooper landings and the battles around the bridge over the Rhine. On the                                                                                          18th March             10th April*
town side of the bridge stands a monument commemorating the British forces.                                                                                      DOUBLE           SOLE    DOUBLE        SOLE
                                                                                                                  CAT DECK        CABIN DESCRIPTION             OCCUPANCY      OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY   OCCUPANCY
Optional afternoon tour to the 75 acre ‘Dutch Open Air Museum’ where a                                                                                                                                                   OPTIONAL BADEN BADEN PRE/POST
                                                                                                                  D Polka         Forward                        £1695          £2495     £1995       £2795                    CRUISE EXTENSION
                                 brick-by-brick reconstruction of 60 houses,                                      C Polka         Mid-ship                       £1895          £2695     £2195       £2995
                                 windmills, barns and farm buildings provide a                                    BF Opera French balcony forward £2195                         £2995     £2495       £3295       Extend your holiday with a two night hotel extension in
                                 wonderful representation of rural 17th-19th                                      B Opera French balcony                         £2395          £3195     £2695       £3495       the spa town of Baden-Baden. This beautiful belle-epoch
                                  century Holland.                                                                A Waltz French balcony                         £2595          £3395     £2895       £3695       resort is one of Germany’s best kept secrets. The spa
                                   Day 7 — Amsterdam. Morning guided                                                                                                                                              assembly rooms and famously elegant casino form the
                                  excursion of Amsterdam. Explore the city of the                              Price includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, 9 nights aboard the MS Johann                  focal point of the town, both architecturally and socially.
                                                                                                               Strauss on full board, house wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner, shore excursions,
                                   ‘Golden Age’ on an excursion, which will include                            guest speaker, services of a cruise director, tour manager, transfers, port taxes, airport         In the spa park, the Lichtentaler Allee runs for several
                                    the incomparable Rijksmuseum with its splendid                             taxes, gratuities to crew and whilst on shore excursions.                                          kilometres from the pump room to Lichtental Convent
                                                                                                               Not included: Travel insurance, optional excursion to Dutch Open Air Museum.
                                    collection of old masters. Another perspective of                                                                                                                             past the neo-baroque theatre. The old quarter is full of
                                                                                                               TRAVEL BY TRAIN
                                 this enchanting city will be provided by a canal                              It is possible to travel by train from London St Pancras in either standard or Leisure             elegant houses, exclusive boutiques and cafés and is
boat trip. Afternoon free in Amsterdam, perhaps visit the Van Gogh Museum.                                     Select class aboard Eurostar. Supplement applies and details available on request.                 fully pedestrianised. Our extension includes a two night
Sail overnight to Rotterdam.                                                                                   NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may affect itinerary.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  hotel stay on breakfast only basis with transfers.
Day 8 — The Hague & Keukenhof Gardens. From Rotterdam we will head for                                      * This departure operates in the reverse direction. Embarkation is in Amsterdam.                      Twin: £295 Single: £345
The Hague where our first stop is the Mauritshuis; since 1822, it has housed the                             † No single supplement applicable to categories D and C

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

                                                                                                                           April is the perfect time for such a journey, when the



Spring Flowers in the Netherlands
                                                                                                                           landscape is touched by the arrival of spring. The
                                                                                                                           itinerary we have designed is, we believe, a perfect mix
                                                                                                                           of horticulture, history, art and Dutch lifestyle and
                                                                                                                           makes for a colourful and endlessly interesting week.
                                                                                                                           We will also enjoy the great comfort of the
                                                                                                                           MS Johann Strauss as we criss-cross the Netherlands
 27th March to 3rd April* 2011 with Jill Billington & 3rd to 10th April 2011 with Dr Toby Musgrave                         along the intricate network of rivers and waterways
                                                                                                                           that make Holland such a unique place.

Keukenhof Gardens                            This coming spring immerse yourself in the cultural and horticultural         THE ITINERARY
                                             splendours of the Netherlands. Join the first class MS Johann Strauss for an   Day 1 — London/Manchester/Birmingham/Edinburgh to Amsterdam. Fly by
                                             eight day journey which will afford us the opportunity to enjoy the Dutch     scheduled flight. Transfer to the MS Johann Strauss and embark. This evening,
                                             countryside in some depth.                                                    enjoy welcome drinks and dinner on board. Moor overnight in Amsterdam.
                                                                                                                           Day 2 — Amsterdam. Explore the city of the ‘Golden Age’ on an excursion
                                             The programme will include spending a day surrounded by the flowers of         which will include the incomparable Rijksmuseum with its splendid collection of
                                             the Keukenhof, visiting the beautifully restored Palace and Gardens of Het    old masters. The excursion will end with a canal ride through Old Amsterdam.
                                                                                                                           Day 3 — Edam & Hoorn. Spend the day exploring the Zuider Zee. From
                                             Loo, exploring the shores of the Zuider Zee from Volendam to Enkhuizen,
                                                                                                                           Volendam drive to Edam, a tranquil little town with its drawbridges across
                                             the marvellous windmills of Kinderdijk and of course the art treasures of     canals and charming historic houses with their lovely facades. Continue on to
                                             Amsterdam.                                                                    Enkhuizen, considered by many to be the prettiest town in Holland with its well
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                                              Amsterdam
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                                                                           The Old Harbour, Hoorn                                                                                                                 — Marvellous windmills at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kinderdijk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  — Keukenhof Gardens in full bloom
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  — Art treasures of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  incomparable Rijksmuseum




                                                                                                                                                                                                                Windmill, Kinderdijk




                                                                                                        The Hague


                                                            preserved buildings dating back to         place where he painted his famous ‘View of Delft’. Enjoy a tour of the famous
                   Enkhuizen                                the 15-17th century. Rejoin the            Delft Blue Pottery before returning to the vessel.
                             Ze d e r




   NORTH
                         • •
                                e




                    Hoorn
                              ui




    SEA                      Z
                   Edam •• Volendam                         vessel in Hoorn.                           Day 7 — Schoonhoven to Keukenhof. Sail during breakfast to Schoonhoven.
                       •Amsterdam                           Day 4 — Arnhem & Het Loo. Spend            Take a walk this morning to some of Schoonhoven’s silversmith workshops.
                                             el




             Lisse
                    •
                                        Ijss




   The Hague
             •        Utrecht                  Het Loo      the morning relaxing whilst cruising       Nearby the Gothic town hall is a gem and dates back to the 15th century. Later,
          Delft •            as•  Ne der rijn •
                          Ma                   •Arnhem
      Rotterdam
                  •e • Schoonhoven                          along the Ijssel River to where it joins   sail to Utrecht where a short coach ride will take us to the marvellous bulb
            Nieuw
                     • Dordrechtaal
                               W                     Rh     the Lower Rhine at Arnhem. Arnhem          gardens of Keukenhof at Lisse.
                                                        ine
                    NETHERLANDS                             is well known because of the airborne      Day 8 — Amsterdam to London/Manchester/Birmingham/Edinburgh.
                                                            paratrooper landings and the battles       Disembark after breakfast and return to your chosen airport by scheduled flight.
around the bridge over the Rhine. On the town side of the bridge stands a
monument commemorating the British forces. Join an optional excursion to the                           PRICES PER PERSON                   Based on double occupancy        Tour Code: RCJSFLOWER
Palace of Het Loo, the favoured summer residence of the Dutch Royal family                                                                                      27th March*                  3rd April
from 1686 to 1975. The Palace and grounds have undergone a spectacular                                                                                      DOUBLE            SOLE      DOUBLE         SOLE
                                                                                                           CAT DECK         CABIN DESCRIPTION              OCCUPANCY       OCCUPANCY   OCCUPANCY    OCCUPANCY
restoration returning them to their original 17th century splendour.
                                                                                                           D     Polka      Forward                         £1295          £2095       £1495        £2295
Day 5 — Dordrecht. A leisurely morning cruising across southern Holland to
                                                                                                           C     Polka      Mid-ship                        £1495          £2295       £1695        £2795
Dordrecht. After lunch we will join an excursion to see the marvellous windmills of
                                                                                                           BF    Opera      French balcony forward          £1795          £2595       £1995        £3095
Kinderdijk, there are 19 in total and they date from 1740. Later, join the guided                          B     Opera      French balcony                  £1995          £2795       £2195        £3395
walk through Dordrecht with its old world atmosphere with quaint shops, cottages,                          A     Waltz      French balcony                  £2195          £2995       £2395        £3595
courtyards and canals. Sail in the evening to Rotterdam and moor overnight.
Day 6 — The Hague & Delft. From Rotterdam we will head for The Hague                                     Price includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, 7 nights aboard the MS Johann
                                 where our first stop is the Mauritshuis; since 1822, it has              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
                                     housed the Royal Cabinet of Paintings. Some of the                  taxes, gratuities to crew and whilst on shore excursions.
                                            most revered golden-age art treasures, including             Not included: Travel insurance, optional excursion to the Palace of Het Loo.
                                              works by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Paulus Potter,             TRAVEL BY TRAIN
                                                                                                         It is possible to travel by train from London St Pancras in either standard or Leisure
                                                can be admired here. Another must-see is the             Select class aboard Eurostar. Supplement applies and details available on request.
                                                 395-foot Panorama Mesdag, a cylindrical                 NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may affect itinerary.
                                                  landscape created in 1881 by Hendrik Willem
                                                                                                       * Please note that on this departure the itinerary varies on day 1 and flights are to Brussels.
                                                  Mesdag. Continue to nearby Delft for lunch.          We embark in Ghent and sail to Amsterdam.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Caption
                                                  Vermeer was born here and you will see the           † No single supplement applicable to categories D and C

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                               A JOURNEY ALONG THE RHINE, MAIN AND DANUBE RIVERS




                 Three River Odyssey
                                   19th April to 1st May & 12th to 24th July* 2011


Residential Palace, Wurzburg                          Travel with us along mainland Europe’s three greatest rivers, along routes                                                               The Danube Bend at Visegrad
                                                      which have for centuries been the main arteries for trade and culture.
                                                      Absorb the subtle changes in architecture as we make our way across a         This itinerary will especially appeal to those who enjoy visiting historic
                                                      great swathe of Middle Europe, enjoying its natural and man-made              towns, villages and castles. The river Main in particular on which we spend
                                                      beauty and with the assistance of our guest speakers and excellent local      six days as the centre-piece of our journey meanders through some of
                                                      guides, gaining a better understanding of its history and peoples. We         Bavaria’s most beautiful landscapes, dotted with historic towns and
                                                      begin our river odyssey in Germany with a visit to historic Heidelberg and    villages, peaceful monasteries and imposing medieval castles.
                                                      then cruise through Franconia, Bavaria and into Austria, Slovakia and
                                                                                                                                    After our call at Nuremberg we leave the Main and join the Main-Danube
                                                      finally to Hungary. If the itinerary sounds busy, remember that aboard
  BOOK BEFORE 31 JULY 2010 &                          your floating, first class hotel that is the MS Johann Strauss, such journeys
                                                                                                                                    canal, an amazing waterway which makes this journey possible. Prior to the
 SAVE £300 PER PERSON OFF THE                         are accomplished with great ease. Go to sleep in Germany and wake up in
                                                                                                                                    early 1990s there was no water link between the two rivers, but now we can
        PRICES SHOWN                                  Austria and because we able to moor mostly in town and city centre
                                                                                                                                    cruise through to the Danube making our journey on through Austria,
                                                                                                                                    Slovakia and Hungary, an effortless and enjoyable ride through Europe.
                                                      locations, your time ashore is well spent without tedious long coach
                                                      journeys.
                                                                                                                                    THE ITINERARY
                                                                                                                                    Day 1 — London to Frankfurt. Fly by scheduled flight. Drive to Mannheim and
                                                                                                                                    embark the MS Johann Strauss. This evening enjoy welcome drinks and dinner
                                                                                                                                    onboard. Moor overnight.
                                                                                                                                    Day 2 — Heidelberg. From the nearby port of Mannheim we will drive to
                                                                                                                                    Heidelberg for a half day excursion to this most picturesque and romantic of
                                                                                                                                    German cities which is home to Germany’s oldest university, dating back to
                                                                                                                                    1386. The tour will include the castle, a dramatically sited red sandstone ruin
                                                                                                                                    that dominates the city, the old town with its famous market place and the city
                                                                                                                                    gates. Relax onboard this afternoon as we cruise the Rhine to Mainz where we
                                                                                                                                    enter the Main River.
                                                                                                                                    Day 3 — Miltenberg & Wertheim. Explore the delightful Franconian town of
                                                                                                                                    Miltenberg with its half-timbered houses. On a walking tour see the picturesque
                                                                                                                                    triangular- shaped Marktplatz and walk up to Mildenburg, a restored medieval
                                                                                                                                    castle with excellent views of the town. After an early lunch onboard, join a tour to
                                                                                                                                    Wertheim, known as the ‘Little Heidelberg’. After a tour of this delightful town
Melk Abbey                                             Miltenberg
                                                                                                                                    rejoin the MS Johann Strauss which has sailed through the afternoon to Wertheim.

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                                                                                                         Day 8 — Passau. Walking tour of the ancient fairytale Bavarian city of Passau,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                — Opportunity to travel along
                                                                                                         the meeting point of the Danube, Ilz and Inn Rivers. See the old town and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                mainland Europe's three greatest
                                                                                                         cathedral that houses the largest pipe organ in the world. After a short organ
                                                                                                                                                                                                                rivers
                                                                                                         recital return to the vessel for lunch. Afternoon free in Passau. Sail in the late
                                                                                                                                                                                                                — Picturesque and romantic
                                                                                                         afternoon.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Heidelberg
                                                                                                         Day 9 — Melk & the Wachau Valley to Vienna. Visit the beautiful Baroque
                                                                                                                                                                                                                — Historic Wurzburg, wine capital of Franconia
                                                                                                         abbey situated on a cliff, high above the Danube at Melk. Relax and enjoy the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                — Nuremberg's fascinating history
                                                                                                         enchanting scenery as we cruise during lunch on our way to Vienna, arriving in
                                                                                                         the early evening. Moor overnight in Vienna.
                                                                                                         Day 10 — Vienna. A morning excursion will include the Hofburg Palace (outside
                                                                                                         only), St Stephen’s Cathedral and a drive around the famous Ringstrasse.
 The Stone Bridge, Regensburg                                                                            Optional afternoon excursion to the summer palace of Schonbrunn.
                                                                                                         Day 11 — Bratislava. Arrive this morning in the capital of Slovakia. Formerly
Day 4 — Wurzburg & Rothenburg. After breakfast arrive in historic Wurzburg,                              known as Pressburg this historic city is dominated by an enormous 9th century
the wine capital of Franconia. Tour the city including the magnificent                                    fortress. On a guided excursion see the old quarter, the ornate Baroque Palace
Residential Palace set in equally stunning parkland.                  Rh                                                                         and the ancient city gates.
                                                                       GE RM A NY
                                                                        in e

Also, see the old town with its impressive collection                      Frankfurt                                                             Day 12 — Esztergom & Budapest. Reach
of churches. After lunch on board depart for an
                                                               Mainz
                                                                     • • Wurzburg • Bamberg
                                                                               M
                                                                                   •                    C ZE C H                                 Esztergom, Hungary’s second city at breakfast time.
                                                                       • • • Wertheim Nuremberg RE PUBL IC
                                                                               ain
                                                             Mannheim
excursion to Rothenburg, a remarkable well                     Heidelberg • Miltenberg • Kelheim                                                 You have the choice of an optional morning
                                                                        Rothenburg•     • • RegensbergD
                                                                                         Ma
                                                                                                                                    VA K I A
                                                                                                                             SLO
                                                                                       -Dan ube


                                                                                           in
preserved medieval town in a truly splendid                                                      •     anube Melk                                excursion to Visegrad or staying on board as we
                                                                                           Passau             •
                                                                                                   WACHAU VALLEY •
                                                                                                                       • Bratislava
position, high above the River Tauber. Later rejoin                                                                        D
                                                                                                                    Vienna anube DANUBE          navigate the famous Danube Bend. Arrive in
                                                                                                                        Esztergom•
                                                                                                                                      BEND
the vessel and sail.                                                                               A US TR IA                       • Budapest Budapest at lunch time. On our afternoon tour, visit
                                                                                                                       HUNGARY
Day 5 — Bamberg. Arrive in Bamberg in the                                                                                                        Fisherman’s Bastion for marvellous views of the
morning and enjoy a tour of one of Germany’s loveliest cities. Its relative                              city, see the Mathias Church, which for centuries witnessed the coronations of
geographical location, some 40 miles north of Nuremberg was a key factor in                              the Kings of Hungary. Moor overnight in Budapest.
preserving its magnificent architectural heritage from the ravages of war. Every                          Day 13 — Budapest to London. Disembark after breakfast and return to
single European style from the Romanesque onwards, has left its mark on                                  London by scheduled flight.
Bamberg, each bequeathing at least one major building.
Day 6 — Nuremberg. Explore Nuremberg, the capital of Franconia on a guided                               PRICES PER PERSON Based on double occupancy Tour Code: RCJSTHREE
tour of the old city within the vast walls. See Zeppelin Field and the site of the                                                                                   19th April             12th July*
                        Nuremberg Trials, the Palace of Justice. Afternoon at leisure,                                                                        DOUBLE           SOLE    DOUBLE         SOLE
                                                                                                              CAT DECK           CABIN DESCRIPTION           OCCUPANCY      OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY    OCCUPANCY
                              those interested in the history of WWII may care to
                                                                                                              D Polka            Forward                      £2395          £3195     £2495        £3295
                               visit the Documentation Centre Museum.
                                                                                                              C Polka            Mid-ship                     £2595          £3395     £2695        £3495
                               Day 7 — Kelheim & Regensburg. After a morning                                  BF Opera French balcony forward £2895                          £3695     £2995        £3795
                               tour of Kelheim including Liberation Hall, sail                                B Opera French balcony                          £3095          £3895     £3195        £3995
                               through the Danube Gorge on small local boats and                              A Waltz French balcony                          £3295          £4095     £3395        £4195
                                view the dramatic 400ft cliffs. After lunch drive to
                                  Regensburg to explore this fascinating and                                Price includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, 12 nights aboard the MS Johann
                                    beautiful medieval city. See the magnificent,                            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
                                       twin-spired cathedral Dom St Peter, the                              taxes, gratuities to crew and whilst on shore excursions.
                                        treasury and the tower houses. Rejoin the                           Not included: Travel insurance, optional excursions to the Palace of Schonbrunn and
                                                                                                            Visegrad.
                                       MS Johann Strauss which will have
                                                                                                            NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may affect itinerary.
                                       re-positioned to Regensburg. Sail in the late
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Medieval Rothenburg
                                         evening.                                                        * This departure operates in the reverse direction.

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Durnstein and the Wachau Valley
                                          A RIVER JOURNEY TO THE DANUBE DELTA




                          East of Budapest

                                        1st to 16th May & 2nd to 17th September 2011


Exlploring the Danube Delta at Tulcea                     Join us for one of the great river journeys of the world as we navigate the
                                                                                                                                          The Belogradchik Rocks
                                                          Danube River from Budapest to the delta in the east. Travel from the heart
                                                          of Europe to the distant Black Sea shores visiting Romania, Bulgaria,
                                                                                                                                          THE ITINERARY
                                                          Serbia, Croatia and Hungary. We will travel both down and upriver
                                                                                                                                          Day 1 — London/Manchester to Budapest. Fly by scheduled flight. Drive to the
                                                          affording us a comprehensive look at Eastern Europe. This is one of the         MS Johann Strauss and embark. Welcome drinks and dinner. Moor overnight.
                                                          world’s great journeys, following as it does one of the most important          Day 2 — Budapest. Enjoy your day in Hungary’s elegant capital and spend the
                                                          trade routes since the earliest of times, linking the east with the west. We    morning on an excursion that includes the old quarter, a visit to the Matthias
                                                          will travel through some of Europe’s most beautiful landscapes, from the        Church and the Fishermen’s Bastion from where there are stunning views of
                                                                                                                                          the city. Afternoon at leisure. Sail in the early evening.
                                                          delta lands of the Danube, past the distant Carpathian Mountains to the
  BOOK BEFORE 31 JULY 2010 &                              plains of Hungary. We will visit the great cities of Bucharest, Budapest and
                                                                                                                                          Day 3 — Vukovar. A relaxing morning onboard as we cruise through Hungary
                                                                                                                                          and Croatia to Vukovar, which hugs the western bank of the Danube. For
 SAVE £400 PER PERSON OFF THE                             Belgrade as well as riverside villages and towns along the Danube as the        centuries, the river helped transform the town into an important trading centre.
        PRICES SHOWN                                      great river makes its way to the Black Sea. From the great comfort of our       More recently, Vukovar is famous for the heroic battle in the Patriotic War and
                                                          vessel we will travel effortlessly, enjoying the varied scenery, architecture   unprecedented devastation to which the town was exposed over the months.
                                                          and learning more about a region that has seen more of its fair share of        Among a number of attractive buildings damaged in the war, the most
                                                                                                                                          interesting are the castle of the Elz family (18th century), Baroque buildings in
                                                          conflicts, revolutions and wars.
                                                                                                                                          the centre of the town and the Franciscan monastery.
                                                           Chain Bridge and Parliament Building, Budapest                                 Day 4 — Cruising through the Iron Gates. Spend a relaxing day on board as
                                                                                                                                          we sail through Serbia. In the morning there will be a ‘green stop’ at Donji
                                                                                                                                          Milanovac, an attractive town, ideal for gentle and easy exploration.
                                                                                                                                          Day 5 — Turnu Severin. Turnu Severin is picturesquely set in the Carpathian
                                                                                                                                          Mountains on the banks of the famous Iron Gate Gorge. Known since Roman
                                                                                                                                          times for its warm and sunny climate, it is surrounded by linden and chestnut
                                                                                                                                          trees and makes for a fascinating visit. From here there will be an excursion to
                                                                                                                                          see the Hercules Spa, the Roman baths where Emperor Trojan’s soldiers
                                                                                                                                          recuperated after their ambitious campaigns.
                                                                                                                                          Day 6 — Bucharest. Arrive this morning in the port of Turnu Magurele and drive
                                                                                                                                          to Bucharest. We will explore the boulevards with their decidedly French style
                                                                                                                                          and later tour the excellent Village Museum which houses a collection of historic
                                                                                                                                          houses from all regions of Romania. Lunch will be taken at a lively Romanian
Sveti Sava Church, Belgrade
                                                                                                                                          restaurant. Rejoin the vessel in Oltentia.

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Day 7 — Tulcea. Today we arrive in Tulcea, situated at the entrance to the                               Day 13 — Pecs. Lying between the Danube and Drava                                                      — Cruising through the Iron Gates
Danube Delta. Enjoy a boat trip into the delta wetlands, famous for its birdlife.                        Rivers in southern Hungary, the historic city of Pecs enjoys                                           — Picturesque Veliko Tarnovo
Day 8 — Constanta. From the port of Tulcea join the full day excursion to                                a fine position on the slopes of the Mecsek Hills. The                                                  — Elegant Budapest, ‘Queen of
Constanta, known as Tomis to the Greeks but                                                                                                         shore excursion will feature                                the Danube’
named Constanta by the Romans. Our city tour will               Dan
                                                                   ube
                                                                           Budapest
                                                                                                                                                    the sites associated with
include the excellent Archaeological Museum. Be                          •                                                                          the city’s Roman,
                                                                 HUNGARY
sure to visit the Treasury and see the gigantic 3rd               Pecs • • Kalocsa                 ROM A NIA                                        Ottoman and Hapsburg
                                                               Vukovar
century Roman Mosaic. Later, stretch your legs with                   •
                                                           C R O AT I A         Novi Sad                                      Tulcea
                                                                                                                                                    past.
                                                                         an u •                                                      • DD NUBE
                                                                                                                                         A
a walk along the Black Sea waterfront promenade                                                                                                     Day 14 — Kalocsa.




                                                                                D
                                                                             be                 IRON
                                                                                                GATES                                     E LTA
                                                                            Belgrade
from the Edwardian casino to the Genoese                                             •
                                                                          Donji Milanovac •
                                                                                               • Turnu Severin •Bucharest                           Famous for its
                                                                                          Vidin •                   Giurgiu         • Constanta
Lighthouse.                                                                       Belogradchik • anu
                                                                                                                   •• Rousse                        surrounding plains,
                                                                                                       Svistov•
                                                                                               D    be

Day 9 — Veliko Tarnovo. From the port of Rousse                                    SERBIA                         • Veliko Tarnovo                  horses and the
                                                                                                                                     BLACK
we will drive to the wonderfully picturesque Veliko                                                  BULGA RIA                          SEA         production of paprika,
Tarnovo, the ‘City of the Tsars’. The Yantra River all                                                                                              Kalocsa has a history
but encircles the city, a one time capital, and the enchanting houses cling to                           dating back over 1000 years. It is also the site of
the steep gorge. This is one of the most interesting and scenic places in Eastern                        Hungary’s first cathedral. There will be an
Europe. Rejoin the vessel in the port of Svistov. The excursion will include lunch                       opportunity to see rural Hungary and a provincial town, and included in the
in a local restaurant.                                                                                   tour is a demonstration of local horsemanship for which the region is famous.
Day 10 — Belogradchik & Vidin. In the early morning arrive in the Bulgarian                              Day 15 — Budapest. Today we return to the Queen of the Danube. This
port of Vidin. From here we will drive to Belogradchik which is located close to                         morning, join an optional excursion to the small Baroque town of Godollo. It
the Serbian border. The Belogradchik Rocks are a famous Bulgarian beauty                                 was the favoured home of Sissy, the wife of Emperor Franz Josef, and in recent
spot. The sandstone has been weathered into all manner of bizarre shapes, and                            years the palace has been restored. Afternoon free for independent
housed amongst the rocks is an Ottoman fort, built on the remains of a Roman                             sightseeing or shopping. There are some excellent museums and galleries and
structure. The excursion will end with a city tour of Vidin, including the Baba                          marvellous shops, but the great charm of this city is its enchanting architecture
Vida Fortress. This historic river port dates back to Roman and Thracian times.                          which is best appreciated on a stroll through old Buda. Farewell dinner on
Afternoon cruising through the ‘Iron Gates’.                                                             board.
Day 11 — Belgrade. After all the turmoil of past years it is good to see that life                       Day 16 — Budapest to London/Manchester. Disembark this morning and
has returned to normal in this historic city which was founded on the site of a                          return to your chosen airport by scheduled flight.
Celtic settlement, dating back to the 3rd century B.C. Our excursion this
afternoon will include the city’s main sights including the Kalemegdan Citadel,
a hill fortress at the junction of the Danube and Sava Rivers, and the old                               PRICES PER PERSON Based on double occupancy Tour Code: RCJSEAST11
                                                                                                                                                                       1st May            2nd September
quarter. Optional evening Folklore performance.
                                                                                                                                                                DOUBLE          SOLE    DOUBLE        SOLE
Day 12 — Novi Sad. This morning we will arrive in Novi Sad. Following the                                       CAT DECK          CABIN DESCRIPTION           OCCUPANCY      OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY   OCCUPANCY                                                 The Iron Gates
destruction of the three main bridges by the NATO                                                               D Polka           Forward                      £2795          £3595     £2995       £3795
bombing campaign in 1999, the city                                                                              C Polka           Mid-ship                     £2995          £3795     £3195       £3995
of Novi Sad, in the Serbian northern                                                                            BF Opera French balcony forward £3295                         £4095     £3495       £4295
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Parliament Building, Bucharest
province of Vojvodina, has returned to                                                                          B Opera French balcony                         £3495          £4295     £3695       £4495
normal and much rebuilding                                                                                      A Waltz French balcony                         £3695          £4495     £3895       £4695

has taken place. The city is rich
                                                                                                             Price includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, 15 nights aboard the MS Johann
in historic buildings including                                                                              Strauss on full board, house wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner, shore excursions,
the fortress, Bishop’s House,                                                                                guest speaker, services of a cruise director, tour manager, transfers, port taxes, airport
                                                                                                             taxes, gratuities to crew and whilst on shore excursions.
Clock Tower and numerous
                                                                                                             Not included: Travel insurance, optional Folklore performance and Godollo excursion.
churches, some of which will be                                                                              NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may affect itinerary.
seen on our morning tour.

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                            A RIVER JOURNEY LINKING BUDAPEST AND AMSTERDAM

                                                                                                                                                        NETHERLANDS




       Across Europe by River
                                                                                                                                                           Amsterdam
                                                                                                                                                          ••
                                                                                                                                                            Utrecht             GERM A NY

                                                                                                                                                           Cologne•




                                                                                                                                                                      Rh
                                                                                                                                                                                 Würzburg




                                                                                                                                                                        ine
                                                                                                                                                             Rüdesheim              Bamberg
                                                                                                                                                                          •   Main
                                                                                                                                                                                           • • Bayreuth        C ZE CH
                                                                                                                                                                      Miltenberg
                                                                                                                                                                                 • ••
                                                                                                                                                                          Wertheim           •Kelheim
                                                                                                                                                                                               Nuremberg REPUBLIC
                                                                                                                                                                           Rothenburg•
                                                                                                                                                                                           n- • ub
                                                                                                                                                                                                 • Regensburg




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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        IA
                                                                                                                                                                                             D an e
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   VA K




                                                                                                                                                                                            i
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Danube
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Passau                Vienna    O
                                                                                                                                                                                                        WA Melk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • •         S L DANUBE
                            16th to 30th May & 17th September to 1st October 2011                                                                                                                          C HAU VALLEY Esztergom
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  •• BEND
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Visegrad •Budapest
                                                                                                                                                                                                  AUSTRIA                HUNGARY


                                                               Travelling across Europe by river offers an insight that cannot easily be had   before arriving at our final destination of Amsterdam. Our journey will take
                                                               by more conventional forms of transport. The leisurely pace allows you to       us along the most romantic sections of the Danube, Main and Rhine rivers.
                                                               enjoy the subtle changes of scenery, the contrasting styles of                  This is a river voyage through idyllic rolling landscapes of pastures and
                                                               architecture and allows time to read and digest each region’s history.          vines, past centuries old villages, towns and imperial cities which have
                                                               There is something rather special about reading your guide book on deck         witnessed the fascinating and turbulent history of Middle Europe.
                                                               as you approach the next port of call. You can join the guided excursion,
                                                               the majority of which are included in the cost, or explore individually. For    THE ITINERARY
                                                               many this is the delight of a river journey.                                    Day 1 — London to Budapest. Fly by scheduled flight. Transfer to the MS
                                                                                                                                               Johann Strauss and embark. Welcome drinks and dinner.
                          The Danube at Schlogen near Passau   Embarking in Budapest, we will have two weeks ahead of us as we make our        Day 2 — Budapest & Esztergom. Spend the morning in Budapest. On our
                                                                                                                                               morning tour, visit Fishermen’s Bastion for marvellous views of the city and see
  BOOK BEFORE 31 JULY 2010 & SAVE                              way along the Danube, through Hungary, Austria and Germany where we
                                                                                                                                               the Matthias Church, which for centuries witnessed the coronations of the
  £400 PER PERSON OFF THE PRICES                               will reach the Main-Danube Canal. It was the opening of this canal that
                                                                                                                                               Kings of Hungary. Sail at lunchtime, navigating the famous Danube Bend,
 SHOWN PLUS COMPLIMENTARY PRE-                                 made this journey possible. A great feat of engineering, it allows our vessel   arriving into Esztergom in the early evening. Alternatively, join an optional
 CRUISE ‘WINE OF KINGS’ EXTENSION                              to connect through to the Main and Rhine Rivers. From here we will pass         excursion to Visegrad and rejoin the vessel in Esztergom.
   FOR FIRST TEN CABINS BOOKED                                 some of Germany’s most scenic places, including the dramatic Rhine Gorge




Melk Abbey                                                     Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna                                                                                                                               Half-timbered house, Bamberg


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                                                                                                                                                                                                COMPLIMENTARY PRE-CRUISE EXTENSION
                                                                                                                                                                                                WORTH £400 PER PERSON FOR THE FIRST
                         Day 3 — Vienna. Arrive into Vienna at lunchtime. A                                                                                                                             10 CABINS BOOKED
                                      guided excursion by coach will take us around
                                       the famous Ringstrasse, the gardens of the                                                                                                                   WINE OF KINGS AND KING OF WINE
                                                                                                                                                                                                           13TH TO 16TH MAY
                                      Belvedere Palace and to the stunning Hofburg
                                                                                                                                                                                                     & 14TH TO 17TH SEPTEMBER 2011
                                      Palace (outside views only). Return to the
                             vessel for lunch and enjoy an afternoon at leisure.                                                                                                              Join us before your cruise for a complimentary
                            Day 4 — Vienna. Optional morning excursion to the                                                                                                                 three-night tour through the famous wine regions of
                            Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens, the favourite                                                                                                                      Hungary. It was made famous by Louis XV when he
                           summer residence of Maria Theresa. Afternoon free in                                                                                                               served Tokaj wine to Madame de Pompadour, and
                          Vienna. Sail in the late evening.                                                                                                                                   Emperor Franz-Josef sent Queen Victoria bottles of
                     Day 5 — Melk. Visit the beautiful Baroque abbey situated on                                                                                                              Tokaj to celebrate her birthday, 12 bottles for every
a cliff, high above the Danube at Melk. Relax and enjoy the enchanting scenery                                                                                                                year; this amounted to 972 bottles by 1900.
                                                                                       Passau
as we cruise through the afternoon.                                                                                                                                                           Day 1 — London to Tokaj. Fly by scheduled flight to
Day 6 — Passau. Walking tour of the ancient fairytale Bavarian city of Passau, the     Marktplatz and walk up to the Mildenburg, a restored medieval castle with                              Budapest. Upon arrival, drive to Tokaj and check-in to
meeting point of the Danube, Ilz and Inn Rivers. See the old town and cathedral        excellent views of the town. Sail in the early evening.                                                the delightful Mansion Hotel Andrassy. Your
that houses the largest pipe organ in the world. After a short organ recital, return   Day 12 — Rudesheim. Arrive in Rudesheim at lunchtime. Enjoy some time in                               Hungarian guide is a wine expert and will give an
to the vessel for lunch. After some free time in Passau, sail in the afternoon.        colourful Rudesheim, an important wine producing area. Join an excursion to                            introductory talk on Tokaj before dinner with special
Day 7 — Regensburg. Explore this fascinating and beautiful medieval city. See          explore the cobblestone streets of the Drosselgasse and take a mini-train to                           emphasis on the historical aspect. Enjoy an excellent
the magnificent, twin-spired cathedral Dom St Peter, the treasury and the tower         Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum.                                                                   Hungarian dinner with wine.
houses. After lunch in Weltenburg, drive to Kelheim for a tour which will include      Day 13 — Cologne. Explore historic Cologne on a guided walking tour that will                          Day 2 — Tokaj. This morning we will visit the Tokaj
Liberation Hall, then sail through the Danube Gorge on small local boats and           visit the magnificent cathedral, the largest in Germany. Sail during dinner.                            wineries to learn how Tokaj is made and how wine
view the dramatic 400ft cliffs. Rejoin your vessel in Kelheim and sail in the early    Day 14 — Utrecht to Amsterdam. Arrive in Utrecht this morning. Join an                                 making has changed since the fall of Communism.
evening.                                                                               excursion to see this charming and compact city. Cruise through lunch, arriving                        The tour will end with some wine tasting. After lunch
Day 8 — Nuremberg. Explore Nuremberg, the capital of Franconia on a guided             into Amsterdam in the mid-afternoon. Explore the city of the ‘Golden Age’ on                           we will visit another winery and compare the different
tour of the old city within the vast walls.                                            an excursion which will include the incomparable Rijksmuseum with its splendid                         qualities of Tokaj. Dinner this evening will be taken in
Day 9 — Bamberg. Arrive in Bamberg, one of Germany’s loveliest cities. Its             collection of old masters. Evening canal ride through Old Amsterdam.                                   a local restaurant.
relative geographical location, some 40 miles north of Nuremberg, was a key            Day 15 — Amsterdam to London. Disembark after breakfast and return to                                  Day 3 — Eger. After breakfast drive to Eger, one of
factor in preserving its magnificent architectural heritage from the ravages of         your chosen airport by scheduled flight.                                                                Hungary’s oldest and most charming cities. Check-in
war. Every single European style from the Romanesque onwards has left its                                                                                                                     to a first class hotel where we will enjoy lunch. In the
mark on Bamberg, each bequeathing at least one major building.                         PRICES PER PERSON                  Based on double occupancy        Tour Code: RCJSEUR11               afternoon there will be a guided walking tour which
Enjoy an afternoon at leisure in Bamberg.                                                                                                        16th May               17th September        will give you an insight into the city’s fascinating
Day 10 — Wurzburg. After a morning of scenic cruising, arrive in                                                                           DOUBLE           SOLE       DOUBLE        SOLE     history, including how ‘Bull’s Blood’ came to be
                                                                                          CAT DECK         CABIN DESCRIPTION              OCCUPANCY       OCCUPANCY   OCCUPANCY   OCCUPANCY
historic Wurzburg, the wine capital of Franconia. Tour the city                                                                                                                               named. Dinner will be taken in a local restaurant with
                                                                                          D     Polka      Forward                         £2895          £3695        £3095      £3895
including the magnificent Residential Palace set in equally                                                                                                                                    local wine tasting.
                                                                                          C     Polka      Mid-ship                        £3095          £3895        £3295      £4095
stunning parkland. Also, see the old town with its impressive                                                                                                                                 Day 4 — Eger & Budapest. This morning we shall
                                                                                          BF    Opera      French balcony forward          £3395          £4195        £3595      £4395
collection of churches. Later, travel along the ‘Romantic                                 B     Opera      French balcony                  £3595          £4395        £3795      £4595
                                                                                                                                                                                              concentrate on the local chardonnays and finish the
Road’ to Rothenburg, a remarkably well preserved medieval                                 A     Waltz      French balcony                  £3795          £4595        £3995      £4795       morning with a tasting of Bull’s Blood. After lunch,
town in a truly splendid position, high above the River                                                                                                                                       transfer to Budapest to embark the MS Johann
Tauber. Sail this evening.                                                              Price includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, 14 nights aboard the MS Johann                    Strauss.
Day 11 — Wertheim & Miltenberg. Explore the delightful                                  Strauss on full board, house wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner, shore excursions,                Extension includes: Three nights hotel accommodation, all
                                                                                        guest speaker, services of a cruise director, tour manager, transfers, port taxes, airport            meals, excursions and wine tasting, transportation, English
town of Wertheim, known as ‘Little Heidelberg’, on a                                    taxes, gratuities to crew and whilst on shore excursions.                                             speaking guides.
walking tour. During lunch, sail on to the Franconian                                   Not included: Travel insurance, optional excursion to Palace of Schonbrunn and to                     Not included: Travel insurance, gratuities, porterage.
                                                                                        Visegrad.
town of Miltenberg with its half-timbered houses. On a                                                                                                                                        Numbers are limited and special offer is subject to availability.
                                                                                        NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may affect itinerary.
walking tour see the picturesque triangular-shaped

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                          A RIVER VOYAGE FROM THE NORTH SEA TO THE BLACK SEA

                                                                                                                                        Day 4 — Koblenz & Rudesheim. Arrive in Koblenz for a walking tour of this historic



Amsterdam to the Black Sea
                                                                                                                                        commercial centre. After lunch, continue through the dramatic Rhine Gorge to
                                                                                                                                        Rudesheim, passing romantic castles, lush vineyards and the infamous Lorelei rock.
                                                                                                                                        In Rudesheim, enjoy a tour of Siegfried’s Musical Instrument Museum.
                                                                                                                                        Day 5 — Heidelberg. From the port of Mannheim, disembark for a morning
                                                                                                                                        tour to romantic Heidelberg, the oldest university town in Germany.
                                                                                                                                        Day 6 — Miltenberg, Wertheim & Wurzburg. This morning tour the pretty
                   30th May to 21st June; 2nd to 24th August*; 1st to 23rd October 2011                                                 Franconian town of Miltenberg, known for its half-timbered medieval houses.
                                                                                                                                                  Later drive to beautiful Wertheim, where you will enjoy free time in the
                                                                                                                                                       charming market square before returning to the vessel for lunch.
The Danube Delta                                 This is the Ultimate Grand Tour of Europe. Sail clear across                                             This afternoon, tour Wurzburg and visit the magnificent Prince
                                                                                                                                                            Bishop’s Residenz Palace.
                                                 the continent, visit seven countries, travel more than
                                                                                                                                                            Day 7 — Cruising/Rothenburg. Enjoy a full day of cruising
                                                 2200 miles and unpack only once as you settle aboard
                                                                                                                                                            through the sunny valleys of the meandering Main. Pass the
                                                 your wonderfully comfortable floating hotel. Trace the                                                    picturesque towns of Karlstadt and Kitzingen before arriving
                                                 routes of emperors and kings as you cruise along the Rhine,                                           late in the evening in Schweinfurt. Alternatively, you may take a
                                                 Main and Danube. Live the dream of Charlemagne, who 1200                                        half day tour to Rothenburg, Europe’s most perfect fairy-tale town.
                                                 years ago, dreamed of building a canal connecting the Rhine to the                     Explore the town with a local guide and rejoin the vessel in the early evening.
                                                                                                                                        Day 8 — Bamberg. This morning, enter the Main-Danube Canal at Bamberg,
                                                 Danube. This is truly the voyage of a lifetime at an unbeatable price.
                                                                                                                                        one of Germany’s most beautiful historic towns. Enjoy a guided tour and some
                                                                                                                                        free time here.
                                                 THE ITINERARY
  BOOK BEFORE 31 JULY 2010 & SAVE                                                                                                       Day 9 — Nuremberg. Join a guided tour of this historic city. Sail at lunchtime
                                                 Day 1 — London/Manchester/Birmingham/Edinburgh to Amsterdam. Fly by
  £400 PER PERSON OFF THE PRICES                                                                                                        and continue cruising through the highest point of any commercial waterway
                                                 scheduled flight and transfer to the MS Johann Strauss. Tonight, meet your fellow
   SHOWN. PLUS COMPLIMENTARY                     travellers at the welcome drinks and dinner. Moor overnight in Amsterdam.
                                                                                                                                        in Europe, 1332 feet above sea level.
     CABIN UPGRADE FOR FIRST                                                                                                            Day 10 — Regensburg. This morning enjoy a guided stroll around historic
                                                 Day 2 — Amsterdam. Enjoy a morning in Amsterdam and during the guided                  Regensburg, widely regarded as the medieval wonder of Germany. Spend the
        TEN CABINS BOOKED                        tour visit the impressive Rijksmuseum. Later sail to Cologne.                          afternoon at leisure in Regensburg before setting sail this evening for Passau.
Bamberg                                          Day 3 — Cologne. This morning cruise the legendary Rhine. Pass Duisburg and            Day 11 — Passau. Arrive this morning is Passau, where the Inn and Ilz rivers
                                                 Dusseldorf before arriving in Cologne for a tour to see the city’s famous cathedral.   join the Danube. Join the tour that will include a scenic drive and a guided walk

                                                                                                                                        Fishermen’s Bastion, Budapest




                                                 Veliko Tarnovo


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                                                                                                          Day 18 — Belgrade. Spend the morning in this                                                               — Romantic Heidelberg, the oldest
 NE THERLANDS
                                                                                                          interesting city. A half-day tour highlights the city’s                                                    university town in Germany
     • Amsterdam
                            GERMANY                                                                       main attractions, including the Kalemegdan fortress as                                                     — Wachau Valley, the most
            •                Würzburg                                                                     it looms over the confluence of the Sava and Danube                                                         beautiful river region in Austria
             Rh



    Cologne
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      Koblenz         ain        Bamberg
              • M
      Rüdesheim•
                                  • Nuremberg                                                             rivers, Saint Sava Cathedral, the largest Orthodox Church                                                  — Cruising through the spectacular
        Heidelberg•
                    • • ••     Ma • Regensburg Weissenkirchen
          Miltenberg              -D • u
                                  in
                                                                 VA K I A                                 in the world, and Tito’s Memorial. This evening enjoy an                                                   Iron Gates
                                    an be
            Wertheim               Passau • Melk •• Danube S L O
                                                    •                                                     optional Folklore performance.
           Rothenburg                  WACHAU VALLEY Vienna
                                       A US TR IA              •Budapest                                  Day 19 — Cruising through the Iron Gates. Today the
                                                      HUNGA RY
                                                              •
                                                       Pecs • • Kalocsa
                                                                            ROM A NIA                     scenery becomes truly spectacular as you cruise through the
                                                               Mohacs
                                                                   D                       Tulcea         Iron Gates, a narrow Danube gorge between the
                                                                    anube   IRON
                                                                            GATES
                                                                                               •   UBE
                                                                                    Cernavoda DANELTA
                                                                     •
                                                              Belgrade      Bucharest •      ••  D        Carpathian and Balkan Mountains.
                                                                                              Constanta
                                                                 SERBIA Svistov     • •Rousse             Day 20 — Veliko Tarnovo. From Svistov, drive to
                                                                       Veliko Tarnovo •        BLACK      Veliko Tarnovo, the capital of the second Bulgarian
                                                                             BUL GA RIA         SEA
                                                                                                          Kingdom from 1187 to 1393. The city formed a natural fortress, located on
                                                                                                          three hills surrounding the Yantra River. A palace, fortifications and churches
through the Old Town. Tour the breathtaking Cathedral of St. Stephan, which                               were built into the terrain. Across the river, ancient stone houses seemingly
contains the world’s largest church pipe organ. Afternoon at leisure in Passau.                           perched on top of each other rise up the steep riverbank. After lunch in a local
Later cruise into Austria.                                                                                restaurant, visit the museum town of Arbanassi.
Day 12 — Wachau Valley & Vienna. This morning, visit the magnificent Melk                                  Day 21 — Constanta. Early this morning, arrive in Cernavoda at the entrance
Abbey. Continue by road to Weissenkirchen, a beautiful wine-growing region.                               to the Black Sea Canal. Drive to nearby Constanta, a popular resort city. Its
Enjoy some wine tasting before returning to the ship for lunch. Your cruise                               colourful history dates back to ancient Greek and Roman times. Sail in the                                                                         Interior of Melk Abbey

continues through the romantic Wachau Valley.                                                             afternoon along the snaking Danube to the delta town of Tulcea.
Day 13 — Vienna. A morning city tour will include a drive around the Ring and                             Day 22 — Tulcea. Today we arrive in Tulcea, situated at the entrance to the
a visit to the Old Quarter including St Stephan’s cathedral. In the afternoon                             Danube Delta. Enjoy a boat trip into the delta wetlands, famous for its birdlife.
perhaps join an optional excursion to the Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens, the                              Day 23 — Bucharest to London/Manchester/Birmingham/Edinburgh.
favourite summer residence of Maria Theresa.                                                              Disembark this morning in Cernavoda and drive to Bucharest for the return
Day 14 — Budapest. Cruise through Slovakia to Hungary. Be on deck as your                                 scheduled flight to your chosen airport.
ship passes the Esztergom Cathedral, Hungary’s largest, towering over the river.
                                                                                                          PRICES PER PERSON                   Based on double occupancy        Tour Code: RCJSBLACK11
Later, we will cruise through the Danube Bend where the river changes
                                                                                                                                                                    30th May              2nd August*; 1 October
direction. This afternoon, arrive in Budapest.                                                                                                                 DOUBLE           SOLE       DOUBLE          SOLE
Day 15 — Budapest. We have the day to explore Hungary’s elegant capital.                                      CAT DECK         CABIN DESCRIPTION             OCCUPANCY        OCCUPANCY   OCCUPANCY     OCCUPANCY

Spend the morning on an excursion that will include the old quarter, visiting the                             D     Polka      Forward                        £4095           £4895        £3995        £4795
Matthias Church and the Fishermen’s Bastion. Afternoon at leisure.                                            C     Polka      Mid-ship                       £4295           £5095        £4195        £4995
Alternatively enjoy an optional excursion to the small Baroque town of Godollo.                               BF    Opera      French balcony forward         £4595           £5395        £4495        £5295
                                                                                                              B     Opera      French balcony                 £4795           £5595        £4695        £5495
Day 16 — Kalocsa. Arrive this morning in charming Kalocsa, renowned for
                                                                                                              A     Waltz      French balcony                 £4995           £5795        £4895        £5695
paprika production. Your tour of the Puszta district will include the town and a
spectacular display of Hungarian horsemanship. Depart this afternoon for a
                                                                                                            Price includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, 22 nights aboard the MS Johann
relaxing cruise down the beautiful Danube, arriving in Mohacs in the early                                  Strauss on full board, house wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner, shore excursions,
evening. Moor overnight.                                                                                    guest speaker, services of a cruise director, tour manager, transfers, port taxes, airport
                                                                                                            taxes, gratuities to crew and whilst on shore excursions.
Day 17 — Pecs. Depart on a morning’s excursion to Pecs. Lying between the                                   Not included: Travel insurance, optional excursions to Palace of Schonbrunn and Godollo.
Danube and Drava Rivers in southern Hungary, the historic city of Pecs enjoys a                             NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may affect itinerary.
fine position on the slopes of the Mecsek Hills. The excursion will feature the
                                                                                                          * This departure varies and the flight is from London to Brussels with embarkation in
sites associated with the city’s Roman Ottoman Hapsburg past. Return to the                               Ghent. Please note that the flights from Bucharest to Manchester, Birmingham and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wurzburg’s Residential Palace
ship in Mohacs and enjoy an afternoon of cruising.                                                        Edinburgh are indirect services.

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                          A RIVER JOURNEY FROM THE DANUBE DELTA TO BAVARIA

                                                                                                                                            GE RM A NY



The Danube - East to West                                                                                                                    Munich
                                                                                                                                                    Passau
                                                                                                                                                    •
                                                                                                                                                          Linz Grein

                                                                                                                                                          •    •
                                                                                                                                                                  Durnstein S L O V A K I A
                                                                                                                                                          • •• • • •
                                                                                                                                                  Salzburg Melk EY Vienna
                                                                                                                                                         WACHAU VALL Esztergom Budapest
                                                                                                                                                         A US TR IA
                                                                                                                                                                          Bratislava
                                                                                                                                                                                •
                                                                                                                                                                                 •
                                                                                                                                                                       HUNGA RY
                                                                                                                                                                                •
                                                                                                                                                                         Pecs • • Kalocsa
                                                                                                                                                                                                 ROM A NIA
                                                                                                                                                                                Mohacs
                                                                                                                                                                                     D                           Tulcea
                                      21st June to 5th July 2011                                                                                                                      anube      IRON
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         U•   BE
                                                                                                                                                                                                 GATES     Cernavoda DANELTA
                                                                                                                                                                               Belgrade•                •
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Bucharest       •   D

                                                                                                                                                                                           ••
                                                                                                                                                                                  Belogradchik     Vidin•    Giurgiu
                                                                                                                                                                                  SE RBIA
                                                                                                                                                                                         Veliko Tarnovo •
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    BLACK
                                                                                                                                                                                                  BUL GA RIA         SEA
                                               Join us for a passage through time as we sail the Danube from its delta to
                                               its navigable headwaters in Bavaria. This is one of the world’s great
                                                                                                                                 later tour the excellent Village Museum which houses a collection of historic
                                               journeys, following as it does one of the most important trade routes since       houses from all regions of Romania. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Rejoin the
                                               the earliest of times, linking the east with the west.                            vessel in Giurgui and sail to Rousse for an overnight mooring.
                                                                                                                                 Day 4 — Veliko Tarnovo. Depart by coach for a full-day tour to Veliko Tarnovo,
                                               We will travel through some of Europe’s most beautiful landscapes from            the capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom from 1187 to 1393. The city
                                               the vast area of channels that make up the delta region with its prolific          formed a natural fortress, located on three hills surrounding the Yantra River. A
                                               birdlife to the vine covered hills of Austria’s picturesque valleys. Our          palace, fortifications and churches were built into the terrain. Across the river,
                                               journey through Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia and         ancient stone houses seemingly perched on top of each other rise up the steep
Bratislava Castle                                                                                                                riverbank. On Tsarevets Hill see the old fortress walls, royal palaces and
                                               Austria will be made in great comfort as we cross Eastern Europe from the
                                                                                                                                 patriarchal church. After a typical Bulgarian lunch in a local hotel there will be
  BOOK BEFORE 31 JULY 2010 &                   Carpathian foothills to the rolling plains of Hungary. We will visit villages,
                                                                                                                                 time to shop for handicrafts in the town market.
 SAVE £250 PER PERSON OFF THE                  towns and cities along this great waterway which has played its part in the       Day 5 — Cruising through the Iron Gates. Today the scenery becomes truly
        PRICES SHOWN                           history of the continent and seen more than its fair share of conflicts,           spectacular as you cruise through the Iron Gates, a narrow Danube gorge
                                               revolutions and wars.                                                             between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains.
                                                                                                                                 Day 6 — Belgrade. After all the turmoil of past years it is good to see that life
                                               Travelling with us, our guest speaker will add to our knowledge with              has returned to normal in this historic city which was founded on the site of a
                                               informative talks and will accompany us ashore. And, after nearly 20 years        Celtic settlement, dating back to the 3rd century B.C. Our excursion this
                                               of operating cruises along the Danube, we have accumulated the very best          The Iron Gates region
                                               of local guides. Their enormous wealth of knowledge and their own
                                               individual views provide enormous colour to our trip leaving us with a
                                               lasting memory of all we see.

                                               THE ITINERARY
                                               Day 1 — London /Manchester/Birmingham to Bucharest. Fly by scheduled
                                               flight. Transfer to Cernavoda, embark the MS Johann Strauss and sail. This
                                               evening enjoy welcome drinks and dinner onboard.
                                               Day 2 — Danube Delta. Today we will reach the vast Danube Delta one of the
                                               most important wetlands left in Europe. From our base in Tulcea it will be
                                               possible to join a boat trip to explore the delta.
                                               Day 3 — Bucharest. Arrive this morning in the port of Oltenita for the drive to
Main square, Linz
                                               Bucharest. We will explore the boulevards with their decidedly French style and

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                             afternoon will include the city’s main sights including     Day 12 — Durnstein, Melk and Grein.             Durnstein                                                Join us before your cruise for a 4-night journey
                                the Kalemegdan Citadel, a hill fortress at the           Sail in the early hours for the lovely                                                                   through Transylvania, visiting Sibiu and Brasov.
                                  junction of the Danube and Sava Rivers, and the        Wachau Valley. During breakfast we will
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Day 1 — London to Sibiu. Fly to Sibiu by indirect
                                 old quarter. Optional evening Folklore                  moor in the charming town of Durnstein                                                                   scheduled flight. One of the seven walled cities
                                     performance.                                        in Austria’s scenically splendid wine                                                                    founded by the Saxons, Sibiu was at the crossroads of
                                     Day 7 — Pecs. Arrive in the Hungarian town          producing Wachau Valley. It was here                                                                     invasions, conflicts and wars during the Middle Ages.
                                     of Mohacs, an area renowned for its paprika         that Richard the Lionheart was held                                                                      Stay two nights at the four-star Continental Forum
                                     production. Drive to the university town of         captive on a Crusader journey. Explore                                                                   Hotel. Dinner this evening will be at your hotel.
                                     Pecs, a settlement dating back to Roman             independently with a stroll through the                                                                  Day 2 — Sibiu. This morning there will be a walking tour
times. On a walking tour see some of the beautifully restored grand buildings,           town. In the late morning sail on to Melk                                                                of Sibiu, followed by some free time before lunch in the
the Romanesque cathedral and the Mosque.                                                 where an excursion will include the                                                                      old city. Later, drive to Sibiel, a colourful village situated
Day 8 — Budapest. Arrive this morning in the city of Budapest. We have the               imposing Baroque Abbey which                                                                             20 km from Sibiu. Here we visit a unique and superb
day to explore Hungary’s elegant capital. Our guided excursion includes the old          dominates the Danube from its cliff top                                                                  museum of glass painted icons, located in the old village
quarter, a visit to the Matthias Church and the Fishermen’s Bastion from where           setting. Relax and enjoy high tea as you                                                                 church. This evening, enjoy a traditional dinner during
there are stunning views of the city. Moor overnight.                                    sail onwards to the charming Baroque                                                                     which we will be able to talk to our local hosts about
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Romanian daily life in a Transylvanian village.
Day 9 — Budapest. After a morning with free time in Budapest, return to                  town of Grein. We will moor here until
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Day 3 — Azuga/Sinaia/Brasov. Today we travel to
vessel for lunch as we slip our moorings and begin our journey heading in a              midnight allowing those who wish to take an after dinner stroll.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Azuga in Prahova Valley, home of the Royal Cellar
westerly direction sailing through Budapest and towards one of the scenic                Day 13 — Linz & Salzburg. This morning we will stop in Linz for those
                                                                                                                                                                                                  which is the wine supplier for the Royal family. We will
highlights of the river, the Danube Bend. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon as we               wishing to take the optional full day tour with lunch to Salzburg, birthplace of
                                                                                                                                                                                                  stop at a local vineyard for lunch and enjoy some
navigate the the ‘Bend’.                                                                 Mozart and famous for its architectural treasures and music festival. Our                                wine tasting before continuing on to Sinaia. Here we
Day 10 — Bratislava & Vienna. Arrive this morning in the Slovak capital of               excursion will include the house known as Tanzmeisterhaus where he was born                              will see the fairytale Peles Castle, built by King Carol I
Bratislava. Join a guided walking tour of the city, formerly known as Pressburg,         and spent his early life, Schloss Mirabell and the Residenz. Sail to Passau this                         in the 19th century. Continue on to Brasov where we
a former capital of Hungary. See the old quarter, the ornate Baroque Palace              evening.                                                                                                 will stay for two nights at the five-star ARO Palace
and the ancient city gates. Sail at midday for Vienna, arriving in the early             Day 14 — Passau. Built on the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers,                               Hotel. Dinner this evening will be at a local restaurant.
evening. Moor overnight.                                                                 Passau is a beautiful and fascinating town, rich in history. Enjoy a guided                              Day 4 — Brasov. Day at leisure. Relax and enjoy your
Day 11 — Vienna. Join the morning guided tour which will include the famous              morning excursion and an afternoon at leisure to explore independently.                                  time in Brasov. Lunch will be included at the hotel and
Ringstrasse and St Stephen’s Cathedral. This afternoon there will be an                  Day 15 — Passau to London/Manchester/Birmingham. Disembark after                                         dinner this evening will be at a local restaurant in Poiana.
optional tour to the summer palace of Schonbrunn with its magnificent                     breakfast and transfer to Munich for return scheduled flights to chosen airports.                         Day 5 — Bran & Cernavoda. Depart Brasov this
interiors and landscaped gardens.                                                                                                                                                                 morning and drive through the mountain-ringed land-
                                                                                                                                                                                                  scapes and past some of the area’s historical monu-
                                                         Fishermen’s Bastion, Budapest   PRICES PER PERSON                 Based on double occupancy    Tour Code: RCJSEWEST                      ments. We will stop at Bran to visit the world famous
                                                                                                                                                                      DOUBLE             SOLE     ‘Dracula’s Castle’, built as a fortress in 1212 by the
                                                                                             CAT DECK        CABIN DESCRIPTION                                       OCCUPANCY        OCCUPANCY   Knights of the Teutonic Order. Vlad Tepes, better
                                                                                             D     Polka     Forward                                                 £2495            £3295       known as Vlad the Impaler, used the Castle as
                                                                                             C     Polka     Mid-ship                                                £2695            £3495       headquarters for his incursions into Transylvania.
                                                                                             BF    Opera     French balcony forward                                  £2995            £3795       Continue on to Ploiesti for a lunch stop, and finally to
                                                                                             B     Opera     French balcony                                          £3195            £3995       Cernavoda where we will embark the MS Johann
                                                                                             A     Waltz     French balcony                                          £3395            £4195       Strauss. Itinerary continues as per day 1.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Prices per person: £395 per person Single: £495
                                                                                           Price includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, 14 nights aboard the MS Johann                     Extension includes: Four nights hotel accommodation as
                                                                                           Strauss on full board, house wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner, shore excursions,                 described, all meals, excursions, transportation, entrance fees,
                                                                                           guest speaker, services of a cruise director, tour manager, transfers, port taxes, airport             English speaking guides, UK tour escort.
                                                                                           taxes, gratuities to crew and whilst on shore excursions.                                              Not included: Travel insurance, gratuities for porters, guides,
                                                                                           Not included: Travel insurance, optional Folklore performance, Palace of Schonbrunn                    restaurants, beverages during meals (except water).
                                                                                           and Salzburg excursions.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Numbers are limited and places are subject to availability.
                                                                                            NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may affect and Glasgow are indirect services.
                                                                                         * Please note that the flights from Birmingham itinerary.


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   A MUSICAL JOURNEY ALONG THE DANUBE INCLUDING SALZBURG WITH LONDON FESTIVAL OPERA & HUMPHREY BURTON

                                                                                                                                widened the boundaries making him the master of his art. His



          Mozart on the Danube
                                                                                                                                understanding and perception of human nature resulted in marvellous
                                                                                                                                operas, which are today as uplifting and relevant as they were to
                                                                                                                                audiences over 200 years ago. He changed the course of the symphony,
                                                                                                                                pianoforte, concerto, the string quartet and the sonata and much more
                                                                                                                                besides. For many the quote “Mozart is Music” is an undeniable truth which
5th to 12th July 2011 with Humphrey Burton & 1st to 8th November* 2011 with Rodney Greenberg                                     will resound for as long as civilisation exists.

                                                                                                                                          The life and times as well as the music of Mozart will be brought
London Festival Opera                           The magic of Mozart has once again placed its spell resulting in                            vividly to life by our guest speakers, who will accompany the trip.
                                                two trips for 2011. The demand for Mozart inspired trips along                                Informative after dinner talks and the benefit of our expert’s
                                                the Danube continues unabated and with our friends London                                     knowledge on our visits ashore will add much to our
                                                Festival Opera and guest speaker Humphrey Burton we can                                       understanding and enjoyment on what promises to be a
                                                promise you a marvellous experience.                                                          marvellous affair. Adding to our enjoyment will be ‘highlight’
                                                                                                                                             performances by ‘London Festival Opera’ the travelling opera
                                                This celebration of Mozart’s life will take us on a journey along
                                                                                                                                          company. They will perform on board the vessel after dinner in
                                                the River Danube, from Bavaria to Hungary through Slovakia and
                                                                                                                                       the wonderfully intimate atmosphere of the lounge.
                                                Austria. On this seven night river cruise, we will visit small towns and
                                                villages as well as the cities of Budapest, Vienna, Bratislava and Salzburg,    THE ITINERARY
  BOOK BEFORE 31 JULY 2010 &                    enjoying some of Mozart’s finest works in idyllic settings. In addition to our   Day 1 — London to Munich. Fly by scheduled flight. Transfer on arrival to the
 SAVE £300 PER PERSON OFF THE                   excursions and music ashore, we will also enjoy performances aboard our         MS Johann Strauss in Passau and sail in the late afternoon for Austria and the
                                                                                                                                city of Linz.
        PRICES SHOWN                            wonderfully comfortable vessel.
                                                                                                                                Day 2 — Linz. Drive to Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and famous for its
Staatsoper, Vienna
                                                More than any other 18th century composer, Mozart changed the course            architectural treasures and music festival. Our excursion will concentrate on
                                                                                                                                Mozart’s family and his musical contemporaries. Visits will be made to the
                                               of music. His unique craftsmanship, partly learnt and partly instinctive,
                                                                                                                                house known as Tanzmeisterhaus where he was born and spent his early life; to

                                                Salzburg city and the Hohensalzburg Fortress                                    Belvedere Palace, Vienna




Caption


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                                                                                                                                                                                                — Performance by string quartet from Vienna
                 E R M A N Y Danub            Weissenkirchen
                                                                    S L O VA K I A                                                                                                              Philharmonic Orchestra
             G                     e          Durnstein
              •Munich           Linz •     ••            •  Bratislava                                                                                                                          — Concert of music by Dvorak and Mozart in the
                                     WA
                                           •  Melk  • Vienna Dan ube
                                                                          DANUBE
                          •             CH
                                     VA L L A U
                                                                           BEND                                                                                                                 Palais Tichy by the Kapralova Quartet
                           Salzburg        EY
                                                                        • •
                                                                 Budapest   Godollo
                                                                                                                                                                                                — Onboard performances by London Festival Opera
                               AUSTRIA                                                                                                                                                          of highlights from the Magic Flute and Marriage of
                                                              HUNGARY
                                                                                                                                                                                                Figaro

Schloss Mirabell and the Residenz. Before we leave Salzburg, we shall enjoy a
special concert of music by Salzburg’s most famous son.
Day 3 — Wachau Valley. This morning we will reach the picturesque Wachau
Valley, famous for its wine. We will moor in Durnstein, where King Richard the                                                                                                                      LONDON FESTIVAL OPERA
Lionheart was imprisoned. During a guided walking tour, learn about the
enthralling history of the town and admire the beautiful streets. Continue to                                                                                                                   Accompanying us on this cruise
the nearby village of Weissenkirchen to sample the excellent local wine. In the                                                                                                                 and performing onboard will be
                                                                                        The Wachau Valley                                                                                       members of London Festival Opera.
late morning, sail through the lovely scenery of the Wachau to Melk and moor
                                                                                                                                                                                                Bringing together established opera
under the shadow of the great Baroque Abbey, situated on a cliff high above
                                                                                       visit to the Budapest State Opera (programme unknown at time of going to                                 singers from major British opera
the Danube. After lunch, enjoy a guided tour of the abbey. This evening
                                                                                       press). Moor overnight.                                                                                  companies, London Festival Opera have achieved a
London Festival Opera will perform highlights from the Magic Flute as we sail
                                                                                       Day 7 — Budapest. This morning drive out of Budapest to Godollo, a small                                 considerable reputation for presenting opera and
towards Vienna.
                                                                                       Baroque town known as the ‘Hungarian Versailles’. Castle Godollo was built in                            music performances in a wide variety of worldwide
Day 4 — Vienna. A guided excursion of Austria’s elegant capital will take us
                                                                                       the 1740’s and was the favoured home of Sissy, the wife of Emperor Franz                                 venues.
around the famous Ringstrasse, on to the gardens of the Belvedere Palace and
                                                                                       Josef and in recent years the mansion has been restored to its former glory.
to the stunning Hofburg Palace (outside views only). After lunch onboard, an
                                                                                       Return to the vessel for lunch and enjoy an afternoon of individual exploration
afternoon excursion by coach and on foot will focus on Mozart’s career and life
                                                                                       in this most graceful of cities. Farewell Opera Gala performed by London
in the city, including the Figaro House. The tour is completed with a short
                                                                                       Festival Opera.                                                                                         Godollo Palace near Budapest
concert of works by Mozart and Schubert, performed by a string quartet from
                                                                                       Day 8 — Budapest to London. Disembark after breakfast and return to
the Vienna Philharmonic. This evening perhaps enjoy an optional performance
                                                                                       London by scheduled flight.
at the State Opera House or Volksoper. Performance details not available at the
time of going to press. Sail at midnight.
Day 5 — Bratislava. Arrive in Bratislava, the Slovak capital at breakfast time. A      PRICES PER PERSON                   Based on double occupancy        Tour Code: RCJSMOZ11

morning tour of this historic city, formerly known as Pressburg, will concentrate                                                                  5th July              1st November*
on Mozart’s time here. The tour ends with a concert of music by Dvorak and                                                                  DOUBLE           SOLE       DOUBLE        SOLE
                                                                                           CAT DECK         CABIN DESCRIPTION              OCCUPANCY       OCCUPANCY   OCCUPANCY   OCCUPANCY
Mozart in the Palais Tichy by the Kapralova Quartet, four ladies who are all               D     Polka      Forward                         £1495          £2295       £1195       £1995
                 members of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Afternoon                    C     Polka      Mid-ship                        £1695          £2495       £1395       £2195
                    cruising along the Danube. Evening performance of                      BF    Opera      French balcony forward          £1995          £2795       £1695       £2495
                     highlights from the Marriage of Figaro by London Festival             B     Opera      French balcony                  £2195          £2995       £1895       £2695
                           Opera.                                                          A     Waltz      French balcony                  £2395          £3195       £2095       £2895
                                     Day 6 — Danube Bend & Budapest. This
                                        morning we will navigate the                     Price includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, 7 nights aboard the MS Johann
                                                                                         Strauss on full board, house wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner, shore excursions,
                                        scenic Danube Bend and arrive in                 guest speaker, services of a cruise director, tour manager, transfers, port taxes, airport
                                      Budapest in the afternoon. A guided                taxes, gratuities to crew and whilst on shore excursions.
                                                                                         Not included: Travel insurance, optional musical performances in Vienna and Budapest.
                             afternoon tour will include the old quarter, a visit to
                                                                                         NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may affect itinerary.
                         the Matthias Church and the Fishermen’s Bastion from
                     where there are stunning views of the city. Optional evening      * This departure date operates in the reverse order from Budapest to Passau.

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             A NAVIGATION OF THE RHINE AND THE WATERWAYS OF THE LOW COUNTRIES




                          Rhine Odyssey
                                 24th July to 2nd August 2011


                               Heidelberg   During this 10 day cruise we will explore the mighty Rhine and the canals
                                            and waterways of the Netherlands and Belgium. The Rhine, for so long one
                                            of Europe’s main trading routes, makes for a fascinating passage through      Marksburg Castle on the Rhine

                                            time and contrasts beautifully with our day of exploration along the
                                            Moselle and the network of waterways in the Low Countries.                    and then cross this tranquil stretch of water to Volendam before we reach
                                                                                                                          the ‘Golden Age’ city of Amsterdam. The next highlight will be a visit to
                                            We begin our journey through time in the historic city of Heidelberg on the   Bruges. No matter how many times you visit this medieval gem there is
                                            Neckar River, one of Europe’s great seats of learning and then continue       always something new to discover.
                                            along the Rhine to the wine producing region around Rudesheim where we
                                                                                                                          THE ITINERARY
                                            will moor overnight. The next morning we cruise past the most romantic
     BOOK BEFORE 31 JULY 2010               and scenic section of the Rhine. This UNESCO World Heritage Site takes us
                                                                                                                          Day 1 — London to Frankfurt. Fly by scheduled flight. Drive to the MS Johann
    & SAVE £400 PER PERSON OFF              past clifftop castles, charming villages and the legendary Lorelei Rock.
                                                                                                                          Strauss moored on the Rhine in Mannheim. Welcome drinks and dinner on
 THE PRICES SHOWN PLUS NO SINGLE                                                                                          board. Moor overnight.
 SUPPLEMENT ON FIRST TEN CABINS                                                                                           Day 2 — Heidelberg & Rudesheim. You have a morning to enjoy this most
                                            Entering the Netherlands, we call into the city of Arnhem, a famous WWII      picturesque and romantic of German cities which is home to Germany’s oldest
       BOOKED FOR SOLE USE†                 battle site and the nearby Palace of Het Loo. Crossing the country by a       university, dating back to 1386. A morning tour will include the castle, a
                                            complicated network of waterways, we firstly head north to the Zuider Zee      dramatically sited red sandstone ruin that dominates the city, the old town with

                                            Cochem




Amsterdam


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                  its famous market place and the city gates.                                                                         17th-19th century Holland. Sail in the late afternoon past               — Cruising the picturesque Rhine
                                                                               NETHERLANDS
                                                                                    Z u i d er
                        Return to the vessel for lunch and          NORTH             Ze e • Kampen                                   the charming town of Deventer heading for the Zuider Zee.                — Spectacular Palace of Het Loo
                                                                       SEA
                         enjoy a leisurely afternoon onboard                  Edam ••Volendam                                         Day 7 — Kampen-Edam-Volendam. Call into Kampen, on                       — Exploration of historic Bruges
                                                                                     • Amsterdam
                           as we cruise to Rudesheim where                                     •Arnhem                                the shores of the Zuider Zee this morning and enjoy a couple             — Charming Edam with its canals
                                                                                   Maas
                            we arrive in the evening. Moor                                                     GERMANY                of hours exploring this medieval town which was once an                  and historic houses
                                                                   Bruges                                Cologne
                             overnight.                                  • •Ghent                    •                                important Hanseatic city. Later, sail across the Zuider Zee to




                                                                                                         Rh
                                                                                                                Braubach
                                                                          Brussels•




                                                                                                            ine
                                                                                                                Boppard
                              Day 3 — Cruising the                                               Koblenz                              Volendam and after lunch drive to nearby Edam, a tranquil
                                                                                                       le • •• •
                                                                                                                Rüdesheim Main
                              Romantic Rhine & Marksburg                                            el
                                                                                                         • Cochem • Frankfurt         little town with its drawbridges across the canals and




                                                                                                    os
                                                                                                  M

                              Castle. Be on deck after                                                           •Mannheim
                                                                                                                    • Heidelberg      charming historic houses with their lovely facades.                     Rudesheim




                                                                                                                 ine
                                                                      FRANCE




                                                                                                                       Neckar
                                                                                                              Rh
                             breakfast as we continue sailing                                                                         Day 8 — Amsterdam. Morning guided excursion of
                             north along the most scenic                                                                              Amsterdam. Explore the city of the ‘Golden Age’ on a
                             section of the Rhine through the lovely Lorelei Valley.                        morning’s excursion, which will include the incomparable Rijksmuseum with its
                           After lunch disembark in Braubach for a visit to the                             splendid collection old masters. Another perspective of this enchanting city will
                           imposing 12th century Marksburg Castle. This is the                              be provided by a canal boat trip. Afternoon free in Amsterdam.
only hill castle on the Rhine that has never been destroyed. It has been lived in                           Day 9 — Ghent & Bruges. Sail through the night across to Belgium and moor
for over 700 years. Continue up to Boppard, a delightful riverside town, and                                in the city of Ghent. Drive to nearby Bruges which was one of the largest and
moor overnight.                                                                                             finest cities in Europe. The 15th century Belfry still dominates the centre as it
Day 4 — Cochem. Relax this morning and enjoy the drive through the lovely                                   did then and the Town Hall, St John Hospital and the Begijnhof border the
scenery of the Moselle Valley as we make our way to Cochem. The town of                                     narrow canals. On a half day tour we will see some of the most important
Cochem is famous for its 11th century Schloss and the Reichsburg, set                                       places and buildings which survive from the Middle Ages including the Basilica
impressively on a tree clad hill above a bend of the river. Walk its winding                                of the Holy Blood, City Hall, the Begijnhof, Minnewater and the Belfry and
medieval streets and see the Baroque Town Hall on a guided tour. Rejoin the                                 Church of Our Lady. And, of course no trip to Bruges would be complete
vessel in Koblenz, a city that sits on the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle.                              without sampling some of the best chocolate in the world. Rejoin the vessel in
Day 5 — Cologne. Enjoy a relaxing morning as we cruise along the Rhine,                                     Ghent and moor overnight.
arriving in Cologne after lunch. On our guided tour we will include a walk along                            Day 10 — Brussels to London. Disembark after breakfast and return to London
the river promenade and through the old town to the magnificent cathedral,                                   by scheduled flight.
the largest in Germany.
Day 6 — Arnhem. This morning drive to the nearby Palace of Het Loo, the
                                                                                                            PRICES PER PERSON Based on double occupancy Tour Code: RCJSRHINE
favoured summer residence of the Dutch Royal family from 1686 to 1975. The
                                                                                                                                                                                     DOUBLE          SOLE
Palace and grounds have undergone a                                                                              CAT DECK        CABIN DESCRIPTION                                  OCCUPANCY     OCCUPANCY
                                                                                  Bruges
spectacular restoration returning them to                                                                        D Polka         Forward                                             £1995         £2795
their original 17th century splendour.                                                                           C Polka         Mid-ship                                            £2195         £2995
Rejoin the vessel for lunch and explore the                                                                      BF Opera French balcony forward                                     £2495         £3295
town of Arnhem independently. Arnhem                                                                             B Opera French balcony                                              £2695         £3495
                                                                                                                 A Waltz French balcony                                              £2895         £3695
is well known because of the airborne
paratrooper landings and the battles
                                                                                                              Price includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, 9 nights aboard the MS Johann
around the bridge over the Rhine. On the                                                                      Strauss on full board, house wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner, shore excursions,
town side of the bridge stands a                                                                              guest speaker, services of a cruise director, tour manager, transfers, port taxes, airport
                                                                                                              taxes, gratuities to crew and whilst on shore excursions.
monument commemorating the British                                                                            Not included: Travel insurance, optional excursion to Dutch ‘Open Air Museum’.
forces. Optional afternoon tour to the 75                                                                     TRAVEL BY TRAIN
acre ‘Dutch Open Air Museum’ where a                                                                          It is possible to travel by train from London St Pancras in either standard or Leisure
                                                                                                              Select class aboard Eurostar. Supplement applies and details available on request.
brick-by-brick reconstruction of 60 houses,
                                                                                                              NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may affect itinerary.
windmills, barns and farm buildings
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cologne Cathedral
provide a wonderful representation of rural                                                                 † No single supplement applicable to categories D and C.

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     A JOURNEY FROM TRANSYLVANIA ALONG THE DANUBE FROM THE BLACK SEA TO BUDAPEST

                                                                                                                                                                                                Peles Castle, Sinaia




              From Transylvania to the
Danube Delta and Budapest
                   20th August to 2nd September & 19th October to 1st November 2011


The Danube Delta                               Join us as we navigate the Danube from the Black Sea to Budapest. From          Before embarking our vessel we have included four nights in Transylvania.
                                               the earliest of times the Danube has been one of Europe’s most important        A land of forests, castles and stunning medieval towns, a journey through
                                               trade routes linking the Black Sea shores with central Europe.                  Transylvania is an unforgettable experience. We explore the beautiful and
                                                                                                                               restored Saxon city of Sibiu and a further highlight is the chance to visit
                                               We will sail through Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Croatia and Hungary, one        Peles Castle.
                                               of the world’s great journeys, through some of Europe’s most beautiful
                                               landscapes. From the delta lands of the Danube to the plains of Hungary,        THE ITINERARY
                                               we will visit the great cities of Bucharest, Belgrade and Budapest as well as   Day 1 — London to Sibiu. Fly to Sibiu by indirect scheduled
                                               riverside villages and towns along the Danube, as the great river makes its     flight. One of the seven walled cities founded by the Saxons,
                                                                                                                               Sibiu was at the crossroads of invasions, conflicts and wars during
                                               way from the Black Sea.
   BOOK BEFORE 31 JULY 2010 & SAVE                                                                                             the Middle Ages. Throughout the centuries, its boundaries ex-
   £300 PER PERSON OFF THE PRICES               Veliko Tarnovo                                                                 panded to encompass a network of streets lined with Gothic arcades,
    SHOWN PLUS COMPLIMENTARY                                                                                                   Renaissance houses and Baroque churches that lead into the
    CABIN UPGRADE FOR FIRST TEN                                                                                                beautifully preserved medieval centre. Stay two nights at the
                                                                                                                               four-star hotel where we will enjoy dinner this evening.
          CABINS BOOKED†                                                                                                       Day 2 — Sibiu. This morning there will be a walking tour of
                                                                                                                               Sibiu, followed by some free time before lunch in the old city.
                                                                                                                               Later, drive to Sibiel, a colourful village situated 20 km
                                                                                                                               from Sibiu, and a place where the rhythm of daily life is
                                                                                                                               scheduled only by the ringing of the church bells. Here we visit a unique and
                                                                                                                               superb museum of glass painted icons, located in the old village church. This
                                                                                                                               evening, enjoy a traditional dinner during which we will be able to talk to our
                                                                                                                               local hosts about Romanian daily life in a Transylvanian village. Return to Sibiu
                                                                                                                               for your overnight stay.
                                                                                                                               Day 3 — Azuga/Sinaia/Brasov. Today we travel to Azuga in Prahova Valley,
                                                                                                                               home of the Royal Cellar which is the wine supplier for the Royal family. We will
Bran Castle                                                                                                                    stop at a local vineyard for lunch and enjoy some wine tasting before

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continuing on to Sinaia. Here we will see the fairytale Peles Castle, built by King                           Day 10 — Cruising through the Iron Gates. Today the scenery becomes truly                             — Beautiful city of Sibiu and
Carol I in the 19th century. Continue on to Brasov where we will stay for two                                 spectacular as you cruise through the Iron Gates, a narrow Danube gorge                               fascinating Brasov in Transylvania
nights at a four star hotel and where we will enjoy dinner tonight.                                           between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains.                                                          — Unique architecture of Veliko
Day 4 — Brasov. Day at leisure. Relax and enjoy your                                                                                                 Day 11 — Belgrade. Arrive in Belgrade and join a               Tarnovo
                                                               Budapest • Godollo
time in Brasov. Lunch will be included at the hotel                     •                                                                            tour of the city’s main attractions, including                 — Belogradchik Rocks, a famous
                                                                HUNGARY
and dinner this evening will be at a local restaurant in                                                                                             Kalemegdan fortress, Saint Sava Cathedral and                  Bulgarian beauty spot
                                                                 Pecs • • Kalocsa                  ROM ANIA
Poiana, a nearby resort set in a fantastic location in                   • Mohacs                                                                    Tito’s Memorial. Sail in the early evening.                    — Cruising through the Iron Gates
                                                                                                      Sibiu                    Tulcea
the Carpathians.                                                                                            •        Brasov           • DDENUBE
                                                                                                                                          A          Day 12 — Pecs. Arrive in the Hungarian town of
                                                                                                            Bran • • Azuga
                                                                                      D anube    IRON

Day 5 — Bran & Cernavoda. Depart Brasov this                               Belgrade
                                                                                    •
                                                                                                GATES               •
                                                                                                             Sinaia • Bucharest
                                                                                                                                            LTA
                                                                                                                                                     Mohacs an area renowned for its paprika
                                                                                                                     •Giurgiu • Cernavoda
                                                                                           Vidin •
morning and drive through the mountain-ringed                                    Belogradchik • Da
                                                                                                                    •• Rousse                        production. Drive to the university town of Pecs, a
                                                                                                      nub e
landscapes and past some of the area’s historical                                 SERBIA                           • Veliko Tarnovo B L A C K        settlement dating back to Roman times. On a
monuments. We will stop at Bran to visit the world                                                 BUL GARIA                             SEA         walking tour see some of the beautifully restored
famous ‘Dracula’s Castle’, built as a fortress in 1212                                                                                               grand buildings, the Romanesque cathedral and the
by the Knights of the Teutonic Order. Vlad Tepes, better known as Vlad the                                    Mosque which is now a Catholic church.
Impaler, used the Castle as headquarters for his incursions into Transylvania.                                Day 13 — Budapest. Arrive this morning in the city of Budapest. We have the
Continue on to Ploiesti for a lunch stop, and finally to Cernavoda where we will                                                                          day to explore Hungary’s elegant capital. Spend
embark the MS Johann Strauss.                                                                                                                             the morning on an excursion that includes the
Day 6 — Danube Delta. The vast Danube Delta is one of the most important                                                                                  old quarter, a visit to the Matthias’ Church and
wetlands left in Europe. From the port of Tulcea, join a boat trip to explore the                                                                          the Fishermen’s Bastion from where there are
delta. Sail in the afternoon.                                                                                                                               stunning views of the city. After lunch on board
Day 7 — Bucharest. Arrive this morning in the port of Giurgiu for a drive to                                                                                  there will be free time in Budapest or the
Bucharest. We will explore the oulevards with their decidedly French style and                                                                                 opportunity to join an optional excursion to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Bran Pass and the Carpathian Mountains
later tour the excellent Village Museum. Enjoy lunch in a typical Romanian                                                                                      the small Baroque town of Godollo.
restaurant. Rejoin the ship in Giurgiu and reposition to Rousse for an overnight                                                                                Day 14 — Budapest to London. Disembark
mooring.                                                                                                                                                                     after breakfast and return to
Day 8 — Veliko Tarnovo. From the port of Rousse, depart by coach for a                                                                                                         London by scheduled flight.
full-day tour to Veliko Tarnovo, the ‘City of the Tsars’. The Yantra River all but
                                         encircles the city, a one time capital, and
                                                                                                              PRICES PER PERSON Based on double occupancy Tour Code: RCJSSYLVAN
                                         the enchanting houses cling to a steep
                                                                                                                                                                        20th August            19th October
                                         gorge. The excursion will include lunch in
                                                                                                                                                                    DOUBLE          SOLE     DOUBLE       SOLE
                                         a local restaurant.                                                        CAT DECK           CABIN DESCRIPTION           OCCUPANCY     OCCUPANCY OCCUPANCY   OCCUPANCY

                                         Day 9 — Belogradchik & Vidin. This                                         D Polka            Forward                      £2295         £3095     £2195       £2995
                                         morning we will arrive in the Bulgarian                                    C Polka            Mid-ship                     £2495         £3295     £2395       £3195
                                         port of Vidin. From here, drive to                                         BF Opera French balcony forward £2795                         £3595     £2695       £3495
                                         Belogradchik which is located close to the                                 B Opera French balcony                          £2995         £3795     £2895       £3695
                                                                                                                    A Waltz French balcony                          £3195         £3995     £3095       £3895
                                         Serbian border. The Belogradchik Rocks
                                         are a famous Bulgarian beauty spot. The
                                                                                                                 Price includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, 4 nights hotel accommodation with
                                         sandstone has been weathered into all                                   all meals. 9 nights aboard the MS Johann Strauss on full board basis, house wine, beer
                                         manners of bizarre shapes and housed                                    and soft drinks with dinner aboard the vessel, shore excursions, guest speaker, services
                                                                                                                 of a cruise director, tour manager, transfers, port taxes, airport taxes, gratuities to crew
                                         amongst the rocks is an Ottoman fort,                                   and whilst on shore excursions.
                                         built on the remains of a Roman                                         Not included: Travel insurance, optional excursion to Godollo, gratuities for
                                                                                                                 Transylvania section of itinerary.
                                         structure. The excursion will end with a
                                                                                                                 NB. Ports subject to change. Water levels may affect itinerary.
                                         city tour of Vidin, including the Baba
 Cruising the Iron Gates Gorge                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The colourful city of Sibiu
                                         Vida Fortress.                                                       † No single supplement applicable to categories D and C

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