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River Cruise Brochure

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See what our experts thought... ...when we sent them on a River Cruise...

James on board Uniworld: SS Antoinette

Hannah on board Avalon Waterways

Although she’s quite small compared to ocean going vessels you get a real feeling of space on board. Nowhere is cramped in or feels small. All the bars and cabins feel really large. A couple of people on board have said it feels a bit chintzy to them but it puts me in mind of seventeenth century France, very ornate and opulent...

Not sure about River Cruising? Allow me to convert you............

DAY 1 I love my cabin and I think all ocean going cruises should adopt river cruise style balconies. It’s great... In the picture below it looks like a floor to ceiling picture window however at the touch of a button the top half descended to transform it into a balcony...

DAY 2 Breisach & Riquewihr Both villages were small and beautiful full of shops and houses from the fifteenth century forward with wooden facades and views of the mountains off in the distance...

DAY 3 Strasbourg Today was Strasbourg with an 8:30 start so breakfast was an early affair. It’s an American style buffet breakfast every morning served in the main lounge with a choice of different sausages each morning, bacon, (soft and crispy), different kinds of eggs from an egg station, (if you ever get on board make sure you try their Eggs Benedict), fruits, cereals and pastries. After dinner we headed to the main lounge but apart from the group I’m travelling with there was only one other couple in there, everyone else had gone to bed making for a quiet night again...

Read more of James blog at www.cruise.co.uk

I have just been lucky enough to spend 3 fabulous nights and days cruising the Danube from Vienna to Budapest... The big bonus being on a river cruise is that when you wake up or even arrive somewhere during the day, you are right where you need to be - most of the time you could sight see on foot, no long costly transfers. The other obvious bonus is that at virtually every port you get an ‘included’ coach tour with a very knowledgable guide and if you wish you can continue onto the walking tour with headsets and your guide, or if you prefer you can take the coach back to the ship.

This is all free! Another plus with river cruising is that the boats are small, although they feel spacious enough. Our ship only had 100 passengers and the atmosphere was friendly, passengers and staff alike. The food was as good or even better than I have had on large ships, with regional specialities at lunch each day - the Austrian Meatloaf was to die for!

I have to say that our days were so busy that we wouldn’t have made it to a night club even if there had been one on board. I was ready for my PJ’s by 10pm, although I think I made it to 11pm on the last night. Read more of Hannah’s blog at www.cruise.co.uk

Contents: 4 – 5 The River Rhine 6 The River Rhine 7 The River Douro 8 – 9 The Mekong River 10 – 11 Cruiseline Comparsion Chart

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TOP 10 reasons for taking a River Cruise? 1

So much is included

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Small and friendly

Many of the leading cruise lines include so much onboard that you could leave your wallet at home. All of the cruise lines include accommodation and food, many also include daily excursions, wine, beer or soft drinks with dinner, or with lunch and dinner and gratuities. Some even include wi-fi onboard at no extra cost.

The size of river cruise vessels is governed by the length and width of the locks that they have to get through. Most river cruise ships only hold between 100 and 200 passengers. Some hold fewer, a very few hold more, but generally no more than 250. Open dining in the restaurant allowing passengers to sit with different people each night.

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It’s so easy

Just get on board, unpack and enjoy the scenery as your floating hotel takes you on a fascinating journey visiting numerous iconic towns, cities and villages. On a typical seven night cruise on the Danube, you could be visiting Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Salzburg, Melk and Durnstein. On a two-week journey through the centre of Europe, add in places such as Amsterdam, Koblenz, Cologne, Nuremberg, Rothenburg and much more. Mostly you will moor in the heart of the cities you are visiting so you can walk ashore and see the sights – often shore excursions are included!

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A room with a view

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Listen very carefully

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No need to fly

All cabins on river cruise ships are outside and most are on decks two and three and have large picture windows or French balconies (with a French door that opens to a rail rather than a veranda, so you can let fresh air in).

The best river cruise companies provide guides with microphones and passengers with Quietvox receivers and earphones so you can hear what they are saying without having to crowd around. It means you never have to miss the guides’ narration even when they have to speak quietly in churches and cathedrals. Several cruise lines also now offer a choice of free excursions at selected stops – at no extra charge. It might be a city tour, a bike ride or a few hours at a spa.

European river cruise holidays also cater for those people that don’t want to fly as it is so easy to take the Eurostar train from London through the Channel Tunnel, connect to a local high-speed rail network and join your cruise. Amsterdam, Paris or Lyon are generally most popular with rail-cruisers, but if you have more time there is no reason why you can’t take the train to Budapest or Vienna.

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The World is your Oyster

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It’s smooth sailing

River cruising doesn’t have to mean staying close to home. As well as river cruises in Europe, sailing through France, Germany, Austria, the former Eastern Europe and Portugal, there are also more exotic journeys on the Nile in Egypt, the Mekong in Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos, the Yangtze in China and the Ayeyarwady in Myanmar. Wannabee cruisers worried about seasickness can join a river cruise without fear of ‘mal de mer’. The only thing river cruisers need to be aware of is that itineraries can be affected by low or high water. Not enough water and the boats can’t cruise, too much and they can’t get under the bridges. In these cases, coaches will be used to bus passengers to and from the key attractions.

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Modern living

The new river cruise ships are a million miles away from the older tonnage that has dominated the market until very recently. Book one of the new build and you can have a balcony, or a balcony alternative, large suites, and your vessel will likely have a dining alternative to the standard restaurant. Most offer wi-fi throughout the ship (sometimes at no charge), to appeal to customers who want to keep in touch with work or family, and large flat-screen TVs that double as entertainment systems. Modern minimalist décor is the norm, instead of the living-room-look of old, although Uniworld has gone for more lavish furnishings for its newer vessels and is also renovating its older tonnage in the same way.

Watch the World go by

River cruise itineraries often have a half day ashore and a half day sailing, but unlike sea days on an ocean cruise on a river cruise you’ll always have a view of towns, villages, cities and the countryside. The time is also used for talks by guest speakers, wine or beer tasting sessions or cookery demonstrations.

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Rhine

The legendary river Rhine is also Europe’s most popular, attracting over 22,000 British cruise passengers a year. The Rhine flows from the snowcapped Swiss Alps, through the heart of Germany, to Holland and the North Sea. The River Rhine meanders through spectacular scenery – the beautiful 40-mile Rhine Gorge with miles of castles, spires, Romanesque Churches and stunning riverside vineyards, before passing the mighty Lorelei Rock.

Koblenz Situated in the picturesque landscape of the Rhine and Moselle and surrounded by four low mountain ranges is the 2000-year-old town of Koblenz. Tours visit the statue, and also the narrow streets, squares and churches in the old city. A cable car goes across the river to the Ehrenbreitstein fortress, 118 metres above the river and the second largest preserved castle in Europe.

Rudesheim Rudesheim is located in the heart of the Rhine river area at the southern entrance to the Lorelei valley, it is a winemaking town and thereby part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. All tours go to the quaint Siegfrieds’s Mechanical Musical Cabinet, a bizarre collection of music machines that is worth visiting just once. Otherwise take a cable car over the vineyardsto the Germania statue, marking the foundation of the German Empire, or escape to the world of the Drosselgasse, a narrow street lined with bars and cafes.

Strasbourg Capital and principal city of the Alsace region in north-eastern France, Strasbourg is situated on the border of France and Germany. The picturesque town is known for its black and white timber framed buildings, covered bridges and medieval watch towers. Visit the ‘La Petite France’ district where you will see the Gothic Cathedral with its famous astronomical clock. Other noteworthy sights include the Place Kleber, Place Gutenberg and the Kronenbourg Brewery.

Cologne The soaring twin steeples of Cologne’s magnificent gothic cathedral, which took more than 600 years to build, dominate the skyline and is one of the largest in the world. The Germano-Roman Museum next to the cathedral is a must for history buffs. Alternatively, the Old Town abounds with taverns, cafés and shops.

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Basel Basel is Switzerland’s third most populous city with about 166,000 inhabitants. Tours usually take you to the famous Tinguely fountain, past the cathedral and Münsterplatz, to City Hall and through the winding streets and alleyways of the well-preserved mediaeval Old Town. Bringing history to life!


The Enchanting Rhine for 7 nights STAR BUY AmaWaterways ~ AmaCello 5 Apr*; 9 Aug; 22 Oct ‘13

Day 1

Basel

Day 2 Breisach

Day 3

Strasbourg

Day 4 Speyer

Day 5 Rüdesheim Koblenz Day 6 Cologne

Day 7 Amsterdam Day 8 Amsterdam Fares from £pp Stateroom Cruise.co.uk fare

Outside

1579

EMBARKATION Welcome Cocktail & Dinner Colmar “Alsace” excursion with wine tasting OR “Black Forest” excursion Walking tour & canal cruise Heidelberg excursion OR Speyer excursion Siegfried’s Music Museum Wine tasting Evening walk City tour & Cathedral visit OR guided bicycle tour City tour & canal cruise DISEMBARKATION

Balcony

1905

Superior Balcony

Sold Out

WHAT’S INCLUDED:  Flights, transfers & taxes  Wine, beer & soft drinks with lunch & dinner  Life enriching tours and shore excursions  Special highlights  Wi-Fi  Bicycles and guided bike tours

Save up to £1000pp Hurry, cabins selling out! Romantic Rhine for 7 nights Avalon Waterways ~ Avalon Affinity 29 Apr ‘13

Amsterdam (overnight), Cologne, Koblenz, Mainz, Strasbourg, Breisach, Basel, Zurich Fares from £pp Stateroom Cruise.co.uk fare

Outside

2039

Balcony

Suite

2359

2789

WHAT’S INCLUDED:  Flights, transfers & taxes  Wine, beer & soft drinks with dinner  Shore Excursions  Gratuities & WiFi

FREE EXECUTIVE HOME PICK-UP†

Voyages to Switzerland for 9 nights

Stateroom on board Viking Sun

Rhine Discovery for 7 nights

Viking River Cruises ~ Sun & Helvetia

Viking River Cruises ~ Forseti, Jari & Atla

1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Sep; 6*, 13*, 20, 27 Oct ‘13

18, 19, 25, 26 Oct; 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 Nov; 6, 7, 13, 14 Dec ‘13 (Price based on Nov departures)

Amsterdam, Kinderdijk, Cologne, Koblenz, Rudesheim, Heidelberg, Speyer, Strasbourg, Breisach, Basel, Lucerne (overnight)

Fares from £pp Stateroom Was Cruise.co.uk fare

Outside

Balcony

Superior Balcony

2844 1845

3344 2345

3544 2545

WHAT’S INCLUDED:  Flights, transfers & taxes  Wine, beer & soft drinks with lunch & dinner  8 Shore Excursions

SAVE

£1000pp

Amsterdam, Kinderdijk, Cologne, Koblenz, Rudesheim, Heidelberg, Speyer, Strasbourg, Breisach, Basel

Fares from £pp Stateroom Was Cruise.co.uk fare

Outside

Balcony

Superior Balcony

2195 1695

2795 2295

3395 2895

WHAT’S INCLUDED:  Flights, transfers & taxes  Wine, beer & soft drinks with lunch & dinner  8 Shore Excursions

SAVE £500pp

*Denotes sailing date that price is based on. †Please note Avalon free home pick up is only available for passengers living within 75 miles from the airport.

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The River

Danube

Budapest Spanning the banks of the Danube is Eastern Europe’s liveliest and most cosmopolitan city. Seven bridges, including the famous Chain and Elisabeth Bridges, connect ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. The massive hilltop castle complex with the turreted Fisherman’s Bastion and glorious Matthias Church is among the many sights you can gaze in awe at. Shop for renowned peasant embroidery, Herend porcelain, and paprika.

AmaDolce staircase

Melk Melk is home to the magnificent Benedictine Abbey that dominates the town and is one of Europe’s largest monasteries. The view from the terrace over the Danube and surrounding countryside is breathtaking. Set at the foot of a bluff in the shadow of its castle, Grein’s turreted houses on the main square are not to be missed.

Dürnstein Dürnstein, known for the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue façade, lies right in the heart of the Wachau wine region. Above the town are the ruins of the castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192.

AmaCerto lounge

Romantic Danube for 7 nights

Legendary Danube for 7 nights

AmaWaterways ~ AmaDolce, AmaCerto & AmaPrima

AmaWaterways ~ AmaLyra & AmaCerto

28 Mar; 25 Apr; 27 Jun; 12 Aug; 30* Oct ‘13

2 Jul; 13, 27 Aug; 7, 21 Oct; 4* Nov ‘13

Vilshofen (overnight), Passau, Linz, Melk, Krems, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest (overnight)

Nuremberg (overnight), Hilpoltstein, Regensburg, Passau, Linz, Melk, Vienna (overnight), Budapest (overnight)

Fares from £pp Stateroom Cruise.co.uk fare

Outside

1725

Balcony

2035

Superior Balcony

2259

Fares from £pp Stateroom Cruise.co.uk fare

Outside

1629

Balcony

1939

Superior Balcony

2169

WHAT’S INCLUDED WITH  Flights, transfers & taxes  Wine, beer & soft drinks with dinner  Life enriching tours and shore excursions  Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, cooking demonstrations, onboard music performances & afternoon/ evening piano music  Wi-Fi  Bicycles and guided bike tours

Blue Danube Discovery for 7 nights

Christmas Time Cruise for 7 nights

AmaWaterways ~ AmaLyra, AmaPrima & AmaDolce

AmaWaterways ~ AmaCerto & AmaPrima

6, 20 Aug; 24 Oct; 20* Nov ‘13

25, 27 Nov; 2, 4, 9, 11*, 16, 18, 25** Dec ‘13

Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Durnstein, Melk, Linz, Passau, Regensburg, Hilpoltstein, Nuremberg (overnight)

Nuremberg (overnight) Hilpoltstein, Regensburg, Passau, Linz, Melk, Vienna (overnight), Budapest (overnight)

Fares from £pp Stateroom Cruise.co.uk fare

Outside

1479

Balcony

1939

Superior Balcony

2169

Fares from £pp Stateroom Cruise.co.uk fare

Outside

1549

Balcony

2019

Superior Balcony

2245

*Denotes sailing date that price is based on. **Sailing operates in reverse on these dates.

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The River

Douro

DESTINATION HIGHLIGHTS Régua

Enticing Douro for 7 nights AmaWaterways ~ AmaVida 26* Mar; 16 Apr; 14, 21 May; 18 Jun ‘13

Day 1

Porto

Day 2 Régua Day 3

Barca d’Alva

Day 4 Barca d’Alva Vega Terrón Day 5 Vega Terrón Pinhão Day 6 Régua Bitetos Day 7 Porto Day 8 Porto Fares from £pp Stateroom Cruise.co.uk fare

EMBARKATION Welcome Cocktail & Dinner Lamego city tour Scenic cruising Flamenco Show Salamanca excursion with lunch Rejoin the ship Castelo Rodrigo tour Wine tasting and dinner at Quinta Avessada Palacio de Mateus tour Alpendurada Monastery City tour DISEMBARKATION

It is one of Europe’s most pure and unspoiled rivers decorated with deep cleft gorges, lush vineyards, and sleepy fishing villages. Begin in the capital of the North, Porto, and continue to the ancient and picturesque city of Lamego. Enter Spain to visit Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located at the center of the Castilla y León region. Travel inland and on to the beautiful countryside of the Trás-os-Montes Region to visit the palace and gardens of Mateus. Explore the 14th-century Alpendurada Monastery before concluding your holiday in historic Porto.

Excursions from here either visit Vila Real, to see the baroque Mateus Palace or to Lamego, famous for its smoked ham and the baroque Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies pilgrimage church.

Porto Walking tours will take you through its narrow cobbled streets, to the 13th century cathedral, the Sao Bento railway station and maybe on a boat ride along the Douro and under the bridges that link Porto with Gaia on the other bank.

Salamanca A two- hour drive from Vega de Terron, Salamanca is home of one of the four leading universities in the world as well as one of the biggest squares in Spain, Plaza Mayor.

AmaWaterways dining

Category B Grade Balcony

1725

WHAT’S INCLUDED:  Flights, Transfers and taxes  Luxurious cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom – most with balconies  Gourmet dining including complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks at dinner  Sail Away Mimosa and Sun Deck BBQ  Life Enriching tours and excursions daily with personal headset included  Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and afternoon/evening music piano  Wi-fi and high speed internet throughout ship

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The Douro

Régua

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The River

Mekong Companion flies for FREE Save £1250 per booking! Offer ends 28 Feb ‘13

Hanoi Vietnam’s vibrant capital city is known for its graceful colonial architecture, frenetic streets, verdant parks and ancient temples. Discover Hanoi’s most famous historical and cultural sites: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square, famed on Pillar Pagoda, the massive Temple of Literature and Hanoi Hilton. Take a stroll around the Old Quarter or even take a rickshaw ride through the streets and then enjoy a water puppet show.

DISCOVER VIETNAM & CAMBODIA

17 Day Travelmarvel Tour including 7 Night Mekong River Cruise Day 1 Depart London Make your way to London Heathrow for your flight to Vietnam.

11, 18**, 25 Jun; 2**, 9, 16**, 23, 30** Jul; 6, 20, 27 Aug** ‘13

waters. Enjoy a seafood lunch as you cruise this idyllic bay. Explore Sung Sot Cave and unwind on Titop Island before dinner on board. Ha Long Bay, Bai Tho Deluxe Junk (BLD)

Day 2 Arrive Hanoi On arrival in Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, meet your Travelmarvel Tour Director and fellow guests at a special Welcome Dinner. Two Nights: Hanoi, Silk Path Hotel (D) Day 3 Hanoi This morning, take in the iconic sights of Hanoi, including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and historic Ba Dinh Square, during a guided sightseeing tour. Like a Local - take an afternoon rickshaw ride through the bustling streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Afterwards, enjoy an entertaining performance of the ancient art of water puppetry. (B)

City Hall, Saigon

Day 5 Ha Long Bay, Hanoi, Saigon Enjoy breakfast while taking in the majestic scenery of Ha Long Bay before returning to land. From Ha Long, travel back to Hanoi airport for your included flight to Saigon, Vietnam’s largest city. Special Stay - unwind at the historic Grand Hotel Saigon. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Two Nights: Grand Hotel Saigon (BLD)

Ha Long Bay

Day 4 Hanoi, Ha Long Bay After breakfast this morning, travel to Ha Long. Special Stay - board a traditional junk for your overnight cruise on the beautiful waters World Heritage-listed Ha Long Bay, where thousands of limestone karsts and tiny islets rise from emerald

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Day 7 Saigon, Embark Ship. Head to My Tho Port Special Stay - board the luxurious RV La Marguerite for your seven-night Mekong cruise. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner on board. Seven Nights: RV La Marguerite (BLD)

Day 6 Cu Chi Tunnels, Saigon This morning visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, a tunnel network built by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the Vietnam War. Part of a larger network, the tunnels were used by Viet Cong guerrillas as hiding spots during combat. They also served as communication and supply routes, hospitals, weapon caches and living quarters for guerrilla fighters. After a tour, return to Saigon. With this afternoon then yours to spend at leisure, perhaps take off on one of our Optional Experiences (at additioinal cost) - a motorbike tour or a shopping tour. (B)

Cai Be floating market

Day 8 Cai Be, Vinh Long Today, a local boat will take you to the charming riverland town of Cai Be to explore its incredible floating markets. Then go ashore to see Cai Be’s French Gothic Cathedral and visit a local rice paper manufacturer to learn how rice paper is made. Later, enjoy lunch back on board as your ship cruises towards Vinh Long - the second largest city by the Mekong River. Here, take a boat ride to see the colourful markets that sell an abundance of freshly caught fish. (BLD) Day 9 Sa Dec, Xeo Quyt, Tan Chau Tour Sa Dec this morning, the city in which French writer Marguerite Duras met her lover, Huynh Thuy Le. See his former residence, as well as many beautiful temples. Then, drive into the forest to explore Xeo Quyt, the once-hidden headquarters of the Provincial Party Committee, before cruising to Tan Chau. (BLD)


Angkor Wat

Siem Reap

An Iconic symbol of Cambodia, and appearing on its national flag, the great temple complex of Angkor Wat is one of the richest archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. See the ancient ruins of Ta Prohm and the tentacle-like tree roots that have enveloped the structure. You’ll also see the Ta Keo pyramid, Preah Khan, Banteay Srei, and Banteay Samre; masterpieces of Khmer architecture with temples – in varying conditions – dating back to the ninth century. Angkor Wat is thought to be the largest religious monument and complex in the world, with extensive bas-reliefs and numerous davatas (guardian spirits) adorning its walls.

Cruise across the lovely Tonle Sap (Great Lake) to Siem Reap. This massive body of water provides the perfect breeding ground for fish, which play a vital role in providing food for people living on the lake. Explore the majestic Temples of Angkor, constructed between the 9th and 13th centuries, the architectural grandeur of this Khmer temple complex is arguably unmatched among ancient ruins anywhere in the world. Visit Angkor Thom to see the Bayon Temple, adorned with over 200 carved faces.

INSIDER EXPERIENCES

• Enjoy a rickshaw ride in Hanoi • Board a traditional wooden junk for your overnight cruise on Ha Long Bay • Relax at the central Grand Hotel Saigon

• Cruise the Mekong River aboard the luxurious RV La Marguerite • Unwind at the Sokha Angkor Resort

CROSS INTO CAMBODIA

- before returning to Siem Reap, visit a ‘grass roots’ orphanage. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner and a performance of traditional Apsara dance. (BD)

Day 10 Tan Chau, Border Crossing This morning, transfer to a small boat and travel along the Mekong’s tiny tributaries. Step ashore on a remote evergreen island to see authentic rural Mekong life. Visit a floating fish farm, then enjoy a tour of Tan Chau by rickshaw. The rest of today is then spent on board. This afternoon, perhaps attend a fruit-carving demonstration while border formalities are carried out and you cross into Cambodia. Tonight, perhaps watch a documentary on Pol Pot. (BLD) Day 11 Phnom Penh On arrival in Phnom Penh today, a tour takes you to visit the magnificent Royal Palace, which is the official residence of the King of Cambodia. You’ll also see the Silver Pagoda, located within the Royal Palace complex. This afternoon, join an excursion to the infamous Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, on the site of the Khmer Rouge’s notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21). Dinner tonight is followed by a Khmer folk performance. Afterwards, perhaps step out for an evening walk around Phnom Penh. (BLD) Day 12 Chong Koh, Oudong, Kampong Tralach After breakfast, take a walk around the silk-weaving village of Chong Koh. Then travel by coach to Oudong, royal capital of Cambodia from 1618 until 1866. Tour the city and visit a monastery where you’ll receive a Buddhist blessing. Later, head to Kampong Tralach to visit Wat Kapong Tralach Pleu pagoda. Then enjoy the local countryside scenery as you ride an ox-cart to the Tonle River, where you’ll re-board your ship. (BLD) Day 13 Kampong Chhnang, Tonle Sap Enjoy a boat excursion into the wetlands near Kampong Chhnang this morning. Then return to your ship and cast off towards Tonle Sap. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board. (BLD)

Day 16 Depart Siem Reap Your tour ends after breakfast this morning with a transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. (B) Day 17 Arrive UK Your flight arrives early this morning at London Heathrow.

Departures – 2013 Kampong Chhnang

Day 14 Siem Reap, Angkor Disembark after breakfast and enjoy the morning at leisure. Perhaps explore Siem Reap’s animated streets, and delight in the fusion of Chinese-style and colonial architecture that surrounds you. After lunch, visit Angkor Thom, a walled city complex within the Angkor Archaeological Park. This World Heritagelisted park contains the remains of different Khmer empire capitals. Visit the 13th-century temple of Bayon, the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. Special Stay - enjoy an indulgent stay at the grand Sokha Angkor Resort. Two Nights: Siem Reap, Sokha Angkor Resort (B) Day 15 Angkor, Siem Reap Enjoy a spectacular start to your day as you watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat, also located in Angkor Archaeological Park. Angkor Wat is the bestpreserved temple of Angkor and said to be the world’s largest single religious monument. Afterwards, return to the hotel for breakfast then enjoy free time, during which you may like to embark on an Optional Experience. This afternoon takes you to Ta Prohm, a temple famous for its intertwined trees. Like a Local

Outside Cabin 1st person

2nd person

11, 18**, 25 Jun; 2**, 9, 16**, 23, 30** Jul; 6, 20 Aug

3395

2145

27 Aug**

3595

2345

Fares from £pp

YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE INCLUDES:  Return scheduled flights from London, and flight within Vietnam  Airport transfers, port charges and tipping  Services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director  A seven-night Mekong River cruise  An overnight cruise on Ha Long Bay  Total of six nights accommodation in Hanoi, Saigon and Siem Reap  34 meals - 14 full breakfasts, 9 lunches and 11 dinners  Soft drink, local beer and spirits at all times, and international wines with lunch and dinner, during your Mekong cruise

**Sailing operates in reverse on these dates.

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YOUR RIVER INTERNET ACCESS

SHORE EXCURSIONS

TIPS / GRATUITIES

Yes . Available in every stateroom.

Included

At your discretion.

Avalon

Yes

Included

Included

APT

Yes

Included

Included

CroisiEurope

No

Some Included

At your discretion

Discover Egypt

No

Included with "Classic Nile Itinerary" cruises

Not Included

Hebridean Island Cruises

Yes

Included

Included

Riviera Travel

No

Included

Not Included ¤7pp pn

Shearings

No

Optional

At your discretion.

Swan Hellenic

No

Included

Included

The River Cruise Line

No

Optional

At your discretion

Titan River Cruises

Yes

Included

Optional. Recommended amout is €10pp per day

Tauck

Yes

Included

Included

Travelsphere

No

Optional

Optional. Recommended amount is £7pp per day

Uniworld

Yes

Included

Optional. Recommended amout is €10pp per day

Viking River Cruises

Yes

Included

At your discretion but customary.

Ama Waterways

Viking River Cruises bar

Avalon Waterways Junior Suite

AmaWaterways cruises by Melk Abbey


CRUISING GUIDE DRINKS

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SINGLE CABINS

Free flowing wine, beer, soft drinks with dinner.

can be arranged by Cruise.co.uk

Available on AmaLyra, AmaDolce, AmaDante, AmaCello, AmaLegro & AmaDagio ships

Free flowing wine, beer, soft drinks with dinner. Soft drinks with lunch. Tea/Coffee available from self service all day.

Within 75 miles of airport/ rail station

No, but can go in a double occupancy cabin

Free flowing wine, beer, soft drinks with lunch & dinner. All Platinum Series cruises are fully inclusive all day

Available to APT Club members on tours of 10 days or more, within 50 miles of airport

No, but can go in a double occupancy cabin

Free flowing wine, beer, soft drinks with dinner.

Within 75 miles of airport/ rail station

No, but can go in a double occupancy cabin

Not Included

can be arranged by Cruise.co.uk

No, but can go in a double occupancy cabin

Included

can be arranged by Cruise.co.uk

No, but can go in a double occupancy cabin

Not Included

can be arranged by Cruise.co.uk

No, but can go in a double occupancy cabin

Not Included

can be arranged by Cruise.co.uk

No, but can go in a double occupancy cabin

Not Included

can be arranged by Cruise.co.uk

Limited Availability on all ships

Not Included

can be arranged by Cruise.co.uk

Yes

Free flowing wine, beer, soft drinks with dinner. Soft drinks with lunch. Free bottled water in cabin.

Included as well as free airport parking as an alternative

No, but can go in a double occupancy cabin

All day soft drinks and regional wine and beer with lunch & dinner

can be arranged by Cruise.co.uk

Yes

Not Included

can be arranged by Cruise.co.uk

No, but can go in a double occupancy cabin

Free flowing wine, beer, soft drinks with dinner. Soft drinks with lunch. Free bottled water in cabin.

Included as well as free airport parking as an alternative

No, but can go in a double occupancy cabin

Free flowing wine, beer, soft drinks with dinner.

can be arranged by Cruise.co.uk

Available on Viking Legend, Lomonosov, Ingvar, Truvor & Helgi

Viking River Cruises in Passau

Bar area on APT Cruises

AmaWaterways fine dining


The River

Nile

Cruise from

£699

2nd passenger pays from

£499

Step back in time and discover many of Egypt’s ancient wonders along the banks of the legendary Nile on a seven-night full-board cruise. Accompanied by an Egyptologist, you will enjoy 10 escorted excursions on board the delightful fivestar Viking Princess cruise. Discover Egypt prides itself on offering quality holidays at affordable prices and provides a range of holidays to Egypt & Jordan. As part of the All Leisure Holidays Group, a well-established travel provider, they have over twenty years of experience in organising holidays and cruises, so you know you are in safe hands.

Viking Princess

Feluccas sailing on the Nile

Your itinerary... Luxor

Day 1

Day 2 Valley of the Kings Day 3

Luxor Temples

Day 4 Esna and Kom Ombo Day 5 Aswan

Temple of Hatshepsut

All Nile cruises include visits to: • Valley of the Kings • Temple of Hatshepsut • Valley of the Queens • Colossi of Memnon • Temples of Karnak & Luxor

• Temple of Horus (Edfu) • Temple of Sobek (Kom Ombo) • Aswan • Temple of Philae • Felucca trip

Day 6 Abu Simbel

HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS

Day 7 Nile River

• Marvel at the magnificent city and temples of Luxor

Day 8 Luxor Please note: Order of sailing and touring is subject to change locally. Your tour guide will advise you accordingly.

WHAT’S INCLUDED:  Return direct flights to Luxor from Gatwick  Other departure airports on request  Seven nights five-star cruise on full board basis  Exterior cabins with en-suite facilities  Evening entertainment  Over 10 excursions included  Local transfers and UK airport taxes

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• Visit the West Bank of the Nile and see such treasures as the Valley of the Kings, the impressive Temple of Hatshepsut and the two enormous statues known as the Colossi of Memnon • Enjoy numerous stops en route to experience a number of important ancient wonders including the fascinating temples of Kom Ombo and Philae • Experience the delights of Aswan with visits to the mighty High Dam, the Old Granite Quarries and the Unfinished Obelisk plus a trip on a traditional sailing boat down the Nile • Services of a qualified Egyptologist

Enjoy the comfort and simplicity of the Viking Princess as you discover the ancient wonders of Egypt. This popular cruise boat offers 49 attractively furnished cabins, spacious interiors and warm, friendly service from a dedicated crew and qualified Egyptologists ensuring you of a delightful cruising experience. The Viking Princess has its own private mooring dock in Luxor affording you the convenience of direct access from the boat to the shore and a range of facilities for you to enjoy. Departures – 2013

7 nights Full Board. 5 Viking Princess. Gatwick flights 1st person

2nd person

25 Mar; 1 Apr

949

949

8, 15, 22, 29 Apr; 16 Sep

899

599

1, 8, 15, 22, 29 May; 6, 13, 18, 20 Nov

849

699

5, 12, 19, 26 Jun

699

599

3, 10 Jul; 27 Nov; 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18 Dec

749

599

18, 23, 25, 30 Sep; 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30 Oct

949

699

4, 11 Nov

899

499

25 Nov

799

499

23, 25, 30 Dec

899

899

Fares from £pp

Combine a Nile Cruise with a hotel stay in Luxor

from £849pp


Dutch Waterways

Panorama lounge on board Avalon Visionary

Tulip Time for 7 nights

Tulips of Northern Holland for 7 nights

Avalon Waterways ~ Vista or Luminary

Avalon Waterways ~ Luminary & Visionary

7, 14, 17*, 21*, 28 Apr; 12 May ‘13

14, 24* Apr; 5 May ‘13

Amsterdam, Schoonhoven, Veere, Middelburg, Ghent, Antwerp, Maastricht, Amsterdam (overnight)

Amsterdam, Haarlem, North Holland, Friesland, Hoorn, Lelystad, Kampen, Gelderse, Arnhem, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Volendam, Amsterdam

Fares from £pp Stateroom Was Cruise.co.uk fare

Outside

Balcony

Suite

1865 1465

2325 1925

2845 2445

TULIP TIME Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Amsterdam

Welcome Cocktail & Dinner

Amsterdam

Canal Cruise and City Tour

Volendam

Walking tour

Edam

Walking tour & cheese tasting OR guided bicycle tour

Arnhem

Het Loo Palace & Gardens

Nijmegen

Free time

Day 4 Antwerp Day 5

Fly UK to Amsterdam EMBARKATION

Ghent Brugges

Walking tour OR Rubens Tour Optional tour to Brussels City tour Optional tour to Bruges

Kinderdijk Windmills Kinderdijk Day 6 Schoonhoven Visit Gouda & Delft

Day 7

Utrecht

Day 8 Amsterdam

fares from

Keukenhof Garden Tour DISEMBARKATION Fly Amsterdam to UK

£1199pp

Fares from £pp Stateroom Was Cruise.co.uk fare

Outside

Balcony

Suite

1935 1535

2395 1995

2685 2515

WHAT’S INCLUDED WITH

 Private door-to-door home pick-up service by executive car  Flights from London Heathrow with British Airways; regional flights at a supplement  Eurostar available on request  All meals on board including full breakfast, buffet lunch and waiter service dinner with quality wines; afternoon tea with cakes and sweet treats; a choice of teas and coffees throughout the day

AmaWaterways AmaCerto (NEW Ship) 7 nights 25* Mar; 1ˆ, 8, 12, 23 Apr; 1 May ‘13

Your Garden Expert Host

Matthew Biggs will join you on this fabulous river cruise, a well-travelled gardener who regularly hosts readers’ holidays and who has been gardening professionally for more than 20 years; his boundless enthusiasm for plants and gardening is infectious! ˆOn board on the 1 April '13

fares from

£1499pp

 Included excursions and sightseeing trips with Local Guides and a choice of optional tours; headsets provided on excursions  Gratuities for Cruise Director and crew  On board lectures, activities and nightly piano music  All transfers, local port charges and airport taxes

WHAT’S INCLUDED WITH • Deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom • Return flights from the UK to Amsterdam (London, Birmingham, Manchester) • Gratuities included & WiFi • Life enriching tours and excursions daily with personal headset included (optional tours mentioned are not included in price) • Gourmet dining with all meals

• “Culinary Delights – Bites & Sights” excursions • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe’s great wine regions, beer & soft drinks with every dinner on board • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily • Special highlights including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances & piano music

*Denotes sailing date that price is based on.

www.rivercruises.co.uk The UK’s largest cruise information website

FREEPHONE 0800 408 6206

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Experience the Rhine,

Main & Danube rivers PLATINUM SERIES  Select from APT’s range of sightseeing inclusions in a total of nine different locations – Freedom of ChoiceTM touring Budapest

 Participate in five unique APT Signature Experiences  Gold or Silver butler service, room service dining and champagne on arrival (available to select suites)  Complimentary beverages served at your discretion throughout your river cruise  Expert services of an APT Cruise Director  These cruises are designed specifically for APT guests

SPECIAL OFFER Save £1000 per person

MAGNIFICENT EUROPE

15 Day APT Platinum Series River Cruise – Amsterdam to Budapest 12, 26 Oct; 9, 23** Nov; 7, 21** Dec ‘13

FLY TO AMSTERDAM, EMBARK CRUISE Day 1. Amsterdam. Embark Ship (D)

YOUR HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS

Day 2. Amsterdam. Choose from Canal Boat Cruise or visit the Van Gogh Museum or the Maritime Museum (BLD)

Signature Experience Wertheim – Learn about the history of 12thcentury Wertheim Castle from a local guide and enjoy a glass of Sekt as you absorb the wonderful views out over the Main River

CRUISING THE LEGENDARY RHINE Day 3. Cologne, Koblenz. (BLD)

Onboard – In Germany, during an evening aboard your river ship, you’ll participate in a special Medieval Banquet, featuring delectable dining and fun entertainment Kitzingen – Enjoy a unique wine tasting event in Kitzingen, hosted by a ‘Wine Queen’ and members of the Aulic Council at Germany’s oldest wine cellar Vienna – On a visit to Albertina, a distinctive Neoclassical palace in the Austrian capital, you’ll enjoy a welcome Cocktail Reception and a private concert of classical music Budapest – Visit the magnificent Hungarian State Opera House in Budapest and enjoy an exclusive tour, a glass of champagne and a private opera recital.

Your itinerary...

Day 4. Rüdesheim, Visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum or enjoy a Gondola Ride or explore the Rhine Valley Winery with tasting. (BLD) Vienna Fares from £pp

12, 26 Oct ‘13 9, 23** Nov ‘13 7 Dec ‘13

21** Dec ‘13

Twin Window

Twin Balcony

Owner’s Suite

4495

5744

6869

3495

4745

5869

Sold Out

5544

6669

4545

5669

3995

5244

6369

2995

4245

5369

Sold Out

5444

6569

4445

5569

FULLY INCLUSIVE CRUISING WITH APT – YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE INCLUDES:

 Return scheduled flights from up to 15 UK airports  14 nights cruising aboard a luxurious Aria or Concerto river ship  All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as outlined in the itinerary  41 meals – enjoy 14 Breakfasts (B), 13 Lunches (L) and 14 Dinners (D)  Selected unlimited beverages are included throughout the cruise  Airport transfers, port charges & tipping – saving you up to £1,077 per couple  Excursions and entertainment to the value of £1,272 per couple  Freedom of ChoiceTM sightseeing inclusions – enjoy a choice of activities in Amsterdam, Rüdesheim, Wertheim, Würzburg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Dürnstein and Vienna

THE MEANDERING MAIN RIVER Day 5. Wertheim – Guided bicycle tour or guided walking tour. (BLD) Day 6. Würzburg, Visit the Residential Palace or tour Medieval Rothenburg (BLD) THE MAIN-DANUBE CANAL Day 7. Bamberg. (BLD) Day 8. Nuremberg, Choose from a tour of the World War II sites or Medieval City Tour. (BLD) THE BLUE DANUBE Day 9. Regensburg – Guided Walking Tour or Bike tour to the Temple of Walhallah. (BLD) Day 10. Passau. Salzburg “Sound of Music” sights or Cesky Krumlov. (BLD) Day 11. Melk. (BLD) Day 12. Vienna. (BLD) Day 13. Vienna. Choice of tours with visits to either Schonbrunn Palace or a Spanish Riding School, or Bratislava Excursion or a visit to the Fine Arts Museum & Imperial Treasury. (BLD) Day 14. Budapest. (BLD) Day 15. Budapest. (B)

**Sailing operates in reverse on these dates. ˆAria Class ship on this date - Twin Balconies not available.

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Cruising by paddlewheel is becoming one of the most popular ways to experience America’s heartland. From comfortable cruise accommodations to included sightseeing, this Mississippi River cruise ensures you see the most of this incredible region, while being treated to the very best in service and amenities with Avalon Waterways.

The Mississippi

WHAT’S INCLUDED:  Exclusive door to door home pick up service by private car within 75 miles of departing airport  Flights from London Heathrow – Manchester flight available at a supplement  All meals on board including full breakfast, buffet lunch and 5 course dinner with wine or beer; afternoon tea; ice cream and cookies; coffee and soft drinks throughout the cruise  Buffet breakfast in all hotels; dinner in Memphis and New Orleans  Excursions and sightseeing trips with local guides and a choice of optional tours  Services of an experienced Tour Director  Daily on board lectures by river historian, nightly showboat-style entertainment & music  Transfers between overseas airports, hotels & cruise ship

THE AMERICAN QUEEN STEAMBOAT DISTINCTIONS • The only authentic overnight paddlewheel steamboat in America • The acclaimed cuisine of famed American chef Regina Charboneau • The only steamboat with multiple, specialty dining options, all at no additional charge • Complimentary bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage • Complimentary wines and beers at dinner • Gracious, friendly service from a professionally trained all-American staff • The warm and inviting ambiance of an antebellum mansion • Public rooms and accommodations are decorated with Victorian charm and carefully selected antiques • Elegant-casual attire throughout your voyage — no formal wear required • Daily lectures by the Riverlorian, our onboard river historian • Professional showboat-style entertainment nightly • Nightly dancing to swing and big band music • Enthralling calliope concerts and a chance for guests to play! • Exciting shore excursions provide an indepth immersion into the history, culture and cuisine of America’s heartland • The greatest value in All-American vacations!

Music City to the Big Easy for 12 nights American Queen Steamboat 21 Mar; 4, 25 Apr; 16 May; 13 Jun; 6 Nov; 4 Dec ‘13

Your itinerary... Day 1. Fly UK to Nashville Day 2. Nashville. See the sights and sounds of Nashville. Tonight, enjoy reserved seats at the worldfamous Grand Ole Opry show. (B) Day 3. Memphis. Today, journey to Memphis, ‘Home of the Blues’. Visit Sun Studio, probably the world’s most famous recording studio. This evening, enjoy dinner and live music at blues legend B.B. King’s restaurant. (BD) Day 4. Graceland or National Civil Rights Museum - (Embarkation) Perhaps join an included excursion to Graceland, where you can tour Elvis Presley’s fascinating mansion, his private jets, the racquetball building that houses a collection of his ornate jumpsuits and capes, plus the Meditation Garden. Alternatively, you can visit the National Civil Rights Museum, where Dr Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated. Later this afternoon, board your cruise ship, American Queen and set sail. (BD) Day 5. Helena became a major port shortly after steamboats began travelling the river. Full of Civil War history and beautiful antebellum and Victorian homes. (BLD) Day 6. Vicksburg. Time today to visit Vicksburg National Military Park, which preserves the site of the important Civil War battle. (BLD)

American Queen dining

Day 9. Baton Rouge. During your time here, why not visit the Louisiana State Museum, the Louisiana State Capitol Building or the Old Governor’s Mansion. (BLD) Day 10. Houmas House. Enjoy a tour of the grand antebellum estate with free time to wander the 38 acres of gardens, ponds and majestic ancient oak alley. (BLD) Day 11. New Orleans (disembarkation). Explore the French Quarter including Jackson Square and Pirate’s Alley, then view a typical New Orleans above-ground cemetery. This afternoon is dedicated to visiting the National World War II Museum. Tonight enjoy a festive farewell dinner at one of New Orleans’ oldest and most prestigious restaurants. (BD) Day 12. New Orleans - UK. After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. (B)

Day 7. Natchez. Exclusive to Avalon cruise guests, this morning, enjoy a private visit to famed chef Regina Charboneau’s home. (BLD)

Fares from £pp

Day 8. St Francisville. Experience true Southern hospitality as you explore this quaint river town filled with historic sites, charming restaurants and fantastic shopping. (BLD)

4, 25 Apr ‘13

Stateroom

Window

21 Mar ‘13

3729

3789

16 May, 13 Jun, 6 Nov ‘13

3739

4 Dec 13

3699

www.rivercruises.co.uk The UK’s largest cruise information website

American Queen

Mississippi in the Fall for 11 nights American Queen Steamboat 25 Sep; 9 Oct ‘13

Chicago, Pontiac, Springfield, St Louis (embarkation), Hannibal, Dubuque, La Crosse, Red Wing, St Paul (disembarkation) Fares from £pp Stateroom

Window

25 Sep ‘13

3429

9 Oct ‘13

3429

FREEPHONE 0800 408 6206

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Destination Guide - Who Goes Where? Rhine

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Danube

Rhone/ Saone

Seine

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Ama Waterways

APT

Avalon Waterways

CroisiEurope

Hebridean River Cruises

Douro

Elbe

Po

Russian Waterways

Dneiper

Nile

Mekong

Yangtze

Mississippi

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Terms & conditions: All fares are per person in £sterling based on two adults sharing the lowest grade of cabin advertised. Please note prices are correct at the time of going to print and are subject to change and availability without prior notice. Every effort has been made to ensure that the fares advertised are correct, however customers are advised to call rivercruises.co.uk before booking. Please note cruise lines terms and conditions also apply which can be found on their websites. Deposits paid are nonrefundable. Holiday insurance is required. For full terms and conditions please visit www.cruise.co.uk. We hold the right to withdraw any offers without prior notice. The asterix * denotes the sailing date that the price is based on. ** Please note sailings on this date operate in reverse. †Please note Avalon free home pick up is only available for passengers living within 75 miles from the airport. Please note any offers and promotions are only available for bookings made before 28 February 2013. E&OE

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