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DISCOVER OUR 2017/2018 RIVER CRUISE COLLECTION New five-star cruises • New five-star ships • New drinks package


THE RIVIERA TRAVEL DIFFERENCE Five-star ships Expect only the best on a Riviera Travel river cruise: the most luxurious five-star ships; surprisingly spacious suites with everything you would expect from a superbly appointed boutique hotel; a gastronomic journey sampling the finest European cuisine; and first-class service from a crew ready to tend to your every need. Five-star experiences Our enthusiastic experts will bring to life Europe’s most fascinating destinations, so you come away with a greater appreciation of culture, history and more. We personally select every aspect of your river cruise and ensure our itineraries are thoughtfully balanced, so there’s time to explore the best of Europe at a relaxing pace. Fine culinary experiences Indulge in the finest cuisine throughout your stay on board, from early risers’ breakfast to midnight snacks. Our menus feature a varied selection of European specialities and international favourites, so there’s something to suit every palate. Enjoy a variety of dining experiences in a choice of

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superb restaurants, where unlike the regimentation of many cruise ships, the seating policy is informal and relaxed. Exceptional value guaranteed Our luxury river cruise holidays offer incredible value for money and include everything you need for an unforgettable experience: your choice of beautifully appointed suites or cabins, meals on board, all land visits, guided tours, taxes and fuel supplements. Please compare the quality and prices of everything we offer – you won’t find better for less. Our price promise We guarantee there are never any hidden surcharges, extras or fees to be added later, so the cost will not increase no matter what happens after you book. To ensure everyone pays the same, we do not inflate our prices or offer artificial discounts, nor do we automatically include gratuities, so the choice is entirely yours.


CONTENTS Award-winning reputation Since our inception in 1984, we have been consistently recognised for outstanding service and quality by both customers and the travel community. This year, Riviera Travel has won the highly coveted Which? award for Travel Brand of the Year 2017, and for five years, Which? has also awarded us their Recommended Provider status. We look forward to bringing you many more years of exceptional holidays.

Discover Europe

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Fascinating excursions

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Life on board

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Five-star ships

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Fine culinary experiences

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A genuine passion for customers We care about making your cruise holiday the best it can be. Our time is devoted to considering the minutest of details and improving what we do. Our staff are selected not only for their expertise but also their passion for delighting customers. There simply is no other way to ensure your time with us is not just time away – it is always a pleasure.

Cruises Amsterdam, Kinderdijk & the Dutch Bulbfields NEW 16 Bruges, Medieval Flanders, Amsterdam & the Dutch Bulbfields

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Rhine & Moselle

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Rhine, Strasbourg & Heidelberg

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Medieval Germany

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Rhine Cruise to Switzerland

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Cruise the Heart of Europe

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The Blue Danube

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Budapest to the Black Sea NEW 64 The Douro, Oporto & Salamanca

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Burgundy, the River Rhône & Provence

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Enchanting Rhine & Yuletide Markets NEW 84 Ships Five-star MS Emily Brontë, MS Thomas Hardy MS Oscar Wilde & MS Robert Burns NEW 88 Five-star MS Lord Byron & MS Jane Austen

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Five-star MS William Shakespeare & MS Charles Dickens

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Five-star MS Swiss Corona & MS Swiss Tiara

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Five-star MS Douro Elegance & MS Douro Serenity NEW 96

Full protection Rest assured that come what may, your money is safe and fully protected. We are a fully bonded member of ABTA (number V4744).

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DISCOVER EUROPE FROM A LUXURY FLOATING HOTEL Wake up to a different view every morning from the comfort of your luxurious suite. What wondrous sights await when you step out on to your private balcony? Dramatic terraced vineyards, gentle rolling countryside or astounding fairy-tale castles? It may seem like a dream but it’s not – you’re on a Riviera Travel river cruise, carefully choreographed to ensure your journey will always be a memorable one.

Every single detail is meticulously inspected before a friendly crew welcomes you on board, ready to tend to your every need. As your floating boutique hotel gracefully glides between towns and cities, relax in the privacy of your spacious suite, unwind on deck with a refreshing drink, or enjoy the finest cuisine in a choice of superb restaurants on board. What better way is there to discover Europe’s most awe-inspiring landscapes?

New ships for 2017/2018 MS THOMAS HARDY, MS EMILY BRONTË, MS OSCAR WILDE & MS ROBERT BURNS

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MS DOURO ELEGANCE


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FASCINATING EXCURSIONS INCLUDED Join us on an unforgettable journey through time and culture, breaking through any obvious veneer to the real destination beyond. See the classic sights of Europe – many on our insightful guided tours, all conducted in English – and become acquainted with the lesser-known places that are often even more intriguing. Our highly engaging and informative excursions will take you further so you can truly appreciate the destinations. We take you to baroque Salzburg in Austria with its storybook Old Town; to medieval Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy in France, where we enjoy a wine tasting; and to the scenic Puszta, where the beauty of the Hungarian Great Plain will take your breath away.

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Our itineraries are thoughtfully balanced so there is ample time to relax and watch the world go by. If immersion in local culture calls to you, there are opportunities to delve in and explore at leisure. We are known for our outstanding service, thanks to our experienced team who are clearly passionate about the places we visit and bringing them to life – you’ll learn far more from them than you would from any guidebook. Should you need any assistance, our cruise directors and tour managers are always at your service and ready to go the extra mile.


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LIFE ON BOARD IS FULL OF DELIGHTFUL SURPRISES When you’re on board a Riviera Travel river cruise ship, you’re staying in a floating, luxury boutique hotel. Our fine fleet of five-star vessels are hallmarks of distinction and truly world-class. Primarily Swiss-built and operated, they are rated by the Berlitz Guide to River Cruising as some of the finest river cruise ships to grace Europe’s waterways. Sustainable hardwoods, gleaming brass, polished copper, intricate wrought iron, and sparkling glass combine harmoniously with soft leather furnishings and tasteful colour palettes. Immediately striking is just how remarkably spacious and beautifully illuminated these vessels are. Set foot in the grand marble-floored lobby and you are bathed in natural light, streaming in through the glass roof of the impressive atrium above.

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Every step is taken to ensure our customers receive unparalleled standards of service and comfort. All our ships have an excellent ratio of crew to guests, so you are guaranteed personal attention. Our English-speaking crew will anticipate your every need in a manner which is intuitive and efficient yet discreet, graceful and friendly. The exceptional pedigree continues through to our onboard facilities. Fully air-conditioned decks, all easily accessed via elevator or stairs, offer different vantage points of the surrounding scenery. Take in sweeping views from a panoramic observation lounge and bar, complete with sumptuous seating and plush carpets. Most of our vessels feature a sauna, steam room, pool, fitness suite, library, and even a hair salon or treatment room. Complimentary Wi-Fi is also available on every ship.


ON-BOARD SPA WITH SAUNA AND STEAM ROOM, MS JANE AUSTEN

The highest levels of design, creativity and workmanship have come together to produce an inspired masterpiece of on-board style.

STUNNING LOUNGE, JANE AUSTEN

STERN LOUNGE, MS WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

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FIVE-STAR SHIPS Those new to river cruising are often surprised and delighted to learn that all our suites and cabins are wonderfully spacious and luxuriously appointed. Your cabin is among the largest and most comfortable found on any river cruise vessel, equipped with all the high-quality facilities you would expect from a top hotel. Choose from a range of standard or superior suites and cabins. For the ultimate in luxury, treat yourself to a stay in a deluxe suite with floor-to-ceiling doors that open up to a French balcony or lead to a private balcony. Here, you can enjoy a refreshing drink while watching the ever-changing landscapes drift by. Our largest suite measures a generous

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30 square metres (323 square feet) so there’s plenty of room for relaxation. Step beyond the wooden door into a beautifully designed room, complete with hotel-style bed, crisp cotton linen, and your choice of soft or firm pillows. Your cabin comes with an en-suite bathroom and shower, thick fluffy towels and complimentary toiletries. All cabins are equipped with air-conditioning or heating, a small desk, flat-screen TV, hairdryer, safe, telephone and complimentary Wi-Fi. To make you feel at home, there are facilities for making coffee and tea.


Our ships enjoy some of the largest cabins available – 83% with a French or full balcony.

DELUXE SUITE WITH OUTSIDE BALCONY, MS THOMAS HARDY

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FINE CULINARY EXPERIENCES A river cruise is a wondrous journey of discovery that should also be a culinary pleasure. With Riviera Travel, we offer a wide variety of fine dining experiences waiting to be savoured. From sumptuous breakfasts with over 60 options to superb buffet lunches and fine four-course dinners, our menus feature international classics and regional specialities. Quality is an integral part of dining with us, and our ships take this to the highest five-star levels with delicious cuisine prepared by a brigade of professional chefs. Friendly and smartly uniformed staff are always ready and at your service. At Riviera Travel, we want you to feel like you’re at home with friends, so we have a policy of informal free seating and smaller tables, unlike the typical regimentation of many cruise ships. Our wine list includes an extensive range of local wines in addition to classic favourites. We cater for most dietary requirements – just remember to tell us about them when booking your river cruise. Your choice of dining experiences Enjoy first-class cuisine in the ship’s excellent main restaurant, or if you prefer a more intimate setting, the Stern Bar transforms into our ‘chef’s restaurant’ with seating for no more than 34 diners*. Here, take in the fantastic views through panoramic windows, as the chefs present their signature dishes made with the freshest seasonal produce. *available on all our ships except the MS Douro Elegance

Your choice of drinks While we include everything you might need in our prices, we never charge for something you might not. If you prefer to pre-order your drinks, you can purchase our drinks package which offers superb value and includes a selection of beverages during lunch and dinner. Simply relax and when it’s time to dine, take your pick from a range of: draught and non-alcoholic beer, soft drinks, juices, house wines, and daily recommended wines. For details, please see our Pricing & Departures pages.

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FINE DINING Warm smoked duck breast with apple red mandarin and cranberry sala wine chutney, d Arugula strawberry salad or grissini with Dutch smoke d ham and white balsamic honey dressing Foamy pumpkin soup with cinnamon croutons or Bouillabaisse à la Marseillai se Pan seared sea bass with tom grilled parsnips, snow peas ato vinaigrette, and pearl barley Herb crusted rack of lamb or mint jelly, horseradish flag with sweet rosemary sauce, eolet beans, roasted tomato es, dauphinoise potatoes or Swiss chard and salsify gra tin with gar and oyster mushrooms lic cream Warm crisp pear tart Apple sorbet and cider foa m or Fresh fruit or continental che eses Coffee or tea

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IT’S ALL INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

Surprisingly spacious cabins and suites all with beautifully appointed en-suite bathrooms and spectacular river views

Exceptional dining from early risers’ breakfast to midnight snacks

Fascinating tours and excursions with expert guides and tour managers

Complimentary coffee, tea and water in your cabin, plus free Wi-Fi

Our hand-picked crew are on call 24/7 to make your stay more comfortable

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For centuries, Europe’s majestic rivers have carried travellers for many reasons – to explore, trade and sometimes, conquer. Steeped in history and culture, these aqueous arteries connect the continent’s greatest and most renowned destinations, bridging the past with the present, flowing through some of the world’s most stunning scenery. From picturesque countryside to historic landmarks, enjoy a different perspective on a variety of destinations in style and luxury.

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THE DOURO

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Linking Spain and Portugal, the Douro weaves through one of the most photogenic river valleys and the sunsoaked Iberian countryside, past lovely hillside villages and vineyard terraces.

Flowing through the south of France, take in the beautiful Provençal scenery, the sun-baked vineyards, charming villages, and colourful fields of wild flowers.

THE DUTCH WATERWAYS On the delta of three major rivers – the Rhine, Maas and Scheldt – these waterways flow past traditional windmills, colourful bulbfields and the old Zuiderzee.

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THE SAÔNE Flowing through the famous Burgundy wine region in France, the Saône offers wonderful views of vine-clad hills and extraordinary medieval villages.


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Cruise along Europe’s most famous and cultured river which flows through and along 10 countries. Absorb the breathtaking views of baroque architecture, medieval cities and sights that inspired Strauss and Mozart on the Upper Danube, while the Lower Danube takes us through the spectacular Iron Gates Gorge and the Danube Delta, home to numerous species of flora and fauna.

THE RHINE Steeped in myth, the famous Rhine has captivated writers and warriors alike, flowing past fairytale castles, medieval towns and lush vineyards.

THE MAIN-DANUBE CANAL From Bamberg on the Main to Kelheim on the Danube, this is an amazing feat of German engineering with many iconic locks.

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AMSTERDAM, KINDERDIJK & THE DUTCH BULBFIELDS 5 DAYS FROM ONLY $1,079 DEPARTING APRIL 2018

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CRUISE SUMMARY DAY 1 – EMBARK IN AMSTERDAM Embark the ship in Amsterdam and familiarise yourself with your five-star floating hotel. DAY 2 – ENKHUIZEN Enjoy a visit to the quaint port of Enkhuizen, nestled at the edge of the Zuiderzee before a relaxed afternoon’s cruising. DAY 3 – ROTTERDAM & KINDERDIJK Discover historic Rotterdam, a vibrant metropolis at the gateway to Europe with a strong maritime heritage, plus a visit to the stunning windmills at Kinderdijk, and tour one of these authentic and iconic gems of Dutch history.

DAY 4 – KEUKENHOF & AMSTERDAM Drive through the heart of the stunning bulbfields to the magnificent Keukenhof Gardens, a world-famous floral display and then enjoy a guided tour of fascinating IJsselmeer Amsterdam, one of the world’s Enkhuizen 2 most distinctive cities, in a glassMarkermeer topped canal cruiser. DAY 5 – DISEMBARK This morning, the crew bids you farewell before you disembark.

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SO MUCH IS INCLUDED • 4 nights on board in your choice of luxury cabin or suite, all with river views • All meals on board from dinner on your day of arrival through to breakfast on your day of departure, including welcome cocktails and the Captain’s Dinner • 5 visits and tours including visits to the Keukenhof Gardens, Enkhuizen, Kinderdijk and Rotterdam, and a canal cruise in Amsterdam • Complimentary on-board tea & coffee • Five-star service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides • Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi • Services of a Riviera Travel cruise director and tour manager • All port charges • No surcharges guaranteed

PERFECT FOR... Experiencing historic maritime cities, where innovation meets the traditions of the past, plus the authenticity of iconic windmills and the floral masterpiece of the colourful tulip fields.

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YOUR CRUISE DAY 1 - EMBARK IN AMSTERDAM Arrive in Amsterdam, where your five-star floating hotel is moored. The dedicated crew welcomes you on board, ensuring you settle into your luxurious cabin and familiarise yourself with the ship. DAY 2 - ENKHUIZEN As dawn breaks, the scenic shoreline of Enkhuizen comes into view, nestling at the edge of the old Zuiderzee. During the 17th-century Golden Age, the Netherlands dominated world maritime trade, becoming fabulously prosperous and Enkhuizen, one of the country’s principal ports, was no exception. Merchants keen to spend their newly acquired wealth created the quaint town you see today, and in celebration of this illustrious past, one of the county’s best museums was created. The Zuiderzee Museum is a superb recreation of 19th-century local life, with actors in period costumes demonstrating essential skills of the time in an authentic setting. Experience a sail maker’s, fish smokehouse and blacksmith’s plus many other fascinating things. Explore this delightful town, taking in the atmosphere of its little streets and the colourful jumble of boats in the picturesque harbour. After lunch on board, we cruise along the Markermeer, the southwestern part of the great IJsselmeer lagoon, created when the Zuiderzee dam was constructed, separating it from the North Sea. This mammoth engineering achievement reclaimed huge tracts of land using the unique Dutch talent for such projects, honed over hundreds of years of battling the mighty sea. Before long, thoughts turn to tonight’s excellent dinner in the ship’s restaurant, after which you unwind with a digestif at the bar to the soothing tones of the ship’s pianist. DAY 3 - ROTTERDAM & KINDERDIJK Wake this morning in historic Rotterdam, the Netherlands’ second largest metropolis with a strong maritime heritage, having been a major port since the 16th century. Literally the ‘Gateway to Europe’, it is the largest European cargo port and the tenth largest in the world, due to its strategic location where the Rhine meets the North Sea. Barges are able to transport goods deep into the heart of Western Europe via a maze of inland waterways, whilst ocean liners export goods all over the world. Its logistical significance made it a prime target for aerial bombing during World War II and the city’s historic core was completely destroyed. Over the following decades, the city was rebuilt and now boasts some of Europe’s most innovative and imaginative architecture, such as the pencil-shaped public library reminiscent of the Pompidou Centre in Paris, and the unusual cube houses built on stilts and tilted at bizarre angles. There is also an abundance of excellent museums,

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such as the renowned and vast Boijmans Van Beuningen, housing a world-class collection of Old Masters, and some rare and beautiful glassware. During lunch on board, enjoy a kaleidoscope of views through the panoramic windows as we leave the city skyline behind. A significant part of the Netherlands lies up to seven metres below sea level, but an innovative and intricate network of dikes and drainage systems keeps the ever-rising seawater from flooding the land, even during the spring tide. At the very heart of this fascinating reclaimed region is Kinderdijk, our next port of call. Here, you can witness a truly iconic polder scene – a series of nineteen authentic windmills lining the canal banks, set against a starkly beautiful backdrop of pancake-flat marshland. The earliest known windmills appeared in the 13th century; a century later they had evolved to include a series of gears, enabling them to pump water, and mass drainage of the land commenced. By the 19th century, the Netherlands’ 10,000 windmills were also being used for sawing wood, making potters’ clay and crushing pigments for paint, but the invention of the steam engine signalled their decline. By the end of the 20th century, there were less than a thousand still operating. We visit one of these beautifully preserved iconic windmills with a guide, learning more about their history before returning to the ship. DAY 4 - KEUKENHOF & AMSTERDAM We take a scenic drive through the heart of the magnificent bulbfields to the world-famous Keukenhof Gardens. Nothing quite prepares you for the dazzling array of colours stretched out before you, as the fertile coastal plain is illuminated by a natural display unrivalled anywhere else on the planet. At Keukenhof, the art of the flower garden reaches breathtaking

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heights, as you marvel at the dramatic pageant of hues amongst the myriad of blooms, set amidst a stunning landscape of shimmering lakes, ancient trees and water gardens spanning a staggering 80 acres. The wonderful variety in design, colour and scent gives each garden a unique character – a wealth of inspiration for your own little patch back home! We return to Amsterdam, truly one of the world’s most fascinating cities, where the classic glasstopped canal cruisers take us on a sightseeing tour by this most appropriate of means! Get real insight into Amsterdam’s history, art and peoples that has been at the heart of European culture and commerce for many centuries. You will see a remarkable variety of sights: gabledroofed buildings along the picturesque canal-side waterfronts, outstanding museums, bridges immortalised by the great artists, and the homes of Old Masters like Rembrandt and of the heroine Anne Frank, the young Jewish girl whose diaries tell a poignant and extraordinary tale of life under the Nazis. We remain moored in this wonderful city so you might choose to discover the interior of Anne Frank’s house, or just wander where your feet take you. Amble along the picturesque canals and dodge locals astride their bicycles! For a spot of culture, visit the Rijksmuseum, a world-class art gallery with an astonishing collection of 5,000 remarkable works. Alternatively, you may prefer to simply relax at a canalside café, absorbing Amsterdam’s special atmosphere over a rich Dutch coffee, before returning to the ship for tonight’s very special Captain’s Dinner. DAY 5 - DISEMBARK After breakfast this morning, your friendly crew bid you farewell before you disembark the ship.


RELAX, ALL THIS IS INCLUDED SPACIOUS SUITES WITH RIVER VIEWS Our luxurious suites all come with a private bathroom and offer exceptional river views.

COMPLIMENTARY TEA, COFFEE & WI-FI Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in your cabin at any time, and stay connected throughout the ship. Connection speeds via satellite may vary, so you may not get the superfast speeds you’re used to at home.

INSIGHTFUL TOURS & EXCURSIONS Our thoughtfully balanced itineraries include many guided tours with local experts. Our complimentary headsets will ensure you never miss a word.

EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE Expect five-star service from our hand-picked crew, and the best tour managers and cruise directors.

ALL ON-BOARD MEALS Enjoy buffet breakfasts, delicious lunches, delightful afternoon teas and sumptuous four-course dinners.

The prices are per person cruise only, based on two people sharing.

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Superior Suite $1,999 $2,059 $2,099

Stern Superior Suite $1,899 $1,959 $1,999

Deluxe Balcony Suite $2,409 $2,469 $2,509

MS JANE AUSTEN Five-star Deck Cabin Type 04/04/18 08/04/18 12/04/18

Lower Standard $1,079 $1,139 $1,189

Superior Suite $1,289 $1,349 $1,389

Middle Standard $1,489 $1,549 $1,589

Superior Suite $1,689 $1,759 $1,799

Upper Standard $1,689 $1,759 $1,799

Superior Suite $1,899 $1,959 $1,999

Superior Stern Suite $1,799 $1,859 $1,899

Deluxe Suite $2,099 $2,159 $2,199

SINGLE OCCUPANCY On the lower deck there are a limited number of standard cabins available at no single supplement, subject to availability. For other cabins, price for sole occupancy is twice the per person rate for the relevant cabin as above.

PRICING & DEPARTURES

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PURCHASE A DRINKS PACKAGE FOR 2018 DEPARTURES Our drinks package is priced at $99pp, and includes the following with lunch and dinner: draught beer; non-alcoholic beer; soft drinks; juices; red, white and rose house wines; and wine recommendations from the menu.

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BRUGES, MEDIEVAL FLANDERS, AMSTERDAM & THE DUTCH BULBFIELDS 8 DAYS FROM ONLY $1,999 DEPARTING APRIL 2018

CRUISE SUMMARY DAY 1 – EMBARK IN AMSTERDAM Embark the ship in Amsterdam and familiarise yourself with your five-star floating hotel.

DAY 6 – BRUGES Drive to Bruges and enjoy a guided tour of this perfectly preserved medieval town.

DAY 2 – AMSTERDAM & HOORN Guided tour of Amsterdam, one of the world’s most fascinating cities, in a glass-topped canal cruiser; then cruise along the Zuiderzee to visit historic Hoorn.

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DAY 3 – ARNHEM Visit Arnhem, synonymous with the 1944 battle vividly depicted in the film, A Bridge Too Far, and the British HQ at Oosterbeek, now a museum plus the poignant Commonwealth War Cemetery. DAY 4 – ANTWERP Sightseeing tour of Antwerp, birthplace of Rubens and a city steeped in history. DAY 5 – GHENT & YPRES Guided tour of medieval Ghent with its delightful waterfront, followed by a visit to Ypres, home to the Menin Gate, Tyne Cot Cemetery and the infamous battlefield of Passchendaele.

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SO MUCH IS INCLUDED • 7 nights on board in your choice of luxury cabin or suite, all with river views • All meals on board from dinner on your day of arrival through to breakfast on your day of departure, including welcome cocktails, a welcome dinner and the Captain’s Dinner • 8 visits and tours including visits to Hoorn, Arnhem and Keukenhof Gardens, a canal cruise in Amsterdam and guided tours of Antwerp, Ghent, Ypres and Bruges • Complimentary on-board tea & coffee • Five-star service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides • Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi • Services of a Riviera Travel cruise director and tour manager • All port charges • No surcharges guaranteed

PERFECT FOR... Discovering the artisanal traditions of what was once the world’s greatest naval power, the remarkable art of Flemish masters and the old Zuiderzee.

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YOUR CRUISE DAY 1 - EMBARK IN AMSTERDAM Arrive in Amsterdam, where your five-star floating hotel is moored. The dedicated crew welcomes you on board, ensuring you settle into your luxurious cabin and familiarise yourself with the ship. DAY 2 - AMSTERDAM & HOORN Breakfast is an institution on our river cruisers and you are assured of a splendid selection, the perfect start to the day. Moored in the heart of Amsterdam, we take a delightful sightseeing cruise around its picturesque canals in classic glasstopped boats. The tour brings a real insight into Amsterdam’s history, art and people, throughout history at the heart of European culture and commerce and often a fierce rival to British ambitions! See a variety of gabled buildings along the charming waterfronts, glide beneath bridges immortalised by the great artists, and hear about Old Masters like Rembrandt and heroes such as Anne Frank, whose diaries paint an extraordinary and moving picture. A superb buffet lunch awaits your return as we slip away from the quayside towards the IJsselmeer, the lake created when the Zuiderzee was dammed. We then continue on to historic Hoorn, once a prosperous port of the Dutch East India Company. Reminiscent of another age, it is a delightful mix of 15th- to 19th-century, brick-built mercantile warehouses, cobbled squares and twisting alleys. Hoorn’s ships traded the world over, with one intrepid sailor even naming the southernmost tip of South America after his home town, Cape Horn! There is time to explore this intriguing spot before another splendid dinner. DAY 3 - ARNHEM One of the delights of river cruising is the enchanting experience of awaking in a new world, the water gently lapping as the ship glides almost imperceptibly along. We are now deep in the heart of Holland, passing flower-bedecked houseboats, flocks of wildfowl and, of course, windmills! We soon arrive in Arnhem, once a member of the Hanseatic League, but since 1944 became synonymous with the ill-fated battle so vividly depicted in the film, A Bridge Too Far. We visit the former British HQ at Oosterbeek, now an excellent museum and the poignant Commonwealth War Cemetery, the final resting place of so many. Back on board, we cruise along the mighty River Rhine, one of Europe’s foremost waterways before enjoying another sumptuous dinner on board, as the riverside lights twinkle on. DAY 4 - ANTWERP This morning there’s a chance to marvel at the Captain’s skill as he calmly navigates the ship through the busy waters of the River Schelde,

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mooring in Antwerp, whose picturesque main square is lined by the tall, gabled townhouses so typical of the ‘low countries’. Once ruled by Spain, Antwerp grew immensely wealthy during its 16th-century ‘Golden Age’ when it was Europe’s

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largest port north of the Alps, with the profits invested in the city’s art and architectural heritage. This morning we enjoy a sightseeing tour of this historic and underrated city, birthplace of Rubens. This afternoon is free to explore and perhaps visit


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some of Jesus’ blood. Another must is the Notre Dame Church that houses Michelangelo’s beautiful Madonna and Child, carved in white carrara marble. Then, of course, there are the legendary chocolate shops! You will be reluctant to leave this utterly enchanting place although the promise of more first-class dining in the ship’s superb restaurant will tempt you. This evening we leave Ghent and return to Holland.

the Fine Art Museum with over 7,000 paintings, including renowned works by Rubens, Jordaens and Van Dyck. DAY 5 - GHENT & YPRES Today we awake in medieval Ghent, once Western Europe’s largest city and our picturesque base for the next two days. Ghent is a perfectly preserved medieval gem boasting a gorgeously unspoilt waterfront; the imposing Gravenstein fortress towering above the river; a 13th-century skyline punctured by the soaring belfry; and Van Eyck’s masterpiece, Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, which decorates the cathedral. This morning we have a sightseeing tour and after lunch we visit Ypres, a name synonymous with the horrors of the Great War and the centre of British activity in Belgium. Almost totally destroyed, Ypres is now a place of pilgrimage, peace and reflection. We learn about some of the places made famous during the fighting. You may wish to visit the excellent, ‘In Flanders Fields’ Museum in the heart of the beautifully restored town centre, a must-see for those interested in the extraordinary lives of the soldiers and civilians. We also visit Tyne

Cot Cemetery and the infamous battlefield of Passchendaele. Ypres is the home of the Menin Gate, the incredibly moving memorial to the missing where the last post is played every evening. This excursion is not compulsory so should you choose to have free time in Ghent, perhaps ride in a horse-drawn carriage, or visit one of the many other attractions, this afternoon offers the ideal opportunity to do so. DAY 6 - BRUGES After breakfast we take the short drive to Bruges and have a guided walk of this beautiful town, which really does carry its remarkable medieval legacy with charm and to perfection. The atmosphere here is pure romance and its streets are crammed with fascination. Exquisitely compact, it is centred on the main square and dominated by the soaring Belfry – when the old Flemish chimes are heard, the atmosphere is idyllic. Climb this tower and if you can face the 366 steps, the view is breathtaking. You will also see the City Hall, the old Law Courts and the Basilica of the Holy Blood, in which is housed

DAY 7 - KEUKENHOF & AMSTERDAM Early risers discover the ship making effortless progress along the delightful waterways and experience the surreal effect of cruising above the height of the surrounding reclaimed ‘polder’ – it’s almost like flying! Today we take you to the stunning Keukenhof Gardens, the heart of the glorious bulbfields. Nothing quite prepares you for the dazzling spectrum of colours, the countryside ablaze in a riot of colour unsurpassed anywhere else. The art of the flower garden reaches breathtaking heights, and you marvel at the tens of thousands of blooms set amongst a delightful landscape of shimmering lakes, ancient trees, flowering shrubs and water gardens. We rejoin our ship in Amsterdam and after lunch you are free to explore as you wish. Perhaps admire the fine art of the Rijksmuseum, with its many works by the Great Masters, or visit the Van Gogh Museum housing the world’s greatest collection by this genius of a man. Go shopping, simply relax in a pavement café absorbing Amsterdam’s unique atmosphere over a rich Dutch coffee, or stay on board to catch up on some reading. This evening is the Captain’s Dinner, where the chef prepares his superb signature dishes served in delightful surroundings, with a chance to reflect on the fascinating places you have discovered, poignant stories you have heard and like-minded people you have met. DAY 8 - DISEMBARK After breakfast this morning, your friendly crew bid you farewell before you disembark.

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RELAX, ALL THIS IS INCLUDED SPACIOUS SUITES WITH RIVER VIEWS Our luxurious suites all come with a private bathroom and offer exceptional river views. INSIGHTFUL TOURS & EXCURSIONS Our thoughtfully balanced itineraries include many guided tours with local experts. Our complimentary headsets will ensure you never miss a word. ALL ON-BOARD MEALS Enjoy buffet breakfasts, delicious lunches, delightful afternoon teas and sumptuous four-course dinners.

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COMPLIMENTARY TEA, COFFEE & WI-FI Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in your cabin at any time, and stay connected throughout the ship. Connection speeds via satellite may vary, so you may not get the superfast speeds you’re used to at home. EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE Expect five-star service from our hand-picked crew, and the best tour managers and cruise directors.

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MS EMILY BRONTË & MS OSCAR WILDE Five-star Deck

Lower

Cabin Type 04/04/18 11/04/18, 15/04/18 18/04/18, 22/04/18 29/04/18

Suite $1,999 $2,409 $2,609 $2,709

Middle Suite $2,609 $3,019 $3,219 $3,329

Upper

Superior Suite $3,019 $3,429 $3,629 $3,729

Suite $2,819 $3,219 $3,429 $3,529

Superior Suite $3,219 $3,629 $3,839 $3,939

Stern Superior Suite $3,019 $3,429 $3,629 $3,729

Deluxe Balcony Suite $3,839 $4,239 $4,449 $4,549

MS JANE AUSTEN Five-star Deck Cabin Type 16/04/18 23/04/18

Lower Standard $2,199 $2,409

Superior Suite $2,409 $2,609

Middle Standard $2,819 $3,019

Superior Suite $3,119 $3,329

Upper Standard $3,019 $3,219

Superior Suite $3,329 $3,529

Superior Stern Suite $3,219 $3,429

Deluxe Suite $3,839 $4,039

SINGLE OCCUPANCY On the lower deck there are a limited number of standard cabins available at no single supplement, subject to availability. For other cabins, price for sole occupancy is twice the per person rate for the relevant cabin as above.

PRICING & DEPARTURES

BRUGES, MEDIEVAL FLANDERS, AMSTERDAM & THE DUTCH BULBFIELDS (2018) - 8 DAYS

PURCHASE A DRINKS PACKAGE FOR 2018 DEPARTURES Our drinks package is priced at $169pp, and includes the following with lunch and dinner: draught beer; non-alcoholic beer; soft drinks; juices; red, white and rose house wines; and wine recommendations from the menu.

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RHINE & MOSELLE 8 DAYS FROM ONLY $2,289 DEPARTING JUNE TO OCTOBER 2017 AND MAY TO OCTOBER 2018

CRUISE SUMMARY

DAY 2 – COCHEM Cruise along one of the most famous and dramatic waterways in Europe, before arriving in charming Cochem with time to explore this delightful town. DAY 3 – TRIER Cruise through the Moselle’s stunning winelands then enjoy a guided tour of fascinating Trier, the oldest city in Germany.

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DAY 5 – KOBLENZ & BOPPARD Enjoy a guided tour of Koblenz, dramatically situated at the confluence of these two mighty rivers, before cruising on to Boppard, the ‘Pearl of the Rhine’ with time to explore this enchanting village.

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DAY 4 – BERNKASTEL Wander the ancient streets of picturesque Bernkastel with its quaint cobbled market square and half-timbered houses before enjoying an afternoon at leisure on board.

DAY 6 – RHINE GORGE & RÜDESHEIM Cruise through the world famous and dramatic Rhine Gorge before arriving in the renowned wine town of Rüdesheim. Spend the afternoon wandering the narrow streets of this charming spot.

DAY 8 – DISEMBARK This morning, the crew bids you farewell before you disembark.

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SO MUCH IS INCLUDED • 7 nights on board in your choice of luxury cabin or suite, all with river views • All meals on board from dinner on your day of arrival through to breakfast on your day of departure, including welcome cocktails, a welcome dinner and the Captain’s Dinner • 7 visits and guided tours including guided tours of Cologne, Koblenz and Trier; and visits to Boppard, Bernkastel, Rüdesheim and Cochem • Complimentary on-board tea & coffee • Five-star service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides • Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi • Services of a Riviera Travel cruise director and tour manager • All port charges • No surcharges guaranteed

COLOGNE CATHEDRAL

PERFECT FOR... Experiencing the contrast between the bustling Rhine and the serene Moselle, lined with castle ruins, steep vineyards and sleepy half-timbered villages.

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YOUR CRUISE DAY 1 - EMBARK IN COLOGNE Arrive in Cologne, where your five-star floating hotel is moored in the picturesque historic centre. The dedicated crew will welcome you on board, ensuring you settle into your luxurious cabin and familiarise yourself with the ship. DAY 2 - COCHEM The first morning on a river cruise is always a thrill. There is no other holiday experience quite like awakening to the gentle lapping of the water, as the scenic valley sides slip silently past your cabin window. Take a leisurely breakfast in the ship’s restaurant. The pace on board is unhurried so you can linger over that extra cup of tea and unwind whilst the ever-changing scenes of life on the riverbank drift by. You are cruising one of the most famous and dramatic waterways in Europe. Take to the Sun Deck for an invigorating stroll and watch the picture-postcard villages with tottering timberframed houses pass peacefully by. After a delicious lunch on board, we arrive at delightful Cochem, once the centre of the Moselle wine trade, with unrivalled views of the castle crowning a vineyardcovered mound. You will have time to wander this most charming town before returning to the ship for dinner. DAY 3 - TRIER Leaving Cochem at breakfast this morning, you cruise further upstream, passing through four locks, which never cease to fascinate. You will be astonished by the dramatic valley sides, covered with reputedly the steepest cultivated vineyards in the world. The valley’s gradient here means your progress is respectably sedate but never dull as you meander upstream through the heart of the Moselle’s stunning winelands. Enjoy the unfolding scene as the vineyards slip by en route to Zell. After lunch you drive to Trier, one of the most fascinating cities and the oldest in Germany. Founded by the Romans, it was the capital of much of their empire, encompassing presentday Spain, France, Britain and parts of Germany. The Emperor Constantine lived here, along with a population of a staggering 80,000, little different from today. Trier boasts a range of buildings to match. It has one of the most impressive amphitheatres in existence, baths, a Roman bridge but best of all, the Porta Nigra, an immense fortified gate that formed the eastern border of the Roman Empire and towers above the surrounding medieval buildings. This is the largest and best-preserved Roman building north of the Alps and is an awesome testimony to their architectural genius. You enjoy a guided tour during which you learn all about the historical significance of the city. We rejoin our ship in charming Bernkastel,

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where another meticulously prepared dinner awaits in the ship’s welcoming restaurant, accompanied perhaps by one of the fine Riesling wines from the vineyards before you. DAY 4 - BERNKASTEL This morning the ship remains moored, so after a leisurely breakfast you are free to explore Bernkastel. Wander the ancient streets to the delightful cobbled market square surrounded by some of the finest, most ornate half-timbered houses you will ever see – many dating from the 15th century. The most famous is the Pointed House, a jewel of the rustic middle-class building tradition from the Middle Ages and a classic example of the Moselle vintner’s dwelling. As you slip your mooring during lunch and cruise back downstream, sit back and soak up the peaceful atmosphere of this magical river. This afternoon, relax in one of the comfortable deck chairs on the Sun Deck and really absorb the spectacular scenery in all its glory. Why not catch up on some reading or enjoy a game of chess? This evening over dinner, reflect on all that you have seen and what is still to come in the company of newly made friends. DAY 5 – KOBLENZ & BOPPARD Early this morning the ship glides into port in the ancient city of Koblenz. Dramatically situated at the confluence of these two great rivers, this thriving 2000-year old city with its mighty

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fortress is a delight to explore. You take a guided walk around the principal monuments and historic centre, discovering ancient squares, admiring beautifully restored historic house frontages and quaint hidden passageways. Koblenz will enchant you and it is an absolute joy to wander through its tiny streets, pausing to window shop whilst trying to resist the aroma of fresh coffee and cake drifting from the numerous traditional cafés, and all in such historic surroundings.


sides are crowned by the precarious ruins of castles, which once held sway over the fortunes of passing travellers. This is home to numerous medieval legends, tales of mysterious happenings and dark deeds that have been passed down by generations of sailors. The swirling waters of the bend are a reminder of the most famous legend of all – a beautiful maiden is said to have lured sailors on to the rocks with her feminine charms and alluring song. The villages drifting by, St Goar, Bacharach and Kaub, are synonymous with wine production and one of the most enjoyable things on this cruise is sampling the best of the area’s wines with local produce. During lunch we arrive in Rüdesheim, perhaps the most famous of all the Rhine wine towns with crooked houses sloping down from the wooded hillsides and terraced vineyards. A visit to the Asbach brandy distillery is rewarding (tasting assured, of course) or you could take a trip on the unusual gondola lift for spectacular views across the river. Especially worth a visit is the excellent mechanical music museum, a superb collection of 350 intricate antique musical boxes and instruments from all over the world, many in working order, still playing the delicate sounds of yesteryear.

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THE FAMOUS BOPPARD ‘S’ BEND ON THE RHINE

Back on board in time for lunch you cruise to Boppard, known as the ‘Pearl of the Rhine’, a classically picturesque village, located on a sweeping and looping bend of the river. See the bustling stone quayside crowded with people going about their daily business, the cobbled streets lined with half-timbered houses and cafés that lead to the town and its main square. Founded by the Romans, as much of the area was, Boppard boasts the best-preserved Roman town

walls in Germany. There will be time before dinner to explore this Rhineland gem. DAY 6 – RHINE GORGE & RÜDESHEIM Leaving Boppard, as the sun crests the surrounding hilltops, expectation rises at what lies in store today – this morning’s cruise is a real highlight as you journey through the outstanding natural beauty of the world famous Rhine Gorge. Here, at every turn of the tortuous river, towering valley

DAY 7 - COLOGNE We have slipped our mooring early this morning and there is much to see as the ship effortlessly glides downstream past pretty riverside towns backed by the rolling volcanic hills for which the area is renowned. You also see the railway bridge at Remagen, captured intact towards the end of the Second World War, thus arguably shortening the war in Germany. Passing the riverside vineyards and half-timbered houses around Linz, you leave the last great historic strong point, before mooring in the heart of Cologne in the shadow of the magnificent Gothic cathedral, for which the city is so famous. It is a truly staggering building, taking 600 years to build and has the most intricate stained glass in Europe. This afternoon, you have a guided tour of the city with time to explore its delightful tree-lined squares and visit one of its famous bars, many of which still traditionally brew their own beer. This evening, the Captain’s Dinner will take place on board, during which delicious specialities of the regions you have visited during your cruise will be served, hosted by the Captain himself, of course. After dinner perhaps enjoy a final digestif in the bar whilst reflecting on the memories made on this wonderful cruise. DAY 8 - DISEMBARK After breakfast this morning, the crew bids you farewell before you disembark the ship.

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RELAX, ALL THIS IS INCLUDED SPACIOUS SUITES WITH RIVER VIEWS Our luxurious suites all come with a private bathroom and offer exceptional river views.

COMPLIMENTARY TEA, COFFEE & WI-FI Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in your cabin at any time, and stay connected throughout the ship. Connection speeds via satellite may vary, so you may not get the superfast speeds you’re used to at home.

INSIGHTFUL TOURS & EXCURSIONS Our thoughtfully balanced itineraries include many guided tours with local experts. Our complimentary headsets will ensure you never miss a word.

EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE Expect five-star service from our hand-picked crew, and the best tour managers and cruise directors.

ALL ON-BOARD MEALS Enjoy buffet breakfasts, delicious lunches, delightful afternoon teas and sumptuous four-course dinners.

The prices are per person cruise only, based on two people sharing.

MS JANE AUSTEN Five-star Deck

Lower

Cabin Type 10/08/17 21/09/17

Standard $2,919 $3,149

Middle

Superior Suite $3,149 $3,359

Standard $3,599 $3,829

Upper

Superior Suite $3,829 $4,069

Standard $3,829 $4,069

Superior Suite $4,069 $4,279

Superior Stern Suite $3,939 $4,179

Deluxe Suite $4,279 $4,519

MS EMILY BRONTË & OSCAR WILDE Five-star Deck

Lower

Cabin Type 20/06/17 18/07/17 11/09/17 23/10/17

Suite $3,259 $3,019 $3,259 $2,569

Middle Suite $3,939 $3,699 $3,939 $3,259

Superior Suite $4,179 $3,939 $4,179 $3,489

Upper Suite $4,179 $3,939 $4,179 $3,489

Superior Suite $4,409 $4,179 $4,409 $3,699

Stern Superior Suite $4,279 $4,069 $4,279 $3,599

Deluxe Balcony Suite $4,649 $4,409 $4,649 $3,939

MS CHARLES DICKENS & MS WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE Five-star Deck

Lower

Middle

Cabin Type 08/06/17

Standard $3,019

Standard $3,699

Upper Standard $3,939

Deluxe Balcony Suite $4,409

SINGLE OCCUPANCY On lower decks on all ships there are a limited number of standard cabins available at no single supplement, subject to availability. For other cabins, price for sole occupancy is twice the per person rate for the relevant cabin as above.

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The prices are per person cruise only, based on two people sharing.

MS EMILY BRONTË & MS OSCAR WILDE Five-star Deck

Lower

Cabin Type 07/05/18 17/05/18 18/06/18 28/06/18 02/07/18, 30/07/18 27/08/18 25/10/18

Suite $2,999 $3,099 $3,309 $3,099 $2,899 $3,099 $2,289

Middle Suite $3,609 $3,709 $3,919 $3,709 $3,509 $3,709 $2,899

Upper

Superior Suite $4,019 $4,119 $4,319 $4,119 $3,919 $4,119 $3,309

Suite $3,819 $3,919 $4,119 $3,919 $3,709 $3,919 $3,099

Superior Suite $4,219 $4,319 $4,529 $4,319 $4,119 $4,319 $3,509

Stern Superior Suite $4,019 $4,119 $4,319 $4,119 $3,919 $4,119 $3,309

Deluxe Balcony Suite $4,829 $4,939 $5,139 $4,939 $4,729 $4,939 $4,119

MS JANE AUSTEN Five-star Deck Cabin Type 25/07/18 22/08/18

Lower Standard $2,899 $2,899

Middle

Superior Suite $3,099 $3,099

Standard $3,509 $3,509

Upper

Superior Suite $3,819 $3,819

Standard $3,709 $3,709

Superior Suite $4,019 $4,019

Superior Stern Suite $3,919 $3,919

Deluxe Suite $4,529 $4,529

MS CHARLES DICKENS & MS WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE Five-star Deck

Lower

Middle

Cabin Type 16/08/18 04/09/18 27/09/18

Standard $2,689 $3,199 $3,099

Standard $3,309 $3,819 $3,709

Upper Standard $3,509 $4,019 $3,919

Deluxe Balcony Suite $4,529 $5,039 $4,939

SINGLE OCCUPANCY On lower decks on all ships there are a limited number of standard cabins available at no single supplement, subject to availability. For other cabins, price for sole occupancy is twice the per person rate for the relevant cabin as above.

PRICING & DEPARTURES

RHINE & MOSELLE (2018) - 8 DAYS

PURCHASE A DRINKS PACKAGE FOR 2018 DEPARTURES Our drinks package is priced at $169pp, and includes the following with lunch and dinner: draught beer; non-alcoholic beer; soft drinks; juices; red, white and rose house wines; and wine recommendations from the menu.

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RHINE, STRASBOURG & HEIDELBERG 8 DAYS FROM ONLY $2,079 DEPARTING JUNE TO OCTOBER 2017 AND MAY TO OCTOBER 2018

CRUISE SUMMARY DAY 1 – EMBARK IN COLOGNE Embark the ship in Cologne and familiarise yourself with your fivestar floating hotel.

DAY 7 – COLOGNE Arrive in Cologne for an afternoon guided tour of this beautiful city and see its impressive Gothic cathedral.

DAY 2 – KOBLENZ & BOPPARD Enjoy a guided tour of Koblenz, dramatically situated at the confluence of two mighty rivers, before cruising on to Boppard, ‘Pearl of the Rhine’ with time to explore this enchanting village.

DAY 8 – DISEMBARK This morning, the crew bids you farewell before you disembark.

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DAY 6 – RÜDESHEIM Experience more spectacular river views today before mooring in the renowned wine town of Rüdesheim, with time to explore this charming spot.

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SO MUCH IS INCLUDED • 7 nights on board in your choice of luxury cabin or suite, all with river views • All meals on board from dinner on your day of arrival through to breakfast on your day of departure, including welcome cocktails, a welcome dinner and the Captain’s Dinner • 8 visits and tours including guided tours of Strasbourg, Heidelberg, Cologne and Koblenz; and visits to Rüdesheim, Mainz, Colmar and Boppard • Complimentary on-board tea & coffee • Five-star service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides • Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi • Services of a Riviera Travel cruise director and tour manager • All port charges • No surcharges guaranteed

HEIDELBERG

PERFECT FOR... Meandering between picture-postcard towns and cities, from delightful Boppard to sophisticated Heidelberg and medieval Strasbourg.

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YOUR CRUISE DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN COLOGNE Arrive in Cologne, where your five-star floating hotel is moored in the picturesque historic centre. The dedicated crew will welcome you aboard, ensuring you settle into your comfortable and superbly well-equipped cabin, and familiarise yourself with the ship. DAY 2 - KOBLENZ & BOPPARD When you peek out from your cabin this morning, you will realise the ship has slipped quietly away from Cologne. The gentle rippling water has begun casting its spell as the vine-covered valley, all aglow in the early sunlight, bids you a warm welcome to the charming Rhine. There’s nothing quite like that feeling of anticipation when gliding alongside the promenade of a river port, snatching tantalising glimpses of what lies ashore, and Koblenz, beautifully located at the confluence of the rivers Rhine and Moselle, does not disappoint. Founded by the Romans, you soon immerse yourself in two millennia of history – the city was captured by the Franks, becoming a residence of the German prince electors, was conquered by the French and fortified by the Prussians. Koblenz is a romantic’s dream – forest-covered hillsides dominate the skyline, whilst the lower slopes are strewn with the pretty, half-timbered buildings so typical of the Rhineland. Tiny streets and alleyways lead to intimate squares lined with traditional shops and tiny cafés. This morning you will have a walking tour followed by free time. During your first relaxing lunch on board, you continue upstream, arriving in Boppard, beautifully situated on one of the river’s most impressive and sweeping bends. Simply relax on board or take a stroll through the narrow old streets. The cool early evening is an ideal time to wander along the beautiful riverside Rheinallee promenade before thoughts turn inevitably to tonight’s menu. DAY 3 - RHINE GORGE & MAINZ This morning you cruise through the revered Rhine Gorge, where the waters narrow to a fifth of their normal width and flow much more swiftly. The sheer valley walls soar 200 metres from the river’s edge and magnificent birds of prey glide on the thermals above. Teutonic Knights built numerous redoubtable castles that crown the adjacent hillsides, at one time thriving on the tolls extracted from passing ships, now standing as silent ruins through this passage of history. Find a comfortable spot on the Sun Deck or in the forward observation lounge and enjoy the experience of cruising this famous stretch of water. This really is the magical Rhine of our imagination. Your next port of call is historic Mainz, boasting the largest wine market in Germany, but it is most famous for Gutenberg, the father of modern printing. You can visit the excellent museum,

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housing a working reconstruction of the earliest press and outstandingly, two original 1452 Gutenberg Bibles, the first books ever printed in Europe. Enjoy dinner this evening as we pass by the lakes of the Kuhkopf nature reserve, one of the largest in the country and recognised for its vibrant birdlife. DAY 4 - HEIDELBERG After breakfast, a short drive takes you to nearby Heidelberg for a guided walking tour of this wonderful city. Its setting is second to none, nestling by the picturesque River Neckar, in a valley dominated by its imposing castle, high on a wooded hillside – a true fulfilment of the perfect medieval German landscape. The city is a maze of historic, baroque and gabled buildings lining the river with its romantic Old Town behind. Its 14thcentury university, one of the most prestigious in Europe, lends Heidelberg that gentile atmosphere rather similar to Cambridge, with which the city is fittingly twinned. In the 19th century it was the centre of Germany’s Romantic Movement, on the route of ‘The Grand Tour’ and visited, amongst many others, by the artist Turner, who captured its splendours for eternity. During your guided walk you see the principal sights, and after some free time to explore, you rejoin the ship. DAY 5 - STRASBOURG & COLMAR By breakfast you will have arrived in France and charming Strasbourg, capital of the fascinating

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Alsace region. The city is a complete delight – its centre largely unchanged since the 14th century, a mosaic of winding alleys and lanes lined with quirkily crooked, half-timbered houses. During periods of its history Strasbourg has been both German and French, and you can see this influence in its language, cuisine and appearance, creating a truly individual city. This morning you have a guided walking tour of its enchanting old centre, including the Petit France quarter of picturesque canals lined with classic black-and-white buildings, the famous covered bridges and, of course, the stunning Gothic cathedral. Victor Hugo described it as a ‘veritable tiara of stone’, and it was once the tallest building in the world. Just south of Strasbourg lies a picturesque wine route, virtually an open-air museum of romantic medieval villages, cobbled streets and Renaissance châteaux, strung like pearls on a necklace against a sweeping backdrop of rolling hills. It does not get much better than this. You enjoy this most scenic drive, soon arriving in lovely 16th-century Colmar, the best preserved town in eastern France. Bisected by canals, it is a maze of former merchants’ houses, antique shops and a monastery. The former wine exchange and the cathedral quarter is surrounded by pastelcoloured, half-timbered houses, displaying the intricate wrought-iron hanging signs so typical of this area. Sit, enjoy a coffee, and watch the world go by or just wander where your feet take you. We return to the ship in Strasbourg for dinner.


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DAY 6 - RÜDESHEIM One of the benefits of life aboard a river cruiser is the sheer sense of relaxation it brings. Catch up on some reading, perhaps enjoy a game of chess or improve your golf putt on the Sun Deck. Why not enjoy a coffee with your like-minded travelling companions? Or simply watch the river traffic still using this artery so vital to the life of central Europe for the last 2,000 years. In the late afternoon, you stop in Rüdesheim, one of the most visited and liveliest towns on the river, owing its fame to the fact that it looks exactly as a Rhine town should. Surrounded by wooded and vine-covered slopes, its narrow,

crooked streets lead down to the sweeping river. This is the heart of Riesling, one of central Europe’s finest wines and Rüdesheim is full of places to try this fruity refreshing drink. The town is the perfect place to stroll around in, enjoy a glass of wine, take in the scenery and reflect on life’s more pleasant moments. This evening the Captain’s Dinner will take place on board, where delicious specialities of the regions we visit during our cruise will be served, hosted by the Captain himself. DAY 7 - COLOGNE This morning, early risers can enjoy once again

more marvels of the Rhine, as we pass through the gorge and the very confines of the river, where the Rhine Maidens allegedly guard lost treasure, the ‘Rheingold’. What better way to end your cruise than relax on the Sun Deck beneath dramatic, rocky, vineyard-topped valley sides, with impossibly perched castles at every turn, towering above the shimmering water below. Feast your eyes on the magic around you that quite simply is the jewel of the Rhine. The valley sides dissolve away and the hills begin to fade to the plain as the ship drifts gently onwards to Cologne and you enjoy your final delicious lunch. This afternoon you have a walking tour of the city, when you will learn all about its fascinating past and see the superb cathedral, the largest Gothic structure on earth. It has Europe’s most stunningly intricate stained glass, and when it was finally complete after 600 years, it was the largest building on earth until it was eclipsed by the Eiffel Tower. We also see the vibrant and attractive Old Town, beautifully restored and boasting a plethora of excellent shopping and cosy bars, some of which still traditionally brew their own beer. This evening, you enjoy an excellent final dinner on board as you reflect on the spectacular sights seen and wonderful places visited during this magical cruise. DAY 8 - DISEMBARK After breakfast, the crew bids you farewell before you disembark the ship.

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RELAX, ALL THIS IS INCLUDED SPACIOUS SUITES WITH RIVER VIEWS Our luxurious suites all come with a private bathroom and offer exceptional river views.

COMPLIMENTARY TEA, COFFEE & WI-FI Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in your cabin at any time, and stay connected throughout the ship. Connection speeds via satellite may vary, so you may not get the superfast speeds you’re used to at home.

INSIGHTFUL TOURS & EXCURSIONS Our thoughtfully balanced itineraries include many guided tours with local experts. Our complimentary headsets will ensure you never miss a word.

EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE Expect five-star service from our hand-picked crew, and the best tour managers and cruise directors.

ALL ON-BOARD MEALS Enjoy buffet breakfasts, delicious lunches, delightful afternoon teas and sumptuous four-course dinners.

The prices are per person cruise only, based on two people sharing.

MS JANE AUSTEN Five-star Deck

Lower

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Standard $2,919 $2,339

Middle

Superior Suite $3,149 $2,569

Standard $3,599 $3,019

Upper

Superior Suite $3,829 $3,259

Standard $3,829 $3,259

Superior Suite $4,069 $3,489

Superior Stern Suite $3,939 $3,359

Deluxe Suite $4,279 $3,699

MS EMILY BRONTË & OSCAR WILDE Five-star Deck

Lower

Cabin Type 27/06/17 25/07/17 07/08/17 02/10/17

Suite $3,259 $3,019 $3,019 $2,779

Middle Suite $3,939 $3,699 $3,699 $3,489

Superior Suite $4,179 $3,939 $3,939 $3,699

Upper Suite $4,179 $3,939 $3,939 $3,699

Superior Suite $4,409 $4,179 $4,179 $3,939

Stern Superior Suite $4,279 $4,069 $4,069 $3,829

Deluxe Balcony Suite $4,649 $4,409 $4,409 $4,179

MS CHARLES DICKENS & MS WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE Five-star Deck

Lower

Middle

Cabin Type 12/09/17

Standard $3,019

Standard $3,699

Upper Standard $3,939

Deluxe Balcony Suite $4,409

SINGLE OCCUPANCY On lower decks on all ships there are a limited number of standard cabins available at no single supplement, subject to availability. For other cabins, price for sole occupancy is twice the per person rate for the relevant cabin as above.

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MS EMILY BRONTË & MS OSCAR WILDE Five-star Deck

Lower

Cabin Type 10/05/18, 28/05/18 07/06/18, 25/06/18 19/07/18, 23/07/18 20/08/18

Suite $3,099 $3,309 $3,099 $3,099

Middle Suite $3,709 $3,919 $3,709 $3,709

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Superior Suite $4,119 $4,319 $4,119 $4,119

Suite $3,919 $4,119 $3,919 $3,919

Superior Suite $4,319 $4,529 $4,319 $4,319

Stern Superior Suite $4,119 $4,319 $4,119 $4,119

Deluxe Balcony Suite $4,939 $5,139 $4,939 $4,939

MS JANE AUSTEN Five-star Deck Cabin Type 01/05/18 18/07/18, 15/08/18 25/10/18

Lower Standard $2,689 $2,899 $2,079

Middle

Superior Suite $2,899 $3,099 $2,289

Standard $3,309 $3,509 $2,689

Upper

Superior Suite $3,609 $3,819 $2,999

Standard $3,509 $3,709 $2,899

Superior Suite $3,819 $4,019 $3,199

Superior Stern Suite $3,709 $3,919 $3,099

Deluxe Suite $4,319 $4,529 $3,709

MS CHARLES DICKENS & MS WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE Five-star Deck

Lower

Middle

Cabin Type 23/08/18 25/09/18

Standard $2,899 $3,099

Standard $3,509 $3,709

Upper Standard $3,709 $3,919

Deluxe Balcony Suite $4,729 $4,939

SINGLE OCCUPANCY On lower decks on all ships there are a limited number of standard cabins available at no single supplement, subject to availability. For other cabins, price for sole occupancy is twice the per person rate for the relevant cabin as above.

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RHINE, STRASBOURG & HEIDELBERG (2018) - 8 DAYS

PURCHASE A DRINKS PACKAGE FOR 2018 DEPARTURES Our drinks package is priced at $169pp, and includes the following with lunch and dinner: draught beer; non-alcoholic beer; soft drinks; juices; red, white and rose house wines; and wine recommendations from the menu.

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MEDIEVAL GERMANY 8 DAYS FROM ONLY $2,079 DEPARTING JUNE TO OCTOBER 2017 AND MAY TO OCTOBER 2018

CRUISE SUMMARY DAY 1 – EMBARK IN MAINZ Embark the ship in Mainz and familiarise yourself with your fivestar floating hotel. DAY 2 – MAINZ Explore the Roman city of Mainz with its 12th-century cathedral and museum dedicated to Gutenberg, the father of modern printing, before an afternoon at leisure on board. DAY 3 – MILTENBERG & WERTHEIM Visit pretty medieval Miltenberg before cruising on to delightful Wertheim, where you have time to explore this undiscovered gem with its lovely castle and Old Town.

listed Bamberg and have a guided tour before joining the MainDanube Canal for more spectacularly scenic cruising. DAY 7 – NUREMBERG Spend another morning on board at leisure taking in the stunning views. Later we enjoy a guided tour of Nuremberg, an intriguing Bavarian city steeped in history. DAY 8 – DISEMBARK This morning, the crew bids you farewell before you disembark. PLEASE NOTE On some dates, this cruise operates in reverse order. You will experience the same tours and visits. Please see the Pricing & Departures page for details.

DAY 4 – WÜRZBURG This afternoon we enjoy a guided tour of Bavarian Würzburg, impressively situated on the banks of the Main. DAY 5 – ROTHENBURG & MARKTBREIT After breakfast, we take a drive along the Romantic Road to hilltop Rothenburg with its marvellous views. This afternoon wander the medieval town of Marktbreit. DAY 6 – BAMBERG After a relaxing morning on board, we moor in beautiful UNESCO-

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SO MUCH IS INCLUDED • 7 nights on board in your choice of luxury cabin or suite, all with river views • All meals on board from dinner on your day of arrival through to breakfast on your day of departure, including welcome cocktails, a welcome dinner and the Captain’s Dinner • 8 visits and tours including guided tours of Bamberg, Würzburg and Nuremberg; and visits to Rothenburg, Mainz, Wertheim and Miltenberg • Complimentary on-board tea & coffee • Five-star service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides • Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi • Services of a Riviera Travel cruise director and tour manager • All port charges, airport taxes ROTHENBURG

• No surcharges guaranteed

The order of our 2017 itinerary differs slightly from Day 4 onwards. For a full itinerary, visit www.rivieratravel.au.com Day 4 - Morning tour of Würzburg and optional afternoon visit to Rothenburg Day 5 - Morning arrival in Bamberg and a guided tour Day 6 - Morning arrival in Nuremberg and a guided tour Day 7 - Morning arrival in Regensburg Day 8 - Return home

PERFECT FOR... Exploring quintessential medieval Germany, the aptly named Romantic Road, and some of Bavaria’s most enchanting towns and cities.

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YOUR CRUISE DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN MAINZ Arrive in Mainz, where your great Bavarian adventure begins. Be welcomed aboard your five-star floating hotel by the dedicated crew, taking in the air of anticipation and excitement as you explore the luxury surroundings that you will call home for the next seven nights. Settle into your exceptionally well-equipped cabin, then get acquainted with your ship and fellow cruisers while you look forward to a delicious welcome dinner to start your cruise off in style. DAY 2 - MAINZ After breakfast, whether you decide to take breakfast in bed or set yourself up for the day at the plentiful buffet, enjoy a morning exploring pretty Mainz, the capital of Rhineland-Palatinate and an important Roman city for 500 years. The 12th-century Dom St Martin is a quintessentially Romanesque cathedral that must not be missed – look out for the elaborate tombstones especially. If one stunning church isn’t enough, romantic St Stephen’s is charming from the outside, but boasts a truly stunning interior. Visitors will be rewarded with illumination in the bright blue light that floods through the stained glass windows – a masterpiece by great artist Marc Chagall. For lovers of books and those keen to delve into the dusty chapters of history, the Gutenberg Museum is a must as it is home to two very rare Gutenberg Bibles, the first books ever printed. You can even try out Gutenberg’s 15th-century printing technology for yourself in the Druckladen print shop – you’ll agree it’s a tricky skill to master. Of course, as Mainz is also at the very heart of Germany’s winelands, it would be rude to leave without sampling a local drop. Discover wonderfully olde-worlde taverns among the pastel-clad and timber criss-crossed buildings of the Old Town or, if beer is more your tipple of choice, the vaulted chambers of the Eisgrub-Brau beer hall are a fine place to sample a mug of the local dark beer. This afternoon, find yourself back aboard your elegant vessel, cruising by the mesmerising scenery along the banks of the Main. Watch transfixed as dusk descends upon the lush landscape that surrounds you. DAY 3 - MILTENBERG & WERTHEIM Awake refreshed from your comfortable overnight cruise and peek out of your cabin window to find yourself greeted by a change of scenery. You are moored in pretty Miltenberg, one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval villages, with a labyrinth of winding alleys and lanes that beg exploration. Backed by dense, emerald-green forest, this picturesque stop has a fairy-tale feel and comes complete with its very own castle nestled into the lush, tree-clad hillside. Admire the impressive

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gatehouse, which stands like a proud guardian of the village, and wander across the charming marketplace, lined by traditional ‘fachwerk’ buildings, instantly recognisable by their grids of timber framing. The story goes that locals were allowed a free and unlimited supply of wood from the surrounding forests, hence the dominance of this architectural style. The trickling fountain, ornately carved from stone and complete with dancing cherubs, and the intricately detailed Gasthaus Zum Riesen that claims to be Germany’s oldest tavern, are highlights of this gorgeous square. In the afternoon, pass under Miltenberg’s red brick bridge and continue cruising to Wertheim, navigating the gentle meandering bends that characterise the Main. Relax and take in the scenery while sipping your choice of tea or coffee – complimentary, naturally – or maybe something a little more fortifying from the bar. Or watch the riverside scenes slip by from the privacy and comfort of your sumptuous cabin, many of which have French balconies allowing for incredible unhindered views. Whilst Wertheim is completely off the main tourist trail radar, it’s a delightful surprise to those who happen upon it on a Main river cruise, and all the better for its peaceful untouched quality. Pass

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the fishing boats riding at anchor whilst admiring the muted colours of the sage-green, palest lilac and buttercup-yellow houses opposite. A russetwalled 12th-century castle overlooks the Old Town, surveying the church spires and turrets, and the patchwork of multi-coloured buildings below. Peruse the quaint and colourful market square – looking out for the Zobelhaus, a sure contender for the narrowest house in rural Germany! This evening enjoy another delectable dinner and an overnight cruise to mesmerising Würzburg. DAY 4 - WÜRZBURG One of the many highlights of river cruising is being able to indulge in complete relaxation. Catch up on some reading or relax as you watch the world float by. This afternoon we arrive in marvellous Würzburg, contrasting with the quaint towns and villages you’ve encountered on your adventure so far. We have a guided tour of this elegant Bavarian city, founded in the 10th century as the centre of the kingdom known as Franconia, sitting resplendent on the banks of the Main. Neat blocks of grand pastel buildings are peppered with the spires and domes of the city’s many churches. The true jewel in Würzburg’s illustrious crown however is the Residenz, a truly stunning example of a Baroque palace that whisks


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you back in time to a more romantic age. You have time to explore as you wish before returning to the ship.

DAY 5 – ROTHENBURG & MARKTBREIT After breakfast we take a drive along the whimsical Romantic Road, perfectly named in view of the romantic sights that pass by as you travel further into this German fairy tale. Arrive at spectacular 16th-century Rothenburg ob der Tauber, crowning a hill with astonishing views over the meandering river. Explore its narrow, cobbled streets lined with tall, gabled half-timbered houses surrounded by perfectly preserved medieval walls. A short drive takes us to Marktbreit, nestled in the southernmost point of the Main, where our ship and another superb lunch await. There is free time to relax on board or continue your journey of discovery in Marktbreit, a romantic medieval town with elegant buildings that recall the grandeur of days past. Wander the Old Town and admire its Renaissance-style town hall, 16th-century castle and baroque trading houses before rejoining the cruise this evening. DAY 6 - BAMBERG Another day dawns and there is plenty of opportunity to enjoy the ship’s five-star facilities whilst taking in the magnificent, undulating landscape. The vessel moors this afternoon in Bamberg, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful small towns in all of Europe, and UNESCO has declared it a World Heritage Site by way of confirmation. Planned by Emperor Heinrich II in the 11th century as a Franconian capital as grand as Rome, Bamberg sits on seven lush green hills, akin to its Italian inspiration. Join our guided tour and take in the historic Old Town and impressive multi-spired cathedral. Although perhaps the most noticeable and intriguing landmark is its Old Town Hall, which sits on an island in the middle of the

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sublime river, flanked by bridges on either side. From here you can see Little Venice, the riverside fishermen’s houses. On leaving Bamberg, we join the Main-Danube canal, a superb feat of German engineering that connects several great European arteries and guides us to our last stop, Nuremberg. DAY 7 - NUREMBERG History buffs will find Nuremberg intriguing for its association with the Second World War, as the site of many pre-war Nazi rallies and later, the International War Crimes Tribunal. However, it’s impossible to hold this unfortunate blighted past against this Bavarian city, as you’ll see on our guided tour this afternoon. Marvel at its pictureperfect streets, enchanting castle (rebuilt after WWII bombings) and breathtaking landmarks, including the Church of St Lawrence, a towering Gothic masterpiece, and the intricate Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), which boasts a working mechanical clock and overlooks the bustling Hauptmarkt Square with its legendary golden fountain. Taste the fairy tale on market days with a bite of Nuremberg’s famous gingerbread, perhaps purchasing a stash to spice up the biscuit tin back home! Later you return to the ship for your final dinner on board and reflect on all that you have experienced on this wonderful cruise. DAY 8 - DISEMBARK After breakfast, the crew bids you farewell before you disembark the ship.

FOR 2017 DATES The order of our 2017 itinerary differs slightly from Day 4 onwards. For a full itinerary, visit www.rivieratravel.au.com Day 4 - Morning tour of Würzburg and optional afternoon visit to Rothenburg Day 5 - Morning arrival in Bamberg and a guided tour of the town Day 6 - Morning arrival in Nuremberg and a guided tour of the city Day 7 - Morning arrival in Regensburg Day 8 - Return home DAY 7 - REGENSBURG (2017 DEPARTURES) Today we join one of Europe’s most gorgeous rivers, immortalised in verse and song, the majestic Danube river. Passing hills that seem to roll on endlessly, we arrive at wonderful Regensburg, once Roman and mercifully spared any war damage. Your heart literally lifts as you first catch sight of the city’s iconic Old Stone Bridge. Roam this UNESCO-listed site freely in the afternoon, perhaps visiting the Altes Rathaus (Old Town hall) complete with medieval torture chamber in the cellar. It’s impossible to miss the imposing cathedral of St Peter, towering over the colourful Domplatz in all its Gothic glory, and Thurn und Taxis Palace, with its pristinely kept grounds, is a romantic highlight.

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RELAX, ALL THIS IS INCLUDED SPACIOUS SUITES WITH RIVER VIEWS Our luxurious suites all come with a private bathroom and offer exceptional river views.

COMPLIMENTARY TEA, COFFEE & WI-FI Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in your cabin at any time, and stay connected throughout the ship. Connection speeds via satellite may vary, so you may not get the superfast speeds you’re used to at home.

INSIGHTFUL TOURS & EXCURSIONS Our thoughtfully balanced itineraries include many guided tours with local experts. Our complimentary headsets will ensure you never miss a word.

EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE Expect five-star service from our hand-picked crew, and the best tour managers and cruise directors.

ALL ON-BOARD MEALS Enjoy buffet breakfasts, delicious lunches, delightful afternoon teas and sumptuous four-course dinners.

The prices are per person cruise only, based on two people sharing. Dates marked with an asterisk * operate a reverse itinerary.

MS SWISS TIARA Five-star Deck Cabin Type 03/06/17* 10/06/17, 17/06/17* 05/09/17*, 12/09/17 19/09/17* 26/09/17 03/10/17*

Lower Standard $2,469 $2,599 $2,599 $2,469 $2,359 $2,259

Superior Suite $2,709 $2,839 $2,839 $2,709 $2,599 $2,469

Middle Standard $3,179 $3,279 $3,279 $3,179 $3,049 $2,939

Superior Suite $3,389 $3,519 $3,519 $3,389 $3,279 $3,179

Upper Standard $3,389 $3,519 $3,519 $3,389 $3,279 $3,179

Superior Suite $3,619 $3,759 $3,759 $3,619 $3,519 $3,389

Stern Superior Suite $3,519 $3,619 $3,619 $3,519 $3,389 $3,279

SINGLE OCCUPANCY On lower decks on all ships there are a limited number of standard cabins available at no single supplement, subject to availability. For other cabins, price for sole occupancy is twice the per person rate for the relevant cabin as above. PLEASE NOTE Due to locks and low bridges the main part of the sun deck will be closed between Frankfurt and Regensburg. The other outside areas in front of the lounge, the lido bar and the lower section of the sun deck are still accessible.

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The prices are per person cruise only, based on two people sharing. Dates marked with an asterisk * operate a reverse itinerary.

MS JANE AUSTEN Five-star Deck Cabin Type 09/05/18 16/05/18*, 23/05/18 30/05/18* 06/06/18, 13/06/18* 20/06/18, 27/06/18* 30/08/18 06/09/18*, 13/09/18 20/09/18* 27/09/18 04/10/18*

Lower Standard $2,079 $2,489 $2,489 $2,689 $2,689 $2,689 $2,899 $2,899 $2,689 $2,079

Superior Suite $2,289 $2,689 $2,689 $2,899 $2,899 $2,899 $3,099 $3,099 $2,899 $2,289

Middle Standard $2,689 $3,099 $3,099 $3,309 $3,309 $3,309 $3,509 $3,509 $3,309 $2,689

Superior Suite $2,999 $3,409 $3,409 $3,609 $3,609 $3,609 $3,819 $3,819 $3,609 $2,999

Upper Standard $2,899 $3,309 $3,309 $3,509 $3,509 $3,509 $3,709 $3,709 $3,509 $2,899

Superior Suite $3,199 $3,609 $3,609 $3,819 $3,819 $3,819 $4,019 $4,019 $3,819 $3,199

Superior Stern Suite $3,099 $3,509 $3,509 $3,709 $3,709 $3,709 $3,919 $3,919 $3,709 $3,099

Deluxe Suite $3,709 $4,119 $4,119 $4,319 $4,319 $4,319 $4,529 $4,529 $4,319 $3,709

SINGLE OCCUPANCY On lower decks on all ships there are a limited number of standard cabins available at no single supplement, subject to availability. For other cabins, price for sole occupancy is twice the per person rate for the relevant cabin as above. PLEASE NOTE Due to locks and low bridges the main part of the sun deck will be closed between Frankfurt and Nuremberg. The other outside areas in front of the lounge, the lido bar and the lower section of the sun deck are still accessible.

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PURCHASE A DRINKS PACKAGE FOR 2018 DEPARTURES Our drinks package is priced at $169pp, and includes the following with lunch and dinner: draught beer; non-alcoholic beer; soft drinks; juices; red, white and rose house wines; and wine recommendations from the menu.

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RHINE CRUISE TO SWITZERLAND 8 DAYS FROM ONLY $2,099 DEPARTING JUNE TO OCTOBER 2017 AND APRIL TO OCTOBER 2018

CRUISE SUMMARY

DAY 4 – SPEYER Unwind on board whilst cruising through the picturesque winelands, before berthing in delightful Speyer. Enjoy discovering this medieval gem as you wander its ancient streets. DAY 5 – STRASBOURG More beautiful landscapes unfold on our cruise this morning which takes us to Strasbourg. Enjoy a guided tour of the capital of Alsace.

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DAY 3 – RHINE GORGE & RÜDESHEIM Cruise through the world famous and dramatic Rhine Gorge before arriving in the renowned wine town of Rüdesheim with time to wander the narrow streets of this charming town.

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DAY 2 – KOBLENZ Spend the morning at leisure on board enjoying the spectacular river scenery before arriving in Koblenz; explore this Roman city with its stunning waterfront.

DAY 7 – LUCERNE & BERNESE OBERLAND Drive to the beautiful city of Lucerne and then into the magnificent Bernese Oberland at the very heart of some of the most aweinspiring mountain scenery on earth.

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SO MUCH IS INCLUDED • 7 nights on board in your choice of luxury cabin or suite, all with river views • All meals on board from dinner on your day of arrival through to breakfast on your day of departure, including welcome cocktails, a welcome dinner and the Captain’s Dinner • 7 visits and tours including a guided tour of Strasbourg, a drive through the Black Forest to Titisee, and a full-day excursion to Lucerne and the Bernese Oberland. Plus visits to Koblenz, Rüdesheim, Breisach and Speyer • Complimentary on-board tea & coffee • Five-star service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides • Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi • Services of a Riviera Travel cruise director and tour manager • All port charges • No surcharges guaranteed

PERFECT FOR... taking in some of the most breathtaking views, such as the spectacular Rhine Gorge, the beautiful Black Forest and the majestic Swiss alpine peaks.

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YOUR CRUISE DAY 1 - EMBARK IN COLOGNE Arrive in Cologne, where your five-star floating hotel is moored in the picturesque historic centre. The dedicated crew will welcome you aboard, ensuring you settle into your comfortable and extremely well-equipped cabin, and familiarise yourself with the ship. DAY 2 - KOBLENZ As you wake and enjoy a sumptuous breakfast, the real delights of this river cruise begin to unveil as the first rolling hills of the Rhine Valley drift silently past. Firstly you see the forested Siebengebirge (seven mountains), the inspiration for the Grimm’s many legends including Snow White, just the overture for even more dramatic scenery as we head upstream. We pass the famous ruined bridge at Remagen, captured intact by the allies towards the end of WWII, before finally crumbling into the waters below. The pretty waterfronts of riverside towns come into view and the first of the Rhine’s vineyards shimmer in the morning sun as we glide gently into our mooring to visit picturesque Koblenz. Founded by the Romans, the city is beautifully located at the confluence of the Rhine and its sister, the Moselle. Your afternoon is free to wander ashore and explore the many medieval buildings, housing a fine array of traditional shops and classic Rhineland cafés. There is much for the student of historic buildings to admire – the former mint, the Four Towers with their ornamental 17th-century turrets and several fascinating squares and churches, including the 9th-century Basilica of St Kastor. The waterfront along the Moselle is stunning too, with the medieval Balduin bridge, staggeringly still in use. If you managed to resist the luscious cakes on offer from the beckoning pavement cafés, then you’ll be ready for your meticulously prepared dinner on board and afterwards perhaps a quiet stroll along the riverside promenade to the Deutsches Eck, ‘German Corner’, where the great rivers Rhine and Moselle meet. DAY 3 - RHINE GORGE & RÜDESHEIM Amongst the many twists and turns along its course, one of the most impressive and memorable on the Rhine is surely the huge looping ‘S’ bend at Boppard. This morning’s cruise weaves around this long meander, guarded by the mighty Marksburg Castle. Journeying further, you explore the most famous of all the river’s reaches and a real highlight of the cruise, the dramatic Rhine Gorge: steep vineyards give way to almost vertical rocky outcrops, towering over 200 metres above the sweeping valley sides. Sailing past St Goar and the many ruined castles, you get a real sense of the myths of this historic river coming alive

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around you. No legend is more famous than that surrounding the Loreley Rock, where beautiful nymphs distracted hapless sailors and lured them to their deaths in the treacherous waters. After lunch, you berth and visit Rüdesheim. The afternoon is free to relax in its bustling cafés or maybe take a cable car ride to the great statue of Germania, overlooking the river’s exit from the gorge. There are some delightful corners in what is a classic Rhine wine village, where the connoisseur of the grape will find some top-class produce in the area. After dinner this evening, why not end the day with a small Asbach? The brandy locally distilled in Rüdesheim is ideal for watching the last of the ferries crossing the river in the moonlight glow. DAY 4 - SPEYER Still sailing upstream, the Rhine is much wider and flatter now, with gently rolling hills and vineyards that are home to the Liebfraumilch wines. The river is much more gentle here and Oxbow lakes, long deserted by the river flow, are a haven for over one hundred species of birdlife in one of Germany’s largest nature reserves. Today the ship berths in delightfully medieval Speyer. During the 16th century in nearby Worms, Martin Luther was excommunicated for his religious beliefs and banished from the Holy Roman Empire. His followers in Speyer protested and for the first time were called Protestants. You

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can visit the Neo-Gothic Gedächtniskirche, built to commemorate this event and the richly decorated Romanesque basilica that was widely acclaimed as one of the finest in Christendom. Its crypt alone


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is the largest in Germany; with its pastel-coloured sandstone pillars and striking marble floors, it is probably the world’s most beautiful and the final resting place of several emperors and kings from Speyer’s illustrious past. There is free time to explore as you wish before rejoining the ship. DAY 5 - STRASBOURG This morning you gently cruise upstream, passing through two spectacular locks, which never cease to fascinate. Why not catch up on some reading, play chess or watch the scenery from the Sun Deck? You soon arrive in France and Strasbourg,

capital of the Alsace region, now one of the centres of the European Union. This afternoon, we have a walking tour of its unique and picturesque 16th-century Old Town, bisected by canals and a maze of narrow streets lined with timberframed houses, sculptured portals and the superb cathedral. Don’t be surprised if you’re tempted to linger awhile in a typical Alsatian café to sample some of the wine for which the region is rightly renowned – maybe a Riesling or that particular speciality of Alsace, the spicy Gewürztraminer. This evening, the Captain’s Dinner takes place on board, serving delicious specialities of the countries and regions we visit during our cruise.

DAY 6 - BREISACH & BLACK FOREST Your final day’s cruising is spent gliding majestically between the ancient forested outcrops of the Vosges and the Black Forest, through the great rift valley, formed many millennia ago by massive geological forces. We arrive in the ancient town of Breisach, its historic heart surrounded by stone ramparts. This afternoon, you take a drive amidst some of central Europe’s most stunning scenery – rugged valleys full of white-water rivers and cascading waterfalls, rolling hillsides covered with densely packed pine trees. This is the Black Forest at its best and exactly as you expect it to be. You visit the archetypal town of Titisee, nestling on the shores of its crystal-clear lake. Having rejoined the ship, the crew slip moorings, the sun sets over the imposing massif of the Vosges mountains and the riverside lights begin to twinkle as you restart our stately passage up river. You enjoy this evening’s dinner cruise en-route to Switzerland and our next mooring at Basel. DAY 7 - LUCERNE & BERNESE OBERLAND For many today will be the highlight of the cruise. You firstly take the short drive to Lucerne spectacularly nestled among stunning mountains. It is Switzerland’s most beautiful city and has been attracting well-heeled visitors for two centuries, one of the most famous being our very own Queen Victoria. You must take an invigorating stroll along the iconic Chapel Bridge – a unique and covered wooden walkway crossing the lake, supported by stilts. Lined with colourful, flowerfilled window boxes, it is a superb way to absorb Lucerne’s regal atmosphere. As you enter the Bernese Oberland in central Switzerland, the views becomes quite literally breathtaking! This is the grand Alpine heart of Europe and amongst the finest mountain scenery on earth, described by the composer Mendelssohn as ‘the most wonderful of all in this unbelievably beautiful country’. On viewing the spectacular snow-capped peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, you will be quite simply awestruck. We then ascend by mountain railway for more breathtaking vistas – with crystal-clear shimmering lakes reflecting the alpine meadows and lush forests below. This truly magical landscape will enchant you. Please note that temperatures will be significantly lower at altitude, even in summer months, so we recommend you pack suitable clothing. DAY 8 - DISEMBARK This morning after breakfast, the crew bids you farewell before you disembark the ship. PLEASE NOTE: On some dates, this tour operates in reverse order. You will experience the same tours and visits. See the Pricing & Departure page for details.

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RELAX, ALL THIS IS INCLUDED SPACIOUS SUITES WITH RIVER VIEWS Our luxurious suites all come with a private bathroom and offer exceptional river views.

COMPLIMENTARY TEA, COFFEE & WI-FI Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in your cabin at any time, and stay connected throughout the ship. Connection speeds via satellite may vary, so you may not get the superfast speeds you’re used to at home.

INSIGHTFUL TOURS & EXCURSIONS Our thoughtfully balanced itineraries include many guided tours with local experts. Our complimentary headsets will ensure you never miss a word.

EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE Expect five-star service from our hand-picked crew, and the best tour managers and cruise directors.

ALL ON-BOARD MEALS Enjoy buffet breakfasts, delicious lunches, delightful afternoon teas and sumptuous four-course dinners.

The prices are per person cruise only, based on two people sharing. Dates marked with an asterisk * operate a reverse itinerary.

MS EMILY BRONTË & MS OSCAR WILDE Five-star Deck

Lower

Cabin Type 06/06/17, 13/06/17* 04/07/17, 11/07/17* 01/08/17, 08/08/17* 14/08/17, 21/08/17*, 28/08/17 04/09/17*, 18/09/17 25/09/17* 09/10/17, 16/10/17*

Suite $3,179 $2,939 $2,939 $2,939 $3,179 $3,069 $2,839

Middle Suite $3,889 $3,649 $3,649 $3,649 $3,889 $3,759 $3,519

Upper

Superior Suite $4,099 $3,889 $3,889 $3,889 $4,099 $3,989 $3,759

Suite $4,099 $3,889 $3,889 $3,889 $4,099 $3,989 $3,759

Superior Suite $4,329 $4,099 $4,099 $4,099 $4,329 $4,229 $3,989

Stern Superior Suite $4,229 $3,989 $3,989 $3,989 $4,229 $4,099 $3,889

Deluxe Balcony Suite $4,569 $4,329 $4,329 $4,329 $4,569 $4,439 $4,229

MS JANE AUSTEN Five-star Deck Cabin Type 27/07/17, 03/08/17* 17/08/17, 24/08/17* 07/09/17, 14/09/17* 28/09/17 05/10/17*, 12/10/17 19/10/17*

Lower Standard $2,729 $2,729 $2,939 $2,839 $2,599 $2,499

Superior Suite $2,939 $2,939 $3,179 $3,069 $2,839 $2,729

Middle Standard $3,409 $3,409 $3,649 $3,519 $3,309 $3,179

Superior Suite $3,649 $3,649 $3,889 $3,759 $3,519 $3,409

Upper Standard $3,649 $3,649 $3,889 $3,759 $3,519 $3,409

Superior Suite $3,889 $3,889 $4,099 $3,989 $3,759 $3,649

Superior Stern Suite $3,759 $3,759 $3,989 $3,889 $3,649 $3,519

Deluxe Suite $4,099 $4,099 $4,329 $4,229 $3,989 $3,889

MS CHARLES DICKENS & MS WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE Five-star Deck

Lower

Middle

Cabin Type 01/06/17, 15/06/17, 22/06/17, 29/08/17 05/09/17*, 19/09/17 26/09/17* 03/10/17 10/10/17*

Standard $2,839 $2,839 $2,729 $2,499 $2,259

Standard $3,519 $3,519 $3,409 $3,179 $2,939

Upper Standard $3,759 $3,759 $3,649 $3,409 $3,179

Deluxe Balcony Suite $4,229 $4,229 $4,099 $3,889 $3,649

SINGLE OCCUPANCY On lower decks on all ships there are a limited number of standard cabins available at no single supplement, subject to availability. For other cabins, price for sole occupancy is twice the per person rate for the relevant cabin as above.

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PRICING & DEPARTURES

RHINE CRUISE TO SWITZERLAND (2017) - 8 DAYS


The prices are per person cruise only, based on two people sharing. Dates marked with an asterisk * operate a reverse itinerary.

MS EMILY BRONTË, MS OSCAR WILDE & MS ROBERT BURNS Five-star Deck

Lower

Cabin Type 26/04/18 03/05/18* 14/05/18, 21/05/18* 24/05/18, 31/05/18* 04/06/18, 11/06/18* 14/06/18, 21/06/18* 05/07/18, 09/07/18 12/07/18*, 13/07/18 16/07/18*, 20/07/18* 26/07/18, 02/08/18* 06/08/18, 09/08/18 13/08/18*, 16/08/18* 11/10/18 18/10/18*

Suite $2,409 $2,709 $2,919 $2,919 $3,219 $3,219 $2,919 $2,919 $2,919 $2,919 $2,919 $2,919 $2,709 $2,309

Middle Suite $3,019 $3,329 $3,529 $3,529 $3,839 $3,839 $3,529 $3,529 $3,529 $3,529 $3,529 $3,529 $3,329 $2,919

Upper

Superior Suite $3,429 $3,729 $3,939 $3,939 $4,239 $4,239 $3,939 $3,939 $3,939 $3,939 $3,939 $3,939 $3,729 $3,329

Suite $3,219 $3,529 $3,729 $3,729 $4,039 $4,039 $3,729 $3,729 $3,729 $3,729 $3,729 $3,729 $3,529 $3,119

Superior Suite $3,629 $3,939 $4,139 $4,139 $4,449 $4,449 $4,139 $4,139 $4,139 $4,139 $4,139 $4,139 $3,939 $3,529

Stern Superior Suite $3,429 $3,729 $3,939 $3,939 $4,239 $4,239 $3,939 $3,939 $3,939 $3,939 $3,939 $3,939 $3,729 $3,329

Deluxe Balcony Suite $4,239 $4,549 $4,749 $4,749 $5,059 $5,059 $4,749 $4,749 $4,749 $4,749 $4,749 $4,749 $4,549 $4,139

MS JANE AUSTEN Five-star Deck

Lower

Cabin Type 04/07/18, 11/07/18* 01/08/18 08/08/18* 11/10/18 18/10/18*

Standard $2,709 $3,119 $2,919 $2,509 $2,099

Superior Suite $2,919 $3,329 $3,119 $2,709 $2,309

Middle Standard $3,329 $3,729 $3,529 $3,119 $2,709

Upper

Superior Suite $3,629 $4,039 $3,839 $3,429 $3,019

Standard $3,529 $3,939 $3,729 $3,329 $2,919

Superior Suite $3,839 $4,239 $4,039 $3,629 $3,219

Superior Stern Suite $3,729 $4,139 $3,939 $3,529 $3,119

Deluxe Suite $4,349 $4,749 $4,549 $4,139 $3,729

MS CHARLES DICKENS & MS WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE Five-star Deck

Lower

Middle

Cabin Type 01/05/18 08/05/18* 19/06/18, 26/06/18* 02/08/18, 09/08/18* 21/08/18, 28/08/18* 30/08/18 06/09/18* 11/09/18, 13/09/18 18/09/18*, 20/09/18* 02/10/18 09/10/18*

Standard $2,409 $2,609 $3,019 $2,709 $2,709 $2,919 $3,019 $3,119 $3,119 $2,509 $2,099

Standard $3,019 $3,219 $3,629 $3,329 $3,329 $3,529 $3,629 $3,729 $3,729 $3,119 $2,709

Upper Standard $3,219 $3,429 $3,839 $3,529 $3,529 $3,729 $3,839 $3,939 $3,939 $3,329 $2,919

Deluxe Balcony Suite $4,239 $4,449 $4,859 $4,549 $4,549 $4,749 $4,859 $4,959 $4,959 $4,349 $3,939

PRICING & DEPARTURES

RHINE CRUISE TO SWITZERLAND (2018) - 8 DAYS

SINGLE OCCUPANCY On lower decks on all ships there are a limited number of standard cabins available at no single supplement, subject to availability. For other cabins, price for sole occupancy is twice the per person rate for the relevant cabin as above.

PURCHASE A DRINKS PACKAGE FOR 2018 DEPARTURES Our drinks package is priced at $169pp, and includes the following with lunch and dinner: draught beer; non-alcoholic beer; soft drinks; juices; red, white and rose house wines; and wine recommendations from the menu.

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CRUISE THE HEART OF EUROPE FROM THE RHINE TO THE DANUBE, VIENNA & BUDAPEST 15 DAYS FROM ONLY $3,529 DEPARTING JUNE TO OCTOBER 2017 AND MAY TO OCTOBER 2018

CRUISE SUMMARY DAY 1 – EMBARK IN COLOGNE Embark the ship in Cologne and familiarise yourself with your fivestar floating hotel. DAY 2 – KOBLENZ & BOPPARD Enjoy a guided tour of Koblenz, before cruising on to Boppard, the ‘Pearl of the Rhine’ with time to explore.

DAY 8 – NUREMBERG We enjoy a guided tour here before enjoying another relaxing afternoon on board taking in the stunning views.

DAY 3 – RÜDESHEIM Cruise through the world famous Rhine Gorge before arriving in the wine town of Rüdesheim with time to explore. DAY 4 – MAINZ Explore the Roman city of Mainz, with its 12th-century cathedral and museum dedicated to Gutenberg, the father of modern printing. DAY 5 – MILTENBERG & WERTHEIM Visit medieval Miltenberg before cruising to Wertheim with time to explore this undiscovered gem. DAY 6 – WÜRZBURG Enjoy a guided tour of Bavarian Würzburg before an afternoon at leisure on board.

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DAY 7 – BAMBERG We have a guided tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site before joining the Main-Danube Canal for an afternoon of spectacularly scenic cruising.

DAY 9 – REGENSBURG After a leisurely morning on board, wander the Roman city of Regensburg, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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SO MUCH IS INCLUDED • 14 nights on board in your choice of luxury cabin or suite, all with river views • All meals on board from dinner on your day of arrival through to breakfast on your day of departure, including welcome cocktails, a welcome dinner and the Captain’s Dinner • 15 visits and tours including guided tours in Budapest, Vienna, Nuremberg, Bamberg, Bratislava, Koblenz and Würzburg; plus a visit to the Benedictine monastery, Melk Abbey • Live classical quartet recital on board • Complimentary on-board tea & coffee • Five-star service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides • Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi • Services of a Riviera Travel cruise director and tour manager • All port charges • No surcharges guaranteed

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DAY 10 – PASSAU Moored in Passau this morning, spend some time exploring this picturesque town before an afternoon on board. DAY 11 – MELK & VIENNA This morning, we have a tour of the Benedictine Melk Abbey before cruising on to Vienna. DAY 12 - VIENNA Today we enjoy a guided tour of Vienna and the afternoon is then free to explore the city further. Tonight a string quartet perform a recital on board. DAY 13 - BRATISLAVA This morning we explore Bratislava on a guided tour. Wander the winding streets of the restored Baroque old town before an afternoon’s cruising. DAY 14 – BUDAPEST We have a guided tour of this beautiful capital before you have the rest of the day to explore at your leisure. DAY 15 – DISEMBARK This morning, the crew bids you farewell before you disembark.

PERFECT FOR... Absorbing some of Europe’s most stunning scenery, such as the impressive Rhine Gorge, as well as picturesque medieval towns and cities along the way.

Please note: on some dates, this cruise operates in reverse order. You will experience the same tours and visits. See the Pricing & Departures page for details.

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YOUR CRUISE DAY 1 - EMBARK IN COLOGNE Arrive in Cologne, where your five-star floating hotel is moored in the picturesque historic centre. The dedicated crew will welcome you on board, ensuring you settle into your comfortable and extremely well-equipped cabin, and familiarise yourself with the ship. DAY 2 - KOBLENZ & BOPPARD The first morning on a river cruise is always a thrill. Awaking to the gentle lapping of the water and the colourful valley sides slipping effortlessly past your cabin window, there really is no other holiday experience quite like it. We call at historical Koblenz, dominated by its immense fortress overlooking the confluence of the Rhine and the Moselle. We take a guided walk around the Old Town, exploring its twisting streets and picturesque squares. During a delightful lunch we cruise to Boppard, ‘Pearl of the Rhine’. Wonderfully situated on a sweeping meander, it really is one of the most attractive villages in the Rhineland. Its delightful stone quayside is lined with boats of all descriptions against a backdrop of archetypal

half-timbered buildings and cobbled streets, all surrounded by Germany’s finest Roman walls. DAY 3 - RÜDESHEIM Today you experience one of the real highlights of your cruise, the passage through the Rhine Gorge. Here the valley narrows, the current is swifter and the towering valley sides soar to more than 1,000 feet, crowned at every turn of the tortuous river by the precarious ruins of castles that once held sway over passing mariners. We pass rocky outcrops and around endless twisting bends to the famous Loreley Rock, where legend has it, enchanting maidens lured unsuspecting sailors to watery graves. Next we call at Rüdesheim, a true Rhine wine town with many famous wines available to sample as you wander. DAY 4 - MAINZ This morning, we take the short cruise to the confluence of the rivers Rhine and Main at the fascinating town of Mainz. An important Roman city for 500 years with the largest amphitheatre north of the Alps, it is home to beautiful St Stephen’s church, where light flickers through blue, stained-glass windows with their intricate biblical figures – a masterpiece by the great artist

Marc Chagall. Mainz’s most famous son, though, is Gutenberg, father of modern printing, and there is an excellent museum where you can see two original Gutenberg Bibles, the earliest books ever printed in Europe. During dinner, our ship cruises up the Main. DAY 5 - MILTENBERG & WERTHEIM This morning we cruise between dense forests to the beautiful small town of Miltenberg. Developing through the Middle Ages under the powerful protection of the nearby castle, surrounded by walls, it is one of Germany’s best preserved medieval villages. During lunch we cruise around the first of the many meandering bends that so characterise the River Main, pausing at Wertheim, one of those towns which is a joy to stumble across and completely unknown on the mainstream tourist trail. (Please note: when cruising from Mainz to Passau, the Sun Deck is closed due to low bridges.) DAY 6 - WÜRZBURG Linger over that second cup at breakfast this morning, whilst the endlessly changing river scenery slips past. We drift into our next port of call at the elegant Bavarian city of Würzburg, situated at the head of Germany’s Romantic Road, with its grand pastel buildings hugging the shoreline. Sitting resplendent on the banks of this great river, we have a walking tour of this lovely city. A former seat of the Prince Bishops, their magnificent Residenz is truly one of Europe’s finest Baroque palaces, constructed to compete with the greatest courts of the day, such as Vienna and Versailles, which in artistic terms they more than succeeded in doing. DAY 7 - BAMBERG Today we visit Bamberg, quite simply one of the most beautiful small towns in Europe, easily on a par with Prague, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The masterpiece you see today began its artistic journey during the 11th century, when the Emperor Heinrich II planned a capital as grand as Rome and selected Bamberg as the location for this, sited on seven lush green hills like its inspiration. Although it never became as large as Rome, it has a wealth of fine historic buildings for its size. See the striking multi-spired cathedral, wander the fascinating tangle of lanes of the pretty Old Town lined with tall merchants’ houses, and explore the picturesque canal paths reminiscent of Venice. DAY 8 - NUREMBERG We call at Nuremberg today, an intriguing Bavarian city where history buffs will be fascinated by its associations with the Second World War, as the site of many pre-war Nazi rallies and later, the International War Crimes Tribunal which brought down the final curtain on that notorious regime.

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What is less well-known is that Nuremberg is regarded as the capital of Germany’s First Reich, the era that lasted 1,000 years, and was central to the trade routes and power of the Roman Empire. However, today its picture-perfect streets and stunning landmarks, such as the beautiful Gothic Church of St Lawrence and remarkable castle, can only enchant the visitor. This morning, we include a guided tour taking

in the great ramparts and many fine historic buildings from Nuremberg’s Imperial Age, including the Kaiserburg Castle, Craftsmen’s Court, and the Market Square with its beautiful fountain. DAY 9 - REGENSBURG This morning, we cruise along the Main-Danube Canal to Kelheim and the Danube, one of the world’s most famous and beautiful rivers. We visit

Regensburg, originally a Roman garrison guarding the most north-westerly point of their empire, dominated by its imposing cathedral, the finest in Bavaria. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, thankfully spared any war damage, is a joy to explore so this afternoon. Stroll along the iconic Stone Bridge and meander through the historic centre; see the Altes Rathaus, the town hall with its great Gothic hall where many of the great events in Germany’s history were solemnised; and be enchanted by the wonderful ambience of the place. Indeed, Regensburg calls itself Germany’s best preserved medieval city, and it is hard to argue as you wander amongst the glorious winding streets and alleyways. DAY 10 - PASSAU Another day dawns as our journey brings us to Passau, our last town in Germany, nestling as it does where the Danube gorge widens. After a leisurely breakfast, take the opportunity to relax on board, perhaps spend some time chatting with newly made friends in the convivial atmosphere of the ship’s lounge or catch up on some reading from the comfort of your cabin. Make sure to keep an eye on the superb backdrop slipping silently by outside your window as we cross into Austria. Synonymous with breathtaking scenery, this

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HOFBURG IMPERIAL PALACE

wonderful section of our fascinating journey is still something of a secret however, so sit back and relax as the Captain skilfully navigates us through the narrowing valley. DAY 11 - MELK & VIENNA On a striking and resplendent rocky bluff above the town of Melk is an enormous Benedictine Abbey, which we visit this morning. Originally a Habsburg palace, this extraordinary building was bequeathed to the Benedictine order during the 11th century and has been a monastery ever since. Reconstructed in full Baroque style during the 18th century, the abbey has many fine rooms and a stupendous library with more than 80,000

priceless volumes, including many intricate medieval manuscripts. Lunch is served as we cruise downstream through the delightfully picturesque Wachau Valley before approaching our destination, the city of Strauss, Vienna. To celebrate the city’s wonderful legacy, we have arranged a classical recital on board by a quartet of talented musicians. Listening to this exquisite music whilst in the city of its creation makes a wonderful finale to the day. DAY 12 - VIENNA Imagine Vienna and you think of a truly beautiful city, one of the real gems of Central Europe and one of the most musical cities in the world. It

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conjures up an image in the mind of imperial history, culture, ornate architecture, elegant cafés, aristocratic palaces, imposing cathedrals and the romantic music of the great composers. To be fair, the reality is little different, and there is an absolute wealth of things to see. Ruling much of Central Europe for centuries until its demise at the end of the First World War was the vast, multi-national Habsburg Empire with its capital, Vienna. For such a grand city, it is quite compact and this morning, we enjoy a guided tour of this most civilised of capitals, which entered its golden age during the 17th century. Over the next two hundred years, the city’s magnificent buildings, galleries, churches and palaces were built. At the


PARLIAMENT BUILDING, BUDAPEST

heart we have St Stephen’s Cathedral and the spectacular Hofburg complex, the former Royal Court that is now a collection of museums and home to the crown jewels, the world’s fourth largest art collection, relics of the Holy Roman Empire, the Vienna Boys’ Choir and the famous Spanish Riding School. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to enjoy this wonderful city at your leisure. DAY 13 - BRATISLAVA This morning we explore Slovakia’s fast emerging capital city, Bratislava. Until recently it was swathed in the drab uniformity of communism. The city has shrugged off its greyness, rekindling the splendour of its imperial past, so evident in its beautifully restored baroque old town. Wander the winding streets to the Main Square, where you will find the former Old Town Hall, now housing a museum dedicated to the history of the city and where you may climb the tower for some lovely views. Equally impressive is the great 17th-century fortress which dominates the city with its commanding expansive views across the Danube. Or head for the Primatial Palace with its fabulous Hall of Mirrors and rare collection of 17th-century English tapestries. For something more relaxing, perhaps enjoy a freshly ground coffee or homemade lemonade in one of the many bars of cafés. This afternoon, our cruise reaches another highlight as we navigate the dramatic Danube Bend, one of the most spectacular stretches of this mighty river, winding through a narrow twisting

valley, flanked by high mountains and verdant hillsides. Have your camera at the ready for some exceptional views as we pass ancient ruins of castles and historic towns. Our journey’s end is reached as we cruise into Budapest, enjoying wonderful views of this breathtaking city on our stately final approach.

BRIDGE TOWER AND TOWER OF TOWN HALL IN REGENSBURG

DAY 14 - BUDAPEST You rise refreshed in this most beautiful of imperial capitals, which straddles the great river, and we have the whole day to enjoy it. Dominated by the castle, Budapest is often called ‘Little Paris of Middle Europe’ and with its truly magnificent skyline of archaic spires and grand domes, it’s not hard to see why. Famous for the monuments that reflect both local culture and that of numerous foreign powers that ruled here for most of its existence, Budapest today is a collage of ruins from Roman times, Turkish baths from the Ottoman Empire, palatial buildings, Baroque churches, and some sensational architecture of the Art Nouveau era – all wrapped up in a wonderful atmosphere, enhanced by the unique sound of Hungary’s music and language. We enjoy a guided tour seeing the main sights such as the iconic Parliament Building, a huge neo-Gothic palatial building that dominates the river bank with its soaring spires and magnificent central dome. You have the rest of the day free to explore this majestic city at your leisure and with a host of fine museums and galleries on offer, you will be spoilt for choice. Perhaps head back to the Castle District to wander its ancient streets and enjoy the panoramic views of the city, or take a well-earned break at one of the city’s many cosy cellar cafés. This evening, the Captain’s Dinner takes place, serving delicious specialities of the countries and regions we have visited during our cruise. DAY 15 - DISEMBARK This morning after breakfast, the crew bids you farewell before you disembark the ship.

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RELAX, ALL THIS IS INCLUDED SPACIOUS SUITES WITH RIVER VIEWS Our luxurious suites all come with a private bathroom and offer exceptional river views.

COMPLIMENTARY TEA, COFFEE & WI-FI Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in your cabin at any time, and stay connected throughout the ship. Connection speeds via satellite may vary, so you may not get the superfast speeds you’re used to at home.

INSIGHTFUL TOURS & EXCURSIONS Our thoughtfully balanced itineraries include many guided tours with local experts. Our complimentary headsets will ensure you never miss a word.

EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE Expect five-star service from our hand-picked crew, and the best tour managers and cruise directors.

ALL ON-BOARD MEALS Enjoy buffet breakfasts, delicious lunches, delightful afternoon teas and sumptuous four-course dinners.

The prices are per person cruise only, based on two people sharing.

MS EMILY BRONTË & THOMAS HARDY Five-star Deck

Lower

Cabin Type 04/06/17 18/06/17* 15/08/17 02/07/17 15/10/17* 31/10/17*

Suite $5,929 $5,929 $5,699 $5,699 $5,249 $2,939

Middle Suite $6,619 $6,619 $6,409 $6,409 $5,929 $3,619

Upper

Superior Suite $6,849 $6,849 $6,619 $6,619 $6,169 $3,859

Suite $6,849 $6,849 $6,619 $6,619 $6,169 $3,859

Superior Suite $7,089 $7,089 $6,849 $6,849 $6,409 $4,099

Stern Superior Suite $6,959 $6,959 $6,749 $6,749 $6,279 $3,969

Deluxe Balcony Suite $7,329 $7,329 $7,089 $7,089 $6,619 $4,329

MS JANE AUSTEN Five-star Deck

Lower

Cabin Type 13/07/17*

Standard $5,249

Middle

Superior Suite $5,459

Standard $5,929

Upper

Superior Suite $6,169

Standard $6,169

Superior Suite $6,409

Superior Stern Suite $6,279

Deluxe Suite $6,619

MS CHARLES DICKENS & MS WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE Five-star Deck

Lower

Middle

Cabin Type 29/06/17 27/07/17*, 10/08/17 15/08/17* 21/09/17*

Standard $5,459 $5,249 $5,249 $5,459

Standard $6,169 $5,929 $5,929 $6,169

Upper Standard $6,409 $6,169 $6,169 $6,409

Deluxe Balcony Suite $6,849 $6,619 $6,619 $6,849

SINGLE OCCUPANCY On lower decks on all ships there are a limited number of standard cabins available at no single supplement, subject to availability. For other cabins, price for sole occupancy is twice the per person rate for the relevant cabin as above. PLEASE NOTE When Cruising from Mainz to Passau, the Sun Deck is closed due to low bridges.

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The prices are per person cruise only, based on two people sharing.

MS EMILY BRONTË, MS OSCAR WILDE & MS ROBERT BURNS Five-star Deck

Lower

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Suite $5,359 $4,959 $5,769 $5,359 $4,749 $3,529

Middle Suite $6,179 $5,769 $6,589 $6,179 $5,569 $4,349

Superior Suite $6,589 $6,179 $6,999 $6,589 $5,979 $4,749

Upper Suite $6,589 $6,179 $6,999 $6,589 $5,979 $4,749

Superior Suite $6,999 $6,589 $7,399 $6,999 $6,379 $5,159

Stern Superior Suite $6,789 $6,379 $7,199 $6,789 $6,179 $4,959

Deluxe Balcony Suite $7,809 $7,399 $8,219 $7,809 $7,199 $5,979

MS CHARLES DICKENS & MS WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE Five-star Deck

Lower

Middle

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Standard $4,749 $4,959 $5,159 $4,959

Standard $5,569 $5,769 $5,979 $5,769

Upper Standard $5,979 $6,179 $6,379 $6,179

Deluxe Balcony Suite $7,199 $7,399 $7,609 $7,399

SINGLE OCCUPANCY On lower decks on all ships there are a limited number of standard cabins available at no single supplement, subject to availability. For other cabins, price for sole occupancy is twice the per person rate for the relevant cabin as above. PLEASE NOTE When Cruising from Mainz to Passau, the Sun Deck is closed due to low bridges.

PRICING & DEPARTURES

CRUISE THE HEART OF EUROPE (2018) - 15 DAYS

PURCHASE A DRINKS PACKAGE FOR 2018 DEPARTURES Our drinks package is priced at $329pp, and includes the following with lunch and dinner: draught beer; non-alcoholic beer; soft drinks; juices; red, white and rose house wines; and wine recommendations from the menu.

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THE BLUE DANUBE VIENNA, BUDAPEST & SALZBURG 8 DAYS FROM ONLY $1,689

DEPARTING JUNE TO OCTOBER 2017 AND APRIL TO OCTOBER 2018

CRUISE SUMMARY DAY 1 – EMBARK IN BUDAPEST Embark the ship in Budapest and familiarise yourself with your five-star floating hotel. DAY 2 – ESZTERGOM This morning visit Esztergom’s renowned Renaissance Basilica boasting one of the world’s largest altars. Spend the afternoon at leisure on board cruising to your next destination. DAY 3 – BRATISLAVA Today explore Bratislava’s imperial history on a guided tour, so evident in its astonishing Baroque Old Town and atmospheric 17th-century fortress guarding the Danube, before cruising towards Austria.

DAY 6 – VIENNA Enjoy a guided tour of the seat of the Habsburg Emperor with its former royal court, the Hofburg, now a collection of museums, home to the Vienna Boys’ Choir, the Spanish Riding School, the crown jewels and the world’s largest art collection. Tonight enjoy a recital on board. DAY 7 – BUDAPEST Visit this imperial city of two halves, Buda and Pest, built on opposite banks of the Danube and see its iconic architectural gems – the neo-Gothic Parliament Building, Fisherman’s Bastion and Buda Castle on a guided tour. Tonight a Hungarian folklore show will follow the gala dinner. DAY 8 – DISEMBARK This morning, the crew bids you farewell before you disembark.

DAY 4 – DÜRNSTEIN & MELK ABBEY Dürnstein is famous for its outstanding ice-blue Baroque basilica. This afternoon visit the Benedictine monastery above the town of Melk, on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube. DAY 5 – SALZBURG Tour atmospheric Salzburg with its timeless architecture from the medieval to the 18th century, dominated by its huge Hohensalzburg Fortress.

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SO MUCH IS INCLUDED • 7 nights on board in your choice of luxury cabin or suite, all with river views • All meals on board from dinner on your day of arrival through to breakfast on your day of departure, including welcome cocktails, a welcome dinner and the Captain’s Dinner • 7 visits and tours including guided tours in Vienna, Salzburg, Budapest and Bratislava; and visits to Esztergom, Dürnstein and Melk Abbey • Live classical quartet recital on board • Hungarian folklore show on board • Complimentary on-board tea & coffee • Five-star service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides • Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi • Services of a Riviera Travel cruise director and tour manager • All port charges • No surcharges guaranteed

PERFECT FOR... Soaking up all that Europe’s most cultured river has to offer, featuring baroque architecture, medieval cities and the sights that inspired Strauss and Mozart.

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YOUR CRUISE DAY 1 - EMBARK IN BUDAPEST Arrive in Budapest, where your five-star floating hotel is moored. The dedicated crew will welcome you on board, ensuring you settle into your comfortable and extremely well-equipped cabin and familiarise yourself with the ship. There is always a sense of expectancy and excitement on the eve of a cruise and after an excellent dinner in the stylish restaurant, conversation is sure to revolve around the delights ahead of you. DAY 2 - ESZTERGOM Experience one of the great delights of cruising as you awake in a completely different location. Overnight you have slipped upstream to Esztergom, Hungary’s capital during medieval times and today the seat of the country’s Archbishop. The town is famed for its great Renaissance basilica, Hungary’s largest church, standing sentinel over the Danube and boasting one of the world’s largest altars plus a wealth of gold artefacts. You can explore the castle too, seat of the government until the 16th-century Ottoman invasion. Nestling below are a myriad of exquisite Baroque churches from which resonate the enchanting sound of talented choirs, adding to the unmistakable Central European atmosphere. This is the best of provincial Hungary and little changed since Habsburg times. As you enjoy your first lunch on board, you gently leave Esztergom in your wake, affording a fascinating opportunity to compare the landscape, towns and villages of Hungary and Slovakia on either bank. DAY 3 - BRATISLAVA This morning, you explore Slovakia’s fast emerging capital city, Bratislava, on a guided tour. Until recently swathed in the drab uniformity of communism, the city has shrugged off its greyness, rekindling the splendour of its imperial past, so evident in its beautifully restored Baroque

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Old Town. Equally impressive is the great 17thcentury fortress, commanding expansive views across the Danube. This afternoon you cruise into Lower Austria, a peaceful, bucolic region and home to some of the country’s best wines. By now, the stresses of everyday life seem very distant as you absorb life on the river, vignerons carefully pruning their vines, cobbled quaysides lined by halftimbered buildings teem with life – with no one giving you a second glance. The Captain skilfully navigates the ship with easy confidence along the serene river and into the fascinating locks as we cruise towards Dürnstein whilst enjoying another superb dinner. DAY 4 - DÜRNSTEIN & MELK Delightfully picturesque Dürnstein is principally famous for two things. Firstly for the amazing ice-blue Baroque tower dominating the river; and secondly, for being the location where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned, having been shipwrecked on his return from the crusades, before being reluctantly ransomed for a huge sum by his brother, King John.

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After lunch, you visit the remarkable monastery at Melk. Nothing quite prepares you for the first sight of this extraordinary, honey-coloured building, an enormous abbey standing resplendent above the surrounding countryside. Originally a palace it was gifted to the Benedictine Order in the 11th century. Although reconstructed in the Baroque style, it has remained a monastic school and monastery ever since. It is famed for its 200-metre long Emperor’s Gallery lined with portraits of Austrian emperors, plus many fine rooms and a large library containing a unique medieval collection of manuscripts. Rejoining the ship, dinner is served during the last upstream cruise, through the pretty Nibelungengau, now immortalised in the music of Wagner. DAY 5 - SALZBURG Reaching Linz, you take the drive to Salzburg, once an independent state, transformed by its Archbishops into one of the most sophisticated cities north of the Alps. The delightful Old Town displays wonderful architecture dating from the medieval to 18th century, whilst one of Europe’s


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largest stone fortresses, the Hohensalzburg, dominates the skyline. Spread below is a maze of tiny streets lined with the exquisite shops that make window-shopping so satisfying. Then there is the wonderful Hellbrunn Palace with its famous trick fountains, and the natural beauty of the Mirabell Gardens is a must for the fan of things horticultural. With its genteel atmosphere of bygone times, surrounded by a magnificent Alpine backdrop, Salzburg is a superb spot to relax and explore at your leisure. Salzburg’s most famous resident was Mozart, one of the greatest musical geniuses to have lived. He played the piano at three, composed rudimentary music at five, and wrote his first opera at fourteen. This morning, you have a guided tour seeing all the principal places of interest then you are free to enjoy the afternoon exploring the city as you wish, before returning to the ship for dinner. By now you will have completely immersed

yourself in life aboard ship and the ever-changing shoreline of the many countries through which we pass – home will seem a very long way away. DAY 6 - VIENNA Today will probably bring one of the highlights of the cruise – Vienna, whose very name evokes images of elegance, fine music, sumptuous baroque palaces, grand boulevards, noble architecture and a rich tapestry of peoples from all corners of Europe drawn to the city’s magnificent cultural heart. For 200 years until the First World War, Vienna was Europe’s cultural centre, and saw the construction of the huge array of showpiece buildings, galleries, aristocratic palaces and Baroque churches you see today. The skyline is dominated by St Stephen’s Cathedral with its striking, multi-coloured roof. A real highlight is the Hofburg complex, the former royal court that is now home to a collection of museums, the Vienna

Boys’ Choir, the Spanish Riding School, the crown jewels and the world’s fourth largest art collection. Then there are the Emperor’s apartments and outstanding medieval craftsmanship of the relics of the Holy Roman Empire including allegedly, the crown of Charlemagne himself. This morning, your sightseeing tour offers an insight into why Vienna can be described as one of Europe’s great capitals, seat of the Habsburg Emperors. This is the home of some of the world’s finest classical composers, including Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart and, of course, a whole family of Strausses. During the afternoon you are free to explore as you wish. Take a stroll in the Stadtpark, with its huge Ferris wheel and the backdrop to many a cold-war spy thriller. Or for something quite different, visit the Schönbrunn former royal palace, now a world-class collection of outstanding museums and galleries. Perhaps take a stroll through the fascinating side streets, enjoy a slice of delicious Sachertorte in one of the renowned pavement cafés, or admire the skilled street entertainers and even the occasional opera singer. This evening, you will experience the ‘icing on the cake’ – no visit to Vienna is complete without a live musical experience, so after dinner, we have arranged for a recital on board. Hearing this exquisite music in the city of its creation, makes a wonderful finale to the day. DAY 7 - BUDAPEST As dawn breaks and you majestically cruise to Budapest, a glance along the shore slipping gently past reveals Hungary’s peaceful pastoral landscape. After lunch, you enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city. The twin cities of Buda, built around the hilltop fortress, and Pest were fought over for centuries until the Ottomans were ousted in the 17th century. A lasting legacy of Turkish rule is the plethora of thermal baths utilising the hot springs, giving rise to the sobriquet ‘City of the Spas’. It became an imperial city of the Habsburg Empire, attracting great cultural and commercial wealth. Explore Castle Hill, the city in microcosm – three churches, five museums and a theatre amongst streets and squares with their own special atmosphere. The view over the river is dramatic, its banks dominated by the impressive Parliament Building. Endless galleries, museums, outstanding Art Nouveau architecture and excellent shopping offer a fittingly elegant end to your Danube cruise. This evening’s gala dinner closes with a Hungarian folklore show, giving you time to bid farewell to your travelling companions and reflect on all the inspirational places, sights and sounds you have experienced on a truly imperial cruise. DAY 8 - DISEMBARK After breakfast this morning, the crew bids you farewell before you disembark the ship.

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RELAX, ALL THIS IS INCLUDED SPACIOUS SUITES WITH RIVER VIEWS Our luxurious suites all come with a private bathroom and offer exceptional river views.

COMPLIMENTARY TEA, COFFEE & WI-FI Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in your cabin at any time, and stay connected throughout the ship. Connection speeds via satellite may vary, so you may not get the superfast speeds you’re used to at home.

INSIGHTFUL TOURS & EXCURSIONS Our thoughtfully balanced itineraries include many guided tours with local experts. Our complimentary headsets will ensure you never miss a word.

EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE Expect five-star service from our hand-picked crew, and the best tour managers and cruise directors.

ALL ON-BOARD MEALS Enjoy buffet breakfasts, delicious lunches, delightful afternoon teas and sumptuous four-course dinners.

THE BLUE DANUBE (2017) - 8 DAYS MS JANE AUSTEN Five-star Deck

Lower

Middle

Upper

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Standard

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Standard

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MS EMILY BRONTË & THOMAS HARDY Five-star Deck

Lower

Middle

Cabin Type 16/07/17, 23/07/17 30/07/17, 06/08/17, 13/08/17, 20/08/17 27/08/17 29/08/17 03/09/17, 05/09/17, 10/09/17 12/09/17, 17/09/17, 19/09/17 24/09/17 26/09/17 01/10/17, 03/10/17 08/10/17, 10/10/17 17/10/17 24/10/17

Suite $2,679 $2,679 $2,809 $2,809 $3,019 $3,019 $2,919 $2,919 $2,679 $2,439 $2,229 $1,999

Suite Superior Suite $3,359 $3,599 $3,359 $3,599 $3,489 $3,729 $3,489 $3,729 $3,729 $3,939 $3,729 $3,939 $3,599 $3,829 $3,599 $3,829 $3,359 $3,599 $3,149 $3,359 $2,919 $3,149 $2,679 $2,919

Upper Suite Superior Suite $3,599 $3,829 $3,599 $3,829 $3,729 $3,939 $3,729 $3,939 $3,939 $4,179 $3,939 $4,179 $3,829 $4,069 $3,829 $4,069 $3,599 $3,829 $3,359 $3,599 $3,149 $3,359 $2,919 $3,149

Stern Superior Suite $3,729 $3,729 $3,829 $3,829 $4,069 $4,069 $3,939 $3,939 $3,729 $3,489 $3,259 $3,019

Deluxe Balcony Suite $4,069 $4,069 $4,179 $4,179 $4,409 $4,409 $4,309 $4,309 $4,069 $3,829 $3,599 $3,359

MS CHARLES DICKENS & MS WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE Five-star Deck

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Upper Deluxe Balcony Suite

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$3,359 $3,149 $3,359 $3,149 $3,149 $3,359

$3,599 $3,359 $3,599 $3,359 $3,359 $3,599

$4,069 $3,829 $4,069 $3,829 $3,829 $4,069

SINGLE OCCUPANCY On lower decks on all ships and all dates there are a limited number of standard cabins available at no single supplement, subject to availability. For other cabins, price for sole occupancy is twice the per person rate for the relevant cabin as above.

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The prices are per person cruise only, based on two people sharing.

MS EMILY BRONTË, MS THOMAS HARDY, MS OSCAR WILDE & MS ROBERT BURNS Five-star Deck

Lower

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Suite $1,689 $1,899 $2,099 $2,309 $2,609 $2,709 $2,819 $3,019 $3,019 $2,509 $2,509 $2,509 $2,509 $2,709 $2,919 $3,119 $3,119 $3,119 $2,919 $2,819 $2,709 $2,609 $2,309 $1,899 $1,689

Middle Suite $2,309 $2,509 $2,709 $2,919 $3,219 $3,329 $3,429 $3,629 $3,629 $3,119 $3,119 $3,119 $3,119 $3,329 $3,529 $3,729 $3,729 $3,729 $3,529 $3,429 $3,329 $3,219 $2,919 $2,509 $2,309

Superior Suite $2,709 $2,919 $3,119 $3,329 $3,629 $3,729 $3,839 $4,039 $4,039 $3,529 $3,529 $3,529 $3,529 $3,729 $3,939 $4,139 $4,139 $4,139 $3,939 $3,839 $3,729 $3,629 $3,329 $2,919 $2,709

Upper Suite $2,509 $2,709 $2,919 $3,119 $3,429 $3,529 $3,629 $3,839 $3,839 $3,329 $3,329 $3,329 $3,329 $3,529 $3,729 $3,939 $3,939 $3,939 $3,729 $3,629 $3,529 $3,429 $3,119 $2,709 $2,509

Superior Suite $2,919 $3,119 $3,329 $3,529 $3,839 $3,939 $4,039 $4,239 $4,239 $3,729 $3,729 $3,729 $3,729 $3,939 $4,139 $4,349 $4,349 $4,349 $4,139 $4,039 $3,939 $3,839 $3,529 $3,119 $2,919

Stern Superior Suite $2,709 $2,919 $3,119 $3,329 $3,629 $3,729 $3,839 $4,039 $4,039 $3,529 $3,529 $3,529 $3,529 $3,729 $3,939 $4,139 $4,139 $4,139 $3,939 $3,839 $3,729 $3,629 $3,329 $2,919 $2,709

Deluxe Balcony Suite $3,529 $3,729 $3,939 $4,139 $4,449 $4,549 $4,649 $4,859 $4,859 $4,349 $4,349 $4,349 $4,349 $4,549 $4,749 $4,959 $4,959 $4,959 $4,749 $4,649 $4,549 $4,449 $4,139 $3,729 $3,529

MS CHARLES DICKENS & MS WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE Five-star Deck

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$2,509 $2,709 $2,819 $2,819 $2,709 $2,409 $2,409

$3,119 $3,329 $3,429 $3,429 $3,329 $3,019 $3,019

$3,329 $3,529 $3,629 $3,629 $3,529 $3,219 $3,219

$4,349 $4,549 $4,649 $4,649 $4,549 $4,239 $4,239

PRICING & DEPARTURES

THE BLUE DANUBE (2018) - 8 DAYS

SINGLE OCCUPANCY On lower decks on all ships and all dates there are a limited number of standard cabins available at no single supplement, subject to availability. For other cabins, price for sole occupancy is twice the per person rate for the relevant cabin as above.

PURCHASE A DRINKS PACKAGE FOR 2018 DEPARTURES Our drinks package is priced at $169pp, and includes the following with lunch and dinner: draught beer; non-alcoholic beer; soft drinks; juices; red, white and rose house wines; and wine recommendations from the menu.

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BUDAPEST TO THE BLACK SEA - GEMS OF EASTERN EUROPE 15 DAYS FROM ONLY $4,349 DEPARTING APRIL TO SEPTEMBER 2018

CRUISE SUMMARY

of this beautiful city with its wealth of belle-époque buildings and tree-lined boulevards.

DAY 1 – EMBARK IN BUDAPEST Embark the ship in Budapest and familiarise yourself with your five-star floating hotel.

DAY 7 – DANUBE DELTA Experience the vast nature reserve of the Danube Delta and enjoy a cruise on smaller boats into the heart of Europe’s largest area of wetlands and marshlands, a UNESCO-listed site.

DAY 2 – KALOCSA & PECS Arrive in Kalocsa and see the cathedral, Archbishop’s Palace and Paprika Museum. Take a scenic drive into the ‘Puszta’ and watch a performance by some of the region’s most skilled horsemen, then enjoy a guided tour of historic Pecs.

DAY 8 – CONSTANTA After a relaxed morning’s cruising, visit the ancient Romanian port of Constanta on the Black Sea. Explore its Old Town and museums, one of which houses the world’s largest and best preserved Roman mosaic.

DAY 3 – BELGRADE Tour the historic city of Belgrade, seeing one of the world’s largest church buildings and the magnificent Kalemegdan Fortess with its superb views. DAY 4 – IRON GATES GORGE Today cruise through one of the most spectacular stretches of the entire Danube, the Iron Gates Gorge, and pass through the Djerdap locks, the largest European dam outside Russia. Budapest

DAY 6 – BUCHAREST Guided tour of Bucharest, Romania’s capital, known as ‘Little Paris’, seeing the main sights

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DAY 5 – PLEVEN Visit Pleven, the scene of a major battle during the Russo-Turkish War and the Pleven Panorama depicting these historic events. Or explore Nikopol with its ruined fortress and ancient churches.

DAY 9 – ROUSSE – IVANOVO & VELIKO TARNOVO/ ARBANASSI Visit fascinating Veliko Tarnovo, spectacularly sited on three hills, the village of Arbanassi and its ancient Church of the Nativity with

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SO MUCH IS INCLUDED • 14 nights on board in your choice of luxury cabin or suite, all with river views • All meals on board from dinner on your day of arrival through to breakfast on your day of departure (except one lunch), including welcome cocktails, a welcome dinner and the Captain’s Dinner • 16 visits and tours including guided tours in Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest, Novi Sad, Kalocsa, Pecs, Osijek, Vukovar and Pleven; a scenic drive into the Puszta with an equestrian show; a cruise into the Danube Delta; guided visits to Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi, the churches of Ivanovo, the rock formations at Belogradchik, and the Mesolithic archaeological site of Lepenski Vir; and a visit to ancient city of Constanta • Spectacular cruising through the magnificent Iron Gates Gorge

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lovely frescoes, plus the magnificent Churches of Ivanovo, hewn out of solid rock. DAY 10 – BELOGRADCHIK We moor in Vidin, home to the impressively preserved Baba Vidin medieval fortress, and take a scenic drive to the spectacular rock formations at Belogradchik, at the foothills of the Balkans. DAY 11 – IRON GATES & LEPENSKI VIR We cruise once again between the towering limestone cliffs of the breathtaking Iron Gates Gorge. Later we visit Lepenski Vir, one of the most important Mesolithic archaeological sites in Serbia. DAY 12 – NOVI SAD Cruise past the magnificent Smederevo Fortress, a medieval fortified city and once the capital of Serbia, then enjoy a guided tour of cosmopolitan Novi Sad, with its historic Old Town and fine 19th-century buildings.

• Complimentary on-board tea & coffee • Five-star service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides • Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi • Services of a Riviera Travel cruise director and tour manager • All port charges • No surcharges guaranteed

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Discovering extraordinary scenery, and exploring the architectural and cultural heritage of towns and cities that are steeped in history and tradition, once beyond the Iron Curtain

DAY 13 – OSIJEK & VUKOVAR This morning we take a thought-provoking journey to the Croatian cities of Vukovar and Osijek, both synonymous with the Yugoslavian Civil War, now being restored to their former baroque glory. DAY 14 – BUDAPEST Visit this imperial city of two halves, Buda and Pest, on opposite banks of the Danube and see its iconic architectural gems – the neo-Gothic Parliament Building, Fisherman’s Bastion and Buda Castle on a guided tour. DAY 15 – DISEMBARK This morning, the crew bids you farewell before you disembark.

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YOUR CRUISE DAY 1 - EMBARK IN BUDAPEST Arrive in Budapest, where your five-star floating hotel is moored. The dedicated crew will be on hand to welcome you on board and help you settle into your well-appointed and spacious cabin. The ship remains moored overnight, so watch dusk descend on this spectacular city as you enjoy your first dinner on board. DAY 2 - KALOCSA & PECS One of the most thrilling aspects of a cruise is waking up to find yourself somewhere new. Our adventure begins this morning when we arrive in the historic Hungarian city of Kalocsa. Amongst its fine buildings, you’ll discover an impressive Baroque cathedral and the grand Archbishop’s Palace, its Ceremonial Hall displaying an impressive replica of the Hungarian holy crown. We enjoy a guided tour before visiting the Paprika Museum; the region is one of the biggest producers of paprika and this ubiquitous seasoning is an essential part of Hungarian cuisine. There are many types and strengths but the ‘red gold’ grown here is said to be the most superior variety, due to its rich colour and robust flavour. Later we take a scenic drive into the ‘Puszta’, Hungary’s Great Plain, which covers half of the entire country, a huge desolate wilderness stretching as far as the eye can see. We visit an equestrian farm to watch a performance by some of the region’s most skilled horsemen. There is the opportunity to take a horse-drawn carriage ride to experience this unique landscape from a different perspective. This afternoon we visit the attractive city of Pecs, a cluster of terracotta rooftops nestled against gentle verdant slopes, where the microclimate yields a fertile harvest of fruits and almonds. We enjoy a guided tour seeing the former mosque, now a Catholic church, the cathedral, a fascinating 4th-century Christian mausoleum, and the famous Zsolnay Porcelain Museum with its impressive collection of vases and figurines. Later we return to the ship for dinner and a chance to reflect on all you have seen today and what lies in store tomorrow. DAY 3 - BELGRADE This morning we arrive in historic Belgrade. The only European capital to be sited at the confluence of two rivers, the city has been fought over numerous times through the centuries; during World War II the city suffered heavy shelling, and in more recent times, faced months of devastating NATO airstrikes during the Kosovo War. Despite its tragic past, it’s still a delightful city to explore, discovering delicate Art Nouveau facades amongst the stark concrete towers of the Communist era. Spectacularly sited overlooking both rivers is the Kalemegdan Park with its magnificent fortress,

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what tempting choices lie in store. After dinner, retire to the lounge where the professional bar staff are on hand to serve your favourite digestif as you chat with newly made friends. DAY 5 - PLEVEN You awake in the Roman town of Nikopol and after breakfast we take a scenic drive across the Danubian Plain to Pleven. Surrounded by several thousand acres of green parks and forest, the town is famed for being the scene of a major battle during the Russo-Turkish War, during which the joint Russian and Romanian army took five months and four assaults to take the town. This proved to be one of the most decisive battles of the war, which paved the path to the defeat of the Ottoman Empire, the restoration of Bulgaria as a state, and the independence of Romania from the Ottomans. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of these events, the Pleven Panorama was opened in 1977, and tells the story of this tragic battle through a series of moving photographs and canvasses. We enjoy some free time here so perhaps visit one of the town’s museums or the St George Chapel Mausoleum, a memorial to the soldiers who were killed during the famous siege. Or simply wander the Old Town and enjoy the tranquillity of its pedestrian-only streets. During lunch we slip our moorings for an afternoon’s cruising, so why not enjoy the invigorating river breeze up on the Sun Deck? It will soon be dinner time once again, so reconvene with your fellow travellers for an aperitif in the bar. We moor overnight in the little town of Oltenita.

symbol of the Serbian capital. Originally built by the Celts and expanded by the Romans, the fortress has survived numerous invasions and its history is detailed in the military museum. We enjoy a guided tour, seeing all the main sights including the cathedral, Republic Square and the famous Prince Michael Street with its wealth of fine 19th-century buildings, some still brandishing the scars of more recent conflicts. After lunch, the rest of the day is free for you to explore this fascinating capital, still one of the least visited in Europe. Wander the old town’s lattice of winding streets or the interesting bohemian quarter, pausing to take stock over a welcome drink in one of the grand coffee houses and enjoy a spot of people-watching. As evening draws in, relax with a cool crisp glass on the Sun Deck on board, before heading to the ship’s restaurant for the culinary delights of this evening. DAY 4 - IRON GATES GORGE For many, today will be one of the highlights of the cruise, as we leave the pancake plains behind and

our passage through the magnificent Iron Gates Gorge commences. One of the most memorable stretches of the Danube, this is where the river cuts its mighty path between the mountain ranges’ towering cliffs, forming part of the boundary between Serbia and Romania. The ‘true’ Iron Gates is a single, narrow gorge but the name is given to an entire 83-mile stretch of spectacular gorges, where sheer limestone cliff faces plunge into the depths below. During the 1960s and ‘70s, the Serbian and Romanian governments built two hydroelectric power stations here. The dams raised the Danube’s water level by over 30 metres, and a number of historic towns and villages were obliterated during construction. Have your camera at the ready as we pass through the Great Kazan, meaning ‘cauldron’, where the river narrows to just 150 metres. As the captain skilfully steers us through, you will see the enormous sculpture of the face of Decebalus carved into the rock. Created in the 1990s, at over forty metres high, it is the largest rock relief in Europe. As the afternoon sun sinks below the hazy horizon, thoughts turn to tonight’s dinner and

DAY 6 - BUCHAREST Today we visit Bucharest with its wide, tree-lined boulevards and elegant belle-époque buildings. Its reputation for the high life in the 1900s earned it the nickname, ‘Little Paris’. Today the city is an eclectic mix – the faded grandeur of the classically beautiful municipal buildings, amongst the utilitarian architectural legacy left by decades of communist rule. One of the city’s landmarks is the Palace of the Parliament, a colossal and extravagant concrete creation, commissioned by the Communist dictator, Nicolae Ceausecsu. Begun in 1984 and still unfinished, only 400 of the 1,100 rooms are used. It is the second largest administrative building in the world after the Pentagon. On our guided tour, we see the palace and the city’s other main sights, such as the former royal palace and now the national art museum, the athenaeum with its impressive baroque cupola and remarkable acoustics, some superb Orthodox churches and squares, including Revolution Square, named after the Romanian Revolution of 1989. You will have time to explore this vibrant city under you own steam. Lunch is not included today, so seek out a cosy restaurant in the Old Town for a

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fortifying plate of traditional meatballs, generously spiced with garlic, dill and parsley; freshly stuffed bell peppers; or hearty soup soured with borscht. We return to the ship with time to relax before dinner. Perhaps sink into a comfy armchair in the ship’s elegant lounge and watch the stunning scenery gliding by. DAY 7 - DANUBE DELTA Overnight we have cruised towards the city of Tulcea, clinging to seven hills overlooking the river, and regarded as the gateway to the vast Danube Delta on the edge of the Black Sea. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Danube Delta is the second largest and best preserved in Europe, consisting of 2,200 square miles of rivers, marshes, tree-fringed lakes and reed islands, where nearly 3,500 animal and fish species, and 1,700 types of plant, call home. A bird-watcher’s paradise, the maze of canals bordered by willows and oaks, offers the perfect breeding ground for countless species. Millions of Egyptian white pelicans arrive here every spring to raise their young, whilst equal numbers of Arctic geese come here to escape the harsh Northern European winters. Keep an eye out for cormorants and white-tailed eagles. After lunch, we depart the ship to take an excursion on smaller boats into the very heart of this inspirational and tranquil place. Our guide helps to point out some of the fascinating flora and fauna, a colourful kingfisher or a darting catfish beneath the water’s glassy surface. As dusk begins to fall on this magical landscape, we slip our moorings once again. Enjoy another delicious dinner and then take to the deck to soak up the heady evening air, reflecting on what has been a very special day. DAY 8 – CONSTANTA Today we have begun our return passage but there is still so much to discover. Up on deck hold on to your hat, as this area is well known for its windy weather, and windmills here were once a common sight. Watch the rocky shoreline drift by and the occasional ruined fortress still standing proud. We depart for the ancient city of Constanta, described by the Roman poet Ovid as ‘the end of the world’. Situated at the crossroads of several trade routes, it became a thriving commercial centre during Roman times and still is today. When the Main-Danube Canal opened in 1992, the inland waterways linking Rotterdam and Constanta created the shortest navigable route between the North and Black Seas. Constanta’s history dates back over 2,500 years – originally known as Tomis, it is said that Jason landed here with the Argonauts after finding the Golden Fleece. Numerous remains from Greek and Roman times are on display in the city’s archaeological and mosaic museums. The latter houses the largest and best-preserved Roman mosaic in the world, an astonishing 850 square metres. The city’s

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landmark is Constanta’s Art Nouveau casino, at the very edge of the Black Sea. The Romanian king Carol I had hoped that its construction would transform the city into a bathing resort for the elite, something that never quite transpired. There is free time to explore so perhaps visit one of the museums or simply enjoy the sea air with a portside walk. DAY 9 – ROUSSE – IVANOVO & VELIKO TARNOVO / ARBANASSI Crossing the border into Bulgaria, we arrive in the attractive city of Rousse, known as ‘Little Vienna’ with its wealth of fine 19th-century buildings. A scenic drive brings us to Veliko Tarnovo, the ‘City of the Tsars’, spectacularly sited on the Yantra River, its Old Town clustered on three hills. On Tsarevets Hill stands the remains of the once impregnable fortress with the Tsar’s and Patriarch’s palaces, and the mighty cathedral. Much of the city was destroyed by the invading Ottoman troops, but in the 19th century, the town once again became an important commercial trading centre. Tucked away are tiny workshops, where you can watch copper pots being beaten or wooden utensils skilfully carved. It is delightful to wander here, keeping an eye out for interesting

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souvenirs and admiring the lovely mansion houses whilst soaking up the atmosphere. We head to the little village of Arbanassi, set high on a plateau. During Ottoman times, the village became a commercial centre for traders and their caravans, crammed with wares bound for places as distant as Italy, Russia and even India. Perhaps visit one of the richly ornamented mansion houses of the period, with their fortresslike stone walls or the unassuming Church of the Nativity with its surprisingly spectacular frescoes. We end the day with a visit to the rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo, a fascinating complex of churches, chapels and monasteries dating back to the 12th century with their remarkable 14thcentury frescoes. DAY 10 – BELOGRADCHIK Why not take that second cup of coffee up on deck and soak up the spectacular open spaces of this breathtaking landscape? Its seemingly endless patchwork of greens stretches into the distance under a vast sky. At the foothills of the Balkans, thick woods of fragrant pine and silver fir cling to the banks, forming a hazy outline on the distant horizon. After lunch we moor in Vidin, home to the Baba Vidin, the only entirely preserved medieval


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fortress in the country. From here, we drive into this rugged wilderness and suddenly the horizon is dotted with huge sandstone cliffs, in a spectrum of orange-reds and yellows, eroded into huge, bizarre shapes. These are the Belogradchik Rocks; unique and dramatic, they cover an area of 90 square kilometres, some reaching as high as 200 metres. Many of these

gigantic natural sculptures are named after people or objects they are thought to resemble, whilst others are associated with colourful legends. We return to the ship for another excellent dinner. Later on, why not catch up with your fellow companions? Perhaps have a drink or two in the lounge, whilst the resident pianist plays a soothing melody.

DAY 11 – IRON GATES & LEPENSKI VIR This morning’s cruising brings us once again to the natural dramatic splendour of the Iron Gates Gorge, at the heart of Serbia’s Djerdap National Park. The gorge was cut out of the Carpathian mountain range over millions of years as the Danube drained the Pannonian Sea. Amongst the park’s thick forests of ancient oak, hazel and beech lies a rich preserve of game, deer and wild boar. Mountain goats roam the rocky cliffs of Djerdap Kazan, whilst bears, wolves, foxes and wild cats wander the dense woodland. Keep an eye out for eagles and falcons, too. Enjoy the splendour of this magnificent stretch of the river from a sun lounger on deck, or watch the seamless scene changes of this river spectacle unfold through the panoramic windows in the ship’s elegant lounge. This afternoon we moor in Donji Milanovac and take the short drive to visit Lepenski Vir, one of the most important archaeological sites in Europe, dating as far back as 9500 BC. The site consists of a series of Mesolithic villages located on a high terrace overlooking the Danube. The wooden houses were laid out in a fan shape and used one of the first types of concrete as their foundations! The floors were made of sandstone, often covered with limestone plaster and even decorated with red and white pigments. Our guided tour will reveal more about this fascinating place and how these ancient people lived. DAY 12 – NOVI SAD The numerous fortresses along the banks of the Danube are reminders that the area has been fought over for centuries and this morning, we pass one of the most impressive – the medieval Smederevo Fortress, spectacularly located at the water’s edge. After a lazy day we moor in Novi Sad, Serbia’s second largest city, in the shadow of the Fruska Gora mountain, its gentle fertile slopes terraced with lush vineyards. The climate and the proximity to the Danube make this region ideal for wine production, particularly Italian Riesling, but there are many others produced here including the only original dessert wine, Bermet, an Italian vermouthlike wine with a unique aromatic sweetness. Enjoy a guided tour of this vibrant city, which flourished during the 18th and 19th centuries, becoming known as the ‘Athens of Serbia’. See its Old Town hall on the impressive main square, flanked by lovely 19th-century architecture, its ancient castle and synagogue. Towering over it all is the mighty Petrovaradin Fortress with its complex system of underground tunnels. The minute and hour hands of its iconic clock face are reversed, supposedly so that fishermen could still tell the time at a distance! You can learn more about the fortress and its turbulent history at the museum on site. We are moored here this evening, so why not enjoy an after-dinner stroll and take in the relaxed ambience of this lovely city?

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DAY 13 – OSIJEK & VUKOVAR Today we have crossed into Croatia and during breakfast we moor in Vukovar, the country’s largest river port, located at the confluence of the Danube and Vuka rivers. Vukovar boasted a prosperous manufacturing industry and a picturesque baroque centre until the tragic events of the civil war unfolded, and the city was almost completely destroyed. Renovation to restore the city to its former glory is still very much ongoing. Here, we enjoy a guided tour, seeing all the main sights and learning about its tumultuous past. Later we drive to the historic city of Osijek, with its three centres hugging the banks of the River Drava. We have a guided tour of the Old Town – behind its thick stone walls lie a magnificent market square, lined by elegant public buildings with pastel-coloured facades. In the Upper City you will see the neo-Gothic cathedral, its red-brick spire soaring above the rooftops. Much of Osijek has been restored, but some buildings still bear the scars of the fighting. This evening we cross the border into Hungary once again, as the chef presents tonight’s appetising menu. DAY 14 – BUDAPEST As the gentle pastoral landscapes slip by, Budapest’s brooding skyline comes into view once more. This imperial capital is a collage of palatial buildings, grand domes, and attractive Baroque churches with soaring spires straddling the Danube’s mighty banks. From Roman ruins to Ottoman Turkish baths and elegant Art Nouveau facades, the eclectic mix of architectural styles reflects the city’s varied history with numerous foreign powers ruling here over the centuries. We enjoy a guided tour exploring both sides of this lovely city, seeing all the main sights including the iconic Parliament Building, the National Gallery with its huge collection of Hungarian masterpieces, and the Matthias Church with its intricate rose windows. The rest of the day is at leisure. Perhaps head back to the Castle District to wander and take in the panoramic views, or explore one of the city’s many museums and galleries. This evening the Captain’s Dinner will take place, with a superb menu reflecting the countries and regions we have visited. As the sun sets on this magnificent city, retire to the bar with your fellow travellers to reflect on all you have seen during this exceptional cruise. DAY 15 – DISEMBARK After breakfast this morning, the crew bids you farewell before you disembark the ship.

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COMPLIMENTARY TEA, COFFEE & WI-FI Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in your cabin at any time, and stay connected throughout the ship. Connection speeds via satellite may vary, so you may not get the superfast speeds you’re used to at home.

INSIGHTFUL TOURS & EXCURSIONS Our thoughtfully balanced itineraries include many guided tours with local experts. Our complimentary headsets will ensure you never miss a word.

EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE Expect five-star service from our hand-picked crew, and the best tour managers and cruise directors.

ALL ON-BOARD MEALS Enjoy buffet breakfasts, delicious lunches, delightful afternoon teas and sumptuous four-course dinners.

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SINGLE OCCUPANCY On the lower deck there are a limited number of standard cabins available at no single supplement, subject to availability. For other cabins, price for sole occupancy is twice the per person rate for the relevant cabin as above.

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THE DOURO, OPORTO & SALAMANCA 8 DAYS FROM ONLY $2,249 DEPARTING JUNE TO OCTOBER 2017 AND APRIL TO NOVEMBER 2018

CRUISE SUMMARY Quinta da Pacheca, an 18th-century manor house overlooking the River Douro.

DAY 1 – EMBARK IN OPORTO Embark the ship in Oporto and familiarise yourself with your fivestar floating hotel.

DAY 6 – MATEUS PALACE GARDENS This morning we visit the famous Mateus Palace gardens. After dinner tonight, we enjoy a wonderful performance of traditional Portuguese folk music.

DAY 2 – LAMEGO After a first morning’s scenic cruising, this afternoon we take the short drive to the historic town of Lamego where you can visit the Sanctuary of our Lady of Remedies church. We then visit a typical Portuguese quinta to learn how port is produced.

DAY 7 – OPORTO We firstly enjoy a tour and tasting at one of the best-known port wine cellars. Later we have a guided tour of the city with free time to further explore.

DAY 3 – CASTELO RODRIGO Relax on board whilst the stunning views of this spectacular region drift by. This afternoon visit Castelo Rodrigo, a 12thcentury walled hilltop village with its stupendous panoramic views.

DAY 5 – PESO DA REGUA We cruise to Peso da Régua where this afternoon, you will have free time to explore. This evening we enjoy dinner at

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YOUR CRUISE DAY 1 - EMBARK IN OPORTO Arrive in Oporto, where your five-star floating hotel is moored. Here an attentive crew will welcome you aboard, ensuring you settle into your comfortable and extremely well-equipped cabin. DAY 2 - LAMEGO As dawn breaks, the ship slips quietly away from Oporto and you awake to the gentle sound of water lapping against the sleek hull and that most relaxing of travellers’ joys when you witness the ship’s stately progress upstream. It is apparent that the Douro is one of Europe’s most photogenic river valleys with tourism being almost completely undeveloped. During your first breakfast, you will be welcomed in the restaurant and immediately spoilt for choice – the omelette station is a favourite of many! In the late morning, the ship approaches its first port of call at the small town of Peso da Régua. As we enter port wine territory, the observant will have noticed that the lush hillsides have largely given way to an intricate, patterned landscape of terraced vineyards. The climate has evolved too; leaving the Atlantic behind, it is noticeably warmer and drier. The topography has a Mediterranean appearance with earthy ochres replacing verdant greens. This afternoon, we take a short drive along sinuous roads to historic Lamego, home of Portugal’s sparkling wine, Raposeira, and one of the first places to be reclaimed from the Moors in the 12th century. Situated on top of the hill overlooking this lovely town is the ancient Sanctuary of our Lady of Remedies church, its stairways adorned with attractive azulejos, the country’s famous painted tilework. We then enjoy a little indulgence as we visit one of the region’s best quintas, or vineyards, learning how legendary port is produced. This wonderful experience culminates in a tasting of the delicious final product. DAY 3 - CASTELO RODRIGO The Douro was once a precariously wild river, rendering navigation a challenge for the traditional flat-bottomed boats that often foundered. Today the river has been tamed by a series of locks and we navigate several of them. Always intensely fascinating, the resultant almost loch-like river topography really enhances the valley’s charm. Cruising into evermore rural territory towards the Spanish border, the river here is at its most peaceful. It’s the perfect time to take a refreshing dip in the pool or catch up on some reading, perhaps with a cool pre-lunch glass of local vinho verde, or white wine. Portuguese wine is simply outstanding but as production is not huge, the higher quality wines tend to be consumed locally, so if you are a wine aficionado, do experiment

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a little and you will be greatly rewarded. We later cross into Spain on the River Duero, whose northern bank remains in Portugal. This afternoon we visit Castelo Rodrigo, a delightful 12th-century walled village tucked away in the peaceful border hills. Its church was a resting place on the pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela and it is said that St Francis himself stayed here. Perched on a hill, the views are simply stupendous, stretching across almost deserted ochre-coloured hillsides. This evening we have a delicious, typically Portuguese barbecue, served on the Sun Deck if the weather permits. Listen to the unmistakable sound of crickets and breathe in the scents from the surrounding hillsides that pervade the warm evening air. DAY 4 - SALAMANCA Today we visit historic Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, acknowledged by many Spaniards as one of the country’s most beautiful cities, and once seen it really is difficult to disagree. It was founded by the Romans, who built the 366-metre-long bridge. The city appears to glow, renowned for the gorgeous rose-coloured hue that appears to emanate, as a result of near-universal use of local sandstone for its construction. Perched on a small hill on a bend in the serene River Tormes, it is a picture of tranquillity. However, Salamanca was repeatedly fought over by Hannibal, the Moors then the Duke of Wellington and Napoleon. Salamanca is dominated by its two cathedrals and Spain’s oldest university, founded in 1215, which for four centuries was one of the civilised world’s most important seats of study. The Spanish Inquisition’s records are still kept here, and as early as the 16th century it boasted some 12,000 students. Upon seeing the beautifully preserved lecture halls with their vaulted ceilings, you can imagine Christopher Columbus addressing the most learned men of the day or legal experts constructing the international laws that originate here. Over lunch you enjoy a traditional flamenco show, then explore as you wish. Whilst the buildings themselves dominate the skyline, their internal decoration is just as exceptional. Visit the two cathedrals – the more recent dates from the 16th century. Salamanca is a wonderful place to just wander through. Tiny streets, medieval squares, traditional shops, gardens and marketplaces all add to its atmosphere. The main square, the Plaza Mayor, is widely acknowledged as Spain’s finest and the hub of Salamantine life, with plenty of cafés and places to sit and observe the locals. DAY 5 - PESO DA REGUA During breakfast, the ship slips its moorings, cruising towards Peso da Régua. One of the benefits of life aboard a river cruiser is the sheer sense of relaxation it brings. There is plenty of time

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views overlooking the serene waters of the mighty Douro. The Quinta, dating back to the 18th century, is one of the region’s most famous and beautiful properties. Named after its aristocratic owner, Mariana Pacheca Pereira, it was the first quinta to bottle wine under its owner’s name in April 1738. At one time, the vineyards belonged to an order of monks. You have time to wander through part of the 126 acres of this fertile estate, before we sample some of their excellent produce over a delectable dinner.

the occasional river traffic or enjoying a coffee in one of the many cafés. This evening we take the short drive to Quinta da Pacheca for tonight’s delicious dinner. This 18th-century manor house enjoys spectacular

DAY 6 - MATEUS PALACE GARDENS After breakfast, we visit the magnificent Mateus Palace gardens. Anyone familiar with Mateus Rosé, the wine stored in bottles with a characteristic squashed shape, will have seen the palace featured on the label. Whatever your opinion of the wine, the palace is an impressive 18th-century Baroque edifice, beautifully mirrored in the stunning pond, and the extensive French gardens are beautifully landscaped and decorated with elegant statues. We then return for another superb lunch on board,

as the ship departs for Entre-os-Rios. This afternoon is spent cruising so there is the opportunity to truly unwind whilst the skilful captain and his crew navigate the ship effortlessly through the winding bends of this magnificent, hilly hinterland. Head up on to the Sun Deck for spectacular viewing; as the invigorating river breeze revives you, the ever-changing riverbank scenery slipping past will captivate you– it really doesn’t get more relaxing than this. This evening is the Captain’s Dinner, hosted of course by the Captain himself, a delightful experience featuring superb local specialities. After dinner, we are entertained by a cultural group performing traditional Portuguese folk music. DAY 7 - OPORTO We arrive in Oporto this morning on quite a spectacular passage which takes us under many of the city’s famous bridges. Originally Roman, Oporto’s wealth is derived from its knowledge of the sea routes to India. Portugal’s second-largest city was built with the fortunes made from spices, silks and other fine goods. Oporto is synonymous with wonderful Port wine and all the famous port producers are based here, such as Calem, Sandeman and Ferreira, so a visit here would not be complete without a visit to one of them. You will learn the fascinating history of Port wine and its close British connections. The wine is made from grapes still staggeringly trod by foot then lovingly tended, sometimes for decades, before you can enjoy its subtle flavours. Of course you’ll get the chance at the end of a fascinating visit to sample various styles. After lunch on board, our sightseeing tour unveils some of the city’s major and more surprising sights. You’ll experience the tangled lanes of the medieval quarter, the splendid Praça da Ribeira square with its characteristic tiled townhouses and fine views to the wine lodges across the river. One of the river’s bridges was designed by Gustav Eiffel, and you can immediately see the connection with his more famous Parisian creation! You’ll gaze up at the city’s imposing fortress, its fine cathedral and baroque Clérigos Tower. Wonderfully free of the chain shops dominating other countries, enjoy the tiny antiquated shops specialising in fine art, antiques, ceramics and some of the most wonderful cakes you’ll ever taste. This evening, after a final delectable dinner, perhaps relax in the bar and have a chat into the evening with your new, like-minded friends. Reflect on the splendours of the remarkable River Douro, from its busy lower reaches to beautifully peaceful terraced hillsides – over a glass of Port, of course. DAY 8 - DISEMBARK After breakfast this morning, the crew bids you farewell before you disembark the ship.

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RELAX, ALL THIS IS INCLUDED SPACIOUS SUITES WITH RIVER VIEWS Our luxurious suites all come with a private bathroom and offer exceptional river views.

COMPLIMENTARY TEA, COFFEE & WI-FI Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in your cabin at any time, and stay connected throughout the ship. Connection speeds via satellite may vary, so you may not get the superfast speeds you’re used to at home.

INSIGHTFUL TOURS & EXCURSIONS Our thoughtfully balanced itineraries include many guided tours with local experts. Our complimentary headsets will ensure you never miss a word.

EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE Expect five-star service from our hand-picked crew, and the best tour managers and cruise directors.

ALL ON-BOARD MEALS Enjoy buffet breakfasts, delicious lunches, delightful afternoon teas and sumptuous four-course dinners.

The prices are per person cruise only, based on two people sharing.

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Cabin Type

Standard

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$3,599 $3,599 $3,359 $3,279 $3,279 $3,279 $3,279 $3,599 $3,599 $3,599 $3,359 $3,149 $2,919 $2,679 $2,339

Standard Stern Sole Occupancy $3,599 $3,599 $3,359 $3,279 $3,279 $3,279 $3,279 $3,599 $3,599 $3,599 $3,359 $3,149 $2,919 $2,679 $2,339

Middle Standard $4,309 $4,309 $4,069 $3,989 $3,989 $3,989 $3,989 $4,309 $4,309 $4,309 $4,069 $3,829 $3,599 $3,359 $3,019

Standard Stern $4,179 $4,179 $3,939 $3,859 $3,859 $3,859 $3,859 $4,179 $4,179 $4,179 $3,939 $3,729 $3,489 $3,259 $2,919

Upper Standard

Superior Suite

Deluxe Suite

$4,519 $4,519 $4,309 $4,229 $4,229 $4,229 $4,229 $4,519 $4,519 $4,519 $4,309 $4,069 $3,829 $3,599 $3,259

$4,989 $4,989 $4,749 $4,669 $4,669 $4,669 $4,669 $4,989 $4,989 $4,989 $4,749 $4,519 $4,309 $4,069 $3,699

$5,439 $5,439 $5,229 $5,149 $5,149 $5,149 $5,149 $5,439 $5,439 $5,439 $5,229 $4,989 $4,749 $4,519 $4,179

SINGLE OCCUPANCY Stern cabins on the lower deck are available at no single supplement, subject to availability. For other cabins, price for sole occupancy is twice the per person rate for the relevant cabin as above.

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THE DOURO, OPORTO & SALAMANCA (2017) - 8 DAYS


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MS DOURO ELEGANCE Five-star Deck

Lower

Cabin Type

Standard

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$2,649 $2,859 $3,059 $3,159 $3,259 $3,469 $3,569 $3,569 $3,259 $3,259 $3,259 $3,469 $3,669 $3,669 $3,469 $3,259 $2,859 $2,449 $2,249

Standard Stern Sole Occupancy $2,649 $2,859 $3,059 $3,159 $3,259 $3,469 $3,569 $3,569 $3,259 $3,259 $3,259 $3,469 $3,669 $3,669 $3,469 $3,259 $2,859 $2,449 $2,249

Middle Standard $3,259 $3,469 $3,669 $3,769 $3,879 $4,079 $4,179 $4,179 $3,879 $3,879 $3,879 $4,079 $4,279 $4,279 $4,079 $3,879 $3,469 $3,059 $2,859

Standard Stern $3,159 $3,369 $3,569 $3,669 $3,769 $3,979 $4,079 $4,079 $3,769 $3,769 $3,769 $3,979 $4,179 $4,179 $3,979 $3,769 $3,369 $2,959 $2,759

Upper Standard

Superior Suite

Deluxe Suite

$3,469 $3,669 $3,879 $3,979 $4,079 $4,279 $4,389 $4,389 $4,079 $4,079 $4,079 $4,279 $4,489 $4,489 $4,279 $4,079 $3,669 $3,259 $3,059

$4,079 $4,279 $4,489 $4,589 $4,689 $4,899 $4,999 $4,999 $4,689 $4,689 $4,689 $4,899 $5,099 $5,099 $4,899 $4,689 $4,279 $3,879 $3,669

$4,489 $4,689 $4,899 $4,999 $5,099 $5,299 $5,409 $5,409 $5,099 $5,099 $5,099 $5,299 $5,509 $5,509 $5,299 $5,099 $4,689 $4,279 $4,079

SINGLE OCCUPANCY Stern cabins on the lower deck are available at no single supplement, subject to availability. For other cabins, price for sole occupancy is twice the per person rate for the relevant cabin as above.

PRICING & DEPARTURES

THE DOURO, OPORTO & SALAMANCA (2018) - 8 DAYS

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BURGUNDY, THE RIVER RHÔNE & PROVENCE 8 DAYS FROM ONLY $2,099 DEPARTING JUNE TO OCTOBER 2017 AND APRIL TO OCTOBER 2018

CRUISE SUMMARY

DAY 4 – VIENNE AND TOURNON Explore Vienne’s treasure trove of medieval remains before we cruise through the most picturesque section of the Rhône Valley to the pretty provincial town of Tournon. DAY 5 – ARDÈCHE GORGES This afternoon we tour the Ardèche gorges, the scale of which is a fitting reminder of Mother Nature’s awesome power. With caves, grottoes and natural sculptures, there are amazing views at every turn. DAY 6 – ARLES AND THE PONT DU GARD Enjoy a guided tour of Arles, the capital of Roman Gaul and Spain. This afternoon visit the amazing Roman aqueduct, the Pont du Gard, one of the wonders of the ancient world. 78

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DAY 3 – BEAUNE AND BURGUNDY This morning’s tour takes us through this wine producing region to atmospheric Beaune with its multi-coloured Hotel Dieu. Explore the twisting streets and enjoy a traditional wine tasting.

DAY 8 – DISEMBARK This morning, the crew bids you farewell before you disembark.

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DAY 2 – LYON After a guided tour of this city situated at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, take in the contrasting views of the green Beaujolais hills and snowy Mont Blanc, whilst cruising towards Chalon this afternoon.

DAY 7 – AVIGNON Home of the Papacy for 100 years, we visit the imposing Popes’ Palace, an architectural masterpiece on a guided walking tour. Wander Avignon’s delightful streets, alleys and markets, little changed in centuries.

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DAY 1 – EMBARK IN LYON Embark in historic Lyon and familiarise yourself with your fivestar floating hotel.

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PROVENCE

SO MUCH IS INCLUDED • 7 nights on board in your choice of luxury cabin or suite, all with river views • All meals on board from dinner on your day of arrival through to breakfast on your day of departure, including welcome cocktails, a welcome dinner and the Captain’s Dinner • 7 visits and tours including guided tours of Lyon, Arles, Avignon and the stunning Pope’s Palace; visits to Vienne and Beaune; and excursions to the Ardèche Gorges and the Pont du Gard • Complimentary on-board tea & coffee • Five-star service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides • Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi • Services of a Riviera Travel cruise director and tour manager • All port charges • No surcharges guaranteed

PERFECT FOR... Enjoying the scenic wine regions in the south of France, from lush terraced vineyards and sun-baked hills, to dramatic rugged gorges and medieval towns.

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YOUR CRUISE DAY 1 - EMBARK IN LYON Arrive in Lyon, where your five-star floating hotel is moored in the picturesque historic centre. The dedicated crew will welcome you on board, ensuring you settle into your comfortable and well-equipped cabin and familiarise yourself with the ship. DAY 2 - LYON After our first splendid breakfast, we have a leisurely start enjoying a guided tour of Lyon, one of France’s most interesting cities. The Rhône Valley has been the route of choice for invading armies and peaceful traders since ancient times and nestling at the head of the valley at the confluence of two great rivers, the area cried out to be fortified. Founded by the Gauls, Julius Caesar made it his capital and the Emperor Claudius, conqueror of Britain was born here - Lyon was on the map! There are a host of their remains to see but the city came to prominence from the Middle Ages onwards, making a fortune from silk manufacture. Wealth poured in, funding the multitude of renaissance buildings, rich churches and one of Europe’s most splendid town squares, the Place Bellecour, which today adds greatly to the city’s character. Old Lyon is crammed with atmospheric antique shops and intriguing ‘traboules’ – narrow passages passing through actual houses which enabled silk merchants to reach the river more easily and today are just delightful to amble through. Lyon is also generally acknowledged as France’s (and if you ask a local, that inevitably means the world’s), gastronomic capital. In fairness it has much to commend it: nouvelle cuisine was invented near here and you literally trip over the ubiquitous and amazing food shops and restaurants, of which there are more per capita, than anywhere else in the world. As you enjoy your first lunch, the ship quietly slips its moorings, cruising upstream, catching our first glimpses of the vine-clad slopes of the hazy green Beaujolais hills, as we approach one of the world’s most famous wine producing regions. On our left we see the picturesque villages – Morgon, Fleury, Juliénas, Chénas and many more, whilst on the right, you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of snowy Mont Blanc – Western Europe’s highest mountain. As the afternoon drifts into evening, the white wines of Mâcon now hold sway as we cruise past the town that gives them its name and what could be better than a cool crisp glass on the sundeck before retiring to the restaurant for this evening’s culinary delights, prepared by the outstanding chef. DAY 3 - CHALON & BEAUNE Rising this morning, we are berthed in Chalon, the home of Niépce, the inventor of photography, and

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gateway to Burgundy. On this morning’s tour we see some of the picturesque yet surprisingly tiny villages that read like a top restaurant’s wine list Meursault, Volnay, Pommard, Gevrey-Chambertin and many more, the source of some of world’s most sublime wines. Nearby is medieval Beaune, Burgundy’s wine capital, which is wonderful to just wander around and in its centre is the instantly recognisable Hotel Dieu with its multicoloured tiled roof. A stunning building, built as a hospital in the 15th century, a prestigious annual wine auction takes place here, the considerable proceeds of which support the hospital to this day. Of course you cannot visit Burgundy without sampling its amazing wine, so we visit the cellars of one of the most traditional of winemakers for a tour and tasting, before returning to the ship for lunch. DAY 4 - VIENNE & TOURNON One of river cruising’s great pleasures is the fascination of waking in a completely different location. Overnight, the ship has cruised almost imperceptibly south with breakfast in the ancient Roman stronghold of Vienne, established under Julius Caesar. Superbly located in a narrow section of the Rhône Valley where it turns sharply around a steep bluff, Vienne is a treasure trove of historic remains and a walk around will bring its story to life. During another superb lunch, we enter perhaps the most picturesque section of the Rhône Valley as the river squeezes and twists through narrow defiles like Condrieu, St Rambert d’Albon and St

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Vallier, lined with wooded river cliffs, rising high to both sides. Traditionally these stretches were the most dangerous due to fierce currents and varying water levels and this afternoon is ideally spent on the Sun Deck taking in the exceptional views as we navigate a series of locks which never cease to fascinate. Later we moor in the pretty provincial town of Tournon with its tree-lined avenues and across the river, the vine-covered hillsides produce Hermitage, yet another of the world’s most revered wines - a fitting view as we enjoy another exquisite dinner. DAY 5 - ARDÈCHE GORGES This morning we cruise effortlessly downstream. Over to the left you catch glimpses of the Alps and as we approach Valence, the landscape gradually becomes less green with more ochres and magentas, whilst the houses have the sloping terracotta roofs resplendent of the Mediterranean and the heady aroma of the sweet air has the unmistakable scent of pine and cypress. You can only be in the midi, or as we call it - the South of France. Catch up on some reading or just laze in the sun whilst the temperature rises. After lunch we explore one of France’s most outstanding natural wonders, the Ardèche gorges, the scale of which is a fitting reminder of Mother Nature’s awesome power. As the road twists and turns, steep cliffs make a thousand feet sheer drop to the torrential river below, eloquently snaking its way through stupendous natural formations cumulating in a natural rock arch carved by the wild waters of history. With caves, grottoes and


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natural sculptures, there are amazing views at every turn before returning to the gentler sides of the Rhône Valley and the ship in charming Viviers, a medieval town clustered around its Romanesque cathedral. The ship casts off through the famous giant lock at Bollène, as you relax over dinner. DAY 6 - ARLES & PONT DU GARD This morning you wake under the azure-blue skies of deepest Provence, amidst the rich warm stone of historic Arles. Although small in size, it was the key stronghold on the Roman road to Spain, one of the empire’s richest possessions. Sea-going ships could reach here and the city became the capital of Gaul, Spain and Britain. Our guided tour will help you to appreciate the finer points of Arles’ magnificent Roman remains, including the splendour of the great amphitheatre, the best preserved such building in the world and the source of most of our knowledge of Roman entertainment; the decorum of the theatre built by Augustus; the extraordinary atmosphere of the ancient necropolis - and the Forum, once the city’s heart, where Constantine was installed as Emperor. The disturbed but great genius of an artist Van Gogh, lived here for two years during his most prolific period and, inspired by the light and beauty of the Provençal countryside, produced 300 works including the Sower, Café de Nuit, the Red Vines and of course, Sunflowers. After lunch we visit the amazing Roman aqueduct, the Pont du Gard, one of the wonders of the ancient world. No amount of fame can diminish the first sight of this 2,000-year old

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structure which the Romans considered to be the most important testimony to their greatness and indeed it was the highest bridge they ever built. The statistics are staggering: 900 feet long and 160 feet high. Some of the stones are 6 feet thick and no mortar was used in construction. Just to put this in perspective this is a greater span than the River Thames in London. The situation is lovely too, with pine and cypress covered hills adding to the harmonious setting. Rejoining the ship, we cruise along the Rhône during dinner passing the 13th century castle at Tarascon seemingly standing guard on the river banks. DAY 7 - AVIGNON As the morning light catches the red roofs of Avignon’s majestic medieval skyline, it’s a sight to behold over breakfast, after which we embark on a guided tour. Avignon’s destiny changed during the 14th century, with the exile of the Pope’s court here from Rome, bringing with it a century of prosperity. But to truly embrace the feel of historic Avignon you must imagine the rich furnishings, the sumptuous décor, the alleys and corridors teeming with cardinals, princes and ambassadors plus countless pilgrims in the streets below eagerly anticipating benediction. The Pontiff commissioned a host of grandiose building projects and today, the city is immaculately preserved, nestling behind its almost intact 15th century walls and has more remarkable monuments, superbly decorated buildings, churches, chapels and convents than you can possibly count. Most important is the stunning

Popes’ Palace whose interior is a masterpiece of medieval architecture sumptuously decorated with outstanding frescoes and tapestries, whilst the private apartments are a must too. After lunch, you are free to explore as you wish, perhaps the Petit Palais, casting a critical eye over the amazing 1,000 renaissance paintings including works by Botticelli and Carpaccio, or taking a stroll on the iconic ‘Pont d’Avignon’ the melody about which makes us all recall our first French lessons. It’s our final afternoon so you may wish to do some shopping, or just find a quiet shady street café in a timeless Provençal square and reflect on the delights of the past few days. Perhaps though, return to the sumptuous surroundings of your ship – go on the Sun Deck and just contemplate the wondrous places you have seen and experienced over a quiet cup of tea! This evening the Captain’s Dinner takes place, serving specialities of the regions you have visited during your voyage of discovery through this fascinating country. DAY 8 - DISEMBARK After breakfast this morning, the crew bids you farewell before you disembark the ship, with time to look back on great memories from a superb trip. PLEASE NOTE: On dates marked with an asterisk on the Departure Details, this tour operates in reverse order. You will experience the same tours and visits.

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RELAX, ALL THIS IS INCLUDED SPACIOUS SUITES WITH RIVER VIEWS Our luxurious suites all come with a private bathroom and offer exceptional river views.

COMPLIMENTARY TEA, COFFEE & WI-FI Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in your cabin at any time, and stay connected throughout the ship. Connection speeds via satellite may vary, so you may not get the superfast speeds you’re used to at home.

INSIGHTFUL TOURS & EXCURSIONS Our thoughtfully balanced itineraries include many guided tours with local experts. Our complimentary headsets will ensure you never miss a word.

EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE Expect five-star service from our hand-picked crew, and the best tour managers and cruise directors.

ALL ON-BOARD MEALS Enjoy buffet breakfasts, delicious lunches, delightful afternoon teas and sumptuous four-course dinners.

The prices are per person cruise only, based on two people sharing.

MS LORD BYRON Five-star Deck

Lower

Cabin Type 01/06/17, 08/06/17* 15/06/17, 22/06/17* 29/06/17 06/07/17*, 13/07/17 20/07/17*, 27/07/17 03/08/17*, 10/08/17 17/08/17*, 24/08/17 31/08/17* 07/09/17, 14/09/17* 21/09/17, 28/09/17* 05/10/17 12/10/17* 19/10/17 26/10/17*

Standard $3,049 $3,049 $2,939 $2,709 $2,709 $2,709 $2,709 $2,939 $3,049 $3,049 $2,709 $2,469 $2,259 $2,019

Middle

Superior Suite $3,279 $3,279 $3,179 $2,939 $2,939 $2,939 $2,939 $3,179 $3,279 $3,279 $2,939 $2,709 $2,469 $2,259

Standard $3,759 $3,759 $3,619 $3,389 $3,389 $3,389 $3,389 $3,619 $3,759 $3,759 $3,389 $3,179 $2,939 $2,709

Upper

Superior Suite $3,969 $3,969 $3,859 $3,619 $3,619 $3,619 $3,619 $3,859 $3,969 $3,969 $3,619 $3,389 $3,179 $2,939

Standard $3,969 $3,969 $3,859 $3,619 $3,619 $3,619 $3,619 $3,859 $3,969 $3,969 $3,619 $3,389 $3,179 $2,939

Superior Suite $4,199 $4,199 $4,099 $3,859 $3,859 $3,859 $3,859 $4,099 $4,199 $4,199 $3,859 $3,619 $3,389 $3,179

Superior Stern Suite $4,099 $4,099 $3,969 $3,759 $3,759 $3,759 $3,759 $3,969 $4,099 $4,099 $3,759 $3,519 $3,279 $3,049

Deluxe Suite $4,439 $4,439 $4,329 $4,099 $4,099 $4,099 $4,099 $4,329 $4,439 $4,439 $4,099 $3,859 $3,619 $3,389

MS SWISS CORONA Five-star Deck Cabin Type 05/06/17*, 12/06/17, 19/06/17* 26/06/17 03/07/17*, 10/07/17, 17/07/17* 24/07/17, 31/07/17*, 07/08/17 14/08/17*, 21/08/17 28/08/17* 04/09/17, 11/09/17*, 18/09/17 25/09/17*

Lower Standard $2,839 $2,709 $2,469 $2,469 $2,469 $2,709 $2,839 $2,709

Superior Suite $3,049 $2,939 $2,709 $2,709 $2,709 $2,939 $3,049 $2,939

Middle Standard Superior Suite $3,519 $3,759 $3,389 $3,619 $3,179 $3,389 $3,179 $3,389 $3,179 $3,389 $3,389 $3,619 $3,519 $3,759 $3,389 $3,619

Upper Standard $3,759 $3,619 $3,389 $3,389 $3,389 $3,619 $3,759 $3,619

Superior Suite $3,969 $3,859 $3,619 $3,619 $3,619 $3,859 $3,969 $3,859

Superior Stern Suite $3,859 $3,759 $3,519 $3,519 $3,519 $3,759 $3,859 $3,759

SINGLE OCCUPANCY On lower decks on all ships and all dates there are a limited number of standard cabins available at no single supplement, subject to availability. For other cabins, price for sole occupancy is twice the per person rate for the relevant cabin as above.

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MS LORD BYRON Five-star Deck

Lower

Cabin Type 05/04/18 12/04/18*, 19/04/18 26/04/18* 03/05/18, 10/05/18* 17/05/18 24/05/18* 31/05/18, 07/06/18* 14/06/18, 21/06/18* 28/06/18 05/07/18* 12/07/18 19/07/18*, 26/07/18 02/08/18*, 09/08/18 16/08/18, 23/08/18 30/08/18* 06/09/18, 13/09/18* 20/09/18 27/09/18* 04/10/18 11/10/18* 18/10/18 25/10/18*

Standard $2,199 $2,309 $2,509 $2,709 $2,709 $2,919 $3,119 $3,119 $3,119 $2,919 $2,709 $2,609 $2,609 $2,609 $2,819 $3,219 $3,219 $3,119 $2,919 $2,609 $2,409 $2,099

Middle

Superior Suite $2,409 $2,509 $2,709 $2,919 $2,919 $3,119 $3,329 $3,329 $3,329 $3,119 $2,919 $2,819 $2,819 $2,819 $3,019 $3,429 $3,429 $3,329 $3,119 $2,819 $2,609 $2,309

Standard $2,819 $2,919 $3,119 $3,329 $3,329 $3,529 $3,729 $3,729 $3,729 $3,529 $3,329 $3,219 $3,219 $3,219 $3,429 $3,839 $3,839 $3,729 $3,529 $3,219 $3,019 $2,709

Upper

Superior Suite Standard Superior Suite Superior Stern Suite Deluxe Suite $3,119 $3,019 $3,329 $3,219 $3,839 $3,219 $3,119 $3,429 $3,329 $3,939 $3,429 $3,329 $3,629 $3,529 $4,139 $3,629 $3,529 $3,839 $3,729 $4,349 $3,629 $3,529 $3,839 $3,729 $4,349 $3,839 $3,729 $4,039 $3,939 $4,549 $4,039 $3,939 $4,239 $4,139 $4,749 $4,039 $3,939 $4,239 $4,139 $4,749 $4,039 $3,939 $4,239 $4,139 $4,749 $3,839 $3,729 $4,039 $3,939 $4,549 $3,629 $3,529 $3,839 $3,729 $4,349 $3,529 $3,429 $3,729 $3,629 $4,239 $3,529 $3,429 $3,729 $3,629 $4,239 $3,529 $3,429 $3,729 $3,629 $4,239 $3,729 $3,629 $3,939 $3,839 $4,449 $4,139 $4,039 $4,349 $4,239 $4,859 $4,139 $4,039 $4,349 $4,239 $4,859 $4,039 $3,939 $4,239 $4,139 $4,749 $3,839 $3,729 $4,039 $3,939 $4,549 $3,529 $3,429 $3,729 $3,629 $4,239 $3,329 $3,219 $3,529 $3,429 $4,039 $3,019 $2,919 $3,219 $3,119 $3,729

MS SWISS CORONA Five-star Deck Cabin Type 14/05/18 21/05/18*, 28/05/18 04/06/18*, 11/06/18 18/06/18*, 25/06/18 02/07/18* 09/07/18, 16/07/18*, 20/08/18 27/08/18* 03/09/18, 10/09/18*, 17/09/18 24/09/18*

Lower Standard $2,509 $2,709 $2,919 $2,919 $2,709 $2,509 $2,709 $3,019 $2,919

Superior Suite $2,709 $2,919 $3,119 $3,119 $2,919 $2,709 $2,919 $3,219 $3,119

Middle

Upper

Standard Superior Suite $3,119 $3,429 $3,329 $3,629 $3,529 $3,839 $3,529 $3,839 $3,329 $3,629 $3,119 $3,429 $3,329 $3,629 $3,629 $3,939 $3,529 $3,839

Standard $3,329 $3,529 $3,729 $3,729 $3,529 $3,329 $3,529 $3,839 $3,729

Superior Suite $3,629 $3,839 $4,039 $4,039 $3,839 $3,629 $3,839 $4,139 $4,039

Superior Stern Suite $3,529 $3,729 $3,939 $3,939 $3,729 $3,529 $3,729 $4,039 $3,939

PRICING & DEPARTURES

BURGUNDY, THE RIVER RHÔNE & PROVENCE (2018) - 8 DAYS

SINGLE OCCUPANCY On lower decks on all ships and all dates there are a limited number of standard cabins available at no single supplement, subject to availability. For other cabins, price for sole occupancy is twice the per person rate for the relevant cabin as above.

PURCHASE A DRINKS PACKAGE FOR 2018 DEPARTURES Our drinks package is priced at $169pp, and includes the following with lunch and dinner: draught beer; non-alcoholic beer; soft drinks; juices; red, white and rose house wines; and wine recommendations from the menu.

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ENCHANTING RHINE & YULETIDE MARKETS 5 DAYS FROM ONLY $949 DEPARTING DECEMBER 2017

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CRUISE SUMMARY DAY 1 – EMBARK IN COLOGNE Embark in historic Cologne and familiarise yourself with your fivestar floating hotel. DAY 2 – RHINE GORGE & RÜDESHEIM Cruise through the world famous and dramatic Rhine Gorge before arriving in the renowned wine town of Rüdesheim. Spend the afternoon wandering the Christmas markets of this charming spot.

DAY 4 – KOBLENZ & COLOGNE Explore Koblenz, dramatically situated at the confluence of the Rhine & Moselle Rivers, on a guided tour. Arriving back in Cologne this afternoon, discover one (or all) of its seven Christmas markets. DAY 5 – DISEMBARK This morning, the crew bids you farewell before you disembark.

DAY 3 – FRANKFURT This morning, enjoy a guided tour of the cosmopolitan city of Frankfurt with its contrast between the modern skyline and the medieval old town, before exploring one of the oldest Christmas markets in Europe.

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SO MUCH IS INCLUDED • 4 nights on board in your choice of luxury cabin or suite, all with river views • All meals on board from dinner on your day of arrival through to breakfast on your day of departure, including welcome cocktails and the Captain’s Dinner • 4 visits and tours including guided tours of Frankfurt and Koblenz; and visits to Rüdesheim and Cologne • Complimentary on-board tea & coffee • Five-star service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides • Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi • Services of a Riviera Travel cruise director and tour manager • All port charges • No surcharges guaranteed

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COLOGNE CATHEDRAL

Discovering the magical ambience of Germany’s traditional Christmas markets with their host of unique, inspired gift ideas, plus the stunning Rhineland in its wintry splendour.

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YOUR CRUISE

COLOGNE

DAY 1 - EMBARK IN COLOGNE Arrive in Cologne, where your five-star floating hotel is moored. Here an attentive crew will welcome you aboard, ensuring you settle into your comfortable and extremely well-equipped cabin. DAY 2 - RHINE GORGE & RÜDESHEIM To really get yourself in the Christmas mood, nothing beats waking up on board and finding yourself already cruising through a stunning wintry wonderland. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast this morning and relax on board whilst a kaleidoscope of riverside views drifts by in all their seasonal glory. Wrap up warm and take to the deck for an invigorating breath of frosty air, whilst witnessing a real highlight as we cruise through the outstanding natural beauty of the world famous Rhine Gorge. Tales of mysterious happenings here have been passed down by generations of sailors and legends abound, the most famous legend of all – a beautiful maiden is said to have enticed sailors on to the rocks with her feminine charms and alluring song. After lunch on board we arrive in Rüdesheim, its quirky crooked half-timbered houses and tiny streets provide the perfect chocolate box setting for its Christmas market. The Christmas period is a magical time to visit this part of Germany – no country really does it better. The traditional and historic Christmas markets here are the perfect place to immerse yourself in their enchanting atmosphere whilst seeking out unusual presents for friends and family back home. Wander the myriad of stalls, glistening in the glow of hundreds of fairy lights, stopping perhaps for a slice of gingerbread or a warming Rüdesheim coffee, with its reviving shot of locally distilled Asbach brandy and dollop of whipped cream. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the Christmas shop here – open all year round, it is a treasure trove of all things Christmas, from tree decorations, music boxes to wooden nutcrackers and figurines. As the light fades, head back on board where another dinner in the ship’s excellent restaurants awaits. DAY 3 - FRANKFURT During breakfast this morning we cruise into the cosmopolitan city of Frankfurt. Unlike any other German city, this metropolis located on the River Main is a high-powered finance and business hub, home to one of the world’s largest stock exchanges. The city also has an unexpectedly charming and traditional side with its halftimbered buildings huddled around the ancient medieval squares of the old town, its wealth of peaceful parks and scenic riverside paths. We enjoy a guided tour of this fascinating city with its contrast between old and new - the modern skyline and skyscrapers on one side, and the medieval old town featuring St Paul’s Church,

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Emperor’s Cathedral and the neo-Gothic Römer City Hall on the other. There has been a Christmas market in Frankfurt for over six hundred years making it one of the oldest and most popular in Europe. Clustered round the city’s historic market place and the ancient church of St Paul’s, you cannot fail to be enchanted by its traditional ambience. No visit would be complete without sampling a glass or two of the warming Glühwein. Usually prepared from red wine (though is also made from white), it is heated with citrus fruit and a range of spices such as cloves and cinnamon sticks – and sometimes drunk “mit schuss” meaning a shot of rum or brandy has been added for extra punch! After lunch back on board, wrap up and stroll amongst the maze of alluring stalls selling handmade arts and crafts and tempting seasonal food and drink, whilst the aroma of freshly made gingerbread and baked apples fills the air, simply magical. There’s time to relax on board before the Captain’s Dinner, so why not unwind with an aperitif in the bar and chat about the day’s events with newly made friends. DAY 4 - KOBLENZ & COLOGNE Early risers this morning will witness our arrival in historic Koblenz, dramatically located at the confluence of the rivers Rhine and Moselle. The city is a romantic’s dream, forest-covered hillsides dominate the skyline, whilst the lower slopes are strewn with the pretty, half-timbered buildings so typical of the Rhineland. This morning you will have a guided tour, taking in the principal

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monuments, discovering ancient squares, admiring beautifully restored historic house frontages and quaint hidden passageways. Located in the atmospheric old town, Koblenz’s Christmas market is one of the largest in the Rhineland. As you browse, the aroma of hot chestnuts and mouth-watering sausages fills the air; don’t forget to pay a visit to the Christmas bakery, making the famous stollen, the delicious cake made with candied and dried fruit, nuts and marzipan traditionally eaten at this time of year. Back on board for lunch, we make our return to Cologne as the winter fairytale drifts by before your eyes. As the towering spires of Cologne’s cathedral come into view on the wintry skyline, we moor in the shadow of this ancient monument once more. You will have free time to immerse yourself again in the special Christmas atmosphere of the city’s traditional markets. Cologne has seven markets, each with their own unique theme. Every year a huge number of visitors are drawn to the beautifully decorated festive stalls, impressively set against the spectacular backdrop of the imposing cathedral with the largest Christmas tree in the Rhineland. There is a host of things to see here: Santa’s grotto, a huge temporary ice rink and spectacular festive illuminations but to mention a few, you will be spoilt for choice. A final delicious dinner is served on board this evening. DAY 5 - DISEMBARK After breakfast this morning, the crew bids you farewell before you disembark the ship.


RELAX, ALL THIS IS INCLUDED SPACIOUS SUITES WITH RIVER VIEWS Our luxurious suites all come with a private bathroom and offer exceptional river views.

COMPLIMENTARY TEA, COFFEE & WI-FI Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in your cabin at any time, and stay connected throughout the ship. Connection speeds via satellite may vary, so you may not get the superfast speeds you’re used to at home.

INSIGHTFUL TOURS & EXCURSIONS Our thoughtfully balanced itineraries include many guided tours with local experts. Our complimentary headsets will ensure you never miss a word.

EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE Expect five-star service from our hand-picked crew, and the best tour managers and cruise directors.

ALL ON-BOARD MEALS Enjoy buffet breakfasts, delicious lunches, delightful afternoon teas and sumptuous four-course dinners.

The prices are per person cruise only, based on two people sharing.

MS THOMAS HARDY & MS EMILY BRONTË Five-star Deck

Lower

Cabin Type 01/12/17 02/12/17 04/12/17 05/12/17 06/12/17 09/12/17 10/12/17 13/12/17 14/12/17

Suite $1,079 $949 $1,079 $1,079 $1,079 $1,079 $1,079 $949 $1,079

Middle Suite $1,419 $1,289 $1,419 $1,419 $1,419 $1,419 $1,419 $1,289 $1,419

Superior Suite $1,519 $1,419 $1,519 $1,519 $1,519 $1,519 $1,519 $1,419 $1,519

Upper Suite $1,659 $1,519 $1,659 $1,659 $1,659 $1,659 $1,659 $1,519 $1,659

Superior Suite $1,869 $1,759 $1,869 $1,869 $1,869 $1,869 $1,869 $1,759 $1,869

Stern Superior Suite $1,759 $1,659 $1,759 $1,759 $1,759 $1,759 $1,759 $1,659 $1,759

Deluxe Balcony Suite $1,999 $1,869 $1,999 $1,999 $1,999 $1,999 $1,999 $1,869 $1,999

PRICING & DEPARTURES

ENCHANTING RHINE & YULETIDE MARKETS (2017) - 5 DAYS

SINGLE OCCUPANCY On the lower deck there are a limited number of standard cabins available at no single supplement, subject to availability. For other cabins, price for sole occupancy is twice the per person rate for the relevant cabin as above.

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THE MS EMILY BRONTË, MS THOMAS HARDY MS OSCAR WILDE & MS ROBERT BURNS FIVE-STAR LAUNCHING: 2017 & 2018 LENGTH: 135M CREW: 44 GUESTS: 167 DECKS: 4 SUITES: 88

FACILITIES professional crew in the main restaurant. Beautifully laid tables of just four or six guests, crisp linen, deep wool carpets and warm wooden panelling create a delectable dining experience of the highest order. • Work off all those delicious meals in the fitness centre. Or relax with a massage and book an appointment at the on-board hairdresser’s, where manicures and pedicures are offered (small additional fee). • A lift operates to all accommodation decks. • Laundry service is available.

• At the very heart of the ship is the superb panoramic observation lounge and bar with plenty of comfortable seating. • Watch spectacular river scenery and life ashore from the comfort of a sun lounger up on the magnificent Sun Deck. • At the Bistro with its open kitchen, large panoramic windows and al fresco seating, enjoy a more intimate dining experience whilst taking in the fantastic views. • Pick up those last minute souvenirs in the on-board shop. • Enjoy the convenience of complimentary on-board Wi-Fi. • Experience exceptional first class cuisine accompanied by the most attentive yet discreet service from the ship’s highly

DECK PLANS SIDE ELEVATION

DIAMOND DECK (UPPER DECK) 335 333 331 329 327 325 323 321 319 317 315 313 311 309 307 305

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Bistro 316 314 312 310 308 306

Bar

Panorama-Lounge

Reception

Lift

RUBY DECK (MIDDLE DECK) 237 235 233 231 229 227 225 223 221 219 217 215 213 211 209 207 205 203 201

WC

Restaurant 236 234 232 230 228 226 224 222 220

218 216 214 212 210 208 206 204 202

Kitchen

Lift

115 113 111 109 107 105 103 101

Fitness

Hair116 114 112 110 108 106 104 102 dresser

DELUXE BALCONY SUITE 25.5sq.m/274sq.ft

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SUPERIOR SUITE SUPERIOR STERN SUITE 19.5sq.m/210sq.ft 19.5sq.m/210sq.ft

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Wellness

EMERALD DECK (LOWER DECK)

Lift

DIAMOND DECK SUITE 17sq.m/183sq.ft

RUBY DECK SUITE EMERALD DECK SUITE 17sq.m/183sq.ft 17sq.m/183sq.ft


DELUXE BALCONY SUITE

STANDARD SUITE BATHROOM

ALL-SUITE SHIPS •

Affording the ultimate in space and comfort, our ‘boutique style’ suites are appointed to the highest specification, imaginatively furnished with warm wooden furniture, harmonious colour schemes and contemporary lighting to put you in the most relaxed frame of mind from the very first minute.

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All magnificent suites enjoy a river view and are amongst the largest you will find on a cruiser gracing any European river. Imaginatively designed and appointed to the highest specification, for uncompromising comfort and a real home from home experience. Beds are hotel-style and can be configured as double or twin with finest cotton linen, and an evening turn-down service.

Clever design allows for ample space in the gleaming marble bathroom which features a powerful fully glazed shower with a large ‘rainshower’ head, contemporary lighting and complimentary cosmetics by ‘Crabtree & Evelyn’.

• The chic styling of a talented designer’s eye extends to the generous seating area with two chairs and a table.

SUPERIOR SUITE

All suites feature individually-controlled air conditioning, hairdryer, safe, minibar, telephone and the convenience of tea and coffee-making facilities. A bow camera conveys live images of the ship’s progress to your flat screen TV ensuring you don’t miss a thing.

Deluxe Balcony Suites enjoy floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open out on to a private balcony, complete with table and two chairs, plus additional space in the seating area for extra comfort and complimentary bathrobes and slippers.

• Superior Suites and Suites on the Diamond and Ruby Decks feature a ‘French Balcony’ – panoramic floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors bringing riverside life just that little bit closer! • Suites on the Emerald Deck have smaller fixed windows and some are available for sole occupancy with no supplement (subject to availability). • Suites measure 17 square metres (183 square feet), Superior Suites, 19.5 square metres (210 square feet) and Deluxe Balcony Suites, 25.5 square metres (274 square feet). STANDARD SUITE

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THE MS LORD BYRON & MS JANE AUSTEN FIVE-STAR LAUNCHED: 2013 & 2015 LENGTH: 110M CREW: 36 GUESTS: 140 DECKS: 4 CABIN/SUITES: 74

FACILITIES • • •

• Watch spectacular river scenery and life ashore from the comfort of the outdoor chairs and sun loungers up on the magnificent Sun Deck with full bar service. Enjoy a round on the putting green or a game of giant chess. When the temperature rises there is a splash pool. • Indulge in a little pampering in the sauna or steam room, or book an appointment with the on-board hairdresser who also offers manicures and pedicures (small additional fee). • Enjoy the convenience of complimentary on-board Wi-Fi. • A lift operates between the upper and middle decks. • Laundry service is available.

At the very heart of the ship is the magnificent panoramic observation lounge and marble-tiled bar with wonderful views through floor-to-ceiling windows. Rich carpeting and comfortable sofas create a welcoming and refined ambience, further complemented by discreet, intuitive service. The Lido Bar at the rear of the ship, with its terrace and alfresco seating, is the perfect spot to unwind whilst absorbing the sights and sounds of Europe’s greatest rivers. The main restaurant on the Ruby Deck serves exceptional first-class cuisine to tables of just four or six people against an elegant backdrop of glass, marble, wool carpets and crafted hardwood panelling.

DECK PLANS SIDE ELEVATION

DIAMOND DECK (UPPER DECK) 329 327 325 323 321 319 317 315 313 311 309 307

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RUBY DECK (MIDDLE DECK) 231 229 227 225 223 221 219 217 215 213 211 209 207 205 203

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Restaurant

EMERALD DECK (LOWER DECK) 101

112 110 108 106 104 102

DELUXE SUITE SUPERIOR SUITES 22.5sq.m/242sq.ft 18.5sq.m/199sq.ft

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SUPERIOR STERN SUITE 18.5sq.m/199sq.ft

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Wellness

111 109 107 105 103

DIAMOND DECK CABIN 15sq.m/161sq.ft

RUBY DECK CABIN 15sq.m/161sq.ft

EMERALD DECK CABIN 15sq.m/161sq.ft


CABINS & SUITES •

All cabins are amongst the largest and most comfortable you will find on any cruiser gracing any European river, luxuriously appointed with all the high-quality facilities you would expect from a luxury boutique hotel.

• Open the fine wooden door and the chic elegance is immediately evident – an exquisite contemporary design using skilfully hand-crafted tropical hardwoods and premium fittings.

SUPERIOR SUITE, JANE AUSTEN

• Finest pastel-coloured Italian fabrics, deep pile carpets and subtle lighting combine to make your chic cabin a stylish home from home. • Beds are hotel-style and can be configured as double or twin with the finest cotton linen, and an evening turn-down service. • Enjoy a generous seating area with two chairs and cleverly designed wardrobes ensuring ample storage space. • All cabins and suites feature individually-controlled air conditioning, hairdryer, safe, minibar, telephone and the convenience of tea and coffee-making facilities. • Deluxe suites are 50% larger than standard cabins, beautifully appointed and incredibly comfortable, with soft cotton bathrobes and slippers provided.

DELUXE SUITE BATHROOM

• Cabins and suites on the upper and middle decks enjoy floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open out on to a private French balcony, bringing riverside life just that little bit closer! • Cabins and suites on the lower deck have smaller fixed windows, and some are available for sole occupancy with no supplement (subject to availability). • Cabins measure 15 square metres (161 square feet), Superior Suites, 18.5 square metres (199 square feet), and Deluxe Suites 22.5 square metres (242 square feet).

STANDARD CABIN, JANE AUSTEN

DELUXE SUITE, LORD BYRON

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THE MS WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE & MS CHARLES DICKENS FIVE-STAR LAUNCHED: 2014 & 2015 LENGTH: 110M CREW: 35 GUESTS: 142 DECKS: 4 CABIN/SUITES: 76

FACILITIES • • • •

• Savour the culinary delights of the superbly elegant restaurant on the middle deck, enhanced by sparkling crystal and crisp, quality linen. Large tinted panoramic windows afford magnificent views. • A small but well-equipped fitness suite is available for the energetic. • Indulge in a little pampering at the sauna, or book a massage treatment or appointment with the on-board hairdresser (small additional fee). • Enjoy the convenience of complimentary on-board Wi-Fi. • A lift operates between the upper and middle decks. • Laundry service is available.

Crowning the ship is the magnificent Sun Deck, where you can enjoy fantastic views and the bar service in an informal café style setting. Visit the bridge and see the state-of-the-art navigation and control equipment. At the front of the ship is the classically appointed lounge and bar with a wide selection of comfortable, elegant seating. Relax and enjoy the spectacular river scenery through the superb observation windows. To the rear is the stern bar with large panoramic windows and al fresco seating. In the evenings, the chef presents his personal signature dishes for only 22 diners – reserve this intimate dining experience on board at no extra charge. Slip away for a peaceful read in the library.

DECK PLANS SIDE ELEVATION

UPPER DECK 332 330 328 326 324 322 320 318 316 314 312 310 308

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Captain’s Corner

Bar Shop

Panorama Lounge & Bar

MIDDLE DECK 232* 230 228 226 224 222 220 218 216 214 212 210 208 206 204 202 Restaurant 233* 231 229 227 225

219 217 215 213 211 209 207 205 203 201

LOWER DECK 112 110 108 106 104 102 111 109 107 105 103 101

UPPER DECK CABIN DELUXE BALCONY SUITE 15sq.m/161sq.ft 22.8sq.m/245sq.ft

Wellness Area

MIDDLE DECK CABIN LOWER DECK CABIN 15sq.m/161sq.ft 14sq.m/151sq.ft

*Please note cabin 232 is only available on the MS William Shakespeare and cabin 233 is only available on the MS Charles Dickens

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CABINS & SUITES •

Our cabins are amongst the largest on European rivers, all very tastefully appointed, featuring a wealth of mahogany, leather, marble and Italian soft furnishings, blending together to create an ambience of true quality and elegance.

• Spacious marble bathrooms are equipped with a WC, a fully glazed shower and a washbasin with plenty of space for cosmetics. • Finest pastel-coloured Italian fabrics, deep pile carpets and subtle lighting combine to make your chic cabin a stylish home from home. STANDARD CABIN, MS CHARLES DICKENS

• Beds are hotel-style and can be configured as double or twin with the finest cotton linen, and an evening turn-down service.

STANDARD BATHROOM, MS WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

• Cabins on the upper and middle decks have French balconies with glazed floor-to-ceiling doors that slide away to create a true panoramic extension to your already spacious cabin area. • Deluxe Balcony Suites enjoy extra living space and an outside balcony with table and chairs, bringing riverside life just that little bit closer! • All cabins and suites feature individually-controlled air conditioning, hairdryer, safe, telephone and the convenience of tea and coffee-making facilities. • Cabins and suites on the lower deck have smaller fixed windows, and some are available for sole occupancy with no supplement (subject to availability). • Cabins measure 15 square metres (161 square feet) or 14 square metres (151 square feet), Deluxe Balcony Suites, 22.8 square metres (245 square feet).

DELUXE SUITE WITH OUTSIDE BALCONY, MS CHARLES DICKENS

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THE MS SWISS CORONA & MS SWISS TIARA FIVE-STAR LAUNCHED: 2004 & 2006 LENGTH: 110M CREW: 36 GUESTS: 144 DECKS: 4 CABIN/SUITES: 76

FACILITIES • Crowning the ship is the magnificent Sun Deck with plenty of deckchairs and sun loungers from which you can enjoy a drink as scenic riverside life glides by. Catch up on some reading or cool down in the splash pool. • Enjoy fantastic views from your choice of two lounges – the richly-carpeted Forward Observation Lounge with plush seats and panoramic windows; or the Lido Lounge with a bar, small library and al fresco seating. • The strikingly luxurious lobby is spacious and welcoming with polished marble, rich hardwoods, tasteful brass fittings and classic wrought iron staircases, recalling classic five-star hotels from the golden age of travel.

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Savour the art of haute cuisine in the main restaurant, lavishly decorated with deep wool carpets, warm wood, sparkling glass and marble, whilst atmospheric lighting creates intimate table settings for four to six persons. Indulge in a little pampering at the sauna, steam room or whirlpool. Enjoy the convenience of complimentary on-board Wi-Fi. Shop at the tasteful boutique for all your souvenirs. A lift operates between the upper and middle decks. Laundry service is available.

DECK PLANS SIDE ELEVATION

DIAMOND DECK (UPPER DECK) 331

329 327 325 323 321 319 317 315 313 311 309 307 305 303

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330 328 326 324 322 320 318 316 314 312 310 308 306 304

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Bar

Reception

Panorama Lounge & Bar

RUBY DECK (MIDDLE DECK) 231

229 227 225 223 221 219 217 215 213 211 209 207 205 203

201

232

230 228 226 224 222 220 218 216 214 212 210 208 206 204

202

Restaurant

EMERALD DECK (LOWER DECK) 101

112 110 108 106 104

SUPERIOR SUITES SUPERIOR STERN SUITE 18.5sq.m/199sq.ft 18.5sq.m/199sq.ft

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DIAMOND DECK CABIN 15sq.m/161sq.ft

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Wellness

111 109 107 105

RUBY DECK CABIN EMERALD DECK CABIN 15sq.m/161sq.ft 15sq.m/161sq.ft


CABINS & SUITES •

Cabins are amongst the largest on European rivers, all superbly and tastefully appointed, featuring a wealth of mahogany, leather, marble and Italian soft furnishings, blending together to create an ambience of true quality and elegance.

• Spacious well-appointed bathrooms are equipped with a WC, a glazed shower cubicle and a washbasin with plenty of space for complimentary cosmetics. • Beds are hotel-style and can be configured as double or twin with the finest cotton linen, and an evening turn-down service. STANDARD CABIN, SWISS CORONA

Cabins on the upper and middle decks have French balconies with glazed floor-to-ceiling doors that slide away to create a true panoramic extension to your already spacious cabin area, bringing riverside life just that little bit closer!

• Upgrade to a Superior Suite on the upper and middle decks and enjoy the benefits of additional space and more luxurious seating plus a bath with shower over (Swiss Corona only). • All cabins and suites feature individually-controlled air conditioning, hairdryer, safe, minibar, telephone and the convenience of tea and coffee-making facilities. • A flat screen TV with satellite channels allows you to keep up to date, whilst bow and aft cameras enable you to enjoy the view without even leaving your cabin. • Cabins and suites on the lower deck have smaller fixed windows, and some are available for sole occupancy with no supplement (subject to availability). • Cabins measure 15 square metres (161 square feet), and Superior Suites, 18.5 square metres (199 square feet).

SUPERIOR SUITE BATHROOM, SWISS TIARA

SUPERIOR SUITE, SWISS TIARA

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THE MS DOURO ELEGANCE & MS DOURO SERENITY FIVE-STAR LAUNCHING: 2017 LENGTH: 80M CREW: 36 GUESTS: 121 DECKS: 4 CABIN/SUITES: 63

FACILITIES • Two of the most exceptional pairs of ships to grace any European river, featuring all the facilities you would expect in a luxury boutique hotel. • Imaginatively designed and appointed to the highest specification, for uncompromising quality and comfort. Enjoy crisp, contemporary yet classically stylish décor with discreet lighting, sparkling surfaces and highly polished marble floors. • Crowning the ship is the magnificent and spacious Sun Deck, where you can enjoy stunning 360 degree riverside views from the comfort of your sun lounger, or watch the Captain skilfully negotiate the river with ease. When the temperature rises, cool down in the fantastic swimming pool, a rarity on a river cruiser.

• Experience fine dining at the chic main restaurant on the middle deck, serving the most exceptional Portuguese, Mediterranean and international cuisine. Large panoramic windows afford wonderful views. • Indulge in a little pampering at the spa on the middle deck (small additional fee), or visit the fitness room on the lower deck for more energetic activities. • Enjoy the convenience of complimentary on-board Wi-Fi. • Shop at the tasteful boutique for all your souvenirs. • A lift operates between all decks except the Sun Deck. • Laundry service is available.

DECK PLANS SIDE ELEVATION

UPPER DECK 324

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MAIN DECK 224

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DELUXE SUITE 30sq.m/323sq.ft

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SUPERIOR SUITE 22sq.m/236sq.ft

Gymnasium

UPPER DECK CABIN 15sq.m/161sq.ft

LOWER DECK CABIN STERN SOLE OCCUPANCY LOWER DECK CABIN 14sq.m/151sq.ft 14sq.m/151sq.ft

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MAIN DECK STERN CABIN 15sq.m/161sq.ft

MAIN DECK CABIN 15sq.m/161sq.ft


CABINS & SUITES • Our cabins are amongst the largest on European rivers, all very tastefully appointed, featuring polished hardwoods, sparkling marble and sumptuous fabrics. • Spacious marble bathrooms are beautifully designed, featuring a shower with fully glazed screen, a WC and a washbasin with ample space for complimentary cosmetics. • Beds are hotel-style and can be configured as double or twin with the finest cotton linen, and an evening turn-down service. • All cabins and suites on the upper and middle decks feature floor-to-ceiling windows that slide down halfway.

STANDARD CABIN

Superior and Deluxe Suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows, plus an additional full-length window which opens down halfway to create a cosy Juliet balcony within your suite, complete with a table for two.

For the epitome of river cruise luxury and the ultimate in space and comfort our Deluxe Suites come with a walk-in wardrobe and larger living area and bathroom with twin wash basins and a separate section for the WC.

• All cabins and suites feature individually-controlled air conditioning, hairdryer, safe, minibar and telephone. •

Cabins on the lower deck have smaller fixed windows, and some are available for sole occupancy with no supplement. Stern Cabins on this deck are available for sole occupancy at no extra cost (subject to availability).

Cabins measure 15 square metres (161 square feet) on main and upper deck or 14 square metres (151 square feet) on lower deck. Superior Suites, 22 square metres (237 square feet), and Deluxe Suites, 30 square metres (323 square feet).

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BOOKING CONDITIONS Please see your booking agent for a copy of terms & conditions

CONDITIONS OF PASSAGE: 1. Changes or cancellations by us We plan trips many months in advance. Occasionally for reasons of force majeure or other circumstances beyond our control it is necessary to make alterations to the arrangements. We reserve the right to alter or cancel itineraries, accommodation or other arrangements at any time. If a trip is cancelled, our liability is limited to a full refund of your payments, and we will not be liable for any other costs, damages, or refunds of any kind for any loss, delay, inconvenience, disappointment, or expense whatsoever in such circumstances. If for reasons beyond our control, a trip in progress must be interrupted or cancelled, we will refund a portion of the price depending on our actual costs incurred. When we have to cancel or significantly change your trip, we cannot accept liability for the cost or cancellation of any unused service (such as, but not limited to, flights, hotels, rail travel and car parking). If there is a significant alteration of a cruise after departure, we will make suitable alternative arrangements at no extra cost to you for the continuation of the holiday. If you do not accept these, or it is impossible to make suitable alternative arrangements, we will where possible return you to the place of departure or to another place to which you have agreed with us, except when the alteration is minor or if due to an event of force majeure or is not our fault. We cannot guarantee that cruises will call at every port on the itinerary. Cancellation of part of the itinerary, substitution of ports or unavailability of some services will not amount to a significant alteration.

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2. Behavior and damage You are responsible for any damage or loss caused by you. Full payment for any such damage or loss must be made on demand as soon as possible. If in our or in the reasonable opinion of any other person in authority, you behave in such a way as to cause or be likely to cause danger, upset or distress to any third party or damage to property, we are entitled to terminate the holiday of the person(s) concerned and or require you to leave the accommodation or other service. We will have no further responsibility to you. No refunds will be made. You must not solicit other persons for commercial purposes or advertise goods or services without our prior written permission. 3. Brochure / website / advertising material accuracy The information contained in our brochure, website and other advertising material is believed correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. However, errors may occasionally occur and information may subsequently change. 4. Conditions of Suppliers You are bound by the terms and conditions of carriage of our suppliers and independent contractors which we incorporate into these booking conditions which may limit or exclude liability to you. Copies are available on request or visit www.rivieratravel.com.au. 5. Children We are unable to accommodate children under 12 years old at the date of departure. We reserve the right to limit the number of children on any particular trip. Any minor must be accompanied by and share a cabin with an adult aged 21 or over. If the adult is not the minor’s parent, a “Parental Consent Guardianship Form” must be signed by a parent or legal guardian prior to sailing.

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6. Health and safety You must at all times comply with rules and regulations and the orders and directions of carriers and our suppliers and warrant that your conduct will not impair the safety of others. We, carriers, our suppliers and/or the relevant authorities are entitled to administer a public health questionnaire at any time. You must complete the questionnaire and supply accurate information regarding any symptoms of illness. We may deny boarding to any passenger who has symptoms of any viral or bacterial illness. You must report illness and you may be required to remain in your cabin or hotel room asrequired by the ship’s captain or the hotel manager. Refusal to comply with any of these procedures may result in your cruise being terminated. We have no liability to you in the event that we cancel or curtail your cruise as referred to in this clause. If safety requirements and/or design or structure of the ship or port infrastructure and equipment, including port terminals, make it impossible to carry out the embarkation, disembarkation or carriage of a passenger suffering from a disability of reduced mobility in a safe or operationally feasible manner, we and the carrier are entitled to refuse a booking from the person concerned. Passengers must be fully mobile to travel on any cruise. We cannot provide individual assistance to any passenger for walking, embarking or disembarking or travelling on other forms of transportation. In the event that you require assistance with embarking or disembarking from the ship at the first or last port as a result of your reduced mobility or disability, please advise us at the time of booking but in any event no later than 48 hours before the assistance is required. Some ships may not have elevators. You must check at the time


of booking. Some excursions require a good level of physical fitness and do not have vehicles and/or there are restrictions on access. The carrier, acting via the captain, reserves the right to refuse passage, disembark or confine to a cabin any passenger whose physical or mental condition or behaviour is considered in the sole opinion of the captain to constitute a risk to the passenger’s own well-being or that of any other passenger or crew member. The carrier and the captain reserve the right to disembark any passenger whose behaviour affects the comfort, enjoyment, safety or well-being of other passengers or of any crew. During passage through locks or under low bridges or in the event of adverse weather conditions, it may be necessary to close the sundeck to passengers. Sundeck closures are rigidly enforced in the interests of safety. Ships may be required to moor alongside one another in some ports. This may result in your view being blocked. It may also result in your having to cross other ships in order to go ashore. While we take reasonable steps to minimise noise and vibrations on the cruise ships, you acknowledge and accept that some noise and vibration may be experienced on vessels and that we will not be liable to you in relation to such noise and vibration. 7. Food allergies If you have any food allergies which may cause significant health issues, you must report this in writing at the time of booking or as soon as convenient. It is your responsibility to ensure that you actively avoid any food you are allergic to and make all appropriate enquiries to establish the ingredients of any food. The supplier is not under any obligation to prepare or provide special meals.

8. Smoking Passengers must observe the non-smoking policy on board the ships. If smoke is detected in any cabin, a cleaning fee of AU$500 per occurrence will be billed to the passenger’s account. Smoking restrictions include e-cigarette smoking. If there is violation of the non-smoking policy, then passengers may be disembarked from the ship without refund. 9. Pregnancy The river cruise ships do not have doctors or facilities to deliver babies or provide-natal treatment. We recommend that women who are less than 12 weeks pregnant seek medical advice prior to travel. For safety reasons women past their 24th week of pregnancy at any stage of the cruise cannot be carried on board. Pregnant women are required to produce a fitness to travel certificate based on the proposed cruise itinerary and transport provider’s requirements. The carrier expressly reserves the right to refuse passage to board to any passenger who appears to be in an advanced state of pregnancy and the carrier shall have no liability whatsoever in respect of either such refusal and/or the carriage. 10. Medical facilities/treatment on board and ashore There are no doctors on board any of the river cruise ships in our program. Should you require medical attention during your cruise then local medical services can be contacted for emergency treatment. The cost of such treatment is your sole responsibility. We are not be liable for any aspect of medical treatment provided to you ashore or on board. If you have any medical condition which may need treatment during a cruise, this must be disclosed at the time of booking in order for a risk assessment to be undertaken as to whether you can be safely carried. You

may be asked to provide medical evidence for this purpose. Carriage is dependent on the nature and extent of the medical condition, the itinerary and length of cruise. In relation to your own medical equipment, there are limited storage facilities on board ships. You must check prior to booking if the equipment is allowed on board aircraft, ships or hotels. Scooters cannot be carried on board ships due to space limitations and reasons of safety. 11. Disability/wheelchairs/service animals During our cruise, we visit many historical sites and often enjoy walking tours of various places of interest. Some destinations, therefore, may not be suitable for clients of impaired mobility. Our priority is always the comfort and safety of passengers as well as complying with the strict legal requirements relating to safety of life at sea and inland waterways. In order to achieve these objectives, passengers with reduced mobility or disability or who need assistance dogs should at the time of booking provide as much detail as possible of the matters set out on our website at www.rivieratravel.co.uk/ reduced mobility information. Passengers may be required to be accompanied or may be refused carriage. 12. Security Weapons, ammunition, explosives, substances that are hazardous, disabling, or illegal, or any other article that in the sole opinion of the captain may be considered dangerous, are strictly prohibited aboard the ship or carried on any form of transport. You consent to a reasonable search being made of your person, property, cabin, hotel room and to the removal and confiscation or destruction of any object which may, in our opinion or that of any carrier or supplier will impair the safety of others or of property or be illegal or inconvenience others.

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Luxury river cruising can cost less than you think – secure your 2017 or 2018 river cruise today. On a Riviera Travel river cruise, we are always looking at the finer details. Our hand-picked crew are on call 24 hours a day to make your stay more comfortable. Our tour guides won’t just show you the city, they’ll make sure you feel its heartbeat – because at Riviera Travel, we know that what makes a journey truly memorable are the extra special personal touches. For more information, visit www.rivieratravel.com.au or contact your preferred travel agent.

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Europe's Finest River Cruises 2017 AU  

The UK’s Number One River Cruise Company now available in Australia