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CRUISE COLLECTION O C E A N • C O A S TA L & I S L A N D • E X P E D I T I O N

2020

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Welcome to our cruise collection Our new collection of ocean, coastal and expedition cruises promise genuine, life-enriching experiences and superb value. Glide between picturesque ports along the Adriatic coast aboard your very own yacht, step aboard the Queen Mary 2 for an iconic transatlantic cruise or join a thrilling expedition voyage-of-a-lifetime to Antarctica. Sit back, relax and watch as the ever-changing scenery unfolds and wake up to a different view every morning from the comfort of your chosen cabin. We are passionate about the world’s immense diversity and devote meticulous care to crafting and sourcing inspirational holidays studded with enlightening visits that teach and entertain, but with unique touches included beyond the obvious sights. We have been creating exceptional holidays for over 35 years, all are painstakingly researched, and we leave nothing to chance. Our customers are at the heart of everything we do. David Clemson Managing Director, Riviera Travel

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The Riviera Travel difference HAND-PICKED CRUISES

SUPERB PRE & POST CRUISE STAYS

We have thought carefully about every holiday in our cruise collection, selecting the very best partners. Together we will take you to the most interesting and exciting ports of call and deliver the rewarding experiences that our customers have come to expect from Riviera Travel.

We have added the unique Riviera Travel touch with our pre and post cruise stays. Our hand-picked hotels have been selected for their location and character and you will experience all the highlights of your destination and so much more on our included, exclusive tours.

FIRST-CLASS SERVICE Whether you choose to cruise aboard an exclusively chartered yacht, a graceful luxury liner or a small expedition vessel you will receive first-class on-board service from a welcoming, friendly crew.

EXCLUSIVE SHORE EXCURSIONS

DEDICATED RIVIERA TRAVEL TOUR MANAGER Our tour managers are chosen not only for their wealth of knowledge, but also their flair for engaging audiences and sharing special insights. They will be on board to ensure you enjoy every moment of your cruise and will also accompany you on included pre and post cruise hotel stays.

On your Riviera Travel cruise there are included as well as optional shore excursions designed to show you the very best of local culture, history, art, architecture, plus flora and fauna. On many cruises we include exclusive shore excursions, just for guests of Riviera Travel.

Royal Clipper

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OUTSTANDING VALUE

OUR UNIQUE SERVICE

Our cruise holidays offer incredible value and include everything you need for an unforgettable experience. We include return travel from the UK, overseas transfers, a choice of cabins, meals on board, taxes and fuel supplements. Shore excursions and pre and post hotel stays are also included on a selection of cruises. Please compare the quality and prices of everything we offer – you won’t find better for less.

We genuinely care about making your holiday the best it can be. Our friendly and experienced holiday advisors make every effort to get to know you by name and your preferences by heart. They are not restrained by targets, they just offer superb customer service, the way it should be.

AWARD-WINNING REPUTATION Since our inception in 1984, we have been consistently recognised for outstanding service, value and quality. For six years Which? has awarded us the highly coveted Recommended Provider status. According to independent holiday review site Reevo over 95% of respondents would also travel with Riviera Travel again.

PEACE OF MIND Our tour managers are with you throughout your holiday to ensure your experience is exceptional. You can always seek their assistance or call our dedicated 24-hour helpline to speak to a member of our team in the UK.

OUR PRICE PROMISE We believe your holiday should be fairly priced. We don’t discount our prices and there are no seasonal sales or deals for booking early or late. You can book your holiday with confidence, knowing that you are getting the very best value with honest and straightforward prices all year round. And of course we also offer you:

FINANCIAL PROTECTION All our holidays are fully bonded by ABTA, ATOL and IATA for your complete peace of mind. Your money is fully protected.

ABTA Number V4744

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Let us inspire you Ocean cruises Explore the wonders of the Mediterranean and cruise to the historic, cultural and artistic heart of Europe, or travel further afield on impressive mid-sized cruise liners. With show-stopping entertainment, world-class dining and spa experiences, there’ll be plenty to enjoy during your days at sea on our range of ocean cruises with our partners Azamara and Princess Cruises. Venture east to the majestic cities of the Baltic or seek out the magnificent treasures of the Black Sea beyond. Gaze in wonder at the staggeringly beautiful Norwegian Fjords from the deck of your floating boutique hotel or take an awe-inspiring journey of amazing wildlife and worldacclaimed vineyards to South Africa, where the Indian and Atlantic Ocean meet. Tradition and the ultra-modern collide on a fascinating ocean adventure to enigmatic Japan and, after a spectacular tour of the Canadian Rockies discover more natural wonders on a thrilling Alaskan voyage. For something a little different, rediscover maritime tradition aboard a romantic tall ship, or for sheer nostalgia and unapologetic luxury, surely nothing can match an unforgettable transatlantic cruise aboard the iconic and timeless Queen Mary 2.

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Coastal & island cruises

Adriatic yacht

Glide through the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic on board an exclusively chartered yacht. Relax on deck with a cool drink and when the ship drops anchor take a dip in a deserted little bay. Our yachts, carrying up to just 40 passengers, cruise from Venice, Dubrovnik and Split and a full programme of fascinating shore excursions is included. We also visit picturesque ports and islands which are less accessible to larger vessels allowing you to experience a quieter but equally beautiful side of the Dalmatian Coast. Lovely in equal measure are the enchanting islands of the Ionian Sea. Our exclusively chartered wooden schooners, carrying a maximum of 16 guests, will take you to the pretty harbours of Kefalonia and the enchanting coves and bays of Lefkas. Our schooner cruises also visit lesser known islands where time seems, quite literally, to have stood still. Idyllic harbours, atmospheric tavernas and hidden white beaches lapped by an azure blue sea - this is the Greece that we all dream of. Or for a truly unique and unforgettable holiday perhaps consider a relaxing cruise around the glorious atolls and coral reefs of the Maldives.

Expedition cruises Journeys to the Arctic and Antarctica are the epitome of an expedition cruise and we have partnered with MV Ocean Atlantic to offer you a truly memorable experience in remote and incredible corners of the world. Carrying just 198 passengers this is the perfect vessel from which to explore these icy wildernesses. Shore landings and cruises in sturdy Zodiac dinghies are a highlight, allowing you to embark ashore and view the wildlife at close proximity, plus you’ll enjoy a programme of fascinating lectures on board. Gaze in awe at majestic fjords and glaciers of the Arctic. See the huge variety of wildlife, from polar bears, walruses and whales to arctic foxes and millions of seabirds in one of our planet’s most remote and awe-inspiring regions. Experience the jaw dropping sight of calving glaciers and giant iceberg-filled bays amongst the mountainous terrain of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands, getting up close to incredible numbers of penguins, seals and whales. Our expedition cruises operate in the Arctic and Antarctic summer months when the days are long. This is the perfect time to enjoy the vast landscapes and exceptional wildlife. All shore excursions are led by knowledgeable expedition guides.

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Our cruise collection Ocean cruises........................................................14 Expedition cruises............................................... 90 Cruising Italy & Croatia.................................................... 18 Cruising the Baltic Sea to St Petersburg........................... 22 Cruising the Black Sea...................................................... 26 Cruising Norway’s Fjords.................................................. 30 Cruising the South of France & Corsica............................ 34 Cruising South Africa........................................................ 38 Sea of Japan...................................................................... 42 Canada’s Rocky Mountaineer with Alaska Cruise............ 46 Queen Mary 2: New York & Niagra Falls.......................... 50 Queen Mary 2 & New York City....................................... 52 Royal Clipper – A Mediterranean Odyssey....................... 54

Coastal & island cruises....................................... 58 Split, Rab & Undiscovered Islands of the North.............. 62 Split, Zadar & Secrets of the North................................. 66 Dubrovnik, Split & Jewels of the Dalmatian Coast.......... 70 Split, Dubrovnik & the Splendours of Dalmatia............... 74 Dubrovnik, Mostar & Secrets of Dalmatia....................... 78 Ionian Island Odyssey....................................................... 82 The Maldives..................................................................... 86

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Voyage to Antarctica - the Great White Continent.......94 Voyage to the Arctic & Spitsbergen...............................98

Ships The Azamara Quest / Journey / Pursuit ....................... 103 Diamond Princess ......................................................... 108 MS Koningsdam.............................................................110 Queen Mary 2................................................................112 SPV Royal Clipper..........................................................114 MV Aphrodite / Harmonia............................................. 117 MV Yasawa Princess.......................................................118 MS Il Mare..................................................................... 120 MV Riva......................................................................... 122 MV Corona.................................................................... 124 MS Adriatic Sun............................................................. 126 MV Rhapsody................................................................ 128 MV Ocean Atlantic........................................................ 130

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Our partners Our chosen partners all offer great quality experiences and itineraries which reflect the true character of the destinations visited. Our exclusive Adriatic yacht charters accommodate 40 passengers and the superb expedition ship, MV Ocean Atlantic carries just 198 passengers on thrilling voyages to the Arctic and Antarctica. We have partnered with Azamara for our Mediterranean, Baltic and Norwegian Fjords cruises. Their smaller, boutique ships have the advantage of being able to sail to places which are inaccessible to larger vessels. A South African cruise with Azamara is also included in our collection. For transatlantic, Pacific and Alaska cruises, where nautical circumstances do favour a larger vessel we still avoid the huge ships, choosing to work with renowned cruise lines including Cunard, Princess Cruises and Holland America Line. Queen Mary 2 (Cunard)

MV Corona – Adriatic yacht

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Ocean Atlantic (Albatros)

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Explore more ashore

Our cruise collection offers not only a choice of hand-picked cruise lines and ships but also a range of included pre and post cruise stays plus a superb selection of included shore excursions. These unique Riviera Travel touches will add a further fascinating and enjoyable dimension to an already memorable cruising holiday. From the Arctic to Antarctica and destinations in between, our focus is to ensure that your cruise is truly a journey of discovery.

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INCLUDED

INCLUDED

Exclusive pre and post cruise hotel stays

Hand-picked shore excursions with you in mind

Discovering a new destination is the perfect start or finish to a cruising holiday. Our included pre and post hotel stays have been designed to complement your cruise experience, providing a perfect balance of sightseeing and relaxation and adding unbeatable value. Nothing matches a stay in the Big Apple, a thrilling finale to a sensational voyage on the Queen Mary 2, and what could be better than a stay on the shores of beautiful Lake Garda, the perfect beginning to an Adriatic adventure. We have topped and tailed our magical cruise to the South of France and Corsica with stays in Barcelona and Nice and partnered our South African cruise with two nights in the heart of the glorious winelands.

We have selected the highest quality on-shore experiences, and a programme of excursions exclusively for guests of Riviera Travel is included on many of our cruises. These represent superb value, far better than if you were to book directly with the cruise company. Accompanied by knowledgeable local guides, these bespoke excursions will take you right to the heart of our fascinating ports of call.

Our hotel stays are accompanied by a dedicated Riviera Travel tour manager and all include excursions with knowledgeable local guides.

Welcome aboard All our cruises are accompanied by a dedicated Riviera Travel tour manager and a welcoming, attentive crew will always be on hand. We want you to have a superb on-board experience and plenty of time ashore too. Now all you have to do is choose your cruise.

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Meet our experts Our expertise is a key ingredient in ensuring the success of our cruise holidays. Everyone goes the extra mile so your cruise experience is second to none.

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Unrivalled knowledge and experience

Superb customer service

Every Riviera Travel cruise has been thoughtfully planned and crafted by our product and operations specialists. They draw on their own extensive travel experience and the guidance and expertise of our partners to create superb cruise holidays. Our specialists are committed to making every aspect smooth and enjoyable; they genuinely want to ensure that the holidays they create leave you with superb lasting memories.

Your Riviera Travel experience starts from the moment you speak to our friendly holiday advisor team. Our knowledgeable advisors have first-hand experience of our cruise holidays and will help you at every stage of your booking. They are available seven days a week to answer your questions, give personal recommendations and provide reassurance.

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Dedicated tour managers

Informative local guides

Every Riviera Travel cruise is accompanied by an experienced tour manager. Their sole mission is to ensure you have a superb time. They play several roles most adeptly; a group leader who works tirelessly to oversee every single detail and a destination expert able to offer revealing insights into local life. Nothing is too much trouble for these seasoned travellers; they want to share their unique personal perspective and help you make your own discoveries too.

The company of local guides is included on many shore excursions and pre and post hotel stay cruise excursions. Our guides are on hand to share their in-depth knowledge on art and architecture, history, local culture and so much more. Personal stories and anecdotes are sure to broaden your perspective and enrich your experience of the places our local guides call home. Highly experienced and knowledgeable expedition guides and guest lecturers will give talks and lead the shore excursions on our cruises to the Arctic and Antarctica.

Superb food and hospitality, surprisingly spacious cabins, space to cool off or to take the sun, a wonderful itinerary of tours and the beautiful Dalmatian coast to enjoy at our leisure. Fabulous! Mrs J Shore Dubrovnik, Split & Jewels of the Dalmatian Coast

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Ocean cruises Italy & Croatia Baltic Sea to St Petersburg Black Sea Norway’s Fjords South of France & Corsica South Africa Sea of Japan Canada’s Rocky Mountaineer with Alaska Cruise Queen Mary 2: New York & Niagara Falls Queen Mary 2 & New York City A Mediterranean Odyssey

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SAIL IN ST YLE AND DISCOVER MORE A SHORE

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ruise the ocean to exciting new destinations each day, whilst enjoying incredible on-board entertainment and modern amenities. With the impressive Azamara fleet, the award-winning Diamond Princess® and the iconic Queen Mary 2, you’ll be spoilt for things to do, whatever your favourite ways to unwind.

At Riviera Travel, we’ve carefully chosen partners with a range of modern, small and mid-sized cruise ships. This means that our valued customers get to enjoy all the benefits of a contemporary cruise ship while still being able to moor in the most desirable locations. So, whether you’re looking forward to treating yourself in the spa, indulging in a chef’s table experience or heading to the top deck for a view of the horizon, you’ll be able to relax and recharge as you journey to the next pin on the map. From sushi to steakhouses, spas to sun terraces and movies to live music, there are just so many activities to enjoy whilst you glide through the ocean.

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Hand-picked ships All our ocean cruises make use of ships that offer a more intimate style than some of the larger vessels, whilst still boasting an impressive array of facilities.

Carefully tailored tours Our cruises include a variety of included shore excursions, hosted by expert local guides and your Riviera Travel tour manager.

Queen Mary 2

Amazing on-board entertainment Experience a variety of on-board entertainment and facilities to enjoy during days at sea.

Mouth-watering menus Whatever your favourite dishes, dine on board with delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack offerings.

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C RU ISI NG ITA LY & CROAT I A O N T H E A Z A M A R A Q U EST 14 days from only £2,999pp Departing 6 May 2020

Stay three nights on the shores of enchanting Lake Garda before embarking on a 10-night luxury cruise along the breathtaking Dalmatian and Amalfi coasts.

C RU IS E SU M M A RY DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN LAKE GARDA Arrive at the airport for your flight. On arrival, we transfer to the four-star Hotel Savoy Palace for a three-night stay with breakfast and dinner.

DAY 6 – HVAR We arrive in enchanting Hvar island, where you will have a full day to explore. Our ship remains moored till tonight, so why not stroll through Hvar to see its lively nightlife?

DAY 2 – LAKE GARDA Today we have a tour of Lake Garda and its charming villages, such as Limone and Riva del Garda.

DAY 7 – SPLIT & DIOCLETIAN’S PALACE We cruise along the breathtaking Dalmatian coast to Split. Let our local guide bring to life the old town and Diocletian’s Palace on our included walking tour. During dinner on board, the ship continues cruising.

DAY 3 – VERONA After a guided walking tour to appreciate Verona at its finest, the afternoon is free to explore further. DAY 4 – EMBARKATION IN VENICE This afternoon we transfer to Venice to board the Azamara Quest. There may also be time for a brief wander before the ship departs. Later enjoy an exclusive wine pairing event on board. DAY 5 – ROVINJ This morning we find ourselves in Croatia’s beautiful Istrian peninsula and picturesque Rovinj, with free time to explore.

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DAY 10 – KOTOR & PERAST This morning we explore ruggedly beautiful Montenegro on a guided tour of old Kotor, plus a visit to Perast and the Church of Our Lady of the Rocks. The ship departs in the late afternoon.

DAY 8 – KORČULA Early risers can admire the spectacular Dalmatian coastline as we cruise to Korčula island. During your free time, why not visit the house rumoured to have been Marco Polo’s residence? The ship departs tonight. DAY 9 – DUBROVNIK Today we discover the delights of Dubrovnik on an included tour of the old town with our expert guide. This evening we enjoy a private concert by acclaimed cellist Ana Rucner in Dubrovnik’s old town.

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Pompeii


SO MUCH IS INCLUDED • Ten nights with full board on the Azamara Quest

• An included visit to one of the ship’s speciality restaurants

• A three-night pre-cruise stay in in a four-star hotel in Gardone, with breakfast and dinner, on the western shore of Lake Garda

• An exclusive wine pairing event on board as you cruise from Venice to the Croatian coast

• Take in the crystal clear waters of Lake Garda, as well as the charming village of Limone on a guided tour • Experience a walking tour of fair Verona • Cruise across the Dalmatian coast to Diocletian’s Palace and enjoy a guided tour • Enjoy a guided tour of the incredible old town of Dubrovnik • Marvel at Kotor on a guided tour, plus visit Perast and the Church of Our Lady of the Rocks • Embrace the fascinating history of Pompeii on a guided tour

• $50 per person on-board credit • Complimentary drinks and bottled water

Plus, of course... • Return flights from a choice of regional airports*, with hotel transfers • All port charges, airport taxes, overseas transfers and daily onboard gratuities • The services of a Riviera Travel tour manager as well as the ship’s own cruise director and associate cruise director • Fully protected by ABTA and ATOL * a supplement may apply

• Visits to Hvar, Rovinj and Korčula

Sorrento

DAY 11 – AT SEA Spend the day making the most of the ship’s excellent facilities. DAY 12 – POMPEII & SORRENTO This morning we arrive in Sorrento. After a guided tour of the famous ruins of Pompeii, the afternoon is free. Late this afternoon, we begin cruising towards France. DAY 13 – CORSICA After a leisurely morning on board we discover Ajaccio. You have plenty of time to get acquainted with the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte before the ship continues its homeward journey.

Lake Garda

Korčula old town

DAY 14 DISEMBARKATION IN NICE Disembark and transfer to the airport for our flight home. For details of the Azamara Quest, departure dates and prices, please see pages 103 to 107.

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YO U R C RU I S E DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN LAKE GARDA Arrive at the airport for your flight. On arrival, we transfer by coach to Gardone, a delightful resort town on the western end of Lake Garda. Our three-night stay at the four-star Hotel Savoy Palace includes breakfast and dinner. Located a few steps away from the lake close to the historic and shopping areas of Gardone, this Art Nouveau hotel features a restaurant and terrace with a panoramic view of the lake, as well as a bar, outdoor pool and wellness centre. DAY 2 – LAKE GARDA Lake Garda first came to prominence in the late-19th century, when visitors came to enjoy the clean mountain air, and it has been famous as an area of outstanding natural beauty ever since. Today we have a tour of the lake and pass through some quintessentially Italian villages complete with tiny harbours clinging to the shoreline against a backdrop of mountains. Our day begins with a drive along the western shore of the lake to the pretty little town of Limone, hemmed in on one side by the steep mountains and on the other by the lake. We then continue to bustling Riva del Garda at the northern end of the lake, where we stop for lunch and time to wander the charming medieval centre with its pedestrianised streets. From the northern end of the lake, we board a ferry for a leisurely cruise back to Gardone between towering mountains and lakeside villages.

The tragic story of Romeo and Juliet is set in Verona – you can even see the balcony where the immortal words ‘O Romeo, Romeo’ were reputedly spoken. The Roman arena is awe-inspiring but there are also medieval and Renaissance squares and courtyards to explore, as well as a 12th-century cathedral that houses a piece by Titian. The Roman Theatre is a must, as is the dazzling display of colour at one of the Renaissance’s finest gardens. This afternoon is free so you can explore the city as you wish before we return to the hotel.

DAY 3 – VERONA Verona is one of the most pleasing cities in Italy and today we have a guided walking tour to appreciate it at its best, discovering its hidden side too. We approach through the centuries-old city walls and when you enter the old town, you can’t help but admire the medieval buildings with their contrasting frescoes underneath archways unchanged for centuries. Then there is the market place, dating from Roman times, replete with reminders of the city’s past.

DAY 4 – EMBARKATION IN VENICE This afternoon we transfer to Venice, where we board the Azamara Quest. Guests of Riviera Travel will also enjoy an exclusive wine pairing event on board, hosted by one of the ship’s own experts. Our floating boutique hotel sets sail in the early evening, so there may be time for a brief wander in Venice to experience its timeless bridges, charming canals and handsome Piazza San Marco.

Korčula island

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DAY 5 – ROVINJ This morning we find ourselves in Croatia’s beautiful Istrian peninsula and Rovinj, perhaps its most picturesque fishing harbour, with free time to explore. Set on an oval peninsula, the charming old town has managed to preserve its character better than anywhere else along the western coast. Lose yourself in the web of medieval lanes and cobbled piazzas, with the splendid church as a guide to help you get your bearings. Amble along the harbour to observe the colourful Venetian-era buildings close to the water’s edge and pause for a drink in one of the waterside cafés before we depart early this evening.

DAY 6 – HVAR This morning we arrive in bewitching Hvar island, one of the sunniest places in Europe with an average of 7.7 hours of sunshine per day. Wander into the little town, where medieval walls surround ornate Gothic palaces and pedestrianised marble streets so compact they don’t even have names. Fed by fresh springs, the island is unusually lush with olive groves, vineyards and lavender fields. The Azamara Quest remains moored till later tonight so after a delicious dinner on board, why not stroll through Hvar to see its lively nightlife? DAY 7 – SPLIT & DIOCLETIAN’S PALACE We cruise along the breathtaking Dalmatian coast to bustling Split, Croatia’s second-largest city and a fantastic place to observe local life. Set against dramatic mountains overlooking the turquoise Adriatic, the exuberant city perfectly blends tradition with modernity. It’s perhaps best-known for Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO-listed site that has survived in remarkable condition since it was built in the 4th century. Let our local guide bring to life Split’s old town and this fascinating palace on our included walking tour. No expense was spared in the palace’s construction: marble came from Italy, while columns and sphinxes were imported from Egypt. During medieval times, a jumble of buildings was constructed around it and some structures were repurposed, such as the temple to Jupiter that became a baptistry. Today, some 3,000 people still live within its walls. As we enjoy another delicious dinner on board tonight, the ship continues its journey along the beautiful Dalmatian coast.

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Verona

DAY 8 – KORČULA Early risers can enjoy stunning views of the spectacular Dalmatian coastline as we cruise to Korčula island, where vineyards, olive groves and tiny villages harbour a glorious old town. According to legend it was founded by a Trojan hero in the 12th century, and some claim it’s also the birthplace of Marco Polo. During your free time here, why not visit the Marco Polo Museum and see the house rumoured to have been his residence? Perhaps refresh yourself with a glass of grk, a full-bodied white wine with a citrus lift that perfectly complements shellfish. After a wonderful day of exploring, return to the ship and relax as the Azamara Quest departs this lovely island tonight.

DAY 10 – KOTOR & PERAST This morning we find ourselves in ruggedly beautiful Montenegro, named for its towering mountains that appear black when viewed from the sea. We dock in Kotor, a dramatically located town in the spectacular Boka Bay, overlooked by brooding mountains and guarded by medieval stone walls. The old centre is a maze of museums, churches, café-filled squares and Venetian palaces. Today’s itinerary includes a guided tour of old Kotor, plus a visit to the nearby town of Perast and the Church of Our Lady of the Rocks. Despite its tiny size Perast boasts 16 churches and 17 mansions – echoes of a wealthy and powerful past. We take a short boat ride to a man-made island to visit Our Lady of the Rocks, a small church resplendent with Baroque art and silver votive tablets. After a fascinating day we return to the ship, which departs this incredibly scenic country in the late afternoon. DAY 11 – AT SEA You have a full day at sea to make the most of the Azamara Quest’s superb facilities. Indulge in a treatment at the Sanctum Spa, rejuvenate yourself with a class at the fitness centre or lounge on the pool deck. If you wish to relax in your room, there’s entertainment on demand and live TV. Evenings aboard are just as enjoyable, with thrilling shows at the Cabaret Lounge and intimate performances in the Living Room. DAY 12 – POMPEII & SORRENTO This morning we arrive in Sorrento, facing the Bay of Naples and perched high atop cliffs. Stylish and elegant, the resort rose to fame when it became popular with Europe’s

aristocracy in the late 18th century. Before you begin exploring this vibrant Italian town, we step back in time with our local guide to Pompeii, Europe’s most intriguing archaeological site and a startling reminder of Mount Vesuvius’ destructive forces. Our tour highlights its astonishing state of preservation – streets, temples and even an amphitheatre remain largely intact as everything was buried under scalding mud and ash. Afterwards, you have the afternoon free to see the sights of Sorrento. Wander its narrow alleys and winding streets lined by chic shops and cosy restaurants. Late this afternoon, we begin our cruise across the Tyrrhenian Sea towards France. DAY 13 – CORSICA After a leisurely morning on board the ship, we arrive this afternoon in Ajaccio, capital of Corsica and birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte. Stroll through the historic quarter, where the vestiges of the past mingle with modernity. You may wish to discover the enduring legacy of France’s greatest military leader at the pink-hued town hall or his ancestral home, now a national museum devoted to the Bonaparte family. History aside, Ajaccio has an outstanding art museum that houses the largest French collection of Italian paintings outside the Louvre, with masterpieces by Titian and Botticelli. You have the afternoon and most of the evening to get acquainted with Ajaccio before the ship continues its homeward journey. DAY 14 – DISEMBARKATION IN NICE After breakfast, we disembark in Nice and transfer to the airport for our flight home.

DAY 9 – DUBROVNIK Today we discover the many delights of Dubrovnik, whose enchanting walled old town never ceases to amaze. Explore its limestone streets, admire the many Baroque buildings and walk along the ancient city walls for beautiful views over the town and the shimmering Adriatic Sea. Join our expert local guide for an included tour of the old town’s landmarks and intriguing history. Dubrovnik threw off its Venetian masters in medieval times and founded a commercial empire. The economic boom that resulted in the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ found expression in the likes of the Rector’s Palace, now a museum, and Sponza Palace, which currently houses centuries of historical city documents. The Azamara Quest departs this wonderful city later tonight, giving you ample time to further your discovery and experience Dubrovnik after dusk.

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Kotor bay

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C RU ISI NG T H E BA LT IC S E A TO ST PE T E RS BU RG O N T H E A Z A M A R A Q U EST 11 days from only £2,799pp Departing 16 June 2020

Stay two nights in photogenic Stockholm before embarking on an eight-night luxury cruise across the Baltic Sea to St Petersburg, Helsinki and Tallinn.

C RU IS E SU M M A RY DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN STOCKHOLM Fly to Stockholm and transfer to the four-star Scandic Grand Central, where our two-night stay includes breakfast. DAY 2 – STOCKHOLM & VASA MUSEUM Stockholm is a fascinating city and its history comes to life during our included city tour this morning. We will also enjoy a guided tour of the Vasa Museum. DAY 3 – EMBARKATION IN STOCKHOLM The morning is free to explore Stockholm before we embark the Azamara Quest. Late this afternoon, we begin crossing the Baltic Sea. DAY 4 – TALLINN, ESTONIA Today we enjoy an included tour of Tallinn’s photogenic old town and surrounding area before we return to the ship for our lateafternoon departure.

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DAY 5 – ST PETERSBURG Get to know St Petersburg on an included city tour, taking in its many gems. This evening, enjoy a private performance by the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra – a memorable close to the first of three days in this unforgettable city.

DAY 8 – HELSINKI Our morning guided tour of Helsinki takes us around many of its highlights. The rest of the day is free and the ship remains moored overnight, so there’s plenty of time to explore under your own steam. Stockholm, Sweden

DAY 6 – ST PETERSBURG This morning we drive past more historic landmarks on our way to Peterhof, where we have a guided tour of the lavish Grand Palace and the beautiful Lower Park. Then we return to St Petersburg via hydrofoil. DAY 7 – ST PETERSBURG Our final day in St Petersburg is at your leisure. Why not book an excursion to return to the sights that caught your eye during our city tour? Or remain on the ship to make the most of its superb facilities. Early this evening we depart for Finland.

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Cathedral of Our Savior, St Petersburg

SO MUCH IS INCLUDED • Eight nights with full board on the Azamara Quest

• An included visit to one of the ship’s speciality restaurants

• A two-night pre-cruise stay in a four-star hotel in Stockholm with breakfast

• An exclusive wine pairing event on board

• Guided tours of Stockholm with a visit to the fascinating Vasa Museum • Explore the picturesque old town of Tallinn on a guided tour • A tour of the Grand Palace and Lower Park of the Peterhof Palace in St Petersburg • Experience a hydrofoil ride in Russia • Head to Helsinki and enjoy a tour of the Suomenlinna Fortress • Visit to Mariehamn and the amazing Åland archipelago • An exclusive private performance by the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra at the Mikhailovsky Theatre

• US$50 per person on-board credit • Complimentary drinks and bottled water

Plus, of course... • Return flights from a choice of regional airports*, with hotel transfers • All port charges, airport taxes, overseas transfers and daily onboard gratuities • The services of a Riviera Travel tour manager, as well as the ship’s own cruise director and associate cruise director • Fully protected by ABTA and ATOL * a supplement may apply

Uspenski Cathedral, Helsinki

DAY 9 – SUOMENLINNA FORTRESS Discover Suomenlinna Fortress with our expert guide, who will bring to life the spectacular fort’s history. After free time to further explore, we depart Finland in the late afternoon. DAY 10 – MARIEHAMN Spend the day at leisure in Mariehamn, the capital of the sunny Åland archipelago. Early this evening we begin our return journey to Sweden.

Tallinn, Estonia

DAY 11 – DISEMBARKATION IN STOCKHOLM After breakfast we disembark and transfer to the airport for our flight home. For details of the Azamara Quest, departure dates and prices, please see pages 103 to 107.

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YO U R C RU I S E DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN STOCKHOLM Arrive at the airport for your flight to Stockholm. On arrival we transfer by coach to the four-star Scandic Grand Central, where our two-night stay includes breakfast. Centrally located in a classic 1890s building, the hotel was formerly a theatre and reminders of its heritage feature heavily in the design, with spotlights over the reception and the stage still remaining. With the rest of the day free, make your way to SoFo, the blocks south of Folkungagatan packed with artsy shops specialising in clothing, design, vintage and more. There are many restaurants and cafés to choose from for your first meal in this beautiful city. DAY 2 – STOCKHOLM & VASA MUSEUM Stockholm is a fascinating city tumbling across an idyllic archipelago on the shores of the Baltic Sea. During our included city tour this morning, history comes to life and you can appreciate its cultural and architectural highlights, as well as the sheer atmosphere. Spread across some small islands is Gamla Stan, the storybook old town complete with royal palace and some of the city’s oldest buildings. We then enjoy a guided tour of the Vasa Museum, dedicated to the remarkable Vasa, the world’s only preserved 17th-century warship and an art treasure that’s one of a kind. Take a close look at the hundreds of sculptures carved into the vessel. Interestingly, Vasa met its end within minutes of setting off on its maiden voyage, sinking to the bottom of the bay along with its ill-fated passengers. DAY 3 – EMBARKATION IN STOCKHOLM You have the morning free to explore Stockholm and perhaps visit the joy-inducing ABBA Museum – a must for fans – before we transfer to the Azamara Quest. Late this afternoon, our floating boutique hotel begins crossing the

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Baltic Sea, which some believe to harbour a sunken UFO while most experts agree it’s likely just a natural geological formation. Guests of Riviera Travel will also enjoy an exclusive wine pairing event on board, hosted by one of the ship’s own experts. DAY 4 – TALLINN This morning we arrive in Tallinn, the ridiculously photogenic capital of Estonia. Together with our local guide we take an included tour that explores the old town, a warren of atmospheric streets and buildings nestled below a hilltop district. Among its many highlights are Toompea Castle and onion-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Walk in the shadows of church steeples, turreted battlements and 50-foot city walls, and meander along winding lanes lined with colourful merchants’ houses and craft workshops. In the late afternoon, the Azamara Quest begins its eastward journey through the Gulf of Finland towards Russia. DAY 5 – ST PETERSBURG There’s nothing quite like awaking in Russia, a land of superlatives matched by its epic history, incredible culture and sweeping landscapes of immense beauty. UNESCO-listed St Petersburg has a history dating back 300 years and features historic canals, gilded domes and striking architecture. Founded by Peter the Great who moved the capital here from Moscow in 1712, Russia’s imperial capital has inspired countless artists, such as Pushkin, Dostoyevsky and Tchaikovsky. We get to know St Petersburg on an included city tour. Marvel at the glistening golden domes of Saint Isaac’s Cathedral and the outstanding Winter Palace, former residence of the tsars. Crossing the River Neva, we see the Rostral Columns of the Spit of Vasilyevsky Island and the monumental Peter and Paul Fortress.

Then we drive to the iconic Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood to admire its exquisitely colourful domes and head down Nevsky Prospekt, the city’s most famous street and one of Europe’s grandest boulevards flanked by majestic buildings, such as the Neoclassical Kazan Cathedral and salmon-pink Stroganov Palace. We are in for a real treat this evening – a private performance by the world-renowned St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra at the opulent Mikhailovsky Theatre, one of Russia’s oldest opera and ballet houses. After a memorable first day we return to the ship to relax, with two more days to look forward to in this marvellous city. DAY 6 – ST PETERSBURG This morning we drive past more historic landmarks on our way to Peterhof, Peter the Great’s extraordinary collection of sumptuous palaces, ornate gardens and cascading fountains. It’s often called the ‘Russian Versailles’ although some feel the comparison does a disservice to the scale and grandeur of this spectacular estate. Here we have a guided tour of its crowning glory, the lavish Grand Palace, whose highlights include the dazzlingly gilded Ballroom, the mint-and-white Throne Room and the chinoiserie-style Drawing Room with fine silk hangings. Our guide then takes us on a stroll through the Lower Park to see its splendid fountains, picturesque canals and walkways lined with statues. We bid farewell to the summer home of the Russian tsars and board a comfortable hydrofoil for our return ride to St Petersburg. Have your camera at the ready to capture sensational views of the Grand Palace as we glide across the Gulf of Finland. DAY 7 – ST PETERSBURG Our third and final day in St Petersburg is at your leisure. Why not book an excursion to return to the sights that caught your eye during our city tour? Head to the State Hermitage Museum, where you could spend days perusing its mind-boggling collection and still have more to discover. Perhaps visit the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, built in memory of Tsar Alexander II on the site of his assassination in 1881. Its candy-coloured onion domes are a sight to behold, but the interior is even more impressive: every inch is beautifully decorated with stunning frescoes and detailed mosaic work. Or admire the world’s largest collection of works by Carl Faberge – including the beautifully decorated eggs – at the Faberge Museum. You could also choose to remain on the Azamara Quest to make the most of the superb facilities. Indulge in a treatment at the Sanctum Spa, rejuvenate yourself with a class

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a double-storey museum detailing the history of the fortress, the former home of Augustin Ehrensvärd who designed the fortress, and a toy museum with a delightful collection of dolls and teddy bears. We return to the ship with time to relax before our late-afternoon departure from this intriguing city.

St Petersburg, Russia

at the fitness centre or lounge on the pool deck. If you wish to relax in your room, there’s entertainment on demand and live TV. Evenings aboard are just as enjoyable, with thrilling shows at the Cabaret Lounge and intimate performances in the Living Room. Early this evening, our ship begins cruising once again across the Gulf of Finland. DAY 8 – HELSINKI This morning we find ourselves in Helsinki, which sits on the tip of a peninsula across 315 islands. Many of its grand Neoclassical buildings were designed by German architect Carl Ludvig Engel, who was commissioned by Tsar Alexander I to redevelop the city in the early 1800s. The Russian influence is striking in the capital’s architecture, so much so that during the Cold War it was used by filmmakers for the Soviet locations in films such as The Kremlin Letter. These days, Finland’s dynamic capital is renowned for its electrifying design and architectural innovations, thanks to creative visionaries like Alvar and Aino Aalto. Our morning guided tour takes us around many of Helsinki’s highlights. Marvel at the capital’s striking Art Nouveau railway station and the Sibelius Monument, an abstract work comprising more than 600 steel ‘organ pipes’ and a large bust of the celebrated Finnish composer. The rest of the day is free and the ship remains moored overnight, so there’s plenty of time to explore Helsinki. Perhaps visit the Ateneum, Finland’s leading art gallery for an introduction to the nation’s art, or walk through Kaisaniemi, the city’s botanic gardens featuring fascinating flora mainly from the same longitude as Finland, from Mediterranean scented forests to the lush rainforests of South Africa.

DAY 9 – SUOMENLINNA FORTRESS Today we are transported back in time as we take a short ferry ride to Suomenlinna Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site spread across a cluster of car-free islands all connected by bridges. Despite a tumultuous history from the mid-1700s under Swedish, Russian and Finnish command, the fortress is now a tranquil location that provides a superb snapshot of the past. Our expert guide will bring the spectacular fort’s history to life as we explore its four bastions and a wealth of other attractions within its walls, including connecting tunnels, a turquoise-domed church that doubles as a lighthouse, Finland’s only surviving Second World War-era submarine, lakes, gardens and even a beach. Outside the walls we meander through cobbled streets, across connecting bridges and past wooden buildings now home to quaint restaurants and artists’ workshops. After the tour there’s free time to further explore Suomenlinna at your own pace. It’s home to no fewer than six museums, including

DAY 10 – MARIEHAMN Overnight we have cruised to the sunny Åland archipelago, an autonomous region of Finland with Swedish-speaking inhabitants and a flag that very much resembles Sweden’s. We’re moored in its capital, Mariehamn, whose lindenlined boulevards echo its Russian heritage – the town was founded by Tsar Alexander II and named after his empress consort, Maria. The day is free for you to explore this charming town. Discover Mariehamn’s seafaring history and see the world’s only four-masted sailing ship in its original state at the Åland Maritime Museum, wander through the lovely park on the little islet of Lilla Holmen or take a leisurely walk around the Maritime Quarter filled with old fishermen’s houses, wooden boats and workshops. Perhaps take the opportunity to pick up some souvenirs in town or watch the world go by over a cup of coffee from a cosy café. Early this evening the ship departs Mariehamn for our sea crossing back to Sweden. DAY 11 – DISEMBARKATION IN STOCKHOLM After a final breakfast on board the Azamara Quest, we disembark in Stockholm and transfer to the airport for our flight home. Please note: Russian visas are included while you’re enjoying our exclusive excursions or excursions operated by the ship, but customers who wish to explore St Petersburg independently will need to apply for a visa.

Suomenlinna Fortress, Finland

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C RU ISI NG T H E B L ACK S E A O N T H E A Z A M A R A J O U RN E Y 16 days from only £4,499pp Departing 17 July 2020

Stay in ancient Athens before embarking on a 14-night luxury cruise, calling at some of the most fascinating countries around the legendary Black Sea.

C RU IS E SU M M A RY DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN ATHENS Fly to Athens and transfer to the four-star Athens Marriott, where our overnight stay includes breakfast. DAY 2 – EMBARKATION IN ATHENS This morning we enjoy a walking tour of the Acropolis and a visit to the Acropolis Museum. We board the Azamara Journey in the afternoon. DAY 3 – EPHESUS Overnight we have crossed the Aegean Sea to Turkey. A local guide joins us on a tour of the House of the Virgin Mary and ancient Ephesus. Afterwards you may wish to catch a short carpet-weaving demonstration. After dinner on board, we return to Ephesus for a private classical concert at the Odeon theatre. Tonight, we continue cruising. DAY 4 – AT SEA Spend the day cruising in comfort aboard the superb Azamara Journey.

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DAY 5 – ISTANBUL During our guided tour of Istanbul, we see the city walls, the Hippodrome and the breathtaking Hagia Sophia. Then we have a guided walk through the Grand Bazaar. There’s free time before we return to the ship for our early-evening departure. DAY 6 – VARNA There’s plenty to discover in Bulgaria’s maritime capital, such as its seafront park and the Archaeological Museum. After dinner on board, we depart for Romania. DAY 7 – BUCHAREST We drive to Bucharest, where we visit the Village Museum and stop for lunch at one of the city’s most famous restaurants. Our local guide takes us through the old town to see its historic highlights. Later we return to the ship for our early-evening departure. DAY 8 – ODESSA Discover Odessa, famous for the Potemkin

Steps from the film Battleship Potemkin. Head to the Museum of Odessa Modern Art, browse the shops along Derybasivska or visit the Odessa Opera & Ballet Theatre. The ship departs tonight. DAY 9 – AT SEA Enjoy the ship’s excellent facilities as we cross the Black Sea. DAY 10 – SOCHI Spend the day in Sochi, whose gems include its bustling boardwalk, lush parks and the Museum of Sochi History. Or choose from Azamara’s range of excursions, such as visits to the Olympic Park and Stalin’s summer residence. The ship departs tonight. DAY 11 – BATUMI After a guided tour of Batumi to uncover its main sights, such as Batumi Boulevard and Europe Square, we visit the beautiful Botanical Garden. Later we return to the ship for our lateafternoon departure.

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SO MUCH IS INCLUDED • 14 nights with full board on the Azamara Journey • An overnight pre-cruise stay in a four-star hotel in Athens with breakfast

• A private classical concert at the Odeon theatre of Ephesus, dating back to 2nd-century AD • An included visit to one of the ship’s speciality restaurants

• Experience an expert tour of Athens’ Acropolis and its museum

• An exclusive wine pairing event on-board

• Enjoy a guided tours of the historic highlights in Bucharest old town

• US$50 per person on-board credit

• Discover the Batumi Boulevard, Europe Square and the beautiful botanical gardens on a guided tour • Explore Istanbul on a guided tour stopping at the Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and bustling Grand Bazaar • See the Sochi Olympic Park and Stalin’s summer residence • Visit Varna, Bulgaria’s maritime capital with its charming seafront park, as well as Odessa in Ukraine

• Complimentary drinks and bottled water

Plus, of course... • Return flights from a choice of regional airports*, with hotel transfers • All port charges, overseas transfers and daily on-board gratuities • The services of a Riviera Travel tour manager, as well as the ship’s own cruise director and associate cruise director • Fully protected by ABTA and ATOL

• Scenic cruising through the Dardanelles

* a supplement may apply

Istanbul

DAY 12 – AT SEA Enjoy a relaxing day at sea. DAY 13 – ISTANBUL On our second visit to Istanbul, seize the opportunity to discover more.

Bucharest

DAY 14 – TROY We enjoy an included visit to Troy, a complex archaeological site made famous by Homer’s Iliad. DAY 15 – AT SEA We spend today cruising the historic Dardanelles region. DAY 16 – DISEMBARKATION IN ATHENS Disembark and transfer to Athens for the flight home. For details of the Azamara Journey, departure dates and prices, please see pages 103 to 107. Athens

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YO U R C RU I S E DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN ATHENS Arrive at the airport for your flight to Athens. On arrival we transfer by coach to the four-star Athens Marriott, where our overnight stay includes breakfast. The centrally located hotel features two restaurants and a rooftop terrace with a pool and bar offering views over the Acropolis and the sea. DAY 2 – EMBARKATION IN ATHENS This morning we’re introduced to Athens, the birthplace of Western civilisation, on a walking tour. We visit the ancient citadel, the extraordinary Acropolis that represents the glorious achievements of Athenian culture. Among the magnificent monuments is the Parthenon temple dedicated to the goddess Athena. Many of the statues are on display at the Acropolis Museum, which we also visit. Exhibits include a series of carved pediments from the Temple of Athena. After lunch at your leisure, we board the superb Azamara Journey. DAY 3 – EPHESUS Overnight we have crossed the Aegean Sea to Kuşadası. This morning we’re joined by a local guide on a fascinating tour, first at the House of the Virgin Mary where she is said to have spent her last years. Then we continue to Ephesus, the capital of Roman Asia Minor, where the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, once stood. As you walk along the Arcadian Way in the footsteps of rulers like Cleopatra, you get a real feel for what life was like back then. Marvel at the remains of the Great Theatre, the Corinthian-style Hadrian’s Temple and the renowned Library of Celsus. A visit to this part of the world wouldn’t be complete without getting to know one of the essential parts of the regional culture – carpetweaving. You may wish to witness a short Ephesus, Turkey

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Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

demonstration to learn about this ancient craft. After dinner on board, we return to Ephesus for a once-in-a-lifetime private concert at the Odeon theatre, where we are serenaded by a 12-piece orchestra performing a timeless rhapsody of some of the best-loved classical pieces. Late tonight, we continue our journey around the Turkish coast. DAY 4 – AT SEA Spend the day cruising in comfort aboard the superb Azamara Journey. Start your morning with a hearty breakfast, then lounge on the sun deck with your latest summer read. This afternoon, we will enjoy an exclusive winepairing experience with your expert on-board sommelier. Sample a selection wines and find out how best to pair them with a variety of food. DAY 5 – ISTANBUL This morning we find ourselves in Istanbul, where East meets West in a diverse tapestry of

historic legacies, artistic treasures and vibrant cultures. During our included tour, we see the immense city walls and the remains of the Hippodrome, where the emperors entertained a staggering 50,000 people. Then there’s the 17th-century Blue Mosque, designed as an imperial show of strength to complement the imposing Hagia Sophia. More than 20,000 handmade ceramic tiles with floral motifs decorate the interior, beautifully illuminated by 260 windows. Our local guide will bring to life the breathtaking Hagia Sophia. Dazzling Byzantine mosaics seem to cover every wall, complemented by the stunning ceramics so typical of the East after the cathedral was converted to a mosque. Each piece of marble lining the walls was specially quarried so the grain blends harmoniously. There’s free time after to explore and join the locals in the city’s many inviting tea gardens and taverns. Early this evening, we begin our circumnavigation of the Black Sea. DAY 6 – VARNA We arrive this morning in cosmopolitan Varna, Bulgaria’s maritime capital. A major port under the Byzantines, the city was used by British troops during the Crimean War some 800 years later. There’s a delightful seafront park home to Varna’s zoo, aquarium and planetarium. Why not stroll through this beautiful green space alongside the promenading locals? Or visit the Archaeological Museum in the city centre to see its outstanding collection, which includes some of the world’s oldest gold jewellery and Hellenistic tombstones. Varna was first a Thracian city named Odessos until it was taken over by the Romans. You can easily visit the well-preserved ruins of their 2nd-century baths, as they’re just a short walk from the port.

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After dinner on board the ship, we depart for our next destination. DAY 7 – BUCHAREST Today we are in Constanţa, where Jason is said to have fled after finding the Golden Fleece according to the Greek myth. After breakfast, we drive through the fertile fields and vineyards of Muntenia, passing traditional villages. We arrive in Bucharest, where we visit the Village Museum, an open-air collection of traditional homes from all over Romania. These painstakingly preserved buildings, which date from the 17th to the 20th centuries, offer fascinating insights into traditional Romanian life. Next, we stop at one of Bucharest’s most famous restaurants for lunch with a complimentary glass of Romanian wine. We then resume our city tour, passing the Royal Palace that today houses the National Art Museum, as well as the former headquarters of the Central Committee of the Communist Party. Last but not least, our local guide takes us through the elegant old town to see its historic highlights, such as the Stavropoleos Monastery and the remains of the Old Princely Court, watched over by a bust of Vlad the Impaler – local hero and the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. After a wonderful day, we return to the ship for our early-evening departure. DAY 8 – ODESSA During breakfast we cruise into the port of Odessa, founded in 1794 by Catherine the Great. Sweeping down to the Black Sea to greet you are the famous Potemkin Steps, which you might recognise from the critically acclaimed film Battleship Potemkin – one of the most influential scenes in the history of cinema. Behind them is the elegant city centre, organised in a geometric grid of leafy streets lined by pastel Neoclassical buildings. Head to the city’s Museum of Odessa Modern Art to see the works of Ukrainian artists or browse the many shops along Derybasivska, the main commercial street. Don’t miss the Odessa Opera & Ballet Theatre, the jewel in the city’s architectural crown, featuring a magnificent Baroque façade and a horseshoe-shaped hall built with superb acoustics. The ship departs tonight for our voyage across the Black Sea. DAY 9 – AT SEA Make the most of the Azamara Journey’s superb facilities during our full day at sea. Indulge in a relaxing treatment at the Sanctum Spa or unwind on the pool deck. As you gaze out over the Black Sea, you might wonder how it got its name. For a long time it was an inhospitable

script and the mesmerising Ali & Nino sculpture of a couple moving periodically to kiss each other. At Europe Square, we see belle-époque buildings, an astronomical clock tower and the striking Medea monument – a reminder that Batumi was part of ancient Colchis, home of the enchantress who helped Jason, leader of the Argonauts, to obtain the Golden Fleece. We also visit Batumi Botanical Garden, which boasts a staggering array of subtropical and foreign plants, spread across 266 acres of hillside rising out of the Black Sea. We then return to the ship for our lateafternoon departure from Georgia.

Port of Sochi

body of water whose shores were inhabited by hostile tribes. To add to the intrigue, the absence of oxygen in the lower levels means that nothing can inhabit the anoxic zone – it’s only in the oxygen-rich surface that we find marine life. To find out more, you can participate in the ship’s enrichment programme, which includes a range of insightful classes, demonstrations and lectures. DAY 10 – SOCHI Spend the day in Sochi, renowned for hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics. The resort features a bustling boardwalk while further away from the embankment are lush parks filled with magnolia and cypress trees. Look out for the Lenin Mosaic, a 26-foot art piece unveiled in 1980 to celebrate his 110th birthday. Delve into Sochi’s archaeological history, maritime roots and role in the Second World War at the Museum of Sochi History. A real highlight is the space display, featuring the 1970 Soyuz 9 capsule that returned to earth after 18 days in orbit. Azamara offers a range of bookable excursions, such as visits to Russian tea houses, the Olympic Park and even Stalin’s summer residence. Our ship departs tonight as you enjoy dinner on board. DAY 11 – BATUMI We arrive this morning in Batumi, the capital of the autonomous republic of Adjara set against a backdrop of mist-veiled hills. Founded on the site of an ancient Greek colony, it was conquered by the Ottomans and then the Russians. After a brief occupation by the British in 1919, Batumi was ceded to Georgia. A local guide joins us on a city tour and brings to life its most interesting highlights. Batumi Boulevard’s lovely strip of coastal park features a towering monument to Georgian

DAY 12 – AT SEA Spend another day at sea discovering all the Azamara Journey has to offer. Enjoy the sea views from the convivial Discoveries Lounge or brush up on your knowledge of the next destination at the well-appointed library. You may wish to mingle with the other guests over a friendly game of shuffleboard or one of the many activities available. After dinner, head up to the sun deck for a spectacular sundowner or chat with newfound friends over drinks at the bar. DAY 13 – ISTANBUL We pay a second visit to fabulous Istanbul. Seize the opportunity to uncover more of its gems or perhaps choose somewhere that caught your eye during our first visit. DAY 14 – TROY Our final port of call is Kepez, but we go further beyond the shore to explore the real treasures. We travel to Troy, where Queen Helen of Sparta eloped with Prince Paris and her enraged husband followed seeking her return. Today, Troy is an archaeological site that spans nine cities and remains an alluring place to anyone who has read Homer’s Iliad. After a riveting excursion, we depart for Piraeus. DAY 15 – AT SEA It’s our final full day at sea, so what is it to be? Catch up with newly made friends in the lounge or pick up some souvenirs at the on-board shop. Evenings aboard are just as enjoyable, with thrilling shows at the Cabaret Lounge and intimate performances in the Living Room. DAY 16 – DISEMBARKATION IN ATHENS After breakfast, we disembark in the port of Piraeus and transfer to Athens for the flight home. Please note: Russian visas are included only while you’re enjoying Azamara’s excursions, but customers who wish to explore Sochi independently will need to apply for a visa.

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C RU ISI NG N O RWAY ’ S FJORDS O N T H E A Z A M A R A PU R SU I T 13 days from only £2,999pp Departing 21 August 2020

Make your way to Southampton for a 12-night luxury cruise to Norway, calling at its many wonderful towns and cities and experiencing the spectacular fjords.

C RU IS E SU M M A RY DAY 1 – EMBARKATION IN SOUTHAMPTON Make your way to the port of Southampton, where your dedicated Riviera Travel tour manager will greet you aboard the Azamara Pursuit. Enjoy an exclusive wine pairing event on board.

DAY 5 – KRISTIANSAND This morning we arrive in Kristiansand, a charming city with a lively fishing harbour, a circular fortress, quiet nature parks and much more. Early this evening we continue cruising along Norway’s southern coast.

DAY 2 – AT SEA Spend the day cruising aboard our floating boutique hotel.

DAY 6 – HAUGESUND Spend the day exploring Haugesund, the home of Viking rulers and Norway’s very first king. Perhaps visit Langfoss, voted one of the world’s 10 most beautiful waterfalls. During dinner, we continue our journey along the western coast.

DAY 3 – OSLO A leisurely day’s cruising affords plenty of time to enjoy the ship’s superb facilities. During dinner we arrive in Oslo. DAY 4 – OSLO During our sightseeing tour of Oslo we experience the city’s many highlights, such as the Royal Palace and the Vigeland Sculpture Park. The rest of the day is free. During dinner we begin cruising through the strait of Skagerrak.

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which we get to know on a walking tour. The rest of the day is free, so there’s plenty of time for independent exploration. This evening we enjoy an exclusive music performance at Grieg Hall. DAY 9 – BERGEN Our second day in Bergen is entirely at your leisure. Shore excursions with Azamara can be booked in advance, such as hiking around Mount Fløyen and experiencing beautiful Hardanger on a panoramic journey. We depart this wonderful city tonight.

DAY 7 – EIDFJORD Perhaps awake early for our arrival into Eidfjord, a beautifully sited town guarded by lofty mountains. We traverse highlands and valleys to visit the Sysendammen and the breathtaking Vøringsfossen waterfall. We depart Eidfjord this evening. DAY 8 – BERGEN It’s the first of our two days in lovely Bergen,

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Bergen


SO MUCH IS INCLUDED • 12 nights with full board on the Azamara Pursuit

• Exclusive music recital at Grieg Hall in Bergen

• Explore Oslo on our expert sightseeing tour, which stops at the majestic Royal Palace and Vigeland Sculpture Park

• An included visit to one of the ship’s speciality restaurants

• Witness the incredible Vøringsfossen waterfall and striking Sysendammen in Eidfjord • Enjoy a walking tour of beautiful Bergen, with free time to explore this colourful city • A journey on the famous Flåm Railway to experience some of Norway’s most spectacular scenery • Embrace the historical city of Haugesund • Discover the lively fishing harbour of Kristiansand

• An exclusive wine pairing event on board • US$50 per person on-board credit • Complimentary drinks and bottled water

Plus, of course... • All port charges, overseas transfers and daily on-board gratuities • The services of a Riviera Travel tour manager, as well as the ship’s own cruise director and associate cruise director • Fully protected by ABTA

Flåm

DAY 10 – FLÅM This morning we arrive in picturesque Flåm, nestled in a tributary of the majestic Sognefjord. Included today is a return journey on the Flåm Railway from the Aurlandsfjord past sheer cliffs and roaring waterfalls to Myrdal station. Early this evening, the ship begins its voyage across the North Sea. DAYS 11 & 12 – AT SEA You have two full days at sea to make the most of the Azamara Pursuit’s many excellent facilities.

Eidfjord

Vigeland Sculpture Park, Oslo

Vøringsfossen Waterfall

DAY 13 – DISEMBARKATION IN SOUTHAMPTON After breakfast on board, we disembark in Southampton. For details of the Azamara Pursuit, departure dates and prices, please see pages 103 to 107..

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YO U R C RU I S E DAY 1 – EMBARKATION IN SOUTHAMPTON Make your way to the port of Southampton, where your tour manager will meet you aboard your floating boutique hotel, the Azamara Pursuit. Settle in and familiarise yourself with the ship before tonight’s excellent dinner in the elegant restaurant. DAY 2 – AT SEA Spend the day cruising in style and comfort aboard the superb Azamara Pursuit. Start your morning with a hearty breakfast, then lounge on the sun deck with your latest summer read. You may wish to go head-to-head with the other guests in a game of darts, ping pong or one of the many activities available. After dinner, head up to the sun deck for a spectacular sundowner or find a cosy spot in the beautifully appointed library to find out more about the places we visit. Guests of Riviera Travel will also enjoy an exclusive wine pairing event on board, hosted by one of the ship’s own experts. DAY 3 – OSLO One of the joys of life aboard the Azamara Pursuit is the sense of relaxation it brings. A leisurely day’s cruising affords us plenty of time to catch up on some reading or treat yourself to a pampering session at the Sanctum Spa. Take a look at our schedule of talks on board by leading experts and brush up on your knowledge of our ports of call. Later during dinner we arrive at our first stop – Oslo, Norway’s beguiling capital city.

striking as it is diverse. The city’s broad streets are laid out in a quadrant plan, a legacy of King Christian IV from 1641. Perhaps visit the circular Christiansholm Fortress, which was once used to repel British warships but today doubles as a popular venue for cultural events. Just north of the city centre are Baneheia and Ravnedalen, quiet nature parks that offer excellent lakeside hiking. For insights into the daily life of Norwegians from the past, head to the Vest-Agder open-air museum, which features carefully reconstructed streets with an impressive collection of historic buildings, some dating back to 1580. Early this evening we continue cruising along Norway’s southern coast. DAY 6 – HAUGESUND Arriving this morning, you have the day to explore Haugesund, an attractive and lively city that stretches from the open sea to the magnificent fjords and mountains in the east. The kith and kin of early princes made the region the royal seat of Harald Fairhair, and if you wish to see the burial site of Norway’s very first king, head to the National Monument of Norway, where a 55.8-foot-high obelisk crowns a large mound. To learn about Haugesund’s more recent history and involvement in the Second World War, why not visit the Arquebus War History Museum? Perhaps travel through a scenic landscape of steep mountains to visit Langfoss, a 2,000-foot-long waterfall that has been voted one of the world’s 10 most beautiful waterfalls.

During dinner this evening, the Azamara Pursuit continues its journey along the famed western coast. DAY 7 – EIDFJORD Perhaps awake early this morning for our grand arrival into Eidfjord, a beautifully sited town guarded by lofty mountains and cascading waterfalls. To really experience the sheer power of Mother Nature, we journey into the surrounding highlands and valleys, beginning with a steep drive to one of the largest mountain plateaus in Northern Europe – with a bit of luck, you might spot the wild reindeer that inhabit the area. We then make our way down into the steeply sided Måbødalen Valley to visit the manmade Sysendammen, one of Norway’s largest dams. Here we stroll along the 265-foot-high walls and take in wonderful views across the vast Hardangervidda plateau. Time seems to slow down in the stunning silence, and on a clear day you may be able to catch a glimpse of the magnificent, blue-tinted Hardanger glacier, which film buffs may recognise from The Empire Strikes Back. Last but certainly not least, we continue our drive to Norway’s most famous waterfall, the Vøringsfossen, which cuts through unspoilt wilderness and plunges dramatically over 600 feet to the valley floor. Back on board the Azamara Pursuit this evening, head up to the sun deck to admire the spectacular scenery as the ship departs Eidfjord, bathed in the warm glow of the setting sun.

DAY 4 – OSLO After breakfast we have a sightseeing tour of Oslo. This relatively small capital is a captivating blend of old and new, featuring world-class museums, cutting-edge contemporary architecture and beautiful open spaces. We see the imposing Royal Palace and the famed Vigeland sculpture park. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this charming city. Perhaps visit the Kon-Tiki Museum, which contains the reed and balsa-wood vessels used by Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl on his landmark 1947 expedition across the Pacific and later trips across other oceans. Next door is the museum dedicated to the polar exploration ship, Fram, used by Roald Amundsen when he beat Captain Scott in the race to reach the South Pole. During dinner we begin cruising through the strait of Skagerrak, once the only route in and out of the Baltic Sea and the site of the Battle of Jutland during World War I. DAY 5 – KRISTIANSAND This morning we arrive in Kristiansand, a charming city with a lively fishing harbour and an old quarter where the architecture is as

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DAY 8 – BERGEN This morning we arrive in lovely Bergen, which stretches up the mountainsides and watches over the sea. Norway’s second-largest city somehow manages to ooze small-town charm as well as a fresh youthful atmosphere, despite being founded more than 900 years ago. It’s the first of our two days here and we have a walking tour to get to know this beautiful coastal city. Bergen has a long fishing heritage and we visit its famous fish market before strolling among the colourful wooden houses and warehouses that make up the UNESCO World Heritage site of Bryggen. Originally built during the 14th century for German merchants trading from the city, these waterside buildings have been converted into characterful shops and restaurants that wonderfully evoke Bergen’s medieval past. The rest of the day is free and our ship remains moored overnight, so there’s plenty of time to explore Bergen or return to your cabin to relax. Perhaps visit Håkon’s Hall, the largest and most imposing royal residence in the 13th century, and still used today for official occasions. Other highlights include Rosenkrantz Tower, considered one of the country’s most important Renaissance monuments, and St Mary’s Church, an excellent example of Romanesque architecture in Norway. Another memorable highlight is included this evening. Join your travelling companions and tour manager for an exclusive music recital at Grieg Hall, home of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and named after Bergen-born composer Edvard Grieg, who served as music director of the orchestra. DAY 9 – BERGEN Our second day in Bergen is entirely at your leisure, so what is it to be? This city is the birthplace of composer Edvard Grieg, so classical music enthusiasts may want to visit his enchanting summer residence, now a museum as well as a music venue for daily concerts during the summer. Shore excursions with Azamara can be booked in advance or on board, such as ascending Mount Fløyen by funicular and hiking through woodlands high above the fjords. Or experience the pastoral beauty of Hardanger on a panoramic journey through quaint market towns, mountain gorges and plateaus. We depart this wonderful city tonight as you enjoy another delicious dinner on board. DAY 10 – FLÅM This morning we find ourselves in the picturesque small town of Flåm, nestled in a tributary of the majestic Sognefjord, Norway’s deepest fjord. Surrounded by steep mountains, thundering waterfalls and plunging green

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valleys, you’re treated to a spectacular view at every turn. Included today is an exhilarating return journey on the Flåm Railway, one of the world’s steepest railway lines. It’s an extraordinary feat of engineering, zigzagging from the stunning Aurlandsfjord through tunnels carved in the forest-covered mountainsides allowing us to take in the magnificence of the perpendicular cliffs and roaring waterfalls. Enjoy the ride from fully enclosed coaches with elegant interiors and comfortable seating as your local guide brings to life the stunning surroundings. The hour-long

Kristiansand

journey ends high in the mountains at Myrdal station before we return to Flåm in time for lunch on board. Early this evening, the ship departs for our voyage across the North Sea back to the UK. DAYS 11 & 12 – AT SEA You have two full days at sea to relax and enjoy the Azamara Pursuit’s many excellent facilities. Take a dip in the pool, where Azamara’s famous White Night party is held at least once on every cruise (weather permitting), or enjoy the fresh sea air at the Sunset Veranda, a bright outdoor patio with covered and open-air seating. Don’t forget to pick up some souvenirs at the Pursuit Shop or perhaps have your picture taken by a professional photographer at the photo shop. And why not reward yourself with another relaxing treatment at the Sanctum Spa? When the sun sets, reconvene with your newfound friends at one of the ship’s many comfortable lounge areas and reminisce about the many highlights of your wonderful holiday. You could also enjoy thrilling live performances with your favourite tipple at the Cabaret Lounge. DAY 13 – DISEMBARKATION IN SOUTHAMPTON After a final breakfast on board the Azamara Pursuit, we disembark in Southampton.

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C RU ISI NG T H E SOU T H O F FR A N C E & CORSIC A O N T H E A Z A M A R A PU R SU I T 11 days from only £2,699pp Departing 18 September 2020

Stay overnight in colourful Barcelona before embarking on a seven-night luxury cruise along the famed southern coast of France and the island of Corsica, then enjoy a two-night stay in enchanting Nice.

C RU IS E SU M M A RY DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN BARCELONA Fly to Barcelona and transfer to the four-star Hotel Catalonia La Pedrera, where our overnight stay includes breakfast. DAY 2 – EMBARKATION IN BARCELONA Enjoy a guided tour of Barcelona before we board the Azamara Pursuit for our earlyevening departure. DAY 3 – PORT-VENDRES & CARCASSONNE Our first port of call is Port-Vendres. Included is a guided tour of medieval Carcassonne. After an included lunch we return to Port-Vendres, our ship departs tonight. DAY 4 – AIX-EN-PROVENCE & MARSEILLE This morning we arrive in Marseille, France’s vibrant second city and the capital of Provençe. Enjoy our included guided tour of charming nearby Aix followed by free time, before we return to the ship. After a late lunch on board,

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history and many highlights, from Monte Carlo to the old town. Then we visit La Turbie to marvel at the spectacular Trophy of Augustus.

DAY 5 – SANARY-SUR-MER Discover Sanary-sur-Mer, a picturesque coastal village that’s perfect for whiling away the day. After dinner on board, the Azamara Pursuit continues cruising along the French Riviera. DAY 6 – ST-TROPEZ Spend the day in glamorous St-Tropez and discover its serene side as well. Tonight, our ship continues its coastal journey. DAY 7 – CALVI Today we visit Calvi, the Mediterranean’s answer to Mont St Michel. After another delicious dinner on board, we continue cruising across the Mediterranean Sea. DAY 8 – MONTE CARLO Today’s included tour highlights Monaco’s rich

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SO MUCH IS INCLUDED • Seven nights with full board on the Azamara Pursuit

• An included visit to one of the ship’s speciality restaurants

• An overnight pre-cruise stay in a four-star Barcelona hotel and a post-cruise stay at a four-star hotel in Nice, both with breakfast

• An exclusive wine pairing event on board

• Behold the sights of Barcelona on a guided tour • Marvel at the medieval city of Carcassonne on a guided tour • Embrace French culture on guided tours of Aix-en-Provence, Nice and Antibes, as well as a perfumery in Grasse • Cruise to Corsica and Monaco, with a tour of captivating Monte Carlo • An exclusive performance of ‘So Frenchy’ at the Palais du Pharo • Visits to: Port-Vendres, Marseille, Sanary-sur-Mer, St-Tropez and Calvi in France

• US$50 per person on-board credit • Complimentary drinks and bottled water

Plus, of course... • Return flights from a choice of regional airports*, with hotel transfers • All port charges, airport taxes, overseas transfers and daily onboard gratuities • The services of a Riviera Travel tour manager, as well as the ship’s own cruise director and associate cruise director • Fully protected by ABTA and ATOL * a supplement may apply

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We return to Monaco with the rest of the day free. Our ship departs tonight after dinner.

Monte Carlo

DAY 9 – NICE Disembark in picture-postcard Nice and enjoy a guided tour of the city. There’s time for lunch before we transfer to the four-star Mercure Nice Centre Notre Dame, where our twonight stay includes breakfast. DAY 10 – ANTIBES & GRASSE We have a guided walk through the old town of Antibes and free time after. Then we visit one of France’s oldest perfumeries in Grasse before returning to Nice. DAY 11 – RETURN JOURNEY Transfer to the airport for your flight home. For details of the Azamara Pursuit, departure dates and prices, please see pages 103 to 107. Calvi, Corsica

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DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN BARCELONA Arrive at the airport for your flight to Barcelona. On arrival we transfer by coach to the fourstar Hotel Catalonia La Pedrera, where our overnight stay includes breakfast. Centrally located near a metro station, this modern hotel has a swimming pool, restaurant and bar. Cosmopolitan Barcelona is an excellent place for shopping, so after checking in why not indulge in some retail therapy? You’ll find department stores and quirky outlets specialising in traditional crafts. The old port area brims with bars, shops and restaurants, set against the backdrop of the attractive harbour. In the evening head for Las Ramblas, the famous pedestrianised boulevard buzzing with tapas bars, musicians and mime artists. DAY 2 – EMBARKATION IN BARCELONA During our guided tour of Barcelona this morning, we see the Gothic Quarter that contains the magnificent cathedral, the Ribera district with its imposing 14thcentury mansions, the Picasso Museum and much more. However, the Catalan capital is particularly famous for its 19th-century Catalan Modernisme architecture and design. There are more than 50 examples of these buildings and our local guide will point out several of them. This afternoon we board the Azamara Pursuit, our floating boutique hotel for the next seven nights, and depart for the sublime southern coast of France early this evening. Guests of Riviera Travel will also enjoy an exclusive wine pairing event on board, hosted by one of the ship’s own experts. DAY 3 – PORT-VENDRES & CARCASSONNE Our first port of call is Port-Vendres, a charming fishing town on the Vermillion Coast, which was a source of inspiration for many famous artists. Included today is a full-day tour to Carcassonne, one of Europe’s finest medieval Aix-en-Provence

walled towns. Situated on a rocky outcrop on the banks of the River Aude, its UNESCO-listed La Cité is surrounded by 52 roofed towers and serrated battlements, which top almost two miles of double-enclosure walls. Our tour evokes a real sense of history as we visit a number of glorious structures, including the Castle of the Counts and Basilica Saint-Nazaire Saint-Selse. Afterwards, we sit down to an included lunch before returning to Port-Vendres. Our ship remains moored till tonight, so why not take the opportunity to get to know the town? The colourful port is a pleasant place for a promenade and where you can see the military fortifications commissioned by Louis XIV, such as the Redoute du Fanal. DAY 4 – AIX-EN-PROVENCE & MARSEILLE This morning we arrive in Marseille, France’s vibrant second city and the capital of Provençe. Founded by Greek mariners, Massalia, as it was known, sided with the wrong faction at war with Julius Caesar and lost its independence. Marseille became a part of France in the 15th

century and some three hundred years later, the city became a focal point of the French Revolution and the birthplace of France’s national anthem, La Marseillaise. Today, the city offers countless cultural attractions, so it comes as no surprise that it was named European Capital of Culture in 2013. A holiday to the region of Provence would not be complete without a visit to Aix-en-Provence, perhaps the most famous of all Provençal towns. Our included guided tour of this ‘City of a Thousand Fountains’ takes you down colourful boulevards, through fine squares and labyrinthine alleys. You’ll see what inspired the city’s favourite son, Paul Cézanne, to produce numerous paintings in and around Aix. After some free time to explore Aix, we return to the ship in time for a late lunch on board. This afternoon you’re free to explore Marseille: Stroll along the old port filled with pleasure boats or soak up the artistic atmosphere of Le Panier, the city’s oldest quarter and site of ancient Massalia. Trace the city’s rich history since prehistoric times at the compelling Marseille History Museum or see the anthropological exhibits of the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, linked by a dizzying footbridge to the massive Fort Saint-Jean. This evening we will be treated to an exclusive performance of So Frenchy at the stunning Palais du Pharo. DAY 5 – SANARY-SUR-MER A leisurely morning’s cruising takes us to the alluring Côte d’Azur and Sanary-sur-Mer, a picturesque coastal village that’s perfect for whiling away the day. Blessed with lovely weather and plenty of sunshine, Sanary has attracted many famous figures, including writer Aldous Huxley and polymath Jacques Cousteau who pioneered the equipment crucial to deepsea diving off the waters here.

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Take your seat at one of the many seafront cafés along the pretty palm-lined harbour and admire the pointu or traditional fishing boats – some more than a hundred years old. From here you can see the Gothic-Revival church of Saint Nazaire and the medieval tower that the village was originally built around. Behind the port lies the lively old town filled with shops and restaurants. The Stations of the Cross path is a pleasant walk uphill to Chapelle NotreDame-de-Pitié, a 16th-century church with superb frescoes. After dinner on board, the Azamara Pursuit continues cruising along the beautiful French Riviera. DAY 6 – ST-TROPEZ Ever since Brigitte Bardot illuminated the silver screen in And God Created Woman and propelled the sleepy fishing village of St-Tropez to international renown, visitors have flocked here to enjoy the jet-setting lifestyle. This fascinating town has a colourful history as an Arab colony, a small republic and a source of inspiration for haute couture heavyweight Coco Chanel. After our morning arrival, you have the entire day to soak up the sunshine and dip your toes in the warm waters of the sparkling sea. Beyond the glitz and glamour is a serene side waiting to be uncovered. Meander the cobbled lanes of its old fishing quarter or simply sip a pastis as you watch pétanque players from a café on the legendary Place des Lices. To discover the town’s rich maritime history, you may wish to visit the museum housed in the dungeon of a 17thcentury citadel, which also affords excellent views of the surrounding area. Tonight, our ship continues its coastal journey to our next destination. DAY 7 – CALVI This morning we find ourselves in Calvi on the French island of Corsica. The Mediterranean’s answer to Mont St Michel, this lively port town enjoys a picturesque position in a crescentshaped bay, with lovely views of the coast and surrounding snow-capped mountains. Calvi’s star feature is the remarkably preserved citadel that dominates the rocky promontory overlooking the town. Fortified by Genoese rulers from the 13th century, it was here during the Siege of Calvi in 1794 that ViceAdmiral Nelson famously lost the sight in his right eye in an explosion of stone splinters. It’s the perfect place to begin a leisurely stroll along the palm-fringed promenade, which bustles with restaurants, cafés and bars. Watch the world go by over a cup of coffee or head to the town centre for some shopping. If you’re feeling energetic, you may wish to climb the steep steps up to the citadel for a wander. Locals claim Calvi to be the birthplace of Christopher Columbus

and the remains of his house can still be seen in the citadel, commemorated by a plaque. After another delicious dinner on board, we continue cruising across the Mediterranean Sea. DAY 8 – MONTE CARLO Hedonistic Monaco is a playground for the rich and famous, but there’s much more to it than that. Today’s included tour gives you a real insight into its history, the story of the Grimaldis and how they managed to retain their independence despite being sandwiched between powerful neighbours. We take in Monte Carlo, famed for its opulent casino, jawdropping superyachts and designer boutiques, then drive along part of the famous Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit. In dramatic contrast is charming Monaco Ville, which crowns a pistol-shaped promontory and is the only part of Monaco to have retained its old town. Highlights include the Renaissancestyle Prince’s Palace and the RomanesqueByzantine Cathedral, where crowds pay their respects to Prince Rainier and Princess Grace at their flower-adorned graves. Then we take a short drive to the French town of La Turbie, perched high in the hills above the sea. We stop to marvel at the spectacular Trophy of Augustus, built to celebrate the Romans’ decisive victory over the tribes of the Alps. We return to Monaco with ample time to relax on board or further explore, as the ship departs tonight after dinner. DAY 9 – DISEMBARKATION IN NICE After a final breakfast on board the Azamara Pursuit, we disembark in picture-postcard Nice and enjoy a guided tour of the city. Founded as a Greek settlement and named after Nike the goddess of victory, it was ceded by the Sardinian king to France in 1860. Nice’s Italian heritage

is still evident in the old town’s ochre-coloured buildings, Venetian-style arches and no end of pasta shops. See the iconic Promenade des Anglais, named after the aristocratic English patrons who once paraded along the waterfront in their horse-drawn carriages. Our guide will point out a number of landmarks, such as the palatial Hotel Negresco, the famous flower market at Cours Saleya, and Place Masséna, the city’s main square. There’s time for lunch at your leisure before we transfer to the four-star Mercure Nice Centre Notre Dame, where our two-night stay includes breakfast. Located in the heart of the city off the city’s main shopping street and a 10-minute walk from the seafront, this modern hotel has a rooftop bar and Mediterranean garden. DAY 10 – ANTIBES & GRASSE This morning we drive to Antibes, one of the region’s most enticing coastal towns, with a seafaring tradition dating back to ancient times. On our guided walk through the old town, we follow in the footsteps of artists and writers such as Picasso and Graham Greene, who once walked along these cobbled streets. There’s free time after, so perhaps visit the medieval Château Grimaldi, Picasso’s studio for a brief time and now one of the largest collections of his works. For a slice of local life, the town’s renowned Provençal market is a treasure trove of fresh produce, from delicious cheeses to fragrant lavender honey. In the afternoon we drive to Grasse, regarded as the world’s perfume capital. The fragrance industry in Grasse dates back to the 17th century and we visit Fragonard, one of the oldest perfumeries, to experience first-hand this traditional art before returning to Nice. DAY 11 – RETURN JOURNEY Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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C RU ISI NG SOU T H A FRIC A O N T H E A Z A M A R A J O U RN E Y 15 days from only £3,499pp Departing 29 November 2020

Enjoy summertime in the southern hemisphere, staying two nights in the beautiful Winelands before embarking on a 10-night luxury cruise along the sunny South African coast.

C RU IS E SU M M A RY DAY 1 – DEPARTURE Take your overnight flight to Cape Town. DAY 2 – STELLENBOSCH On arrival we transfer to Stellenbosch. Our twonight stay at the four-star Protea Hotel by Marriott Stellenbosch includes breakfast. DAY 3 – WINELANDS Tour the Winelands, including Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Also included are lunch at the Devon Valley Hotel and a fascinating cellar tour and tasting at the Neethlingshof Wine Estate.

DAY 4 – EMBARKATION IN CAPE TOWN After breakfast we embark the Azamara Journey in Cape Town and set sail early this evening.

DAY 7 – AT SEA Spend another day discovering all the superb ship has to offer.

DAY 5 – AT SEA Enjoy your first full day at sea and enjoy an exclusive wine pairing event on board.

DAY 8 – RICHARDS BAY & ST LUCIA ESTUARY CRUISE From Richards Bay we drive to St Lucia for an included boat cruise around St Lucia Estuary, home to abundant wildlife species.

DAY 6 – PORT ELIZABETH & ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK Awake in Port Elizabeth on the Sunshine Coast. Included is a visit to Addo Elephant National Park, where we enjoy lunch and a game drive to see wild elephants.

DAY 9 – DURBAN Discover Durban on an included sightseeing tour this morning, with free time to wander before the ship departs early this evening. DAY 10 – EAST LONDON Spend the afternoon in delightful East London before the ship departs this evening. DAY 11 – AT SEA Make the most of our final full day at sea.

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Boulders beach

SO MUCH IS INCLUDED • Ten nights with full board on the Azamara Journey

• Enjoy visits to Port Elizabeth, Richards Bay and East London

• A two-night pre-cruise stay in a four-star hotel in Stellenbosch, South Africa’s scenic Winelands region, with breakfast

• An included visit to one of the ship’s speciality restaurants

• A wonderful guided tour of the Winelands with lunch, including a tasting at the Neethlingshof Wine Estate • Experience a game drive across Addo Elephant National Park with lunch • Enjoy a St Lucia Estuary boat cruise with lunch • Discover the sights of Durban on an expertly guided tour • Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of South Africa with an exciting tour of the Cape Peninsula and Boulders Beach • An exclusive performance by Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra at City Hall

• An exclusive wine pairing event on board as you cruise to the stunning Sunshine Coast • $50 per person on-board credit • Complimentary drinks and bottled water

Plus, of course... • Return flights from a choice of regional airports*, with hotel transfers • All port charges, airport taxes, overseas transfers and daily onboard gratuities • The services of a Riviera Travel tour manager, as well as the ship’s own cruise director and associate cruise director • Fully protected by ABTA and ATOL * a supplement may apply Addo Elephant National Park

DAY 12 – CAPE PENINSULA Enjoy an exciting tour of the Cape Peninsula of Cape Town, which includes Cape Point, Boulders Beach and much more. Tonight we enjoy a spectacular performance by the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra at City Hall. DAY 13 – CAPE TOWN We take a city tour that includes Robben Island, Table Mountain and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. The rest of the day is free. DAY 14 – DISEMBARKATION IN CAPE TOWN Disembark and transfer to the airport for our flight home. DAY 15 – ARRIVAL IN UK We arrive back in the UK today. For details of the Azamara Journey, departure dates and prices, please see pages 103 to 107. Table Mountain, Cape Town

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YO U R C RU I S E DAY 1 – DEPARTURE Arrive at the airport for your overnight flight to Cape Town. DAY 2 – STELLENBOSCH On arrival we transfer by coach to Stellenbosch, a genteel university town renowned for its worldclass wine, grand architecture and interesting museums. Our two-night stay at the four-star Protea Hotel by Marriott Stellenbosch includes breakfast. Beautifully situated in the heart of the Winelands, the hotel offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountain ranges, vineyards and golf courses. It features two restaurants, a bar, two swimming pools, a beach volleyball court, a pétanque court and a wellness centre.The afternoon is at your leisure to relax or venture into town to discover this vibrant town. DAY 3 – WINELANDS After breakfast we experience the beautiful Winelands, where the majestic mountains around Stellenbosch provide the perfect microclimate for the vines. Set in a fertile valley against an undulating backdrop of manicured vines and orchards, the lush Winelands are peppered by limewashed wineries built in the Cape Dutch style, their rounded gables reminiscent of Amsterdam’s townhouses. We first discover Stellenbosch itself, the second-oldest European settlement in the province founded in the 17th century and home to the oldest university in South Africa. Splendid Georgian, Victorian and Cape Dutch buildings grace the town’s oak-lined streets, creating a distinguished atmosphere. Lunch is included at the Devon Valley Hotel, a gem of a property set on valley slopes affording gorgeous views. After further time to explore Stellenbosch, we enjoy a fascinating cellar tour and tasting at the award-winning Neethlingshof Wine Estate. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

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Then we visit Franschhoek, a lovely small town founded by French Huguenots more than 300 years ago – the town’s name means ‘French Corner’ in Dutch. The self-proclaimed gastronomic capital of South Africa offers fantastic eateries, of course, but also superb art galleries, shops and wineries. DAY 4 – EMBARKATION IN CAPE TOWN After breakfast we transfer to Cape Town, where we embark the Azamara Journey. Our floating boutique hotel sets sail early this evening along South Africa’s coastline.

DAY 5 – AT SEA Make the most of the Azamara Journey’s superb facilities during our full day at sea. Join a class at the fitness centre, indulge in a relaxing treatment at the Sanctum Spa or unwind on the pool deck. You may wish to continue your journey of discovery through the enrichment programme, which includes a range of insightful classes, demonstrations and lectures. Guests of Riviera Travel will also enjoy an exclusive wine pairing event on board, hosted by one of the ship’s own experts. DAY 6 – PORT ELIZABETH & ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK Awake at the western end of the Sunshine Coast in Port Elizabeth – often shortened to PE – a welcoming city known for its beaches and marine life. Included for guests of Riviera Travel is a visit to Addo Elephant National Park, where we have lunch and embark on a game drive to see wild elephants up close. South Africa’s third-largest national park is a sanctuary not only for elephants, but also the other species of ‘the Big Seven’ like lions, leopards, rhinos and buffaloes. Gameviewing is an intensely moving experience with nothing preparing you for the waves of emotion inspired by an encounter with these wonderful, almost-regal creatures thriving in their natural habitat. In Port Elizabeth, there’s plenty to see and do instead until our ship departs tonight. Visit Donkin Reserve, a hilltop park dedicated to Elizabeth Donkin, wife of Cape Colony governor Rufane Donkin. Follow the heritage trail here between

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DAY 9 – DURBAN Today we discover Durban, South Africa’s thirdlargest city boasting golden-sand beaches, deep valleys and impressive mountains. It’s home to a large Indian community, which has enriched the local culture with its wonderful cuisine and traditions. During our sightseeing tour this morning, our expert guide will show us the Golden Mile, a popular stretch of beachfront lined with shops, restaurants and hotels; the Point Waterfront, where Gandhi lived during the 1900s; the NeoBaroque Durban City Hall, perhaps the city’s most impressive building; the bustling markets at Warwick Junction; Phansi Museum (admission not included) which features an impressive collection of tribal artefacts; and the beautiful Durban Botanic Gardens, Africa’s oldest surviving botanic garden and home to rare plants. Afterwards there’s free time to wander at your own pace before the Azamara Journey departs this cosmopolitan gem early this evening.

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monuments and artworks, which highlight the milestones of Port Elizabeth’s history. A stone pyramid bears a touching inscription ‘in the memory of one of the most perfect human beings who has given her name to the town below’. Or head to Hobie Beach to dig your toes in the sand and watch the windsurfers skimming the Indian Ocean. DAY 7 – AT SEA Spend another day at sea discovering all the superb Azamara Journey has to offer. Enjoy a massage at the spa, your favourite tipple at the convivial Discoveries Lounge or challenge your newfound friends to a game. You can, of course, catch up with your Riviera Travel tour manager to prepare for your included experiences that await the following day. DAY 8 – RICHARDS BAY & ST LUCIA ESTUARY CRUISE Experience South Africa’s rugged coastline, pristine beaches and mist-cloaked hills in Richards Bay, perched on a lagoon where the River Mhlatuze meets the Indian Ocean. Today we drive to the charming village of St Lucia for an included boat cruise around St Lucia Estuary – known as the iSimangaliso Wetland Park – an incredible UNESCO-listed wonderland home to a remarkable array of wildlife species, from hippos and crocodiles to flamingos. Lunch is also included at the Ocean Sizzler restaurant. After a fascinating day, we return to the ship with time to relax before another delicious dinner on board.

DAY 10 – EAST LONDON This afternoon we find ourselves in East London, a delightful city situated on the northern end of the Sunshine Coast between two rivers. Founded in the early 19th century and named after our great capital, it features sandy beaches lapped by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, charming architecture and a thriving cultural scene. Stroll along Orient Beach, visit the fascinating natural history museum or go on safari at the Mpongo Private Game Reserve. Remainders of East London’s colonial past can be seen in the few colonial buildings still standing in the city centre, namely the grand City Hall. Built in the Victorian style, it’s a striking landmark with its red exterior and contrasting white trim. The clock tower was a later addition to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, and a monument in front commemorates those who fell in the Boer War. The ship departs this evening as we sit down to another delicious dinner. DAY 11 – AT SEA It’s our final full day at sea, so what is it to be? Catch up with newly made friends in the lounge or pick up some souvenirs at the on-board shop. If you wish to relax in your room, there’s entertainment on demand and live TV. Evenings aboard as just as enjoyable, with thrilling shows at the Cabaret Lounge and intimate performances in the Living Room. DAY 12 – CAPE PENINSULA This morning we return to Cape Town, an exceptionally beautiful city crowned by the magnificent Table Mountain. It’s a real multicultural melting pot, with stunning Cape architecture, superb beaches, world-class restaurants and fabulous street artists adding to its cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Our day is filled with memorable highlights, all included with your holiday. Firstly, we drive past unspoilt beaches to the picturesque fishing harbour of Hout Bay for a cruise to Seal Island, where you can view thousands of Cape fur seals up-close in their natural habitat. Then we continue along the breathtakingly scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive full of rugged seascapes to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, a stunning section of Table Mountain National Park and one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. Some 250 species of birds have been spotted here, including cormorants and ostriches, and interestingly, the Cape Peninsula alone has twice as many plant varieties as Britain, which is 5,000 times bigger. Next it’s Cape Point itself, where we see the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic Ocean currents and the treacherous promontory of rocks and swells, the scourge of mariners for centuries. A return ticket on the funicular is included. We call at charming Simon’s Town, the seat of the South African navy and where we visit Boulders Beach to see its colony of delightful African penguins. This evening is sure to be a highlight for many as we head to Cape Town’s City Hall for an exclusive performance by Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, exclusively for you and your fellow passengers. DAY 13 – CAPE TOWN Our last day in Cape Town includes a most enjoyable city tour. Weather permitting, we ride the cable car to the top of iconic Table Mountain for fabulous views, and also visit Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent most of his 27year incarceration and whose visitors since its opening have included Margaret Thatcher and Bill Clinton. Then we drive to the stunning Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, located just outside Cape Town and set against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. Unique flora and location make these some of most breathtaking gardens in the world. Over 7,000 of the country’s 22,000 plant species are grown here, such as the Cape Floral Kingdom’s famous fynbos. Later we return to the city, where the rest of the day is free. Perhaps wander where your feet take you, look out for some bargain shopping at the Waterfront or simply relax on the Azamara Journey before our final dinner on board. DAY 14 – DISEMBARKATION IN CAPE TOWN After breakfast, we disembark in Cape Town and transfer to the airport for our flight home. DAY 15 – ARRIVAL IN UK We arrive back in the UK today.

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O N T H E D I A M O N D PRI N C ESS 13 days from only £3,499pp Departing 6 September 2020

Enjoy two nights in exhilarating Tokyo before embarking on an eight-night luxury cruise of the Sea of Japan to discover its historic and cultural jewels, as well as Korea’s bustling second city, Busan.

C RU IS E SU M M A RY DAY 1 – FLIGHT TO TOKYO Take your overnight flight to Tokyo. DAY 2 – TOKYO On arrival in Tokyo we transfer to the four-star New Otani Garden Tower, where our twonight stay includes breakfast. The rest of the day is free. DAY 3 – TOKYO After breakfast we enjoy a tour of Tokyo’s highlights, including the Meiji Shrine, the Imperial Palace, Hamarikyu gardens, the EdoTokyo Museum and Sensō-ji Temple.

DAY 6 – BUSAN Spend the afternoon exploring Busan, South Korea’s second-largest city known for its beautiful scenery, sandy beaches, hot springs and quirky neighbourhoods. We depart tonight for our crossing of the Sea of Japan.

DAY 8 – TSURUGA Explore Tsuruga Bay, whose beauty inspired Edo poet Matsuo Bashō to write a haiku about it. Soak up the stunning scenery, visit one of the many shrines or take in a museum. We depart this evening.

DAY 7 – SAKAIMINATO Get to know Sakaiminato, a small fishing port best-known for its prized bluefin tuna. Our guided tour takes us to a samurai residence, Lake Shinji, the Izumo-taisha shrine and the Adachi Museum of Art. Tonight we continue cruising eastwards.

DAY 9 – KANAZAWA Awake in Kanazawa, which rivals Kyoto as Japan’s cultural jewel. We have a guided tour of Kenroku-en garden, Kanazawa Castle, a samurai residence and Omicho market. We bid farewell to the city this evening.

DAY 4 – EMBARKATION IN YOKOHAMA We depart for Yokohama, where we board the exceptional Diamond Princess, voted ‘Best International Ship in Japan’ by readers of Cruise Magazine. DAY 5 – AT SEA It’s our first of two days at sea and there’s plenty of exceptional delights waiting to be enjoyed. Rest assured, your dedicated Riviera Travel tour manager is always on hand.

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SO MUCH IS INCLUDED • Eight nights with full board on the Diamond Princess • A two-night pre-cruise stay in a four-star Tokyo hotel with breakfast • Take in the unforgettable sights of Tokyo on an expert guided tour, with plenty of time to explore on your own • See the stunning Meiji Shrine, Imperial Palace, Hamarikyu gardens, Edo-Tokyo Museum and Sensō-ji Temple • Explore Sakaiminato with visits to a samurai house, Lake Shinji, the Izumo-taisha Shrine and Adachi Museum of Art • Discover the creative and cultural city of Kanazawa with tours of Kenroku-en Garden, Kanazawa Castle, Nomura-ke samurai residence and Omicho market

• See Sakata with visits to Sankyo Warehouses, Honma Museum of Art and a sake brewery tasting experience • Stop at the fascinating city of Busan in South Korea, as well as Tsuruga and Niigata in Japan

Plus, of course... • Return flights from a choice of regional airports*, with hotel transfers • All port charges, hotel taxes and overseas transfers • The services of a Riviera Travel tour manager, as well as the ship’s own cruise director and associate cruise director • Fully protected by ABTA and ATOL * a supplement may apply

Busan, South Korea

DAY 10 – NIIGATA Enjoy the city of Niigata, renowned for its rice and sake, stunning coastal and mountain scenery, and hot spring baths. The ship departs early this evening. DAY 11 – SAKATA Today we discover Sakata, a wealthy port town during the Edo period. With a local guide we visit the Sankyo Warehouses and Honma Museum of Art, plus enjoy a tour and tasting at one of Sakata’s leading sake breweries. Late this afternoon we continue cruising.

Busan, South Korea

Yokohama, Japan

DAYS 12 – AT SEA Make the most of your final full day at sea to do exactly as you wish. DAY 13 – DISEMBARKATION IN YOKOHAMA After breakfast, we disembark and transfer to the airport for our flight home. For details of the Diamond Princess, departure dates and prices, please see pages 108 and 109.

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YO U R C RU I S E DAY 1 – FLIGHT TO TOKYO Arrive at the airport for your overnight flight to Tokyo. DAY 2 – TOKYO On arrival in Tokyo we transfer to the fourstar New Otani Garden Tower, where our two-night stay includes breakfast. Centrally located close to the Japanese parliament, the nearest metro stop is a few minutes’ walk away (all station names are in English). The hotel has a wide variety of dining options and a traditional garden. The rest of the day is free for you to relax after your flight. Should you wish to begin exploring Tokyo and its gastronomic choices, your tour manager is always on hand with recommendations.

city’s history, cultural heritage and Edo-period architecture. Finally there’s Sensō-ji Temple, also known as Asakusa Kannon, Tokyo’s most sacred and spectacular temple. Although the main hall with its gold-plated shrine and colourful paintings is very impressive, it’s the locals carrying out their daily rituals here that make the temple so special. When it comes to dinner you really are spoilt for choice, as Tokyo is one of the world’s most exciting dining destinations and features a huge variety of local cuisine and international fare. If you’re new to Japanese food, this is the perfect opportunity to try Tokyo specialities, such as nigiri sushi where thin slices of raw fish are paired with small balls of rice; tempura or seafood and vegetables that have been lightly battered and deep-fried; and soba or buckwheat noodles eaten with a delicate dipping sauce.

Sensoji Temple, Tokyo

DAY 3 – TOKYO After breakfast we’re introduced to the best of Tokyo’s many highlights. Our first stop is the famous Meiji Shrine, dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife. Set across 170 acres of leafy parkland, this is a working religious site where you might be lucky enough to see a Japanese marriage underway. Then there’s the magnificent Imperial Palace, which occupies the site of the first Tokugawa shogun’s castle – the world’s largest during the Edo period. Today, the Japanese emperor and his family live in the palace. We also visit the traditional Hamarikyu gardens, a stark contrast to the adjacent Shiodome skyscrapers. Here, visitors can soak up the tranquil scenery in a charming teahouse serving matcha green tea and Japanese sweets on an island overlooking a pond. Another gem is the Edo-Tokyo Museum, whose interactive exhibits vividly illustrate the

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DAY 4 – EMBARKATION IN YOKOHAMA We depart Tokyo for Yokohama, which has blossomed from a tiny fishing village in the 19th century into Japan’s second-largest city. Here we board the exceptional Diamond Princess, voted ‘Best International Ship in Japan’ by readers of Cruise Magazine. From the moment you step on board, you’ll feel right at home. Settle in and familiarise yourself with the ship before your first of many superb dinners on board. All dishes are made with the finest ingredients and the menus reflect the tantalising flavours of Japan. DAY 5 – AT SEA It’s our first of two days at sea and there’s a treasure trove waiting to be enjoyed during your time aboard the Diamond Princess. Watch street performers in the dazzling Atrium, relax in the Izumi Japanese Bath or take in a lavish production at the ship’s state-of-the-

art theatre. As always, your tour manager is with you to assist with any queries and share information about your upcoming adventures ashore. DAY 6 – BUSAN This afternoon we arrive in Busan, South Korea’s second-largest city and a microcosm of this dynamic country. Rugged mountains cut through the dazzling urban landscape, where bustling high-rise towers eclipse serene Buddhist temples. With sandy beaches, hot springs and quirky neighbourhoods, there’s something to suit all tastes. Lose yourself in the winding lanes of colourful Gamcheon Cultural Village, encounter weird and wonderful creatures from the deep at Jagalchi Fish Market, and ascend the 393-foottall Busan Tower for incredible views of the city and harbour area. For insights into the city’s past, a visit to the Busan Museum is a must. Or head to Haeundae Beach at the edge of the city to relax on one of South Korea’s most beautiful beaches. Nearby is Haedong Yonggung, a stunning Buddhist temple that overlooks the sea. Then cool off with a bowl of bingsu or shaved ice dessert at a stylish beachside café. Back on board the ship, we depart tonight for our crossing of the Sea of Japan, which is known in South Korea as the East Sea. DAY 7 – SAKAIMINATO After breakfast we cruise into Sakaiminato, a small fishing port and the gateway to the ancient region of Honshu. It’s perhaps bestknown for its crab and hon-maguro or bluefin tuna, highly prized by gourmets for its taste and texture, but there’s more to discover. The entire area is dotted with burial mounds from Japan’s Bronze Age. Snow-capped Mount Daisen, widely considered to be one of Japan’s most photogenic mountains, rises majestically to the east. This afternoon we drive to the nearby town of Matsue for a guided tour of a former samurai residence. We then drive by scenic Lake Shinji, famous throughout Japan for its spectacular scenery, on our way to visit one of the oldest and holiest Shinto shrines. The 8th-century Izumo-taisha is dedicated to the deity Okuninushi no Okami, the creator of Japan according to myth. It’s believed that every year, eight million Shinto deities descend upon this very shrine to deliberate over mankind’s fortunes for the coming year. Later we visit the Adachi Museum of Art, which features a collection of modern Japanese paintings and one of the finest gardens in the country. Tonight we continue cruising eastwards to our next exciting destination. DAY 8 – TSURUGA Early this morning we cruise into Tsuruga

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Bay, whose beauty inspired artists and poets. Picturesque pine forests fringe the white-sand beaches of Kehi-no-Matsubara, while Mikatagoko is famous for its five lakes that sparkle in an array of shades from turquoise to jade. Spend the day soaking up the stunning scenery or visit one of the area’s many brightly painted shrines, notably the Kehi Jingu whose 36-foot vermillion gate is one of Japan’s most important torii – a traditional Japanese gate commonly found at the entrance of a Shinto shrine. You may wish to immerse yourself in the plethora of artisan crafts that still thrive today, such as lacquerware to washi or Japanese paper. Why not take in a museum or two? Visit the Port of Humanity Museum to discover the humanitarian work of Chiune Sugihara, who is credited with helping some 6,000 Jews escape from Europe during the Second World War. This evening we depart scenic Tsuruga for another highlight of our cruise. DAY 9 – KANAZAWA Awake this morning as we cruise into the port of Kanazawa, which rivals Kyoto as the cultural jewel of mainland Japan. After breakfast, a local guide joins us on an exciting tour of its mustsee sights. First, we visit the 17th-century Kenroku-en garden, considered one of Japan’s ‘three most beautiful landscape gardens’. This Edo-period haven takes its name from a renowned Song dynasty garden in China that defines six attributes for the perfect garden: seclusion, spaciousness, antiquity, artificiality, expansive views and abundant water. As we stroll through Kenroku-en, we find relaxing water features, charming bridges, traditional teahouses and serene nooks. This beautiful space used to comprise the outer garden of Kanazawa Castle, which we visit next. The seat of the powerful Maeda clan from 1583 to the end of the Edo period, the elegant black-and-white castle we see today is a meticulous reconstruction as it was destroyed by fire several times over the centuries. Kanazawa once boasted a labyrinthine samurai village and geisha houses – many of these buildings have been painstakingly preserved. A walk along the narrow lanes of this atmospheric district takes us to Nomura-ke, a samurai residence with a beautiful garden, tea house and museum that offers insights into the Japan of centuries past, when samurai prospered during the feudal Edo period. Then we’re off to Omicho market to delve into its colourful warren of covered streets, lined by several hundred shops and stalls selling everything from fresh local seafood to flowers and clothing. We bid farewell to historic Kanazawa this evening.

Kanazawa, Japan

DAY 10 – NIIGATA After breakfast you have the day to enjoy the city of Niigata, renowned for its exceptional rice and sake, stunning coastal and mountain scenery, and hot spring baths. Bisected by the River Shinano, Japan’s longest and widest river, Niigata is a superb place for a wander. Taste some of the world’s finest sake at the Imayo Tsukasa brewery, where English guided tours are held on weekdays followed by a tasting of its excellent sakes. For more of Niigata’s excellent rice products, watch the artisans of Senbei Okoku at work as they deftly shape up to 3,000 rice crackers a day – then try your hand at making some yourself. You could visit the ancient Hakusan Shrine, the city’s main temple which draws people from all over the city praying for their family’s well-being, success in business and the passing of school exams. Or escape from the bustle of the city at the Old Saito Residence, a traditional abode set in a leafy Japanese garden. For stunning views of Niigata and the surrounding countryside, head up to the 20th-floor observation deck of the Media Ship building. On a clear day you can see as far as Sado, a lush island just off the coast of Niigata and the place of exile for several historical Japanese figures, including 13thcentury ruler Emperor Juntoku and the Buddhist monk Nichiren. Later, we return to the ship to relax before our early-evening departure. DAY 11 – SAKATA Today we discover Sakata, a wealthy port town during the Edo period. The Honma merchant family, who accrued an immense fortune that made them wealthier than some of Japan’s feudal lords, created a fine collection of lavish buildings. With a local guide we discover Sakata’s

history and the fascinating story of the town’s most important merchants. Sakata is surrounded by the fertile Shonai Plain that produces high-quality rice, which became the town’s most valuable commodity. We tour the 19th-century Sankyo Warehouses where rice was stored before being sent to the market. There is also a rice museum that illustrates past production processes, as well as the culture and history of the area. We then visit the Honma Museum of Art to see its interesting artefacts, including an impressive collection of dolls. The museum sits adjacent to a majestic Edo-period villa overlooking a Japanese garden, once the holiday home for the head of the Honma family. Of course, we also visit one of Sakata’s leading sake breweries to taste its premiumgrade sakes. We depart Sakata in the late afternoon and begin our return voyage to Yokohama. DAYS 12 – AT SEA It’s your second and final full day at sea, so what is it to be? There’s always something happening on board the Diamond Princess, from cooking demonstrations to dance classes, quizzes and a range of enrichment programmes featuring expert speakers who offer insights into the places we visit. Why not indulge in a soothing massage at the spa or enjoy a pampering treatment at the salon? When the sun sets, relax with your newfound friends in the lounge or perhaps catch a blockbuster film by the pool under the stars. DAY 13 – DISEMBARKATION IN YOKOHAMA After a final breakfast on board the Diamond Princess, we disembark in Yokohama and transfer to the airport for our flight home.

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C A N A DA’ S ROC K Y M OU NTA I N E E R W IT H A L A S K A C RU IS E 16 days from only £3,799pp Departing May to September 2020

Some of North America’s most spectacular scenery combined with an incredible train journey on the Rocky Mountaineer and a luxury cruise to the world’s last great wilderness, Alaska.

J O U RN E Y SU M M A RY DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN CALGARY Fly direct to Calgary, staying one night at the three-star superior Delta by Marriott Calgary Downtown hotel. DAY 2 – CALGARY Journey across the rolling prairies of Alberta through the magnificent Rockies to Banff, where we stay three nights at the three-star superior Banff Park Lodge. DAY 3 – BANFF Travel along the breathtaking Icefields Parkway, stopping at Lake Louise. We also visit glacial Peyto Lake and the Columbia Icefield, the largest in the Rockies. Then ride a giant ‘Snocoach’ (weather permitting) across the Athabasca Glacier before returning to Banff.

made wonders, such as Kicking Horse River and the Spiral Tunnels. We stay overnight in Kamloops.

DAY 8 – CRUISE TO ALASKA Embark Holland America’s Line MS Koningsdam and set sail for Alaska.

DAY 6 – ROCKY MOUNTAINEER Continue our journey on the Rocky Mountaineer, passing the Jaws of Death Gorge, Avalanche Alley and Hell’s Gate Canyon. This evening we arrive in Vancouver and stay two nights at the three-star superior Coast Coal Harbour Hotel.

DAY 9 – AT SEA Spend the day relaxing and admiring the beautiful scenery. Perhaps attend one of the many talks on board. This evening is the first formal night of the cruise.

DAY 7 – VANCOUVER Morning sightseeing tour of Vancouver, seeing highlights such as Stanley Park. This afternoon is free.

DAY 10 – JUNEAU Cruise this morning to Juneau, Alaska’s state capital. Choose from a variety of shore excursions, such as helicopter flights, sledding with huskies and whale-watching.

DAY 4 – FREE DAY IN BANFF The entire day is at leisure. DAY 5 – ROCKY MOUNTAINEER Board the luxurious Rocky Mountaineer train this morning. The historic route takes us on a 585-mile journey through natural and man-

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Juneau, Alaska

SO MUCH IS INCLUDED • Seven nights full board on the three-star MS Koningsdam • A seven-night pre-cruise stay in three-star superior hotels • Experience the drama of the magnificent Rocky Mountains in unrivalled luxury on the Rocky Mountaineer train, the ultimate way to travel across this breathtaking terrain • Enjoy impeccable SilverLeaf service on board the Rocky Mountaineer, plus two breakfasts and two lunches. • Upgrade to GoldLeaf Service for £369pp • Stay in vibrant Vancouver and tour this wonderfully sophisticated city overlooking the Pacific Ocean

• Travel on the Icefields Parkway, one of the world’s most scenic highways, and walk on the 300-metre-thick Athabasca glacier • Visit the awe-inspiring Glacier Bay National Park, a World Heritage Site home to actively calving glaciers and humpback whales

Plus, of course... • Return direct scheduled flights with premium economy flight upgrades available at a supplement • The services of our experienced and insightful dedicated Riviera Travel tour manager • Fully protected by ABTA and ATOL

DAY 13 – KETCHIKAN After a morning’s cruising, we arrive in Ketchikan. More excursions are available, such as seaplane flights through the Misty Fjords National Monument and Tongass National Forest.

Board the remarkable Rocky Mountaineer

DAY 14 – AT SEA Spend your final day at sea cruising through the Inside Passage.

DAY 11 – SKAGWAY Arrive in Skagway early this morning and choose from a range of shore excursions, such as a rail journey on a century-old route through the wilderness. DAY 12 – GLACIER BAY Cruise through Glacier Bay National Park, home to more actively calving glaciers than anywhere else, plus black bears and moose.

DAY 15 – RETURN FLIGHT Arrive in Vancouver this morning and take your return flight. DAY 16 - ARRIVAL IN UK We arrive back in the UK, with some wonderful memories. For details of the MS Koningsdam, departure dates and prices, please see pages 110 and 111.

Sawyer glacier, Alaska

Ketchikan, Alaska

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J OU RN E Y SU M M A RY DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN CALGARY Fly direct to Calgary and transfer to the threestar superior Delta by Marriott Calgary Downtown in central Calgary for one night. DAY 2 - CALGARY Our spectacular journey starts from Calgary across the rolling prairies of Alberta and soon the slate-grey, snow-capped peaks of the Rockies come into view. You stay three nights at the three-star superior Banff Park Lodge in the spa resort of Banff. With its wood-panelled interior and excellent indoor pool, our hotel is a five-minute stroll into the centre of this attractive small town. DAY 3 - BANFF This morning our breathtaking journey is along the Icefields Parkway, one of the most spectacular roads in the world. Our first stop is Lake Louise, completely encircled by high peaks, one of the most photographed views in the Rockies. We next visit Peyto Lake, one of the world’s most beautiful azure-blue glacial waters, before seeing the Columbia Icefield, the largest in the Rockies and taking a ride on a giant ‘Snocoach’ across the Athabasca Glacier. DAY 4 - FREE DAY IN BANFF A day at leisure. Why not take a ‘float’ trip on the Bow River or a dip in Banff’s hot springs, or perhaps a ride by gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain from where there are several interesting walks. Also popular is afternoon tea at the magnificent Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, built in the style of a Scottish baronial castle.

DAY 5 - ROCKY MOUNTAINEER TRAIN This morning, we set off on one of the world’s greatest train journeys. Boarding the Rocky Mountaineer you’ll be led to your assigned comfortable reclining seat, with plenty of legroom and large panoramic windows. The train begins its spectacular two-day 585-mile journey following the Bow River valley before crossing the Continental Divide at Kicking Horse Pass. Next come the famed spiral tunnels, an engineering marvel built 100 years ago, and as we follow the Columbia River we cross the dramatic 500-foot steel span of Stoney Creek Bridge. SilverLeaf Class includes excellent hot meals served at your seat each day including complimentary snacks, tea and coffee, nonalcoholic drinks, plus beer and house wine with lunch (bar service at extra cost). Upgrade to the excellent GoldLeaf Service with its impressive Dome carriages, see pricing information for details. You stay overnight in a range of medium-class hotels in the town of Kamloops. DAY 6 - VANCOUVER Continuing towards Vancouver we follow the Fraser and Thomson River canyons, passing the Jaws of Death Gorge, Avalanche Alley and Hell’s Gate Canyon, criss-crossing the river many times as we travel through British Columbia’s most scenic country. You reach Vancouver in the afternoon after a once-in-a-lifetime journey. Your hotel for two nights is the threestar superior Coast Coal Harbour Hotel. DAY 7 - VANCOUVER Vancouver is one of the world’s most beautiful

cities: the blue of the Pacific Ocean, its picturesque harbour, the glass skyscrapers reflecting the sun and the lush coastal mountains all form a stunning backdrop. Your city tour stops at Stanley Park, with its famous collection of totem poles and Prospect Point, which offers lovely views. The afternoon is at leisure – there’s plenty to see and do in this sophisticated city.

Banff

DAY 8 - EMBARKATION IN VANCOUVER Today we begin our Holland America Line Inside Passage cruise, embarkation begins at 11.30am. The MS Koningsdam sails at 5pm, passing below Vancouver’s spectacular Lion’s Gate Bridge. DAY 9 - AT SEA The first day is spent at sea so there’s plenty of time to ease into shipboard life and enjoy the amazing scenery of the Inside Passage. There are a huge variety of on-board talks and activities available. DAY 10 - JUNEAU We cruise the narrow 25-mile long Tracy Arm fjord to view the massive twin Sawyer Glaciers. Hemmed in by near-vertical ice-scoured mountainsides, the glaciers are surrounded by a wild and barren landscape reminiscent of the last Ice Age. After lunch you arrive in Juneau, Alaska’s state capital. Shore excursions include flying to a glacier by helicopter and dog-sledding

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with teams of huskies, to whale-watching, kayaking, an Alaskan salmon bake, fly fishing by sea plane and hikes in the surrounding area. DAY 11 - SKAGWAY Our ship arrives at Skagway and remains here all day allowing plenty of time to explore this historic gateway to the Klondike, originally a lawless tented city during its gold rush days. Skagway is the start of the White Pass & Yukon railroad and there are a number of excursions that include a fascinating ride on the restored carriages of this 100-year-old route through the Alaskan wilderness.

National Forest, only accessible by air, where bears may be spotted fishing for salmon. DAY 14 - AT SEA Our last full day is spent at sea returning through the Inside Passage. DAY 15 - RETURN HOME Disembark in Vancouver and spend some time in Granville Island before transferring to the airport for your return flight. DAY 16 - ARRIVAL IN UK

DAY 12 - GLACIER BAY Today is yet another tour highlight as your cruise-ship enters the magnificent Glacier Bay National Park, with eight actively calving glaciers, more than anywhere else on Earth. Surrounded by snow-clad 10,000ft mountain peaks, the nutrient-rich waters teem with salmon and humpback whales. Our ship spends the day cruising this huge area comprising 900 square miles while National Park Service rangers come on board to provide specialist commentary. DAY 13 - KETCHIKAN We arrive at the small town of Ketchikan, where a number of breathtaking trips are available, via seaplane, into the nearby Misty Fjords National Monument or the remote Tongass

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QU E E N M A RY 2 N E W YORK & N I AGA R A FA LL S 14 days from only £2,499pp Departing 7 June 2020 and 4 September 2020

C RU IS E SU M M A RY DAYS 1 TO 7 – QUEEN MARY 2 You will be greeted by your dedicated tour manager as you embark the newly refurbished and spectacularly sophisticated Queen Mary 2 in Southampton for your unforgettable Transatlantic Crossing to New York. As she glides westbound, make the most of your seven leisurely days on board arguably the most extraordinary and luxurious vessel on the seas. Attend one of many insightful talks by experts and celebrity speakers, or catch up with friends in the brand new Carinthia Lounge. When night falls, get dressed up and attend a glamorous black-tie gala ball in the elegant Queens Room. DAYS 8 TO 10 – NEW YORK CITY Early this morning Queen Mary 2 arrives in New York harbour. Nothing quite prepares you for the towering Statue of Liberty and the panoramic view of the iconic Manhattan skyline, reflecting the very essence of the USA to be the biggest and the best. Upon disembarking, we

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will enjoy a fascinating tour of New York City, taking in the most amazing sights, including bustling Times Square, famous Rockefeller Centre, and the landmark Empire State Building. Then check in to your hotel for the next three nights, the iconic four-star Marriott Marquis, one of the first hotels in Times Square. You have three glorious days to explore the Big Apple and its multitude of world-class attractions. See more than 5,000 years of art from around the world at the Metropolitan Museum through its intriguing exhibitions and events. Or visit the Guggenheim, as famous for its landmark building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, as it is for its impressive collection and daring shows. An unusual yet welcome highlight is High Line Park, a lovely 1.5-milelong stretch of green space built on an elevated section of an old railroad. Take a walk through colourful Chinatown and explore its streets lined with shops selling exotic foods, jewellery and various gifts. Here you’ll find some of the

best restaurants representing the cuisine of not only the numerous provinces of China, but also of Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and more. Then there is St Patrick’s Cathedral, a breathtaking masterpiece of NeoGothic architecture and significant landmark that stands out amidst the city’s many contemporary buildings. Why not take a helicopter flight over this most photogenic of cities to see it all? Or visit the impressive Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island. In the evening, find out why this is the City that Never Sleeps – soak up the atmosphere in Times Square or simply relax in Greenwich Village’s intimate bars. DAY 11 – ONTARIO This morning, we board our domestic flight to Buffalo in upstate New York, located on the shores of Lake Erie. A short drive takes us across the Rainbow Bridge over the border to Ontario, Canada, where we stay two nights in the four-

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SO MUCH IS INCLUDED • Seven nights on Queen Mary 2 from Southampton to New York, including all meals and traditional afternoon tea • Three nights in a centrally located four-star hotel in New York City and two nights in a four-star Niagara hotel, in a Fallsview room • Scheduled flight to Buffalo to visit Niagara Falls

• Discover the picturesque town of Niagara-on-the- Lake • Visit Toronto and ascend the CN Tower

Plus, of course... • Flight to the UK from Toronto • All port and airport taxes, overseas porterage and transfers

• Enjoy a sightseeing tour of New York City

• The services of our dedicated Riviera Travel tour manager throughout

• Experience the sheer power of Niagara Falls and the famous Hornblower Cruise

• Fully protected by ABTA and ATOL

Marvel at the iconic Niagara Falls

Empire State Building

star Marriott on the Falls with lovely views of Niagara Falls. DAY 12 – NIAGARA FALLS & HORNBLOWER CRUISE Niagara Falls has long been a magnet for daredevils, sightseers and honeymooners, but there are few superlatives that can describe the sheer spectacle in front of you, as the equivalent of more than a million bathtubs full of water cascade every minute over a 61-metre-high cliff, crashing in a deafening roar below. You will see this incredible natural phenomenon from all angles to really experience its sheer power and beauty. Included with your tour is a thrilling boat ride on the famous Hornblower Cruise to get you as close as possible to the thundering waters at the base of the Falls. There’s free time to further explore the Falls this afternoon. The tunnels behind the waterfall offer an astonishing view of the massive wall of

water but from the inside. Perhaps take a lift, walking along the bottom of the Niagara Gorge for a truly spectacular close-up view of some amazing white-water rapids. DAY 13 – TORONTO & RETURN FLIGHT This morning, we bid farewell to Niagara Falls and head to the small community of Niagaraon-the-Lake, located at the heart of Ontario’s wine region. Often cited as the prettiest town in Ontario, it is a fascinating insight into a well-preserved 19th-century village with its charming Victorian architecture. This wonderfully lovely town is home to the worldclass theatre, the Shaw Festival, and many historical sites. We then head along the scenic shore of Lake Ontario, one of the five Great Lakes, to Canada’s largest city, Toronto. Its soaring glass skyscrapers contrast with the verdant parks and

lakefront boardwalks of a host of communities. Dominating the skyline is the 553-metre CN Tower, the tallest freestanding structure in the western hemisphere. You will take an exhilarating ride in its exterior glass lifts to the observation deck, where you will be rewarded with stunning views and a glass floor reveals a jaw-dropping perspective of the city. Later, we continue to Toronto airport for your overnight flight home. DAY 14 – ARRIVE HOME We arrive back in the UK after a once-in-alifetime journey across land and sea. For details of the Queen Mary 2, departure dates and prices, please see pages 112 and 113.

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QU E E N M A RY 2 & N E W YORK C IT Y 12 days from only £1,899pp Departing 24 May 2020 and 2 October 2020

C RU IS E SU M M A RY DAYS 1 TO 7 – QUEEN MARY 2 You will be greeted by your dedicated tour manager as you embark the newly refurbished and spectacularly sophisticated Queen Mary 2 in Southampton for your unforgettable Transatlantic Crossing to New York. As she glides westbound, make the most of your seven leisurely days on board arguably the most iconic and luxurious vessel in travel. Start your mornings with a brisk walk around the promenade deck, or take to deck 13 for a game of paddle tennis. When night falls, get dressed up and attend a glamorous black-tie gala ball in the Queens Room. Or for a more relaxing way to spend the day, visit the spa for the ultimate pampering experience. One of Queen Mary 2’s most fascinating attractions is her own planetarium, a truly memorable way to while away your afternoon.

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Your tour manager will also be on hand every day to give suggestions and help you start to plan your time in the Big Apple. DAYS 8 – NEW YORK CITY Early this morning Queen Mary 2 arrives in New York harbour. Nothing quite prepares you for the towering Statue of Liberty and the panoramic view of the iconic Manhattan skyline, reflecting the very essence of the USA to be the biggest and the best. Upon disembarking, we will enjoy a fascinating tour of New York City, taking in the most amazing sights, including bustling Times Square, famous Rockefeller Centre, and the landmark Empire State Building. Then check in to your hotel for the next three nights, the iconic four-star Marriott Marquis, one of the first hotels in Times Square.

DAYS 9 & 10 – NEW YORK You have two more incredible days to explore the Big Apple and its numerous worldclass attractions. Exhilarating Manhattan is abuzz with big-name highlights, such as the wonderfully restored Meatpacking District, Central Park, St Patrick’s Cathedral and the dazzling lights of Times Square, but further exploration will reveal charming areas and quiet green spaces. Another highlight is the September 11 Memorial, a tribute to the victims of the terror attacks at the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon. You may also choose to ascend Freedom Tower, the tallest building in the western hemisphere, built on the site of the twin towers. For some of the best shopping, head to Fifth Avenue and to Macy’s in the heart of

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SO MUCH IS INCLUDED • Seven nights on Queen Mary 2 from Southampton to New York, including all meals and traditional afternoon tea

Plus, of course... • Flight home to a choice of UK airports*

• Three nights in a centrally located four-star hotel in New York City

• All port and airport taxes, overseas porterage and transfers

• Enjoy a sightseeing tour of New York City, perhaps the most exciting city in the world, with countless gems to see and experience

• The services of our dedicated Riviera Travel tour manager throughout • Fully protected by ABTA and ATOL

• Visit the Statue of Liberty as well as Ellis Island, with your ferry ride included

* supplement may apply

Times Square

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Herald Square, the USA’s largest department store spanning an entire city block. Why not take a helicopter flight over this most photogenic of cities to see it all? Of course, there is no shortage of outstanding dining options, with cuisines to suit every palate in a smorgasbord of restaurants, bars, diners, pubs and more. In the evening, catch a live performance at the Metropolitan Opera, a vibrant home for the world’s most creative musical talent, or at Radio City Music Hall, home of the Rockettes. DAY 11 – STATUE OF LIBERTY A visit to New York wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Liberty Island; this morning, we come face-to face with Lady Liberty herself. We travel to Battery Park on the southern tip of Manhattan and take the ferry across to the

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island. Have your camera at the ready as the magnificent Statue of Liberty comes into view. A gift from the French, the colossal neoclassical masterpiece was originally a dull copper colour but oxidation over time caused a green patina, which actually protects the statue’s ‘skin’. Listen to your personal audio guide, provided during the tour, for intriguing insights into what is arguably the world’s most famous statue. As you amble along, remember to look back towards Manhattan Island for fantastic views of New York harbour and the skyline, dominated by the new, futuristic Freedom Tower. After,

we’ll take a short ferry ride to neighbouring Ellis Island, home to the National Museum of Immigration, which chronicles America’s extensive history of welcoming migrants. After a day of fascinating sightseeing, we bid farewell to New York and transfer to the airport for our return flight. DAY 12 – ARRIVE HOME We arrive back in the UK this morning. For details of the Queen Mary 2, departure dates and prices, please see pages 112 and 113..

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A M E D IT E RR A N E A N ODYSS E Y

O N T H E ROYA L C LI PPE R 13 days from only £2,799pp Departing 23 June 2020

JOURNEY SUMMARY DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN VENICE Fly to Venice and stay for one night in Mestre on the mainland.

of the city on foot. You’ll have free time for further discovery before re-joining the ship for dinner.

DAY 2 – EMBARKATION IN VENICE Enjoy a guided tour of Venice this morning seeing its most famous sights, with free time to explore after. Your tall-ship adventure begins this afternoon when we board the SPV Royal Clipper for an evening departure.

DAY 6 – KOTOR By morning we’ll have crossed into outstanding Montenegro. We moor in mountainside Kotor, nestled in a dramatic setting and a delight to explore. In the late afternoon, we continue our voyage southward.

DAY 3 – ROVINJ As the morning unfurls, we approach the stunning Croatian coast and dramatic Istrian peninsula. We disembark at the pretty fishing port of Rovinj. Later we sail south for Hvar.

DAY 7 – CORFU We arrive in Corfu where you have a choice of two included experiences: a visit to Achilleion Palace, designed with the mythical hero Achilles as its central theme, or a drive towards Paleokastritsa bay, the Amalfi coast of Greece, followed by a tour of Corfu town. After dinner we set sail again.

DAY 4 – HVAR & THE DALMATIAN COAST Spend the day in the beautiful island of Hvar, one of the most enchanting spots in the Mediterranean. Our journey continues south along the breathtaking Dalmatian coast as you enjoy dinner on board. DAY 5 – DUBROVNIK Awake this morning to wonderful views of the coast. We arrive in Dubrovnik for a guided tour

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DAY 8 – AT SEA You have a full day at sea to enjoy the magnificent Royal Clipper. DAY 9 – TAORMINA & THE AEOLIAN ISLANDS Awake this morning in the bay of Taormina, a wonderful spot in which to spend the day.

Early this evening, we sail northwards past the Aeolian Islands and Stromboli. DAY 10 – AMALFI COAST & CAPRI We sail along the breathtaking Amalfi coast this morning, passing exclusive Positano and arriving in the isle of Capri. Return to the Royal Clipper this evening to continue our journey. DAY 11 – SORRENTO & POMPEII This morning we moor in Sorrento, where you can wander the town or choose a guided tour of Pompeii nearby. In the afternoon the Royal Clipper sets sail northwards. DAY 12 – ROME We disembark this morning at Civitavecchia near Rome. Enjoy a guided tour of Rome, one of the world’s most compelling cities. We stay one night in the Eternal City. DAY 13 – RETURN FLIGHT Transfer to the airport for your flight home. For details of the Royal Clipper, departure dates and prices, please see pages 114 to 116.

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Grand Canal, Venice

SO MUCH IS INCLUDED • Ten nights aboard the superb SPV Royal Clipper in your choice of suite or cabin

• Visit charming Taormina and admire its ancient Greek amphitheatre

• Stay in hand-picked four-star hotels in Venice and Rome (upgrades are available)

• Journey back in time on a tour of Corfu’s atmospheric Old Town

• Enjoy fine dining on board throughout the cruise, prepared by inspired chefs • Tour romantic Venice with a guide • Sail along the Dalmatian and Amalfi coasts • Explore Rovinj, one of the Adriatic’s most picturesque ports • Take a guided walking tour of Dubrovnik and discover the Pearl of the Adriatic • Visit the stunning island of Capri • Discover historic Kotor, set in a beautiful bay sheltered by rugged mountains

• Sail past the Aeolian Islands and Stromboli with its infamous volcano • Visit beautiful Sorrento and a guided tour of remarkable Pompeii • Enjoy a guided tour of Rome

Plus, of course... • Flight from a selection of regional airports* to Venice and return flight from Rome • The services of our dedicated Riviera Travel tour manager throughout • Fully protected by ABTA and ATOL * a supplement may apply

Rome

Capri Island

Rovinj old town

Corfu town

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YO U R C RU I S E DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN VENICE You should arrive at the airport to take your flight to Venice where we stay one night with breakfast. Your hotel is the four-star Hotel Plaza in Mestre. Alternatively, you may upgrade to the wonderfully luxurious four-star Hotel Splendid Venice. DAY 2 - EMBARK THE SPV ROYAL CLIPPER Venice is quite unique in the truest sense of the word and this morning’s included tour will reveal the city’s most famous sights, including the glorious Doge’s Palace, St Mark’s with its magnificently decorated Basilica and grandiose square, the legendary Bridge of Sighs, the Rialto plus a host of other fascinating gems. After this you will have some free time to explore as you wish. This afternoon the adventure begins. We board the SPV Royal Clipper and the crew, ready to welcome you, ensure you settle in and familiarise yourself with the ship, your first-class floating hotel. As the sun dips below the rooftops of Venice, the Royal Clipper slips its moorings and glides majestically through the city. All of the city’s grand palaces and churches as well as the incredible Doge’s Palace are bathed in the golden light of the sunset – there is no better way to start our journey. DAY 3 - ROVINJ The first morning on board is always a thrill: the unique sound of the hull powerfully cutting through the clear waters below is quite electrifying. As the morning unfurls we approach the stunning Croatian coast and dramatic Istrian peninsula. Totally unspoilt, Croatia today is how the Mediterranean was perhaps a generation ago: the towns still very traditional with little unsightly development spoiling the wonderful natural coastline. You disembark at the pretty fishing port of Rovinj where a maze of Italianate waterside buildings perches above the crystal blue of the

Adriatic. The most satisfying activity here is to simply lose oneself in the web of medieval alleyways and lanes spreading out from the waterfront. From the splendid baroque church enjoy the views across the 22 small islands that form a natural park, or stroll along the steps of Grisia Street lined with art galleries, before resting for a quiet drink in one of the charming harbourside cafés. You set sail once again heading south to the undeniably beautiful island of Hvar. DAY 4 - HVAR & THE DALMATIAN COAST A stunning island in the Dalmatian archipelago, Hvar is one of the most enchanting spots in the entire Mediterranean. You disembark into this delightful and bewitching little town where wandering is a joy! Compact and cosy, even the streets have no names. Should you wish to explore the island itself, there is a jeep safari that you can purchase locally which visits the legacies left by the Romans and Greeks and drives through abandoned medieval villages. As you enjoy another excellent dinner we continue our southward journey sailing along one of the most beautiful stretches of water in the world – the amazing Dalmatian coast. This archipelago has to be seen to be believed: a series of islands, some small, some large, some with tiny fishing villages clinging to the seashore, all covered by a green carpet of lush Mediterranean forest that exudes its typical pine scent in the warm night air. This evening nothing will beat the exhilaration of a ‘sundowner’ on deck, as the sun sets in the west and the stars twinkle above in the clear night sky. DAY 5 - DUBROVNIK As you wake this morning you will again be treated to the continuing delight of the Dalmatian coast before we gently round the headland when the unique city of Dubrovnik, Pearl of the ‘Adriatic’, makes its astonishing debut. An independent city-state for much of its history, Dubrovnik has evolved differently to the rest of Croatia. The city threw off its Corfu

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Venetian masters in medieval times and founded a commercial empire trading with the eastern Mediterranean, France, Spain and later the Ottoman Empire. The main avenue, lined with charming cafés, is completely paved with marble, which dazzles in the sunlight and gives credence to its description as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’. Throughout the city you will find a wonderful array of monasteries, beautifully decorated churches and civic buildings dating from the 14th-century, reflecting Dubrovnik’s outstanding artistic heritage. We have an included guided walking tour seeing all this and more, after which you are free to explore at your leisure before re-joining the Royal Clipper for dinner. DAY 6 - MONTENEGRO By morning you will have crossed into outstandingly beautiful Montenegro with its sapphire-blue coastline. Prepare to be truly amazed by the views! We sail into a huge inland sea, almost a lake, with the topography rather reminiscent of Switzerland. Reflections of the surrounding mountains dance on the water whilst sleepy, timeless fishing villages hug the shoreline. We anchor and visit the walled town of Kotor, nestling below a mountainside in probably Montenegro’s most dramatic setting. With a labyrinth of cobbled streets surrounding its Orthodox Cathedral that radiate to quiet intimate squares, Kotor is a delight to explore. Its bustling market really is from yesteryear, selling homemade cheese, cured hams, honey and Mediterranean vegetables of every colour, shape and size in a refreshingly chaotic manner! You can try some of the local wine too, which despite its lack of international exposure, is rather good – and exceptional value. We weigh anchor late afternoon and continue our southward voyage. DAY 7 - CORFU You arrive in Corfu around lunchtime, at the mouth of the Adriatic. Between Italy and mainland Greece, with just a narrow channel of sea separating it from Albania, this is Greece’s emerald isle, cloaked in olive, pine and cypress trees and well renowned for the beauty of its spectacular coastline. We have a choice of two included tours. Our Achilleion & Corfu Town trip visits the splendid palace built by the Empress Elizabeth of Austria, also used by the Greek royal family. We return to Corfu Town, for a walking tour amongst the maze of charming narrow lanes, ending with some free time around the ‘Spianada’, the town’s main square, lined with cafés where you can relax with some traditional meze. Our second option is a drive towards the famous bays of Paleokastritsa, known as the Amalfi coast of Greece. As you cross the

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Positano

countryside, you’ll see how little things have changed: in the villages black-robed women carrying firewood still ride along side-saddle on their mules! We visit the Byzantine Monastery of the Virgin – still inhabited by a community of monks - and its small museum, housing a unique collection of Byzantine icons. From the gardens you can admire breathtaking views over the beautiful bays of Paleokastritsa below, with their crystal-clear waters and rocky promontories. Opposite is the 13th-century fort of Angelokastro, perched high on a rocky pillar, rising a thousand feet from the sea. We return to the Old Town of Corfu for a walking tour and some free time. The Royal Clipper sets sail from Corfu after dinner. DAY 8 - AT SEA As the wind fills the sails today you head west across the Adriatic to the southernmost point of Italy and the enchanting island of Sicily. You are at sea today, so what is it to be? Top up your tan on the Sun Deck or have a dip in one of the pools.You are most welcome to visit the bridge too, but for the most outstanding view of all why not ascend up to the ‘crow’s nest’ (with harness!) or perhaps just catch up on some reading. DAY 9 - TAORMINA & THE AEOLIAN ISLANDS This morning you will awake on the eastern shore of Sicily in the bay of Taormina, and you would find it difficult to find a more agreeable spot in which to spend the day. It is one of the smartest and most exclusive small towns in Italy. Retaining much of its medieval charm, wonderfully situated on a high balcony, facing Etna and overlooking the sea, it is renowned for its beautiful gardens and peaceful atmosphere. As you would expect in a country so famous for its cuisine, speciality food shops selling fresh pasta, olives, Sicilian wine and the local Marsala abound. Splashes of vibrant colour from the smart window boxes and stylish locals deep in animated conversation complete the picture. Taormina’s greatest claim to fame though is its amazing theatre, a legacy of the ancient Greeks. Wonderfully preserved and still in use

today, it has a panoramic view of Etna, Europe’s highest volcano, as its awesome natural backdrop! Early evening, you sail northwards past the volcanic Aeolian Islands and Stromboli enjoying another magnificent sunset to port. DAY 10 - AMALFI COAST & CAPRI This morning feast your eyes on the legendary Amalfi coast. Cited by most guidebooks as Europe’s most beautiful, a claim, once seen, it is difficult to refute. You sail along the coast, past headlands diving almost sheer into the beautiful sea, with birds soaring on the many thermals and the air full of the scent of pine forests and wild flowers. You soon pass exclusive Positano with its tangle of white houses tumbling down the steep cliffs to the picturesque harbour below, eventually arriving at today’s destination, the isle of Capri. Renowned for its outstanding natural beauty, it has long been sought after: three Roman Emperors were attracted here; both D.H. Lawrence and George Bernard Shaw sought inspiration, whilst Graham Greene and Gracie Fields made it their home. The picturesque main town is perched high above and you may wish to visit the ‘Blue Grotto’ whilst you are here, a large cavern reachable only by boat, and which by a freak of nature is bathed in an iridescent blue light. Early evening you return to the Royal Clipper. DAY 11 - SORRENTO & POMPEII This morning you wake up moored below the multi-hued villas and houses of Sorrento, which came to fame during the late 18th century when it became part of the ‘Grand Tour’ for Europe’s aristocracy. Today it’s everything you imagine an Italian town to be: cobbled streets and quaint squares, bright flowers decorating every pastelcoloured, crumbling building, the stylish young astride their ‘vespas’ and the wondrous aroma of fresh coffee drifting from the pavement cafés which grace almost every street corner. Or you can visit nearby Pompeii where we have an included guided tour of this amazing site. The story is well known, but this is more than a series of ruins; the state of preservation is remarkable and even if you are not so interested in the history, you cannot fail to be moved by

the scale of the city, the construction of which puts many of our modern structures to shame. Much of our knowledge of the life of the ordinary Roman, their habits, social structure, class systems and domestic arrangements comes from the excavations at Pompeii. Some of the baths are virtually complete as are various murals and mosaics. You will be moved by the simultaneously fascinating yet eerie, pained expressions of the victims of Vesuvius, preserved as a monument for all time. This afternoon the Royal Clipper sets sail on the final leg of our odyssey northwards, towards Rome. This is the final opportunity to relax on board so take a dip in the pool and watch the sun setting for the final time in a blaze of colour before enjoying your last dinner on board this spectacular ship. DAY 12 - ROME This morning you disembark at Civitavecchia near Rome and there is still plenty to enjoy. Rome was, is and always will be one of the world’s most compelling cities with probably more to see here than in any other capital on earth. Boasting an uninterrupted recorded history for upwards of 2,500 years, nowhere else seems to have managed to combine, and with such finesse, a heritage of classical antiquities and medieval buildings from Renaissance palaces to intricate baroque piazzas. The grandeur of the Colosseum, scene of some of the most cruel acts ever committed, the Appian Way where Spartacus was crucified, the magnificence of St Peter’s, the grandeur of the Vatican, the sheer brilliance of the Sistine Chapel, the Trevi Fountain and flamboyant Baroque buildings are all here – and the list is endless. But Rome is much more than monuments alone, incredible though they are! A city is nothing without people and Rome’s citizens have been amongst the most colourful in history with probably nowhere having been visited by so many of the world’s famous for so long: Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Nero, Atilla the Hun, St Peter, the Medici, Michelangelo, Napoleon and Byron - all captivated by its magnificence. You have a tour of the city before checking into our hotel, the four-star Sheraton Roma, staying one night with breakfast. Alternatively, you may upgrade to the wonderfully luxurious five-star Bernini Bristol Hotel, located closer to the city centre. DAY 13 - RETURN FLIGHT HOME Today at the appropriate time you will be taken to the airport for your flight home. Whilst the holiday may be over, reminiscences of the sights you have seen, experiences you have had and people you have met on this unique and special voyage of discovery will remain with you for a very long time to come.

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Coastal & island cruises Split, Rab & Undiscovered Islands of the North Split, Zadar & Secrets of the North Dubrovnik, Split & Jewels of the Dalmatian Coast Split, Dubrovnik & the Splendours of Dalmatia Dubrovnik, Mostar & Secrets of Dalmatia Ionian Island Odyssey Maldives

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CRUISE THE BE AUTIFUL A D R I AT I C C O A S T

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magine yourself reclining under an azure sky, as the polished teak deck moves almost imperceptibly with the rhythm of the Mediterranean and a refreshing breeze ruffles the air. You’re relaxed aboard your very own yacht, as it glides through the crystal-clear waters of the beautiful Adriatic. Unlike conventional cruise ships, boasting ever-larger passenger numbers, the modest dimensions of our yachts allow us to visit less-accessible, delightfully picturesque ports and islands off the well-worn tourist trail, for a much more intimate and authentic experience. Our magnificent vessels carry up to just 40 guests, and a superb guest to crew ratio of almost 4:1 means you’ll receive exceptional, intuitive service from the charming crew, ready to attend to your every need; with so few passengers, an exclusive yet convivial, informal atmosphere pervades on board and at the end of your trip, you’ll be saying farewell to new-found friends. Just picture a typical day on board: spend the morning sailing these glistening, turquoise waters, taking in the glorious coastal vistas from your comfy sun lounger on the fabulous sun deck, a chilled glass of local white wine in your hand, listening to the soothing lapping of the waves against the hull. We drop anchor in a tranquil, deserted little bay where you can enjoy a swim off the back of the ship – as if it were your very own! Relax back on board, enjoying the wonderful views over a delicious lunch, chatting with your fellow passengers about what lies in store before we moor in our next port of call. Join our included excursions ashore, with free time after to explore. Enjoy dinner independently in a cosy restaurant and sample the local fare, before returning for your favourite nightcap on the ship’s terrace to watch the evening sun dip beneath the glinting water. A yacht cruise along the Adriatic offers the ultimate relaxing holiday experience that few will ever get to enjoy and the memories of such a special and unique trip which will be treasured for a lifetime.

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Explore idyllic islands and secluded coves along the stunning Adriatic coast

A convivial atmosphere for 40 guests Feel like a VIP from the moment you step on board. Our stylish cabins are generously proportioned, and feature en-suite bathrooms and windows.

Shore excursions & expert-led tours

Main Deck cabin – MS Il Mare

Our inspired itinerary includes fascinating tours with knowledgeable and engaging local guides. There’s also free time to explore on your own.

Relaxed sailing with swim stops

Lower Deck cabin – MV Corona

Enjoy plenty of time sailing between the picturesque islands and ports of the Adriatic, with frequent opportunities to swim in idyllic locations.

Excellent dining on board Sample delicious Mediterranean cuisines in the yacht’s restaurant. There are days when lunch or dinner is at leisure, so you can try the local restaurants ashore.

Bathroom – MS Adriatic Sun

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S PLIT, R A B & U N D ISCOV E RE D IS L A N DS OF T H E N O RT H

Exclusive departures available for solo travellers. See page 121 for details.

O N T H E M S I L M A RE 8 days from only £1,549pp Departing May to October 2020

C RU IS E SU M M A RY DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN SPLIT Arrive in Split and board the superb four-star MS Il Mare, your floating home for the next seven nights. DAY 2 – SPLIT, TROGIR & VODICE This morning enjoy a guided walk through Trogir, featuring winding medieval streets and imposing 15th-century walls. Later this afternoon we arrive in picturesque Vodice. DAY 3 – VODICE & ZADAR Relax as you cruise along the Adriatic Coast to Zadar, the ancient capital of Dalmatia. A guided tour introduces you to its Roman ruins and medieval churches. DAY 4 – ZADAR & RAB Continue cruising north, stopping in one of the bays for a swim, before stepping ashore for free time in the charming town of Rab.

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DAY 5 – RAB, MOLAT & SALI Enjoy a swim stop at the island of Molat. Later this afternoon we arrive at the historic fishing town of Sali, fringed by ancient olive groves. This evening take your seat for the Captain’s Dinner.

DAY 8 – RETURN FLIGHT Today we disembark and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

DAY 6 – TELAŠCICA, KORNATI & ŠIBENIK We call at Telašcica, a natural harbour with sheer limestone cliffs and a large salt lake, before cruising through the stunning Kornati National Park. Later we arrive at Šibenik for a guided tour of this delightful town.

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For details of the MS Il Mare, departure dates and prices, please see pages 120 and 121.

DAY 7 – ŠIBENIK & SPLIT Spend a leisurely morning on board as we return to historic Split. This afternoon discover the magnificent ruins of the Diocletian’s Palace during a guided walking tour.

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SO MUCH IS INCLUDED • Seven nights on board the fourstar MS Il Mare in your choice of cabin • Daily breakfast, six lunches, one dinner plus the Captain’s Dinner • Guided tour of Trogir with its maze of winding medieval streets

• Cruise through Kornati National Park

Plus, of course... • Return flights from a choice of regional airports* • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board

• Guided tour of Šibenik’s delightful old town

• All port charges, airport taxes and overseas transfers

• Guided tour of Zadar, the ancient capital of Dalmatia

• Services of our dedicated Riviera Travel tour manager

• Guided tour of Split and the astonishing Emperor Diocletian’s Palace

• Fully protected by ABTA and ATOL * a supplement may apply

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Vodice

Rab

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YO U R C RU I S E DAY 1 – SPLIT You’ll arrive at the airport to take your flight to Split, where you’ll be met and taken by coach to the stunning MS Il Mare, moored in the picturesque, ancient harbour. The professional crew welcome you on board and will be on hand to help you settle in. The rest of the day is free to relax in your comfortable cabin or wander ashore and begin exploring this fascinating city. It’s soon time for dinner in the ship’s stylish restaurant and a chance to meet your fellow travelling companions; with just 40 guests in total, a relaxed, uncrowded ambience pervades the ship so after dinner, retire to a comfy armchair on the terrace for a nightcap and contemplate all that lies in store tomorrow! DAY 2 – SPLIT, TROGIR & VODICE As the mellow morning sun peeks above the northern hills and casts its sleepy early shadows over this intriguing city, you rise refreshed and ready for a first fortifying breakfast on board. Expectation mounts as we cast off and our adventure begins! Head up on deck and take in the glorious views; the Dalmatian coastline is said to be one of the most spectacular in Europe with its vast stretches of deserted beach, secret coves and pretty, secluded bays. We soon arrive in Trogir where we head ashore to enjoy a guided tour of this delightful city; behind its classic waterfront, an intriguing maze of winding medieval streets is revealed, tightly clasped by the imposing 15th-century city walls. At the heart of the old town you’ll find the majestic cathedral, a Venetian masterpiece with its richly decorated chapel. We return to the ship where a lovely buffet lunch awaits! Relax in your cabin this afternoon or enjoy a refreshing cup of tea on the terrace as the MS Il Mare gracefully enters the picturesque harbour at Vodice. Once a fishing village, this bustling town offers a good choice of restaurants and cafés, so wander ashore this evening and take dinner perhaps on the waterfront, before watching the sun go down over a glass of fiery locally distilled brandy. DAY 3 – VODICE & ZADAR We spend a leisurely day on board today; during breakfast we cast off once more heading out into the glistening Adriatic. This magnificent coast is littered with idyllic bays where the calm water is perfect for swimming, so during our cruising this morning we’ll make time for a refreshing swim stop, allowing you to work up an appetite for our on-board lunch! Later, venture up on deck and absorb the best panoramic views from the comfort of a sun lounger. As we sail northwards, there’s chance for a spot of reading perhaps or simply unwind to the sound of gulls soaring high above, with

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a long refreshing drink from the bar whilst the coastal views drifts by, and the mesmerising waters of the Adriatic dazzle under the warm rays of a hazy afternoon sun – now you’re really on holiday! Later we arrive in the ancient capital of Dalmatia, Zadar. This bustling coastal town with the style and charm of the Italian Riviera, was for centuries ruled by the Venetians. There’s time for a fascinating guided tour around its marble streets, discovering Roman ruins and lovely medieval churches before you are free to explore under your own steam. Dinner is at leisure tonight so why not try one of the many cosy restaurants with simple appetising menus of grilled meats or freshly caught fish. Perhaps end the evening with a glass of maraschino, a local cherry liqueur produced here since the 16th century. DAY 4 – ZADAR & RAB This morning we continue our smooth passage northwards as the passing seascapes continue to enchant; we sail past the fascinatingly barren rocky island of Pag, its desolate landscape defined by its stark steely mountain backdrop. There’s time for a refreshing swim stop before a delicious lunch on board. Later we arrive in Rab, a real gem and one of the most alluring islands along this stretch of the Dalmatian coast. Sheltered against its sturdy mountainous spine, a verdant landscape of lush fragrant pine forest and a fertile patchwork of vine and olive groves gives way to golden ribbons

of deserted beach and picturesque coves along this strikingly beautiful peninsula. Four colourful lofty bell towers rise up from the blaze of terracotta rooftops below. Spend some free time wandering in the cool shadows of Rab’s ancient stone buildings, admiring the Romanesque architecture, the grand Italianate houses - a legacy of Venetian rule, and absorbing the magical atmosphere of this charming town. Dinner is at leisure again this evening so you might opt to try one of the stylish seafood restaurants tucked away in the old town, serving the catch of the day - simply fried with white wine, garlic and herbs and washed down with a glass of local chilled white wine. What could be better! DAY 5 – RAB, MOLAT & SALI After a relaxed breakfast, we commence our southerly course into the crystal waters of the Kvarner Gulf. Up on deck take in yet more spectacular vistas as we drift between these romantically desolate islands. We drop anchor at Molat, to enjoy a refreshing swim stop in this pretty little bay and then it’s time for a light lunch on board. This afternoon take to the deck once more for a lazy afternoon’s cruising – perhaps indulge in a little nap, lulled by the soft breezes of the maestral. Later, we idle into port at Sali, on Dugi Otek, (literally Long Island). Fringed by ancient olive groves, this Croatian fishing town boasts a thousand-year history and will be our mooring for tonight.

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hide a multitude of secret caves and grottoes amongst the rugged cliffs. Our Captain will drop anchor to allow a swim stop this morning, so enjoy a cooling dip before lunch again on board. Later we arrive at the little port of Šibenik, where our guided tour reveals more about the history of this delightful town as we wander its medieval streets, seeing the beautifully restored Renaissance town hall and remarkable Gothic cathedral, thought to be the world’s largest church built without brick or wood supports. This evening the MS Il Mare remains moored in Šibenik. Dinner is at leisure tonight so wander ashore and seek out some traditional Croatian fare: hearty fish stew or mouthwateringly tender slow cooked beef, simmered with wine and prunes, with fresh crusty bread baked ‘under the lid’ – a typical Croatian style of cooking. Sit back and soak in the magical ambience of historic Šibenik.

As the sun begins to cast its rosy glow, thoughts turn to tonight’s special Captain’s Dinner, during which a selection of regional specialities will be served. Later, sink into a comfy armchair on the terrace, sipping your favourite digestif, and reflect on all that you have seen so far and what’s still to come.

DAY 7 – ŠIBENIK & SPLIT The end of our cruise is in sight so make sure you make the most of our last scenic morning on board, whilst watching the coastal views float by. We enjoy one last swim stop before commencing our journey to Split once again. Later after a final lunch on board, the stunning city skyline appears and we begin our final approach into this unique historic capital. Croatia’s second city, Split, is one of its most

vibrant and alluring. At its core lie the huge ancient ruins of the Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, undoubtedly one of the most exceptional legacies from the city’s Roman past and more recently used as the setting for the globally successful television drama Game of Thrones. A building constructed with the finest materials, Italian marble, lustrous local limestone, even sphinxes from Egypt, the whole palace complex occupied over 30,000 square metres, surrounded by towering walls, two metres thick and over 25 metres in places! During medieval times, other buildings were grafted on to it, integrating the palace with the rest of the town and creating the quirky jumble of houses, churches, chapels and other buildings seen today. We will have a guided walking tour, seeing all the major sights and learning more about this city’s glorious past before you have some free time to wander. Dinner is at leisure tonight so you might choose to return to the alluring tangle of streets in the old town for some delicious local cuisine whilst absorbing the magical ambience of this beguiling city. DAY 8 – SPLIT After breakfast, we disembark from the MS Il Mare and return to the airport at the appropriate time.

DAY 6 – TELAŠCICA, KORNATI & ŠIBENIK Another day dawns and you rise refreshed as we continue our southerly course, firstly calling at Telašćica, one of the largest and most beautiful natural harbours in the Adriatic – largely uninhabited, this is a stunningly rugged stretch of coastline backed by sheer limestone cliffs that plummet into the sea, flanked by a scattering of pretty islets and islands, home to numerous plant and bird species such as rare peregrine falcons. During our stop here, you’ll have opportunity to wander to the shores of Lake Mir, a natural salt lake, with its warm, supposedly therapeutic water that channels through the limestone on its way out to sea. Later this morning, have your camera at the ready as we are soon entering the waters of the breathtaking Kornati archipelago; an explosion of numerous fascinating desert-like islands lie scattered around the central island of Kornat. George Bernard Shaw wrote that [God] ‘created the Kornati Islands out of tears, stars and breath’ and there is certainly something ethereal about their distinctive barren beauty. In fact, this remarkable region was designated a National Park in 1980, in celebration of its extraordinarily unusual and desolate charm. The Kornati Islands

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C RU IS E SU M M A RY DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN SPLIT Take your flight to Split and transfer to the new four-star MV Riva. Relax before an included welcome dinner. DAY 2 – SPLIT & ŠIBENIK We take a swim stop before lunch on board. Arriving in charming Šibenik, we enjoy a guided walking tour. Tonight, enjoy dinner ashore at your leisure. DAY 3 – ŠIBENIK, KRKA NATIONAL PARK & VODICE Take a drive to the beautiful Krka Valley National Park. After lunch we visit coastal Vodice with free time to explore. DAY 4 – VODICE, KORNATI NATIONAL PARK & ZADAR This morning, we take another swim stop before entering the Kornati archipelago to admire its

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national parkland. We have a guided tour of ancient Zadar and some free time. DAY 5 – ZADAR, VRGADA & ZLARIN We pause for a refreshing swim around the island of Vrgada before lunch. We arrive in quaint Zlarin with its picturesque harbour. This evening, we enjoy the superb Captain’s Dinner.

DAY 8 – RETURN FLIGHT After breakfast, we disembark and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. For details of the MV Riva, departure dates and prices, please see pages 122 and 123. Diocletian’s Palace, Split

DAY 6 – ZLARIN, FUMIJA & TROGIR Enjoy another relaxing morning and swim stop on the island of Fumija. After lunch we reach historic Trogir for a guided walking tour with time to explore. This evening we enjoy the Captain’s Dinner. DAY 7 – TROGIR & SPLIT We sail back to Split and Emperor Diocletian’s extraordinary palace. We take a guided walking tour of this fascinating complex then this evening is free for you to explore and take dinner.

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SO MUCH IS INCLUDED • Seven nights on board the fourstar MV Riva in your choice of cabin • Daily breakfast, six lunches, one dinner plus the Captain’s Dinner • Tour of Split and Emperor Diocletian’s monumental palace

• Visit to beautiful Krka Valley National Park

Plus, of course... • Return flights from a choice of regional airports* • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board

• Guided tour of Trogir, historic coastal gem

• All port charges, airport taxes and overseas transfers

• Guided tour of Zadar, former ancient capital of Dalmatia

• Services of our dedicated Riviera Travel tour manager

• Cruise through the stunning Kornati archipelago

• Fully protected by ABTA and ATOL

• Guided tour of the medieval town of Šibenik

* a supplement may apply

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YO U R C RU I S E DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN SPLIT You’ll fly to Split, where on arrival you’ll be taken to the brand new deluxe MV Riva, moored in the ancient harbour. As you step on board this luxurious vessel, your home for the next seven nights, you will be welcomed by the friendly captain and crew, ready to help you settle in to your new surroundings. The rest of the day is at leisure so you can start to truly unwind in the company of your fellow passengers – just 38 of you. Perhaps take to the sun deck or wander ashore – whatever you choose it won’t be long before it’s time to enjoy dinner in the ship’s restaurant. Later perhaps head for an after-dinner drink in a local bar whilst soaking up the ambience of this historic and intriguing city. DAY 2 – SPLIT & ŠIBENIK Awake refreshed and draw back the curtains to witness the morning sun rising over the glistening water; now you’re really on holiday and home will feel a long way away. Over a leisurely breakfast, excitement mounts as our beautiful yacht-cruiser slips her moorings and we commence our Dalmatian adventure. The Dalmatian coastline is considered to be one of the most spectacular in Europe with mile upon mile of quiet beaches and calm, pretty, secluded bays perfect for swimming. The stark magnificence of the mountains sweeps dramatically into a fertile green landscape,

studded with tiny stone-built hamlets set amongst lush fruit groves and beautifully preserved medieval towns. In the crystal waters of the Adriatic lies a sprinkling of alluring unspoilt islands and mysterious coves inviting discovery. During our cruise this morning we stop for a swim before lunch back on board. After, why not take to the deck and catch up on some reading whilst a kaleidoscope of breathtaking coastal views drifts idly by? Later we arrive at the port of Šibenik and enjoy a guided walking tour of this interesting little town. Wander through the delightful maze of its medieval old town, unchanged for centuries and see the remarkable cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece and one of the finest in the region. We remain moored in Šibenik overnight, so take dinner at your leisure in one of the many quaint local restaurants, whilst absorbing the infectious charms of this lovely area. DAY 3 – ŠIBENIK, KRKA NATIONAL PARK & VODICE After breakfast, we take a drive inland to the Krka Valley where the River Krka flows through a series of lakes, gorges and rapids before heading out to sea. The valley in its entirety has been awarded national park status and we will visit part of this exquisitely beautiful area on this morning’s tour. Due to minerals dissolved in the water, the colours change from turquoise to azure-blue and vibrant green to steel-like greys. We will witness one of the most dramatic stretches of the river – several tiers of waterfall

tumble fantastically into a broad, shallow pool where you may swim should you wish. After lunch on board, we slip our moorings for an afternoon’s spectacular cruising. Enjoy the stunning island views from the comfort of a sun lounger up on deck, cool drink in hand, whilst the salty sea breeze invigorates you – it doesn’t get much better than this. Later we moor in the lovely coastal town of Vodice. You have free time to wander ashore and explore, so why not enjoy dinner at one of the many waterfront restaurants? The perfect spot to watch the mellowing sun in a blushing sky, as it slowly descends on the hazy horizon. DAY 4 – VODICE, KORNATI NATIONAL PARK & ZADAR This morning we continue our journey northwards and after a leisurely breakfast, we stop for an invigorating swim in one of the many pretty bays along the rocky coastline. Back on board, we soon enter the waters of the Kornati archipelago, where a vast group of over 90 almost desert-like islands lie scattered around the central island of Kornat. The distinct barren landscape of these islands was a designated national parkland in 1980 in celebration of their remarkably desolate beauty. With striking views at every turn, enjoy another delicious lunch before we arrive at our mooring in the ancient capital of Dalmatia, Zadar. This bustling coastal town with the style and charm of the Italian Riviera, was for centuries ruled by the Venetians. Home to Croatia’s oldest

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university, established by monks during the 14th century, sadly much of the historic centre was destroyed during World War II. We enjoy a guided tour before you are free to explore under your own steam. Perhaps visit the Romanesque cathedral with its beautifully carved stonework, or climb the bell tower for spectacular views over the city’s rooftops. Take a stroll on the promenade or wander the tangle of medieval streets, absorbing the sights and sounds of this cosmopolitan seaside town. Soon it’ll be time for dinner, so why not try one of the many cosy restaurants serving grilled meats or fresh fish dishes? You could end the evening with a glass of maraschino, a local cherry liqueur produced here since the 16th century. DAY 5 – ZADAR, VRGADA & ZLARIN As the sun rises above the rooftops of this historic port, we cast off once again and begin our journey southwards once more. After breakfast head up on deck to watch the picturesque islands of this enchanting archipelago. As the sun glints on the azure-blue depths, sit back and let this gloriously vivid coastal spectacle wash over you. Watch for the marine life in the crystal clear waters below, or chat with your fellow companions over a coffee – simply heavenly. We find time for a refreshing swim around the beautiful island of Vrgada, with its deserted golden beaches and clear warm waters, before lunch is served on board. We soon arrive in the quaint harbour at Zlarin. Set amidst a scenic landscape of cypress forest and the occasional vineyard, is the picturesque waterfront with its cosy bars and cafés. Inhabited since Roman times, the island was once famed for harvesting the red coral that existed in abundance offshore. There is time to wander the winding backstreets before heading back on board for the Captain’s Dinner, during which a selection of regional specialities will be served. DAY 6 – ZLARIN, FUMIJA & TROGIR Rising refreshed this morning, the relaxed pace of this cruise continues as we cast off from our picturesque mooring and set sail once more. There is time to enjoy another swim stop on the island of Fumija, where the remains of the early medieval church of St Fumija and crumbling farm buildings of the Benedictine monks of Trogir can still be seen amidst the landscape. Back on board for lunch, it’s not long before we reach our next port of call, Trogir, a historic coastal gem with its imposing city walls, a wealth of ancient sights and classic waterfront neatly fringed with glossy palms. Founded by the Greeks there followed a succession of rulers who all left their mark here amongst the stately Romanesque and Renaissance buildings. At the heart of the old town, you’ll find the majestic cathedral, one of

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the most impressive in the Adriatic. We enjoy a guided walking tour seeing all the main sights. Later there’s time to explore this fascinating city at your leisure, perhaps head for the hustle and bustle of the local market. As evening falls, head back onshore once again to seek out a cosy restaurant tucked away in the tiny secret courtyards of the old town, serving melt-in-the-mouth home-cured ham and local cheeses or the catch of the day. Be enchanted by this most beguiling of cities before returning to the ship, as the sun casts its lazy evening shadows. DAY 7 – TROGIR & SPLIT We enjoy a leisurely start this morning and after breakfast we continue our journey south. Make sure you make the most of this final morning on board, soaking up the sun on deck or enjoying a drink with newly-made friends in the bar. After a last lunch, it isn’t long before Split’s ancient skyline appears on the horizon once again as we begin our final approach into this unique and remarkable city. Fascinating and magnificent Split is principally famous for a single building, the Emperor

Diocletian’s huge palace, one of the greatest structures of the Roman Empire. No expense was spared in its construction – the finest Italian marble with columns and sphinxes from Egypt. Truly astonishing though is that during medieval times this extraordinary palace was fully integrated into the town’s fabric with a jumble of buildings grafted onto and inside it – for example the Temple of Jupiter became a baptistry. You will find surprises at every turn – spiralling medieval buildings lining the streets, but buttressed by unmistakably Roman columns. We enjoy a guided walking tour of this fascinating complex, recently used as the setting of the epic TV series, Game of Thrones. Take dinner at your leisure whilst the ship remains moored in Split. Later, enjoy a final digestif on the sun deck and reflect on what has been a very special kind of holiday. DAY 8 – RETURN FLIGHT After breakfast, we disembark from our yacht and return to the airport at the appropriate time.

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DU B ROV N I K , S PLIT & J E W E L S OF T H E DA LM AT I A N COA ST O N T H E M V CO RO N A 8 days from only £1,499pp Departing May to October 2020

C RU IS E SU M M A RY DAY 1 – ARRIVE IN DUBROVNIK Arrive in Dubrovnik and board the superb four-star MV Corona, your home for the next seven nights.

DAY 6 – PUCIŠCA, MAKARSKA OR OMIŠ & KORČULA Today we enjoy a guided walking tour of historic Korčula, reminiscent of a smaller Dubrovnik, also the birthplace of explorer Marco Polo.

DAY 2 – THE ELAPHITE ISLANDS & MLJET Visit the seductive island of Mljet, where we tour the stunning national park and visit St Mary’s islet.

DAY 7 – KORČULA & DUBROVNIK Enjoy a guided tour of wonderful Dubrovnik, Pearl of the Adriatic, with free time to explore at leisure.

DAY 8 – RETURN FLIGHT We disembark and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. For details of the MV Corona, departure dates and prices, please see pages 124 and 125.

DAY 3 – MLJET & HVAR Take a swim stop in the morning. In the afternoon we have a guided tour of the delightfully green island of Hvar. DAY 4 – HVAR & SPLIT Enjoy a swim stop at Brač, an unspoilt island, before we arrive in fascinating Split for a guided walking tour of Diocletian’s impressive palace. DAY 5 – SPLIT & PUCIŠCA, MAKARSKA OR OMIŠ Visit pretty Pucišca, rugged Makarska or dramatic Omiš. This evening, we enjoy the Captain’s Dinner.

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Old town, Dubrovnik

SO MUCH IS INCLUDED • Seven nights on the four-star MV Corona, cruising the southern Dalmatian coast • Daily breakfast, five lunches, one dinner plus the Captain’s Dinner • Tour of Dubrovnik, Pearl of the Adriatic

• Swim stops in secluded idyllic island locations

Plus, of course... • Return flights from a choice of regional airports* • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board

• Tour of Split and Emperor Diocletian’s monumental palace

• All port charges, airport taxes and overseas transfers

• Explore the stunningly beautiful islands of Hvar and Mljet

• Services of our dedicated Riviera Travel tour manager

• Guided tour of delightfully green Hvar

• Fully protected by ABTA and ATOL

• Guided tour of Korčula, a perfectly preserved medieval port

* a supplement may apply

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YO U R C RU I S E DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN DUBROVNIK You’ll arrive at the airport to take your flight to this historic walled city. On arrival, you will be escorted to the harbour where the superb fourstar MV Corona awaits. The captain and crew will welcome you aboard and help you settle into your comfortable, well-equipped cabin. For the rest of the day it’s time to relax and get to know your fellow passengers – there are just 38 of you in total. Perhaps you’ll catch some rays on the sun deck or take a stroll ashore. It will soon be time for dinner and the ship’s restaurant awaits. After dinner, why not take a stroll around Dubrovnik, or enjoy a digestif in a local bar? DAY 2 – THE ELAPHITE ISLANDS – MLJET As you rise refreshed in the morning and enjoy a leisurely breakfast, you’ll be delighted you chose this holiday. The MV Corona, our home for the next week and every inch the private yacht, slips out of the harbour and out to sea. Dubrovnik soon fades into the distance but we will be back for a more in-depth visit later. It is impossible for large cruise liners to visit the charming and almost deserted hamlets accessible to the MV Corona. The Dalmatian coastline is legendary: one of Europe’s most dramatic, extending for hundreds of miles, where steep limestone cliffs plunge into sapphire-blue waters. The mirror-like Adriatic is studded with countless islands, some tiny, some

large, some inhabited, some not. We arrive at Mljet, one of the most seductive of such islands, where the hillsides are clad in a green carpet of lush pine forests bringing that instantly recognisable Mediterranean aroma to the air. Nestling in picturesque coves are medieval fishing villages, refreshingly free from tasteless development, where the alleyways are simply pebbles set into the earth and overhead shutters sway precariously in the warm, gentle breezes. Life here continues much as it has for centuries. We go ashore to enjoy a tour of the stunning national park with a visit to the tiny islet of St Mary’s with its 12th-century former Benedictine monastery. With its colourful walls and altar carved from local stone you will already feel a long way from home. Gaze around you during dinner at one of the hospitable local restaurants and absorb the ambience. It’s easy to see why legend has it that the Greek hero Ulysses came here to contemplate. DAY 3 – MLJET – HVAR After breakfast, take to the deck to see the spectacular coast of Korčula island sliding by as we cruise northwards. This morning we’ll stop for a swim along one of the world’s most beautiful stretches of water, before we cruise to another stunning island in this enchanting archipelago, Hvar. Upon disembarking, we enjoy a guided walking tour of this bewitching little town. Remarkably, it’s so compact and cosy the streets don’t even have names. With its freshwater springs, the island is unusually green,

its hillsides boasting spectacular pine forests. Elsewhere you’ll find olive groves, orchards and vineyards, the aromatic pleasures of the island exemplified by the delicate fragrance of abundant lavender fields. Hvar has been inhabited since Neolithic times; later, the Ancient Greeks founded a colony here, and during the 14th-century, as the Venetian Empire extended its influence, it became a major naval base. Also on the island’s northern shores are some distinctive fortified 16th-century buildings, built to repel pirates and assaults by the Ottoman Empire. After exploring Hvar’s agricultural, historical and cultural splendours, we transfer by coach to the northern side of the island, Stari Grad, where you can dine at leisure wherever you wish. The ship remains moored in Stari Grad overnight. DAY 4 – HVAR – SPLIT En route to Dalmatia’s capital, Split, we call for a swim stop at Brač, a remote and unspoilt island far from any madding crowd’s interruption. Split is principally famous for a single building, the Emperor Diocletian’s huge palace, one of the greatest structures of the Roman Empire. No expense was spared in its construction – the best Italian marble, with columns and sphinxes from Egypt. But what makes this palace so astonishing is that during medieval times it was fully integrated into the town’s fabric with a jumble of buildings grafted on and inside it. This means, for example, the Temple of Jupiter became a baptistry. It’s all the more fascinating Stroll along the beautiful harbour of Hvar

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that today 3,000 people still live here. You will find surprises at every turn: there are tall medieval buildings lining the streets, buttressed by unmistakably Roman columns. We have a guided walking tour of this fascinating complex which has recently been used as the setting of the TV spectacular Game of Thrones. Take dinner at your leisure whilst the ship remains moored in Split. Back on board enjoy a digestif on the sun deck, gaze into the night sky and try to recall the last time you felt so at ease with life. DAY 5 – SPLIT – PUCIŠCA, MAKARSKA OR OMIŠ We come ashore for an opportunity to swim in the crystal clear waters of one of the remote and unspoilt bays of either Pucišca, Makarska or Omiš, and then enjoy a leisurely lunch wherever you wish. Pucišca, perhaps the most spectacular jewel in the crown of Croatia’s villages, boasts dwellings of gleaming white stone reflecting the sun onto the water. From Makarska you can marvel at the rocky splendour of Mount Biokovo, nearly 1,828 metres above sea level, which shelters the coast from less temperate climates further inland. During the 10th century this region was bedevilled by fearsome pirates preying on passing ships. A slightly raffish atmosphere still prevails but piracy has long since been replaced by more peaceful activities such as fishing, and the production of olive oil and wine. St Mark’s Baroque church and some palatial 18th-century Venetian style houses stand guard over Makarska’s main square. Omiš, formerly a stronghold of the formidable Corsairs of Almissa, is where the spectacular emeraldgreen River Cetina runs into the Adriatic. By the time you have breathed in the atmosphere and history of this glorious part of the coast, it’s time to relax back on board as the chef presents the Captain’s Dinner – a delicious selection of Croatian and Mediterranean specialities. DAY 6 – PUCIŠCA, MAKARSKA OR OMIŠ – KORČULA As morning breaks, we find ourselves breakfasting over more stunning views of this most spectacular coastline. After a leisurely morning and another tasty lunch on board, we’ll have time for a refreshing swim stop before arriving in the historic town of Korčula. Ruled by the Venetians for 800 years, it is rather reminiscent of a much smaller Dubrovnik, with its host of tangled lanes so typical of medieval Mediterranean ports. The town is a charming small fortress, celebrated for supplying timber for the wooden walls of Venice and its harbour was a major shelter for the Venetian fleet. You’ll find architectural gems at every turn in its narrow cobbled streets. Famous for its artistic and musical traditions, Korčula has its own unique sword dance, the

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‘moreska’, and a form of a capella singing, but is much more famous as the birthplace of the explorer Marco Polo. His house can still be visited, as can the All Saints museum with its glorious collection of Byzantine icons. After our guided walking tour, you are free to explore this beautiful town further. After dinner at your leisure, why not take an after-dinner drink in one of the innumerable harbour side cafés whilst admiring the sleek lines of the MV Corona. DAY 7 – KORČULA – DUBROVNIK This morning we depart on our last stretch of this cruise, arriving in Dubrovnik just after lunch. We take a guided tour of the old town, an independent city state for much of its history, it has evolved differently to the rest of Croatia. The city threw off its Venetian shackles during medieval times founding a commercial empire trading with the eastern Mediterranean, France, Spain and later the Ottoman Empire. As so often happened, the city began to reflect its resultant wealth and today this wonderfully

Baroque city proudly nestles behind its huge imposing ramparts in a location of outstanding natural beauty. The main avenue, lined by intimate cafés, is completely paved with marble, which dazzles in the sunlight and gives credence to the city’s description as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’. Throughout the city you will find a wonderful array of monasteries, beautifully decorated churches and civic buildings dating from the 14th-century. The guided walking tour encompasses all this and more, after which you are free to explore as you wish. This evening enjoy a final dinner at your leisure in this most beguiling of cities; and as you relax, your thoughts inevitably turn to the wonderful places you have experienced and the interesting people you have met on this most fascinating of maritime adventures. DAY 8 – RETURN FLIGHT After breakfast we disembark from the MV Corona and return to the airport at the appropriate time.

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O N T H E M S A D RI AT I C SU N 8 days from only £1,499pp Departing May to October 2020

C RU IS E SU M M A RY DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN SPLIT Arrive in Split and board your superb four-star ship, your home for the next seven nights. DAY 2 – SPLIT & KORČULA Enjoy a guided walking tour of historic Korčula, the birthplace of Marco Polo. DAY 3 – KORČULA, MLJET & DUBROVNIK Visit seductive Mljet island, the stunning national park and lovely St Mary’s islet. In the evening, we moor in Dubrovnik.

DAY 6 – PELJEŠAC PENINSULA OR KORČULA & HVAR Take a swim stop in one of the world’s most beautiful stretches of water. After lunch, we enjoy a guided walking tour of Hvar. DAY 7 – HVAR, BRAČ & SPLIT Enjoy a swim stop at Brač, an unspoilt island, before we return to historic Split for a guided

walking tour of Diocletian’s majestic palace. This evening, we enjoy the Captain’s Dinner. DAY 8 – RETURN FLIGHT We disembark and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. For details of the MS Adriatic Sun, departure dates and prices, please see pages 126 and 127.

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DAY 4 – DUBROVNIK Enjoy a guided tour of wonderful Dubrovnik, Pearl of the Adriatic, with free time to explore at leisure. DAY 5 – DUBROVNIK & PELJEŠAC PENINSULA OR KORČULA We arrive at the pretty seaside village of Trstenik on the Pelješac Peninsula, famed for its excellent wines, or the picturesque village of Lumbarda on the historic island of Korčula, with its lovely beaches.

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SO MUCH IS INCLUDED • Seven nights on the four-star MS Adriatic Sun, cruising the southern Dalmatian coast • Daily breakfast, five lunches, three dinners plus the Captain’s Dinner • Tour of Split and Emperor Diocletian’s monumental palace

• Swim stops in secluded idyllic island locations

Plus, of course... • Return flights from a choice of regional airports* • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board

• Guided tour of Korčula, a perfectly preserved medieval port

• All port charges, airport taxes and overseas transfers

• Visit the lovely seaside village of Trstenik

• Services of our dedicated Riviera Travel tour manager

• Explore the stunningly beautiful islands of Hvar and Mljet

• Fully protected by ABTA and ATOL * a supplement may apply

• Tour of Dubrovnik, Pearl of the Adriatic

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YO U R C RU I S E DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN SPLIT You’ll arrive at the airport to take your flight to the Dalmatian capital, Split. On arrival in this historic city, you will be escorted to the harbour and your superb yacht cruiser, home for the next seven nights. The captain and crew will be on hand to welcome you and then, having settled into your comfortable cabin and surroundings, our adventure begins. For the rest of the day it’s time to relax and get to know your fellow passengers – a maximum guest complement of just 39 in total. Perhaps you’ll catch some rays on the sun deck or take a stroll ashore. It will soon be time for dinner and the ship’s restaurant awaits. Perhaps later take an after-dinner stroll ashore in this most magical of cities. DAY 2 – SPLIT – KORČULA As you rise refreshed in the morning and enjoy a leisurely breakfast, you’ll be delighted you chose this holiday. Our luxurious vessel, home for the next week and every inch the private yacht, slips out of the harbour and out to sea. Split soon fades into the distance but we will of course return at the end of our cruise. It is impossible for large cruise liners to visit the charming and almost deserted hamlets accessible to our smaller yacht cruiser. We will have time for a swim stop this morning before enjoying a delicious lunch on board, as stunning views of this spectacular coastline drift by and it’s not long before we arrive into the historic town of Korčula. Ruled by the Venetians for 800 years, it is rather reminiscent of a much smaller

Dubrovnik, with its host of tangled lanes so typical of medieval Mediterranean ports. The town is a charming small fortress, celebrated for supplying timber for the wooden walls of Venice and its harbour was a major shelter for the Venetian fleet. You’ll find architectural gems at every turn in its narrow cobbled streets. Famous for its artistic and musical traditions, Korčula has its own unique sword dance, the ‘moreska’, and a form of a capella singing, but is much more famous as the birthplace of the explorer Marco Polo. His house can still be visited, as can the All Saints museum with its glorious collection of Byzantine icons. After our guided walking tour, you are free to explore this beautiful town further. You take dinner at your leisure tonight. DAY 3 – KORČULA – MLJET – DUBROVNIK The Dalmatian coastline is legendary: one of Europe’s most dramatic, extending for hundreds of miles, where steep limestone cliffs plunge into sapphire-blue waters. The mirror-like Adriatic is studded with countless islands, some tiny, some large, some inhabited, some not. We arrive at Mljet, one of the most seductive of such islands, where the hillsides are clad in a green carpet of lush pine forests bringing that instantly recognisable Mediterranean aroma to the air. Nestling in picturesque coves are medieval fishing villages, refreshingly free from tasteless development, where the alleyways are simply pebbles set into the earth and overhead shutters sway precariously in the warm, gentle breezes. Life here continues much as it has for centuries. This morning we go ashore to enjoy a tour of the stunning national park with a visit

to the tiny islet of St Mary’s with its 12thcentury former Benedictine monastery. With its colourful walls and alter carved from local stone you will already feel a long way from home in this most atmospheric of places – it’s easy to see why legend has it that the Greek hero Ulysses came here to contemplate. After lunch on board, there will be the opportunity for a swim, then sit back, relax and enjoy the spectacular views as we cruise into the magical city of Dubrovnik. During tonight’s dinner the ship will cruise alongside the ancient city walls before dropping anchor. DAY 4 – DUBROVNIK Awaking in this most magical of cities, after breakfast we take a guided tour of the old town; an independent city state for much of its history, it has evolved differently to the rest of Croatia. The city threw off its Venetian shackles during medieval times founding a commercial empire trading with the eastern Mediterranean, France, Spain and later the Ottoman Empire. As so often happened, the city began to reflect its resultant wealth and today this wonderfully Baroque city proudly nestles behind its huge imposing ramparts in a situation of outstanding natural beauty. The main avenue, lined by intimate cafés, is completely paved with gleaming marble, which dazzles in the sunlight and gives credence to the city’s description as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’. Throughout the city you will find a wonderful array of monasteries, beautifully decorated churches and civic buildings dating from the 14th-century. The guided walking tour encompasses all this and more, after which you are free to explore as you wish. Back on board this evening, enjoy another Explore charming Korčula, the birthplace of Marco Polo

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delicious dinner in this most beguiling of cities. DAY 5 – DUBROVNIK – PELJEŠAC PENINSULA OR KORČULA Over breakfast this morning we say our fond farewells to Dubrovnik as the mighty walls of the old city slowly fade away into the hazy horizon. One of the huge delights of taking this kind of cruise, is that our ship can sail between the smaller islands, normally inaccessible to the larger cruise liners, so you can experience fabulous coastal views in a much more intimate way. Sit back and relax over lunch on board and absorb the stunning coastal spectacle before you, as the sun glints on the crystal-clear waters. As we glide on past these truly beautiful seascapes, undiscovered beaches with secret coves and tiny traditional hamlets, unchanged for decades, we arrive at the pretty little seaside village of Trstenik on the Pelješac Peninsula. Nestled at the foot of the rolling hills behind, this picturesque, secluded spot is famed for its wine production where generations of families have produced excellent wines for hundreds of years. Or we moor in the picturesque village of Lumbarda on the historic island of Korčula, with its glorious stretches of beach, backed by olive groves and fragrant pine forests. We remain moored overnight, so take dinner at your leisure in this charming spot, where you will feel like you are truly getting away from it all. DAY 6 – PELJEŠAC PENINSULA OR KORČULA – HVAR After breakfast, you can take to the deck to see the spectacular coastland sliding by as this morning we cruise northwards. There will also be the opportunity for a swim stop here in one of the world’s most beautiful stretches of water. We lunch on board before disembarking this afternoon into the delightful and bewitching little town of Hvar in this enchanting archipelago. Wandering here is pure joy and remarkably, it’s so compact and cosy, the streets don’t even have names. With its freshwater springs, the island is unusually green, its hillsides boasting spectacular pine forests. Elsewhere you’ll find olive groves, orchards and vineyards, the aromatic pleasures of the island exemplified by the delicate fragrance of abundant lavender fields. Hvar has been inhabited since Neolithic times; later, the ancient Greeks founded a colony here, and during the 14th-century, as the Venetian Empire extended its influence, it became a major naval base. Also on the island’s northern shores are some distinctive fortified 16th-century buildings, built to repel pirates and assaults by the Ottoman Empire. After exploring Hvar’s agricultural, historical and cultural splendours on our guided walking tour, dine at leisure where you wish. The ship remains moored on the island overnight.

Dubrovnik

Mljet

DAY 7 – HVAR – BRAČ – SPLIT This morning’s cruise brings us to Brač, the largest of the islands on this dramatic stretch of coastland; a typically Mediterranean landscape where its spectacular beaches give way to high pine forested uplands, and where a rich harvest of vines, olives and orange trees crowd the fertile valleys. Once dependent on its grape harvest, the island also relied heavily on the export of its stone – a mixture of marble and limestone – used in the construction of Diocletian’s Palace but also of buildings as diverse as the White House in Washington to Berlin’s Reichstag and closer to home, the high altar in Liverpool’s cathedral. We head to the picturesque town of Bol and you might like to take the opportunity for a swim from the stunning beach. During lunch back on board we cruise back into historic Split, principally famous for a single building, the Emperor Diocletian’s huge palace, one of the greatest structures of the Roman Empire. No expense was spared in its construction – the best Italian marble, with columns and sphinxes from Egypt. But what makes this palace so astonishing is that during

medieval times it was fully integrated into the town’s fabric with a jumble of buildings grafted on to and inside it. This means, for example, the Temple of Jupiter became a baptistry. It’s all the more fascinating that today 3,000 people still live here. You will find surprises at every turn: there are tall medieval buildings lining the streets, buttressed by unmistakably Roman columns. We have a guided walking tour of this fascinating complex which has recently been used as the setting of the TV spectacular Game of Thrones. By the time you have breathed in the atmosphere and history of this glorious part of the coast, it’s time to relax back on board as the chef presents the Captain’s Dinner – a delicious selection of Croatian and Mediterranean specialities. Later the bar awaits for a digestif and the chance to reflect on treasured memories of this wonderful journey with newly made friends. DAY 8 – RETURN FLIGHT After breakfast we disembark and return to the airport at the appropriate time.

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DU B ROV N I K , M OSTA R & S ECRE TS OF DA LM AT I A O N T H E M V RH A PSO DY 8 days from only £1,499pp Departing August to October 2020

C RU IS E SU M M A RY DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN DUBROVNIK Arrive in Dubrovnik and board the superb brandnew MV Rhapsody. Relax and settle in before tonight’s welcome dinner. DAY 2 – LASTOVO Enjoy a first morning’s sailing along one of the world’s most spectacular coastlines. There’s time for a swim stop before we cruise to Lastovo, where we explore this charming town and visit a little family-owned winery for a tasting before dinner back on board.

DAY 3 – VIS Relax on board, savouring the breathtaking coastal vistas before our afternoon arrival in picturesque Vis. Stroll around the lovely harbour, lose yourself in the winding little streets and soak in the atmosphere of this delightfully unspoilt little town. DAY 4 – BLUE CAVE & BOL Experience the magical and unique Blue Cave on this morning’s excursion. After lunch we have a

swim stop at the legendary Golden Horn Beach before mooring later in Bol’s attractive harbour. Enjoy an evening at leisure. DAY 5 – METKOVIĆ Today we cruise inland along the Neretva river surrounded by a majestic mountain backdrop, taking in the glorious panoramic vistas. We moor in the bustling town of Metković. DAY 6 – SLANO We take a fascinating drive inland on our full day excursion across the border to Mostar, in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Discover more about this historic and symbolic city on our guided tour. Alternatively spend the day relaxing on board. DAY 7 – DUBROVNIK A spot of swimming before lunch in glorious Badija Bay before we arrive in Dubrovnik. After lunch we enjoy a guided tour of this beguiling city with free time before tonight’s superb Captain’s Dinner. DAY 8 – RETURN FLIGHT We disembark and return to the airport for your return flight.

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SO MUCH IS INCLUDED • Seven nights on the four-star MV Rhapsody in your choice of cabin

• Tour of magnificent Dubrovnik, ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’

• Daily breakfast, five lunches, three dinners plus the Captain’s Dinner

• Swim stops in unspoilt, idyllic island locations

• Discover the charming, unspoilt islands of Lastovo and Vis

Plus, of course...

• Visit the world-famous and spectacular Blue Cave • Explore Bol and its enchanting old town • Cruise along the breathtaking Neretva River delta, rich in rare flora, fauna and wildlife • Full day excursion and guided tour to the historic Bosnian and Herzegovinian city of Mostar

• Return flights from a choice of regional airports* • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board • All port charges, airport taxes and overseas transfers • Services of our dedicated Riviera Travel tour manager • Fully protected by ABTA and ATOL * a supplement may apply

Mostar

Lastovo

Golden Horn, Bol The Blue Cave

Metković

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YO U R C RU I S E DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN DUBROVNIK You fly to the spectacular city of Dubrovnik and on arrival you’ll be taken to your magnificent ship, moored in this ancient port where the warmest of welcomes from your professional captain and crew awaits you on board the brand new MV Rhapsody. The rest of the day is free for you to settle in to your cabin and explore this exceptional vessel; perhaps enjoy a cup of tea up on the sun deck, drinking in the views and the fresh sea breeze or wander ashore for a little stroll along the quayside. Whatever you decide, it’s time to relax and unwind as your holiday has truly begun! It’s not long before it’s time to meet your fellow travellers for a welcome drink in the bar before taking dinner in the relaxed yet elegant atmosphere of the ship’s restaurant. DAY 2 – LASTOVO As the sun rises above the terracotta rooftops of this magical city, and glints on the crystal-clear Adriatic, it’s time to rise refreshed and enjoy your first leisurely breakfast as we set sail on our Dalmatian adventure. Head up on deck and enjoy the thrill of being at sea, as you gaze out on to a sparkling horizon, a blanket of dazzling turquoise, stretching as far as the eye can see; lean against the gleaming rail and drink in the crisp salty air, and let your mind completely unwind as our sleek vessel effortlessly slices the effervescing waves. This is one of the most spectacular and unspoilt coastlines in the world, where velvet swathes of pine forest tumble down to the rugged rocky shores, fringed by quiet coves and sleepy fishing villages, a cluster of honeycoloured stone buildings and tiny shady streets where time seems to have almost stood still. We drop anchor to enjoy a refreshing swim stop and you’ll love the experience of swimming off the platform area at the back of the ship as if it were your very own private yacht, before wrapping up in your complimentary robe and drying off on a sun lounger on the pristine sun deck! Thoughts soon turn to lunch so reconvene with your fellow passengers in the restaurant and enjoy the views through the panoramic windows as we sail towards the island of Lastovo, one of the remotest and most idyllic islands in the Adriatic. Lying at the centre of an impressive archipelago of uninhabited islets, this picturesque spot was employed as a military outpost during the second half of the twentieth century, and therefore spared the island from unchecked development; today it is a joy to wander the historic streets of this undiscovered town, truly off the tourist trail and virtually self-sufficient in food, where the people retain a strong sense of identity and independence from the rest of the country and where life goes on much as it has for centuries. You cannot fail to

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be enchanted and will truly feel a long way from home. We visit a little local winery, owned by the same family for several generations, to learn more about the production of their wines and enjoy a tasting. Return to the ship in time to relax over an aperitif on the terrace before the crew serves tonight’s delicious dinner. DAY 3 – VIS Dawn breaks and our ship sets sail into the blue. You can enjoy an unhurried breakfast so why not take another cup of tea out on to the deck and savour the fabulous open views. There’s sun loungers for all so lie back with a book in the sun before a quick dip in the glamourous hot tub; perhaps then cool off under the shady awning with a long drink from the bar. There’s something very Mediterranean about the character of Croatia’s islands where the pace of life is laid back and relaxed – just how holidays are meant to be, so take full advantage and just go with the flow! Enjoy lunch on board before our arrival on the island of Vis in its gorgeous harbour with attractive jumble of stone houses nestling at the calm water’s edge and a spectacular wild mountainous backdrop behind. The most remote of Croatia’s inhabited islands, the Greeks chose it as a convenient base between the eastern and western shores of the Adriatic. Fought over throughout the following centuries, during World War II it came to prominence once again, as Tito’s base for his Partisan movement and it was under British occupation from 1944. Only open to foreign visitors since 1989, there’s something deliciously authentic about its unspoilt beauty and you’ll have time to explore under your own steam, wander the lattice of streets from the delightful marina where the

fishing boats gently rock in the breeze, admire the aristocratic summer houses with their lovely stone staircases and balconies, and terracotta pots ablaze with colourful blooms. Tonight dinner is at leisure and as Vis’s waters are reputedly one of the richest fishing areas in the Adriatic, you’ll find the local restaurants serving some of the best seafood in Dalmatia. Make sure you try the local anchovy paste too with some local white wine - or the sweet delicacy made with figs, fennel and brandy – best eaten with a glass of the local fruit brandy – rakija! DAY 4 – BLUE CAVE & BOL From our mooring in the quaint harbour, fringed by glossy palms and Venetian-style houses with their lovely intricate wrought-iron balconies, we board smaller boats to enjoy this morning’s excursion to the famous Blue Cave. A tourist attraction since the 19th century, hidden beyond the cave’s narrow entrance is a magical grotto where water-filtered sunlight shines in through an underground entrance, bathing everything in a phenomenal and eerie blue light – it really is quite something to experience. It’s not unusual to spot dolphins in the surrounding waters too so make sure you have your camera at the ready! We return to our ship for lunch and an afternoon’s cruising so perhaps head up on deck and enjoy the fabulous views and the bracing sea air before we drop anchor for a swim stop at the legendary Golden Horn Beach on the island of Brač. This is the most beautiful beach on the Adriatic, which changes its position and shape depending on the wind and currents, where the Maestral blows its warm breezes across the fine honey-coloured shale that tapers into a golden point in the glistening turquoise water. Please note that access to the Blue Cave may be closed

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in cases of bad weather or high tides. Later this afternoon we moor up in Bol’s attractive harbour with its swarm of little boats and charming old stone houses with their characterful shutters, overlooked by a 15th-century monastery, dramatically situated high on a promontory. You are at leisure this evening so as the day fades, enjoy a stroll ashore stopping to admire the wrought-iron balconies and the crumbling stone-work, washing stretched high above in the cool, quiet streets; enjoy some local cuisine in an atmospheric little restaurant – perhaps the catch of the day, simply grilled or fortifying pašticada – slowcooked beef stewed in a distinct sauce of bacon, prunes and prošek – a local sweet desert wine. Finish the evening with a digestif back on board in the bar where the attentive crew are ready to serve you your favourite nightcap whilst recalling the day’s events with your fellow travellers. DAY 5 – METKOVIĆ As the seagulls call to one another in the glow of the soft morning light, our ship slips her moorings and we set sail into the hazy blue once again. After a leisurely breakfast perhaps opt for an invigorating stroll around the deck then settle on to your comfortable sun lounger for a fabulous morning’s cruising as our vessel effortlessly cuts through the effervescing waves. Today we sail towards the mainland once more, passing the spectacular Pelješac Peninsula, a fertile landscape dotted with tiny hamlets, deserted beaches and secret coves, then we change course and head inland along the truly spectacular Neretva River to enjoy a very different experience. The Neretva is one of the longest rivers in Croatia, as it snakes its way for 225 kilometres through Bosnia and Herzegovina. Surrounded by a stunning mountain backdrop, its emerald-green waters are dazzlingly and surprisingly clear and its fertile banks yield a rich harvest of watermelons, pomegranates and oranges. An intricate network of tributaries creates an astonishing delta, home to numerous rare species, and this beautifully unspoilt landscape is studded with the occasional isolated village, where the people still traditionally work the land and time seems almost to have stood still. You’ll have worked up an appetite for lunch on board before we later moor in Metković, a bustling town of whitewashed buildings and terracotta rooftops straddling the banks of this magnificent sweeping waterway. This afternoon we visit the fascinating Narona archaeological museum in Vid, exhibiting the remarkable ruins of a Roman temple, the Augusteum, and seventeen statues of Roman emperors and their family members which were discovered during excavations in the 1990s. We then enjoy a wonderful trip further exploring the wonderful

Neretva Delta, one of the last remaining wetland deltas in Europe, on a scenic barge cruise through the mandarin groves, admiring the fauna and flora whilst hoping to spot some of the 400 species of birds that have made their home here. Today comes to an end with an exquisite dinner in the ship’s restaurant and then perhaps a drink in the bar or a stroll along the quayside before retiring for the night. DAY 6 – SLANO Today you might choose to join our full day excursion inland as we take a fascinating and evocative journey further along the Neretva Valley to the Bosnian and Herzegovinian city of Mostar. The largest city in Herzegovina, nestling between the steep valley sides, with a history dating back to the 15th century, growing in importance during the centuries of Ottoman, then Austro-Hungarian rule. The town is most famed for its bridge, Stari Most, which links the two halves of the enchanting old town and is one of the finest examples of classic Ottoman design. It became a globally-recognised symbol during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, destroyed by tank fire in 1993 but then painstakingly rebuilt using much of the same limestone blocks, salvaged from the river. It was reopened by Prince Charles in 2004 and remains a powerful symbol of coexistence of diverse communities and reconciliation. We enjoy a guided tour absorbing the sights and sounds of this atmospheric place, admiring the mix of centuries-old Turkish architecture jostling alongside fine 19th-century buildings reminiscent of Central Europe. What stories these cobbled streets could tell as you wander the ancient alleyways, where artisans fashion metalwork in tucked-away workshops as they have done for centuries. Later this afternoon, after a thought-provoking and memorable day, we return to the ship moored in Slano, an attractive little town sheltering amongst olive groves and vineyards in a picturesque bay. Alternatively, you may choose to spend the

day relaxing on board as our ship sails to Slano, arriving late afternoon. Tonight reconvene with your fellow travellers as the crew presents the superb Captain’s Dinner – a mouth-watering menu influenced by Croatian and Mediterranean cuisines. DAY 7 – DUBROVNIK Our final day at sea, but still so much to savour. Against a stunning mountain backdrop, we enjoy a spot of swimming in the idyllic Badija Bay, its pretty shoreline fringed by thick forest and a grand Franciscan monastery reflected in the glistening water. As we make our final approach to Dubrovnik, head up on deck to watch the skyline of this beautiful Baroque city coming into view once more; our Captain steers a scenic course around the imposing city walls so you’ll experience fabulous panoramic vistas of the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ from the water in all its glory, before we moor up for the final time in this historic port. After lunch on board we step ashore for a guided tour of the breathtaking old town, its main avenue, a dazzling marble pavement is lined with smart shops and intimate cafés. An independent state for much of its history, the city evolved differently to the rest of Croatia, throwing off its Venetian links in favour of establishing new commercial trading with the eastern Mediterranean, France, Spain and later the Ottoman Empire. You’ll have some free time to wander amongst the wonderful array of monasteries, beautifully decorated churches and medieval civic buildings, stopping perhaps at a café for a cool refreshing drink in one of the shady squares. As the sun sets on this beguiling city, take dinner ashore at your leisure before returning to the ship where the bar awaits, so enjoy a final digestif with newly-made friends whilst swapping memories of a truly exceptional trip. DAY 8 – RETURN FLIGHT After breakfast we disembark and return to the airport at the appropriate time for your return flight.

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IO N I A N IS L A N D ODYSS E Y 8 days from only £1,249pp

Departing May to September 2020

Cruise into idyllic coves, explore picture-postcard harbours and visit some of the most beautiful islands in Greece.

C RU IS E SU M M A RY DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN KEFALONIA Arrive at the airport for your direct flight to Kefalonia. On arrival, we transfer by coach to the port of Agia Efimia to board the MV Aphrodite & MV Harmonia. The rest of the day is yours to settle in and explore the resort. DAY 2 – FISCARDO This morning we sail between Kefalonia and Ithaca, stopping for a swim at Antisamos beach, which fea-tures in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. After lunch on board, we arrive at the picturesque harbour of Fiscardo. DAY 3 – LEFKAS After breakfast, we set sail for Lefkas. After a swim stop in Sivota Bay, we continue to the delightful bay of Nidri where we stop for the

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evening. Nidri is a popular yachting haven, set around protected bays and surrounded by olive groves and pine-covered hills. DAY 4 – SKORPIOS & MEGANISSI Today we’ll cruise around the small island of Skorpios. We continue towards the oddlyshaped island of Meganissi, with wonderful pebbly beaches and tavernas. DAY 5 – KALAMOS & KASTOS We are really off the beaten track today, visiting the twin islands of Kalamos and Kastos. Both islands have a tiny number of inhabitants with untouched landscapes and clear seas. Tonight, we enjoy a BBQ on board under a warm, starry Mediterranean sky.

DAY 6 – ATOKOS & ITHACA After breakfast we head to Ithaca, stopping for a dip in the crystal waters of Atokos. We’ll continue for a short stop in Kioni, before turning into the bay of Vathy. DAY 7 – KEFALONIA Heading back to Kefalonia, we sail towards Agia Efimia. Next, we head by coach to Assos, with free time to explore. We will also visit Melissani Cave, where we will take a short boat trip on the lake. DAY 8 – RETURN HOME Transfer to the airport for your return flight home. For details of the MV Aphrodite and MV Harmonia, departure dates and prices, please see page 117.

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SO MUCH IS INCLUDED • Seven nights on board our guletstyle boats, the MV Aphrodite or MV Harmonia, sailing around some of the most idyllic islands in the Ionian Sea • Daily breakfast and lunch, plus one dinner • Swim in quiet bays of crystal-clear water, surrounded by fragrant pine forests • Explore tiny secluded coves and villages • Relax and enjoy wonderful fresh food at harbourside tavernas • See two of the prettiest harbours on Kefalonia • Visit the islands of Lefkas and Meganissi

• Overnight in the port of Vathy, on the legendary island of Ithaca • See Aristotle Onassis’ private island • Get off the beaten track with visits to the unspoilt islands of Kalamos and Kastos

Plus, of course... • Return flights from a selection of regional airports*, and all transfers • All port charges, airport taxes and overseas transfers • The services of our dedicated Riviera Travel tour manager throughout • Fully protected by ABTA and ATOL * a supplement may apply

Assos on Kefalonia

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Lefkas

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YO U R C RU I S E Think of Greece and the first thing that comes to mind is its incredible islands – there’s more than 227 inhabited islands, all with their own unique ‘feel’, architecture and fascinating histories spanning thousands of years. Our Ionian Island Odyssey cruise visits some of most beautiful islands in the Ionian, and as we’ll be travelling by sea on our own wooden schooners, we’ll have the added advantage that we can seek out idyllic coves and villages still relatively untouched by the modern world. All the Ionian islands were occupied for several hundred years by the Venetians, and their influence is still evident in the Italianate style of the houses, the food, and the fortifications built to repel pirates and the Ottomans. For about 50 years in the 19th century the islands fell under British protection and they have been a welcoming destination for British travellers ever since. Our tour starts in Kefalonia, Greece’s sixth largest island, known for its Robola wine and high limestone cliffs falling into azure seas. We’ll visit two of its prettiest harbours at Fiscardo and Assos, the latter overlooked by one of the largest fortresses in the region. Separated from Kefalonia by a narrow 4km channel, Ithaca is a world apart – its mountainous spine and few roads have kept out large hotels and although the charming main town of Vathy is a buzzy little place, it’s not difficult to imagine how it looked in the distant past, when Odysseus and Penelope ruled the land. Lefkas is covered in verdant hills, with high white cliffs on one side and a myriad of tiny coves and bays on the other. The island has some of the most protected harbours in the region and is justly popular amongst sailors who come to enjoy its clear seas and wonderful harbourside cafes. South of Lefkas we’ll sail by the tiny islet of Skorpios, once the family home of Aristotle Onassis, who is buried there. Less well known are the nearby islands of Meganissi, Kalamos and

Kastos – with few permanent residents, these are places where time really does seem to slow right down. Our tour doesn’t visit busy towns or ancient monuments – it’s for those who just want a genuinely relaxing, informal and convivial break and to appreciate the simple pleasures of azure skies, emerald seas, simple fresh food and warm, star-lit skies. DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN KEFALONIA Arrive at the airport for your direct flight to Kefalonia. On arrival, we transfer by coach to the port of Agia Efimia to board our home for the next seven nights, the MV Aphrodite & MV Harmonia. The rest of the day is at leisure to settle into your ship and explore the charming little resort of Agia Efimia, set in a wide picturesque bay. DAY 2 – FISCARDO This morning we set sail northwards, motoring along the narrow channel which separates Kefalonia and Ithaca. We stop for a swim at Antisamos beach, where some scenes from the film of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin were filmed. After lunch on board, we arrive at Kefalonia’s northernmost point, the picturesque harbour of Fiscardo, full of charming mansions and villas. The small bay is popular amongst the yachting fraternity and is renowned for some of the best tavernas on the island. DAY 3 – LEFKAS After breakfast, we set sail for the island of Lefkas. After a swim stop in Sivota Bay, we continue to the delightful bay of Nidri where we stop for the evening. Nidri is another popular yachting haven, set around one of the most protected bays in the region and surrounded by olive groves and pine-covered hills – simply stunning! The friendly little town stretches along the waterfront, full of tavernas and cafes that spill out on to the streets and harbour.

Kioni, Ithaca

DAY 4 – SKORPIOS & MEGANISSI Today we’ll cruise around the small island of Skorpios, once the private retreat of the Greek shipping magnate, Aristotle Onassis and where he married Jackie Kennedy. The 74-acre island now belongs to a Russian billionaire! We continue towards the oddly-shaped elongated island of Meganissi. Lying just six kilometres south of Lefkas, this sleepy island has some wonderful pebbly beaches. The village of Vathy only has a few tavernas, but it’s a wonderful spot for an evening meal with the harbour lights twinkling above. DAY 5 – KALAMOS & KASTOS We are really off the beaten track today, visiting the twin islands of Kalamos and Kastos. Both islands have a tiny number of permanent inhabitants and an untouched landscape with breathtaking clear seas and bays. Tonight, we enjoy a BBQ on board under a warm, starry Mediterranean sky.

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DAY 6 – ATOKOS & ITHACA After breakfast we turn westwards towards Ithaca. On the way, we’ll stop for a dip in the crystal waters of the small barren island of Atokos, home to just a few rabbits and goats! We’ll continue for a short stop at the pretty village of Kioni on Ithaca, before turning into the long, almost enclosed bay of Vathy, the main town. With a mountainous spine running the length of the island, the villages of Ithaca have maintained an unspoilt, old-world feel. DAY 7 – KEFALONIA Heading back to Kefalonia we sail down towards the port of Agia Efimia, where we will disembark and take the coach to Assos. Here you will have some free time to explore this charming village. We will also visit Melissani Cave, where we will take a short boat trip on the lake. DAY 8 – RETURN HOME Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

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T H E M A LD I V ES:

C RU IS I N G T H E SO U T H M A LE , VA AV U & A RI ATO LL S O N T H E YA SAWA PRI N C ESS 16 days from only £3,299pp Departing January to November 2020

Pristine white-sand beaches, warm crystal waters, an extraordinary underwater world, Maldivian beach barbecues and opportunities for wonderful snorkelling make our cruise around the Maldives a holiday of a lifetime.

C RU IS E SU M M A RY DAY 1 – DEPARTURE Arrive at the airport for your overnight flight to Male via Colombo.

DAY 5 – ALIMATHA SANDBANK We cross into the Vaavu Felidu Atoll, with trips to Alimatha.

DAY 9 – ANCHOR OFF MAAMAGILI Today you can relax on the sun deck or arrange a local excursion in Maamagili.

DAY 2 – EMBARKATION IN MALE On arrival you’ll be taken by dhoni to the Yasawa Princess. Watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean with a pre-dinner cocktail.

DAY 6 – ANBARAA ISLAND & BEACH BBQ We cruise to Anbaraa, with a picnic lunch on the island. This evening, experience a memorable Maldivian barbecue on the beach.

DAY 10 – HURASDHOO DESERT ISLAND We arrive at Hurasdhoo, a white sand desert island. This evening, experience night reef fishing with traditional hand lines, with a ‘catchand-release’ practice.

DAY 3 – KALHUHURAA SANDBANK We cross the Vaadhoo into the South Male Atoll. Soak up the sun or cool off in the lagoon off Kalhuhuraa.

DAY 7 – OSHAGALI SANDBANK We journey to Ari Atoll and Oshagali Finolhu, popular for snorkelling.

DAY 4 – RANNALHI ISLAND A short cruise takes us to Rannalhi island.

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DAY 8 – ARIADHOO DESERT ISLAND Continue to Ariadhoo, to relax on the beach or snorkel. This afternoon we visit the island of Maamigili.

DAY 11 – EMBUDU DESERT ISLAND A short cruise takes us to Embudu, where you can go fishing under the starlit sky. DAY 12 – RAIYDHIGAA ISLAND & BEACH BBQ We arrive at Raiydhigaa for a picnic on the island, with a barbecue on the beach for dinner.

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SO MUCH IS INCLUDED • 14 nights aboard the three-star MV Yasawa Princess, with all meals on board, including 2 beach barbecues, unlimited daily tea, coffee and bottled water • Explore the extraordinary underwater worlds of the Maldives • Discover idyllic islands and stunning sandbanks • Try traditional Maldivian-style line fishing under starlit skies • Experience a sunset cruise in the middle of the Indian Ocean • Enjoy an informal walking tour of Male, the world’s smallest capital city

• Optional excursions: night snorkelling, additional night fishing, or go in search of manta rays or whale sharks (book and pay locally; subject to season, sea and weather conditions)

Plus, of course... • Return scheduled flights from London via Colombo • The services of our dedicated Riviera Travel tour manager throughout • Fully protected by ABTA and ATOL

Alimatha

DAY 13 – ALIKOI RAH SANDBANK We continue to Alikoi Rah in Ari Atoll. This evening, we enjoy a sunset cruise to Maaya. DAY 14 – MAAYAFUSHI SANDBAR Today we discover Maayafushi, with a sea-green lagoon and reef. DAY 15 – MALE We cross the Alihuras Kandu and stop for a dip in the Indian Ocean before reaching the bustling city of Male. DAY 16 – DISEMBARKATION IN MALE After breakfast, we take our return flight to the UK via Colombo. For details of the Yasawa Princess, departure dates and prices, please see pages 118 and 119.

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YO U R C RU I S E Embark on a unique and unforgettable cruise exploring the best of the Maldives aboard the three-star MV Yasawa Princess. The Maldives is one of the lowest countries in the world, with coralline beaches at around four feet (1.2 metres) above sea level and its highest natural point measuring just under eight feet (2.4 metres). What makes these numerous tiny islands so special is that they’re actually the crowns of coral reefs and submerged volcanic mountains – in fact, just 1% of the Maldives is land-based, so one of the best ways to explore this archipelago is by boat. Its 1,192 coral islands are grouped in a double chain of 26 atolls, comprising ring-shaped coral reefs and sand bars. Only 200 of the islands are inhabited, which means there are many idyllic desert islands awaiting your fresh footprints on their unblemished shores. From the mid-16th century, the region came under the influence of European colonial powers, from the Portuguese to the Dutch, with the Maldives becoming a British protectorate in 1887 until 1965. Traditional Maldivian cuisine, which is influenced by neighbouring India and Sri Lanka, offers a tantalising variety of flavours. Local menus typically feature freshly caught fish and all manner of ingredients obtained from coconuts, such as its refreshing water, grated flesh and creamy milk – an essential element of many Maldivian curries and drinks. For breakfast, mas huni – grated coconut mixed with finely chopped tuna, onion and chilli – is often served with roshi, Maldivian flat bread similar to chapati. Your days are filled with carefree pleasures, such as relaxing on pearly white-sand beaches in the shade of natural tropical vegetation, taking a dip in crystal waters of sparkling azure hues, and gazing at the glittering night sky. There are plenty of opportunities to snorkel beneath the warm waters of the Indian Ocean – your Male

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swimming pool for two weeks – and immerse yourself in remarkable underwater worlds. The average sea temperature ranges from 20 - 30 degrees. Blessed with natural reefs, the Maldives is home to fascinating marine life, from colourful tropical fish to whale sharks, manta rays and turtles. So kick off your shoes, forget the news, relax, rejuvenate and enjoy the welcoming hospitality of this unique island nation. DAY 1 – DEPARTURE Arrive at the airport for your overnight flight to Male via Colombo. DAY 2 – ARRIVAL IN MALE On arrival you’ll be taken by dhoni (traditional Maldivian wooden boat) to the Yasawa Princess, your charming home for the next two weeks, where the friendly crew will help you check into your comfortable cabin. During this evening’s informal welcome meeting, you’ll be briefed on the cruise itinerary, meet crew members and the other guests on board. Enjoy your complimentary pre-dinner cocktail as you catch the first of many spectacular sunsets over the Indian Ocean. DAY 3 – KALHUHURAA SANDBANK Get your first taste of cruising as we cross the Vaadhoo channel into the South Male Atoll. The ship’s tender makes trips to the beautiful Kalhuhuraa sandbank in the morning and afternoon, ideal for soaking up the sun and cooling off in the lagoon. DAY 4 – RANNALHI ISLAND A short cruise within the atoll takes us to the stunning, 8-acre resort island of Rannalhi, which boasts powder- sand beaches, fringed by charming water bungalows and a superb house reef. The resort offers excellent facilities (available at extra cost) such as water sports and the excellent Balinese-style Chavana spa. Tonight, why not try your hand at traditional

fishing in the open ocean under the stars? Maldivians are true fishermen at heart, so you’re in good hands with our local guides. DAY 5 – ALIMATHA SANDBANK Early this morning we cross the channel into the Vaavu Felidu Atoll. The ship’s tender makes trips in the morning and afternoon to the splendid Alimatha sandbank, whose gleaming white sand contrasts beautifully with the surrounding turquoise lagoon. Wade in the warm waters of the sweeping turquoise lagoon, snorkel on the reef, or take a barefoot stroll to nowhere. This evening, you may wish to experience a thrilling night snorkelling trip, at a small charge, in the Alimatha house reef, home to nurse sharks, beautiful sting rays and many nocturnal marine creatures you would not get to see during the day. DAY 6 – ANBARAA ISLAND & BEACH BBQ After a leisurely cruise this morning, we arrive at the tiny island of Anbaraa. With soft white sands, lush coconut trees and astonishingly clear water, this remarkably picturesque island appears to have sprung to life from the cover of a travel magazine. There is easy access to the reef for snorkelling. Lunch today is a picnic on the island. For many, this evening will be a real highlight. Few experiences can compare with a meticulously prepared barbecue on the beach, served with warm Maldivian hospitality. Enjoy a wide selection of delicious food including traditional Maldivian Boduberu music and dancing under a starlit sky – a truly memorable experience.

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DAY 13 – ALIKOI RAH SANDBANK Our cruise continues to the pristine sandbank of Alikoi Rah in the heart of the Ari Atoll. The ship’s tender makes trips here in the morning and afternoon. A haven for snorkellers, Alikoi Rah’s house reef teems with colourful fish, turtles and rays. This evening, we watch the sky take on a magical array of orange shades as we enjoy a sunset cruise to the nearby Maaya sandbank. DAY 14 – MAAYAFUSHI SANDBAR Today we’re reminded of life’s simple pleasures as we discover Maayafushi, a large sandbar on the northern edge of the Ari Atoll. Our tender visits the sandbar in the morning and afternoon. Snorkelling and swimming off Maayafushi is a sheer delight, as it boasts a stunning sea-green lagoon and superb reef. This wonderful sandbar is also renowned for flocks of common seabirds.

Embudu

DAY 7 – OSHAGALI SANDBANK Early this morning we cross the channel into the Ari Atoll. There are visits in the morning and afternoon to Oshagali Finolhu, a wonderful sandbank with a stunning sea-green lagoon and a surrounding reef, making snorkelling an absolute dream. DAY 8 – ARIADHOO DESERT ISLAND Your cruise continues to Ariadhoo, an uninhabited agricultural island lush with vegetation. Relax on the soft warm sand, cool off with a dip in the ocean, or snorkel to discover more of the wonderful marine life. This region boasts exceptional sighting records of whale sharks and the Maldives is one of the few places on earth where these sharks may be encountered year-round. For a small additional charge payable locally, you may wish to take a boat out with professional guides and go in search of these gentle giants. This afternoon we visit the inhabited island of Maamigili, for a closer look at local life and the opportunity to indulge in some retail therapy. DAY 9 – ANCHOR OFF MAAMAGILI Today we are moored off the inhabited island of Maamagili. An excursion is to be arranged locally. Alternatively, you may choose to relax on the sun deck. DAY 10 – HURASDHOO DESERT ISLAND A short cruise northwest takes us to Hurasdhoo, a small desert island framed by soft white sands. Go snorkelling for another taste of the underwater world, or simply relax by soaking up the sun and cooling off with a dip in the warm

Indian Ocean. The ship’s tender makes trips to Hurasdhoo in the morning and afternoon. For a small additional charge, payable locally, you may wish to take a boat out with professional guides in search of manta rays. You’ll visit a manta ray cleaning station and, depending on the season, have the option to snorkel with these gentle giants. This evening, you may wish to experience night reef fishing with traditional hand lines using the bottom fishing technique. The eco-friendly Maldivians encourage a ‘catch-and-release’ practice when it comes to reef fishing. DAY 11 – EMBUDU DESERT ISLAND A short cruise to the western edge of the atoll takes us to Embudu, a small and picturesque desert island. The tender takes you to Embudu in the morning and afternoon. There’s excellent access to snorkelling and, with a bit of luck, you may find local residents passing by, such as eagle rays and turtles. Or perhaps simply relax on the long stretch of beach. Here, you really are in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Tonight, you have the opportunity to go fishing under the starlit sky.

DAY 15 – MALE This morning we take to the open ocean, crossing the Alihuras Kandu and stopping at a sandbar for a final dip in the Indian Ocean. Upon reaching our final mooring, our tender takes you to Male, where we enjoy an informal guided tour of one of the world’s smallest and most densely populated capital cities. With a population of just under 150,000 and an area of 2.3 square miles, Male is the Maldives’ fascinating commercial and financial hub – the heart of the island nation. As you wander, observe the bustle of everyday life through the colourful buildings, narrow streets and high rises. Why not enjoy the locals’ favourite pastime of having an ice-cream or coffee. Watching the world go by from one of the various cafés might just be the ideal finale to a memorable cruise. DAY 16 – RETURN FLIGHT After breakfast, we take our return flight to the UK via Colombo.

DAY 12 – RAIYDHIGAA ISLAND & BEACH BBQ After a leisurely cruise this morning, we arrive at Raiydhigaa, an enchanting island with a natural harbour and easy access to its reef for snorkelling. Lunch today is a picnic on the island. This evening we enjoy a wonderful barbecue on the picnic island beach, featuring a generous spread of mouthwatering food, traditional music and dancing.

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iscover the natural wonders of the world with our immersive expedition cruises. Whether you’re looking to travel to the Great White Continent or uncover the Arctic, we have partnered with Albatros Expeditions to offer unforgettable adventures on their strong, ice-class expedition vessel, MV Ocean Atlantic.

At Riviera Travel, we’ve carefully selected the Ocean Atlantic as an expedition ship, specially adapted for the unusual landscapes and waters that make these voyages so unique. As well as the intimate 198-capacity explorer ship you’ll embark on, the cruises also offer Zodiac boats, smaller vessels that allow us to see the wonderful wildlife close-up. All tours are, of course, hosted by the expert expedition team, with the chance to also experience fascinating onboard talks about culture, history and geography from insightful experts. As you cruise, you’ll also be able to enjoy an international restaurant, choice of bars, an outdoor pool and an incredible observation platform.

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Specially adapted expedition ship The family-owned Albatros Expeditions have decades of experience in polar cruising.

On-board expert talks Enjoy expert lectures about local culture, history, geography and wildlife.

Experience up close excursions The impressive fleet of Zodiac boats mean we can step ashore for a closer look.

Once-in-a-lifetime wildlife On these amazing adventures, you’ll be sure to see some of the more unusual wildlife against unforgettable backdrops.

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VOYAG E TO A NTA RC T IC A – T H E G RE AT W H IT E CO N T I N E N T 14 days from only £8,999pp Departing 3 January 2020

Explore the grandeur and sheer majesty of the last unspoiled wilderness on the planet on this classic expedition cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands.

C RU IS E SU M M A RY DAY 1 – DEPARTURE Take your overnight direct flight with British Airways to Buenos Aires. DAY 2 – ARRIVAL IN BUENOS AIRES & USHUAIA Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, we have a short coach tour of the city before we transfer to the Jorge Newbery airport for our flight to Ushuaia.

DAYS 6 TO 9 – SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS &ANTARCTIC PENINSULA We’ll explore the sub-Antarctic islands of the South Shetland chain and the Antarctic Peninsula itself, with multiple daily Zodiac excursions and landings.

DAYS 10 TO 11 – DRAKE PASSAGE We set sail northwards and spend two days at sea on our way back to the Beagle Channel and Ushuaia. En-route, we cross Drake Passage and cruise past Cape Horn.

DAY 3 – USHUAIA & EMBARKATION Explore the Tierra del Fuego National Park, covered in beech forests, lakes and mountains. In the afternoon, we board the MV Ocean Atlantic. DAYS 4 TO 5 – DRAKE PASSAGE Cross the famed Drake Passage, a 500-mile long body of water that marks the intersection of the cold Antarctic with the warmer Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

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Ushuaia


SO MUCH IS INCLUDED • A nine-night cruise on the icestrengthened four-star MV Ocean Atlantic, including all meals • Overnight stays in four-star hotels in Ushuaia and Buenos Aires

• A programme of fascinating lectures by the on-board team of enthusiastic and knowledgeable expedition guides • Photography advice from our specialist tour manager

• Experience the incredible sights of calving glaciers, vast ice sheets and iceberg-filled bays amongst the mountainous terrain of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands

Plus, of course...

• Step ashore on the world’s least visited continent

• Return domestic flights to Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego

• Wonder at the diversity and abundance of wildlife in the icy wilderness

• The services of our dedicated Riviera Travel tour manager throughout

• All shore excursions on the MV Ocean Atlantic’s fleet of Zodiac dinghies

• Fully protected by ABTA and ATOL

• A polar expedition parka • Return direct flights from the UK to Buenos Aires

Snow-capped mountains, Antarctica

DAY 12 – DISEMBARKATION This morning we disembark and catch our flight back to Buenos Aires. DAY 13 – RETURN FLIGHT Take your overnight direct flight with British Airways back to London Heathrow. DAY 14 – ARRIVE HOME For details of the MV Ocean Atlantic, departure dates and prices, please see pages 130 and 131.

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YO U R C RU I S E Get up close to incredible numbers of penguins, seals and whales, stunning mountain scenery and gigantic icebergs on a trip of a lifetime to the Great White Continent. Aboard our strong, ice-class expedition vessel, the four-star MV Ocean Atlantic, we’ll get as close as possible to the dramatic coastline, full of rocky mountain peaks and immense glaciers breaking off into iceberg-filled bays and fjords. Our shore landings and cruises in sturdy Zodiac dinghies are a highlight and an integral part of the itinerary, enabling all our expedition guests to set foot several times on the Antarctic continent, as well as the many fascinating subantarctic islands. We travel at the peak of the Antarctic summer, when temperatures edge up above freezing and the days are long. It is the perfect time to enjoy the vast, almost otherworldly landscapes and outstanding wildlife. Embarking in Ushuaia in Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego, we cross the mighty Drake Passage en-route for the South Shetland Islands and the 1,300-milelong Antarctic Peninsula. Here, we’ll follow in the wake of the great pioneering explorers such as Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen, sailing deep into the ice-filled channels, inlets and bays of Antarctica. We’ll make Zodiac landings at vast penguin rookeries, historic research stations and fascinating lookouts along the way.

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Continuing southward, we’ll pass the famous Gerlache Strait, where 3,000-foot ice cliffs rise straight out of the still water. On no other journey can you experience so much pristine nature and varied wildlife in so few days. When the Ocean Atlantic returns to Ushuaia, we pass close to the mythical Cape Horn – the southernmost point in South America and a celebrated maritime landmark. Any voyage to Antarctica is one of life’s great adventures, and with a maximum capacity of just 103 cabins aboard the Ocean Atlantic, this cruise offers the perfect balance of extraordinary polar experiences and a comfortable first-class vessel. All shore landings, excursions, lectures and meals on board, plus your flights and preand post-cruise stays in Ushuaia and Buenos Aires are included, leaving you free to enjoy a magnificent expedition experience.

at the four-star Los Acebos Hotel, with breakfast.

DAY 1 – DEPARTURE Arrive at London Heathrow for your overnight direct flight with British Airways to Buenos Aires.

DAYS 4 TO 5 – DRAKE PASSAGE Sailing ever southwards, we cross the famed Drake Passage, a 500-mile long body of water that marks the intersection of the cold Antarctic with the warmer Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The Drake Passage is known for rollicking conditions and its strong westerly winds, known as the Furious Fifties. While this passage may sometimes be challenging, you can rest confidently aboard our expedition vessel, which

DAY 2 – ARRIVAL IN BUENOS AIRES & USHUAIA Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, we have a short coach tour of the city. We then transfer to the Jorge Newbery airport, the city’s second airport, for our domestic flight to Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city. We stay one night here

DAY 3 – USHUAIA & EMBARKATION Wake early and enjoy some magical views over Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel from our hotel, located in a peaceful setting on a forested hill above the town. After breakfast, we set off to explore the Tierra del Fuego National Park. Covered in beech forests, lakes and mountains, this is the southernmost national park in the world and the terminus of the famed PanAmerican Highway. In the afternoon, we board our ship, the MV Ocean Atlantic, and settle into our cabins. Our journey begins this evening as we navigate through the calm waters of the famous Beagle Channel, with the coastline and mountains of Argentina on one side and Chile on the other.

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is purpose-built with stabilisers, powerful engines and a highly qualified crew. You’ll feel the excitement begin to build as Antarctic wildlife start to come into view. The area is well-known for its abundance of seabirds, which follow the ship, sweeping low, their wing feathers almost touching the tops of the waves. Take your position on the aft deck and look out for storm petrels, shearwaters, arctic terns and perhaps even a few albatrosses! As the white shimmer of Antarctica looms on our horizon, you may also spot humpback whales, dolphins and your first iceberg. DAYS 6 TO 9 – SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS & ANTARCTIC PENINSULA Over the next four days, we’ll explore the subAntarctic islands of the South Shetland chain and the Antarctic Peninsula itself. As we sail into these calmer, protected waters, the ship will be a hive of activity as the expedition team come into their own, organising multiple daily Zodiac excursions and landings. Most days will start early to take advantage of the Antarctic’s long summer days. After breakfast, we head downstairs to the ship’s mud room to don your boots, waterproof trousers and parka before walking down the short steps to your waiting Zodiac dinghy. With just 10 people per dinghy, you are assured of a highly

personal experience each time. We then cruise around the area, gazing in awe at the amazing blue hues of icebergs and glaciers, and getting up close to seals and penguins in the water. We have a shore landing to explore penguin rookeries or historic research stations. During lunch, the ship will navigate to the next landfall and we’ll have another Zodiac excursion and shore landing in the afternoon. Projected landfalls include: Greenwich Island; Deception Island, an extinct volcano with waters warm enough for a polar swim; and the old British research base at Port Lockroy. Wildlife abounds along our projected route along the Antarctic Peninsula: the leopard, fur and crab-eater seals resting on ice floes around Cuverville Island; the humpback whales of Gerlache Strait; and the dramatic Lemaire Channel’s orcas. If conditions allow, the ship may be able, for a short time, to fill and heat the open-air pool on the aft deck, and also organise a ‘Polar plunge’ for anyone brave enough to jump into the icy Southern Ocean! The itinerary and all activities over these days depend on the notoriously changeable Antarctic weather and ice conditions. The route and shore landings will be determined

by the captain and expedition leader and communicated to guests through regular briefings. DAYS 10 TO 11 – DRAKE PASSAGE We set sail northwards and spend two days at sea on our way back to the calm of the Beagle Channel and Ushuaia. En-route, we cross Drake Passage and cruise past Cape Horn, the legendary maritime landmark at the southern tip of South America. During our time at sea, a variety of activities will be arranged on board, providing the perfect opportunity to compare experiences and photos with your fellow travellers. DAY 12 – DISEMBARKATION This morning we disembark and catch our flight back to Buenos Aires, where we stay for one night at the centrally located four-star 725 Continental Hotel, with breakfast. This evening you may wish to round off your trip with a visit to one of the city’s famed tango shows. DAY 13 – RETURN FLIGHT This afternoon we board our overnight direct flight with British Airways back to London Heathrow. DAY 14 – ARRIVE HOME

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VOYAG E TO T H E A RC T IC & S PITS B E RG E N 10 days from only £3,199pp Departing 27 June 2020

Discover the kingdom of the polar bear and one of our planet’s most remote and awe-inspiring environments on a superb seven-day cruise to the ‘top of the world’.

C RU IS E SU M M A RY DAY 1 – DEPARTURE Arrive at the airport for your flights via Oslo with SAS to Longyearbyen. On arrival, transfer to the three-star Svalbard Hotel the Vault for one night with breakfast. DAY 2 – LONGYEARBYEN & EMBARKATION Explore the small town of Longyearbyen, visiting the entrance to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. After some free time for lunch, we board the MV Ocean Atlantic and begin our exciting Arctic voyage. DAY 3 TO 8 – ARCTIC CRUISING For the next six days, your voyage of exploration will take you to some of Svalbard’s innumerable bays and islands. The Ocean Atlantic’s fleet of Zodiac dinghies will allow us frequent shore

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landings and mini-cruises in the fjords to marvel at the vast glacial landscapes and wildlife. In the evenings, you can look forward to informative lectures and presentations on all aspects of

Arctic geography, wildlife and history, led by the various expedition leaders on board. DAY 9 – DISEMBARKATION This morning we disembark at Longyearbyen. Our flight to Oslo via Tromsø is in the afternoon, so this morning you’ll enjoy a visit to one of the town’s husky dog yards. On arrival in Oslo, we transfer to the centrally located four-star Scandic Byporten, with breakfast for one night. DAY 10 – OSLO & RETURN FLIGHT You have the morning at leisure to explore the sights of Oslo, the charming capital, before we catch our return flights to the UK this afternoon. For details of the MV Ocean Atlantic, departure dates and prices, please see pages 130 and 131.

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SO MUCH IS INCLUDED • A seven-night cruise on the icestrengthened four-star MV Ocean Atlantic, including all meals

• All shore excursions on the MV Ocean Atlantic’s fleet of Zodiac dinghies

• Overnight stays in central three-star and four-star hotels in Longyearbyen and Oslo

• A programme of fascinating lectures by the on-board team of knowledgeable expedition guides

• Experience the midnight sun from within the Arctic Circle

Plus, of course...

• Visit the vast glaciers and fjords of Spitsbergen and the world’s most northerly permanent settlement • Sail along the rim of the Arctic pack ice • See a wide variety of wildlife, from polar bears, walruses and whales to arctic foxes and millions of seabirds

• Return flights from Heathrow and Manchester via Oslo to Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen • The services of our dedicated Riviera Travel tour manager throughout • Fully protected by ABTA and ATOL

Spitsbergen

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YO U R C RU I S E Imagine gazing out over an empty landscape of vast creaking glaciers surrounded by snowcapped peaks, the sea around you dotted with small icebergs. Look out for the huge black tailfins of humpback whales as they dive, whilst on land the low tundra vegetation is dotted with bright flowers taking advantage of the short summer warmth. Look a little more carefully and you’ll spot an Arctic fox or some Svalbard reindeer, and along the beaches maybe get close to a colony of walruses. As our ship skirts the pack ice, we may be lucky enough to spot a polar bear and her cub on their constant hunt for seals. A true Arctic adventure awaits you on our Spitsbergen seven-night cruise on board the four-star MV Ocean Atlantic. After its first successful season in the Antarctic in 2019, the Ocean Atlantic will be sailing around the Svalbard archipelago, including its largest island of Spitsbergen, for summer 2020. Starting in the small Norwegian town of Longyearbyen, our ship will explore these magnificent inshore waters and fjords, and visit spectacular cliffs inhabited by thousands of seabirds. Svalbard is larger than you may think, three times the size of Wales, but with fewer than 3,000 permanent inhabitants – in fact, polar bears outnumber the humans. June is the perfect time to spot the amazing wildlife of one of the world’s most fascinating and remote polar regions. Located well inside the Arctic Circle, you’ll experience the midnight sun whilst navigating through the narrow channels and fjords of this incredible Arctic wilderness. We’ll also aim to go around 80 degrees north to meet the edge of the pack ice and spot polar bears in their preferred habitat. On our way back home, you’ll have a night in

Norway’s capital Oslo – a charming small city, with its futuristic waterside opera house and pedestrianised main street just a short stroll from our hotel. The Ocean Atlantic’s fleet of sturdy Zodiac dinghies will allow us frequent shore landings and mini-cruises in the fjords to marvel at the vast glacial landscapes. At all times, the aim of the captain and expedition leader is to include as many shore landings and Zodiac excursions as possible to get the best views of the wildlife at close quarters. In the evenings, you can look forward to informative lectures and presentations on all aspects of Arctic geography, wildlife and history, led by the various expedition leaders on board. After a nightcap at the bar, why not step outside again and enjoy the incredible light of the midnight sun as it skims the horizon – a wonderful time of ‘day’. DAY 1 – DEPARTURE Arrive at the airport for your flights via Oslo with SAS to Longyearbyen. On arrival, transfer to the three-star Svalbard Hotel the Vault for one night with breakfast. DAY 2 – LONGYEARBYEN & EMBARKATION Enjoy a relaxing morning exploring the small town of Longyearbyen, learning about its history and seeing the entrance to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a vast repository for up to 2.25 billion seeds from all over the world, kept here at a constant temperature of -18 degrees Celsius so that should a species become extinct, it can be revived. After some free time for lunch, we board the MV Ocean Atlantic and begin our exciting Arctic voyage.

South Spitsbergen

DAY 3 TO 8 – ARCTIC CRUISING For the next six days, your voyage of exploration will take you to some of Svalbard’s innumerable bays and islands. Of course, it’s all weatherdependent, but normally our stops will include

Longyearbyen

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Ny-Ålesund, the world’s northernmost permanent settlement, as well as former whaling stations and walrus colonies. We’ll also sail north along the rim of the pack ice to spot polar bears in their natural environment. During the short summer, the local wildlife, such as reindeer and arctic foxes, are busy feeding their young for the polar winter to come. The birdlife is truly magnificent – watch out for Arctic terns, fulmars, kittiwakes, razorbills and guillemots, amongst the 80 recorded species found here. The Ocean Atlantic’s fleet of sturdy Zodiac dinghies will allow us frequent shore landings and mini-cruises in the fjords to marvel at the vast glacial landscapes. At all times, the aim of the captain and expedition leader is to include as many shore landings and Zodiac excursions as possible to get the best views of the wildlife at close quarters. In the evenings, you can look forward to informative lectures and presentations on all aspects of Arctic geography, wildlife and history, led by the various expedition leaders on board. After a nightcap at the bar, why not step outside again and enjoy the incredible light of the midnight sun as it skims the horizon – a wonderful time of ‘day’.

DAY 9 – DISEMBARKATION This morning we disembark at Longyearbyen. Our flight to Oslo via Tromsø is in the afternoon, so this morning you’ll enjoy a visit to one of the town’s husky dog yards, where we meet some of their very friendly inhabitants and learn about their lives. On arrival in Oslo, we transfer to the centrally located four-star

Scandic Byporten, with breakfast for one night. DAY 10 – OSLO & RETURN FLIGHT You have the morning at leisure to explore the sights of Oslo, the charming capital, before we catch our return flights to the UK this afternoon.

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Our cruise ships, prices and departures information Ships The Azamara Quest / Journey / Pursuit ...................................103 Diamond Princess ........................................................................108 MS Koningsdam............................................................................. 110 Queen Mary 2.................................................................................112 SPV Royal Clipper......................................................................... 114 MV Aphrodite / Harmonia............................................................117 MV Yasawa Princess..................................................................... 118 MS Il Mare......................................................................................120 MV Riva........................................................................................... 122 MV Corona..................................................................................... 124 MS Adriatic Sun.............................................................................126 MV Rhapsody.................................................................................128 MV Ocean Atlantic.......................................................................130

Prices & departures Ocean cruises Cruising Italy & Croatia................................................................106 Cruising the Baltic Sea to St Petersburg....................................106 Cruising the Black Sea..................................................................106 Cruising Norway’s Fjords............................................................. 107 Cruising the South of France & Corsica.................................... 107 Cruising South Africa.................................................................... 107 Sea of Japan...................................................................................109 Canada’s Rocky Mountaineer with Alaska Cruise..................... 111 Queen Mary 2: New York & Niagra Falls...................................113 Queen Mary 2 & New York City..................................................113 Royal Clipper – A Mediterranean Odyssey............................... 116 Coastal & island cruises Split, Rab & Undiscovered Islands of the North...................... 121 Split, Zadar & Secrets of the North...........................................123 Dubrovnik, Split & Jewels of the Dalmatian Coast................. 125 Split, Dubrovnik & the Splendours of Dalmatia....................... 127 Dubrovnik, Mostar & Secrets of Dalmatia................................129 Ionian Island Odyssey...................................................................117 The Maldives.................................................................................. 118 Expedition cruises Voyage to Antarctica – the Great White Continent................ 131 Voyage to the Arctic & Spitsbergen........................................... 131

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THE AZAMARA QUEST / JOURNEY / PURSUIT

Set sail in style on a superior Azamara ship. Journey to unparalleled destinations on these impressive mid-sized cruise liners, which have everything modern explorers could ever want for – and more. Taking on a timeless but contemporary feel, Azamara ships boast show-stopping entertainment, world-class dining options and spa experiences. With a deck plan that’s sociable but never crowded, the unrivalled service goes beyond the expectations of even the most well-travelled voyagers. Friendly and approachable, the crew are happy to offer everything from poolside service to recommendations for your onshore exploration. Whichever deck you opt for, all staterooms have a modern style with air-conditioning, a desk, mini bar, hairdryer and 40-inch TV plus USB ports by the bed. With many spacious staterooms and suites with verandas, you can wake up to breath-taking views and beautifully fresh sea air. In the staterooms you will find the likes of fluffy cotton robes and slippers, luxury French bath products, fresh flowers and, of course, helpful 24-hour room service. Delightful dining options on Azamara cruises vary from elegant a la carte to themed buffets, with the choice to visit the ship’s speciality restaurants. You can expect a variety of on-board entertainment, with AzAmazing Evenings, signature shows and guest performers, as well as live bands every night. Indulge in invigorative treatments in the new Sanctum Spa; with massages, manicures, hairstyling services and even acupuncture. Beyond the spa, there is a selection of complimentary fitness classes, as well as a well-equipped gym for you to work out at your own pace. When you travel on Azamara with Riviera Travel, almost everything you could ever want is included. Whether you’re looking forward to dining in one of the many restaurants, treating yourself to a spa day or taking a dip in the pool, you’ll be sure to arrive feeling relaxed and refreshed.

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Club Continent Suite

CABINS CLUB INTERIOR STATEROOMS feature two single beds with the choice to have them made up as a Queen-sized bed. The contemporary cabins have a mini bar, desk, hairdryer, safe, 40-inch TV and USB charging ports by the bed. In addition, the fully air-conditioned staterooms benefit from fluffy bathrobes and slippers. CLUB OCEANVIEW STATEROOMS feature two single beds with the choice to have them made up as a Queen-sized bed. The room has the same state-of-the-art amenities as the Club Interior Stateroom, with the benefit of a fixed picture window allowing plenty of natural light.

Club Interior Stateroom

Interior bathroom

CLUB BALCONY STATEROOMS have two single beds with the choice to have them made up as a Queen-sized bed. In addition to the modern features of a stateroom, the balcony allows plenty of natural light and room to sit outside and enjoy the amazing views. CLUB CONTINENT SUITE features two single beds with the choice to have them made up as a Queen-sized bed. The spacious and comfortable suite boasts a sitting area with 55-inch TV and roomy bathroom with a shower and, in some rooms, a bath. The floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors allow you to walk onto a private veranda for incredible views. In addition, Club Continent Suite guests can enjoy complimentary speciality dining each day, a daily fresh fruit basket and a free internet allowance (235 minutes).

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Club Oceanview Stateroom

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DECK PLANS

DECK 10

DECK 9

DECK 8

DECK 7

DECK 6

DECK 5

DECK 4

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PLEASE NOTE, PLAN SHOWN IS FOR AZAMARA PURSUIT & AZAMARA QUEST. AZAMARA JOURNEY IS IDENTICAL EXCEPT IT DOES NOT HAVE CABINS 4060 TO 4068

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CRUISING ITALY & CROATIA ON THE AZAMARA QUEST Cabin Category Flight, Tour & Cruise

Price per person

Category 10

Club Interior Stateroom

£2,999

Cabin Category Category 5

Club Oceanview Stateroom

£299

Category V3

Club Balcony Stateroom

£1,199

Category N2

Club Continent Suite

£2,199

Category 5 Sole Occupancy

Club Oceanview Stateroom

£2,199

Cruise cabin supplement, per person per cruise, subject to availability, to be applied to Category 10 price. Sole Occupancy supplement

Cabin Supplement

Sole occupancy supplement shown is to be added to the basic holiday cost. Please note sole occupancy can be requested for other cabin grades subject to availability. Airport

Airline

Flight Out

Return Flight - Arrival in Uk

Supplement

Transfer times

Airport

London Gatwick

Easyjet

13:05

16:05

Nil

Airport to Hotel

Verona Airport

1 hr 30 mins

Manchester

Jet2/Easyjet

15:30

18:05

£20

Port to Airport

Nice/Marseille Airport

30 mins/3 hrs

Please note: Transfer times are approximate and depend on traffic. PRICE INCLUDES The price of this holiday is per person based on two people sharing a double or twin cabin. The price includes return flights and overseas transfers; three nights’ hotel accommodation with breakfast and dinner; a ten-night full-board cruise; the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager; a complimentary visit to one of the speciality dining restaurants during the cruise; US $50 per person on-board credit; an on-board wine pairing; complimentary drinks and bottled water; on-board gratuities; all port taxes and surcharges; and a selection of exclusive Riviera Travel excursions as detailed. DEPOSIT The deposit for this tour is £300 per person.

CRUISING THE BALTIC SEA TO ST PETERSBURG ON THE AZAMARA QUEST Cabin Category Flight, Tour & Cruise

Price per person

Category 11

Club Interior Stateroom

£2,799

Cabin Category Category 5

Club Oceanview Stateroom

Category V3

Club Balcony Stateroom

£999

Category N2

Club Continent Suite

£1,849

Category 5 Sole Occupancy

Club Oceanview Stateroom

£1,469

Cruise cabin supplement, per person per cruise, subject to availability, to be applied to Category 11 price. Sole Occupancy supplement

Cabin Supplement £349

Sole occupancy supplement shown is to be added to the basic holiday cost. Please note sole occupancy can be requested for other cabin grades subject to availability.

Airport

Airline

Flight Out

Return Flight - Arrival in Uk

Supplement

Transfer times

Airport

London Heathrow

Scandanavian Airlines

10:35

17:50

Nil

Airport to Hotel

Stockholm Arlanda

45 mins

Manchester

Scandanavian Airlines

09:45

17:50

£30

Port to Airport

Stockholm Arlanda

45 mins

Please note: Transfer times are approximate and depend on traffic. PRICE INCLUDES The price of this holiday is per person based on two people sharing a double or twin cabin. The price includes return flights and overseas transfers; two nights’ hotel accommodation with breakfast; an eightnight full-board cruise; the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager; a complimentary visit to one of the speciality dining restaurants during the cruise; US $50 per person on-board credit; an on-board wine pairing; complimentary drinks and bottled water; on-board gratuities; all port taxes and surcharges; and a selection of exclusive Riviera Travel excursions as detailed. DEPOSIT The deposit for this tour is £300 per person.

CRUISING THE BLACK SEA ON THE AZAMARA JOURNEY Cabin Category Flight, Tour & Cruise

Price per person

Category 9

Club Interior Stateroom

£4,499

Cabin Category Cruise cabin supplement, per person per cruise, subject to availability, to be applied to Category 9 price.

Cabin Supplement

Category 5

Club Oceanview Stateroom

£299

Category V2

Club Balcony Stateroom

£1,599

Sole Occupancy can be requested for a supplement subject to availability. Airport

Airline

Flight Out

Return Flight - Arrival in Uk

Supplement

Transfer times

Airport

London Heathrow

Aegean

12:15

15:30

Nil

Airport to Hotel

Athens Airport

1 hr

Manchester

Easyjet

15:15

00:30

£30

Port to Airport

Athens Airport

1 hr 15 mins

Please note: Transfer times are approximate and depend on traffic. PRICE INCLUDES The price of this holiday is per person based on two people sharing a double or twin cabin. The price includes return flights and overseas transfers; one night’s hotel accommodation with breakfast; a 14-night full-board cruise; the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager; a complimentary visit to one of the speciality dining restaurants during the cruise; US $50 per person on-board credit; an on-board wine pairing; complimentary drinks and bottled water; on-board gratuities; all port taxes and surcharges; and a selection of exclusive Riviera Travel excursions as detailed. DEPOSIT The deposit for this tour is £300 per person.

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CRUISING NORWAY’S FJORDS ON THE AZAMARA PURSUIT Cabin Category Flight, Tour & Cruise

Price per person

Category 10

Club Interior Stateroom

£2,999

Cabin Category Category 5

Club Oceanview Stateroom

£299

Category V3

Club Balcony Stateroom

£1,499

Category N2

Club Continent Suite

£2,799

Category 5 Sole Occupancy

Club Oceanview Stateroom

£1,599

Cruise cabin supplement, per person per cruise, subject to availability, to be applied to Category 10 price. Sole Occupancy supplement

Cabin Supplement

Sole occupancy supplement shown is to be added to the basic holiday cost. Please note sole occupancy can be requested for other cabin grades subject to availability. PRICE INCLUDES The price of this holiday is per person based on two people sharing a double or twin cabin. The price includes a 12-night full-board cruise; the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager; a complimentary visit to one of the speciality dining restaurants during the cruise; US $50 per person on-board credit; an on-board wine pairing; complimentary drinks and bottled water; on-board gratuities; all port taxes and surcharges; and a selection of exclusive Riviera Travel excursions as detailed. DEPOSIT The deposit for this tour is £300 per person.

CRUISING THE SOUTH OF FRANCE & CORSICA ON THE AZAMARA PURSUIT Cabin Category Flight, Tour & Cruise

Price per person

Category 10

Club Interior Stateroom

£2,699

Cabin Category Category 5

Club Oceanview Stateroom

£169

Category V3

Club Balcony Stateroom

£799

Category N2

Club Continent Suite

£1,799

Category 5 Sole Occupancy

Club Oceanview Stateroom

£1,219

Cruise cabin supplement, per person per cruise, subject to availability, to be applied to Category 10 price. Sole Occupancy supplement

Cabin Supplement

Sole occupancy supplement shown is to be added to the basic holiday cost. Please note sole occupancy can be requested for other cabin grades subject to availability.

Airport

Airline

Flight Out

Return Flight - Arrival in Uk

Supplement

Transfer times

Airport

London Gatwick

British Airways

09:05

18:55

Nil

Airport to Hotel

Barcelona Airport

30 mins

Manchester

Easyjet

17:55

22:50

£30

Hotel to Airport

Nice Airport

45 mins

Please note: Transfer times are approximate and depend on traffic. PRICE INCLUDES The price of this holiday is per person based on two people sharing a double or twin cabin. The price includes return flights and overseas transfers; three nights’ hotel accommodation with breakfast; an sevennight full-board cruise; the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager; a complimentary visit to one of the speciality dining restaurants during the cruise; US $50 per person on-board credit; an on-board wine pairing; complimentary drinks and bottled water; on-board gratuities; all port taxes and surcharges; and a selection of exclusive Riviera Travel excursions as detailed. DEPOSIT The deposit for this tour is £300 per person.

CRUISING SOUTH AFRICA ON THE AZAMARA JOURNEY Cabin Category Flight, Tour & Cruise

Price per person

Category 9

Club Interior Stateroom

£3,499

Cabin Category

Cabin Supplement

Category 5

Club Oceanview Stateroom

£269

Category V2

Club Balcony Stateroom

£1,039

Category 5 Sole Occupancy

Club Oceanview Stateroom

£1,199

Cruise cabin supplement, per person per cruise, subject to availability, to be applied to Category 9 price. Sole Occupancy supplement

Sole occupancy supplement shown is to be added to the basic holiday cost. Please note sole occupancy can be requested for other cabin grades subject to availability.

Airport

Airline

via

Flight Out

Return Flight Arrival in Uk

Supplement

London Heathrow

South African Airways

Johannesburg

18:05

06:25

Nil

Transfer times

Airport

Airport to Hotel

Cape Town International Airport

45 mins

Port to Airport

Cape Town International Airport

30 mins

Please note: Transfer times are approximate and depend on traffic.

PRICE INCLUDES The price of this holiday is per person based on two people sharing a double or twin cabin. The price includes return flights and overseas transfers; two nights’ hotel accommodation with breakfast and one lunch; a ten-night full-board cruise; the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager; a complimentary visit to one of the speciality dining restaurants during the cruise; US $50 per person on-board credit; an onboard wine pairing; complimentary drinks and bottled water; on-board gratuities; all port taxes and surcharges; and a selection of exclusive Riviera Travel excursions as detailed. DEPOSIT The deposit for this tour is £300 per person.

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DIAMOND PRINCESS

Journey to your destination of discovery on this jewel of the sea. Voted Best International Cruise Ship in Japan by Cruise Magazine readers, Diamond Princess boasts a wealth of fabulous leisure and entertainment opportunities to enjoy during your cruise. With complimentary 24-hour room service to staterooms for all passengers, included dining options range from relaxed and informal to fine dining. Indulge your appetite whenever you wish; the on-board chefs are busy throughout the day and night creating great-tasting fare from scratch. Princess offers extensive included dining options throughout the ship with a wide range of culinary delights to suit any palate, with endless buffet choice to gourmet dishes. If you wish to try one of the speciality restaurants, perhaps book into Kai Sushi to savour top-quality sushi and sashimi or enjoy a Chef’s Table Experience. At Izumi, you can even experience a traditional Japanese bath or “onsen,” which translates as Japanese hot spring. Take in the remarkable ocean views whilst indulging in indoor and outdoor Japanese baths, steam rooms, saunas and hot tubs. The largest of its kind at sea, it offers a chance to experience a popular Japanese pastime as you cruise. Unwind at the Lotus Spa with a variety of relaxing treatments, from aroma stone therapy massages to detoxifying ocean wraps. Or treat yourself in the salon to a manicure, pedicure, haircut or style. The fitness centre offers classes and personal training as well as state-of-the-art equipment for personal workouts. On the top deck, the Conservatory is an enclosed climate-controlled recreation area with hot tubs, a refreshing freshwater pool, bar and space to relax. Diamond Princess boasts a wide-ranging selection of entertainment options including live bands, classical musicians and original music and stage productions. The vast array of activities available on board also include an art gallery, photo studio and on-board casinos. INTERIOR CABINS Relax and refresh in one of the contemporary interior staterooms, which measure approximately 15 square metres (158-162 square feet). The perfect place to unwind, this affordable option features twin or a Queen-sized bed with 100% cotton linen. Other modern amenities include a fridge, hairdryer, flat screen TV, wardrobe and bathroom with shower.

Lido deck

OCEAN VIEW CABINS Wake up to beautiful natural light and rolling views of the ocean in this modern stateroom. Including the same amenities as a classic cabin, the ocean view stateroom also features a picture window or porthole. BALCONY CABINS Indulge in incredible ocean views from your own private veranda. This spacious stateroom, measuring approximately 20 square metres (214-222) square feet, features your own private outdoor space with a table and two chairs to enjoy amazing sunsets, leisurely breakfasts or your new destination on the horizon.

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Balcony cabin


DECK PLANS DECK 14 INTERIOR

IC

IF

BALCONY

BC

BF

INTERIOR

IB

IC

BALCONY

B4 BB BC BE

SUITE

S5

INTERIOR

IA

DECK 12

DECK 11

IB

IE

ID

OCEANVIEW

DECK 10

O5 BA BB BD BE

SUITE

S1

S2

S3

S5

INTERIOR

IA

IB

ID

IE

O5 OY

BALCONY

B2 B4 BD BE

SUITE

S3

INTERIOR

S4

S5

S6

IB

ID

IE

BALCONY MINI-SUITE

B4 M1 MB MD ME

SUITE

DECK 8

INTERIOR

BF

IE

BALCONY

OCEANVIEW

DECK 9

IF

IC

S6

S6

IE

IF

OCEANVIEW OV OW OY OZ

DECK 7

BALCONY

B4

MINI-SUITE

ME

SUITE

S6

OCEANVIEW

OC

DECK 6

DECK 5 INTERIOR

IC

OCEANVIEW

OC OF

IF

CRUISING THE SEA OF JAPAN ON THE DIAMOND PRINCESS Cabin Category Flight, Tour & Cruise

EF

Price per person Interior Stateroom

Cabin Category Cruise cabin supplement, per person per cruise, subject to availability, to be applied to Category EF price.

£3,499 Cabin Supplement

OF

Oceanview Stateroom

£392

BF

Balcony Stateroom

£739

Airport

Airline

Flight Out

Return Flight - Arrival in Uk

Supplement

London Heathrow

All Nippon Airways

19:00

16:10

Nil

PRICE INCLUDES The price of this holiday is per person based on two people sharing a double or twin cabin. The price includes return flights and overseas transfers; two nights’ hotel accommodation with breakfast; an eight-night full-board cruise; the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager; all port taxes and surcharges; and a selection of exclusive Riviera Travel excursions as detailed. NOT INCLUDED The price excludes additional shore excursions and optional but recommended gratuities of USD13.50 per day. DEPOSIT The deposit for this tour is £300 per person. Transfer times

Airport

Airport to Hotel

Tokyo Haneda

1 hr

Port to Airport

Tokyo Haneda

45 mins

Please note: Transfer times are approximate and depend on traffic.

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HOLLAND AMERICA LINE’S MS KONINGSDAM

The first of Holland America Line’s Pinnacle-class ships, the 2,650-passenger MS Koningsdam was launched in 2016 and boasts more outside Oceanview and Verandah staterooms than most other ships in Alaska. The Promenade deck goes right round the ship with plenty of classic teak deck chairs to relax in, whilst its stunning threedeck atrium and spacious public rooms are adorned with a wide variety of art and antiques. Dining options include the two-tier Vista dining room serving 5-course meals with impeccable service and an extensive wine list. More intimate dining options include the Pinnacle Grill (US$30pp supplement), which features cuisine inspired by the Pacific Northwest with king-salmon or prime beef served on top-of-the-range china and linens, the Canaletto Italian restaurant (US$15pp supplement), the Pan-Asian Tamarind restaurant (US$25pp supplement) and Rudi’s Sel de Mer French brasserie The informal Lido Market restaurant has free seating and buffet-style service for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You may also enjoy daily Afternoon Tea, complimentary hot hors d’oeuvres during cocktail hour and late night snacks – there’s even a demonstration kitchen featuring gourmet cookery classes. There are two formal evenings when gentlemen are requested to wear a jacket and tie. The spacious, elegantly-appointed staterooms all feature complimentary 24-hour room service, safe, minibar, flat-panel TVs with on-demand movies, bathrobes, Egyptian cotton towels and Elemis bath products. The Verandah staterooms are particularly popular and early booking is recommended. Other ship facilities include a two-tier theatre, the Crow’s Nest observation lounge, a piano bar and sports bar, the Explorer’s Lounge where complimentary newspapers, books and internet are available, the Greenhouse Spa and hair salon with its steam room and ‘hydro’ pool, a covered pool and a large open observation deck right at the very top of the ship.

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Verandah Stateroom

Panorama Bar

The Dining Room

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CANADA’S ROCKY MOUNTAINEER & ALASKA CRUISE 2020 Airport

06 Jun 20

13 Jun 20

27 Jun 20

25 Jul 20

22 Aug 20

29 Aug 20

05 Sep 20

12 Sep 20

£4,129

£4,229

£4,269

£4,529

£4,229

£4,129

£4,129

£3,999

Inside cat. I £20 £20 £20 £20 £20 £20 £20 Outside cat. E £480 £575 £575 £575 £480 £480 £480 Outside cat. D £490 £585 £585 £585 £490 £490 £490 Outside cat. C £500 £595 £595 £595 £500 £500 £500 Outside veranda stateroom cat. VD £685 £785 £880 £880 £785 £785 £785 Cruise cabin supplements, Outside veranda stateroom cat. VC £715 £815 £910 £910 £815 £815 £815 per person per cruise, Outside veranda stateroom cat. VB £735 £835 £930 £930 £835 £835 £835 subject to availability Outside veranda stateroom cat. VA £755 £855 £950 £950 £855 £855 £855 Outside veranda stateroom cat. V £775 £870 £970 £970 £870 £870 £870 Outside veranda stateroom cat. VQ £815 £910 £1,010 £1,010 £910 £910 £910 Vista suite cat. A £1,040 £1,040 £1,240 £1,240 £1,140 £1,140 £1,140 Signature suite cat. SS £1,760 £1,860 £2,160 £2,160 £2,060 £2,060 £2,060 Flight, Tour & Cruise prices are based on SilverLeaf Service on Rocky Mountaineer train & category J Inside cabins on Alaska cruise. All cabins subject to availability.

£20 £575 £585 £595 £785 £815 £835 £855 £870 £910 £1,140 £1,960

£20 £575 £610 £620 £785 £815 £835 £855 £870 £910 £1,140 £1,960

£20 £575 £610 £620 £785 £815 £835 £855 £870 £910 £1,140 £1,960

£20 £575 £610 £620 £785 £815 £835 £855 £870 £910 £1,140 £1,960

Heathrow

09 May 20 23 May 20 30 May 20 Flight, Tour & Cruise

£3,799

£3,979

£4,129

Flight information: London Heathrow departures are with Air Canada departing at 13:05 arriving into Calgary International Airport. On return departing from Vancouver International Airport, arriving back in the UK at 11:40. Flight duration is 9 hrs. All timings are local, Vancouver is GMT -7 hrs. Air Canada Upgrades: Premium Economy upgrade available from £1,019 per person, subject to availability. Enjoy a dedicated check in desk and priority boarding, separate cabin area, larger TV screen, premium cuisine with complimentary bar service, larger 20” wide seat, a 38” seat pitch and 8” recline. Business Class prices also available.

Cruise Cabin Information Cabin Category

Cabin Description

Inside cat. I

Slightly larger than K cabins, with two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed and shower on a veriety of decks.

Outside cat. E

Two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed, shower and partial sea view on Main and Beethoven decks.

Outside Oceanview cabins cat. C

Two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed, shower and a full sea view on the Main deck.

Outside Oceanview cabins cat. D

Two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed, shower and a full forward-facing sea view on Schubert & Sun decks.

Outside Verandah staterooms (all cats.)

Two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed, shower, small sitting area, private veranda and floor-to-ceiling windows on a variety of decks.

Vista suites cat. A

Two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed, shower, small sitting area, and floor-to-ceiling windows centrally-located on a variety of decks.

Signature Suites cat. SS

Two lower beds convertible to one king-size bed, bathroom with dual sink vanity, full-size whirlpool bath and separate shower, large sitting area, private veranda, sofabed for one person, floor-to-ceiling windows, centrally-located on Schubert deck.

Other cabin categories are available, please ask for details.

Single Room Supplements Heathrow Flight, Tour & Cruise

Price

09/05/20 £1,225 23/05/20 £1,299 30/05/20 - 06/06/20 £1,379 13/06/20 - 27/06/20 £1,469 25/07/20 £1,475 22/08/20 - 12/09/20 £1,320 Single rooms/cabins subject to availability. Single supplements for holidays including Alaska cruise are based on category K inside cabin. Please call for single supplements in any other cabin categories.

PRICE INCLUDES The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room and includes: flights to Calgary, returning from Vancouver, seven nights on room-only basis, staying in superior three-star hotels (medium class in Kamloops, arranged directly by the Rocky Mountaineer), guided visits to Lake Louise, Peyto Lake & the Athabasca Glacier and ride on Snocoach with two breakfasts and lunches, selected drinks and staff gratuities on Rocky Mountaineer train, tour of Vancouver, all transfers and hotel porterage of one item of luggage per person and the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager. Single rooms are subject to availability at the relevant supplement. Cruise: seven nights in an inside K category cabin with daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, transfers on return to Vancouver, all port charges. Cruise itinerary is subject to change depending on weather conditions. On-board currency is the US dollar. Extras: Subject to change, US$14.50 per person per day, or US$16 for suites, will be added to your onboard account for cruise staff gratuities and a 15% service charge is added to drinks bills.

DEPOSIT The deposit for this tour is £400 per person. VISAS & HEALTH Canada: Under Canada’s Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) program, British passport holders are required to obtain an eTA prior to travelling to Canada. Non British passport holders should check with the relevant embassy. The application can only be done via the official website: www.canada.ca/eta. The cost for the eTA is CA$7 per person and is valid for 5 years. You will need to provide basic personal information similar to what was previously collected on arrival into Canada. eTA is a convenient authorization that is electronically linked to your passport, which means you will need to travel with the same passport you used when you applied for and obtained your eTA. Alaska, USA: British passport holders do not require a visa under the USA Visa Waiver Programme (The VWP allows most British Citizen passport holders to visit the US for up to 90 days). British passport holders qualifying for the Visa Waiver programme must apply online for authorisation to enter the USA, for which there is an administration fee of US$14 per person. This may only be submitted online by visiting the official website https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov and registering at least 72 hours prior to travel. Without authorisation prior to travel, admission may be denied at a US port of entry. Holders of non-British passports will need to contact the American Embassy in London for details at least three months prior to departure. Details can be found on: https://uk.usembassy.gov/visas/tourism-visitor/how-to-apply. As of 01 April 2016, all travellers wishing to enter the US under the VWP now need to hold a passport with an integrated chip (an ePassport). Your passport is an ePassport if it carries this internationally recognised symbol on the front cover. If you do not have an e-passport then you have two options:Apply for a new passport which contains the embedded electronic chip or Obtain a US Tourism & Visitor visa via the following link: https://uk.usembassy.gov/visas/tourism-visitor/how-to-apply From 21 January 2016 most people who have travelled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria since March 2011, or are dual nationals of these countries, will no longer qualify for entry under the Visa Waiver Programme and existing ESTAs could be revoked. You will instead need to apply for a visa from the nearest US Embassy or Consulate. If you are in any doubt about whether you qualify for the VWP, or if you’re concerned that an existing ESTA may have been cancelled, you should contact the US Embassy or Consulate. Whilst care has been taken to ensure that the information provided relating to visa requirements is true and correct at time of publication, changes in requirements after the time of publication may impact on the accuracy of this information. Therefore, whilst we strive to provide the most up-to-date information, we strongly suggest that you re-confirm requirements with the relevant embassy prior to application. There are no current health requirements for Canada or the USA. However, whilst the travelling schedule shall pose no problems for people of any age in normal physical health, we would point out that we often enjoy walking tours (sometimes over unmade paths) of the various places of interest. This tour also reaches an altitude of 5,700ft and temperature variations can be unpredictable, especially during spring and autumn. For these reasons this holiday may not be suitable for clients of greatly impaired mobility. Please bear this in mind when considering this holiday.

Rocky Mountaineer Upgrades Category

Price

GoldLeaf Service: Upgrade to the double-decker dome coach with its panoramic wraparoundwindows. Guests also have access to the open-air observation vestibule at the end of each carriage. £455pp Impeccable service is complimented with three-course gourmet meals in the lower-level dining room. Subject to availability.

Transfer Times Calgary Airport Airport to 1st Hotel Final Hotel to Airport Please note: Transfer times are approximate and depend on traffic.

Vancouver Airport

20 mins 30 mins

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CUNARD’S QUEEN MARY 2

A Transatlantic Crossing on Queen Mary 2 is as timeless and luxurious as ever. More than a million man hours have gone into her refurbishment, updating her with new contemporary interior designs and exclusive guest experiences, and you have seven leisurely days to lose yourself in complete indulgence. EXCEPTIONAL DINING Queen Mary 2 plays host to some of the finest chefs at sea and the most elegant restaurants, where grandeur and occasion combine with exceptional service. Savour fresh dining experiences, designed to pamper the palate and spark conversations. Your table reservation is at the formal Britannia Restaurant, and whether you choose to take your seat for dinner at 6pm or 8.30pm, you can arrive with a flourish down the steps of the curved staircase. The timeless tradition of afternoon tea is brought to you by white-gloved waiters in the Queens Room, and there is even an authentic pub serving traditional lunch every day. With six restaurants plus six bars and lounges, you are absolutely spoiled for choice. WORLD-CLASS ENTERTAINMENT From early morning until late into the night, a world of entertainment awaits. West End-style shows, string quartets and RADA performers make each evening more unforgettable than the last, with performances taking place in venues ranging from the grand Royal Court Theatre to intimate bars. Dance the night away in the Queens Room, the largest dance floor at sea, whilst Illuminations is a luxury 3D cinema, full-scale planetarium and classical music venue all in one. Fine boutiques provide a range of products from tempting souvenirs to exquisite jewellery and designer clothing. LARGER THAN LIFE EXPERIENCES Queen Mary 2 is wonderfully grand, boasting many firsts at sea – a planetarium, a Veuve Cliquot Champagne bar, and Canyon Ranch SpaClub®. On board you will find the largest ballroom at sea hosting sumptuous balls, cocktail evenings and special events, the perfect excuse to get dressed up. For some quiet relaxation, visit the biggest library at sea with more than 8,000 books.

BV Balcony sheltered

Grand Lobby

GUEST SPEAKERS Be entertained by Cunard’s specially selected panel of famous guest speakers, from actors and politicians to academics and industry leaders, as they deliver lively presentations and debates on board. WHITE STAR SERVICE Cunard prides itself on standards of service that go above and beyond. The moment you step on board, the white-gloved officers and crew greet you with a smile and the warmest of welcomes. Every detail has been considered to ensure you have the most luxurious experience possible.

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QUEEN MARY 2 & NEW YORK & NIAGARA FALLS Stateroom type

Grade

Description

Inside

IF

Outside

EF

Balcony

BV

Balcony

BC

07/06/20

04/09/20

Twin/Double

Single supplement

Twin/Double

Single supplement

Standard Inside Forward - low & high decks

£2,499

from £1,370

£2,499

from £1,471

Oceanview Forward/Aft - low decks

£2,751

£2,734

Balcony sheltered

£2,933

£2,863

Balcony Midship - high deck

£3,283

£3,139

Please note: Prices are correct at time of printing which can vary according to the cruise line’s current pricing.

PRICE INCLUDES The price of the holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a stateroom/room. The price includes seven nights aboard Queen Mary 2 including all meals, five nights in hotels on a room only basis, hotel porterage of one item of luggage per person, return flight from Toronto to Heathrow and all tours and visits as detailed in the itinerary and the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager.

Flight Information Airport

Airline

Arrival Time

Flight Duration

Supplement

Heathrow

Air Canada (direct)

08:35

7hrs.05

£0

Air Canada Premium Economy upgrades are available on request, please enquire at the time of booking for price.

TRANSFER TIMES From the final hotel to Toronto airport – approx. 1 hr 45 mins. Please note: Transfer times are approximate and depend on traffic. On the return journey, we spend the day touring Toronto before travelling to the airport. VISAS & HEALTH British passport holders do not require a visa under the USA Visa Waiver Programme. Passengers need to apply for the US Visa Waiver online at https//esta.cbp.dhs.gov with a fee of US$14 and registration must be at least 72 hours prior to departure.ETA for Canada is not required as the clients are entering by land and not by air. DEPOSIT The deposit for this tour is £300 per person. SOLE OCCUPANCY Single supplements shown are to be added to the relevant twin price and are based on twin room/stateroom for sole occupancy. GRATUITIES Daily gratuities of US$11.50 per person will be added to your on-board account.

QUEEN MARY 2 & NEW YORK CITY Stateroom type

Grade

Description

Inside

IF

Outside

EF

Balcony Balcony

24/05/20

02/10/20

Twin/Double

Single supplement

Twin/Double

Single supplement

Standard Inside Forward - low & high decks

£1,999

from £1,188

£1,899

from £1,111

Oceanview Forward/Aft - low decks

£2,317

BV

Balcony sheltered

£2,433

£2,319

BC

Balcony Midship - high deck

£2,706

£2,557

£2,178

Please note: Prices are correct at time of printing which can vary according to the cruise line’s current pricing.

PRICE INCLUDES The price of the holiday is per person, based on two sharing a stateroom/ room. The price includes seven nights aboard Queen Mary 2 including all meals, three nights in hotels on a room-only basis, hotel porterage of one item per person, return flight from New York and all tours and visits as detailed in the itinerary and the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager. TRANSFER TIMES From the hotel to the airport – approx. 60 mins. Please note: Transfer times are approximate and depend on traffic.

Flight Information Airport

Airline

Arrival Time

Flight Duration

Supplement

Heathrow

Virgin Atlantic (direct)

07:20

7hrs.20

£0

Manchester

Virgin Atlantic (direct)

07:15

7hrs.15

£30

Upgrades from Virgin Atlantic Economy to Premium Economy are available on request.

VISAS & HEALTH British passport holders do not require a visa under the USA Visa Waiver Programme. Passengers need to apply for the US Visa Waiver online at https//esta.cbp.dhs.gov with a fee of US$14 and registration must be at least 72 hours prior to departure DEPOSIT The deposit for this tour is £300 per person. SOLE OCCUPANCY Single supplements shown are to be added to the relevant twin price and are based on twin room/stateroom for sole occupancy. GRATUITIES Daily gratuities of US$11.50 per person will be added to your on-board account.

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SPV ROYAL CLIPPER

Imagine this: gentle waves lapping rhythmically against a wind-driven hull, the scent of the salty sea spray on the refreshing breeze, taut sails towering majestically overhead, a pod of young dolphins dancing in the bow wave of the azure waters – all against breathtaking coastline. The outstanding ship is proof that craftsmanship is very much alive: rich hardwoods, polished brass, wrought-iron fittings and marble are beautifully complemented by deep-pile carpets and sophisticated furnishings. Far from being a typical cruise ship, the Royal Clipper is of a sufficiently intimate size, so we sail close to the shore and visit smaller, fascinating ports. Not only do we enjoy more stunning views, but we also have a wonderful seafaring.

Sun Deck

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Category 2 cabin

Dining room

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DECK PLANS SUN DECK MAIN DECK CLIPPER DECK COMMODORE DECK

SUN DECK

MAIN DECK

OWNERS SUITE OWNERS SUITE OWNERS SUITE OWNERS SUITERS E OWN SUITE

CLIPPER DECK

OWNERS SUITE OWNERS SUITE OWNERS SUITE SUITE

OWNERS SUITE

COMMODORE DECK

OWNER’S SUITES CLIPPER DECK Deluxe outside suite (no private verandah), two double beds, separate sitting area, minibar, marble bathroom with whirlpool, room service DELUXE SUITES MAIN DECK Deluxe outside suite, private verandah, twin/double beds, sitting area, minibar, marble bathroom with whirlpool and room service CATEGORY 1 MAIN DECK Deluxe deck cabin, double beds, minibar, marble bathroom with whirlpool, cabin doors open onto deck CATEGORY 2 CLIPPER DECK Superior outside cabin, twin/double/triple beds, marble bathroom with shower

CATEGORY 4 CLIPPER DECK & COMMODORE DECK Outside cabin, twin/double/triple beds, marble bathroom with shower CATEGORY 5 COMMODORE DECK Outside cabin, double bed, marble bathroom with shower

D= Fixed double bed (these cabins are usually slightly smaller than the average for that category) ∆ = Third berth. Average cabin dimensions: Owner’s Suite: 40m2, Deluxe suite: 26m2 incl. balcony, Categories 1: 14.5m2, Categories 2, 3 and 4: 13.5m2, Category 5: 11m2,

CATEGORY 3 CLIPPER DECK & COMMODORE DECK Outside cabin, twin/double/triple beds, marble bathroom with shower

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THE ROYAL CLIPPER – A MEDITERRANEAN ODYSSEY 13 DAYS DEPARTING ON 23 JUNE 2020 Prices & Cabin Information Flight, Tour & Cruise

Cabin Category

Deck

Price Per Person

Category 5

Commodore deck

£2,799

£5,069

Cabin Supplement

Single Supplement

£300 £300 £600 £600 £900 £1,220 £1,620 £2,320

£600 £600 £1,200 £1,200 £1,800 £2,440 £3,240 £4,640

Category 4 Commodore deck Category 4 Clipper deck Category 3 Commodore deck Category 3 Clipper deck Category 2 Clipper deck Category 1 Main deck Deluxe Suites Main deck Owner's Suites Clipper deck Triple cabins/rooms: A £999 supplement applies for the third occupant in any cabin or room.

Cruise cabin supplement, per person per cruise, subject to availability, to be applied to Category 5 prices.

Solo Traveller Price

Flight Information Airport

Airline

Via

Flight Out 23 June 2020

Return Flight – Arrival in UK 5 July 2020

Supplement Per Person Return

Birmingham Bristol Edinburgh London Gatwick London Gatwick London Gatwick London Heathrow Manchester Norwich Newcastle

KLM KLM KLM Easyjet EasyJet British Airways Lufthansa EasyJet / Jet2 KLM KLM

Amsterdam Amsterdam Amsterdam Direct Direct Direct Frankfurt Direct Amsterdam Amsterdam

09:15 09:20 09:10 08:35 12:30 14:00 08:30 16:50 09:20 09:30

21:20 21:35 21:35 15:00 15:00 21:25 22:40 14:15 21:10 22:25

£100 £140 £125 £55 £150 £170

Transfer Times Venice Marco Polo Airport

Rome Fiumicino Airport

Airport to Hotel 30 mins Hotel to Airport Please note: Transfer times are approximate and depend on traffic.

45 mins

PRICE INCLUDES The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room or cabin. The price includes flights to Venice, returning from Rome; one night at the Plaza in Mestre with breakfast; guided sightseeing tours of Venice, Dubrovnik, Corfu, Taormina, Pompeii and Rome, and visits to Rovinj, Hvar, Kotor, Capri and Sorrento; one night at the Sheraton Rome with breakfast; full breakfast, buffet lunch and à la carte dinner daily whilst on Royal Clipper (lunch excluded on shore excursions); all port taxes (worth £215); porterage of one item of luggage per person and all transfers. PLEASE NOTE In the event of unsatisfactory weather or wind conditions, Royal Clipper reserves the right to proceed under motor power or reschedule itinerary. Availability of watersports is subject to weather and local authority regulations. Single rooms/cabins are subject to availability at the above supplements. NOT INCLUDED Cruise gratuities €8 per person per day (recommended). VENICE & ROME HOTEL UPGRADES We can offer the 4-star Hotel Splendid in Venice and the 5-star Bernini Bristol Hotel in Rome on a bed-and-breakfast basis at a supplement of £280pp in a twin room for both nights (single price £560). DEPOSIT The deposit for this tour is £500 per person.

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MV APHRODITE / HARMONIA

These two wooden-hulled, almost identical twin-masted schooners were built in Turkey and are ideal for inshore cruising around some of the best sailing areas in Greece. Both have spacious open decks, ideal for sunbathing and informal drinks and lunches. With a maximum of just 12 guests and three crew on each boat, you can be assured of excellent personal service. All meals are served on the spacious aft deck, starting with a simple breakfast, followed by a relaxing buffet lunch, always prepared with fresh local ingredients. The deckhouse has a fully stocked bar and space to dine inside, should you wish. Complimentary tea and coffee are available daily. Since we will always overnight in port, you are free to find your favourite taverna for dinner. All cabins have either twin or double beds (some triples are available), are simply furnished and very compact with small portholes and private shower/WC.

Bar/dining area

Standard cabin

IONIAN ISLAND ODYSSEY Departure Airport

London Gatwick

Date 20/05/20 27/05/20 03/06/20 10/06/20 17/06/20 24/06/20 01/07/20 08/07/20 15/07/20 02/09/20 09/09/20 16/09/20 23/09/20 30/09/20

Airline

Outbound Dep Time 07:45 07:45 07:45 07:45 07:45 07:45 07:45 07:45 07:45 07:45 07:45 07:45 07:45 07:45

Easyjet

Arrival Airport

Kefalonia

Return Arrival 15:40 15:40 15:40 15:40 15:40 15:40 15:40 15:40 15:40 15:40 15:40 15:40 15:40 15:40

Flight Duration 3hrs.40 3hrs.40 3hrs.40 3hrs.40 3hrs.40 3hrs.40 3hrs.40 3hrs.40 3hrs.40 3hrs.40 3hrs.40 3hrs.40 3hrs.40 3hrs.40

Price £1,449 £1,509 £1,549 £1,649 £1,649 £1,649 £1,649 £1,689 £1,689 £1,849 £1,819 £1,749 £1,629 £1,629

Transfer Times Kefalonia Airport Between Airport & Hotel Please note: Transfer times are approximate and depend on traffic.

40 mins

PRICE INCLUDE The price of this holiday is per person based on two people sharing a cabin. Single cabins are available subject to availability at the appropriate supplement. The price includes return flights, seven nights’ accommodation with breakfast and lunch daily, plus one BBQ dinner, all local taxes and transfers, all tours as mentioned and the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager. PLEASE NOTE The published itinerary is subject to change depending on wind and weather conditions and the order of places visited may be changed. The air conditioning onboard is turned on as long as the generator is working. This will be switched off overnight to ensure a quiet night for all. Although the ships do carry sails, it is rare that they will be used and in most cases we will use the motor. In some instances, our ships may moor in the bay/harbour rather than dock by the quayside, in which case you will be transferred ashore by tender. DEPOSIT The deposit for this tour is £250 per person.

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MV YASAWA PRINCESS

With its friendly crew and informal atmosphere (t-shirts and shorts are the order of the day), convivial bar and partly open-air dining area, the 180-foot MV Yasawa Princess is just perfect for an intimate cruise around the remarkable atolls of the Maldives. There are just 28 cosy and simply-furnished cabins and four passenger decks, which offer a bar (open from midday for alcoholic drinks), restaurant, small spa area, sun deck and forward observation lounge. All meals on board are included and consist of a generous breakfast buffet, a lunchtime buffet or island picnic, and a buffet dinner. There is also a self-service tea and coffee station available all day. A dhoni and tender accompany the Yasawa Princess, providing easy access to the various islands and sandbanks visited.

Dining Room

The ship now also boasts a newly added aft swimming platform, so you can easily get in and out of the water. Beach towels are provided while Wi-Fi is available at an extra charge, although coverage can be patchy at times. There is a fully staffed PADI dive centre on board, with a variety of courses and dive packages available - please call us for details. LOWER MAIN DECK – Standard Cabin Cabins on the lowest deck are 142 square feet (13 square metres). They are all air-conditioned and tastefully decorated, with twin or double beds, hairdryer, safe, compact dressing table, en-suite shower/WC and porthole. Access with a door opening onto an outside walkway deck.

Standard Cabin

A DECK – Standard Cabin A-deck cabins are 117 square feet (10.8 square metres). As per the lower main-deck cabins, they are air-conditioned and tastefully decorated, with twin or double beds, hairdryer, safe, compact dressing table, en-suite shower/WC and large window. They are accessed from the deck. BRIDGE DECK – Standard Cabin Bridge Deck cabins are 115 square feet (10.6 square metres), on the highest passenger deck. As per the A Deck cabins, they are are air-conditioned and tastefully decorated, with twin or double beds, hairdryer, safe, compact dressing table, en-suite shower/WC and large window. Access with a door opening onto an outside walkway deck.

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Lounge area

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BAR

MV YASAWA PRINCESS

Lounge/restaurant/bar

DECK PLANS BRIDGE

SUN DECK

A deck

Bridge deck

TOILET

SPA

TOILET BOOKSHELF

RESTAURANT GALLEY

LOUNGE

LOBBY

BAR

Lounge/restaurant/bar

Lower main deck

THE MALDIVES Departure Airport

Date 19/01/20 16/02/20 15/03/20 08/11/20 22/11/20 A deck

London Heathrow

Airline

Outbound Dep Time

Sri Lankan Airways

20:40 20:40 20:40 20:40 20:40

Arrival Airport Male Velana International Airport

Via

Return Arrival Into UK

Flight Duration

Price

Colombo

19:10 19:10 19:10 19:10 19:10

10hrs.35 10hrs.35 10hrs.35 10hrs.35 10hrs.35

£3,299 £3,389 £3,299 £3,399 £3,399

Cabin and Single Supplements £3,299

£3,389

£3,299

£3,399

22 November 2020 £3,399

Single Supplement

£929

£929

£929

£929

£929

A Deck Cabin

£250

£250

£250

£250

£250

£1,459

£1,459

£1,459

£1,459

£1,459

£450

£450

£450

£450

Airport Heathrow Cruise cabin supplements per person per cruise subject to availability

Flight & Cruise lower deck cabin

A Deck Cabin single supplement Bridge Deck Cabin

19 January 2020

16 February 2020

15 March 2020

8 November 2020

Bridge Deck Cabin single supplement £1,929 £1,929 £1,929 £1,929 All timings quoted are local. Maldives is GMT +5 hrs or + 4 hrs during daylight saving hours. Single supplement subject to availability Lower main deck Additional Flight Information: On your outbound flight you will depart at 20:40 with Sri Lankan Airways flying from London Heathrow to Colombo Airport. Day 2: Depart Colombo Airport at 13:25, arrive Male International Airport at 14:25 with Sri Lankan Airlines - flight duration 1 hour 25 minutes. Depart Male International Airport at 09:25 hours / arrive Colombo Airport at 11:20 - flight duration 1 hour 25 minutes. Onward international flight to London Heathrow from Colombo Airport as above.

£450 £1,929

Flight information: Flight times shown are outbound. Return flight is approx 1hr.25 longer. Sri Lankan Airlines Business Class Upgrades: please call for further info.

Transfer Times Male International Airport Airport to Yasawa Princess Ship Yasawa Princess Ship to Airport Maldives Arrival / departure: dhoni boat transfer from Male Airport to Yasawa Princess 20 minutes. Please note: Transfer times are approximate and depend on sea conditions

30 mins 30 mins

PRICE INCLUDES The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a lower main-deck cabin on the Maldives cruise. Scheduled flights to and from Male, via Colombo. 14 nights with full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner) aboard the 3 star MV Yasawa Princess. All transfers, local taxes, port charges and excursions as mentioned and the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager. PLEASE NOTE The cruise itinerary is dependent on weather and sea conditions, and subject to change at short notice at the Captain’s discretion. No islands or sandbanks are visited on arrival and departure days. Night snorkelling, whale shark trip (seasonal), manta ray trip (seasonal) and extra night fishing may be purchased locally at US$15 per person per activity. Snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel and fins) can be hired, paid locally on board $USD 6 per day or $USD 30 per 7 days or $USD 60 per 14 days (price subject to change). DRINKS AND SNORKELLING PACKAGE Please note a drinks package for the 14 nights is available to purchase at time of booking at £280 per person. This includes all soft drinks, house wines by the glass, local beer, cocktail of the day and localbranded spirits (alcohol is served from midday daily). Also included are a mask, snorkel and fins for the full cruise duration. All international-brand drinks, non-house wines and use of minibar are charged extra. Shoe size is required prior to uk departure for fin size (please contact reservations). DIETARY REQUIREMENTS: All dietary requirements required at time of booking or prior to UK departure. DEPOSIT The deposit for this tour is £200 per person VISAS & HEALTH All British passport holders require a visa, however this is issued on arrival at Male airport, at no extra charge. Accommodation place of stay: MV Yasawa Princess, Fila Building (07-01), Koli Umar Manik Goalhi, Male, 20026, Maldives. Tel: 00 960 330 2556 Please ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months after the intended return date and there are at least two completely empty pages. Whilst care has been taken to ensure that the information provided relating to visa requirements is true and correct at time of publication, changes in requirements after the time of publication may impact on the accuracy of this information. Therefore, whilst we strive to provide the most up-to-date information, we strongly suggest that you re-confirm requirements with the relevant embassy prior to application. Please consult your GP regarding the appropriate inoculations required for Maldives at least a month before departure. Whilst the travelling schedule shall pose no problems for people of any age in normal physical health, we would point out that we enjoy daily swimming and snorkelling in the open Indian Ocean. Therefore this holiday may not be suitable for clients of greatly impaired mobility. It is recommended that all clients are able to swim and climb stairs on board as there are no lifts on the ship.

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MS IL MARE

Welcome aboard the magnificent MS Il Mare. This superb addition to our Croatian fleet is fast becoming a real favourite. Launched in 2017, incorporating the very latest design innovations, she was exclusively commissioned to sail the stunning waters of the Dalmatian coast. This most majestic of vessels, at an impressive 48 metres, causes quite a stir as she moors in the unspoilt little ports along this captivating stretch of the Adriatic. A low passenger complement of just 40 guests creates a sense of exclusivity, yet the gracious and friendly crew, trained to the highest standards, ensure a relaxed and sociable on-board atmosphere, where nothing is too much trouble. The glossy teak, gleaming decks and dazzling chrome exude the glamour that goes hand in hand with this type of yacht cruising and once on board, you’ll be wowed by the elegant contemporary interior; its subtle soothing colour scheme and laid back understated style, provides the perfect ambience in which to unwind. Take dinner in a bright, spacious restaurant, furnished in a simple yet elegant style, creating an informal and comfortable dining experience. A spectacular sun deck provides the ideal location to lie back on a sun lounger with a drink from the bar and soak up the glorious vistas at every turn. The thoughtfully designed fully air-conditioned cabins are all equipped with desk and chair, wardrobe, safe, hair dryer and bathroom with shower and contemporary fittings so your comfort is assured. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the ship for your convenience.

Spacious category A+ main deck twin cabin

CATEGORY B CABINS located on the lower deck, with either double or twin bed, measure approximately 16-18 square metres (172-193 square feet) and have two attractive porthole windows. There are two cabins with an additional bed available within this category – each with approximately 19 square metres (204 square feet) of living space.

Category A bathroom

CATEGORY A CABINS measure approximately 16-18 square metres (172-193 square feet) and are located on the main deck with double or twin beds and two windows (one of which opens). CATEGORY A+ CABINS available on the main deck with double or twin beds, measure approximately 16-18 metres square (172-193 square feet). They feature two fixed oval windows and a smaller porthole window in the bathroom. There are also two A+ cabins available on the upper deck with double bed, and these are slightly smaller at approximately 14 square metres (150 square feet) with two windows (one of which opens) and a small window in the bathroom.

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Dining room


DECK PLANS UPPER DECK

CABINS 1 & 2 CATEGORY B LOWER DECK 19sq.m/205sq.ft with double bed and single bed and fixed porthole windows

19

CABINS 3 & 4 CATEGORY B LOWER DECK 16sq.m/172sq.ft with double bed and fixed porthole windows

20

CABINS 5 & 7 CATEGORY B LOWER DECK 18sq.m/194sq.ft with double bed and fixed porthole windows CABINS 6 & 8 CATEGORY B LOWER DECK 18sq.m/194sq.ft with twin beds and fixed porthole windows

MAIN DECK

11

12

13 14

15

17

16

18

CABINS 9 & 10 CATEGORY B LOWER DECK 17sq.m/183sq.ft with double bed and fixed porthole windows CABIN 11 CATEGORY A MAIN DECK 18sq.m/194sq.ft with twin beds and two windows (one fixed and one opening) CABIN 12 CATEGORY A MAIN DECK 16sq.m/172sq.ft with twin beds pushed together and two windows (one fixed and one opening)

LOWER DECK 1

3

2

4

5

7

6

CABINS 13 & 14 CATEGORY A MAIN DECK 16sq.m/172sq.ft with double bed and two windows (one fixed and one opening)

9 8

10

CABINS 15 & 16 CATEGORY A+ MAIN DECK 16sq.m/172sq.ft with twin beds pushed together and two fixed windows CABINS 17 & 18 CATEGORY A+ MAIN DECK 18sq.m/194sq.ft with double bed and two fixed windows

All cabins have air-conditioning, a desk and chair, safe, hairdryer and bathroom with shower cubicle.

CABINS 19 & 20 CATEGORY A+ UPPER DECK 14sq.m/151sq.ft with double bed and two windows (one fixed and one opening)

The ship also has a spacious sun deck with sun loungers.

SPLIT, RAB & UNDISCOVERED ISLANDS OF THE NORTH Deck Information Departure Dates 17/05/20 24/05/20 31/05/20 07/06/20, 14/06/20, 21/06/20, 28/06/20 30/08/20 06/09/20, 13/09/20, 20/09/20 27/09/20 Solo Departure Dates 10/05/20 05/07/20 04/10/20

Lower Deck Cat B £1,549 £1,599 £1,649

Main Deck Cat A £1,749 £1,799 £1,849

Upper Deck Cat A+ £1,949 £1,999 £2,049

Cat A+ £1,849 £1,899 £1,949

£1,699

£1,899

£1,999

£2,099

£1,649 £1,699

£1,849 £1,899

£1,949 £1,999

£2,049 £2,099

£1,599

£1,799

Lower Deck Cat B £2,499 £2,599 £2,499

£1,899

£1,999

Cat A+ £2,799 £2,899 £2,799

Upper Deck Cat A+ £2,899 £2,999 £2,899

Main Deck Cat A £2,699 £2,799 £2,699

Flight Information* Departure Point Birmingham Bristol East Midlands Glasgow

Carrier Jet2 Easyjet Jet2 Easyjet

Supplement £50 Nil £50 £30

Departure Point London Gatwick London Heathrow London Luton London Stansted

Carrier Easyjet British Airways Easyjet Jet2

Supplement Nil £30 Nil £30

PRICE INCLUDES The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a double or twin cabin. The price includes return flights to Split (some airports carry a supplement, see below), all transfers, breakfast, 6 lunches, 1 dinner and Captain’s dinner, tours and visits as per the itinerary and port taxes. DEPOSIT The deposit for this tour is £250 per person. SOLE OCCUPANCY Double or twin cabins are available for sole occupancy on request, subject to availability. The price for sole occupancy is twice the per person rate for the relevant cabin category as above, less £350. For the Solo departure dates, all cabins are available as sole occupancy at no single supplement. TRANSFER TIMES – Split Airport to ship in Split (and vice versa) – approx 45 mins. PLEASE NOTE In the event of unsatisfactory weather conditions the Captain reserves the right to alter or reschedule the itinerary. Please note a reasonable degree of mobility is required to negotiate the stairs and overall design of the ship. Due to specific mooring conditions and requirements in some ports the ships may be moored side by side with other ships, making it necessary for you to cross from one to another with gaps in between, in order to get on board/on shore. *Please note: Not all airports are available for every departure. For availability from your preferred departure point and timings please call 01283 245236 or check on our website.

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MV RIVA

Raising the bar once again, Riviera Travel is delighted to announce that for 2019 we will be introducing the newest member to our fleet of luxury yacht cruisers – the magnificent MV Riva. Built in 2018, designed exclusively to sail this spectacular coastline, the MV Riva stands a class apart; with the very latest safety features and measuring 48 metres, her grace in the water coupled with her stylishly chic interior ensures all who are lucky enough to sail in her are truly in for a treat! We know first impressions count and the MV Riva will really wow its guests from the very moment they step aboard. Your attentive crew is at your service throughout, and their warm and friendly welcome means the atmosphere on board is always relaxed and sociable. But with a maximum of just 40 guests coupled with light and spacious public areas, you’ll never feel crowded either. The fabulous sun deck ensures you can experience glorious panoramic views, whilst the small gym area allows you to work up an appetite then cool off in the jacuzzi or enjoy a quick dip from the yacht’s swimming platform. Meals are served in the convivial ambience of the air-conditioned restaurant and bar, then unwind with an after-dinner drink on the smart outside terraced area with its comfortable chairs and sofas. The sense of exclusivity continues in your cabin, finished to the highest specification with smart wooden furniture, sparkling glass, contemporary lighting and carefully selected fabrics to ensure your time on board is as relaxed and comfortable as a holiday should be! All fully air-conditioned cabins are equipped with desk and chair, wardrobe, safe, hairdryer and TV plus a cleverly designed bathroom with shower. Free Wi-Fi is also available on board.

Category A+ Main Deck cabin

Category B cabin

CATEGORY B CABINS are located on the lower deck and measure approximately 12-14 square metres (130 to 150 square feet) and feature either a fixed double bed or twin beds plus two fixed windows. There are also two cabins available on the lower deck with a fixed double bed and a single bed, measuring approximately 16 square metres (172 square feet). Restaurant

CATEGORY A CABINS are available on the main deck and measure approximately 14 square metres (150 square feet), and feature a fixed double bed, one opening window and one or two fixed windows (see deck plan key). There is also one cabin which is slightly larger, measuring approximately 17 square metres (183 square feet) with twin beds, one opening window and one fixed window. CATEGORY A+ CABINS There are two A+ cabins on the upper deck and one on the main deck measuring approximately 17 square metres (183 square feet) and feature a fixed double bed, one opening window and three fixed windows. The VIP cabin is located on the sun deck, measuring approximately 18 square metres (194 square feet) with a fixed double bed and features two opening windows and seven fixed windows.

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DECK PLANS SUN DECK

VIP CABIN CATEGORY A+ SUN DECK 18sq.m/193sq.ft with fixed double bed, two opening windows and seven fixed windows. CABINS 1 & 2 CATEGORY A+ UPPER DECK 17sq.m/183sq.ft with fixed double bed, one opening window and three fixed windows.

VIP

CABIN 3 CATEGORY A+ MAIN DECK 17sq.m/183sq.ft with fixed double bed, one opening window and three fixed windows.

UPPER DECK

CABINS 4 - 7 CATEGORY A MAIN DECK 14sq.m/150sq.ft with fixed double bed, one opening window and two fixed windows.

1

CABINS 8 & 9 CATEGORY A MAIN DECK 14sq.m/150sq.ft with fixed double bed, one opening window and one fixed window.

2

CABIN 10 CATEGORY A MAIN DECK 17sq.m/183sq.ft with twin beds, one opening window and one fixed window.

MAIN DECK 8

6

4

7

5

CABINS 11, 12 & 16 CATEGORY B LOWER DECK 14sq.m/150sq.ft with fixed double bed and two fixed windows.

3

10 9

CABIN 13 CATEGORY B LOWER DECK 14sq.m/150sq.ft with twin beds and two fixed windows. CABIN 14 CATEGORY B LOWER DECK 12sq.m/130sq.ft with fixed double bed and two fixed windows.

LOWER DECK 17

15

18

16

13

CABIN 15 CATEGORY B LOWER DECK 12sq.m/130sq.ft with twin beds and two fixed windows.

11 12

14

CABINS 17 & 18 CATEGORY B LOWER DECK 16sq.m/172sq.ft with fixed double bed and single bed and two fixed windows.

All cabins have air-conditioning, a desk and chair, safe, hairdryer and bathroom with shower cubicle.

SPLIT, ZADAR & SECRETS OF THE NORTH Deck Information Departure Dates 14/05/20 21/05/20 28/05/20 04/06/20, 11/06/20, 18/06/20, 25/06/20 27/08/20 03/09/20, 10/09/20, 17/09/20 24/09/20 01/10/20

Lower Deck Cat B - 12sqm £1,499 £1,549 £1,599

Main Deck Cat B £1,599 £1,649 £1,699

Cat A £1,699 £1,749 £1,799

Cat A + £1,799 £1,849 £1,899

Upper Deck Cat A+ £1,899 £1,949 £1,999

Sun Deck VIP £1,999 £2,049 £2,099

£1,699

£1,799

£1,899

£1,999

£2,099

£2,199

£1,649

£1,749

£1,849

£1,949

£2,049

£2,149

£1,699

£1,799

£1,899

£1,999

£2,099

£2,199

£1,599 £1,499

£1,699 £1,599

£1,799 £1,699

£1,899 £1,799

£1,999 £1,899

£2,099 £1,999

Flight Information* Departure Point Bristol Leeds Bradford London Gatwick London Heathrow

Carrier Easyjet Jet2 Easyjet British Airways

Supplement £30 £30 Nil £30

Departure Point London Luton London Stansted

Carrier Easyjet Easyjet

Supplement Nil Nil

PRICE INCLUDES The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a double or twin cabin. The price includes return flights to Split (some airports carry a supplement, see below), all transfers, breakfast, 6 lunches, 1 dinner and Captain’s dinner, tours and visits as per the itinerary and port taxes. DEPOSIT The deposit for this tour is £250 per person. SOLE OCCUPANCY Double or twin cabins are available for sole occupancy on request, subject to availability. The price for sole occupancy is twice the per person rate for the relevant cabin category as above, less £350. TRANSFER TIMES – Split Airport to ship in Split (and vice versa) – approx 45 mins. PLEASE NOTE In the event of unsatisfactory weather conditions the Captain reserves the right to alter or reschedule the itinerary. Please note a reasonable degree of mobility is required to negotiate the stairs and overall design of the ship. Due to specific mooring conditions and requirements in some ports the ships may be moored side by side with other ships, making it necessary for you to cross from one to another with gaps in between, in order to get on board/on shore. *Please note: Not all airports are available for every departure. For availability from your preferred departure point and timings please call 01283 245236 or check on our website.

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MV CORONA

Constructed in 2015 using the very finest, modern materials and designed specifically to sail in Croatian waters, there is an unmistakable sense of exclusivity about the MV Corona. Operated by three generations of family seafarers, and now very much a stalwart member of our fleet, immediately you will be struck by the yacht's cosy, intimate feel, yet there is no doubting her four-star pedigree: the build quality, tasteful decor and furnishings, the immaculate teak decking and the convenient layout are all designed to make your cruise memorable – for all the right reasons. Her welcoming friendly crew are always on hand to assist and with a maximum guest complement of 38, you are assured of a truly first-class service away from the crowds so often associated with larger, impersonal cruise ships. So too, the MV Corona at 44 metres, is easily small enough to berth at the quayside in some of the Mediterranean’s most charming little ports, providing a uniquely authentic experience – and you’ll feel like a VIP as you hop on and off this glamourous vessel elegantly berthed in some of the most picturesque harbours on the Dalmatian coast. There is ample deck space where you can sit with a long refreshing drink from the bar, whilst taking in the breathtaking panoramic views, and spacious, contemporary public areas, superbly designed to feel light and airy, all finished with quality fabrics, warm wooden panelling and those stylish little touches that puts this yacht-cruiser in a class of her own. All decks provide tastefully furnished accommodation: well-appointed outside cabins, with elegant teak flooring, luxurious double or twin beds and contemporary bathroom fittings. Cabins are a minimum size of 14 square metres (151 square feet) all featuring individually controlled airconditioning, a bathroom with shower and WC, safe, hairdryer, desk and chair.

Spacious category B cabin

Restaurant

CATEGORY B CABINS are the most spacious of the cabins available, with a generously proportioned 17 to 18 square metres (183 to 194 square feet) of living space. Located on the lower deck, all are furnished with a comfortable double bed and have two attractive porthole windows. Two cabins are available with an additional sofa bed. CATEGORY A CABINS found on the Main Deck, are 14 square metres (151 square feet) with a double bed or twin beds and have two opening windows to enjoy the views. CATEGORY A+ CABINS situated on Main, Salon and Sun Decks, are a well-proportioned 15 to 16 square metres (161 to 172 square feet) with a double bed and have two opening windows.

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Comfortable category A cabin

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DECK PLANS SUN DECK CABIN 1 CATEGORY A+ SUN DECK 15sq.m/161sq.ft with double bed and opening windows CABINS 2&3 CATEGORY A+ SALON DECK 15sq.m/161sq.ft with double bed and opening windows

1

CABIN 4 CATEGORY A+ MAIN DECK 16sq.m/172sq.ft with double bed and opening windows CABINS 5 & 6 CATEGORY A MAIN DECK 14sq.m/151sq.ft with twin beds and opening windows

SALON DECK

CABINS 7-12 CATEGORY A MAIN DECK 14sq.m/151sq.ft with double bed and opening windows

2

CABINS 13-18 CATEGORY B LOWER DECK 17sq.m/183sq.ft with double bed and fixed porthole windows

3

CABINS 19 & 20 CATEGORY B LOWER DECK 17sq.m/183sq.ft with double bed and single sofa bed and fixed porthole windows

MAIN DECK 11

9

7

5

10

8

6

4 12

LOWER DECK

19 20

17

15

18

16

13 14

All cabins have air-conditioning, a desk and chair, safe, hairdryer and bathroom with shower cubicle.

DUBROVNIK, SPLIT & JEWELS OF THE DALMATIAN COAST Deck Information Departure Dates 10/05/20 17/05/20 24/05/20 31/05/20, 07/06/20, 14/06/20, 21/06/20 28/06/20 05/07/20, 12/07/20, 19/07/20, 26/07/20, 02/08/20, 09/08/20, 16/08/20, 23/08/20 30/08/20 06/09/20, 13/09/20, 20/09/20 27/09/20 04/10/20

Lower Deck Cat B £1,499 £1,549 £1,599 £1,699 £1,649

Cat A £1,699 £1,749 £1,799 £1,899 £1,849

Main Deck Cat A+ £1,799 £1,849 £1,899 £1,999 £1,949

Salon Deck Cat A+ £1,899 £1,949 £1,999 £2,099 £2,049

Sun Deck Cat A+ £1,899 £1,949 £1,999 £2,099 £2,049

£1,599

£1,799

£1,899

£1,999

£1,999

£1,649 £1,699 £1,599 £1,499

£1,849 £1,899 £1,799 £1,699

£1,949 £1,999 £1,899 £1,799

£2,049 £2,099 £1,999 £1,899

£2,049 £2,099 £1,999 £1,899

Flight Information* Departure Point Bristol Dublin East Midlands Edinburgh

Carrier Easyjet Aer Lingus / Ryanair Jet2 Jet2

Supplement £30 £30 Nil £30

Departure Point Leeds Bradford London Gatwick London Stansted Manchester Newcastle

Carrier Jet2 Easyjet Easyjet Jet2 Jet2

Supplement Nil Nil Nil £30 Nil

PRICE INCLUDES The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a double or twin cabin. The price includes return flights to Dubrovnik (some airports carry a supplement, see below), all transfers, breakfast, 5 lunches, 1 dinner and Captain’s dinner, tours and visits as per the itinerary and port taxes. DEPOSIT The deposit for this tour is £250 per person. SOLE OCCUPANCY Double or twin cabins are available for sole occupancy on request, subject to availability. The price for sole occupancy is twice the per person rate for the relevant cabin category as above, less £350. TRANSFER TIMES – Dubrovnik Airport to the ship in Dubrovnik (and vice versa) – approx. 45 mins. PLEASE NOTE In the event of unsatisfactory weather conditions the Captain reserves the right to alter or reschedule the itinerary. Please note a reasonable degree of mobility is required to negotiate the stairs and overall design of the ship. Due to specific mooring conditions and requirements in some ports the ships may be moored side by side with other ships, making it necessary for you to cross from one to another with gaps in between, in order to get on board/on shore. *Please note: Not all airports are available for every departure. For availability from your preferred departure point and timings please call 01283 245236 or check on our website.

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MS ADRIATIC SUN

Launched in 2018, the MS Adriatic Sun offers luxury, quite simply, on another level with upper deck cabins providing their own glamourous private balcony to take in the views. At 47 metres, she can still access the quaint unspoilt ports along this magnificent coastline, yet certainly makes a statement on the quayside, attracting envious glances from passers-by. Accommodating a maximum of 38 guests, you’ll feel like a VIP from the moment you step on board and are greeted by your professional, attentive crew. The contemporary interior is beautifully designed resulting in a spacious and airy feel throughout the ample public areas. You’ll be served delicious cuisine in the chic, stylish restaurant, with a well-stocked bar for your favourite tipple! Take in some of Europe’s most dramatic coastal views from the magnificent sun deck where there’s plenty of shaded areas and an inviting hot tub. A total of 19 stunning guest cabins are available, measuring approximately 14-17 square metres (150 – 183 square feet). Cleverly designed and stylishly furnished for your maximum comfort, in a calming palette of creamy colours and warm woods, with luxurious double or twin beds and contemporary fittings. All cabins feature wardrobe, desk and chair, TV, hairdryer and Wi-Fi, plus a sparkling bathroom with shower.

Category B cabin Category B bathroom

CATEGORY B CABINS located on the lower deck, enjoy a generously proportioned 17 square metres approximately, (183 square feet) of living space, with twin beds that can be pushed together or fixed double beds and two attractive porthole windows plus a further one in the bathroom. CATEGORY A CABIN is located on the main deck and measures approximately 16 square metres (172 square feet) with a fixed double bed. There is just one guest cabin available on the main deck which benefits from the addition of two oval shaped windows to capture the views.

Dining area

CATEGORY A+ CABINS Treat yourself to one of our superior upper deck cabins, measuring approximately 16 square metres (172 square feet) with double or twin beds and one window plus the luxurious addition of a small outside balcony (measuring approximately 2 metres x 1 metre) with two chairs, so you can enjoy the invigorating sea breeze and breathtaking views - without even leaving your cabin! PLEASE NOTE cabins 1 and 2 (front) on the upper deck measure approximately 14 square metres (151 square feet) and feature twin beds that can be pushed together.

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DECK PLANS UPPER DECK 9

7

5

3

CABINS 1 & 2 CATEGORY A+ UPPER DECK 14sq.m/151sq.ft with twin beds that can be pushed together, window and private balcony

1

CABINS 3 & 4 CATEGORY A+ UPPER DECK 15.5sq.m/167sq.ft with fixed twin beds, window and private balcony

10

8

6

4

2

CABINS 5, 6, 9 & 10 CATEGORY A+ UPPER DECK 16sq.m/172sq.ft with twin beds that can be pushed together, window and private balcony CABINS 7 & 8 CATEGORY A+ UPPER DECK 16sq.m/172sq.ft with fixed double bed, window and private balcony

MAIN DECK 11

CABIN 11 CATEGORY A MAIN DECK 16sq.m/172sq.ft with fixed double bed and two oval windows (one in cabin and one in bathroom) CABINS 12, 13, 16 & 17 CATEGORY B LOWER DECK 17sq.m/183sq.ft with fixed double bed and three porthole windows (two in cabin and one in bathroom) CABINS 14, 15, 18 & 19 CATEGORY B LOWER DECK 17sq.m/183sq.ft with twin beds that can be pushed together and three porthole windows (two in cabin and one in bathroom)

LOWER DECK

19

17

18

16

15 14

13 12

All cabins have air-conditioning, a desk and chair, safe, hairdryer and bathroom with shower cubicle. The ship has a spacious sun deck with sun loungers and a hot tub.

SPLIT, DUBROVNIK & THE SPLENDOURS OF DALMATIA Deck Information Departure Dates 09/05/20 16/05/20 23/05/20 30/05/20 06/06/20, 13/06/20, 20/06/20, 27/06/20 04/07/20 11/07/20 29/08/20 05/09/2020, 12/09/2020, 19/09/2020 26/09/20 03/10/20 Solo Departure Dates 02/05/20 22/08/20 10/10/20

Lower Deck Cat B £1,499 £1,599 £1,649 £1,699 £1,749 £1,699 £1,649 £1,699 £1,749 £1,649 £1,499

Main Deck Cat A £1,699 £1,799 £1,849 £1,899 £1,949 £1,799 £1,849 £1,899 £1,949 £1,849 £1,699

Cat A+ 14sq.m £1,899 £1,999 £2,049 £2,099 £2,149 £1,999 £2,049 £2,099 £2,149 £2,049 £1,899

Upper Deck

Lower Deck Cat B £2,299 £2,699 £2,299

Main Deck Cat A £2,499 £2,899 £2,499

Cat A+ 14sq.m £2,699 £3,099 £2,699

Cat A+ £1,999 £2,099 £2,149 £2,199 £2,249 £2,099 £2,149 £2,199 £2,249 £2,149 £1,999 Upper Deck Cat A+ £2,799 £3,199 £2,799

Flight Information* Departure Point Bristol Leeds Bradford London Gatwick

Carrier Easyjet Jet 2 Easyjet

Supplement £30 Nil £30

Departure Point London Luton London Stansted Manchester

Carrier Easyjet Easyjet Jet 2

Supplement Nil Nil Nil

PRICE INCLUDES The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a double or twin cabin. The price includes return flights to Split (some airports carry a supplement, see below), all transfers, breakfast, 5 lunches, 3 dinners and Captain’s dinner, tours and visits as per the itinerary and port taxes. DEPOSIT The deposit for this tour is £250 per person. SOLE OCCUPANCY Double or twin cabins are available for sole occupancy on request, subject to availability. The price for sole occupancy is twice the per person rate for the relevant cabin category as above, less £350. For the Solo departure dates, all cabins are available as sole occupancy at no single supplement. TRANSFER TIMES – Split Airport to ship in Split (and vice versa) – approx 45 mins. PLEASE NOTE In the event of unsatisfactory weather conditions the Captain reserves the right to alter or reschedule the itinerary. Please note a reasonable degree of mobility is required to negotiate the stairs and overall design of the ship. Due to specific mooring conditions and requirements in some ports the ships may be moored side by side with other ships, making it necessary for you to cross from one to another with gaps in between, in order to get on board/on shore. *Please note: Not all airports are available for every departure. For availability from your preferred departure point and timings please call 01283 245236 or check on our website.

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MV RHAPSODY

Artist’s impression

In 2020 we celebrate the arrival of the brand-new MV Rhapsody and there can be fewer more glamorous ships gracing the Adriatic’s spectacular coastline. At 50 metres and designed with the very latest safety features, all those lucky enough to sail in her can’t fail to be instantly captivated by her striking good looks and superb performance! Accommodating just 38 guests, there’s very much a sense of exclusivity aboard and as you lie back on your sun lounger on the superb sun deck, you’ll feel every bit the part! Enjoy an aperitif on the outside terrace area, before taking dinner in the refined ambience of the restaurant, with its slick, contemporary feel. The attentive crew create a warm and sociable atmosphere, making mealtimes something special and you’ll truly feel you are dining with friends. For the more energetic, there’s a small on-board gym area plus the delightful opportunity for swimming off the platform at the rear of the ship as if it were your own, before enjoying a relaxing dip in the sun deck’s hot tub whilst soaking in the breathtaking coastal vistas. Your cabin won’t disappoint either; 19 stunningly presented cabins, generously proportioned and styled by the chicest designer’s eye. Whichever deck you opt for, all cabins feel beautifully light and bright with a surprising amount of natural light, and you’ll love the boutiquestyle hotel feel. Fully air-conditioned, all cabins also feature desk and chair, wardrobe, safe, hairdryer and TV plus a cleverly designed bathroom with shower. Free Wi-Fi is also available on board.

Artist’s impression

Artist’s impression

CATEGORY B CABINS are located on the lower deck and measure approximately 17 square metres (183 square feet) and feature 2 single beds which can be made up as a double or separated as a twin plus three fixed porthole windows allowing plenty of natural light. CATEGORY A CABINS are located on the upper deck and measure approximately 15 square metres (161 square feet) and feature 2 single beds which can be made up as a double or separated as a twin with one opening and two fixed windows in the cabin and a small opening window in bathroom plus the superb addition of a private balcony measuring approximately 2 square metres (21 square feet) with space to sit and enjoy a drink.

Artist’s impression

CATEGORY A+ CABIN There is one VIP A+ cabin on the upper deck measuring approximately 17 square metres (183 square feet) which features 2 single beds which can be made up as a double or separated as a twin with two opening windows and one fixed window plus the superb addition of a private balcony measuring approximately 5 square metres (54 square feet) so you can relax and take in the fabulous views without leaving your cabin!

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DECK PLANS UPPER DECK 9

11

13

10

12

14

VIP CABIN 19 CATEGORY A+ UPPER DECK 17sq.m/183sq.ft with 2 beds that can be made up as double or twin, two opening windows plus one fixed window and private balcony.

17

15

19 16

CABINS 9 - 18 CATEGORY A UPPER DECK 15sq.m/161sq.ft with 2 beds that can be made up as double or twin, one opening and two fixed windows in cabin plus one small opening window in bathroom and private balcony.

18

CABINS 1 - 8 CATEGORY B LOWER DECK 17sq.m/183sq.ft with 2 beds that can be made up as double or twin and three fixed windows.

MAIN DECK

LOWER DECK

The ship also has a spacious sundeck with sun loungers.

7

5

3

1

8

6

4

2

All cabins have air-conditioning, a desk and chair, wardrobe, safe, hairdryer, TV and bathroom with shower. Please note – during the build process changes to the cabin layout and size might become necessary.

DUBROVNIK, MOSTAR & SECRETS OF DALMATIA Deck Information Departure Dates 25/08/20 01/09/20 08/09/20 15/09/20 22/09/20 29/09/20 06/10/20

Lower Deck Cat B £1,699 £1,799 £1,799 £1,799 £1,799 £1,649 £1,499

Upper Deck Cat A £2,099 £2,199 £2,199 £2,199 £2,199 £2,049 £1,899

Cat A+ VIP £2,299 £2,399 £2,399 £2,399 £2,399 £2,249 £2,099

Flight Information* Departure Point Birmingham Leeds Bradford London Gatwick London Stansted Manchester

Carrier Jet2 Jet2 Easyjet Jet2 Jet2

Supplement £30 Nil Nil Nil £30

PRICE INCLUDES The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a double or twin cabin. The price includes return flights to Dubrovnik (some airports carry a supplement, see below), all transfers, breakfast, 5 lunches, 3 dinners and Captain's dinner, tours and visits as per the itinerary and port taxes. DEPOSIT The deposit for this tour is £250 per person. SOLE OCCUPANCY Double or twin cabins are available for sole occupancy on request, subject to availability. The price for sole occupancy is twice the per person rate for the relevant cabin category as above, less £400.

TRANSFER TIMES – Dubrovnik Airport to the ship in Dubrovnik (and vice versa) – approx. 45 mins. PLEASE NOTE In the event of unsatisfactory weather conditions the Captain reserves the right to alter or reschedule the itinerary. Please note a reasonable degree of mobility is required to negotiate the stairs and overall design of the ship. Due to specific mooring conditions and requirements in some ports the ships may be moored side by side with other ships, making it necessary for you to cross from one to another with gaps in between, in order to get on board/on shore. *Please note: Not all airports are available for every departure. For availability from your preferred departure point and timings please call 01283 245236 or check on our website.

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ALBATROS EXPEDITIONS’ MV OCEAN ATLANTIC

The excellent four-star MV Ocean Atlantic is the perfect vessel for expedition cruising in Antarctic waters. Newly renovated in 2016 and with an international ice class rating of 1B, she is one of the strongest ships operating in Antarctica. Her high maneuverability, shallow draft and strong engines allow for extended voyages into isolated channels and fjords, creating exciting and unique adventures for any Antarctic traveller. Originally launched in 1986, the ship underwent an extensive rebuild in 2010

before being completely refurbished in 2016 when she was purchased by the Copenhagenbased Albatros Expeditions. This 30-year old family-owned company has long experience in operating expedition ships in polar regions. With a length of 140m the ship has ample space on the multiple decks for spacious public areas, a relaxed restaurant serving four-star international cuisine, professionally staffed bars and observation platforms – and even an outdoor pool!

Category A cabin

DECK PLANS Veranda

Premium Suites (35sqm) – Marco Polo deck, the largest accommodation on board with windows, a separate elegant sitting room with sofa bed, spacious bathroom and twin beds, which can be joined together as a double.

Lounge Veranda

Magellan deck (8)

Bistro

Category A (19-24sqm) – Marco Polo deck, with a window, a sitting area with sofa bed, bath/shower and twin beds, which can be joined together as a double.

Medical Area

Hudson deck (7)

Pool

Lecture Theatre

Restaurant Bar

Lift

Coffee Bar & Library

Lift

Erickson deck (6)

Reception

Lift

Internet Café

Lift

Marco Polo deck (5)

Lift

Lift

Columbus deck (4)

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Category C (12-13sqm) – Marco Polo deck, with window, shower and twin beds. Category D (11-12sqm) – Columbus deck, with porthole, shower and twin beds.

Shop 551

Category B (20-23sqm) – Magellan or Hudson deck, with window (some with slightly restricted view), a sitting area with sofa bed, rain shower and twin beds, which can be joined together as a double.

Category E (12-13sqm) – Marco Polo deck, inside cabin with shower and double bed. Category G (9-10sqm) – Columbus deck, with porthole, shower and single bed. Sun Deck (9) not shown

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VOYAGE TO ANTARCTICA Airport London Heathrow

Date 03/01/20

Airline Outbound flight British Airways 22:10 Flight upgrades with British Airways are available on request.

Inbound flight arriving in the UK 06:35

Flight duration 13 hrs. 55

Prices and Cabin Information Cabin Category

Deck

Category E Inside Category G Outside

5 4

Category D Outside Category C Outside Category B Outside Category A Outside Premium Suite

3 January 2020 departure Price Per Person £7,699

Solo Traveller Price £9,199 Single supplement Cabin supplements for single and triple occupancy are available on request

Cabin supplement per person £1,300 £1,600 £2,200 £2,600 £3,500

4 5 7&8 5 5

Transfer Times Ushuaia Airport to Hotel Hotel to Buenos Aires Airport Please note: Transfer times are approximate and depend on the number of hotel stops and traffic.

15 mins 45 mins

PRICE INCLUDES The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room/cabin and includes: return scheduled flights to Buenos Aires, return domestic flights to Ushuaia, one night’s stay at a four-star hotel in Ushuaia and one night’s stay at a four-star hotel in Buenos Aires, both with breakfast, nine nights’ cruise on the four-star MV Ocean Atlantic (see page 39 for details), with daily breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, all shore excursions by Zodiac dinghies, lectures by the on-board expedition team, port charges, all transfers, porterage of one item of luggage per person and the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager. Cruise itinerary is subject to change depending on weather conditions. On-board currency is the US dollar. NOT INCLUDED US$13.50 per person daily for cruise staff gratuities, all drinks on board, including specialty coffees, Wi-Fi, phone charges and laundry. DEPOSIT The deposit for this tour is £1,200 per person. VISA & HEALTH UK and Irish passport holders do not currently require a visa to enter Argentina; however, your passport should have at least six months’ validity after your return date. Please consult your GP regarding any inoculations required at least a month before departure. Whilst the traveling schedule should not pose problems for people of any age in normal physical health, we should point out that shore excursions are always over uneven, sometimes snow-covered ground and involve sitting on the side of an inflatable Zodiac dinghy. Also, the top three decks on the ship are not served by lifts. For these reasons, this holiday is not suitable for clients of impaired mobility. Please note the expedition leader reserves the right to deny participation in shore excursions to anyone deemed to pose a risk to themselves or others. As you will be traveling in remote areas without easy access to medical facilities, we recommend that you do not join this cruise if you have any life-threatening conditions or require regular medical treatment or supervision. TRAVEL INSURANCE Travel insurance is mandatory with this holiday. Please ensure your insurance provides adequate cover in case of cancellation/curtailment with loss of deposit, any applicable cancellation fees and a minimum of US$5,000,000 worth of medical evacuation or repatriation cover. Please note it is your responsibility to fully inform your insurer of the type of travel, your destination and planned activities, and to fully disclose any pre-existing medical conditions. Travel insurance must be in place from the time of booking this holiday. To assist you, we have arranged competitive travel insurance through Travel & General Insurance Services Limited to specifically meet the needs of this Riviera Travel tour. Our insurance premiums (per person, inclusive of insurance premium tax) are as follows: £79 (up to 64 years of age), £157 (65 to 70 years of age), £234 (71 to 85 years of age). Premiums include cancellation up to £10,000, medical cover up to £10,000,000 and deposit up to £1,200. Please note: you should ensure that any camera or video equipment is adequately covered through your home insurance policy. BOOKING CONDITIONS Our standard booking conditions apply, except for the following terms: Payment: If booking within 14 weeks of departure, full payment must be made at the time of booking. For full booking conditions, please visit www.rivieratravel.co.uk/docs/terms

VOYAGE TO THE ARCTIC & SPITSBERGEN Airport Date London Heathrow 27/06/20 Manchester 27/06/20 Flight upgrades with British Airways are available on request.

Airline Scandinavian Airlines Scandinavian Airlines

Outbound flight 10:20 10:40

Via Oslo Oslo

Inbound flight arriving in the UK 18:30 19:35

Flight duration 5hrs.05 4hrs.50

Prices and Cabin Information Cabin Category

Deck

Category E Inside Category G Outside

5 4

Category D Outside Category C Outside Category B Outside Category A Outside Premium Suite

4 5 7&8 5 5

27 June 2020 departure Price Per Person £3,199 Cabin supplement per person £599 £699 £1,799 £2,199 £2,699

Solo Traveller Price £4,549 Single supplement Cabin supplements for single and triple occupancy are available on request

Transfer Times Airport to Hotel Hotel to Airport Please note: Transfer times are approximate and depend on the number of hotel stops and traffic.

40 mins 40 mins

PRICE INCLUDES The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room/cabin and includes: return scheduled flights to Svalbard, one night’s stay at a three-star hotel in Svalbard and one night’s stay at a four-star hotel in Oslo, both with breakfast, seven nights’ cruise on the four-star MV Ocean Atlantic (see page 39 for details), with daily breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, all shore excursions by Zodiac dinghies, lectures by the on-board expedition team, port charges, all transfers, porterage of one item of luggage per person and the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager. Cruise itinerary is subject to change depending on weather conditions. On-board currency is the US dollar. NOT INCLUDED US$13.50 per person daily for cruise staff gratuities, all drinks on board, including specialty coffees, Wi-Fi, phone charges and laundry. DEPOSIT The deposit for this tour is £400 per person. VISA & HEALTH UK and Irish passport holders do not currently require a visa to enter Norway; however, your passport should have at least six months’ validity after your return date. Please consult your GP regarding any inoculations required at least a month before departure. Whilst the traveling schedule should not pose problems for people of any age in normal physical health, we should point out that shore excursions are always over uneven, sometimes snow-covered ground and involve sitting on the side of an inflatable Zodiac dinghy. Also, the top three decks on the ship are not served by lifts. For these reasons, this holiday is not suitable for clients of impaired mobility. Please note the expedition leader reserves the right to deny participation in shore excursions to anyone deemed to pose a risk to themselves or others. As you will be traveling in remote areas without easy access to medical facilities, we recommend that you do not join this cruise if you have any life-threatening conditions or require regular medical treatment or supervision. BOOKING CONDITIONS Our standard booking conditions apply, except for the following terms: Payment: If booking within 14 weeks of departure, full payment must be made at the time of booking. For full booking conditions, please visit www.rivieratravel.co.uk/docs/terms

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Cruising at a glance

Princess: US style two-pin Royal Clipper, Ionian Gulets & Croatian Yachts: European-style two-pin Azamara & Holland America Line: European-style two-pin & US-style two-pin

Gratuities

Included drinks

Cunard: UK-style three-pin & US-style two-pin

Azamara Included

Azamara Standard brand alcoholic & soft drinks

Albatros: European-style two-pin & razor sockets

Holland America Line Optional daily gratuities

$14.50 to $16

per person

Holland America Line Tea & coffee with breakfast

Princess Optional daily gratuities

Princess Tea, standard coffee, iced tea & lemonade

$13.50 per person

Cunard Optional daily gratuities

Cunard & Royal Clipper Unlimited water, tea & coffee

$11.50 per person

Royal Clipper Optional daily gratuities

Albatros, Ionian Gulets & Croatian Yachts Unlimited tea & coffee

€8 per person

Albatros Optional daily gratuities

Yasawa Unlimited bottled water, tea & coffee

€13.50 per person

Yasawa Optional daily gratuities

Yasawa: UK-style three-pin

Dress code Azamara Casual Daytime Smart Casual Evening One ‘White Night’ Evening Holland America Line Casual daytime Smart casual evening More formal for gala nights Princess Smart casual, 2 formal nights Cunard & Royal Clipper Stylish casual in daytime, in evening attire is more formal

$2-3 per person

Croatian Yachts Optional daily gratuities

Albatros Practical warm clothing for daytimes, casual in evenings

£5-10 per person Ionian Gulets Optional daily gratuities

Croatian Yachts, Ionian Gulets & Yasawa Casual

€4-7 per person

Dining arrangements Azamara: Open seating at a choice of restaurants Holland America Line & Princess: Choice of restaurants with fixed and open seating arrangements Cunard: Both open buffet dining and fixed dining included, as well as fixed specialty dining Royal Clipper, Albatros, Yasawa, Ionian Gulets & Croatian Yachts: Open seating in dining room

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Ship capacity Azamara 702

Royal Clipper 222

Holland America Line 2650

Albatros 198

Princess 2670 Cunard 2620

Yasawa 56 Ionian Gulets 12 Croatian Yachts 40

On board currency USD Azamara, Holland America Line Princess, Albatros, Yasawa & Cunard

GBP Yasawa KN Croatian Yachts

EUR Royal Clipper, Albatros, Yasawa & Ionian Gulets

In-cabin tea & coffee Included 24hr room service: Azamara, Holland America Line & Princess Yes: Cunard

No: Albatros & Ionian Gulets No – public areas: Royal Clipper, Yasawa & Croatian Yachts

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BOOKING CONDITIONS These booking conditions set out the terms of your contract with Riviera Tours Limited trading as Riviera Travel (Riviera). Please read them carefully as you will be bound by them. References to “you” and “your” and “passenger(s)” means all persons named on the booking (Booking Party) (including those added at a later date) “We”, “us”, “our” means Riviera. For cruises, we will be the contracting carrier. 1. Making your booking Subject to availability, we will confirm your holiday by issuing a confirmation invoice to the party leader who confirms they have authority on behalf of the Booking Party including minors (under the age of 18) and are responsible for obtaining and providing all information and payments required by us in accordance with these booking conditions. Please check your documents carefully and contact us immediately if any information on any document is incorrect. We cannot accept any liability if we are not notified of any inaccuracies in any document within 10 days of our sending it out (5 days for tickets). You may contact us by e-mail at info@ rivieratravel.co.uk or call us on 01283 880 177. 2. Payment The relevant deposit and insurance premium (if purchased) must be paid to confirm your booking. The balance of the holiday cost is due 8 weeks* prior to the departure. If full payment is not made on time, we will cancel your booking and keep all payments paid at that date and levy the cancellation charges shown in clause 7. If booking within 8 weeks* of departure, full payment must be made at the time of booking. *13 weeks for cruises aboard Aegean Odyssey and Queen Mary 2 departing 2018 onwards, and all European River Cruises, Yacht & Tall Ship Cruises departing from 2019 and14 weeks for Oberammergau Passion Play, Salzburg & Lake Constance and Voyage to Antarctica: The Great White Continent. 3. Your contract A binding contract comes into existence when we issue the confirmation invoice. 4. The cost of your holiday Please note, advertised prices may have changed by the time you book your holiday and errors occasionally occur. You must check the price of your chosen holiday at the time of booking. We reserve the right to change prices and correct errors in advertised prices at any time before or after your holiday is confirmed. Subject to the correction of errors or amendment costs, once your booking is confirmed we guarantee the price will not change. 5. Special requests Special requests, must be advised at the time of booking. Unless specifically confirmed by us in writing, all special requests are subject to availability. Any special requirement which we have accepted will be specifically confirmed as accepted on your confirmation invoice. ‘No flight’ option Tour or cruise-only options are offered subject to availability. Please call for details. Your tour or cruise will begin at the hotel or ship as stated in the itinerary. You must make your own travel arrangements, including any flight or rail travel, plus transfers to the first hotel or ship, and onwards from the final hotel or ship. Riviera Travel is not liable for the cost of any travel arrangements you put in place if the tour or cruise is cancelled or the mooring point changed. You must send us details of your travel arrangements at least eight weeks prior to your departure. 6. Changes by you Any amendments we agree after issue of the confirmation invoice will cost £15 per person plus any costs incurred by us and or charged by our suppliers. A change of holiday dates is a cancellation of the original booking and the cancellation charges in clause 7 apply. Name changes are allowed 7 days or more prior to travel. All costs must be paid before the amendment can be effected. 7. Cancellation by you You may cancel your booking at any time prior to departure. Cancellation of the booking must be requested in writing (letter or email) to us which will be effective when received by us. Where the cancellation charge below is shown as a percentage, this is of the holiday cost. Insurance premiums and amendment charges are not included in the holiday cost below and are not refundable. All QM2 Cruises, All European River Cruises, Yacht, Mekong and Tall Ship Cruises: Period before departure within Cancellation charge which written notification of per person cancelling cancellation is received by us More than 91 days deposit 90 – 61 days 50% 60 – 31 days 75% 30 – 16 days 85% 15 days or less 100%

8. Insurance It is a requirement of booking that you have valid and appropriate travel insurance for the full duration of your trip. You should ensure that your policy provides at least comparable cover to that provided by the policy we offer as shown on our website and brochures. 9. Changes or cancellations by us (1) Changes to confirmed holiday arrangements sometimes have to be made and we reserve the right to do so in accordance with this clause 9. Most changes will be insignificant and we have the right to make these. Where an insignificant change is made before departure, we will notify you in writing. No compensation is payable for insignificant changes. Occasionally, before departure, we may be constrained by circumstances beyond our control to make a significant alteration to any of the main characteristics of the travel services which form part of your confirmed booking or to any special requirements which we have accepted as referred to in clause 5. Where we have to do so, clauses 9(4) and 9(5) will apply. (2) All alterations which are not significant in accordance with Clause 9(1) will be treated as insignificant changes. A change of flight time of less than 12 hours, airline, departure airport between London airports (Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton, Stanstead or London City), type of aircraft (if advised) or destination airport will all be treated as insignificant changes. (3) Our holidays require a minimum number of 35 passengers to enable us to operate them and we reserve the right to cancel any holiday where this minimum number is not achieved by notifying you not less than 20 days prior to departure. Failure to achieve this minimum number does not, however, oblige us to cancel. (4) In the event we have to significantly alter any of the main characteristics of your confirmed arrangements or accepted special requirements, we will provide you with the following information in writing as soon as possible: (i) the proposed alteration and any impact this has on the price; (ii) in the event that you do not wish to accept the alteration, details of any substitute package we are able to offer (and any price reduction where this is of a lower quality or cost); (iii) your entitlement to cancel your booking and receive a full refund if you do not want to accept the alteration or any substitute package offered; and (iv) the period within which you must inform us of your decision and what will happen if you don’t do so. (5) If you choose to cancel your booking in accordance with clause 9(4), we will refund all payments you have made to us within 14 days of the date we receive your written cancellation. If we don’t hear from you with your decision within the specified period (having provided you with the above mentioned information for a second time), we will cancel your booking and refund all payments made to us within 14 days of our doing so. No compensation will be payable or other liability accepted where a change results from unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances (see clause 10). (6) Occasionally, it may be necessary to cancel confirmed holiday arrangements. We have the right to terminate your contract in the event (i) we are prevented from performing your contracted holiday arrangements as a result of unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances (see clause 10) and we notify you of this as soon as reasonably possible or (ii) we have to cancel because the minimum number of bookings necessary for us to operate your holiday has not been achieved and we notify you of cancellation for this reason as referred to in clause 9(3). Where we have to cancel your holiday in these circumstances, we will refund all monies you have paid to us within 14 days of the date we inform you of the cancellation but will have no further or other liability to you including in respect of compensation or any costs or expenses you incur or have incurred. We will of course endeavour to offer you comparable alternative arrangements where possible which you may choose to book in place of those cancelled. We also have the right to cancel if you fail to make payment in accordance with the terms of your contract in which case clause 2 will apply. (7) We will, where appropriate, pay you the compensation in the table below. This compensation will not be payable where a change is not significant or we have to make a change or cancel as a result of unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances or we have to cancel because the minimum number of bookings has not been achieved as referred to in clause 9(6). (8) In the event that unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances occur in the place of destination of your holiday or its immediate vicinity and significantly affect the performance of the contracted arrangements or the carriage of passengers to that destination, you will be entitled to cancel prior to departure without payment of cancellation charges. We will notify you as soon as practicable in the event of this situation occurring. Period before departure a significant change or cancellation is notified to you More than 56 days 56 - 15 days 14 days or less

Compensation per person Nil £10 £25

Please also see clause 20. 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.

Oberammergau Passion Play, Salzburg & Lake Constance, Azamara, Princess and MV Ocean Atlantic cruises: Period before departure within Cancellation charge which written notification of per person cancelling cancellation is received by us More than 98 days deposit 97 – 61 days 50% 60 - 31 days 75% 30 – 16 days 85% 15 days or less 100%

10. Unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances We cannot accept liability or pay any compensation where the performance of our obligations is prevented or affected as a result of unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances. This means a situation which is beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all reasonable measures had been taken. Such situations are likely to include (whether actual or threatened) war, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, epidemics, fire, closure, restriction or congestion of airspace, airports and ports and all other events outside our control or the UK Foreign Office advice.

All other holidays and cruises Period before departure within which written notification of cancellation is received by us More than 56 days 56 – 31 days 30 – 15 days 14 days or less

11. Our liability to you (1) Subject to clauses 11(6), 11(7) and 11(8), we promise to make sure that the holiday arrangements we have agreed to provide as part of our contract with you are performed with reasonable skill and care. (2) We are not responsible for any failure in performance which is wholly attributable to your fault or the unforeseeable or unavoidable act or omission of a third party unconnected with the supply of any service to be provided under the contract or by unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances. (3) We are not responsible for any services which do not form part of our contract with you. (4) The services we have agreed to provide or arrange as part of our contract will be subject to the laws and applicable standards of the country in which they are provided. (5) Subject to clause 11(6), 11(7) and 11(8) or as permitted by English law, we do not limit the amount of damages you are entitled to claim in respect of

Cancellation charge per person cancelling deposit 50% 95% 100%

In addition, change or cancellation of flights and other transport costs can result in 100% cancellation charges irrespective of the date of cancellation. Part cancellation will require recalculation of the holiday price and we will re-invoice you accordingly. A single person supplement will be payable if a cabin or hotel room is occupied by only one person except where 100% cancellation charges have been paid by the person cancelling. See clause 6.

personal injury or death which we or our employees have caused intentionally or negligently. For all other claims , the maximum amount we will pay is three times the holiday price. (6) Our liability to you will never exceed that of any transport carrier or supplier and we shall have the benefit of all and any applicable international conventions, rules and regulations. In respect of carriage by air the Warsaw Convention as amended or unamended and the Montreal Convention for international travel by air and/or for airlines with an operating licence granted by an EU country, the EC Regulation on Air Carrier Liability No 889/2002 for national and international travel by air and COTIF, the Convention on International Travel by Rail as amended. Copies of the applicable international conventions and EU regulations are available from us on request. (7) Where carriage is performed on inland waterways the liability of the carrier to all passengers shall be determined in accordance with the Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims. The limit for claims involving death or personal injury is 175,000 SDR per passenger per carriage. The Strasbourg Convention as amended applies to vessels navigating on waterways located in the territory of a state party which limits passenger claims involving death or personal injury to 60,000 SDR per person subject to a maximum of 6,000,000 SDR. (8) In the event of international carriage by sea the provisions of EC Regulation 392/2009 on the liability of carriers of passengers in the event of accidents (“Regulation“) will apply. The Regulation limits the liability of the carrier in respect of passengers and their luggage in the event of accidents. A summary of the Regulation may be found at http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legalcontent/EN/TXT/HTML/?uri=URISERV:tr0018&from=EN. This applies strict liability for shipping incidents as defined and requires compulsory insurance. The Regulation limits the maximum amount we may have to pay if found liable in the event of death or personal injury occurring during the course of carriage to a maximum of 400,000 SDR or in the event of terrorism 250,000 SDR. Damages can be reduced for any contributory negligence of the passenger. The maximum amount payable for loss or damage to luggage is 2,250 SDR subject to a deductible of 149 SDR per person. There is no liability for money or valuables except when deposited with the ship in which case the liability is limited to 3,375 SDR. Provision of safes in cabins is not a deposit with the ship whether a charge is levied or not. The daily conversion rates for Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) can be found on the International Monetary Fund website at www.imf.org . (9) We will not be liable for consequential losses including loss of profits. 12. Complaints and problems All complaints and any problems must be made at the time in resort and confirmed in writing. If you remain dissatisfied you must write to us within 28 days of your return to the UK with booking reference and full details of your complaint. In respect of cruises which commence in the EU complaints pursuant to EU Regulation 1177/2010 must be sent to us as soon as possible. We will respond within 28 days. If you are not happy with our final decision you can refer your complaint to the Cruise Line International Association which is the voluntary complaints body authorised by the Department of Transport to deal with complaints at Passengerrights@cruising.org. 13. Arbitration We are a Member of ABTA, membership number V4744. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct. We can also offer you ABTA’s scheme for the resolution of disputes which is approved by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute. If we can’t resolve your complaint, go to www.abta.com to use ABTA’s simple procedure. Further information on the Code and ABTA’s assistance in resolving disputes can be found on www.abta.com. Disputes arising out of, or in connection with your booking which cannot be amicably settled may be referred to arbitration under a special independent scheme arranged by ABTA which provides for a simple arbitration on documents alone with restricted liability on the customer in respect of costs. Full details will be provided on request or obtained from www.abta.com. Your application for arbitration and other required documents must be received by ABTA within 18 months of your return from the holiday. For injury and illness claims, you can request the ABTA mediation procedure and we have the option to agree to this. You can also access the European Commission Online Dispute (ODR) Resolution platform at http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr/. This ODR platform is a means of registering your complaint with us; it will not determine how your complaint should be resolved. 14. Behaviour 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. 15. Conditions of suppliers. You are bound by the terms and conditions 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 online on www.rivieratravel.co.uk/ conditionsofsuppliers. 16.Passports, visas and health requirements For guidance we have details on our website of passport and visa requirements applicable to our holidays, together with details of any compulsory health requirements. It is, however, your responsibility to ensure you have and comply with passport and visa requirements, and you are aware of all recommended vaccinations and health precautions. We cannot accept any liability if you are refused entry onto any transport or into any country due to failure on your part to comply with these requirements. 17. Foreign Office advice The Foreign and Commonwealth Office publishes regularly updated travel information on its website www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice which we recommend you consult before booking and in good time before departure. 18. Financial security and ABTA membership We hold an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL number 3430). All flights and flight inclusive holidays in this brochure are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you buy an ATOL protected flight or flight inclusive package from us, you will receive


an ATOL Certificate. This lists what is financially protected, where you can get information on what this means for you and who to contact if things go wrong. We, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL Certificate, will provide you with the services listed on the ATOL Certificate (or a suitable alternative). In some cases, where neither we nor the supplier are able to do so for reasons of insolvency, an alternative ATOL holder may provide you with services you have bought or a suitable alternative (at no extra cost to you). You agree to accept that in those circumstances the alternative ATOL holder will perform those obligations and you agree to pay any money outstanding to be paid by you under your contract to that alternative ATOL holder. However, you also agree that in some cases it will not be possible to appoint an alternative ATOL holder, in which case you will be entitled to make a claim under the ATOL scheme (or your credit card issuer where applicable). If we, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL certificate, are unable to provide the services listed (or a suitable alternative, through an alternative ATOL holder or otherwise) for reasons of insolvency, the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust may make a payment to (or confer a benefit on) you under the ATOL scheme. You agree that in return for such a payment or benefit, you assign absolutely to those Trustees any claims which you have or may have arising out of or relating to the non-provision of the services, including any claim against us, the travel agent or your credit card issuer where applicable. You also agree that any such claims may be re-assigned to another body, if that other body has paid sums you have claimed under the ATOL scheme. The Civil Aviation Authority can be contacted at Gatwick Airport South, West Sussex, RH6 0YR, UK tel +44 (0)333 103 6350, e-mail claims@caa.co.uk www.caa.co.uk We are a member of ABTA (ABTA number V4744). If your holiday does not include flights, ABTA will financially protect your holiday by ensuring you receive a refund or, if your arrangements include return travel to the UK (other than flights) you are returned to the UK in the event that your holiday cannot be provided as a result of our insolvency. ABTA can be contacted at 30 Park Street, London SE1 9EQ, UK tel +44 (0)20 3117 0599 www.abta.com 19. Flights In accordance with EU Directive (EC) No 2111/2005, we are required to bring to your attention the existence of a “Community list” which contains details of air carriers who are subject to an operating ban within the EU. The Community list is available for inspection at https://ec.europa.eu/transport/ modes/air/safety/air-ban/search_en . We are required to advise you of the actual carrier(s) (or, if the actual carrier(s) is not known, the likely carrier(s)) that will operate your flight(s) at the time of booking. Where we are only able to inform you of the likely carrier(s) at the time of booking, we shall inform you of the identity of the actual carrier(s) as soon as we become aware of this. Any change to the operating carrier(s) after your booking has been confirmed will be notified to you as soon as possible. If the carrier becomes subject to an operating ban as above as a result of which we/the carrier are unable to offer you a suitable alternative the provisions of clause 9 Changes and cancellation by us will apply. We are not always in a position at the time of booking to confirm the flight timings which will be used in connection with your flight. The flight timings shown in our brochure, website and/or on your confirmation invoice are for guidance only and are subject to alteration and confirmation. Flight timings are outside our control. They are set by airlines and are subject to various factors including air traffic control restrictions, weather conditions and the ability of passengers to check in on time. Specific instructions relating to departure and travel arrangements will be sent with your travel documents approximately 2 weeks before departure. Please check your tickets very carefully to ensure you have the correct flight times. Flight times may be changed even after tickets have been despatched - we will contact you as soon as possible if this occurs. Any change in the identity of the carrier, flight timings, and/or aircraft type (if advised) will not entitle you to cancel or change to other arrangements. 20. Delay and Denied Boarding Regulations For cruises which begin in the EU, EU Regulation 1177/2010 applies. Any liability we have for providing accommodation is limited to €80 per passenger for a maximum of 3 nights. If your flight is cancelled or delayed, your flight ticket is downgraded or boarding is denied by your airline, depending on the circumstances, the airline may be required to pay you compensation, refund the cost of your flight and/or provide you with accommodation and/or refreshments under EC Regulation No 261/2004 - the Denied Boarding Regulations 2004. Where applicable, you must pursue the airline for the compensation or other payment due to you. We are not the carrier and have no liability to you under this Regulation. If your airline does not comply with these rules you may use the CAA Passenger Advice and Complaints Service. See www.caa.co.uk 21. 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. You must therefore ensure you check all details of your chosen holiday (including the price) with us at the time of booking. 22. Children For holidays other than cruises, we are unable to accommodate children under 9 years old at the date of departure. For cruises, the minimum age limit is 12 years old at the date of departure. We reserve the right to limit the number of children on any particular cruise. 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. 23. Health and safety You must attend all mandatory safety briefings and drills at the commencement of the holiday and any subsequent briefings or drills required during the holiday by any carrier or supplier. 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 as required by the ship’s captain or the hotel manager. Refusal to comply with any of these procedures may result in your holiday being terminated. We have no liability to you in the event that we cancel or curtail your holiday as referred to in this clause. In respect of cruises which commence in an EU Member State and where necessary in order to meet applicable international, European and national safety requirements and/or where the design or structure of the ship or port infrastructure and equipment, including port terminals, makes 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 re access. Regulation 1177/2010 may be viewed at http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/ HTML/?uri=CELEX:32010R1177&from=EN and the DFT Guidance at https:// www.gov.uk/government/publications/draft-guidance-notes-relating-toregulation-eu-no-1177-2010. 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. 24. 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.

Pregnant women are required to produce a fitness to travel certificate based on the proposed holiday 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. 28. Medical facilities/treatment on board and ashore There are no doctors on board any of the river cruise ships, yachts and Star Clipper ships in our programme. Should you require medical attention during your holiday 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 in resort. 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 other holidays please notify us in writing of any medical or reduced mobility needs at the resort or on transport provided by us. This includes adapted hotel rooms and assistance at airports. In relation to your own medical equipment, there are limited storage facilities on board ships and in hotels. 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. 29. Disability/wheelchairs/service animals During our holidays, we visit many historical sites and often enjoy walking tours of various places of interest. Some holidays, therefore, may not be suitable for clients of impaired mobility. Before you make your booking, we will advise you as to whether the proposed holiday arrangements are generally suitable for someone with reduced mobility. However, reduced mobility of course means different things to different individuals as we fully appreciate that individual capabilities, restrictions and requirements are likely to vary considerably. When we refer to reduced mobility, this means any material reduction in mobility whether this is permanent or temporary and whether caused by age or by physical or mental disability or impairment or other cause of disability. 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/reducedmobilityinformation. Passengers may be required to be accompanied or may be refused carriage. You warrant that you have considered the INFORMATION TO PASSENGERS FOR REDUCED MOBILITY AND DISABILITIES and that you have made all relevant notifications to us. Please be aware that there are no wheelchair accessible cabins on any of the river cruise ships, yachts and Star Clipper ships used on our cruises. Disabled rooms in hotels are limited in number and so must be prebooked and subject to availability. 30. 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 or hotels. 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.

25. Smoking Passengers must observe the non-smoking policy on board the ships, hotels and other transport provided. If smoke is detected in any accommodation, a cleaning fee of £165.00 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 or asked to leave the hotel without refund.

31. Assistance whilst away In the event you end up in difficulty (of any sort) during your holiday, we will provide you with appropriate assistance as soon as reasonably possible including by the provision of appropriate information on health services, local authorities and consular assistance and by assisting you to make distance communications and to find alternative travel arrangements as may be applicable. Where you are in difficulty as a result of your negligence, we may charge you a reasonable fee for this assistance which will not exceed the costs we actually incur.

26. Indemnity You must indemnify us and the carrier for all penalties, fines, charges, losses or expenses incurred or imposed upon us, the carrier or our suppliers by virtue of an act or violation of law by you and or any breach of these terms and conditions or any carrier’s or suppliers terms and conditions of conditions of carriage.

32. Data Protection We are a data controller for the purposes of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018 (data protection laws). Personal data will be collected, processed, stored and used securely and in accordance with our privacy policy and data protection laws. Please see www. rivieratravel.co.uk for our data protection privacy policy.

27. Pregnancy The river cruise ships, yachts and Star Clipper 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. Airlines also have restrictions.

33. Law and Jurisdiction Save as provided by law and subject to the provisions of the Regulation all claims must be brought in the English courts which shall have exclusive jurisdiction and shall be subject to English law.

Comprehensive Holiday Insurance from only £20.70 Travel insurance is a vital aspect of booking any holiday, giving you protection against unforeseen circumstances that could otherwise spoil your holiday. To assist you with this, we have arranged competitive travel insurance from Travel & General Insurance Services Limited to specifically meet your needs on a Riviera Travel holiday. It is a condition of booking that you purchase travel insurance that properly covers you for the holiday you are taking. Travel insurance is provided by Riviera Travel as an appointed representative of Travel & General Insurance Services Limited who are authorised and regulated by the FCA and details can be found on their website www.fca.org.uk.

Our Insurance Premiums (per person) Age on date of travel 18-65 66-69 70-74 75-79 80+

Europe

Worldwide excl N.America

N.America

Up to 5 days 6-8 days 9-15 days Up to 16 days Up to 26 days Up to 17 days £20.70 £31.09 £36.30 £50.96 £71.76 £71.76 £36.30 £41.50 £46.69 £82.16 £102.96 £102.96 £36.30 £46.69 £57.10 £92.56 £109.20 £113.36 £57.10 £67.49 £77.89 Please call 0330 024 9952 £67.50 £88.30 £109.09 All premiums include Insurance Premium Tax at 20%

It is a condition of the policy that you must declare all pre-existing medical conditions for yourself and anyone else named as an insured on the policy, your immediate family and any travelling companions to Healthcheck on 0203 829 6637 to ensure that you have the appropriate cover. A policy booklet is provided which contains all of the terms and conditions and must be read carefully to ensure that it meets your requirements. You may return the policy and the proof of purchase for any reason within 14 days of purchase to receive a full refund provided that you have not travelled or made a claim. If you have any queries regarding the insurance you can contact Travel & General Insurance Company on 0845 345 3456. It is a condition of booking that everyone travelling with us is adequately covered, so if you do not takeout our insurance please state the name and number of your policy at the time of booking.

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The world. Within reach.

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AWARD -WIN N ING LUXURY RIVER CRUISES IN EUROPE

2019 & 2020

2019 & 2020

Worldwide Tours

Luxury river cruises in Europe

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At Riviera Travel, we bring the heartbeat of our destinations closer. We plan it all around you, including what’s essential and leaving the unnecessary out, so experiencing the world doesn’t cost the earth. To see our entire range of holidays, visit www.rivieratravel.co.uk or call 01283 248 293 and request a brochure.

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