Patagonia Lakes, Mashpi and Galápagos Cruise

Americas-Polar Regions

Day 1: Arrive Santiago (Chile)Transfer to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure before a Welcome Reception this evening.Day 2: Santiago, Valparaíso, Freedom of ChoiceToday, explore the World Heritage-listed city of Valparaíso, and on a funicular ride, delight in stunning views of the bay and the colourful city below. Later today, return to Santiago and select from a choice of restaurants for dinner this evening.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 3: Santiago, Puerto Montt, Puerto VarasFly south to the port city of Puerto Montt, gateway to the Chilean Lake District. On a guided tour, travel along the coast to the area of Pelluco, and an observation point that affords superb views of the city and its pretty surrounds. After, travel via the Plaza de Armas to the craft village of Angelmó, with its traditional fish and seafood market. Later, travel a stretch of the Pan-American Highway to Puerto Varas, the City of Roses. Set on the shore of one of South America’s largest lakes, Llanquihue, the city faces the spectacular glacier-covered Osorno volcano. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 4: Puerto Varas, FrutillarThis morning, enjoy a half day tour to the village of Frutillar. Drive along the Llanquihue Lake, one of the largest lakes in Chile to Frutillar. This pretty town is known for its wonderful gardens and German style-houses overlooking the lake. Enjoy lunch at Casa Lavender House, a quaint tea house where you can enjoy delicious pastries with a cup of tea while taking in the beautiful scenery. After, return to Puerto Varas for an evening at leisure.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchDay 5: Bariloche and SurroundsPuerto Varas, Lake Crossings, Llao Llao Hotel and Resort (Argentina) This morning will see you begin your incredible full-day lake crossing, during which you will cruise across glacial lakes. First, travel around the shore of Lake Llanquihue, then enter Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park. Continue to Petrohué, where you’ll board a catamaran for your first crossing. As you skim over the emerald waters of Lake Todos los Santos, enjoy views of the Osorno volcano and the peaks of Tronador Mountain. At the other end of the lake, reach the remote village of Peulla for lunch at Hotel Natura. Your lake crossing continues as you cross into Argentina and arrive at Puerto Frias to cruise across picturesque Lake Frias. Next, proceed to Puerto Blest, where you’ll board a catamaran for the last and arguably most beautiful lake crossing on this unique journey. As you glide over the waters and past the tiny islets of Nahuel Huapi Lake, watch as a tiny speck on the horizon grows closer until you’re docking right on the doorstep of Llao Llao Hotel and Resort. Situated in pristine Nahuel Huapi National Park between Nahuel Huapi and Moreno lakes, this is one of the world’s most iconic properties. This evening enjoy dinner at Restaurant Patagonia.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 6: Bariloche and SurroundsThis morning takes you to see the region’s incredible natural sights and beautiful mountain villages. Watch the scenery slip by as you cross Nahuel Huapi Lake. Arrive at Campanario Hill where a chair lift takes you to the top of the hill (1,050 meters) from where you can enjoy one of the most impressive views of this region. Continue to a local brewery for lunch and tasting, before enjoying the rest of the day at leisure.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchDay 7: Llao Llao Hotel and ResortEnjoy today at leisure to do as much or as little as you please. You may like to explore the charming town of Bariloche, or perhaps make use of the resort’s many wonderful facilities. A host of outdoor activities are on offer, as well as the hotel’s private golf course.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 8: Bariloche, Buenos AiresThis morning, your time in the Patagonia Lakes ends as you fly from Bariloche to the Argentinian capital, Buenos Aires. On arrival, transfer to your five-star hotel in the fashionable Recoleta neighbourhood, then enjoy time at leisure.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 9: Buenos Aires, Freedom of ChoiceStart today with a guided tour of Buenos Aires, including a visit to Plaza De Mayo and Casa Rosada. Next, visit Café Tortoni, a famous literati coffeehouse, for coffee and croissants. Afterwards, visit some of the city’s other key sights, including the old San Telmo quarter and the colourful streets of La Boca. This evening, enjoy a choice of three delicious restaurants for dinner.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 10: Buenos Aires, Freedom of ChoiceToday, explore the Argentinian capital on your selected Freedom of Choice Sightseeing activity. Then, after some free time, head to the Philippe Starck-designed cabaret, Rojo Tango, for dinner, drinks and the most exclusive tango show in the city.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 11: Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)Today, fly to one of the world’s most spectacular cities, Rio de Janeiro.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 12: Rio de JaneiroToday, travel to Corcovado, famous for its iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer. Visit the statue and travel to the platform at its peak for stunning views over the city. At sunset, absorb one of the world’s truly exquisite views as you ride a cable car to the peak of Sugarloaf Mountain. After time at the peak, head for Porcão Rio’s to enjoy a delicious Brazilian BBQ.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 13: Rio de Janeiro, Freedom of ChoiceThis morning, enjoy your chosen sightseeing activity. Later, the evening is yours to spend at leisure to relax or explore.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 14: Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu FallsBoard your flight to Iguassu Falls. View the falls from close to the base of Devil’s Throat, then enjoy an unforgettable Boat Ride Safari.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 15: Iguassu FallsToday spend time on Argentina’s World Heritage-listed Iguassu National Park Land on the Argentinian side of the falls. Ride the Rainforest Ecological Train through forest to a series of walkways and viewing points. Afterwards, return to your hotel, located just a stroll from the falls. Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 16: Iguassu Falls, Lima (Peru)Today, visit Parque das Aves Bird Park, set just outside the national park. Get up close to a range of native South American birds, including the iconic toucan. This evening board your flight to the Peruvian capital, Lima.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 17: Lima, Cusco, Chincheros, Sacred ValleyFly to Cusco then travel to Chincheros, set high in the Andean highlands. During a traditional weaving demonstration, learn how the famously colourful materials of South America are created.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 18: Sacred ValleyA full day tour in and around the Sacred Valley begins with a visit to the colourful markets of Pisac, a hilltop handicraft village that lies near ancient Incan ruins. Later, you’ll visit the home of a local family to sample a typical Andean meal. After, travel to Ollantaytambo for a guided tour of this ancient Incan royal estate.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchDay 19: Sacred Valley, Machu PicchuBoard PeruRail’s Vistadome train and admire the mountainous Andean landscape as you travel to Machu Picchu, the iconic Lost City of the Incas. On arrival at the ruins, set off on a guided tour of this World Heritage-listed site.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 20: Machu Picchu, CuscoThis morning, you will have the opportunity to beat the morning rush and return to Machu Picchu to experience the site in true serenity at your own pace. Alternatively, relax and enjoy the comforts and facilities of your hotel. After lunch, board PeruRail’s Vistadome for your return trip from Machu Picchu to Sacred Valley, then transfer by coach to Cusco.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 21: Cusco, Freedom of ChoiceA walking tour of Cusco this morning will take you to the square in the city’s historic heart, the Plaza de Armas, as well as the sacred sites of Koricancha and Santo Domingo Cathedral. After, you can choose from three restaurants to dine at for lunch.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchDay 22: Cusco, Lake TiticacaThis morning, board the Andean Explorer for a day-long rail journey into the highlands and on to Puno.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchDay 23: Puno, Lake TiticacaLake Titicaca is the highest altitude lake in the world. This morning, visit a special school project organised by APT. Then, on the Capachica Peninsula, lunch is accompanied with lake views. This afternoon, travel to the unique man-made reed islands of the Uros people.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchDay 24: Lake Titicaca, LimaAfter flying back to Lima, transfer to your hotel. This afternoon, enjoy a city tour conducted by a local guide. Tonight, enjoy one of South America’s most unique dining experiences for your special dinner at Restaurant Huaca Pucllana – set within the ruins of an archaeological compound.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 25: Lima, Quito (Ecuador)Board your included flight to Ecuador’s capital, Quito, then transfer to your luxurious hotel. This evening, explore Quito’s World Heritage-listed Old Town on a guided tour.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 26: Quito, Mashpi Cloud ForestThis morning depart by coach to Mashipi Lodge, a luxury cocoon in the clouds and your home for the next two nights. Perched at 900m above sea level, the Lodge is surrounded by lower rainforest and cloud forest, as well as a profusion of plant species and a staggering 500 species of birds. Monkeys, peccaries and ocelot make their homes inside the Reserve crisscrossed with waterfalls between dramatic, verdant hills.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 27: Mashpi Cloud ForestToday join one of the many included activities at the Lodge. Explore one of the many nature trails or try the sky bike, an exciting way to explore the forest canopy up close. Another option is to visit the life centre and enjoy fresh juice or locally brewed coffee while relaxing in a hammock.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 28: Mashpi Cloud Forest, QuitoTravel to Quito this morning, the capital of Ecuador. Upon arrival, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to discover this quaint city at your own pace.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 29: Quito, Embark Galápagos Islands CruiseLeave Quito this morning to begin your Galápagos Islands adventure. Fly to Baltra Island, then take a ferry to Santa Cruz Island, one of the best places in the archipelago to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. The tortoises are easy to spot, lumbering around, eating grass and wallowing in the small pools. Afterwards, board your luxury yacht.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 30: Galápagos Islands Cruise, Santa Cruz IslandAfter breakfast visit Eden Islet, and observe blue-footed boobies, reef sharks and frigates. Later, stop at the small island of Sombrero Chino and during a gentle walk, see a range of different species of wildlife. The cove offers excellent swimming and snorkelling opportunities with white-tipped reef sharks and Galápagos penguins.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 31: Galápagos Islands Cruise, Bartolomé and Santiago IslandsClimb the wooden staircase to the peak of Bartolomé Island for once-in-a-lifetime views. Later, cruise around Pinnacle Rock, followed by time to enjoy the beach and some snorkelling. You can also ride in the glass-bottom boat. After lunch, land at Sullivan Bay on the east coast of Santiago Island, and explore the trail over a lava field that flowed here less than 100 years ago. This is the perfect place to see and feel the volcanic origin of Galápagos while observing its wildlife. Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 32: Galápagos Islands Cruise, Genovesa IslandToday explore Genovesa Island, observing marine and land birds. There is an optional walk over sharp lava for dramatic views, as well as swimming and snorkelling at this beautiful natural harbour.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 33: Disembark Galápagos Islands Cruise, GuayaquilDisembark and transfer to the airport for your flight to Guayaquil. Tonight enjoy dinner with fellow travellers.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 34: Depart GuayaquilThis morning after breakfast your tour concludes with an airport transfer for your flight home.Meals IncludedBreakfast

DepartingFrom 31-Dec-2014 to 30-Dec-2015

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Europe’s Rivers and Castles

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Day 1: NurembergArrive in Nuremberg and transfer to ship. Board your luxurious ship in the evening and meet your fellow passengers at the Gala Welcome Dinner. The ship departs in the late evening.Meals IncludeddinnerDay 2: BambergToday, travel to World Heritage-listed Bamberg, where you may like to take a guided tour that includes a tasting of the famous Rauchbier (smoked beer). Alternatively, set off on a guided bicycle tour of the city.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 3: Kitzingen, WurzburgToday disembark in Kitzingen and enjoy a unique wine tasting event in Germany’s oldest wine cellar. This afternoon enjoy a guided tour of Würzburg today and visit its Residential Palace. Later Perhaps explore more of the city or take an excursion to medieval Rothenburg on the Romantic Road (own expense).Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 4: WertheimDisembark in the medieval town of Wertheim and take a guided walking tour.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 5: Mainz OR HeidelbergDisembark your ship in Mainz today and choose from two different sightseeing options. Perhaps take a guided tour of historic Mainz and visit the Gutenberg Museum, home to the world’s first printed bible. Alternatively, choose to travel to the ancient university town of Heidelberg and visit the town’s Heidelberg Castle. Later in Rüdesheim and tour Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, home to a most impressive collection of automated musical instruments.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 6: Cochem OR Koblenz, RüdesheimToday, perhaps travel to Cochem, where a tour includes a visit to the Cochem Castle, overlooking the Moselle River. Alternatively, explore the 2,000-year-old city of Koblenz on a guided walking tour.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 7: Bernkastel, TrierEnjoy a vineyard visit and a wine tasting, then take a walking tour through the old town centre. Alternatively, take a guided bicycle tour. Later today you’ll arrive in Trier and enjoy a tour that includes the Roman Baths and amphitheatre. This evening, the ship cruises towards the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 8: Remich, LuxembourgThis morning, bid farewell to your cruise. Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 1: Arrive Nuremberg, Embark ShipBe met at the airport and transferred to your luxurious river ship. Enjoy time at leisure to settle in to your suite before a Welcome Dinner this evening.Meals IncludeddinnerDay 2: BambergToday, cruise on the Main-Danube Canal to World Heritage-listed Bamberg and perhaps enjoy a tasting of the famous Rauchbier (smoked beer) during a guided tour.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 3: Kitzingen, Würzburg OR RothenburgDisembark in Kitzingen and enjoy a walking tour before a wine tasting in Germany’s oldest wine cellar. The afternoon take a guided tour of Würzburg and visit its Residential Palace. Alternatively, you may wish to take an excursion to medieval Rothenburg on the Romantic Road (own expense).Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 4: WertheimDisembark in the medieval town of Wertheim this afternoon and take a guided walking tour. After lunch, the ship will cruise towards Mainz.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 5: Mainz OR Heidelberg, Rudesheim, KoblenzEarly this morning arrive in Mainz after breakfast and choose one of two excursions. The first is a walking tour of beautiful Mainz, where you will visit the Gutenberg Museum, home of the world’s first printed bible. As an alternative, you may chose an excursion to Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest university town, where you can visit the red-walled Heidelberg Castle and its Great Vat, and take a walking tour of the historic old quarter. Later, stop in Rudesheim to visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, which houses a fantastic collection of robotic and self-playing musical instruments from the 18th-20th centuries. From Rudesheim, we depart late afternoon for Koblenz, arriving in time for an evening walking tour. The ship will cruise through the Rhine River gorge, famous for its beautiful and imposing castles and the legendary Lorelei Rock. Later this evening the ship sails for Cochem.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 6: Cochem, ZellWake up this morning in Cochem, a fairytale village surrounded by scenic vineyards. Walk along narrow cobblestone streets lined with medieval houses and enjoy a guided tour of Reichsburg Castle situated high above the town. From the castle’s grounds, you’ll have a spectacular view of the river. Early this afternoon, the ship will cruise past hillside vineyards en route to Zell, arriving early evening. The town’s Mayor and Wine Queen will be on hand to warmly welcome you to a memorable wine festival. The ship moors overnight in Zell.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 7: Zell, TrierEnjoy a pleasant morning cruising along the Moselle River. Having entered Germany, you’ll arrive in Trier and enjoy a tour that includes the Roman Baths and the Roman amphitheatre. This evening, the ship cruises towards the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 8: Remich, Depart LuxembourgThis morning, bid farewell to the ship and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.Meals IncludedBreakfast

DepartingFrom 28-Feb-2015 to 30-Dec-2016

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Enticing Douro - Barca D’Alva to Porto

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Day 1: Arrive Barca D’Alva, Embark ShipOn arrival you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your ship. Meet fellow travellers and your Cruise Director at a Welcome Reception tonight.Meals IncludeddinnerDay 2: Barca d’Alva, PinhãoTravel to the tiny fortified village of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo today. On a tour here, see the castle ruins, and take in spectacular views of the Douro Valley and surrounding towns. Afterwards, cruise through the dramatic gorges of the Douro River Valley to Pinhão, where you’ll disembark for a wine tasting and dinner at a local Portuguese restaurant.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 3: Pinhão, LamegoTour the ancient town of Lamego today, visiting Lamego Castle and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies. This afternoon, enjoy the wild, rugged scenery as your ship cruises through the dramatic gorges of the Douro river valley. Overnight in Régua.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 4: RéguaEnjoy a trip to Palacio de Mateus, located near the city of Vila Real. Built in 1745, the palace offers a wonderful insight into the lives of Portuguese aristocracy. Take a guided tour and discover the story of Mateus Rosé wine, with which the palace has long been associated.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 5: Caldas de Aregos, ResendeThis morning, visit the historic town of Resende in Caldas de Aregos. Tonight, head to the 14th-century Alpendurada Monastery. Enjoy a glass of local wine and take in views over the river valley before indulging in a delicious dinner.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 6: PortoOn a tour, explore Porto’s Old Town and delight in its 16th-century buildings and Baroque churches. Then see the iron bridge built by French engineer Gustave Eiffel.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 7: Porto, GuimarãesTake a morning excursion to the World Heritage-listed city of Guimarães, often referred to as the ‘birthplace of the Portuguese nationality’.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 8: Depart PortoDisembark in Porto today where your tour concludes. Meals IncludedBreakfast

DepartingFrom 29-Feb-2016 to 30-Dec-2016

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Europe’s Rivers and Castles - Luxembourg to Nuremberg

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Day 1: Arrive Luxembourg, Remich, Embark ShipBe met at the airport in Luxembourg and transfer to Remich to board your river ship. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner this evening.Meals IncludeddinnerDay 2: Trier, BernkastelEnjoy a pleasant morning cruising along the Moselle River. Having entered Germany, you’ll arrive in Trier and enjoy a tour that includes the Roman Baths and the Roman amphitheatre. Continue along the Moselle to Bernkastel. Visit a vineyard for a wine tasting, then take a walking tour through the old town centre.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 3: Cochem OR Koblenz, RüdesheimToday, perhaps travel to Cochem, where a tour here includes a visit to Cochem Castle, a towering fortress overlooking the Moselle River. Alternatively, explore the 2,000 year-old city of Koblenz on a walking tour. Later, cruise through the Rhine Gorge along the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine. Arrive in Rüdesheim this evening and tour Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 4: Mainz OR HeidelbergDisembark in Mainz today and choose from two different sightseeing options. Perhaps take a guided tour of historic Mainz and visit the Gutenberg Museum, home to two copies of the world’s first printed bible. Alternatively, travel to the ancient university town of Heidelberg and visit the city’s castle.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 5: WertheimDisembark in the medieval town of Wertheim this afternoon and take a guided walking tour. Later, enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 6: Würzburg, KitzingenEnjoy a guided tour of Würzburg and visit its Residential Palace. The afternoon is then at your leisure. Perhaps explore more of the city at your own pace or enjoy an excursion to medieval Rothenburg on the Romantic Road (own expense). After dinner, disembark in Kitzingen and enjoy a wine tasting event in Germany’s oldest wine cellar.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 7: BambergToday, travel to World Heritage-listed Bamberg and perhaps enjoy a tasting of the famous Rauchbier (smoked beer) during a guided tour. Later, cruise onto the Main-Danube Canal and this evening, indulge in a Farewell Dinner on board.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 8: Depart NurembergDisembark your ship in Nuremberg after breakfast this morning where your tour concludes. You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 1: Luxembourg, RemichBoard your river ship, and tonight enjoy a Welcome Dinner on board.Meals IncludeddinnerDay 2: Trier, BernkastelEnjoy a pleasant morning cruising along the pretty Moselle River. Having entered Germany, you’ll arrive in Trier and enjoy a tour that includes the Roman Baths and amphitheatre. Then continue along the Moselle to Bernkastel, a charming town overlooked by the ruins of Castle Landshut. Enjoy a vineyard visit and a wine tasting, then take a walking tour through the old town centre. Alternatively, take a guided bicycle tour.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 3: Cochem OR Koblenz, RüdesheimToday, perhaps travel to Cochem, where a tour includes a visit to the Cochem Castle, overlooking the Moselle River. Alternatively, explore the 2,000-year-old city of Koblenz on a guided walking tour. Later, cruise through the Rhine Gorge along the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine. Arrive in Rüdesheim and tour Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, home to a most impressive collection of automated musical instruments.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 4: Mainz OR HeidelbergDisembark your ship in Mainz today and choose from two different sightseeing options. Perhaps take a guided tour of historic Mainz and visit the Gutenberg Museum, home to the world’s first printed bible. Alternatively, choose to travel to the ancient university town of Heidelberg and visit the town’s Heidelberg Castle.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 5: WertheimDisembark in the medieval town of Wertheim this afternoon, and take a guided walking tour. Later, enjoy time at leisure to explore or perhaps join a bicycle tour.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 6: Würzburg, KitzingenEnjoy a guided tour of Würzburg today and visit its Residential Palace. Later, enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. Perhaps explore more of the city or take an excursion to medieval Rothenburg on the Romantic Road (own expense). After dinner back on board, disembark in Kitzingen and enjoy a unique wine tasting event in Germany’s oldest wine cellar.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 7: BambergToday, travel to World Heritage-listed Bamberg, where you may like to take a guided tour that includes a tasting of the famous Rauchbier (smoked beer). Alternatively, set off on a guided bicycle tour of the city. Later, cruise onto the Main-Danube Canal, and this evening, indulge in a Farewell Dinner.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 8: NurembergAfter breakfast, disembark your ship in Nuremberg. Your holiday concludes with a transfer to the airport.Meals IncludedBreakfast

DepartingFrom 29-Feb-2016 to 30-Dec-2015

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Grand Danube Cruise – Vilshofen to Rousse

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Day 1: Arrive VilshofenBe met on arrival and transferred to your ship and enjoy the Captain’s Gala Welcome Dinner.Meals IncludeddinnerDay 2: PassauCruise to Passau and explore the city on a guided walking tour.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 3: LinzOn arrival in Linz, you have the choice of two sightseeing activities. Perhaps take a trip to Gmunden in the Austrian Lake District or explore the city of Salzburg.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 4: Melk, DürnsteinDisembark in Melk today for a fascinating tour of Melk Abbey. Afterwards, cruise to Dürnstein for a guided walking tour and a wine tasting.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 5: ViennaA tour of Vienna today includes Hofburg Imperial Palace, the Ringstrasse and more. Afterwards, enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Tonight, perhaps take in an optional Mozart and Strauss concert (own expense).Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 6: BratislavaIn Bratislava, take a guided city tour or perhaps visit a selection of landmarks from the city’s Communist past.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 7: BudapestTour Budapest and see Heroes’ Square, the Royal Palace, and more. Then enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 8: Budapest, PusztaToday, explore the Puszta region in the Great Hungarian Plain, and visit a local farm. Enjoy a traditional lunch of goulash before returning to your ship.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 9: Mohács, Pécs, VillányArrive in Mohács and travel to Pécs for a tour. After lunch back on board, an excursion takes you to the Villány wine region for a wine tasting.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 10: Vukovar, Novi SadToday, visit the landmarks of the Yugoslavian civil war, or take a wine tour to Ilok. Then cruise to Novi Sad in Serbia and enjoy a guided tour.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 11: BelgradeToday in Serbia’s capital, take a city tour that includes Kalemegdan Fortress and the temple of St Sava. Or visit Tito’s Memorial and the House of Flowers. After, enjoy free time or take a bike tour.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 12: Iron GatesCruise through the impressive natural wonders of the Iron Gates.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 13: Vidin, BelogradchikArrive in Vidin today and see the Baba Vida Fortress. Then travel by coach to Belogradchik to see the mighty Kaleto Fortress, on the north slopes of the Balkan Mountains.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 14: Giurgiu, BucharestDisembark in Giurgiu today and enjoy a full day excursion to Bucharest, Romania’s capital. Explore the city’s open-air museum, then visit the Palace of the Parliament or the historical city centre.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 15: Rousse, Disembark ShipYour journey ends after breakfast as you transfer to the airport.Meals IncludedBreakfast

DepartingFrom 28-Feb-2015 to 30-Dec-2015

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Rhine, Rhône Treasures – Monte Carlo to Lyon

Europe

Day 1: Arrive Monte CarloArrive in Nice and transfer to your hotel in Monte Carlo. Enjoy time at leisure, before meeting your APT Tour Director and fellow travellers at a Welcome Reception.Day 2: Monte CarloExplore Monte Carlo on a sightseeing tour this morning. Visit the Prince’s Palace of Monaco, the official residence of the Prince of Monaco, and venture into the lavish State Apartments, which feature 15th-century frescoes and many spectacular rooms. The rest of today is yours at leisure to relax or explore some more.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 3: Grasse, Saint-Paul de VenceThis morning, travel to Grasse. A city surrounded by jasmine flowers and roses, Grasse has been the capital of the perfume industry since the days of the Renaissance. Enjoy a guided tour of the Fragonard perfumery, then continue to Saint-Paul de Vence, a postcard-perfect hilltop village that’s home to artist workshops and impressive galleries. Explore the village’s hidden gems, then enjoy lunch. Later, return to Monte Carlo.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchDay 4: Monte Carlo, ArlesFarewell Monte Carlo and visit Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, a historic palazzo on the exclusive Cap Ferrat peninsula. Tour the magnificent themed gardens that surround this art-laden mansion. Travel to Nice and enjoy a walking tour, then continue onto Arles. Board your river ship on arrival, and tonight, enjoy the Captains Gala Welcome Dinner.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 5: Arles, Freedom of ChoiceToday, perhaps visit Les Baux de Provence for a tour of its castle, Château des Baux, followed by free time to explore at leisure. Then visit a working olive mill and farm in Saint Rémy de Provence. Discover the age-old Provençal tradition of olive growing during a tour, and savour a tasting. Alternatively, tour the olive farm then visit Saint-Paul de Mausole Asylum, where Van Gogh spent many of his later years. This afternoon, embark on a tour taking you to the ancient Roman relics of Arles - collectively classified as a World Heritage-listed site.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 6: Avignon, Freedom of ChoiceArrive in Avignon today, once an important centre of the Catholic Church. Embark on a guided tour, then enjoy free time to explore at your leisure. This afternoon, perhaps join a tour of the Palace of the Popes, which served as a fortress, a church and a residence to the Popes that once governed the Christian world. Alternatively, visit the Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct, before a visit to Uzès.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 7: Viviers, Freedom of Choice, GrignanToday, perhaps head to a family-owned lavender estate for a tour and a special workshop. Or, visit a truffle farm for an insight into this unique industry. Head out with the dogs in search of truffles then enjoy a tasting of these rare delicacies. Later, journey to Grignan, perched upon a hill and surrounded by lavender fields. Here, embark on a private tour of Grignan Castle, then enjoy a cocktail and tastings of regional produce while you’re entertained by local musicians. Re-board your ship and cruise towards Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage, twin towns that face each other across the Rhône River.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 8: Tournon, Freedom of Choice, VienneChoose your activity in Tournon today. You may wish to experience the natural beauty of the Ardéche Mountains on a rail journey aboard the historic Ardéche Steam Train. Alternatively, visit Eden Park garden and delight in spectacular views of Tournon with the river stretching out below. Re-board your ship and continue cruising south to the town of Vienne. After dinner on board, you may wish to step out for a lovely evening stroll around this largely abandoned medieval town.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 9: Belleville, Beaujolais Region, Freedom of Choice, LyonArrive in Belleville and choose your activity. The first will take you to a local farm to meet the owner and sample an array of homemade products. You’ll then continue to the tiny village of Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne where you may wish to sample the local specialty - frog legs. Or, visit the village of Oingt, then head to a family-owned winery for a winery tour and tasting. Tonight, indulge in a gourmet feast at L’Abbaye de Collonges, owned by Michelin-starred chef Paul Bocuse.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 10: Lyon, Freedom of ChoiceExperience the gastronomic centre of France, Lyon, on your chosen sightseeing activity today. You may wish to take a city tour, then learn all about Lyon’s luxurious silk trade with a visit to a local silk workshop, located in the heart of the charming Croix-Rousse quarter. Alternatively, embark on a bicycle tour along the banks of the Rhône River to the botanical gardens. Another option is a guided culinary walk, exploring Lyon’s fresh food markets.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 11: Lyon, Disembark ShipDisembark in Amsterdam. Transfer to airport.Meals IncludedBreakfast

DepartingFrom 28-Feb-2015 to 30-Dec-2015

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Greece and Ancient Mediterranean Cruise with Venice

Turkey

Day 1: Arrive AthensOn arrival in Athens today, you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, meet your fellow travellers and APT Tour Director at a Welcome Reception.Day 2: Athens, Thermopylae, KalabakaDeparting Athens, travel to Thermopylae, a narrow pass that was the site of what is arguably the most famous battle in ancient European history. After stopping at the site to learn about the Battle of Thermopylae, continue on to Kalabaka, where you’ll enjoy time at leisure. Tonight, indulge in dinner at a local restaurant.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 3: Metéora, MetsovoAfter breakfast, travel to nearby Metéora this morning, one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece. On arrival at this amazing site, you’ll pay a visit to two of the six World Heritage-listed monasteries, which have been built on almost inaccessible natural sandstone pillars. Take in the wonderful views and learn about the monks that began building these structures in the 14th century to create a safe haven during times of political upheaval. Afterwards, continue on to the picturesque town of Metsovo, set among the towering north-western peaks of the Pindus mountain range. Here, enjoy a tour of the Katogi Averoff Winery. Afterwards, enjoy a wine tasting and gain an insight into how Greek wines are produced, before indulging in lunch at a traditional guesthouse nearby. The afternoon is then yours to enjoy at leisure.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchDay 4: Delphi, ArachovaDeparting Kalabaka, today you’ll head for the sacred site of Delphi on the south-western spur of Mount Parnassus, considered in ancient times to be the centre of the known world. On arrival here, tour the Delphi Archaeological Museum, which exhibits a number of antiquities that relate to the Oracle of Delphi, the most important oracles in the classical Greek world. After lunch at your leisure, you’ll continue on to the nearby town of Arachova, taking in the beautiful mountainous scenery along the journey. On arrival in Arachova, a guided walking tour will take you through this pretty town, and you’ll stop along the way at various shops to sample a unique range of local delicacies including cheese and liqueurs. Later this evening, indulge in a traditional Greek dinner at a charming local restaurant before returning to your resort.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 5: Galaxidi, Nafpaktos, Patras, OlympiaThis morning will see you heading for the small port town of Galaxidi, situated on a picturesque double harbour on the Gulf of Corinth and surrounded by mountains. Be welcomed at a local Greek coffee shop and enjoy a Greek coffee as well as a loukoumia, the traditional Greek version of Turkish Delight. After free time to perhaps stroll along the waterfront, travel along the coast via Nafpaktos and across the impressive Charilaos Trikoupis Bridge - the world’s longest multi-span cable-stayed bridge. On arrival in Patras, visit a Greek winery for a tour and a chance to sample the local flavours with a wine tasting. After this, you will continue on to the important historic site of Olympia.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 6: Olympia, NafplionEnjoy a stunning drive through the mountains of Arcadia to the World Heritage-listed Archaeological Site of Olympia, the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games. Take in the ruins and see structures that were built for the sports held at the games, which were originally held to honour Zeus, the god of sky and thunder in Greek mythology. After this, explore the Archaeological Museum of Olympia. One of the most important museums in Greece, it is the home to an impressive collection of sculpture, terracotta, and bronze. After exploring the museum, enjoy free time before taking part in a fun cooking class. Enjoy a fire oven demonstration, prepare traditional filo pastry, and learn how to make sweet halva. Then, after sampling the results of your efforts for lunch, journey to the charming seaside town of Nafplion.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 7: Epidaurus, Mycenae, AthensAfter breakfast, travel to Epidaurus and on to the World Heritage-listed Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae, built to honour the god of healing. The temple was dedicated by the inhabitants of Philagia, after Epicurious came to their aid during the plague. Then continue to the beautiful Epidaurus Theatre, built in the 4th century BC. Admire the world-famous acoustics of the theatre, which was built in such a way as to make standard speech - without amplification - audible to all of the 15,000 spectators. Afterwards, set out for the nearby archaeological site of Mycenae, once a mighty kingdom of ancient Greece. After a guided tour of the site, return to the Greek capital of Athens.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 8: AthensStep back in time today and discover the enchanting Greek capital on a half-day tour. Begin with a visit to the World Heritage-listed Acropolis of Athens, a sacred site dedicated to the goddess Athena. Here, see the iconic Parthenon up close, before heading to the birthplace of the modern Olympic Games, the Panathinaino Stadium. Later, visit the ruins of the Temple of Zeus then wander through the Central Market and see Parliament House. With the afternoon and evening then yours to enjoy at leisure, you may like to explore the Plaka district, the oldest and arguably the prettiest neighbourhood in the city.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 9: Athens, Embark Ocean CruiseEnjoy a morning free to further explore what is one of the world’s oldest cities. This afternoon, travel to Piraeus, Athens’ vibrant port area, for a short walking tour. Afterwards, board your luxurious ship and settle in. This evening, a special Welcome Dinner marks the start of your unforgettable cruise.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 10: Santorini, Freedom of ChoiceToday disembark on the Greek Island of Santorini. Perhaps board a local boat bound for Athinios then travel by coach to the cliffside village of Oia. In Fira, visit a museum dedicated to Akrotiri, a Bronze Age settlement that was buried in volcanic ash. Later, ride the cable car back to the port. Alternatively, the more energetic may like to embark on a Volcano Hiking tour. With your ship not due to depart until late tonight, you may like to dine at leisure in one the island’s many restaurants, and take in a famous Santorini sunset.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 11: Mykonos, Freedom of ChoiceThis morning arrive in Mykonos. On disembarking, perhaps cruise to the World Heritage-listed island of Delos, an archaeological site, for a tour of its ruins. Alternatively, go for a walk through the island’s labyrinth of narrow streets, passing the Church of Paraportiani, Little Venice and the Mykonian windmills. Stop at the Aegean Maritime Museum then drive to Ano Mera for a tour of its historic monastery. Later, head to the town square for a taverna lunch with ouzo. This afternoon, enjoy time to further explore Mykonos at leisure.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 12: Çanakkale, Anzac Cove, Gallipoli National Park Today travel by coach to Gallipoli National Park for a tour of the war memorials, including Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair. You’ll also visit Beach Cemetery - where Simpson is buried - and see where some of the trenches lay. During this moving tour, you’ll gain great insight into the fateful battle of 1915. With your ship moored here overnight, this evening perhaps step out for a walk along Çanakkale’s lovely waterfront promenade. Tonight, take in a World War I Gallipoli presentation in the ship’s theatre.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 13: Çanakkale, Freedom of ChoiceToday, choose from two activities. Perhaps set off on an excursion to the World Heritage-listed ancient city of Troy. Learn about the Trojan War, as described in Homer’s epic poem, the Iliad, and visit a replica of the Trojan Horse. Alternatively, pay a visit to the port of Assos and the ancient ruins of the Acropolis, the Temple of Athena and more. Or just sit back and enjoy a day of relaxation on board.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 14: Istanbul, Freedom of ChoicePerhaps rise early this morning to see the domed palaces of Istanbul’s Old City come into view as you cruise along the Bosphorus, the narrow strait that forms a boundary between Europe and Asia. After breakfast, choose from two unique sightseeing options. Perhaps set out by coach on a tour taking in three of Istanbul’s iconic buildings - the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapı Palace. Alternatively, explore Dolmabahçe Palace before taking a leisurely sightseeing cruise along the Bosphorus. Afterwards, enjoy time at leisure to perhaps visit the Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest covered markets in the world.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 15: Anzac Day Dawn Service EveToday your ship will cruise the strait of the Dardanelles and along the Gallipoli Peninsula on the way to a location near Anzac Cove. Those who obtained an attendance pass to the Anzac Day Dawn Service ceremony will be escorted ashore around dusk to stay overnight under the stars in the designated area of the Anzac Commemorative Site. Remaining guests will relax on board before dinner and enjoy a presentation detailing the journey of the ANZACs and the reasons behind the battle.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 16: Anzac Day Dawn ServiceAs the sun breaks over the hills of Anzac Cove today, you’ll awake to the 100th anniversary of the dawn landing at Gallipoli in 1915. Guests at the site will bear witness to the official service then attend the Australian service at Lone Pine Memorial or the New Zealand service at Chunuk Bair, before returning to the ship in the afternoon. Guests on board, meanwhile, will enjoy a perfect view of the Dawn Service via large onboard screens, before taking part in an intimate service conducted on board. The rest of the day then presents the chance to attend a number of presentations and lectures that offer an insight into the history and emotion of Anzac Day. APT hope to take guests without attendance passes to visit Anzac Cove once access restrictions are lifted in the afternoon.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 17: Kusadasi, EphesusToday you’ll reach the port of Kusadasi on Turkey’s Aegean Coast. From here, travel to the ancient Greco-Roman city of Ephesus, one of the largest and best-preserved classical cities of the Eastern Mediterranean. Although excavation has continued here for some 150 years, more than 80% of the city remains unearthed. Your tour today offers a rare insight into ancient Roman life as you learn firsthand about the city’s former splendour. Afterwards, return to your ship, which will weigh anchor during lunch.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 18: Corinth Canal, Itea, DelphiRise early as your ship enters the Corinth Canal. Inaccessible to larger ships, this narrow canal connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. Later, dock in Itea and travel to Delphi, once considered the centre of the known world and today one of the most famous classical sites in Greece. On arrival, follow the Sacred Way, a path walked by pilgrims, to ruins of the Temple of Apollo, the Senate of Delphi and the Delphi Theatre. After exploring the Delphi Museum, return to your ship.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 19: At SeaSit back, relax and make the most of the incredible onboard facilities as your captain charts a course through the Ionian and Adriatic seas towards the Bay of Kotor, Montenegro.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 20: Kotor, Freedom of ChoiceEarly risers will awake today to the stunning scenery of the Bay of Kotor. On arrival in Kotor, a choice of four activities awaits. Perhaps travel along the winding coast to visit the hilltop towns of Budva, Cetinje and Njegusi. Or tour the historical centre of Perast, before cruising to the islet of Our Lady of the Rocks. You may like to take a speedboat trip to the Blue Caves before relaxing at a pretty beach in Zanjice. The more energetic, meanwhile, might prefer to take to the waters of Kotor Bay on a kayak tour.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 21: Dubrovnik, Freedom of ChoiceOn arrival in the stunning Croatian city of Dubrovnik, choose from five activities. Delve into the city’s past on a walking tour that takes in such places as the Franciscan Monastery, Onofrio’s Fountain, Dubrovnik Cathedral and more. Or take a brief tour then cruise to the islet of Lokrum for lunch and a swim. Alternatively, set off on a bicycle tour through cypress and olive groves, and enjoy a tasting tour at an olive mill and vineyard. Or you may prefer to admire the city’s historic forts and famed walls on a kayak tour, stopping at Betina Cave for lunch. After your activity, leisure time offers a chance to further explore the marbled streets of the World Heritage-listed Old City. Or perhaps walk the perimeter of the city’s walls, built between the 13th and 16th centuries and today offering great views of the city and the sea.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 22: At SeaEnjoy a last day in luxury as your ship heads northwards on the Adriatic Sea on its way to Venice in Italy.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 23: Venice, Disembark Ocean CruiseThis morning after breakfast disembark the cruise and transfer to your Venice hotel. On arrival enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 24: Stresa, VeniceThis morning, explore Venice on a guided tour. Visit the Bridge of Sighs, St Mark’s Square and St Mark’s Basilica. See a glass-blowing demonstration at a Venetian glass factory and enjoy a gondola ride. Tonight, indulge in a three-course farewell dinner.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 25: Depart VeniceThis morning after breakfast your tour concludes with an airport transfer.Meals IncludedBreakfast

DepartingFrom 31-Oct-2013 to 29-Apr-2015

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Ultimate River Cruise – Budapest to Luxembourg

Europe

Day 1: Arrive BudapestBe met on arrival in Budapest today and board your river ship.Meals IncludeddinnerDay 2: BratislavaOn arrival in Bratislava, visit the city’s iconic attractions or set out on a tour revealing several architectural landmarks of the city’s not-too-distant Communist past.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 3: ViennaEnjoy a guided tour of Vienna. During time at leisure, perhaps tour Schönbrunn Palace (own expense). After dinner, enjoy a Mozart and Strauss concert (own expense).Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 4: Dürnstein, MelkBe treated to a wine tasting in Dürnstein. Afterwards, cruise to Melk for a tour of magnificent Melk Abbey.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 5: Linz, PassauToday, perhaps take an optional tour to Salzburg and its ‘Sound of Music’ sights (own expense); or cruise to Passau for a guided walking tour of its Old Town.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 6: RegensburgArrive in the Bavarian city of Regensburg and choose to explore the medieval highlights or visit the Audi Museum (subject to availability).Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 7: NurembergEnter the Main-Danube Canal and cruise through the Altmühl Valley. On arrival in Nuremberg, take a medieval walking tour or a World War II tour.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 8: Nuremberg, MunichTravel by train to Munich. Tonight, meet your fellow travellers who have started their holiday in Prague.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 9: BambergArrive in Bamberg and explore the World Heritage-listed city on a tour. Enjoy the chance to sample some of Bamberg’s famous smoked beer.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 10: Kitzingen, WürzburgTour Kitzingen and enjoy a wine tasting. Cruise to Würzburg for a tour and a visit to its Resi-dential Palace. Or, journey to Rothenburg (own expense).Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 11: WertheimArrive today in Wertheim and take a walking tour of the town.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 12: Mainz and Rüdesheim OR Heidelberg, KoblenzVisit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, then cruise to Rüdesheim and tour Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Or, enjoy an excursion to Heidelberg. Arrive in Koblenz tonight and enjoy a tour.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 13: Cochem, ZellArrive in Cochem and tour its magnificent hilltop castle. Continue to Zell and tonight, enjoy a wine tasting, with a visit by the town’s Mayor and Wine Queen.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 14: Trier, RemichTour Trier’s Roman ruins, including the Roman Amphitheatre.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 15: Remich, Disembark Ship, Depart LuxembourgDisembark in Remich and travel to Luxembourg City where your tour concludes. You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 1: BudapestArrive in Budapest and transfer to ship. Then board your river ship and enjoy a special Welcome Dinner. Meals IncludeddinnerDay 2: BratislavaOn arrival in Bratislava, visit the city’s iconic attractions or set out on a tour revealing several architectural landmarks of the city’s not-too-distant Communist past.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 3: ViennaIn Vienna, a tour includes Hofburg Palace and more. During time at leisure, perhaps tour Schönbrunn Palace (own expense). After dinner, enjoy an optional Mozart and Strauss concert (own expense).Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 4: Dürnstein, MelkEnjoy a walking tour of the historic town of idyllic Dürnstein before cruising to Melk. Later, enjoy a tour of fascinating Melk Abbey.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 5: Linz, PassauToday, perhaps take an optional tour to Salzburg and its ‘Sound of Music’ sights (own expense); or cruise to Passau for a guided walking tour of its Old Town.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 6: RegensburgTake a tour of Regensburg’s medieval highlights, including the World Heritage-listed city centre, the Old Town Hall and the Porta Pretoria.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 7: NurembergThis morning, enter the Main-Danube Canal and cruise through the Altmühl Valley. On arrival in Nuremberg, take a historic tour of the city.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 8: Nuremberg, MunichTravel by train to Munich and enjoy free time. Your escort will provide ideas of what to do, and will take you to lunch in a local restaurant.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 9: BambergArrive in the World Heritage-listed city of Bamberg today where you may like to take a guided tour that includes a tasting of the famous Rauchbier (smoked beer). Alternatively, perhaps enjoy a guided bicycle tour of the city. Later, continue your cruise.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 10: Kitzingen, WürzburgTour Kitzingen and enjoy a wine tasting. Afterwards, cruise to Würzburg for a city tour and visit its Residential Palace. Alternatively, take an optional excursion to Rothenburg (own expense).Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 11: WertheimToday, take a walking tour of Wertheim or enjoy a guided bike tour along the Main River Valley.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 12: Mainz, Rüdesheim, Koblenz.Visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz then cruise to Rüdesheim and tour Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Alternatively, enjoy an excursion to Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest university town. Arrive in Koblenz this evening, and enjoy a walking tour.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 13: Cochem, ZellArrive in Cochem and tour the Cochem Castle. Continue to Zell and tonight, enjoy a wine tasting, with a visit by the town’s Mayor and Wine Queen.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 14: TrierTour Trier’s Roman ruins today, including the Roman Amphitheatre.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 15: Remich, Disembark Ship, LuxembourgToday your holiday ends and you are transferred to the airport.Meals IncludedBreakfast

DepartingFrom 29-Feb-2016 to 30-Dec-2015

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Private Gardens of the Cotswalds and Cornwall

Europe

Day 1: Arrive London, BathDepart London at 9.00 am for the picturesque city of Bath. Enjoy lunch at the Priory Hotel. Enjoy a tour with the head gardener.Meals IncludedlunchdinnerDay 2: Broadway, Hidcote, Kiftsgate Gardens and Chipping CamdenExplore the Cotswold villages of Broadway and Chipping Camden, plus the famous Lawrence Johnson Garden, Hidcote, with its garden rooms, herbaceous borders, long allée and kitchen garden. In total contrast is a visit to Kiftsgate, a private family garden that has been developed and loved by three generations of women. Of particular interest is the reflection pool and the use of the borrowed landscape from the bottom garden.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 3: Tetbury, Highgrove and WestonbirtExplore the delightful village of Tetbury, plus a visit to Highgrove (subject to confirmation), the private garden of Prince Charles. This organic garden has a wonderful wildflower meadow and an amazing collection of plants and gifts presented to the Prince. There is also time to explore the Arboretum at Westonbirt, with its collection of Rhododendrons.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchDay 4: Stow-on-the-Wold, Bibury, Barnsley House and GardenStroll around the charming village of Stow-on-the-Wold, revealing antique shops, art galleries, delightful cafes and pubs. On our way to Barnsley House for lunch, we pass through the picturesque village of Bibury, with its stone houses and colourful gardens. After lunch, enjoy a guided tour of the late Rosemary Verey’s garden, which she wrote about so often. The colourful Laburnum Tunnel under planted with purple alliums is a highlight in spring.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchDay 5: Abbey House Garden and MalmseburyExplore Malmesbury and visit The Abbey House Gardens, nestling beside the Avon River. Made famous by the television program ‘The Naked Gardeners’, its beautifully clipped topiary, secluded garden rooms, flowery beds and variety of plants make this one of the best private gardens in England.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 6: Hestercombe GardensTravel through the countryside to Cornwall. Visit Hestercombe, one of the exquisite gardens of Gertrude Jekyll and Sir Edwin Lutyens, which was recently restored to great acclaim.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 7: Trebah and Tregothnan GardensVisit the sub-tropical paradise of Trebah Garden, set against an amazing coastal backdrop. Records of the garden date back to the Doomsday survey of 1085. Continue to Tregothnan Gardens, housing some ‘Red Book’ endangered plants and trees, which are larger than any remaining in the wild.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 8: Penjerrick Gardens, Padstow, Rick Stein Lunch and Port IsaacVisit Penjerrick Gardens, one of Cornwall’s most beautiful and unspoilt gardens, it has featured on Monty Don’s ‘Lost Gardens’ TV series. Continue to Padstow, home to the famous English chef and television personality Rick Stein. Enjoy a gourmet lunch at one of Rick’s restaurants, then depart for the quaint fishing village of Port Isaac, where the popular television series ‘Doc Martin’ was filmed.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchDay 9: The Eden Project and Lost Gardens of HeliganWe will visit the unique and unforgettable biomes at the Eden Project. This top garden and eco attraction, renowned for its innovative environmental programs, is also home to the world’s largest greenhouse. This afternoon we will visit the Gardens of Heligan. The seat of the Tremayne family for more than 400 years, Heligan is one of England’s most mysterious estates. Today, its home to the gloriously restored Lost Gardens of Heligan.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 10: Depart Cornwall to Portsmouth and LondonWe depart Cornwall early this morning for our drive to Portsmouth to join the ship. For those not joining our British Isles Cruise, continue to London for your return at around 7.00 pm (with a drop off at Heathrow Airport at around 6.00 pm).Meals IncludedBreakfast

DepartingFrom 31-Dec-2014 to 30-May-2015

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