Danube River Cruise Budapest and Prague 14 days from $4999 $4999 per person twin share. Single Supplement $2499

Danube River Cruise Budapest and Prague 14 days from $4999 $4999 per person twin share. Single Supplement $2499 Monthly departures April to October 2...
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Danube River Cruise Budapest and Prague 14 days from $4999 $4999 per person twin share. Single Supplement $2499

Monthly departures April to October 2017 Book by 27 October 2016 

Return economy airfare All Australian Capital Cities to Budapest and Prague



12 nights First Class accommodations o

2 nights Budapest, 7 nights outside cabin on River Cruise ship, 3 nights Prague



All transfers



25 meals: 12 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners



Shore excursions per itinerary



Entrance fees per itinerary

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Hungary Depart for Hungary DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Budapest Arrive in Budapest and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to discover Buda and Pest in this elegant city with its wealth of historic monuments linked by eight graceful bridges. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink and briefing with your Tour Manager at the hotel Overnight: Budapest DAY 3, Saturday - Budapest City Tour Your morning tour begins on the Pest side of the city; view the Parliament, City Park and Heroes Square. Cross to Buda to see the Royal Palace, Matthias Church and the graceful medieval architecture along the cobbled streets. Explore the city's wonderful shops and cafes this afternoon on your own. Tonight, an optional dinner and show in Budapest. Travel to the outskirts of Budapest for a traditional Hungarian Dinner in a scenic forested location. While dining, you'll be entertained by colourfully dressed dancers performing a variety of spirited folk dances accompanied by a group playing live gypsy music Optional: Dinner & Show in Budapest (PM) Overnight: Budapest Meals: Breakfast DAY 4, Sunday - Cruise Embarkation Enjoy the morning at leisure, or participate in the optional tour that traces the rich Jewish heritage of Budapest. Begin with a visit to the Great Dohany Synagogue, which ranks among one of the major Jewish sights in Budapest. This Moorish-style building is Europe's largest synagogue and the second largest in the world. View the Jewish Museum, the magnificent Tree of Life and the inspiring Raoul Wallenberg Memorial. Finally, travel across town to explore the chilling Hungarian Holocaust Museum. This afternoon, transfer to the port to embark your cruise. Tonight, a gala Welcome Dinner sets the mood for your delightful river cruise. The ship will set sail at 10 pm. Bon Voyage! Optional: Budapest Jewish Interest Tour (AM) Overnight: River Cruise Meals: Breakfast, Dinner DAY 5, Monday - Bratislava City Tour This morning, enjoy the tranquil scenery as the ship sails along the scenic Danube. In the late afternoon, arrive in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, a mix of modern and Baroque architecture. This capital city is among the youngest in Europe, yet retains a rich history dating back more than 2000 years. Walk along the cobblestone lanes of the historic town center; view St. Martin's Cathedral,

coronation site of the Kings of Hungary, the 13th century Old Town Hall and the Franciscan church. Time to explore this colorful city on your own before returning to the ship for dinner. This evening, the ship will set sail just before midnight Overnight: River Cruise Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner DAY 6, Tuesday - Vienna City Tour Your morning tour of romantic Vienna introduces you to this Imperial city with its legendary opulence and elegance. Drive along the famed Ringstrasse, Vienna's main boulevard lined with magnificent Baroque palaces, parks and monuments. View the lavish Hofburg Palace, and the impressive Vienna Opera House. Continue to majestic St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Parliament building. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure, or, join the optional tour to the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace, once summer residence of the Hapsburgs. Visit the gorgeous baroque apartments and stroll through the worldfamous manicured gardens. Tonight, perhaps take the opportunity to attend an evening of Viennese culture in the "City of Music" at an optional concert performance of the classical masterpieces of Mozart and Strauss, two of Vienna's most famous citizens Optional: Schonbrunn Palace Tour (PM) Optional: Classical Viennese Concert (PM) Overnight: River Cruise Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner DAY 7, Wednesday - Melk Abbey This morning, arrive in the Bavarian village of Durnstein, one of the prettiest towns on the Danube. Free time to stroll this quintessential village in the heart of the Wachau wine district. Walk along medieval cobblestone streets revealing 16th century town houses and wine taverns. Continue cruising later this morning and relax on board as the ship cruises through the scenic Wachau Valley, with lovely storybook views of vineyards, castles, hilltop ruins and monasteries. Later, disembark in Melk for a guided tour of the historic Benedictine Abbey, considered one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in Europe. View the Abbot's chambers, the Kaiser's walk and the lavish library. The ship will set sail as you dine on board this evening Overnight: River Cruise Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner DAY 8, Thursday - Full Day in Linz Early this morning cruise into Linz. Founded by the Romans, Linz has cultivated a strong artistic tradition, especially in the field of music. Today is free to explore the city independently, taking in such sites as St. Mary’s Cathedral and Linz Castle, or just relaxing at a café sampling the famous Linzer torte which was named after this quaint city. Alternatively, join the optional full day excursion to Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. Travel through the picturesque landscape of Southern Bohemia to Cesky Krumlov, a fairy-tale town with its maze of narrow cobbled streets. Declared by UNESCO a

World Heritage Site in 1992, Cesky Krumlov has earned an international reputation for its State Castle and Chateau, one of the largest in Central Europe, superbly furnished with priceless art, tapestries and richly decorated weapons. The guided walk through town is highlighted by Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance houses once mansions of noblemen families Optional: Full Day Tour of Cesky Krumlov Overnight: River Cruise Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner DAY 9, Friday - Full Day in Passau Today presents a wonderful opportunity to join the optional full day tour to beautiful Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and setting for the Sound of Music. The walking tour will include some of Salzburg's most historic sites including the Mirabell Palace, the Abbey, Salzburg Cathedral, and St. Peter's Cemetery. After lunch at a local restaurant, there will be time to discover Salzburg on your own before returning to the ship. If you choose to remain on board, the day is free to explore the 2500-year-old Passau. Well known for its pastel patrician houses, cafes, cobblestone lanes and riverfront promenade, Passau is a Bavarian town with a mix of Roman, Italian Baroque and Gothic architecture. In the early evening, all passengers will rejoin the ship and set sail for Regensburg Optional: Full Day Tour of Salzburg Overnight: River Cruise Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner DAY 10, Saturday - Regensburg City Tour Arrive in Regensburg this morning, one of Germany's largest and best preserved medieval cities designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The guided walking tour highlights the city's stunning architecture as you view the Old Town Hall, the Dom St. Peter, and the Porta Praetoria, gateway to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Marvel at beautiful churches and one of the oldest stone bridges crossing the Danube. Return to the ship or spend the afternoon at leisure discovering the delights of Regensburg on your own. The vessel will remain docked in port this evening as you enjoy your final night on board Overnight: River Cruise Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner DAY 11, Sunday - Prague City Tour This morning disembark from the river cruise and drive to the "Golden City" of Prague. Upon arrival this afternoon, continue on a tour of this magnificent city. Visit the 1000-year-old Hradcany Castle grounds, former residence of the Bohemian Kings and enjoy breathtaking views of the Charles Bridge and Lesser Town below. Walk though the elegant courtyards and see St. George Basilica and the St. Vitus Cathedral. Continue to the Jewish Quarter, and the Old Town Square to view the world-famous Astronomical Clock and the Town Hall

Overnight: Prague Meals: Breakfast DAY 12, Monday - Full Day in Prague Today is free to explore Prague on your own. Perhaps visit the museums, galleries or wander along the banks of the Vltava River. Or, join the optional morning tour to Terezin, the infamous Nazi WWII concentration camp, now a memorial to those who perished. Tonight, mix with the locals at Wenceslas Square, shop for local handicrafts, enjoy one of the many charming cafes or dine at a world-class restaurant Optional: Terezin (AM) Overnight: Prague Meals: Breakfast DAY 13, Tuesday - Full Day in Prague Today is free to further explore this beautiful city independently. Visit the museums, galleries or stroll along Parizska Street, the city's famous shopping district. This evening, perhaps try traditional Czech cuisine at a popular restaurant. Remember to sample Prague's national treasure - its world-renowned beer Overnight: Prague Meals: Breakfast DAY 14, Wednesday - Depart the Czech Republic Transfer to the airport for your departure flight Meals: Breakfast

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Europe River Cruise 14 days from $4999. Per person twin share from Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide or Brisbane  

Departure dates: 16 Jul 2016, 17 Sep 2016, 22 Jul 2017, 29 Jul 2017, 16 Sep 2017

Your tour inclusions and itinerary Included in the tour price, you get the following       

Return economy airfares from Sydney to London with Qantas 2 nights Comfort Inn Hotel, Victoria Station. 7 nights’ cruising with full board 4 nights' hotel accommodation with continental breakfast 1 evening meal Convenient local joining points Travel by Silver Service coach

Excursions Included in the tour price, you get the following excursions included      

Passau - Pretty Old Town area Vienna - Classical imperial city Budapest with sightseeing tour - Grand capital of Hungary Bratislava - Historic old town and waterfront Melk - Famous Abbey Rhine and Moselle Valley - Picturesque vineyards and villages

Accommodation Included in the tour price, you get the following accommodation You will spend seven nights cruising on the 3-star MV Esmeralda. Cabin accommodation is on two decks: main and promenade. There is a lounge with bar, restaurant and sun deck, and all of the cosy, functional twin-bedded cabins have picture windows, shower and toilet, colour T.V. and safety deposit box. The Esmeralda has a lift between the main deck and the promenade deck, and a stair lift between the promenade deck and the sun deck. Cabins - Accommodation is on two decks – main and promenade – and all of the functional, cosy cabins have picture windows, shower and toilet, T.V., safety deposit box and twin beds. Lounge/Bar - The Esmeralda has an inviting lounge where morning coffee and afternoon tea is offered each day. Restaurant - Enjoy the Esmeralda’s tasty cuisine in the ship’s comfortable restaurant. Your overnight stay in the Rhine or Moselle Valley will be in a 3-star standard hotel and city-style hotels will be used in the Regensburg area and Belgium

Day 1 Arrive London, and overnight at the Comfort Inn Victoria Station for 1 night

Day 2 Depart London Hotel, then travel onwards to Belgium for an overnight stay.

Day 3 Continue through Germany to the Regensburg area for an overnight stay. 

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 4 - Passau To Passau, picturesquely set where the Danube is joined by the Inn and Ilz rivers. Continue to Linz, where we board our cruise ship, the MV Esmeralda for our seven-night cruise. 

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Passau

Day 5 - Danube Cruise to Vienna Cruise the Danube eastwards passing through the wine producing area of the Wachau. From the river you see Greinburg Castle and the ruins of Kunringer Castle. Early evening arrival in Vienna. 

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - Vienna Spend the whole day in Vienna where you can join our optional sightseeing tour. Cruise overnight to Budapest. 

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Vienna

Day 7 - Budapest with Sightseeing Arrive in Budapest. We will meet our guide and enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city, by coach and on foot. We leave early evening to cruise towards Bratislava. 

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Budapest

Day 8 - Bratislava Morning cruising, then early afternoon arrival in the Slovakian capital. Join our optional guided tour by coach and on foot. 

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Bratislava

Day 9 - Dürnstein We cruise to Dürnstein. It was here that Richard the Lionheart was kept captive, imprisoned in Castle Dürnstein. 

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Dürnstein

Day 10 - Melk Morning cruising to Melk, where you can visit the abbey, then on to Linz, arriving late this evening. 

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Melk

Melk Abbey

Day 11 - Linz Disembark in Linz, then by coach to our overnight stay in the Rhine or Moselle Valley.



Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Linz

Day 12 - Rhine and Moselle Valleys We drive along the picturesque Rhine Valley. Join an optional river cruise and why not sample the Moselle wines? Continue to Belgium for an overnight stay. 

Included meals: Breakfast

Moselle

Rhine

Day 13 Return home to London and overnight at the Comfort Inn Victoria Station. 

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 14 Transfer to London airport for your flights home to Australia.

MV Esmeralda The Esmeralda offers a high level of comfort and a family atmosphere. The Esmeralda can accommodate 126 passengers ontwo decks and is airconditioned throughout. It has a lift between the promenade deck and main deck. It has a stair lift between the promenade deck and sun deck. It is a pleasure to relax on the partially coverd sun deck.

Cabins All 63 outward facing cabins have: -

air-conditioning, shower & toilet, satellite TV, safe deposit box, twin beds and a continental electricity socket (220 volts).

Lounge /Bar The Esmeralda has a spacious and inviting lounge. The bar and lounge of the Esmeralda is completely renovated in the beginning of 2011. Morning coffee and afternoon tea is offered each day in the lounge.

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The restaurant at the front of the main deck can accommodate all passengers at a single seating. On all cruises on board the Esmeralda you'll start the day with a buffet breakfast. On cruises in the summer you'll enjoy a three-course lunch and a four-course dinner with a choice in menu.

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MV Esmeralda The Esmeralda offers a high level of comfort and a family atmosphere. The Esmeralda can accommodate 126 passengers on two decks and is air conditioned throughout. It has a lift between the promenade deck and main deck. It has a stair lift between the promenade deck and sun deck. It is a pleasure to relax on the partially covered sun deck.

Danube River Cruise Budapest to Amsterdam

Italy Coach Tour 30 days Cruise Tour from

$8499 Per person twin share flying from Melbourne, Sydney Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth

Book by: Phone: Departing:

31 August 2016 Destination International. 1300 813391. www.ditravel.com.au 06 May. 20 May, 17 June, 12 Aug and 09 Sept. 2017..

Return economy airfares from Australian Capital Cities to Budapest, Amsterdam and Rome. 

River Cruise Tour - 14 nights outside cabin aboard the First Class Monarch Queen or Monarch Baroness



Cruise porterage, All transfers & port fees, 41 meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners, Entrance fees per itinerary



Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring during excursions

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14 Day Italian Delights Coach Tour as per below itinerary 13 nights' accommodation in twin rooms with private en-suite facilities. Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room. 11 breakfasts, 1 Antipasto, 5 dinners All taxes and fees Any public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days) Modern air conditioned coach with reclining seats, TV for showing DVDs, and toilet. 14 Experiences (including guided walking tours, orientation walks, driving tours of cities plus other exciting experiences)

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Special Features 

See magnificent panoramic views of Budapest from atop Fisherman's Bastion



Tour romantic Vienna with its legendary opulence and elegance



In Melk, join a guided tour of the historic Benedictine Abbey



Marvel at the beautiful churches and ancient stone bridges in Regensburg



Cruise the Main-Danube Canal, considered a marvel of modern engineering



Walk in Bamberg's medieval center with its 11th century Romanesque cathedral



View the mighty Lorelei Rock named for the siren "Lorelei" rising vertically from the waters



Sail on the legendary Rhine to Cologne, capital of the Rhineland



In Amsterdam, board a glass-top boat and cruise the winding canals

River Cruise Features & Amenities 

Captain's Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner



Unlimited wine and beer with dinners



Locally inspired recipes



Early riser breakfast in addition to buffet breakfast



Complimentary bottled water replenished daily in your stateroom



Late night snack



Complimentary Wi-Fi access in public areas



Self-serve coffee and tea station



Lounge serving premium spirits



Daily entertainment including an on-board musician



Fitness center



Non-smoking ship interior



Cruise Director & Tour Managers throughout



Shore excursions conducted exclusively in English by licensed guides

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Hungary Depart for Hungary DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Budapest Arrive in Budapest, Hungary and transfer to the port. Embarkation will begin at 3 pm. Tonight, a gala Welcome Dinner sets the mood for your delightful river cruise Overnight: River Cruise Meals: Dinner DAY 3, Monday - Budapest City Tour Your morning tour begins on the Pest side of the river; view the Parliament, City Park and Heroes Square. Cross to Buda to see the Royal Palace, Matthias Church and the graceful medieval architecture along the cobbled streets. Explore the city's wonderful shops and cafes this afternoon on your own. Or, join the optional tour that traces the rich Jewish heritage of Budapest. Begin with a visit to the magnificent Dohany Synagogue, which ranks among the major Jewish sights in Europe. This Moorish-style building is the largest in Europe and the second largest in the world. View the Jewish Museum, the magnificent Tree of Life and the inspiring Raoul Wallenberg Memorial. Finally, travel across town to explore the chilling Hungarian Holocaust Museum. Tonight, the ship sets sail at 10 pm. Bon Voyage! Optional: Budapest Jewish Interest Tour (PM) Overnight: River Cruise Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner DAY 4, Tuesday - Bratislava City Tour Relax on board today as you take in the tranquil scenery of the Danube River. In the late afternoon, arrive in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, a mix of modern and Baroque architecture. This capital city is among the youngest in Europe, yet retains a rich history dating back more than 2000 years. Walk along the cobblestone lanes of the historic town center; view St. Martin's Cathedral, coronation site of the Kings of Hungary, the 13th century Old Town Hall and the Franciscan church. Time to explore this colorful city on your own before returning to the ship for dinner. This evening, the ship will set sail just before midnight Overnight: River Cruise Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner DAY 5, Wednesday - Vienna City Tour Your morning tour of romantic Vienna introduces you to this Imperial city with its legendary opulence and elegance. Drive along the famed Ringstrasse, Vienna's main boulevard lined

with magnificent Baroque palaces, parks and monuments. View the lavish Hofburg Palace, and the impressive Vienna Opera House. Continue to majestic St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Parliament building. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure, or, join the optional tour to the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace, once summer residence of the Hapsburgs. Visit the gorgeous baroque apartments and stroll through the world-famous manicured gardens. Tonight, perhaps take the opportunity to attend an evening of Viennese culture in the "City of Music" at an optional concert performance of the classical masterpieces of Mozart and Strauss, two of Vienna's most famous citizens Optional: Schonbrunn Palace Tour (PM) Optional: Classical Viennese Concert (PM) Overnight: River Cruise Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner DAY 6, Thursday - Melk Abbey This morning, arrive in the Bavarian village of Durnstein, one of the prettiest towns on the Danube. Free time to stroll this quintessential village in the heart of the Wachau wine district. Walk along medieval cobblestone streets revealing 16th century town houses and wine taverns. Continue cruising late this morning and relax on board as the boat cruises through the scenic Wachau Valley, with lovely storybook views of vineyards, castles, hilltop ruins and monasteries. Later, disembark in Melk for a guided tour of the historic Benedictine Abbey, considered one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in Europe. View the Abbot's chambers, the Kaiser's walk and the lavish library. The ship will set sail as you dine on board this evening Overnight: River Cruise Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner DAY 7, Friday - Afternoon in Passau Today presents a wonderful opportunity to join the optional full day tour to beautiful Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and setting for the Sound of Music. The walking tour will include some of Salzburg's most historic sites including the Mirabell Palace, the Abbey, Salzburg Cathedral, and St. Peter's Cemetery. After lunch at a local restaurant, there will be time to discover Salzburg on your own before returning to the ship. If you choose to remain on board, the day is free to explore the 2500-year-old Passau. Well known for its pastel patrician houses, cafes, cobblestone lanes and riverfront promenade, Passau is a Bavarian town with a mix of Roman, Italian Baroque and Gothic architecture. In the early evening, all passengers will rejoin the ship and set sail for Regensburg Optional: Full Day Tour of Salzburg Overnight: River Cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Saturday - Regensburg City Tour Arrive in Regensburg this morning, one of Germany's largest and best preserved medieval cities designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The guided walking tour highlights the city's stunning architecture as you view the Old Town Hall, the Dom St. Peter, and the Porta Praetoria, gateway to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Marvel at beautiful churches and one of the oldest stone bridges crossing the Danube. Return to the boat or spend the afternoon at leisure discovering the delights of Regensburg on your own Overnight: River Cruise Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner DAY 9, Sunday - Nuremberg City Tour This afternoon, explore Nuremberg, an energetic city with a visible history of almost one thousand years. The guided excursion begins at the historic Palace of Justice where the War Crimes Tribunal met in 1946 and continues to the vibrant Market Square. Stroll through the shops that fill the Old Town or walk along the fortified walls of Nuremberg Castle. This evening set sail as you dine on board Overnight: River Cruise Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner DAY 10, Monday - Bamberg City Tour This morning, dock in historic Bamberg, former residence of one of Germany's most powerful imperial dynasties and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin your walk in the medieval city center with its impressive 11th century Romanesque cathedral and gorgeous rose garden. After, view the very unusual City Hall built on a tiny island in the

middle of the Regnitz River and Little Venice, an area of colorful fisherman's houses. This afternoon set sail for Wurzburg Overnight: River Cruise Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner DAY 11, Tuesday - Wurzburg City Tour Discover Wurzburg, named the "Pearl of the Romantic Road," with its dramatic Marienberg fortress, 15th century bridge and lush vineyards. Your walk takes you to the ornate Bishops' Residenz Palace, a stunning example of Baroque architecture, home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This afternoon, explore the town on your own, or join the optional tour along Germany's "Romantic Road" to Rothenburg, with its turreted city wall and impressive Gothic architecture Optional: Rothenburg City Tour (PM) Overnight: River Cruise Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner DAY 12, Wednesday - Wertheim & Miltenberg Walking Tours This morning, stroll through Wertheim, a charming German town well known for its glassworks and Franconian wine. Continue by coach to the picturesque Bavarian village of Miltenberg, a jewel on the banks of the Main River. Discover the Market Square with its Renaissance-era fountain, the Merchant Hall with its stunning Gothic architecture and the unique 14th and 15th century half-timbered houses. After lunch on board, enjoy free time in Miltenberg before the ship sails this evening Overnight: River Cruise Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner DAY 13, Thursday - Morning Cruising & Afternoon in Koblenz Spend a relaxing morning on board, taking in the spectacular vistas as the ship sails past castles perched on lofty cliffs, terraced vineyards and tiny villages. Pass the mighty Lorelei Rock on the eastern bank of the Rhine rising vertically from the waters, named for the siren "Lorelei" who bewitched sailors passing by. This afternoon, the ship docks this morning in Koblenz, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Join an orientation walk this morning and free time to explore the Romanesque architecture and imposing defensive towers of this 2000-year old city. Or, join the optional tour to the dramatic Marksburg Castle, the only hill castle on the Rhine that's never been destroyed and has been continuously occupied for over 700 years Optional: Marksburg Castle (PM) Overnight: River Cruise Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14, Friday - Cologne City Tour This morning join a walking tour of Cologne, one of Germany's largest cities and capital of the Rhineland. The city is highlighted by the soaring, twin-steeple Gothic cathedral that is the geographical and spiritual heart of the city. Known for its vibrant art scene, Cologne abounds with cafes, galleries, shops and taverns. Set sail in the late afternoon for Amsterdam Overnight: River Cruise Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner DAY 15, Saturday - Amsterdam City Tour Today's panoramic tour of 700-year-old Amsterdam introduces you to both the old and the new sections of this city. View the Royal Palace on Amsterdam's Dam Square, the Queen's official home-away-from-home. On to the Dutch National Monument dedicated by Queen Juliana as a memorial to the victims of WWII and to the unusual Skinny Bridge, once so narrow that pedestrians could not pass each other. Arrive at the bustling Albert Cuyp market - its stalls sell everything from food to clothes to crafts. Then, board a glass-top boat and cruise the winding canals for an up-close view of the stately historic homes, 16th-century warehouses and charming churches with striking bell towers. This evening bid farewell to your traveling companions on your final night on board Overnight: River Cruise Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner DAY 16, Sunday - Depart the Netherlands for Rome This morning, transfer to the airport for your departure flight to Rome. Upon Arrival check into your Rome hotel for two nights. Enjoy two days in Rome on own pre escorted tour. Meals: Breakfast

DAY 17 & 18: Free Days in Rome

Welcome to Rome! If you arrive early enough, head into the city to see what Rome has to offer. An ancient city that has seen the rise and fall of entire empires, there is no shortage of historical real estate to feast your eyes on. Not to mention designer shopping and brilliant food. Meet up with your tour leader at our hotel in the afternoon, and prepare for the tour of a lifetime! On the evening of day 18, you’ll meet the rest of the tour group at our included welcome dinner. DAY 19: Rome

Today, we’ll take a guided walking tour of the city, stopping off at the landmarks that have made Rome a perennial favourite with travellers all over the world. See Ancient Roman architecture, medieval buildings, Renaissance artworks and more remnants of Rome’s illustrious past as capital of this incredible country. Highlights today include the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona and the Roman Forum. And let’s not forget Trevi

Fountain – legend has it that if you drop a coin into the fountain, you’ll return again one day. In your free time this afternoon, why not visit the Coliseum, probably Rome's most recognisable landmark, and the centre of Roman social life. See where countless gladiators, martyrs, wild animals and other unfortunate souls did battle in the name of entertainment. DAY 20: Pompeii - Sorrento region

Leaving Rome, we’ll head to Sorrento peninsula via Pompeii. As it’s our first day on the coach, take the time to get to know your fellow travel companions, and listen out for tips on Italy from your tour leader. On our way to the coastal region of Sorrento, you will see Mount Vesuvius and we will stop at Pompeii to explore the ruins of this ancient Roman town, destroyed in 79AD in a catastrophic volcanic eruption. Preserved since ancient times under meters of ash and pumice, it offers superb insights into life (and death) in the ancient Roman Empire. As we leave Pompeii behind, you will have the option to visit the beautiful Amalfi coast, with some free time to explore the town of Amalfi. Upon arrival on the Sorrento peninsula we have a two night stay. Amongst other things, this area is famous for limoncello (a sweet lemon liqueur), and this is the perfect way to finish off your meal.

DAY 21: Sorrento region - Free day

A gorgeous old town hugging the coastline, the Sorrento peninsula is our base for the day. Explore the towns in your own time, and seek out little shops producing lace-work, ceramics and specialising in marquetry (the art and craft of applying pieces of veneer to create incredible artwork). Alternatively, choose our optional excursion to the famous Isle of Capri. Capri has charmed everyone from Roman emperors to modern showbiz elites. Try it for yourself and enjoy the smooth mix of cafés, rugged coastline, ancient Roman ruins and stylish piazzas. DAY 22: Assisi

Today, we depart the coast and head north to Assisi, stopping en route in Cassino. Famed for the site of the Abbey of Monte Cassino, along with its rolling green hills, vineyards and rivers, the city was also the scene of fierce fighting in World War II, which left the town almost completely destroyed. After a comfort stop here, we continue on to the region of

Umbria and the medieval town of Assisi, whose most famous son, St Francis, was born here in 1181. A charming town and the most popular pilgrimage site in Italy, you will enjoy the ancient churches and basilicas – many of them are just as St Francis would have seen them almost one thousand years ago! DAY 23: Venice

Leaving the churches and basilicas behind, we head to Venice, stopping off for a comfort stop in Europe’s third-smallest state – San Marino. Claiming to be the oldest surviving sovereign state in the world, San Marino was founded by Saint Marinus on the 3rd of September 301, and is now one of the most popular day-trip destinations for visitors to the area. Situated on a hilltop, you will witness stunning views of the surrounding countryside and the Adriatic sea. You will have ample time to explore and to shop. Once we’ve had a look around, we’re off to the canals of Venice! Here we’ll take an orientation walking tour with your Expat Explore tour leader, including the Rialto Bridge and St Marks Square. Sample some of the city’s culinary delights and marvel at this incredible city – which features more artistic masterpieces per square kilometre than any other place on earth!

DAY 24: Venice - Free day

Take the time to explore today on your free day in Venice. Get a classic Venetian view from the famous Rialto Bridge, board a gondola and see Venice the way it should be seen, try Venetian cuisine, visit museums and art galleries and get the full Venetian experience! Alternatively you can simply relax and soak up the sun on the sandy beaches at Jesolo or Lido. There’s also St Marks Square, The Bridge of Sighs and the Doge’s Palace to see – plus any number of culinary delights to sample, too! DAY 25: Italian Lakes

First up today, we’ll stop off in ‘fair Verona’ to catch a glimpse of Juliet’s balcony, where Romeo supposedly wooed Juliet in Shakespeare’s classic ‘Romeo & Juliet.’ Beset by family feuds, drama and romance since its founding in Roman times, Verona has its share of stories to tell. Look out for the 2000 year old arena and the ancient city gates. Later, we head to the Italian Lakes – and you’ll find out just why famous writers like DH Lawrence and

Hemingway were so inspired by this region of Italy. Peek at palatial lakeside villas, and revel in the pleasant mix of luxury and rural charm. DAY 26: Cinque Terre

Leaving the beautiful Italian Lakes, we head to the Cinque Terre region. Made up of five picturesque Italian towns, Cinque Terre features hiking routes and trains running regularly along the coastline between the towns of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. With cars and motorcycles banned from the towns, you’ll have a wonderful time exploring the towns by train or by foot. Each town has it's own unique charm - we are certain you will fall in love with each and every one! As you explore, why not taste local wines along with local produce such as pesto, freshly-caught fish and sweet lemons? Unforgettable! DAY 29: Tuscany

On our way to Florence, we stop off at the famous town of Pisa to get a few shots of its distinctive Leaning Tower. Now over 800 years old, it’s a classic sight in Italy and well worth a visit. Bragging rights are all yours! On arrival in Florence, we take a guided walking tour of the city, exploring many of the most famous sites and gaining local insight from our guide. Sights to see in Florence include Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Vecchio, Florence Cathedral, the Basilica of Santa Croce and of course Michelangelo’s David. A cultural and political focal point during the Renaissance, Florence is endowed with a huge variety of important buildings and famous artworks. After exploring, it’s off to our accommodation in the Tuscan hills, in the ancient spa town of Montecatini Terme. Later, you are free to search for that perfect restaurant or ask your tour leader for recommendations. DAY 30: Siena - Rome

Today, we enjoy a Tuscan highlights driving tour, winding our way through one of the world’s most picturesque countryside landscapes. We also stop off in the medieval town of San Gimignano with its amazing towers, to sample local wines and enjoy Antipasto (a selection of cheese, cured meats, bread and olives). This afternoon, we stop at the town of UNESCO World Heritage town of Siena – featuring largely gothic artistic remnants, as opposed to the Renaissance flourishes of Florence, for a true Tuscan experience. We then return home to Rome to round things off with a celebratory final dinner.

DAY 31: Rome

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Marksburg Castle Tour Join a guided tour of the dramatic Marksburg Castle, the only hill castle on the Rhine that has never been destroyed. The castle has been continuously occupied for over 700 years and houses a host of artifacts that bring the Middle Ages to life. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours. Day #6

01 Mar 2016 - 31 Dec 2017

Rothenburg Tour Drive from Wurzburg to Rothenburg, a fairy tale town located on the famous "Romantic Road." Best known for its well-preserved medieval old town, Rothenburg has managed to maintain its medieval appearance into the 21st century. Explore the main square, highlighted by the famous Church of St. Jacob and the richly decorated Patrician houses, and listen for the Town Hall Clock, which chimes once a day to commemorate the 30 Years War. Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

AUD$68.00

Day #8

01 Mar 2016 - 31 Dec 2017

AUD$68.00

Tour of Salzburg Enjoy a full-day excursion to beautiful Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and setting for the Sound of Music. The walking tour will include some of Salzburg’s most historic sites including Mirabell Palace, the house where Mozart lived, Nonnberg Abbey, Salzburg Cathedral, St. Peter's Cemetery. Lunch is included at a local restaurant, and then there will be time to explore the streets of Salzburg on your own before returning to the boat. Approximate tour duration is 9 hours. *Tours operating from Nov 19 - Dec 26, 2015 will include the Christmas market in Salzburg. Day #12

01 Mar 2016 - 31 Dec 2017

AUD$145.00

Classical Viennese Concert Experience a delightful evening of Viennese culture in the "City of Music." Attend a concert featuring the classical masterpieces of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss, two of Vienna's most famous citizens. The musicians will bring to life the passionate strains of Mozart, a child prodigy who blossomed into one of history's greatest composers and Strauss, the Waltz King, who composed the Blue Danube, the world's most famous waltz. The chamber orchestra is accompanied by a professional dance performance, recalling the golden age of the 19th-century Viennese ballrooms. Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours. Day #13

01 Mar 2016 - 31 Dec 2017

AUD$86.00

Schonbrunn Palace Tour Enjoy an afternoon guided tour of the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace, once the summer residence of the Hapsburg emperors. Visit the gorgeous baroque apartments and stroll through the world-famous manicured and aromatic gardens. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours. *Tours operating from Nov 21 - Dec 26, 2015 will include the Schonbrunn Christmas Market Day #14

01 Mar 2016 - 31 Dec 2017

AUD$68.00

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Cabins All 63 outward facing cabins have: -

air-conditioning, shower & toilet, satellite TV, safe deposit box, twin beds and a continental electricity socket (220 volts).

Lounge /Bar The Esmeralda has a spacious and inviting lounge. The bar and lounge of the Esmeralda is completely renovated in the beginning of 2011. Morning coffee and afternoon tea is offered each day in the lounge.

The restaurant at the front of the main deck can accommodate all passengers at a single seating. On all cruises on board the Esmeralda you'll start the day with a buffet breakfast. On cruises in the summer you'll enjoy a three-course lunch and a four-course dinner with a choice in menu.

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Our exclusive focus is on supported travel arrangements which provide our customers with a breadth and depth of service complimented by local expertise that is simply unparalleled How to book: Our office is located in Abbotsford in Melbourne. You can call our office on 1300 813391. You can email us on, [email protected], [email protected] , You can call our office and make an appointment to come and meet with one of travel consultants. Payment can be made by: Credit card – there is 2% bank fee charged for all major credit cards that will be added to your tour cost at time of payment. We only accept visa and MasterCard. You can also pay by cash or cheque by depositing these funds directly into our bank account at any Bendigo bank in Australia. There are no bank fees charged when you direct deposit the funds directly into our bank account. Booking conditions apply. FREE BROCHURES. All tours are subject to confirmation from the airlines. hotels and tour operators.

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