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Our Superb Range of

Our Superb Range of Excursions – MS Serenity Salzburg Melk Abbey Rudesheim Vienna Strasbourg heart of the town. Rüdesheim delights The quaint town of Rüdesheim holds a particular charm during the winter months, with the wine bars, streets and narrow alleys bustling with seasonal festive fayre and sales of its regional Rheingau wines and beers. In Rüdesheim’s most captivating , inclined street called the Drosselgasse, you can seek out a souvenir bottle or two along with some local Asbach brandy. A highlight of our excursion is a visit to the marvellous Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum, where fascinating examples of early 1900 mechanical music making systems can be viewed. Topping off our visit will be the offer of a complimentary mug of Glühwein, with the invitation to keep our mug as a souvenir. Rüdesheim highlights A road train ride transports you to view fascinating examples of early 1900 mechanical music making systems at Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum. We also include a cable car ride that rises 37 metres up the hillside to reach the iconic Niederwald monument. This is a unique experience, taking you over the sloping vineyards for an amazing panoramic view of the romantic Rhine valley. Salzburg Salzburg is the birthplace of Mozart and home to ‘The Sound of Music’, this enchanting city is set on the banks of the River Salzach, framed by the Kapuzinerberg and Mönchsberg mountain range. We are free to explore the famous sights in Salzburg. Schönbrunn Palace This is a wonderful opportunity to see inside the luxurious interiors of Schönbrunn Palace and explore some of the 1,441 rooms which are filled with magnificent chandeliers, beautiful ceiling frescoes and lashings of gold decoration. Highlights include the Great Gallery, the Chinese Cabinets and Emperor Franz Joseph’s private suite. Please note: for The Danube to the Black Sea itinerary, Schönbrunn Palace is combined with the Vienna city tour to create a full day excursion. Strasbourg canal cruise Strasbourg is well known for its historical and cultural sights, which are best seen from the unique canal system surrounding the city. Our excursion is aboard a small glass-topped canal cruiser which offers a great vantage point. Having seen some of the sights from the water, you can disembark in the heart of Strasbourg, close to the old pedestrianised walled city and the cathedral. Vienna city tour This is the perfect introduction to Vienna, the city of music. Our tour focuses on the historic centre and its rich architecture, where we learn about the baroque castles and gardens, and the 19th-century Ringstrasse which is lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks – all of which are inscribed on the Unesco world heritage list (entrances to attractions not included). Please note: for The Danube to the Black Sea itinerary, the Vienna city tour is combined with Schönbrunn Palace to create a full day excursion. Windmills of Kinderdijk No trip to the Netherlands is complete without visiting these beautiful wooden windmills, which date back to the 1500s and symbolise the way in which the Dutch have managed water. We visit the Museum Windmill 10 To book simply call 01858 438 315

Nederwaard, where we meet the miller and discover all about mill life, and the Museum Windmill Blokweer to learn about the impressive mechanism of a mill and Kinderdijk’s heritage. Puszta horse trials Nuremberg Wurzburg Palace The residence of the former prince bishops is one of the most important baroque castles in Europe and an absolute mustsee for visitors to Würzburg. Our guided tour starts in the opulent Garden Hall and takes you to the grand staircase, through the White Hall, to the Imperial Hall – one of the most magnificent in the history of palace architecture. From there we are shown the stunning imperial rooms. Kinderdijk Wurzburg Ploegstreet Ypres & Ploegsteert The city of Ypres was at the heart of the salient during the First World War. Here we visit the Menin Gate, where the names of 54,896 missing soldiers are engraved in its walls. Entrance is also included to the In Flanders Fields Museum. Next we visit the Plugstreet (Ploegsteert) Memorial to the Missing and Hyde Park Corner Cemetery before heading to the Plugstreet 14-18 Experience which details what happened in the area during the war. A packed lunch is included for this excursion. For excursion prices please see page 17 11Our Superb Range of Excursions – MS Serenity

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