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4Our Superb Range of Excursions – MPS Lady Anne Cologne Drachenfels Heidelberg Castle Arcen Rhine Falls To book simply call 01858 438 315 market, which creates a magical atmosphere and offers a glorious array of original gifts. Dragon Rock Railway The Drachenfels is the landmark of the Siebengebirge and home to one of Germany’s most famous legends, for it was here that Siegfried is believed to have killed the dragon that lived in a cave. We take the mountain railway to the top, passing the castle along the way, and are rewarded with magnificent views of the Rhine which stretch from Cologne in the north to Koblenz in the south. Heidelberg highlights Heidelberg is one of the most popular destinations in Germany, situated on the edge of the Denwald Forest where the Neckar river reaches the Rhine Plain. The main attractions are its castle, the Church of the Holy Ghost, and its university – the oldest in Germany. 15-minute climb or funicular ride (not included) leads you to view the restored areas of the castle which are used for public events. The castle’s terrace in particular offers fine views of the city, while at the castle down in the adjacent cellar you encounter the Heidelberg Tun, one of the largest wine vats in the world. Koblenz cable car & Ehrenbreitstein Fortress Enjoy an exhilarating ride across the Rhine to visit the mighty Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, Europe’s second largest surviving fortress where you can immerse yourself in a world of Celts, Romans and knights. The Koblenz Cable Car was built for the 2011 BUGA Flower Show and is one of the largest cable cars in Europe outside the Alps, which offers amazing views of Koblenz and the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. Lucerne With its colourful pitched-roof buildings that perch on the edge of a blue lake, and a magnificent mountain range backdrop, Lucerne is a picture postcard scene of a Swiss resort. Our excursion stops on the lake’s northwest shore where you can relax at leisure and may be enjoy a steamer ride on the lake or, time permitting, take a train ride up nearby Mount Pilatus. Today is a full day tour therefore a packed lunch is provided. Mainz walking tour & Gutenberg Museum Roman Mainz, the cathedral, the old quarter and the modern city centre. This is a tour of Mainz’s history, from its beginnings to the present day. We also take a tour of the Gutenberg Museum, which is dedicated to Johannes Gutenberg and his inventions. Here we experience the history of printing, writing and books, plus we enjoy a demonstration of the printing press. Medieval Den Bosch Den Bosch is a great city to visit while in the Netherlands. We enjoy a walking tour taking in the Binnendieze river and then continuing the tour within the city walls. Rotterdam skyline Paris has the Eiffel Tower, Brussels has the Atomium and Rotterdam has the Euromast! Take the superfast lift up to the viewing platform and enjoy the view – you can see as far as The Hague and Antwerp on a clear day. 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. Prost! Rüdesheim by night Visit a traditional wine cellar to sample some of the region’s best wines, before exploring the captivating Drosselgasse, which is filled with little taverns and courtyards and is the cultural heart of the town. 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. Sayn Palace & Butterfly Garden Let us take you on a journey into a little tropical paradise, to palm and banana trees, to trickling waterfalls and the colourful flourish of exotic butterflies from South America, Africa and Asia. After walking through the Butterfly Garden you can visit the caterpillar house to see the caterpillars and the expertly camouflaged cocoons, along with turtles and iguana. There’s also a small insectarium which is home to tarantulas, snakes and other exotic animals. Afterwards, you are free to explore Sayn Palace which is filled with precious paintings, furniture and artefacts. Speyer walking tour Our walking tour takes you to Speyer’s main town square. The magnificent 11th century Romanesque cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the Holy Roman Empire’s most exquisite monuments with the most beautiful crypt in Germany. Nearby we can relax with a drink in one of the many bars and restaurants in the main shopping area. 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. 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. The Black Forest & Rhine Falls Rising above the lush Rhine Plain are the cooler mountain slopes of the Black Forest region, which offers much more than cuckoo clocks and black forest gateau as we learn on our unforgettable scenic drive to the picturesque Lake Titisee. We also visit the Rhine Falls, the mightiest falls in central Europe that surge over a ledge of Jurassic limestone. Today is a full day tour therefore a packed lunch is provided. Trier guided tour Trier is believed to be the oldest city in Germany and was the former residence of Roman emperors. It is home to many stunning Roman remains along with architectural styles from various other periods, including gothic, renaissance and rococo. This makes it a great place to explore on foot and our guided tour ensures you miss none of the highlights. For excursion price please see pages 16 5Our Superb Range of Excursions – MPS Lady Anne

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