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8Our Superb Range of

8Our Superb Range of Excursions – MS Serenity Speyer Floralia Melk Abbey Lucerne Novi Sad Lucerne To book simply call 01858 438 315 antique pieces along with a comprehensive collection in the showroom. Deventer Our city tour of Deventer explores the east bank of the river Ijssel and also the west bank. Discover some of the city’s rich history and sights including the city hall with its special architecture. Floralia Spring Flower Show This spectacular show is held in the grounds of Château de Grand-Bigard, where well over a million bulbs have been planted by the castle’s gardeners. Tulips, hyacinths and daffodils are among the 400 varieties on show, along with extremely rare types. There are also displays in the greenhouses and beautiful arrangements in the chapel and the tower, plus bulbs can be purchased at the entrance to the castle. 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. A 15-minute climb or funicular ride 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 we encounter the Heidelberg Tun, one of the largest wine vats in the world. Ivanovo guided tour Venture into the valley of the Rusenski Lom river in Bulgaria on this exciting excursion which visits the rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo. Around 20 small churches and chapels are found hidden away in a steep cliff side, along with over 300 rooms which were occupied by monks in medieval times. They are beautifully preserved with unique murals that depict the story of Christ. We climb the steep, but well maintained, path to admire the views and visit one of the chapels. Kalocsa – paprika town Kalocsa is found in the great plains of Hungary. Much of the country’s paprika comes from the pepper fields surrounding this small town – there’s even the Paprika Museum and Paprika Street in the centre. It is also known for its beautiful handmade embroidery. Keukenhof Gardens Keukenhof is spring at its most beautiful, where all the best floral features of the season are brought together to form stunning displays which are reflected in the still waters of the surrounding lakes. This is the perfect place to pause and saturate your senses with the sights, smells and sounds of a Dutch spring. 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. Melk Abbey Discover one of the world’s most famous monastic sites. Today, Melk Abbey is a prestigious school with more than 800 students, yet black-

Pecs Regensburg Rotterdam Skyline Rudesheim Schonbrunn robed Benedictine monks still stroll among the marble structures and frescoed walls. Our guided tour shows you the magnificent Marble Hall, Emperor’s Gallery, Abbey Church and the terrace where you can enjoy fine views of the Danube river and the town. There is also free time to explore the grounds and the gardens. Mons & St Symphorien Visit the town of Mons, which is especially symbolic for Britain as it was where our first and last soldiers died in the First World War: Private John Parr on 21 August 1914 and Private George Ellison on 11 November 1918. Entrance is included to the Mons Memorial Museum and we also visit St Symphorien Cemetery on the outskirts of the town. The cemetery is unique for having German graves and Commonwealth graves, including those of John Parr and George Ellison. Novi Sad city tour Novi Sad is the second largest city in Serbia after Belgrade and our optional guided tour takes in the many highlights. The most recognised landmark is the Petrovaradin Fortress, which dominates the city from its position on the right bank of the Danube. There’s also the historic neighbourhood of Stari Grad. Nuremberg city tour Our coach takes you through this medieval city, which was beautifully restored with original stone after being destroyed in the Second World War. The old town is almost completely surrounded by the 15th- and 16th-century city walls, and is filled with half-timbered houses, cobblestone squares and the mighty Kaiserberg Castle. Pécs city tour Home to the world famous Zsolnay ceramics and the largest Turkish ruins in Hungary, Pécs is a city of art and history. See the Gazi Kasim Mosque in the middle of the main square, the barbican and the cathedral, and wander along Király and Káptalan Street. Pécs is also a city of love, with couples from around the world visiting Janus Pannonius Street, where they place a padlock on the street railings to symbolise their lasting love for each other. Puszta horse show Join us as we travel through the sweeping plains of Hungary to the town of Lajosmizse, where we visit a traditional stud farm. We take a tour of the grounds in a horse-drawn carriage, before watching human skill and horse power come together in a spectacular live show performed in an open air arena. Regensburg city tour This excursion shows you the highlights of Regensburg, a fascinating city with over 1,500 listed buildings. Many of these make up the old town which became a Unesco world heritage site in 2006. 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. We also visit the curious cube houses, an architectural wonder in the heart of the city, one of which we have the chance to look around. 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 For excursion prices please see page 17 9Our Superb Range of Excursions – MS Serenity

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