Cruise the Danube to Vienna & Budapest

Join Bernard Magee to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Mr Bridge on this exclusive river cruise.

By coach: 5-14 October 2017; by air: 6-13 October 2017
10 days from £1099

Discover the delights of the Danube as you enjoy seminars and daily bridge* with Bernard Magee on one of the most scenic journeys through the heart of Europe. From the pretty city of Passau on the Austrian border to the Hungarian capital of Budapest, we cruise in comfort and style aboard the ms Serenity, passing through the beautiful scenery of the Wachau valley and dipping into the history and culture of amazing cities along the way. With a full day in the musical city of Vienna and Budapest as well as a visit to the Slovakian capital of Bratislava, this is a wonderful opportunity to sail the waters that are beautifully immortalised by the composer Strauss, in the classical waltz The Blue Danube

Day 1: UK – Germany (Coach)
Travel by coach to Dover from your chosen departure point and take the ferry to Calais, where we continue to the overnight hotel.

Day 2: Germany – Passau (Air)
After breakfast we travel by coach and board our ship in Passau, known as ‘the three rivers city’ due to its unique location where the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers meet. Those travelling by air join today. Safety briefi ng and welcome meeting from the ship and Mr Bridge as we set sail and cruise towards Melk.

Day 3: Melk – Vienna
This morning we arrive in the small town of Melk which lies in the beautiful Wachau valley. Here you can join an optional excursion to visit the most famous monastic house in Austria, the Benedictine Abbey, situated above Melk in the Wachau valley. Return to the ship late morning and enjoy afternoon bridge as we sail to Vienna for an overnight stop. This evening there will be a Mr Bridge pre-dinner drinks reception in the Lido Bar followed by dinner as we arrive in Vienna.

Day 4: Vienna
We spend a whole day in Vienna experiencing the delights of this beautiful city. In the morning you can join an optional city tour to experience its grand palaces, baroque castles, magnifi cent squares and striking monuments and after lunch on board we have an optional afternoon excursion to Schönbrunn Palace, or alternatively you may wish to join an afternoon bridge session. Enjoy evening bridge on board as we cast o and cruise towards Budapest.

Day 5: Budapest
After breakfast there will be a seminar with Bernard Magee in the Lounge Bar before we sail into Budapest with commentary on the city as we arrive. Then spend time in one of the world’s most beautiful cities and explore both sides of Hungary’s capital – traditional ‘Buda’ and cosmopolitan ‘Pest’. Start with an optional tour to become acquainted with the city known as the “pearl of the Danube” and in the evening you can choose to either play more bridge or experience Budapest by night on another optional excursion, enjoying a city tour, glass of wine and a folklore show in a local tavern.

Day 6: Budapest
Enjoy free time in Budapest or opt to take our excursion taking you through the sweeping plains of Hungary to Lajosmizse. Here we visit a traditional stud farm and enjoy a tour of the grounds in a horse-drawn carriage, before watching a live Puszta horse show. We then sail to Bratislava with a seminar and set hands in the afternoon followed by after-dinner bridge in the evening.

Day 7: Bratislava
Early morning arrival into Bratislava. After breakfast, join our optional walking tour to take in the sights of the Slovakian capital, dominated by its castle and unique suspension bridge, to experience its rich culture. Later in the day we set sail towards Dürnstein and there will be afternoon and evening bridge sessions.

Day 8: Durnstein
Dürnstein is crowned by the ruins of the castle that once imprisoned Richard the Lionheart. Join our optional walking tour to admire the pretty courtyards and buildings, before stopping at one of the Wachau valley’s wine cellars for some wine tasting. We then set sail for Passau with a bridge seminar to enjoy on the way and pre-dinner bridge in the Lounge bar. Preceding tonight’s 30th Anniversary Gala Dinner there will be a drinks party and prize-giving.

Day 9: Passau – Germany (Coach) / UK (Air)
Those travelling by coach disembark after breakfast and travel by coach to the overnight hotel. Those travelling by air also disembark this morning for their return flights to the UK.

Day 10: Germany – UK (Coach)
After breakfast you will continue by coach to Calais, taking the ferry to Dover for the return journey to your chosen pick-up/drop-off points.

*Bridge programme may be subject to change.

To book or for more information contact Mr Bridge on 01483 489961

MS Serenity

MS Serenity

This stylish 4-star vessel allows passengers to explore the great waterways of Europe whilst being under the care of a friendly and attentive crew.

Cruise the Danube to Vienna & Budapest Excursions

Enhance your holiday experience with a range of optional excursions that allow you to discover the history of our ports of call,

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Top 10 cities to see in the Netherlands

Amsterdam

Top 10 cities to see in the Netherlands

Famous for the web of canals which connect its four corners, the Netherlands is the perfect place to enjoy a river cruise. While here, you’ll be able to experience first-hand the country’s spectacular countryside, which is curiously flat and dotted with iconic Dutch windmills.

Alongside Britain, the Netherlands established itself as one of the world’s superpowers due to the supremacy of its naval fleet, which facilitated trade with the East Indies and allowed the country to prosper. Its former wealth now shines through in its magnificent architecture, and here you’ll find some of the most breath-taking cities the world has to offer. Over the centuries, the Netherlands has also been home to some of Europe’s most influential and revered artists, and the country’s museums and galleries are some of the world’s best. Here are our picks of the top cities to visit on a trip to the Netherlands.


Amsterdam

Renowned for its beautiful 17th-century architecture, as well as the canals which run through its cobbled streets, the picturesque Dutch capital of Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most popular short-break destinations.

Though it’s hard to imagine today, Amsterdam is built on swampland which was artificially drained during the Dutch Golden Age at end of the 16th century. This was done to expand the city, which was prospering as an international hub of trade at the time. One of the wealthiest cities in the world during the 17th century, Amsterdam became a centre of humanist culture, and this mindset lives on to this day in the inhabitants’ laidback nature and liberal politics.

A visit to this beautiful city will reveal some of Europe’s most stunning architecture, a thriving nightlife, and some of the finest art the world has to offer. The three biggest attractions in the city are the Rijksmuseum, which is home to the finest collection of Dutch art in the world by masters such as Rembrandt and Vermeer; the Anne Frank Huis, which has been preserved in the state which it was found after the war, complete with posters of movie stars and the Frank children’s height measurements on the wall; and the Van Gogh Museum, a must-see for anyone with an interest in the arts, as it not only features several of the artist’s most famous paintings, but also a collection of his private sketchbooks and diaries.

Soak up the history, culture, and stunning architecture of Amsterdam on our Amsterdam, Brussels, Antwerp and Ghent, Spring Gardens in Holland and Belgium, and The Delights of Amsterdam and the Dutch Bulbfields cruises.


Rotterdam

Rotterdam is the second-largest city in the Netherlands. Due to its position on the North Sea at the mouth of the Nieuwe Maas and its colossal port, which is the largest in Europe, it is known as the ‘Gateway to Europe’.

Rotterdam was all but destroyed during WWII, when it suffered severe bombing at the hands of the Luftwaffe as part of the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands in May 1940. Since the war, the city has been rebuilt with the future in mind rather than the past, and visiting Rotterdam today is almost like stepping into an open-air museum of modern and post-modern architecture. The city was voted 2015 European City of the Year by the Academy of Urbanism, and is a must-see for anyone with an interest in architecture, featuring buildings designed by renowned architects such as Rem Koolhaas, Piet Blom, Ben van Berkel. The city is famous for its skyscrapers, which are an uncommon sight in the incredibly flat and windy Netherlands.

While here, make sure to check out the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, one of Europe’s finest galleries with a permanent collection which spans several centuries of Dutch and European art. Another must-see for art fans is the Witte de With, which is known worldwide as a launch pad for up-and-coming talent in the world of contemporary art.

See Rotterdam on our New Year cruise to Bruges, Brussels, Ghent, and Antwerp, Christmas cruise to Bruges, Brussels, Ghent, and Antwerp, Amsterdam, Brussels, Antwerp, and Ghent cruise, and Captain’s Choice cruise.


Dordecht

Dordrecht is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands. At the end of the middle ages, it was one of the country’s most important trade cities, and its beautiful centre stands as testament to its history as a wealthy trade route.

Today, Dordrecht is a quaint city well worth an overnight stay. Its main attractions include the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe-Kerk ('Our Dear Lady Church'), which was built between 1285 and 1470 and features a 65m high tower containing 67 bells. Make sure to also check out the Voorstraat, the longest shopping street in the Netherlands at 1,200m; and the Kyck over den Dyck, the last surviving windmill in Dordrecht which was built in 1612 to produce the malt used by the city’s brewers.

From Dordrecht, it’s just a short trip to Kinderdijk, which has been named a World Heritage Site by Unesco. The site features 19 fully functioning windmills which were constructed in 1740 to drain the swampland for urban expansion. A trip here will allow you to experience a piece of Dutch history first-hand.

See Dordrecht on our Captain’s Choice, Amsterdam, bulbfields, and waterways of Holland, and Amsterdam and bulbfields spectacular cruises, and enjoy an optional excursion to Kinderdjik on our Spring Gardens in Holland and Belgium and Amsterdam, Brussels, Antwerp, and Ghent cruises.


Delft

Delft, with its idyllic medieval centre, is a hugely popular day-trip destination for tourists and Dutch natives alike. A trip here will reveal the canal-lined, cobbled streets and the elegant architecture of the Dutch Golden Age on a much more intimate scale than you’ll find in the Netherland’s larger cities. Unspoiled by modern developments, taking a trip to Delft is like stepping back in time.

Delft has two big claims to fame, firstly as the birthplace and permanent residence of one of Europe’s greatest ever artists, Johannes Vermeer. The much-loved artist is honoured today with the Vermeer Centrum Delft, a museum dedicated to his life and works which features a replica of his studio.

The city is also known for Delftware, the distinctive blue-and-white pottery which was duplicated from Chinese porcelain in the 17th century. The Dutch replicas made a design which only affordable to the upper classes available to all, taking Europe by storm. During Delftware’s heyday, there were 32 earthenware factories located in the city — Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles is the only one that remains. It’s now open to the public, and a visit will reveal how the famous pottery was made.

Enjoy a trip to Delft on our Amsterdam, Brussels, Antwerp, and Ghent, Christmas markets extravaganza, and Captain’s Choice cruises.


Volendam

Volendam, which was originally constructed as the harbour for nearby Edam, is known as ‘the pearl of the Zuiderzee’. When a new harbour was built closer to the city of Edam, Volendam ceased to be used as a point of trade and became the sleepy fishing village which it remains to this day.

The quaint fishing town is untouched by modern developments, and some of the inhabitants can still be seen wearing klederdracht, the traditional garb of the region, alongside wooden clogs. In the early 20th century, the village became a popular resort for artists, such as Picasso and Renoir, due to it seemingly being untouched by time.

If you visit Volendam as part of our Dutch towns and the Spring Gardens of Keukenhof cruise, you’ll be able to join our optional excursion to the magnificent Keukenhof gardens, known as ‘the garden of Europe’, where you’ll find over seven million bulbs creating a spectacular carpet of colour. These gardens aren’t to be missed if you’re in the Netherlands during spring, and they attract over a million visitors a year.


Arnhem

Arnhem is most famous as the location of one of the most pivotal battles of the Second World War. In September 1944, the British 1st Airborne Division and the Polish 1st Independent Parachute Brigade attempted to secure the bridge and all but guarantee the allied advance in to Germany. However, the Nazi defence prevailed, capturing the allied forces and delaying the invasion until the following spring. The bridge was renamed the John Frost bridge in honour of the commander of the British unit, and is now a must-see for WWII history buffs. Those interested should also check out the Oosterbeek War Cemetery, which contains the graves of most of those killed during the Battle of Arnhem. The excellent Arnhem War Musuem is also well worth a visit.

Other attractions in Arnhem include the enormous Netherlands Open-Air Museum, which gives visitors a glimpse into the Netherland’s past with fully functioning recreations such as a windmill, a brewery and a printer alongside traditional shops and volunteers in traditional clothing. All of the exhibitions are interactive, making this the perfect place to visit with kids.

In the centre of Arnhem, you’ll find Park Sonsbeek, where you can step away from the hustle and bustle of the cafés and shops into the idyllic greenery that features rolling hills, streams, and waterfalls. There’s plenty of space to set up a picnic blanket and enjoy the sun, as well as several hiking trails to explore if you were looking for something more active.

Enjoy a trip to Arnhem on our Dutch towns and the Spring Gardens of Keukenhof, Best of the Rhine and Moselle, and Captain’s Choice cruises.


Kampen

Kampen has one of the best-preserved old town centres in the whole of the Netherlands. It includes the remains of the ancient city wall, several churches, and the three bridges over the IJssel which connect Kampen with neighbouring IJsselmuiden and Kampereiland. On the outskirts of the city is d'Olde Zwarver (the Old Vagabond), a windmill dating from 1842.

Outside of the old town, the city is filled with colourful murals from the Art Nouveau period. These are in fact advertisements for now-defunct local businesses, and whenever they are discovered underneath old plaster, they are restored to their former glory by the resident artists.

See Kampen and its beautiful old town on our Amsterdam and Bulbfields Spectacular, Delights of Amsterdam and the Dutch Bulbfields, and Dutch Towns and the Spring Gardens of Keukenhof cruises. While there, you can enjoy an optional excursion to Het Loo Palace, the former residence of William III and Mary II of England. A trip here will reveal how the former royal family lived, with its ornate rooms and perfectly manicured gardens. Enjoy the spectacularly decorated rooms of the sprawling palace and, if the weather permits, a leisurely stroll around the magnificent royal gardens.


Nijmegen
 

Nijmegen is the oldest city in the Netherlands, having been founded in 5AD as a Roman settlement. Nijmegen is now a university town known for its left-wing politics and its handsome Old Town.

Despite its rich history, Nijmegen has a relatively compact footprint. This is due to the fact that strict town planning regulations were enforced until the late 19th century, when the original town walls were dismantled and, for the first time in 400 years, the city could expand. The expansion was held to strict planning regulations, and the vast suburban belt which surrounds the town includes parks, broad streets, and plenty of space for people to live. This is a stark contrast to the compact and densely populated old town.

Much of the old town was destroyed in WWII, first by allied forces while winning the town back from Nazi control, and then over five months after its liberation by German forces. As a result, the majority of the Old Town has been reconstructed using as many of the original materials as possible. A stroll around its cobbled streets is a perfect way to spend an afternoon, and its chic bars and restaurants provide ample entertainment into the evening.

Visit Nijmegen on our Captain’s Choice and Amsterdam, Bulbfields and Waterways of Holland cruises.


Heusden

The enigmatic city of Heusden is a gem of the southern Netherlands. The town’s medieval fortifications give it a unique star-shaped footprint, and a stroll along these walls is the perfect way to see the picturesque buildings which it was built to protect.

The town itself is almost like an open-air museum, with over 130 listed buildings, including several churches. Make sure to check out the Haven, a small harbour dating from medieval times complete with a Dutch drawbridge and windmill as a backdrop. Discover the history of the town, complete with all of its most significant archaeological findings, at the excellent Museum het Gouverneurshuis.

From Heusden, it’s just a short journey to nearby Den Bosch, the largest walled city in the Netherlands. The locals rarely use the town’s formal name, ’s-Hertogenbosch, which translates to ‘Duke's Forest’. The city saw its heyday in the 16th century, when it was the second-largest city in the Netherlands and the birthplace and home of one of the greatest painters of the northern Renaissance, Hieronymus Bosch. Much of the city’s heritage remains intact, as it survived WWII relatively unscathed, making it a beautiful place to visit today.

Enjoy a trip to Heusden as part of our Captain’s Choice cruise, on which you can also enjoy an optional excursion to Den Bosch.


Enkhuizen

In the 17th century, Enkhuizen was one of the wealthiest cities in the Netherlands and rivalled Amsterdam as the country’s foremost port. The power and influence it held then is obvious on any walk around the town, where you’ll see beautiful mansions and churches and intricate architecture alongside the imposing city walls and canal system. Most impressive of all is the vast harbour, which was once a centre of European trade.

While here, make sure to enjoy a trip to the excellent Zuiderzee Museum, which showcases life as it used to be in the city’s 17th-century prime. It comprises both an indoor museum, which includes exhibitions of photography, traditional costume, and the largest collection of wooden ships in the Netherlands. The outdoor museum, which is open from March to October, features authentic buildings from the city’s prime including a church, a mill, a cheese warehouse, traditional shops and housing from the surrounding fishing villages. All of the volunteers dress in the traditional attire of the region and give informative and entertaining demonstrations.

See Enkhuizen in its full beauty on our Dutch towns and the Spring Gardens of Keukenhof cruise.


To see the best the Netherlands has to offer and soak up its rich history and beautiful scenery, join us on one of our Netherlands cruises. If you’d like more information about our European river cruises, contact a member of staff today.


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Great Waterways & Grand Voyages

River Douro

Great Waterways & Grand Voyages

Since the beginning of time, rivers have been the lifeline of civilisation. Their meandering course tells a story at every turn, flowing from country to country where little settlements have grown into some of the world’s greatest cities, while other areas remain completely untouched. And it’s this variety that make them a key feature in today’s popular holiday choice – river cruising. The appeal of a river cruise is found in the simplicity that it offers. There’s no need to worry about hotel bookings, meals or getting from one place to another. Once you arrive at your ship, you can just unpack, relax and let the sights come to you. Basically, every second counts towards your holiday, whether we’re moored along the river or cruising to our next port of call. The only problem will be choosing which river to explore, so we take a look at five of our favourite destinations to help you.

The Danube

The Danube is the second longest river in Europe, covering over 2,000 miles and linking 10 countries on its incredible journey from the Black Forest in Germany to the Black Sea in Romania. Over the centuries it has been a long-standing frontier of the Roman empire, a crucial shipping route, a vital fishing ground, an important cultural landmark – it’s even one of central Europe’s main sources of fresh water, supplying millions of people with drinking water, and it’s a haven for wildlife. More recently, it has become a valued tourist destination and one where you can discover four national capitals which are among the most culturally significant cities in Europe: Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest and Belgrade. The natural scenery is equally impressive, from the rolling hills of Austria’s Wachau valley and the cliffs of the Iron Gate Gorge to the rich waters of the Danube delta in Romania. Quite simply, the Danube offers the ultimate river cruise experience.

2017 CRUISES
Cruise the Danube to Vienna & Budapest aboard ms Serenity – 8 days by air from £1149 | 10 days by coach from £1099
Up the Rhine & Down the Danube aboard ms Serenity – 15 days by air from £1999 | 16 days by rail from £2199
The Danube to the Black Sea aboard ms Serenity – 15 days by air from £1999 | 17 days by rail from £2199

The Rhine

With more castles along its length than any other in the world, as well as celebrated vineyards, magnificent cities and beautifully preserved medieval towns, the Rhine has everything you could want for a relaxing river cruise. It starts out as a small stream high in the Swiss Alps, before increasing in pace and volume as it flows through Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands on its way to the North Sea. For this reason it has served as a vital waterway for Europe and has been at the centre of countless historical and political events, along with a host of myths and legends that will spark even the tamest of imaginations. It has also inspired a catalogue of artists and authors to create some of their greatest pieces, and continues to be one of the most popular river cruising destinations. Whether you have an interest in history, geography or scenery, or you just want an unforgettable holiday, the Rhine will deliver.

2017 CRUISES
Rhine Discovery aboard mps Lady Anne – 5 days by coach from £469
Cruise the Rhine to Switzerland aboard mps Lady Anne – 10 days by coach from £979
Rhine in Flames aboard mps Lady Anne – 8 days by coach from £819

The Baltic Sea

The Baltic Sea lies between central and northern Europe and is bounded by the Scandinavian peninsula, mainland Europe and the Danish islands. At around 1,000 miles long with an average width of 120 miles, it is a large body of water, but it is relatively isolated from the ocean. This makes for smooth waters that are perfect for cruising on. The communities in this area date back further than the Viking times, when the waterways were the only way to navigate the region – many are in agreement that it is still the best way to explore this captivating part of the world. Cruising along the Baltic Sea offers visitors a rich history to explore, unspoiled nature to enjoy, and beautiful beaches on which to relax. It takes you to places you may not usually have access to as a tourist. It is also the perfect gateway to explore mainland Europe with the delights of Germany and Poland within easy reach.

2016 & 2017 CRUISES
Baltic Isles, Berlin & Poland aboard ms Princess – 9 days by air from £1399 | 10 days by rail from £1549

The Douro

The Douro is one of the major rivers of the Iberian peninsula and forms the natural border between Spain and Portugal, flowing through both countries before emptying into the Atlantic Ocean. It was originally a fast-flowing river with many tributaries branching off into deep canyons, but in the second half of the last century its power has been harnessed by a series of dams which have rendered it tranquil and lake like. Still, only around a quarter of the river is navigable and many cruise companies do not include the Douro in their programme. This makes it all the more appealing as it hasn’t been bombarded by tourism, and the quaint little towns and villages that line the riverbanks remain much as they were hundreds of years ago. Even the cities offer a fascinating insight into the tradition and culture of the Douro valley, much of which is woven around the cultivation of its distinguished port wine.

2016 & 2017 CRUISES
River Douro Cruise 
aboard ms Douro Queen (2016) – 8 days by air from £1099
aboard ms Douro Spirit (2017) – 8 days by air from £1299

Dutch Waterways

The Dutch waterways are the densest network of inland waterways in Europe, with many fed by the Rhine as it crosses the border from Germany into the Netherlands. The numerous rivers and canals skirt across the flatlands of the country, reaching into Belgium before emptying into the North Sea via a maze of tributaries, channels and the IJsselmeer. Spring is without doubt the best month to cruise in the Netherlands, allowing you to take full advantage of the swathes of bright tulips which cover this gentle landscape. Then there’s the vibrant city of Amsterdam, which is a top destination for any Dutch cruise and the perfect complement to the ancient villages built on the water, where tradition is still very much a way of life. A Dutch cruise will leave a lasting impression.

2017 CRUISES
Dutch Towns & the Spring Gardens of Keukenhof aboard mps Lady Anne – 7 days by coach from £579
Captain’s Choice aboard mps Lady Anne – 8 days by coach from £749


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’Tis the season to be jolly

Brussels Christmas Market

’Tis the season to be jolly

Christmas; it’s that magical time of year that brings friends and families together and where better to do so than on board one of our homely ships...

We kickstart the 2016 festivities with our Captain’s Rhine Valley Turkey & Tinsel cruise aboard the mps Lady Anne. It’s the most exciting time of year for Captain Wildo and his crew, and it's perfect if you're away over Christmas and don't want to miss out on any of the traditions, or if you just fancy a double dose of festive fun!

Then there are our popular Christmas market cruises and Europe is home to some of the best in the world, with an undeniable joie de vivre and a nostalgic blend of traditions that tease the senses.

Finally, you can even escape the responsibility of hosting your own Christmas or New Year celebrations and join us in a beautiful location where we’ve taken care of everything.

Call our Holiday Advisors for more information or take a look at our first edition 2017 brochure.


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Bloomin' Wonderful

Keukenhof Gardens

Bloomin’ wonderful

They’re the number one gift for any occasion, but there’s much more to flowers than meets the eye. Obviously there’s the physical enjoyment we get from looking at a colourful display and enjoying the sweet smelling aroma, but it goes much deeper than this with scientific research proving that flowers have a positive effect on our wellbeing.

So we can think of nothing better than one of our floral cruises, which range from five to seven days and glide along tranquil rivers, visiting some of the most vibrant horticultural attractions in Europe. Our Amsterdam & Bulbfi elds Spectacular itinerary aboard the mps Lady Anne is a particular favourite which we offer every year and for 2017 you can enjoy a new itinerary, plus Charlie Dimmock is joining us for a special departure. We’re also pleased to be able to offer more dates in 2017 for Springtime in the Gardens of Holland & Belgium aboard the ms Serenity, which sold out this year. Take a look at our first edition 2017 brochure for full details of our fl oral cruises – they’re a front row seat for nature’s annual springtime show.


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What our passengers say about our cruises...

What our passengers say about our cruises...

Once more a wonderful holiday on the Lady Anne, our third to date and hopefully many more!
Hope to see you next year.
Betty and Neville Robinson (April 2011)

Our first cruise and we thoroughly enjoyed every minute. The captain and crew made us very
welcome from start to finish. We will certainly be back again.
Pat and Mick Cronie (2014)

The staff on the Lady Anne are wonderful. We have never met such happy and pleasant people.
Norma and Robert (Nov 2014)

Have had a great trip you and your very friendly staff which has made our time with you
really memorable. We hope to come back in the future.
Brenda and Peter Bruce (2014) 

What a lovely break it’s been. Only wish it could have been longer. The staff are excellent,
the atmosphere great, and this has made it a wonderful time for us both.
Thank you Anne and Colin Sandell

Our group of 12 had a wonderful time and we will all be back for next New Year. Thank you
for all your help. Everyone was impressed by your staff and the food.
Janet Cubbage (Dec 2014 New Year Cruise)

Thank you for looking after us so well. We had a great time, our second trip on the Lady Anne.
Fantastic food and service.
Anne and Peter Bridle (28 Feb 2015)

What a lovely trip- thank you to all the crew for making it such a memorable holiday.
We’ll be back.
Leo and Eve Clements (2 April 2015)

We had a great time, the boat was so nice, it had a wonderful feeling of warmth and charm.
Barbara Frastick and Jenny Lear (11 April 2015)

From 2006 -2015 we have had many enjoyable trips on this beautiful ship, Lady Anne and
look forward to many more to come.
Ken and Marion

Our first trip on the Lady Anne – WOW – what a trip. Thank you so much to all the crew
for making our holiday so enjoyable and one not to forget. We will be back.
Janet Shore and Helen Kershaw (25 July 2015)

Thank you for a great trip, specially for our 40th wedding anniversary. Wonderful ship and staff.
Will definitely come again.
George and Doreen Homes (25 July 2015)

This was our first cruise on the River Rhine and it won’t be our last on the Lady Anne, what a
beautiful boat. We have had the most fantastic time.
Bernie and Ray James, Rhine in Flames, 15 Sept 2015

Our second time aboard the Lady Anne and once again we had a wonderful time.
I’m sure it won’t be the last.
Sylvia & Rob Tamplin, 11-20 August

Our second trip on the Lady Anne, enjoyed it as much as the first. Lovely crew, lovely ship,
lovely food. We are booking a trip next year again.
Jo Taylor and John Whils 11-20 August

Thanks to Jana and her brilliant team. They made this trip go like a dream.
Dougie and Lauren Nish 10-19 May 2013

To the Captain and all the crew we thank you once again for making our stay aboard the
Lady Anne such a memorable holiday.
Margaret and Ron Harris, Eileen and Derick Bidwell

“Thoroughly enjoyed the cruise. The places visited were interesting and the tours
were good value for money.”
Fefo Review - Cruise the Danube to Vienna & Budapest - Ms Serenity

“I found the Company very helpful from the time we began the booking procedure to
the end of the cruise. Looking forward to dealing with you again in the future.”
Fefo Review - Cruise the Rhine to Switzerland - Mps Lady Anne

“Fantastic cruise. We have booked another trip for next year.”
Fefo Review - Rhine Discovery - Mps Lady Anne

“An excellent holiday and well thought-out programme. We had a great time. Staff all polite
and helpful. All excursions well arranged and most enjoyable. We’ll be back!”
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Excursion Melk Abbey

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Discover one of the world’s most famous monastic sites on a Melk Abbey trip with The River Cruise Line. Melk Abbey is one of the most famous monastic houses in Austria. Today, it is a prestigious school with around 900 students, yet black-robed Benedictine monks still stroll among the marble structures and frescoed walls. Our guided tour shows you the magnificent interiors and leads you on to the terrace where you can enjoy fine views of the Danube and the town below.

You can enjoy this fantastic excursion on our Cruise the Danube to Vienna and Budapest, Danube Discovery Cruise and Stay, and The Danube to the Black Sea itineraries.

Facts:

• Melk has been spiritual and cultural centre of Austria for more than 1,000 years

• The library contains around 100,000 volumes of priceless work, many of which are over 500 years old

• Napoléon Bonaparte used the abbey as his headquarters during the campaign against Austria in the early 19th century

Highlights:

• The church, with its astonishing number of windows

• The marble hall, with its stunning fresco that gives the impression that the ceiling curves up higher than it is – it is actually flat

• The library, where you can admire the richly decorated galleries and bookshelves filled with ancient leather-bound books

• Try the monastery’s own wine in the onsite restaurant (not included)

Book your trip to Melk Abbey as part of an excursion package and save money. For more information on our optional excursions, please feel free to contact our holiday advisors today.

Excursion Ahlbeck & the Isle of Usedom

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  • Isle of Usedom
AhlbeckIsle of Usedom

Enjoy an optional scenic tour of the isle of Usedom with The River Cruise Line’s as part of our Baltic Isles, Berlin and Poland cruise. Usedom is the second largest island in Germany and home to an astounding range of landscapes: white beaches, marshy lowlands, wooded hills, and a number of lakes and lagoons, all of which make the island a biodiversity hotspot. Our tour crosses Usedom to visit the elegant seaside towns of Ahlbeck and Heringsdorf, where you can relax and explore at leisure.

Facts:

• Usedom is a bi-national island with the larger western part belonging to Germany and the smaller eastern part belonging to Poland

• It’s the sunniest place in Germany, offering around 2,000 hours of sunshine each year

• There are currently 16 breeding pairs of eagles in and around Usedom, which is the highest population in Germany

Highlights:

• Ahlbeck pier, with its 280 metre long jetty and art nouveau style building, is the most famous landmark of the island

• Heringsdorf pier, the longest structure of its kind in continental Europe

• The beach promenade, which joins the three imperial resorts of Heringsdorf, Bansin and Ahlbeck

Book your Isle of Usedom trip as part of an excursion package and save money. For more unique destinations with The River Cruise Line, you can also visit the Black Sea on our cruises down the Danube.

For more information on our optional excursions, please feel free to contact our holiday advisors today.

Excursion Lucerne

  • Lucerne
  • Lucerne
  • Lucerne
LucerneLucerneLucerne

Enjoy an amazing Lucerne excursion with The River Cruise Line on our Cruise the Rhine to Switzerland and Rhine Cruise and Swiss delights cruises. This small city is found in the very heart of Switzerland, nestling on the edge of Lake Lucerne and surrounded by mountains. Our excursion takes you by coach from our ship to the north-west shore of the lake where you have a full day at leisure. A packed lunch is provided.

Facts:

• Capital of the Canton of Lucerne

• The most populous city in Switzerland

• German-speaking

Highlights:

• The old town sits on the bank of the Reuss and is filled with many old burghers’ houses and little squares with fountains

• The 14th-century Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke) and the octagonal water tower, which is one of the most photographed scenes in Switzerland

• The Lion Monument (Löwendenkmal), a huge figure of a dying lion hewn from the face of a rock ledge to commemorate the Swiss Guards killed during the French Revolution

• Several boat trips of different lengths explore the lake

• The mountains of Pilatus, Rigi and Stanserhorn are made accessible by cableways

Book your Lucerne trip as part of an excursion package and save money. For more information on our optional excursions, please feel free to contact our holiday advisors today.

Excursion Cologne Highlights

  • Cologne
  • Cologne
CologneCologne

Take part in a spectacular Cologne Highlights trip with The River Cruise Line. Cologne is the largest city that nestles along the Rhine and the fourth largest city in Germany. Its roots go back some 2,000 years and it is home to a vast array of sights and attractions, all dominated by the towering cathedral which was among the most ambitious building projects undertaken in the middle ages. The old town is filled with quaint alleys which are lined with traditional old houses and adorned with monuments and fountains. Cologne is particularly beautiful in the run up to Christmas, when hundreds of stalls spread out across the city, offering a huge range of quality gifts and a wonderfully authentic atmosphere. Take a look at our German Christmas Markets cruise for a fantastic festive experience.

Facts:

• Cologne was the hometown of Johann Maria Farina, who created a fragrance and named it Eau de Cologne

• It took 632 years to build Cologne Cathedral

• Cologne has a staggering 12 churches located within the city walls

• It is also home to around 40 museums, one of which is dedicated entirely to chocolate

Highlights:

• Enjoy the company of our Cruise Manager as we walk around Cologne

• Admire the magnificent cathedral with its ornate details

• Cross the iconic Hohenzollern Bridge

• Free time to browse the famous shopping centres

Book our Cologne Highlights excursion as part of a package and save money. For more information on our optional excursions, please feel free to contact our Holiday Advisors.

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