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A Passage To The Caribbean - Cruise Only - 20th November 2017

Cruise with Aegean Odyssey from Tenerife to Barbados over 15 nights in November 2017.

Date: 20 Nov–05 Dec 2017

Ship: Aegean Odyssey

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AU $3,447AU $4,388AU $6,713AU $8,022

As autumn comes to an end in the Mediterranean, board Aegean Odyssey in the Canaries and sail south to Cape Verde, with time ashore in the capital of Praia and the islands of Mindelo and Santo Antao. Then cross the warm Central Atlantic to Barbados, the gateway to the Caribbean, for a unique insight into the island`s culture and history.

SINGLE MM interior cabins from $3447* - NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT offer!

A PASSAGE TO THE CARIBBEAN Cruise-Only package includes:

  • One way transfer* from airport to port, Tenerife
  • 15 night Aegean Odyssey cruise from Tenerife (Canary Islands) to Bridgetown (Barbados)
  • All shipboard meals and wine/beer/soft drinks with dinner on board
  • A comprehensive range of included Shore excursions, with several options at selected ports
  • Lecture programme featuring expert guest speakers
  • Gratuities on board cruise ship
  • Transfer* from port to airport, Bridgetown

*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin in AUD, based on best earlybird published cruise fares (where 2nd person pays half price - this discount has already been factored into prices listed here) at time of publication (27Feb17). All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. All transfers are valid on dates as listed in itinerary only and are forfeit if not used. Offer subject to availability at time of booking. Savings of for earlybird bookings have already been factored into prices listed here. Prices based on cat M inside, cat J ocean view, cat D deluxe balcony and cat B Junior suites. Transfers listed in package price are for flights that must arrive and depart on dates that fit with the cruise-tour listed above. Any deviations will result in lost transfers. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. Offer ends 30/06/2017 or until sold out/withdrawn.

15 nights From AU $3,447 per person, twin share

Rhine & Moselle River Cruise - 07 May 18 - Ms Emily Bronte

Cruise the Rhine & Moselle Rivers for 7 nights with ms Emily Bronte and Riviera Travel River Cruises.

Date: 07–14 May 2018

Ship: Emily Bronte

This wonderful cruise visits some of the most fascinating and beautiful sights straddling the majestic Rhine and Moselle, two of Europe`s most picturesque rivers.

HURRY! No single supplement applies to some Lower Emerald Deck cabins - we currently have three (only) at $2999 single sole use

(as at 31May17 - subject to availability at time of booking)

ADD ON A DRINKS PACKAGE - An onboard Drinks Package:

Available for all new 2018 departures is an onboard drinks package (valued at $169 per person). This includes draught beer, non-alcoholic beer, soft drinks, juices, red/white/rose house wines, and wine recommendations from the menu - served with lunch and dinner onboard your ship. If you would like to add on this package please advise prior to departure from Australia.

RHINE & MOSELLE RIVER CRUISE Cruise-Only package includes:

  • 7 night river cruise round trip from Cologne aboard ms Emily Bronte
  • All meals from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your day of departure including Welcome Cocktails & Dinner plus Captain`s Dinner
  • Complimentary onboard tea & coffee
  • Five star service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
  • Complimentary onboard Wi-Fi
  • The services of a Riviera Travel River Cruises cruise director and tour manager
  • 7 included visits and shore tours including: Visit to Boppard, the picturesque `Pearl of the Rhine` | Time to explore the hillside town of Rudesheim - the most famous of the Rhine`s wine towns | Cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge | Stop in Cochem – the historic centre of the Moselle wine trade | Take a romantic stroll in the town of Bernkastel | Tour of Trier – once a key capital of the Roman Empire | Guided tour of Cologne – and see the stunning Gothic Cathedral
  • Port charges

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Cruise Day to Day itinerary

(subject to change by the cruise line without notice)

Day 1:

Moored in Cologne`s Picturesque historic centre, the dedicated crew will welcome you aboard your first-class floating hotel, ensuring you settle into your comfortable and extremely well equipped cabin and familiarise yourself with the ship.

Day 2 - Koblenz & Boppard

The first morning on board a river cruise is always a thrill, awakening to the gentle lapping of the water outside as the scenic valley sides slip silently past your cabin window – there is no other holiday experience quite like it.

Your first port of call is thriving, 2000–year–old Koblenz, with its mighty fortress dominating the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle, the two great rivers you will explore during your cruise. You take a guided walk around the principal monuments and historic centre, exploring delightful squares, admiring beautifully restored historic house frontages and quaint hidden passageways. Koblenz will delight you and it is an absolute joy to wander through its tiny streets, pausing to window shop whilst trying to resist the aroma of fresh coffee drifting from the numerous traditional cafes, and all in such historic surroundings.

During your first delightful lunch you cruise to Boppard, also known as the `Pearl of the Rhine`, a classically picturesque village, located on a long, sweeping, looping bend of the river and exactly how you imagine the Rhineland to be: a bustling stone quayside crowded with people going about their daily business, the cobbled streets, lined by typical half-timbered houses and cafés, leading to the town and its main square beyond. Founded by the Romans, as much of the area was, Boppard boasts the best preserved Roman town walls in Germany.

Day 3 - Rhine Gorge & Rudesheim

You leave the stunning Gorge and during the afternoon, stop in Rudesheim, perhaps the most famous of all the Rhine wine towns with crooked houses sloping down from the wooded hillsides and terraced vineyards. A visit to the Asbach brandy distillery is rewarding (tasting assured of course) or you could perhaps take a trip on the unusual gondola lift with its spectacular views across the river. Especially worth a visit is the excellent mechanical music museum: a superb collection of 350 intricate antique musical instruments and musical boxes from all over the world, many in working order, still playing the delicate sounds of yesteryear.

Day 4 - Cochem

Early this morning we cruise once again through the spectacular passage of the Rhine Gorge. Legends abound of ancient travellers lost in the Gorge and passing the Loreley Rock, the swirling waters of the bend are a reminder of the most famous legend of all: a beautiful maiden is said t o have lured sailors on to the rocks with her feminine charms and alluring song.

Passing Koblenz, you cruise upstream along the Moselle, even more beautiful than the Rhine as it twists its way past verdant hills. The banks, studded with yet more picture postcard villages with tottering timber framed houses pass peacefully by, before you stop at delightful Cochem, in times gone by the centre of the Moselle wine trade, with unrivalled views of the castle crowning a mound covered in vineyards. What a wonderful time to relax in one of the comfortable deck chairs on the Sun Deck and really absorb the spectacular scenery in all its glory. This evening, the atmospheric ship`s restaurant promises another memorable dinner.

Day 5 - Cochem to Bernkastel

Leaving Cochem, you cruise further upstream, passing through four locks, which never cease to fascinate. Why not catch up on some reading in the ship`s library, play chess or watch the scenery from the sun deck: you will be astonished by the steep dramatic valley sides, covered with reputedly the steepest cultivated vineyards in the world. The valley`s gradient here means your progress is respectably sedate but never dull as you meander upstream through the heart of the Moselle`s stunningly beautiful winelands. Enjoy the unfolding scene as the vineyards slip by en route to your overnight port, Bernkastel.

Day 6 - Trier & Bernkastel

Today you drive to Trier, the oldest and one of the most fascinating cities in Germany. Founded by the Romans, it was the capital of a huge portion of their empire, encompassing present-day Spain, France, Britain and parts of Germany. It had a population of a staggering 80,000, little different from today, the Emperor Constantine lived here and it boasted a range of buildings to match. It has one of the most impressive amphitheatres in existence, baths, a Roman bridge but best of all, the Porta Nigra, an immense fortified gate which formed the eastern border of the Roman Empire and towers above the surrounding medieval buildings. This is the largest and best-preserved Roman building north of the Alps and is an awesome testimony to their architectural genius. You enjoy a guided tour during which you learn all about the historical significance of the city.

The rest of the day is free to explore Bernkastel and its delightful cobbled market square surrounded by some of the finest, most ornate half-timbered houses you will ever see, many dating from the 15th century. Most famously, is the Pointed House, a jewel of the rustic middle class building tradition from the Middle Ages and a classic example of the Moselle vintner’s dwelling. As you slip your mooring, and cruise downstream, recline and soak up for one last time the peaceful atmosphere of this magical river. Retire to the welcoming ambience of the ship`s restaurant for another meticulously prepared dinner, and perhaps enjoy one of the fine Riesling wines, from the vineyards before you.

Day 7 - Cologne

Rejoining the Rhine this morning, there is so much to see as you cruise effortlessly downstream past pretty riverside towns backed by the rolling volcanic hills for which the area is renowned. You also see the railway bridge at Remagen, captured intact towards the end of The Second World War, thus arguably shortening the war in Germany. Passing the last riverside vineyards and half– timbered houses around Linz, you leave the last great historic strong point, before mooring in the heart of Cologne, in the shadow of the magnificent Gothic cathedral for which the city is so famous.

It is a truly staggering building, taking 600 years to build and has the most intricate stained glass in Europe. This afternoon, you have a guided tour of the city with time to explore its delightful tree-lined squares and perhaps visit one of its famous bars, many of which still traditionally brew their own beer. This evening, the `Captain’s Dinner` will take place on board, during which delicious specialities of the regions you have visited during your cruise will be served, hosted, of course, by the Captain himself.

Day 8

This morning your friendly crew bid you farewell before you disembark the ship.

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*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (31May17). All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. The following are NOT included in this package - 1. Ships gratuities 2. Drinks aboard river cruise other than those as listed as included in a Drinks Package (if you choose to pay the additional fee) 3. Any meals other than those as stated 4. Transfer to port to join cruise 5. Transfer from port to depart cruise 6. Travel insurance - proof of which is mandatory prior to documentation release 7. International or domestic airfares. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Offer valid until sold out/withdrawn from sale and is subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty.

7 nights From AU $2,999 per person, twin share

Rhine & Moselle River Cruise - 17 May 18 - Ms Oscar Wilde

Cruise the Rhine & Moselle Rivers for 7 nights with ms Oscar Wilde and Riviera Travel River Cruises.

Date: 17–24 May 2018

Ship: Oscar Wilde

This wonderful cruise visits some of the most fascinating and beautiful sights straddling the majestic Rhine and Moselle, two of Europe`s most picturesque rivers.

HURRY! No single supplement applies to some Lower Emerald Deck cabins - we currently have three (only) at $3099 single sole use

(as at 31May17 - subject to availability at time of booking)

ADD ON A DRINKS PACKAGE - An onboard Drinks Package:

Available for all new 2018 departures is an onboard drinks package (valued at $169 per person). This includes draught beer, non-alcoholic beer, soft drinks, juices, red/white/rose house wines, and wine recommendations from the menu - served with lunch and dinner onboard your ship. If you would like to add on this package please advise prior to departure from Australia.

RHINE & MOSELLE RIVER CRUISE Cruise-Only package includes:

  • 7 night river cruise round trip from Cologne aboard ms Oscar Wilde
  • All meals from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your day of departure including Welcome Cocktails & Dinner plus Captain`s Dinner
  • Complimentary onboard tea & coffee
  • Five star service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
  • Complimentary onboard Wi-Fi
  • The services of a Riviera Travel River Cruises cruise director and tour manager
  • 7 included visits and shore tours including: Visit to Boppard, the picturesque `Pearl of the Rhine` | Time to explore the hillside town of Rudesheim - the most famous of the Rhine`s wine towns | Cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge | Stop in Cochem – the historic centre of the Moselle wine trade | Take a romantic stroll in the town of Bernkastel | Tour of Trier – once a key capital of the Roman Empire | Guided tour of Cologne – and see the stunning Gothic Cathedral
  • Port charges

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Cruise Day to Day itinerary

(subject to change by the cruise line without notice)

Day 1:

Moored in Cologne`s Picturesque historic centre, the dedicated crew will welcome you aboard your first-class floating hotel, ensuring you settle into your comfortable and extremely well equipped cabin and familiarise yourself with the ship.

Day 2 - Koblenz & Boppard

The first morning on board a river cruise is always a thrill, awakening to the gentle lapping of the water outside as the scenic valley sides slip silently past your cabin window – there is no other holiday experience quite like it.

Your first port of call is thriving, 2000–year–old Koblenz, with its mighty fortress dominating the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle, the two great rivers you will explore during your cruise. You take a guided walk around the principal monuments and historic centre, exploring delightful squares, admiring beautifully restored historic house frontages and quaint hidden passageways. Koblenz will delight you and it is an absolute joy to wander through its tiny streets, pausing to window shop whilst trying to resist the aroma of fresh coffee drifting from the numerous traditional cafes, and all in such historic surroundings.

During your first delightful lunch you cruise to Boppard, also known as the `Pearl of the Rhine`, a classically picturesque village, located on a long, sweeping, looping bend of the river and exactly how you imagine the Rhineland to be: a bustling stone quayside crowded with people going about their daily business, the cobbled streets, lined by typical half-timbered houses and cafés, leading to the town and its main square beyond. Founded by the Romans, as much of the area was, Boppard boasts the best preserved Roman town walls in Germany.

Day 3 - Rhine Gorge & Rudesheim

You leave the stunning Gorge and during the afternoon, stop in Rudesheim, perhaps the most famous of all the Rhine wine towns with crooked houses sloping down from the wooded hillsides and terraced vineyards. A visit to the Asbach brandy distillery is rewarding (tasting assured of course) or you could perhaps take a trip on the unusual gondola lift with its spectacular views across the river. Especially worth a visit is the excellent mechanical music museum: a superb collection of 350 intricate antique musical instruments and musical boxes from all over the world, many in working order, still playing the delicate sounds of yesteryear.

Day 4 - Cochem

Early this morning we cruise once again through the spectacular passage of the Rhine Gorge. Legends abound of ancient travellers lost in the Gorge and passing the Loreley Rock, the swirling waters of the bend are a reminder of the most famous legend of all: a beautiful maiden is said t o have lured sailors on to the rocks with her feminine charms and alluring song.

Passing Koblenz, you cruise upstream along the Moselle, even more beautiful than the Rhine as it twists its way past verdant hills. The banks, studded with yet more picture postcard villages with tottering timber framed houses pass peacefully by, before you stop at delightful Cochem, in times gone by the centre of the Moselle wine trade, with unrivalled views of the castle crowning a mound covered in vineyards. What a wonderful time to relax in one of the comfortable deck chairs on the Sun Deck and really absorb the spectacular scenery in all its glory. This evening, the atmospheric ship`s restaurant promises another memorable dinner.

Day 5 - Cochem to Bernkastel

Leaving Cochem, you cruise further upstream, passing through four locks, which never cease to fascinate. Why not catch up on some reading in the ship`s library, play chess or watch the scenery from the sun deck: you will be astonished by the steep dramatic valley sides, covered with reputedly the steepest cultivated vineyards in the world. The valley`s gradient here means your progress is respectably sedate but never dull as you meander upstream through the heart of the Moselle`s stunningly beautiful winelands. Enjoy the unfolding scene as the vineyards slip by en route to your overnight port, Bernkastel.

Day 6 - Trier & Bernkastel

Today you drive to Trier, the oldest and one of the most fascinating cities in Germany. Founded by the Romans, it was the capital of a huge portion of their empire, encompassing present-day Spain, France, Britain and parts of Germany. It had a population of a staggering 80,000, little different from today, the Emperor Constantine lived here and it boasted a range of buildings to match. It has one of the most impressive amphitheatres in existence, baths, a Roman bridge but best of all, the Porta Nigra, an immense fortified gate which formed the eastern border of the Roman Empire and towers above the surrounding medieval buildings. This is the largest and best-preserved Roman building north of the Alps and is an awesome testimony to their architectural genius. You enjoy a guided tour during which you learn all about the historical significance of the city.

The rest of the day is free to explore Bernkastel and its delightful cobbled market square surrounded by some of the finest, most ornate half-timbered houses you will ever see, many dating from the 15th century. Most famously, is the Pointed House, a jewel of the rustic middle class building tradition from the Middle Ages and a classic example of the Moselle vintner’s dwelling. As you slip your mooring, and cruise downstream, recline and soak up for one last time the peaceful atmosphere of this magical river. Retire to the welcoming ambience of the ship`s restaurant for another meticulously prepared dinner, and perhaps enjoy one of the fine Riesling wines, from the vineyards before you.

Day 7 - Cologne

Rejoining the Rhine this morning, there is so much to see as you cruise effortlessly downstream past pretty riverside towns backed by the rolling volcanic hills for which the area is renowned. You also see the railway bridge at Remagen, captured intact towards the end of The Second World War, thus arguably shortening the war in Germany. Passing the last riverside vineyards and half– timbered houses around Linz, you leave the last great historic strong point, before mooring in the heart of Cologne, in the shadow of the magnificent Gothic cathedral for which the city is so famous.

It is a truly staggering building, taking 600 years to build and has the most intricate stained glass in Europe. This afternoon, you have a guided tour of the city with time to explore its delightful tree-lined squares and perhaps visit one of its famous bars, many of which still traditionally brew their own beer. This evening, the `Captain’s Dinner` will take place on board, during which delicious specialities of the regions you have visited during your cruise will be served, hosted, of course, by the Captain himself.

Day 8

This morning your friendly crew bid you farewell before you disembark the ship.

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*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (31May17). All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. The following are NOT included in this package - 1. Ships gratuities 2. Drinks aboard river cruise other than those as listed as included in a Drinks Package (if you choose to pay the additional fee) 3. Any meals other than those as stated 4. Transfer to port to join cruise 5. Transfer from port to depart cruise 6. Travel insurance - proof of which is mandatory prior to documentation release 7. International or domestic airfares. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Offer valid until sold out/withdrawn from sale and is subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty.

7 nights From AU $3,099 per person, twin share

A Tale Of Vikings & Highlanders - Double Expedition Fly Cruise Departs 15th June

A magnificent 24 night Saga from Glasgow Scotland to Reykjavik Iceland with the Expedition experts, Adventure Canada in 2018....

Date: 15 Jun–12 Jul 2018

Ship: Ocean Endeavour

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AU $21,595AU $29,265AU $36,765

HIGHLIGHTS

• Stand amidst the Neolithic standing stones of Stenness and Brodgar

• Wander the prehistoric villages of Skara Brae and Jarlshof, c. 3180 BC!

• See the teeming fulmar, puffin, and gannet colonies along the cliffs of Fair Isle

• Shop for exquisite handicrafts unique to the North Atlantic islands

• Follow the Viking explorers on sea-routes recorded in the Norse sagas

• See one of the world`s newest islands, the volcanic Surtsey in Iceland

• Discover Torshavn, capital of the Faroes, with its superb walking opportunities

• Be among the few to sail the dramatic seascapes and cliffs of western Faroes

• Experience Reykjavik, the world`s northernmost capital city - and one of its greenest and cleanest

• Trace the routes of the Icelandic sagas` heroes

• Marvel at bird colonies up to a million strong

• Explore pristine fjords and volcanic landscapes unlike any on Earth

• Visit traditional fishing villages dating back more than eight hundred years

• Search for whales in the rich, productive waters of Husavík

SENSATIONAL SINGLES! Single interior cat 3 cabins from just $22,365*

A TALE OF VIKINGS & HIGHLANDERS Fly, Double Expedition Cruise & Stay package includes:

  • Return economy class airfare** from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth to Glasgow and ex Reykjavic on return inc tax
  • One way transfer from Glasgow airport to hotel
  • 1 nights pre-tour hotel in Glasgow with breakfast
  • 4 night `Outlander Trails` pre-cruise tour from Glasgow to Aberdeen including:

• Two night`s accommodation in Inverness (Four-star Kingsmills Hotel or similar)

• One night accommodation Fort William (Four-star Moorings Hotel or similar)

• One night accommodation in Aberdeen (Three or Four-Star)

• Breakfast daily

• Transportation and guiding on a 16 seat minibus with Driver/ Guide

• Four Full days touring as per itinerary (see below) (Maximum 9 hours per day, no evening services)

• Entrances to Edinburgh Castle, Tobermory Distillery, Iona Abbey

• Entrances to Culross Palace, Highland Folk Museum, Culloden, Castle Leod, Whisky

distillery

  • Transfer from Aberdeen hotel to port
  • 10 night Expedition Cruise NORTH ATLANTIC SAGA from Aberdeen to Reykjavic back to back with
  • 9 night Expedition Cruise ICELAND CIRCUMNAVIGATION round trip from Reykjavic - both cruises including:
  • The expertise and company of the Adventure Canada expedition staff
  • Onboard educational presentations, Interactive workshops & evening entertainment
  • All shipboard meals, including on deck barbeques & afternoon tea, 24-hour coffee, tea and snacks
  • Hors d`ouevres & snacks during evening recaps
  • 24-hour documentary and film programming
  • Ashore introductions to local people and customs
  • Sightseeing including Museum entries, park accesses
  • Access to pristine wilderness areas
  • Zodiac tours and cruises
  • On-site archaeology workshops
  • Community programming: local performances, presentations, and demonstrations
  • Port taxes
  • Discovery fund fee of USD $250 per person per cruise

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DETAILED OUTLANDER TRAILS PRE-CRUISE TOUR:

(subject to change by cruise line)

Day 1

You depart Glasgow and begin following the trail of the best-known film locations featured in the Outlander TV Series. Heading north, your first stop is the charming village of Culross. In Outlander Culross posed as the fictional village of Cranesmuir and the home of Geillis Duncan and her ill-fated husband, Arthur. Exploring the town`s cobbled streets is like taking a step back in time. Look carefully and you may even find Claire`s herb garden behind the impressive, historic Culross Palace. We continue to the small town of Falkland to relive the first scenes of the show, where Falkland substitutes for 1940s Inverness. See if you can recognize the familiar sights such as Mrs. Baird`s Guesthouses (The Covenanter Hotel) and the Bruce Fountain, where Claire sees the ghost of Jamie. In the early afternoon we stop at the Newtonmore Highland Folk Museum, which houses replicas of 18th century turf-roofed Highland crofts. These were used as a setting in the first episode of the show. Venturing further north we pass Aviemore, where you may recognise the stunning hilly and wooded area of Tulloch Ghru. This appeared during the journey Claire takes with Jamie and the Highlanders from Craigh na Dun to Castle Leoch. Arriving in Inverness later that afternoon your base for the next 2 nights.

Day 2

Your day starts by visiting the majestic Glen Affric. Lochs, mountains and pine forests: this is one of Scotland`s most glorious glens. It`s also an ideal spot for our Jamie to hide! In the afternoon we visit Culloden, which plays an important role in Scottish history and the Outlander books. It`s at the Culloden Battlefield where Claire and Jamie said their tearful goodbyes, before Jamie joined the Jacobite army to fight for the Stuarts. You have the opportunity to explore the visitor centre and site, and pay tribute to those who lost their lives at the last battle fought on British soil. You then take a short drive to the ancient standing stones at Clava Cairns, which could have given the inspiration for Craigh na Dun. We return back to Inverness with time to explore the town and enjoy the city for another evening.

Day 3

A short drive this morning takes you to Beauly, the site of Beauly Priory and the tomb of Lord Lovat in the heart of Clan Fraser lands. Beauly priory is a beautiful 13th century ruin and, according to Diana Gabaldon`s book, is where the Lovat Frasers are buried. From here we continue to Castle Leod, `home of the Clan MacKenzie`, where you can enjoy a relaxing walk while your guide tells you some of the history of the clan and castle. The Castle has a striking resemblance to how Diana Gabaldon described Castle Leoch, however she had

never heard of the castle prior to writing Outlander. In the afternoon, you have the opportunity to sample `The Water of Life` with a whisky distillery tour and tasting. There might even be time to look out for the Waterhorse at Loch Garve! You then continue along the entire length of Loch Ness before arriving in Fort William for our overnight stop.

Day 4

You travel to Glenfinnan this morning and visit the monument which commemorates the beginning of the last Jacobite rising. It stands framed by typically spectacular Highland scenery at the head of Loch Shiel. We continue through magnificent Glencoe valley scene of a terrible chapter in Scottish history. The journey then takes you to your end point (Aberdeen) where your tour will end. Overnight at your hotel in Aberdeen and, attend the cruise trip briefing in the evening.

Day 5

For those of you joining the ship, for North Atlantic Saga, you can enjoy your day getting to the ship.

DETAILED CRUISE ITINERARY - Cruise one - North Atlantic Saga

Day 1 | Aberdeen

Aberdeen - the Granite City, or the Silver City - is the third most populous urban area in Scotland. Many of Aberdeen`s buildings are of locally quarried granite; the high mica content of this stone can sparkle like silver. The traditional industries of fishing, paper-making, shipbuilding, and textiles, have been overtaken by the oil industry since discovery of North Sea oil in the 1970s. Aberdeen`s heliport is one of the busiest in the world. The city is famed for its forty-five parks, gardens, and floral displays. We board the Ocean Endeavour in the afternoon.

Day 2 | Stromness and Orkney

Off the north coast of mainland Scotland, Orkney has been settled for at least eight thousand years. Many Neolithic archeological sites have been preserved here, including villages, ceremonial sites, and burial chambers. The Kings of Norway held a strong presence here until the sixteenth century and Stromness, a historic old town on the eastern shore of the main island, is a remnant from that time. A staging area for ships heading west to North America, Stromness was the last last European port of call for Hudson`s Bay Company ships and for the Franklin Expedition of 1845. The ancient village of Skara Brae and the standing stones at Stenness and Brogdar are notable sights in Orkney, among fertile rolling hills dotted with Aberdeen Angus cattle.

Day 3 | Fair Isle, Shetland Islands

A key destination in Viking times, Fair Isle now harbours a hospitable population of some sixty residents who combine a respect for tradition with a modern outlook. It is also home to a National Trust Bird Observatory; over three hundred and fifty species of birds have been recorded here, including puffins and great skuas in substantial numbers. The local museum is dedicated to preserving island heritage, including the knitting of Fair Isle, is renowned the world over. The Jarlshof Prehistoric Norse settlement complex at the southern tip of the Shetlands spans more than four thousand years of human history.

Day 4 | Suouroy Island and Sumba, Faroe Islands

The southwest coast of Suouroy Island features dramatic cliffs that tower above the Atlantic Ocean. The western side of the island is a breeding site for seabirds, including northern fulmars, European storm petrels, European shags, black-legged kittiwakes, Atlantic puffins, common guillemots, and black guillemots. The village of Sumba - population 239 - is a stronghold of Faroese chain dancing. Archaeological excavations have shown traces of occupation at Sumba as far back as the seventh century, making it one of the oldest villages in the Faroe Islands. Hiking is excellent in the foothills of nearby Beinisvoro Mountain, affording spectacular, panoramic views of the region.

Day 5 | Torshavn, Faroe Islands

Torshavn, literally, `Thor’s harbour,` is the Faroe Islands` capital and largest town, with a population of 19,000. Vikings established their parliament on the Tinganes peninsula in 850. Early in the history of the settlement, it was the centre of the islands` trade monopoly and the only legal place to buy and sell goods. Following the end of the Viking age, Torshavn gradually grew into a permanent trading area; today it is a modern European town whose principal industries are tourism and fishing. Torshavn Cathedral was first built in 1788 and has been the seat of the Bishop of the Faroe Islands since 1990.

Day 6 | Western Faroe Islands

The northwestern shores of Eysturoy and Streymoy islands boast some of the Faroes` most spectacular coastlines and superb hiking opportunities. Towering cliffs, waterfalls, sea stacks, and rocks seemingly pulled from the ocean floor are scattered among picturesque coastal communities like Saksun, Gjogv, and Tjornuvik. The uninhabited island of Tindholmur may offer the single most breathtaking view in the Faroes. Each of its small peaks has its own name: Ytsti, Arni, Lítli, Breiði, and Bogdi. The nearby waterfall at Gasadalur is similarly majestic and Tolkienesque.

Day 7 | Mykines Island

Mykines is the westernmost of the Faroes. Along its northern coast lies the valley Krokadalur, where great columns of balsalt (called the Stone-wood) tower thirty metres above the ocean. On the western end of the island, connected by a forty-metre footbridge, is the islet Mykinshólmur, with several sea stacks clustered at its western end and a lighthouse dating to 1909. Geologically, this is the oldest part of the Faroes, formed about sixty million years ago by volcanic activity. Mykines has been identified as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International for its large numbers of puffins and gannets, guillemots, razorbills, northern fulmurs, Manx shearwaters, European storm petrels, European shags, and black-legged kittiwakes.

Day 8 | At Sea Surtsey Island, Iceland

Surtsey was declared a nature reserve for the study of ecological succession in 1965 - just two years after it erupted from the sea floor. The volcanic mound has the distinction of being one of the world`s newest islands, having emerged over the course of three and a half years. In the first spring after Surtsey appeared above the sea surface, seeds and other plant parts were found washed up on the newly formed shore. By the spring of 1965, the first higher plant - a sea rocket - was discovered at the shoreline. Now diminishing in size due to erosion, Surtsey was named Iceland`s first UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.

Day 9 | Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands)

Vestmannaeyjar lies off the south coast of Iceland and comprises fourteen islands in addition to a number of rocks and skerries. Only the archipelago`s largest island, Heimaey, is inhabited - though several of the outlying islands have small cabins used during bird-hunting season. The islands` name originates from a time when Irish slaves fled Iceland`s south coast; to the first Icelanders (who originated in Norway) the Irish were known as `west men`. Since the early days of Heimaey`s occupation, fishing has been the principal way of life for its inhabitants. Numerous species of seabirds nest in the steep rock faces along the ocean cliffs and high on the bluffs surrounding the island. In 1973, Heimaey was threatened by lava flow that would have closed off its harbour, had it not been for human intervention. Today, Eldfell crater remains warm from subterranean magma.

Day 10 | Grindavík

The volcanic plateau and geothermal fields of Reykjanes stick out like a finger towards Greenland. Grindavík, a fishing village on the western Islandic coast, lies five kilometres from the famous Blue Lagoon. The nearby Alfagja rift valley, which marks the boundary of the Eurasian and North American continental tectonic plates, is spanned by the Leif the Lucky Bridge. Built in 2002, the bridge was named in honour of Icelandic explorer Leif Erikson, who was the first known European to have travelled to North America.

Day 11 | Reykjavík

Reykjavík, or `steamy bay`, is a cosmopolitan capital city and as much a part of the Icelandic experience as the midnight sun or the fire and ice that creates the island`s landscape. Entirely powered by geothermal energy harnessed from the Earth, the city boasts air that is crisp, clean, and pollution free, as well as thermally heated streets and sidewalks. It is among the cleanest, greenest, and safest cities in the world, and is believed to be the location of the first permanent settlement in Iceland, established in AD 874. The Culture House, which opened in 1909, was originally built to house the National Library and National Archives of Iceland; in 2000, it was remodeled to promote Icelandic national heritage, including treasures like the Poetic Edda, and the Norse Sagas in their original manuscripts.

2nd cruise DETAILED ITINERARY - Iceland Circumnavigation

Day 1 | Reykjavík

Here, we depart Reykjavik in the evening.

Day 2 | Stykkisholmur

This area is often called `Iceland in Miniature` because of its diverse landscapes. These include bird-rich Breidafjordur Bay and the Snaefellsjokull glacier, sitting atop the dormant volcano that was featured in Jules Verne`s Journey to the Center of the Earth. Stykkisholmur is the region`s namesake community, home to a natural harbour ideal for fishing. The first trading post here was established in the late sixteenth century. The nearby mountain of Helgafell is the burial place of Guorun Osvífursdottir, heroine of the Icelandic saga. The area was featured in the 2013 film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

Day 3 | Isafjordur

Isafjordur (meaning `ice fjord or fjord of ice`) is an idyllic town in the Westfjords region. Connected to the Icelandic mainland only by a narrow strip of land, this secluded peninsula includes many roadless areas. The landscape includes jaw-dropping views of dramatic fjords carved by ancient glaciers, and sheer table mountains that plunge into the sea. Thousands of puffins inhabit tiny Vigur Island, and the splendid Dynjandi waterfall is renowned for its beauty. Fishing has always been Isafjordur`s main industry. It has one of the largest fisheries in Iceland, and is home to the University Centre of the Westfjords, which offers two master`s degree programs: one in Coastal & Marine Management, and the other in Marine Innovation. The local folk museum contains the oldest house in Iceland, built in 1734.

Day 4 | Siglufjordur & Grimsey

The fjord town of Siglufjordur was once the hub of the global herring industry and is now enjoying a rebirth in popularity. The award-winning Herring Era Museum, located on the vibrant harbourfront, celebrates the golden age of the herring fishery. The town remains dependent on fishing, although the herring population has been depleted. The old mountain road to Siglufjordur - the only connection to the rest of the country before the construction of a tunnel system - is open during the summer. The highest-elevated road in Iceland, it is used today for hiking, horseback riding, and driving. About forty kilometres off the mainland, Grimsey Island lies on the Artic Circle, which means that it experiences midnight sun in the summer. With a stunning population of nearly a million seabirds, including puffins, guillemots, and gulls, the island experiences a cacophony of bird calls around the clock as well. Grimsey’s hundred or so inhabitants are served by a ferry three times a week.

Day 5 | Akureyri

Iceland`s second-largest urban area, Akureyri is nicknamed the Capital of North Iceland. The relatively mild climate and ice-free harbour have played a significant role in the town’s history since its settlement in the ninth century - including offering a base for Allied units during the Second World War. The town is surrounded by mountains, which shield it from strong winds. Nearby Lake Myvatn offers stunning contrasts: one side of the lake features rugged volcanic remnants, while the other side is blessed with lush vegetation and varied bird life.

Day 6 | Husavík

On the shores of Skjalfandi Bay lies the town of Husavík. Often called the `Whale Capital` of Iceland, the local waters are home to fifteen different whale species, as well as dolphins and thirty varieties of birds. The Husavík Museum is located by the harbour. There are numerous other museums, including the Exploration Museum, which includes artifacts from Apollo astronaut training in the area, as well as a transportation museum, and a turf house museum.

Day 7 | Seydisfjordur

The picturesque port of Seydisfjordur is nestled between the sea and steep mountains at the tip of its namesake fjord. The town of seven hundred or so is known among other things for its flourishing art scene. Connected to the Icelandic Ring Road, Seydisfjordur welcomes car ferries from Denmark and the Faroes. The fjord itself is quite remote, and is home to a booming puffin colony and ruins of a former church at nearby Vestdallseyri. Local activities include seal-spotting, horseback riding, kayaking, and guided hikes of the Vestadalur area, which features numerous waterfalls.

Day 8 | Djupivogur

By the early-nineteenth century, Djupivogur fishing village in southeast Iceland was a tiny port with a Danish colonial trading base. Hans Jonatan, who had been a slave in Copenhagen, escaped there and became one of Iceland's first people of colour. The village is the starting point for an optional excursion to Vatnajokull glacier. The nearby coastline is defined by three fjords - Berufjorour, Hamarsfjorour, and Alftafjorour. Approximately a kilometre west of the town is a work of art named `Eggin í Gleoivík` (The Eggs of Merry Bay) by Sigurour Guomundsson, a series of thirty-four large stone replicas of the eggs of local birds.

Day 9 | Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands)

Vestmannaeyjar lies off the south coast of Iceland and comprises fourteen islands in addition to a number of rocks and skerries. Only the archipelago`s largest island, Heimaey, is inhabited, though several of the outlying islands have small cabins used during bird-hunting season. Since the early days of Heimaey`s occupation, fishing has been the principal way of life for its inhabitants. Today, the island is home to two large processing plants and a robust freezing and shipping industry, which supplies fish to European markets. Numerous species of seabirds nest in the steep rock faces along the ocean cliffs and high on the bluffs surrounding the island. Highly volcanically active, the area has seen two major eruptions in recent times: the formation of the island of Surtsey in 1963, and the Eldfell eruption ten years later that destroyed much of Heimaey and nearly choked off the harbour with lava.

Day 10 | Reykjavík

After breakfast, we bid farewell to the Ocean Endeavour as we sail back into Reykjavík. This dynamic city with its invigorating outdoor activities, great food, and world-class entertainment is the perfect place to cap our journey and reflect on an unforgettable ten days at sea!

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*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin in AUD (unless stated as single) based on best available cruise fares at time of publication (25Apr17). Some Ocean View cabins may have obstructed views. All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Prices based on a 15% discount (already factored into prices listed here) on cruise fare (less Discovery fund fee) which is valid for new bookings made and deposited by 30Jun17. Prices based on cat 3 inside, cat 6 ocean view and cat 9 Junior suite. No single supplement on cruise portions offer applies to category 3-7 only and is capacity controlled - may be withdrawn without prior notice. What`s Not Included: International flights from/to Australia, Mandatory medical/evacuation travel insurance, Personal expenses, Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes, Discretionary gratuities to ship`s crew (approximately $15 per passenger per day), Visas (if required), Physician`s fees confirming you are fit to travel, Any medical charges incurred while aboard, Possible fuel surcharges. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Please note that the prices shown here are not shown in real time. Offer subject to availability at time of booking. Offer ends 30Jun17 or until sold out/withdrawn from sale. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. A good level of mobility is required. Travel insurance is mandatory but not included.

27 nights From AU $21,595 per person, twin share

Rhine & Moselle River Cruise - 18 Jun 18 - Ms Emily Bronte

Cruise the Rhine & Moselle Rivers for 7 nights with ms Emily Bronte and Riviera Travel River Cruises.

Date: 18–25 Jun 2018

Ship: Emily Bronte

This wonderful cruise visits some of the most fascinating and beautiful sights straddling the majestic Rhine and Moselle, two of Europe`s most picturesque rivers.

HURRY! No single supplement applies to some Lower Emerald Deck cabins - we currently have five (only) at $3309 single sole use

(as at 31May17 - subject to availability at time of booking)

ADD ON A DRINKS PACKAGE - An onboard Drinks Package:

Available for all new 2018 departures is an onboard drinks package (valued at $169 per person). This includes draught beer, non-alcoholic beer, soft drinks, juices, red/white/rose house wines, and wine recommendations from the menu - served with lunch and dinner onboard your ship. If you would like to add on this package please advise prior to departure from Australia.

RHINE & MOSELLE RIVER CRUISE Cruise-Only package includes:

  • 7 night river cruise round trip from Cologne aboard ms Emily Bronte
  • All meals from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your day of departure including Welcome Cocktails & Dinner plus Captain`s Dinner
  • Complimentary onboard tea & coffee
  • Five star service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
  • Complimentary onboard Wi-Fi
  • The services of a Riviera Travel River Cruises cruise director and tour manager
  • 7 included visits and shore tours including: Visit to Boppard, the picturesque `Pearl of the Rhine` | Time to explore the hillside town of Rudesheim - the most famous of the Rhine`s wine towns | Cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge | Stop in Cochem – the historic centre of the Moselle wine trade | Take a romantic stroll in the town of Bernkastel | Tour of Trier – once a key capital of the Roman Empire | Guided tour of Cologne – and see the stunning Gothic Cathedral
  • Port charges

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Cruise Day to Day itinerary

(subject to change by the cruise line without notice)

Day 1:

Moored in Cologne`s Picturesque historic centre, the dedicated crew will welcome you aboard your first-class floating hotel, ensuring you settle into your comfortable and extremely well equipped cabin and familiarise yourself with the ship.

Day 2 - Koblenz & Boppard

The first morning on board a river cruise is always a thrill, awakening to the gentle lapping of the water outside as the scenic valley sides slip silently past your cabin window – there is no other holiday experience quite like it.

Your first port of call is thriving, 2000–year–old Koblenz, with its mighty fortress dominating the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle, the two great rivers you will explore during your cruise. You take a guided walk around the principal monuments and historic centre, exploring delightful squares, admiring beautifully restored historic house frontages and quaint hidden passageways. Koblenz will delight you and it is an absolute joy to wander through its tiny streets, pausing to window shop whilst trying to resist the aroma of fresh coffee drifting from the numerous traditional cafes, and all in such historic surroundings.

During your first delightful lunch you cruise to Boppard, also known as the `Pearl of the Rhine`, a classically picturesque village, located on a long, sweeping, looping bend of the river and exactly how you imagine the Rhineland to be: a bustling stone quayside crowded with people going about their daily business, the cobbled streets, lined by typical half-timbered houses and cafés, leading to the town and its main square beyond. Founded by the Romans, as much of the area was, Boppard boasts the best preserved Roman town walls in Germany.

Day 3 - Rhine Gorge & Rudesheim

You leave the stunning Gorge and during the afternoon, stop in Rudesheim, perhaps the most famous of all the Rhine wine towns with crooked houses sloping down from the wooded hillsides and terraced vineyards. A visit to the Asbach brandy distillery is rewarding (tasting assured of course) or you could perhaps take a trip on the unusual gondola lift with its spectacular views across the river. Especially worth a visit is the excellent mechanical music museum: a superb collection of 350 intricate antique musical instruments and musical boxes from all over the world, many in working order, still playing the delicate sounds of yesteryear.

Day 4 - Cochem

Early this morning we cruise once again through the spectacular passage of the Rhine Gorge. Legends abound of ancient travellers lost in the Gorge and passing the Loreley Rock, the swirling waters of the bend are a reminder of the most famous legend of all: a beautiful maiden is said t o have lured sailors on to the rocks with her feminine charms and alluring song.

Passing Koblenz, you cruise upstream along the Moselle, even more beautiful than the Rhine as it twists its way past verdant hills. The banks, studded with yet more picture postcard villages with tottering timber framed houses pass peacefully by, before you stop at delightful Cochem, in times gone by the centre of the Moselle wine trade, with unrivalled views of the castle crowning a mound covered in vineyards. What a wonderful time to relax in one of the comfortable deck chairs on the Sun Deck and really absorb the spectacular scenery in all its glory. This evening, the atmospheric ship`s restaurant promises another memorable dinner.

Day 5 - Cochem to Bernkastel

Leaving Cochem, you cruise further upstream, passing through four locks, which never cease to fascinate. Why not catch up on some reading in the ship`s library, play chess or watch the scenery from the sun deck: you will be astonished by the steep dramatic valley sides, covered with reputedly the steepest cultivated vineyards in the world. The valley`s gradient here means your progress is respectably sedate but never dull as you meander upstream through the heart of the Moselle`s stunningly beautiful winelands. Enjoy the unfolding scene as the vineyards slip by en route to your overnight port, Bernkastel.

Day 6 - Trier & Bernkastel

Today you drive to Trier, the oldest and one of the most fascinating cities in Germany. Founded by the Romans, it was the capital of a huge portion of their empire, encompassing present-day Spain, France, Britain and parts of Germany. It had a population of a staggering 80,000, little different from today, the Emperor Constantine lived here and it boasted a range of buildings to match. It has one of the most impressive amphitheatres in existence, baths, a Roman bridge but best of all, the Porta Nigra, an immense fortified gate which formed the eastern border of the Roman Empire and towers above the surrounding medieval buildings. This is the largest and best-preserved Roman building north of the Alps and is an awesome testimony to their architectural genius. You enjoy a guided tour during which you learn all about the historical significance of the city.

The rest of the day is free to explore Bernkastel and its delightful cobbled market square surrounded by some of the finest, most ornate half-timbered houses you will ever see, many dating from the 15th century. Most famously, is the Pointed House, a jewel of the rustic middle class building tradition from the Middle Ages and a classic example of the Moselle vintner’s dwelling. As you slip your mooring, and cruise downstream, recline and soak up for one last time the peaceful atmosphere of this magical river. Retire to the welcoming ambience of the ship`s restaurant for another meticulously prepared dinner, and perhaps enjoy one of the fine Riesling wines, from the vineyards before you.

Day 7 - Cologne

Rejoining the Rhine this morning, there is so much to see as you cruise effortlessly downstream past pretty riverside towns backed by the rolling volcanic hills for which the area is renowned. You also see the railway bridge at Remagen, captured intact towards the end of The Second World War, thus arguably shortening the war in Germany. Passing the last riverside vineyards and half– timbered houses around Linz, you leave the last great historic strong point, before mooring in the heart of Cologne, in the shadow of the magnificent Gothic cathedral for which the city is so famous.

It is a truly staggering building, taking 600 years to build and has the most intricate stained glass in Europe. This afternoon, you have a guided tour of the city with time to explore its delightful tree-lined squares and perhaps visit one of its famous bars, many of which still traditionally brew their own beer. This evening, the `Captain’s Dinner` will take place on board, during which delicious specialities of the regions you have visited during your cruise will be served, hosted, of course, by the Captain himself.

Day 8

This morning your friendly crew bid you farewell before you disembark the ship.

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*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (31May17). All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. The following are NOT included in this package - 1. Ships gratuities 2. Drinks aboard river cruise other than those as listed as included in a Drinks Package (if you choose to pay the additional fee) 3. Any meals other than those as stated 4. Transfer to port to join cruise 5. Transfer from port to depart cruise 6. Travel insurance - proof of which is mandatory prior to documentation release 7. International or domestic airfares. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Offer valid until sold out/withdrawn from sale and is subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty.

7 nights From AU $3,309 per person, twin share

Save 15% Earlybird! - North Atlantic Saga - Departs 21st June 2018

From the craggy coastline of Scotland, past the staggering cliffs of the Faroe Islands to the volcanic plains of Iceland, this expedition charts a course unlike any other on Earth

Date: 21 Jun–01 Jul 2018

Ship: Ocean Endeavour

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US $6,450US $9,255US $11,805

** ALL PRICES IN USD **

Why Scotland? this from Cedar Swan, CEO of Adventure Canada:

When my father started Adventure Canada thirty years ago, his own Scottish heritage was close to the heart of everything he hoped to do. All who have travelled with Matthew Swan can recall his affection for a rolling burr in the voice, for tartan-clad festivities, for a noble culture steeped in rugged landscapes and proud history. My father - a familiar sight to many an AC passenger, with his red hair whipping in the sea wind - set a high-water mark with his love of travel and exploration, a mark to which we all aspire now as we carry his legacy. Adventure Canada is delighted to announce that, for the first time since 2013, we are returning to Scotland! Back by popular demand, our Scotland Slowly expedition represents the best way to take in the gorgeous landscapes, rich Celtic history, and vibrant local culture.

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Emerging from the mists of legend, the north Atlantic isles are wonders of geology, ecology, and human history. From the craggy coastline of Scotland, past the staggering cliffs of the Faroe Islands to the volcanic plains of Iceland, this expedition charts a course unlike any other on Earth. Join us as Adventure Canada explores ancient Neolithic ruins on rugged Celtic islands, and sail into the sagas of Norse explorers bound for far-flung Arctic shores. Hikers and bird-watchers alike will delight in the puffins and skuas that wheel over wave-battered headlands. You`ll experience local culture in villages that have been occupied since ancient times, and meet modern-day fishermen working the same waters that fed their forebears. Find seabird populations abounding in their vast nesting grounds. Photograph exquisite wildflowers in early summer bloom. Visit newborn islands, picturesque communities, and sprawling glaciers. Join the lucky few who have travelled in the wake of the Vikings from Aberdeen to Rekyavík - charting an ancient course between modern ports, amid the mythic islands of the north Atlantic!

HIGHLIGHTS...

• Stand amidst the Neolithic standing stones of Stenness and Brodgar

• Wander the prehistoric villages of Skara Brae and Jarlshof, c. 3180 BC!

• See the teeming fulmar, puffin, and gannet colonies along the cliffs of Fair Isle

• Shop for exquisite handicrafts unique to the North Atlantic islands

• Follow the Viking explorers on sea-routes recorded in the Norse sagas

• See one of the world`s newest islands, the volcanic Surtsey in Iceland

• Discover Torshavn, capital of the Faroes, with its superb walking opportunities

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT! Singles pay no more than twins for categories 3 - 7 (sole use of the cabin). Single Cat 3 Interior from USD $6,450*

NORTH ATLANTIC SAGA Cruise-Stay package includes:

  • BONUS Free 1 nights accommodation in Aberdeen pre-cruise
  • 10 night Expedition Cruise NORTH ATLANTIC SAGA from Aberdeen to Reykjavik including:
  • The expertise and company of the Adventure Canada expedition staff
  • Onboard educational presentations, Interactive workshops & evening entertainment
  • All shipboard meals, including on deck barbeques & afternoon tea, 24-hour coffee, tea and snacks
  • Hors d`ouevres & snacks during evening recaps
  • 24-hour documentary and film programming
  • Ashore introductions to local people and customs
  • Sightseeing including Museum entries, park accesses
  • Access to pristine wilderness areas
  • Zodiac tours and cruises
  • On-site archaeology workshops
  • Community programming: local performances, presentations, and demonstrations
  • Port taxes
  • Discovery fund fee of USD $250 per person

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DETAILED CRUISE ITINERARY

(subject to change by cruise line without notice)

Day 1 | Aberdeen

Aberdeen - the Granite City, or the Silver City - is the third most populous urban area in Scotland. Many of Aberdeen`s buildings are of locally quarried granite; the high mica content of this stone can sparkle like silver. The traditional industries of fishing, paper-making, shipbuilding, and textiles, have been overtaken by the oil industry since discovery of North Sea oil in the 1970s. Aberdeen`s heliport is one of the busiest in the world. The city is famed for its forty-five parks, gardens, and floral displays. We board the Ocean Endeavour in the afternoon.

Day 2 | Stromness and Orkney

Off the north coast of mainland Scotland, Orkney has been settled for at least eight thousand years. Many Neolithic archeological sites have been preserved here, including villages, ceremonial sites, and burial chambers. The Kings of Norway held a strong presence here until the sixteenth century and Stromness, a historic old town on the eastern shore of the main island, is a remnant from that time. A staging area for ships heading west to North America, Stromness was the last last European port of call for Hudson`s Bay Company ships and for the Franklin Expedition of 1845. The ancient village of Skara Brae and the standing stones at Stenness and Brogdar are notable sights in Orkney, among fertile rolling hills dotted with Aberdeen Angus cattle.

Day 3 | Fair Isle, Shetland Islands

A key destination in Viking times, Fair Isle now harbours a hospitable population of some sixty residents who combine a respect for tradition with a modern outlook. It is also home to a National Trust Bird Observatory; over three hundred and fifty species of birds have been recorded here, including puffins and great skuas in substantial numbers. The local museum is dedicated to preserving island heritage, including the knitting of Fair Isle, is renowned the world over. The Jarlshof Prehistoric Norse settlement complex at the southern tip of the Shetlands spans more than four thousand years of human history.

Day 4 | Suðuroy Island and Sumba, Faroe Islands

The southwest coast of Suouroy Island features dramatic cliffs that tower above the Atlantic Ocean. The western side of the island is a breeding site for seabirds, including northern fulmars, European storm petrels, European shags, black-legged kittiwakes, Atlantic puffins, common guillemots, and black guillemots. The village of Sumba - population 239 - is a stronghold of Faroese chain dancing. Archaeological excavations have shown traces of occupation at Sumba as far back as the seventh century, making it one of the oldest villages in the Faroe Islands. Hiking is excellent in the foothills of nearby Beinisvoro Mountain, affording spectacular, panoramic views of the region.

Day 5 | Torshavn, Faroe Islands

Torshavn, literally, `Thor’s harbour,` is the Faroe Islands` capital and largest town, with a population of 19,000. Vikings established their parliament on the Tinganes peninsula in 850. Early in the history of the settlement, it was the centre of the islands trade monopoly and the only legal place to buy and sell goods. Following the end of the Viking age, Torshavn gradually grew into a permanent trading area; today it is a modern European town whose principal industries are tourism and fishing. Torshavn Cathedral was first built in 1788 and has been the seat of the Bishop of the Faroe Islands since 1990.

Day 6 | Western Faroe Islands

The northwestern shores of Eysturoy and Streymoy islands boast some of the Faroes’ most spectacular coastlines and superb hiking opportunities. Towering cliffs, waterfalls, sea stacks, and rocks seemingly pulled from the ocean floor are scattered among picturesque coastal communities like Saksun, Gjogv, and Tjornuvik. The uninhabited island of Tindholmur may offer the single most breathtaking view in the Faroes. Each of its small peaks has its own name: Ytsti, Arni, Lítli, Breioi, and Bogdi. The nearby waterfall at Gasadalur is similarly majestic and Tolkienesque.

Day 7 | Mykines Island

Mykines is the westernmost of the Faroes. Along its northern coast lies the valley Krokadalur, where great columns of balsalt (called the Stone-wood) tower thirty metres above the ocean. On the western end of the island, connected by a forty-metre footbridge, is the islet Mykinsholmur, with several sea stacks clustered at its western end and a lighthouse dating to 1909. Geologically, this is the oldest part of the Faroes, formed about sixty million years ago by volcanic activity. Mykines has been identified as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International for its large numbers of puffins and gannets, guillemots, razorbills, northern fulmurs, Manx shearwaters, European storm petrels, European shags, and black-legged kittiwakes.

Day 8 | At Sea - Surtsey Island, Iceland

Surtsey was declared a nature reserve for the study of ecological succession in 1965 - just two years after it erupted from the sea floor. The volcanic mound has the distinction of being one of the world`s newest islands, having emerged over the course of three and a half years. In the first spring after Surtsey appeared above the sea surface, seeds and other plant parts were found washed up on the newly formed shore. By the spring of 1965, the first higher plant - a sea rocket - was discovered at the shoreline. Now diminishing in size due to erosion, Surtsey was named Iceland`s first UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.

Day 9 | Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands)

Vestmannaeyjar lies off the south coast of Iceland and comprises fourteen islands in addition to a number of rocks and skerries. Only the archipelago`s largest island, Heimaey, is inhabited - though several of the outlying islands have small cabins used during bird-hunting season. The islands` name originates from a time when Irish slaves fled Iceland`s south coast; to the first Icelanders (who originated in Norway) the Irish were known as `west men`. Since the early days of Heimaey`s occupation, fishing has been the principal way of life for its inhabitants. Numerous species of seabirds nest in the steep rock faces along the ocean cliffs and high on the bluffs surrounding the island. In 1973, Heimaey was threatened by lava flow that would have closed off its harbour, had it not been for human intervention. Today, Eldfell crater remains warm from subterranean magma.

Day 10 | Grindavík

The volcanic plateau and geothermal fields of Reykjanes stick out like a finger towards Greenland. Grindavík, a fishing village on the western Islandic coast, lies five kilometres from the famous Blue Lagoon. The nearby Alfagja rift valley, which marks the boundary of the Eurasian and North American continental tectonic plates, is spanned by the Leif the Lucky Bridge. Built in 2002, the bridge was named in honour of Icelandic explorer Leif Erikson, who was the first known European to have travelled to North America.

Day 11 | Reykjavík

Reykjavík, or `steamy bay`, is a cosmopolitan capital city and as much a part of the Icelandic experience as the midnight sun or the fire and ice that creates the island’s landscape. Entirely powered by geothermal energy harnessed from the Earth, the city boasts air that is crisp, clean, and pollution free, as well as thermally heated streets and sidewalks. It is among the cleanest, greenest, and safest cities in the world, and is believed to be the location of the first permanent settlement in Iceland, established in AD 874. The Culture House, which opened in 1909, was originally built to house the National Library and National Archives of Iceland; in 2000, it was remodeled to promote Icelandic national heritage, including treasures like the Poetic Edda, and the Norse Sagas in their original manuscripts.

Today we disembark the Ocean Endeavour and transfer to the airport.

*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin in USD (unless stated as single) based on best available cruise fares at time of publication (12May17). Some Ocean View cabins may have obstructed views. All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Priced based on a 15% discount (already factored into prices listed here) on cruise fare (less Discovery fund fee) which is valid for new bookings made and deposited by 30Jun17. Prices based on cat 3 inside, cat 6 ocean view and cat 9 Junior suite. No single supplement offer applies to category 3-7 only and is capacity controlled - may be withdrawn without prior notice. What`s Not Included: International flights from/to Australia, Mandatory medical/evacuation travel insurance, Personal expenses, Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes, Discretionary gratuities to ship`s crew (approximately $15 per passenger per day), Visas (if required), Physician`s fees confirming you are fit to travel, Any medical charges incurred while aboard, Possible fuel surcharges. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Please note that the prices shown here are not shown in real time. Offer subject to availability at time of booking. Free hotel subject to availability at time of booking. If unavailable an alternative hotel or upgrade additional surcharge will be advised. Offer ends 30Jun17 or until sold out/withdrawn from sale. No single supplement refers to cat 3 to cat 7 cabins for sole use single occupancy at the same price as twin share. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. A good level of mobility is required. Travel insurance is mandatory but not included.

10 nights From US $6,450 per person, twin share

Rhine & Moselle River Cruise - 28 June 18 - Ms Oscar Wilde

Cruise the Rhine & Moselle Rivers for 7 nights with ms Oscar Wilde and Riviera Travel River Cruises.

Date: 28 Jun–05 Jul 2018

Ship: Oscar Wilde

This wonderful cruise visits some of the most fascinating and beautiful sights straddling the majestic Rhine and Moselle, two of Europe`s most picturesque rivers.

HURRY! No single supplement applies to some Lower Emerald Deck cabins - we currently have four (only) at $3099 single sole use

(as at 31May17 - subject to availability at time of booking)

ADD ON A DRINKS PACKAGE - An onboard Drinks Package:

Available for all new 2018 departures is an onboard drinks package (valued at $169 per person). This includes draught beer, non-alcoholic beer, soft drinks, juices, red/white/rose house wines, and wine recommendations from the menu - served with lunch and dinner onboard your ship. If you would like to add on this package please advise prior to departure from Australia.

RHINE & MOSELLE RIVER CRUISE Cruise-Only package includes:

  • 7 night river cruise round trip from Cologne aboard ms Oscar Wilde
  • All meals from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your day of departure including Welcome Cocktails & Dinner plus Captain`s Dinner
  • Complimentary onboard tea & coffee
  • Five star service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
  • Complimentary onboard Wi-Fi
  • The services of a Riviera Travel River Cruises cruise director and tour manager
  • 7 included visits and shore tours including: Visit to Boppard, the picturesque `Pearl of the Rhine` | Time to explore the hillside town of Rudesheim - the most famous of the Rhine`s wine towns | Cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge | Stop in Cochem – the historic centre of the Moselle wine trade | Take a romantic stroll in the town of Bernkastel | Tour of Trier – once a key capital of the Roman Empire | Guided tour of Cologne – and see the stunning Gothic Cathedral
  • Port charges

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Cruise Day to Day itinerary

(subject to change by the cruise line without notice)

Day 1:

Moored in Cologne`s Picturesque historic centre, the dedicated crew will welcome you aboard your first-class floating hotel, ensuring you settle into your comfortable and extremely well equipped cabin and familiarise yourself with the ship.

Day 2 - Koblenz & Boppard

The first morning on board a river cruise is always a thrill, awakening to the gentle lapping of the water outside as the scenic valley sides slip silently past your cabin window – there is no other holiday experience quite like it.

Your first port of call is thriving, 2000–year–old Koblenz, with its mighty fortress dominating the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle, the two great rivers you will explore during your cruise. You take a guided walk around the principal monuments and historic centre, exploring delightful squares, admiring beautifully restored historic house frontages and quaint hidden passageways. Koblenz will delight you and it is an absolute joy to wander through its tiny streets, pausing to window shop whilst trying to resist the aroma of fresh coffee drifting from the numerous traditional cafes, and all in such historic surroundings.

During your first delightful lunch you cruise to Boppard, also known as the `Pearl of the Rhine`, a classically picturesque village, located on a long, sweeping, looping bend of the river and exactly how you imagine the Rhineland to be: a bustling stone quayside crowded with people going about their daily business, the cobbled streets, lined by typical half-timbered houses and cafés, leading to the town and its main square beyond. Founded by the Romans, as much of the area was, Boppard boasts the best preserved Roman town walls in Germany.

Day 3 - Rhine Gorge & Rudesheim

You leave the stunning Gorge and during the afternoon, stop in Rudesheim, perhaps the most famous of all the Rhine wine towns with crooked houses sloping down from the wooded hillsides and terraced vineyards. A visit to the Asbach brandy distillery is rewarding (tasting assured of course) or you could perhaps take a trip on the unusual gondola lift with its spectacular views across the river. Especially worth a visit is the excellent mechanical music museum: a superb collection of 350 intricate antique musical instruments and musical boxes from all over the world, many in working order, still playing the delicate sounds of yesteryear.

Day 4 - Cochem

Early this morning we cruise once again through the spectacular passage of the Rhine Gorge. Legends abound of ancient travellers lost in the Gorge and passing the Loreley Rock, the swirling waters of the bend are a reminder of the most famous legend of all: a beautiful maiden is said t o have lured sailors on to the rocks with her feminine charms and alluring song.

Passing Koblenz, you cruise upstream along the Moselle, even more beautiful than the Rhine as it twists its way past verdant hills. The banks, studded with yet more picture postcard villages with tottering timber framed houses pass peacefully by, before you stop at delightful Cochem, in times gone by the centre of the Moselle wine trade, with unrivalled views of the castle crowning a mound covered in vineyards. What a wonderful time to relax in one of the comfortable deck chairs on the Sun Deck and really absorb the spectacular scenery in all its glory. This evening, the atmospheric ship`s restaurant promises another memorable dinner.

Day 5 - Cochem to Bernkastel

Leaving Cochem, you cruise further upstream, passing through four locks, which never cease to fascinate. Why not catch up on some reading in the ship`s library, play chess or watch the scenery from the sun deck: you will be astonished by the steep dramatic valley sides, covered with reputedly the steepest cultivated vineyards in the world. The valley`s gradient here means your progress is respectably sedate but never dull as you meander upstream through the heart of the Moselle`s stunningly beautiful winelands. Enjoy the unfolding scene as the vineyards slip by en route to your overnight port, Bernkastel.

Day 6 - Trier & Bernkastel

Today you drive to Trier, the oldest and one of the most fascinating cities in Germany. Founded by the Romans, it was the capital of a huge portion of their empire, encompassing present-day Spain, France, Britain and parts of Germany. It had a population of a staggering 80,000, little different from today, the Emperor Constantine lived here and it boasted a range of buildings to match. It has one of the most impressive amphitheatres in existence, baths, a Roman bridge but best of all, the Porta Nigra, an immense fortified gate which formed the eastern border of the Roman Empire and towers above the surrounding medieval buildings. This is the largest and best-preserved Roman building north of the Alps and is an awesome testimony to their architectural genius. You enjoy a guided tour during which you learn all about the historical significance of the city.

The rest of the day is free to explore Bernkastel and its delightful cobbled market square surrounded by some of the finest, most ornate half-timbered houses you will ever see, many dating from the 15th century. Most famously, is the Pointed House, a jewel of the rustic middle class building tradition from the Middle Ages and a classic example of the Moselle vintner’s dwelling. As you slip your mooring, and cruise downstream, recline and soak up for one last time the peaceful atmosphere of this magical river. Retire to the welcoming ambience of the ship`s restaurant for another meticulously prepared dinner, and perhaps enjoy one of the fine Riesling wines, from the vineyards before you.

Day 7 - Cologne

Rejoining the Rhine this morning, there is so much to see as you cruise effortlessly downstream past pretty riverside towns backed by the rolling volcanic hills for which the area is renowned. You also see the railway bridge at Remagen, captured intact towards the end of The Second World War, thus arguably shortening the war in Germany. Passing the last riverside vineyards and half– timbered houses around Linz, you leave the last great historic strong point, before mooring in the heart of Cologne, in the shadow of the magnificent Gothic cathedral for which the city is so famous.

It is a truly staggering building, taking 600 years to build and has the most intricate stained glass in Europe. This afternoon, you have a guided tour of the city with time to explore its delightful tree-lined squares and perhaps visit one of its famous bars, many of which still traditionally brew their own beer. This evening, the `Captain’s Dinner` will take place on board, during which delicious specialities of the regions you have visited during your cruise will be served, hosted, of course, by the Captain himself.

Day 8

This morning your friendly crew bid you farewell before you disembark the ship.

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*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (31May17). All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. The following are NOT included in this package - 1. Ships gratuities 2. Drinks aboard river cruise other than those as listed as included in a Drinks Package (if you choose to pay the additional fee) 3. Any meals other than those as stated 4. Transfer to port to join cruise 5. Transfer from port to depart cruise 6. Travel insurance - proof of which is mandatory prior to documentation release 7. International or domestic airfares. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Offer valid until sold out/withdrawn from sale and is subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty.

7 nights From AU $3,099 per person, twin share

Save 15% Earlybird! - Iceland Circumnavigation - Departs 30 June 2018

Explore a mystical land shaped by fire & ice on this excursion to the ancient Viking stronghold of Iceland. Voyaging aboard the Ocean Endeavour

Date: 30 Jun–10 Jul 2018

Ship: Ocean Endeavour

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US $4,495US $7,385US $10,445

** ALL PRICES IN USD **

Explore a mystical land shaped by fire and ice on this excursion to the ancient Viking stronghold of Iceland. Voyaging aboard the Ocean Endeavour, you`ll see Iceland at its best and most diverse. Marvel at the geological wonders of this island at the edge of the Arctic Circle, exploring its unforgettable culture, history, and people - from small fishing communities, to the ancient and modern capital, Reykjavík. First settled in 874 AD, Iceland today is the most sparsely populated country in Europe - yet it may also be the most dramatic. Volcanically and geologically active, Iceland is famed for its awe-inspiring lava fields, mountains, glaciers, and glacial rivers. Natural wonders and a stirring history await on Iceland`s rugged shores. Join us as we set sail in the wake of the sagas of old.

HIGHLIGHTS...

• Trace the routes of the Icelandic sagas heroes

• Soak up the culture in Reykjavík, one of the cleanest and greenest cities in the world

• Marvel at bird colonies up to a million strong

• Explore pristine fjords and volcanic landscapes unlike any on Earth

• Visit traditional fishing villages dating back more than eight hundred years

• Search for whales in the rich, productive waters of Husavík

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT! Singles pay no more than twins for categories 3 - 7 (sole use of the cabin). Single Cat 3 Interior from USD $4,495*

ICELAND CIRCUMNAVIGATION Cruise-Stay package includes:

  • BONUS Free 1 nights accommodation in Reykjavik pre-cruise
  • 10 night Expedition Cruise ICELAND CIRCUMNAVIGATION round trip from Reykjavik (1nt hotel & 9 nights on ship) including:
  • The expertise and company of the Adventure Canada expedition staff
  • Onboard educational presentations, Interactive workshops & evening entertainment
  • All shipboard meals, including on deck barbeques & afternoon tea, 24-hour coffee, tea and snacks
  • Hors d`ouevres & snacks during evening recaps
  • 24-hour documentary and film programming
  • Ashore introductions to local people and customs
  • Sightseeing including Museum entries, park accesses
  • Access to pristine wilderness areas
  • Zodiac tours and cruises
  • On-site archaeology workshops
  • Community programming: local performances, presentations, and demonstrations
  • Port taxes
  • Discovery fund fee of USD $250 per person

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DETAILED CRUISE ITINERARY

(subject to change by cruise line without notice)

Day 1-2 | Reykjavík

Reykjavik, or `steamy bay` is a cosmopolitan capital city and as much a part of the Icelandic experience as volcanoes, glaciers, and the midnight sun. Entirely powered by geothermal energy harnessed from the Earth, the city boast crisp, clean, and pollution free air, as well as thermally heated streets and sidewalks. It is among the cleanest, greenest, and safest cities in the world, and is believed to be the location of the first permanent settlement in Iceland, established in AD 874. The Culture House, which opened in 1909, was originally built to house the National Library and National Archives of Iceland; in 2000, it was remodeled to promote Icelandic national heritage, including treasures like the Poetic Edda, and the Norse Sagas in their original manuscripts. Here, we embark the Ocean Endeavour. We depart Reykjavik in the evening.

Day 3 | Stykkisholmur

This area is often called `Iceland in Miniature` because of its diverse landscapes. These include bird-rich Breidafjördur Bay and the Snaefellsjokull glacier, sitting atop the dormant volcano that was featured in Jules Verne`s Journey to the Center of the Earth. Stykkisholmur is the region`s namesake community, home to a natural harbour ideal for fishing. The first trading post here was established in the late sixteenth century. The nearby mountain of Helgafell is the burial place of Guorun Osvífursdottir, heroine of the Icelandic saga. The area was featured in the 2013 film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

Day 4 | Isafjordur

Isafjordur (meaning `ice fjord or fjord of ice`) is an idyllic town in the Westfjords region. Connected to the Icelandic mainland only by a narrow strip of land, this secluded peninsula includes many roadless areas. The landscape includes jaw-dropping views of dramatic fjords carved by ancient glaciers, and sheer table mountains that plunge into the sea. Thousands of puffins inhabit tiny Vigur Island, and the splendid Dynjandi waterfall is renowned for its beauty. Fishing has always been Isafjördur’smain industry. It has one of the largest fisheries in Iceland, and is home to the University Centre of the Westfjords, which offers two master`s degree programs: one in Coastal & Marine Management, and the other in Marine Innovation. The local folk museum contains the oldest house in Iceland, built in 1734.

Day 5 | Siglufjordur & Grimsey

The fjord town of Siglufjordur was once the hub of the global herring industry and is now enjoying a rebirth in popularity. The award-winning Herring Era Museum, located on the vibrant harbour front, celebrates the golden age of the herring fishery. The town remains dependent on fishing, although the herring population has been depleted. The old mountain road to Siglufjordur - the only connection to the rest of the country before the construction of a tunnel system - is open during the summer. The highest-elevated road in Iceland, it is used today for hiking, horseback riding, and driving. About forty kilometres off the mainland, Grimsey Island lies on the Artic Circle, which means that it experiences midnight sun in the summer. With a stunning population of nearly a million seabirds, including puffins, guillemots, and gulls, the island experiences a cacophony of bird calls around the clock as well. Grimsey`s hundred or so inhabitants are served by a ferry three times a week.

Day 6 | Akureyri

Iceland`s second-largest urban area, Akureyri is nicknamed the Capital of North Iceland. The relatively mild climate and ice-free harbour have played a significant role in the town`s history since its settlement in the ninth century - including offering a base for Allied units during the Second World War. The town is surrounded by mountains, which shield it from strong winds. Nearby Lake Myvatn offers stunning contrasts: one side of the lake features rugged volcanic remnants, while the other side is blessed with lush vegetation and varied bird life.

Day 7 | Hisavík

On the shores of Skjalfandi Bay lies the town of Hisavík. Often called the `Whale Capital` of Iceland, the local waters are home to fifteen different whale species, as well as dolphins and thirty varieties of birds. The Husavík Museum is located by the harbour. There are numerous other museums, including the Exploration Museum, which includes artifacts from Apollo astronaut training in the area, as well as a transportation museum, and a turf house museum.

Day 8 | Seydisfjordur

The picturesque port of Seydisfjordur is nestled between the sea and steep mountains at the tip of its namesake fjord. The town of seven hundred or so is known among other things for its flourishing art scene. Connected to the Icelandic Ring Road, Seydisfjordur welcomes car ferries from Denmark and the Faroes. The fjord itself is quite remote, and is home to a booming puffin colony and ruins of a former church at nearby Vestdallseyri. Local activities include seal-spotting, horseback riding, kayaking, and guided hikes of the Vestadalur area, which features numerous waterfalls.

Day 9 | Djupivogur

By the early-nineteenth century, Djupivogur fishing village in southeast Iceland was a tiny port with a Danish colonial trading base. Hans Jonatan, who had been a slave in Copenhagen, escaped there and became one of Iceland`s first people of colour. The village is the starting point for an optional excursion to Vatnajokull glacier. The nearby coastline is defined by three fjords - Berufjorour, Hamarsfjorour, and Alftafjorour. Approximately a kilometre west of the town is a work of art named `Eggin i Gleoivík` (The Eggs of Merry Bay) by Sigurour Guomundsson, a series of thirty-four large stone replicas of the eggs of local birds.

Day 10 | Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands)

Vestmannaeyjar lies off the south coast of Iceland and comprises fourteen islands in addition to a number of rocks and skerries. Only the archipelago`s largest island, Heimaey, is inhabited, though several of the outlying islands have small cabins used during bird-hunting season. Since the early days of Heimaey`s occupation, fishing has been the principal way of life for its inhabitants. Today, the island is home to two large processing plants and a robust freezing and shipping industry, which supplies fish to European markets. Numerous species of seabirds nest in the steep rock faces along the ocean cliffs and high on the bluffs surrounding the island. Highly volcanically active, the area has seen two major eruptions in recent times: the formation of the island of Surtsey in 1963, and the Eldfell eruption ten years later that destroyed much of Heimaey and nearly choked off the harbour with lava.

Day 11 | Reykjavík

After breakfast, we bid farewell to the Ocean Endeavour as we sail back into Reykjavík. This dynamic city with its invigorating outdoor activities, great food, and world-class entertainment is the perfect place to cap our journey and reflect on an unforgettable ten days at sea!

*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin in USD (unless stated as single) based on best available cruise fares at time of publication (12May17). Some Ocean View cabins may have obstructed views. All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Priced based on a 15% discount (already factored into prices listed here) on cruise fare (less Discovery fund fee) which is valid for new bookings made and deposited by 30Jun17. Prices based on cat 3 inside, cat 6 ocean view and cat 9 Junior suite. No single supplement offer applies to category 3-7 only and is capacity controlled - may be withdrawn without prior notice. What`s Not Included: International flights from/to Australia, Mandatory medical/evacuation travel insurance, Personal expenses, Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes, Discretionary gratuities to ship`s crew (approximately $15 per passenger per day), Visas (if required), Physician`s fees confirming you are fit to travel, Any medical charges incurred while aboard, Possible fuel surcharges. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Please note that the prices shown here are not shown in real time. Offer subject to availability at time of booking. Free hotel subject to availability at time of booking. If unavailable an alternative hotel or upgrade additional surcharge will be advised. Offer ends 30Jun17 or until sold out/withdrawn from sale. No single supplement refers to cat 3 to cat 7 cabins for sole use single occupancy at the same price as twin share. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. A good level of mobility is required. Travel insurance is mandatory but not included.

10 nights From US $4,495 per person, twin share

Rhine & Moselle River Cruise - 02 Jul 18 - Ms Emily Bronte

Cruise the Rhine & Moselle Rivers for 7 nights with ms Emily Bronte and Riviera Travel River Cruises.

Date: 02–09 Jul 2018

Ship: Emily Bronte

This wonderful cruise visits some of the most fascinating and beautiful sights straddling the majestic Rhine and Moselle, two of Europe`s most picturesque rivers.

HURRY! No single supplement applies to some Lower Emerald Deck cabins - we currently have three (only) at $2899 single sole use

(as at 31May17 - subject to availability at time of booking)

ADD ON A DRINKS PACKAGE - An onboard Drinks Package:

Available for all new 2018 departures is an onboard drinks package (valued at $169 per person). This includes draught beer, non-alcoholic beer, soft drinks, juices, red/white/rose house wines, and wine recommendations from the menu - served with lunch and dinner onboard your ship. If you would like to add on this package please advise prior to departure from Australia.

RHINE & MOSELLE RIVER CRUISE Cruise-Only package includes:

  • 7 night river cruise round trip from Cologne aboard ms Emily Bronte
  • All meals from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your day of departure including Welcome Cocktails & Dinner plus Captain`s Dinner
  • Complimentary onboard tea & coffee
  • Five star service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
  • Complimentary onboard Wi-Fi
  • The services of a Riviera Travel River Cruises cruise director and tour manager
  • 7 included visits and shore tours including: Visit to Boppard, the picturesque `Pearl of the Rhine` | Time to explore the hillside town of Rudesheim - the most famous of the Rhine`s wine towns | Cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge | Stop in Cochem – the historic centre of the Moselle wine trade | Take a romantic stroll in the town of Bernkastel | Tour of Trier – once a key capital of the Roman Empire | Guided tour of Cologne – and see the stunning Gothic Cathedral
  • Port charges

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Cruise Day to Day itinerary

(subject to change by the cruise line without notice)

Day 1:

Moored in Cologne`s Picturesque historic centre, the dedicated crew will welcome you aboard your first-class floating hotel, ensuring you settle into your comfortable and extremely well equipped cabin and familiarise yourself with the ship.

Day 2 - Koblenz & Boppard

The first morning on board a river cruise is always a thrill, awakening to the gentle lapping of the water outside as the scenic valley sides slip silently past your cabin window – there is no other holiday experience quite like it.

Your first port of call is thriving, 2000–year–old Koblenz, with its mighty fortress dominating the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle, the two great rivers you will explore during your cruise. You take a guided walk around the principal monuments and historic centre, exploring delightful squares, admiring beautifully restored historic house frontages and quaint hidden passageways. Koblenz will delight you and it is an absolute joy to wander through its tiny streets, pausing to window shop whilst trying to resist the aroma of fresh coffee drifting from the numerous traditional cafes, and all in such historic surroundings.

During your first delightful lunch you cruise to Boppard, also known as the `Pearl of the Rhine`, a classically picturesque village, located on a long, sweeping, looping bend of the river and exactly how you imagine the Rhineland to be: a bustling stone quayside crowded with people going about their daily business, the cobbled streets, lined by typical half-timbered houses and cafés, leading to the town and its main square beyond. Founded by the Romans, as much of the area was, Boppard boasts the best preserved Roman town walls in Germany.

Day 3 - Rhine Gorge & Rudesheim

You leave the stunning Gorge and during the afternoon, stop in Rudesheim, perhaps the most famous of all the Rhine wine towns with crooked houses sloping down from the wooded hillsides and terraced vineyards. A visit to the Asbach brandy distillery is rewarding (tasting assured of course) or you could perhaps take a trip on the unusual gondola lift with its spectacular views across the river. Especially worth a visit is the excellent mechanical music museum: a superb collection of 350 intricate antique musical instruments and musical boxes from all over the world, many in working order, still playing the delicate sounds of yesteryear.

Day 4 - Cochem

Early this morning we cruise once again through the spectacular passage of the Rhine Gorge. Legends abound of ancient travellers lost in the Gorge and passing the Loreley Rock, the swirling waters of the bend are a reminder of the most famous legend of all: a beautiful maiden is said t o have lured sailors on to the rocks with her feminine charms and alluring song.

Passing Koblenz, you cruise upstream along the Moselle, even more beautiful than the Rhine as it twists its way past verdant hills. The banks, studded with yet more picture postcard villages with tottering timber framed houses pass peacefully by, before you stop at delightful Cochem, in times gone by the centre of the Moselle wine trade, with unrivalled views of the castle crowning a mound covered in vineyards. What a wonderful time to relax in one of the comfortable deck chairs on the Sun Deck and really absorb the spectacular scenery in all its glory. This evening, the atmospheric ship`s restaurant promises another memorable dinner.

Day 5 - Cochem to Bernkastel

Leaving Cochem, you cruise further upstream, passing through four locks, which never cease to fascinate. Why not catch up on some reading in the ship`s library, play chess or watch the scenery from the sun deck: you will be astonished by the steep dramatic valley sides, covered with reputedly the steepest cultivated vineyards in the world. The valley`s gradient here means your progress is respectably sedate but never dull as you meander upstream through the heart of the Moselle`s stunningly beautiful winelands. Enjoy the unfolding scene as the vineyards slip by en route to your overnight port, Bernkastel.

Day 6 - Trier & Bernkastel

Today you drive to Trier, the oldest and one of the most fascinating cities in Germany. Founded by the Romans, it was the capital of a huge portion of their empire, encompassing present-day Spain, France, Britain and parts of Germany. It had a population of a staggering 80,000, little different from today, the Emperor Constantine lived here and it boasted a range of buildings to match. It has one of the most impressive amphitheatres in existence, baths, a Roman bridge but best of all, the Porta Nigra, an immense fortified gate which formed the eastern border of the Roman Empire and towers above the surrounding medieval buildings. This is the largest and best-preserved Roman building north of the Alps and is an awesome testimony to their architectural genius. You enjoy a guided tour during which you learn all about the historical significance of the city.

The rest of the day is free to explore Bernkastel and its delightful cobbled market square surrounded by some of the finest, most ornate half-timbered houses you will ever see, many dating from the 15th century. Most famously, is the Pointed House, a jewel of the rustic middle class building tradition from the Middle Ages and a classic example of the Moselle vintner’s dwelling. As you slip your mooring, and cruise downstream, recline and soak up for one last time the peaceful atmosphere of this magical river. Retire to the welcoming ambience of the ship`s restaurant for another meticulously prepared dinner, and perhaps enjoy one of the fine Riesling wines, from the vineyards before you.

Day 7 - Cologne

Rejoining the Rhine this morning, there is so much to see as you cruise effortlessly downstream past pretty riverside towns backed by the rolling volcanic hills for which the area is renowned. You also see the railway bridge at Remagen, captured intact towards the end of The Second World War, thus arguably shortening the war in Germany. Passing the last riverside vineyards and half– timbered houses around Linz, you leave the last great historic strong point, before mooring in the heart of Cologne, in the shadow of the magnificent Gothic cathedral for which the city is so famous.

It is a truly staggering building, taking 600 years to build and has the most intricate stained glass in Europe. This afternoon, you have a guided tour of the city with time to explore its delightful tree-lined squares and perhaps visit one of its famous bars, many of which still traditionally brew their own beer. This evening, the `Captain’s Dinner` will take place on board, during which delicious specialities of the regions you have visited during your cruise will be served, hosted, of course, by the Captain himself.

Day 8

This morning your friendly crew bid you farewell before you disembark the ship.

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*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (31May17). All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. The following are NOT included in this package - 1. Ships gratuities 2. Drinks aboard river cruise other than those as listed as included in a Drinks Package (if you choose to pay the additional fee) 3. Any meals other than those as stated 4. Transfer to port to join cruise 5. Transfer from port to depart cruise 6. Travel insurance - proof of which is mandatory prior to documentation release 7. International or domestic airfares. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Offer valid until sold out/withdrawn from sale and is subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty.

7 nights From AU $2,899 per person, twin share

Rhine & Moselle River Cruise - 25 Jul 18 - Ms Jane Austen

Cruise the Rhine & Moselle Rivers for 7 nights with ms Jane Austen and Riviera Travel River Cruises.

Date: 25 Jul–01 Aug 2018

Ship: Jane Austen

This wonderful cruise visits some of the most fascinating and beautiful sights straddling the majestic Rhine and Moselle, two of Europe`s most picturesque rivers.

HURRY! No single supplement applies to some Lower Emerald Deck cabins - we currently have four (only) at $2899 single sole use

(as at 31May17 - subject to availability at time of booking)

ADD ON A DRINKS PACKAGE - An onboard Drinks Package:

Available for all new 2018 departures is an onboard drinks package (valued at $169 per person). This includes draught beer, non-alcoholic beer, soft drinks, juices, red/white/rose house wines, and wine recommendations from the menu - served with lunch and dinner onboard your ship. If you would like to add on this package please advise prior to departure from Australia.

RHINE & MOSELLE RIVER CRUISE Cruise-Only package includes:

  • 7 night river cruise round trip from Cologne aboard ms Jane Austen
  • All meals from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your day of departure including Welcome Cocktails & Dinner plus Captain`s Dinner
  • Complimentary onboard tea & coffee
  • Five star service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
  • Complimentary onboard Wi-Fi
  • The services of a Riviera Travel River Cruises cruise director and tour manager
  • 7 included visits and shore tours including: Visit to Boppard, the picturesque `Pearl of the Rhine` | Time to explore the hillside town of Rudesheim - the most famous of the Rhine`s wine towns | Cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge | Stop in Cochem – the historic centre of the Moselle wine trade | Take a romantic stroll in the town of Bernkastel | Tour of Trier – once a key capital of the Roman Empire | Guided tour of Cologne – and see the stunning Gothic Cathedral
  • Port charges

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Cruise Day to Day itinerary

(subject to change by the cruise line without notice)

Day 1:

Moored in Cologne`s Picturesque historic centre, the dedicated crew will welcome you aboard your first-class floating hotel, ensuring you settle into your comfortable and extremely well equipped cabin and familiarise yourself with the ship.

Day 2 - Koblenz & Boppard

The first morning on board a river cruise is always a thrill, awakening to the gentle lapping of the water outside as the scenic valley sides slip silently past your cabin window – there is no other holiday experience quite like it.

Your first port of call is thriving, 2000–year–old Koblenz, with its mighty fortress dominating the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle, the two great rivers you will explore during your cruise. You take a guided walk around the principal monuments and historic centre, exploring delightful squares, admiring beautifully restored historic house frontages and quaint hidden passageways. Koblenz will delight you and it is an absolute joy to wander through its tiny streets, pausing to window shop whilst trying to resist the aroma of fresh coffee drifting from the numerous traditional cafes, and all in such historic surroundings.

During your first delightful lunch you cruise to Boppard, also known as the `Pearl of the Rhine`, a classically picturesque village, located on a long, sweeping, looping bend of the river and exactly how you imagine the Rhineland to be: a bustling stone quayside crowded with people going about their daily business, the cobbled streets, lined by typical half-timbered houses and cafés, leading to the town and its main square beyond. Founded by the Romans, as much of the area was, Boppard boasts the best preserved Roman town walls in Germany.

Day 3 - Rhine Gorge & Rudesheim

You leave the stunning Gorge and during the afternoon, stop in Rudesheim, perhaps the most famous of all the Rhine wine towns with crooked houses sloping down from the wooded hillsides and terraced vineyards. A visit to the Asbach brandy distillery is rewarding (tasting assured of course) or you could perhaps take a trip on the unusual gondola lift with its spectacular views across the river. Especially worth a visit is the excellent mechanical music museum: a superb collection of 350 intricate antique musical instruments and musical boxes from all over the world, many in working order, still playing the delicate sounds of yesteryear.

Day 4 - Cochem

Early this morning we cruise once again through the spectacular passage of the Rhine Gorge. Legends abound of ancient travellers lost in the Gorge and passing the Loreley Rock, the swirling waters of the bend are a reminder of the most famous legend of all: a beautiful maiden is said t o have lured sailors on to the rocks with her feminine charms and alluring song.

Passing Koblenz, you cruise upstream along the Moselle, even more beautiful than the Rhine as it twists its way past verdant hills. The banks, studded with yet more picture postcard villages with tottering timber framed houses pass peacefully by, before you stop at delightful Cochem, in times gone by the centre of the Moselle wine trade, with unrivalled views of the castle crowning a mound covered in vineyards. What a wonderful time to relax in one of the comfortable deck chairs on the Sun Deck and really absorb the spectacular scenery in all its glory. This evening, the atmospheric ship`s restaurant promises another memorable dinner.

Day 5 - Cochem to Bernkastel

Leaving Cochem, you cruise further upstream, passing through four locks, which never cease to fascinate. Why not catch up on some reading in the ship`s library, play chess or watch the scenery from the sun deck: you will be astonished by the steep dramatic valley sides, covered with reputedly the steepest cultivated vineyards in the world. The valley`s gradient here means your progress is respectably sedate but never dull as you meander upstream through the heart of the Moselle`s stunningly beautiful winelands. Enjoy the unfolding scene as the vineyards slip by en route to your overnight port, Bernkastel.

Day 6 - Trier & Bernkastel

Today you drive to Trier, the oldest and one of the most fascinating cities in Germany. Founded by the Romans, it was the capital of a huge portion of their empire, encompassing present-day Spain, France, Britain and parts of Germany. It had a population of a staggering 80,000, little different from today, the Emperor Constantine lived here and it boasted a range of buildings to match. It has one of the most impressive amphitheatres in existence, baths, a Roman bridge but best of all, the Porta Nigra, an immense fortified gate which formed the eastern border of the Roman Empire and towers above the surrounding medieval buildings. This is the largest and best-preserved Roman building north of the Alps and is an awesome testimony to their architectural genius. You enjoy a guided tour during which you learn all about the historical significance of the city.

The rest of the day is free to explore Bernkastel and its delightful cobbled market square surrounded by some of the finest, most ornate half-timbered houses you will ever see, many dating from the 15th century. Most famously, is the Pointed House, a jewel of the rustic middle class building tradition from the Middle Ages and a classic example of the Moselle vintner’s dwelling. As you slip your mooring, and cruise downstream, recline and soak up for one last time the peaceful atmosphere of this magical river. Retire to the welcoming ambience of the ship`s restaurant for another meticulously prepared dinner, and perhaps enjoy one of the fine Riesling wines, from the vineyards before you.

Day 7 - Cologne

Rejoining the Rhine this morning, there is so much to see as you cruise effortlessly downstream past pretty riverside towns backed by the rolling volcanic hills for which the area is renowned. You also see the railway bridge at Remagen, captured intact towards the end of The Second World War, thus arguably shortening the war in Germany. Passing the last riverside vineyards and half– timbered houses around Linz, you leave the last great historic strong point, before mooring in the heart of Cologne, in the shadow of the magnificent Gothic cathedral for which the city is so famous.

It is a truly staggering building, taking 600 years to build and has the most intricate stained glass in Europe. This afternoon, you have a guided tour of the city with time to explore its delightful tree-lined squares and perhaps visit one of its famous bars, many of which still traditionally brew their own beer. This evening, the `Captain’s Dinner` will take place on board, during which delicious specialities of the regions you have visited during your cruise will be served, hosted, of course, by the Captain himself.

Day 8

This morning your friendly crew bid you farewell before you disembark the ship.

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*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (31May17). All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. The following are NOT included in this package - 1. Ships gratuities 2. Drinks aboard river cruise other than those as listed as included in a Drinks Package (if you choose to pay the additional fee) 3. Any meals other than those as stated 4. Transfer to port to join cruise 5. Transfer from port to depart cruise 6. Travel insurance - proof of which is mandatory prior to documentation release 7. International or domestic airfares. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Offer valid until sold out/withdrawn from sale and is subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty.

7 nights From AU $2,899 per person, twin share

Rhine & Moselle River Cruise - 30 Jul 18 - Ms Emily Bronte

Cruise the Rhine & Moselle Rivers for 7 nights with ms Emily Bronte and Riviera Travel River Cruises.

Date: 30 Jul–06 Aug 2018

Ship: Emily Bronte

This wonderful cruise visits some of the most fascinating and beautiful sights straddling the majestic Rhine and Moselle, two of Europe`s most picturesque rivers.

HURRY! No single supplement applies to some Lower Emerald Deck cabins - we currently have four (only) at $2899 single sole use

(as at 31May17 - subject to availability at time of booking)

ADD ON A DRINKS PACKAGE - An onboard Drinks Package:

Available for all new 2018 departures is an onboard drinks package (valued at $169 per person). This includes draught beer, non-alcoholic beer, soft drinks, juices, red/white/rose house wines, and wine recommendations from the menu - served with lunch and dinner onboard your ship. If you would like to add on this package please advise prior to departure from Australia.

RHINE & MOSELLE RIVER CRUISE Cruise-Only package includes:

  • 7 night river cruise round trip from Cologne aboard ms Emily Bronte
  • All meals from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your day of departure including Welcome Cocktails & Dinner plus Captain`s Dinner
  • Complimentary onboard tea & coffee
  • Five star service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
  • Complimentary onboard Wi-Fi
  • The services of a Riviera Travel River Cruises cruise director and tour manager
  • 7 included visits and shore tours including: Visit to Boppard, the picturesque `Pearl of the Rhine` | Time to explore the hillside town of Rudesheim - the most famous of the Rhine`s wine towns | Cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge | Stop in Cochem – the historic centre of the Moselle wine trade | Take a romantic stroll in the town of Bernkastel | Tour of Trier – once a key capital of the Roman Empire | Guided tour of Cologne – and see the stunning Gothic Cathedral
  • Port charges

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Cruise Day to Day itinerary

(subject to change by the cruise line without notice)

Day 1:

Moored in Cologne`s Picturesque historic centre, the dedicated crew will welcome you aboard your first-class floating hotel, ensuring you settle into your comfortable and extremely well equipped cabin and familiarise yourself with the ship.

Day 2 - Koblenz & Boppard

The first morning on board a river cruise is always a thrill, awakening to the gentle lapping of the water outside as the scenic valley sides slip silently past your cabin window – there is no other holiday experience quite like it.

Your first port of call is thriving, 2000–year–old Koblenz, with its mighty fortress dominating the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle, the two great rivers you will explore during your cruise. You take a guided walk around the principal monuments and historic centre, exploring delightful squares, admiring beautifully restored historic house frontages and quaint hidden passageways. Koblenz will delight you and it is an absolute joy to wander through its tiny streets, pausing to window shop whilst trying to resist the aroma of fresh coffee drifting from the numerous traditional cafes, and all in such historic surroundings.

During your first delightful lunch you cruise to Boppard, also known as the `Pearl of the Rhine`, a classically picturesque village, located on a long, sweeping, looping bend of the river and exactly how you imagine the Rhineland to be: a bustling stone quayside crowded with people going about their daily business, the cobbled streets, lined by typical half-timbered houses and cafés, leading to the town and its main square beyond. Founded by the Romans, as much of the area was, Boppard boasts the best preserved Roman town walls in Germany.

Day 3 - Rhine Gorge & Rudesheim

You leave the stunning Gorge and during the afternoon, stop in Rudesheim, perhaps the most famous of all the Rhine wine towns with crooked houses sloping down from the wooded hillsides and terraced vineyards. A visit to the Asbach brandy distillery is rewarding (tasting assured of course) or you could perhaps take a trip on the unusual gondola lift with its spectacular views across the river. Especially worth a visit is the excellent mechanical music museum: a superb collection of 350 intricate antique musical instruments and musical boxes from all over the world, many in working order, still playing the delicate sounds of yesteryear.

Day 4 - Cochem

Early this morning we cruise once again through the spectacular passage of the Rhine Gorge. Legends abound of ancient travellers lost in the Gorge and passing the Loreley Rock, the swirling waters of the bend are a reminder of the most famous legend of all: a beautiful maiden is said t o have lured sailors on to the rocks with her feminine charms and alluring song.

Passing Koblenz, you cruise upstream along the Moselle, even more beautiful than the Rhine as it twists its way past verdant hills. The banks, studded with yet more picture postcard villages with tottering timber framed houses pass peacefully by, before you stop at delightful Cochem, in times gone by the centre of the Moselle wine trade, with unrivalled views of the castle crowning a mound covered in vineyards. What a wonderful time to relax in one of the comfortable deck chairs on the Sun Deck and really absorb the spectacular scenery in all its glory. This evening, the atmospheric ship`s restaurant promises another memorable dinner.

Day 5 - Cochem to Bernkastel

Leaving Cochem, you cruise further upstream, passing through four locks, which never cease to fascinate. Why not catch up on some reading in the ship`s library, play chess or watch the scenery from the sun deck: you will be astonished by the steep dramatic valley sides, covered with reputedly the steepest cultivated vineyards in the world. The valley`s gradient here means your progress is respectably sedate but never dull as you meander upstream through the heart of the Moselle`s stunningly beautiful winelands. Enjoy the unfolding scene as the vineyards slip by en route to your overnight port, Bernkastel.

Day 6 - Trier & Bernkastel

Today you drive to Trier, the oldest and one of the most fascinating cities in Germany. Founded by the Romans, it was the capital of a huge portion of their empire, encompassing present-day Spain, France, Britain and parts of Germany. It had a population of a staggering 80,000, little different from today, the Emperor Constantine lived here and it boasted a range of buildings to match. It has one of the most impressive amphitheatres in existence, baths, a Roman bridge but best of all, the Porta Nigra, an immense fortified gate which formed the eastern border of the Roman Empire and towers above the surrounding medieval buildings. This is the largest and best-preserved Roman building north of the Alps and is an awesome testimony to their architectural genius. You enjoy a guided tour during which you learn all about the historical significance of the city.

The rest of the day is free to explore Bernkastel and its delightful cobbled market square surrounded by some of the finest, most ornate half-timbered houses you will ever see, many dating from the 15th century. Most famously, is the Pointed House, a jewel of the rustic middle class building tradition from the Middle Ages and a classic example of the Moselle vintner’s dwelling. As you slip your mooring, and cruise downstream, recline and soak up for one last time the peaceful atmosphere of this magical river. Retire to the welcoming ambience of the ship`s restaurant for another meticulously prepared dinner, and perhaps enjoy one of the fine Riesling wines, from the vineyards before you.

Day 7 - Cologne

Rejoining the Rhine this morning, there is so much to see as you cruise effortlessly downstream past pretty riverside towns backed by the rolling volcanic hills for which the area is renowned. You also see the railway bridge at Remagen, captured intact towards the end of The Second World War, thus arguably shortening the war in Germany. Passing the last riverside vineyards and half– timbered houses around Linz, you leave the last great historic strong point, before mooring in the heart of Cologne, in the shadow of the magnificent Gothic cathedral for which the city is so famous.

It is a truly staggering building, taking 600 years to build and has the most intricate stained glass in Europe. This afternoon, you have a guided tour of the city with time to explore its delightful tree-lined squares and perhaps visit one of its famous bars, many of which still traditionally brew their own beer. This evening, the `Captain’s Dinner` will take place on board, during which delicious specialities of the regions you have visited during your cruise will be served, hosted, of course, by the Captain himself.

Day 8

This morning your friendly crew bid you farewell before you disembark the ship.

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*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (31May17). All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. The following are NOT included in this package - 1. Ships gratuities 2. Drinks aboard river cruise other than those as listed as included in a Drinks Package (if you choose to pay the additional fee) 3. Any meals other than those as stated 4. Transfer to port to join cruise 5. Transfer from port to depart cruise 6. Travel insurance - proof of which is mandatory prior to documentation release 7. International or domestic airfares. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Offer valid until sold out/withdrawn from sale and is subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty.

7 nights From AU $2,899 per person, twin share

Save 15% Earlybird! - Arctic Safari - Departs 6th August 2018

... seek the wilds and the wonders of the Arctic, in the welcoming company of those who call it home!

Date: 05–17 Aug 2018

Ship: Ocean Endeavour

InsideOutsideSuite
US $9,850US $13,165US $16,480

** ALL PRICES IN USD **

On this trip, seek the wilds and the wonders of the Arctic, in the welcoming company of those who call it home! Beginning in Qausuittuq (Resolute Bay), you`ll enter expedition mode as we seek polar bears, whales, birds, and muskoxen throughout Lancaster Sound. At Beechey Island, we`ll pay our respects at the graves of three of Sir John Franklin`s men; at Dundas Harbour, we`ll explore the abandoned HBC and RCMP post that once guarded the gateway to the Northwest Passage. Mittimatilik (Pond Inlet) with its stunning views of Bylot Island is a dynamic contemporary Inuit community; we’ll spend the day getting to know the place before striking out across Baffin Bay for Greenland. Towering mountains, pristine fjords, and colourful communities are among the attractions of this mighty Arctic island. The modern Greenlandic center of Illulissat offers museums, shopping, and cafés with a European flair. The Jakobshavn Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and source of the majority of the icebergs in the North Atlantic, provides a dramatic climax to a northern journey unlike any other

HIGHLIGHTS...

• Search for bears, whales, and walrus in their Arctic feeding grounds

• View the magnificent fjords of Greenland’s coast

• Photograph exquisite Arctic flowers at the height of summer bloom

• Visit the Franklin Expedition gravesites at Beechey Island

• Cross the Arctic Circle by sea - twice!

• Zodiac cruise the Disko Bay at the mouth of the Ilulissat Icefjord - UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the world`s fastest-moving glacier

• Meet the Tununiq Arsarniit Theatre Group of Mittimatalik during a cultural exchange

• Seek belugas and narwhals in Lancaster Sound, a proposed National Marine Conservation Area

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT! Singles pay no more than twins for categories 3 - 7 (sole use of the cabin). Single Cat 3 Interior from USD $9,850*

ARCTIC SAFARI Cruise-Stay package includes:

  • BONUS Free 1 nights accommodation in Ottawa pre-cruise including transfer to charter flight
  • One way charter flight from Ottawa to Qausuittuq
  • 11 night Expedition Cruise ARCTIC SAFARI from Qausuittuq to Kangerlussuaq including:
  • The expertise and company of the Adventure Canada expedition staff
  • Onboard educational presentations, Interactive workshops & evening entertainment
  • All shipboard meals, including on deck barbeques & afternoon tea, 24-hour coffee, tea and snacks
  • Hors d`ouevres & snacks during evening recaps
  • 24-hour documentary and film programming
  • Ashore introductions to local people and customs
  • Sightseeing including Museum entries, park accesses
  • Access to pristine wilderness areas
  • Zodiac tours and cruises
  • On-site archaeology workshops
  • Community programming: local performances, presentations, and demonstrations
  • Port taxes
  • Discovery fund fee of USD $250 per person
  • One way charter flight from Kangerlussuaq to Toronto

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DETAILED CRUISE ITINERARY

(subject to change by cruise line without notice)

Day 1 | Qausuittuq (Resolute), NU

Qausuittuq, or `place with no dawn` is truly the land of the midnight sun - daylight persists constantly from about April 29 to August 13 each year. The community`s English name, Resolute Bay, honours the HMS Resolute, one of the ships in the Franklin search expedition commanded by Captain H.T. Austin. `Resolute` also describes locals who survived being relocated, in 1953, Inuit from Inukjuak, Quebec, and Mittimatalik by the Canadian government. Our early morning charter flight will bring us to Qausuittuq, where we will embark the Ocean Endeavour.

Day 2 | Beechey Island

In 1845, Sir John Franklin set out from England on an attempt to sail through the Northwest Passage for the first time. Not a soul returned from the fateful expedition. The three graves found at Beechey Island left no indication as to the fate of the rest of the British party. With the discovery of Franklin`s flagship, HMS Erebus in 2014, and Terror in 2016, the graves at Beechey Island and nearby ruins of Northumberland House are bound to be a haunting highlight.

Day 3 | Devon Island

Devon Island is the largest uninhabited island on Earth, comprising over fifty thousand square kilometres. The island`s geology consists of reddish Precambrian gneiss and Paeleozoic siltstones and shales; these, combined with its harsh climate, have led NASA to test its Mars rovers on Devon Island! Devon`s finest features include massive landforms, shining glaciers and long-abandoned ruins - and undisturbed habitats for Arctic wildlife.

Days 4 | Lancaster Sound

We will spend the day exploring the ocean wilderness of Lancaster Sound, which is a proposed Marine Protected Area. Large populations of marine mammals, including narwhal, beluga and bowhead whales transit and feed in this area. There is a great selection of landing sites available, depending on weather, wildlife, and sea conditions.

Day 5 | North Baffin

Today will be an expedition day in the truest sense as we navigate the waterways surrounding Northern Baffin Island. Wildlife will be on our minds - the region is habitat for thick-billed murres and kittiwakes, among other seabirds. Baffin’s mountains are striking, affording stunning perspectives on geological processes. Weather, ice, and opportunity will determine our route, and our team will be on deck for the duration, searching for wildlife and contextualizing the mighty landscape through which we travel.

Day 6 | Mittimatilik (Pond Inlet)

Mittimatalik is a bustling Arctic community surrounded by one of the most beautiful landscapes in the eastern Arctic. We will have a chance to explore the town, including its excellent library and other facilities, and meet many local citizens who will gladly share their culture. A cultural presentation at the Community Hall is not to be missed - arts and crafts may be available here, too. The Northern and Co-op stores offer unique perspective on daily life in the Arctic, and sometimes have carvings as well.

Day 7 | At Sea

Our presentation series will continue as we steam across the Davis Strait towards Greenland. While out on deck, keep your eyes peeled for minke and humpback whales amid potential pack ice, as well as the seabirds that are sure to mark our passage.

Day 8 | Karrat Fjord

Today we will cruise one of Greenland’s most spectacular fjords, known for plentiful marine life and awe-inspiring landscapes. The rocky peaks of Karrat Fjord tower over a seascape littered with icebergs produced by the glaciers that extend from Greenland’s vast ice cap. Time spent on deck today should result in some good wildlife sightings, not to mention unbeatable photographic opportunities of icebergs against the majestic rock faces.

Day 9 | Uummannaq Fjord

Uummannaq Fjord in northwest Greenland is the country`s second-largest system of fjords, characterized by its developed coastline and various bays, islands, and peninsulas. It is considered to be the sunniest spot in Greenland, and favourable weather - coupled with proximity to coastal travel routes - has made the fjord system a popular destination for Greenlandic Inuit. It has been settled and re-settled continually for the last 4,500 years. Expect another day of extraordinary photographic opportunities!

Day 10 | Ilulissat

Ilulissat translates literally into `iceberg`, and there couldn`t be a more fitting name for this remarkable place. Here, we will cruise in our fleet of Zodiacs at the mouth the Ilulissat Icefjord - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The icefjord is the outlet of the Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier, one of the most active and fastest moving in the world at nineteen metres per day - calving more than thirty-five square kilometres of ice annually, and creating the majority of the icebergs in the North Atlantic in the process. The bustling town of Ilulissat, with its museums, cafes, craft shops, and busy fishing harbour, offers items of interest for every visitor.

Day 11 | Sisimiut Coast

Warmed by the West Greenland current, the waters around Sisimiut are free of sea ice, making the area an important fishing and shipping centre as well as a habitat for marine mammals. The fish market and folk museum in Sisimuit offer an opportunity to experience modern, and historic Greenland side by side.

Day 12 | Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Sondre Stromfjord is one of the longest fjords in the world and boasts 168 kilometres of superb scenery. We end our adventure by sailing up this dramatic fjord as the sun rises to greet us. Kangerlussuaq, the town at its eastern head, is a former US Air Force base and Greenland`s only international flight hub. Here we will disembark the Ocean Endeavour and transfer to the airport for our return charter flight.

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*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin in USD (unless stated as single) based on best available cruise fares at time of publication (12May17). Some Ocean View cabins may have obstructed views. All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Priced based on a 15% discount (already factored into prices listed here) on cruise fare (less Discovery fund fee) which is valid for new bookings made and deposited by 30Jun17. Prices based on cat 3 inside, cat 6 ocean view and cat 9 Junior suite. No single supplement offer applies to category 3-7 only and is capacity controlled - may be withdrawn without prior notice. What`s Not Included: International flights from/to Australia, Mandatory medical/evacuation travel insurance, Personal expenses, Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes, Discretionary gratuities to ship`s crew (approximately $15 per passenger per day), Visas (if required), Physician`s fees confirming you are fit to travel, Any medical charges incurred while aboard, Possible fuel surcharges. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Please note that the prices shown here are not shown in real time. Offer subject to availability at time of booking. Free hotel subject to availability at time of booking. If unavailable an alternative hotel or upgrade additional surcharge will be advised. Offer ends 30Jun17 or until sold out/withdrawn from sale. No single supplement refers to cat 3 to cat 7 cabins for sole use single occupancy at the same price as twin share. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. A good level of mobility is required. Travel insurance is mandatory but not included.

12 nights From US $9,850 per person, twin share

Rhine & Moselle River Cruise - 16 Aug 18 - Ms William Shakespeare

Cruise the Rhine & Moselle Rivers for 7 nights with ms William Shakespeare and Riviera Travel River Cruises.

Date: 16–23 Aug 2018

Ship: William Shakespeare

This wonderful cruise visits some of the most fascinating and beautiful sights straddling the majestic Rhine and Moselle, two of Europe`s most picturesque rivers.

HURRY! No single supplement applies to some Lower Romeo Deck cabins - we currently have six (only) at $2689 single sole use

(as at 31May17 - subject to availability at time of booking)

ADD ON A DRINKS PACKAGE - An onboard Drinks Package:

Available for all new 2018 departures is an onboard drinks package (valued at $169 per person). This includes draught beer, non-alcoholic beer, soft drinks, juices, red/white/rose house wines, and wine recommendations from the menu - served with lunch and dinner onboard your ship. If you would like to add on this package please advise prior to departure from Australia.

RHINE & MOSELLE RIVER CRUISE Cruise-Only package includes:

  • 7 night river cruise round trip from Cologne aboard ms William Shakespeare
  • All meals from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your day of departure including Welcome Cocktails & Dinner plus Captain`s Dinner
  • Complimentary onboard tea & coffee
  • Five star service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
  • Complimentary onboard Wi-Fi
  • The services of a Riviera Travel River Cruises cruise director and tour manager
  • 7 included visits and shore tours including: Visit to Boppard, the picturesque `Pearl of the Rhine` | Time to explore the hillside town of Rudesheim - the most famous of the Rhine`s wine towns | Cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge | Stop in Cochem – the historic centre of the Moselle wine trade | Take a romantic stroll in the town of Bernkastel | Tour of Trier – once a key capital of the Roman Empire | Guided tour of Cologne – and see the stunning Gothic Cathedral
  • Port charges

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Cruise Day to Day itinerary

(subject to change by the cruise line without notice)

Day 1:

Moored in Cologne`s Picturesque historic centre, the dedicated crew will welcome you aboard your first-class floating hotel, ensuring you settle into your comfortable and extremely well equipped cabin and familiarise yourself with the ship.

Day 2 - Koblenz & Boppard

The first morning on board a river cruise is always a thrill, awakening to the gentle lapping of the water outside as the scenic valley sides slip silently past your cabin window – there is no other holiday experience quite like it.

Your first port of call is thriving, 2000–year–old Koblenz, with its mighty fortress dominating the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle, the two great rivers you will explore during your cruise. You take a guided walk around the principal monuments and historic centre, exploring delightful squares, admiring beautifully restored historic house frontages and quaint hidden passageways. Koblenz will delight you and it is an absolute joy to wander through its tiny streets, pausing to window shop whilst trying to resist the aroma of fresh coffee drifting from the numerous traditional cafes, and all in such historic surroundings.

During your first delightful lunch you cruise to Boppard, also known as the `Pearl of the Rhine`, a classically picturesque village, located on a long, sweeping, looping bend of the river and exactly how you imagine the Rhineland to be: a bustling stone quayside crowded with people going about their daily business, the cobbled streets, lined by typical half-timbered houses and cafés, leading to the town and its main square beyond. Founded by the Romans, as much of the area was, Boppard boasts the best preserved Roman town walls in Germany.

Day 3 - Rhine Gorge & Rudesheim

You leave the stunning Gorge and during the afternoon, stop in Rudesheim, perhaps the most famous of all the Rhine wine towns with crooked houses sloping down from the wooded hillsides and terraced vineyards. A visit to the Asbach brandy distillery is rewarding (tasting assured of course) or you could perhaps take a trip on the unusual gondola lift with its spectacular views across the river. Especially worth a visit is the excellent mechanical music museum: a superb collection of 350 intricate antique musical instruments and musical boxes from all over the world, many in working order, still playing the delicate sounds of yesteryear.

Day 4 - Cochem

Early this morning we cruise once again through the spectacular passage of the Rhine Gorge. Legends abound of ancient travellers lost in the Gorge and passing the Loreley Rock, the swirling waters of the bend are a reminder of the most famous legend of all: a beautiful maiden is said t o have lured sailors on to the rocks with her feminine charms and alluring song.

Passing Koblenz, you cruise upstream along the Moselle, even more beautiful than the Rhine as it twists its way past verdant hills. The banks, studded with yet more picture postcard villages with tottering timber framed houses pass peacefully by, before you stop at delightful Cochem, in times gone by the centre of the Moselle wine trade, with unrivalled views of the castle crowning a mound covered in vineyards. What a wonderful time to relax in one of the comfortable deck chairs on the Sun Deck and really absorb the spectacular scenery in all its glory. This evening, the atmospheric ship`s restaurant promises another memorable dinner.

Day 5 - Cochem to Bernkastel

Leaving Cochem, you cruise further upstream, passing through four locks, which never cease to fascinate. Why not catch up on some reading in the ship`s library, play chess or watch the scenery from the sun deck: you will be astonished by the steep dramatic valley sides, covered with reputedly the steepest cultivated vineyards in the world. The valley`s gradient here means your progress is respectably sedate but never dull as you meander upstream through the heart of the Moselle`s stunningly beautiful winelands. Enjoy the unfolding scene as the vineyards slip by en route to your overnight port, Bernkastel.

Day 6 - Trier & Bernkastel

Today you drive to Trier, the oldest and one of the most fascinating cities in Germany. Founded by the Romans, it was the capital of a huge portion of their empire, encompassing present-day Spain, France, Britain and parts of Germany. It had a population of a staggering 80,000, little different from today, the Emperor Constantine lived here and it boasted a range of buildings to match. It has one of the most impressive amphitheatres in existence, baths, a Roman bridge but best of all, the Porta Nigra, an immense fortified gate which formed the eastern border of the Roman Empire and towers above the surrounding medieval buildings. This is the largest and best-preserved Roman building north of the Alps and is an awesome testimony to their architectural genius. You enjoy a guided tour during which you learn all about the historical significance of the city.

The rest of the day is free to explore Bernkastel and its delightful cobbled market square surrounded by some of the finest, most ornate half-timbered houses you will ever see, many dating from the 15th century. Most famously, is the Pointed House, a jewel of the rustic middle class building tradition from the Middle Ages and a classic example of the Moselle vintner’s dwelling. As you slip your mooring, and cruise downstream, recline and soak up for one last time the peaceful atmosphere of this magical river. Retire to the welcoming ambience of the ship`s restaurant for another meticulously prepared dinner, and perhaps enjoy one of the fine Riesling wines, from the vineyards before you.

Day 7 - Cologne

Rejoining the Rhine this morning, there is so much to see as you cruise effortlessly downstream past pretty riverside towns backed by the rolling volcanic hills for which the area is renowned. You also see the railway bridge at Remagen, captured intact towards the end of The Second World War, thus arguably shortening the war in Germany. Passing the last riverside vineyards and half– timbered houses around Linz, you leave the last great historic strong point, before mooring in the heart of Cologne, in the shadow of the magnificent Gothic cathedral for which the city is so famous.

It is a truly staggering building, taking 600 years to build and has the most intricate stained glass in Europe. This afternoon, you have a guided tour of the city with time to explore its delightful tree-lined squares and perhaps visit one of its famous bars, many of which still traditionally brew their own beer. This evening, the `Captain’s Dinner` will take place on board, during which delicious specialities of the regions you have visited during your cruise will be served, hosted, of course, by the Captain himself.

Day 8

This morning your friendly crew bid you farewell before you disembark the ship.

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*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (31May17). All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. The following are NOT included in this package - 1. Ships gratuities 2. Drinks aboard river cruise other than those as listed as included in a Drinks Package (if you choose to pay the additional fee) 3. Any meals other than those as stated 4. Transfer to port to join cruise 5. Transfer from port to depart cruise 6. Travel insurance - proof of which is mandatory prior to documentation release 7. International or domestic airfares. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Offer valid until sold out/withdrawn from sale and is subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty.

7 nights From AU $2,689 per person, twin share

Save 15% Earlybird! - Into The Northwest Passage - Departs 16th August 2018

To sail the Northwest Passage is to sail living history. Meet the Inuit who have called this remarkable place home for generations, and join the ranks of the adventurers who have been lured by its legend.

Date: 16 Aug–03 Sep 2018

Ship: Ocean Endeavour

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US $13,450US $17,275US $21,100

** ALL PRICES IN USD **

The Northwest Passage represents the pinnacle of Arctic exploration. On this trip, like the explorers before us, you`ll experience the quaint villages, dramatic fjords, and calving glaciers of Greenland. Then, crossing Davis Strait, you`ll visit Qikiqtarjuaq, the iceberg capital of Nunavut, and pay respects at the Franklin Expedition graves at Beechey Island. Somerset and Devon Islands offer opportunities to spot Peary caribou, polar bear, walrus, and muskoxen - and for visits to ghostly RCMP and Hudson`s Bay Company posts. Parry Channel and Peel Sound afford a passage to Queen Maude Gulf and onward to our destination: Kugluktuk (Coppermine), the end of our epic journey above the Arctic Circle. To sail the Northwest Passage is to sail living history. Meet the Inuit who have called this remarkable place home for generations, and join the ranks of the adventurers who have been lured by its legend.

HIGHLIGHTS...

• Sail the heart of the Northwest Passage in comfort aboard Adventure Canada`s ice-strengthened expedition ship

• Visit ancient sites of the Thule and Dorset people with our onboard archaeologist

• Photograph rare birds and Arctic wildlife in their stunning natural habitat

• Marvel at the Ilulissat Icefjord, where 90% of the North Atlantic`s icebergs calve

• Enjoy Greenland`s unique European approach to Arctic life

• Experience Inuit communities, culture and worldview first hand

• See haunting artifacts of the northern explorers, HBC, and RCMP

• Sail the waters where Franklin`s ships, HMS Erebus and Terror, were recently discovered

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT! Singles pay no more than twins for categories 3 - 7 (sole use of the cabin). Single Cat 3 Interior from USD $13,450*

INTO THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE Cruise-Stay package includes:

  • BONUS Free 1 nights accommodation in Toronto pre-cruise with transfer from hotel to charter flight
  • One way charter flight in economy class from Toronto to Kangerlussuaq
  • 16 night Expedition Cruise INTO THE NORTH WEST PASSAGE from Kangerlussuaq to Kugluktuk including:
  • The expertise and company of the Adventure Canada expedition staff
  • Onboard educational presentations, Interactive workshops & evening entertainment
  • All shipboard meals, including on deck barbeques & afternoon tea, 24-hour coffee, tea and snacks
  • Hors d`ouevres & snacks during evening recaps
  • 24-hour documentary and film programming
  • Ashore introductions to local people and customs
  • Sightseeing including Museum entries, park accesses
  • Access to pristine wilderness areas
  • Zodiac tours and cruises
  • On-site archaeology workshops
  • Community programming: local performances, presentations, and demonstrations
  • Port taxes
  • Discovery fund fee of USD $250 per person
  • One way charter flight from Kugluktuk to Edmonton
  • FREE* one nights post cruise accommodation in Edmonton with transfer from charter flight to hotel on arrival

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DETAILED CRUISE ITINERARY

(subject to change by cruise line without notice)

Day 1 | Kangerlussuaq

Sondre Stromfjord is one of the longest fjords in the world, boasts 168 kilometres of superb scenery and calm waters. Kangerlussuaq, the town at its eastern head, means `the big fjord.` We begin our adventure by sailing down this dramatic fjord as the sun sets before us.

Day 2 | Sisimiut

Blessed with an ice-free harbour year-round, Sisimiut has been inhabited for the last 4,500 years, first by the the Saqqaq, the Dorset, and then by the Thule (the ancestors of today`s Inuit). Their descendants form the majority of its present-day population of some 6,000 inhabitants. It is the largest business centre north of Nuuk and the fastest-growing community in Greenland.

Day 3–4 | Ilulissat

Ilulissat translates literally into `iceberg`, and there couldn`t be a more fitting name for this spectacular place. Our visit will include time in the colourful town, famed for its handicrafts, cafes, museums, and picturesque habitation. We`ll have a chance to hike out along a boardwalk to an elevated viewpoint where we can observe the great fields of ice. We will also cruise in our fleet of Zodiacs in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ilulissat Icefjord. The Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier is one of the most active and fastest moving in the world at nineteen metres per day and calving more than thirty-five square kilometres of ice annually. The glacier has been the object of scientific attention for 250 years.

Day 5-6: Western Greenland

Today we will cruise one of Greenland`s most spectacular fjords, known for plentiful marine life, plentiful icebergs and inspiring landscapes. Seals use the long leads created by high winds in this region to hunt the rich waters of the fjord. The cliffs and talus slopes within the fjord should give us good opportunities to see colonies of dovekies. Time spent on deck today should result in some good wildlife sightings, not to mention unbeatable photographic opportunities of icebergs amid mountain peaks.

Day 7 | Qikiqtarjuaq

Qikiqtarjuaq, a community located on Broughton Island, is known for its wildlife, whale watching, and as an access point for Auyuittuq National Park. It is one of the Nunavut communities closest to Greenland. Qikiqtarjuaq (fondly called `Qik`, for short) is known as the iceberg capital of Nunavut and was home to a NORAD military station that formed part of the Distant Early Warning (DEW) line in the 1950s. Qikiqtarjuaq also boasts a burgeoning traditional Inuit craft industry, and local craftspeople are eager to share their wares. Talented local artists produce Inuit carvings, with a particular focus on intricate ivory work and jewelry. The community is famously warm and welcoming of visitors.

Day 8 | East Baffin

Today we will explore the eastern coast of Baffin Island or Qikiqtaaluk in the region of Auyuittuq National Park. Named after English explorer William Baffin, Baffin Island is the largest island in Canada, and home to 11,000 people. Likely known to Pre-Columbian Norse of Greenland and Iceland during the eleventh century, the island is presumed to be the Helluland of the Viking sagas. The Penny Ice Cap and the Barnes Ice Cap are the largest ice caps on the island, both remnants of the Laurentide ice sheet that once covered much of the North American continent. Both are currently in a state of retreat.

Day 9 | Northeast Baffin

Today will be an expedition day in the truest sense as we navigate the fjords of northeast Baffin Island. The Ocean Endeavour is the perfect vessel for exploring these hidden treasures of the north, as her manoeuvrability and shallow draft allow her to access regions that would be impassable to larger vessels. Moving through waters known to harbour belugas, narwhals, and other marine mammals, we will be monitoring at all times from the deck and bridge to maximize our wildlife opportunities.

Day 10 | Devon Island

Devon Island is the largest uninhabited island on earth and comprises over fifty thousand square kilometres. It was first sighted by Europeans in 1616, though they never set up a base here until the arrival of the Hudson’s Bay Company, three hundred years later - a short-lived endeavour now long abandonned. The island`s geology consists of reddish Precambrian gneiss and Paeleozoic siltstones and shales; a landscape so barren in places that NASA has tested its Mars rovers at Devon Island. Substantial Thule sites are among Devon Island`s many treasures.

Day 11 | Beechey Island

In 1845, Sir John Franklin took his expedition of 129 men and two ships into the Wellington Channel. Not a soul returned from the fateful expedition. The three graves found at Beechey Island left no indication as to the fate of the rest of the British party, but the island gradually became a touchpoint for those searching for survivors. A fourth grave on Beechey today holds a sailor from one such expedition. In the autumn of 2014, Canadian archaeologists discovered remnants of the HMS Erebus and in 2016, Franklin’s second ship, the Terror was also located.

Day 12-13 | Peel Sound and Parry Channel

Sailing Peel Sound, we get into serious polar bear country and will be on the lookout for good spotting opportunities. Parry Channel is named after Arctic explorer William Edward Parry who got as far as Melville Island in 1819 before being blocked by ice at McClure Strait. Depending on ice conditions, we may make expedition stops along the way among the spectacular landscapes, a perfect setting for hiking and exploring the geological diversity of the area.

Day 14 | Usqsuqtuuq (Gjøa Haven)

In 1903, explorer Roald Amundsen attempted the Northwest Passage, sailing through the James Ross Strait. Unable to proceed due to sea ice, he spent the winters of 1903–04 and 1904–05 in the beautiful harbour he found - Usqsuqtuuq. While there, he learned Arctic living skills from the local Netsilik Inuit, skills that would later prove invaluable in his Antarctic explorations. He used his ship, Gjoa, as a base for explorations in the summer of 1904, sledding the Boothia Peninsula and travelling to the magnetic North Pole. Usqsuqtuuq offers a lot to its visitors, including he Northwest Passage Territorial Historic Park, and Canada`s most northerly golf course. Although Usqsuqtuuq is becoming more modern, many traditional Inuit activities are still being enjoyed, including throat singing, drum dancing, and hunting.

Day 15 | Queen Maud Gulf

Sir John Franklin`s flagship, the HMS Erebus, was a Hecla-class bomb vessel, built in Wales in 1826. She was named after the dark region in Hades of Greek mythology and weighed 372 tons. The ship took part in the Ross Expedition from 1839 to 1843, and was abandoned during the legendary Franklin Expedition after becoming icebound during an attempt to locate the fabled Northwest Passage. Her sunken wreck had actually been designated a National Historic Site prior to being located in September of 2014 by a Parks Canada underwater archaeology team. Two years later, Franklin`s other ship, Terror, was located, spurring further interest in one of the great mysteries of polar exploration.

Day 16 | Coronation Gulf

Located between Victoria Island and the Arctic coast of mainland Canada, the Coronation Gulf is an extensive body of water that is linked to the Arctic Ocean via the Dolphin and Union Strait on the west and by the Dease Strait and Queen Maud Gulf on the east. The gulf was named in 1821 by John Franklin in honour of the coronation of King George IV. The environment and Inuit cultural history of the region was studied by Rudolph Anderson and Diamond Jenness in 1916 as part of the Canadian Arctic Expedition. We will be exploring the area scouting for an opportunistic expedition stop.

Day 17 | Kugluktuk (Coppermine)

Located at the mouth of the Coppermine River, southwest of Victoria Island on the Coronation Gulf, Kugluktuk is the western most community in Nunavut. Coppermine reverted to its original Inuinnaqtun name - Kugluktuk, meaning `place of moving waters` - on January 1st, 1996. The Coppermine River is designated a Canadian Heritage River for the important role it played as an exploration and fur trade route. Copper deposits along the river attracted the first European explorers to the area. Today we will disembark the Ocean Endeavour and make our way to the airport to meet our charter flights home.

*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin in USD (unless stated as single) based on best available cruise fares at time of publication (15May17). Some Ocean View cabins may have obstructed views. All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Priced based on a 15% discount (already factored into prices listed here) on cruise fare (less Discovery fund fee) which is valid for new bookings made and deposited by 30Jun17. Prices based on cat 3 inside, cat 6 ocean view and cat 9 Junior suite. No single supplement offer applies to category 3-7 only and is capacity controlled - may be withdrawn without prior notice. What`s Not Included: International flights from/to Australia, Mandatory medical/evacuation travel insurance, Personal expenses, Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes, Discretionary gratuities to ship`s crew (approximately $15 per passenger per day), Visas (if required), Physician`s fees confirming you are fit to travel, Any medical charges incurred while aboard, Possible fuel surcharges. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Please note that the prices shown here are not shown in real time. Offer subject to availability at time of booking. Free hotels subject to availability at time of booking. If unavailable an alternative hotel or upgrade additional surcharge will be advised. Offer ends 30Jun17 or until sold out/withdrawn from sale. No single supplement refers to cat 3 to cat 7 cabins for sole use single occupancy at the same price as twin share. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. A good level of mobility is required. Travel insurance is mandatory but not included.

18 nights From US $13,450 per person, twin share

Rhine & Moselle River Cruise - 22 Aug 18 - Ms Jane Austen

Cruise the Rhine & Moselle Rivers for 7 nights with ms Jane Austen and Riviera Travel River Cruises.

Date: 22–29 Aug 2018

Ship: Jane Austen

This wonderful cruise visits some of the most fascinating and beautiful sights straddling the majestic Rhine and Moselle, two of Europe`s most picturesque rivers.

HURRY! No single supplement applies to some Lower Emerald Deck cabins - we currently have four (only) at $2899 single sole use

(as at 31May17 - subject to availability at time of booking)

ADD ON A DRINKS PACKAGE - An onboard Drinks Package:

Available for all new 2018 departures is an onboard drinks package (valued at $169 per person). This includes draught beer, non-alcoholic beer, soft drinks, juices, red/white/rose house wines, and wine recommendations from the menu - served with lunch and dinner onboard your ship. If you would like to add on this package please advise prior to departure from Australia.

RHINE & MOSELLE RIVER CRUISE Cruise-Only package includes:

  • 7 night river cruise round trip from Cologne aboard ms Jane Austen
  • All meals from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your day of departure including Welcome Cocktails & Dinner plus Captain`s Dinner
  • Complimentary onboard tea & coffee
  • Five star service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
  • Complimentary onboard Wi-Fi
  • The services of a Riviera Travel River Cruises cruise director and tour manager
  • 7 included visits and shore tours including: Visit to Boppard, the picturesque `Pearl of the Rhine` | Time to explore the hillside town of Rudesheim - the most famous of the Rhine`s wine towns | Cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge | Stop in Cochem – the historic centre of the Moselle wine trade | Take a romantic stroll in the town of Bernkastel | Tour of Trier – once a key capital of the Roman Empire | Guided tour of Cologne – and see the stunning Gothic Cathedral
  • Port charges

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Cruise Day to Day itinerary

(subject to change by the cruise line without notice)

Day 1:

Moored in Cologne`s Picturesque historic centre, the dedicated crew will welcome you aboard your first-class floating hotel, ensuring you settle into your comfortable and extremely well equipped cabin and familiarise yourself with the ship.

Day 2 - Koblenz & Boppard

The first morning on board a river cruise is always a thrill, awakening to the gentle lapping of the water outside as the scenic valley sides slip silently past your cabin window – there is no other holiday experience quite like it.

Your first port of call is thriving, 2000–year–old Koblenz, with its mighty fortress dominating the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle, the two great rivers you will explore during your cruise. You take a guided walk around the principal monuments and historic centre, exploring delightful squares, admiring beautifully restored historic house frontages and quaint hidden passageways. Koblenz will delight you and it is an absolute joy to wander through its tiny streets, pausing to window shop whilst trying to resist the aroma of fresh coffee drifting from the numerous traditional cafes, and all in such historic surroundings.

During your first delightful lunch you cruise to Boppard, also known as the `Pearl of the Rhine`, a classically picturesque village, located on a long, sweeping, looping bend of the river and exactly how you imagine the Rhineland to be: a bustling stone quayside crowded with people going about their daily business, the cobbled streets, lined by typical half-timbered houses and cafés, leading to the town and its main square beyond. Founded by the Romans, as much of the area was, Boppard boasts the best preserved Roman town walls in Germany.

Day 3 - Rhine Gorge & Rudesheim

You leave the stunning Gorge and during the afternoon, stop in Rudesheim, perhaps the most famous of all the Rhine wine towns with crooked houses sloping down from the wooded hillsides and terraced vineyards. A visit to the Asbach brandy distillery is rewarding (tasting assured of course) or you could perhaps take a trip on the unusual gondola lift with its spectacular views across the river. Especially worth a visit is the excellent mechanical music museum: a superb collection of 350 intricate antique musical instruments and musical boxes from all over the world, many in working order, still playing the delicate sounds of yesteryear.

Day 4 - Cochem

Early this morning we cruise once again through the spectacular passage of the Rhine Gorge. Legends abound of ancient travellers lost in the Gorge and passing the Loreley Rock, the swirling waters of the bend are a reminder of the most famous legend of all: a beautiful maiden is said t o have lured sailors on to the rocks with her feminine charms and alluring song.

Passing Koblenz, you cruise upstream along the Moselle, even more beautiful than the Rhine as it twists its way past verdant hills. The banks, studded with yet more picture postcard villages with tottering timber framed houses pass peacefully by, before you stop at delightful Cochem, in times gone by the centre of the Moselle wine trade, with unrivalled views of the castle crowning a mound covered in vineyards. What a wonderful time to relax in one of the comfortable deck chairs on the Sun Deck and really absorb the spectacular scenery in all its glory. This evening, the atmospheric ship`s restaurant promises another memorable dinner.

Day 5 - Cochem to Bernkastel

Leaving Cochem, you cruise further upstream, passing through four locks, which never cease to fascinate. Why not catch up on some reading in the ship`s library, play chess or watch the scenery from the sun deck: you will be astonished by the steep dramatic valley sides, covered with reputedly the steepest cultivated vineyards in the world. The valley`s gradient here means your progress is respectably sedate but never dull as you meander upstream through the heart of the Moselle`s stunningly beautiful winelands. Enjoy the unfolding scene as the vineyards slip by en route to your overnight port, Bernkastel.

Day 6 - Trier & Bernkastel

Today you drive to Trier, the oldest and one of the most fascinating cities in Germany. Founded by the Romans, it was the capital of a huge portion of their empire, encompassing present-day Spain, France, Britain and parts of Germany. It had a population of a staggering 80,000, little different from today, the Emperor Constantine lived here and it boasted a range of buildings to match. It has one of the most impressive amphitheatres in existence, baths, a Roman bridge but best of all, the Porta Nigra, an immense fortified gate which formed the eastern border of the Roman Empire and towers above the surrounding medieval buildings. This is the largest and best-preserved Roman building north of the Alps and is an awesome testimony to their architectural genius. You enjoy a guided tour during which you learn all about the historical significance of the city.

The rest of the day is free to explore Bernkastel and its delightful cobbled market square surrounded by some of the finest, most ornate half-timbered houses you will ever see, many dating from the 15th century. Most famously, is the Pointed House, a jewel of the rustic middle class building tradition from the Middle Ages and a classic example of the Moselle vintner’s dwelling. As you slip your mooring, and cruise downstream, recline and soak up for one last time the peaceful atmosphere of this magical river. Retire to the welcoming ambience of the ship`s restaurant for another meticulously prepared dinner, and perhaps enjoy one of the fine Riesling wines, from the vineyards before you.

Day 7 - Cologne

Rejoining the Rhine this morning, there is so much to see as you cruise effortlessly downstream past pretty riverside towns backed by the rolling volcanic hills for which the area is renowned. You also see the railway bridge at Remagen, captured intact towards the end of The Second World War, thus arguably shortening the war in Germany. Passing the last riverside vineyards and half– timbered houses around Linz, you leave the last great historic strong point, before mooring in the heart of Cologne, in the shadow of the magnificent Gothic cathedral for which the city is so famous.

It is a truly staggering building, taking 600 years to build and has the most intricate stained glass in Europe. This afternoon, you have a guided tour of the city with time to explore its delightful tree-lined squares and perhaps visit one of its famous bars, many of which still traditionally brew their own beer. This evening, the `Captain’s Dinner` will take place on board, during which delicious specialities of the regions you have visited during your cruise will be served, hosted, of course, by the Captain himself.

Day 8

This morning your friendly crew bid you farewell before you disembark the ship.

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*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (31May17). All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. The following are NOT included in this package - 1. Ships gratuities 2. Drinks aboard river cruise other than those as listed as included in a Drinks Package (if you choose to pay the additional fee) 3. Any meals other than those as stated 4. Transfer to port to join cruise 5. Transfer from port to depart cruise 6. Travel insurance - proof of which is mandatory prior to documentation release 7. International or domestic airfares. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Offer valid until sold out/withdrawn from sale and is subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty.

7 nights From AU $2,899 per person, twin share

Rhine & Moselle River Cruise - 27 Aug 18 - Ms Emily Bronte

Cruise the Rhine & Moselle Rivers for 7 nights with ms Emily Bronte and Riviera Travel River Cruises.

Date: 27 Aug–03 Sep 2018

Ship: Emily Bronte

This wonderful cruise visits some of the most fascinating and beautiful sights straddling the majestic Rhine and Moselle, two of Europe`s most picturesque rivers.

HURRY! No single supplement applies to some Lower Emerald Deck cabins - we currently have five (only) at $3099 single sole use

(as at 31May17 - subject to availability at time of booking)

ADD ON A DRINKS PACKAGE - An onboard Drinks Package:

Available for all new 2018 departures is an onboard drinks package (valued at $169 per person). This includes draught beer, non-alcoholic beer, soft drinks, juices, red/white/rose house wines, and wine recommendations from the menu - served with lunch and dinner onboard your ship. If you would like to add on this package please advise prior to departure from Australia.

RHINE & MOSELLE RIVER CRUISE Cruise-Only package includes:

  • 7 night river cruise round trip from Cologne aboard ms Emily Bronte
  • All meals from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your day of departure including Welcome Cocktails & Dinner plus Captain`s Dinner
  • Complimentary onboard tea & coffee
  • Five star service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
  • Complimentary onboard Wi-Fi
  • The services of a Riviera Travel River Cruises cruise director and tour manager
  • 7 included visits and shore tours including: Visit to Boppard, the picturesque `Pearl of the Rhine` | Time to explore the hillside town of Rudesheim - the most famous of the Rhine`s wine towns | Cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge | Stop in Cochem – the historic centre of the Moselle wine trade | Take a romantic stroll in the town of Bernkastel | Tour of Trier – once a key capital of the Roman Empire | Guided tour of Cologne – and see the stunning Gothic Cathedral
  • Port charges

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Cruise Day to Day itinerary

(subject to change by the cruise line without notice)

Day 1:

Moored in Cologne`s Picturesque historic centre, the dedicated crew will welcome you aboard your first-class floating hotel, ensuring you settle into your comfortable and extremely well equipped cabin and familiarise yourself with the ship.

Day 2 - Koblenz & Boppard

The first morning on board a river cruise is always a thrill, awakening to the gentle lapping of the water outside as the scenic valley sides slip silently past your cabin window – there is no other holiday experience quite like it.

Your first port of call is thriving, 2000–year–old Koblenz, with its mighty fortress dominating the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle, the two great rivers you will explore during your cruise. You take a guided walk around the principal monuments and historic centre, exploring delightful squares, admiring beautifully restored historic house frontages and quaint hidden passageways. Koblenz will delight you and it is an absolute joy to wander through its tiny streets, pausing to window shop whilst trying to resist the aroma of fresh coffee drifting from the numerous traditional cafes, and all in such historic surroundings.

During your first delightful lunch you cruise to Boppard, also known as the `Pearl of the Rhine`, a classically picturesque village, located on a long, sweeping, looping bend of the river and exactly how you imagine the Rhineland to be: a bustling stone quayside crowded with people going about their daily business, the cobbled streets, lined by typical half-timbered houses and cafés, leading to the town and its main square beyond. Founded by the Romans, as much of the area was, Boppard boasts the best preserved Roman town walls in Germany.

Day 3 - Rhine Gorge & Rudesheim

You leave the stunning Gorge and during the afternoon, stop in Rudesheim, perhaps the most famous of all the Rhine wine towns with crooked houses sloping down from the wooded hillsides and terraced vineyards. A visit to the Asbach brandy distillery is rewarding (tasting assured of course) or you could perhaps take a trip on the unusual gondola lift with its spectacular views across the river. Especially worth a visit is the excellent mechanical music museum: a superb collection of 350 intricate antique musical instruments and musical boxes from all over the world, many in working order, still playing the delicate sounds of yesteryear.

Day 4 - Cochem

Early this morning we cruise once again through the spectacular passage of the Rhine Gorge. Legends abound of ancient travellers lost in the Gorge and passing the Loreley Rock, the swirling waters of the bend are a reminder of the most famous legend of all: a beautiful maiden is said t o have lured sailors on to the rocks with her feminine charms and alluring song.

Passing Koblenz, you cruise upstream along the Moselle, even more beautiful than the Rhine as it twists its way past verdant hills. The banks, studded with yet more picture postcard villages with tottering timber framed houses pass peacefully by, before you stop at delightful Cochem, in times gone by the centre of the Moselle wine trade, with unrivalled views of the castle crowning a mound covered in vineyards. What a wonderful time to relax in one of the comfortable deck chairs on the Sun Deck and really absorb the spectacular scenery in all its glory. This evening, the atmospheric ship`s restaurant promises another memorable dinner.

Day 5 - Cochem to Bernkastel

Leaving Cochem, you cruise further upstream, passing through four locks, which never cease to fascinate. Why not catch up on some reading in the ship`s library, play chess or watch the scenery from the sun deck: you will be astonished by the steep dramatic valley sides, covered with reputedly the steepest cultivated vineyards in the world. The valley`s gradient here means your progress is respectably sedate but never dull as you meander upstream through the heart of the Moselle`s stunningly beautiful winelands. Enjoy the unfolding scene as the vineyards slip by en route to your overnight port, Bernkastel.

Day 6 - Trier & Bernkastel

Today you drive to Trier, the oldest and one of the most fascinating cities in Germany. Founded by the Romans, it was the capital of a huge portion of their empire, encompassing present-day Spain, France, Britain and parts of Germany. It had a population of a staggering 80,000, little different from today, the Emperor Constantine lived here and it boasted a range of buildings to match. It has one of the most impressive amphitheatres in existence, baths, a Roman bridge but best of all, the Porta Nigra, an immense fortified gate which formed the eastern border of the Roman Empire and towers above the surrounding medieval buildings. This is the largest and best-preserved Roman building north of the Alps and is an awesome testimony to their architectural genius. You enjoy a guided tour during which you learn all about the historical significance of the city.

The rest of the day is free to explore Bernkastel and its delightful cobbled market square surrounded by some of the finest, most ornate half-timbered houses you will ever see, many dating from the 15th century. Most famously, is the Pointed House, a jewel of the rustic middle class building tradition from the Middle Ages and a classic example of the Moselle vintner’s dwelling. As you slip your mooring, and cruise downstream, recline and soak up for one last time the peaceful atmosphere of this magical river. Retire to the welcoming ambience of the ship`s restaurant for another meticulously prepared dinner, and perhaps enjoy one of the fine Riesling wines, from the vineyards before you.

Day 7 - Cologne

Rejoining the Rhine this morning, there is so much to see as you cruise effortlessly downstream past pretty riverside towns backed by the rolling volcanic hills for which the area is renowned. You also see the railway bridge at Remagen, captured intact towards the end of The Second World War, thus arguably shortening the war in Germany. Passing the last riverside vineyards and half– timbered houses around Linz, you leave the last great historic strong point, before mooring in the heart of Cologne, in the shadow of the magnificent Gothic cathedral for which the city is so famous.

It is a truly staggering building, taking 600 years to build and has the most intricate stained glass in Europe. This afternoon, you have a guided tour of the city with time to explore its delightful tree-lined squares and perhaps visit one of its famous bars, many of which still traditionally brew their own beer. This evening, the `Captain’s Dinner` will take place on board, during which delicious specialities of the regions you have visited during your cruise will be served, hosted, of course, by the Captain himself.

Day 8

This morning your friendly crew bid you farewell before you disembark the ship.

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*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (31May17). All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. The following are NOT included in this package - 1. Ships gratuities 2. Drinks aboard river cruise other than those as listed as included in a Drinks Package (if you choose to pay the additional fee) 3. Any meals other than those as stated 4. Transfer to port to join cruise 5. Transfer from port to depart cruise 6. Travel insurance - proof of which is mandatory prior to documentation release 7. International or domestic airfares. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Offer valid until sold out/withdrawn from sale and is subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty.

7 nights From AU $3,099 per person, twin share

Save 15% Earlybird! - Out Of The Northwest Passage - Departs 2nd September 2018

The Northwest Passage remains one of the world`s last true frontiers, and this expedition takes you to its heart. In Canada`s vast northern wilderness

Date: 01–19 Sep 2018

Ship: Ocean Endeavour

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US $13,450US $17,275US $21,100

** ALL PRICES IN USD **

The Northwest Passage remains one of the world`s last true frontiers, and this expedition takes you to its heart. In Canada`s vast northern wilderness, wildlife roams free and the great geological forces shaping our planet reveal themselves to the wondering eye. The recent finding of Franklin`s ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror reminds us that we sail into history, legend, and myth that continues today! Nunavut`s communities offer a warm welcome, blending the traditional and the contemporary in unique and compelling ways. Making your way north to Smith Sound, we enter the realm still defined by ice: towering icebergs, vast glaciers, and the last redoubt of the great northern pack. Greenland offers geology, geography, and culture with a European flair.

HIGHLIGHTS...

• Travel the route that has enchanted explorers for centuries

• Enjoy visits to vibrant Inuit communities

• Make the most of excellent opportunities to encounter whales and polar bears

• Visit the historic graves of the ill-fated Franklin Expedition

• Cruise the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site - home to the world`s fastest-moving glacier

• Experience the northern lights in all their majesty (subject to weather conditions)

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT! Singles pay no more than twins for categories 3 - 7 (sole use of the cabin). Single Cat 3 Interior from USD $13,450*

OUT OF THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE Cruise-Stay package includes:

  • BONUS Free 1 nights accommodation in Edmonton pre-cruise with transfer from hotel to charter flight
  • One way charter flight in economy class from Edmonton to Kugluktuk
  • 16 night Expedition Cruise OUT OF THE NORTH WEST PASSAGE from Kugluktuk to Kangerlussuaq including:
  • The expertise and company of the Adventure Canada expedition staff
  • Onboard educational presentations, Interactive workshops & evening entertainment
  • All shipboard meals, including on deck barbeques & afternoon tea, 24-hour coffee, tea and snacks
  • Hors d`ouevres & snacks during evening recaps
  • 24-hour documentary and film programming
  • Ashore introductions to local people and customs
  • Sightseeing including Museum entries, park accesses
  • Access to pristine wilderness areas
  • Zodiac tours and cruises
  • On-site archaeology workshops
  • Community programming: local performances, presentations, and demonstrations
  • Port taxes
  • Discovery fund fee of USD $250 per person
  • One way charter flight from Kangerlussuaq to Toronto
  • FREE* one nights post cruise accommodation in Toronto with transfer from charter flight to hotel on arrival

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DETAILED CRUISE ITINERARY

(subject to change by cruise line without notice)

Day 1 | Kugluktuk (Coppermine)

Located at the mouth of the Coppermine River, southwest of Victoria Island on the Coronation Gulf, Kugluktuk is the westernmost community in Nunavut. Coppermine reverted to its original Inuinnaqtun name - Kugluktuk, meaning `place of moving waters` - on January 1st, 1996. The Coppermine River itself is designated a Canadian Heritage River for the important role it played as an exploration and fur trade route. Copper deposits along the river attracted the first explorers to the area.

Upon arrival on our charter flight to from Edmonton to Kugluktuk, we embark the Ocean Endeavour.

Day 2 | Coronation Gulf

Located between Victoria Island and the Arctic coast of mainland Canada, the Coronation Gulf is an extensive body of water that is linked to the Arctic Ocean via the Dolphin and Union Strait on the west and by the Dease Strait and Queen Maud Gulf on the east. The gulf was named in 1821 by John Franklin in honour of the coronation of King George IV. The environment and Inuit cultural history of the region was studied by Rudolph Anderson and Diamond Jenness in 1916 as part of the Canadian Arctic Expedition. We will be exploring the area, and making an opportunistic expedition stop.

Day 3 | Queen Maud Gulf:

Sir John Franklin`s flagship, the HMS Erebus, was a Hecla-class bomb vessel, built in Wales in 1826. She was named after the dark region in Hades of Greek mythology and weighed 372 tons. The ship took part in the Ross Expedition from 1839 to 1843, and was abandoned during the legendary Franklin Expedition after becoming icebound during an attempt to locate the fabled Northwest Passage. Her sunken wreck had actually been designated a National Historic Site prior to being located in September of 2014 by a Parks Canada underwater archaeology team. Two years later, Franklin`s other ship, Terror, was located, spurring further interest in one of the great mysteries of polar exploration.

Day 4: Usqsuqtuuq (Gjoa Haven)

In 1903, explorer Roald Amundsen, while looking for the Northwest Passage, sailed through the James Ross Strait and stopped at a natural harbour on the island`s south coast. Unable to proceed due to sea ice, he spent the winters of 1903-04 and 1904-05 at Usqsuqtuuq. While there, he learned Arctic living skills from the local Netsilik Inuit, skills that would later prove invaluable in his Antarctic explorations. He used his ship, the Gjoa, as a base for explorations in the summer of 1904, sledding the Boothia Peninsula and travelling to the magnetic North Pole. Usqsuqtuuq offers a lot to its visitors, including he Northwest Passage Territorial Historic Park, where visitors can learn about the voyages of explorers such as Frobisher, Ross, and Franklin. Also, there is a nine-hole golf course, known to be Canada`s most northerly. Although Usqsuqtuuq is becoming more modern, many traditional Inuit activities are still being enjoyed, including throat singing, drum dancing, and hunting.

Day 5–7 | Peel Sound and Parry Channel

As we head north up Peel Sound, we get into serious polar bear country and will be on the lookout for good spotting opportunities. Parry Channel is named after Arctic explorer William Edward Parry who got as far as Melville Island in 1819 before being blocked by ice at McClure Strait. Depending on ice conditions, we may make expedition stops along the way among the spectacular landscapes, a perfect setting for hiking and exploring the geological diversity of the area. Our experts will interpret historical and archeological sites for us wherever we land!

Day 8 | Beechey Island

In 1845 Sir John Franklin took his expedition of 129 men and two ships into the Wellington Channel. Not a soul returned from the fateful expedition. It was two years before search parties were launched. Aside from the bodies of three souls buried here, only relics were found as clues to the disappearance. The three graves found at Beechey Island left no indication as to the fate of the rest of the British party. A fourth grave, that of a sailor from a search party, completes a haunting historic site here. In the autumn of 2014, Canadian archaeologists discovered remnants of the HMS Erebus in the frozen waters of the Northwest Passage, and in 2015, her sister ship - the Terror - was similarly located.

Days 9 | Lancaster Sound

We will spend two days exploring Lancaster Sound - a proposed Marine Protected Area, with large populations of marine mammals, including narwhal, beluga whales, and bowhead whales. There is a great selection of landing sites available. Weather, wildlife, and sea conditions will influence our choice of landing today.

Day 10 | Aujuittuq (Grise Fiord), NU

Aujuittuq means `place that never thaws.` It is an apt name for this peaceful hamlet, 1,150 kilometres above the Arctic Circle. Canada`s northernmost `civilian` community is a living reminder of the Cold War; residents were relocated to Aujuittuq in an effort to boost Canadian sovereignty . We`ll be welcomed by the population of about 165. Our activities will centre in the village where we will have a chance to meet members of the community, learn about their way of life, and hear their poignant stories.

Day 11 | Smith Sound

We will spend a day exploring this fabled body of water that served as the main route for explorers and adventurers searching for the North Pole. Adolphus Greely, Sir George Nares and Elisha Kent Kane all travelled these waters with varying degrees of success. The Sound was named by William Baffin after Sir Thomas Smythe, promoter of voyages to find a Northwest Passage. Between forty-eight and seventy-two kilometres wide, and eighty-eight kilometres long—Smith Sound is often packed with ice and provides favourable conditions for wildlife viewing.

Day 12–14 | Northwest Greenland

There are a number of charming fishing villages and majestic fjords along the west coast of Greenland. Depending on timing and sea conditions, we way call in at one of these communities to experience small town Greenlandic life, or explore the stunning fjords that line the coast. This is a day in the true spirit of expedition travel and we will avail ourselves of any and all opportunities that present themselves.

Day 15 | Ilulissat

Ilulissat translates literally into `iceberg`, and there couldn`t be a more fitting name for this stunning coastal community, with its museums, cafes and craft studios. Our visit will include time in the colourful town and a chance to hike out along a boardwalk to an elevated viewpoint where we can observe the great fields of ice. We will also cruise in our fleet of Zodiacs through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ilulissat Icefjord. The Icefjord is home to the Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier, the most active and fastest moving glacier in the world at nineteen metres per day, calving more than thirty-five square kilometers of ice annually. The glacier has been the object of scientific attention for 250 years.

Day 16 | Itilleq Fjord

The west Greenland coastline is a rich mixture of fishing communities, many islands and complex coastal waterways. We will be making an expedition stop here to explore the Greenlandic landscape.

Day 17 | Kangerlussuaq

We will make our journey down spectacular Sondre Stromfjord, and early risers will have a chance to experience its beauty. Sondre Stromfjord is one of the longest fjords in the world and boasts 168 kilometres of superb scenery! Kangerlussuaq, the town at its eastern head, means `the big fjord.`

We will disembark the Ocean Endeavour and make our way to the airport to meet our charter flight from Kangerlussauq to Toronto.

*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin in USD (unless stated as single) based on best available cruise fares at time of publication (15May17). Some Ocean View cabins may have obstructed views. All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Priced based on a 15% discount (already factored into prices listed here) on cruise fare (less Discovery fund fee) which is valid for new bookings made and deposited by 30Jun17. Prices based on cat 3 inside, cat 6 ocean view and cat 9 Junior suite. No single supplement offer applies to category 3-7 only and is capacity controlled - may be withdrawn without prior notice. What`s Not Included: International flights from/to Australia, Mandatory medical/evacuation travel insurance, Personal expenses, Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes, Discretionary gratuities to ship`s crew (approximately $15 per passenger per day), Visas (if required), Physician`s fees confirming you are fit to travel, Any medical charges incurred while aboard, Possible fuel surcharges. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Please note that the prices shown here are not shown in real time. Offer subject to availability at time of booking. Free hotels subject to availability at time of booking. If unavailable an alternative hotel or upgrade additional surcharge will be advised. Offer ends 30Jun17 or until sold out/withdrawn from sale. No single supplement refers to cat 3 to cat 7 cabins for sole use single occupancy at the same price as twin share. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. A good level of mobility is required. Travel insurance is mandatory but not included.

18 nights From US $13,450 per person, twin share

Save 15% Earlybird! - Greenland & Wild Labrador - Departs 18th September 2018

... showcases staggering geographic diversity, covering over 2,200 nautical miles from the head of Sondre Stromfjord in Greenland all the way to St. John`s

Date: 17 Sep–02 Oct 2018

Ship: Ocean Endeavour

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US $8,070US $11,385US $14,700

** ALL PRICES IN USD **

This extraordinary sailing showcases staggering geographic diversity, covering over 2,200 nautical miles from the head of Sondre Stromfjord in Greenland all the way to St. John`s, NL- stopping at four Canadian National Parks along the way. We set out along the western coast of Greenland, calling at Nuuk, one of the world’s northernmost capital cities, and exploring one of the many fjords for which the area is famed. Across Davis Strait in Canada, we visit stunning Torngat Mountains National Park - the first and only National Park in Canada to be staffed completely by Inuit. Here, at the edge of the Canadian shield, massive mountains slope down to the Labrador Sea, forming one of the most dramatic coastlines in Canada. Northern Labrador has to be seen to be believed - and we will do just that, via daily Zodiac expeditions and organized excursions. As we move further south, we`ll visit the newly created Akami-Uapishk-KakKasuak - Mealy Mountains National Park Reserve, Canada`s 46th National Park; encompassing 10,700 square kilometres, it is the largest in eastern Canada. Crossing the Strait of Belle Isle to Newfoundland, we'll pay our respects to North America`s Viking visitors at L`Anse aux Meadows. While in Newfoundland, we`ll explore Terra Nova National Park before ending our voyage in historic St. John`s.

HIGHLIGHTS...

• Cross the Arctic circle while sailing a spectacular Greenlandic fjord

• Hike the pristine wilds of the Torngat Mountains National Park

• Search for polar bear and black bear along the rugged Labrador coast

• Enjoy a community welcome at the Torngasok Cultural Centre in Nain

• Follow in the wake of the Vikings at L`Anse aux Meadows and the Wonderstrands

• Search for marine life in the rich waters of Newman Sound and Terra Nova National Park

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT! Singles pay no more than twins for categories 3 - 7 (sole use of the cabin). Single Cat 3 Interior from USD $8,070*

GREENLAND & WILD LABRADOR Cruise-Stay package includes:

  • BONUS Free 1 nights accommodation in Toronto pre-cruise including transfer to charter flight
  • One way charter flight from Toronto to Kangerlussuaq
  • 14 night Expedition Cruise GREENLAND & WILD LABRADOR from Kangerlussuaq to St John`s Newfoundland including:
  • The expertise and company of the Adventure Canada expedition staff
  • Onboard educational presentations, Interactive workshops & evening entertainment
  • All shipboard meals, including on deck barbeques & afternoon tea, 24-hour coffee, tea and snacks
  • Hors d`ouevres & snacks during evening recaps
  • 24-hour documentary and film programming
  • Ashore introductions to local people and customs
  • Sightseeing including Museum entries, park accesses
  • Access to pristine wilderness areas
  • Zodiac tours and cruises
  • On-site archaeology workshops
  • Community programming: local performances, presentations, and demonstrations
  • Port taxes
  • Discovery fund fee of USD $250 per person

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DETAILED CRUISE ITINERARY

(subject to change by cruise line without notice)

Day 1 | Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Our flight from Toronto will land at the former US air base of Kangerlussuaq. From there, we follow the longest road in Greenland (at twenty kilometres!) to our disembarkation point, where Zodiacs await to take us to the Ocean Endeavour. From there, 168 kilometres of superb scenery await us as we sail spectacular Sondre Stromfjord, one of the longest fjords in the world.

Day 2 | Qeqqata Kommunia

There are a number of charming fishing villages along the west coast of Greenland. Depending on timing and sea conditions, we way call in at one of these communities to experience small town Greenlandic life, or explore the stunning fjords that line the coast. This is a day in the true spirit of expedition travel and we will avail ourselves of any and all opportunities that present themselves.

Day 3 | Nuuk

Welcome to Nuuk, the capital of Greenland and the world`s northernmost capital city! Nuuk, meaning `the headland` is situated at the mouth of a gigantic fjord system. Established as Greenland`s first town in 1728, Nuuk remains the bustling centre of the country today. The town is home to the University of Greenland, a cathedral dating back to 1849, and Greenland`s National Museum. We`ll have a guided orientation of this bustling metropolis and an opportunity to visit the National Museum - where the Qilakitsoq mummies are housed - before free time to explore on your own.

Day 4 | At Sea - Davis Strait

Our presentation series takes centre stage as we head across the Davis Strait towards landfall in Canada. Time spent on deck can be rewarding as well: keep your eyes peeled for minke and humpback whales (and other marine mammals), as well as the seabirds that are sure to accompany our passage.

Day 5 | Kangiqsualujjuaq (George River)

Twenty-five kilometers upstream from Ungava Bay, In the shelter of a commanding granite rock outcrop we find the community of Kangiqsualujjuaq. The ebb and flow of the tremendous tides define the summer lives of the people and wildlife of this area. Arctic flora thrives in the protected valley. The traditional calving grounds of the critically declining George River caribou herd are nearby. After our community welcome, we will have the freedom to explore, meet with locals and strike out of town for a hike on the tundra.

Days 6–8 | Torngat Mountains National Park

The Torngat Mountains have been home to Inuit and their predecessors for millennia, with archaeological evidence reaching back almost 7,000 years. The fjords here reach deep into the heart of the mountains, bounded by cliffs peaking at 1,700 metres - the highest point of land in Labrador. The rugged, spectacular beauty of the Torngat Mountains underscores their role as the spiritual homeland of Nunatsiavut. Polar bears, caribou, falcons, and eagles are among the species hardy enough to make their homes here. We`ll spend our time here getting out on the land for hikes, searching for wildlife, visiting archaeological sites, and Zodiac cruising through some of Canada`s most dramatic landscapes.

Day 9 | Hebron

In a highly controversial move, the former Moravian Mission station dating from the 1830s was abandoned in 1959 with the departure of the Moravians, forcing the relocation of the Inuit who resided there. In 2005, Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams apologized to people affected by the relocations, and in August of 2009, the provincial government unveiled a monument at the site. Today, some of the buildings at Hebron are being repurposed as a cultural interpretation centre. They form a lonely monument to the cultural past of the area, with hopes for the future of Nunatsiavut.

Day 10 | Nain

Today we explore the vibrant Inuit community of Nain. The administrative capital of Nunatsiavut, Nain is the most northerly community in Labrador. We`ll visit the beautiful Moravian Church, the Nunatsiavut Building with its Labradorite stone and the newly finished Torngasok Cultural Centre. Local leaders will share the fascinating history of the township, and we will have a chance to visit with the community.

Day 11-12 | Labrador Coast

The lower Labrador coast boasts five of Labrador`s ten provincial eco-regions, including coastal barrens, high subarctic tundra, high boreal forest, mid-boreal forest, and string bog. The Mealy Mountain range in this area reaches heights of more than 1,000 metres. A significant portion of the mountain range and surrounding area has been designated a National Park Reserve, a move which followed lobbying for the preservation of the area since the early 1970s. We plan to visit the Wonderstands, a stunning fifty-six-kilometere stretch of beach, referenced in Viking sagas.

Day 13 | L`Anse aux Meadows

A UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Historic site, L`Anse aux Meadows is the only authenticated Norse settlement in North America. The archaeological remains found here in 1960 date to approximately 1000 AD. Amazingly, the location of the ruins was first established by a close reading of the Viking sagas. Today, a superb interpretive centre and reconstructions of the several Norse-style sod buildings make L`Anse aux Meadows a must-see for any visitor to Newfoundland.

Day 14 | Terra Nova National Park

Today we call in at Newfoundland and Labrador's first national park, Terra Nova, located in beautiful Bonavista Bay. Our approach course will wind through the scenic small islands that dot the route. Once ashore, we have a variety of hiking opportunities in the park, where we hope to observe some of the black bears, osprey, and moose that call the park home.

Day 15 | St. John`s, NL

Sailing into the port of St. John`s has to be experienced to be believed; Signal Hill keeps watch over the world-famous Narrows and the charming houses of The Battery will have cameras whirring! The bustling city of St. John`s with its colourful houses and steep streets makes a spectacular backdrop to the legendary harbour where we will bring our journey to a close.

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*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin in USD (unless stated as single) based on best available cruise fares at time of publication (12May17). Some Ocean View cabins may have obstructed views. All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Priced based on a 15% discount (already factored into prices listed here) on cruise fare (less Discovery fund fee) which is valid for new bookings made and deposited by 30Jun17. Prices based on cat 3 inside, cat 6 ocean view and cat 9 Junior suite. No single supplement offer applies to category 3-7 only and is capacity controlled - may be withdrawn without prior notice. What`s Not Included: International flights from/to Australia, Mandatory medical/evacuation travel insurance, Personal expenses, Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes, Discretionary gratuities to ship`s crew (approximately $15 per passenger per day), Visas (if required), Physician`s fees confirming you are fit to travel, Any medical charges incurred while aboard, Possible fuel surcharges. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Please note that the prices shown here are not shown in real time. Offer subject to availability at time of booking. Free hotel subject to availability at time of booking. If unavailable an alternative hotel or upgrade additional surcharge will be advised. Offer ends 30Jun17 or until sold out/withdrawn from sale. No single supplement refers to cat 3 to cat 7 cabins for sole use single occupancy at the same price as twin share. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. A good level of mobility is required. Travel insurance is mandatory but not included.

15 nights From US $8,070 per person, twin share

Rhine & Moselle River Cruise - 27 Sep 18 - Ms William Shakespeare

Cruise the Rhine & Moselle Rivers for 7 nights with ms William Shakespeare and Riviera Travel River Cruises.

Date: 27 Sep–04 Oct 2018

Ship: William Shakespeare

This wonderful cruise visits some of the most fascinating and beautiful sights straddling the majestic Rhine and Moselle, two of Europe`s most picturesque rivers.

HURRY! No single supplement applies to some Lower Romeo Deck cabins - we currently have six (only) at $3099 single sole use

(as at 31May17 - subject to availability at time of booking)

ADD ON A DRINKS PACKAGE - An onboard Drinks Package:

Available for all new 2018 departures is an onboard drinks package (valued at $169 per person). This includes draught beer, non-alcoholic beer, soft drinks, juices, red/white/rose house wines, and wine recommendations from the menu - served with lunch and dinner onboard your ship. If you would like to add on this package please advise prior to departure from Australia.

RHINE & MOSELLE RIVER CRUISE Cruise-Only package includes:

  • 7 night river cruise round trip from Cologne aboard ms William Shakespeare
  • All meals from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your day of departure including Welcome Cocktails & Dinner plus Captain`s Dinner
  • Complimentary onboard tea & coffee
  • Five star service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
  • Complimentary onboard Wi-Fi
  • The services of a Riviera Travel River Cruises cruise director and tour manager
  • 7 included visits and shore tours including: Visit to Boppard, the picturesque `Pearl of the Rhine` | Time to explore the hillside town of Rudesheim - the most famous of the Rhine`s wine towns | Cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge | Stop in Cochem – the historic centre of the Moselle wine trade | Take a romantic stroll in the town of Bernkastel | Tour of Trier – once a key capital of the Roman Empire | Guided tour of Cologne – and see the stunning Gothic Cathedral
  • Port charges

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Cruise Day to Day itinerary

(subject to change by the cruise line without notice)

Day 1:

Moored in Cologne`s Picturesque historic centre, the dedicated crew will welcome you aboard your first-class floating hotel, ensuring you settle into your comfortable and extremely well equipped cabin and familiarise yourself with the ship.

Day 2 - Koblenz & Boppard

The first morning on board a river cruise is always a thrill, awakening to the gentle lapping of the water outside as the scenic valley sides slip silently past your cabin window – there is no other holiday experience quite like it.

Your first port of call is thriving, 2000–year–old Koblenz, with its mighty fortress dominating the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle, the two great rivers you will explore during your cruise. You take a guided walk around the principal monuments and historic centre, exploring delightful squares, admiring beautifully restored historic house frontages and quaint hidden passageways. Koblenz will delight you and it is an absolute joy to wander through its tiny streets, pausing to window shop whilst trying to resist the aroma of fresh coffee drifting from the numerous traditional cafes, and all in such historic surroundings.

During your first delightful lunch you cruise to Boppard, also known as the `Pearl of the Rhine`, a classically picturesque village, located on a long, sweeping, looping bend of the river and exactly how you imagine the Rhineland to be: a bustling stone quayside crowded with people going about their daily business, the cobbled streets, lined by typical half-timbered houses and cafés, leading to the town and its main square beyond. Founded by the Romans, as much of the area was, Boppard boasts the best preserved Roman town walls in Germany.

Day 3 - Rhine Gorge & Rudesheim

You leave the stunning Gorge and during the afternoon, stop in Rudesheim, perhaps the most famous of all the Rhine wine towns with crooked houses sloping down from the wooded hillsides and terraced vineyards. A visit to the Asbach brandy distillery is rewarding (tasting assured of course) or you could perhaps take a trip on the unusual gondola lift with its spectacular views across the river. Especially worth a visit is the excellent mechanical music museum: a superb collection of 350 intricate antique musical instruments and musical boxes from all over the world, many in working order, still playing the delicate sounds of yesteryear.

Day 4 - Cochem

Early this morning we cruise once again through the spectacular passage of the Rhine Gorge. Legends abound of ancient travellers lost in the Gorge and passing the Loreley Rock, the swirling waters of the bend are a reminder of the most famous legend of all: a beautiful maiden is said t o have lured sailors on to the rocks with her feminine charms and alluring song.

Passing Koblenz, you cruise upstream along the Moselle, even more beautiful than the Rhine as it twists its way past verdant hills. The banks, studded with yet more picture postcard villages with tottering timber framed houses pass peacefully by, before you stop at delightful Cochem, in times gone by the centre of the Moselle wine trade, with unrivalled views of the castle crowning a mound covered in vineyards. What a wonderful time to relax in one of the comfortable deck chairs on the Sun Deck and really absorb the spectacular scenery in all its glory. This evening, the atmospheric ship`s restaurant promises another memorable dinner.

Day 5 - Cochem to Bernkastel

Leaving Cochem, you cruise further upstream, passing through four locks, which never cease to fascinate. Why not catch up on some reading in the ship`s library, play chess or watch the scenery from the sun deck: you will be astonished by the steep dramatic valley sides, covered with reputedly the steepest cultivated vineyards in the world. The valley`s gradient here means your progress is respectably sedate but never dull as you meander upstream through the heart of the Moselle`s stunningly beautiful winelands. Enjoy the unfolding scene as the vineyards slip by en route to your overnight port, Bernkastel.

Day 6 - Trier & Bernkastel

Today you drive to Trier, the oldest and one of the most fascinating cities in Germany. Founded by the Romans, it was the capital of a huge portion of their empire, encompassing present-day Spain, France, Britain and parts of Germany. It had a population of a staggering 80,000, little different from today, the Emperor Constantine lived here and it boasted a range of buildings to match. It has one of the most impressive amphitheatres in existence, baths, a Roman bridge but best of all, the Porta Nigra, an immense fortified gate which formed the eastern border of the Roman Empire and towers above the surrounding medieval buildings. This is the largest and best-preserved Roman building north of the Alps and is an awesome testimony to their architectural genius. You enjoy a guided tour during which you learn all about the historical significance of the city.

The rest of the day is free to explore Bernkastel and its delightful cobbled market square surrounded by some of the finest, most ornate half-timbered houses you will ever see, many dating from the 15th century. Most famously, is the Pointed House, a jewel of the rustic middle class building tradition from the Middle Ages and a classic example of the Moselle vintner’s dwelling. As you slip your mooring, and cruise downstream, recline and soak up for one last time the peaceful atmosphere of this magical river. Retire to the welcoming ambience of the ship`s restaurant for another meticulously prepared dinner, and perhaps enjoy one of the fine Riesling wines, from the vineyards before you.

Day 7 - Cologne

Rejoining the Rhine this morning, there is so much to see as you cruise effortlessly downstream past pretty riverside towns backed by the rolling volcanic hills for which the area is renowned. You also see the railway bridge at Remagen, captured intact towards the end of The Second World War, thus arguably shortening the war in Germany. Passing the last riverside vineyards and half– timbered houses around Linz, you leave the last great historic strong point, before mooring in the heart of Cologne, in the shadow of the magnificent Gothic cathedral for which the city is so famous.

It is a truly staggering building, taking 600 years to build and has the most intricate stained glass in Europe. This afternoon, you have a guided tour of the city with time to explore its delightful tree-lined squares and perhaps visit one of its famous bars, many of which still traditionally brew their own beer. This evening, the `Captain’s Dinner` will take place on board, during which delicious specialities of the regions you have visited during your cruise will be served, hosted, of course, by the Captain himself.

Day 8

This morning your friendly crew bid you farewell before you disembark the ship.

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*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (31May17). All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. The following are NOT included in this package - 1. Ships gratuities 2. Drinks aboard river cruise other than those as listed as included in a Drinks Package (if you choose to pay the additional fee) 3. Any meals other than those as stated 4. Transfer to port to join cruise 5. Transfer from port to depart cruise 6. Travel insurance - proof of which is mandatory prior to documentation release 7. International or domestic airfares. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Offer valid until sold out/withdrawn from sale and is subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty.

7 nights From AU $3,099 per person, twin share

Save 15% Earlybird! - Newfoundland Circumnavigation - Departs 2nd October 2018

This trip offers an intimate experience of Newfoundland`s lively culture and dramatic scenery via daily expedition stops and community visit

Date: 01–12 Oct 2018

Ship: Ocean Endeavour

InsideOutsideSuite
US $5,685US $8,830US $12,105

** ALL PRICES IN USD **

Starting and ending in historic St. John`s, this trip offers an intimate experience of Newfoundland`s lively culture and dramatic scenery via daily expedition stops and community visits. A visit to the French island of Saint-Pierre completes the adventure. Famed for its music and stories, Newfoundland is also incredibly picturesque, with a rugged coastline rendered spectacular by autumn foliage and light. Newfoundland`s rich natural history, including the remarkable geology of Gros Morne, is second only to its incredible cultural offerings. We will visit Red Bay`s Basque Whaling Station (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), learn about the Viking history in North America at L`Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, and enjoy a taste of the Mi’kmaq culture in Miawpukek First Nation (Conne River). And we will do it all in the company of a lively resource staff of local musicians, artists, and naturalists. This sailing is ideally timed for viewing spectacular fall colours and taking advantage of excellent hiking opportunities. Experience legendary music, food, and hospitality in true Newfoundland fashion: by sea!

HIGHLIGHTS...

• Explore the remote reaches of Newfoundland & Labrador with fall colours in full show

• Visit the reconstructed Viking settlement at L`Anse aux Meadows, UNESCO World Heritage Site

• Travel with widely respected naturalists, musicians, and culturalists

• Explore and hike the phenomenal landscapes of Gros Morne National Park

• Share the warmth of a classic Newfoundland kitchen party

• Visit Miawpukek, Newfoundland`s Mi`kmaq First Nation community

• Explore Red Bay`s Basque Whaling Station - Canada`s 17th UNESCO World Heritage site

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT! Singles pay no more than twins for categories 3 - 7 (sole use of the cabin). Single Cat 3 Interior from USD $5,685*

NEWFOUNDLAND CIRCUMNAVIGATION Cruise-Stay package includes:

  • BONUS Free 1 nights accommodation in St John`s pre-cruise
  • 10 night Expedition Cruise NEWFOUNDLAND CIRCUMNAVIGATION round trip from St John`s Newfoundland including:
  • The expertise and company of the Adventure Canada expedition staff
  • Onboard educational presentations, Interactive workshops & evening entertainment
  • All shipboard meals, including on deck barbeques & afternoon tea, 24-hour coffee, tea and snacks
  • Hors d`ouevres & snacks during evening recaps
  • 24-hour documentary and film programming
  • Ashore introductions to local people and customs
  • Sightseeing including Museum entries, park accesses
  • Access to pristine wilderness areas
  • Zodiac tours and cruises
  • On-site archaeology workshops
  • Community programming: local performances, presentations, and demonstrations
  • Port taxes
  • Discovery fund fee of USD $250 per person

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DETAILED CRUISE ITINERARY

(subject to change by cruise line without notice)

Day 1 | St. John`s, NL

Welcome to St. John`s - Newfoundland`s historic, vibrant capital. Picturesque and welcoming, with a world-famous harbour, St. John`s has been continually fished by Europeans since 1498, allowing it to boast the designation of North America’s oldest European settlement. Here you will meet your Resource Staff and fellow travellers and make your way via coach to board our ship, the Ocean Endeavour. Sailing out of St. John`s has to be experienced to be believed: Signal Hill keeps watch over the world-famous Narrows as we head for open water.

Day 2–3 | North East Coast, Newfoundland

The northeast coast of Newfoundland is known for the dozens of picturesque villages that dot its rocky shores, and we`ll find harbour in one of these unique communities today. We look forward to a characteristically warm Newfoundland welcome upon our arrival. Photographers will have their work cut out for them, capturing the special charm of classic island construction.

Day 4 | L`Anse aux Meadows

L`Anse aux Meadows, A UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the only authenticated former Norse settlement in North America. The archaeological remains found here in 1960 date to approximately 1000 AD. Amazingly, the location of the ruins was first established by a close reading of the Viking sagas. Today, a superb interpretive centre and reconstructions of the several Norse-style sod buildings make L`Anse aux Meadows a must-see for any visitor to Newfoundland.

Day 5 | Red Bay

Labrador is home to the Red Bay Basque Whaling Station, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Beginning in the 1500s, Basque whalers operated out of the Red Bay harbour, making it at one time the largest whaling station in the world. The site includes six hundred acres of terrestrial and aquatic protected area. Among the important artefacts found at Red Bay is the whaling ship San Juan, lost in a storm in 1565 and found centuries later submerged in the harbour in only ten metres of water. A large number of tools, personal items, and navigational instruments have been recovered from the wreck.

Day 6 | Woody Point / Gros Morne National Park

Gros Morne is internationally famed for its geographic diversity and majesty. The park`s mountains are both picturesque and highly unusual: The Tablelands, a six hundred-metre plateau, forms one of the world`s best examples of ancient rock exposed from the earth`s mantle. The park`s fjords are equally stunning. There will be a choice of walks here - catering to all levels of skill and interest - as we explore the surrounding area. The beauty of Bonne Bay during fall colours will surely be a highlight, as will the colourful cluster of houses and businesses that is the town of Woody Point.

Days 7–8 | South Coast Newfoundland

The wild and windswept coast of southern Newfoundland is home to a few remaining outport communities, still largely cut off from mainstream travel. Visits here are often a highlight of our trips. There are many unique bays and coves to explore via Zodiac or land excursions. Again, autumnal hues among the low-lying vegetation will keep photographers and botanists reaching for their cameras!

Day 9 | Miawpukek (Conne River)

The First Nations community of Miawpukek (Conne River) has an economically self-sufficient mandate, guided by traditional values. It became a permanent settlement sometime around 1822. Before then, it was one of many semi-permanent camping sites used by the Mi`kmaw people - who had traditionally, travelled nomadically throughout the East Coast. Since its establishment as a reserve in 1987, Miawpukek has often been referenced as a highly successful First Nation. We will receive a formal welcome from local leaders and have a chance to explore this special community.

Day 10 | Saint-Pierre, FR

Explore Saint-Pierre, a last bastion of France`s colonial territories in North America. The colourful and charming shops and residences of the town of Saint-Pierre reveal its unique historical character. French food, wine, cars, clothing, and shops are all in evidence here - and the sweets at the local cafes and bakeries are much in demand! Saint-Pierre offers a taste of European living, just a short sail from the coast of Newfoundland!

Day 11 | St. John`s, NL

On the final day of our expedition, we sail though the historic Narrows and into St. John`s harbour. We will say our farewells and begin the process of departure. Staff will be on hand to assist you with luggage and transportation arrangements.

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*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin in USD (unless stated as single) based on best available cruise fares at time of publication (12May17). Some Ocean View cabins may have obstructed views. All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Priced based on a 15% discount (already factored into prices listed here) on cruise fare (less Discovery fund fee) which is valid for new bookings made and deposited by 30Jun17. Prices based on cat 3 inside, cat 6 ocean view and cat 9 Junior suite. No single supplement offer applies to category 3-7 only and is capacity controlled - may be withdrawn without prior notice. What`s Not Included: International flights from/to Australia, Mandatory medical/evacuation travel insurance, Personal expenses, Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes, Discretionary gratuities to ship`s crew (approximately $15 per passenger per day), Visas (if required), Physician`s fees confirming you are fit to travel, Any medical charges incurred while aboard, Possible fuel surcharges. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Please note that the prices shown here are not shown in real time. Offer subject to availability at time of booking. Free hotel subject to availability at time of booking. If unavailable an alternative hotel or upgrade additional surcharge will be advised. Offer ends 30Jun17 or until sold out/withdrawn from sale. No single supplement refers to cat 3 to cat 7 cabins for sole use single occupancy at the same price as twin share. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. A good level of mobility is required. Travel insurance is mandatory but not included.

11 nights From US $5,685 per person, twin share

Rhine & Moselle River Cruise - 25 Oct 18 - Ms Oscar Wilde

Cruise the Rhine & Moselle Rivers for 7 nights with ms Oscar Wilde and Riviera Travel River Cruises.

Date: 25 Oct–01 Nov 2018

Ship: Oscar Wilde

This wonderful cruise visits some of the most fascinating and beautiful sights straddling the majestic Rhine and Moselle, two of Europe`s most picturesque rivers.

HURRY! No single supplement applies to some Lower Emerald Deck cabins - we currently have four (only) at $2289 single sole use

(as at 31May17 - subject to availability at time of booking)

ADD ON A DRINKS PACKAGE - An onboard Drinks Package:

Available for all new 2018 departures is an onboard drinks package (valued at $169 per person). This includes draught beer, non-alcoholic beer, soft drinks, juices, red/white/rose house wines, and wine recommendations from the menu - served with lunch and dinner onboard your ship. If you would like to add on this package please advise prior to departure from Australia.

RHINE & MOSELLE RIVER CRUISE Cruise-Only package includes:

  • 7 night river cruise round trip from Cologne aboard ms Oscar Wilde
  • All meals from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your day of departure including Welcome Cocktails & Dinner plus Captain`s Dinner
  • Complimentary onboard tea & coffee
  • Five star service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
  • Complimentary onboard Wi-Fi
  • The services of a Riviera Travel River Cruises cruise director and tour manager
  • 7 included visits and shore tours including: Visit to Boppard, the picturesque `Pearl of the Rhine` | Time to explore the hillside town of Rudesheim - the most famous of the Rhine`s wine towns | Cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge | Stop in Cochem – the historic centre of the Moselle wine trade | Take a romantic stroll in the town of Bernkastel | Tour of Trier – once a key capital of the Roman Empire | Guided tour of Cologne – and see the stunning Gothic Cathedral
  • Port charges

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Cruise Day to Day itinerary

(subject to change by the cruise line without notice)

Day 1:

Moored in Cologne`s Picturesque historic centre, the dedicated crew will welcome you aboard your first-class floating hotel, ensuring you settle into your comfortable and extremely well equipped cabin and familiarise yourself with the ship.

Day 2 - Koblenz & Boppard

The first morning on board a river cruise is always a thrill, awakening to the gentle lapping of the water outside as the scenic valley sides slip silently past your cabin window – there is no other holiday experience quite like it.

Your first port of call is thriving, 2000–year–old Koblenz, with its mighty fortress dominating the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle, the two great rivers you will explore during your cruise. You take a guided walk around the principal monuments and historic centre, exploring delightful squares, admiring beautifully restored historic house frontages and quaint hidden passageways. Koblenz will delight you and it is an absolute joy to wander through its tiny streets, pausing to window shop whilst trying to resist the aroma of fresh coffee drifting from the numerous traditional cafes, and all in such historic surroundings.

During your first delightful lunch you cruise to Boppard, also known as the `Pearl of the Rhine`, a classically picturesque village, located on a long, sweeping, looping bend of the river and exactly how you imagine the Rhineland to be: a bustling stone quayside crowded with people going about their daily business, the cobbled streets, lined by typical half-timbered houses and cafés, leading to the town and its main square beyond. Founded by the Romans, as much of the area was, Boppard boasts the best preserved Roman town walls in Germany.

Day 3 - Rhine Gorge & Rudesheim

You leave the stunning Gorge and during the afternoon, stop in Rudesheim, perhaps the most famous of all the Rhine wine towns with crooked houses sloping down from the wooded hillsides and terraced vineyards. A visit to the Asbach brandy distillery is rewarding (tasting assured of course) or you could perhaps take a trip on the unusual gondola lift with its spectacular views across the river. Especially worth a visit is the excellent mechanical music museum: a superb collection of 350 intricate antique musical instruments and musical boxes from all over the world, many in working order, still playing the delicate sounds of yesteryear.

Day 4 - Cochem

Early this morning we cruise once again through the spectacular passage of the Rhine Gorge. Legends abound of ancient travellers lost in the Gorge and passing the Loreley Rock, the swirling waters of the bend are a reminder of the most famous legend of all: a beautiful maiden is said t o have lured sailors on to the rocks with her feminine charms and alluring song.

Passing Koblenz, you cruise upstream along the Moselle, even more beautiful than the Rhine as it twists its way past verdant hills. The banks, studded with yet more picture postcard villages with tottering timber framed houses pass peacefully by, before you stop at delightful Cochem, in times gone by the centre of the Moselle wine trade, with unrivalled views of the castle crowning a mound covered in vineyards. What a wonderful time to relax in one of the comfortable deck chairs on the Sun Deck and really absorb the spectacular scenery in all its glory. This evening, the atmospheric ship`s restaurant promises another memorable dinner.

Day 5 - Cochem to Bernkastel

Leaving Cochem, you cruise further upstream, passing through four locks, which never cease to fascinate. Why not catch up on some reading in the ship`s library, play chess or watch the scenery from the sun deck: you will be astonished by the steep dramatic valley sides, covered with reputedly the steepest cultivated vineyards in the world. The valley`s gradient here means your progress is respectably sedate but never dull as you meander upstream through the heart of the Moselle`s stunningly beautiful winelands. Enjoy the unfolding scene as the vineyards slip by en route to your overnight port, Bernkastel.

Day 6 - Trier & Bernkastel

Today you drive to Trier, the oldest and one of the most fascinating cities in Germany. Founded by the Romans, it was the capital of a huge portion of their empire, encompassing present-day Spain, France, Britain and parts of Germany. It had a population of a staggering 80,000, little different from today, the Emperor Constantine lived here and it boasted a range of buildings to match. It has one of the most impressive amphitheatres in existence, baths, a Roman bridge but best of all, the Porta Nigra, an immense fortified gate which formed the eastern border of the Roman Empire and towers above the surrounding medieval buildings. This is the largest and best-preserved Roman building north of the Alps and is an awesome testimony to their architectural genius. You enjoy a guided tour during which you learn all about the historical significance of the city.

The rest of the day is free to explore Bernkastel and its delightful cobbled market square surrounded by some of the finest, most ornate half-timbered houses you will ever see, many dating from the 15th century. Most famously, is the Pointed House, a jewel of the rustic middle class building tradition from the Middle Ages and a classic example of the Moselle vintner’s dwelling. As you slip your mooring, and cruise downstream, recline and soak up for one last time the peaceful atmosphere of this magical river. Retire to the welcoming ambience of the ship`s restaurant for another meticulously prepared dinner, and perhaps enjoy one of the fine Riesling wines, from the vineyards before you.

Day 7 - Cologne

Rejoining the Rhine this morning, there is so much to see as you cruise effortlessly downstream past pretty riverside towns backed by the rolling volcanic hills for which the area is renowned. You also see the railway bridge at Remagen, captured intact towards the end of The Second World War, thus arguably shortening the war in Germany. Passing the last riverside vineyards and half– timbered houses around Linz, you leave the last great historic strong point, before mooring in the heart of Cologne, in the shadow of the magnificent Gothic cathedral for which the city is so famous.

It is a truly staggering building, taking 600 years to build and has the most intricate stained glass in Europe. This afternoon, you have a guided tour of the city with time to explore its delightful tree-lined squares and perhaps visit one of its famous bars, many of which still traditionally brew their own beer. This evening, the `Captain’s Dinner` will take place on board, during which delicious specialities of the regions you have visited during your cruise will be served, hosted, of course, by the Captain himself.

Day 8

This morning your friendly crew bid you farewell before you disembark the ship.

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*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (31May17). All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. The following are NOT included in this package - 1. Ships gratuities 2. Drinks aboard river cruise other than those as listed as included in a Drinks Package (if you choose to pay the additional fee) 3. Any meals other than those as stated 4. Transfer to port to join cruise 5. Transfer from port to depart cruise 6. Travel insurance - proof of which is mandatory prior to documentation release 7. International or domestic airfares. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Offer valid until sold out/withdrawn from sale and is subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty.

7 nights From AU $2,289 per person, twin share

EXCLUSIVE OFFER: 25% SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS ON SELECT VOYAGES

EXCLUSIVE OFFER: 25% SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS ON SELECT VOYAGES 
Silversea is delighted to welcome solo travellers aboard our intimate ships with single supplements starting at only 25% above our Silver Privilege Fares on select voyages. Every voyage includes a champagne Welcome Reception, to make it easier to meet and mingle with solo travellers, and on select voyages, Gentlemen Hosts are also available as dance partners or dinner companions. All-inclusive fares include a spacious, ocean-view suite, personalised butler service, complimentary wines and spirits, fine dining, sophisticated enrichment and entertainment programs, and all onboard gratuities.

Pandaw - Selected sailings with no single supplement

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Flyer correct at time of release - May 2017