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Get away on the River Countess enjoying 12 relaxing nights on the European Serenade Cruise to Europe - Rivers. The voyage starts out from Amsterdam and calls into 13 ports in 3 countries before returning to Vienna. Your 4 star voyage from Uniworld River Cruises has forward departures, but is unfortunately sold out for this departure.

Day Date Port of call Arrival Departure
1 Sun 1 Jul 2012 Amsterdam, Netherlands
European Serenade Cruise Originally a dam in the river Amstel, Amsterdam today is the capital and largest city of the Netherlands, as engineered dams, sea gates, and the 19-mile dyke walling out the Zuider Zee prevent this low-lying country from being reclaimed by the North Sea. Interestingly, the 17th century canals of Amsterdam located in the heart of the city have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. The main tourist attractions are undoubtedly the famous Museums such as the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, and the Stedelijk Museum. However, there is much more to be seen and appreciated.

The fascinating and historical Dam Square, dominated by the Royal Palace with its classical facade and fine sculptures cannot be missed. The impressive history of the square is well documented at the Historical Museum. Other famous squares include Rembrandtplien - lined with restaurants, cafes and pubs and the vibrant and colourful Leidseplein. Then, of course, there is the Red Light District that includes the calm haven of the Oude Kirk (Old Church) with attached houses, built in the Gothic-renaissance style, and the Amsterdam Stock Exchange, the oldest stock exchange in the world.

Cruise along some of the delightful and historic canals in this ‘Venice of the North’ and you cannot possibly leave without seeing windmills as there are eight stunning windmills in at the heart of the city just waiting to be admired. Visit the delightful parks, the largest being Vondelpark right in the middle of the city, and thoroughly appreciate the experience of the ‘do-it-yourself for all ages’ voyage of discovery between fantasy and reality. The NEMO Science and technology Centre which also offers breathtaking views of the city, is a fantastic experience, as is a visit to Coster's diamond cutting factory where one is shown the secrets of cutting and polishing diamonds.

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2 Mon 2 Jul 2012 Amsterdam, Netherlands
European Serenade Cruise Originally a dam in the river Amstel, Amsterdam today is the capital and largest city of the Netherlands, as engineered dams, sea gates, and the 19-mile dyke walling out the Zuider Zee prevent this low-lying country from being reclaimed by the North Sea. Interestingly, the 17th century canals of Amsterdam located in the heart of the city have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. The main tourist attractions are undoubtedly the famous Museums such as the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, and the Stedelijk Museum. However, there is much more to be seen and appreciated.

The fascinating and historical Dam Square, dominated by the Royal Palace with its classical facade and fine sculptures cannot be missed. The impressive history of the square is well documented at the Historical Museum. Other famous squares include Rembrandtplien - lined with restaurants, cafes and pubs and the vibrant and colourful Leidseplein. Then, of course, there is the Red Light District that includes the calm haven of the Oude Kirk (Old Church) with attached houses, built in the Gothic-renaissance style, and the Amsterdam Stock Exchange, the oldest stock exchange in the world.

Cruise along some of the delightful and historic canals in this ‘Venice of the North’ and you cannot possibly leave without seeing windmills as there are eight stunning windmills in at the heart of the city just waiting to be admired. Visit the delightful parks, the largest being Vondelpark right in the middle of the city, and thoroughly appreciate the experience of the ‘do-it-yourself for all ages’ voyage of discovery between fantasy and reality. The NEMO Science and technology Centre which also offers breathtaking views of the city, is a fantastic experience, as is a visit to Coster's diamond cutting factory where one is shown the secrets of cutting and polishing diamonds.

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3 Tue 3 Jul 2012 Cologne, Germany
European Serenade Cruise Cologne, situated on the River Rhine and Germany’s fourth largest city, was recognised by the Romans as a major centre for their trade routes. Subsequently, considerable Roman remains can be found in contemporary Cologne, especially near the wharf area, where a notable discovery of a 1900 year old Roman boat was made in late 2007. Due to WWII air raids, today Cologne is notable for its simple and modest post-war buildings, but fortunately is still home to a few interspersed pre-war buildings that were reconstructed due to their historical importance. Most are fascinated by a visit to "The World's Oldest Fragrance Company" with its fascinating museum.

Landmarks include: the Cologne Cathedral, a World Heritage Site that houses the Shrine of the Three Kings; Twelve Romanesque churches that are outstanding examples of medieval architecture; and the Cologne City Hall that is the oldest city hall still in use in Germany. Of the original 12 city gates the three that remain - the Eigelsteintor, Hahnentor, and Severinstor - are fascinating to visit as are the many bridges, though you may wish to use the crossing of a special kind, the Cologne Cable Car. At the Chocolate Museum visitors are taken on a journey spanning 3,000 years, and also have the opportunity to enjoy tasting the products.

The city centre is also famed for its modern skyscrapers, and for those keen on shopping there is High Street that contains many gift shops, clothing stores and restaurants, while Schildergasse is the busiest shopping street in Europe. There are several Museums, such as the famous Roman-Germanic Museum that features art and architecture from the city's distant past, and the Museum Ludwig that houses one of the most important collections of modern art in Europe. Yes, this metropolis on the Rhine annually attracts millions of visitors. Most take a traditional "Hop-On Hop-Off" tour of Cologne that provides a truly special experience.

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4 Wed 4 Jul 2012 Boppard, Germany
European Serenade Cruise Boppard is a town in the Rhein-Hunsrück district of Germany, situated on the west bank of the Rhine, 25 km south of Koblenz. It belongs to a part of the Rhineland that is famous for its more than 2000 years of cultural history. Hence it is home to numerous castles and stately homes, churches and monasteries, gardens and parks, as well as the genius of past composers and inventors. Not surprisingly it has become a major tourist destination and the Gorge, along which the town lies is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a holiday region that is spoiled by the sun and blessed with uniqueness. The town of Boppard, once a Roman fort, with its hills, valleys, quiet lanes, and lively squares, together with a wealth of nature and culture, has all the ingredients for an unforgettable holiday.

Very popular is the chairlift that offers a view of the Rhine and nearby lakes. You can get to the lift by taking a little train, called the Rhein Express, which also takes visitors on a 30-minute tour of the town. There are medieval fortifications that, in one area, seem to conceal a separate town in itself. Underneath an archway is a narrow alleyway-like community with wine rooms, residences and hotels. That area of town is highlighted by the Binger Tor, a gate that was built in the city wall in the Middle Ages. Boppard also has plenty of choices of foods, with Chinese and Italian restaurants as well as traditional Germany eateries along the river and in the town’s main square next to St. Severus.

Boppard’s Web site boasts that the town also has more than 2,000 years of "cultural history." A good place to learn about some of it is cultural history is in the city museum, which for the past 100 years has occupied a small fortress built near a defensive tower in the 14th century. The town’s landmark buildings include the 13th C. St. Severus Church with its two ‘stand-out’ white towers topped with black spires, which is built over Roman baths. Other places to be visited include: Bad Salzig with its healing spa waters and relaxing strolls through orchards and meadows, Fleckershohe with its never-ending view, the well loved village of Holzfeda, as well as the two villages of Buchholz and Udenhausen that are situated high up in the Hunsrück between the rivers Rhine and Moselle.

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4 Wed 4 Jul 2012 Rudesheim, Germany
European Serenade Cruise Rudesheim lies in the heart of the Rhine River area at the southern entrance to the Lorelei valley. It is well known for the Drosselgasse, just 144m long, the pedestrian street at the heart of the city's old town. It is full of beautifully decorated restaurants, live band entertainment, and open air garden taverns that are always thoroughly enjoyed by visitors. Wine-growing has a long tradition in Rudesheim and has established the town's reputation as a producer of acclaimed Riesling and Pinot Noir wines. A stroll through the vineyards to the Germania monument or to Ehrenfels castle ruins offers fantastic views of the Rhine Valley.

Take the mini train and visit the city's museum of mechanical music to both see and hear the intriguing ancient data storage (self-playing) musical instruments and join in the sing-a-longs. Rudesheim is a small town and therefore tourists can explore it on foot. Another option is to rent a bicycle and follow the number of bike trails that are perfect for both leisurely sightseeing and cross-country mountain biking. Rudesheim can also be explored via skates and has in-line skating routes in the Wiesbaden and Mainz region. There are also some fantastic hiking trails that take visitors past the well-known buildings of the port.

If time permits, one can also hike through enchanting vineyards. If not so energetic, take the cable car to the Niederworld Monument and enjoy the fascinating views, then on return find an outdoor table at a cafe, enjoy the food and famous local white wines, and just relax in the delightful surroundings. The Medieval Torture Museum is also of interest to many. Visit Bromserburg, the oldest castle in the Rhine Gorge, a World Heritage Site built in the 10th century over the site of a Roman fortification. Listen to the area's 1,000 year wine-growing history.

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5 Thu 5 Jul 2012 Frankfurt, Germany
European Serenade Cruise Frankfurt - aka Frankfurt am Main - is the fifth-largest city in Germany, and is at the centre of the larger Frankfurt Rhine Main Region. The early inhabitants were the Franks and the city was located on an ancient river ford or "Furt", thus making Frankfurt. Combined With "am Main",the city's name means "ford of the Franks on the river Main".

Situated on the Main River, Frankfurt is the financial and transportation centre of Germany and the largest financial centre in continental Europe. It is seat of the European Central Bank, the German Federal Bank, the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and the Frankfurt Trade Fair, as well as several large commercial banks. Frankfurt International Airport is one of the world's busiest airports. Frankfurt Central Station is one of the largest terminal stations in Europe. The Frankfurter Kreuz (Autobahn interchange) is the most heavily used interchange in continental Europe. The three pillars of Frankfurt's economy are finance, transport, and trade fairs. Frankfurt has been Germany's financial centre for centuries.

The city was severely bombed in WWII, and the once famous medieval city centre, by that time the largest in Germany, was destroyed. Only very few landmark buildings have been reconstructed historically, albeit in a simplified manner. The Zeil is Frankfurt's main shopping street and one of the most crowded in Germany, a pedestrian-only area bordered by plazas.

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6 Fri 6 Jul 2012 Miltenberg, Germany
European Serenade Cruise Miltenberg is a city in Bavaria, Germany, strategically located on the Main River between the Spessart and Odenwald ranges. The Old Town lies on a narrow strip of land on the northern bank, but was frequently flooded so the city expanded southwards across the river. From the years 83 to 260, the Romans built a remarkable line of frontier forts that divided the Roman Empire and the unsubdued Germanic tribes. They stretched from the North Sea outlet of the Rhine to near Regensburg on the Danube, and remnants of two can be found nearby, one towards Bürgstadt and the other near Kleinheubach.

The walk up to the 11thC Mildenburg local castle is quite a steep hike, but well worth it once you get to the top. The castle is quite small but none the less an interesting venture. The views from the top across Miltenberg town and river are quite spectacular. Also worth seeing are: the town museum, the historical Old Town, the Schnatterloch (historical marketplace), the Hotel Zum Riesen (one of Germany’s oldest inns, if not the oldest), the Old Town Hall, the Mainz Gate (Mainzer Tor), the Würzburg Gate (Würzburger Tor) and the historical places in the surrounding woods.

For a change of pace, visit the magnificent little chapel in nearby Bürgstadt with an interior completely covered with the most amazing art work. Indeed be sure to also explore the cobbled backstreets of Miltenberg on foot and absorb the beautiful gardens and get a real ‘feel’ for the village.The timber-frame houses create an inimitable feeling of German life in the 16th and 17th C., while in the same way the gabled houses in their pristine condition reinforce the impression of a town virtually transported from the medieval age into modern times.

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7 Sat 7 Jul 2012 Wurzburg, Germany
European Serenade Cruise Wurzburg, aka Wuerzburg, is a city on the Main River at the northern tip of Bavaria, Germany. It is rich in history with evidence of a Celtic fortification having been built there back in 1000 BC. The city was severely bombed during WWll and the city centre, dating back to medieval times, was totally destroyed. Fortunately, during the next 20 years, the buildings of historical importance were painstakingly and accurately replicated. It is particularly renowned for the Residence, regarded as one of the finest palaces in Europe. Today Wurzburg is the capital of the German wine region Franconia, while the popular pilsener beer of the Wurzburger brewery is known worldwide.

Main sights in the city include the mighty fortress Festung Marienberg, from where visitors get a pleasant view of both the city and the surrounding hills, the Old Main Bridge with its well-known statues of saints and famous persons, and the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site of the vast complex of the Wurzburg Residenz with its famous grand staircase. Many of the remaining churches such as the first Baroque church in Franconia, the Stift Haug, the Wuzburg Cathedral, and the second largest winery in Germany the Juliusspital, are also all well worth visiting.

If time permits take a tour that follows the Romantic Road for a day trip to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a medieval gem with its preserved old town. Or, take a one-hour car trip to visit the old metropolis of Nuremburg with its famous Kaiserburg Castle. Both trips are highly recommended. Of course one may decide to relax and visit the Leisure Park, browse through the market square to be amazed at the beautiful Rococo facade of the Falkenhaus, or explore the museum. All are sure to appreciate the lively atmosphere of this town, which is beautifully embedded in the valley of the Main River and surrounded by wine-covered hills.

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8 Sun 8 Jul 2012 Bamberg, Germany
European Serenade Cruise Bamberg is a town in Bavaria, Germany, located in Upper Franconia at the junction of the Regnitz and Main rivers. It is a disarmingly beautiful architectural masterpiece with an almost complete absence of modern eyesores. The town extends over seven hills, each crowned by a beautiful church, which has led to Bamberg being called the ‘Franconian Rome’. It is also famous for its architecture, with styles ranging from Romanesque to Gothic, and Renaissance to Baroque. Hence one is surrounded by narrow cobblestone streets, ornate mansions and palaces, and impressive churches. The Old Town of Bamberg is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, primarily because of its authentic medieval appearance.

Some of the main sights are: the Cathedral containing historical tombs; several residences of bishops built throughout the centuries, such as Alte Hofhaltung and Neue Residenz; Altenburg castle; and the Old Town Hall built in the middle of the Regnitz River and accessible by two bridges. Students inject some liveliness into its streets, pavement cafes, pubs and no fewer than ten breweries cooking up Bamberg's famous smoked beer, but it's usually wide-eyed tourists who can be seen filing through its narrow medieval streets. Also worth visiting is ‘Little Venice’, a colony of picturesque fishermen's houses from the 19th century.

The best views of the Gothic 1462 Altes Rathaus, which perches on a tiny artificial island between two bridges like a ship in dry dock, are from the small Geyersworthsteg footbridge across the Regnitz. Look for the cherub’s leg sticking out from the fresco on the east side. Home to Bamberg’s prince-bishops from 1703 until secularisation in 1802, 45-minute guided tours of Neue Residenz take in some 40 stuccoed rooms crammed with furniture and tapestries from the 17th and 18th centuries. While here, be sure to see the small but exquisite baroque Rosengarten (Rose Garden), from where the Altstadt’s sea of red rooftops spread out below.

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9 Mon 9 Jul 2012 Nuremberg, Germany
European Serenade Cruise Nuremberg, is a city in the German state of Bavaria, situated on the Pegnitz River and the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal. In the Middle Ages the city expanded and increased in importance due to its location on a key trade route from Italy to Northern Europe. Nuremberg held great significance during the Nazi Germany era, as the site of huge Nazi Party conventions, and an important site for military production, including airplanes, submarines and tanks. But the old town of Nuremberg with its Gothic churches, splendid patricians' houses and romantic corners, result in an atmosphere of lively co-existence between medieval and modern, and between the past and the present.

The city was severely damaged in Allied strategic bombing, and on January 2, 1945 the medieval city centre was systematically bombed by Allied Air Forces. About ninety percent of it was destroyed in only one hour. Despite this, the city was rebuilt after the war and was to some extent restored, including the reconstruction of some of its medieval buildings. Between 1945 and 1946 German officials involved in the Holocaust and other war crimes were brought before an international tribunal in the Nuremberg Trials. Numerous old buildings survived the war. The street Fuell with its sand stone houses is a typical merchant's street.

The craftsmen lived in timber-framed houses, many of which have also been restored. Also popular with tourists is the Nuremberg Tiergarten, one of the most beautiful zoos in Europe. Here is also a dolphin lagoon, the first outdoor pool for dolphins in Germany, and very popular with families. Visit the Nuremberg Castle, the three castles that tower over the city, and a medieval market - just inside the city walls - famous for its handmade ornaments and delicacies. Above all, today, Nuremberg is an important industrial centre with a strong standing in the markets of Central and Eastern Europe.

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10 Tue 10 Jul 2012 Regensburg, Germany
European Serenade Cruise Regensburg is a city in Bavaria, Germany, situated at the junction of the Danube and Regen rivers. The large medieval centre of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Home to two thousand years of living history with some of Europe's most important architectural and cultural monuments, plus fascinating museums and art collections, make this an attractive place to spend some time. It is sometimes called "the northernmost city of Italy" due to the lively places and streets with lovely outdoor cafes during Summer. Buses are frequent and run until around midnight, but as the city is reasonably compact it is best explored by foot.

The Stone Bridge is the oldest preserved stone bridge in Germany, and affords the best view of the town. Also of historical interest are the remains of the Roman Fortress walls and the Porta Praetoria, the largest preserved Roman Building in Germany. The History Museum in the former Minorite monastery houses art and cultural history collections from the Stone Age to the 19th century, as well as extensive exhibitions of the Romans and the Middle Ages. The Thurn and Taxis Museum is also well worth a visit. Regensburg has a superb variety of places to eat, from snacks to traditional brewery fare and international cuisine.

The medieval townscape of the former free imperial city is noted for its red roofs, churches, towers, turrets and townhouses from the 12th to 14th centuries. Built in stone, they were a symbol of the wealth of what was then the richest town in southern Germany. The 12th century Dom (St Peter’s Cathedral), with its particularly impressive colourful stained glass windows dating back to the 13th and 14th centuries, is an example of pure German Gothic and counts as the main work of Gothic architecture in Bavaria. However, it is undoubtedly the genuine Bavarian hospitality that adds the ‘special note’ to this city‘s vibrant mix of art and culture.

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11 Wed 11 Jul 2012 Linz, Austria
European Serenade Cruise Linz is the third-largest city in Austria and the capital of the federal state of Upper Austria. Covering both banks of the Danube River, it lies 30 km south of the Czech border. Stroll through the marvellous old quarter of the town, and be astonished by this progressive development of the city. Historical buildings, including the castle built on the site of the old fortress Lentia, the concert hall and university contrast with some rather modern architecture. As an introduction, many take a ride on the Postlingbergbahn, a tram that takes visitors on a trip uphill from where they can admire the entire city. It also provides the chance to get familiar with Linz as it crosses a large area.

The city, where Mozart composed the Linz Symphony, is now home to a vibrant music and art scene. The Ars Electronica Centre is both a museum and research facility that has become a world centre for new-media arts and electronically-oriented artists. It also has impressive educational displays that include a 3D presentation on deep space and a 3D virtual journey through mountains, and even through the human body. Art lovers will delight in the Lentos Modern Art Museum, one of the most important modern art museums in Austria. To learn about the local history of culture visit the Linz Castle, built in the 17thC, which today is home to the the Upper Austrian provincial Museum, with its continuous program of special exhibitions.

Visitors can view many splendid town residences and chapter houses while exploring the little lanes of the old town that lie directly at the foot of the castle. Many inner courtyards hide discretely behind arched gates, contrasting with the spacious baroque main square. Linz is also a city of churches. With its 134m tower and space for 20,000 people, the New Cathedral is Austria´s largest church. If time permits visit the Botanical Gardens, with over 8,000 plant species, so that something is always in bloom.

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12 Thu 12 Jul 2012 Wachau Valley, Austria
European Serenade Cruise The Wachau, an Austrian valley with a landscape of high visibility, is the thirty-eight kilometre stretch of the Danube River between the towns of Krems and Melk. Settled since prehistoric times, and having seen the migrations and wars of numerous peoples who have left behind a treasure of historic sites, the Wachau was added to the UNESCO list of world heritage sites in 2000.

Well known for its production of apricots and grapes both of which are used to produce specialty liquors and wines, the Wachau is the source of Austria's most prized dry Reislings and Gruner Veltiners. These wines have great elegance, derived from the steep stony slopes on which the vines are planted.

One of the most prominent tourist destinations of Lower Austria, its spectacular mountainous and romantic scenery, is certainly a journey through European history.

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12 Thu 12 Jul 2012 Vienna, Austria
European Serenade Cruise Vienna, Austria's capital city, has a population of around two million and is located at the easternmost extension of the Alps in the Vienna Basin. Architectural styles range from classic to modern, and include some of the world’s best known examples of Art Nouveau. A fascinating feature of the city is that the number of high rise buildings is kept very low, which results in the numerous parks and gardens, with many statues of famous people such as Mozart and Strauss. The city is also home to opera houses and venues that hold concerts featuring Viennese music aimed at tourists. Of interest are many museums and residences of famous composers, including Beethoven's. Add to this clubs, like Flex Vienna on the Danube Canal, which are considered amongst the best in the world. Vienna is the last Great Capital of the Nineteenth Century Ball.

The historic centre of Vienna is rich in beautiful architecture, including Baroque castles and gardens, as well as the late-19th-century Ringstrasse lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks. Few cities in the world glide so effortlessly between the present and the past. Its historical face is easily recognised due to the grand imperial palaces, bombastic baroque interiors, and palatial museums, flanking magnificent squares. In contrast, Naschmarkt is Vienna’s biggest open-air market, offering an international experience full of flavours and Austro-Asian tastes. Vienna is also home to renowned palatial coffee houses that serve delicious coffee and the well-known Sacher torte. Between coffee breaks explore the Schonbrunn and Imperial Palaces.

Peterskirche is characterised by its copper-clad dome dating to the 18th century. Look for it just off the Graben between the Hofburg - where the Habsburg rulers lived - and the Plague column. Walk to the top; the view is worth it! There are also some impressive day tours to fascinating venues. These include: Burg Liechtenstein - the castle featured in the ‘Three Musketeers’; the hidden gem of Austria Seegrotte - now home to Europe’s largest underground lake; the medieval village of Heiligenbrunn with its wine culture; and even Mauthausen Concentration Camp.

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13 Fri 13 Jul 2012 Vienna, Austria
European Serenade Cruise Vienna, Austria's capital city, has a population of around two million and is located at the easternmost extension of the Alps in the Vienna Basin. Architectural styles range from classic to modern, and include some of the world’s best known examples of Art Nouveau. A fascinating feature of the city is that the number of high rise buildings is kept very low, which results in the numerous parks and gardens, with many statues of famous people such as Mozart and Strauss. The city is also home to opera houses and venues that hold concerts featuring Viennese music aimed at tourists. Of interest are many museums and residences of famous composers, including Beethoven's. Add to this clubs, like Flex Vienna on the Danube Canal, which are considered amongst the best in the world. Vienna is the last Great Capital of the Nineteenth Century Ball.

The historic centre of Vienna is rich in beautiful architecture, including Baroque castles and gardens, as well as the late-19th-century Ringstrasse lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks. Few cities in the world glide so effortlessly between the present and the past. Its historical face is easily recognised due to the grand imperial palaces, bombastic baroque interiors, and palatial museums, flanking magnificent squares. In contrast, Naschmarkt is Vienna’s biggest open-air market, offering an international experience full of flavours and Austro-Asian tastes. Vienna is also home to renowned palatial coffee houses that serve delicious coffee and the well-known Sacher torte. Between coffee breaks explore the Schonbrunn and Imperial Palaces.

Peterskirche is characterised by its copper-clad dome dating to the 18th century. Look for it just off the Graben between the Hofburg - where the Habsburg rulers lived - and the Plague column. Walk to the top; the view is worth it! There are also some impressive day tours to fascinating venues. These include: Burg Liechtenstein - the castle featured in the ‘Three Musketeers’; the hidden gem of Austria Seegrotte - now home to Europe’s largest underground lake; the medieval village of Heiligenbrunn with its wine culture; and even Mauthausen Concentration Camp.

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River Countess pioneers 7-night river cruises out of Venice, south to the Po River delta, and upstream about 75 km. From the river side coach tours visit three towns in the surrounding delta countryside: Verona, Bologna and Ravenna. The cruise is part of a 13-day ‘Splendours of Italy’ package, beginning with three days in Venice. Associated land tours are made to Florence and Rome.

Accommodation
All cabins are outside, comfortable, and maintained by twice-a-day service. All have premium bedding, controllable AC, direct-dial telephone, flat-screen TV with satellite, storage, built-in safe, vanity, hair dryer, bathrobes, and compact bathroom fitted out with L’Occitane products. Lower deck cabins have a wide head-height window, and middle deck staterooms have a large panoramic window. An elevator services all three interior decks.

Food and Dining
The Main Restaurant is on the lower deck. Dining is acclaimed as “best-of-the-best” by observers of the river cruise industry. Breakfasts and lunches are full buffet with an extensive array of hot and cold items, and individually prepared items are available. Menu items include Continental and American preparations. Local and regional specialities are featured. Dinner is open-seating with four courses that make best use of local ingredients. Included with dinner are fine wines and a selection of beers and soft drinks.

Entertainment
The cruise focus is on exploration and walking tours with local guides. Tour variations continue to expand to meet the requests of guests. Bicycles are complimentary for self-organised sightseeing. Cultural enrichment programs, special lectures, and visiting entertainers are presented on board. A Family-Friendly program is offered on selected dates.

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European Serenade Cruise

Cruise summary

Cruise: European Serenade Cruise
Duration: 12 nights
Ship: River Countess
Star rating:
Departs: Amsterdam
Returns: Vienna
Ports of call: 13
Forward departures:

What's onboard? ▼

  • Cruise Manager, English speaking
  • Suites 2 decks, French balconies top deck
  • Boutique
  • Gratuities included in fare
  • DINING
  • Main Restaurant
  • Sun deck alfresco dining
  • Coffee station 24-h
  • Wines, beverages complimentary
  • ENTERTAINMENT
  • Main Lounge
  • Captain’s Lounge
  • Sky Lounge
  • Patio Lounge
  • Bar
  • ACTIVITIES
  • Sun deck, shades
  • Deck chess, shuffleboard
  • Fitness centre
  • Spa
  • Bicycles, walking sticks complimentary
  • Library
  • Internet corner
  • OTHER
  • Elevator all decks
  • Internet, Wi-Fi access free
  • Laundry room
  • Cabin power 220/110 V

What's included? ▼

  • Accommodation as booked
  • All transfers on arrival & departure
  • Land accommodation & travel as specified
  • Gratuities on board and local guides for included shore exccursion, in Europe & Russia
  • All main meals on-board
  • Beer, wine, soft drinks with lunch and/or dinner
  • Bottled water in stateroom
  • Specialty coffee, tea, bottled water, juices & snacks 24 hrs
  • Open/anytime seating & multi-venue dining
  • Captain’s welcome & farewell dinners
  • Use of ship facilities - indoor & outdoor
  • Entertainment - live music and/or shows, movies
  • Specialty lectures, workshops, classes & programs
  • Family programs on selected cruises
  • Cruise manager & all English speaking staff
  • Butler service (Antoinette & Beatrice)
  • Shore excursions & meals as specified
  • Fully hosted shore excursions, wireless headsets
  • Use of bicycles ashore
  • Internet access & Wi-Fi (public areas)

What's excluded? ▼

  • Airfares, accommodation & transfers not specified
  • Shore & land excursions and meals not specified
  • Bar expenses & snacks not on regular menu
  • Passport & visa fees
  • Taxes
  • Insurances of all kinds
  • Increases in third party charges or taxes
  • Gratuities in Egypt, China and Vietnam
  • Items & services of a personal nature
  • Medical services, vaccination costs
  • Laundry and/or valet charges
  • Phone/facsimile charges

Recent testimonials

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