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Take a break on board the River Duchess enjoying 23 relaxing nights on this Grand European River Voyage cruise to Europe - Rivers. The voyage starts out from Amsterdam and calls into 23 ports in 10 countries before returning to Istanbul. Your 4 star cruise from Uniworld River Cruises has forward departures, but is unfortunately sold out for this departure.

Day Date Port of call Arrival Departure
1 Tue 18 Sep 2012 Amsterdam, Netherlands Embark
Grand European River Voyage 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 Wed 19 Sep 2012 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Grand European River Voyage 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 Thu 20 Sep 2012 Cologne, Germany
Grand European River Voyage 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 Fri 21 Sep 2012 Boppard, Germany
Grand European River Voyage 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 Fri 21 Sep 2012 Rudesheim, Germany
Grand European River Voyage 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 Sat 22 Sep 2012 Frankfurt, Germany
Grand European River Voyage 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 Sun 23 Sep 2012 Miltenberg, Germany
Grand European River Voyage 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 Mon 24 Sep 2012 Wurzburg, Germany
Grand European River Voyage 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 Tue 25 Sep 2012 Bamberg, Germany
Grand European River Voyage 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 Wed 26 Sep 2012 Nuremberg, Germany
Grand European River Voyage 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 Thu 27 Sep 2012 Regensburg, Germany
Grand European River Voyage 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 Fri 28 Sep 2012 Linz, Austria
Grand European River Voyage 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 Sat 29 Sep 2012 Wachau Valley, Austria
Grand European River Voyage 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 Sat 29 Sep 2012 Vienna, Austria
Grand European River Voyage 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 Sun 30 Sep 2012 Vienna, Austria
Grand European River Voyage 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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14 Mon 1 Oct 2012 Vienna, Austria
Grand European River Voyage 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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15 Tue 2 Oct 2012 Vienna, Austria
Grand European River Voyage 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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16 Wed 3 Oct 2012 Bratislava, Slovakia
Grand European River Voyage Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is situated on both banks of the Danube River between Austria and Hungary, and is the only national capital that borders two independent countries. Bratislava and Vienna are also two of Europe's closest national capitals, less than 60 km apart. The cityscape of Bratislava is noted for its medieval towers and grandiose 20th century buildings, but has undergone profound changes in a construction boom at the start of the 21st century. Many beautiful monuments survive in the old town to tell of its past under Austro-Hungarian rule, and Bratislava's numerous museums are surprisingly rich.

Most historical buildings are found in the Old Town and include: Bratislava’s Town Hall, home to: the City Museum that comes complete with torture chambers; Michael’s Gate, preserved from the medieval fortifications; and the nearby narrowest house in Europe. Then there are numerous baroque palaces, notable cathedrals and churches, and a restored Jewish cemetery. Not to be overlooked are the recently renovated Devin Castle, and the prominent rebuilt Bratislava Castle on a plateau 85 m above the Danube. Because of its size and location, it has been a dominant feature of the city for centuries.

Climb up for the great views and to check out the very interesting Slovak National Museum expositions. In contrast, modern structures such as the New Bridge, as well as the uniquely designed Kamzik TV Tower with its observation deck and revolving restaurant, have transformed the traditional landscape. There are many parks and lakes including the English Park at the Ruscove Mansion, along with a number of natural as well as man-made lakes, such as the Vajnory lakes, which are used mainly for recreation. The Slovak National Gallery, is the headquarters of a network of galleries throughout the country, and is well worth visiting.

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17 Thu 4 Oct 2012 Budapest, Hungary
Grand European River Voyage Budapest is the capital and largest city of Hungary, situated on both banks of the river Danube. Originally with the cities of Buda on the west bank and Pest on the east bank, it became a single city with their unification in 1873. The city’s rich and colourful history, its extensive World Heritage Site including the Danube River banks, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrássy Avenue, and the Millennium Underground Railway, have resulted in its becoming an important tourist centre in Central Europe. Explore the city on foot and see the historical traces on her grand buildings, and in cobbled streets.

In summer the seasonal beaches are open, while for the rest of the year there’s a total of 80 geothermal springs that have given rise to the medicinal thermal baths. The architecture of the buildings alone makes them worth visiting. The Faust Wine Cellar in Buda Castle is renowned for its wine tasting, so explore the castle and then relax with a glass of wine. If possible, see: a Folk Dance Show; the Hungarian State Opera House modelled after the Vienna Opera House; the domed neo-gothic Parliament; St Stephen’s Basillica; and the Central Synagogue, the second largest in the world.

Suburban Buda and its historic castle district offer medieval streets and houses, museums, caves and Roman ruins. It is also home to the Fishermen’s Bastion, the Labyrinth and Mathias Church. The dynamic Pest side boasts the largest parliament building in Europe, riverside promenades, flea markets, bookstores, antique stores and café houses. As in other cultures, the Hungarian approach to food combines pride in their own traditions with a readiness to accept outside influences. The result is a vibrant restaurant scene where an Asian-Hungarian fusion restaurant may well be of genuine interest. Children enjoy the Amusement Park, the Zoo and the incredible Palace of Miracles.

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18 Fri 5 Oct 2012 Budapest, Hungary
Grand European River Voyage Budapest is the capital and largest city of Hungary, situated on both banks of the river Danube. Originally with the cities of Buda on the west bank and Pest on the east bank, it became a single city with their unification in 1873. The city’s rich and colourful history, its extensive World Heritage Site including the Danube River banks, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrássy Avenue, and the Millennium Underground Railway, have resulted in its becoming an important tourist centre in Central Europe. Explore the city on foot and see the historical traces on her grand buildings, and in cobbled streets.

In summer the seasonal beaches are open, while for the rest of the year there’s a total of 80 geothermal springs that have given rise to the medicinal thermal baths. The architecture of the buildings alone makes them worth visiting. The Faust Wine Cellar in Buda Castle is renowned for its wine tasting, so explore the castle and then relax with a glass of wine. If possible, see: a Folk Dance Show; the Hungarian State Opera House modelled after the Vienna Opera House; the domed neo-gothic Parliament; St Stephen’s Basillica; and the Central Synagogue, the second largest in the world.

Suburban Buda and its historic castle district offer medieval streets and houses, museums, caves and Roman ruins. It is also home to the Fishermen’s Bastion, the Labyrinth and Mathias Church. The dynamic Pest side boasts the largest parliament building in Europe, riverside promenades, flea markets, bookstores, antique stores and café houses. As in other cultures, the Hungarian approach to food combines pride in their own traditions with a readiness to accept outside influences. The result is a vibrant restaurant scene where an Asian-Hungarian fusion restaurant may well be of genuine interest. Children enjoy the Amusement Park, the Zoo and the incredible Palace of Miracles.

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19 Sat 6 Oct 2012 Mohacs, Hungary
Grand European River Voyage Mohacs is a Hungarian town on the Danube that is possibly best known for its Buso Carnival originating from Turkish times, which lasts for six days, when locals bury the winter and party before the start of Lent. Also of great interest are the Buso masks that according to legend helped locals scare away the Turks in the 16th century.

Interesting architectural sights include: the Grand Church that was started to be built on the 400th anniversary of the battle against the Turks; the Historical Memorial Place of Mohacs; and the Kanizsai Dorottya Museum. There are also several valuable baroque ecclesiastical buildings in town reflecting a variety of faiths and the Episcopal Palace, one of the most beautiful baroque buildings of Hungary that now houses a secondary school.

In the quiet border country south of Mohács, not far from the town of Sátorhely, lies the 7ha National Park containing the Memorial to The Fallen in the Battle of 1526. The park is on the spot where archaeologists have discovered the graves of some 150,000 dead. Visitors are guided to an atrium-like building where information boards document the story of the battle. Also of great interst to visitors is Dorottya Kanizsai Museum where the history of the battle is illustrated.

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20 Sun 7 Oct 2012 Vukovar, Croatia
Grand European River Voyage Vukovar is a city and municipality in eastern Croatia. Located at the junction of the Vuka river and the Danube it is the largest Croatian town and river port. It is famous for the heroic battle in the Patriotic war and the unprecedented devastation it caused. However, this attracted heavy international media attention which hastened the war's end. Today the promenades along the Danube, the maintained beaches such as the beautiful beach on Eagle’s Island that is frequented by bathers, and anglers on both the Danube and the Vuka rivers have made it a popular tourist destination.

Of great interest to visitors are the remains of attractive buildings severely damaged in the recent Patriotic war. These include: the 18th century castle of the Eltz family; the Franciscan monastery; the St James and St Nicholas churches and the Baroque buildings in the centre of town. Outside the town, on the banks of the Danube toward Ilok, lies a notable archaeological site, Vucedol, famed for its ceramics, especially the Vucedol Dove and the oldest European calendar, the Vucedol Orion.

Visit the Vukovar Town Museum housed in the Eltz Castle, which is being transformed into an integrated museum, a gallery, together with a science and multimedia centre. The Old Water Tower holds a central position of the main square right in front of the Town Hall, is an introduction to the many cemeteries, religious buildings, and memorials that are worth visiting. Also of great interest is the Srijem County Palace that was built in the 1770s. Visitors are not surprised that this town is justly called the Triumphal Gate of Croatia.

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21 Mon 8 Oct 2012 Belgrade, Serbia
Grand European River Voyage Belgrade is the capital and largest city of Serbia, lying on two international waterways at the junction of the Sava and Danube rivers. It is the second largest city on the Danube River. It is one of the oldest cities in Europe, with archaeological finds tracing settlements as early as the 6th millennium BC. The historic areas and buildings of Belgrade are among the city's premier attractions and as it has a reputation for offering a vibrant nightlife it is fast becoming Europe's new ‘Capital of Cool’.

Kalemegdan is a serious archaeological site that is still being restored, and is a great place to explore. However the entire surroundings of the fortress must be seen. The large park is filled with flowers, monuments and fountains, and there are many shops and restaurants one can visit. The Belgrade Zoo is also located in this area. Also of interest nearby is the Nebojsa Tower, once an old Turkish prison that was restored in 2011.

Simply walking along the Danube River at Zemunski Kej is a pleasure, as is investigating the city’s main street. There are many religious buildings of interest with a diversity of architecture. Nikola Tesla Museum ,that relates to the life and work of the great Serbian-born inventor and engineer of the same name, is one of many museums with a large variety of artefacts and displays that should not be missed.

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22 Tue 9 Oct 2012 Iron Gate, Romania
Grand European River Voyage The Iron Gate is principally applied to the last gorge of the Djerdap gorge system on the River Danube, dividing the Carpathian and Balkan mountains and forming part of the boundary between Serbia and Romania. It is about 3 km long and 162 m wide, with towering rock cliffs that make it one of the most dramatic natural wonders of Europe. In the broad sense the name Iron Gate encompasses the whole 145 km long gorge system. In 1972, a hydroelectric dam was completed aiding in river navigation.

The Iron Gate I Hydroelectric Power Station is the largest dam on the Danube river and one of the largest hydro power plants in Europe. Other places of interest along the route include the: Iron Gates Natural Park, Hydroelectric power stations, and the Medieval fort at Golubac Ðerdap National Park. The region is the source of significant archaeological treasures indicating that it has been inhabited for a very long time.

The flora and fauna, as well as the geomorphological, archaeological and cultural artefacts of the Iron Gate have been under protection from both nations since the construction of the dam. In Serbia this is done with the Ðerdap National Park and in Romania by the Portile de Fier National Park.

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23 Wed 10 Oct 2012 Svishtov, Bulgaria
Grand European River Voyage Svishtov is a city in the Veliko Turnovo Province in north central Bulgaria. It is located on the south bank of the Danube River and is the most southern harbour on the Danube in Bulgaria. The remains of the Roman Legion Camp of the colony of Novae, the best researched military camp, is situated three kilometres east of Svishtov. Nowadays only remains of the former fortifications and buildings can be seen. Computer restoration of the military camp and the buildings around it can be seen on information boards amidst the remains. The headquarters of the legion was the largest construction found in Novae. Many statues and coin treasures were found in this place, and are displayed in the Visitor Centre. The towns’ historical museum is considered one of the oldest in Bulgaria and has some distinctive displays.

Indeed Svishtov and its vicinities were inhabited during different epochs from different civilizations until today, and more than 120 archaeological, art and architectural monuments are left for all to appreciate. Among the beautiful places around the town of Svishtov is the unique river valley with the monastery of Svishtov, and then just four kilometers east of the town is the Tekirdere site with its huge memorial ‘The Monuments’. Other places that attract visitors include the park around the old fortress in the centre of the town, the Monastery that is just 5 km SE of the town, and the House-museum of the Bulgarian novelist Aleko Konstantinov. The Ethnographic Museum presents interesting facts of the local lifestyle and customs.

The churches of St. Dimitar and of St. Peter and Paul, as well as the Clock tower, were all built prior to 1760, and are all very well worth visiting, as are the numerous Revival houses. The Kaleto site, where the remains of the ancient town Nove and the medieval Staklen, together with the ‘Pisani kamani’ (drawing stones) site, are also situated nearby the town. Vardam, the third largest Bulgarian isle on the Danube River, just 10 km away from Svishtov is a natural reserve that makes for a restful break, if time permits. Svishtov is a well developed tourism centre that is home to numerous cosy restaurants, offering tempting dishes.

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23 Wed 10 Oct 2012 Rousse, Bulgaria
Grand European River Voyage Rousse - aka Ruse, Russe - in NE Bulgaria lies on the right bank of the Danube River, opposite the Romanian city of Giurgiu. Often called Little Vienna, it has become the most important Bulgarian river port. With more than 290 monuments and its preserved buildings from the end of XIX and the beginning of ?? century, it is also ‘easy visiting’ as most of the sights, such as the old city that constitutes the square around the city’s Historical Museum, are located in the centre of the city.

The many architectural landmarks include the Monument of Liberty that forms part of the city’s coat of arms, Dohodno Zdanie an imposing edifice, the private bank Girdap with the town’s clock, the house of Andrea Turio described as the most beautiful house in Ruse, and the Old High School of Music. Be sure to take a walk along Aleksandrovska Street, with its architectural ensemble of buildings in Neo-Baroque, and Neo-Rococo styles. Then relax in the city’s park and absorb the amazing flower vase that is 3.4 m high and 7 m wide.

Among the natural landmarks is the Nature Park of Rusenski Lom that preserves beautiful riverside terraces, vertical rocks, caves, rock formations, and historical monuments of national and international significance. Also of great interest is Eagle rock an archaeological reserve with its cave that has 15 kilometers of tunnels at 7 levels. Add to this the historical museums, libraries, and the variety of religious buildings such as the Basarbovo Monastery and one appreciates why it is such a popular tourist destination.

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24 Thu 11 Oct 2012 Giurgiu, Romania Disembark Flight
Grand European River Voyage Giurgiu, 65 km south of Bucharest, is the capital city of Giurgiu County, Romania. It is situated amid mud-flats and marshes on the left bank of the Danube facing the Bulgarian city of Rousse on the opposite bank. Three small islands face the city, and a larger one shelters its port, Smarda. It is a major crossing point between Romania and Bulgaria. On the terraces of the Danube archaeologists have discovered traces of pre-historic settlements such as Giurgiu Customs House at Malu Rosu Point. Visitors can explore the remains of the old town walls, the ruins of a medieval fortress and the Clock Tower made by the Turks.

Also of interest are: the interesting Historical Museum that places an emphasis on local culture, the theatre Valah, as well as churches painted by important painters such as Grigorescu, and monasteries. Also of interest is the first bridge, over the Canalul Sf Gheorghe and Canalul Plantelor, built over a hundred years ago, and all will be attracted to the Bridge of Friendship - built in 1952 - linking Giiurgiu/Romania with Rousse/Bulgaria.

Relax at the beautiful parks in town where many statues and fountains can be found, and be sure to explore the street ‘Str. Garii’ that is filled with a great variety of markets. If time permits many find it fascinating to visit the Calugareni area known to many as the ‘Village of the World’. You may even get the opportunity to do some fishing in the Danube.

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24 Thu 11 Oct 2012 Istanbul, Turkey Hotel
Grand European River Voyage Istanbul (Byzantium from 660 BC, Constantinople from 330 CE, and Istanbul since 1930) is the largest city in Turkey and the fifth largest city proper in the world. It has dominated the Straits of Bosphorus, in the NW of the country, for 25 centuries, and as Constantinople was the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire. It was a metropolis of stunning splendour when the great capitals of Europe were mere villages and is the only metropolis in the world that is situated on two continents. The influence of Asia and Europe, the religion of Christians and Muslims, and the culture of Turks, Persians and Asians, have all found their way into the daily life of this bustling metropolis.

Some famous sights are the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, nearby Istanbul Archaeology Museum, and Dolmabahçe Palace. With buildings dating back to 408 BC (such as the Maiden's Tower), over numerous time periods subsequent buildings including places of worship, the Column of Constantine, the Ottoman castles, and the grandiose embassy buildings of today, we are presented with an intriguing architectural experience. There are also numerous historic shopping centres such as the Grand Bazaar, Cevahir Mall (the largest Mall in Europe), and a broad range of Turkish, European, and Far Eastern restaurants.

Take a tram ride. Tours include a One Day Sightseeing Tour for a perfect introduction to the fabled city. Cross between Europe and Asia on the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge. Take a hop-on hop-off ninety-minute bus tour, see Istanbul by night with its floodlit mosques, and enjoy a fabulous Turkish dinner with floor-show and bejewelled belly dancers. Between April and October rent a city bike. Additionally, visit the museums, enjoy the Egyptian Bazaar, and walk around historical sites. It can be appreciated why tourists are keen to visit this truly unique city.

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25 Fri 12 Oct 2012 Istanbul, Turkey Hotel
Grand European River Voyage Istanbul (Byzantium from 660 BC, Constantinople from 330 CE, and Istanbul since 1930) is the largest city in Turkey and the fifth largest city proper in the world. It has dominated the Straits of Bosphorus, in the NW of the country, for 25 centuries, and as Constantinople was the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire. It was a metropolis of stunning splendour when the great capitals of Europe were mere villages and is the only metropolis in the world that is situated on two continents. The influence of Asia and Europe, the religion of Christians and Muslims, and the culture of Turks, Persians and Asians, have all found their way into the daily life of this bustling metropolis.

Some famous sights are the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, nearby Istanbul Archaeology Museum, and Dolmabahçe Palace. With buildings dating back to 408 BC (such as the Maiden's Tower), over numerous time periods subsequent buildings including places of worship, the Column of Constantine, the Ottoman castles, and the grandiose embassy buildings of today, we are presented with an intriguing architectural experience. There are also numerous historic shopping centres such as the Grand Bazaar, Cevahir Mall (the largest Mall in Europe), and a broad range of Turkish, European, and Far Eastern restaurants.

Take a tram ride. Tours include a One Day Sightseeing Tour for a perfect introduction to the fabled city. Cross between Europe and Asia on the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge. Take a hop-on hop-off ninety-minute bus tour, see Istanbul by night with its floodlit mosques, and enjoy a fabulous Turkish dinner with floor-show and bejewelled belly dancers. Between April and October rent a city bike. Additionally, visit the museums, enjoy the Egyptian Bazaar, and walk around historical sites. It can be appreciated why tourists are keen to visit this truly unique city.

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26 Sat 13 Oct 2012 Istanbul, Turkey Hotel
Grand European River Voyage Istanbul (Byzantium from 660 BC, Constantinople from 330 CE, and Istanbul since 1930) is the largest city in Turkey and the fifth largest city proper in the world. It has dominated the Straits of Bosphorus, in the NW of the country, for 25 centuries, and as Constantinople was the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire. It was a metropolis of stunning splendour when the great capitals of Europe were mere villages and is the only metropolis in the world that is situated on two continents. The influence of Asia and Europe, the religion of Christians and Muslims, and the culture of Turks, Persians and Asians, have all found their way into the daily life of this bustling metropolis.

Some famous sights are the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, nearby Istanbul Archaeology Museum, and Dolmabahçe Palace. With buildings dating back to 408 BC (such as the Maiden's Tower), over numerous time periods subsequent buildings including places of worship, the Column of Constantine, the Ottoman castles, and the grandiose embassy buildings of today, we are presented with an intriguing architectural experience. There are also numerous historic shopping centres such as the Grand Bazaar, Cevahir Mall (the largest Mall in Europe), and a broad range of Turkish, European, and Far Eastern restaurants.

Take a tram ride. Tours include a One Day Sightseeing Tour for a perfect introduction to the fabled city. Cross between Europe and Asia on the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge. Take a hop-on hop-off ninety-minute bus tour, see Istanbul by night with its floodlit mosques, and enjoy a fabulous Turkish dinner with floor-show and bejewelled belly dancers. Between April and October rent a city bike. Additionally, visit the museums, enjoy the Egyptian Bazaar, and walk around historical sites. It can be appreciated why tourists are keen to visit this truly unique city.

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27 Sun 14 Oct 2012 Istanbul, Turkey
Grand European River Voyage Istanbul (Byzantium from 660 BC, Constantinople from 330 CE, and Istanbul since 1930) is the largest city in Turkey and the fifth largest city proper in the world. It has dominated the Straits of Bosphorus, in the NW of the country, for 25 centuries, and as Constantinople was the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire. It was a metropolis of stunning splendour when the great capitals of Europe were mere villages and is the only metropolis in the world that is situated on two continents. The influence of Asia and Europe, the religion of Christians and Muslims, and the culture of Turks, Persians and Asians, have all found their way into the daily life of this bustling metropolis.

Some famous sights are the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, nearby Istanbul Archaeology Museum, and Dolmabahçe Palace. With buildings dating back to 408 BC (such as the Maiden's Tower), over numerous time periods subsequent buildings including places of worship, the Column of Constantine, the Ottoman castles, and the grandiose embassy buildings of today, we are presented with an intriguing architectural experience. There are also numerous historic shopping centres such as the Grand Bazaar, Cevahir Mall (the largest Mall in Europe), and a broad range of Turkish, European, and Far Eastern restaurants.

Take a tram ride. Tours include a One Day Sightseeing Tour for a perfect introduction to the fabled city. Cross between Europe and Asia on the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge. Take a hop-on hop-off ninety-minute bus tour, see Istanbul by night with its floodlit mosques, and enjoy a fabulous Turkish dinner with floor-show and bejewelled belly dancers. Between April and October rent a city bike. Additionally, visit the museums, enjoy the Egyptian Bazaar, and walk around historical sites. It can be appreciated why tourists are keen to visit this truly unique city.

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From April to October Uniworld's River Duchess sails the Rhine-Main-Danube river system east through nine countries: over 23 nights, from Amsterdam in The Netherlands to Giurgiu in Romania (for the capital Bucharest). A post-cruise tour by air takes you to Istanbul, a ‘must-see’, for a total of 26 nights. The cruise can be taken in reverse, travelling west. Also, the cruises can be broken half way at Vienna, for 10- to 12-night cruises.

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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Grand European River Voyage

Cruise summary

Cruise: Grand European River Voyage
Duration: 23 nights
Ship: River Duchess
Star rating:
Departs: Amsterdam
Returns: Istanbul
Ports of call: 23
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

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