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Journeys : Feb March 2011
February / March 2011 59 Europe’s flowing highways of history Running down the spine of the European river system is the glorious stretch of water from Amsterdam to Budapest. Covering five countries in 15 days on board a luxury Aria or Concerto class ship, the Magnificent Europe cruise is the most popular option for travellers. As you leave Amsterdam and glide down the Rhine River through Germany, you pass lush fields, towering mountains and medieval ruins before docking in Andernach. A coach from Cologne can take you to 2000-year-old Koblenz, host city for the 2011 Federal Horticulture Show. Back on board, cruise the Main R iver, enjoying excursions to medieval Rothenburg on the Romantic Road, overlooking the Tauber R iver. Saunter along the Main- Danube Canal, perhaps visit a beer house in Bamburg before reaching the famous Blue Danube and one of Germany’s best- preser ved medieval cities, Regensburg. Bor row one of the ship’s bikes and pedal the cobbled streets. On reaching Passau, enjoy a choice of three tours, including a Sound of Music tour of Salzburg, a coach trip into the Czech Republic or a cathedral visit before cr uising into Austria. Discover the Strudengau region, visit monasteries, take a guided bike ride along the banks of the Danube or relax on board as you approach the castle ruins where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192. Then cruise to Weissenkirchen and sample wines from the Wachau Valley. In Vienna, you can again choose from a number of tours. On leaving the Austrian capital, cross the border into Slovakia and disembark in Bratislava. You may choose to discover Slovakia’s Communist past or rest in anticipation of an evening music performance on your ship. Still on the Danube, arrive in romantic Budapest – visit the Hungarian State Opera House, enjoy champagne and a private opera recital before enjoying a farewell dinner on board in a twilight tour of the Hungarian capital. Discover Canada and Alaska with the experts When A PT offered customers the first of their unique, life- enriching holidays to Canada and Alaska, they created tours with outstanding accommodation, service and touring experiences. Where you stay is important. It’s not about how famous the hotel is, it’s all about the location, the room, the amenities and the service provided. For this reason APT offers a range of hand- picked hotels that are iconic or moder n, from stunning Fair mont hotels in Jasper, Lake Louise, Banff and Eastern Canada, to the luxurious Delta Ocean Pointe in Victoria and the all-suite, centrally-located Westin Whistler Resort & Spa. In 20 years, APT has never compromised on their Guaranteed Inclusions, consistently offering the finest accommodation and service at each destination. They’ve always employed the best Canadian tour directors in the business – and as part of their commitment to offer the perfect Canadian and Alaskan holiday, APT is the only company to guarantee super ior inclusions as standard on their tours. APT’s premium tours feature Freedom of Choice touring and Dining, Signature Experiences, the Holland Amer ica Line cr uise with a guaranteed upgrade to a verandah stateroom, the offer of a Gold VIP Upgrade and much more. When you’re ready to explore this wonderful region, travel w ith APT. For more details, contact RACT Travelworld on 1300 368 111 or visit your local branch.
Apr May 2011