Cruises > Serenity – Cruise Program – 2018
Serenity – Cruise Program – 2018
In 2018 we have competitive prices for our allocation ship the MS Serenity. We have availability throughout the whole season, on the Rhine, Moselle and Danube, offering a wide variety of cruises: Holland and Belgium, Classic Danube, Black Sea cruises and even a 15-day cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest. We got everyone’s desires covered. You name it, we got it!
Choose from a wide range of unique cruise itineraries:
- Visit the Netherlands and Belgium in one cruise
- Indulge on a cruise along the Rhine and the Danube
- A taste of the Danube: Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna and Melk
- Visit the enchanting Christmas markets of Europe
- Celebrate the New Year on an unforgettable cruise
Please see the schedule for our offer, or contact us for more information.
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We offer various cruises. Please see the schedule.
Aalsmeer Flower Auction
Aalsmeer is the largest trading center for plants and flowers in the world with trading taking place with over 10 countries. This is the only place in the world where you can watch the trading take place.
Ahr Valley Wine Tasting
Join our coach as we venture into the most northerly winemaking region in Germany to enjoy some wine tasting. The grapes that grow here on steep, terraced vineyards make glowing, velvety red wines which are among the best of their kind. It’s a tradition established by the Romans and one that continues to this day.
Amsterdam Canal Cruise with Cheese & Wine
The city of Amsterdam is best appreciated with a cruise along its world-famous canals; indeed no visit is complete without having this experience. Enjoy a selection of wonderful cheeses washed down with a refreshing glass of wine as our chartered cruiser, accompanied by English commentary, highlights the sights and places of interest passing by.
Amsterdam City Tour
Our city tour is aboard a tourist bus with a fully transparent roof (which opens in good weather), offering panoramic views of the city, canals, squares and main attractions.
Antwerp Guided Tour
The age-old affair between man and diamond is evident around the world, but nowhere is it more palpable than in the city of Antwerp. With the help of our guide, we are shown around the diamond district, the 17th century Ruben house and central square in the old town.
A walk through this 23-hectare park is an experience for all the senses. There is a free audio tour if you are interested in the story behind Appeltern and want an extra explanation about the gardens, or you can simply enjoy the quiet, the space and the nature. Whichever you choose, you’re almost certain to come away with some fantastic ideas for your own garden.
Bamberg City Tour
Bamberg’s brewing industry goes back almost 900 years to the days when monasteries were the first breweries. This guided tour takes you around the old town so you can see the highlights of the old town with buildings from the 11th to 19th centuries including the town hall and the Bamberg Cathedral.
Belgrade City Tour
Explore the Serbian capital on our optional city tour, which is a great way to see the main sights including the beautiful Church of St Sava and the huge Belgrade Fortress, which stands on top of a ridge overlooking the Sava and Danube rivers.
Botanic Garden of Belgium (Meise) & the Plant Palace
This is one of the largest botanic gardens in the world, with endless promenades that lead you through beautiful collections of medicinal and herbaceous plants, shrubs, trees and conifers. There’s also the Plant Palace, an enormous glasshouse with more than 10,000 plant species from around the world.
Bratislava City Tour
Explore the charming squares, courtyards and narrow lanes of this Slovakian capital with the help of our guide. The old town is filled with all the must-see sites and is a pedestrian zone which makes exploring on foot a safe and relaxing activity. Our walking tour lasts around 2½ hours and features interior visits to one of the city’s landmarks and its largest church, St Martin’s Cathedral, and Primate’s Palace which is often referred to as the most beautiful sight in all of Bratislava.
Bucharest City Tour
Visit the Romanian capital of Bucharest, where there’s plenty of time to explore the wide treelined boulevards and admire many landmarks including the Arch of Triumph, the beautiful Romanian Athenium and Parliament Palace – the second largest building in the world after the US Pentagon.
Budapest by Night
See this beautiful city when it lights up against the night sky. First of all you can experience an authentic piece of Hungarian culture at a folklore show and enjoy famous gypsy music and dancing with a glass of schnapps. We then take a tour to admire the night-time views around Budapest.
Budapest City Tour
Budapest is an architectural gem filled with baroque, neoclassical, eclectic and art nouveau buildings. Accompanied by a local guide, our coach city tour takes in some of the most beautiful areas including Gellért Hill, Heroes Square – the city’s most impressive square which is home to the iconic statue complex of the Millennium Memorial, and Castle Hill where we find Matthias Church at the heart and the splendid terrace of Fisherman’s Bastion which offers a grand panorama of almost the entire city.
Cologne Guided Tour & Cathedral
The Cathedral of Cologne is one of Germany’s most important architectural monuments, a gothic masterpiece which boasts the highest church spires ever built. We have a visit here before we venture into the old town for an insight into the city’s 2,000 year history.
With our cruise manager we walk to see the highlights of Cologne, a city dominated by the magnificent gothic cathedral, believed to be Germany’s most impressive building which took 600 years to complete. You can also enjoy free time to browse the famous shopping centers. In the run up to the festive season the city hosts its own Christmas market, which creates a magical atmosphere and offers a glorious array of original gifts.
Delft & the Royal Delft Pottery
Join our coach to visit the pretty city of Delft where we enjoy free time along with a visit to the Royal Dutch Delftware Manufactory. Royal Delftware is still painted entirely by hand according to centuries-old tradition, and during our visit you can watch a master painter at work and admire many antique pieces along with a comprehensive collection in the showroom.
Floralia Spring Flower Show
This spectacular show is held in the grounds of Château de Grand-Bigard, where well over a million bulbs have been planted by the castle’s gardeners. Tulips, hyacinths and daffodils are among the 400 varieties on show, along with extremely rare types. There are also displays in the greenhouses and beautiful arrangements in the chapel and the tower, plus bulbs can be purchased at the entrance to the castle.
Heidelberg is one of the most popular destinations in Germany, situated on the edge of the Denwald Forest where the Neckar river reaches the Rhine Plain. The main attractions are its castle, the Church of the Holy Ghost, and its university – the oldest in Germany. A 15-minute climb or funicular ride leads you to view the restored areas of the castle which are used for public events. The castle’s terrace in particular offers fine views of the city, while at the castle down in the adjacent cellar we encounter the Heidelberg Tun, one of the largest wine vats in the world.
Ivanovo Guided Tour
Venture into the valley of the Rusenski Lom river in Bulgaria on this exciting excursion which visits the rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo. Around 20 small churches and chapels are found hidden away in a steep cliffside, along with over 300 rooms which were occupied by monks in medieval times. They are beautifully preserved with unique murals that depict the story of Christ. We climb the steep, but well maintained, path to admire the views and visit one of the chapels.
Kalocsa – Paprika Town
Kalocsa is found in the great plains of Hungary. Much of the country’s paprika comes from the pepper fields surrounding this small town – there’s even the Paprika Museum and Paprika Street in the center. It is also known for its beautiful handmade embroidery.
Keukenhof is spring at its most beautiful, where all the best floral features of the season are brought together to form stunning displays which are reflected in the still waters of the surrounding lakes. This is the perfect place to pause and saturate your senses with the sights, smells and sounds of a Dutch spring.
With its colorful pitched-roof buildings that perch on the edge of a blue lake, and a magnificent mountain range backdrop, Lucerne is a picture postcard scene of a Swiss resort. Our excursion stops on the lake’s northwest shore where you can relax at leisure and may be enjoy a steamer ride on the lake or, time permitting, take a train ride up nearby Mount Pilatus. Today is a full day tour therefore a packed lunch is provided.
Discover one of the world’s most famous monastic sites. Today, Melk Abbey is a prestigious school with more than 800 students, yet black robed Benedictine monks still stroll among the marble structures and frescoed walls. Our guided tour shows you the magnificent Marble Hall, Emperor’s Gallery, Abbey Church and the terrace where you can enjoy fine views of the Danube river and the town. There is also free time to explore the grounds and the gardens.
Mons & St Symphorien
Visit the town of Mons, which is especially symbolic for Britain as it was where our first and last soldiers died in the First World War: Private John Parr on 21 August 1914 and Private George Ellison on 11 November 1918. Entrance is included to the Mons Memorial Museum and we also visit St Symphorien Cemetery on the outskirts of the town. The cemetery is unique for having German graves and Commonwealth graves, including those of John Parr and George Ellison.
Novi Sad City Tour
Novi Sad is the second largest city in Serbia after Belgrade and our optional guided tour takes in the many highlights. The most recognized landmark is the Petrovaradin Fortress, which dominates the city from its position on the right bank of the Danube. There’s also the historic neighborhood of Stari Grad.
Nuremberg City Tour
Our coach takes you through this medieval city, which was beautifully restored with original stone after being destroyed in the Second World War. The old town is almost completely surrounded by the 15th- and 16th-century city walls, and is filled with half-timbered houses, cobblestone squares and the mighty Kaiserberg Castle. You can also enjoy some free time exploring the city on foot, before returning to our ship.
Pécs City Tour
Home to the world famous Zsolnay ceramics and the largest Turkish ruins in Hungary, Pécs is a city of art and history. See the Gazi Kasim Mosque in the middle of the main square, the barbican and the cathedral, and wander along Király and Káptalan Street. Pécs is also a city of love, with couples from around the world visiting Janus Pannonius Street, where they place a padlock on the street railings to symbolize their lasting love for each other.
Puszta Horse Show
Join us as we travel through the sweeping plains of Hungary to the town of Lajosmizse, where we visit a traditional stud farm. We take a tour of the grounds in a horse-drawn carriage, before watching human skill and horse power come together in a spectacular live show performed in an open-air arena.
Regensburg City Tour
This excursion shows you the highlights of Regensburg, a fascinating city with over 1,500 listed buildings. Many of these make up the old town which became a UNESCO world heritage site in 2006.
Paris has the Eiffel Tower, Brussels has the Atomium and Rotterdam has the Euromast! Take the superfast lift up to the viewing platform and enjoy the view – you can see as far as The Hague and Antwerp on a clear day. We also visit the curious cube houses, an architectural wonder in the heart of the city, one of which we have the chance to look around.
Rüdesheim by Night
Visit a traditional wine cellar to sample some of the region’s best wines, before exploring the captivating Drosselgasse, which is filled with little taverns and courtyards and is the cultural heart of the town.
The quaint town of Rüdesheim holds a particular charm during the winter months, with the wine bars, streets and narrow alleys bustling with seasonal festive fayre and sales of its regional Rheingau wines and beers. In Rüdesheim’s most captivating, inclined street called the Drosselgasse, you can seek out a souvenir bottle or two along with some local Asbach brandy. A highlight of our excursion is a visit to the marvelous Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum, where fascinating examples of early 1900 mechanical music making systems can be viewed. Topping off our visit will be the offer of a complimentary mug of Glühwein, with the invitation to keep our mug as a souvenir.
A road train ride transports you to view fascinating examples of early 1900 mechanical music making systems at Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum. We also include a cable car ride that rises 37 meters up the hillside to reach the iconic Niederwald monument. This is a unique experience, taking you over the sloping vineyards for an amazing panoramic view of the romantic Rhine valley.
Salzburg is the birthplace of Mozart and home to ‘The Sound of Music’, this enchanting city is set on the banks of the River Salzach, framed by the Kapuzinerberg and Mönchsberg mountain range. We have a guided tour of the famous sights in Salzburg.
This is a wonderful opportunity to see inside the luxurious interiors of Schönbrunn Palace and explore some of the 1,441 rooms which are filled with magnificent chandeliers, beautiful ceiling frescoes and lashings of gold decoration. Highlights include the Great Gallery, the Chinese Cabinets and Emperor Franz Joseph’s private suite.
Please note: for The Danube to the Black Sea itinerary, Schönbrunn Palace is combined with the Vienna city tour to create a full day excursion.
Strasbourg Canal Cruise
Strasbourg is well known for its historical and cultural sights, which are best seen from the unique canal system surrounding the city. Our excursion is aboard a small glass-topped canal cruiser which offers a great vantage point. Having seen some of the sights from the water, you can disembark in the heart of Strasbourg, close to the old pedestrianized walled city and the cathedral.
Vienna City Tour
This is the perfect introduction to Vienna, the city of music. Our tour focuses on the historic center and its rich architecture, where we learn about the baroque castles and gardens, and the 19th-century Ringstrasse which is lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks – all of which are inscribed on the UNESCO world heritage list (entrances to attractions not included).
Please note: for The Danube to the Black Sea itinerary, the Vienna city tour is combined with Schönbrunn Palace to create a full day excursion.
Windmills of Kinderdijk
No trip to the Netherlands is complete without visiting these beautiful wooden windmills, which date back to the 1500s and symbolize the way in which the Dutch have managed water. We visit the Museum Windmill Nederwaard, where we meet the miller and discover all about mill life, and the Museum Windmill Blokweer to learn about the impressive mechanism of a mill and Kinderdijk’s heritage.
The residence of the former prince bishops is one of the most important baroque castles in Europe and an absolute must-see for visitors to Würzburg. Our guided tour starts in the opulent Garden Hall and takes you to the grand staircase, through the White Hall, to the Imperial Hall – one of the most magnificent in the history of palace architecture. From there we are shown the stunning imperial rooms.
Ypres & Ploegsteert
The city of Ypres was at the heart of the salient during the First World War. Here we visit the Menin Gate, where the names of 54,896 missing soldiers are engraved in its walls. Entrance is also included to the In Flanders Fields Museum. Next we visit the Plugstreet (Ploegsteert) Memorial to the Missing and Hyde Park Corner Cemetery before heading to the Plugstreet 14-18 Experience which details what happened in the area during the war.
A packed lunch is included for this excursion.
*Excursions will be carried out by Arena Travel.
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• Experienced cruise director and crew members
• Daily music program in the lounge and bar
• Various local entertainment and performances
• Captain’s welcome and farewell reception (including 1 drink)
• Captain’s welcome and farewell ‘extended’ gala dinners
• Individual audio systems for excursions
• Refreshments and hand towels after excursions
• Welcome buffet
• Full board including: early-riser breakfast, buffet breakfast, lunch, afternoon high-tea, dinner, late-night snack, 24hr coffee and tea
• Beverage packages
• Table water during meal services
• Luggage service: pier – ship – pier
• City maps
• Satellite TV and info-channel
• Automated onboard tipping system
• Laundry services
• Transfers and other ground arrangements