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Andre Rieu in Europe including 12 Night Scandinavia and Russia Cruise

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If you haven’t yet had a chance to see Andre Rieu, the best-selling classical musician on the planet live, then join us on our fully escorted XX-day tour through Europe. We begin our tour in Amsterdam where we spend 2-nights before boarding our Celebrity ship for our 12-night cruise through Scandinavia & Russia. Upon disembarkation, we travel through to Bruges, where we explore the jewel of Belgium’s architectural crown. Then it’s on to Luxembourg for two nights before journeying to Andre’s hometown of Maastricht where we see the legend himself perform live. A night you will never forget!

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Dubai
  • Overnight stay in Bruges
  • 2-nights Luxembourg
  • Maastricht including Andre Rieu in concert
  • Amsterdam, including canal cruise
  • 12-night Celebrity cruise

ANDRE RIEU PERFORMANCE – 24 JULY

André Rieu is quite simply a musical phenomenon like no other, a true King of Romance, having sold a massive 40 million CDs and DVDs and notched 30 number 1 chart positions worldwide. Along with his 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra (the largest private orchestra in the world), André has created a global revival in waltz music, staging spectacular extravaganzas which are second to none. Having received over 480 Platinum Awards, three Classical Brit Awards for “Album of the Year” and billions of Youtube views, André is one of the biggest solo male touring artists in the world. Each year his passionate live shows attract more than 600,000 fans.

The concerts are expected to sell out in record time, so we ask people to please register their interest early.

Our floating home “CELEBRITY APEX

Celebrity Apex is the second ship in the highly anticipated Edge series. With innovative designs and visionary spaces, Celebrity Apex will revolutionize the way you experience the world. With unparalleled luxury and accommodations that unite indoor and outdoor living, Apex will be the next best thing at sea.

Sunday 03 July                                    Auckland – Dubai

We commence the tour with the overnight flight to Dubai.

 

Monday 04 July                                  Dubai     (D)

We arrive in Dubai early this morning and after clearing Customs and Immigration formalities, we are met and transferred to our hotel for a two-night stay. There is time to rest up after the flight until mid-afternoon when we visit the Palm Jumeirah – one of the world’s most daring developments. Jutting out into the Arabian Gulf, this man-made archipelago was built in the shape of a palm tree, with a 3-mile-long trunk and a fan of fronds lined with luxury villas and five-star hotels. From water parks and wildlife encounters to beach clubs and restaurants, there is an array of different activities on offer. One of the first things that strike you when visiting the Palm Jumeirah is its size. This giant archipelago is visible from space and the outer crescent is more than 10 miles long. Afterward, we visit the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world at 160 stories high. We travel to the observation deck which will provide you with a breath-taking unobstructed 360-degree view of the city, desert and ocean. We return to the hotel where we have dinner this evening.

 

Tuesday 05 July                                  Dubai        (B,D)

This morning we take a sightseeing tour of the city – a fascinating historical excursion which takes you to the magnificent Jumeirah mosque and past modern palaces sprawled along the coast. In Bastakiya, see the old wind-towered houses built by wealthy merchants and the 150-year old Al Fahidi Fort. We continue our journey coach to the gold and spice souks, where we see bustling alleys with the aromas of the numerous spices and dazzling jewellery. Next up, we visit the area of La Mer – a new area nestled between Pearl Jumeira and the upcoming Jumeira Bay. There is time to explore this artsy community and to get some lunch at one of the trendy cafes before we  return to the hotel to relax & freshen up prior to our evening activity – a four-wheel drive excursion over rolling dunes deep into the heart of the desert. Watch the sun cast its orange glow over the shimmering sand and enjoy dinner and entertainment under the stars in Bedu tents.

NB: For those who may have been to Dubai previously, there is the opportunity to join a tour to Abu Dhabi today, in place of the arrangements above. Price is available on request.

 

Wednesday 06 July                             Dubai – Amsterdam         (B)

The morning is free for you to enjoy before we head back to the airport to continue our journey through to Amsterdam, arriving mid-evening. On arrival, we will be transferred to our hotel.

 

Thursday 07 July                                 Amsterdam    (B,D)

A leisurely start this morning before we enjoy a sightseeing tour around Amsterdam itself. The city is famous for its three rings of canals lined by elaborately decorated merchants’ residences and warehouses built during the 17th century. We see Dam Square, the Royal Palace, Skinny Bridge and much more. We conclude our tour with a cruise on the canals in a glass topped boat before heading to a local restaurant for dinner.

 

Friday 08 July                                     Amsterdam (Join Celebrity Cruise)        (B,D)

This morning is yours at leisure. Art lovers will want to visit the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh Museum. Alternatively, you may wish to visit the Flower Market on the Singel Canal – the only floating flower market in the world. Later this afternoon we are transferred to the port in time to join our luxury floating home, “Celebrity Apex”. Our ship departs at 5.00pm.

 

Saturday 09 July                                  At Sea     (B,L,D)

Enjoy the opportunity to get acquainted with your floating hotel and the many activities that are offered during sea days.

 

Sunday 10 July                                    Berlin (Warnemunde), Germany     (B,L,D)

The district of Warnemunde in Rostock sits at the mouth of Warnow River which flows into the Baltic Sea. This charming seaside town is just about three hours north of Berlin and serves as the perfect access point to the capital city. Berlin shines with a free spirit, mystique and a penchant for good times. Once a city divided, Berlin is now united, bringing together cultures and languages from throughout the world. Berlin rose from the ashes to become one of the most alluring cities in the world. There is plenty to do – perhaps visit the UNESCO world heritage site, Museumsinsel (or Museum Island) in the city centre. This wonderful group of museum buildings together hold around 6000 years of art and cultural history. Or stand at the famous Checkpoint Charlie and walk along the remnants of the Berlin Wall. Enjoy the rollicking beer gardens, fabulous restaurants, incredible music and fascinating arts scene all wrapped in a laid-back sensibility. Arrive 9.00am, Depart 11.00pm.

 

Monday 11 July                                  At Sea       (B,L,D)

 

Tuesday 12 July                                  Helsinki, Finland     (B,L,D)
Occupying a peninsula and several islands, this capital city’s stunning structures surround some of the most spectacular bays you could ever hope to find. Stroll down broad, tree-lined streets, or take in the amazing neo-classically designed architecture in Senate Square. Arrive 8.00am, Depart 6.00pm.

 

Wednesday 13 July                             St. Petersburg, Russia      (B,L,D)

Although reportedly built to resemble such Western cities as London, Paris, and Vienna, one look at St. Petersburg’s regal palaces and vast public squares is enough to tell you that it is truly in a class of its own. This grand city has always been entrenched and largely defined by its proximity to water. The Neva River snakes and bisects this city at every turn, necessitating the building of some 342 bridges to navigate pedestrian, motorist and boat traffic.

Dubbed ‘The Venice of Russia’, there’s a wealth of history and culture to experience. As a central location for the world’s greatest works of art, St. Petersburg has few rivals. The Russian Museum, where the city’s greatest works are housed, is a must visit as it spreads out over 4 lavish palaces still intact from its Tsarist past.

Peter the Great, of whom the city gets its namesake, sought to make St. Petersburg the imperial seat of Russia and a showcase city built largely by the best European architects that money could buy and his vision is still very much preserved throughout every inch of this memorable city. Arrive 7.00am.

 

Thursday 14 July                                 St. Petersburg, Russia      (B,L,D)

Another full day to explore this wonderful city. Depart 6.00pm.

 

Friday 15 July                                     Tallin, Estonia           (B,L,D)

Tallinn has remained remarkably unchanged since its founding in 1154 A.D. The preservation of this city’s old-world charm enables visitors to enjoy architectural marvels of centuries past, such as the soaring towers of Toompea Castle and the exquisite Russian Orthodox Cathedral. The exception is the delightfully modern pink Parliament building, visible from Palace Square.  With a boisterous nightlife, Tallinn stands as one of the most exciting cities of the former Soviet Union. Here, ancient church spires and baroque architecture intermingle with modern glass buildings that echo the many influences and cultures that have left their imprint throughout the centuries. There are so many amazing sites to explore – visit the imaginative Estonian Open-Air Museum, where ancient structures are arranged among the trees complete with actors in period garb. People watching doesn’t get much better than what you’ll find in Town Hall Square and if it’s animals you’d rather observe, visit the Tallinn Zoo where over 350 different species are housed. Arrive 7.00am, Depart 5.00pm.

 

 Saturday 16 July                                  Stockholm, Sweden    (B,L,D)

No fewer than 50 bridges connect this Swedish capital’s 14 islands to its mainland. The country is modern, dynamic, and ever evolving. It may be liberal and forward-looking when it comes to the collective attitude, but it’s rich in history too. With plenty to do, opt to visit the many parks, museums, and palaces or make your way through Gamla Stan, or Old Town, packed with historic buildings, shops, and cafés. The world’s first open-air museum, Skansen, is here, located on the island of Royal Djurgården and there’s the fascinating maritime Vasa Museum in town. Arrive 8.00am, Depart 4.00pm.

 

Sunday 17 July                                    At Sea        (B,L,D)

 

Monday 18 July                                  Copenhagen, Denmark    (B,L,D)

Whether strolling through blooming flowers in Tivoli Gardens, witnessing the changing of the guard at Amalienborg Palace, or touring Kronborg Castle—the setting of Shakespeare’s Hamlet—it’s easy to see why Copenhagen grew to become the capital of Denmark. And, if you believe all the survey reports about this cheerful city, not only will you find yourself in one of the most cosmopolitan Nordic capitals on this Copenhagen cruise, but you’ll be elbow to elbow with some of the happiest locals on Earth.

With picturesque townhouses splashed in more colour than a box of crayons, this delightful Dutch destination has a real flair for design. As you amble through the streets of Copenhagen you may begin to experience ‘hygge’– a concept of gentle, soothing coziness, and comfort that’s infused in the lifestyle and culture. The quaint cobblestone streets, scenic landscapes, and charming cafes will attest to the country’s dedication to this concept of welcoming warmth and kindness. Arrive 10.00am, Depart 6.00pm.

 

Tuesday 19 July                                  At Sea           (B,L,D)

 

Wednesday 20 July                             Amsterdam – Bruges      (B,D)

Back to Amsterdam today where we disembark after a wonderful cruise. We rejoin our coach and travel south to Bruges, the jewel of Belgium’s architectural crown. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, we stroll the quaint cobbled streets that surround Minnewater (Lake of Love); absorb the sacred splendour of Our Lady’s Church; and admire the medieval charm of Burg Square. We gain fascinating insight into Bruges’ rich historical heritage.

 

Thursday 21 July                                 Bruges – Luxembourg    (B.D)

After a leisurely morning, we depart Bruges and travel to Luxembourg, a small European country, surrounded by Belgium, France and Germany. It’s mostly rural, with dense Ardennes Forest and nature parks in the north, rocky gorges of the Mullerthal region in the east and the Moselle river valley in the southeast. Its capital, Luxembourg City, is famed for its fortified medieval old town perched on sheer cliffs. We arrive late afternoon.

 

Friday 22 July                                     Luxembourg City         (B.L)

Majestically set across the deep gorges of the Alzette and Pétrusse rivers, Luxembourg City is one of Europe’s most scenic capitals. Its Unesco-listed Old Town is a warren of tunnels, nooks and crannies sheltering some outstanding museums, as well as lively nightlife and dining scenes. We explore the city with a full day tour, taking in sights such as Grand Ducal Palace, Place Guillaume II, Cathédrale Notre-Dame and many more.

 

Saturday 23 July                             Luxembourg City – Maastricht     (B.D)

After a leisurely morning, we depart Luxembourg and travel north to Maastricht, one of the oldest cities in Holland and capital city of the province of Limburg. Known as a university city, it is distinguished by its medieval-era architecture and vibrant cultural scene. On arrival, there is time to relax before we meet up for dinner this evening.

 

Sunday 24 July                                    (Maastricht – Andre Rieu in Concert)        (B.L.D)

During our city tour today, we visit the historical square of ‘het Vrijthof’. This square has attracted people since medieval times when pilgrims came to see the grave of Saint Servatius. We also visit St. Peter’s Caves and many other highlights. During the course of the tour, we will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant where we may be lucky enough to try one of Limburg’s famous cherry pies! The remainder of the day is at leisure until we meet up again this evening for dinner and one of the absolute highlights of the tour – seeing Andre Rieu in concert! Enjoy a magical evening with his best performances handpicked by André himself. A wonderful way to spend our final night in Europe.

 

Monday 25 July                                  Maastricht – Amsterdam – Dubai     (B.D)

We depart Maastricht this morning and coach north to Amsterdam where we arrive at the airport in time to join our afternoon flight. Arrival time in Dubai is late evening and overnight accommodation is reserved at the airport.

 

Tuesday 26 July                                  Dubai – Auckland      (B)

Time for the last leg of our journey on our flight home.

 

Wednesday 27 July                             Arrive Auckland

Arrival is mid morning.

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