Magnificent Europe 2020 APT River Cruise
Cruise in luxury down the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers from Amsterdam to Budapest taking in the iconic attractions and charming secrets of Europe's heartland.
Welcome to Amsterdam! An APT representative will meet you on arrival and transfer you to your luxurious floating home for the next 15 days. You’ll have time to unpack, relax and get acquainted with your ship, as the excitement builds for everything that’s about to come.
FREEDOM OF CHOICE: Perhaps slow things down and cruise the canals on a glass-top boat. Maybe visit Zaanse Schans – the quintessential Dutch village known for its windmills and specialty produce. Or even sleep in and take the day as it comes. If you’re lucky enough to be on one of the spring departures, the tulips of Keukenhof Gardens are ready to greet you at every colourful turn.
Choose your sightseeing in Amsterdam. Tonight, celebrate with a gala welcome dinner.
FREEDOM OF CHOICE: Take a discovery through Bonn’s historic city centre or set off on a bike to explore.
This morning, awake to a new country, a new city, with unlimited possibilities for what the day could bring. After your sightseeing in Bonn, you’ll then travel to Andernach for your first Signature Experience.
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE: Visit Namedy Castle. Go beyond the gates and wander about the rooms, hidden nooks and grounds, then enjoy a cocktail party in the ballroom, where a pianist sets the mood.
FREEDOM OF CHOICE: A gondola ride over the Rhine Valley will give you the best perspective of the town. For something a little more quirky, Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum houses fine automated musical creations. Otherwise, a selection of fine Rhine Valley wines eagerly await your palate at an onboard tasting.
Have your camera handy to capture some of the best scenery you’ll encounter as you cruise through the Rhine Gorge. Dock in Rüdesheim, where you will then choose your sightseeing.
FREEDOM OF CHOICE: Pick up the pace and hike through a forested area overlooking Franconian vineyards. Or, go slow and head to a local cellar for a tipple or two. You can even stay on your ship and learn a little German.
Seize the day with your choice of sightseeing.
FREEDOM OF CHOICE: Enjoy a walk to the 18th-century Würzburg Residence. Or traverse the Romantic Road to Rothenburg. Maybe get to know the locals with a visit to a family-owned farm, with a home-cooked morning tea on the menu.
The day is yours to design with a Freedom of Choice sightseeing inclusion.
Relax on board as you sail to Bamberg. On arrival, join an exploration with a local expert to uncover everything World Heritage-listed Bamberg has to offer.
FREEDOM OF CHOICE: Perhaps journey through Nuremberg’s history with its Gothic churches and World War II sites. Or keep fit with a hike through the Schwarzach Valley.
Select the sightseeing inclusion that best suits you. You will be rewarded with freshly baked gingerbread on your return. This afternoon, cruise onto the Main-Danube Canal. Having taken 32 years to construct, the canal links the North and Black seas.
FREEDOM OF CHOICE: In Regensburg, explore its World Heritage-listed city centre. Or put on your dancing shoes for a Bavarian dance class at a local beer haus. Maybe take a culinary walk and visit the Michelin-starred Storstad.
After your sightseeing inclusion, a student from the University of Regensburg will come aboard for a presentation.
FREEDOM OF CHOICE: From Passau, head to Salzburg to visit some of the sights featured in Roger and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music. Or set off into the Czech Republic, where Česky Krumlov awaits. Either way, re-board your ship in Austria’s Linz. Alternatively, explore the town of Passau, followed by a relaxing day on board cruising to Linz.
Choose from a fabulous Freedom of Choice inclusions today.
FREEDOM OF CHOICE: Visit the statuary-adorned Melk Abbey. Otherwise a local expert is on hand to show you around town.
A choice of sightseeing greets you in Melk. It’s then onto more remarkable scenery as you cruise through the Wachau Valley to Dürnstein, where you’ll roam its cobblestone lanes at your leisure. Or perhaps take a guided bike ride along the river from Melk to Dürnstein.
FREEDOM OF CHOICE: Perhaps take in the city’s many landmarks along the Ringstrasse, including St Stephen’s Cathedral. The 1,441-room Schönbrunn Palace and its gardens are a favourite. Or tick another country off your list and journey to Slovakia’s Bratislava. Otherwise, get active with a bike ride to Klosterneuburg Monastery.
Today you will enjoy your Freedom of Choice inclusion. Tonight, your Signature Experience awaits.
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE: After dinner, head to the Family of Liechtenstein’s City Palace in the heart of Vienna, where APT have arranged an exclusive cocktail party and private recital, just for you. A full orchestra will perform classical masterpieces by Mozart and Strauss. You will also be enchanted by an operatic recital and some members of the Mozart Boys’ Choir.
Enjoy a relaxing morning sailing to Budapest. Afterwards, enjoy your Signature Experience on May to September departures.
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE: This afternoon, follow in the footsteps of Elisabeth of Bavaria (Sisi) and embark on an imperial train journey. Board your elegant Grand Empress steam train, where you’ll be treated like royalty, with a game lunch served. You will see inside some ornately adorned carriages from the early 1900s. Gödöllő Palace, Elisabeth of Bavaria’s favourite residence, is your destination. You will be shown through this monument of Hungarian aristocracy and architecture. Later, enjoy a Cocktail Reception at Budapest’s Royal Waiting Room before returning to the ship. Operates on all departures between May and September.
Enjoy a morning city tour of Budapest taking in its historic monuments, followed by the afternoon at leisure to further explore. Finish the day in style with a breathtaking illuminations cruise framed by the twinkling lights of Budapest’s stately monuments that line the Danube’s river banks.
After a final delicious breakfast on board, it is time to bid farewell to your new-found friends as you disembark your luxurious river ship for the last time in Budapest. Upon disembarkation, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Please note all departure dates are listed in the enquiry form.
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- Savings of up to £3,000pp if booked by 29th February 2020*
- Return scheduled flights from the UK
- 14 nights on one of APT’s luxurious Concerto River Ships
- Home-to-airport transfers by private car
- Unique cultural experiences in up to 16 towns, villages & cities
- Enriching Signature Experiences and Freedom of Choice Sightseeing
- Includes 40 meals: 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches and 14 Dinners
- Complimentary beverages served at your discretion on board
- APT Cruise Director and expert local guides
- Butler service, room service, complimentary laundry service and champagne on arrival in select suites
- Private Concert At City Palace - Attend a private classical concert featuring members of the Mozart's Boys Choir at the City Palace in Vienna
- Dine At Namedy Castle - Princess Heide von Hohenzollern will open the doors of her castle just for you. Enjoy dinner in the Hall of Mirrors
- Grand Empress Steam Train - On select departures, follow in the footsteps of Elisabeth of Bavaria, embark on an imperial train journey, then tour Gödöllő Palace.