Magnificent Europe 2023 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.
Fly from the UK to the iconic canal-covered city of Amsterdam. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your ship before getting to know your fellow travellers and APT Cruise Director at a Welcome Reception.
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. If you’re lucky enough to be on one of our 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.
This morning will be spent cruising through Germany. Disembark in Andernach for your first Signature Experience. Later, head back on board and enjoy dinner as your ship sets sail for Koblenz. Here, perhaps join your cruise director for an evening stroll through the charming village.
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 a collection of fine automated musical creations.
Have your camera handy to capture some of the best scenery you’ll encounter as you cruise through the Rhine Gorge. Dock in Rüdesheim and choose your sightseeing.
Step ashore in Miltenberg today and set out on a guided exploration. Wander through cobblestone streets and admire the town’s enchanting half-timbered houses before time at leisure to explore on your own.
The day is yours to design with our Freedom of Choice sightseeing inclusions.
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.
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.
Select the sightseeing inclusion that best suits you. 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: 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.
FREEDOM OF CHOICE: Explore Regensburg’s atmospheric World Heritage-listed city centre or perhaps get active and take a guided bike ride to the Walhalla memorial.
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.
Visit the statuary-adorned Melk Abbey. It’s then onto more remarkable scenery as you cruise through the Wachau Valley to Dürnstein, where you’ll choose your sightseeing.
FREEDOM OF CHOICE: Roam Dürnstein’s cobblestone lanes at your leisure. Or perhaps take a guided bike ride along the river from Melk to Dürnstein.
Today you will enjoy your Freedom of Choice inclusion. Tonight, your Signature Experience awaits.
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.
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE: After dinner, head to the Family of Liechtenstein’s City Palace in the heart of Vienna, where we 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.
Soak up the views as you enjoy a relaxing morning sailing through Hungary. Afterwards, enjoy your Signature Experience on April to September departures
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE: In Esztergom, set out on a guided tour to discover this picturesque town and its historic buildings. Then, follow in the footsteps of the Habsburg Empire as you board the Grand Empress steam train, bound for Budapest. See inside some of the ornately adorned carriages from the early 1900s and be treated like royalty as you savour lunch on board. On arrival in Budapest, enjoy a glass of sparkling at Budapest’s Royal Waiting Room – a rather fitting way to end this opulent journey. Later, return to your ship. Operates on all departures between April and September.
Enjoy a morning city tour of Budapest taking in its historic monuments, including Fisherman’s Bastion and Heroes’ Square. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore.
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.
- 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.