European Gems APT Travelmarvel 2021 River Cruise
Enjoy the best of Europe on a 14-night premium river cruise. Begin in Budapest, Hungary’s grand capital, before heading to elegant Vienna. Explore some of Germany’s most beautiful towns along the Rhine River and end in picturesque Amsterdam.
Fly from the UK to Budapest in Hungary. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your contemporary river ship that waits in the heart of this beautiful city. After enjoying some time to settle in, head for the Captain’s Welcome Reception this evening, where you will get to know your fellow travellers and meet your crew. A relaxing twilight cruise follows dinner tonight.
Awake to views of one of the Danube’s most enchanting cities this morning. Disembark and learn the vibrant history of Budapest as your local guide takes you to a host of impressive sights, such as the Fisherman’s Bastion, Heroes’ Square and Buda Castle. Back on board this evening, enjoy a delightful Gala Dinner while you cruise.
Embrace the elegance of Vienna as you drive around the Ringstrasse, taking in some of the city’s most famous buildings. On arrival in the centre, a walking tour will provide an insider’s view of sights such as St Stephen’s Cathedral, the Graben and Hofburg Palace. Afterwards, maybe visit the Naschmarkt and browse the stalls. This evening, you could enjoy an optional concert, featuring music from Mozart to ‘The Sound of Music’.
With the day at leisure, perhaps explore the Hofburg area or wander along Kärntnerstrasse, the city’s famous shopping strip. Otherwise, embark on an optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace, or head to former soviet Bratislava.
Cruise to the town of Dürnstein and enjoy a stroll past rustic town houses and taverns. Along the way, gaze up to the hilltop ruins of the castle where King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned. Later, dock in Melk and tour through Melk Abbey, an active Benedictine monastery since 1089.
After breakfast, cruise to beautiful Passau. Perhaps join an optional tour to Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic, or visit Salzburg and enjoy the sights from ‘The Sound of Music’.
INSIDER EXPERIENCE: Tonight, enjoy a traditional Bavarian experience on board. Sample delicious local beer and snacks, accompanied by traditional folk music, song and dance.
Continue along the Danube River to Regensburg, located in the southern region of the Bavarian Forest. Here, wander along its cobblestone lanes, taking a journey through the ages as you explore the historic streets, medieval buildings and cultural sites at your own pace.
Arrive in Nuremberg, the site of Hitler’s now infamous rallies during World War II. Take a city tour this afternoon, which includes sights such as the Zeppelin Field and Palace of Justice.
One of the few German cities that wasn’t destroyed during World War II, Bamberg beckons your attention today. You’ll gain great insight during a locally guided tour of the historic city.
Verdant hills and rich vineyards sit on the edge of Würzburg. Admire its magnificent baroque palace, the Würzburg Residence, and walk through Würzburg Court Garden. Later, perhaps enjoy an optional visit to medieval Rothenburg, a true fairytale town.
INSIDER EXPERIENCE: Enjoy true German hospitality as you are welcomed into the homes of friendly Miltenberg locals for coffee and cake.
Discover Miltenberg today, exploring this well-preserved town’s half-timbered buildings dating from the 15th to 18th century. Return to your ship and enjoy time at leisure. As the sun sets, watch the lights of medieval towns slip past as you cruise through the night.
In Rüdesheim, the Winzerexpress mini-train will take you to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Later on, back on board, you will encounter the spectacular Rhine Gorge.
Disembark your ship in Cologne and drive to the town of Brühl for your Insider Experience. Later, return to Cologne for free time.
INSIDER EXPERIENCE: Step back in time during a visit to the World Heritage-listed Augustusburg Castle, the lavish residence of archbishop-elector Clemens August.
Amsterdam’s network of canals are a sight to behold. Dock in the city’s heart and board a glass-top boat to discover its views. Back on land, enjoy some free time before a Farewell Dinner on board.
After a final breakfast on board, it is time to bid farewell. Upon disembarkation, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
- Save up to £1,000pp - book by 30 September 2020
- Return scheduled flights from the UK
- 14 nights aboard a brand-new Travelmarvel River Ship
- Unique cultural experiences in up to 14 towns, villages & cities
- Insider Experiences
- 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches and 14 Dinners
- Complimentary soft drinks, beer and local wine with lunch and dinner
- On board Travelmarvel Cruise Director, Entertainment and Activities Coordinator, and local guides
- Overseas transfers, port charges and tipping