Discover some of Europe’s most breathtaking landscapes, historic cities and quaint villages on this comprehensive luxury river cruise by APT.
• Enjoy a welcome reception at Budapest Station’s Royal Waiting Room, then travel on an elegant steam train to Gödöllő Palace
• Explore Namedy Castle before dinner accompanied by a classical piano recital
• Visit Liechtenstein’s City Palace in Vienna for a private concert.
River cruise itinerary
Day 1 UK to Budapest, Hungary Depart the UK on your flight to Budapest. On arrival, transfer to the ship and attend a welcome reception during which you can meet your APT Cruise Director and fellow guests. Following dinner, you will set sail on a twilight cruise along the Danube River.
Day 2 Budapest, Hungary After a Budapest city tour, enjoy your first Signature Experience on an imperial train journey (April to September departures). Attend a welcome reception at Budapest Station’s Royal Waiting Room, then board your elegant steam train, which features carriages from the early 1900s. Tuck in to a traditional game lunch before a guided tour of Gödöllő Palace.
Day 3 Vienna, Austria Arrive in Vienna and join a tour along the Ringstrasse followed by a guided walk to St Stephen’s Cathedral.
Day 4 Vienna, Austria Spend a further full day in Vienna and join one of the Freedom of ChoiceTM sightseeing excursions. Choose from a tour of Schönbrunn Palace or a visit to the city of Bratislava in neighbouring Slovakia. Alternatively, you can visit the famed Spanish Riding School. This evening, visit the City Palace for a private cocktail reception and concert by the Mozart Boys’ Choir.
Day 5 Dürnstein & Melk, Austria This morning disembark in Dürnstein where you can explore at your own pace. Perhaps visit the ruins of the castle in which Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned. Cruise onwards to Melk where you can either visit the striking Melk Abbey or take a tour of the town.
Day 6 Linz & Salzburg, Austria & Passau, Germany Leave the ship in Linz and travel to Salzburg, where a city tour takes you to several sights from the classic film, The Sound of Music. Alternatively, take a full-day trip to Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic. Reboard your ship in Passau.
Day 7 Regensburg, Germany Join a guided city tour or head out on a gourmet walking tour for a behind-the-scenes look at a Michelin-starred restaurant.
Day 8 Nuremberg, Germany Discover medieval and modern history on a guided tour of World War II sites or join a hike through the Schwarzach Valley.
Day 9 Bamberg, Germany Explore this UNESCO-listed city on a guided tour of the Old Town with a local expert.
Day 10 Würzburg, Germany See the magnificent buildings of Würzburg, including the 18th- Century Würzburg Residence. Sightseeing options include a trip along a section of the celebrated Romantic Road and a visit to a family-owned farm.
Day 11 Miltenberg, Germany As you cruise towards Miltenburg, watch a glass-blowing demonstration. On arrival, see the architecture of pre-war Germany in this beautifully preserved town. Sightseeing options include a hike through a picturesque forest, a language lesson on board or a visit to a local winery.
Day 12 Rüdesheim & Andernach, Germany This morning the ship will dock in Rüdesheim where you can visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum or enjoy an on-board wine tasting. Cruise along one of the most picturesque sections of the Rhine en route to Andernach where you’ll spend the evening in royal company during an exclusive visit and dinner at Namedy Castle.
Day 13 Cologne, Germany Arrive in the Gothic city of Cologne where you can join a walking tour or head off on a guided bike ride through the city.
Day 14 Amsterdam, Netherlands Explore the Dutch capital during one of the Freedom of ChoiceTM sightseeing excursions. These include a canal cruise on board a glass-top boat or a visit to the traditional village of Zaanse Schans. This evening there will be a Captain’s Farewell Dinner.
Day 15 Amsterdam, Netherlands Following disembarkation, transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.
Is this for you?
The emphasis of this immersive cruise is indulgent luxury and insightful sightseeing. Featuring three of APT’s ‘Signature Experiences’, this magnificent journey has been specially designed for those who want to explore Europe in the most luxurious way possible.
The highest-rated river ships on Europe’s waterways, Concerto river ships are some of the most luxurious river ships in the world. There are 84 suites, most of which feature APT’s exclusive Twin Balconies. Dining on board is an absolute pleasure with each Concerto ship a member of the prestigious La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs culinary society. At the three on-board restaurants expect exceptional cuisine inspired by local flavours created using regional produce where possible. Facilities include a heated plunge pool, fitness centre and sauna, and there are bikes on board allowing you to explore destinations at your own pace.
Good to know
• Itineraries are subject to change
• This itinerary also operates in reverse.
What to expect
• APT’s Freedom of ChoiceTM sightseeing allows you to tailor your holiday with a choice of included excursions in ten locations
Departing 09 November 2019. Alternative Europe itineraries are available with APT, call or speak to a Personal Travel Expert for details.
Included in price
• Private home-to-airport transfers by car (within 75 miles of the airport; longer journeys subject to extra cost)
• 3 Exclusive Signature Experiences
• Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board
• Complimentary beverages throughout the day (French Champagne, selected fine wines and premium spirits are excluded)
• Shore excursions and entrance fees as per the itinerary
• English-speaking guides and APT Cruise Director
• All specified flights.