Sitting at the pinnacle of luxury river cruising, APT’s Royal Collection itineraries offer the perfect way to explore our own continent’s picturesque waterways in style.
As well as some of the prettiest vistas in Europe, you can enjoy exclusive inclusions such as behind-the-scenes sightseeing. Take a trip down the Rhine and Danube rivers with us and discover why you should book a voyage with APT.
At the heart of your destination
There are many advantages of river cruising – the ever-changing scenery, a relaxed pace and the need to unpack only once, to name just a few. The major draw however, is that you’ll dock right in the centre of each of the towns and cities you visit. This means that you’ll have more time to explore each destination and, if you wish to be more independent, there will be no need to take a shuttle or taxi into town as you will be just a stone’s throw from the main attractions and sights.
'Freedom of Choice' sightseeing
Undeniable highlights of a Royal Collection cruise are the opportunities that are provided for you to fully immerse yourself in your destination. One of the two sightseeing concepts you can enjoy is Freedom of Choice, which allows you to tailor your journey to suit your own interests. In a number of ports of call there’ll be two or more excursions to choose from – all included in the cost of your cruise. For example, from Vienna you can explore the Schönbrunn Palace, see the famous Lipizzaner horses of the Spanish Riding School or visit the Slovakian capital of Bratislava; while in Amsterdam you can take a boat trip along the city’s famous canals or visit a typically Dutch village known for its windmills.
Exclusive and unique, APT’s Signature Invitations are thoughtfully-picked experiences that give you a rare insight into a handful of destinations that you visit. On the popular Magnificent Europe cruise, you’ll also enjoy three unique Royal Invitations which are exclusive to you as an APT guest:
Namedy Castle In the German city of Andernach you’re invited into the home of Princess Heide von Hohenzollern. Here you can wander around the beautifully manicured grounds, peek behind doors usually closed to the public and marvel at the grandeur of this beautiful royal home. The tour concludes with a Champagne Reception in the Knight’s Hall and delicious banquet in the Hall of Mirrors.
The Majestic Imperator Soak in the spirit of the Habsburg Empire on a private journey that whisks you from Passau to Linz. Re-live the splendour of imperial rail travel as you experience a world of wealth, decadence and flowing drinks. Glide past idyllic landscapes and stop in the charming town of Salzburg for a guided tour that showcases the famous sights of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic film, The Sound of Music.
City Palace in Vienna Walk through the grand doors of this awe-inspiring palace, which is owned by the Princely Family of Liechtenstein, and begin your evening with a cocktail reception. Attend a private orchestral performance of classical masterpieces composed by Strauss, an enchanting operatic recital and an angelic performance by members of the world-renowned Mozart Boys’ Choir.
The Royal extras
If you needed any more reasons to try an APT Luxury Collection river cruise, there a few added extras that might just persuade you. Home to airport transfers (within 75 miles of the airport) are included in the price of your holiday, as are all on board beverages served throughout the day. And finally, if you choose to stay in select suite categories, private butler service is also included – just ask one of our Personal Travel Experts for details