Includes return flights from the UK. 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.
14 nights from £3895pp
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Magnificent Europe Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive Amsterdam, Embark Ship
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. After your first dinner on board, you may like to explore the city at your own pace. Accommodation: 14 Nights: Concerto River Ship
Day 2: Amsterdam
Enjoy from a selection of Freedom of Choice Sightseeing options today in Amsterdam. Tonight, enjoy a Gala Welcome Dinner.
Day 3: Cologne, Bonn, Andernach
Enter Germany and cruise into Cologne, a city centred around the twin spires of its famous cathedral. Here, choose from several Freedom of Choice options followed by a Signature Experience at Namedy Castle.
Day 4: Rüdesheim
Today you’ll approach what is known as the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River. Glide past crumbling ruins that cling to rocky cliffs and rolling hillsides marked with perfectly planted vineyards. Tonight, enjoy a dinner on board and reflect on your day.
Day 5: Miltenberg
Witness the skilful art of glass-blowing on board as you cruise toward the pretty Franconian town of Miltenberg this morning. Watch on in wonder as a highly skilled expert creates beautifully crafted objects using traditional techniques, and learn more about this time-honoured tradition. Spared from the destruction of World War II, the town of Miltenberg is much like a time capsule, revealing what old-world village life was like in Germany before the war. Featuring remarkably preserved buildings and lively town squares, this is a beautiful example of Germany’s history.
Day 6: Würzburg
The immense architectural beauty of Würzburg is on display today as you stroll through this fascinating city to the Würzburg Residence. An 18th-century palace that once belonged to the Prince-Bishops of Würzburg, this regal building is home to a number of historic wonders. Inside, you’ll marvel at the intricate tapestries, gilded stucco work and ceiling frescoes by famed Tiepolo. Enjoy from a selection of Freedom of Choice Sightseeing options today in Würzburg.
Day 7: Bamberg
This morning your ship will arrive in World Heritage-listed Bamberg, another of the few German cities that wasn’t destroyed during World War II. As you explore the Old Town with a guide, you will discover a range of historic churches and buildings, including the town hall on the River Regnitz. Following your tour, rejoin your ship to cruise onto the Main-Danube Canal. Having taken 32 years to construct, the canal links the North and Black seas and is recognised as a feat of modern engineering.
Day 8: Nuremberg
Enjoy from a selection of Freedom of Choice Sightseeing options today in Nuremberg.
Day 9: Regensburg
Enjoy from a selection of Freedom of Choice Sightseeing options today in Regensburg.
Day 10: Passau, Linz
Enjoy from a selection of Freedom of Choice Sightseeing options today in Passau.
Day 11: Melk, Dürnstein
Cruise through the Wachau Valley wine region today before enjoying from a selection of Freedom of Choice Sightseeing in Melk.
Day 12: Vienna
Arrive in Vienna, Austria’s capital, home to striking architecture, a rich classical musical culture and vibrant cafes. Take in a number of the city’s most important landmarks as you enjoy an orientation tour along the Ringstrasse, Vienna’s famous ringed boulevard officially opened by Emperor Franz Joseph I in 1865. You’ll then embark on a guided walk to the impressive St Stephen’s Cathedral.
Day 13: Vienna
You have a choice of exciting activities to choose from on your second day in Vienna.
Day 14: Budapest, Gödöllo
Enjoy a guided tour of Budapest. See Buda Castle, the Royal Palace, Fisherman’s Bastion and more.
Day 15: Disembark Ship, Depart Budapest
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.
- Follow in the footsteps of Elisabeth of Bavaria, embark on an imperial train journey, then tour Gödöllo Palace.
- Princess Heide von Hohenzollern will open the doors of her castle just for you. Enjoy dinner in the Hall of Mirrors.
- Attend a private classical concert featuring members of the Mozart's Boys Choir at the City Palace in Vienna.
- All accommodation with selected meals
- Return flights from the UK
- Overseas transfers
- Special Signature Experiences and guided excursions
- Freedom of Choice excursions and dining in selected locations
- APT Tour Director
- Port charges and tipping where applicable