Magnificent Europe River Cruise 2020

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Magnificent Europe River Cruise 2020

Magnificent Europe 15-day luxury river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest.

  • Save up to £1,500 per person on 2020 fares
  • Prices from £2,795 per person, twin share, including flights

Start with a night docked in Amsterdam, before heading along the Rhine, stopping at German towns along the way. In Austria, delve into the classical music capital of Vienna, then culminate in Budapest, where its monuments sparkle around you.

A luxury river cruise with APT is the most relaxing and stylish way to discover Europe’s waterways. Enjoy ever-changing views, exceptional dining and stylish surroundings aboard your river ship. On shore, enjoy carefully-crafted excursions led by expert local guides who will bring the history and culture of each destination to life.

Relax during your 14-night cruise aboard one of the following river ships: MS AmaVenita, MS AmaReina, MS AmaVerde or MS AmaBella.

Departs from April 2020 to December 2020

Included Experiences

  • Home-to-airport transfers by private car*
  • Return scheduled flights from the UK*
  • Unique cultural experiences in up to 15 towns, villages and cities
  • Signature Experiences
  • Freedom of Choice Sightseeing Inclusions
  • 14 breakfasts (B), 13 lunches (L) and 14 dinners (D)
  • Complimentary beverages served at your discretion on board*
  • APT Cruise Director and expert local guides
  • Overseas transfers, port charges and tipping
  • Butler service, room service, complimentary laundry service and champagne on arrival in select suites*

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Magnificent Europe 2020 Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Amsterdam, Embark Ship

Welcome to Amsterdam! We’ll meet you on arrival and transfer you to your luxurious floating home for the next 15 days. You’ll have time to unpack, relax and get acquainted with your ship, as the excitement builds for everything that’s about to come.

14 Nights, a Concerto River Ship D

Day 02: Amsterdam

Choose your sightseeing in Amsterdam. Tonight, celebrate with a gala welcome dinner. BLD

Freedom of Choice Sightseeing

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. Or even sleep in and take the day as it comes. 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.

Day 03: Bonn, Andernach

This morning, awake to a new country, a new city, with unlimited possibilities for what the day could bring. After your sightseeing in Bonn, you’ll then travel to Andernach for your first Signature Experience. BLD

Freedom of Choice Sightseeing

Take a discovery through Bonn’s historic city centre or set off on a bike to explore.

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.

Day 04: Rüdesheim

Have your camera handy to capture some of the best scenery you’ll encounter as you cruise through the Rhine Gorge. Dock in Rüdesheim, where you will then choose your sightseeing. BLD

Freedom of Choice Sightseeing

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 fine automated musical creations. Otherwise, a selection of fine Rhine Valley wines eagerly await your palate at an onboard tasting.

Day 05: Miltenberg

Seize the day with your choice of sightseeing. BLD

Freedom of Choice Sightseeing

Pick up the pace and hike through a forested area overlooking Franconian vineyards. Or, go slow and head to a local cellar for a tipple or two. You can even stay on your ship and learn a little German.

Day 06: Würzburg

The day is yours to design with our Freedom of Choice sightseeing inclusions. BLD

Freedom of Choice Sightseeing

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.

Day 07: Bamberg

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. BLD

Day 08: Nuremberg

Select the sightseeing inclusion that best suits you. You will be rewarded with freshly baked gingerbread on your return. This afternoon, cruise onto the Main-Danube Canal. Having taken 32 years to construct, the canal links the North and Black seas. BLD

Freedom of Choice Sightseeing

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.

Day 09: Regensburg

After your sightseeing inclusion, a student from the University of Regensburg will come aboard for a presentation. BLD

Freedom of Choice Sightseeing

In Regensburg, explore its World Heritage-listed city centre. Or maybe take a culinary walk and visit the Michelin-starred Storstad.

Day 10: Passau, Linz

Choose from our fabulous Freedom of Choice inclusions today. BLD

Freedom of Choice Sightseeing

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.

Day 11: Melk, Dürnstein

A choice of sightseeing greets you in Melk. It’s then onto more remarkable scenery as you cruise through the Wachau Valley to Dürnstein, where you’ll roam its cobblestone lanes at your leisure. Or perhaps take a guided bike ride along the river from Melk to Dürnstein. BLD

Freedom of Choice Sightseeing

Visit the statuary-adorned Melk Abbey. Otherwise a local expert is on hand to show you around town.

Day 12: Vienna

Today you will enjoy your Freedom of Choice inclusion. Tonight, your Signature Experience awaits. BLD

Freedom of Choice Sightseeing

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.

Day 13: Budapest

Enjoy a relaxing morning sailing to Budapest. Afterwards, enjoy your Signature Experience on May to September departures. BLD

Signature Experience

This afternoon, follow in the footsteps of Elisabeth of Bavaria (Sisi) and embark on an imperial train journey. Board your elegant Grand Empress steam train, where you’ll be treated like royalty, with a game lunch served. You will see inside some ornately adorned carriages from the early 1900s. Gödöllő Palace, Elisabeth of Bavaria’s favourite residence, is your destination. You will be shown through this monument of Hungarian aristocracy and architecture. Later, enjoy a Cocktail Reception at Budapest’s Royal Waiting Room before returning to the ship. Operates on all departures between May and September.

Day 14: Budapest

Enjoy a morning city tour of Budapest taking in its historic monuments, followed by the afternoon at leisure to further explore. Finish the day in style with a breathtaking illuminations cruise framed by the twinkling lights of Budapest’s stately monuments that line the Danube’s river banks. BLD

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. B

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Terms and conditions

*Terms and Conditions apply. Prices are per person, twin share and include savings where applicable. Fares from £2,795 pp based on 11 November 2020 departure. Save up to £1,500 pp based on 29 April 2020 departure with fares from £4,495 pp.  All prices are in pound sterling, per person (twin share or solo traveller as indicated), and include the applicable saving. Savings are indicated per person. Offers are valid on new bookings confirmed between 07 June - 31 August 2019 unless sold out prior. Offers are subject to availability, not combinable unless specified, available on new bookings only and may be withdrawn at any time. A strictly limited number of offers are available on selected itineraries and set departures as indicated. Once promotion is sold out a second tier discount may be applied to the booking. A non–refundable deposit of £500 per person is required within seven days of booking confirmation. Exceptions may apply, and you will be advised of any additional payments at the time of booking. Final payment is due 100 days prior to departure. The Grand Empress steam train operates on all departures between May and September only. Disruptions to cruising and itinerary may occur. Complimentary beverages exclude French Champagne, premium spirits and selected wines. Complimentary home-to-airport transfers are included on Luxury river cruises. Available within a 75 driven mile radius of selected UK departure airports and must be requested at the time of booking. Valid for UK mainland and Northern Ireland only. No cash alternative available.