Travel in luxury through the heart of Europe from Amsterdam to Budapest and fly free (or Business Class for $5,995pp)*!
From quaint Dutch villages to the birthplace of Beethoven and World Heritage-listed sites to historic monuments, you'll delve into each destination in style and be able to take advantage of exclusive events and luxurious Signature Experiences.
Day 1 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.
Day 2 Amsterdam
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.
Choose your sightseeing in Amsterdam. Tonight, celebrate with a gala welcome dinner.
Day 3 Bonn, Andernach
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.
Take a discovery through the city. 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, and you will visit the house where he was born, which is now a museum. Alternatively, set off on a bike to explore.
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.
Day 4 Rüdesheim
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.
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.
Day 5 Miltenberg
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.
Seize the day with your choice of sightseeing.
Day 6 Würzburg
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.
The day is yours to design with our Freedom of Choice sightseeing inclusions.
Day 7 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.
Day 8 Nuremberg
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.
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.
Day 9 Regensburg
In Regensburg, explore its World Heritage-listed city centre. Or put on your dancing shoes for a Bavarian dance class at a local beer haus. Maybe take a culinary walk and visit the Michelin-starred Storstad.
After your sightseeing inclusion, a student from the University of Regensburg will come aboard for a presentation.
Day 10 Passau, Linz
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.
Choose from our fabulous Freedom of Choice inclusions today.
Day 11 Melk, Dürnstein
Visit the statuary-adorned Melk Abbey. Otherwise a local expert is on hand to show you around town.
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.
Day 12 Vienna
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.
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.
Today you will enjoy your Freedom of Choice inclusion. Tonight, your Signature Experience awaits.
Day 13 Budapest
This afternoon, follow in the footsteps of the Habsburg Empire. Enjoy a welcome reception at Budapest’s Royal Waiting Room, then board the Grand Empress steam train. 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, be treated like royalty with dinner served on your train, before returning to your ship. Operates on all departures between May and September.
Enjoy a relaxing morning sailing to Budapest. Afterwards, enjoy your Signature Experience on May to September departures.
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 an illuminations cruise through the twinkling lights of Budapest.
Day 15 Disembark ship, depart Budapest
Sadly, the time has come to say goodbye and be transferred to the airport.
Prices are correct as at 12 August 2019. Prices are per person, twin share. ALL OFFERS: All offers are available until 31 August 2019, unless sold out prior. Limited seats on set departures are available and are subject to availability. DEPOSITS & FINAL PAYMENTS: A first non-refundable deposit of $1,000 pp is due within 7 days of booking. A second non-refundable deposit of $2,000 pp is due by 31 October 2019. Final payment due 100 days prior to departure. AIRFARE OFFERS: All offers are subject to availability of airline and booking class. Once class is sold out surcharges apply. Flights must be booked by APT. Airfare offers are valid ex. Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. FLY FREE: Flights are based on wholesale airfares in economy class (W class) with pp. Surcharges will apply if air taxes exceed this amount. FLY BUSINESS CLASS FOR $5,995: Flights are based on wholesale airfares in business class (U class) with Singapore Airlines depending on routing (or another airline of APT’s choosing) with air taxes up to $200 pp. Surcharges will apply if air taxes apply if air taxes exceed this amount.