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Christmas in Europe

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Visit Nuremberg Christmas Market, the largest of its kind in Europe on your APT tour.
Discover the beautiful town of Durnstein on Christmas Eve on your APT Christmas tours of Europe.
Discover the festive spirit of European Christmas on you APT Christmas tour.

Celebrate the festive season in an entirely different way on an unforgettable APT Winter Wonderland Journey. Cruise Europe’s most enchanting rivers as your dreams of a fairytale Christmas come true.

See the iconic Eiffel Tower under a blanket of snow.

Under a bright winter sky, the smells of gingerbread and mulled wine fill the streets, and the soft strains of carols float through the air; Christmas has come to Europe. Relax in luxurious comfort as you discover enchanting sites, unique activities and irresistible flavours of Christmas in Europe’s most captivating destinations.

Europe’s Festive Season

As the festive season draws in, Europe begins to dress up for the occasion. Join us to experience the joy and enchantment of the festive period. In Paris, wooden chalets line the boulevards and shop windows come to life with elaborate light displays. Throughout Germany, locals come together to share mulled wine and sample seasonal delicacies such as fruit cake and gingerbread.

Delightful Christmas Markets

Many of Europe’s cities and towns including Regensburg, Passau, Prague and Budapest begin to bustle in anticipation as Christmas approaches. In most town centres, the local community comes together to share Glühwein (mulled wine) and lay out their locally-made crafts and produce in quaint market stalls. Reflecting the distinctive cultures of the region, every market possesses its own unique charm.Take a virtual tour of the famous Christmas Markets here.


Luxury Cruising Experience

Exceptional comfort, outstanding cuisine and unforgettable sightseeing combine to create a truly magical European winter cruise.   

Concerto River Ships 
Leading the way in luxury and comfort, APT’s Concerto River Ships are the only ships in Europe that present Twin Balcony Suites as a major feature. Featuring a large Outside Balcony and a Panoramic Balcony – which creates an open-air conservatory-style area – these suites represent a genuinely exciting revolution in river ship design. Find out more about Concerto River Ships here.

Exceptional Dining & Onboard Entertainment 
You’re sure to appreciate the many opportunities to indulge with our diverse range of onboard dining options. From degustation-style cuisine to Italian fare in the Bella Cucina Restaurant and casual dining in the Main Lounge, APT’s river ships present up to seven dining experiences – a number unequalled in the industry. This includes our Chef’s Table Restaurant, which represents the ultimate dining experience on Europe’s waterways. On our Royal Collection cruises, most drinks – both alcoholic and non-alcoholic – are included throughout the entire cruise.

Exquisite Service 
With the highest staff-to-guest ratio on Europe’s rivers, you’ll be taken care of by the best in the business. Our European-based operations team are close by to assist with your every need, while our Cruise Directors have become renowned as a highlight of the APT holiday experience. Plus, aboard APT’s Royal Collection cruises, guests in selected suites will enjoy the personalised attention of our private butler service. APT is also the only Australian-based European river cruise operator to receive a Berlitz 4-Star Plus rating for all of its ships – the highest level awarded.

Signature Invitations

Immerse yourself with APT’s exciting Royal and Signature invitations on our Magnificent Europe cruises. 

Delve deeper into the history and culture of Europe with an exclusive invitation to Namedy Castle – home to a princess; enjoy a private concert at Vienna’s City Palace; and embark on the ultimate imperial rail journey on the Majestic Imperator. Enjoy a delicious dinner and cabaret show at the Moulin Rouge in Paris; swap stories with the friendly locals of Miltenberg; enjoy a private recital at the Hungarian State Opera House in Budapest; and be caught up in the magic of Prague’s Chateau Jemniste during a tour and impressive falconry display. 

These exciting experiences will leave you with the knowledge that you’ve experienced Europe in greater depth than the average visitor.

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