Be met on arrival and transferred to your ship. After your first dinner on board, you may like to explore the city at your own pace.
Stay: 14 Nights: one of APT’s luxurious Aria or Concerto river shipsDaily :
Perhaps embark on a canal cruise and admire the city from a glass-top boat as you glide past 17th-century homes, churches and 16th-century merchant houses. You may prefer to visit Zaanse Schans, a lovely village famous for its wooden windmills, traditional Dutch houses and specialty produce. Enjoy some time to explore and a tasting of the region’s cheeses before returning to your ship. Later today, set off along the Rhine River, enjoying a Gala Wel-come Dinner.Daily :
Enter Germany and cruise into Cologne, a city centred around the twin spires of its famous cathedral. Choose to take a tour of this historic city, or travel to Bonn and explore the sights with a guide. Later, rejoin your ship in Bonn and cruise to Andernach for an exclusive visit to Namedy Castle. This 14th-century residence is home to Princess Heide von Hohenzollern who has opened the doors of her castle just for you. Enjoy some free time to wander about the castle’s rooms, hidden nooks and grounds at your leisure, then savour a lavish banquet in the ballroom, accompanied by a classical piano recital.Daily :
Approach the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River today, where crumbling ruins cling to rocky cliffs and rolling hillsides are marked with perfectly planted vineyards. Dock in Rüdesheim and take a trip aboard the Winzerexpress mini-train to the town centre. Perhaps tour Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, home to the world’s most beautiful collection of fascinating automated musical instruments.Alternatively, take in sublime views over the stunning Rhine Valley as you travel in a gondola to the Niederwald Monument. Later, enjoy a tantalising dinner on board.Daily :
Witness the skilful art of glass-blowing on board as you cruise towards the pretty Franconian town of Miltenberg this morning. Spared from the destruction of World War II, the town is much like a time capsule revealing old-world village life, remarkably preserved buildings and lively town squares. A local guide will take you on a special discovery of the town today. Stroll along the winding cobblestone lanes, explore quaint half-timbered shops, mingle with friendly residents and sample some delicious local fare along the way.Daily :
The immense architectural beauty of Würzburg is on show today as you stroll through the city to the Würzburg Residence, an 18th-century palace that once belonged to the Prince-Bishops of Würzburg. Inside, marvel at intricate tapestries, gilded stucco work and ceiling frescoes by Tiepolo. If you prefer, take a journey along the Romantic Road, one of Germany’s original holiday routes. Today, this beautiful thoroughfare takes you to the marvellous medieval town of Rothenburg where you’ll stop for a tour. Afterwards, return to your ship for dinner.Daily :
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. Here you will explore the Old Town with a guide to 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.Daily :
Learn all about the Bavarian city of Nuremberg today. A historic city tour takes you to a selection of World War II sites, such as the Reich Party Rally Grounds, the site of Hitler’s now infamous rallies held annually from 1927 to 1938. Discover medieval architecture, including the 900-year-old ramparts that surround the city, the Imperial Castle and more. Back on board later this afternoon, sample some freshly baked gingerbread while cruising along the Main-Danube Canal.Daily :
Dock alongside one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities, Regensburg, standing at the confluence of the Danube and Regen rivers. On a guided tour taking in the city’s highlights, see such sites as the iconic Old Town Hall, the World Heritage-listed city centre, and the remains of the Romanesque fortress walls, including one of the country’s most ancient stone buildings, the Porta Pretoria. You’ll also see the impressive 12th-century Stone Bridge that arches gracefully across the water. Tonight, enjoy the finest cuisine for dinner.Daily :
Today, an exquisite private rail journey aboard the Majestic Imperator reveals the legacy of the once powerful Habsburg Empire as you travel from Passau to Linz. On board your privately chartered train, relax amid luxurious surrounds and savour refreshments while you wind your way through graceful alpine countryside. Disembark in Salzburg where a city tour includes some of the sights from the classic film, 'The Sound of Music'. Re-board the Majestic Imperator and mingle with your fellow passengers as you’re entertained by live music en route to Linz.Daily :
Cruise through the Wachau Valley wine region today. Disembark in Melk for a guided tour of Melk Abbey, one of the world’s most famous monastic sites. Or join a local guide for a tour of the town. You may then choose to ride a bicycle along the banks of the Danube River from Melk to -Dürnstein, or rejoin your ship and cruise to -Dürnstein instead. On arrival, roam the village's cobblestone lanes at your leisure and perhaps view the ruins of the castle where Richard the Lionheart, the King of England, was -imprisoned in 1192.Daily :
Arrive in Vienna, Austria’s capital, home to striking architecture, a rich classical musical culture and vibrant cafés. Take in many of the city’s most important landmarks during a tour along the Ringstrasse, Vienna’s famous ring boulevard officially opened by Emperor Franz Joseph I on May 1, 1865. You’ll also enjoy a guided walk to the glorious St Stephen’s Cathedral. Tonight, your third Royal Signature Experience awaits at the princely family of Liechtenstein’s City Palace in the heart of Vienna. Attend an exclusive Cocktail Reception and a private concert featuring members of the Mozart Boys’ Choir, a full orchestra performing classical masterpieces by Mozart and Strauss and an operatic recital. This will be an unforgettable evening you will treasure forever.Daily :
You have a choice of exciting activities to choose from on your second day in Vienna. Perhaps tour Schönbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the imperial family. Wander through its lush, manicured gardens and marvel at sculptures representing deities and virtues. Alternatively, join an excursion to Bratislava, the diverse capital of nearby Slovakia. Its mixture of 18th-century Rococo design and communist-era architecture make this a city of alluring contrasts. Another option is to visit the Spanish Riding School to witness the beautiful Lipizzan horses during a morning practice session.Daily :
Arrive in Budapest, where a city tour offers a thrilling discovery. See Buda Castle, the Royal Palace, Fisherman’s Bastion and more. Reflect upon the magnificent days that have just gone by as you sit down to the Captain's Farewell Dinner. Afterwards, set off on an incredible twilight cruise through the city and be enchanted by the lights of the remarkable Hungarian capital sparkling around you.Daily :
Travel to Velké Bílovice for a light lunch in a Czech wine cellar. Arrive later in Prague.
Stay: Three Nights: Prague, Radisson Blu Alcron HotelDaily :
The capital of the Czech Republic lures you with its millennia-long history and rich Bohemian culture. Take a trip to Prague Castle, the largest coherent castle complex in the world, and visit Saint Vitus Cathedral. Then stroll over Charles Bridge on the way to the Old Town Square, where you’ll see one of the city’s greatest treasures, the wonderful 600-year-old Astronomical Clock. Tonight, a stunning Farewell Dinner awaits at the award-winning La Rotonde restaurant. Set in Art Deco style, dine within this exquisite setting as you enjoy gourmet cuisine.Daily :
Descendants of the Czech Republic’s oldest aristocratic family, the Counts of Sternberg, welcome you to their 18th-century Baroque home, Chateau Jemniste. Explore the estate on a private guided tour, enjoy a special lunch then watch on in awe as birds of prey free-fly during a falconry display.Daily :
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.Daily :
This trip was the best valued and most scenic holiday we have been on and the staff were so professional and attentive to all the passengers' needs, which only enhanced our trip.