Be met on arrival and transfer to your hotel before tonight’s Welcome Reception.
Stay: Three Nights: Prague, Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel
Steeped in centuries of colourful history, Prague boasts a wealth of enchanting monuments and stunning Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Your sightseeing begins with a trip to World Heritage-listed Prague Castle. Visit Saint Vitus Cathedral then stroll over Charles Bridge on the way to the Old Town Square. Here, marvel at one of the city’s greatest treasures, the Astronomical Clock, which has been delighting visitors for more than 600 years. Tonight, a memorable Welcome Dinner awaits at the award-winning La Rotonde restaurant. Set in beautiful Art Deco style, dine in this exquisite setting as you get to know your fellow travellers.Daily :
Descendants of the Czech Republic’s 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 :
Travel to the historic town of Velké Bílovice for a light lunch in a traditional Czech wine cellar. Continue to Budapest and board your luxury river ship. After dinner on board this evening, set off on a twilight cruise through the city and be enchanted by the lights of the remarkable Hungarian capital.
Stay: 14 Nights: one of APT’s luxurious Aria or Concerto river shipsDaily :
In enchanting Budapest, a city tour offers a thrilling discovery. See Buda Castle, the Royal Palace, Fisherman’s Bastion and more. Back on board, attend a wonderful Gala Welcome Dinner.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 St Stephen’s Cathedral. Tonight, your first superb Royal 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 Strauss and an operatic recital. This will certainly 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 Rococo 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 tour of the stables. Later this evening, enjoy a superb dinner.Daily :
Cruise through the Wachau Valley wine region today. On arrival, roam Dürnstein’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. You may then choose to ride a bicycle along the banks of the Danube River from Dürnstein to Melk, or rejoin your ship and cruise to Melk instead. Disembark your river ship 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.Daily :
Today, an exquisite private rail journey aboard the incredible Majestic Imperator reveals the legacy of the once powerful Habsburg Empire as you travel from Linz to Passau via Salzburg. Experience the romance of European rail travel on board your privately chartered train. Relax in luxury and savour refreshments while you wind your way through alpine countryside. Disembark in Salzburg, where a fascinating city tour includes some of the sights from the classic musical film, ‘The Sound of Music’. Re-board the exquisite Majestic Imperator and mingle with your fellow passengers as you’re entertained by live performers en route to Passau. Here, you’ll rejoin your luxurious river ship and later, enjoy a sumptuous dinner.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, which arches gracefully across the water. Later, enjoy a delicious dinner on board your luxurious river ship.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. Having taken 32 years to construct, the canal links the North and Black seas and is recognised as a marvellous feat of modern engineering.Daily :
This morning your ship will arrive in the fascinating 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 local expert to discover a range of historic churches and buildings, including the town hall on the River Regnitz.Daily :
The 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 medieval town of Rothenburg where you’ll stop for a tour.Daily :
After an onboard glass-blowing demonstration, disembark in Miltenberg, a pretty Franconian town set amongst the Odenwald Forest. Also spared from the destruction of World War II, it’s much like a time capsule revealing old-world village life. A local guide will take you on a special discovery of the town today. Gain an invaluable insight into the local culture as you stroll along the cobblestone lanes, explore half-timbered shops, mingle with residents and sample delicious local fare along the way.Daily :
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 automated musical instruments. Alternatively, take in views over the Rhine Valley as you travel in a gondola to the Niederwald Monument. Later, your ship’s Sun Deck offers the perfect vantage point from which to view the scenery of the Rhine Gorge as you cruise the Rhine’s most beautiful stretch. This evening, you will be treated to a special event of the regal kind as you arrive in the 2,000 year-old town of Andernach. Here, you will enjoy an exclusive visit to Namedy Castle, home to Princess Heide von Hohenzollern, who has kindly opened the doors of her castle just for you. Enjoy some free time to wander about the magnificent castle and breathtaking grounds at your leisure, then savour a sumptuous banquet in the ballroom, accompanied by a classical piano recital.Daily :
Arrive in Bonn, the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven. Explore the city with a local expert guide, including the famed old government quarter. Alternatively, travel to historic Cologne, a city centred around the twin spires of its famous cathedral. Here, enjoy a walking tour of the town.Daily :
Today, sail into the beautiful Dutch capital, Amsterdam. Perhaps take a serene canal cruise and admire the city's beautiful streetscape from a glass-top boat. Alternatively, 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 renowned cheeses. Later, return to your ship and reflect upon the days that have just passed by as you attend a special Captain’s Farewell Dinner.Daily :
After breakfast, your holiday concludes with a transfer to the airport.Daily :
The Budapest to Amsterdam cruise was an absolute delight. It exceeded my most ambitious expectations by a huge margin and left nothing to be desired. I would strongly recommend it to anyone.