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Luxury

Magical Christmas Markets with Imperial Europe

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Trip Code: EUICRX23
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

Vienna's Christmas Markets

Enjoy time to wander Vienna's Christmas markets, teeming with delicious treats and hand-made treasures.

Private concert at City Palace

Attend a private classical concert featuring members of the Mozart's Boys Choir at the City Palace in Vienna.

Salzburg's Festive Charm

As the scent of gingerbread and spiced glühwein fills the wintry air, wander through Salzburg’s enchanting Christmas market.

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 22 destinations
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in 6 locations
  • Luxury dining - a total of 55 meals
  • A wide range of onboard beverages
  • Expert cruise and tour directors
  • Butler, room service and laundry (select suites)
  • Eight nights luxury land accommodation
  • Transfers, porterage, port charges and gratuities

Map & Itinerary

Europe map EUICRX23 2021
Frankfurt to Amsterdam

Reverse Trip

Designed Exclusively for APT guests

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories

Welcome to Frankfurt, where your Magical Christmas adventure will begin. We will meet you on arrival and transfer you to your hotel. Enjoy a welcome dinner this evening.

Stay: Frankfurt, Hotel Frankfurter Hof Steigenberger

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

This evening, get ready for a night of festivities with authentic cuisine and local entertainment, guaranteed to have you dancing in no time.


Travel to Stuttgart and visit the Mercedes-Benz Car Museum, a unique building that showcases contemporary German architecture at its finest. Afterwards, enjoy some time to browse the Christmas markets. Afterwards, travel into the Black Forest region.

Stay: Two Nights, Black Forest, Hotel Traube Tonbach

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Gourmet lovers will rejoice in a cooking class to learn the secrets of Bavarian cuisine. Alternatively, perhaps sample some of the region’s beers at a local brewery, or continue making fairytale moments with an old-fashioned horse and carriage ride through this stunning region.


Today in the Black Forest, select your preferred activity.

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It’s time to make some more fairytales come true with a visit to Hohenzollern Castle, a grand 11th-century fortress set atop Mount Hohenzollern in a dramatic fashion. Later, arrive in the Bavarian capital of Munich and enjoy dinner in a local restaurant.

Stay: Two Nights, Munich, Hotel Sofitel Bayerpost

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  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

A guide will lead you on a culinary tour, providing a delicious way to familiarise yourself with the local fare. Another option is to discover the BMW Museum and see its themed exhibits.


Set off on a guided discovery of Munich, followed by some time to browse the numerous stalls of the festive markets to find that special gift in time for Christmas. Afterwards, select your preferred sightseeing.

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  • Breakfast
View of Mountain over rooftops, Germany

Travel to Oberammergau, renowned for its once-in-a-decade Passion Play, telling the story of Jesus of Nazareth. Then continue on to Ettal and visit Linderhof Palace and Park. Later, arrive in Kitzbühel, founded in the 16th century as a silver and copper mining town. Today, it is considered one of Europe’s most appealing ski resorts, offering sublime vistas of the Austrian Alps. Enjoy dinner tonight in your hotel.

Stay: Kitzbühel, Hotel Zur Tenne or Kempinski Hotel Das Tirol Jochberg

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Travel to the fairytale city of Salzburg. See the famous sights of Salzburg, including the birthplace of Mozart and the charming Residenzplatz in the Old Town. Europe’s Christmas markets are a magical experience. The tempting aroma of hot spiced wine fills the air, and fairy lights twinkle in the town squares. You’ll have free time to wander the markets and perhaps sample some tasty local treats such as gingerbread, then wash it all down with a cup of hot glühwein.

Stay: Two Nights, Sheraton Grand Salzburg

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Take a scenic drive to Mondsee through the picturesque Austrian Lake District. Upon arrival, see St Michael’s Church, the film setting for Maria and Georg von Trapp’s wedding in The Sound of Music. This evening, enjoy dinner in a local restaurant.

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Today you will transfer to the classical city of Vienna, where you will embark your 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.

Stay: 14 Nights, a Concerto River Ship

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Travel to Schönbrunn Palace for a guided tour before free time to explore the famous Christmas market right in front of the palace. Afterwards, see how traditional apple strudel is prepared at the Residenz Café.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps 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 embark on a horse and carriage ride through Vienna, taking in the city’s beautiful Christmas decorations. Alternatively, enjoy an onboard baking demonstration on how to make the perfect Christmas cookies.


Another day in this beautiful city presents new options.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Tonight, visit the family of Liechtenstein’s City Palace and attend an exclusive cocktail reception and a private festive concert.


Today, enjoy a special festive guided tour of Vienna. Walk through the beautifully decorated city centre and enjoy a stop at the charming Christmas markets at City Hall. Here, sample spiced wine and gingerbread before free time to browse the market. Later, take in an enchanting Christmas recital in a local church.

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  • Breakfast
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People enjoying Vienna City palace concert

This morning, disembark in Dürnstein and enjoy the freedom to roam its historic lanes at your leisure. Later this afternoon, enjoy an in-depth guided discovery of Melk Abbey.

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  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Take in a traditional Krampus mask show, a Salzburg Christmas custom.


Travel to Salzburg, where a city tour takes you to several sights from Rogers and Hammerstein’s classic film, The Sound of Music. Afterwards, reboard your ship in Passau.

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Wander through Regensburg’s tangle of old streets as you explore its World Heritage-listed city centre. More than 1,000 well-preserved monuments can be found all over the city, dating back to the Roman Empire.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Delve into Nuremberg’s history on a World War II sites tour, or perhaps hike through the Schwarzach Valley.


Continue cruising on the Main-Danube Canal to Nuremberg. Nuremberg is a joy to explore during the festive season. On arrival, set out on your preferred activity.

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On arrival into Bamberg, join an exploration with a local expert to uncover everything World Heritage-listed Bamberg has to offer. Otherwise, take it easy and relax on board.

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Aerial view over the city skyline of Bamberg, Germany

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Seize the day with a walk to the 18th-century palace, Würzburg Residence. Perhaps journey along Romantic Road to medieval Rothenburg. Or meet the locals with a visit to a family-owned farm, where a home-cooked morning tea is on the menu.


The day unfolds as you please, thanks to a choice of activities.

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Today, you’ll discover Miltenberg on a guided exploration. Wander through cobblestone streets and admire the town’s enchanting half-timbered houses before time at leisure to explore on your own.

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Step ashore in Rüdesheim and visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, which houses a collection of fine automated musical creations. Later, cruise through the Rhine Valley to Koblenz. Here, perhaps join your cruise director for an evening stroll through the charming village.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Visit Namedy Castle for a morning tea and piano recital in the ballroom.


Cruise to Andernach and enjoy your Signature Experience. The afternoon will be spent sailing onwards to The Netherlands.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps slow things down and cruise the canals on a glass-top boat. Or visit Zaanse Schans - known for its windmills and specialty produce.


Arrive in Amsterdam, your final port of call. Set out on your selected experience. Tonight, celebrate the days that have just gone by with the Captain’s farewell dinner.

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Sadly, your journey comes to an end. We say goodbye, then transfer you to the airport.

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Ama Reina cruising along Rhine river

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