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Luxury

Magical Christmas Markets with Imperial Europe

Amsterdam to Frankfurt
13 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: EUICX23
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

Mercedes-Benz Car Museum

Explore this unique building that showcases contemporary German architecture and 130 years of the automotive industry.

The Austrian Alps

Visit Kitzbühel, founded in the 16th century and is now one of Europe's most stunning ski resort villages.

Enchanting Christmas Markets

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

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 23 destinations
  • Freedom of Choice inclusions in 10 locations
  • Luxury dining - a total of 54 meals
  • A wide range of onboard beverages
  • Expert APT Tour and Cruise Directors
  • Butler, room service and laundry (select suites)
  • Eight nights luxury land accommodation
  • Transfers, porterage, port charges and gratuities

Map & Itinerary

Europe Map EUICX23 2020
Amsterdam to Frankfurt

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

ROYAL SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Allow us to offer you a first-hand insight into the charmed world of imperial Europe

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

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

Be met on arrival and transferred to your river ship.

Stay: 14 Nights, a Concerto River Ship

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  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

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.


Canal Boat Cruise

Board a glass-top boat and admire the city's architecture as you cruise the maze of World-Heritage-listed canals for which the city is famous.

Zaanse Schans

Visit the typically Dutch village of Zaanse Schans, famous for its wooden windmills, traditional Dutch houses and specialty produce. Enjoy some time to explore and enjoy a tasting of the regions cheeses.

Stroopwafel Demonstration

Enjoy a relaxing morning on board, while a local baker conducts a 'stroopwafel' demonstration, a waffle made from two thin layers of baked dough with a caramel-like syrup filling in the middle.


Explore Amsterdam your way. Tonight, get to know your fellow travellers and cruise director as you sit down to a gala welcome dinner.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Go beyond the gates of Namedy Castle and wander about the rooms, hidden nooks and grounds, then enjoy a cocktail party in the ballroom


This morning, awake to a new country, a new city, with unlimited possibilities for what the day could bring. Take a walking discovery through the historic city centre. You’ll then travel to Andernach for your first Signature Experiene.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

In Rüdesheim, tour Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum or perhaps sample wines from the region during an onboard tasting.


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. Your ship later docks at the town of Rüdesheim.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Sample local fare during a guided tour, take an onboard German language lesson or hike through a Franconian vineyard.


Spend the day in Miltenberg, where you may select from two activities.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

The immense architectural beauty of Würzburg is on show today as you walk 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 to the marvellous medieval town of Rothenburg where you’ll stop for a tour. Otherwise, visit a family-owned farm, where you'll tour the property before sitting down to morning tea as you learn about local farming life.


Seize the day with your preferred sightseeing activity.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Explore Bamberg’s Old Town. Afterwards, cruise onto the Main-Danube Canal.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

A historic tour takes you to a selection of World War II sites, such as the Reich Party Rally Grounds. Alternatively, walk in the footsteps of Swedish King Gustavus-Adolphus, with a hike through the Schwarzach Valley.


Delve into Nuremberg’s history during today’s activity.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Explore Regensburg’s World Heritage-listed city centre. Or put on your dancing shoes for a Bavarian dance class at a local beer haus. You can also take a gourmet walk with a visit to the Michelin-starred Storstad.


After this morning’s experience, a student from the University of Regensburg will join you on board for an informative presentation.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Travel to Salzburg, where a city tour takes you to several sights from Rogers and Hammerstein’s classic film, The Sound of Music. Enjoy lunch here, before taking in a traditional Krampus mask show, a local Christmas custom. Afterwards, travel to Linz to re-board your ship. Alternatively, embark on a walking tour of Passau, then board your ship and cruise to Linz.


Select from a two activities here today.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Set out on a guided tour of Melk Abbey or join a local guide for a town tour.


Disembark in Melk and set out on your chosen activity. Later, your ship cruises to Dürnstein where you will enjoy some free time to explore.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

ROYAL 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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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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.


Tailor your second day in Vienna with a choice of activities.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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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Disembark your ship after breakfast. Travel to Mondsee and see St Michael’s Church, the film setting for Maria and Georg von Trapp’s wedding in The Sound of Music. Later, arrive in the fairytale city of Salzburg, where your hotel is perfectly situated near the old town. This evening, get to know your tour director over dinner.

Stay: Two Nights, Sheraton Grand Salzburg

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

See the famous sights of Salzburg, including the birthplace of Mozart and the charming Residenzplatz in the Old Town. Afterwards, enjoy free time to wander the enchanting Christmas markets and perhaps sample some local treats such as gingerbread.

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  • Breakfast

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

In Salzburg, visit a local carver that produces traditional wooden masks of the folklore character Krampus. Here, admire the skill it takes to produce these highly intricate carvings. In complete contrast to Santa Claus, Krampus would punish the children that were not so nice.


Travel to Kitzbühel, founded in the 16th century as a silver and copper mining town. Today, it is considered one of Europe's premier ski resorts, offering sublime vistas in the Austrian Alps. Arrive at your hotel, situated in the heart of the city's old town.

Stay: Kitzbühel, Hotel Zur Tenne

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Travel to Ettal and visit Linderhof Palace and Park. King Luwig II, who was crowned king in 1864, began construction of this masterpiece in 1867. Continue to historic Oberammergau, renowned for its Passion Play. Later, arrive in Munich.

Stay: Two Nights, Munich, Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski

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  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

A guide will lead you on this 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. Alternatively, visit the Dachau Concentration Camp, offering a sobering insight into the location that served as a model for all Nazi concentration camps.


Tour Munich, followed by some time at the Christmas markets. Afterwards, select your preferred sightseeing.

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  • Breakfast

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.


Visit the magical hilltop Hohenzollern Castle, a grand 11th-century fortress set atop Mount Hohenzollern in a dramatic setting. 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.


During another further day in the Black Forest, select your preferred activity.

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  • Breakfast

Travel to Stuttgart and visit the Mercedes-Benz Car Museum, a unique building that showcases contemporary German architecture. Afterwards, continue to Frankfurt and enjoy a Farewell Dinner.

Stay: Frankfurt, Hotel Frankfurter Hof Steigenberger

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Today your Magical Christmas Markets journey draws to a conclusion. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

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Travel & Accommodation

Couple have a drink while sitting in the bay window of their cabin

Cruise in Luxury

No matter which suite you choose, each offers a balance of luxury and intimacy. Plus, you'll always enjoy river views.

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Hotel Traube Tonbach

In Germany's Black Forest region, experience a stay at this fine hotel in a magical setting.

Stay in The Heart of Munich

The Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski allows you to make the most of your time in Munich thanks to its prime position.

It has been a privilege to welcome so many guests aboard APT’s award-winning journeys, and a joy to see those guests fall in love with each new experience the world presents.