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Luxury

Magical Christmas Markets with Imperial Europe

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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 22 destinations
  • Freedom of Choice Inclusions in six locations
  • Luxury dining - a total of 54 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 EUICX23 2021
Amsterdam to Frankfurt

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 the vibrant city of Amsterdam. You’ll be met on arrival and transferred to your ship. After some time to unpack and get settled in, it’s time to meet your fellow travellers at a welcome reception.

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. Or, visit Zaanse Schans - the quintessential Dutch village known for its windmills and specialty produce.


Spend the morning on your chosen activity. 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

On a visit to Namedy Castle, go beyond the gates and wander about the rooms and grounds, then enjoy a cocktail party in the ballroom, where a pianist sets the mood.


This morning will be spent cruising through Germany. Disembark in Andernach for your first Signature Experience. Later, head back on board and enjoy dinner as your ship sets sail for Koblenz. Here, perhaps join your cruise director for an evening stroll through the charming village.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Ornate castle surrounded by gardens, Germany

Have your camera handy to capture some of the best scenery you’ll encounter as you cruise through the Rhine Gorge this morning. Step ashore in Rüdesheim and visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, which houses a collection of fine automated musical creations.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Step ashore in Miltenberg today and set out 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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  • 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.


Three options for discovery await you today.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Relax on board as you sail to Bamberg. On arrival, join an exploration with a local expert to uncover everything World Heritage-listed Bamberg has to offer.

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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.


Nuremberg is a joy to explore during the festive season. On arrival, set out on your preferred activity.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • 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, head to Linz to re-board your ship.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today, enjoy an in-depth guided discovery of Melk Abbey. Later, cruise to Dürnstein and enjoy the freedom to roam its historic lanes at your leisure.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
People enjoying Vienna City palace concert

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.


A second day in Vienna presents a host of options for discovery.

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  • Lunch
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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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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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. 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.

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  • Breakfast
Salzburg Christmas market

Travel to 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. Arrive at your hotel, where you will enjoy dinner this evening.

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

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Travel to Ettal and visit Linderhof Palace and Park. King Ludwig II, who was crowned king in 1864, began construction of this masterpiece in 1867. Continue to Oberammergau, renowned for its once-in-a-decade Passion Play, telling the story of Jesus of Nazareth. Later, arrive in Munich and enjoy dinner this evening.

Stay: Two Nights, Munich, Hotel Sofitel Bayerpost

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  • Breakfast
  • 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.


Enjoy 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

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.


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. 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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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. Later, continue to Frankfurt and enjoy a farewell dinner.

Stay: Frankfurt, Hotel Frankfurter Hof Steigenberger

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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

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  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

Twin Balcony Suite.

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.

In the heart of Munich

A contemporary design hotel in Munich’s former Bavarian Royal Post Office, enjoy a luxurious stay at Sofitel Munich Bayerpost.

As a family-owned company with origins that date back to 1927, we know how to make a great holiday extraordinary