Enjoy time to wander Europe's Christmas markets, teeming with delicious treats and hand-made treasures.
Visit a local carver that produces traditional wooden masks of the German folklore character Krampus.
Explore this unique building that showcases contemporary German architecture and 130 years of the automotive industry.
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Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories
From grand cities filled with glorious architecture to enchanting fairytale villages and spectacular valleys, this journey is set to be simply magnificent. Arrive in Paris, the City of Light. You will be met at the airport and then transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a Welcome Reception tonight as anticipation builds for the trip ahead.
Stay: Three Nights, Paris, Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe
Indulge in a sumptuous lunch at Ore Restaurant in Versailles, owned by renowned chef Alain Ducasse.
Enjoy a wonderful sightseeing tour of Paris. Afterwards, discover the splendour behind Louis XIV’s transformation of the Palace of Versailles.Daily :
Perhaps join a culinary walking tour to sample a range of Paris’ fine food. Alternatively, tour Paris' icons in a special 2CV vintage car or soak up the Parisian atmosphere as you explore the Montmartre district and admire the Sacre-Cœur Basilica.
This evening, after your chosen activity, enjoy a meal and a memorable show at the Moulin Rouge. Delight in this iconic Parisian cabaret, captured in the famous paintings of Toulouse-Lautrec.Daily :
Travel by coach through northern France and into Belgium. Arrive in Ghent and enjoy a light lunch while cruising along the city’s canals. Continue to Amsterdam and board your ship. After dinner on board, you may like to explore at your own pace.
Stay: 14 Nights, one of APT’s luxurious Concerto River ShipsDaily :
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.
Explore Amsterdam your way. Tonight, get to know your fellow travellers and cruise director as you sit down to a gala welcome dinner.Daily :
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 Experience.Daily :
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.Daily :
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.Daily :
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.Daily :
Explore Bamberg’s Old Town. Afterwards, cruise onto the Main-Danube Canal.Daily :
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.Daily :
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.Daily :
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.
After your signature experience, travel to Linz to re-board your ship. Alternatively, embark on a walking tour of Passau, then board your ship and cruise to Linz.Daily :
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.Daily :
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.Daily :
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.Daily :
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.Daily :
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 SalzburgDaily :
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.Daily :
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 TenneDaily :
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 KempinskiDaily :
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.Daily :
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 TonbachDaily :
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.Daily :
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 SteigenbergerDaily :
Today your Magical Christmas Markets journey draws to a conclusion. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.Daily :
In Germany's Black Forest region, experience a stay at this fine hotel in a magical setting.
The Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski is centrally located in the heart of this incredible city.
As a family-owned company with origins that date back to 1927, we know how to make a great holiday extraordinary