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Luxury

The Festive Spirit of Switzerland with Magnificent Europe

27 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: EUMCCH27
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 26 destinations
  • 14 nights on a luxury river ship and 12 nights' luxury land accommodation
  • Freedom of Choice Inclusions
  • A total of 60 meals and a wide range of onboard beverages
  • The services of expert tour and cruise directors
  • Butler, room service and laundry (select suites)
  • Transfers, port charges and gratuities
  • Enjoy a leckerli cookie workshop in Basel

Map & Itinerary

Europe Map 2023 EUMCCH27
Zurich to Budapest

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™

Give your holiday a personal touch with a choice of included sightseeing or dining options

Welcome to Switzerland. Be met on arrival and transfer to your hotel. Later, meet your fellow travellers at a welcome reception.

Stay: Zurich Marriott Hotel

Explore Zurich on a guided tour before travelling to Basel, where you will visit the Christmas market. Revel in the festive spirit at the Christmas markets, where twinkling lights and mulled wine are on display. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Stay: Basel, Hotel D

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Nighttime view of a Christmas market in Basel, Switzerland.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

In Basel, delight in a leckerli cookie workshop. Originating in Basel, these traditional Swiss cookies were created by local spice merchants in the 1400s, and are now a popular treat and the pride of Basel. After learning how to bake like the locals do, indulge in sampling these chewy, nutty cookies flavoured with spices.


Head underground to see the historic city walls of Basel, before a festive Signature Experience. Later, stop in the Swiss capital of Bern en route to Montreux. Here, your hotel the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace is situated in a prime position overlooking Lake Geneva and the Swiss Alps.

Stay: Two Nights, Fairmont Le Montreux Palace, in a guaranteed Lake View Room

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Call into the lakeside town of Vevey before a visit to Chaplin’s World, dedicated to the film artist Charlie Chaplin. Here, embark on a cinematic journey through time as you enter the manoir, a beautiful home in which Chaplin spent the final 25 years of his life. You will also visit the museum’s old Hollywood-style studio where you can immerse yourself in the world of silent film. Afterwards, take a stroll around the surrounding four-hectare garden estate. This afternoon, browse the displays of the Vevey Christmas markets.

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Today you will board the Golden Pass train and journey to Gstaad where you will learn why Switzerland is renowned for having some of the finest cheese in the world. Visit Kase-Grotte (the Cheese Grotto), where you’ll enter the magnificent cave that houses more than 3,000 cheese varieties, which of course is followed by a tasting. Later, reboard the Golden Pass to Zweisimmen where you will travel by coach to the quintessential Swiss resort village of Grindelwald. Here you'll stay in a traditional hotel with rooms offering stunning views over Eiger mountain.

Stay: Three Nights, Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof Grindelwald

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Make the most of the fairytale winter setting with a private reception at the Glacier Bar.


Today you will ascend 3,466 metres above sea level as you board a funicular train to Jungfraujoch. Affectionately known as the ‘Top of Europe’, this climb up the Bernese Alps offers sensational views along the journey and at the summit. Here, we’ve organised a special Signature Experience.

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Jungfrau Bahn, Switzerland

We’ve set aside a full day for you to explore more of this Swiss resort village at your leisure.

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After breakfast, travel to Lucerne and explore this picturesque lakeside town. This evening, enjoy dinner at a traditional fondue restaurant.

Stay: Two Nights, The Hotel Lucerne, Autograph Collection

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Today, enjoy a magical Christmas walking tour. On your tour, hear about the seasonal traditions of Lucerne while wandering the many stalls of its Christmas markets. You’ll be sure to feel the magic of the festive spirit come alive.

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Today you will travel to the Lindt Home of Chocolate for a guided tour. Later, journey to the ski resort town of Flims.

Stay: Two Nights, Waldhaus Flims

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Today, travel along a series of picturesque trails on a horse-drawn carriage ride. Enjoy a progressive dinner this evening as you dine at different restaurants at your hotel.

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Travel to the wine region of Bad Ragaz, a region renowned for its thermal springs and wine. Here, visit a family run local winery to sample some of the wines produced on the estate, and gain an insight into how wine and other fresh produce was cultivated here over 1,000 years ago. Return to Zurich and browse the enchanting Christmas markets. This evening, a farewell dinner awaits.

Stay: Zurich Marriott Hotel

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Be transferred to the airport for your included flight to Amsterdam. On arrival transfer you to your luxurious floating home for the next 15 days. Unpack, relax and get acquainted with your ship.

Stay: 14 Nights, a Concerto River Ship

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Perhaps cruise the canals on a glass-top boat or visit Zaanse Schans – known for its windmills and specialty produce.


Spend today on your preferred activity. Tonight, enjoy a gala welcome dinner.

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Canal and small bridge lit up with lights at night, Amsterdam

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

On a visit to Namedy Castle, wander about the rooms and grounds, then enjoy a cocktail party in the ballroom.


This morning will be spent cruising through Germany. Disembark in Andernach and enjoy a Signature Experience here. In Koblenz this evening, perhaps join your cruise director for an evening stroll.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

You might like to take a gondola ride or visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum.


Cruise through the Rhine Gorge to Rudesheim and set out on your chosen activity.

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Step ashore in Miltenberg and set out on a guided exploration before time at leisure.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Seize the day and walk to the 18th-century Wurzburg Residence. Alternatively, travel to Rothenburg. Or get to know the locals with a visit to a family-owned farm, where a home-cooked morning tea is on the menu.


Your day unfolds on your terms thanks to a choice of activities today.

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Sail to Bamberg, where you’ll join a guided exploration with a local expert.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Perhaps journey through Nuremberg’s history with its Gothic churches and World War II sites. Or keep fit with a guided walk through the Schwarzach Valley.


This morning gives you the chance to choose your sightseeing activity. This afternoon, continue cruising on the Main-Danube Canal. Having taken 32 years to construct, the canal links the North and Black seas.

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Christmas market in Nuremberg at night, Germany

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

In Regensburg, explore its atmospheric World Heritage-listed city centre. With a history dating back to the Roman times, this incredible city was the first capital of Bavaria. Or, you might prefer to get active and take a guided bike ride to the Walhalla memorial. This neo-classical building sits above the Danube River and houses a hall of fame that honours notable politicians, artists, sovereigns and scientists from Germany’s past.


Discover Regensburg on your choice of activities today.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

From Passau, head to Salzburg to visit some of the sites featured in The Sound of Music. Or set off into the Czech Republic, where Cesky Krumlov awaits. Either way, re-board your ship in Austria’s Linz. Alternatively, explore the town of Passau, followed by a relaxing day on board cruising to Linz.


How you spend today is up to you with a number of options on offer.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Cruise through the Wachau Valley to Durnstein, where you’ll roam its cobblestone lanes at your leisure. Or perhaps take a guided bike ride along the river from Melk to Durnstein.


Visit the statuary-adorned Melk Abbey. Then, it’s up to you how you get to the next port of call.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

After dinner, head to the princely family of Liechtenstein’s City Palace in the heart of Vienna, where we have arranged an exclusive cocktail party and private recital, just for you. A full orchestra will perform classical masterpieces by Mozart and Strauss. You will also be enchanted by an operatic recital and a performance by some members of the Mozart Boys’ Choir.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Perhaps visit the 1,441-room Schönbrunn Palace and its gardens are another option. Or tick another country off your list and journey to Slovakia’s Bratislava. Otherwise, get active with a bike ride to Klosterneuburg Monastery. Perhaps take in the city’s many landmarks along the Ringstrasse, as well as St Stephen’s Cathedral. Otherwise, tick another country off your list and journey to Slovakia’s Bratislava.


Arrive in Vienna and set out on the activity of your choice.

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Christmas Ornaments, Germany

Today take in the city’s many landmarks along the Ringstrasse, as well as St Stephen’s Cathedral.

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Enjoy a morning city tour of Budapest taking in its historic monuments, including Fisherman’s Bastion and Heroes’ Square. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore.

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Sadly, the time has come to say goodbye and be transferred to the airport.

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