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Luxury

Grand Alpine Express with Magnificent Europe

Amsterdam to Venice
24 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: EUMCDEA24
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  • Map & Itinerary
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Trip Highlights

Traverse St Gotthard Pass

Pass along Lake Zug and Lake Lucerne, before your train starts the picturesque scenic climb to St Gotthard Pass

The majestic Lake Bled

Climb through the Julian Alps to Lake Bled to discover its island, church and castle in a sublime alpine lake setting

Private concert at City Palace

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

Your Vacation Includes

  • All-inclusive sightseeing in up to 21 destinations
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in 10 locations
  • Finest dining - a total of 66 meals
  • Complimentary beverages served on board your river ship and train
  • Six nights aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express
  • APT Cruise Director and Golden Eagle Tour Manager

Map & Itinerary

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Europe Map EUMCDEA24 2018

Amsterdam to Venice

Designed Exclusively for APT guests
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 transfer to your ship.

Stay: 14 Nights: a Concerto River Ship

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps admire Amsterdam's canals from a glass-top boat as you glide past 17th-century homes, churches and merchant houses. Or visit Zaanse Schans, a lovely village famous for its traditional Dutch houses, windmills and specialty produce. Otherwise, enjoy a relaxing morning sailing down the Rhine, while a local baker conducts a 'stroopwafel’ demonstration. Alternatively, on select spring departures, take the opportunity to visit the stunning Keukenhof Gardens.


Choose your sightseeing in Amsterdam. Tonight, enjoy a Gala Welcome Dinner.

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ROYAL SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Later, rejoin your ship in Bonn and cruise to Andernach for an exclusive visit to Namedy Castle. This 14th-century residence is home to Princess Heide von Hohenzollern who has opened the doors of her castle just for you. Enjoy some free time to wander about the castle’s rooms, hidden nooks and grounds, then savour dinner in the ballroom, accompanied by a classical piano recital.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Take a tour through the historic city centre, or sample local beers and snacks on a walking tour. Alternatively, embark on a bike ride to see City Hall and the remains from Roman times and the Middle Ages.


Enter Germany and cruise into Cologne, a city centred around the twin spires of its famous cathedral.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps tour Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, home to the world’s most beautiful collection of fascinating automated musical instruments. Alternatively, sample wines from the Rhine Valley 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. Dock in Rudesheim and later, enjoy dinner on board.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps stroll along the winding cobblestone lanes, explore quaint half-timbered shops, mingle with friendly residents and sample some delicious local fare along the way. Alternatively, acquaint yourself with the German language during an interactive lesson on board your ship. Otherwise be guided through a picturesque Franconian vineyard as you learn about the specialty wines of the region during a hike.


Witness the skilful art of glass-blowing on board as you cruise towards the pretty Franconian town of Miltenberg this morning.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

The immense architectural beauty of Wurzburg is on show today as you walk to the Wurzburg Residence, an 18th-century palace that once belonged to the Prince-Bishops of Wurzburg. 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.


Choose your preferred sightseeing.

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This morning your ship will arrive in World Heritage-listed Bamberg, another of the few German cities that wasn’t destroyed during World War II. Here you will explore the Old Town with a guide to discover a range of historic churches and buildings, including the town hall on the River Regnitz. Following your tour, rejoin your ship to cruise onto the Main-Danube Canal. Having taken 32 years to construct, the canal links the North and Black seas and is recognised as a feat of modern engineering.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

A historic tour takes you to a selection of World War II sites, such as the Reich Party Rally Grounds, the site of Hitler’s infamous rallies. Discover medieval architecture, including the medieval ramparts that surround the city. Alternatively, walk in the footsteps of Swedish King Gustavus-Adolphus, with a hike through the Schwarzach Valley.


Choose your sightseeing, then back on board, sample some delicious freshly baked gingerbread while cruising the Main-Danube Canal.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

On a guided walking tour taking in the city’s highlights, see such sites as the iconic Old Town Hall and the World Heritage-listed city centre. Alternatively, learn how to polka during a fun Bavarian dance lesson. Another option is a gourmet walking tour, where you will discover culinary secrets of past centuries. Then, gain an insight into the art of haute cuisine at the Michelin-starred restaurant Storstad, where you will enjoy a presentation and the chance to sample a variety of delights. Or perhaps hear an informative talk on board from a student of the University of Regensburg.


Select your preferred activity.

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ROYAL SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Today, an exquisite private rail journey aboard the Majestic Imperator reveals the legacy of the once powerful Habsburg Empire as you travel from Passau to Linz. On board your privately chartered train, relax amid luxurious surrounds and savour refreshments while you wind your way through graceful alpine countryside. Disembark in Salzburg where a city tour includes some of the sights from the classic film, The Sound of Music. Re-board the Majestic Imperator and be entertained by live music en route to Linz.


Enjoy a day on the incredible Majestic Imperator.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Disembark in Melk for a guided tour of Melk Abbey, one of the world’s most famous monastic sites. Or join a local guide for a tour of the town. You may then choose to ride a bike along the banks of the Danube River from Melk to Durnstein, or rejoin your ship and cruise to Durnstein instead.


Cruise through the Wachau Valley wine region today to Melk and choose your sightseeing. Later in Durnstein, roam the village's cobblestone lanes at your leisure and perhaps view the ruins of the castle where Richard the Lionheart, the King of England, was imprisoned in 1192. On select autumn departures, perhaps participate in some vineyard work at a local winery as part of the wine harvest season.

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ROYAL SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Tonight, your third Royal Signature Experience awaits at the princely family of Liechtenstein’s City Palace in the heart of Vienna. Attend an exclusive Cocktail Reception and a private concert featuring a full orchestra performing classical masterpieces by Mozart and Strauss, as well as an operatic recital. You will also be entertained by members of the Mozart Boys' Choir.


Today arrive in Vienna, Austria’s capital and home to an array of striking architecture as well as a rich classical music culture and vibrant cafes. Take in many of the city’s most important landmarks during a tour along the Ringstrasse, Vienna’s famous ring boulevard officially opened by Emperor Franz Joseph I in 1865. You’ll also enjoy a guided walk to the glorious St Stephen’s Cathedral.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps tour Schonbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the imperial family. Wander through its lush, manicured gardens and marvel at sculptures representing deities and virtues. Alternatively, 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 visit the Spanish Riding School to witness the beautiful Lipizzan horses during a morning practice session.


You have a choice of exciting activities to choose from on your second day in Vienna.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps embark on a city tour that offers the Fisherman’s Bastion, Heroes' Square and more. Should you be feeling energetic, perhaps hike to Castle Hill or for a more relaxed pace, embark on a culinary tour of the Great Market Hall.


Choose your sightseeing in Budapest. Later, sit down to the Captain's Farewell Dinner, then set off on a cruise through the city and be enchanted by the lights sparkling around you.

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Disembark and be transferred to your hotel.

Stay: Budapest, Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace

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Enjoy a Welcome Reception at Budapest Nyugati station. Board your train, bound for Vienna. Here, visit the lively Naschmarkt, or tour Schonbrunn Palace. Tonight, enjoy a private concert at the House of Mozart.

Stay: Six Nights: The Golden Eagle Danube Express

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Have your camera ready as you climb over the Semmering Pass, with its 16 viaducts and 15 tunnels through the famous skiing village of Kitzbuhel to Jenbach. Take the steam rack railway to the picturesque Lake Achen. Later, continue to Innsbruck.

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Sit back, relax and watch the scenery of Vorarlberg unfold in front of your eyes as you pass through St Anton before crossing through Liechtenstein and then into Switzerland. Run along the whole of Lake Zurich before arriving in the city itself to explore at your leisure.

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Pass along Lake Zug and Lake Lucerne, before your train starts the very scenic climb to St Gotthard Pass. Once through the old St Gotthard tunnel, descend through Lugano to Lake Como in Italy. Here, stop for lunch on the lake, surrounded by stunning dramatic cliffs. Then, travel to nearby Milan for a short visit of this city famous for fashion and football, but also its exquisitely restored Gothic Duomo and the Teatro La Scala.

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This morning after running along the south shore of Lake Garda you will arrive in Verona. Famous for being the setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, enjoy an informative walking tour of Verona’s famous sites, followed by a visit to a local cellar to sample some of the region’s famous Soave wines. Later arrive in Trieste, where you will enjoy a short tour. Stop at the Piazza Unita d’Italia, the town square, and perhaps climb the hill to the famous Church of San Giusto, built around a medieval complex that dates backs to the 13th century.

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Your train climbs away from Trieste and heads over the border into Slovenia, climbing through the Julian Alps to Lake Bled. With its island, church and castle, Lake Bled offers you a picturesque alpine lake setting. From here, travel onto Ljubljana and discover its delightful combination of ancient architecture and youthful culture. Your afternoon tour includes visits to Preseren Square, the Three Bridges and Dragon Bridge.

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Follow the Adriatic coast towards Mestre where your train traverses the three-mile causeway across the Venice Lagoon and into Venice.

Stay: Two Nights: Venice, Hotel Danieli

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Enjoy a guided walking tour of Venice.

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Be transferred to the airport.

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Travel & Accommodation

Golden Eagle Danube Express

Experience Europe's landscapes from the privacy of your own cabin aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express

Elegant Dining

Each meal is served in the Restaurant Car, offering a relaxed ambience while you’re treated to fantastic cuisine

Ambient Lounge

Inviting and refined, the Lounge Car is the place to unwind and savour the gentle rhythm of life on board

As a family-owned company, we take great pride in treating each and every guest as part of the family