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Luxury

France by Rail with Magnificent Europe

Lyon to Budapest
25 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: EUMCF25
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 21 destinations
  • 14 nights on a luxury river ship and 10 nights' luxury land accommodation
  • Freedom of Choice Inclusions
  • A total of 59 meals and a wide range of onboard beverages
  • Expert tour and cruise directors
  • Butler, room service and laundry (select suites)
  • Transfers, rail porterage, port charges and gratuities
  • Visit Chateau Virant, where a member of the Cheylan family will guide you around the prized vineyard and olive mill

Map & Itinerary

Europe Map 2022-23 EUMCF25
Lyon to Budapest

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

The gastronomic capital of France is ready to embrace you with open arms. We will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Attend a welcome reception this evening.

Stay: Two Nights, Lyon, Intercontinental Lyon Hotel Dieu

Enjoy a guided tour of Lyon this morning. Visit Vieux Lyon, the old town of Lyon, and see the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourviere. Later, enjoy a welcome dinner.

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Buildings either side of a river reflecting in the calm still waters with a bridge spanning across on a bright sunny day

This morning, a first-class train journey takes you into the quintessential French town of Aix-en-Provence. Enjoy time at leisure before dinner at a local restaurant.

Stay: Two Nights, Renaissance Aix-en-Provence Hotel

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Visit Chateau Virant, housing a prized vineyard and olive oil mill. Arranged especially for you, a member of the Cheylan family will guide you around the estate, including its cave and mill, before leading a wine and olive oil tasting.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

You might choose a culinary walking tour through a local market. Alternatively, art lovers may wish to explore Paul Cezanne’s studio.


You have the choice between two experiences here in Aix-en-Provence today. Later, enjoy your Signature Experience.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Dinner is served at La Barbacane, a fine Michelin-starred restaurant in the heart of the city.


During today’s train journey, you’ll pause in the busy port city of Marseille, situated on the Provencal coastline, for some time to explore and stretch your legs at leisure. Back on board, enjoy the scenery on the way to the medieval town of Carcassonne. Tonight, we’ve arranged something very special.

Stay: Two Nights, Carcassonne, Hotel De La Cite

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Enjoy a walking discovery of the fortified hilltop village, which is famed for its medieval fortress, the Cite de Carcassonne. Traces of humankind dating back to the sixth century BC were found on the promontory where the Cite lies today. The rest of the afternoon is yours to spend at leisure. Perhaps explore more of Carcassonne’s medieval wonders or take it easy and relax at your hotel. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

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Travel to Toulouse and embark on a driving tour of the Airbus Factory, home of the acclaimed A380 aircraft. During your panoramic tour of the 700-hectare site you will see the SAS Headquarters, training centre where the pilots are trained and the assembly sites for the A320-A350 flight lines.

Stay: Hotel Pullman Toulouse Centre

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Today, it’s on to Bordeaux. Upon arrival, take in the city sights on a walking discovery that includes neoclassical neighbourhoods surrounding the Place des Quinconces. The 18th-century Grand-Theatre is a sight to behold, along with the reflecting pond in front of Place de la Bourse and the narrow lanes of the Saint Pierre district. This evening, taste for yourself why Bordeaux has earned its reputation as a gastronomic haven as you sit down to dinner at a local restaurant.

Stay: Two Nights, InterContinental Bordeaux, Le Grand Hotel

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Bordeaux Place de la Bourse Pink clouds

Another train transports you with ease to the seaside town of Arcachon, renowned for its oysters. There’s nothing better than freshly shucked oysters caught that day, so we’ve arranged a tasting just for you. Afterwards, lunch at Cap Ferret puts you in the prime setting on a headland overlooking the waters of the Cote d’Argent. Later, return to Bordeaux.

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Take the high-speed train to Paris then transfer to your hotel before time at leisure. Tonight, enjoy a fabulous cabaret show at the Lido de Paris. You’ll be entertained by the Bluebell Girls and Lido Boys as they take you on a glittering journey filled with incredible set designs and dynamic dancing.

Stay: Paris, Hotel du Collectionneur

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A new day, another wonderful train journey. The high-speed Thalys train will whisk you to Amsterdam, where you’ll board your luxurious floating home for the next 15 days. You’ll have time to unpack, relax and get acquainted with your ship as the excitement builds for everything that’s about to come.

Stay: 14 Nights, a Concerto River Ship

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Perhaps admire Amsterdam’s canals from a glass-top boat as you glide past 17th-century homes, churches and merchant houses. Maybe visit Zaanse Schans, known for its windmills and specialty produce. Or even sleep in and take the day as it comes.


Spend today on your chosen activity. Tonight, celebrate with a gala welcome dinner.

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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. You might want to head up to the sun deck and take in the views as they pass by. 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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Ornate castle surrounded by gardens, Germany

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

A gondola ride over the Rhine Valley will give you the best perspective of the town. For something a little more quirky, Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum houses a collection of fine automated musical creations.


Have your camera handy to capture some of the best scenery you’ll encounter as you cruise through the Rhine Gorge. Dock in Rudesheim, where you’ll choose your activity.

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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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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

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


Arrive in the beautiful German city of Wurzburg. Here, you may choose from three exciting activities today.

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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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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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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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 touring 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 take in the city’s many landmarks along the Ringstrasse, as well as St Stephen’s Cathedral. The 1,441-room Schonbrunn 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.


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

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

In Esztergom, set out on a guided tour to discover this picturesque town and its historic buildings. Then, follow in the footsteps of the Habsburg Empire as you board the Grand Empress steam train, bound for Budapest. See inside some of the ornately adorned carriages from the early 1900s and be treated like royalty as you savour lunch on board. On arrival at Budapest Railway Station, see the Royal Waiting Room – a rather fitting way to end this opulent journey. Later, return to your ship.


Soak up the views as you enjoy a relaxing morning sailing through Hungary.

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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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The time has come to say goodbye. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

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