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Luxury

Grand European by Rail with Magnificent Europe

Rome to Budapest
29 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: EUMCGT29
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 24 destinations
  • Luxury dining – a total of 63 meals and a wide range of onboard beverages
  • 14 nights luxury land accommodation
  • 14 nights on a luxury river ship
  • Expert tour and cruise directors
  • Butler, room service and laundry (select suites)
  • Enjoy a dinner cruise on board a traditional Venetian galleon
  • Enjoy a wine tasting in the Lavaux region

Map & Itinerary

Europe Map 2021 EUMCGT29
Rome 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

Arrive before midday and be transferred to your hotel. This afternoon, enjoy a stroll through Rome, then tonight, get to know your fellow travellers during a welcome reception.

Stay: Two Nights, Rome, Hotel Bernini Bristol

Tour the Vatican, including St Peter’s Basilica. Revel in the chance to stand before Michelangelo’s frescoes which adorn the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Enjoy pre-reserved tickets to the Colosseum, then board your rail journey to Florence, where you’ll enjoy dinner this evening.

Stay: Two Nights, Florence, Sina Villa Medici, Autograph Collection

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

A local guide will show you around Florence, including a visit to the Galleria dell’Accademia to see Michelangelo’s Statue of David. Later, enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore more of this beautiful city.

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  • Breakfast
Looking across the city's red tops to the imposing dome of the Duomo in Florence

Farewell Florence and board your business class rail journey to Venice, where you will enjoy free time before dinner this evening.

Stay: Two Nights, Venice, San Clemente Palace Kempinski

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Board a traditional Venetian galleon and enjoy a delicious dinner as you cruise through the lagoon. Absorb the breathtaking views of the waterfront and the city of Venice by night.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

You have the choice of a walking exploration of Venice, or sample Italian treats on a culinary tour.


Join your preferred activity. This evening, enjoy a Signature Experience.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Take a rail journey to Milan, where you’ll embark on a guided city discovery.

Stay: Milan, Hotel NH Collection Milano President

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Travel to Montreux by train, where you will enjoy an orientation tour on arrival.

Stay: Two Nights, Montreux, Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic in a Lake View Room

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Journey to the famous Lavaux wine region for a tasting.


Spend the morning at leisure then enjoy a Signature Experience. The evening is yours to spend as you wish.

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  • Breakfast

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Perhaps choose a lively Swiss folklore restaurant for traditional cuisine, or your hotel’s restaurant.


Your glass-dome first-class journey aboard the GoldenPass takes you to Lucerne today. On arrival, explore the old town. This evening, decide where you’d like to go for dinner.

Stay: Two Nights, Lucerne, Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern or similar

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Cruise Lake Lucerne, then afterwards, ride the world’s steepest cogwheel train to Mt Pilatus, before descending by a scenic gondola.

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  • Breakfast
View from the top of Mt Pilatus overlooking Lucerne, Switzerland

After breakfast, board your train to Paris. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. With the evening at leisure, you might choose to stroll the streets of Paris and discover the local dining scene.

Stay: Three Nights, Paris, Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe

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  • Breakfast

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Indulge in a sumptuous lunch at Ore Restaurant in Versailles, owned by renowned chef Alain Ducasse. Afterwards, discover the splendour behind Louis XIV’s transformation of the Palace of Versailles.


Tour Paris before a Signature Experience.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Perhaps join a culinary walking tour, enjoy a guided tour by vintage 2CV car or soak up the Parisian atmosphere as you explore the Montmartre district.


Today, decide how you’d like to see Paris.

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  • Breakfast

Travel by rail through northern France and into Belgium. Arrive in Amsterdam and board your river ship. After dinner on board, you may like to explore the city on your own terms.

Stay: 14 Nights, a Concerto River Ships

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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. If you’re lucky enough to be on one of our spring departures, the tulips of Keukenhof Gardens are ready to greet you at every colourful turn.


Spend today on your chosen activity. Tonight, celebrate with 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. 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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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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 Rüdesheim where you'll choose your activity.

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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™

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.


Choose from three exciting activities 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™

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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  • Breakfast
  • 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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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
People enjoying Vienna City palace concert

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. Operates on all departures between April and September.


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

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Be transferred to the airport.

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  • Breakfast

It has been a privilege to welcome so many guests aboard APT’s award-winning journeys, and a joy to see those guests fall in love with each new experience the world presents.