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Luxury

Grand European by Rail

Rome to Budapest
30 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: EUMCGT30
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

Aboard the GoldenPass Line

Journey to Montreux via the beautiful glass-domed GoldenPass rail, taking in panoramic views of your journey.

Private market in Florence

Enjoy your own private market and brunch at Florence's Central Market and meet the local artisans.

Wine tasting in Lavaux

Stop in the Lavaux region for a delightful wine tasting experience, overlooking stunning Lake Geneva.

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 25 destinations
  • Freedom of Choice Inclusions in 13 locations
  • Luxury dining - a total of 65 meals
  • A wide range of onboard beverages
  • Expert tour and cruise directors
  • Butler, room service and laundry (select suites)
  • 15 nights luxury land accommodation
  • Transfers, rail and hotel porterage, port charges and gratuities.

Map & Itinerary

Europe Map EUMCGT30 2020
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™ - Sightseeing

Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Choose from a variety of included dining options sure to tantalise the tastebuds of every guest

Arrive before midday and transfer 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. Delight in the chance to witness Michelangelo’s renowned frescoes which sprawl across the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Enjoy pre-reserved tickets to the Colosseum, Rome's iconic oval amphitheatre. Afterwards, 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

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy your own private market and an exclusive brunch at Florence’s Central Market. Here, you'll meet the local artisans who have prepared some delicacies just for you.


Be guided by a local expert as you enjoy a morning visit to Florence, including a visit to the Galleria dell'Accademia to see Michelangelo’s Statue of David.

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Farewell Florence and board your business class rail journey to Venice, where you will enjoy a serene gondola ride before dinner this evening.

Stay: Two Nights, Venice, JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Countess Lelia welcomes you at her 16th-century palazzo home, Tiepolo Passi, overlooking the Grand Canal. As a member of the Italian Academy of the Cuisine, Countess Lelia will offer you an incredible insight into Venetian cuisine.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™- SIghtseeing

Enjoy a walking tour of Venice, or embark on a culinary tour.


Personalise your time in Venice with a choice of excursions, before an exclusive experience.

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  • Breakfast

Enjoy your business class rail journey to Milan. Upon arrival, take in the wonders of this fashionable city as you embark on a guided city tour.

Stay: Milan, Rosa Grand Milano

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

This evening, you will be able to choose your preferred dining experience between a lively Swiss folklore restaurant for traditional cuisine, or your hotel’s restaurant.


Travel to Lucerne by train today and, in the evening, choose where to dine.

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

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  • Dinner

Enjoy a relaxing cruise on Lake Lucerne. Afterwards, ride the world’s steepest cogwheel train to Mt Pilatus, then descend by a scenic gondola.

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Board your scenic glass-dome first-class journey aboard the GoldenPass to Montreux, where you will enjoy an orientation tour.

Stay: Two Nights, Fairmont Le Montreux Palace

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Journey to the famous Lavaux wine region for a tasting, while enjoying views over the stunning lake.


The day is set aside for an experience most memorable.

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Board a train to Geneva for a stop, then cross the border into France and arrive in Lyon, where you will enjoy dinner tonight.

Stay: Sofitel Lyon Bellecour Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Enjoy a guided city tour of Lyon, then board your train to Paris.

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

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Indulge in a sumptuous lunch at Ore Restaurant in Versailles, owned by renowned chef, Alain Ducasse.


After a guided tour of Paris, discover the splendour behind Louis XIV’s transformation of the Palace of Versailles.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

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.


Choose your sightseeing today. Tonight, enjoy a meal and a memorable show at the Lido de Paris.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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 at your own pace.

Stay: 14 Nights, one of APT’s luxurious Concerto River Ships

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

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. 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 selected activity. Tonight, celebrate with a gala welcome dinner.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Visit Namedy Castle. Go beyond the gates and wander about the rooms, hidden nooks and grounds, then enjoy a cocktail party in the ballroom, where a pianist sets the mood.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Take a discovery through the city. 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, and you will visit the house where he was born, which is now a museum. Alternatively, set off on a bike to explore.


This morning, awake to a new country, a new city, with unlimited possibilities for what the day could bring. Take a discovery through Bonn’s historic city centre or set off on a bike to explore. Later, cruise to Andernach where your first Signature Experience awaits.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™- Sightseeing

In Rüdesheim, tour Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Alternatively, board a scenic gondola for exceptional views over the Rhine Valley, 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.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ -Sightseeing

Perhaps enjoy a visit to a local winery, where you will enjoy learning about Rhine Valley wines, as well as sampling the region's delicious produce during a wine and cheese tasting. Alternatively, acquaint yourself with the German language during an interactive lesson on board your ship. Otherwise, hike through a picturesque forested area with views of the Franconian vineyards.


Witness the skilful art of glass-blowing on board as you cruise towards the pretty Franconian town of Miltenberg this morning. After the day’s activity, return to your ship for a delicious dinner.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™- Sightseeing

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.

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  • Dinner

This morning your ship will arrive in World Heritage-listed Bamberg, one 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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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ -Sightseeing

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.


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

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ -Sightseeing

On a guided walking tour, see such sites as the iconic Old Town Hall and the World Heritage-listed city centre. Alternatively, learn the schuhplattler during a fun Bavarian dance lesson at a local beer haus. Another option is a gourmet walking tour. 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.


Tailor your holiday with a selection of sightseeing choices today.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™- Sightseeing

Disembark in Passau and travel to Salzburg, where a city tour takes you to several sights from Rogers and Hammerstein’s classic film, The Sound of Music. Alternatively, embark on a full-day journey to Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic, renowned for its stunning 13th-century castle above the Vltava River, its old town square and quaint lanes teeming with ancient architecture. Both touring options will then conclude in Linz, where you will re-board your river ship. Otherwise, enjoy a walking tour of Passau, then cruise to Linz.


Select from a diverse range of sightseeing options today.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™- SIghtseeing

Join 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. During autumn departures, perhaps participate in some vineyard work at a local winery as part of the wine harvest season. Another option is a guided bike ride along the banks of the Danube River from Melk to Dürnstein.


Cruise through the Wachau Valley wine region today. Disembark in Melk and select from a number of activities. Later, take the opportunity to roam Dürnstein's cobblestone lanes at your leisure.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

After dinner, head to the 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 some members of the Mozart Boys’ Choir.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™- Sightseeing

Perhaps take in the city’s many landmarks along the Ringstrasse, including St Stephen’s Cathedral. 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.


Personalise your time in Vienna with a choice of touring options today.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

This afternoon, follow in the footsteps of the Habsburg Empire. Enjoy a welcome reception at Budapest’s Royal Waiting Room, then board the Grand Empress steam train. You will see inside some ornately adorned carriages from the early 1900s. Gödöllő Palace, Elisabeth of Bavaria’s favourite residence, is your destination. You will be shown through this monument of Hungarian aristocracy and architecture. Later, be treated like royalty with dinner served on your train, before returning to your ship. Operates on all departures between May and September.


Enjoy a relaxing morning sailing to Budapest. Afterwards, enjoy your Signature Experience on May to September departures.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Enjoy a morning city tour of Budapest taking in its historic monuments, followed by the afternoon at leisure to further explore. Finish the day in style with an illuminations cruise through the twinkling lights of Budapest.

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Be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

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Travel & Accommodation

Double bed and 2 arm chairs in the stateroom

Cruise in Luxury

No matter which suite you choose, each offers a balance of luxury and intimacy. Plus, you'll always enjoy river views.

Virtual Tour

Sina Villa Medici

Set in the heart of Florence, the Sina Villa Medici offers an oasis of verdant gardens and art galleries.

Castle in the Alps

Stay on the shores of Lake Geneva, overlooking the Alps, in the beautiful Fairmont Le Montreux Palace

As a family-owned company with origins that date back to 1927, we know how to make a great holiday extraordinary