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Luxury

The Festive Spirit of Switzerland with Magnificent Europe

27 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: EUMCRCH27
  • 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 61 meals and a wide range of onboard beverages
  • Expert tour and cruise directors
  • Butler, room service and laundry (select suites)
  • Transfers, port charges and gratuities
  • Enjoy a private reception at the Glacier Bar at the top of Jungfraujoch

Map & Itinerary

Europe Map 2022-2023 EUMCRCH27
Zurich to Amsterdam

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: Hotel Ambassador Zurich, a Small Luxury 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 a welcome 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 is situated in a prime position overlooking the sublime shores of Lake Geneva and the Swiss Alps.

Stay: Two Nights, Hotel Victoria a Glion sur Montreux, 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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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, arrive in the quintessential Swiss resort village of Grindelwald, where you will 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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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 Lucerne’s Christmas markets. You’ll be sure to feel the magic of the festive spirit come alive.

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Head to Andermatt, then journey aboard the Glacier Express in first class to Chur. During your remarkable train journey, you will glide through the Rhine Gorge and over the Oberalp Pass. Upon arrival in Chur, disembark your train and re-board your coach as you 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 in to 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: Hotel Ambassador Zurich, a Small Luxury Hotel

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Be transferred to the airport for your included flight to Budapest. 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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Start the day with a guided discovery of Budapest and delve into its most fascinating sights. You’ll also have the chance to get into the festive spirit with a visit to the city’s charming Christmas markets.

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Take in Vienna’s Ringstrasse, plus enjoy a visit to St Stephen’s Cathedral. Afterwards, wander through the Christmas markets and perhaps pick up a souvenir or two. As the scent of mulled wine and gingerbread fills the wintry air, you’ll come to realise that the festive season in Europe is nothing short of magical.

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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 Schonbrunn Palace and its gardens, including the traditional Christmas market in the Parade Court. Or tick another country off your list and journey to Slovakia’s Bratislava.


Spend this morning on your preferred activity and this evening on a Signature Experience.

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Enjoy free time to explore Durnstein, before sailing through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk.  Here, visit the statuary-adorned Melk Abbey, one of the finest Baroque buildings in the world.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Head to Salzburg to visit some of the sites featured in The Sound of Music. After your tour you will have free time for lunch, which you may choose to spend sampling the Christmas fare at the Salzburg Market. Or set off into the Czech Republic, where Cesky Krumlov awaits. During your free time, perhaps try traditional Christmas cookies, mulled wine or just enjoy the Christmas atmosphere of this medieval beauty.


Choose how you’d like to spend the day with a selection of experiences available.

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Discover Regensburg today.  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. During free time, perhaps visit the Christmas Market.

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Set out on a guided exploration to discover Nuremberg’s history, with its Gothic churches and World War II sites. Afterwards, enjoy free time at the Market Square, home to one of Germany’s oldest and most famous Christmas markets, the Christkindlmarkt.

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On arrival into Bamberg, join an exploration with a local expert to uncover everything this World Heritage-listed city has to offer. During your free time you may wish to peruse the Christmas Market in Maximiliansplatz. Otherwise, take it easy and relax on board.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Embark on a tour of Wurzburg Residence. Perhaps journey to Rothenburg. Or meet the locals with a visit to a family-owned farm, where a home-baked morning tea is on the menu.


Choose from three exciting activities today. This afternoon, perhaps spend your free time enjoying the picturesque Christmas Market in Wurzburg's Old Town.

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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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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.

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.


Dock in Rudesheim, where you’ll choose your activity, followed by free time to enjoy the festive atmosphere or perhaps sample a local Rudesheimer coffee in a cosy cafe. Later, enjoy a special Signature Experience.

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Enjoy a guided discovery of Koblenz this morning. The afternoon will be spent sailing onwards to the Netherlands. Tonight, enjoy a special Captain’s farewell dinner.

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Celebrate a magical Christmas Day as you explore Amsterdam on a glass-top board. Later, enjoy a traditional Christmas feast on board your ship with all the trimmings.

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

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