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Luxury

Magical Christmas Markets with Paris Extension

Frankfurt to Paris
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Trip Code: EUMCRX26
  • Classic Journey
  • Luxury River Cruise
  • Qantas Frequent Flyer
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
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Trip Highlights

Enchanting Christmas Markets

Enjoy time to wander Europe's Christmas markets, teeming with delicious treats and hand-made treasures.

Local Wood Carver

Visit a local carver that produces traditional wooden masks of the German folklore character Krampus.

Mercedes-Benz Car Museum

Explore this unique building that showcases contemporary German architecture and 130 years of the automotive industry.

Your Vacation Includes

  • All-inclusive sightseeing in up to 23 destinations
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in 13 locations
  • A total of 57 meals
  • Complimentary beverages served on board your river ship*
  • 11 nights luxury land accommodation
  • Expert APT Tour and Cruise Directors

Map & Itinerary

Europe Map EUMCRX26 2018

Frankfurt to Paris

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

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

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

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

Be met on arrival and transfer to your hotel. Perhaps take some time to explore the Christmas markets, then later this evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception.

Stay: Frankfurt, Hotel Frankfurter Hof Steigenberger

Travel to the university town of Heidelberg and take some time to wander the enchanting Christmas markets. Afterwards, continue to Stuttgart, where you will enjoy a Welcome Dinner.

Stay: Two Nights: Stuttgart, Althoff Hotel am Schlossgarten

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Enjoy the morning to perhaps browse the Christmas markets for that special gift. This afternoon, visit the Mercedes-Benz Car Museum, a unique building that showcases contemporary German architecture. Here, discover 130 years of auto industry history with 160 vehicles on display.

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  • Breakfast

Travel to the medieval town of Dinkelsbuhl, whose townscape has virtually remain unchanged for more than 400 years. On the Romantic Road, call in at Nordlingen, the only remaining walled medieval town in Germany. This afternoon, continue your historic Bavarian discovery to Augsburg, which was founded 2,000 years ago. Later, arrive in Munich.

Stay: Two Nights: Munich, Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™- Sightseeing

Either embark on a culinary tour, discover the BMW Museum or visit the Dachau Concentration Camp.


Enjoy a morning tour of Munich, followed by some free time to explore the Christmas markets. This afternoon, choose your sightseeing.

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  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Arrive at your luxurious spa retreat, Schloss Elmau, which is situated in a majestic alpine setting.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™- dining

This evening, choose your preferred restaurant to dine.


Travel to Ettal to immerse yourself in Linderhof Palace. Continue to historic Oberammergau, renowned for its once-in-a-decade performed Passion Play.

Stay: Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Schloss Elmau.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Visit a local carver that produces traditional wooden masks of the German folklore character Krampus. Here, admire the skill it takes to produce these highly intricate carvings. In complete contrast to Santa Claus, Krampus would punish the children that were not so nice.


Enjoy your Signature Experience. Later, arrive in the fairytale city of Salzburg.

Stay: Two Nights: Salzburg, Hotel Crowne Plaza Pitter

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  • Breakfast

Tour the famous sights of Salzburg, then enjoy free time to wander the Christmas markets. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

In Mondsee, see St Michael's Church, the film setting for Maria and Georg von Trapp's wedding in The Sound of Music. Tonight, arrive in Budapest and board your ship.

Stay: 14 Nights: a Concerto River Ship

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™- Dining

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


Choose your sightseeing in Budapest.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
ROYAL SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Tonight, your first superb 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 members of the Mozart Boys’ Choir, a full orchestra performing classical masterpieces by Mozart and Strauss and an operatic recital. This will be an unforgettable evening you will treasure forever.


Arrive in Vienna, Austria’s capital, home to striking architecture, a rich classical musical 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 St Stephen’s Cathedral.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™- Sightseeing

Perhaps tour Schonbrunn Palace, the former Rococo 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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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™- SIghtseeing

You may then choose to ride a bike along the banks of the Danube River from Durnstein to Melk, or rejoin your ship and cruise through the stunning Wachau Valley wine region to Melk instead. Disembark your river ship for a guided tour of Melk Abbey, or join a local guide for a tour of the town.


Roam Durnstein’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. Later, choose your sightseeing in Melk.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
ROYAL SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Today, an exquisite private rail journey aboard the incredible Majestic Imperator reveals the legacy of the once powerful Habsburg Empire as you travel from Linz to Passau via Salzburg. Experience the romance of European rail travel on board your privately chartered train. Relax in luxury and savour refreshments while you wind your way through alpine countryside. Disembark in Salzburg, where a fascinating city tour includes some of the sights from the classic musical film, The Sound of Music. Re-board the exquisite Majestic Imperator and be entertained by live performers en route to Passau.


Spend the day on the Majestic Imperator and exploring Salzburg. Later, rejoin your luxurious river ship and later, enjoy a sumptuous dinner.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
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.


Choose your sightseeing in Regensburg.

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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, 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.


Back on board after your sightseeing activity, sample some freshly baked gingerbread while cruising along the Main-Danube Canal.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning your ship will arrive in the fascinating World Heritage-listed city of Bamberg, another of the few German cities that wasn’t destroyed during World War II. Here you will explore the Old Town with a local expert to discover a range of historic churches and buildings, including the town hall on the River Regnitz.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™- Sightseeing

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.


The immense architectural beauty of Wurzburg is on show today.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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 embark on a hike through a picturesque Franconian vineyard as you learn about the specialty wines of the region.


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

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
ROYAL SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

This evening, you will be treated to a special event of the regal kind as you arrive in the 2,000-year-old town of Andernach. Here, you will enjoy an exclusive visit to Namedy Castle, home to Princess Heide von Hohenzollern, who has kindly opened the doors of her castle just for you. Enjoy some free time to wander about the magnificent castle and breathtaking grounds at your leisure, then savour dinner in the ballroom, accompanied by a special classical piano recital.

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.


Dock in Rudesheim and choose your sightseeing. Later, your ship’s Sun Deck offers the perfect vantage point from which to view the scenery of the Rhine Gorge as you cruise the Rhine’s most beautiful stretch.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™- Sightseeing

Enjoy a walking tour of Cologne, taking in beautiful sites such as the ancient Roman wall. Alternatively, sample local beers and snacks during a walking tour, or perhaps embark on a guided bike ride and see the remains from Roman times and the Middle Ages.


Travel to the Gothic masterpiece of Cologne, a city centred around the twin spires of its famous cathedral.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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.


Today, sail into the beautiful Dutch capital, Amsterdam, and choose your sightseeing. Enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Dinner.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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.


Travel by coach through Belgium. Arrive in Ghent and enjoy a light lunch while cruising along the city’s canals, before arriving in Paris.

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

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Tonight, enjoy a meal and a memorable show at the resplendent Moulin Rouge. Revel in a night at this iconic Parisian cabaret, captured in the famous paintings of Toulouse-Lautrec.


A local expert will take you on a tour of this beautiful city today. See the Avenue des Champs Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe, plus take a trip to the second level of the Eiffel Tower, where sweeping views over the city skyline await.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps join a culinary walking tour to sample a range of Paris’ fine food, enjoy a guided tour through The Louvre or soak up the atmosphere as you explore the Montmartre district and admire the Sacre-Cœur Basilica.


Today, select your sightseeing in Paris. With the rest of the day at leisure you’ll relish the chance to explore this city as you wish.

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  • Breakfast

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

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  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

Schloss Elmau

Be treated to this luxurious haven in the Bavarian Alps, which offers a range of activities, including wellness classes

Marvellous European Flair

Stay at the stylish Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski, perfectly located in the heart of Munich

Althoff Hotel am Schlossgarten

This wonderful five-star hotel is situated in the picturesque park landscape of the castle gardens in Stuttgart

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