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Luxury

Switzerland by Rail with Magnificent Europe

Zurich to Budapest
27 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: EUMCST27
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 27 destinations
  • Luxury dining – a total of 61 meals and a wide range of onboard beverages
  • 12 nights luxury accommodation
  • 14 nights on a luxury river ship
  • Expert tour and cruise directors
  • Butler, room service and laundry (select suites)
  • Meet a mountaineer in Zermatt
  • Enjoy a special wine experience in Spiez

Map & Itinerary

Europe Map 2021 EUMCST27
Zurich 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 1.30pm, where we’ll meet you on arrival. An afternoon orientation discovery is on the cards, followed by a welcome reception.

Stay: Zürich Marriott Hotel

You will be well looked after throughout your journey with our special baggage transfer service, which means we’ll take care of the heavy lifting as your bags are chauffeured from one hotel to the next. Journey to Lucerne and set out on a walking exploration of the city.

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

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Cruise Lake Lucerne, then ride the world’s steepest cogwheel train to Mt Pilatus, where you will pause to capture breathtaking views from the top of the mountain. The views don’t stop as you descend by a scenic gondola.

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

Embark on an exciting rail journey through the Gotthard Base Tunnel to Lugano.

Stay: Two Nights, Lugano, Hotel Swiss Diamond

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Soak up the pleasant year-round climate in this holiday resort town. Cruise the peaceful waters of Lake Lugano, then it’s time to ascend the peak of Monte Brè, which rewards you with sensational views over Lugano. The evening has been kept free for you to explore at your own pace.

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  • Breakfast

Cross the border into Italy’s Tirano by coach, where you’ll pause for a little discovery before boarding your first-class rail journey aboard the Bernina Express. Take in the panoramic views as you travel to St Moritz.

Stay: St Moritz, Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Another day brings another incredible rail adventure. Board the Glacier Express to experience a first-class rail journey from the Bernina Range to the Matterhorn. During the ride, you’ll cross more than 200 bridges and countless tunnels as you traverse the Alps in style, before arriving in Zermatt.

Stay: Two Nights, Zermatt, Hotel Monte Rosa

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Later, you’ll meet a mountaineer, who will share with you their stories of their conquests and what life is like living in the mountains.


Take a ride on the Gornergrat Railway for the best views of the towering Matterhorn.

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  • Breakfast
Mattherhorn peak glowing as the sun sets with the reflection of the mountains in the lake

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Along the way, disembark in the wine region of Spiez and gain an insight into the local industry with a very special wine tasting experience.


Farewell Zermatt as you board your train bound for Interlaken.

Stay: Two Nights, Interlaken, Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa

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  • Breakfast

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Ascend to the peak of Harder Kulm, where you will enjoy a private dinner and take in sublime views of the Jungfrau as the sun sets.


Your rail journey today is an epic one, as you journey to the top of Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe. There’s nowhere better to feel like you’re on top of the world. Return to Interlaken, then tonight enjoy a special dining experience.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Board your scenic glass-dome first-class journey aboard the GoldenPass. First the train runs along the river Aare, then proceed past lush green valley farmland of the Simmen Valley, before climbing to the line’s highest point at 1,279 metres above sea level into the heartland of the Berner Oberland. Arrive in Montreux with time to relax before dinner.

Stay: Montreux, Grand Hôtel Suisse Majestic in a guaranteed Lake View Room

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Set out on a brief orientation tour of Montreux then travel to Geneva. Later tonight, come together for a farewell dinner.

Stay: Fairmont Grand Hotel Geneva

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Transfer to the airport where you’ll join an included flight to Amsterdam. Board your river ship docked in the heart of the city.

Stay: 14 Nights, a Concerto River Ship

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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
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 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 Würzburg 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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  • 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
Traditional timber house and tower set along a river, Nuremberg

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 Český 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 Dürnstein, where you’ll roam its cobblestone lanes at your leisure. Or perhaps take a guided bike ride along the river from Melk to Dürnstein.


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 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.


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

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

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