Visit the Tower of London before it is open to the public, including a viewing of the Crown Jewels.
Be treated to a private dinner at Ireland's enchanting Ballyseede Castle, accompanied by a superb musical performance
See the majestic Edingburgh Castle in a whole new light with an exclusive private tour before it's open to the public
These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises
Allow us to offer you a first-hand insight into the charmed world of imperial Europe
Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories
Choose from a variety of included dining options sure to tantalise the tastebuds of every guest
Get to know your fellow travellers and APT Tour Director at a special Welcome Reception at the iconic Tower of London. Savour delicious canapes served in the Hall of Monarchs, as well as a private tour of the Treasury where the Crown Jewels are kept.
Be met on arrival in London and transfer to your hotel.
Stay: London, The May Fair Hotel
Steeped in history, call in at Oxford, one of the world's most famous university cities before continuing to Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Upon arrival, enjoy a tour of the town, and see Hall’s Croft and Shakespeare’s childhood home. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner at your boutique hotel.
Stay: Stratford-upon-Avon, The Arden HotelDaily :
Travel to the Peak District National Park and visit Chatsworth House, a magnificent home that boasts an impressive art collection. This estate has featured in many films, including the acclaimed Pride and Prejudice. Your journey then continues to York.
Stay: Two Nights, York, The Grand Hotel & SpaDaily :
Perhaps visit York Minster, the biggest medieval cathedral in England and the pride of York. Or you can learn about the city’s Viking heritage at the Jorvik Viking Centre, where you can explore 9th-century Jorvik as you experience the reconstructed Viking settlement that was unearthed here in the 1970s. Another option is to travel back in time for a spine tingling experience and hear the remarkable Victorian tragedies and true accounts surrounding York's ghostly history.
Enjoy a walking tour of York this morning. One of Europe’s most interesting cities, York’s streetscape has hardly changed since the middle ages. After your tour, join your preferred experience.Daily :
Set out across the English countryside to Edinburgh. Continue through Northumberland National Park to Jedburgh, before crossing the Scottish border to arrive in Edinburgh. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Stay: Two Nights, Edinburgh, GandV Royal Mile HotelDaily :
This morning, enjoy a private guided tour of Edinburgh Castle before it is open to the public.
Perhaps explore the Royal Yacht Britannia as you embark the British royal family's floating home and explore one of the few places where they could enjoy complete privacy. Alternatively, gain a behind-the-scenes look into the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official Scottish residence of Her Majesty The Queen.
After a city tour, you’ll enjoy your selected activity. On select departures, you will also see the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.Daily :
Continue through the Highlands and visit one of the most awarded whiskey distilleries in the world, Glenfiddich. During your tour, enjoy a tasting. Arrive in Inverness and enjoy an orientation tour.
Stay: Inverness, Kingsmills HotelDaily :
Take a scenic drive along the shores of Loch Ness and see Urquhart Castle along the way. Later, admire Glencoe, considered one of the most beautiful glens in Scotland and the site of the Massacre of Glencoe in 1692. Afterwards, visit Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park - Scotland’s first national park.Settle in to Cameron House, a five-star Scottish baronial mansion perfectly positioned on the banks of Loch Lomond, before enjoying dinner at your hotel.
Stay: Two Nights, Loch Lomond, Cameron HouseDaily :
Perhaps enjoy a guided walk through Loch Lomond's stunning scenery, relax as you enjoy a peaceful cruise on the loch or enjoy some of the finest greens with a round of golf. Alternatively, perhaps indulge in a soothing spa experience.
Discover the beauty of the region on your selected activity today.Daily :
Board a cruise on Windermere and enjoy views of the surrounding mountains. Alternatively, enjoy a tour through the local villages, as you soak up the charming quaint atmosphere of each one and learn about local daily life.
Today, uncover the most spectacular emerald and cerulean landscapes of the Lake District. Later, arrive at your designer hotel, Laura Ashley, The Belsfield Hotel, where you will enjoy a delicious dinner this evening.
Stay: Lake District, Laura Ashley, The Belsfield HotelDaily :
Continue to Chester and on arrival, join a walking tour. See its Roman ruins and the medieval shopping arcades called the ‘Rows’. See the Eastgate Clock, housed within a turret above the ancient walls of Chester.
Stay: The Chester GrosvenorDaily :
Step back in time to 1198 as you enjoy a traditional dinner and a pint of Guinness at one of Ireland's oldest pubs, which is also one of Dublin's best live music venues. Alternatively, dine at your beautiful hotel.
Enjoy a stop in Conwy, a town that is teeming with rich history. In the heart lies its 13th-century castle within the medieval town. Admire the liush surrounding Welsh countryside before taking the ferry across the Irish Sea to Dublin. This evening you will have choice of dining.
Stay: Two Nights, Conrad DublinDaily :
Perhaps enjoy a tour of Ireland's most famous university, Trinity College, and see the ninth-century Book of Kells in the Old Library. Otherwise, you may wish to visit the Guinness Storehouse, home of the distinctive dark stout since 1759. Located in the heart of the St. James's Gate Brewery, learn how to ‘pull the perfect pint’. Otherwise, experience the funniest guide to the historic Irish culture, idiosyncrasies and lifestyle at a fast-paced and hands-on comedy show.
Few cities wear its history on its sleeve like Dublin, and on a city tour this morning, your guide will show you the best of the Irish capital. As you explore Dublin’s Georgian architecture, you’ll see the incredible Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin Castle, St Stephen’s Green and Temple Bar. Then, see a different side to Ireland with a visit to the Kilmainham Gaol Museum, where leaders of the rebellions in 1798, 1803, 1848, 1867 and 1916 were detained and in some instances executed here. Later this afternoon, choose your activity.Daily :
Cross over Sally's Gap to Wicklow Mountains National Park, which offers Ireland's most beautiful landscapes interrupted only by forestry plantations and winding mountain roads. Stop in Glendalough, known for its early Monastic settlement, then visit the Irish National Stud for a guided tour. Here, perhaps you'd like to offer a carrot to these four-legged legends and then visit its Japanese Garden. Later, arrive in Galway.
Stay: Galway, The G Hotel and SpaDaily :
Travel to a picturesque local farm, where you will learn about traditional Irish farming practices, including a fun scone making tutorial. Hear stories on the land from the farm owners, then sit down to some of the best tea and scones Ireland has to offer. Afterwards, stop in Adare on your way to Killarney, which is considered one of the most picturesque villages in Ireland. Arrive at your luxurious accommodation, The Europe Hotel and Resort, where you'll enjoy dinner overlooking the world-famous Lakes of Killarney.
Stay: Two Nights, Killarney, The Europe Hotel and ResortDaily :
Enjoy dinner accompanied by a musical performance at Ballyseede Castle, one of Ireland’s most famous castles. Set within 30 acres of woodlands, the property’s history spans back to the 1590s.
Perhaps enjoy horse riding, a pony and trap ride or relax at the hotel's spa.
This morning, you have a choice of sightseeing. Later, follow the south shore of the Dingle Peninsula, once cited as ‘the most beautiful place on earth’ by National Geographic magazine. Visit the town of Dingle then drive to Slea Head, the westernmost tip of mainland Ireland. Enjoy excellent views as you learn about the heritage of this Gaelic-speaking region.Daily :
While in Waterford, choose between a visit to the House of Waterford Crystal and see the rooms where their prized treasures are created. Otherwise, enjoy a guided walking tour of this charming town.
Travel to Moll's Gap along the Ring of Kerry, where you will stop to capture some of the most stunning scenery. Continue to Waterford, where you have the choice of sightseeing. Later, arrive in the coastal town of Wexford.
Stay: Wexford, Ferrycarrig HotelDaily :
Today, take a ferry across the Irish Sea to the British mainland, then travel through Pembrokeshire, a beautiful and unspoilt part of Wales. Continue to Bath where you’ll enjoy some free time on arrival.
Stay: Two Nights, Bath, The Gainsborough Bath SpaDaily :
Explore the city of Bath on a tour before visiting the beautiful Roman Baths. Later, travel to Bristol, where a visit to the SS Great Britain allows you to learn stories of its passengers during the early years when the ship was a luxury liner.Daily :
Discover Stonehenge, one of the most famous prehistoric sites in the world. Marvel at this remarkable and mysterious feat of ancient engineering and design. The Stonehenge you will see today is the final stage that was completed about 3,500 years ago. Afterwards, continue to Hampshire for a traditional Farewell Afternoon Tea at the grand Tylney Hall. Step back to an age of elegance at this Victorian era mansion while you savour tasty treats. Later, return to London.
Stay: London, The May Fair HotelDaily :
Board a high-speed train to Amsterdam. Upon arrival, board your ship.
Stay: 14 Nights, A Concerto River ShipDaily :
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 along the Rhine, while a local baker conducts a stroopwafel demonstration.
Spend today on your selected activity. In the evening, enjoy a Gala Welcome Dinner on board with your fellow travellers.Daily :
In Andernach, you are treated to an exclusive visit to Namedy Castle. This 14th-century residence is home to Princess Heide von Hohenzollern who has opened the doors of her castle just for you. Enjoy some free time to wander about the castle’s rooms, hidden nooks and grounds, then savour dinner in the ballroom, accompanied by a classical piano recital.
In Cologne, take a tour through the historic city centre and sample local beers and snacks. Alternatively, embark on a bike ride to see City Hall and the remains from Roman times and the Middle Ages.
Enter Germany and cruise into Cologne, a city centred around the twin spires of its famous cathedral. Here, your day takes one of two paths on your chosen activity. Later, rejoin your ship in Bonn and cruise to Andernach where a special experience awaits.Daily :
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.Daily :
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.Daily :
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.Daily :
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.Daily :
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.Daily :
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.Daily :
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.Daily :
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.Daily :
Tonight, visit the family of Liechtenstein’s City Palace in the heart of Vienna. Attend an exclusive cocktail reception and a private concert featuring a full orchestra performing classical masterpieces by Mozart and Strauss, as well as an operatic recital. You will also be entertained by members of the Mozart Boys' Choir.
Arrive in Vienna, home to an array of striking architecture as well as a rich classical music 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 :
Perhaps tour Schönbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the imperial family. Wander through its lush, manicured gardens and marvel at sculptures representing deities and virtues. Alternatively, visit Slovakia's Bratislava, or perhaps enjoy a round of golf.
Personalise your time in Vienna with a choice of touring options today.Daily :
After your Budapest city tour, follow in the footsteps of Elisabeth of Bavaria (Sisi) and embark on an imperial train journey. Enjoy a welcome reception at Budapest Station's Royal Waiting Room, then board your elegant steam train, which features carriages from the early 1900s. A traditional game lunch worthy of royalty is served, before disembarking for a guided tour of Gödöllő Palace, a favourite of Sisi. Operates on all departures between April and September.
Enjoy a guided tour of Budapest. Back on board after dinner, see the city lights sparkle during a twilight cruise.Daily :
Transfer to the airport.Daily :
Highlighting the exquisite local produce, there's always something new to savour in amazing onboard dining venues
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