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Luxury

Magical Christmas Markets with Magnificent Europe

23 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: EUMCX23
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 22 destinations
  • Luxury dining - a total of 55 meals and a wide range of onboard beverages
  • Eight nights luxury land accommodation
  • 14 nights on a luxury river ship with the services of an expert APT Cruise Director 
  • Expert tour and cruise directors
  • Butler, room service and laundry (select suites)
  • Go beyond the gates to explore Namedy Castle before a cocktail party and a piano recital in the ballroom
  • Enjoy traditional cuisine and fun local entertainment in the Black Forest region

Map & Itinerary

Europe Map 2021 EUMCX23
Amsterdam to Frankfurt

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 the vibrant city of Amsterdam. You’ll be met on arrival and transferred to your ship. After some time to unpack and get settled in, it’s time to meet your fellow travellers at a welcome reception.

Stay: 14 Nights, a Concerto River Ship

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  • 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
Snow covered street along a canal in Amsterdam

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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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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
The ms Ama Reina sailing on the Danube River past Schonbuhel Castle

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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  • 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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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Cobblestone street lined by historic buildings in Rothenburg, Germany

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

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
Arch bridge, waterfront buildings and cathedral in the background

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


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
View of City Palace Concert, Austria

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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  • Lunch
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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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Disembark your ship after breakfast. Travel to the fairytale city of Salzburg, where your hotel is perfectly situated near the old town. This atmospheric part of the city still looks much as it did when Mozart lived here 250 years ago. This evening, get to know your tour director over dinner.

Stay: Two Nights, Sheraton Grand Salzburg

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

See the famous sights of Salzburg, including the birthplace of Mozart and the charming Residenzplatz in the Old Town. Europe’s Christmas markets are a magical experience. The tempting aroma of hot spiced wine fills the air, and fairy lights twinkle in the town squares. You’ll have free time to wander the markets and perhaps sample some tasty local treats such as gingerbread, then wash it all down with a cup of hot glühwein.

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  • Breakfast

Today you’ll visit the Silent Night Museum in Obendorf, a museum dedicated to the world-famous Christmas song. You will then continue to Kitzbuhel, founded in the 16th century as a silver and copper mining town. Today, it is considered one of Europe’s most appealing ski resorts, offering sublime vistas of the Austrian Alps. Arrive at your hotel, where you will enjoy dinner this evening.

Stay: Kitzbühel, Hotel Zur Tenne or Kempinski Hotel Das Tirol Jochberg

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  • Dinner

Travel to Ettal and visit Linderhof Palace and Park. King Ludwig II, who was crowned king in 1864, began construction of this masterpiece in 1867. Continue to Oberammergau, renowned for its once-in-a-decade Passion Play, telling the story of Jesus of Nazareth. Later, arrive in Munich and enjoy dinner this evening.

Stay: Two Nights, Munich, Hotel Sofitel Bayerpost

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  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

A guide will lead you on a culinary tour, providing a delicious way to familiarise yourself with the local fare. Another option is to discover the BMW Museum and see its themed exhibits.


Enjoy a guided discovery of Munich, followed by some time to browse the numerous stalls of the festive markets to find that special gift in time for Christmas. Afterwards, select your preferred sightseeing.

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  • Breakfast

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

This evening, get ready for a night of festivities with authentic cuisine and local entertainment, guaranteed to have you dancing in no time.


It’s time to make some more fairytales come true with a visit to Hohenzollern Castle, a grand 11th-century fortress set atop Mount Hohenzollern in a dramatic fashion. Afterwards, travel into the Black Forest region.

Stay: Two Nights, Black Forest, Hotel Traube Tonbach

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  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Gourmet lovers will rejoice in a cooking class to learn the secrets of traditional cuisine. Alternatively, perhaps sample some of the region’s beers at a local brewery, or set out on a guided hike.


Set out on your chosen activity.

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  • Dinner
Sun rays streaming down on the valley surrounded by the mountain ranges

Travel to Stuttgart and visit the Mercedes-Benz Car Museum, a unique building that showcases contemporary German architecture at its finest. Afterwards, enjoy some time to browse the Christmas markets. Later, continue to Frankfurt and enjoy a farewell dinner.

Stay: Frankfurt, Hotel Frankfurter Hof Steigenberger

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Today your Magical Christmas Markets journey draws to a conclusion. After breakfast, bid farewell and be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

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  • Breakfast

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