Enjoy time to wander Europe's Christmas markets, teeming with delicious treats and hand-made treasures.
Visit a local carver that produces traditional wooden masks of the German folklore character Krampus.
Explore this unique building that showcases contemporary German architecture and 130 years of the automotive industry.
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
Be met on arrival and transfer to your ship. After your first dinner on board, you may like to explore at your own pace.
Stay: 14 Nights: one of APT’s luxurious Concerto River ShipsDaily :
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.
Choose your sightseeing in Amsterdam. Tonight, enjoy a Gala Welcome Dinner.Daily :
Later, rejoin your ship in Bonn and cruise to Andernach for 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.
Take a tour through the historic city centre, Or alternatively sample local beers and snacks on a walking tour. 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.Daily :
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.
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. Dock in Rudesheim and later, enjoy dinner on board.Daily :
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 be guided through a picturesque Franconian vineyard as you learn about the specialty wines of the region during a hike.
Witness the skilful art of glass-blowing on board as you cruise towards the pretty Franconian town of Miltenberg this morning.Daily :
The immense architectural beauty of Wurzburg is on show today as you 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.
Choose your preferred sightseeing.Daily :
This morning your ship will arrive in World Heritage-listed Bamberg, another 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, 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.
Choose your sightseeing, then back on board, sample some delicious freshly baked gingerbread while cruising the Main-Danube Canal.Daily :
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.
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Today, an exquisite private rail journey aboard the Majestic Imperator reveals the legacy of the once powerful Habsburg Empire as you travel from Passau to Linz. On board your privately chartered train, relax amid luxurious surrounds and savour refreshments while you wind your way through graceful alpine countryside. Disembark in Salzburg where a city tour includes some of the sights from the classic film, The Sound of Music. Re-board the Majestic Imperator and be entertained by live music en route to Linz.
Enjoy a day on the incredible Majestic Imperator.Daily :
Disembark in Melk for 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. You may then choose to ride a bike along the banks of the Danube River from Melk to Durnstein, or rejoin your ship and cruise to Durnstein instead.
Cruise through the Wachau Valley wine region today to Melk and choose your sightseeing. Later in Durnstein, roam the village'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.Daily :
Tonight, your third 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 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.
Today arrive in Vienna, Austria’s capital and 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 the glorious St Stephen’s Cathedral.Daily :
Perhaps tour Schonbrunn Palace, the former 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.Daily :
Perhaps embark on a city tour that offers the Fisherman’s Bastion, Heroes' Square and more. Should you be feeling energetic, perhaps hike to Castle Hill or for a more relaxed pace, embark on a culinary tour of the Great Market Hall.
Choose your sightseeing in Budapest. Later, sit down to the Captain's Farewell Dinner, then set off on a cruise through the city and be enchanted by the lights sparkling around you.Daily :
In Mondsee, see St Michael's Church, the film setting for Maria and Georg von Trapp's wedding in The Sound of Music. Later, arrive in Salzburg.
Stay: Two Nights: Salzburg, Hotel Crowne Plaza PitterDaily :
Tour the famous sights of Salzburg, then enjoy free time to wander the Christmas markets.Daily :
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.
Arrive at your luxurious spa retreat, Schloss Elmau, which is situated in a majestic alpine setting.
This evening, choose your preferred restaurant to dine.
Enjoy your Signature Experience. Later, choose your preferred restaurant to dine in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Stay: Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Schloss ElmauDaily :
Travel to historic Oberammergau, renowned for its once-in-a-decade performed Passion Play. Continue to Ettal to immerse yourself in Linderhof Palace. Later, arrive in Munich.
Stay: Two Nights: Munich, Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten KempinskiDaily :
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.Daily :
Journey on an historic Bavarian discovery to Augsburg, which was founded 2,000 years ago. On the Romantic Road, call in at Nordlingen, the only remaining walled medieval town in Germany. Continue on to the medieval town of Dinkelsbuhl, whose townscape has virtually remain unchanged for more than 400 years. Later, arrive in Stuttgart.
Stay: Two Nights: Stuttgart, Althoff Hotel am SchlossgartenDaily :
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.Daily :
Travel to the university town of Heidelberg and take some time to wander the enchanting Christmas markets. Afterwards, continue to Frankfurt, where you will enjoy a Farewell Dinner.
Stay: Frankfurt, Hotel Frankfurter Hof SteigenbergerDaily :
Transfer to the airport.Daily :
Be treated to this luxurious haven in the Bavarian Alps, which offers a range of activities, including wellness classes
Stay at the stylish Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski, perfectly located in the heart of Munich
This wonderful five-star hotel is situated in the picturesque park landscape of the castle gardens in Stuttgart
As a family-owned company with origins that date back to 1927, we know how to make a great holiday extraordinary