Magnificent Europe

Overview

Countries and places

Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands

Tour Code

AP-EUMCRBP18P

Operator

Duration

18 days

Brochure

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Castles, historical towns and tranquil waters are waiting for you to discover while cruising from Budapest to Amsterdam, then spend three unforgettable nights in romantic Paris.

Highlights

    Attend a private classical concert featuring members of the Mozart′s Boys Choir at the City Palace in Vienna.

What's Included

  • All-inclusive sightseeing in up to 19 destinations
  • APT′s Freedom of Choice Inclusions in 11 locations
  • Complimentary beverages served on board*
  • Finest dining - a total of 47 meals
  • Expert APT Tour and Cruise Directors
  • Butler, room service and champagne on arrival for select suites

About APT

A family-owned company since its conception in the 1920s. APT had its beginnings when Bill McGeary built a bus body on a tray truck after a tram strike affected the city of Melbourne. Through Bill's son Geoff, APT pioneered Australia's dynamic travel industry in the 1960s and 1970s via a diverse range of modes. Such innovation continues to thrive within the APT Group today, now a multi-brand business with an extensive global portfolio of touring and cruising products still owned and controlled by the McGeary family. History of company A family-owned company since its auspicious conception in the 1920’s, APT had its beginnings when Bill McGeary built a bus body on a tray truck after a tram strike affected the city of Melbourne. Through Bill’s son Geoff, APT pioneered Australia’s dynamic travel industry in the 1960s and 1970s via a diverse range of modes. Such innovation continues to thrive within the APT Group today, now a multi-brand business with an extensive global portfolio of touring and cruising products still owned and controlled by the McGeary family. Now, with a third generation of the family contributing to the APT Group's success, the benefits of the company's family-style culture are increasingly apparent. While vigorously pursuing a global vision, the unwavering focus is on delivering a life-enriching and memorable holiday experience for each and every individual. Types of Experience APT operations extend around the world, in destinations as diverse as Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Canada & Alaska, Europe, India, the Middle East, Scandinavia, South America and the USA. The APT Group’s unwavering commitment to global growth ensures that an exceptional choice of touring styles is available to APT travellers. These include ocean and river cruising, coach travel, rail travel, 4WD adventures, air safaris and short breaks. Choices APT’s vast and established network of global touring operations engenders incredible flexibility when choosing an APT holiday. Combine a river cruise with land touring in Europe, China, Cambodia, Vietnam or South America; extend a South African safari stay with an overland rail journey; link an Alaskan cruise with overland and rail touring options. The choices are exciting and limitless. Ease With the convenience of APT’s all-inclusive on board lifestyle you will know exactly where you stand before you leave home. From the services of a Cruise Director to all shore excursions, airport transfers to port charges, gratuities to meals, complimentary wireless internet and so much more, there are absolutely no hidden extras. Our prices cover everything as detailed, including transfers, port charges, gratuities, meals and sightseeing. Plus, all prices are guaranteed once your deposit has been paid, so you can relax knowing your price won’t be affected by currency fluctuations.

Terms & Conditions

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Tour Type

Popular River Cruises - River Cruising

FAQs

  • Will I be travelling with a reliable company?
  • Yes, APT is an 88 Years Australian family-owned company receiving a 98% satisfaction from our travellers.

  • How many people are on a tour with me?
  • Our Concerto ship can accommodate a maximum of 164 passengers, whilst our Aria ships 148 passengers. For our extended land tours, we have a maximum of 40 passengers.

  • What is the standard of hotels we will be staying at?
  • Whilst on an APT Grand City Stay or extended Land Journey, the luxury of your accommodation is assured. From the design, cruising, ambience and more, you can expect a five-star experience.

  • What are the Travel Directors like?
  • On APT’s Royal Collection cruises, and APT Cruise Director will be on board at all times; during Grand City Stays and extended Land Journeys, an APT Tour Director is with you. Committed to going the extra mile, they have become renowned as a highlight of the APT holiday experience.

  • What are different trip styles?
  • APT’s Royal Collection offers a range of added inclusions and enhancements, such as:
    • APT Cruise/Tour Director
    • Exclusive APT Signature Experiences
    • Freedom of Choice Inclusions
    • Complimentary beverages throughout
    • A butler service in Concerto ships (category T+ and above)


    Voyages cruises’ operate in partnership with the world leaders in river cruising, AmaWaterways. Travel with guests from all around the world, enjoy airport transfers on the first and last day of your tour, included gratuities and drinks with lunch and dinner, as you visit many charming riverside destinations.
    Grand City Stays is available at either end of many APT Royal Collections river cruises, and offer a close-up look at some of Europe’s most alluring cities.
    Luxury Land Journey provides an in-depth discovery of Europe’s most fascinating regions. Led by an APT Tour Director, and joined throughout by friendly English-speaking local guides, you’ll travel in the finest comfort and style aboard APT’s luxury coaches.

  • What happens if I’m travelling alone? Is there an extra charge?
  • Solo Travellers will have to pay a Single Supplement Fee. However, please Global Travel Directors about our Pay No Supplement on Cruise and 50% Off Solo Supplement on Cruise which are applicable to set travel dates.*(subject to availability, and Superdeal Validity Dates).

  • Do I need to check-in online before the tour departs?
  • No, you do not need to check-in online prior to tour departure. Once we have all your personal information we require, you will receive your travel documents approximately 6 weeks prior to your tour.

  • Can I request special dietary meals?
  • Yes, please advise APT or your travel agent if you have any special dietary requirements and you will be advised if we can cater to your needs.

  • How much luggage can I bring?
  • On an APT Tour, you can bring one checked-in and one carry-on luggage with you.

  • Are tips included?
  • Yes. APT Tours are all-inclusive, which includes all tipping for your Cruise Director, Tour Director, Drivers, Local Guides and ship crew.

  • Do I need any vaccinations?
  • Visit your doctor or a travel clinic before you travel for advice.

  • What are Optional Experiences and when do I purchase them?
  • APT Tours are all-inclusive, there are no additional optional excursions to purchase.

  • Can I use my electrical appliances?
  • Yes, except for travel irons which are not permitted onboard our cruises.

  • Are airport transfers provided?
  • Yes, airport transfers are included on the first and last day of your tour, and with pre/post tour accommodation.

  • Will I be travelling with people from other countries
  • APT is sold out of the Australian, New Zealand and United Kingdom Markets.

  • How many people are on a Tour/ Cruise with me?
  • Our Concerto ship can accommodate a maximum of 164 passengers, whilst our Aria ships 148 passengers. For our extended land tours, we have a maximum of 40 passengers.

  • Will I have time on my own?
  • Although all touring is included in your APT tour, you will also have free time in many of the cities you visit on tour.

  • Will the coach/ ship be modern and comfortable?
  • You will experience new heights of luxury, elegance and style as you discover Europe from aboard one of APT’s state-of-the-art river ships. All of APT’s Aria and Concerto river ships that were assessed by Berlitz River Cruising in Europe Travel Guide earned the highest rating given and the highest rating scores than any other cruise line.

  • Are the hotels air-conditioned?
  • Yes, on APT City Stays and Extended Land Tours, you will stay at luxury accommodations ensuring that the hotels are of highest standards of facilities and amenities.

  • Can I book a group?
  • Yes, please ask contact Global Travel Directors to discuss.

  • Do I need Travel Insurance?
  • Travel protection and luggage insurance are highly recommended. We suggest you purchase a travel protection plan that covers trip cancellation for medical reason, trip delay, medical expenses, accidental death, lost luggage, medical; evacuation and airline cancellation changes under a variety of circumstances.

  • Will I need a passport?
  • All valid passport is required for international travel. Most countries insist that your passport be valid for at least six-months after your date of return.

  • Will I need a visa?
  • It is the responsibility of the traveller to secure the required visas before leaving home.

  • When will I receive my documents for my Holiday?
  • You will receive your travel documents approximately 6 weeks prior to your tour departure.

  • Do you have a frequent traveller program?
  • Yes, once you book your first APT journey of seven days or more, you will enjoy exclusive privileges as an APT Club member.

  • Is baggage handling provided?
  • Yes, porterage is included.

  • How do I change my currency?
  • We recommend setting up a travel card before departing to use at ATM’s throughout Europe. Currency can be exchanged at airport and currency exchange outlets.

  • Can I bring a wheelchair on my trip?
  • Yes, but please discuss with APT or your travel agent as we will need dimensions to confirm it will be feasible for you to bring on tour.

  • What type of outfits do I pack and will I need formal attire?
  • Our tours are a relaxed atmosphere and dress is informal. We recommend packing for comfort and taking along some steady walking shoes to combat those traditional cobbles stone streets. Using layers is recommended as the weather can vary from the far north to the south. Rain and windproof jackets are recommended and good walking shows for walking tours.

  • What type of weather can I expect?
  • Weather would be dependent on the time of year you travel.

  • Must I know the native languages of the countries I am visiting?
  • No, all APT Cruise/Tour Directors, onboard crew and local guides are English-speaking.

  • Can I have laundry done?
  • Yes, for cruising, onboard laundry service is offered for an additional cost.

  • How can I keep in touch with family and friends?
  • On an APT European River Cruise, you can turn your photos into personalised, printed postcards at the touch of a button. Before your trip, visit the App Store on your iPad or iPhone. Free Wi-Fi is also available on cruise, and in many hotels.

  • Is there seat rotation?
  • Yes, there is seat rotation on APT tours.

  • Can I drink the water in the countries I will visit on my trip?
  • Water in most European countries is safe to drink and unlimited beverages are available on APT Royal Collection Cruises.

  • Is smoking allowed on the coach?
  • No, smoking is not allowed on coach.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Budapest, Embark Ship

Be met on arrival and transfer to your ship. After your first dinner on board, set off on a magical twilight cruise along the Danube River.

Day 2 - Budapest

Enjoy a guided tour of Budapest. Re-board your ship and sail to Vienna.

Day 3 - Vienna

This afternoon, 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.

Day 4 - Vienna

Embrace the chance to personalise your time here in Vienna thanks to a choice of activities. In the evening, an exclusive experience takes place.

Day 5 - Durnstein, Melk

Your ship arrives at Durnstein, then later continues cruising to Melk. Enjoy a selection of activities in both locations.

Day 6 - Linz, Passau

From Linz, a number of activities are on offer today. Both touring options will then conclude in Passau, where you will re-board your river ship. Otherwise, remain on board and cruise to Passau, where you will enjoy a walking tour.

Day 7 - Regensburg

Tailor your holiday with a selection of sightseeing choices today.

Day 8 - Nuremberg

Choose your sightseeing in Nuremberg. Back on board, sample some delicious freshly baked gingerbread while cruising the Main-Danube Canal.

Day 9 - Bamberg

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. 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.

Day 10 - Wurzburg

Seize the day with your preferred sightseeing activity.

Day 11 - Miltenberg

Witness the skilful art of glass-blowing on board as you cruise towards the pretty Franconian town of Miltenberg this morning, where you may select an experience.

Day 12 - Rudesheim, Andernach

Dock in Rudesheim and set out on your chosen activity. 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. Onwards, at Andernach, disembark for an exclusive experience.

Day 13 - Bonn, Cologne

Arrive in the Gothic city of Cologne, centred around the twin spires of its famous cathedral. Here, choose from a number of experiences on offer.

Day 14 - Amsterdam

Today, sail into the beautiful Dutch capital, Amsterdam, and join your chosen experience. In the evening, come together for the Captain′s Farewell Dinner.

Day 15 - Amsterdam, Disembark Ship, Ghent, Paris

Disembark your ship for the final time. Travel by coach through Belgium. Arrive in Ghent and enjoy a light lunch while cruising along the city′s canals, before arriving in Paris.

Day 16 - Paris, Versailles

A local expert will take you on a tour through the beautiful city of Paris today. See the Avenue des Champs-Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe, plus see the iconic Eiffel Tower. Afterwards, discover the splendour behind Louis XIV′s transformation of the Palace of Versailles.

Day 18 - Depart Paris

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

Day 20 - Paris

After breakfast today, you have the opportunity to select your preferred touring interest from our Freedom of Choice options. Minimum and maximum group numbers apply on Paris Freedom of Choice excursions. If your first choice is unavailable you may be asked to choose an alternative. Please note: Due to recently changed local traffic laws in Paris, on certain days iconic monuments may be less accessible by coach than they have been in the past. This is regrettably outside of APT′s direct control. Later today enjoy an exclusive evening of exquisite French Champagne tasting at a private Farewell Reception for Phil Hoffmann guests. Sample three different French Champagnes, accompanied by a cheese and charcuterie. Tonight enjoy dinner and a spectacular show at the famous Moulin Rouge. Delight in a once-in-a-lifetime night at the iconic Parisian cabaret, captured by the famous paintings of Toulouse Lautrec.

Prices/Dates

All Prices are in Australian Dollars

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29 Apr 2020 16 May 2020   AUD $12845 AUD $12845 AUD $12202
05 Aug 2020 22 Aug 2020   AUD $12795 AUD $12795 AUD $12155
16 Sep 2020 03 Oct 2020   AUD $13245 AUD $13245 AUD $12582

Map

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Static Map

Below you will find the basic route in which you will travel on this tour.