- Knowledge & Expertise. As a family owned and operated company for more than 88 years, our unique spirit and expertise is something that sets us apart from other operators On Royal Collection holidays, an expert APT Cruise Director is present for the duration of your cruise, while an APT Tour Director Escorts Land Journeys and Grand City Stays.
- Choice: Freedom of Choice. We understand that different travellers have different tastes. It’s why in a range of locations, we offer a selection of sightseeing activities so that guests can personalise their European river cruise.
- Quality: Enjoy 5 star — luxury accommodation.
- Awards: APT is the award-winning market leaders with more than 20 years’ experience on Europe’s waterways. Having introduced luxury European river cruising to Australia and New Zealand, our unquestionable experience and passionate pursuit of perfection has earned us the reputation as the most innovative and awarded luxury river cruise operator. We also recently celebrated APT’s achievements at AFTA’s National Travel Industry Awards. APT has been named the Best River Cruise Operator and once again, Best Tour Operator.
Aria River Ships:
Aria River Ships boast a sleek and elegant cutting-edge design. Each offers world-class facilities and luxurious accommodation for no more than 148 guests, including our revolutionary open-air Panoramic Balconies in most suites.
Special features: Luxurious suites with ensuite bathroom and Exclusive Queen or twin DreamBed, A Sun Deck with a heated whirlpool and up to five unique dining options, including the exclusive Chef’s Table Restaurant.
Aria Ships: MS AMADolce, MS AMALyra, MS AMACello, MS AMADante, MS AMALegro, MS AMADagio.
Concerto River Ships:
Our newest river ships feature luxurious suites with Exclusive Twin balconies, fully equipped ensuite bathroom, exclusive queen or twin DreamBeds, personal computer with included internet and fat screen TV with complimentary movies. Public areas include the sun deck, the fitness centre, a massage and hair salon, and up to seven dining experiences.
Special features: Exclusive Twin Balcony Suites, Sun Deck equipped with a heated pool and swim up bar and up to seven dining experiences on board.
Concerto Ships: AMAStella, AMAViola, MS AMAVenita, MS AMAReina, MS AMAVerde, MS AMABella, AMA MS AMASerena; MS AMASonata, MS AMAPrima, MSAMACerto.
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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.
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.
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.