APT River Cruising


With over 80 years experience, APT is proud to be a multi-awarded touring company - but what gives this family-owned business the greatest pleasure, is the 98% satisfaction rating received from APT travellers. The discerning travellers who choose APT do so for the unparalled rating received from APT travellers.

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.

“You'll enjoy delicious gourmet cuisine, attentive personalised service, nightly onboard entertainment, and a Cruise and Tour Director.”

Award-Winning Excellence

Recognised for our operational excellence and service, APT was recently voted the best International Cruise Operator by Australia's peak organisation of professional travel agents.

85 Years Australian Family-Owned

As Australia's leading travel company, APT is still owned and run by the McGeary family.

Pioneers on Europe's Rivers

Together with our partner AmaWaterways, we own and operate 13 river ships and possess 18 years experience on Europe's rivers. European-Based Operations Our European-based staff ensure your holiday will run smoothly.

98% Satisfaction Rating

We're proud of the 98% satisfaction rating we receive from our travellers, and we're committed to maintaining it.

Fully Inclusive & Guaranteed

Our prices cover everything as detailed, including transfers, port charges, gratuities, meals and sightseeing. Plus, all prices are guaranteed once your deposit's been paid.

Deposit Cancellation Cover

If you choose to pay an up-front fee of $75, you can then cancel your holiday prior to the due date for final payment and retain a full APT holding credit of the deposit paid. There are no penalties if a new booking is then made within five years.  

A New Way to See Europe

River cruising has fast become the most popular manner in which to explore this vast continent – with good reason. After you've unpacked, your river ship brings each new and unique destination directly to you. While cruising, as you've already settled in, you can simply relax amid the luxury of your ship. And, unlike ocean cruising, pretty everchanging scenery will pass by you every day

An Incredible Programme

Aboard an APT cruise, sunset doesn't signify the day's end – it merely marks the beginning of yet another fabulous evening of onboard entertainment.

Your Leisure Time, Your Way

Representing convenient travel at a relaxed pace, a daily river cruising schedule is quite flexible, so you'll enjoy ample time at leisure to explore independently. Helping you make the most of this time, your cruise director and local guides are on hand to offer information, make suggestions and provide directions to the sites and attractions that most interest you.

Intriguing & Insightful Lectures

During your river cruise, local guides and historians will come aboard to deliver fascinating lectures that you're able to attend as you choose.   

“Our globally recognised chefs cater for a range of speciality dining experiences onboard.”

Europe River Cruising

Using fresh, local produce, our chefs consistently create culinary masterpieces that offer sumptuous insight into the distinct regional flavours of Europe. A champagne breakfast is on offer every morning, including eggs cooked to order. Lunch comprises a wide selection of hot and cold dishes, while each evening, you'll be treated to a beautifully prepared five-course à la carte dinner. All meals on board are included.

While every onboard meal represents a wonderful culinary journey, various events ensure your culinary experience on board is the best on Europe's rivers. These include the Captain's Gala Welcome Dinner; cooking demonstrations and wine tastings; a Continental Divide Cocktail Celebration; a Farewell Dinner; and an APT Cocktail Evening (on APT Platinum Series Cruises).

During dinner on board each evening, you're able to sample a variety of fine regional wines produced by local European vineyards. Regional beer and soft drink are also included at no extra cost. In keeping with our commitment to all-inclusive cruising, on an APT Platinum Series Cruise, if you'd like a beer or glass of wine with lunch, that's on us too. 

Mekong River Cruising

Exquisite Onboard Dining - For a delicious taste of local cuisine, all meals, including a Champagne Breakfast each day, are included during your Lower Mekong River cruise. And while each meal presents the chance to dine on exotic Asian fare, western favourites are always available should you desire a taste of home. Throughout, an Executive Chef will oversee the kitchen in which each gourmet meal is prepared, while a Restaurant Manager is on hand to ensure attentive service in the Mekong Restaurant.


On every Lower Mekong cruise, guests will enjoy a Vietnamese banquet, personally designed by Luke. Created exclusively for APT guests, each dish reflects the diverse flavours from the region of Luke's heritage. 

Russian River Cruising

A Choice of Dining Locations with Stunning Views Opera & Symphony restaurants featuring Alfresco Dining – With exquisite cuisine, matching European wines and exceptional service, you'll enjoy the ambience of a first-class restaurant aboard the MS AmaKatarina. What's even more enticing are the line of expansive windows that allow the impressive views in. Both of these restaurants also boast alfresco dining for those who prefer fresh air and a delightful riverside sound track.

Breakfast & Lunch – Each morning, prepare for the day over a champagne breakfast comprising fresh breads, eggs, bacon, pastries, meats, cheeses, fruit, salmon, regional specialities and more. Lunch is a similarly enticing affair, presenting a selection of soups, appetisers, dishes cooked to order and more. Dinner – One of the pleasures of cruising on the MS AmaKatarina is enjoying your evening meal in the elegant dining setting. Select from an enticing menu of regional cuisine, prepared by a kitchen team headed up by a western executive chef. "

China River Cruising

All meals are included on your River cruise, and your chef is always on hand to cater for special dietary requirements. Breakfast – Each hearty breakfast presents a lavish international-style buffet, including eggs cooked to order at the breakfast bar. Lunch – Select from a buffet of delicious international cuisine. Dinner – An à la carte affair, every dinner on board represents an indulgent fine dining occasion. Included beverages – At lunch and dinner, free-flowing soft drink, international house wine and local beer is included.

Extraordinary Feature Meals on Tour. 

From roast duck and hotpots, to displays of noodle-making and dumpling feasts, we have hand-picked delicious feature meals. 

“Travel in comfort and style - waking up each morning in a new place, ready to discover new sights!”

The Newest & Most Luxurious Fleet

Launched as recently as 2012, our exclusive river ships were built with you, our valued guests, in mind. On them, the comfort and luxury you've come to expect from APT is evident in every detail. With twelve ships in Europe, including the MS AmaVida on Portugal's Douro River and the MS AmaPrima – both to launch in 2013 – we offer more routes, ships and departures than any other.

Total Control, Superb Quality

The simple fact that APT operate our own river cruises allows us to maintain complete control in consistently delivering you the incredible standards for which we're famous.

Award-winning Excellence

We're proud of the many awards that APT and our ships have won over the years – both from within the industry and as voted for by our travellers. Among other accolades, at AFTA's 2011 National Travel Industry Awards, APT were named Best Cruise Operator – International Based Operation.

Europe River Cruising

Cruise between Amsterdam and Budapest along the Danube and Rhine River, or unique to APT, cruise the picturesque Rhône River. APT - offering award-winning river ships, exquisite dining, stylish fittings, revolutionary Twin Balcony Suites and attentive staff. Wake up each morning to find new and undiscovered attractions on your doorstep.

Russia River Cruising

Cruise between Moscow and St Petersburg, through iconic cities and charming rural destinations. Catch intriguing glimpses of the past, immerse yourself in the present, and gain a sense of the future.

Vietnam and Cambodia

Mekong River Cruising Glide along the Mekong River cruising from Vietnam to Cambodia or Upper Mekong River cruising in Laos. Lose yourself in a world of astounding beauty, ancient history and fascinating cutlures.


Yangtze River Cruising Cruise China's Yangtze River and be captivated by the natural spectacle that surrounds you, and be thrilled by the indulgent nature of the boutique river ship we've chosen for you.


Nile River Cruising Travel Egypt's famous Nile River as part of your APT journey. Explore the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx, then cruise the Nile and disembark to discover the Valley of the Kings, and temples of Philae and Karnak.   

“Relax aboard one of APT's luxury river ships. Unpack only once & enjoy your floating boutique hotel.”