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APT River Cruising

Magnificent Europe - Magnificent Europe Budapest to Amsterdam 2017

Start:
Budapest
Includes:
Budapest to Amsterdam
Duration:
15 days
Departs:
20 August, 2017

Weave your way through five countries from Budapest to Amsterdam, cruising the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers in luxury with APT.

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All prices are quoted in Australian dollars on a per person basis unless stated otherwise. Prices are subject to change due to currency fluctuations, fuel price, and tax increases. Prices may vary until full payment is received, please ask your consultant for details. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking. Conditions apply. Offer may be withdrawn at any time without notice.

Day 1
(1 day)
Arrive Budapest, Embark Ship
Be met on arrival and transferred to your ship before a Welcome Reception this evening. After dinner onboard, admire the lights of Budapest on a magical twilight cruise.
Day 2
(1 day)
Budapest, Esztergom
Discover one of the Danube's most enchanting cities as you join a local guide for a tour of Budapest, including a visit to the Hungarian State Opera House for a tour, a glass of sparkling wine and a private opera recital. Rejoin your ship and cruise to Esztergom. Depart your ship here and head into the countryside for a traditional Hungarian farm experience. Learn about rural life on a wagon tour of the farm, experience a daring horse show from Magyar cowboys, sample local brandy and enjoy gypsy music. Back on board, enjoy a Gala Welcome Dinner.
Day 3
(1 day)
Vienna, A Royal Invitation
Disembark in the Austrian capital, Vienna. Enjoy a walking tour of the city, and delight in its striking architecture, classical musical culture and its vibrant cafés. Take in a number of the city's most important landmarks during an orientation tour along the Ringstrasse, Vienna's famous ring boulevard officially opened by Emperor Franz Joseph on May 1, 1865.Then visit the Spanish Riding School to witness the Lipizzan horses during a morning practice session.After dinner on board, visit the newly renovated City Palace, a magnificent aristocratic residence in the heart of Vienna. Be welcomed at a Cocktail Reception, then head to the ballroom for a private classical concert featuring members of the Mozart Boys' Choir, a full orchestra performing classical masterpieces by Strauss and an operatic recital.
Day 4
(1 day)
Vienna, Freedom of Choice
On your second day in Vienna, tour Schönbrunn Palace; join an excursion to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia; or explore the Fine Arts Museum.
Day 5
(1 day)
Dürnstein, Melk, Freedom of Choice
Explore Dürnstein at your leisure then cruise to Melk, or ride a bicycle along the river to Melk. On arrivel, perhaps tour Melk Abbey, one of the world's most famous monastic sites, or join a walking tour through the town.
Day 6
(1 day)
Linz, A Royal Invitation, Salzburg, Passau
Take an exquisite journey aboard the Majestic Imperator today for a privileged insight into the luxury of imperial rail travel as you travel to Passau. Enjoy morning tea and refreshments en route to Salzburg where you'll disembark for a tour that takes you to several sights from Rogers and Hammerstein's classic film, -˜The Sound of Music'. Re-board your train and delight in drinks and entertainment as your journey continues to the city of Passau.
Day 7
(1 day)
Regensburg
Known as one of Germany's best-preserved medieval cities, Regensburg is home to one of the oldest bridges spanning the Danube River. On arrival here, disembark your ship for a guided tour of the architectural highlights such as the Old Town Hall, the World Heritage-listed city centre and the ancient Romanesque Porta Pretoria. You'll also admire Germany's oldest vaulted stone bridge, which arches gracefully across the Danube River.
Day 8
(1 day)
Nuremberg, Freedom of Choice
Arrive in Nuremberg and choose to either embark on a historic city tour or tour the Faber-Castell Old Lead Factory Museum. The historic city tour visits a selection of World War II sites, including the Reich Party Rally Grounds, where six Nazi Party rallies were held between 1933 and 1938. Discover the spectacular medieval architecture, including the 900 year-old ramparts that surround the city, the Imperial Castle and more. Alternatively, step back in time at the Faber-Castell Old Lead Factory Museum where a unique guided tour brings the industrial history of the 19th century to life.
Day 9
(1 day)
Bamberg, Freedom of Choice
Travel to World Heritage-listed Bamberg, another of the few German cities that wasn't destroyed during the bombings of World War II. Bamberg also lies in the heart of a region that boasts nearly 300 breweries. Upon arrival, disembark and set off on your chosen activity. Perhaps explore this beautiful medieval city on a walking tour. Or, learn about ancient brewing techniques on a walking tour that includes a tasting of Rauchbier (smoked beer).
Day 10
(1 day)
Würzburg, Freedom of Choice
In Würzburg today, you may like to embark on a tour that will take you through the city to the magnificent Residential Palace, past churches ranging in styles from Baroque, Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance to modern. Inside, marvel at intricate tapestries, gilded stucco work and ceiling frescoes by Tiepolo. Alternatively, travel to Rothenburg on the Romantic Road and set out on a tour of this medieval walled town.
Day 11
(1 day)
Miltenberg
After an onboard glass-blowing demonstration this morning, disembark in Miltenberg, a pretty Franconian town set amongst the spectacular scenery of the Odenwald Forest. Spared from the destruction of World War II, its stunning half-timbered houses and historic buildings offer a wonderful insight into medieval times gone by. Miltenberg also boasts one of the oldest inns in Germany. Today, you're invited to discover the local way of life on a unique village experience. Explore quaint shops and swap stories with the locals during a day to remember.
Day 12
(1 day)
Rüdesheim, Freedom of Choice, Andernach, A Royal Invitation
Visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum or ride a gondola for panoramic views over the Rhine Valley. This evening, Princess Heide von Hohenzollern has opened the doors of her turreted home, Namedy Castle, exclusively for APT guests. Enjoy some free time to wander about the castle's opulent rooms, hidden nooks and manicured gardens at your leisure. Later, head to the castle's exquisite ballroom for a lavish royal banquet.
Day 13
(1 day)
Bonn, Freedom of Choice, Cologne
Tour Bonn or explore the Bonn Botanic Gardens. Alternatively, travel to Cologne for a tour or visit the Fragrance Museum.
Day 14
(1 day)
Amsterdam, Freedom of Choice
Choose from three activities today. You may like to take a canal cruise and admire the city from a glass-top boat as you glide past 17th-century homes, churches and 16th-century merchant houses. Or, tour the Anne Frank Museum, located in the building where Anne Frank went into hiding and composed her famous diary during World War II. Alternatively, take an excursion to Zaanse Schans, a picturesque village famous for its wooden windmills, barns and houses. Here you'll enjoy time to explore and a tasting of the region's cheeses before returning to your ship. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner.
Day 15
(1 day)
Disembark Ship, Depart Amsterdam
Disembark and transfer to the airport.

Highlights

APT EXCLUSIVE! Marvel at the Hungarian State Opera House in Budapest on a guided tour and enjoy a private opera recital Gain an appreciation for rural life during a Hungarian farm visit APT EXCLUSIVE! Visit the newly renovated City Palace in Vienna for a Cocktail Reception and a private classical concert APT EXCLUSIVE! Soak in the spirit of the Habsburg Empire on a private rail journey aboard the luxurious Majestic Imperator Mingle with the locals during a village experience in Miltenberg APT EXCLUSIVE! Explore the rooms and gardens of Namedy Castle at your leisure, before a lavish royal banquet

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