Magnificent Europe - 14-night Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise - Fly Free*
$6,995 pp^

Magnificent Europe - 14-night Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise - Fly Free*

Lush vineyards, charming villages, medieval ruins and grand cities glide gently by as you cruise along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers. Canal-crossed streets, world-class artwork and grand monuments eagerly await your discovery.

14 nights
14 Nights
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Cruise Line: APT

Date: 12th April  2019


DAY 1: Arrive Amsterdam, Embark Ship

Be met on arrival and transfer to your ship. After dinner on board, you may like to explore at your own pace.

Stay: 14 Nights, one of APT’s luxurious Concerto River Ships

Daily: Dinner

DAY 2: Amsterdam

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

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 along the Rhine, while a local baker conducts a 'stroopwafel’ demonstration. Alternatively, on select spring departures, take the opportunity to visit the stunning Keukenhof Gardens.

  • Canal Boat Cruise: Board a glass-top boat and admire the city's architecture as you cruise the maze of World-Heritage-listed canals for which the city is famous.
  • Zaanse Schans: Visit the typically Dutch village of Zaanse Schans, famous for its wooden windmills, traditional Dutch houses and specialty produce. Enjoy some time to explore and enjoy a tasting of the regions cheeses.
  • Stroopwafel Demonstration: Enjoy a relaxing morning on board, while a local baker conducts a 'stroopwafel' demonstration, a waffle made from two thin layers of baked dough with a caramel-like syrup filling in the middle.
  • Keukenhof Gardens: On select spring departures, visit the renowned Keukenhof Gardens. Explore more than 70 acres of world-renowned gardens, and admire the spectacular display of bulb flowers in bloom, including colourful tulips.

Choose your sightseeing in Amsterdam. Tonight, enjoy a Gala Welcome Dinner.

Daily: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3: Cologne, Bonn, Andernach

ROYAL SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE: 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.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

  • In Cologne, take a tour through the historic city centre and sample local beers and snacks.
  • 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. After your selected sightseeing activity, rejoin your ship in Bonn and cruise to Andernach for your Royal Signature Experience.

Daily: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: Rüdesheim

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

  • Dock in Rüdesheim and perhaps tour Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum.
  • Alternatively, board a scenic gondola for exceptional views over the Rhine Valley,
  • or perhaps sample wines from the region 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.

Daily: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: Miltenberg

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

  • Perhaps stroll along Miltenberg’s 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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: Würzburg

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

  • The immense architectural beauty of Würzburg is on show today as you walk to the Würzburg Residence, an 18th-century palace that once belonged to the Prince-Bishops of Würzburg. 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.

Seize the day with your preferred sightseeing activity.

Daily: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: Bamberg

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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY8: Nuremberg

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

  • A historic tour takes you to a selection of World War II sites, such as the Reich Party Rally Grounds. Discover medieval architecture, including the 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 in Nuremberg. Back on board, sample some delicious freshly baked gingerbread while cruising the Main-Danube Canal.

Daily: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9: Regensburg

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

  • On a guided walking tour, 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 at a local beer haus.
  • Another option is a gourmet walking tour, where you will 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.

Tailor your holiday with a selection of sightseeing choices today.

Daily: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10: Passau, Linz

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeingz

  • Disembark in Passau and travel to Salzburg, where a city tour takes you to several sights from Rogers and Hammerstein’s classic film, The Sound of Music.
  • Alternatively, embark on a full-day journey to Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic, renowned for its World Heritage-listed status with a stunning 13th-century castle above the Vltava River, its old town square and quaint lanes teeming with ancient architecture. Both touring options will then conclude in the pretty city of Linz, where you will re-board your river ship.
  • A third alternative is to enjoy a walking tour of Passau, then cruise into Austria and on to Linz.

Select from a diverse range of sightseeing options today.

Daily: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11: Melk, Dürnstein


  • 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 Dürnstein, or rejoin your ship and cruise to Dürnstein instead.

Cruise through the Wachau Valley wine region today. Choose your sightseeing in Melk, then select how to travel to Dürnstein. On arrival, 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.

Daily: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12: Vienna

ROYAL SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE: Tonight, visit the family of Liechtenstein’s City Palace in the heart of Vienna. Attend an exclusive Cocktail Reception and a private recital 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.

Arrive in Vienna, 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 St Stephen’s Cathedral.

Daily: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13: Vienna

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

  • Perhaps tour Schönbrunn 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 enjoy a round of golf.

Make the most of Vienna with a choice of sightseeing.

Daily: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14: Budapest, Gödöllő

ROYAL SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE: After your Budapest city tour, follow in the footsteps of Elisabeth of Bavaria (Sisi) and embark on an imperial train journey. Enjoy a Welcome Reception at Budapest's Royal Waiting Room, then board your elegant steam train, which features carriages from the early 1900s. A traditional game lunch worthy of royalty is served, before disembarking for a guided tour of Gödöllő Palace, a favourite of Sisi. Operates on all departures between April and September.

Enjoy a guided tour of Budapest.

Daily: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15: Disembark Ship, Depart Budapest

Transfer to the airport.

Daily: Breakfast

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Your deal includes:

  • Return economy class airfare including prepaid taxes up to $250*.
  • 14 Nights accommodation staying onboard MS AmaReina in a Category E cabin.
  • Enjoy 41 Meals, including 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches and 14 Dinners.
  • A range of complimentary beverages served on board.
  • Butler, room service and complimentary laundry for select suites.
  • All-inclusive sightseeing in up to 16 destinations including three APT exclusive Royal Signature Experiences, The Grand Empress steam train, Princess Heide's Namedy Castle & Vienna City Palace concert.
  • APT's Freedom of Choice inclusions in 10 locations.
  • Expert APT Cruise Director.

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^Price is per person, twin share unless otherwise stated. Final pricing is subject to availability, departure location, travel time and provider terms and conditions.