APT - Magnificent Europe

Amsterdam to Budapest or vv

On APT’s 15 Day Magnificent Europe cruise, glide from Amsterdam through five countries to Budapest. Stop to take in the iconic attractions and charming secrets of Europe’s heartland as you cruise down the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers.

Your cares will drift away with the breeze as lush fields, charming villages and medieval ruins glide gently by on APT's luxury river cruises. Amsterdam offers canal-crossed streets and world-class artwork.   Budapest houses a number of grand monuments.  You’ll also dock close to the heart of many charming towns and villages dotted along the banks of the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers.

Your Included Signature Experiences

EXCLUSIVE! Explore Namedy Castle before dinner in the ballroom with a piano recital
EXCLUSIVE! Visit Vienna’s incredible City Palace for a cocktail reception and a special private concert of classical masterpieces
EXCLUSIVE! Embark on a journey aboard the Grand Empress steam train (operates April to September)

The Road Less Travelled is a River

Free of traffic, crowds and multiple hotel rooms – your travel hassles will melt away on an all-inclusive luxury river cruise with APT.  Once you’re aboard, life becomes almost effortless as you unpack, relax and let your river ship sweep you along to each new and unique destination.



Day 1 - Arrive Amsterdam, Embark Ship

Be met on arrival and transferred to your river ship, docked in the heart of Amsterdam. After dinner, a free evening gives you the chance to step ashore and explore the canal-crossed streets at your leisure.

Stay: 14 Nights, a Concerto River Ship

Daily : Dinner

Day 2 - Amsterdam

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps admire Amsterdam's canals from a glass-top boat. Or visit Zaanse Schans, a lovely village famous for its traditional Dutch houses, windmills and specialty produce. Otherwise, stay on board your ship while a local baker conducts a stroopwafel demonstration. Alternatively, on select spring departures, visit 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.

Personalise your time in Amsterdam today with a choice of experiences. In the evening, gather on board for a Gala Welcome Dinner.

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - Cologne, Bonn, Andernach


In Andernach, you are treated to 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. Here, your day takes one of two paths on your chosen activity. Later, rejoin your ship in Bonn and cruise to Andernach where a special experience awaits.

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - Rüdesheim

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

In Rüdesheim, 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. Your ship later docks at the town of Rüdesheim.

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - Miltenberg

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps enjoy a visit to a local winery, where you will enjoy learning about Rhine Valley wines, as well as sampling the region's delicious produce during a wine and cheese tasting. Alternatively, acquaint yourself with the German language during an interactive lesson on board your ship. Otherwise, hike through a picturesque forested area with views of the Franconian vineyards.

Witness the skilful art of glass-blowing on board as you cruise towards the pretty Franconian town of Miltenberg this morning. After the day’s activity, return to your ship for a delicious dinner.

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, one 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

Day 8 - 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. 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 the schuhplattler during a fun Bavarian dance lesson at a local beer haus. Another option is a gourmet walking tour. 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™ - Sightseeing

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 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 Linz, where you will re-board your river ship. Otherwise, enjoy a walking tour of Passau, then cruise to Linz.

Select from a diverse range of sightseeing options today.

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 - Melk, Dürnstein


Join 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. During autumn departures, perhaps participate in some vineyard work at a local winery as part of the wine harvest season. Another option is a guided bike ride along the banks of the Danube River from Melk to Dürnstein.

Cruise through the Wachau Valley wine region today. Disembark in Melk and select from a number of activities. Later, take the opportunity to roam -Dürnstein's cobblestone lanes at your leisure.

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 - Vienna


Tonight, visit the family of Liechtenstein’s City Palace in the heart of Vienna. Attend an exclusive cocktail reception and a private concert 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, visit Slovakia's Bratislava, or perhaps enjoy a round of golf.

Personalise your time in Vienna with a choice of touring options today.

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 - Budapest


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 Station'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. Back on board after dinner, see the city lights sparkle during a twilight cruise.

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15 - Disembark Ship, Depart Budapest

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Daily : Breakfast

Amazing Onboard Dining

Highlighting the exquisite local produce, there's always something new to savour in amazing onboard dining venues

Cruise in Luxury

No matter which suite you choose, each offers a balance of luxury and intimacy. Plus, you'll always enjoy river views

Upgrade to a Panoramic Balcony Suites from $11,145* per person





  • All-inclusive sightseeing in 15 destinations
  • APT’s Freedom of Choice Inclusions in 10 locations
  • Finest dining – a total of 41 meals Complimentary beverages served on board†
  • Expert APT Cruise Director
  • Butler, room service and complimentary laundry for select suites†


Fly Free to Europe*.


Fly Business Class for $5,995*

Book by 30 November 2018. All suites, All Dates. Terms & conditions apply.

Please Note:
* Signature Experiences - Designed Exclusively for APT guests
* Royal Signature Experience - Allow us to offer you a first-hand insight into the charmed world of imperial Europe
* FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing. Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories.
* Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
* Prices include transfers, port charges, gratuities and sundries
* The Grand Empress steam train operates on all departures between April and September only
* Disruptions to cruising and itinerary may occur
* Complimentary beverages exclude French Champagne, premium spirits and selected wines - these are available at an additional charge

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