APT - Switzerland by Rail with Magnificent Europe and Prague

Zurich to Prague

Traverse Switzerland’s iconic scenery by rail with luxurious journeys aboard the Bernina Express, Glacier Express and the Golden Pass. Enjoy the added benefit of your luggage chauffeured from one hotel to the next throughout your journey.

Trip Highlights:

  • Meet with a mountaineer in Zermatt and hear of tales before paying respects at the dedicated cemetery for climbers
  • Ride the world's steepest cogwheel railway to the top of Mt Pilatus for breathtaking vistas of the alpine scenery
  • Take an epic train journey to the top of Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe
  • Take in a very special wine experience in Spiez en route to Interlaken
  • The Seiler family has been welcoming guests to the majestic alpine setting of Hotel Monte Rosa for five generations
  • The Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel combines 1930s Art Deco style with modern luxury, located near the iconic Charles Bridge and is where you will stay in Prague.
  • 15 day Magnificent Europe River Cruise

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Day 1 - Arrive Zürich

Arrive before 1.30pm and be met on arrival. Enjoy an orientation and Welcome Reception.

Stay: Zürich Marriott Hotel

Day 2 - Zürich, Lucerne

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Select one of two restaurants for dinner tonight.

Your transfer service means your baggage will be chauffeured from one hotel to the next throughout your journey. In Lucerne, enjoy a walking tour, then cruise Lake Lucerne. Later, arrive at your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights, Lucerne, Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern

Daily : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 - Lucerne, Mt Pilatus

Ride the world’s steepest cogwheel train to Mt Pilatus, where you will absorb breathtaking views over Switzerland at the top.

Daily : Breakfast

Day 4 - Lucerne, Lugano

Embark on an exciting rail journey through the new Gotthard Base Tunnel to Lugano.

Stay: Two Nights, Lugano, Hotel Swiss Diamond

Daily : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 - Lugano

The pleasant year-round climate makes Lugano a popular Swiss holiday resort. Enjoy a peaceful, relaxing cruise on Lake Lugano. This afternoon, visit Monte Brè, which offers sensational views over Lugano.

Daily : Breakfast

Day 6 - Lugano, Tirano, St Moritz

Travel by coach to Tirano in Italy where you’ll enjoy time to explore before you board your first-class journey aboard the Bernina Express. A particular highlight is the panoramic views as you ride the highest alpine transfer in Europe.

Stay: St Moritz, Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains

Daily : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 - St Moritz, Zermatt

Board the Glacier Express to experience your first-class rail journey from the Bernina Range to the Matterhorn. Traverse over 200 bridges and many tunnels across the Alps.

Stay: Two Nights, Zermatt, Hotel Monte Rosa

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 - Zermatt

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Meet a mountaineer and hear first-hand tales of mountain living.

Ride the Gornergrat Railway for sublime views of the towering Matterhorn.

Daily : Breakfast

Day 9 - Zermatt, Spiez, Interlaken

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Along the way, disembark in Spiez and gain insight into the local wine industry with a very special wine experience.

Board your train bound for Interlaken.

Stay: Two Nights, Interlaken, Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel and Spa

Daily : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 - Interlaken, Jungfraujoch, Wengen

Take an epic train journey to the top of Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe. Return to Interlaken via Wengen. Weather permitting, perhaps enjoy a drinkat Harder Kulm, as you enjoy the sublime view of the Jungfrau as the sun majestically sets over the mountains.

Daily : Breakfast

Day 11 - Interlaken, Montreaux

Board your scenic glass-dome first-class journey aboard the GoldenPass to Montreux. First the train runs along the river Aare, then passes through the town of Spiez. Proceed past the lush green valley farmland of the Simmen Valley, before climbing to the line's highest point 1,279 metres above sea level. Arrive in Montreux and enjoy an orientation tour before dinner this evening.

Stay: Montreux, Swisse Majestic Hotel, in Lakeview Rooms

Daily : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12 - Montreux, Lausanne, Geneva

Today enjoy a cruise from Lausanne to Geneva, where you will later sit down to a Farewell Dinner.

Stay: Geneva, Grand Hotel Kempinski

Daily : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13 - Geneva, Amsterdam, Embark Ship

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Amsterdam. On arrival, you’ll be taken to your river ship.

Stay: 14 Nights, A Concerto River Ship

Daily : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14 - 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.

Spend today on your selected activity. In the evening, enjoy a Gala Welcome Dinner on board with your fellow travellers.

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15 - Cologne, Bonn, Andernach

ROYAL SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

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 16 - 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 17 - 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 18 - 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 19 - 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 20 - 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 21 - 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 22 - 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 23 - Melk, Dürnstein

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

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 24 - 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 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 25 - 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 26 - Budapest

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 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.

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 27 - Budapest, Disembark Ship, Velké Bílovice, Prague

Travel to Velké Bílovice for a light lunch in a Czech wine cellar, before arriving in Prague.

Stay: Three Nights, Prague, Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 28 - Prague

Steeped in centuries of colourful history, Prague boasts a wealth of enchanting monuments and stunning gothic and Renaissance architecture. Your sightseeing begins at Prague Castle, where you will take in views of the city before strolling over Charles Bridge on the way to the Old Town Square. Here, marvel at one of the city’s greatest treasures, the Astronomical Clock. Tonight, a memorable Farewell Dinner awaits at the award-winning La Rotonde restaurant. Set in beautiful art deco style, dine in this exquisite setting.

Daily : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 29 - Prague

ROYAL SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Descendants of the Czech Republic’s oldest aristocratic family welcome you to their 18th-century baroque home, Chateau Jemniště. Explore the estate and enjoy a special lunch then watch on in awe as birds of prey free-fly during a falconry display.

The day is dedicated to an exceptional experience just outside of the city.

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 30 - Depart Prague

Be transferred to the airport.

Daily : Breakfast

 

 

Includes

  • All-inclusive sightseeing in 30 destinations
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in 11 locations
  • Finest dining - a total of 67 meals
  • Complimentary beverages served on board your river ship*
  • Expert APT Tour and Cruise Directors
  • 15 nights luxury land accommodation
  • 14 night luxury river cruise accommodation
 

Bonus

Book selected cruises and tours by 30 November 2018 and Fly Free to Europe*.

Please Note:
* Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
* Prices include transfers, porterage, port charges, gratuities and sundries
* Disruptions to cruising and itinerary may occur
* Complimentary beverages exclude French Champagne, premium spirits and selected wines - these are available at an additional charge
* Prices are for land/cruise only. Flights not included


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30 days stay from:
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