APT - Scandinavian Rail and Fjords with Magnificent Europe

Copenhagen to Budapest

Enjoy the space, comfort and ease that first-class rail travel in Europe affords as you trundle through Scandinavia. Travelling between Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo, then out to the west coast of Norway, the scenery will render you breathless.   This amazing holiday is complete with a 15 Day Magnificent Europe cruise.  Glide from Amsterdam through five countries to Budapest taking in the iconic attractions and charming secrets of Europe’s heartland as you cruise down the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers.

Trip Highlights:

  • Cruise on Sognefjord - Soak up scenery while cruising on Norway's longest fjords. See waterfalls, snowy peaks and houses perched on cliffs.
  • Visit Stockholms Vasa Museum - After hundreds of years on the sea floor, the Vasa warship was recovered and turned into a museum. Enjoy a tour here.
  • Ride the Bergen Railway - Sit back and treasure the scenery on one of the world's most spectacular train rides from Oslo to Myrdal.
  • 15 day Magnificent Europe River Cruise

 

 

Map

 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Copenhagen

Be met on arrival in Copenhagen and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy an afternoon orientation tour, before tonight’s Welcome Reception.

Stay: Two Nights, Copenhagen, Radisson Blu Royal Hotel

Day 2 - Copenhagen

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™- Sightseeing

Immerse yourself in Danish architecture during a tour that takes you to the Royal Danish Library and Opera House. Otherwise, visit Rosenborg Castle and cathedral, which was the perfect setting for the wedding of Princess Mary and Prince Frederik. Or, perhaps embark on a canal cruise.

The beautiful Danish capital is yours to explore on a selection of included experiences.
Daily :     Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 - Copenhagen, Stockholm

Farewell Copenhagen as you are transferred to the train station for your first-class rail journey to Stockholm. Along the way, relax in your comfortable seating as the landscapes of Scandinavia gracefully glide by. Upon arrival, transfer to your luxurious hotel and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Stay: Two Nights, Stockholm, Grand Hotel
Daily : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 - Stockholm

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™- Sightseeing

Perhaps embark on a walking tour of Södermalm that features in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy. Alternatively, gourmet lovers will enjoy a culinary tour.

Enjoy a morning guided walking tour of Stockholm, which includes a visit to the Vasa Ship Museum, dedicated to the vessel that sank in Stockholm in 1628, as well as a cruise through the city’s archipelago. This afternoon, you will have the opportunity to select your included sightseeing activity. This evening is then yours at leisure.
Daily : Breakfast

Day 5 - Stockholm, Oslo

Be transferred to Stockholm train station for your first-class rail journey to Oslo. Sit back and relax while your high-speed train transports you with ease into Norway. On arrival, transfer to your prestigious hotel for dinner, which first opened its doors in 1874.

Stay: Two Nights, Grand Hotel Oslo
Daily : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 - Oslo

Embark on a morning guided city tour of Oslo. Visit the Kon-Tiki Museum, which details the expeditions of Thor Heyerdahl, including Kon-Tiki, Easter Island and Tùcume. Here, you will also see Thor Heyerdahl’s library, which contains more than 8,000 titles. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Daily : Breakfast

Day 7 - Oslo, Myrdal, Flåm, Bergen

Today you will embark on the famous Bergen Railway from Oslo to Myrdal. This breathtaking journey through Norway is considered to be one of the world’s most scenic train rides. Traverse some of Europe’s highest plateaus along the way. Disembark and board your next spectacular journey, along the iconic Flåm Railway, which traverses remarkable storybook scenery. Enjoy a peaceful cruise on pristine Sognefjord, Norway’s longest fjord which will astound you with the surrounding breathtaking scenery. Later, arrive in Bergen.

Stay: Three Nights, Bergen, Radisson Blu Royal Hotel
Daily : Breakfast

Day 8 - Bergen

A guided tour of Bergen takes you to its most iconic sights, including the colourful wooden houses on its Old Wharf. Then ride the Fløibanen funicular train to an incredible viewpoint at the summit of Mt Fløyen.
Daily : Breakfast

Day 9 - Bergen, Hardangerfjord

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a relaxing cruise on the pristine Hardangerfjord, the fourth longest fjord in the world. Afterwards, visit a local farm and gain an insight into their way of life.

After today’s activities, get together with your fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner.
Daily : Breakfast, Dinner

Board your included flight to Amsterdam, then board your river ship.

Stay: 14 Nights, A Concerto River Ship

Daily : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 - 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 12 - 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 13 - 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 14 - 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 15 - 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 16 - 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 17 - 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 18 - 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 19 - 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 20 - 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 21 - 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 22 - 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 23 - 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. 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 24 - Disembark Ship, Depart Budapest

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Daily : Breakfast

 

 

Includes

  • 9 nights luxury land accommodation
  • 14 night Magnificent Europe River Cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest
  • All-inclusive sightseeing in up to 22 destinations
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in 12 locations
  • Expert APT Tour and Cruise Directors
  • Complimentary beverages on board your cruise*
  • Finest dining - a total of 53 meals
 

Bonus

Fly Free to Europe*.

OR

Fly Business Class for $5,995*

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


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