APT Europe Pre-Release 2019

2019 APT River Cruises

Experience centuries of history, legend, and enchantment as you discover Europe with APT. From cruising along tranquil estuaries and mighty rivers to traversing storybook scenery by land and rail, we’ve left no course uncharted in creating our range of unforgettable European journeys.

New for 2019!

Enjoy a luxury river cruise from Amsterdam to Vienna, where you can experience the magic of the festive season. Visit Vienna’s Christmas Markets and delight in a special private concert at the regal City Palace.

Remarkable experiences and stunning scenery await you on a rail journey through France. Discover the Loire Valley, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Carcassonne and Marseille, then embark on cruises of the Rhône and Seine rivers.


Fine dining, unforgettable sightseeing, the highest levels of personal attention, stunning accommodation; we’ve considered – and included – every last detail. Even if you have visited Europe before, new experiences and fresh perspectives beckon. Nothing quite compares to travelling with APT.

On APT Collection cruises, an APT Cruise Director will be on board at all times. On land, a dedicated APT Tour Director is with you every step of the way. Local experts will also join you to showcase the history, culture, and traditions of their home towns.

Touring Styles

Whether it’s from the comfort of a luxurious river ship, travelling in an intimate small group or exploring by coach or rail, APT delivers the best of Europe. Each destination presents a remarkable new encounter at every turn, as you explore a land that is steeped in legendary history and cultural diversity.

You’ll enjoy a wealth of choice you simply won’t find with anyone else. You’ll determine where, when, and for how long you’d like to go. You’ll choose what to do each day and tailor the culinary experiences you’ll have. And, as always, you’ll select just how you’d like to travel, with a choice of Luxury River Cruising, Classic Journeys and Small Group Discoveries.

APT Small Group Discoveries

Sightseeing: Signature, Royal and Freedom of Choice

With an all-inclusive range of sightseeing, APT offers you the most immersive exploration of Europe. Designed Exclusively for APT guests, Signature Experiences are exclusive or unique events are designed to deepen your experience, taking you on an inspiring journey beneath the surface of local history, culture and traditions.

Our Royal Signature Experiences, meanwhile, offer you once-in-a-lifetime moments of imperial Europe.

After marrying Emperor Franz Joseph I at 16 years of age, Elisabeth of Bavaria (Sisi) was Empress of Austria and later Queen of Hungary during the Habsburg Empire.

New for 2019, on select departures, follow in the footsteps of Sisi as you 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 some carriages from the early 1900s. A traditional game lunch worthy of royalty is served, before disembarking for a guided tour of Gödöllő Palace. The palace was a coronation gift when Franz Joseph I and Sisi were crowned King and Queen of Hungary, and was also known to be a favourite residence of Sisi’s.

Princess Heide von Hohenzollern welcomes guests travelling on our Magnificent Europe river cruises into her home, Namedy Castle. Be whisked away to the magnificent City Palace in the heart of Vienna for a Cocktail Reception and private concert, featuring classical masterpieces by Strauss and Mozart, as well as a performance from members of the acclaimed Mozart Boys’ Choir.

APT Concert, City Palace in the heart of Vienna

In many places, we help you personalise your European journey to suit you with our Freedom of Choice sightseeing and dining experiences. With the freedom of flexibility, you can select the experience that best suits your interests. Whether it’s culture and heritage, gourmet delights; active exploration or to relax and revive; it’s easy to select the inclusion that ensures your holiday is just that, yours.

Luxury River Cruising

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 just once, relax and let your river ship sweep you along to each new and unique destination.

From the moment you step aboard, you’ll see why APT is the first choice with discerning travellers. Whether you’re wrapped in the comfort of your suite or soaking in the scenes atop the Sun Deck, our award-winning Aria and Concerto vessels make your journey an unforgettable one. From world-class dining experiences to elegant public areas; intuitive service to inspiring entertainment; the experience aboard our river ships is among the finest in Europe.


Experience the romance of iconic cities and quaint riverside villages with our Magnificent Europe cruises and tours. Dock close to the heart of many charming towns and villages dotted along the banks of the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers. Meanwhile on land, venture through the heart of Europe, or browse Europe’s enchanting Christmas markets, making your dreams of a fairytale festive season come true.

Christmas Markets

The possibilities are endless when it comes to France, as you experience the art of French living as you immerse yourself in rich history and fine gastronomy. Cruise through Portugal’s stunning Douro, bask in Spain’s sun-drenched scenery with historic charm and perhaps venture to Northern Africa to immerse yourself in exotic Morocco.  There are limitless reasons to discover Northern Europe. Explore England’s castles and cathedrals, discover Scotland’s highland lochs and green glens, as well as delight in Ireland’s famous charm and gorgeous emerald countryside. Mysterious Iceland offers glaciers and lava fields in a battle as old as time itself, while seeing the Northern Lights is not to be missed.

From Switzerland’s cultural melting pot to its equally stunning neighbouring countries, explore the world’s most glamorous alpine scenery.  Perhaps feel the romance and rich history of Italy and be dazzled by the stunning coastlines of Croatia, the Balkans and Greece.  Meanwhile, Russia, the Baltics and Scandinavia allow you to immerse yourself in historic cities and stunning natural beauty.

Given the expertise, insight, and experience we’ve gained over more than 20 years on Europe’s waterways, there’s no better company to take travellers on a dream European cruise than APT. And given the abundance of choice and the amazing value available now – for a limited time – there’s never been a better time to book.


Natasha Goncalves
Natasha is the Marketing and Content Specialist at Global Journeys. With over five years’ experience in the travel industry, she is enjoying bringing her experience to our content and communications. A writer and traveller at heart, Natasha enjoys influencing others to get out and explore the world.