2017 SEASON
Aug 2017 - Dec 2017
2018 SEASON
Mar 2018 - Dec 2018

15 Day Magnificent Europe - Budapest to Amsterdam

APT River Cruise starting in Budapest and finishing in Amsterdam

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Read 19 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on APT's 15 Day Magnificent Europe - Budapest to Amsterdam. Weave your way through five countries from Budapest to Amsterdam, cruising the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers in luxury with APT.

Overview

Operator: APT
Type: River Cruise (Premium)
Duration: 15 Days
From: Budapest to Amsterdam
Tour Code: EUMCR15
Visits: Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, Holland
Our Price From:
$ 6,559
Per Person ($AU)
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Day By Day

1

Arrive Budapest, Embark Ship

Be met on arrival and transfer to your ship. After dinner, set off on a twilight cruise through the city and be enchanted by the lights of the remarkable Hungarian capital. Stay 14 Nights: one of APT's luxurious Aria or Concerto River Ships (D)
2

Budapest

Discover one of the Danube's most beautiful cities as you join a local guide for a tour of enchanting Budapest. Among many highlights, you'll see Heroes' Square and Fisherman's Bastion. (B/L/D)
3

Vienna

Soak up the elegance of the city during a guided tour. See the exquisite Hofburg Palace, St Stephen's Cathedral and much more. After dinner, head to the City Palace and attend an exclusive Cocktail Reception and a private concert featuring classical masterpieces and an operatic recital. (B/L/D)
4

Vienna

On your second day in Vienna, perhaps tour Schönbrunn Palace, join an excursion to Bratislava or take in a tour of the stables at the Spanish Riding School. (B/L/D)
5

Dürnstein, Melk

Explore Dürnstein at your leisure then cruise to Melk, or ride a bicycle along the river to Melk. On arrival, perhaps tour Melk Abbey or join a walking tour through the town. (B/L/D)
6

Linz, Salzburg, Passau

Today, an exquisite and glorious private rail journey aboard the Majestic Imperator reveals the legacy of the once powerful Habsburg Empire as you travel from Linz to Passau via Salzburg. (B/D)
7

Regensburg

On a tour of Regensburg, see the World Heritage-listed city centre and the ancient Romanesque Porta Pretoria. (B/L/D)
8

Nuremberg

Delve into Nuremberg's history on a city tour that includes a selection of World War II sites, including the Reich Party Rally Grounds. (B/L/D)
9

Bamberg

Explore Bamberg's World Heritage-listed Old Town with a guide to discover a range of historic churches and buildings. (B/L/D)
10

Würzburg

The architectural beauty of Würzburg is on show today as you stroll through the city to Würzburg Residence. Or, travel along the Romantic Road to medieval Rothenburg for an enthralling tour. (B/L/D)
11

Miltenberg

Arrive in Miltenberg and discover the local way of life during a guided tour. (B/L/D)
12

Rüdesheim, Andernach

In Rüdesheim, visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum or ride a gondola for spectacular views over the Rhine Valley. Later, sit down to a lavish banquet at Namedy Castle. (B/L/D)
13

Bonn, Freedom of Choice, Cologne

Soak in the riverside setting and cosmopolitan feel during a tour of Bonn. Or, travel to Cologne for a guided tour. (B/L/D)
14

Amsterdam

Today, enjoy a leisurely cruise through Amsterdam's famous canals or visit the lovely windmill-dotted village of Zaanse Schans. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner tonight. (B/L/D)
15

Disembark Ship, Depart Amsterdam

Transfer to the airport. (B)

Day By Day

1

Arrive Budapest, Embark Ship

Be met on arrival and transfer to your ship. After dinner, set off on a twilight cruise through the city and be enchanted by the lights of the remarkable Hungarian capital. Stay 14 Nights: one of APT's luxurious Concerto River Ships (D)
2

Budapest

Choose your sightseeing in Budapest. (B/L/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Perhaps embark on a city tour that offers a thrilling discovery. See the Fisherman's Bastion, Heroes' Square and more. Should you be feeling energetic, hike to Castle Hill or for a more relaxed option, embark on a culinary tour of the Great Market Hall.
3

Vienna

Arrive in Vienna, Austria's capital, home to striking architecture, a rich classical musical 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. (B/L/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Tonight, your first superb Royal Signature Experience awaits at the princely family of Liechtenstein's City Palace in the heart of Vienna. Attend an exclusive Cocktail Reception and a private concert featuring members of the Mozart Boys' Choir, a full orchestra performing classical masterpieces by Mozart and Strauss and an operatic recital. This will be an unforgettable evening you will treasure forever.
4

Vienna

You have a choice of exciting activities to choose from on your second day in Vienna. (B/L/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Perhaps tour Schonbrunn Palace, the former Rococo 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 visit the Spanish Riding School to witness the beautiful Lipizzan horses during a morning practice session.
5

Dürnstein, Melk

Roam Durnstein's cobblestone lanes at your leisure and perhaps view the ruins of the castle where Richard the Lionheart, the King of England, was ­imprisoned in 1192. On select autumn departures, perhaps participate in some vineyard work at a local winery as part of the wine harvest season. Later, choose your sightseeing in Melk. (B/L/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • You may then choose to ride a bike along the banks of the Danube River from Durnstein to Melk, or rejoin your ship and cruise through the stunning Wachau Valley wine region to Melk instead. Disembark your river ship for a guided tour of Melk Abbey, or join a local guide for a tour of the town.
6

Linz, Salzburg, Passau

Spend the day on the Majestic Imperator and exploring Salzburg. Later, rejoin your luxurious river ship and later, enjoy a sumptuous dinner. (B/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Today, an exquisite private rail journey aboard the incredible Majestic Imperator reveals the legacy of the once powerful Habsburg Empire as you travel from Linz to Passau via Salzburg. Experience the romance of European rail travel on board your privately chartered train. Relax in luxury and savour refreshments while you wind your way through alpine countryside. Disembark in Salzburg, where a fascinating city tour includes some of the sights from the classic musical film, The Sound of Music. Re-board the exquisite Majestic Imperator and be entertained by live performers en route to Passau.
7

Regensburg

Choose your sightseeing in Regensburg. (B/L/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • On a guided walking tour taking in the city's highlights, 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. Another option is a gourmet walking tour, where you will discover culinary secrets of past centuries. Then, 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.
8

Nuremberg

Back on board after your sightseeing activity, sample some freshly baked gingerbread while cruising along the Main-Danube Canal. (B/L/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • A historic city tour takes you to a selection of World War II sites, such as the Reich Party Rally Grounds, the site of Hitler's now infamous rallies held annually from 1927 to 1938. Discover medieval architecture, including the 900-year-old ramparts that surround the city. Alternatively, walk in the footsteps of Swedish King Gustavus-Adolphus, with a hike through the Schwarzach Valley.
9

Bamberg

This morning your ship will arrive in the fascinating World Heritage-listed city of Bamberg, another of the few German cities that wasn't destroyed during World War II. Here you will explore the Old Town with a local expert to discover a range of historic churches and buildings, including the town hall on the River Regnitz. (B/L/D)
10

Würzburg

The immense architectural beauty of Wurzburg is on show today. (B/L/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Walk to the Wurzburg Residence, an 18th-century palace that once belonged to the Prince-Bishops of Wurzburg. 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.
11

Miltenberg

Witness the skilful art of glass-blowing on board as you cruise towards the pretty Franconian town of Miltenberg this morning, then choose your sightseeing. (B/L/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Perhaps stroll along the 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 embark on a hike through a picturesque Franconian vineyard as you learn about the specialty wines of the region.
12

Rüdesheim, Andernach

Dock in Rudesheim and choose your sightseeing. Later, your ship's Sun Deck offers the perfect vantage point from which to view the scenery of the Rhine Gorge as you cruise the Rhine's most beautiful stretch. (B/L/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Perhaps tour Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, home to the world's most beautiful collection of fascinating automated musical instruments. Alternatively, sample wines from the Rhine Valley during an onboard tasting.
Signature Experiences:
  • This evening, you will be treated to a special event of the regal kind as you arrive in the 2,000-year-old town of Andernach. Here, you will enjoy an exclusive visit to Namedy Castle, home to Princess Heide von Hohenzollern, who has kindly opened the doors of her castle just for you. Enjoy some free time to wander about the magnificent castle and breathtaking grounds at your leisure, then savour dinner in the ballroom, accompanied by a special classical piano recital.
13

Bonn, Cologne

Travel to the Gothic masterpiece of Cologne, a city centred around the twin spires of its famous cathedral. (B/L/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Cologne, taking in beautiful sites such as the ancient Roman wall. Alternatively, sample local beers and snacks during a walking tour, or perhaps embark on a guided bike ride and see the remains from Roman times and the Middle Ages.
14

Amsterdam

Today, sail into the beautiful Dutch capital, Amsterdam, and choose your sightseeing. Enjoy a Captain's Farewell Dinner. (B/L/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • 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 wooden windmills, traditional Dutch houses and specialty produce. Enjoy some time to explore and a tasting of the region's renowned cheeses. Alternatively, relax on board while a local baker will conduct a 'stroopwafel' demonstration. Alternatively, on select spring departures, take the opportunity to visit Keukenhof Gardens.
15

Disembark Ship, Depart Amsterdam

Transfer to the airport. (B)

Trip Inclusions

Trip Highlights

  • Visit Vienna's City Palace for a Cocktail Reception and a private concert
  • Soak in the spirit of the Habsburg Empire with a rail journey aboard the Majestic Imperator
  • Sample the local fare during a special village experience in Miltenberg
  • Explore Namedy Castle, before a lavish banquet

Included Experiences

  • Unique experiences in up to 16 destinations   
  • Expert APT Cruise Director
  • Transfers, port charges and tipping

Fine Dining

  • A total of 40 included meals
  • Complimentary beverages served on board
  • Butler, room service and champagne on arrival for select suites

Trip Notes

Trip Inclusions

Trip Highlights

  • Princess Heide von Hohenzollern will open the doors of her castle just for you. Enjoy dinner in the Hall of Mirrors.
  • Board the Majestic Imperator for a private rail journey across Austria's countryside. Stop in Salzburg for a tour.
  • Attend a private classical concert featuring members of the Mozart's Boys Choir at the City Palace in Vienna.

Included Experiences

  • All-inclusive sightseeing in up to 16 destinations
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in 10 locations
  • Expert APT Cruise Director
  • Butler, room service and complimentary laundry for select suites

Fine Dining

  • A total of 40 included meals over the course of your tour
  • Complimentary beverages served on board your river ship

Outstanding Accommodation

Trip Notes

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

Operator Details

Region: Europe
Type: River Cruise
Airport Transfers: Included in Price
Tips: All Included
Shore Excursions: All Included
Flights: Included in Earlybirds
Ship Style: Luxury
Balconies: Private Balcony
Free Onboard WiFi: Onboard
Drinks: Wine, Beer & Spirits Included with Meals
* Source: APT for river cruises in Europe. Some variances may occur on individual cruises and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.

Reviews (19)

Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on Magnificent Europe - Budapest to Amsterdam with APT.
Reviewer

Australia
  “Budapest to Amsterdam on the Amabella”
Trip Date: 23/07/2017
Top marks. Fantastic trip. Everything included, drinks, transfers and port excursions made it a very relaxed and easy. No hassles - great staff and shipmates. Definitely a great holiday!
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Australia
  “A wonderful trip, well worthwhile the long flights.”
Trip Date: 10/06/2017
We really enjoyed the river cruise. Great cabin with outdoor balcony. The weather was very kind -hotter than expected. APT is very organized and we were very clear about our choices for day trips. Great to have a slow walkers group for those days where we were less energetic[because of a cold] We felt very safe when we could not speak the language of the country as the staff made it easy to explore the highlights and have some free time. It was quite busy but you could stay on the bot if you needed down time. The food was great[but too much] and the wine was more than plenty for us.

Re our flights - we took up the special $2,000.00 per person business class fare -that was great. However 7 airports and four airlines was a bit of a challenge but we managed it. We had a long wait at Hong Kong between flights from 10pm until 12md - we intended to stay at the airport business lounge rather than stay at a hotel as would spend several hours just getting there and back to airport. However the Singapore Business lounge [which Swiss Airlines uses] is closed overnight from 12am to 6am. We did not know this so would be good to let your customers know. We are glad to be home. We had a wonderful trip thank you. Booking on line worked well for us.
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Australia
  “River cruise”
Trip Date: 13/08/2016
The best holiday we have ever experienced. Five star luxury and inclusions travelling with APT on a European river cruise. We travelled Budapest to Amsterdam onboard the Amabella and it exceeded every expectation and we would highly recommend. We booked through Hannah at Global Journeys and she was fantastic. Hannah made the whole experience of choosing and booking an absolute breeze. When we contacted her during our trip with a question regarding flight connections she got back to us with an answer within minutes, we were extremely impressed. Thank you Hannah, Global Journeys and APT for the trip of a lifetime.
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Australia
  “Budapest to Amsterdam River Cruise by APT”
Trip Date: 13/08/2016
This trip certainly lived up to our expectations and was professionally handled on a day by day basis by the Cruise Director. All on shore activities that we participated in were also very well organised an informative. We particularly liked the fact that we were treated like royalty by the on board staff and all costs including food and drinks were all included in the cruise cost. The booking process through Global Journeys was handled efficiently and all flight connections worked out perfectly.
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Australia
  “Worry free holiday ”
Trip Date: 19/09/2015
Once again thanks to Global Journeys for managing our booking and to APT for there expertise in providing a complete worry free cruising holiday. We had a good mix of travellers every one get on very well , this was our first cruise experience and we were not disappointed, with a very committed professional cruised guide that made sure that every thing was just right. Also a thank you to the cabin and dinning room staff very good.
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2017 SEASON
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