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Magnificent Europe (Paris to Prague)

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Attend a private classical concert featuring members of the Mozart’s Boys Choir at the City Palace in Vienna; 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.

  • DURATION 21 DAYS
  • TYPE LUXURY RIVER CRUISE
  • OPERATES SEP - NOV 2018, MAR - DEC 2019
  • DEPARTS PARIS OR PRAGUE

ITINERARY

DAY 1 Arrive Paris

Arrive in Paris, the City of Light. You will be met at the airport and then transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a Welcome Reception tonight as anticipation builds for the trip ahead. From grand cities filled with glorious architecture to enchanting fairytale villages and spectacular valleys, this journey is set to be simply magnificent.
Stay:  Paris, Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe

DAY 2 Paris

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Tonight, enjoy a meal and a memorable show at the Moulin Rouge. Delight in a once-in-a-lifetime evening at this iconic Parisian cabaret, captured in the famous paintings of Toulouse-Lautrec.

A local expert will take you on a discovery of this beautiful city today. See the Avenue des Champs Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe, and take a trip to the second level of the Eiffel Tower, where sweeping views over the city skyline await.(BD)
Stay:  Paris, Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe

DAY 3 Paris

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing

Today, perhaps join a culinary walking tour to sample a range of Paris’ fine food, enjoy a guided tour through The Louvre or soak up the Parisian atmosphere as you explore the Montmartre district and admire the Sacre-Cœur Basilica.Enjoy your choice of sightseeing. (B)
Stay:  Paris, Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe

DAY 4 Paris, Ghent, Amsterdam, Embark Ship

Travel by coach through the landscapes of northern France and into Belgium. Arrive in Ghent and enjoy a light lunch while cruising along the city’s canals. Continue to Amsterdam and transfer to your ship. After your first dinner on board, you may like to explore at your own pace.(BLD)
Stay: 14 Nights: one of APT’s luxurious Concerto River Ships

DAY 5 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 down the Rhine, while a local baker conducts a ‘stroopwafel’ demonstration. Alternatively, on select spring departures, take the opportunity to visit the stunning Keukenhof Gardens.

Choose your sightseeing in Amsterdam. Tonight, enjoy a Gala Welcome Dinner.(BLD)
Stay: 14 Nights: one of APT’s luxurious Concerto River Ships

DAY 6 Cologne, Bonn, Andernach

ROYAL SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Later, rejoin your ship in Bonn and cruise to Andernach for 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

Take a tour through the historic city centre, or sample local beers and snacks on a walking tour. 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.(BLD)
Stay: 14 Nights: one of APT’s luxurious Concerto River Ships

DAY 7 Rüdesheim

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing

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.

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. Dock in Rudesheim and later, enjoy dinner on board.(BLD)
Stay: 14 Nights: one of APT’s luxurious Concerto River Ships

DAY 8 Miltenberg

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing

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 be guided through a picturesque Franconian vineyard as you learn about the specialty wines of the region during a hike.

Witness the skilful art of glass-blowing on board as you cruise towards the pretty Franconian town of Miltenberg this morning. (BLD)

DAY 9 Würzburg

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing

The immense architectural beauty of Wurzburg is on show today as you 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.
Choose your preferred sightseeing.(BLD)

DAY 10 Bamberg

This morning your ship will arrive in World Heritage-listed Bamberg, another 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. (BLD)

DAY 11 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, the site of Hitler’s infamous rallies. Discover medieval architecture, including the medieval ramparts that surround the city. Alternatively, walk in the footsteps of Swedish King Gustavus-Adolphus, with a hike through the Schwarzach Valley.

Choose your sightseeing, then back on board, sample some delicious freshly baked gingerbread while cruising the Main-Danube Canal.(BLD)

DAY 12 Regensburg

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing

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.

Select your preferred activity.(BLD)

DAY 13 Passau, Salzburg, Linz

ROYAL SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Today, an exquisite private rail journey aboard the Majestic Imperator reveals the legacy of the once powerful Habsburg Empire as you travel from Passau to Linz. On board your privately chartered train, relax amid luxurious surrounds and savour refreshments while you wind your way through graceful alpine countryside. Disembark in Salzburg where a city tour includes some of the sights from the classic film, The Sound of Music. Re-board the Majestic Imperator and be entertained by live music en route to Linz. Enjoy a day on the incredible Majestic Imperator.(BD)

DAY 14 Melk, Dürnstein

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing

Disembark in Melk for 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. You may then choose to ride a bike along the banks of the Danube River from Melk to Durnstein, or rejoin your ship and cruise to Durnstein instead.

Cruise through the Wachau Valley wine region today to Melk and choose your sightseeing. Later in Durnstein, roam the village’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. (BLD)

DAY 15 Vienna

ROYAL SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Tonight, your third 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 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.

Today arrive in Vienna, Austria’s capital and 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 the glorious St Stephen’s Cathedral.(BLD)

DAY 16 Vienna

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing

Perhaps tour Schonbrunn Palace, the former 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.

You have a choice of exciting activities to choose from on your second day in Vienna.(BLD)

DAY 17 Budapest

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing

Perhaps embark on a city tour that offers the Fisherman’s Bastion, Heroes’ Square and more. Should you be feeling energetic, perhaps hike to Castle Hill or for a more relaxed pace, embark on a culinary tour of the Great Market Hall.

Choose your sightseeing in Budapest. Later, sit down to the Captain’s Farewell Dinner, then set off on a cruise through the city and be enchanted by the lights sparkling around you.(BLD)

DAY 18 Budapest, Disembark Ship, Velke Bilovice, Prague

Visit Velke Bilovice for a light lunch in a Czech wine cellar, before arriving in Prague.(BL)
Stay: Prague, Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel

DAY 19 Prague

Steeped in centuries of colourful history, Prague boasts a wealth of enchanting monuments and stunning Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Your sightseeing begins with a trip to World Heritage-listed Prague Castle. Visit Saint Vitus Cathedral then stroll over Charles Bridge on the way to the Old Town Square. Here, marvel at one of the city’s greatest treasures, the Astronomical Clock, which has been delighting visitors for more than 600 years. Tonight, a memorable Farewell Dinner awaits at the award-winning La Rotonde restaurant. Set in beautiful art deco style, dine in this exquisite setting.(BD)

DAY 20 Prague

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

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

Enjoy your visit to Chateau Jemniste.(BL)

DAY 21 Depart Prague

Be transferred to the airport.(B)

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