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Weave your way through five countries from Budapest to Amsterdam, cruising the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers in absolute luxury.

Exclusive royal signature experiences are crafted especially for you – they perfectly complement your sightseeing helping you experience Europe in greater depth than the average traveller. Let us take you into a world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises.

Embrace the legacy of the Habsburg Empire on an imperial rail adventure to Salzburg aboard a privately chartered train, the Majestic Imperator. Sit back and relax as the landscapes of Germany and Austria slip gracefully by, the grandeur of 19th-century rail travel is brought to life as drinks and canapés are served and you’re serenaded by music from ages passed.

This trip can either be taken from Budapest to Amsterdam, or in reverse.




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.(D)

Stay: 14 Nights: one of APT’s luxurious Aria or Concerto river ships 


Enjoy a guided tour of Budapest. Afterwards, re-board your ship and sail to Vienna.



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.


This afternoon, 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.



Tonight, after dinner, a 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.

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.

Embrace the chance to personalise your time here in Vienna thanks to a choice of activities. In the evening, an exclusive experience takes place.


DAY 5 Dürnstein, Melk

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing

Roam Dürnstein’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. Alternatively, choose to ride a bike along the banks of the Danube River from Dürnstein to Melk. Later, disembark your river ship in Melk for a guided tour of Melk Abbey, or join a local guide for a tour of the town. During autumn departures, perhaps participate in some vineyard work at a charming local winery as part of the wine harvest season.

Your ship arrives at Dürnstein, then later continues cruising to Melk. Enjoy a selection of activities in both locations.


DAY 6 Linz, Salzburg, Passau

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing

Disembark in Linz 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. Discover its stunning 13th-century castle above the Vltava River, its old town square and quaint lanes teeming with ancient architecture.

From Linz, a number of activities are on offer today. Both touring options will then conclude in Passau, where you will re-board your river ship. Otherwise, remain on board and cruise to Passau, where you will enjoy a walking tour.


DAY 7 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. Or, learn the schuhplattler during a fun Bavarian dance lesson at a local beer haus. 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.

Tailor your holiday with a selection of sightseeing choices today.

DAY 8 Nuremberg

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing

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.

Choose your sightseeing in Nuremberg. Back on board, sample some delicious freshly baked gingerbread while cruising the Main-Danube Canal.

DAY 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. 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.

DAY 10 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.

DAY 11 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 spectacular 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, where you may select an experience.

DAY 12 Rüdesheim, Andernach


This evening, you will be treated to a special event 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 time to wander about the castle and grounds at your leisure, then savour dinner in the ballroom, accompanied by a special classical piano recital.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing

In Rüdesheim, perhaps 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.

Dock in Rüdesheim and set out on your chosen activity. 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. Onwards, at Andernach, disembark for an exclusive experience.

DAY 13 Cologne

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing

Enjoy a walking tour of the town, taking in beautiful sites such as the ancient Roman wall while enjoying local beers and snacks along the way. Alternatively, perhaps embark on a guided bike ride through the city.

Arrive in the Gothic city of Cologne, centred around the twin spires of its famous cathedral. Here, choose from a number of experiences on offer.



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 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. Otherwise, on select spring departures, take the opportunity to 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.

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.

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.

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.

Today, sail into the beautiful Dutch capital, Amsterdam, and join your chosen experience. In the evening, come together for the Captain’s Farewell Dinner.


Disembark your ship for the final time. After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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