14 Night Cruise sailing from Budapest to Amsterdam aboard AmaReina.
Day 1. Arrive Budapest
Embark your river ship. After dinner, take in the lights along the river on a twilight cruise through the city.
Stay: 14 Nights: one of APT’s luxurious Aria or Concerto River Ships
Day 2. Budapest
Today, a tour of breathtaking Budapest includes visiting places such as the Fisherman’s Bastion, the Royal Palace, Buda Castle and many more. Later, see the Hungarian State Opera House. Absorb the grandeur of the building then venture inside for a tour, a glass of champagne and a private opera recital of two or three ariettas.
Day 3. Vienna, A Royal Invitation
Disembark in Vienna today and enjoy a walking tour of the city. Delight in its striking architecture, classical music culture and vibrant cafés. After dinner on board, visit the newly renovated City Palace, a magnificent aristocratic residence in the heart of Vienna. Bask in the masterpieces of one of the world’s leading private art collections. Be welcomed at a Cocktail Reception, then enjoy a private concert including an orchestral performance of Strauss and other classical music recitals.
Day 4. Vienna, Freedom of Choice
On your second day in Vienna, perhaps head to the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace for a tour of the former summer residence of the imperial family. Alternatively, visit Vienna’s famous Spanish Riding School, located within an opulent and Baroque section of the inspiring Hofburg Palace. Another option is to join an excursion to Bratislava, the capital of nearby Slovakia. Here, you’ll view some of the key landmarks of the city.
Day 5. Dürnstein, Freedom of Choice, Melk
Stop in Dürnstein today, a small Austrian town on the banks of the Danube. Here lie the ruins of the castle where Richard the Lionheart, the King of England, was �imprisoned in 1192. Perhaps set off on a guided bicycle ride along the pretty banks of the Danube River; or cruise aboard your ship through the picturesque landscapes of the Wachau Valley from �Dürnstein to Melk. On arrival, both groups will enjoy a tour of the Abbey and an organ recital.
Day 6. Linz, Salzburg, Passau, Vilshofen, A Royal Invitation
Arrive in the pretty town of Linz and board the Majestic Imperator for an enchanting journey to Passau that offers a privileged insight into the luxury and grandeur of imperial rail travel. Enjoy morning tea and refreshments on board as you traverse stunning scenery. On reaching Salzburg, disembark for a tour of the city’s ‘Sound of Music’ sights, including Mirabell Gardens and the Great Salzburg Festival Hall. Re-board your train and delight in canapés, drinks and entertainment en route to Passau, where you’ll rejoin your ship. Tonight, enjoy ‘Oktoberfest’ in Vilshofen and indulge in Bavarian beer and snacks.
Day 7. Regensburg, Freedom of Choice
Arrive in Regensburg today, one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities. Take a tour of the city’s architectural highlights. Visit the 13th-century Old Town Hall, the World Heritage-listed city centre and the remains of the ancient Romanesque fortress walls, including Germany’s most ancient stone building, the Porta Pretoria. Alternatively, take a bicycle tour to the 18th-century hillside temple of Walhalla, which honours distinguished Germans.
Day 8. Nuremberg
Today your ship enters the Main-Danube Canal and arrives at the highest point of the cruise, 435 metres above sea level. Having taken 32 years to construct, the canal is recognised as a feat of modern engineering. Cross Europe’s Continental Divide then arrive in Nuremberg, which played a pivotal role for the Nazi Party and was thus systematically bombed during World War II. Here, enjoy a historic tour of the city. Visit the Reich Party Rally Grounds, where six Nazi Party rallies were held between 1933 and 1938, and see other significant World War II sites. Discover the city’s spectacular medieval architecture, including the 900 year-old ramparts that surround the city and the Imperial Castle.
Day 9. Bamberg
This morning you’ll travel to Bavaria to visit World Heritage-listed Bamberg, one of the few German cities to avoid destruction by the devastating bombings of World War II. Explore Bamberg on a walking tour and see the Bamberg Cathedral. Later, visit a traditional beer haus and enjoy a local brew, compliments of APT. Re-join your ship and continue cruising along the Main River.
Day 10. Würzburg, Freedom of Choice
In Würzburg, you may like to embark on a tour that will take you to the Resi�dential Palace and past a number of impressive churches, ranging in styles from Baroque, Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance to modern. Alternatively, travel to Rothenburg on the Romantic Road for a tour of this medieval walled town.
Day 11. Miltenberg
After an onboard glass-blowing demonstration this morning, disembark in Miltenberg, a pretty Franconian town spared from the destruction of the Second World War. Today, you’ll discover the local way of life on a unique village experience. Explore quaint shops and mingle with the locals on a day to remember.
Day 12. Rüdesheim, Freedom of Choice, Andernach, A Royal Invitation
Arrive in Rüdesheim, and ride the Winzerexpress mini-train to your selected sightseeing activity. Perhaps tour Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, home to one of Germany’s most beautiful collections of automated musical instruments. Or take a ride in a gondola for views over the Rhine Valley. Later, re-join your ship and cruise through the Rhine Gorge on what is known as the Rhine’s most beautiful stretch. Arrive in the 2,000 year-old town of Andernach. Disembark and head to Burg Namedy for a decadent evening of royal delights. Burg Namedy, once a moated castle, was built by the Hausmann Knights of Andernach in the 14th century. Today, Princess Heide von Hohenzollern has opened the doors of her home exclusively for APT guests. Enjoy free time to wander about the castle’s opulent rooms, hidden nooks and manicured gardens. Later, savour a lavish banquet in Burg Namedy’s ballroom, prepared especially for APT guests.
Day 13. Cologne, Freedom of Choice
Arrive in remarkable Cologne today and enjoy a choice of included walking tours. Perhaps wander around the city and absorb its spectacular historic architecture. Alternatively, embark on a walking chocolate tour of the city. Later, cruise towards intriguing Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
Day 14. Amsterdam, Freedom of Choice
In Amsterdam today, perhaps take a canal cruise and admire the passing 17th-century homes, churches and 16th-century merchant houses. Then wander through Amsterdam’s famed flower market along the banks of the canal. Alternatively, visit the Van Gogh Museum, home to the world’s largest collection of Van Gogh paintings. Another option is an excursion to the picturesque village of Zaanse Schans, famous for its traditional Dutch buildings and windmills. Tonight, indulge during a Farewell Dinner on board. Later, perhaps step out for a stroll along Amsterdam’s iconic cobbled streets, or simply relax and enjoy your final night aboard your luxurious river ship.
Day 15. Disembark, Depart Amsterdam
After breakfast, disembark your ship.