14 Night Cruise sailing from Amsterdam to Budapest aboard AmaVerde.
Day 1. Arrive Amsterdam
Embark your ship. This evening enjoy a Welcome Reception on board.
Stay: 14 Nights: One of APT’s luxurious Aria Class or Concerto Class River Ships
Day 2. Amsterdam, Freedom of Choice
Today, perhaps take a canal cruise and admire the city from a glass-top boat as you glide past 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. Return to your ship and set off along the Rhine River. Enjoy the Captain’s Gala Wel�come Dinner as you cruise towards Cologne.
Day 3. Cologne, Freedom of Choice, Andernach, A Royal Invitation
Arrive in Cologne today and enjoy a choice of included sightseeing options. Perhaps go for a wander around the city and absorb its spectacular historic architecture with a local guide, or embark on a walking chocolate tour of the city. Later, cruise to the 2,000 year-old town of Andernach. Disembark and head to Burg Namedy for a decadent evening of royal delights. Burg Namedy was built by the
Hausmann Knights of Andernach in the 14th century. Today, Princess Heide von Hohenzollern has opened the doors of her turreted 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 4. Rüdesheim, Freedom of Choice
Today cruise through the Rhine Gorge on what is known as the most beautiful stretch of this enchanting river. 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. Alternatively, take a ride in a gondola to the Niederwalddenkmal monument for views over the Rhine Valley. Later, your ship enters the Main River.
Day 5. Miltenberg
After an onboard glass-blowing demonstration this morning, disembark in Miltenberg, a pretty Franconian town spared from the devastating destruction of World War II. Today, you’re invited to 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 6. 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 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 7. Bamberg
Today you’ll travel to World Heritage-listed Bamberg, another of the few German cities that wasn’t destroyed during the bombings of World War II. After exploring the city on a walking tour, visit a traditional beer haus, soak in the atmosphere and perhaps enjoy some of the local brew, compliments of APT. Later, 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 great feat of modern engineering.
Day 8. Nuremberg
On arrival in Nuremberg, take a historic tour of the city. Discover World War II sites, including the Reich Party Rally Grounds, where six Nazi Party rallies were held between 1933 and 1938. Discover the city’s spectacular medieval architecture, including the 900 year-old ramparts that surround the city, the Imperial Castle and much more. Back on board, enjoy the opportunity to sample some freshly baked gingerbread before continuing along the Main-Danube Canal and across Europe’s Continental Divide.
Day 9. Regensburg, Freedom of Choice, Vilshofen
Known as one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities, Regensburg is home to one of the oldest bridges spanning the Danube River. On arrival here, take a tour of the city’s architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall, the World Heritage-listed city centre and the ancient Romanesque Porta Pretoria. Alternatively, take a bicycle tour to the 18th-century temple of Walhalla. Tonight, enjoy ‘Oktoberfest’ in Vilshofen, a charming 1,200 year-old Bavarian town. Indulge in local beer and snacks accompanied by Bavarian folk music, song and dance.
Day 10. Passau, Salzburg, Linz, A Royal Invitation
Arrive in Passau this morning and board the Majestic Imperator for an enchanting journey to Linz, offering a privileged insight into the luxury and grandeur of imperial rail travel. Enjoy morning tea and refreshments on board as you traverse stunning scenery. Upon reaching Salzburg, disembark for a tour of the city’s ‘Sound of Music’ sights. Later, re-board the train and delight in canapés, drinks and entertainment en route to the pretty city of Linz, where you’ll rejoin your ship.
Day 11. Melk, Freedom of Choice, Dürnstein
Cruise through the delightful Wachau Valley today. Disembark for a guided tour of Melk Abbey, one of the world’s most famous monastic sites. Enjoy an organ recital before embarking on your selected activity. Either take a guided bicycle ride along the banks of the Danube to �Dürnstein, or cruise to �Dürnstein, where you’ll enjoy time to explore this picturesque medieval town.
Day 12. Vienna, A Royal Invitation
Disembark in the Austrian capital of Vienna this morning. Enjoy a walking tour of the city, and delight in its striking architecture, classical music culture and vibrant cafés. After dinner on board tonight, 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, music from members of the acclaimed Mozart Boys’ Choir and an operatic recital.
Day 13. Vienna, Freedom of Choice
On your second day in Vienna, perhaps tour the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the imperial family and one of Europe’s most impressive Baroque palace complexes. Alternatively, visit Vienna’s famous Spanish Riding School, headquartered within Hofburg Palace, or join an excursion to Bratislava, the capital of nearby Slovakia, and see some of the city’s key landmarks.
Day 14. Budapest
Arrive in Budapest today and enjoy a city tour, visiting Fisherman’s Bastion, the Royal Palace, Buda Castle and more. Afterwards, visit 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. Tonight, enjoy a Fare�well Dinner, then set off on a twilight cruise through the city and enjoy the lights of Budapest sparkling around you.
Day 15. Disembark, Depart Budapest
After breakfast this morning you’ll disembark your ship.