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APT - Grand European by Rail with Magnificent Europe

30 Day Grand European by Rail with Magnificent Europe

Grand European by Rail with Magnificent Europe

Days: 30

From: Rome to Budapest

Countries Visited: Italy, Switzerland, France, Holland, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary

Code: eumcgt30

Our Price (from): $22,403 pp

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Itinerary


1. Arrive Rome
Arrive before midday and transfer to your hotel. This afternoon, enjoy a stroll through Rome, then tonight, get to know your fellow travellers during a Welcome Reception. Stay Two Nights: Rome, Hotel Bernini Bristol

2. Rome
Tour the Vatican, including St. Peter’s Basilica. Delight in the chance to witness Michelangelo’s renowned frescoes which sprawl across the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner.

3. Rome, Florence
Enjoy pre-reserved tickets to the Colosseum, Rome's iconic oval amphitheatre. Afterwards, board your rail journey to Florence, where you'll enjoy dinner this evening. Stay Two Nights: Florence, Sina Villa Medici, Autograph Collection

4. Florence
Be guided by a local expert as you enjoy a morning visit to , including a visit to the Galleria dell'Accademia to see Michelangelo’s Statue of David.

Signature Experiences: Enjoy your own private market and an exclusive brunch at ’s Central Market. Here, you'll meet the local artisans who have prepared some delicacies just for you.

5. Florence, Venice
Farewell Florence and board your business class rail journey to Venice, where you will enjoy a serene gondola ride before dinner this evening. Stay Two Nights: Venice, Westin Europa and Regina or similar

6. Venice
Personalise your time in with a choice of excursions, before an exclusive experience.

Freedom of Choice: Enjoy a walking tour of , or embark on a culinary tour. Signature Experiences: Countess Lelia welcomes you at her 16th-century palazzo home, Tiepolo Passi, overlooking the Grand Canal. As a member of the Italian Academy of the Cuisine, Countess Lelia will offer you an incredible insight into Venetian cuisine.

7. Venice, Milan
Enjoy your business class rail journey to Milan. Upon arrival, take in the wonders of this fashionable city as you embark on a guided city tour. Stay: Milan, Rosa Grand Milano

8. Milan, Lucerne
Travel to Lucerne by train today and, in the evening, choose where to dine. Stay Two Nights: Lucerne, Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern

Freedom of Choice: Enjoy dinner at a lively Swiss folklore restaurant for traditional cuisine, or your hotel's restaurant.

9. Lucerne
Enjoy a relaxing cruise on Lake . Afterwards, ride the world’s steepest cogwheel train to Mt Pilatus, then descend by a scenic gondola.

10. Lucerne, Montreux
Board your scenic glass-dome first-class journey aboard the GoldenPass to Montreux, where you will enjoy an orientation tour. Stay Two Nights: Fairmont Le Montreux Palace

11. Montreux, Lavaux
The day is set aside for an experience most memorable.

Signature Experiences: Journey to the famous Lavaux wine region for a tasting, while enjoying views over the stunning lake.

12. Montreux, Geneva, Lyon
Board a train to Geneva for a stop, then cross the border into France and arrive in Lyon, where you will enjoy dinner tonight. Stay: Sofitel Lyon Bellecour Hotel

13. Lyon, Paris
Enjoy a guided city tour of Lyon, then board your train to Paris. Stay Three Nights: Paris, Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe

14. Paris, Versailles
After a guided tour of Paris, discover the splendour behind Louis XIV’s transformation of the Palace of Versailles.

Signature Experiences: Indulge in a sumptuous lunch at Ore Restaurant in Versailles, owned by renowned chef, Alain Ducasse.

15. Paris
Choose your activity before a meal and a memorable show at the Moulin Rouge.

Freedom of Choice: Perhaps join a culinary walking tour, enjoy a guided tour by vintage 2CV car or soak up the ian atmosphere as you explore the Montmartre district.

16. Paris, Amsterdam, Embark Ship
Travel by rail through northern France and into Belgium. Arrive in Amsterdam and board your river ship. After dinner on board, you may like to explore at your own pace. Stay 14 Nights: one of APT’s luxurious Concerto River Ships

17. Amsterdam
Spend today on your selected activity. In the evening, enjoy a Gala Welcome Dinner on board with your fellow travellers.

Freedom of Choice: Perhaps admire '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 along the Rhine, while a local baker conducts a stroopwafel demonstration.

18. Cologne, Bonn, Andernach
Enter Germany and cruise into Cologne, a city centred around the twin spires of its famous cathedral. Here, your day takes one of two paths on your chosen activity. Later, rejoin your ship in Bonn and cruise to Andernach where a special experience awaits.

Freedom of Choice: In Cologne, take a tour through the historic city centre and sample local beers and snacks. Alternatively, embark on a bike ride to see City Hall and the remains from Roman times and the Middle Ages. Signature Experiences: In Andernach, you are treated to 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.

19. Rüdesheim
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. Your ship later docks at the town of .

Freedom of Choice: In , 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.

20. Miltenberg
Witness the skilful art of glass-blowing on board as you cruise towards the pretty Franconian town of this morning. After the day’s activity, return to your ship for a delicious dinner.

Freedom of Choice: 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 views of the Franconian vineyards.

21. Würzburg
Seize the day with your preferred sightseeing activity.

Freedom of Choice: The immense architectural beauty of is on show today as you walk to the Residence, an 18th-century palace that once belonged to the Prince-Bishops of . 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.

22. Bamberg
This morning your ship will arrive in World Heritage-listed , one 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.

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

Freedom of Choice: A historic tour takes you to a selection of World War II sites, such as the Reich Party Rally Grounds. Alternatively, walk in the footsteps of Swedish King Gustavus-Adolphus, with a hike through the Schwarzach Valley.

24. Regensburg
Tailor your holiday with a selection of sightseeing choices today.

Freedom of Choice: On a guided walking tour, see such sites as the iconic Old Town Hall and the World Heritage-listed city centre. Alternatively, learn the schuhplattler during a fun Bavarian dance lesson at a local beer haus. Another option is a gourmet walking tour. 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 .

25. Passau, Linz
Select from a diverse range of sightseeing options today.

Freedom of Choice: Disembark in Passau 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, renowned for its stunning 13th-century castle above the Vltava River, its old town square and quaint lanes teeming with ancient architecture. Both touring options will then conclude in Linz, where you will re-board your river ship. Otherwise, enjoy a walking tour of Passau, then cruise to Linz.

26. Melk, Dürnstein
Cruise through the Wachau Valley wine region today. Disembark in Melk and select from a number of activities. Later, take the opportunity to roam Dürnstein's cobblestone lanes at your leisure.

Freedom of Choice: Join 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. During autumn departures, perhaps participate in some vineyard work at a local winery as part of the wine harvest season. Another option is a guided bike ride along the banks of the Danube River from Melk to Dürnstein.

27. Vienna
Arrive in , 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, ’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.

Signature Experiences: Tonight, visit the family of Liechtenstein’s City Palace in the heart of . 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.

28. Vienna
Personalise your time in with a choice of touring options today.

Freedom of Choice: 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.

29. Budapest
Enjoy a guided tour of . Back on board after dinner, see the city lights sparkle during a twilight cruise.

Signature Experiences: After your city tour, follow in the footsteps of Elisabeth of Bavaria (Sisi) and embark on an imperial train journey. Enjoy a welcome reception at 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.

30. Disembark Ship, Depart Budapest
Be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Dates & Prices


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23 May 2019
21 Jun 2019
MS AmaReina
$23,490
$22,499

04 Jul 2019
02 Aug 2019
MS AmaVenita
$23,390
$22,403

29 Aug 2019
27 Sep 2019
MS AmaVenita
$23,740
$22,739