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APT - Iconic Italy with Magnificent Europe

27 Day Iconic Italy with Magnificent Europe

Iconic Italy with Magnificent Europe

Days: 27

From: Rome to Amsterdam

Countries Visited: Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, Holland

Code: eumcri27

Our Price (from): $16,736 pp

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Itinerary


1. Arrive Rome
Arrive before midday and be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy an afternoon sightseeing tour, including pre-reserved tickets to the Colosseum. Tonight enjoy a Welcome Dinner. Stay Two Nights: Rome, Hotel Bernini Bristol

2. Rome
Take a guided tour of the Vatican. You'll also see Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. After, visit some of 's iconic sites.

3. Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento
Travel to the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, then continue to Sorrento. Stay Two Nights: Hilton Sorrento Palace

Signature Experiences: This evening, visit a mozzarella farm for a guided tour and a delicious dinner.

4. Isle of Capri, Sorrento
Cruise to the Isle of Capri and board a funicular train to the hilltop for stunning views. Afterwards, board a cruise to explore the Blue Grotto subject to weather.

Freedom of Choice: In the afternoon, choose between a guided tour of Sorrento, or explore the stunning Amalfi Coast.

5. Sorrento, Assisi, Perugia
Visit the Basilica of St Francis of Assisi, then journey on to Perugia. Stay: Perugia, Hotel Brufani Palace

6. Perugia, San Gimignano, Florence
Explore the walled town of San Gimignano. Continue to Florence. Stay Two Nights: Florence, Grand Hotel Villa Medici

Signature Experiences: Enjoy a Tuscan light lunch of locally made olive oils, delicious antipasti and regional wines.

7. Florence
Pay a visit to the wonderful Galleria dell'Accademia and see Michelangelo's Statue of David. Afterwards, enjoy a guided tour of .

Signature Experiences: Pay a visit to the wonderful Galleria dell'Accademia and see Michelangelo's Statue of David. Afterwards, enjoy a guided tour of .

8. Florence, Pisa, Portofino, Rapallo
Make a stop in Pisa to see the iconic Leaning Tower, then head to the chic coastal village of Portofino, before arriving in Rapallo. Stay Two Nights: Rapallo, Excelsior Palace Hotel

9. Rapallo, Cinque Terre
Today is entirely dedicated to exploring Italy's most dramatic and beautiful scenery with a visit to the Cinque Terre, consisting of five picture-perfect World Heritage-listed cliffside villages.

10. Rapallo, Valpolicella, Venice
Arrive in Venice and transfer by boat to your hotel. Stay Two Nights: Venice, Westin Europa & Regina

Signature Experiences: In Valpolicella, stop for a tour and a light lunch at a mansion and vineyard.

11. Venice
Tour the iconic wonders of , then see a glass-blowing demonstration. Later, take in an enchanting gondola ride and indulge in a traditional Venetian meal for dinner.

12. Venice, Ljubljana, Zagreb
Travel via the emerald city of Ljubljana to Zagreb, where you will enjoy a guided tour and a Farewell Dinner. Stay: Esplanade Zagreb Hotel

13. Budapest, Embark Ship
Travel to Budapest and be transferred to your river ship. Stay 14 Nights: a Concerto River Ship

14. Budapest
Choose your sightseeing in .

Freedom of Choice: Perhaps embark on a city tour that offers a thrilling discovery. See the Fisherman's Bastion, Heroes' Square and more. Should you be feeling energetic, hike to Castle Hill or for a more relaxed option, embark on a culinary tour of the Great Market Hall.

15. Vienna
Arrive in , 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, '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, your first superb Royal Signature Experience awaits at the princely family of Liechtenstein's City Palace in the heart of . 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.

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

Freedom of Choice: Perhaps tour Schonbrunn Palace, the former Rococo 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.

17. Dürnstein, Melk
Roam Durnstein'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. Later, choose your sightseeing in Melk.

Freedom of Choice: You may then choose to ride a bike along the banks of the Danube River from Durnstein to Melk, or rejoin your ship and cruise through the stunning Wachau Valley wine region to Melk instead. Disembark your river ship for a guided tour of Melk Abbey, or join a local guide for a tour of the town.

18. Linz, Salzburg, Passau
Spend the day on the Majestic Imperator and exploring Salzburg. Later, rejoin your luxurious river ship and later, enjoy a sumptuous dinner.

Signature Experiences: Today, an exquisite private rail journey aboard the incredible Majestic Imperator reveals the legacy of the once powerful Habsburg Empire as you travel from Linz to Passau via Salzburg. Experience the romance of European rail travel on board your privately chartered train. Relax in luxury and savour refreshments while you wind your way through alpine countryside. Disembark in Salzburg, where a fascinating city tour includes some of the sights from the classic musical film, The Sound of Music. Re-board the exquisite MajesticImperator and be entertained by live performers en route to Passau.

19. Regensburg
Choose your sightseeing in .

Freedom of Choice: 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 .

20. Nuremberg
Back on board after your sightseeing activity, sample some freshly baked gingerbread while cruising along the Main-Danube Canal.

Freedom of Choice: 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.

21. Wurzburg
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. Here you will 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.

22. Würzburg
The immense architectural beauty of Wurzburg is on show today.

Freedom of Choice: 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.

23. Miltenberg
Witness the skilful art of glass-blowing on board as you cruise towards the pretty Franconian town of this morning, then choose your sightseeing.

Freedom of Choice: 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 embark on a hike through a picturesque Franconian vineyard as you learn about the specialty wines of the region.

24. Rüdesheim, Andernach
Dock in Rudesheim and choose your sightseeing. 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.

Freedom of Choice: 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. Signature Experiences: This evening, you will be treated to a special event of the regal kind 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 some free time to wander about the magnificent castle and breathtaking grounds at your leisure, then savour dinner in the ballroom, accompanied by a special classical piano recital.

25. Cologne
Travel to the Gothic masterpiece of , a city centred around the twin spires of its famous cathedral.

Freedom of Choice: Enjoy a walking tour of , taking in beautiful sites such as the ancient Roman wall. Alternatively, sample local beers and snacks during a walking tour, or perhaps embark on a guided bike ride and see the remains from Roman times and the Middle Ages.

26. Amsterdam
Today, sail into the beautiful Dutch capital, , and choose your sightseeing. Enjoy a Captain's Farewell Dinner.

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 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. Alternatively, on select spring departures, take the opportunity to visit Keukenhof Gardens.

27. Disembark Ship, Depart Amsterdam
Transfer to the airport.

Dates & Prices


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27 May 2019
22 Jun 2019
MS AmaBella
$18,690
$17,888

23 Jun 2019
19 Jul 2019
MS AmaVenita
$18,890
$18,080

01 Sep 2019
27 Sep 2019
MS AmaReina
$19,190
$18,368

16 Sep 2019
12 Oct 2019
MS AmaBella
$19,290
$18,464