European river cruise

APT - Iconic Italy with Magnificent Europe and Paris

30 Day Iconic Italy with Magnificent Europe and Paris

Iconic Italy with Magnificent Europe and Paris

Days: 30

From: Rome to Paris

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

Code: eumcri30

Our Price (from): $20,579 pp

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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
Visit some of ’s iconic sites. Afterwards, take a guided tour of the Vatican. You'll also see Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel.

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. Sorrento, Isle of Capri
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: 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, Sina Villa Medici Autograph Collection

Signature Experiences: In San Gimignano, 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: Enjoy your own private market and brunch at ’s Central Market. Enjoy a glass of prosecco as you meet the local artisans who have prepared delicacies just for you.

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 and Regina

Signature Experiences: In Valpolicella, stop for a tour and a light lunch at Villa Serego Alighieri. Sample the rich, red Amarone wine that this historic vineyard is so highly renowned for.

11. Venice
After your chosen activity today, take in an enchanting gondola ride before indulging in a traditional Venetian meal for dinner.

Freedom of Choice: Tour the iconic wonders of , or perhaps embark on a culinary journey through this wondrous city.

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, where you will be transferred to your river ship. Stay 14 Nights: A Concerto River Ship

14. Budapest
Enjoy a guided tour of . Re-board your ship and sail to Vienna.

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.

15. Vienna
This afternoon, 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.

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

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. Signature Experiences: Tonight, your 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.

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

Freedom of Choice: 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.

18. Linz, Passau
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.

Freedom of Choice: 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.

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

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. 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 .

20. 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 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. Bamberg
This morning your ship will arrive in the fascinating World Heritage-listed city of , 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.

22. 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.

23. Miltenberg
Witness the skilful art of glass-blowing on board as you cruise towards the pretty Franconian town of this morning, where you may select an experience.

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 spectacular views of the Franconian vineyards.

24. Rüdesheim, Andernach
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.

Freedom of Choice: 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. Signature Experiences: 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.

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

Freedom of Choice: 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.

26. Amsterdam
Today, sail into the beautiful Dutch capital, , and join your chosen experience. In the evening, come together for the 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. Otherwise, on select spring departures, take the opportunity to visit Keukenhof Gardens.

27. Amsterdam, Disembark Ship, Ghent, Paris
Disembark your ship for the final time. Travel by coach through Belgium. Arrive in Ghent and enjoy a light lunch while cruising along the city’s canals, before arriving in Paris. Stay Three Nights: Paris, Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe

28. Paris, Versailles
A local expert will take you on a tour through the beautiful city of Paris today. See the Avenue des Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe, plus see the iconic Eiffel Tower. Afterwards, 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, a contemporary French cafe owned by renowned chef, Alain Ducasse. Dine within this exquisite setting, offering reminders of the Sun King’s glory.

29. Paris
Today, explore your way with a choice of sightseeing. In the evening, enjoy a meal and a memorable show at the Moulin Rouge. Delight in this iconic ian cabaret, captured in the famous paintings of Toulouse-Lautrec.

Freedom of Choice: Perhaps join a culinary walking tour to sample a range of ’ fine food. Alternatively, tour ' icons in a special 2CV vintage car or soak up the ian atmosphere as you explore the Montmartre district and admire the beautiful Sacre-Cœur Basilica.

30. Depart Paris
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

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Dates & Prices

Cruise Starts
Cruise Ends
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27 May 2019
25 Jun 2019
MS AmaBella

01 Sep 2019
30 Sep 2019
MS AmaReina