European river cruise

APT - Alpine Wonders with Magnificent Europe and Paris

30 Day Alpine Wonders with Magnificent Europe and Paris

Alpine Wonders with Magnificent Europe and Paris

Days: 30

From: Zurich to Paris

Countries Visited: Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Holland, Belgium, France

Code: eumcrs30

Our Price (from): $21,155 pp

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1. Arrive Zürich
Arrive before 1.30pm and enjoy an orientation tour, then later, a Welcome Reception. Stay: Zürich Marriott Hotel

2. Zürich, Lucerne
Travel to Lucerne and enjoy a walking tour. Later, arrive at your grand hotel overlooking Lake Lucerne. Stay Two Nights: Lucerne, Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern

Freedom of Choice: In Lucerne tonight, choose your preferred dining venue.

3. Lucerne, Mt Pilatus
Enjoy a cruise on the serene Lake Lucerne. Then, ride the world’s steepest cogwheel train to Mt Pilatus, where you will absorb breathtaking views over Switzerland at the top. The magic continues as you descend by a scenic gondola.

4. Lucerne, Gruyères, Schönried-Gstaad
See beautiful alpine landscapes in Gruyères and admire its verdant countryside. Later, arrive in Schönried-Gstaad, where you will enjoy dinner this evening. Stay: Schönried-Gstaad, Ermitage Hotel

5. Schönried-Gstaad, Lake Geneva, Lavaux, Zermatt
Journey to Zermatt and enjoy dinner accompanied by the local Heida wine. Stay Two Nights: Zermatt, Hotel Monte Rosa

Signature Experiences: Journey to Lake Geneva and stop at the world-famous Lavaux wine region for a wine tasting overlooking Lake Geneva.

6. Zermatt
Ride the Gornergrat Railway for sublime views of the towering Matterhorn.

Signature Experiences: Meet a mountaineer and hear incredible stories of their adventures, then see the one-of-a-kind cemetery for climbers.

7. Zermatt, Andermatt, St Moritz
Travel via the stunning Furka Pass to Andermatt and board the Glacier Express, one of the most scenic journeys through the world-famous Swiss Alps. Disembark in the glamorous alpine resort town of St Moritz. Stay: St Moritz, Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains

8. St Moritz, Telfs-Seefeld
Enjoy a picturesque drive to the resort town of Telfs-Seefeld. Arrive at your luxury alpine retreat, the Interalpen-Hotel Tyrol - a haven conceptualised by Dr Hans Liebherr. Tonight, dine at your hotel. Stay: Telfs-Seefeld, Interalpen-Hotel Tyrol

9. Telfs-Seefeld, Neuschwanstein, Munich
Visit Neuschwanstein Castle, said to be the inspiration of the royal castle that featured in Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty. Continue to Munich where you’ll enjoy a Bavarian dinner. Stay Two Nights: Munich, Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski

10. Munich
Explore on a guided city tour then later, choose between a number of activities.

Freedom of Choice: Embark on a culinary tour of Bavarian delights, perhaps explore the BMW Museum to uncover its impressive collection or visit the Dachau Concentration Camp.

11. Munich, Lake Chiemsee, Berchtesgaden
Stop at the cerulean waters of beautiful Lake Chiemsee. Then head up to the summit of Eagle's Nest, originally built as a teahouse for Adolf Hitler’s 50th birthday. Absorb alpine vistas, then continue to Berchtesgaden. Stay Two Nights: Kempinski Berchtesgaden

12. Berchtesgaden, Salzkammergut
In the picturesque Salzkammergut Lake District, cruise Lake Wolfgangsee, then experience an authentic Austrian coffee house as you delight in coffee and cake at the famous Konditorei Zauner. Later, return to Berchtesgaden for a delicious Farewell Dinner at a traditional restaurant.

13. Berchtesgaden, Budapest, Embark Ship
In Budapest, board your river ship. This evening, enjoy a spectacular twilight cruise through Budapest. 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.

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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01 Sep 2019
30 Sep 2019
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