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APT - Britain & Ireland In-Depth with Magnificent Europe

35 Day Britain & Ireland In-Depth with Magnificent Europe

Britain & Ireland In-Depth with Magnificent Europe

Days: 35

From: London to Budapest

Countries Visited: England, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary

Code: eumcuk35

Our Price (from): $21,542 pp

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1. Arrive London
Be met on arrival in London and transfer to your hotel. Stay: London, The May Fair Hotel

Signature Experiences: Get to know your fellow travellers and APT Tour Director at a special Welcome Reception at the Tower of London. Enjoy a private tour of the Crown Tower where the Crown Jewels are kept, followed by delicious canapes served in the spectacular Jewel House.

2. London, Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon
Steeped in history, call in at Oxford, one of the world's most famous university cities before continuing to Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Upon arrival, enjoy a tour of the town, and see Hall's Croft and Shakespeare's childhood home. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner at your wonderful country retreat. Stay: Stratford-upon-Avon, Hallmark Hotel The Welcombe

3. Stratford-upon-Avon, York
Travel to the Peak District National Park and visit Chatsworth House, a magnificent home that boasts an impressive art collection. This estate has featured in many films, including the acclaimed Pride and Prejudice. Your journey then continues to York. Stay Two Nights: York, The Grand Hotel & Spa

4. York
Enjoy your sightseeing in .

Freedom of Choice: Enjoy a walking tour of this morning. One of Europe's most interesting cities, 's streetscape has hardly changed since the middle ages. After your tour, perhaps visit Minster, the biggest medieval cathedral in England and the pride of . Or you can learn about the city's Viking heritage at the Jorvik Viking Centre, where you can explore 9th-century Jorvik as you experience the reconstructed Viking settlement that was unearthed here in the 1970s. Another option is to travel back in time for a spine tingling experience and hear the remarkable Victorian tragedies and true accounts surrounding 's ghostly history.

5. York, Edinburgh
Set out across the English countryside to Edinburgh. Stop in the charming town of Hexham to view a section of Hadrian's Wall, built to separate Roman and Scottish Picts. Continue through Northumberland National Park to Jedburgh, before crossing the Scottish border to arrive in Edinburgh. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Stay Two Nights: Edinburgh, Waldorf Astoria Caledonian

6. Edinburgh
In the afternoon, you'll enjoy your selected activity. On select departures, you will also see the Military Tattoo.

Freedom of Choice: Perhaps explore the Royal Yacht Britannia as you embark the British royal family's floating home and explore one of the few places where they could enjoy complete privacy. Alternatively, gain a behind-the-scenes look into the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official Scottish residence of Her Majesty The Queen. Signature Experiences: This morning, enjoy a private guided tour of Castle before it is open to the public. This crowning glory of the Scottish capital houses the spectacular Crown Jewels.

7. Edinburgh, Inverness
Continue through the Highlands and visit one of the most awarded whiskey distilleries in the world, Glenfiddich. During your tour, enjoy a tasting. Arrive in Inverness and enjoy an orientation tour. Stay: Inverness, Kingsmills Hotel

8. Inverness, Loch Ness, Loch Lomond
Take a scenic drive along the shores of Loch Ness and see Urquhart Castle along the way. Later, admire Glen Coe before reaching Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park - Scotland's first national park. Settle in to Cameron House, a five-star Scottish baronial mansion perfectly positioned on the banks of Loch Lomond, before enjoying dinner at your hotel. Stay Two Nights: Loch Lomond, Cameron House

9. Loch Lomond
Choose your sightseeing.

Freedom of Choice: Perhaps enjoy a guided walk through 's stunning scenery, participate in the ancient art of archery or enjoy some of the finest greens with a round of golf. Alternatively, perhaps indulge in a soothing spa treatment.

10. Loch Lomond, Lake District
Today, uncover the most spectacular emerald and cerulean landscapes of the Lake District. Later, arrive at your designer hotel on the shore of Windermere and directly overlooking 'Belle Isle'. Laura Ashley, The Belsfield Hotel, is set upon six acres of beautiful landscaped gardens and offers elegant designer boutique accommodation. Stay: Lake District, Laura Ashley, The Belsfield Hotel

Freedom of Choice: Board a cruise on Windermere and enjoy views of the surrounding mountains. Alternatively, visit the National Trust's Hill Top, which was Beatrix Potter's 17th-century farmhouse. As you wander each room, there is a distinct reference to a 'tale'.

11. Lake District, Chester
Continue to Chester and on arrival, join a walking tour. See its Roman ruins and the medieval shopping arcades called the 'Rows'. Stay: The Chester Grosvenor

12. Chester, Dublin
Travel into Wales where you'll explore the acclaimed Bodnant Garden, one of the most beautiful gardens in the United Kingdom. Spanning some 80 acres above the River Conwy. Later, take the ferry across the Irish Sea to Dublin. Tonight, step back in time to 1198 as you enjoy a traditional dinner and a pint of Guinness at one of Ireland's oldest pubs, which is also one of Dublin's best live music venues. Stay Two Nights: Conrad Dublin

13. Dublin
Few cities wear its history on its sleeve like , and on a city tour this morning, your guide will show you the best of the Irish capital. As you explore 's Georgian architecture, you'll see the incredible Christ Church Cathedral, Castle, St Stephen's Green and Temple Bar. Then, see a different side to Ireland with a visit to the Kilmainham Gaol Museum, where leaders of the rebellions in 1798, 1803, 1848, 1867 and 1916 were detained and in some instances executed here. Later this afternoon, choose your sightseeing.

Freedom of Choice: Perhaps enjoy a tour of Ireland's most famous university, Trinity College, and see the ninth-century Book of Kells in the Old Library. Otherwise, you may wish to visit the Guinness Storehouse, home of the distinctive dark stout since 1759. Located in the heart of the St. James's Gate Brewery, navigate your way up seven floors as you learn how to 'pull the perfect pint'. Otherwise, experience the funniest guide to the historic Irish culture, idiosyncrasies and lifestyle at a fast-paced and hands-on comedy show.

14. Dublin, Wicklow Mountains National Park, Tully, Galway
Cross over Sally's Gap to Wicklow Mountains National Park, which offers Ireland's most beautiful landscapes interrupted only by forestry plantations and winding mountain roads. Stop in Glendalough, known for its early Monastic settlement, then visit the Irish National Stud for a guided tour. Here, perhaps you'd like to offer a carrot to these four-legged legends and then visit its Japanese Garden. Later, arrive in Galway. Stay: Galway, The G Hotel and Spa

15. Galway, Adare, Killarney
Travel to a picturesque local farm, where you will learn about traditional Irish farming practices, including a fun scone making tutorial. Hear stories on the land from the farm owners, then sit down to some of the best tea and scones Ireland has to offer. Afterwards, stop in Adare on your way to Killarney, which is considered one of the most picturesque villages in Ireland. Arrive at your luxurious accommodation, The Europe Hotel and Resort, where you'll enjoy dinner overlooking the world-famous Lakes of Killarney. Stay Two Nights: Killarney, The Europe Hotel and Resort

16. Killarney, Dingle Peninsula
This morning, you have a choice of sightseeing. Later, follow the south shore of the Dingle Peninsula, once cited as 'the most beautiful place on earth' by National Geographic magazine. Visit the town of Dingle then drive to Slea Head, the westernmost tip of mainland Ireland. Enjoy excellent views as you learn about the heritage of this Gaelic-speaking region.

Freedom of Choice: Perhaps enjoy horse riding, a pony and trap ride or relax at the hotel's spa. Signature Experiences: Later, enjoy dinner accompanied by a musical performance at Ballyseede Castle, one of Ireland's most famous castles. Set within 30 acres of woodlands, the property's history spans back to the 1590s.

17. Killarney, Kenmare, Waterford, Wexford
Travel to Moll's Gap along the Ring of Kerry, where you will stop to capture some of the most stunning scenery. Enjoy the charming town of Kenmare. Continue to Waterford, where you have the choice of sightseeing. Later, arrive in Wexford. Stay: Wexford, Ferrycarrig Hotel

Freedom of Choice: Visit the House of Waterford Crystal or enjoy a guided walking tour of this charming town.

18. Wexford, Bath
Today, take a ferry across the Irish Sea to the British mainland, then travel through Pembrokeshire, a beautiful and unspoilt part of Wales. Continue to Bath where you'll enjoy some free time on arrival. Stay Two Nights: Bath, Francis Hotel

19. Bath, Bristol
Explore the city of Bath on a tour before visiting the beautiful Roman Baths. Later, travel to Bristol, where a visit to the SS Great Britain allows you to learn stories of its passengers during the early years when the ship was a luxury liner.

20. Bath, London
Discover Stonehenge, one of the most famous prehistoric sites in the world. Marvel at this remarkable and mysterious feat of ancient engineering and design. The Stonehenge you will see today is the final stage that was completed about 3,500 years ago. Afterwards, continue to Hampshire for a traditional afternoon tea at the grand Tylney Hall. Step back to an age of elegance at this Victorian era mansion. Later, arrive in London. Stay: London, The May Fair Hotel

21. London, Amsterdam, Embark Ship
Board a high-speed train to Amsterdam. Upon arrival, board your ship. Stay 14 Nights: a Concerto River Ship

22. Amsterdam
Choose your sightseeing in . Tonight, enjoy a Gala Welcome 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 traditional Dutch houses, windmills and specialty produce. Otherwise, enjoy a relaxing morning sailing down the Rhine, while a local baker conducts a 'stroopwafel' demonstration. Alternatively, on select spring departures, take the opportunity to visit the stunning Keukenhof Gardens.

23. Cologne, Bonn, Andernach
Enter Germany and cruise into Cologne, a city centred around the twin spires of its famous cathedral.

Freedom of Choice: Take a tour through the historic city centre, or sample local beers and snacks on a walking tour. Alternatively, embark on a bike ride to see City Hall and the remains from Roman times and the Middle Ages. Signature Experiences: Later, rejoin your ship in Bonn and cruise to Andernach for 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.

24. 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. Dock in Rudesheim and later, enjoy dinner on board.

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.

25. Miltenberg
Witness the skilful art of glass-blowing on board as you cruise towards the pretty Franconian town of this morning.

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 be guided through a picturesque Franconian vineyard as you learn about the specialty wines of the region during a hike.

26. Würzburg
Choose your preferred sightseeing.

Freedom of Choice: The immense architectural beauty of Wurzburg is on show today as you 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.

27. Bamberg
This morning your ship will arrive in World Heritage-listed , another 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.

28. Nuremberg
Choose your sightseeing, then 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, the site of Hitler's infamous rallies. Discover medieval architecture, including the medieval ramparts that surround the city. Alternatively, walk in the footsteps of Swedish King Gustavus-Adolphus, with a hike through the Schwarzach Valley.

29. Regensburg
Select your preferred activity.

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 .

30. Passau, Salzburg, Linz
Enjoy a day on the incredible Majestic Imperator.

Signature Experiences: Today, an exquisite private rail journey aboard the Majestic Imperator reveals the legacy of the once powerful Habsburg Empire as you travel from Passau to Linz. On board your privately chartered train, relax amid luxurious surrounds and savour refreshments while you wind your way through graceful alpine countryside. Disembark in Salzburg where a city tour includes some of the sights from the classic film, The Sound of Music. Re-board the Majestic Imperator and be entertained by live music en route to Linz.

31. Melk, Dürnstein
Cruise through the Wachau Valley wine region today to Melk and choose your sightseeing. Later in Durnstein, roam the village'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.

Freedom of Choice: Disembark in Melk for 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. You may then choose to ride a bike along the banks of the Danube River from Melk to Durnstein, or rejoin your ship and cruise to Durnstein instead.

32. Vienna
Today arrive in , Austria's capital and 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 the glorious St Stephen's Cathedral.

Signature Experiences: Tonight, your third 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 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.

33. 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 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.

34. Budapest
Choose your sightseeing in . Later, sit down to the Captain's Farewell Dinner, then set off on a cruise through the city and be enchanted by the lights sparkling around you.

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

35. Disembark Ship, Depart Budapest
Transfer to the airport.

Dates & Prices

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19 May 2019
22 Jun 2019
MS AmaVerde

15 Jun 2019
19 Jul 2019
MS AmaReina

14 Jul 2019
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28 Jul 2019
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MS AmaBella

11 Aug 2019
14 Sep 2019
MS AmaVerde

08 Sep 2019
12 Oct 2019
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