river danube and budapest at sunset

A Royal Affair On Board APT

31 January 2017
Read Time: 3.0 mins

Haven't you always wanted to wine and dine in a castle? Sitting in an ancient dining hall, the tables adorned with crisp white tablecloths, chandeliers hanging above, the service attentive and the food perfectly delicious? 

For one long, luxurious meal, you will feel like royalty. Perhaps you’ve dreamt of dressing up and drinking in a cultural evening of cocktails and classical music with a private concert at the City Palace in Vienna – a performance by members of Mozart’s Boys Choir providing the evening’s regal entertainment. Or maybe travelling smoothly through the stunning Austrian countryside, glimpsing the former Habsburg Empire, in a cabin aboard the Majestic Imperator railway has been a long-held holiday dream you want to experience. Well with APT, you can.

apt cruise ship on rhine river view from above town Cruising down the Rhine you pass through some of Central Europe's most beautiful landscapes.

Glide from Amsterdam to Budapest on a 15-day Magnificent Europe river cruise, taking in experiences like this along the way. Cruising down the Danube, Main and Rhine rivers, APT delivers exclusive, money-can’t-buy experiences.

In Amsterdam, cruise along the canals aboard a glass-top boat then ride a gondola for panoramic views over the Rhine Valley in Rudesheim. Sample local fare in the picturesque German village of Miltenberg, while you explore down winding cobblestone lanes. Visit the World Heritage-listed Old Town of Bamberg to discover historic churches and buildings. Take in World War II sites in Nuremberg, including the Reich Party Rally Grounds. Tour Melk Abbey, one of the world’s most famous monastic sites, before cycling or cruising along the river to Durnstein.

17th century houses on river in germany Explore the world Heritage-listed Old Town of Bamberg, with 17th century houses perched on the banks of the River Regnitz.

Travelling with APT through Europe’s heartland means you can do as little or as much as you like – you make the trip you want.

A memorable holiday is one that comes with experience, inspiration and excellent service, too. You choose the activities you wish to do, day tours you want to take, or spots to kick back on board for the afternoon and APT will take care of the rest. With 15 days travelling through five countries, APT’s Magnificent Europe river cruise is all inclusive, so your journey is luxurious and carefree.

APT ensures your transfers, port charges and tipping are all included. Every meal is made fresh from the chef’s menu, which emphasises exquisite local produce – all you need to do is choose your dining venue. Following a day of exploring, return to the ship for complimentary drinks, on the deck, in the lounge, or in the privacy of your own river suite – the choice is yours.

nuremberg main square with half timbered buildings around Nuremberg's half timbered buildings and open square's make for a gorgeous location both in summer and winter,

Journeying through Europe on an APT river cruise means you have the experience and services of an expert APT Cruise Director to share the history, points of interest and stories that enrich your journey, bringing you closer to the people and places you experience. If uncompromised luxury is what you’re after, select suites offer access to a butler, room service and Champagne on arrival, too.

If you’ve always dreamed of wining and dining in an ancient castle, a luxury river cruise through the heart of Europe’s castle country should be at the top of your travel list. With APT, enjoying a meal in Namedy Castle is just one aspect of royal luxury you will experience on the journey. In fact, around every bend of the river, over every green rolling hill and in every new village or town you dock, a new kind of local delicacy, welcoming hospitality awaits. That’s just the APT way.

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Vicki Fletcher

A writer and photographer for Flight Centre, Vicki loves road trips down unknown tracks, hiking into mountain ranges, following locals to the best food in town, and spending long afternoons people watching in city squares. She's written for publications across Australia and Europe. Top travel tip: always look up. Follow Vicki on Instagram @vickijanefletcher.