Europe

Tour TypeTrip NameNo. DaysTour DetailsPrices
CruiseParis to Normandy8ItineraryOn Application
CruiseTulips of Northern Holland8ItineraryOn Application
CruiseRomantic Rhine8ItineraryOn Application
CruiseChristmastime in Alsace & Germany5ItineraryOn Application

 

ITINERARY:        Paris to Normandy

Combine time in France’s marvelous capital with discoveries of quaint towns along the Seine and in the picturesque Normandy region. Embark in Paris, sailing to Vernon, for a choice of guided visits to either Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny or magnificent Bizy Castle. Continue to Les Andelys with its Château Gaillard, built by England’s King Richard the Lionheart in 1196, and enjoy guided sightseeing. Then, on to Caudebec, where you choose between an included excursion to the poignant Normandy landing beaches or a fascinating “Taste of Normandy.” Visit Joan of Arc’s historic Rouen, and in Conflans, choose between a visit of Vincent van Gogh’s Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s elegant Château de Malmaison before heading back to Paris. And since this cruise has a culinary theme, there’s an onboard pastry demo and a Master of Wine will join you on the ship to host a cheese and wine tasting as well as a special food and wine pairing dinner. During your last day on the Seine, a Local Expert will show you some of the famous sights, such as the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, and more!

Itinerary 
Day 1: Arrive In Paris, France (Embarkation). Welcome to Paris, France's capital on the Seine River, the "City of Light," where romance fills the air. This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. Before dinner, your ship glides out of Paris. (D) NOTE: Flights into Paris must arrive by 2:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
Day 2: Vernon-Les AndelysThis morning in Vernon, choose between a guided visit of Giverny and a visit to Bizy Castle. Claude Monet lived at GIVERNY for almost 43 years (1883-1926), and viewed his flower and water gardens as works of art-just like his paintings. See his collection of Japanese prints, his charming house, and his biggest sources of inspiration. Or, visit BIZY CASTLE, built in 1740 and nicknamed "Normandy's Versailles." It is known for its famous stables-inspired by those at Versailles-and its magnificent courtyard and water garden. This afternoon, arrive in Les Andelys, situated on a bend of the Seine and one of the most beautiful places in France. Join a Local Guide for a GUIDED WALK of the town, visiting the PARISH CHURCH OF LE PETIT ANDELY. Imposing Chateau Gaillard, built by England's King Richard the Lionheart as a fortress in 1196, is seen above the town. Constructed in only a year, it is a masterpiece of medieval military architecture. (B,L,D)
Day 3: CaudebecToday, join a guided excursion along the "NORMANDY VILLAGES ROUTE" to see some of Normandy's charming half-timbered houses with their sloping thatched roofs, often sporting blue wooden doors and window shutters, or along the "NORMANDY ABBEYS ROUTE," a short drive from Caudebec. More than 100 abbeys once covered this region, which has a microclimate suited to growing fruit such as apples, pears, plums, and cherries. The afternoon is free to explore on your own or to join an optional excursion to pretty coastal Honfleur. (B,L,D)
Day 4: CaudebecMake your choice today between an included full-day excursion to the historic NORMANDY LANDING BEACHES-with poignant sites such as Juno Beach, Pegasus Museum, and the Commonwealth Cemeteries - or a "TASTE OF NORMANDY" for an in-depth look at this picturesque, mainly agricultural region. The most important products are dairy, apples, and grain. Camembert cheese is a specialty, as is CALVADOS, a strong apple brandy you'll have the chance to taste at a local distillery. And for a touch of history, visit the famous BAYEUX TAPESTRY. (B,L,D)
Day 5: RouenRouen, capital of Upper Normandy, is an important commercial city perhaps best known for its connection to Joan of Arc, who lived, was imprisoned, and burned at the stake in the marketplace of this town in 1431. Enjoy the included GUIDED WALK through the medieval quarter with its halftimbered, glazed-tile houses, and take photos of the intricate Gros Horloge astronomical clock, dating back to the 16th century. Visit the gothic CATHEDRAL, which was once the tallest building in the world and the subject of a series of paintings by Claude Monet. The afternoon is free to explore on your own. (B,L,D)
Day 6: ConflansAfter breakfast you may either join our included guided excursion to AUVERS-SUR-OISE, the quaint little town where Vincent Van Gogh lived and died, or to Napoleon and Josephine's CHATEAU DE MALMAISON just outside Paris. Requiring extensive renovations, this large country estate was purchased by Josephine Bonaparte in 1799 while Napoleon was fighting in Egypt. It was her aim to make it "the most beautiful and curious garden in Europe, a model of good cultivation." (B,L,D)
Day 7: ParisKnown as one of the world's most romantic and lively cities, Paris is a delight for all your senses. Your included CITY SIGHTSEEING shows you magnificent must-see sights, such as Notre Dame Cathedral, the unique Louvre Museum with its glass pyramid as a contrast to its ancient architecture, the commemorative Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower. Alternatively, you may wish to join a GUIDED WALK through historic Ile St. Louis with its narrow one-way streets and Ile de la Cite, the centre of Paris where the medieval city was founded and home to NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL. In your free time, stroll down the Champs-Elysees with its lavish cafes, or perhaps visit the world-famous Louvre or Montmartre with its gleaming white Sacre Coeur Basilica and bevy of artists on Place du Tertre. Paris is also well known for its colourful nightlife, and an optional outing to one of Paris' famous cabaret shows might make the perfect finale to your Seine cruise holiday. (B,L,D)
Day 8: Paris (Disembarkation)Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

ITINERARY:        Tulips to Northern Holland

If you’re looking for a vacation that combines some well-known sights with others that are off the beaten track, this itinerary is for you! Arrive in Amsterdam and transfer to your river cruise vessel in Haarlem. Discover the region of “North Holland,” where tulip fields abound, then sail across the Ijsselmeer, formerly known as the Zuider Zee, to the region known as “Friesland,” famous for its black-and-white cows. Visit the Zuider Zee Museum in Enkhuizen or get a chance to meet some of the locals. Visit the Batavia shipyard in Lelystad, and choose between visits of the Kröller-Müller Museum or and the Airborne Museum Hartenstein near Arnhem. Enjoy a harbor cruise in Rotterdam, choose between a visit to Keukenhof Gardens or the town of Gouda and enjoy a tasting of Dutch cheese, genever, and some local sweet specialties. Your vacation concludes with a cruise along Amsterdam’s canals.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Arrive In Amsterdam, Holland. Transfer To Haarlem (Embarkation)Welcome to Holland! This afternoon, drive to Haarlem, where your river cruise vessel is docked. Before dinner, meet your crew at an evening welcome reception as your ship sets sail. (D) NOTE: Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 2 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
Day 2: Hoorn-Tulip Fields Excursion-EnkhuizenTulip fields abound in this part of the country. This morning, an excursion takes you along the growing areas that look from afar like carpets of colour. Take pictures and learn more about these flowers and how they were introduced into Holland from the Ottoman Empire (Turkey) in the 17th century. Rejoin your ship and over lunch, sail to Enkhuizen, situated at the most easterly point of North Holland. Enkhuizen is a quintessential fishing town with cobblestone streets, a quaint town centre, and one of the largest marinas in the Netherlands. It owes its prosperity to the Zuider Zee (now known as the IJsselmeer) during the "Golden Age." This afternoon, visit the ZUIDERZEE MUSEUM, dedicated to the culture and history of this area. The museum focuses on the past and present of the IJsselmeer, and features living history, heritage, and crafts combining works from the past with works from the present. (B,L,D)
Day 3: Enkhuizen-Sneek, FrieslandThis morning you have a choice between an included GUIDED WALK of Enkhuizen or you may wish to join a "DUTCH EXPERIENCE" to meet some locals. Then, cruise across the IJsselmeer to southwest Friesland, a province rich in history and legends. As you sail, enjoy the scenic rural landscape along the river. Dock in Lemmer, from where our Friesland excursion departs. Primarily an agricultural region with a long history, Friesland is best known internationally for its famous black-and-white Friesian cattle and black Friesian horses. Visit the 18th-century ROYAL EISE EISINGA PLANETARIUM, which has been nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rejoin your ship in Sneek, where you dock overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 4: Lelystad-KampenToday, enjoy a peaceful morning of cruising through this delightful area of Friesland. Spring is in the air, and the lush green landscape is coming alive. After docking in Lelystad, visit the BATAVIA SHIPYARD, where ships that were important to the Netherlands' maritime industry during the "Golden Age" are faithfully reconstructed by hand. Then, board the BATAVIA itself. Originally built in 1628 to sail to and from the East Indies, the Batavia wrecked on its maiden voyage on June 4, 1629 off the coast of Western Australia. It took 10 years-from 1985 to 1995-for a crew to reconstruct the ship using traditional construction materials. Back on board, we'll introduce you to LOCAL CHEESE and GENEVER, traditionally drunk neat from a shot glass, as you sail to Kampen, where you dock overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 5: Gelderse Ijssel-ArnhemAnother relaxing morning on board as you sail along the IJssel River, also known as the Gelderse IJssel, which is a branch of the Rhine River. Learn more about Holland at an ONBOARD LECTURE and taste a sweet LOCAL SPECIALTY. After lunch, visit the AIRBORNE MUSEUM HARTENSTEIN, dedicated to the Battle of Arnhem, one of the major tragedies of WWII. Alternatively, you may prefer to visit the KROLLER-MULLER MUSEUM. Later, rejoin your ship in Arnhem. (B,L,D)
Day 6: RotterdamThis morning, sail through the HARBOUR OF ROTTERDAM, said to be the world's busiest port. Levelled by German bombs in WWII, Rotterdam now has a modern, high-tech look. After an early lunch you may opt to join a guided excursion to GOUDA, famous for its gouda cheese, syrup waffles, clay pipes, and elaborate city hall. It is a typical Dutch city with many old buildings and pretty canals. Alternatively, you may wish to visit the gardens of KEUKENHOF near Lisse, which encompass over 70 acres of parkland with lakes, sculpture gardens, greenhouses, and a windmill to explore. Every year, 7 million flower bulbs are planted, and you have the opportunity to see the spectacular display of colours not only from the tulips, but also from hyacinths, daffodils, and more. If you're a garden enthusiast, you may opt for an extended visit to Keukenhof, with lunch on your own in the gardens. (B,L,D)
Day 7: AmsterdamAfter breakfast, arrive in Amsterdam, where GUIDED SIGHTSEEING is provided by CANAL BOAT. Cruise through the elegant grachten, lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam's "Golden Age." This afternoon is free or you may choose from a selection of optional excursions to make the most of your last day in Holland. (B,L,D)
Day 8: Amsterdam (Disembarkation)Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

  

ITINERARY:        Romantic Rhine

One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits on this mesmerizing journey along the Rhine. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Strasbourg, Koblenz, and Cologne, as well as an excursion to the Black Forest and to Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest university town. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of river dotted every mile with castles. Visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, see the legendary Lorelei rock, and enjoy a canal cruise in splendid Amsterdam. Be sure to pack your camera so you can capture the romance and splendor of this magical journey.

Itinerary 
Day 1: Arrive In Zurich, Switzerland. Transfer To Basel (Embarkation)Welcome to Switzerland, home of the Matterhorn and the majestic Alps! Transfer by motorcoach to Basel, where your river cruise vessel is docked. Meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. (D) NOTE: Flights into Zurich must arrive before 3 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
Day 2: Breisach, Germany. Excursion To The Black ForestLocated at the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border, Breisach is the gateway to Germany's BLACK FOREST region, an area of unrivalled natural beauty. The area got its name because the pine forests are so dense, local residents described them as black. The most well-known products from this region are Black Forest ham, Black Forest cherry cake, and cuckoo clocks! You may opt to visit the workshop of a local woodcarver who produces clocks and other carvings, or to the open-air Vogtsbauernhof Museum to see how life was lived in this area centuries ago. (B,L,D)
Day 3: Strasbourg, FranceSituated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg blends the cultures of both countries in a delightful way. On your walking tour you will discover Europe at its most quintessential. Visit the monumental red-sandstone GOTHIC CATHEDRAL with its ancient murals, stained-glass windows, and fascinating astronomical clock, as well as the magical LA PETITE FRANCE district, home to half-timbered houses, quaint shops, inviting bistros, and a waterfront promenade. Explore Place Kleber, a large historic square in the heart of the city, and Place Gutenberg in the heart of medieval Strasbourg, which features a statue of the inventor of the printing press. This afternoon, optional excursions into the Alsace wine country or to the Black Forest are available. (B,L,D)
Day 4: Excursion To Heidelberg, Germany-MainzThis morning, an excursion takes you to Heidelberg, home to Germany's oldest university, which was founded in 1386. Visit the ruins of HEIDELBERG CASTLE, towering magnificently over the city and among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. You'll also see the famed GREAT VAT, the "World's Largest Wine Barrel." At nearly 7 metres (23 feet) high and 8.5 metres (28 feet) wide, the cask holds over 260,000 litres (58,000 gallons) of wine and has a dance floor on top of it! In the afternoon, arrive in Mainz, which today is Germany's largest and most important wine market. The Altstadt (Old Town) has many intriguing shops and the whimsical Fastnachtsbrunnen (Carnival Fountain) on the Schillerplatz is a tribute to the jesters at the city's annual Carnival celebration. Gutenberg, father of modern printing, was born here, and during a GUIDED WALK you'll visit the captivating GUTENBERG MUSEUM. (B,L,D)
Day 5: Rudesheim-Rhine Gorge-KoblenzThis morning, dock in pretty Rudesheim, a typical Rhine Valley wine town. Visit SIEGFRIED'S MECHANICAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM to see and hear a large collection of self-playing calliopes and music boxes from the 18th to the early 20th centuries, and enjoy a SPECIAL TREAT. Downstream from Rudesheim is the dramatic RHINE GORGE, the most beautiful stretch of river. Here, ancient castles stand sentry on lofty cliffs rising 122 metres (400 feet) above the waters. Cruise past the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where echoes of enchanted siren song lured sailors to their doom. Then, arrive at the place where the Rhine and Moselle Rivers meet-the Deutsches Eck (German Corner) with its impressive statue of German Emperor William I. Join your Local Guide for a WALKING TOUR of 2,000-year-old Koblenz, which reveals an eventful past through its castles, fortress walls, towers, squares, and monuments. (B,L,D)
Day 6: CologneOne of Germany's largest cities and capital of the Rhineland, Cologne straddles both sides of the Rhine, and is known for its soaring, twin-steepled gothic cathedral. Choose between an included GUIDED CITY WALK or JEWISH HERITAGE WALK. The Old Town abounds with cafes, shops, and taverns. Be sure to try a Kolsch pale lager, locally brewed in Cologne for over a hundred years! (B,L,D)
Day 7: Amsterdam, HollandWelcome to Amsterdam! Holland's sophisticated, modern capital has a rich and fascinating history. This delightful 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafes, and restaurants has a distinct ambiance. There is no better way to see Amsterdam than by CANAL BOAT, cruising through the elegant grachten lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam's "Golden Age." There's free time this afternoon to enjoy the city or perhaps join an optional excursion. (B,L,D)
Day 8: Amsterdam (Disembarkation)Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

ITINERARY:        Christmastime in Alsace & Germany

Celebrate the festive season in Central Europe with a magnificent 4-night cruise from Frankfurt to Basel! Stops include SpeyerMannheim, Germany, for an excursion to Heidelberg, where you visit the red sandstone castle and bask in the holiday atmosphere; Strasbourg, France, for guided sightseeing and time to explore one of the oldest Christmas markets in Europe; and Breisach for an included excursion into Germany’s legendary Black Forest. Try some festive Glühwein, smell the aromas of the Christmas markets, shop for local Christmas ornaments, and delight in the holiday cheer. This year, start your holiday season with this joyous and memorable cruise—there is no better way to celebrate the season! Your ship will be decorated and dressed up in Christmas colors.
Itinerary  
Day 1: Arrive In Frankfurt, Germany (Embarkation)Welcome to Germany! This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception before sailing out of Frankfurt. (D) NOTE: Flights into Frankfurt must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
Day 2: Excursion To Heidelberg-MannheimThis morning an excursion takes you to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany, which was founded in 1386. Visit the imposing ruins of HEIDELBERG CASTLE, towering magnificently over the city and among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. You'll also see the famed GREAT VAT, the "World's Largest Wine Barrel." At nearly 7 metres high and 8.5 metres wide (23 feet high and 28 feet wide), the cask holds over 219,554-litres (58,000-gallons) of wine and has a dance floor built on top of it! At this time of year, an ice rink is set up at the foot of the castle, and stalls offer Gluhwein, Bratwurst, and other tasty treats. The Christmas market itself is scattered over five town squares, and you'll find a wide array of crafts and regional delicacies. Rejoin your ship in Mannheim, and the afternoon is yours to do as you please. There is plenty of free time to shop for Christmas decorations or gifts at the Mannheim Christmas market. (B,L,D)
Day 3: Strasbourg, FranceSituated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg blends the cultures of both countries in a delightful way. As capital of the Alsace region and seat of the Council of Europe and European Parliament, it is, without a doubt, an important city that manages to retain its historic charm. In fact, on your GUIDED WALKING TOUR you will discover Europe at its most quintessential. Visit the monumental red-sandstone GOTHIC CATHEDRAL with its ancient murals, stained-glass windows, and fascinating astronomical clock, as well as the magical LA PETITE FRANCE district, home to half-timbered houses, quaint shops, inviting bistros, and a waterfront promenade. Also spend time exploring Place Kleber, a large historic square in the heart of the city, and Place Gutenberg in the heart of medieval Strasbourg, which features a statue of the inventor of the printing press. Dating back to 1570, the traditional Christmas market is one of the oldest and finest in Europe. Located around Place de la Cathedrale and Place Broglie, its centrepiece is a giant Christmas tree. As you stroll through the festively decorated and illuminated streets you'll notice the pleasing aromas of mulled wine, sweets, spice cakes, and biscuits-a truly magical atmosphere! This afternoon, an optional excursion into the Alsace wine region is available. This evening, enjoy an onboard WOODCARVING demonstration. (B,L,D)
Day 4: Breisach, Germany. Excursion To The Black ForestLocated at the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border, Breisach is the gateway to Germany's BLACK FOREST region, an area of unrivaled natural beauty with its forests of thick pine trees. The area got its name because the forests are so dense that local residents once described them as black. There's no better setting for this time of year than when smoke curls from the chimneys of the traditional Black Forest houses with their long sloping roofs, connoting images of warm and festively decorated interiors. Surely, the most well-known products from this region are Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and cuckoo clocks. This afternoon there's free time in Breisach to visit one more Christmas market-or you may join an optional excursion to Colmar in France's Alsace region. (B,L,D)
Day 5: Basel Switzerland (Disembarkation)Your holiday ends after breakfast today. (B) NOTE: Flights out of Zurich airport should not leave before 10 am.
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Europe

Tour TypeTrip NameNo. DaysTour DetailsPrices
CruiseMagnificent Europe15 On Application From $7,295.00
CruiseDouro Delights11 On ApplicationContact Us
CruiseParis to Bordeaux11On Application From $8,595.00

Magnificent Europe – Amsterdam to Budapest

On APT’s 15 Day Magnificent Europe River Cruise, glide from Amsterdam through five countries to Budapest. From mighty rivers to superbly engineered canals and stream-like waters that wind through tranquil valleys, APT has left no course uncharted in creating their outstanding range of unforgettable river cruises. Fine dining, incredible sightseeing, the highest levels of personal attention, stunning accommodation; they’ve considered – and included – every last detail. Even if you have visited Europe before, nothing quite compares to the new experiences and fresh perspectives awaiting you on a river cruise with APT. Offering an unrivaled way to discover Europe and designed specifically for Australians, you’ll enjoy the dedicated services of an APT Cruise Tour Director, all sightseeing experiences, a range of complimentary onboard beverages and many inclusions.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Arrive Amsterdam, Embark ShipBe met on arrival and transferred to your ship before a Welcome Reception tonight.
14 Night Stay: one of APT's luxurious Aria or Concerto river ships.
Day 2: AmsterdamChoose from two activities today. Perhaps cruise Amsterdam's canals aboard a glass-top boat or visit Zaanse Schans. Tonight. attend a Gala Welcome Dinner.
Day 3: Cologne, Bonn, AndernachBe joined by a local guide for a tour around the historic city of Cologne or travel to Bonn for a tour. Later, explore Namedy Castle, before sitting down to a lavish banquet held in ballroom.
Day 4: RüdesheimVisit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum or ride a gondola for panoramic views over the Rhine Valley.
Day 5: MiltenbergArrive in Miltenberg and stroll along the winding cobblestone lanes, explore quint half-timbered shops, mingle with friendly residents and sample delicious local fare.
Day 6: WürzburgThe architectural beauty of Würzburg is on show as you stroll through the city to Würzburg Residence. Or, travel along the Romantic Road to medieval Rothenburg for an enthralling tour.
Day 7: BambergExplore Bamberg's World Heritage-listed Old Town with a guide to discover a range of historic churches and buildings.
Day 8: NurembergDelve into Nuremberg's history on a city tour that includes a selection of World War II sites, including the Reich Party Rally Grounds
Day 9: RegensburgWalk the lovely streets of Regensburg with a local expert guide today.
Day 10: Passau, Salzburg, LinzTake an exquisite rail journey aboard the Magestic Imperator to Salzburg today. On board your privately chartered train, relax amid luxurious surrounds and savour refreshments while you wind your way through graceful alpine countryside.
Day 11: Melk, DürnsteinTour Melk Abbey, one of the world's most famous monastic sites, or enjoy a walking tour through the town. Then, either ride a bicycle or cruise to Dürnstein.
Day 12: ViennaSoak up the elegance of the city during a guided tour. See the exquisite Hofburg Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral and much more. After dinner, head to the City Palace and attend an exclusive Cocktail Reception and a private concert featuring members of the Mozart Boys' Choir.
Day 13: ViennaPerhaps tour Schönbrunn Palace, join an excursion to Bratislava or visit the Spanish Riding School to see the Lipizzan horses
Day 14: BudapestJoin a local guide for a tour of Budapest. Among many highlights, you'll see Heroes' Square and superb Fisherman's Bastion. This evening, set off on a twilight cruise.
Day 15: Disembark Ship, Depart BudapestDisembark and transfer to the airport.
INCLUSIONS:
14 Night Cruise, Expert APT Cruise Director, touring, all main meals on board, range of beverages, transfers, port charges, tipping

Douro Delights

  

Itinerary  
Day 1: Arrive Porto, Embark ShipBe met on arrival and transferred to your ship before a Welcome Dinner this evening.

Stay: Seven Nights: the stylish MS AmaVida
Day 2: PortoOn a tour, explore Porto’s Old Town and delight in its 16th-century buildings and Baroque churches. See the iron bridge built by French engineer Gustave Eiffel then enjoy a tasting at a local port house in Gaia.
Day 3: Porto, Guimarães, Entre-Os-RiosTake a morning excursion to the World Heritage-listed city of Guimarães, an authentic and well-preserved showcase of the evolution of medieval settlement, as well as 15th to 19th-century architecture. Back on board, enjoy some scenic cruising through the Douro Valley en route to Entre-Os-Rios. Visit Casa de Vila Verde estate in the Sousa Valley wine region, famous for producing Vinho Verde since the 17th century. Enjoy a tour of the manor, followed by a tasting of their famous wine before dinner.
Day 4: Caldas de Aregos, RéguaDock in Caldas de Aregos and travel to Quinta da Aveleda, a family business that has been producing wine in the Douro region since the 1870s. Explore the estate on a tour, followed by a tasting. Delight in the beauty of this sun-drenched region as you cruise to Régua, where you’ll visit the Douro Museum.
Day 5: Régua, Lamego, PinhãoTour the ancient town of Lamego and visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies. You’ll then sample bolas de Lamego, a specialty dish of the region. After, continue cruising through the dramatic gorges of the Douro Valley to Pinhão, where you’ll disembark for a wine tasting and dinner at a local Portuguese winery.
Day 6: Pinhão, Vila RealTake a trip to Palacio de Mateus, located near the city of Vila Real. Built in 1745, the palace offers a wonderful insight into the lives of Portuguese aristocracy. Embark on a tour of the palace followed by free time to explore the extensive gardens. Enjoy time at leisure in Pinhão followed by the Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
Day 7: Barca d’AlvaTravel to the tiny fortified village of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo today. On a tour here, see the castle ruins, and take in spectacular views of the Douro Valley and surrounding towns. Back on board, enjoy a delicious dinner this evening as you makew the most of your last night on board your stylish river ship.
Day 8: Barca d’Alva, Disembark Ship, Salamanca, MadridDisembark in Barca d’Alva today and travel to the ancient city of Salamanca. During a tour, see the University of Salamanca and the House of Shells. Afterwards, continue to your hotel in Madrid, where you will be able to enjoy the evening at your leisure.
Stay: Three Nights: Westin Palace Madrid
Day 9: MadridEnjoy a tour of Madrid followed by a Farewell Dinner featuring a range of tantalising tapas later in the evening.
Day 10: MadridEnjoy a choice of activities in Madrid today. Perhaps learn all about the traditional flavours of delecatable Spanish cuisine on a culinary tour. Otherwise, immerse yourself in Spanish art at the Prado Museum, including works from Italian and Flemish artisits including elázquez, Goya, Raphael, Rubens, and Bosch. Alternatively you may wish to explore Bernabéu soccer stadium, home to the world-famous Real Madrid Football Club.
Day 11: Depart MadridAfter a delicious breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport.
INCLUSIONS:
Unique experiences in up to 11 destinations, Expert APT Tour and Cruise Directors, Return airport transfers, port charges and tipping, Finest dining - a total of 25 meals.

Paris do Bordeuax

  

Itinerary  
Day 1: Arrive in Paris

Arrive in the romantic city of Paris and be transferred to your hotel. This evening, get to know your fellow travellers as you enjoy a Welcome Reception.

Stay: Three Nights: Paris, Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe
Day 2: ParisEnjoy a sightseeing tour of the French capital. See the Avenue des Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe, and take a trip to the second level of the Eiffel Tower. This evening, enjoy a meal and a memorable show at the Moulin Rouge.
Day 3: ParisPerhaps join a culinary walking tour, discover Montmartre or take a tour through The Louvre.
Day 4: Paris, Bordeaux, Embark ShipTravel by train to Bordeaux and on arrival, transfer to your river ship. After settling in, delight in a Welcome Reception tonight.

Stay: Seven Nights: one of APT’s luxurious Aria River Ships
Day 5: CadillacToday you will have your choice of sightseeing. Perhaps tour Cadillac, before exploring Saint-Macaire. Alternatively, visit Sauternes where you’ll tour two historic châteaux then try the region’s famous dessert wine. Tonight, visit Château de Cazeneuve, once home of the Kings of Navarre. Be greeted by the current owners of the Sabran-Pontevès family, descendants of the original owners. Enjoy a private tour of the lovingly restored interior, before sitting down to dinner in the impeccable Grand Salon, while enjoying the traditional music from a three-piece Baroque band.
Day 6: PauillacTake in the stunning sights as your ship threads its way along the Gironde estuary, which cuts alongside the historic vineyards of Aquitaine. On a visit to one of the few remaining family-owned cooperages, you’ll get to see how wooden wine barrels are produced and learn the fascinating secrets of this time-honoured craft, followed by a wine tasting with your very own oenologist. Later, enjoy a Gala Welcome Dinner.
Day 7: Blaye, BourgDiscover the town of Blaye and take a walk around the 17th-century citadel. Later, perhaps travel to Cognac for a tour and a tasting at a French cognac house or sail to the town of Bourg and take a walking tour.
Day 8: Libourne, Saint-ÉmilionIn Saint-Émilion, head beneath the village to visit the Monolithic Church and the underground cellars of Les Cordeliers. Then sample some macarons and Les Cordeliers’ sparkling wines.
Day 9: Libourne, BordeauxPerhaps join a guide for a tour of Bergerac to discover the wonderfully restored Old Town. Another option is to tour Libourne and visit a caviar estate. Enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Dinner.
Day 10: BordeauxTake in the sights of Bordeaux on a tour.
Day 11: Disembark Ship, BordeauxBe transferred to the airport.
INCLUSIONS:
Unique cultural experiences in up to 8 towns, villages and cities, Transfers, port charges and tipping
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Country Roads of Belgium, Luxembourg & the Netherlands

Step back in time and immerse yourself in idyllic 17th century Dutch landscapes of gently turning windmills and charming bridges, arching over peaceful canals. Enjoy a slower pace of life with all the comforts of modern touches.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Welcome to Brussels

Airport transfers depart Brussels airport for your centrally-located hotel at 09:00, 11:00 and 14:30. After checking in, the afternoon is yours to relax. At 17:00, join your Travel Director for a visit to the cheeky Manneken Pis statue and leisurely stroll around the Grand Place, voted the most beautiful square in Europe. Your delightful first evening also includes a Welcome Dinner with wine at a local restaurant in the heart of the Old Town with an opportunity to mingle with your fellow travellers.

Day 2: The Battlefield of Waterloo

Leaving the city limits behind, visit the Battlefield of Waterloo to learn about Napoleon’s final defeat in 1815. Immerse yourself in the action at the Panorama, where a huge 360-degree mural depicts a key moment in the raging battle. If you’re feeling energetic, you can climb the 230 steps to the top of the Lion’s Mound for panoramic views over the battlefield and countryside. Return to Brussels, where the remainder of the day is at your leisure. Perhaps venture further afield and visit Antwerp, Belgium’s biggest port? Maybe try the local food and drink, Belgian Stoemp and a Kwak, for dinner?

Day 3: Ghent and on to Bruges

In the morning, admire the contrast of the Chinese and Japanese Pavilions and the impressive, metallic spheres of the Atomium. Your journey then crosses the pasture lands of Belgian Flanders to your next stop in Ghent, the City of Flowers and rival to Bruges for its rich treasury of medieval heritage. With a Local Expert, take a stroll through the historical streets and be mesmerised by the outstanding beauty of its quays, churches and squares. Continue to picture-perfect Bruges for a fabulous Dine-Around Evening, amid the old-world atmosphere of the town centre.

Day 4: Sightseeing Bruges

Meet your Local Expert from Bruges for a stroll along cobbled streets, lined with high-gabled houses from the 16th century. Visit the Market Square dominated by the 80-metre belfry of the Market Hall. Explore Burg Square with its ornate Gothic town hall and glorious frescoes on the walls of the Holy Blood Chapel. With your free afternoon, maybe shop for handmade lace and praline chocolates? In the evening, perhaps visit the town of Ypres, where buglers sound the Last Post each evening in a moving tribute to those who fell during World War I.

Day 5: To Luxembourg

Travel into the French-speaking Walloon region where picturesque country roads lead you to the late 19th century Scourmont Abbey. The surrounding plateau on which it is built, was once considered wild and barren land, but the Trappist monks have toiled for over 100 years to create a successful farm, brewery and cheese plant. Visit the Chimay Experience to learn about the production secrets of the monks’ Chimay Trappist beers and cheeses, representing a thousand years of tradition. Your visit concludes with a sample of freshly brewed beer and a taste of their golden-crusted cheese. Continue on to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to arrive at your 18th century chateau home for two nights. In the evening, you will be served a fresh and delicious Farm-to-Table Dinner accompanied with wine at the restaurant L’Écurie du Parc. See the 12th century Clervaux Castle illuminated on your stroll after dinner.

Day 6: Luxembourg City and Countryside

Your travels continue to Luxembourg City for sightseeing with your Local Expert. Visit the grave of U.S. General George S. Patton, laid to rest alongside the men who fought and died in his great Third Army. Admire the view over the Petrusse Ravine from the Pont Adolphe and stroll through the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see the cathedral and the Palace of the Grand Duke. With the afternoon free for you to explore at your leisure, perhaps join an Optional Experience to the ancient Roman city of Trier, home town of Karl Marx, to explore with a Local Expert?

Day 7: Explore Bastogne then on to Rotterdam

Head for Bastogne to visit the Mardasson Monument, a star-shaped memorial dedicated to the U.S. troops who died during World War II’s Battle of the Bulge. You may choose to climb to the top for a perspective of what it might have been like during the winter of 1944. Visit the Bastogne War Museum, a fascinating modern and interactive memorial centre highlighting the causes, events and consequences of WWII. Travel through the centre of Belgium as your journey continues to Rotterdam, the world’s largest port rebuilt after wartime devastation. During your orientation with your Travel Director, marvel at the radical modern design of the city that has become its distinguishing feature and see the impressive market hall and the Erasmus Bridge.

Day 8: Delft, the Hague and on to Amsterdam

Visit one of the manufacturers of original Delft blue pottery before moving on to the Hague, the elegant governmental centre of the Netherlands. See the Binnenhof courtyards where the Parliament is situated and the impressive Peace Palace. Pass through picturesque villages and windmills of the Dutch countryside to Amsterdam for three fabulous nights.

Day 9: Amsterdam Sightseeing

Today you explore Amsterdam, a living museum of the 17th century, yet still a vibrant metropolis and port. The best way to see this remarkable city is from the water as you cruise through the canal district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the elegant merchant houses from the 16th and 17th centuries, their facades are a reflection of when trade flourished during Amsterdam’s Golden Age. Relax as you pass stunning gables, beautiful churches and the iconic Magere Brug, better known as the Skinny Bridge. Disembark your cruise to wander the city and see the floating flower market, Dam Square and the Royal Palace. The rest of the day is at your leisure. With your free time, Perhaps venture out to the Dutch Countryside to the village of Marken.

Day 10: A True Dutch Delight

If you choose, you could start the morning by visiting the world’s largest flower auction at Aalsmeer? Later, in Amsterdam, visit the newly refurbished Rijksmuseum with a Local Expert, Amsterdam’s famed treasure trove of Dutch art, housing Rembrandt’s ‘Night Watch.’ Journey to the village of Monnikendam and learn the secrets of the Cheese Maker’s craft, from milk to the finished product. Then witness a traditional Shoemaker turn a block of wood into clogs. In the evening, join your newfound friends and Travel Director at a beautiful restaurant in Monnikendam to enjoy your Celebration Dinner.

Day 11: Depart Amsterdam

Transfers to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport arrive at 08:00 and 10:00.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 04, 11, 18, 25$4,595.00Price on Application
May: 02$4,650.00Price on Application
May: 09, 16$4,595.00Price on Application
May: 30$4,525.00Price on Application
June: 13$4,525.00Price on Application
June: 27$4,495.00Price on Application
July: 11, 25$4,495.00Price on Application
August: 08, 22$4,495.00Price on Application
September: 05, 19$4,525.00Price on Application
October: 03$4,525.00Price on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 5 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 10 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Holland, Luxembourg & Belgium

For those who wish to visit the Benelux countries at a leisurely pace, this Holland, Luxembourg & Belgium tour is perfect. You’ll enjoy three nights in Amsterdam and Brussels and a two-night stay in Luxembourg. The must-see attractions in each city have been included, such as a canal cruise in Amsterdam, pretty Vrijthof Square in Maastricht, the 17th-century Cathedral of Our Lady in Luxembourg, and the Grand’Place in Brussels, the central square surrounded by baroque guild houses and the gothic Town Hall. You’ll visit famous museums, such as the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, which houses priceless paintings by Rembrandt and other Dutch masters, and the Bastogne War Museum in the Ardennes. In springtime, a visit to the famous Keukenhof Flower Park is included as well.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1 Arrive In Amsterdam, Holland

Welcome to Amsterdam! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: NH Amsterdam Centre, 3 nights

Day 2 Amsterdam

Meet your Local Guide and start your discovery of Holland with a Canal Cruise past gabled merchant houses, arched drawbridges reminiscent of the Golden Age, and the strikingly modern buildings of a young-at-heart city. Next, visit the fabulous Rijksmuseum with its priceless paintings by Rembrandt and other Dutch masters. For those who wish to experience Dutch life in the countryside, an optional excursion is available to picture-book Volendam, a fishing village at the former Zuiderzee, including visits to a working windmill, a clogmaker, a cheese farm, plus dinner.

Day 3: Amsterdam – Excursion To Keukenhof, Delft & The Hague

Visit the famous bulb fields in South Holland and the extraordinary Keukenhof flower park (departures 0328-0509). Continue to the world-renowned Roayl Delft Pottery Factory with its magnificent collection of hand-painted earthenware pieces, and see skilled craftsmen at work. After an orientation drive of The Hague-seat of the Dutch government and the International Court of Justice-return to Amsterdam and visit the Heineken Experience to learn about the history of beer and the art of brewing (departures 0516-1003). Later, you may wish to join an optional walk through Old Amsterdam, followed by a traditional Dutch dinner.

Day 4: Amsterdam – Maastricht – Bastogne, Belgium – Luxembourg

Enter the Province of Limburg and stop in the picturesque city of Maastricht with its famous Vrijthof Square. Cross the border and in Bastogne, visit the fascinating Bastogne War Museum, then see the American Memorial of the Battle of the Bulge, where thousands of soldiers and civilians died during the winter of 1944-1945. Arrive in Luxembourg, capital of one of Europe’s smallest sovereign states.

Hotel: Alvisse Parc Hotel, 2 nights

Day 5: Luxembourg

Morning sightseeing with your Local Guide covers the city’s past and present-from the fortifications and the Old Town, perched high atop a sandstone outcrop with striking views of the Alzette and Petrusse Gorges, to the modern administrative centre of European institutions. Visit the Cathedral Of Our Lady, see the turreted Grand Ducal Palace, take a stroll along the panoramic cliff path known as “the most beautiful balcony in Europe,” and see the Grave Of General Patton. An optional excursion is available to ancient Trier in Germany.

Day 6: Luxembourg – Waterloo, Belgium – Bruges

Drive through the Belgian Ardennes to Flanders and to Waterloo. Visit the site where Napoleon was defeated and European history changed course, and relive the famous Battle of Waterloo. Arrive in Bruges, one of Western Europe’s most perfectly preserved medieval towns.

Hotel: Brugge Hotel

Day 7: Bruges – Brussels

This morning, a Canal Cruise (weather permitting) and Belgian Chocolate Bonbons will give you a first taste of this delightful town. The Local Guide will show you the Madonna of Bruges by Michelangelo in the Church Of Our Lady, featured in the movie The Monuments Men, and the famous Market Square. Also enjoy a traditional Lace Demonstration, a reminder of Bruges’ history of cloth-making. Continue to Brussels, the thriving capital, where your orientation features the Rue Royale, the Parliament Buildings, the Royal Palace, and St. Michael’s Cathedral. Continue on foot and enter Grand’place to admire its baroque guild houses and the gothic Town Hall. You won’t want to leave Brussels without touching the statue of Everard t’Serclaes, a 14th-century hero, for good luck, and taking pictures of the tiny but world-famous statue of Manneken Pis.

Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Brussels City Centre, 2 nights

Day 8: Brussels

This morning is your chance to join a half-day optional excursion to Antwerp, the second-largest Belgian city and one of the world’s most important ancient seaports. Balance of the day is at leisure to further explore Brussels at your own pace. Tonight, a farewell dinner at the lively Chez Leon restaurant, specializing in moules et frites (mussels and fries), is the perfect way to celebrate the success of your trip.

Day 9: Brussels

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
March: 28$3,599.00Price on Application
April: 04$3,689.00Price on Application
April: 11$3,809.00Price on Application
April: 18$3,689.00Price on Application
April: 25$4,019.00Price on Application
May: 02, 09, 16$3,689.00Price on Application
May: 30$3,779.00Price on Application
June: 13, 27$3,779.00Price on Application
July: 11$3,589.00Price on Application
July: 25$3,599.00Price on Application
August: 08, 22$3,589.00Price on Application
September: 05, 19$3,659.00Price on Application
October: 03$3,889.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 8 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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The Netherlands, Belgium & Luxemburg

Benelux is the historic Union of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. The name Benelux is formed from the beginning of each country’s name. Enjoy the highlights of 3 very different countries, all in close proximity to each other.

There’s plenty more to the Netherlands than picturesque windmills, multi-coloured tulips, and the world-famous bicycle culture, although that’s three great reasons to visit already. Beyond the clog-wearing, cheese-making stereotypes, the Netherlands is an essential stop for art and architecture enthusiasts, and its cultural capital, Amsterdam, is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city with history and creativity around every corner.

Belgium is Wedged between France, the Netherlands, Germany and Luxembourg, Belgium is a small welcoming country, the meeting point of both Latin and Germanic cultures. With beautiful wooded countryside, charming villages with brick-walled houses, lively cities and a famous cuisine, Belgium is quickly becoming a number one destination for those after a taste of authentic and historical Europe.

Luxembourg, a landlocked country with easy access to Belgium, France and Germany, this fairy-tale haven is the perfect mix of old school elegance and lush green forests. Famed for its striking palaces such as Vianden castle, Luxembourg quite literally translates to “little castle” and rumour has it there is one situated every 100 square miles. For those looking to delve into the country’s history, its capital, Luxembourg City, is a Unesco-listed site, with a medieval old town situated on an impressive cliff top. While here visit the cathedral, the Palace of the Grand Duke and the grave of U.S. General George S. Patton.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.



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