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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

European Gems

Explore the heart of Germany and Austria on this superb-value APT Travelmarvel itinerary. Includes flights from the UK and shore excursions

Fly Cruise
14 nights from £1995pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Chain Bridge, Budapest
  • Fisherman's Bastion, Budapest
  • Vienna
  • Melk Abbey
  • Nuremberg
  • Bamberg
  • Wurzburg Residence
  • Cologne
  • Amsterdam
  • Vienna
  • Budapest

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Travelmarvel by APT

Save up to £2410pp on 2018 departures! Book by 31 May 2017

No single supplement on 2017 departures! Applies to selected cabin categories and is not combinable with other offers. Subject to availability

European Gems - River Rhine, Main and Danube River Cruise Special Offer

Cruise through the four contrasting countries of Hungary, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands on this magnificent APT Travelmarvel cruise.

Begin in the capital city of Budapest, cruising along the Danube to the historic city of Vienna. Visit charming towns and riverside castles, including Rudesheim, whilst sailing along the majestic Rhine and Main rivers through the heart of Germany before ending in the beautiful city of Amsterdam.

This superb-value APT Travelmarvel cruise also includes 'Insider Experiences' giving a unique insight in to the towns. There is also the option to use a complimentary bicycle to explore the countryside at leisure.

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European Gems

Day 1 - Budapest (Hungary)

Transfer from the airport and board your premium Travelmarvel river ship in the heart of Amsterdam. This evening, meet your Travelmarvel Cruise Director before dinner then set off on a spectacular twilight cruise. (D)

Day 2 - Budapest

Today, enjoy views of Budapest, one of the Danube’s most enchanting riverside cities. Get to know the city through the expert eyes of your local guide as you see Matthias Church, the Fisherman’s Bastion, Heroes’ Square, Buda Castle, the Houses of Parliament and much more. Learn all about the city’s colourful history as you discover its undeniable charm and beauty. This evening, enjoy a delicious Welcome Gala Dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Vienna (Austria)

Enjoy the delights of Vienna on a tailor-made walking and coach tour, offering an insider's view of the city's landmarks. In 2017, enjoy an exclusive Cocktail Reception and performance by members of the Mozart Boys' Choir. In 2018, sample local delicacies on a tour of Vienna's famous Naschmarkt. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Vienna

On your second day in Vienna perhaps discover Schonbrunn Palace, travel to Bratislava, the capital of nearby Slovakia, or visit the famous Spanish Riding School to witness a morning practice session of the beautiful horses and their skilled riders. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Durnstein – Melk

Cruise to the quaint town of Durnstein where you can walk over cobblestone streets, past 16th-century town houses and taverns. The town is dominated by the hilltop ruins of the castle where King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192. Later, dock in Melk and join a local guide for a tour of the magnificent Melk Abbey. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Linz – Passau (Germany)

In 2017 board the Majestic Imperator for an enchanting journey and a privileged insight into the luxury of imperial rail travel. In 2018 enjoy a fascinating guided tour of Passau, then perhaps visit Salzburg for 'The Sound of Music' tour or explore Cesky Krumlov which is home to over 300 historic buildings. Back on board there is a Bavarian experience with local beer and snacks accompanied by traditional folk music and dancing (2018 only). (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Regensburg

Continue along the Danube to the medieval town of Regensburg. Here, a guided tour tells of the city's journey through the ages. Sights include the Old Town Hall, World Heritage-listed city centre and Porta Pretoria. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Nuremberg

Cruise along the Main-Danube Canal and arrive in Nuremberg. A pivotal city for the Nazi Party, Nuremberg was systematically bombed by the British and US air forces during World War II. Take a tour that reveals the city's most significant and poignant sites, including the Reich Party Rally Grounds as well as the 900-year-old ramparts that surround the city. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - Bamberg

World Heritage-listed Bamberg beckons this morning. One of the few cities to escape the bombing of World War II, you'll gain local insight into this beautiful and historic city during a guided tour of the Old Town. (B,L,D)

Day 10 - Wurzburg

Today, visit Wurzburg's Residential Palace and discover local churches whose styles range from Baroque, Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance to Modern. Alternatively travel along the Romantic Road for a fascinating tour of Rothenburg. (B,L,D)

Day 11 - Miltenberg

Arrive in beautiful Miltenburg and sample local delicacies as you are welcomed into a villager's home for coffee and cake. Next there is time to explore the medieval town of Rothenburg (2018 only). (B,L,D)

Day 12 - Rudesheim

In Rudesheim, the Winzerexpress mini-train will whisk you away to Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Cruise along the unforgettable Rhine Gorge, considered by many to be the most beautiful part of the River Rhine. In 2017 head to Namedy Castle where Princess Heide von Hohenzollern has exclusively opened her doors for you to wander about the castle's opulent rooms and enjoy a lavish banquet in the ballroom accompanied by a classical piano recital.(B,L,D)

Day 13 - Bonn - Cologne

In 2017 discover picturesque Bonn, one of Germany’s oldest cities, or visit Cologne for a guided tour. In 2018 cruise to Cologne then travel to Bruhl for a tour of the 18th-century Augustusburg Castle and its landscaped gardens, before travelling back to Cologne for time at leisure to explore this enchanting city. (B,L,D)

Day 14 - Amsterdam (Holland)

Dock in Amsterdam and board a glass-top boat to see the city's impressive waterside facades. In 2017 there is the option to discover the windmill village of Zaanse Schans. Enjoy a special Captain's Farewell Dinner tonight. (B,L,D)

Day 15 - Amsterdam

After breakfast, bid Amsterdam goodbye and transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. (B)

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary. Key: B - Breakfast, L- Lunch, D - Dinner

Price Includes

  • 14 nights full board cruising in an outside cabin aboard an APT Travelmarvel ship
  • Flights from London with transfers between ship and airport. Regional flights are available at a supplement.
  • All tipping, gratuities and port charges
  • Services of a Travelmarvel Cruise Director throughout your cruise
  • Included excursions accompanied by expert guides
  • 4 'Insider Experiences'
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • Beer and local wine with lunch and dinner on board
  • Tea and coffee available 24 hours a day on board

2017 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Budapest to Amsterdam

Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water Price from
Premium Ships
May 29; Jun 02, 12, 16, 26, 30£3995£3995
Jul 10, 24, 28; Aug 07, 21£3795£3795
Sep 04, 18£3995£3995
Oct 02£3895£3895
Oct 16; Dec 18£3595£3595

Amsterdam to Budapest

Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water Price from
Premium Ships
May 29; Jun 12, 26£3995£3995
Jul 10, 14, 24; Aug 07, 21£3795£3795
Sep 04, 18£3995£3995
Oct 02£3895£3895
Oct 16£3595£3595

2018 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Budapest to Amsterdam

Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water Price from
Premium Ships
Mar 26£3595£1995
Apr 27, 30£3995£2797
May 14, 25, 28; Jun 11, 22, 25£4195£2937
Jul 09, 20, 23; Aug 06, 17, 20£3995£2797
Sep 03, 14, 17£4195£2937
Oct 01, 12£4095£2867
Oct 15£3795£2657
Dec 03£3595£1995

Amsterdam to Budapest

Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water Price from
Premium Ships
Mar 26£3595£1995
Apr 30£3995£2797
May 11, 14, 28; Jun 08, 11, 25£4195£2937
Jul 06, 09, 23; Aug 03, 06, 20, 31£3995£2797
Sep 03, 17, 28£4195£2937
Oct 01£4095£2867
Oct 15£3795£2657
Oct 29£3595£1995

Price Information

  • Prices shown are based on two people sharing a Cat E cabin. Single supplements are also available on request.
  • Cabin Upgrade Supplements:
  • Cat D: from £120-£210pp
  • Cat C: from £540-£700pp
  • Cat B: from £600-£770pp
  • Cat A: from £660-£840pp
  • Cat A+: from £720-£910pp
  • Owner's Suite: from £960-£1260pp
Large map for European Gems - River Rhine, Main and Danube River Cruise
Small map for European Gems - River Rhine, Main and Danube River Cruise