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European Gems

Explore the heart of Germany and Austria on this superb-value premium 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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APT Premium Cruises

Save up to 50% on 2018 departures! Book by 31 Dec 2017. 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 premium 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 premium 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 river ship in the heart of Amsterdam. This evening, meet your 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 then perhaps enjoy an evening concert (extra cost) of Austrian music. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Vienna

On your second day in Vienna enjoy time at leisure; 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 - 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 walking 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 (extra cost). (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. 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 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 the gardens of the 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 (extra cost). (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. (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 a premium ship
  • Flights from London with transfers between ship and airport. Regional flights are available at a supplement.
  • 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
  • All tipping, gratuities and port charges
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2017 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Budapest to Amsterdam

Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water Price from
Travelmarvel Sapphire
Dec 18£3595£3595

2018 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Budapest to Amsterdam

Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water Price from
Travelmarvel Diamond
Apr 30£4395£3295
May 28; Jun 25£4595£3445
Jul 23£4395£3295
Aug 20£4395£3925
Sep 17£4595£3445
Oct 15£3995£2996
Travelmarvel Jewel
Mar 26£3995£2995
May 14; Jun 11£4595£3445
Jul 09; Aug 06£4395£3295
Sep 03£4595£3445
Oct 01£4495£3369
Dec 03£3995£2995
Travelmarvel Sapphire
Apr 27£4395£3295
May 25; Jun 22£4595£3445
Jul 20; Aug 17£4395£3295
Sep 14£4595£3445
Oct 12£3995£2995

Amsterdam to Budapest

Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water Price from
Travelmarvel Diamond
Mar 26£3995£2995
May 14; Jun 11£4595£3445
Jul 09; Aug 06£4395£3295
Sep 03£4595£3445
Oct 01£4495£3369
Oct 29£3995£2995
Travelmarvel Jewel
Apr 30£4395£3295
May 28; Jun 25£4595£3445
Jul 23; Aug 20£4395£3295
Sep 17£4595£3445
Oct 15£3995£1995
Travelmarvel Sapphire
May 11; Jun 08£4595£3445
Jul 06; Aug 03, 31£4395£3295
Sep 28£4595£2755

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 £150-£225pp
  • Cat C: from £550-£825pp
  • Cat B: from £600-£900pp
  • Cat A: from £650-£840pp
  • Cat A+: from £700-£1050pp
  • Owner's Suite: from £950-£1425pp
Large map for European Gems - River Rhine, Main and Danube River Cruise
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