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

Magnificent Europe

An all-inclusive, luxury cruise through five magnificent countries along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers, with exclusive signature experiences, guided excursions, home pick-up service and travel from the UK

Fly Cruise
14 nights from £2795pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Nuremburg, Germany
  • Vienna, Austria
  • Melk Abbey

Call us on 01756 706500 (+44 1756 706500) to discuss this holiday

APT Luxury Cruises

Second passenger free OR save up to £4600 per couple! Second passenger free applies to Mar, Apr and Oct departures - full payment is required at time of booking and home-to-airport transfers are not included. Savings of up to £4600 per couple apply to all other departures. Subject to availability. Book by 28 Feb 2018

Royal Magnificent Europe Special Offer

This luxury, all-inclusive cruise is the ultimate journey from Amsterdam to Budapest, along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers

This fascinating cruise takes in some of Europe's most impressive architecture from the Gothic Cathedral in Cologne to Melk's Benedictine Abbey and the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna. Sample the region's fine wines and stroll through medieval Old Towns. Freedom of Choice touring enables you to tailor your experience.

Unique hand-picked Signature Experiences are carefully designed to provide exclusive enriching insights in to the history, culture and lifestyle of each region. Visit the home of Princess Heide von Hohensollern and enjoy a lavish banquet at Namedy Castle, experience the luxury of imperial rail travel on an unforgettable journey aboard the Majestic Imperator, and enjoy a private soiree from the Mozart Boys' Choir at the City Palace in Vienna.

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Magnificent Europe Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Amsterdam (Holland)

Fly from the UK to Amsterdam and transfer to your luxurious ship. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception on board. (D)

Day 2 - Amsterdam

Enjoy a canal cruise on a glass-top boat. Alternatively, travel to the village of Zaanse Schans, renowned for its windmills and traditional Dutch houses. There is also the option to stay on board and cruise down the Rhine whilst a local baker conducts a stroopwafel demonstration. Captain's Welcome Dinner tonight. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Cologne (Germany)

Enjoy a tour of historic Cologne or opt for a bike ride or a walking tour, during which you can try a range of local beers and snacks. After your chosen tour, re-join the ship in Bonn and cruise to Andernach where you will disembark and head to Namedy Castle for your first Signature Experience. Priness 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. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Rudesheim

Cruise through the breathtaking Rhine Gorge to Rudesheim where you can take the Winzerexpress mini-train to tour Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum or sample local wines during an on-board tasting. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Miltenberg

Watch the art of glass blowing on board as you cruise towards Miltenberg, home to half-timbered houses which were spared from the destruction of World War II. This afternoon, enjoy a special Signature Experience. Join a local guide for a tour along the cobblestone lanes, meeting the locals and sampling the culinary delicacies as you go. Alternatively there is the chance to enjoy a German language lesson on board. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Wurzburg

In Wurzburg, take a tour past Baroque, Renaissance and Gothic churches to the magnificent 18th-century Wurzburg Residence, home to impressive tapestries and ornate frescoes. Alternatively, head to the countryside for a tour along the Romantic Road to medieval Rothenburg. There is the option to visit a family-owned farm for a tour then enjoy morning tea whilst learning about local farming life. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Bamberg

World Heritage-Listed Bamberg is another city which avoided destruction during the bombings in World War II. Explore the beautiful Old Town with its historic churches and magnificent Town Hall, located on the River Regnitz. After, re-join your ship and cruise the Main-Danube Canal, a feat of engineering. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Nuremberg

A historic tour of Nuremberg with its 900-year-old ramparts reveals the World War II sites including the Reich Party Rally Grounds where six Nazi Party rallies were held. There is the option to hike through the Schwarzach Valley. Back on board, sample freshly baked gingerbread before continuing along the Main-Danube Canal to Regensburg. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - Regensburg

Regensburg is one of Germany's best-preserved medieval cities and is home to one of the oldest bridges across the Danube. See the architectural highlights on a guided tour taking in the Old Town Hall and the ancient Romanesque Porta Pretoria, as well as the UNESCO-listed centre. There is the option to join a fun Bavarian dance lesson, take a gourmet walking tour with lunch and a presentation at a Michelin-starred restaurant or listen to an informative talk on board from a student of the University of Regensburg. (B,L,D)

Day 10 - Passau - Linz (Austria)

Arrive in Passau and board the Majestic Imperator for an enchanting journey to Linz, via Salzburg, for a privileged insight into the luxury of imperial rail travel. Arrive in Salzburg for a tour that includes the sights from the film 'The Sound of Music' before re-boarding the train to Linz where you will rejoin the ship. (B,D)

Day 11 - Melk - Durnstein

Cruise through the Wachau Valley to Melk for a guided tour of Melk Abbey or take a walking tour of the town. After, there is the option to join a bicycle ride along the Danube to Durnstein or rejoin the ship in Melk and cruise to Durnstein. On arrival, explore at leisure and perhaps head to the ruins of the castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned. (B,L,D)

Day 12 - Vienna

Admire the striking architecture along the famous Ringstrasse on an orientation tour, before continuing on foot to St Stephen's Cathedral. After dinner you are invited to visit Liechtenstein's City Palace, a magnificent aristocratic residence. Enjoy a cocktail reception before heading to the ballroom for a private classical concert featuring members of the Mozart Boys' Choir. (B,L,D)

Day 13 - Vienna

On your second day in Vienna you can choose to visit the Schonbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the imperial family, or the famous Spanish Riding School, home to the Lipizzan horses. There is also an excursion to the fascinating capital city of Bratislava which has a mix of rococo and communist-era architecture. (B,L,D)

Day 14 - Budapest (Hungary)

Discover one of the Danube’s most beautiful cities on a guided tour of Budapest with highlights including UNESCO-listed Buda Castle and the ornate Fisherman's Bastion. There is also the option to hike up to Castle Hill or take a culinary tour of the Great Market Hall. After a superb Farewell Dinner, enjoy a relaxing twilight cruise past the illuminated sights before you head home tomorrow. (B,L,D)

Day 15 - Budapest - UK

After breakfast, disembark and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. (B)

Key: B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner.

Price Includes

  • 14 nights all-inclusive cruising in an outside cabin aboard a luxurious ship
  • Home-to-airport transfers by private car within 75 miles of your chosen airport
  • Flights from regional UK airports with transfers between ship and airport
  • Complimentary beverages throughout the cruise
  • Room service and champagne on arrival for selected suite categories
  • Freedom of Choice Touring and Signature Experiences
  • Services of a professional Cruise Director
  • Butler service for selected suite categories
  • In-cabin entertainment system with flat screen TV, keyboard, free internet access, film and music library
  • Choice of open seating dining venues including main restaurant, casual lounge and alfresco on selected evenings
  • Welcome Reception, Captain's Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
  • Evening entertainment including music performances, folklore dances, lectures and piano interludes
  • Guided excursions in small groups with personal headsets
  • All tipping and gratuities included
  • Complimentary use of bicycles
  • Port taxes

Special Features

  • Signature Experiences:
  • Tour of Namedy Castle and lavish banquet dinner
  • Authentic village experience in Miltenberg
  • Ride on the Majestic Imperator
  • Cocktail Reception and private concert at City Palace, Vienna
  • Freedom of Choice Touring:
  • Amsterdam, Rudesheim, Wurzburg, Bamberg, Melk and Vienna

2018 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Amsterdam to Budapest

Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water Price from
APT Concerto Class
Mar 16, 17, 30, 31£5595£2797
Apr 27, 28£5745£2872
May 11£5745£3445
May 12, 25, 26; Jun 08, 09, 22, 23£5745£4195
Jul 06, 07, 20, 21; Aug 03, 04, 17, 18, 31£5745£4095
Sep 01, 14, 15, 28£5745£4195
Sep 29£5745£3445
Oct 12, 13, 26, 27£5695£2847
Nov 10£4495£2795
Dec 08£4995£3495

Budapest to Amsterdam

Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water Price from
APT Concerto Class
Mar 16, 17, 30, 31£5595£2797
Apr 27, 28£5745£2872
May 11£5745£3445
May 12£5745£4195
May 25£5745£3445
May 26; Jun 08, 09, 22, 23£5745£4195
Jul 06£5745£3445
Jul 07£5745£4095
Jul 20£5745£3445
Jul 21; Aug 03, 04£5745£4095
Aug 17£5745£3445
Aug 18, 31£5745£4095
Sep 01£5745£4195
Sep 14£5745£3445
Sep 15, 28£5745£4195
Sep 29£5745£3445
Oct 12, 13, 26, 27£5695£2847
Nov 24£4545£2895
Dec 22£4995£3495

Price Information

  • Prices are based on two people sharing a Cat E cabin. Single supplements are also available on request.
  • Cabin Upgrade Supplements:
  • Twin Window Cat D - £200pp
  • French Balcony Cat C/B+ - £1000/1300pp
  • Twin Balcony T/T+ - £1400pp/£1500pp
  • Twin Balcony P/P+ - £1650pp/£1900pp
  • Twin Balcony Owner's Suite - £2800pp
  • Twin Balcony Royal Suite - £3350pp
  • Twin Balcony Owner's+ Suite - £4100pp
  • Cabin Upgrade Supplements for Mar, Apr and Oct departures:
  • Twin Window Cat D - £100pp
  • French Balcony Cat C/B+ - £500/650pp
  • Twin Balcony T/T+ - £700pp/£750pp
  • Twin Balcony P/P+ - £825pp/£950pp
  • Twin Balcony Owner's Suite - £1400pp
  • Twin Balcony Royal Suite - £1675pp
  • Twin Balcony Owner's+ Suite - £2050pp
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