Discover the world's greatest waterways when you step aboard a Concerto river cruise ship with APT River Cruises. Family-owned since 1927, APT operates a range of Concerto river ships in Europe - all of which are innovatively designed to provide luxury and comfort. Bringing together modern facilities with a grand layout, each ship sets sail with a maximum of 164 guests and 50 attentive crew members who provide a personalised cruising experience. Discover some of the largest suites on European rivers, up to seven different dining experiences, entertainment facilities, first-class service, and enriching sightseeing that will leave you with lifelong memories. With APT River Cruises, see Europe’s most beautiful landscapes along the Rhine and Danube as you travel in luxury on board a Concerto river ship.
APT river cruises are fully inclusive with everything from your sightseeing, accommodation, meals, and drinks to transfers, airport taxes, port charges, and tips included in the price. Dining experience options include the Chef's Table Restaurant, Verde Fine Dining Restaurant, Bella Cucina Restaurant, Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, Sun Deck Alfresco Lunch, River Bistro, and the Wine Room Private Dining. Your stylish and comfortable suite is the perfect spot to unwind, relax, and re-charge after a busy day. Selected suites come with silver and gold butler service for added comfort.
Listen to a pianist over drinks in the Observation Lounge.
At each port of call, explore the area at your own pace or take part in a guided sightseeing excursion to experience the local culture. Your time on board gives you the opportunity to enjoy a leisurely swim in the heated pool, before sipping cocktails on the sun deck while watching the glorious landscapes unfold on the shoreline. Relax in the wellness centre, watch presentations and entertainment performances.
Day 1: Fly UK to Amsterdam
Fly from your selected UK airport to Amsterdam and be transferred to the port to embark on board a concerto river ship.
Day 2: Amsterdam
There's so much to experience when you step ashore in the Netherland's capital city of Amsterdam. Explore the Museum District — home to the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum — and step back in time at Anne Frankhuis. Discover the opulent Canal Ring district — an UNESCO World Heritage site, or simply escape to the tranquil surroundings of Vondelpark. You can get close to marine and animal life at Natura Artis Magistra; buy colourful tulips at Bloemenmarkt; or enjoy an interactive beer tour with the Heineken Experience.
Day 3: Cologne, Bonn, Andernach
Founded by the Romans, Cologne is one of Germany's oldest cities. Stroll around the historic monuments and picturesque squares in the old town; climb to the top of the World Heritage listed Cologne Cathedral; or ascend the Cologne Telecommunication Tower for city-wide views. Admire an extensive collection of Picasso works at Museum Ludwig and explore all things chocolate-related at Imhoff-Schokoladenmuseum (Chocolate Museum). Take a leisurely cruise on the Rhine or shop for bargains in the Belgian Quarter. Get close to wildlife at Cologne Zoological Garden, then take a trip out of the city to enjoy the thrilling rides at Phantasialand!
Day 4: Rüdesheim
Step ashore at the wine-making town of Rudesheim on the shores of the Rhine Gorge. Ride the cable car to the Germania monument and admire the stunning Rhine Valley spread out below. Stroll along the Drosselgasse with its many shops, taverns and restaurants - no trip here would be complete without sampling one of Rudesheim's famous iced coffees! Pay a visit to the musical instruments at Siegfried's Mechanical Music Cabinet. Explore the world of wine-making at the Rheingau Wine Museum in the medieval Bromserburg Castle.
Day 5: Miltenberg
The picturesque Bavarian village of Miltenberg sits alongside Main River. Its old town takes you back to medieval times with its beautifully-preserved half-timbered buildings including Gasthaus zum Riesen — Germany's oldest inn — and Schnatterloch (old market square). Explore local artefacts and history on a self-guided tour through Museum Miltenberg, then hike up the hill to Miltenberg Castle for panoramic views of the river and surrounding countryside.
Day 6: Würzburg
Nestling among vineyard-covered hills on Main River, you'll discover the 'Pearl of the Romantic Road' — Wurzburg. This pretty Bavarian city is famed for its Baroque and Rococo architecture. Its crowning glory is the Bishops' Residenz — an UNESCO World Heritage site — where you find elaborate 18th-century frescoes, a unique staircase and stunning three-dimensional stuccowork. Visit Wurzburg Cathedral, dedicated to the Irish martyr St Kilian, before stopping by Museum im Kulturspeicher to admire modern artworks. Wurzburg is also the centre of the Franconian wine country, which is served in distinct bocksbeutel bottles.
Day 7: Bamberg
The UNESCO World Heritage site of Bamberg in northern Bavaria is a charming medieval town with more than 2,400 listed buildings and one the largest preserved old town quarters in Europe. Bamberg Cathedral, Old Town Hall, Neue Residenz and its rose gardens, and Michelsberg Abbey bring the town's heritage to life. Head down to the river to visit 'Little Venice' and its 19th-century fishermen's houses. With nine breweries in Bamberg — producing more than 50 different draught beers — you can't head back to your ship without sampling at least a glass or two!
Day 8: Nuremberg
The historic city of Nuremberg sits in central Germany. Visit the 900-year-old ramparts at Imperial Castle and head to Justice Palace where the famous War Crimes Tribunal was held in 1946. Discover the city's cultural history at Germanishches Nationalmuseum and the Way of Human Rights. Explore the fascinating labyrinth of underground vaults and passageways at Felsengange und Lochgefangnisse, or stroll around the Schoner Brunnen fountain and Frauenkirche church at Hauptmarkt square. You can also journey to the Nazi party rally grounds and take a self-guided tour of the WWII Documentation Centre.
Day 9: Regensburg
Step ashore at the beautifully-preserved Bavarian city of Regensburg on the shores of the Danube River in southeast Germany. The old town area of this 2,000-year-old city boasts UNESCO World Heritage site status. Visit Porta Praetoria at Castra Regina Fortress, Dome St Peter, and Schottenkirche St Jakob. Take a walk along the 310-metre, 12th-century Stone Bridge for the best views of Regensburg and visit the artefacts at Bridge Tower Museum. You can also escape to the tranquil setting of Herzogspark with its botanical garden, medieval Prebrunnturm tower, and moat.
Day 10: Passau, Linz
The German city of Passau — which lies at the confluence of the Danube, Ilz and Inn rivers — is your next port of call. Also known as the 'Three Rivers City', Passau is dominated by the 13th-century hilltop Veste Oberhaus fortress with its city museum and observation tower. Meander through the cobbled streets of the Baroque-style old town district, exploring City Hall, New Bishop's Residence, and the mix of handicraft shops and galleries en-route. No visit here would be complete without calling at St Stephen's Cathedral to admire the 17,774-piped organ and distinctive onion-domed towers.
Day 11: Melk, Dürnstein
Melk sits at the heart of Austria's wine-growing region. This Baroque-style town — found on the banks of Danube River west of Vienna — is dominated by the 900-year old Melk Abbey with its gold leaf walls, 640-foot Imperial Corridor, and fresco ceilings. Stroll through Old Town Melk and discover the Lebzelterhaus, Rathaus, and the Coronation of Our Lady statue. Climb up to the pilgrimage church of Maria Taferi for stunning views of the Danube Valley below. To the south of Melk you can explore Renaissance Schloss Schallaburg and to the northeast is the Servite monastery of Maria Langegg in the town of Aggsbach-Dorf.
Day 12: Vienna
A highlight of any cruise is a day in Austria's capital city — Vienna. Steeped in history, Vienna is packed to the brim with wonderful sights — from the world-famous Opera House and Spanish Riding School to the Burgtheatre, Town Hall, St Stephen's Cathedral, Schonbrunn Palace, and Hofburg Imperial Palace. Visit Vienna's Leopold Museum, Kunsthalle Wien and Museum of Modern Art, or get up close to exotic wildlife at Tiergarten. Make sure to admire city-wide views from the Riesenrad giant Ferris wheel and Danube Tower.
Day 13-14: Budapest
One of eastern Europe's liveliest and most cosmopolitan cities — Budapest — offers plenty to see and do. The 19th-century Chain Bridge spans Danube River and connects the hilly Buda district with the flat Pest area. Ride the tram up Castle Hill to Buda's old town where you can step back to Roman times at Budapest History Museum and discover the World Heritage-listed Royal Palace. Admire Hungarian crown jewels at Parliament House or indulge in a hot thermal bath at Szechenyi Bath. Enjoy a photo opportunity at Heroes’ Square, before visiting Vajdahunyad Castle in nearby City Park. Savour a bird's eye view of the city from the Budapest Eye Ferris wheel and the famous Fisherman's Bastion.
Day 15: Disembark Ship, Depart Budapest - UK
Disembark in Budapest and be transferred to the airport for your flight back to the UK.