Magnificent European River Journey
Nights
20
Journey
Fly, Cruise & Stay
Departing
08 November 2017
Package From
$9285*
per person twin share
Based on Category E Twin Window ex SYD

Return economy class airfares with Etihad Airways departing 5 capital cities, 07 Nov 2017*

  3 night pre-cruise accommodation in Budapest, 8 to 10 Nov 2017

14 night cruise with APT Cruises departing Budapest, 11 Nov 2017

  3 night post-cruise accommodation in Amsterdam, 25 to 27 Nov 2017

 

Set sail from Budapest to Amsterdam on a spectacularly scenic cruise of a lifetime. Guided sightseeing in each city shows you the highlights of each destination and is conducted by English speaking certified local guides. Begin your journey cruising the dramatic Rhine Gorge past the legendary Lorelei rock.
 
Spend time in magnificent Cologne, the charming wine village of Rüdesheim, medieval Bamberg, historical Nuremberg and magical Vienna before cruising through the scenic canals of Amsterdam. While on board, be sure to have your camera ready to capture the scenic beauty, quaint towns, fascinating architecture, and historic buildings dotting the landscape as you sail along. 
Magnificent Europe

Highlights

Experience the highlights of Central Europe on this 20 night enchanting journey from Budapest to Amsterdam with flights, pre & post cruise accommodation included!

Dine in the Hall of Mirrors at magnificent Namedy Castle, take a private rail ride through Austria’s spectacular countryside, and attend a private classical concert at the City Palace in Vienna. The possibilities are endless! 

Itinerary

8 Nov 2017 - Arrive in Budapest, Hungary

Welcome to Budapest, one of Europe’s most enchanting cities! Spanning the banks of the Danube, Budapest is one of Eastern Europe’s liveliest cities. Whether you’re seeing the sights, shopping for handcrafted embroidery or Herend porcelain, or basking in the coffee house culture in the renowned Gerbeaud Cafe, Budapest’s unique energy is positively palatable. Today, the city is yours to explore at your own leisure.  

Includes: Private vehicle transfer from Airport to Hotel, accommodation at the Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge Hotel

9 Nov 2017 - Budapest, Hungary

Divided into 2 distinct areas by the great Danube River, Budapest is Hungary’s capital and largest city with a population of 1.7 million. Buda is home to more historical buildings and renowned architecture, whilst Pest is known for some of the great contemporary sites such as restaurants, clubs and shopping districts. Today, you're booked into a 3 hour Budapest Grand City Tour, the perfect introduction for first time visitors.

Includes: 3 hour Budapest Grand City Tour, accommodation at the Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge Hotel

10 Nov 2017 - Budapest, Hungary

Be sure to bring your appetite today as you sample award-winning chocolate and indulge in authentic fare on this 4-hour Bites & Sights Tour of Budapest.

Includes: 3.5 to 4hr Bites & Sights Tour, accommodation at the Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge Hotel

11 Nov 2017 - Transfer to the Budapest cruise terminal and board the MS AmaReina

Today you will be transferred to the Cruise Terminal where you will embark on your 14 Night Magnificent Europe cruise onboard MS AmaReina. You’ll find this boutique cruise ship is home to great-tasting cuisine, elegant lounges, heated pools and many other features to keep you entertained all day long. Be mesmerized by the lights of this remarkable Hungarian capital as you enjoy a twilight cruise through the city. 

Includes: Private vehicle transfer from hotel to cruise terminal

12 Nov 2017 - Budapest, Hungary 

Receive a guided sightseeing tour of the city seeing iconic sights such as Heroes Square as well as the massive hilltop castle complex with its remarkable Fishermen’s Bastion and 11th-century Matthias Church. Be sure to take note of the city’s eight bridges - many famous sights in and of themselves - which connect ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. In your free time this afternoon you may want to walk across Chain Bridge, built in 1849 and a symbol of Budapest. Alternatively, consider visiting St. Stephen’s Basilica with marvellous views of the city from its viewing platform, or stroll along Vaci utca, the main shopping street. 

13 Nov 2017 - Vienna

Early this morning, arrive in Vienna, the ‘City of Music,’ which inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. Once the centre of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria’s magical capital on the blue Danube is a showcase of gilded architecture. This is home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its Vienna Boys’ Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions; the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House; and awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral - plus, countless other sites you’ll see on your guided tour. Stroll through the delightful pedestrian Karntnerstrasse, and be sure to take a break in one of the classic Viennese coffee houses - historic institutions that helped shape Viennese culture! An optional concert is available tonight.

14 Nov 2017 - Vienna

On your second day in Vienna, perhaps join a tour of Schönbrunn Palace, take an excursion to Bratislava or visit the Spanish Riding School to see the Lipizzan horses.

15 Nov 2017 - Durnstein-Melk

A day of charming towns and magical scenery awaits you today! In Melk, enjoy a guided visit of the magnificent 11th-century Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest monasteries. The abbey church houses stunning frescoed ceilings and an ornate library with a large collection of medieval manuscripts. Next, head into the heart of the Wachau wine region to Durnstein, known for its baroque blue Stiftskirche. A Local Guide will take you on a walking tour and tell you the tale of England’s King Richard the Lionheart, who was imprisoned in the castle whose ruins still stand above the town.

16 Nov 2017 - Linz-Salzburg-Passau, Austria

Uniquely located where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube Rivers converge, Passau is a maze of narrow cobble-stone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses. St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture, houses one of the world’s largest church organs with 17,774 pipes. Take in the highlights on the included guided walk through this charming town, and find out much more about the ‘City of Three Rivers.’ During lunchtime, set sail for Linz, where you arrive in the evening. Alternatively, you might like to join a full-day optional excursion to Salzburg to see some of the Sound of Music sights; the popular ‘Romantic Austria’ tour; or to Eesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rejoin your ship in Linz.

17 Nov 2017 - Regensburg

Dating back to the time of the Celts around 500 BC, Regensburg is one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. Established during the Holy Roman Empire and the only German city not bombed during WWII, Regensburg has at least 1,300 listed buildings of ‘historic interest.’ Architectural highlights of your guided walk include the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall), built in the 13th century, and Porta Pretoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179AD. Wander through the city’s lanes and alleys to discover the many mansions with high towers. Wealthy families built these towers to emphasise their status and wealth during the Middle Ages, and many still remain today. Walk across the 12th-century Steinerne Brucke (Stone Bridge), the oldest of its kind in Germany, then enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstkuche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany’s oldest restaurants. Here - where the locals congregate - feel the vibrant atmosphere and take in the remarkable views along the river.

18 Nov 2017 - Nuremberg

Although 90% of Nuremberg’s Old Town suffered extensive damage during WWII, much of it has been restored to the glory it once knew as the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire. This morning, choose a guided sightseeing tour and marvel at this thousand year-old city’s medieval fortifications, extraordinary gothic churches, and the Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle), or join a more specialised ‘Nuremberg Rally Grounds’ tour. This afternoon, relax on board and attend an interesting lecture about the engineering marvel that is the Main Danube Canal.

19 Nov 2017 - Bamberg 

 Relax this morning, then before lunch, attend a fascinating onboard lecture to learn more about the European Union. This afternoon, arrive in medieval Bamberg, former residence of one of Germany’s most powerful imperial dynasties and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your guided walking tour takes in its historic centre, including the great 13th-century Romanesque cathedral and the fascinating Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) - built on an island in the middle of the Regnitz River when the bishop refused to give the townspeople land for a town hall! Wander the town’s serpentine streets with their charming houses and 18th-century mansions.

20 Nov 2017 - Wurzburg 

Surrounded by verdant hillside vineyards, Wurzburg, the ‘Pearl of the Romantic Road,’ makes an immediate impression with imposing Fortress Marienberg perched above town and the 15th-century Alte Mainbrucke (Old Main Bridge). On your guided sightseeing tour this morning, visit the magnificent baroque Bishop’s Residenz, home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted. Depart Wurzburg at lunchtime and spend a leisurely afternoon cruising the Main River.

21 Nov 2017 - Miltenberg 

Relax on board this morning as you sail the tranquil Main River. Tucked away behind medieval defensive walls and towered gates, the picturesque Bavarian village of Miltenberg is a cultural gem. This afternoon’s guided walk will acquaint you with the town’s delightful Marktplatz (market square) centred around a Renaissance-era fountain, as well as the striking halftimbered buildings, cobblestone lanes, one of the oldest inns in Germany - Haus zum Riesen (the giant’s house), and the gothic splendour of the Merchant Hall.

22 Nov 2017 - Rhine Gorge Rudesheim 

This morning, cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge - without a doubt, the most beautiful stretch of river and where ancient castles stand sentry on lofty cliffs rising 122 metres (400 feet) above the waters. Cruise past the rock of the Lorelei, where legend tells of enchanted siren song that lured sailors to their doom. On your included shore excursion in pretty Rüdesheim, visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, where you’ll be mesmerised by the self-playing calliopes and music boxes from the 18th to the early 20th centuries. Enjoy a special treat and free time to pick up some souvenirs on the narrow, cobble-stoned Drosselgasse, where colourful flowers, open-air wine gardens, and live music add to the festive atmosphere.

23 Nov 2017 - Bonn, Germany

Today, enjoy a peaceful morning of cruising before reaching Cologne after lunch. One 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 a guided city walk or Jewish heritage walk. Later, during free time, consider checking out the Romano-Germanic Museum, home to a large collection of artifacts from the Roman settlement on which modern Cologne is built - a must for history buffs! The Old Town abounds with cafes, shops, and taverns.

24 Nov 2017 - Amsterdam, Holland

Welcome to Amsterdam! Today, get a unique perspective of Amsterdam on an included canal cruise, floating along the elegant grachten lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s ‘Golden Age.’ There’s free time in the city this afternoon - you might like to join an optional biking tour (weather permitting). 

25 Nov 2017 - Amsterdam, Holland (Disembarkation)

It’s time to say goodbye to the ship and head to your hotel in Amsterdam. A transfer will pick you up and the afternoon is yours to explore at your own leisure. 

Includes: Private transfer from cruise terminal to hotel, accommodation at the Hilton Hotel, Amsterdam with breakfast

26 Nov 2017 - Amsterdam, Holland

Experience Amsterdam’s rich culture and fascinating history the best way possible – through its cuisine! Today you will join the Food by Foot Tour to explore all the delicacies of Holland.  
Included: Amsterdam Food by Foot Tour, accommodation at the Hilton Hotel, Amsterdam with breakfast

27 Nov 2017 - Hop-On Hop-Off Sight Seeing Tour with Cruise, Amsterdam, Holland 

Make your way around Amsterdam’s top attractions by bus and boat with a 24 hour hop-on hop-off city pass. Marvel at the original works of the famous Dutch artist in the renowned Van Gogh Museum and contemplate the heart-rending history of the Jewish community with a visit to the home of the diarist Anne Frank.

Includes: 24 Hour Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour with Cruise, accommodation at the Hilton Hotel, Amsterdam with breakfast daily

28 Nov 2017 - Amsterdam, Holland 

Your journey sadly comes to an end today. A private vehicle will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the airport.
Includes: Private transfer from hotel to airport

Inclusions

Cruise Inclusions
  • 14 night Magnificent Europe River cruise onboard MS AmaReina based on twin share
  • All main meals & entertainment on board
  • All-inclusive sightseeing in up to sixteen destinations
  • Complimentary beverages served on board your cruise
  • Onboard gratuities
  • Port charges & government fees
 
Tour Inclusions
  • 3 nights twin share pre-cruise accommodation at Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge Hotel
  • 3 hour Budapest Grand City Tour
  • 3.5 to 4 hour Bites & Sights Tour
  • 3 nights twin share post-cruise accommodation at Hilton Hotel Amsterdam including full breakfast
  • 2.5 hour Amsterdam food by foot tour
  • Hop-On Hop-Off 24 hour pass with cruise options
  • Transfers throughout

 

Airfare Inclusions:
  • Return Economy Class airfares to Budapest & return from Amsterdam with Etihad Airways
  • Flights depart Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane or Melbourne

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