Flights included + save $500pp

Magnificent Europe Christmas Markets

This deal expires on 31st Oct 2024
Price From $12,495*/pp

*Based on Suite.

What's Included

Explore Christmas markets on this festive journey through Europe’s most enchanting waterways aboard a 14 night luxurious river cruise with flights included

⚓ 14 nights aboard a brand-new luxury river ship with the services of an expert Cruise Director
⚓ Freedom of choice sightseeing and dining inclusions
⚓ Six world-class, all-inclusive dining venues focusing on locally inspired cuisine and fresh, seasonal menus
⚓ In-suite dining and beverage service in all suites
⚓Signature Exclusive Experiences like travelling to a traditional restaurant overlooking Salzburg for a ‘Sound of Music’ show and visit Vienna’s City Palace for a private concert
⚓ All meals, beverages, transfers, gratuities and port charges are included

Book now to receive super early bird offers:

⚓ Return economy class flights included
⚓ Savings of $1000 per couple
Or book a category P balcony suite or owner’s suite and fly business class from $5395pp*

YOUR ITINERARY

Date
Port
Info
Arrive
Depart
Day 1
19th Dec 2025
Amsterdam

Welcome to Amsterdam. You’ll be met on arrival and tr ...

Welcome to Amsterdam. You’ll be met on arrival and transferred you to your ship.

Arrive
Depart
Day 2
20th Dec 2025
Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, known fo ...

Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Its Museum District houses the Van Gogh Museum, works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, and modern art at the Stedelijk. Cycling is key to the city’s character, and there are numerous bike paths.

Spend today on your preferred activity. Tonight, enjoy a gala welcome dinner.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE: Perhaps cruise the canals on a glass-top boat or visit the Old Amsterdam Cheese Store for a cheese tasting matched with wine.

Arrive
Depart
Day 3
21st Dec 2025
Andernach

This morning will be spent cruising through German ...

This morning will be spent cruising through Germany. Disembark in Andernach and enjoy a Signature Experience here. Andernach is a town in the district of Mayen-Koblenz, in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, of about 30,000 inhabitants.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE: Princess Heide von Hohenzollern will graciously welcome you into her home, Namedy Castle. Wander through the castle and its manicured gardens, before savouring a morning tea, where a pianist sets the mood.

Arrive
Depart
Day 4
22nd Dec 2025
Rudesheim

Cruise through the Rhine Gorge to Rudesheim and se ...

Cruise through the Rhine Gorge to Rudesheim and set out on your chosen activity. Afterwards, wander through the Christmas market and perhaps pick up a souvenir or two. Rüdesheim am Rhein is a town in the Rhine Valley, Germany. It’s known for winemaking, especially of Riesling wines. In the center, Drosselgasse is a lane lined with shops, taverns and restaurants. Nearby, Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet is a museum of automated musical instruments. Medieval Brömserburg Castle is home to the Rheingau Wine Museum, exhibiting wine paraphernalia from ancient times to the present.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE: You might like to visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Alternatively, visit a historic wine cellar for a tasting of Rhine Valley wines.

Arrive
Depart
Day 5
23rd Dec 2025
Miltenberg

Step ashore in Miltenberg and set out on a guided e ...

Step ashore in Miltenberg and set out on a guided exploration. Wander through cobblestoned streets and admire the town’s enchanting half-timbered houses before time at leisure. Miltenberg is a town in the Regierungsbezirk of Lower Franconia in Bavaria, Germany. It is the seat of the like-named district and has a population of over 9,000.

Arrive
Depart
Day 6
24th Dec 2025
Wurzburg

Würzburg is a city in Germany’s Bavaria region. ...

Würzburg is a city in Germany’s Bavaria region. It’s known for lavish baroque and rococo architecture, particularly the 18th-century Residenz palace, with ornate rooms, a huge fresco by Venetian artist Tiepolo and an elaborate staircase. Home to numerous wine bars, cellars and wineries, Würzburg is the centre of the Franconian wine country, with its distinctive bocksbeutel (bottles with flattened round shapes).

Your day unfolds on your terms thanks to a choice of activities today. With the afternoon at leisure, you may wish to visit the Christmas Market.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE: Seize the day and walk to the 18th-century Wurzburg Residence. Alternatively, travel to Rothenburg, or join a hike to Marienberg Fortress.

Arrive
Depart
Day 7
25th Dec 2025
Bamberg

Celebrate a magical Christmas Day as you enjoy a relaxing mo ...

Celebrate a magical Christmas Day as you enjoy a relaxing morning sailing towards Bamberg, where you’ll disembark for a guided walking tour. You’ll also enjoy a traditional Christmas feast on board your ship with all the trimmings.

Arrive
Depart
Day 8
26th Dec 2025
Nuremberg

This morning gives you the chance to choose your s ...

This morning gives you the chance to choose your sightseeing activity. This afternoon, continue cruising on the Main-Danube Canal. Having taken 32 years to construct, the canal links the North and Black seas.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE: Perhaps journey through Nuremberg’s World War II sites. Or join a tour focused on Nuremberg’s medieval history.

Arrive
Depart
Day 9
27th Dec 2025
Regensburg

In Regensburg, explore its atmospheric World Heritage- ...

In Regensburg, explore its atmospheric World Heritage-listed city centre. With a history dating back to the Roman times, this incredible city was the first capital of Bavaria. Your tour will finish with a tasting at Regensburg’s historic sausage kitchen, thought to be one of the oldest working restaurants in the world. Regensburg, a Bavarian city on the Danube River in southeast Germany, is known for its well-preserved medieval core. The 12th-century Stone Bridge, a 310m-long icon with 16 arches, crosses the river to the old town. The 13th-century Regensburg Cathedral, a twin-spired Gothic landmark, is home to the Regensburger Domspatzen choir. Walhalla, a Parthenon replica just east of the city, honours illustrious Germans.

Arrive
Depart
Day 10
28th Dec 2025
Passau, Salzburg, Linz

Passau, a German city on the Austrian border, lie ...

Passau, a German city on the Austrian border, lies at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers. Known as the Three Rivers City, it’s overlooked by the Veste Oberhaus, a 13th-century hilltop fortress housing a city museum and observation tower. The old town below is known for its baroque architecture, including St. Stephen’s Cathedral, featuring distinctive onion-domed towers and an organ with 17,974 pipes. Salzburg is an Austrian city on the border of Germany, with views of the Eastern Alps. The city is divided by the Salzach River, with medieval and baroque buildings of the pedestrian Altstadt (Old City) on its left bank, facing the 19th-century Neustadt (New City) on its right. The Altstadt birthplace of famed composer Mozart is preserved as a museum displaying his childhood instruments.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE: Be welcomed by a Jagdhornblaser – a hunting horn blower – into a rustic, traditional restaurant on the Gaisberg mountain overlooking Salzburg. Enjoy a welcome drink as you soak in the scenery before savouring a delicious lunch, followed by show featuring music from the classic film, ‘The Sound of Music’.

Arrive
Depart
Day 11
29th Dec 2025
Melk, Durnstein

Visit the statuary-adorned Melk Abbey. You’ll then cru ...

Visit the statuary-adorned Melk Abbey. You’ll then cruise through the Wachau Valley to Durnstein, where you can roam its cobblestoned lanes at your leisure. Or perhaps join your wellness host for a hike to the castle ruins.

Melk is an Austrian town on the River Danube, west of Vienna. It’s known for the 11th-century Melk Abbey, a vast monastery built high above the town. Gold statuary adorns its domed Abbey Church, and the huge library houses medieval manuscripts. The Marmorsaal is a baroque hall with a ceiling fresco and red marble walls. South of Melk, gardens surround Renaissance Schallaburg Castle, which hosts cultural exhibitions. Dürnstein is a small town on the Danube river in the Krems-Land district, in the Austrian state of Lower Austria. It is one of the most-visited tourist destinations in the Wachau region and also a well-known wine growing area.

Arrive
Depart
Day 12
30th Dec 2025
Vienna

Arrive in Vienna and set out on a city tour. Take ...

Arrive in Vienna and set out on a city tour. Take in the city’s many landmarks along the Ringstrasse, as well as St Stephen’s Cathedral. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore. This evening is set aside for your magical Signature Experience.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE: After dinner, head to the princely family of Liechtenstein’s City Palace in the heart of Vienna, where we have arranged an exclusive cocktail party and private recital, just for you. A full orchestra will perform classical masterpieces by Mozart and Strauss, and you will also be enchanted by an operatic recital.

Arrive
Depart
Day 13
31st Dec 2025
Vienna

Head out on your choice of tours before setting sai ...

Head out on your choice of tours before setting sail for Hungary. Tonight, bid farewell to 2025 in style with New Year’s Eve celebrations in full swing.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE: Perhaps visit the 1,441-room Schonbrunn Palace and its gardens. Otherwise, tick another country off your list and journey to Slovakia’s Bratislava.

Arrive
Depart
Day 14
1st Jan 2026
Budapest

Choose your sightseeing option in Budapest today. Th ...

Choose your sightseeing option in Budapest today. The afternoon is yours at leisure to further explore.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE: Enjoy a city tour of Budapest taking in its historic monuments, including Heroes’ Square and St Stephen’s Cathedral before a visit to the Great Market Hall for some tastings of local produce. Alternatively, board a funicular to Castle Hill, then walk to Fisherman’s Bastion. Or you may wish to relax in the thermal water pools at one of Budapest’s famous baths.

Arrive
Depart
Day 15
2nd Jan 2026
Budapest

Sadly, the time has come to say goodbye and be transferre ...

Sadly, the time has come to say goodbye and be transferred to the airport. Interested in extending your European holiday? Ask our Travel Advisors about our incredible range of accommodation, touring and cruise packages.

Arrive
Depart

YOUR SHIP - The APT Ostara

Travel in unparalleled luxury with APT Ostara in 2025 – our brand-new river ships that redefine European river cruising.

With a host of alluring features, our brand-new, ultra-modern river ships APT Solara and APT Ostara offer unmatched opulence and style when travelling along the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. Whether enjoying a cocktail up on the sun deck or retreating to your spacious, light-filled suite, there is so much to discover on board.

Six unique dining venues include the elegant main restaurant, an intimate wine cellar, a relaxing conservatory, casual lounge dining, an exclusive aft restaurant highlighting seasonal produce and rooftop alfresco dining.

Crafted in Melbourne by the globally acclaimed Hecker Guthrie design team, our brand-new vessels seamlessly blend contemporary elegance with timeless allure, drawing inspiration from Europe’s waterways, seasons, and locales.

No more than 154 guests are assisted by a dedicated team of 60 crew members. A smaller number of passengers than many other vessels on Europe’s waterways ensures your every need is met and exceeded.

Three luxuriously appointed suite categories include Twin Window, Balcony, and our lavish Owner’s Suites.

Soak in 360° views from the all-seasons sun deck. Offering rooftop dining, a pool and a lounge area, indulge in a cocktail as you relish the sunset.

A host of wellness offerings cater to your health and fitness goals, including an onboard gym, hair stylist and indulgent spa. E-bikes are also available for exploration on shore.

Description

Travel in unparalleled luxury with APT Ostara in 2025 – our brand-new river ships that redefine European river cruising.

With a host of alluring features, our brand-new, ultra-modern river ships APT Solara and APT Ostara offer unmatched opulence and style when travelling along the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. Whether enjoying a cocktail up on the sun deck or retreating to your spacious, light-filled suite, there is so much to discover on board.

Six unique dining venues include the elegant main restaurant, an intimate wine cellar, a relaxing conservatory, casual lounge dining, an exclusive aft restaurant highlighting seasonal produce and rooftop alfresco dining.

Crafted in Melbourne by the globally acclaimed Hecker Guthrie design team, our brand-new vessels seamlessly blend contemporary elegance with timeless allure, drawing inspiration from Europe’s waterways, seasons, and locales.

No more than 154 guests are assisted by a dedicated team of 60 crew members. A smaller number of passengers than many other vessels on Europe’s waterways ensures your every need is met and exceeded.

Three luxuriously appointed suite categories include Twin Window, Balcony, and our lavish Owner’s Suites.

Soak in 360° views from the all-seasons sun deck. Offering rooftop dining, a pool and a lounge area, indulge in a cocktail as you relish the sunset.

A host of wellness offerings cater to your health and fitness goals, including an onboard gym, hair stylist and indulgent spa. E-bikes are also available for exploration on shore.

STATEROOMS

    Suite

    Balcony Suites – Open-air French Balcony, 183 sq. ft/17 sq. m Our opulent Balcony Suites feature electric floor-to-ceiling slide down windows that open with ease to a French balcony, offering ample fresh air and light-filled interiors.

Important Notice

*Terms and conditions apply. Offers are available for travellers departing from Australia. All pricing and save amounts are in Australian Dollars. Information correct as at 3 May 2024 but may fluctuate due to changes in surcharges, taxes or currency. A strictly limited number of offers are available on selected itineraries and departure dates in selected suites/ staterooms/cabins/room categories. Offers are subject to availability, not combinable unless specified, available on new bookings only and may be withdrawn at any time. Your booking contract is with Australian Pacific Touring Pty Ltd (APT), and incorporates all of the following terms and conditions. APT recommends that you read and understand your contract, and ask your travel agent if you require any clarification. All Airfare Offers: Flights must be booked by APT. Should you choose to depart earlier than your scheduled tour/cruise departure, or make variations to airline routings, surcharges may apply. Airline schedules are subject to change without notice and APT is not liable for any additional costs incurred due to airline schedule changes. All air is ticketed upon receipt of the first deposit. Any changes made after ticketing may incur amendment and/or cancellation fees, in some cases, tickets are non-refundable. Air taxes vary for each departure point and routing of airline and are subject to change. Fuel surcharges are subject to change and an additional fuel surcharge may apply. Frequent flyer miles/points may not be awarded on all airfares. Flights Included: Valid until 31 October 2024 or until sold out. Offer valid when booking select itineraries departing year round in 2025 in all cabin categories. Offer includes airfare and taxes up to the value of $2,600 per person.  Offer is based on wholesale airfares in economy class with an airline of APT’s choosing depending on routing.  Flights are available from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin or Perth.  All offers are subject to availability of airline and booking class.  Once class is sold out, surcharges apply.  A non-refundable deposit of $1,000 per person is due within 7 days of booking. A second non-refundable deposit of $2,000 per person is due on 31 October 2024. Final payment is due 100 days prior to the tour’s departure date. Early Payment Discount: Prices include an Early Payment Discount of $1,000 per couple ($500 per person), valid when you pay in full 10 months prior to departure. Business class flights: Book by 31 October 2024. Offer valid when booking select itineraries departing in 2025 in a Category P or OS on a 14 night river cruise departing in November 2025 and fly business class from $4,995 per person; book a Category P or OS on a 14 night river cruise departing from May-October and December 2025 and fly business class from $5,395 per person. Offer is based on wholesale airfares in business class on an airline of APT’s choosing.  Flights are available from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane or Perth.   All offers are subject to availability of airline and booking class.  Once class is sold out, surcharges apply.  Tour price excludes airfare, airfare will be added to invoice prior to issue. Aircraft utilised for internal European sectors may not offer business class and economy class will be substituted for these sectors. A non-refundable deposit of $1,000 per person is due within 7 days of booking. A second non-refundable deposit is due on 31 October 2024. Final payment is due 100 days prior to the tour’s departure date. For full terms and conditions speak with a Travel Advisor at Cruiseabout.

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