European Gems

Overview

European Gems

Experience the wonders of Europe by visting Budapest, Vienna, Passau, Bamberg, Mitenberg and Amsterdam are among the beautiful places you will visit while cruise with APT aboard the Travelmarvel Diamond. Sample local delicacies on a tour of the Vienna Naschmarkt. Enjoy a festive night of Bavarian food, music and folk dancing. Explore World Heritage-listed Augustusburg Castle and the Falkenlust hunting lodge in Bruhl.

Whats Included

  • Return flights
  • Complimentary soft drink, beer and local wine with lunch and dinner on board
  • Overseas transfers, port charges and tipping
  • Full Board dining
  • Travelmarvel Cruise Director and local guides

Hand Picked By

Judy Scott

On an APT river cruise it's all about getting under the skin of the country that you are visiting whilst staying on board a luxurious river ship.This family-owned company celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. Its host of awards confirm its reputation for consistently delivering exceptional standards to its guests. Its impressive fleet of ships offer unprecedented luxury so you can spend the day discovering the world's greatest wonders, then return to your tranquillity of your home away from home. Everything is included on our APT Luxury river cruise, from private home-to-airport transfers to sightseeing and tipping.

Judy Scott

Additional Information

  • Departure Date: Various departure dates from April 2020 - October 2020
  • Duration: 14 nights
  • Highlights: Experience the wonders of Europe by visting Budapest, Vienna, Passau, Bamberg, Mitenberg and Amsterdam are among the beautiful places you will visit while cruise with APT aboard the Travelmarvel Diamond.

Ship Overview

Travelmarvel Diamond

Travelmarvel Diamond has 81 staterooms and four suites accommodating a maximum of 170 passengers. Staterooms come in two basic types, Window and French Balcony, both with 16 square metres of floor space. The seven Window Staterooms are located together on the lower Moselle Deck, and come with a deluxe queen-size bed, a desk and vanity with a hair dryer, a minibar and a flat-screen TV, a closet with a safe, a bathroom with a shower, and a view through two portholes. The French Balcony staterooms have an identical layout and facilities, and are distributed across the middle Danube and upper Rhine Decks, with the bonus of floor-to-ceiling sliding doors, which open to allow passengers to enjoy fresh air and views.

Travelmarvel Diamond Profile

  • Crew: 40
  • Launched: 2007
  • Decks: 4
  • Passengers: 170
Travelmarvel Diamond Deck Plan

Full Itinerary

Day 1: Budapest

Fly from the UK to Amsterdam in the Netherlands. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your premium river ship. After settling into your comfortable stateroom, head for the Captain’s Welcome Reception this evening where you’ll get to know your fellow travellers and meet your crew.

Day 2: Budapest

After breakfast this morning, the history, beauty and charm of Budapest is illuminated as a local guide leads you through the city. See Matthias Church, a breathtaking symphony of colour that displays flawless beauty, then visit the Fisherman’s Bastion and Heroes’ Square. The turbulent history of the regal Buda Castle is sure to astound you, as this birthplace of Hungarian kings has been besieged no less than 31 times since its inception. You’ll also have the chance to see the city’s most famous structure, the spectacular Hungarian Parliament Building, perched on the edge of the Danube River. Back on board your river ship this evening, enjoy a delightful Gala Dinner as you cruise towards Vienna.

Day 3: Vienna.

Embrace the splendour of the former Habsburg empire and the sheer elegance of the Austrian capital as you drive around the famed Ringstrasse. You’ll learn about some of the city’s most famous buildings including the Vienna State Opera and the Museum of Fine Arts. During the tour, you’ll be exposed to the rich classical music culture and history of this beautiful city. On arriving in the city centre, join a walking tour for an insider’s view on a number of landmarks, including St Stephen’s athedral, the Graben, Hofburg Palace and the Albertina.

Day 4: Vienna.

With an entire day at leisure, you will have the opportunity to decide how you’ll shape your experience in glorious Vienna, a cultural utopia of music, art and food. Perhaps you may pay a visit to the Hofburg area, or might like to head to a cosy coffee house where you can try a traditional Sachertorte. You’ll be spoilt for choice in a city so rich in attractions, so be sure to ask your expert Cruise Director for any insider tips. Alternatively, you could ask about our range of Enhance Your Journey tours, including a visit to the grand Schönbrunn Palace or an excursion to the Slovakian capital of Bratislava (own expense).

Day 5: Dürnstein, Melk.

Cruise to the quaint town of Dürnstein, where you can walk over cobbled streets past 16th-century town houses and taverns. You’ll find the town dominated by the hilltop ruins of the castle where King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192. Afterwards, dock in the surprisingly picturesque city of Melk and join a local guide for a tour through magnificent Melk Abbey, an active Benedictine monastery since 1089. Sitting atop a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube River, this magnificent abbey is home to around two dozen practising monks, who you may spot strolling around the sculptures and frescoes in their long black sweeping robes. Stop to take in the vast river views from this breathtaking vantage point. Return to your ship and enjoy a dinner with your fellow travellers.

Day 6: Passau

Following breakfast on board this morning, travel to the idyllic city of Passau, named for its location at the convergence of the rivers Inn and Ilz with the mighty Danube. Today you are spoilt for choice as you can choose to either take part in a walking tour of Passau, grab a bike and set out for the morning to explore yourself.

Day 7: Regensburg

Continue along the Danube this morning towards the medieval town of Regensburg, located in the southern region of the Bavarian Forest. Here, a guided tour tells of the medieval city’s journey through the ages. See such sites as the iconic Old Town Hall, the World Heritage-listed city centre, and the remains of the Romanesque fortress walls, including one of the country’s most ancient stone buildings, the Porta Pretoria. You’ll also see the impressive 12th-century Stone Bridge that arches gracefully across the water; the history of this beautiful city is revealed as you stroll.

Day 8: Nuremberg

Cruise the Main-Danube Canal, crossing Europe’s Continental Divide (435 metres above sea level) thanks to the canal’s 16 stair- step locks. Continue to Nuremberg, the site of Hitler’s infamous rallies, held annually from 1927 to 1938. Nuremberg played a pivotal role for the Nazis and you’ll learn all about the city and indeed the era during a World War II tour that includes such sites as the Zeppelin Field and the Palace of Justice. Finish your day back on board with a drink and an exquisite dinner prepared by your expert chef.

Day 9: Bamberg

One of the few German cities that wasn’t destroyed during World War II, the World Heritage-listed city of Bamberg beckons this morning. You’ll be treated to a guided tour, during which the history will come to life as you gaze upon such sights as the Old Town Hall and the Bamberg Cathedral. A visit to one of the historic taverns is the best place to get a taste for the local Bavarian culture. Here, you’re sure to find friendly locals eating pretzels and swapping tall tales over steins of local beer.

Day 10: Würzburg

Verdant rolling hills and rich vineyards sit on the fringe of pretty Würzburg, with the winding Main River a prominent feature of this stunning city. The architectural beauty that further defines Würzburg is on show today as you see the gardens of the Würzburg Residence. Here, a walk through Würzburg Court Garden is a delight, with its terraced gardens and water basin encircled by stunning yew trees.

Day 11: Miltenberg

Be greeted by the friendly locals of Miltenberg and learn about their culture as you are welcomed into their homes for coffee and cake. Explore this beautifully evocative town perfectly positioned at the confluence of the Tauber and Main rivers. Return to your ship and enjoy time at leisure, taking advantage of the onboard facilities as you travel along the Main River. As the sun sets, watch the glittering lights of medieval towns glide past as you cruise through the night.

Day 12: Rüdesheim, Rhine Gorge.

Your ship docks in Rüdesheim this morning, the perfect example of a Rhine Valley wine town. Here, the Winzerexpress mini-train will take you through town to the fascinating Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, home to the most beautiful collection of automated musical instruments in Germany. Rejoin your ship for a true highlight of your holiday – the awe-inspiring wonder of the Rhine Gorge, considered by many to be the most beautiful section of the Rhine River. Watch in delight as steep slopes covered in vineyards drift past, dotted with ancient castles. Enjoy dinner on board, then perhaps retreat to the lounge as your journey continues long into the night.

Day 13: Cologne, Brühl.

As you cruise into the riverside city of Cologne, head to the Sun Deck and watch as the magnificent twin spires of its famous cathedral, the Kolner Dom, appear on the horizon. Disembark your ship and take a short drive to the town of Brühl. Here, pay a visit to World Heritage-listed Augustusburg Castle the lavish rococo-style residences of archbishop-elector Clemens August. On a tour of the 18th-century castle, learn enthralling stories of its infamous former resident and marvel at the ornate staircase, with marble and stucco work by Balthasar Neumann. Later this afternoon, return to Cologne and enjoy some time to wander through this enchanting city at leisure and perhaps inspect the exterior of Cologne Cathedral from up close.

Day 14: Amsterdam.

Clustered by historic houses and studded with low bridges, Amsterdam’s network of 17th-century canals lends the city its nickname – ‘The Venice of the North’. The Canal Ring, known locally as the Grachtengordel, is comprised of a network of intersecting waterways that were developed as the city grew out of the lowlands on reclaimed land. Today, you’ll board a glass-top boat and glide past the city’s impressive waterside facades, watching the bicycle-loving locals ride along with carefree abandon as you drift through the city’s waterways. Back on land, enjoy a guided walking tour of Amsterdam’s colourful neighbourhoods before time at leisure. Savour this time to further explore the wondrous architecture, curious shops and intricate churches of the city before re-boarding your ship. Tonight, enjoy a delicious Captain’s Farewell Dinner with your fellow passengers as your journey draws to a close.

Day 15: Disembark Ship, Depart Amsterdam.

After a final delicious breakfast on board, it is time to bid farewell to your new-found friends as you disembark your luxurious river ship for the last time in Amsterdam. Upon disembarkation, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Additional Information

  • Departure Date: Various departure dates from April 2020 - October 2020
  • Duration: 14 nights
  • Highlights: Experience the wonders of Europe by visting Budapest, Vienna, Passau, Bamberg, Mitenberg and Amsterdam are among the beautiful places you will visit while cruise with APT aboard the Travelmarvel Diamond.

Cabin and Fares

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172 sq ft

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Twin Window

172 sq ft

All cabins include a window or balcony, plent of storage, chairs, desk and telephone

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