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Journeys : April May 2010
Cr uising through the heartland of Europe with APT is now a phenomenally-popular holiday choice for Australians and New Zealanders. With good reason -- the scenery is ama zing, the history intriguing and the sheer convenience a delight. The luxury of APT's ships is unsurpassed -- readers of Cr uise Passenger magazine recently judged the MS Amadagio, one of APT's seven luxury sister ships, the best river cr uise ship. On APT's ever-popular holiday, the 15 Day Magnificent Europe cr uise, Amsterdam's delightful fusion of canal- crossed streets, quaint architecture and vibrant nightlife will captivate your soul. In the romantic city of Budapest, beauty awaits at every tur n. Between these unique cities, you'll cross the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary over two lux urious weeks. Each day, you'll disembark to take in the sights of different destinations on a Small Group Shore Excursion or, in select locations, during a Freedom of Choice touring activity. On the waters of the legendary Rhine River you'll stop to explore the sights of Cologne, enjoy a stroll around the 2000 year-old city of Koblenz and ride a mini- train to Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instr ument Museum for a tour in Rüdesheim. You'll also cr uise through the Rhine Gorge on what is widely regarded as the river's most beautiful stretch. On the mighty Main River, the enchanting German destinations of Miltenberg, Wertheim and Würzburg await. You'll also enjoy the opportunity to take a half- day excursion to Rothenburg, a beautiful walled tow n on the Romantic Road that overlooks the Tauber River. The Main-Danube Canal, which took 32 years to build, was completed in 1992, enabling ships to cross the entire continent. On its banks, World Heritage- listed Bamberg is one of the few German cities that wasn't destroyed by bombs during World War II. Dow nstream, a choice of touring activities ensures you'll see Nuremberg exactly as you want to. The various destinations along the Danube River hold equal appeal. From Passau or Lin z, you'll choose from a city tour then a cr uise, an excursion to Salzburg or a trip to Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. You'll stop to tour Melk's Benedictine Abbey, absorb the appeal of Dür nstein on a walking tour and sample Wachau Valley wines in Weissenkirchen. You'll also enjoy a full day to savour the elegance of Vienna, the Austrian capital. Across Slovakia's border in Bratislava, take in sweeping views across three countries from Bratislava Castle then select from two different city tours. With all these sights to see, the Discover Europe on board the best river ship convenience of reaching them via the waterways is undeniable. To embark on a European river cr uise with APT is to understand why your friends nominate their cruise as the most wonderful holiday experience they have ever had. For more information on European River Cruising with APT, please call RACT Travelworld on 1300 368 111 or visit your local branch. 55 April / May 10
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