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Journeys : Dec10 Jan11
December 2010 / January 2011 73 Cruising 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 amazing, the history intriguing and the sheer convenience undeniable. The luxury of our ships is unsurpassed – as demonstrated by readers of Cruise Passenger magazine recently judging the MS Amadagio, one of APT’s seven luxur y sister ships, the best river cr uise ship. On APT’s ever-popular holiday, the 15-day Magnificent Europe cruise, Amsterdam’s delightful fusion of canal-crossed streets, quaint architecture and vibrant nightlife will captivate you. Then, in the romantic city of Budapest, beauty awaits at every tur n. In between your time in these unique cities, you’ll cross the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary over two unforgettable 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, for instance, 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 Instrument Museum for a tour in Rüdesheim. You’ll also cruise through the R hine Gorge on what is w idely regarded as the r iver’s most beautiful stretch. On the mighty Main River, Miltenberg, Wertheim and Würzburg await – all enchanting German destinations in their own r ight. You’ll also enjoy the opportunity to take a half-day excursion to Rothenburg, a beautiful walled town on the Romantic Road that overlooks the Tauber River. The Main-Danube Canal, which took 32 years to constr uct, 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. Downstream, 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 Linz, you’ll choose from a city tour then a cruise, 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 Dürnstein on a walking tour and sample Wachau Valley w ines in Weissenkirchen. You’ ll also enjoy a full day to savour the elegance of Vienna, the Austr ian capital. Across Slovakia’s border in Bratislava, take in sweeping views across three countr ies from Bratislava Castle then select from two different city tours. With all of these sights to take in and so many more, the convenience of reaching them via the waterways is undeniable. To embark on a European river cruise with APT is to understand why your friends nominate their cruise as the most wonderful holiday experience they have ever had. It’s time to cruise the rivers of Europe – call us on 1300 368 111 or visit your RACT Travelworld branch. Discover Europe on board the best river ship
Oct Nov 2010
Feb March 2011