Explore bustling cities and quaint villages.
This 21 Day journey of discovery begins with three indulgent nights in romantic Paris and concludes with an exploration of Prague. Connecting the two is a luxury river cruise.
21 Day Magnificent Europe - Paris to Prague
- Tour code: EUMCPP21
- Duration: 21 Days
- Departure City: Paris
- Return City: Prague
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Day By Day
Day 1 Arrive Paris
Arrive in Paris, the city of romance. You will be met at the airport and then transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a Welcome Reception tonight as anticipation builds for the trip ahead. From grand iconic cities filled with glorious architecture to enchanting fairytale villages and spectacular valleys, this journey is set to be simply magnificent.
Day 2 Paris
A local expert will take you on a discovery of this beautiful city today. See the Avenue des Champs Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe, and take a trip to the second level of the Eiffel Tower, where sweeping views over the city skyline await.
Day 3 Paris
Today, perhaps join a culinary walking tour to sample a range of Paris’ fine food, enjoy a guided tour through The Louvre or soak up the village atmosphere as you explore the Montmartre district and admire the Sacré-Cœur Basilica.
Day 4 Paris, Ghent, Amsterdam, Embark Ship
Travel by coach through the landscapes of northern France and onto Belgium. Arrive in Ghent and enjoy a light lunch while cruising along the city’s canals. Continue to Amsterdam and transfer to your ship. After your first dinner on board, you may like to explore the city at your own pace.
Day 5 Amsterdam
Enjoy some time to explore and a tasting of the region’s cheeses before returning to your ship. Later today, set off along the Rhine River, enjoying a Gala Wecome Dinner.
Day 6 Cologne, Bonn, Andernach
Enter Germany and cruise into Cologne, a city centred around the twin spires of its famous cathedral.
Day 7 Rüdesheim
Approach the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River today, where crumbling ruins cling to rocky cliffs and rolling hillsides are marked with perfectly planted vineyards. Dock in Rüdesheim and take a trip aboard the Winzerexpress mini-train to the town centre. Later, enjoy a tantalising dinner on board.
Day 8 Miltenberg
Witness the skilful art of glass-blowing on board as you cruise towards the pretty Franconian town of Miltenberg this morning. Spared from the destruction of World War II, the town is much like a time capsule revealing old-world village life, remarkably preserved buildings and lively town squares.
Day 9 Würzburg
After your chosen activity, return to your ship for dinner.
Day 10 Bamberg
This morning your ship will arrive in World Heritage-listed Bamberg, another of the few German cities that wasn’t destroyed during World War II. Here you will explore the Old Town with a guide to discover a range of historic churches and buildings, including the town hall on the River Regnitz. Following your tour, rejoin your ship to cruise onto the Main-Danube Canal. Having taken 32 years to construct, the canal links the North and Black seas and is recognised as a feat of modern engineering.
Day 11 Nuremberg
Learn all about the Bavarian city of Nuremberg today. A historic city tour takes you to a selection of World War II sites, such as the Reich Party Rally Grounds, the site of Hitler’s now infamous rallies held annually from 1927 to 1938. Discover medieval architecture, including the 900-year-old ramparts that surround the city, the Imperial Castle and more. Back on board later this afternoon, sample some freshly baked gingerbread while cruising along the Main-Danube Canal.
Day 12 Regensburg
Dock alongside one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities, Regensburg, standing at the confluence of the Danube and Regen rivers. On a guided tour taking in the city’s highlights, 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. Tonight, enjoy the finest cuisine for dinner.
Day 13 Passau, Salzburg, Linz
Disembark in Salzburg where a city tour includes some of the sights from the classic film, ‘The Sound of Music’. Re-board the Majestic Imperator and mingle with your fellow passengers as you’re entertained by live music en route to Linz.
Day 14 Melk, Dürnstein
Cruise through the Wachau Valley wine region today. On arrival, roam Dürnstein’s cobblestone lanes at your leisure and perhaps view the ruins of the castle where Richard the Lionheart, the King of England, was imprisoned in 1192.
Day 15 Vienna
Arrive in Vienna, Austria’s capital, home to striking architecture, a rich classical musical culture and vibrant cafés. Take in many of the city’s most important landmarks during a tour along the Ringstrasse, Vienna’s famous ring boulevard officially opened by Emperor Franz Joseph I on May 1, 1865. You’ll also enjoy a guided walk to the glorious St Stephen’s Cathedral.
Day 16 Vienna
You have a choice of exciting activities to choose from on your second day in Vienna. Perhaps tour Schönbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the imperial family. Wander through its lush, manicured gardens and marvel at sculptures representing deities and virtues. Alternatively, join an excursion to Bratislava, the diverse capital of nearby Slovakia. Its mixture of 18th-century Rococo design and communist-era architecture make this a city of alluring contrasts. Another option is to visit the Spanish Riding School to witness the beautiful Lipizzan horses during a morning practice session.
Day 17 Budapest
Arrive in Budapest, where a city tour offers a thrilling discovery. See Buda Castle, the Royal Palace, Fisherman’s Bastion and more. Reflect upon the magnificent days that have just gone by as you sit down to the Captain’s Farewell Dinner. Afterwards, set off on an incredible twilight cruise through the city and be enchanted by the lights of the remarkable Hungarian capital sparkling around you.
Day 18 Budapest, Disembark Ship, Velké Bílovice, Prague
Travel to the town of Velké Bílovice for a light lunch in a Czech wine cellar. Arrive later in Prague.
Day 19 Prague
The capital of the Czech Republic lures travellers with its millennia-long history and rich bohemian culture. Take a trip to Prague Castle, the largest coherent castle complex in the world, and visit Saint Vitus Cathedral. Then stroll over Charles Bridge on the way to the Old Town Square where you’ll see one of the city’s greatest treasures, the 600 year-old Astronomical Clock. Tonight, a Farewell Dinner awaits at the award-winning La Rotonde restaurant. Set in Art Deco style, you’ll be transported back to the 1930s with a dinner accompanied by live contemporary classical music.
Day 20 Prague
EXCLUSIVE! Visit Chateau Jemniste for lunch and a falconry display.
Day 21 Depart Prague
After breakfast, your holiday concludes with a transfer to the airport.
Unique cultural experiences in up to 20 towns, villages and cities
51 meals – 20 breakfasts, 15 lunches and 16 dinners
Complimentary beverages served at your discretion on board*
Expert services of an APT Cruise Director and Tour Director
Butler, room service, and champagne on arrival for select suites
Transfers, port charges and tipping