As market leaders and industry experts, APT promise you’ll be in good hands whether this is your first river cruise or your fifth. A combination of 88 years of experience, plus a unique spirit and dedication to customer service, sets this river cruise line apart from others.
Whether you choose to sail along Europe’s Waterway, explore some of the most remote regions that sit along Yangtze River, or discover the ancient cultures and cities of China, India and Burma, APT will lead you from one amazing experience to the next.
One of the great joys of river cruising is the opportunity to relish ever-changing views, leisurely dining experiences and stylish surroundings, all of which are offered in abundance on board APT ships. Once ashore, further highlights extend to carefully curated excursions led by expert locals, bringing the culture and history of each destination to life.
When you embark on an APT Royal Collection river cruise in Europe, you’ll be travelling aboard one of the most highly-acclaimed fleets on the waterways. Each APT vessel is fused with contemporary style and traditional charm, bringing all the benefits one would expect from a premium boutique hotel to the water. From stylish lounges and elegant dining rooms, to sophisticated staterooms and panoramic sun decks with ever-changing views, complete attention has been devoted to the smallest details in design and decoration. Simply unpack once and wait for a new destination to arrive on your doorstep each day.
The Sun Deck atop each APT ship is a hub of relaxation. Uninterrupted 360 degree views change with every passing minute, walking tracks encourage you to stretch your legs, a retractable roof provides much needed shade beneath the hot summer sun, cosy lounge chairs encourage lazy moments of appreciation and swimming pools soak sun-kissed or chill-ravaged shoulders between ports.
Books and games await in the Library, and plush sofas, an expansive bar, plentiful snack and views via floor-to-ceiling windows make it difficult to leave the Lounge. During the day you’re invited to enjoy lectures and demonstrations. Stay until evening and you’ll see the area transform into an elegant showroom, often complete with live music, dancing and ample conversation.
One of APT’s fundamental views is that your river cruise experience should be spent making new memories and unearthing new discoveries, which is why your holiday will run without hitch or occurrence from the outset, leaving you free to enjoy every second. From the moment a representative greets you at the airport on arrival, right through to the moment you depart the ship, APT will take care of the details from the very beginning, right through to the end.
Experienced Tour Directors will be on hand to answer any questions and offer suggestions, whilst APT’s expertly planned itineraries have been designed to encompass all of the iconic sights and hidden gems that lie deep within each destination and on the road less travelled.
Whether it’s a sightseeing opportunity, exclusive dining experience or mingling with the locals, all Insider Experiences are included in the price you pay. Gain insight into the true magic of Europe’s culture with a taste of the German festive markets, swap stories with local residents over coffee and cake in Wertheim, allow the locals of the French village Boucieu-le-Roi to take you on a guided tour or lose yourself in Vienna’s famous Naschmarkt; there is something for all.
Selected itineraries allow you to take advantage of APT’s unique Freedom of Choice concept, giving you the flexibility to choose from a diverse range of included excursions at no extra cost. With a range of activities available, from a visit to Vienna’s famous Spanish Riding School to a guided culinary walk of Lyon, there’s sure to be something to suit everyone.
Signature Invitations are extended only to those who travel on an APT Royal Collection river cruise, offering you the opportunity to experience some truly exceptional, once-in-a-lifetime moments. Benefiting from a level of exclusivity unlike any other, you will be granted access to some of Europe’s most enchanting attractions, with tours unlike anything you could possibly arrange yourself. Marvel at the ornate frescoes as you sip champagne and enjoy a private opera recital at Budapest’s Hungarian State Opera House, or indulge in a grand evening of fine dining at Bordeaux’s Château Pape Clément. APT will take care of every single detail, leaving you free to enjoy and appreciate a new level of luxury.
Embark on a Royal Collection river cruise in Europe with APT and you’ll enjoy cuisine created by the only chefs on Europe’s waterways ever to be inducted into the renowned Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. Enjoy a degustation menu prepared by a private chef in the exclusive Chef’s Table Restaurant, sample fine dining and fantastic service in the Main Dining Room or opt for a light bite beneath the skies during the day. Whenever you dine and wherever it may be, it’s all included within your cruise fare and every dish promises to be more delicious than the last.
The beauty of a river cruise is that you needn’t venture far from port before getting your first taste of the local folklore and this is certainly the case when cruising with APT. In fact, aboard an APT cruise, Europe’s culture comes directly to you on evenings throughout your trip; sing along, dance and recline in a comfortable chair with a drink in hand as local entertainers, artisans and historians wrap up your day. Other nightly entertainment includes everything from expert glass blowers to a lively performance from the Bavarian Brass Band and even musical interludes from magnificent La Strada.
APT’s all-inclusive price covers everything from sightseeing excursions to dining and drinks, plus tipping. Whether you’re enjoying fine dining on board or a private recital in a grand opera house, you can relax in the knowledge that it won’t cost you a penny extra.
Details that are often overlooked are also included in your APT fare, with return flights from the UK on leading airlines, ports charges, luggage portage and overseas transfers all covered. On Royal Collection and Luxury holidays you’ll enjoy the ultimate start and end to your trip, thanks to home-to-airport transfers by private car.