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MAGNIFICENT EUROPE – ESCORTED RIVER CRUISE TOUR

DISCOVER EUROPE

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FROM YOUR STATEROOM BALCONY
 LUXURY APT EUROPEAN RIVER CRUISE

 

19 DAYS - DEPARTING CHRISTCURCH 14 AUGUST 2019

INCLUDES 15 DAYS OF ALL INCLUSIVE RIVER CRUISING AMSTERDAM TO BUDAPEST

FULLY ESCORTED FROM NEW ZEALAND



Join in the fun

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On our exclusive World Travellers escorted European River Cruise.  Even if you have been to Europe before, this outstanding APT river cruise will show you new dimensions that you’ve only dreamed of.  Special experiences include private dining in a 14th century castle,  a private classical concert at The City Palace in Vienna and travel on an imperial train with a tour of Godollo Palace. 

Our very own experienced World Traveller, Suzanne Stagg,  will be your escort and guiding light during your adventure.

We fly out of Christchurch on 14 August on board the fabulous Emirates A380.  Relax and enjoy world class dining & wine, top class onboard entertainment and world class service from the Emirates crew. 

On arrival at Amsterdam we are met and transferred to our pre-cruise hotel for 1 night before boarding the luxurious AmaVide for 14 nights/15 days of exquisite river cruising.  Be as active as you like, or relax and view the ever-changing scenes from your private stateroom balcony.   You’ll experience sensational dining in amazing onboard dining venues highlighting the exquisite local produce and wines.

And no matter which suite you choose, each offers a balance of luxury and intimacy, plus you’ll always enjoy river views.

Come join us. We look forward to having you on board.

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MEET SUZANNE - your world travellers escort

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I’m absolutely looking forward to sharing this amazing European Cruise with you. Having 20 years of experience in this exciting and ever-changing travel industry, there is nothing I love more than sharing it with fellow travellers and ensuring everyone maximizes every opportunity offered.  Europe is one of my favorite destinations.  The history is amazing, the cuisines are out of this world and there are so many opportunities to explore and discover so many unique places.

INCLUSIONS

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Economy Airfares with Emirates (upgrades available)

Accommodation (share twin basis) in Amsterdam prior to cruise departure (includes breakfast).

Amsterdam Airport transfer to Hotel and transfer to Port.

14 nights on-board accommodation in B+ Stateroom (upgrades available) 

 All-inclusive sightseeing in 15 destinations

Finest dining a total of 41 meals

Expert APT Cruise Director whilst on cruise

World Travellers Tour Escort from New Zealand

APT’s Freedom of Choice inclusions in 10 locations

Complimentary beverages served on board

Butler room service and complimentary laundry for select suites

Return Airport transfer to Budapest International Airport

Overnight accommodation in Dubai  (if travelling from/to Christchurch)

 

CRUISE ITINERARY INCLUDES: Amsterdam, Cologne, Bonn, Rudesheim, Miltenberg, Wurzburg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Linz, Melk, Durnstein, Vienna, Budapest.

 

From $15,995.00 pp NZD twin share cabin including return economy group airfare from New Zealand

Group tour departs New Zealand 14 August 2019 and returns 01 Sept 2019

ITINERARY

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EUROPE 2019 MAP EUMC15

Day one - Wednesday 14 August – Depart Christchurch

The first day of your Magnificent Europe adventure is about to begin!  We meet at Christchurch Airport in anticipation of boarding our Emirates flight. Settle in and enjoy attentive service, delicious food, fine wines and a selection of entertainment as wide as the aircraft itself!


 

Day two - Thursday 15 August – Inflight to Amsterdam

On arrival in Amsterdam we will be met and transferred to the Amsterdam Marriott.  With an unparalleled location across from the Leidseplein, this hotel places you moments from Amsterdam city centre's most celebrated shopping, dining and entertainment destinationsUnwind in your renovated room or suite designed by Piet Boon, which boasts impeccable modern design accents with natural materials. It also features fine steakhouse dining at Midtown Grill, drinks at Sorel's Bar and Lounge and a 24-hour fitness center with sauna.

Breakfast included.


 

Day  three - Friday 16 August – Arrive Amsterdam

We are transferred to our river ship, docked in the heart of Amsterdam.  After dinner, a free evening gives you the chance to step ashore and explore the canal-crossed streets at your leisure.

Stay: 14 Nights, a Concerto River Ship

Daily:  Dinner


  

 DAY FOUR - SATURDAY 17 AUGUST – AMSTERDAM

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps admire Amsterdam's canals from a glass-top boat. Or visit Zaanse Schans, a lovely village famous for its traditional Dutch houses, windmills and specialty produce. Otherwise, stay on board your ship while a local baker conducts a stroopwafel demonstration. Alternatively, on select spring departures, visit Keukenhof Gardens.


Canal Boat Cruise - Board a glass-top boat and admire the city's architecture as you cruise the maze of World-Heritage-listed canals for which the city is famous.

Zaanse Schans - Visit the typically Dutch village of Zaanse Schans, famous for its wooden windmills, traditional Dutch houses and specialty produce. Enjoy some time to explore and enjoy a tasting of the regions cheeses.

Stroopwafel Demonstration - Enjoy a relaxing morning on board, while a local baker conducts a 'stroopwafel' demonstration, a waffle made from two thin layers of baked dough with a caramel-like syrup filling in the middle.

Keukenhof Gardens - On select spring departures, visit the renowned Keukenhof Gardens. Explore more than 70 acres of world-renowned gardens, and admire the spectacular display of bulb flowers in bloom, including colourful tulips.


Personalise your time in Amsterdam today with a choice of experiences. In the evening, gather on board for a Gala Welcome Dinner.

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 
DAY FIVE - SUNDAY 18 AUGUST – cologne, bonn, andernach

ROYAL SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

In Andernach, you are treated to an exclusive visit to Namedy Castle. This 14th-century residence is home to Princess Heide von Hohenzollern who has opened the doors of her castle just for you. Enjoy some free time to wander about the castle’s rooms, hidden nooks and grounds, then savour dinner in the ballroom, accompanied by a classical piano recital.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

In Cologne, take a tour through the historic city centre and sample local beers and snacks. Alternatively, embark on a bike ride to see City Hall and the remains from Roman times and the Middle Ages.


Enter Germany and cruise into Cologne, a city centred around the twin spires of its famous cathedral. Here, your day takes one of two paths on your chosen activity. Later, rejoin your ship in Bonn and cruise to Andernach where a special experience awaits.

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY SIX - MONDAY 19 AUGUST – RUDESHEIM

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

In Rüdesheim, tour Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Alternatively, board a scenic gondola for exceptional views over the Rhine Valley, or perhaps sample wines from the region during an onboard tasting.


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. Your ship later docks at the town of Rüdesheim.

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY SEVEN - TUESDAY 20 AUGUST – MILTENBERG

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps enjoy a visit to a local winery, where you will enjoy learning about Rhine Valley wines, as well as sampling the region's delicious produce during a wine and cheese tasting. Alternatively, acquaint yourself with the German language during an interactive lesson on board your ship. Otherwise, hike through a picturesque forested area with views of the Franconian vineyards.


Witness the skilful art of glass-blowing on board as you cruise towards the pretty Franconian town of Miltenberg this morning. After the day’s activity, return to your ship for a delicious dinner.

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY EIGHT - WEDNESDAY 21 AUGUST – WURZBURG

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

The immense architectural beauty of Würzburg is on show today as you walk to the Würzburg Residence, an 18th-century palace that once belonged to the Prince-Bishops of Würzburg. Inside, marvel at intricate tapestries, gilded stucco work and ceiling frescoes by Tiepolo. If you prefer, take a journey along the Romantic Road to the marvellous medieval town of Rothenburg where you’ll stop for a tour. Otherwise, visit a family-owned farm, where you'll tour the property before sitting down to morning tea as you learn about local farming life.


Seize the day with your preferred sightseeing activity.

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 DAY NINE - THURSDAY 22 AUGUST – BAMBERG

This morning your ship will arrive in World Heritage-listed Bamberg, one 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.

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY TEN - FRIDAY 23 AUGUST - NUREMBERG

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

A historic tour takes you to a selection of World War II sites, such as the Reich Party Rally Grounds. Alternatively, walk in the footsteps of Swedish King Gustavus-Adolphus, with a hike through the Schwarzach Valley.


Choose your sightseeing in Nuremberg. Back on board, sample some delicious freshly baked gingerbread while cruising the Main-Danube Canal.

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY ELEVEN - SATURDAY 24 AUGUST - regensberg

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

On a guided walking tour, see such sites as the iconic Old Town Hall and the World Heritage-listed city centre. Alternatively, learn the schuhplattler during a fun Bavarian dance lesson at a local beer haus. Another option is a gourmet walking tour. Gain an insight into the art of haute cuisine at the Michelin-starred restaurant Storstad, where you will enjoy a presentation and the chance to sample a variety of delights. Or perhaps hear an informative talk on board from a student of the University of Regensburg.


Tailor your holiday with a selection of sightseeing choices today.

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 DAY TWELVE - SUNDAY 25 AUGUST – PASSAU, LINZ

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeingz

Disembark in Passau and travel to Salzburg, where a city tour takes you to several sights from Rogers and Hammerstein’s classic film, The Sound of Music. Alternatively, embark on a full-day journey to Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic, renowned for its stunning 13th-century castle above the Vltava River, its old town square and quaint lanes teeming with ancient architecture. Both touring options will then conclude in Linz, where you will re-board your river ship. Otherwise, enjoy a walking tour of Passau, then cruise to Linz.


Select from a diverse range of sightseeing options today.

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 DAY THIRTEEN - MONDAY 26 AUGUST – MELK, DURNSTEIN

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - SIghtseeing

Join a guided tour of Melk Abbey, one of the world’s most famous monastic sites. Or join a local guide for a tour of the town. During autumn departures, perhaps participate in some vineyard work at a local winery as part of the wine harvest season. Another option is a guided bike ride along the banks of the Danube River from Melk to Dürnstein.


Cruise through the Wachau Valley wine region today. Disembark in Melk and select from a number of activities. Later, take the opportunity to roam -Dürnstein's cobblestone lanes at your leisure.

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 DAY FOURTEEN - TUESDAY 27 AUGUST – VIENNA

ROYAL SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Tonight, visit the family of Liechtenstein’s City Palace in the heart of Vienna. Attend an exclusive cocktail reception and a private concert featuring a full orchestra performing classical masterpieces by Mozart and Strauss, as well as an operatic recital. You will also be entertained by members of the Mozart Boys' Choir.


Arrive in Vienna, home to an array of striking architecture as well as a rich classical music culture and vibrant cafes. 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 in 1865. You’ll also enjoy a guided walk to St Stephen’s Cathedral.

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY FIFTEEN - WEDNESDAY 28 AUGUST – VIENNA

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

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, visit Slovakia's Bratislava, or perhaps enjoy a round of golf.


Personalise your time in Vienna with a choice of touring options today.

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 
DAY SIXTEEN - THURSDAY 29 AUGUST – BUDAPEST

ROYAL SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

After your Budapest city tour, follow in the footsteps of Elisabeth of Bavaria (Sisi) and embark on an imperial train journey. Enjoy a welcome reception at Budapest Station's Royal Waiting Room, then board your elegant steam train, which features carriages from the early 1900s. A traditional game lunch worthy of royalty is served, before disembarking for a guided tour of Gödöllő Palace, a favourite of Sisi. Operates on all departures between April and September.


Enjoy a guided tour of Budapest. Back on board after dinner, see the city lights sparkle during a twilight cruise.

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY SEVENTEEN - FRIDAY 30 AUGUST - DISEMBARK SHIP, DEPART BUDAPEST FLY TO DUBAI

After breakfast we are transferred to Budapest Airport to board our Emirates flight back to Dubai.   

On arrival we are met and transferred to our hotel.

Breakfast included.


Day eighteen - Saturday 31 August – depart dubai

After breakfast we are transferred to Dubai Airport for our Emirates flight to Christchurch. Take advantage of your in-flight time to organise your photos, exchange contact details of your new friends and toast your “Discover Europe” experience.


Day nineteen – sunday 1 september - ARRIVE CHRISTCHURCH

On arrival in Christchurch, we return brimming with lifelong memories of a spectacular European holiday.

Arrangements conclude.

 

Be met on arrival and transfer to your ship. After your first dinner on board, set off on a magical twilight cruise along the Danube River.

Stay: 14 Nights, one of APT’s luxurious Concerto River Ships

Daily :
  • Dinner

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Come along to our fun and informative cruise evening. Share a glass of vino and hear insights in to successful and enjoyable river cruising.

Date: To be advised

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Travel Insurance

We recommend that you take out a travel insurance policy upon payment of your deposit. You should ensure that such insurance will protect you against cancellation and loss of deposits or payments prior to departure due to unforeseen circumstances, medical expenses arising from sickness or injury during your travel and protect you also against loss of or damage to your belongings. Please check natural disaster coverage and length of duration coverage. We can arrange travel insurance for you and can provide you with a quote and answer any queries you may have regarding the insurance we offer.

 

PAYMENT

First deposit of $1,000pp is due within 7 days of holding a booking.

Second deposit of $2,000pp is due by 31 October 2018 and balance is 100 days prior to departure.

Any bookings made following 31 October 2018 would require 1st and 2nd deposit totalling $3,000pp within 7 days of holding a booking.

 

 terms and conditions

 World Travellers - Terms and Conditions

CONDITIONS: Price is ex CHC, valid at 10 Sep 18, is subject to availability & currency fluctuations. Airfare to departing city not incl. Amendment, cancellation & credit card fees apply. Full conditions are available on our website.

APT - TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The following terms and conditions (‘booking conditions’) form the basis of your contract with Australian Pacific Touring Pty Ltd (‘APT’, ‘we’ or ‘our’). Please read them carefully as they set out your and our respective rights and obligations. By asking us to confirm your booking, we are entitled to assume that you have had the opportunity to read and have read these booking conditions, that you agree to them and that you agree to them applying to your holiday arrangements that you book with us and which we agree to make, provide or perform (as applicable) as part of our contract with you. References in these booking conditions to your ‘holiday package’ are references to the tour  or cruise package you have booked with APT. References to ‘excursions’ are references to short trips or tours included or available as part of your holiday package. 

GOVERNING LAW

These booking conditions are governed by the law force in Victoria, Australia.

Prices – Deposits – Discounts – Payments

Prices listed in this flyer are valid at the time of publication but are subject to change. They may be varied by advertising or special offers, or changed after the publication date for any reason, including without limitation, to cover changes in government taxes and charges, exchange rate variations, fuel surcharges, airline charges, a force majeure event or other material increases by suppliers. The most up to date pricing may be found on our website – www.aptouring.co.nz. Prices will be confirmed at time of booking and honoured for up to seven days. Once the security deposit is paid the price will be guaranteed.

A $1,000 security deposit per person, per holiday package is required within seven days of booking confirmation. A second deposit of $2,000 is required by 31 October 2018. Final payment of the balance of your holiday package price is due before 3 May 2019. APT reserves the right to cancel any ticket or booking or, refuse to honour any price or carry any passenger where any payment has not been received by APT within the specified time. All fares and charges are in New Zealand currency. Payment in full is required at time of booking for reservations made less than 100 days before departure from Australia or New Zealand. If APT is unable to confirm your reservation, all monies will be refunded.

 CANCELLATION POLICY

For all holiday packages in this publication, the following  APT cancellation fees apply:

 Days of Notice:                                 Fee Per Person:

100 days or more                             Loss of deposit

     99-61 days                                           50% of holiday package price

60 days or less                                   100% of holiday package price

All cancellations must be received in writing by APT and are  not effective until this notification has been received. If your holiday has commenced, 100% of the full holiday package price is charged. There is no refund for unused services or if portions of the holiday package are missed. Additional cancellation fees may also be charged in respect to accommodation reserved outside the holiday package dates. These cancellation fees are in addition to any fees that may be levied by APT and your travel agent (if any). You acknowledge that the amounts estimated under the Cancellation Policy are reasonable and represent a genuine pre-estimate of APT’s loss and are otherwise reasonably necessary to protect the legitimate interests of APT. If you request changes after APT has issued your documents, APT may charge you an administration and processing fee of $70 per person in addition to any applicable cancellation fees.

 INCLUDED IN HOLIDAY PACKAGE PRICE

All coach and travel, accommodation, airfares (if indicated in individual itinerary), gratuities, airport transfers on the first and last day, sightseeing, specified excursions, meals, admissions, port charges and the services of a Cruise or Tour Director are included on the 15 day Amsterdam to Budapest cruise operated by APT. APT itinerary begins on 16 August 2019 and any additional days and services as mentioned in the itinerary are being provided by World Travellers Christchurch and not APT. Conditions may differ where third party suppliers are involved. Please refer to World Travellers Christchurch for full details of the inclusions in your holiday package and the T&C’s relating to these. APT Collection cruises in Europe also include complimentary beverages served on board your river ship (French Champagne, premium spirits and selected wines are not included).

NOT INCLUDED IN OUR TOUR AND/OR CRUISE PRICE  Laundry (unless stated), passport and visa fees, food not on the regular table d’hôte menu, drinks may or may not be included as indicated in your itinerary, excess baggage, fuel surcharges and gratuities not specified in your itinerary. Travel insurance is not included in your holiday package and you are required to purchase comprehensive travel insurance at the time of booking.

 ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE TRANSFERS

Airport transfers are included on the first and last day of your APT holiday package in Amsterdam and Budapest  at designated times. No refund will be given for unused transfers. Transfers cannot be re-routed to other pick-up points or destinations. Passengers who miss the pre-booked transfers must make their own way to/from the ship/hotel at their own expense. Some holiday packages include group transfers from or in between airports/hotels/ships and vice versa. A group transfer is generally a shared transfer departing at a set time and the type of vehicle used will normally be dependent upon the size of the group.

Visa and Passports 

All passengers must have a valid passport that is valid for at  least six months after the holiday package return date. Passengers must consult with the appropriate consulates to ensure that they have any applicable visas for countries included in the holiday  package prior to departure. Passengers are solely responsible  for meeting necessary passport and visa entry requirements and paying all associated costs. APT cannot obtain group visas on your behalf. APT is not responsible for delays or missed portions of the holiday package resulting from incorrect travel documents or visas. 

 Health and Fitness

A good level of fitness and health is required to participate on APT’s holiday packages. In some destinations there are extensive sightseeing excursions by foot and which can include climbing of stairs and uneven surfaces. Mobility is needed boarding or alighting coaches, river and ocean cruise ships, tender boats, zodiacs and trains. We recommend a visit to the doctor and dentist before travelling to overseas destinations. It is your responsibility to advise APT of any pre-existing medical conditions that may affect the normal conduct of a holiday package and the enjoyment of other passengers.

APT Deposit Cancellation Peace of Mind

Applicable when an upfront fee of $95 per person is paid with your deposit. The holiday package can be cancelled prior  to the final payment date and your deposit will be retained as  an APT holding credit to be used for future bookings. If Deposit Cancellation Peace of Mind is claimed, monies held must be used on a future cruise or tour and cannot be redeemed against the original cruise or tour departure date. Deposit held in credit will exclude fees imposed by third parties, including but not limited to air travel, rail travel and hotels. When booking airfares through APT (including when taking advantage of a special offer that includes air travel), standard airline cancellation fees will apply.

In some cases, airfares will be non-refundable. In the event of cancellation, these fees will be deducted from the deposit paid, and therefore the credit being held. APT Deposit Cancellation Peace of Mind applies to new bookings only and is only valid up until 100 days prior to travel. After three years, unused credit funds will incur the original cancellation conditions as per brochure. This does not replace travel insurance, which you are required to purchase at the time of booking.

SUPERDEALS AND SPECIAL OFFERS 

Conditions apply. For full terms and conditions relating to any SuperDeal or Special Offer on your booking, please go to: www. aptouring.co.nz/specialdeals.

*Pricing is inclusive of additional services being offered by World Travellers Christchurch. Prices provided by APT are based on dynamic pricing and therefore subject to change at any time. Price is per person, based on twin share and is subject to availability at the time of booking. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. Amendment, cancellation and credit card fees apply. Please refer to your World Travellers Christchurch consultant for full terms & conditions surrounding pricing and inclusions. Superdeals cannot be held for your group and are subject to availability at the time of booking.

APT’s prices and itineraries valid from 1 May 2018 for travel in 2019, but subject to change in terms of these conditions.

 TOUR ESCORT

^A tour escort is subject to a minimum number of full paying passengers. If the minimum number is not met the tour may travel without an escort. Any cancellations made due to no escort will result in standard cancellation fees.

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