Get Inspired / Europe Hundreds of people are converted river cruisers. Why not you? Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Europe Hundreds of people are converted river cruisers. Why not you? story by: Anna Sarjeant Discover a different side to Europe on a relaxing APT river cruise. In a nutshell With an APT river cruises, you’re invited to completely switch off and wind down. Allow yourself to be swept away on a grand discovery of Europe’s most beautiful rivers, with everything done for you. No need to drive, navigate a map, cook, clean or even make your own bed, your days are your own, to do as much or as little as you like. Ideal for those who appreciate the finer things in life, uncover region upon region of fascinating history, while tasting incredible gourmet food and sampling some of Europe’s finest wines. The facilities On board, world-class service is paramount, as is APT’s commitment to personal choice. Guests can enjoy the spacious public areas, a wide range of suite options - including Panoramic Balcony and Twin Balcony suites, up to seven different dining experiences in a range of locations and plenty of recreational facilities. The sights Wind along the picturesque Moselle River and drink in lush vineyards and rolling hills of the Moselle Valley. Soak up the rich history of World Heritage-listed landmarks and landscapes. Explore regions famed for their grapes, from the Rhine (and the largest producer of Riesling) to the stunning sun-soaked wine region of Provence in southern France. In Beaujolais, enjoy a tour of a family owned and run winery. Learn about the unique production methods used to produce wine such as the famous beaujolais nouveau variety. Enjoy an unforgettable gastronomic journey in every country you unmask. In France, discover Lyon’s traditional bouchons (restaurants that serve only locally produced food and wine). This city is often thought of as the culinary capital of France. The excursions When it comes to excursions, do them all, or not at all. Whatever suits you best. Tour highlights include the decadent Majestic Imperator Train, a replica of the Hapsburg train built from the original plans. There are also private tours with a lavish banquet at Germany’s Namedy Castle, and a private concert featuring Mozart Boys Choir members at Vienna’s City Palace. The Hungarian State Opera House in Budapest’s guided tour (with a private opera recital) is unmissable. The point-of-difference On the ever-popular Magnificent Europe river cruises, there are four decadent royal-themed Signature Experiences that are available exclusively to APT guests. The highlights River cruising is increasingly popular, and we can know exactly why. Here are the top reasons a European APT river cruise is the only way to discover the continent. Small numbers – ships are smaller than their ocean cruising big brothers, and therefore passenger numbers are smaller too. Intimate atmosphere – Due to smaller guest numbers, you’ll feel like a close-knit community of like-minded passengers. Cruise directors – Ever friendly, always approachable and pretty much always in sight. Swing by and have a yarn. If you have questions, they will get answered. Unpack once – No need to unpack and repack. The only time you’ll be seeing your suitcase is the day you alight and the day you depart. Hassle-free travel – Ditch the car and don’t worry about map reading or a bossy GPS. Travel from A to B with ease, comfort and in style. Driving’s your Captain’s job now. Ever-changing scenery – Even the world’s best hotels are stuck with the same old view. Not so on a river cruise. Changing daily from your stateroom, the restaurant, the lounge, the deck…you get the point. Click here for all our APT river cruise deals. 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