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River Cruises

Cruise Europe’s Most Scenic Waterways - Supreme comfort and convenience make river cruising the premier way to experience Europe’s magnificent cities, historic villages and little-seen enclaves. From your stateroom balcony, endless natural beauty combines with evolving views of the colorful local scenery. Castles and fortresses tower on both sides, as if you could reach out and touch them. Unpack just once then settle in as each destination comes to you. Apple Vacations is proud to present the River Cruises of Europe.
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Black Sea Voyage (2014)
Enjoy a 13 night vacation, with a 7 night Danube cruise in the middle - Begin with two nights in Vienna, renowned for its music and architecture, then transfer to Budapest to start your Danube voyage. Discover the vine-clad slopes of Pecs before departing Hungary, and cruise the boundary between Serbia and Croatia. Traverse the narrow gorges of the Iron Gates that divides Europe’s Balkan and Carpathian mountains. Sail along the Romanian-Bulgarian border to Bucharest, the capital of Romania. Disembark and take the optional air transfer to Istanbul or continue via motorcoach to Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria’s ancient capital, before arriving in Plovdiv. Conclude with three nights in Istanbul, rich in history that dates back for millennia.
Countries Visited: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkey | River: Danube
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The Enchanting Rhine (2014)
7-night cruise from Amsterdam to Basel and spend 4 additional nights in Switzerland - Begin in vibrant Amsterdam, enjoying her legendary canals and colorful surroundings. Visit the majestic Cologne Cathedral, the historic university town of Heidelberg, the charming medieval town of Strasbourg and discover the legendary Black Forest region. Conclude your journey amidst Switzerland’s stunning scenery and world-famous cities, enjoying lake-side excursions and Alpine vistas.
Countries: France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland | Rivers: Dutch and Belgian Waterways, Rhine
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Provence & Spain (2014)
Travel from Paris to Barcelona, with an enchanting 7 night cruise through Provence - From magical Paris to romantic Barcelona, this itinerary is truly captivating. Begin with three nights in Paris then travel aboard the high speed TGV train to Lyon, France’s gastronomical capital. Cruise legendary wine growing regions, home to famous wines such as Beaujolais and Côte du Rhône. Enjoy wine tastings at local vintners, marvel at Roman ruins, and shop for Provencal crafts. See the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Avignon as well as Arles, once home to Vincent Van Gogh. Disembark and travel to medieval Perpignan for a stop en route to your post-cruise program in Barcelona.
Countries Visited: France, Spain | River: Rhone
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Jewels of France (2014)
Spend 3 nights in Barcelona, savor a 7-night Arles-Lyon cruise and a 7-night Seine cruise while ending your vacation with 2 nights in Paris - Your journey begins in Barcelona before you embark on your cruise through the vineyards of France. Cruise from Arles to Lyon, through France's legendary wine growing regions. Enjoy wine tastings at local vintners, as you marvel at Roman ruins and stroll through medieval villages. Travel to Paris aboard the high-speed TGV train where you will embark on our next journey through historic northern France. Visit charming villages and French harbors made famous by many artists. See the infamous Normandy Beaches and the impressive Château Gaillard before returning to stay in Paris, the "City of Light."
Countries Visited: France, Spain | Rivers: Rhone, Seine
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Port Wine & Flamenco (2014)
Enjoy a 3 night stay in Madrid, followed by a 7-night Douro cruise and 3 nights in Lisbon to finish your memorable vacation - Begin your journey in beautiful Madrid, Spain, known for its great cultural and artistic heritage. Travel to the Spanish border of Vega Terrón to embark on your Douro River Valley cruise. Traverse through one of Europe’s most pure and unspoiled rivers where Port wine vineyards wrap around every crew-cut hillside. Visit the small town of Pinhão, known as the wine lovers Mecca, then on to the beautiful region of Trás-os-Montes. Explore the former Roman village of Bitetos and its 11th-century Alpendurade Monastery before visiting the northern capital of Portugal, Porto. Conclude your journey in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Lisbon.
Countries Visited: Portugal, Spain | River: Douro
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Enticing Douro (2014)
Start with 3 nights in Lisbon, and then enjoy a relaxing 7-night cruise through the Douro River Valley - Spend three nights in Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, before beginning your journey through the wonderfully scenic Douro River Valley. It is one of Europe’s most pure and unspoiled rivers decorated with deep cleft gorges, lush vineyards, and sleepy fishing villages. Begin in the capital of the North, Porto, and continue to the ancient and picturesque city of Lamego. Enter Spain to visit Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located at the center of the Castilla y León region. Travel inland and on to the beautiful countryside of the Trás-os-Montes Region to visit the palace and gardens of Mateus. Explore the 14th-century Alpendurada Monastery before concluding your vacation in historic Porto.
Countries Visited: Portugal, Spain | River: Douro
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Grand Danube Cruise (2014)
Spend 3 nights in Istanbul, 1 night in Bulgaria, then take a 14-night cruise to Nuremberg, ending your vacation with 3 nights in Prague - Begin in Istanbul and spend one night in Bulgaria’s second largest city, Plovdiv. You will visit the ancient capital of Veliko Tarnovo. Visit Romania’s capital, Bucharest, and marvel at the Iron Gates. Enjoy magnificent Budapest, continuing on to Vienna, birthplace of the waltz. Cruise through the scenic wine region of the Wachau Valley. Visit the spectacular Benedictine Abbey in Melk, then explore the Austrian Lake District and fairytale cities featuring 2,000 years of history. Conclude your journey in magical Prague.
Countries Visited: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany,
Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkey | River: Danube
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Christmas on the Rhine (2014)
Spend 4 nights in Switzerland, then enjoy a 7-night cruise from Basel to Amsterdam - Begin your journey with a visit to two of Switzerland’s most famous cities, elegant Zurich and captivating Lucerne. Enjoy lake-side excursions, magical Christmas markets and wintertime Alpine vistas. Travel on the enchanting Rhine River for a 7-night cruise beginning in cosmopolitan Basel. Discover the legendary Black Forest region, the medieval town of Strasbourg, the university city of Heidelberg, and historic Cologne, famous for its majestic Cathedral and bustling Christmas markets. Conclude your fabulous winter voyage in Amsterdam, amidst legendary canals and colorful holiday surroundings.
Countries: France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland | Rivers: Dutch and Belgian Waterways, Rhine
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The Romantic Danube (2014)
Enjoy a fascinating cruise from Vilshofen to Budapest - Framed by rolling hillsides, lush vineyards, and medieval castles; the Danube River has captivated musicians, artists and poets throughout the centuries. Travel 7 nights on the Danube River cruising from Vilshofen to Budapest. Explore a 2,000-year-old city and visit Europe’s largest pipe organ; savor local wines throughout the Wachau Valley and have your senses heightened with the timeless beauty and rich history of Vienna and Budapest.
Countries Visited: Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia | River: Danube
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Melodies of the Danube (2014)
Enjoy a fascinating cruise from Budapest to Vilshofen - Travel on the beautiful Danube through four European countries. Experience the sights and sounds that have long inspired musicians, poets and artists. Begin your cruise in magnificent Budapest, continuing on to historic Bratislava and legendary Vienna, the birthplace of the waltz. Cruise through the scenic wine-growing region of the Wachau Valley. Visit a spectacular Benedictine Abbey; explore the Austrian Lake District and fairy-tale cities founded more than 2,000 years ago.
Countries Visited: Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia | River: Danube
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The Legendary Danube (2014)
Enjoy a fascinating cruise from Nuremberg to Budapest - Celebrate the beauty and history of the Danube, Europe’s second largest river, cruising from Nuremberg through the Main-Danube Canal across the Continental Divide. Continue to centuries-old towns and marvel at the beautiful river-side vistas unfolding around you. Enter Austria and cruise through the lush Wachau wine region. Then, conclude your European river cruise vacation with two grand capitals, magnificent Vienna and historic Budapest.
Countries Visited: Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary | River: Danube
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Blue Danube Discovery (2014)
Enjoy an unforgettable 7-night cruise to Nuremberg - Discover a wealth of art, history and cultural treasures as you explore some of Europe’s most famous destinations. From Budapest, a haven for musicians, writers and artists, cruise to Bratislava, Vienna, Passau and Regensburg. Along the way, visit magnificent cathedrals and baroque abbeys. Explore the charming Wachau Valley and traverse Europe’s Continental Divide, made possible through the engineering marvel of the Main-Danube Canal.
Countries Visited: Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia | River: Danube
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Vineyards of the Rhine & Mosel (2014)
Enjoy a 7-night cruise from Luxembourg to Amsterdam - Experience the unforgettable beauty and centuries-old vineyards along two of Europe’s most renowned waterways, the Rhine and Mosel. After boarding the ship in Luxembourg, view the steepest vineyards in the world along the Mosel River; visit ancient wine villages and vineyards while enjoying wine tastings along the way. On the Rhine, you will arrive at historic Cologne where you can discover the city’s magnificent cathedral. Conclude your river cruise vacation in vibrant Amsterdam, amidst legendary canals.
Countries: Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands | Rivers: Dutch and Belgian Waterways, Mosel, Rhine
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Europe's Rivers & Castles (2014)
Enjoy an enchanting 7-night cruise from Luxembourg to Nuremberg - Visit Trier, the oldest city in Germany and continue along the Mosel River, famous for Europe’s steepest vineyards. Visit the charming towns of Bernkastel and Cochem, sampling Mosel vintages along the way. Then, cruise the Rhine River, dotted with picturesque castles from Koblenz to Rüdesheim. Enter the Main River and stop at the medieval towns of Miltenberg, Wertheim and Bamberg before cruising through the Main-Danube Canal to Nuremberg.
Countries Visited: Germany, Luxembourg | Rivers: Danube, Main, Mosel, Rhine
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Paris & Normandy (2014)
Enjoy a 7-night Seine cruise - Begin your journey through northern France in Paris, the “City of Light,” where you will embark your cruise. Visit the village of Giverny, where Monet lived for 43 years. Explore Honfleur, a charming French harbor town made famous from artist’s paintings. Stroll through Rouen, the historic capital of Normandy, followed by an unforgettable excursion to the famous Normandy beaches. Visit the charming town of Les Andelys home of the impressive Château Gaillard. Conclude your journey with the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Élysées and the Louvre in the magical city of Paris.
Countries Visited: France | River: Seine
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Magnificent Europe (2014)
A Truly Grand Cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest through the heart of Europe and across the Continental Divide - Follow the route of emperors and kings on a “Magnificent” European journey along three great rivers through five fascinating countries! Begin in Amsterdam and travel on the Rhine to Cologne, with its breathtaking cathedral. Cruise through the beautiful Rhine Gorge and then on to the Main River. Marvel at the engineering wonders of the Main-Danube Canal as you traverse Europe’s Continental Divide by ship. Discover the culture and traditions of grand old capitals such as Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest. Along the way, discover perfectly preserved medieval towns and Europe’s loveliest countryside, filled with quaint villages and fairy-tale castles.
Countries Visited: Austria, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands | Rivers: Danube, Main, Rhine
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Ultimate River Cruise (2014)
Savor a stunning 14-night river cruise from Budapest to Luxembourg - Cruise the legendary Main and Danube then continue on the picturesque Rhine and Mosel rivers for a cultural and scenic voyage through Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, Luxembourg and France. Start your vacation with three celebrated capitals, vibrant Budapest, historic Bratislava and magnificent Vienna. Your journey takes you over the Main-Danube Canal across the Continental Divide. You will visit charming towns with ancient fortresses and experience spectacular vistas. Discover medieval cities along the Main River, and see the world’s steepest vineyards in the lush Mosel River Valley.
Countries: Austria, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg, Slovakia | Rivers: Danube, Main, Mosel, Rhine
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Christmas Time Cruise (2014)
Visit the fascinating Christmas Markets between Nuremberg and Budapest - Celebrate the magic of the wonderful holiday season with a fascinating trip beginning in Nuremberg, crossing the Continental Divide on the Main-Danube Canal. Visit charming towns where so many Christmas traditions began. Experience a variety of unique and enchanting Christmas markets sharing in the local traditions of medieval Regensburg, musical Salzburg, vibrant Vienna and more. Conclude your holiday cruise in magnificent Budapest.
Countries Visited: Austria, Germany, Hungary | River: Danube
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Tulip Time Cruise (2014)
Cruise through Holland and Belgium in the Spring - Discover the beauty and history of the Dutch and Belgian waterways in springtime. Admire the colorful tulip carpets and flower displays; stroll amidst Kinderdijks’ lush green countryside dotted with world-famous windmills. Taste the famous local cheeses and learn about the traditions of the friendly Dutch and Flemish people. In Belgium, admire the great medieval cities of Antwerp and Ghent.
Countries Visited: Belgium, Netherlands | Rivers: Dutch and Belgian Waterways
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*Apple Vacations European River Cruises are operated by AMA Waterways, an independent river cruse operator selected by Apple Vacations to provide you with the river cruise you have purchased. The AMA Waterways Terms and Conditions apply to all bookings made through Apple Vacations - for complete details read the Terms and Conditions. River Cruise Trip Protection is also available.