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APT Reveals Unforgettable New Europe River Cruising Highlights for 2017

May 16, 2016 River Cruising No Comments Print Print Email Email

An exclusive portfolio of Small Group Discoveries, new Signature Experiences and Special Interest Cruises are just a handful of the highlights featured in APT’s elegantly designed Europe River Cruising 2017 brochure.


Commenting on the new brochure, APT Executive General Manager, Global Sales and Marketing, Debra Fox said, “Next year we celebrate 90 years since our founder Bill McGeary brought his first bus, thus sowing the seeds of APT as we know it today. This brochure showcases our achievements, and in particular our extensive award winning European river cruise program. It features an evolved look and feel for our brand, lots of exciting new additions to our cruise portfolio and we are also introducing a new touring concept which we are confident guests will love.”

The luxury travel operator has redesigned the brochure to make it even easier for travel agents and their clients to navigate the extensive range of APT Collection cruises, grand rail journeys and luxury land journeys.

The latest addition to APT’s European portfolio is its new Small Group Discoveries, an exclusive collection of seven luxury land journeys crafted for just 20 guests. Designed to give guests a detailed exploration of their destination at a more leisurely pace, guests travel in comfort aboard a luxury coach on APT’s new journeys.  Destinations include Croatia & Montenegro, France, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Sicily and Spain.

Staying in unique and authentic accommodation and with a dedicated APT escort guiding the group  throughout, guests who choose these exceptional tours will enjoy Signature Experiences ranging from a special cooking class with a Michelin Star Chef at their private apartment in Lyon; to the chance to assist with a live seafood auction in the Spanish port of Palamós; learning about Sicily’s Mount Etna accompanied by a professional Volcanologist; and taking an after hours private visit, followed by dinner at the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens, featuring magnificent works of the 3rd Millennium BC.

Sailing aboard it’s Magnificent Europe APT Collection cruises, which in the new brochure are priced from $6,495* per person, twin share, the award winning operator already features three Royal Signature Experiences: a journey aboard the luxurious Majestic Imperator train: a private visit to Namedy Castle; and a private musical soiree at Vienna’s newly refurbished City Palace.

In 2017 APT will introduce a new Royal Signature Experience on its Bordeaux river cruises – a special visit to Château de Cazeneuve, once home of the Kings of Navarre and later King Henri IV of France and his wife Queen Margot.

The castle is currently occupied by the Sabran-Pontevès family, descendants of the original owners. Lovingly restored to its former glory, the castle features royal quarters fitted out with authentic period furniture, as well as a storehouse, medieval underground wine cellar and bakery. Outside, the landscaped grounds include a former prison, troglodyte caves and a nymphaeum.

APT will treat guests to a private tour before sitting down to dinner in the impeccable Grand Salon, while enjoying the traditional music from a Baroque band.

Also in France, APT has added a new Signature Experience on its Seine river cruise itineraries. Guests will stop in Vernon and enjoy an exclusive visit to Château de Bizy, the private home of descendants of Prince Jerome Napoleon. Here they will enjoy time to explore the house and gardens before enjoying a glass of sparkling wine in this historic setting.

APT’s Special Interest Cruises feature its popular Wine Cruises. These will continue in 2017 with four expert APT Wine Ambassadors on the various departures: Scott McWilliam of McWilliam’s Family Winemakers; Peter Barry from Jim Barry Wines; Cherry Stowman, Senior Brand Ambassador for Taylors Wines; and Bruce Tyrrell of Tyrell’s Wines.

APT is also excited to introduce its new Cycling Cruises in 2017. Two itineraries are available: Cycling Magnificent Europeand Bordeaux by Bicycle. Both offer plenty of opportunity to explore the local area by bike and cover trails of varying intensity. Expert cyclists accompany the rides and bike hire and the services of an on road support vehicle are also included.

APT will continue to offer a range of market leading SuperDeals in 2016, including Fly from  $995 across all APT Collection cruise itineraries and Business Class deals from $4,995 per person.

In addition, APT is offering its Early Payment Discount whereby guests will save $150 pp on holidays of 8-14 days and $300pp on holidays of 15 days or more when they book and pay 10 months prior to departure.

APT is also continuing its Travel with Friends & Save offer – guests who travel with five friends on the same date will save $300pp on cruises of 15 days or more.  Both offers are combinable with all APT SuperDeals, which are valid until 31 August 2016.

APT’s Europe River Cruising 2017 brochure is available in travel agents now.

For further information, please contact APT on 1300 196 420, visit aptouring.com.au or see your local business development manager.

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