A group of lucky Australian travel agents recently sampled one of APT’s most sought after Royal Invitations – an exclusive rail journey on the Majestic Imperator through Austria – as part of an unforgettable week sailing aboard the award-winning luxury river cruise operator’s MS AmaDante between Nuremberg and Budapest.
Lovingly recreated by Gottfried Rieck, an Austrian engineer whose career began as a stoker on steam locomotives, the Majestic Imperator is modelled on one of the finest relics of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Imperial Train originally built for Emperor Franz Josef I and Empress Elisabeth of Austria. Beneath its rich, lustrous interior, it represents centuries of perfectly-preserved history and tradition.
Taking in the breathtaking scenery of Austria’s famous Salzkammergut region, the group of travel agents enjoyed morning tea aboard the train before disembarking in Salzburg for a tour, which touched on some of the sights from the classic ‘Sound of Music’ and the chance to explore Mirabell Gardens and the Great Salzburg Festival Hall. They then reboarded, enjoying drinks, canapés and music en route to Linz, where they rejoined their river cruise.
The Royal Invitation, which is exclusive to guests of APT, is one of the award-winning luxury cruise and tour operators new Signature Experiences – a unique sightseeing program, carefully designed to go beyond the ordinary to deliver truly unforgettable experiences.
Pictured boarding the Majestic Imperator are, from left to right: Natalie Campbell, Flight Centre Morayfield QLD; Marlene Nolan, BDM Queensland APT and Travelmarvel; Samantha Hadaway, Flight Centre Top Ryde NSW; Stevie Durling, Flight Centre Waggagul NSW; Tim Van den Akker, Travelkey Morely WA; Adona Cervantes, Victor Tours SA; Katherine Cracknell, helloworld Bankstown NSW; APT Majestic Imperator Conductor Leo; Rebecca Dykstra, Prestige Travel Management SA; Cristy Joslin, Williamstown Travel and Cruise VIC; Joe Minnegal, helloworld Hervey Bay QLD; Laurel Jones, Denmark Travel World WA
For further information about APT’s Europe River Cruising 2016 program or its Travel Agent Reward and Recognition scheme, please contact APT’s Inside Sales team on 1300 668 298, email [email protected] or speak to you local business development manager.