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APT Luxury River Cruising

APT Luxury River Cruising

APT Luxury River Cruising


With a wealth of itineraries spanning the globe, from the captivating rivers of Europe to the exotics of the south-east Asia, India and China, and the tropical wonders of South America, APT Luxury Cruises has the insight and expertise to offer a memorable way to explore the history and culture of some of the world’s most fascinating destinations.

Operated in partnership with AmaWaterways, the award-winning fleet of ships offer the elegance, amenities and superb cuisine of a luxury hotel. With no more than one-hundred-and-sixty-four passengers on board any one ship, every guest’s journey is promised to experience the warmth and exceptional hospitality the company prides itself on.

Each ship offers a fully all-inclusive cruise, including all meals on board, which, along with AmaWaterways, carries the prestige of being the only fleet at sea inducted into the long-standing fine culinary organisation La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. Enticing gourmet dishes are served across all ships and journeys, executed meticulously by expert chefs to keep the flavour of every destination travelled through delectably alive.

All shore excursions are included, and APT Luxury Cruises have devised an excellent choice of inspiring sightseeing experiences and unique opportunities. APT ‘Signature Invitations’ are exclusive experiences, inviting guests to venture deeper into intriguing cultures and immerse themselves in diverse histories, whether that be a evening of fine dining at Château Pape Clément in Bordeaux or enjoying a glass of champagne as the sun rises over the iconic temple of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. There are also a fantastic number of ‘Freedom of Choice™’ options throughout Europe and Asia, allowing guests to choose a shore excursion that best suits their taste, ranging from bike rides, museum visits and wine tasting in Europe, to lantern making, market tours and Buddhist blessings in Asia.

On board, the discoveries continue, as evening brings each destination to life with unique performances and learning opportunities, from watching glass blowers in Europe, to taking part in silk embroidery classes in China. Blissfully indulgent and delightfully carefree, APT Luxury Cruise ships offer an idyllic way to experience the wonders of river cruising at their finest, allowing guests to lose themselves in natural beauty, fascinating culture and ancient history.

Cruise Ships

Fleet Facilities

Food & Beverage+

Working in partnership with AmaWaterways, APT Luxury Cruises shares the prestige of being one of the only river cruise lines inducted into La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, an achievement of world-class culinary status. All meals are included during the duration of your journey, along with accompanying house wine, local beer and soft drinks. The European fleet of ‘Aria’ and ‘Concerto’ ships feature The Erlebnis Chef’s Table Restaurant, where an intimate six-course degustation menu is crafted by the expert chef, allowing guests to appreciate the fine ingredients and flavours of the countries travelled through. Also featured on these ships is Verde Fine Dining restaurant, with flexible seating and a menu of gourmet cuisine served throughout the day, and the River Bistro, where from morning until midnight, casual light fare is available in a comfortable lounge setting.

Cruises through Asian destinations also feature exquisite cuisine. Whether exploring the Mekong, Yangtze or the Lower Ganges rivers, a team of expertly trained chefs will ensure all meals present the finest of flavours inspired by local destinations, or professionally executed western cuisine, while APT’s ‘Freedom of Choice’ dining inclusions allow guests to benefit from a meal in some of the area’s finest restaurants when stopping in Hanoi, Delhi, Siem Reap, Jaipur, Shanghai and Xi’an.

Health & Fitness+

All ships in the APT Luxury Fleet boast their own Wellness Centre, featuring a number of facilities to keep guests feeling rejuvenated and refreshed during their journey. From hair and beauty treatments to massages and well-equipped fitness gyms, there is plenty to keep busy with. For those on a European itinerary, the Aria fleet of ships also boast a heated whirlpool on the sundeck, while the Concerto fleet has a heated pool, perfect for a soak while enjoying the beautiful riverside scenery. In Asia, the Ama Dara and AmaLotus also boast a large sun deck with swimming pool.

Relaxation & Education+

With generous space of board, there is room for all guests to unwind and make the most of their time spent on the ship. On board European fleets, guests will find a lecture room, where presentations and demonstrations may be held, while well-stocked libraries hold a selection of books to suit casual readers. With the Teak Front Deck always open, there is plenty of time for taking in the fresh air, or lazing in a lounger on the sun deck.

Music & Entertainment+

APT Luxury Cruises host an array of performances designed to help bring each destination to life. While in Europe, you might have the chance to see an illuminating glass-blowing demonstration or a lively Bavarian brass band, be serenaded by Hungarian gypsy violinists or enjoy soothing classical piano music in the Observation lounge. In Asia, local artisans will share their unique traditions and culture, and you may experience a fruit-carving demonstration, a traditional Khmer folk performance or gain insight into the countries’ past with fascinating history presentations.

Shore Excursions+

An all-inclusive range of inspiring itineraries make every APT Luxury River Cruise a journey of enriching discovery. Friendly local guides ensure all guests receive an insightful experience of every destination, gaining an in-depth view of daily life and longstanding traditions. Guests are offered ‘Signature Invitations’, during their cruise, a number of handpicked additional touches to selected excursions that are designed to add further dimension and a flourish of luxury to your day.

APT Luxury River Cruises also offer a number of ‘Freedom of Choice’ options, giving guests the opportunity to tailor their excursions to meet their own interests and curiosities. Whether you would rather take an art tour or a bike tour when in Hanoi, or would prefer to see the lavender fields than spend the day truffle hunting in Viviers, the choice is left to you.

European Itineraries

APT Luxury Cruises offer a vast wealth of diverse river journeys, with exciting combinations of rivers and destinations across Europe, sure to suite all tastes and interests. From grand tours weaving from Amsterdam to Budapest and beyond, to tours celebrating the wine and floristry of the continent, there is a bounty of routes from which to experience Europe at its best.

Rhone Making the most of the beautiful landscape, world-famous wines and intriguing medieval villages of Provence, a number of itineraries are available, combining with Bordeaux, the Seine, the Rhine or the Moselle. Discover the treasures of southern France and some of Europe’s finest cities with these inspiring river journeys, from the rich culinary traditions of the city of Lyon to lavender fields of Viviers, the stunning stone arches of Pont du Gard and the pretty village of Arles, where Van Gogh spent his later years.

Seine Celebrate the romance of Paris with the iconic sights of the Eiffel Tower and Moulin Rouge, before heading on to see the beautiful gardens of Claude Monet’s house, the old harbour towns of Caudebed-an-Caux and Rouen and enjoying a hike up to the ruins of Château Gaillard. Itineraries are also available incorporating Normandy, Bordeaux and the River Rhone.

Rhine Explore the intriguing Amsterdam and the Leeghwater region before gliding through the picturesque scenery of rural Germany, stopping to see the cathedral of Cologne, the hilltop castle of Cochem and sampling German delicacies in Mainz. In Speyer, see the remarkably well-preserved historic centre, and discover the velvety Black Forest in Breisach before completing your journey in Basel.

Danube The backbone of Europe, the Danube offers a majestic route from Germany, through Austria, and into Slovakia and Hungary. Combining with the Rhine, take a magical journey beginning in Amsterdam, from where you will cruise into Germany through Cologne before reaching scenic Rüdesheim, decorated with crumbling ruins and the intriguing Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Carry on into the charming Bavaria region along the Main River and through the picturesque Wachau wine valley before gliding into wonderful Vienna. Continue on to the beautiful city of Budapest to conclude your journey.

Moselle Be immersed in the wine valleys of the Moselle with an itinerary combining with the Rhine. Starting in Amsterdam, venture along the Dutch waterways into Belgium and visit Antwerp and Bruges before heading into Germany. Join the Moselle and explore the pretty castle towns of Cochem, Remich and Bernkastel before rejoining the Rhine on its route down to Basel.

Douro Winding through Portugal’s world-renown wine valleys and ancient harbour towns, the picturesque Douro River is a soothing journey, with itineraries on offer combining it with Madrid and Lisbon, making for an exciting discovery of the region’s divine port, wine and flamenco. From the romantic seaside town of Porto, to the World Heritage listed Guimarães and ancient Lamego, there is a trove of Mediterranean delights to discover.

Asian Itineraries

Mekong Itineraries along the Mekong River embark on an exciting voyage through the highlights of Vietnam and Cambodia. With a selection of cruise lengths available, embark in Ho Chi Minh City and visit rice paper workshops in Cai Be, tour Tan Chau by rickshaw and be moved by an excursion to the infamous Killing Fields. Cruise out to the small copperware village of Koh Chen, experience a Buddhist blessing at Oudong monastery and journey into the  wetlands of Kampong Chhnang before disembarking in Siem Reap, with three nights to explore this bustling city.

Irrawaddy From Yangon to Mandalay, discover the hidden wonders of Myanmar. From beautifully gilded pagodas and Buddhas to sites of Colonial heritage, this once shrouded country is ready to be discovered. Embark in Yangon before heading to Maubin to learn about its prominent political leader who was born here, and explore Danuphyu, site of the famous First Anglo-Burmese War. Cruise riverside towns to Pyay and Salay before reaching the breathtaking temples of Bagan and heading on to Mandalay.

Lower Ganges Set on the ultimate Indian adventure, embarking in Delhi, where you will see India’s largest mosque, before following the river down to see the Taj Mahal and the city of Jaipur. Transfer to the Colonial trade centre of Kolkota and move on to see the beautiful terracotta temples of Kalna, brass-working artisans of Matiari and observe the ebb and flow of daily life along the riverside. Visit the tomb of the last Nawab of Bengal and tour the Hazarduari Palace before visiting the home of the Krishna Consciousness movement in Mayapur and the French colony of Chandannagar and disembarking in Kolkata. 

Yangtze Arriving in Beijing, a river cruise along the Yangtze will uncover the iconic landmarks and intriguing history of ancient China. Visit the Great Wall of China before transferring to Yichang to embark the ship, where you will glide through stunning scenery of the Three Gorges Dam. Disembark at Chongquing and see famous giant pandas before transferring to Xi’an to see the stunning Terracotta Army. Finish your journey in the buzzing metropolis of Shanghai, where a number of excursions will ensure you make the most of your adventure.

Rest of the World

Explore the otherworldly beauty of the Amazon rainforest, and discover the ancient Inca wonders of Peru at Machu Picchu, the outstanding spectacle of Iguassu Falls in Brazil, breathtaking glaciers in Patagonia, the balmy coast of Chile, dazzling diversity in Ecuador or even the evolutionary enigmas of the Galapagos Islands. Itineraries promise a journey full of unique discoveries and memories to cherish for a lifetime.

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