APT launches Europe cruising and touring for 2018
An all-encompassing Europe brochure offering travellers more opportunities to tailor their trip heralds the launch of APT’s Europe 2018 cruising and touring season.
The new Europe 2018 brochure includes a bolstered line up of more than 200 Freedom of Choice experiences in 80 locations, many of which are on its flagship Magnificent Europe Amsterdam to Budapest river cruise itinerary.
The new brochure is also the first to categorise APT journeys by touring style, a new initiative that will make it easier for agents and guests to select the mode of cruising and touring that best suits them.
New eight day river cruise itineraries will focus on the Balkans and the Netherlands, and new seasonal activities are offered on itineraries that pass through select locations at certain times of the year, such as a visit to Keukenhof Gardens in The Netherlands to see the tulips in spring.
APT Executive General Manager Steve Reynolds said the 2018 program showcased the many ways in which APT guests can select and tailor itineraries to suit their individual tastes and style.
“For those who like to cruise, APT’s Luxury River, Luxury Small Ship and Expedition styles are all available in Europe. For those who prefer to stay on land, we have Classic Land Journeys and Small Group Discovery.
“On top of this, our expanded Freedom of Choice inclusions add another layer of personalisation to every journey booked.
“In many places those who enjoy active pursuits such as golfing, cycling and hiking can select different experiences to companions who prefer cultural, culinary or educational activities, and compare notes over dinner each night.”
APT’s Freedom of Choice activities are now grouped into four themes, Cultural Insight, Gourmet Delight, Active Exploration and Relax & Revive, helping travellers to identify which activity they are likely to enjoy most at locations where options are available.
For example in the French city of Avignon, travellers could opt for a Cultural Insight tour and visit to the Roman arches of the Pont du Gard aqueduct, or an Active Exploration activity and play golf on a course designed by architect Georges Roumeas and French champion Jean Garaialde. Or they could take the Relax and Revive option and enjoy an interactive French lesson on board their ship.
APT’s Popular Wine Series tours are also back for 2018. On these departures Freedom of Choice options include notable European vineyards such as the historic Schloss Schonborn in the Rhinegau region and the family owned Chateau Busquet in Bordeaux, where guests can take a harvest tour.