For nearly a century, APT Luxury Travel has crafted unforgettable travel experiences across every continent, from Africa to Antarctica covering more than 70 countries.

The company has established itself as Australia’s foremost expert in luxury travel through a legacy of innovation and excellence. This is a fact demonstrated in November when the company was recently crowned Australia’s Most Outstanding Tour Operator – Global at the prestigious 2023 National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA).

The APT story has humble beginnings, when Bill McGeary assisted commuters with transport during a tram strike in Melbourne in the 1920s. From there, the McGeary family’s transport business flourished, reaching new heights with new destinations. In addition, domestic camping holidays were the hero of the 1960s. And from the 1970s onwards, APT was running holidays overseas and with great success.

Nowhere is this better illustrated than on Europe’s waterways. Pioneers always, APT introduced European river cruising – and a fleet of luxury river ships – to Australian and New Zealander travellers in 2005. This new style of travel introduced an easy way to explore an array of sensational locations in ease and comfort.

Since then, APT has set the standard for luxury river cruising holidays, winning the NTIA’s Best River Cruise Operator five times. Moreover, it continues delivering spectacular river cruise holidays along Europe’s Danube, Main, Rhine, and Douro rivers, among others.

The desire for innovation continues unabated with new luxury river ships set to join APT’s award-winning fleet in the near future. This includes the brand-new MS Estrela, an elegant boutique river ship custom-built for Portugal’s Douro River which is ready for its maiden voyage through Portugal and Spain in 2024.

Each luxury ship in the current fleet hosts a maximum of 162 guests. Itfeatures an elegant design with an abundance of indoor and outdoor public spaces, bars and restaurants. It also includes fitness and wellness centres, swimming pools and spas. Additionally, there’s also a range of world-class dining options showcasing the best flavours from each destination. Meanwhile, accommodation options across the entire fleet again set the standard. APT’s Concerto River Ships feature some of the largest suites available on Europe’s rivers. It also features stylish interiors and comfortable furnishings.

Experience APT river cruising, where unpacking once unveils the best of Europe. Daily on-shore excursions offer immersive experiences in charming villages, breathtaking countryside, and rare sights, tastes, and sounds that redefine your understanding of Europe. Dive into Europe’s culture, traditions and local life on a trip of a lifetime.

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