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Northern Lights, Lapland & European Rivers

Go looking for the northern lights and visit a reindeer farm before experiencing a luxurious river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest

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21 Nights from $ Per Person

APT

  Package

  Helsinki, Finland

  21 Nights

  PAKZJSN


Description

As you go looking for the northern lights, you’ll be treated to unique experiences along the way, including a husky sleigh ride. Then, it’s time for a luxurious river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest.


Flights included + save up to $600 per couple


Your Fly, Tour & Cruise Package Includes:

  • FREE flight to Helsinki, returning from Budapest*
  • 22 day Northern Lights & Lapland with Magnificent Europe, Helsinki to Budapest

Includes:

  • Experiences in 16 destinations
  • 7 nights' authentic land accommodation and 14 nights on a luxury river ship (AmaVenita)
  • Freedom of Choice Inclusions
  • A total of 54 meals and a wide range of onboard beverages
  • Expert tour and cruise directors
  • Transfers, porterage, port charges and gratuities
  • Visit a reindeer farm and test your racing skills with a sleigh ride, then feed the friendly reindeer

Pricing is per person twin share and based on travel 29 November – 20 December 2023

Must book by 31 October 2022

**Single traveller pricing available. Please speak to one of our travel consultants for more details


Itinerary:

Day 1

Arrive Helsinki

Welcome to Helsinki. We’ll meet you on arrival and transfer you to your hotel. This evening, come together for a welcome reception.

Stay: Helsinki, Hotel Kamp

Day 2

Helsinki, Rovaniemi (Glass Igloos)

This morning after breakfast, board your included flight to Rovaniemi and travel out to your accommodation, where you will stay in a glass igloo for two nights. This evening, be shown how to take the best pictures on your own camera, which will come in handy should you see the Northern Lights. Later, snuggle in and feel as if you’re sleeping in the open air, while being warm and cosy inside. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the ethereal Northern Lights from your igloo.

Stay: Two Nights, Rovaniemi, Arctic Snow Hotel & Glass Igloos

Daily: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

Rovaniemi (Glass Igloos)

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Visit a reindeer farm and set out on a sleigh ride before feeding the reindeer.

This morning, visit the Arktikum, a science museum that provides an insight into the history of the region. You will also enjoy a short presentation, ‘The Land of Snow and Northern Lights’. Enjoy lunch in a traditional Sami hut, where you can sample the local coffee, unique crowberry juice and homemade pastries.

Daily: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Rovaniemi

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Perhaps embark on an active snowshoe excursion. A local expert guide will lead you along an incredible series of snow-covered forest trails. Alternatively, visit the home of a local family and hear about their life in Lapland.

The choice is yours when it comes to today’s sightseeing. Later, pay a visit to Santa Claus Village before returning to the centre of Rovaniemi. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant known for its traditional Lappish cuisine.

Stay: Two Nights, Rovaniemi, Arctic Light Hotel

Daily: Breakfast Dinner

Day 5

Rovaniemi, Ranua

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a sleigh ride pulled by a team of husky dogs.

Travel to Ranua Wildlife Park, one of the northernmost zoos in the world, home to arctic animals including polar bears and lynx. Return to Rovaniemi, where you will have the evening at leisure.

Daily: Breakfast Lunch

Day 6

Rovaniemi, Helsinki

Transfer to Rovaniemi airport for your included return flight to Helsinki. On arrival, take a guided tour of the Iitalla & Arabia Design centre, where you’ll learn about the history of Finnish ceramic art and glass design.

Stay: Two Nights, Helsinki, Hotel Kamp

Daily: Breakfast

Day 7

Helsinki

Enjoy a guided exploration of Helsinki’s best sites today, starting with a visit to Temppeliaukio, the famous ‘Rock Church’. In Sibelius Park, view the Sibelius Monument before moving on to the Olympic Stadium and the impressive Oodi Library. Stroll along the city’s main street, Mannerheimintie, and see its many exquisite buildings, including the Opera House, Alvar Aalto and the National Museum. Tonight, savour a farewell dinner.

Daily: Breakfast Dinner

Day 8

Helsinki, Amsterdam, Embark Ship

Take an included flight to Amsterdam, then board your ship for your Magnificent Europe river cruise.

Stay: 14 Nights, a Concerto River Ship

Daily: Breakfast Dinner

Day 9

Amsterdam

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Perhaps cruise the canals on a glass-top boat or visit Zaanse Schans – known for its windmills and specialty produce.

Spend today on your preferred activity. Tonight, celebrate with a gala welcome dinner.

Daily: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 10

Andernach, Koblenz

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

On a visit to Namedy Castle, wander about the rooms and grounds, then enjoy a cocktail party in the ballroom.

This morning will be spent cruising through Germany. Disembark in Andernach and enjoy a Signature Experience here. In Koblenz this evening, perhaps join your cruise director for an evening stroll.

Daily: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 11

Koblenz, Rudesheim

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Cruise through the Rhine Gorge to Rüdesheim and set out on your chosen activity.

Daily: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 12

Miltenberg

Step ashore in Miltenberg and set out on a guided exploration before time at leisure.

Daily: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 13

Wurzburg

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Seize the day and walk to the 18th-century Würzburg Residence. Alternatively, travel to Rothenburg. Or get to know the locals with a visit to a family-owned farm, where a home-cooked morning tea is on the menu.

Your day unfolds on your terms thanks to a choice of activities today.

Daily: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 14

Bamberg

Sail to Bamberg, where you’ll join a guided exploration with a local expert.

Daily: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 15

Nuremberg

This morning gives you the chance to choose your sightseeing activity. This afternoon, continue cruising on the Main-Danube Canal. Having taken 32 years to construct, the canal links the North and Black seas.

Daily: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 16

Regensburg

In Regensburg, explore its atmospheric World Heritage-listed city centre. With a history dating back to the Roman times, this incredible city was the first capital of Bavaria.

Daily: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 17

Passau, Linz

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

From Passau, head to Salzburg to visit some of the sites featured in The Sound of Music. Or set off into the Czech Republic, where Cesky Krumlov awaits. Either way, re-board your ship in Austria’s Linz. Alternatively, explore the town of Passau, followed by a relaxing day on board cruising to Linz.

How you spend today is up to you with a number of options on offer.

Daily: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 18

Melk, Durnstein

River meets city and mountains in Durstein, Austria

Day 19

Vienna 

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

After dinner, head to the princely family of Liechtenstein’s City Palace in the heart of Vienna, where we have arranged an exclusive cocktail party and private recital, just for you. A full orchestra will perform classical masterpieces by Mozart and Strauss. You will also be enchanted by an operatic recital and a performance by some members of the Mozart Boys’ Choir. 

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Perhaps take in the city’s many landmarks along the Ringstrasse, as well as St Stephen’s Cathedral or tick another country off your list and journey to Slovakia’s Bratislava.

Arrive in Vienna and set out on the activity of your choice.

Daily: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 20

Vienna

Today visit the historic 1,441-room Schönbrunn Palace and its magnificent gardens. Later set sail for Budapest.

Daily: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 21

Budapest

Enjoy a morning city tour of Budapest taking in its historic monuments, including Fisherman’s Bastion and Heroes’ Square. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore.

Daily: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 22

Disembark Ship, Depart Budapest

Sadly, the time has come to say goodbye and be transferred to the airport.

Daily: Breakfast


Terms and Conditions

*Conditions apply. Subject to availability and change without notice. Prices listed are in Australian Dollars, based on twin occupancy/travel, unless otherwise stated. Prices/Offers are correct at the time of distribution. Full travel supplier booking conditions apply.

Prices listed are per person in Australian/New Zealand Dollars, based on twin occupancy, including all discounts unless otherwise stated. The offer is subject to availability at time of booking and shown on the lowest outside category available at the time.  Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice. Prices/Offers are correct as at 01 August 2022 and can be withdrawn without notice.   Cabin categories include prepaid government fees and port taxes unless otherwise stated.  Hotels may charge resort fees not included in this package, payable direct upon check in. Visas are not included.  Payments made by credit card will incur a surcharge. 

*Flights included + save up to $600 per couple t&cs: Flights Included: Book by 31 October 2022. Offer valid when booking select itineraries departing year round in 2023 in all cabin categories. Offer includes airfare and taxes up to the value of $2000 per person.  Offer is based on wholesale airfares in economy class with an airline of APT’s choosing depending on routing.  Flights are available from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane or Perth.  All offers are subject to availability of airline and booking class.  Once class is sold out, surcharges apply.  A non-refundable deposit of $1,000 per person is due within 7 days of booking.  A second non-refundable deposit of $2,000 per person is due on 31 October 2022.  

Save up to $600 per couple* (Early Payment Discount):Book by 31 October 2022. Price inclusive of $300 per person Early Payment Discount. Discount valid when paying in full 10 months prior to departure.

All Airfare Offers:Flights must be booked by APT. Should you choose to depart earlier than your scheduled tour/cruise departure, or make variations to airline routings, surcharges may apply.  Airline schedules are subject to change without notice and APT is not liable for any additional costs incurred due to airline schedule changes.  All air is ticketed upon receipt of the first deposit. Any changes made after ticketing may incur amendment and/or cancellation fees, in some cases, tickets are non-refundable. Air taxes vary for each departure point and routing of airline and are subject to change. Fuel surcharges are subject to change and an additional fuel surcharge may apply. Frequent flyer miles/points may not be awarded on all airfares. 

General Information and Conditions:Offers are available for travellers departing from Australia. All pricing and save amounts are in Australian Dollars.   Information correct as at 29 June 22 but may fluctuate due to changes in surcharges, taxes or currency.   A strictly limited number of offers are available on selected itineraries and departure dates in selected suites/staterooms/cabins/room categories.  Offers are subject to availability, not combinable unless specified, available on new bookings only and may be withdrawn at any time.  Your booking contract is with Australian Pacific Touring Pty Ltd (APT), and incorporates all of the following terms and conditions.  APT recommends that you read and understand your contract, and ask APT or your travel agent if you require any clarification.

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