As part of its commitment to sustainable travel, APT, the Luxury and Essential River Cruising specialist, has created ‘No Fly’ options for two of its European cruises, departing in 2021 and 2022, and will be actively promoting them during Earth Month (April) for those customers eager to book more environmentally friendly travel options.
Including return Eurostar travel to Amsterdam from London St Pancras within the price, each guest’s place on one of APT’s ‘No Fly’ Cruises will create 80% less greenhouse gas emissions than travelling on the equivalent short-haul flight (the Eurostar producing 10.7kg CO2e, compared to 63.3kg CO2e by plane).
The following departures will allow guests to enjoy an immersive river cruise through the heart of Europe without stepping onto a plane:
- APT’s luxury 15-day Western Front Explorer cruise, beginning and ending in Amsterdam, includes a visit to the 17th-century Chateau Neercanne, where guests can delve into World War I history as they explore the battlefields, shrines and memorials found along the Western Front. The itinerary takes in Ghent, Antwerp and Bruges, and explores The Netherlands, where cuisine, culture and art take centre stage. Highlights include a special Michelin-starred lunch at the 17th-century Chateau Neercanne, overlooking the baroque gardens; and a private organ recital at the oldest Protestant church in The Netherlands, in Willemstad.
- NEW for 2022, and also part of the ‘No-Fly’ Collection, is the 8-day APT Travelmarvel Rhine & Moselle Christmas Markets cruise from Amsterdam to Basel. This itinerary will sail on one of APT’s new Travelmarvel Contemporary ships, which launch towards the end of 2021. Guests will enjoy Strasbourg, the capital of Alsace, discover Cochem in the Moselle Valley and glide along Amsterdam’s network of canals. Highlights include visiting the Black Forest Open-Air Museum Vogtsbauernhof, where guests will enjoy a mouth-watering Black Forest cake demonstration; and exploring the region’s most festive Christmas markets.
Curating a collection of ‘No fly Cruises’ is just one of many sustainability steps being implemented by APT. Through its non-profit foundation, OneTomorrow, APT aims to create an immediate and long-term positive influence in environmental and humanitarian causes. From reducing plastic waste on tour and supporting indigenous communities in the Kimberley, to planting trees in bushfire-stricken communities for every guest that chooses paper-free tickets and supporting myriad grassroots causes, APT is working hard to help people and places around the world.
Causes supported by OneTomorrow include: Water First, Royal Flying Doctor Service, Rainforest 4 Foundation, Antarctic Science Foundation and Colegio Elohim: Empowerment Through Education in Peru, and many more.