Connect With the Heart of Europe on an Abercrombie & Kent River Cruise Journey

Successful launch leads to increased departures, special World War II highlights cruise

Last year Abercrombie & Kent introduced Connections European River Cruise Journeys, small group holidays that reveallife in Europe at its most authentic. From sightseeing led by a resident A&K Tour Director for no more than 24 guests, to pre- and post-cruise city stays with exclusive experiences only available to A&K guests, Connections offers a personalized river cruise experience. Interest in this more intimate approach to river cruising has been so positive that A&K is adding departures and a new historical World War II journey for 2015.

“In honor of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, we’ve planned a special departure along the historic Rhine River, the war’s most strategic natural barrier, explains Abercrombie & Kent USA President Phil Otterson. “We’ve developed several poignant shore excursions exclusively for A&K guests, including visits to sites of crucial bridgehead battles.”

A river cruise with Abercrombie & Kent is unlike any other. From start to finish, each journey is personally overseen by a resident A&K Tour Director, who brings decades, if not a lifetime, of experience and knowledge of the destination. Sightseeing is limited to just 24 guests in private vehicles, with expert local guides and exclusive A&K shore excursions. Onshore Connections, such as a private waltz lesson in Vienna, a private excursion to medieval Schloss Mespelbrunn or lunch with a local family on their farm in Provence, are available only to A&K guests.

Also unique to Connections River Cruise Journeys are city visits before and after cruising, allowing time to explore cultural hubs such as Amsterdam, Munich, Budapest and Paris. The small group size allows access to distinctive local accommodations, such as the centrally-located, historic Hotel Torbräu in Munich, not available to larger groups.

Authentic, engaging and backed by peerless local expertise, Connections European River Cruise Journeys by Abercrombie & Kent reveal the heart of each destination.

NEW FOR 2015 - World War II on the Rhine: 70 Years After Victory – Timed to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice, this seven-night program visits historical WWII sites. Travel with esteemed resident A&K Tour Director, Dr. James McKenzie-Hall, a noted European art historian and lecturer.

Visit the Resistance Museum and the Anne Frank House. Discover the stories behind the bridge at Remagen and battlefield at Arnhem. Explore Cologne, painstakingly restored after the war. In Heidelberg, see a hidden amphitheater and visit the cultural center to learn the wartime plight of the Sinti and Roma peoples. Special departure of Discovering the Rhine May 6-15, 2015, 10 days from $5,695.

Discovering the Rhine – Sample a taste of Holland, Germany, France and Switzerland along the Rhine, including the postcard-perfect Rhine Gorge. Tour a chocolatier’s workshop. An A&K exclusive excursion visits Burg Eltz, a fairytale castle. 10 days from $4,895.

Paris, Burgundy and a South of France Cruise Tour the sights of vibrant Paris and visit the Musée d’Orsay, noted for its collection of Impressionist art.Visit the home of Claude Monet and his garden in Giverny before boarding the ‘Amadeus Symphony.’ Exclusive A&K sightseeing includes the Cistercian Abbey at Sénanque, the massive Roman amphitheatre in Arles and the place where Van Gogh painted ‘Café Terrace at Night.’ 11 days from $5,795.

Cruising Holland & Belgium in Bloom – Behold millions of blossoms at Keukenhof Gardens. Visit Lisse, the Black Tulip Museum and tour Delft, known worldwide for its distinctive blue and white porcelain. Experience colorful Bruges, a medieval jewel. Nine days from $3,995.

Heart of Europe: Cruising the Rhine, Main & Danube – Spend two relaxing weeks cruising from Amsterdam to Budapest. Exclusive excursions visit the lively university town of Heidelberg and tour a World War II art bunker in Nuremberg. Enjoy a night-time cruise along the Danube River in Budapest. 17 days from $8,595.

Along the Danube – Explore Budapest on both sides of the river and take in romantic views of the city on an evening cruise. Discover Vienna, city of Mozart and Strauss. Enjoy a “Sound of Vienna” concert in the Kursalon, where the first compositions of Johann Strauss were heard. 10 days from $4,395.

Music & Maestros of the Danube – Enjoy performances at the Opera House in either Budapest or Vienna, as well as a concert of classical music at a special location in Bratislava. Celebrate the "Great Masters" with a matinée at a traditional Viennese Palais. Join in a private waltz lesson in Vienna, an A&K exclusive. 10 days from $4,795.

Christmas Markets on the Danube – Visit the finest Christmas markets (Christkindlesmarkts) in southern Germany and Austria. Take a guided tour of a renowned porcelain factory. An A&K Exclusive Onshore Connection includes Schloss Artstetten, home of the great granddaughter of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Nine days from $3,895.

Christmas Along the Danube – Explore the local Christmas markets in Munich and Salzburg. Awaken Christmas morning in Vienna for a tour of the city bedecked in holiday finery. An A&K exclusive excursion includes Bratislava and the “Blue Church”. Visit breathtaking Nymphenburg Palace, once a summer residence of the Bavarian Wittelsbachs. Nine days from $4,295.

Boutique Riverboats with Balconies

A&K has reserved the most-preferred cabins on the Amadeus fleet, including those with full, walk-out balconies or French balconies — all of which offer unrestricted views through wide panoramic windows. Aboard these spacious, stylish vessels, enjoy traditional Austrian hospitality with superb, personalized service and the warm welcome of an Alpine country inn. Shipboard amenities include Wi-Fi, a fitness room, and hairdresser and massage facilities.

Value only A&K Can Deliver

Abercrombie & Kent’s Connections journeys deliver authentic, intimate experiences in some of the world’s most intriguing places, combined with the service on which A&K has built its reputation -- all at an incomparable value. Connections European River Cruise Journeys provide value that springs directly from something only A&K can offer: more than 50 years of expertise and trademark amenities, including on-the-ground support from a network of six offices throughout Europe and the finest local expert guides. It’s the A&K difference, available now in the relaxing world of European river cruises.

For information on Abercrombie & Kent’s 2015 European River Cruise Journeys contact your travel professional or go to www.abercrombiekent.com or call 800 554 7094 to speak with an A&K Travel Consultant.

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