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Christmas Markets on the Danube (2016)

Connections European River Cruises: Elegant, boutique cruising on Europe's great rivers

Limited to 24 guests
Days: 9  |  From: $3,795


Christmas Markets on the Danube

Day 1: Arrive Vienna, Austria

Arrive in remarkable Vienna, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, join your Resident Tour Director for a welcome dinner.

The Ring   |   Meals: D

Day 2: Vienna / Handcrafted Porcelain

Enjoy a privately guided tour of the Augarten Porcelain Factory and Museum, as part of a panoramic tour of the city that includes a stop at the historic Belvedere, a stately palace complex with tranquil gardens that provide an ideal setting for its Christmas market. You may also view works by Austrian painter Gustav Klimt, on display in the palace. Then, transfer to your stylish river ship for priority embarkation. Enjoy a welcome cocktail followed by dinner and a special holiday concert.

'Amadeus Silver II'   |   Meals: B L D

Day 3: Vienna / A City’s Christmas Best

Tour Vienna, driving along the Ringstrasse, lined with buildings decorated in Christmas finery. Pass the stunning State Opera, before visiting St. Stephen’s Cathedral. After lunch, join an excursion to Schönbrunn Palace, site of one of Vienna’s Christmas markets. Tonight, you may choose to visit the Christmas market at the Rathausplatz.

'Amadeus Silver II'   |   Meals: B L D

Day 4: Schloss Artstetten / Eventful History

From Melk today, visit historic Schloss Artstetten for a private guided tour on a Connections-exclusive excursion. The castle is home to the great-granddaughter of Archduke Ferdinand, whose assassination led to World War I. Continue to Melk and tour its 900-year-old abbey perched high above the Danube. Later, enjoy a private pre-dinner cocktail party in the Amadeus Club, hosted by your Resident Tour Director.

'Amadeus Silver II'   |   Meals: B L D

Day 5: Passau, Germany / Historic Christkindlesmarkt

Travel into Germany and arrive in the Bavarian city of Passau. Enjoy a guided city walk. After lunch aboard ship, visit the Christkindlesmarkt, set in the old historic center near St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

'Amadeus Silver II'   |   Meals: B L D

Day 6: Regensburg / Walking Tour & Market Visit

Enjoy a city walk in Regensburg, a well-preserved medieval city. Visit the Christmas market, aglow with holiday lights. Back on board, join the captain for a gala dinner.

'Amadeus Silver II'   |   Meals: B L D

Day 7: Nuremberg / Heart of the Old City

Tour Nuremberg, including the 900-year-old ramparts, Imperial Castle and Palace of Justice. Visit the Christkindlesmarkt in the old city, with time to shop, warm yourself with mulled wine or savor homemade gingerbread.

'Amadeus Silver II'   |   Meals: B L D

Day 8: Munich / Bavarian Capital

Disembark in Nuremberg and drive to Munich for a guided walking tour through the old town. Stroll in pedestrian-friendly Karlsplatz with its fountain transformed into a skating rink. Visit the Frauenkirche, Munich’s cathedral, and Marienplatz, where you may shop for lovely handicrafts in the traditional Christmas market.

Hotel Torbräu or Le Méridien Munich   |   Meals: B D

Day 9: Depart Munich

Transfer to Munich airport to depart.

Meals: B

NOTE: High or low water levels may impact sailing and require changes to the itinerary.

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