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Christmas Along the Danube (2016)

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

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


Itinerary

Christmas Along the Danube

Day 1: Arrive Munich, Germany

Arrive in Munich, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. This evening, join your Resident Tour Director for a welcome dinner.

Hotel Torbräu   |   Meals: D

Day 2: Munich / Christmas Craftwork

Tour Munich’s old town today and visit the Frauenkirche, Munich’s cathedral. Shop for traditional crafts in the Christmas market before transferring to your stylish riverboat, moored in Passau, for priority embarkation. A welcome cocktail is followed by dinner.

'Amadeus Silver II'   |   Meals: B D

Day 3: Salzburg & Linz / Into Austria

Perhaps embark on an optional walking tour of Passau before your excursion to enchanting Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and a setting for The Sound of Music. Stroll the city’s historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, enjoy lunch and visit the Christmas market in Domplatz (Cathedral Square). Later, shop the holiday market in Linz.

'Amadeus Silver II'   |   Meals: B L D

Day 4: Melk/Dürnstein / Charming Christmas Eve

Enjoy an excursion into the lovely Wachau Valley, including a guided visit of the Benedictine abbey of Melk and a tasting of glühwein in charming Dürnstein. A special holiday celebration aboard ship completes this festive day. Later, you may choose to attend mass in town.

'Amadeus Silver II'   |   Meals: B L D

Day 5: Vienna / Enchanted Christmas Morning

Awaken Christmas morning in enchanting Vienna. Drive along the Ringstrasse, lined with lavish mansions and public buildings decorated in Christmas finery. Pass the stunning State Opera, see the unique architecture of Hundertwasser House and visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral. After lunch aboard ship, disembark to visit magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, seat of the Habsburg dynasty. After dinner, gather for a joyful Christmas concert aboard ship.

'Amadeus Silver II'   |   Meals: B L D

Day 6: Bratislava, Slovakia / Historic Old Town

Embark on a Connections-exclusive tour of Bratislava that includes the castle district and restored old town. Visit the captivating Church of St. Elisabeth (“Blue Church”), a fairy-tale landmark on a quiet street. Proceed to the Slovak National Museum Residency. Later, enjoy a private pre-dinner cocktail party in the ship’s Amadeus Club, hosted by your Resident Tour Director, prior to a gala dinner.

'Amadeus Silver II'   |   Meals: B L D

Day 7: Grein & Linz, Austria / Half-Timbered Houses

Moor in Grein for an optional guided city walk. Later, in Linz, consider an optional walking tour to view the town’s colorful, half-timbered houses.

'Amadeus Silver II'   |   Meals: B L D

Day 8: Munich, Germany / Bavarian Panorama

Disembark and drive to Munich, stopping en route to visit 800-year-old Landshut and the ruins of its ancient castle, towering over the Isar River. Later, in Munich, check in to your hotel and gather for a farewell dinner.

Hotel Torbräu   |   Meals: B L D

Day 9: Depart Munich

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart.

Meals: B





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



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