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Christmas Markets Along the Danube (2017)

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

Limited to 24 guests
Days: 9  |  From: $4,995


Itinerary

Christmas Markets Along the Danube

Day 1: ARRIVE VIENNA, AUSTRIA

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

The Ring   |   Meals: D

Day 2: VIENNA / Handcrafted Porcelain

Travelling by small group, visit the Belvedere, seeing the stately palace complex, tranquil gardens and a Christmas market. View works by Austrian painter Gustav Klimt. Then, enjoy lunch at famous Café Central before a privately guided tour of the Augarten Porcelain Factory. Transfer to your vessel, with priority embarkation. After settling into your premium cabin or suite with an open-air French or walk-out balcony, enjoy a welcome cocktail, dinner and a festive holiday concert.

'Amadeus Silver II'   |   Meals: B L D

Day 3: VIENNA / A City’s Christmas Best

Tour Vienna by small group, driving along the Ringstrasse; visiting St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Imperial Treasury at Hofburg Palace; and taking a Viennese waltz lesson — experiences exclusive to Connections guests. After lunch, visit Schönbrunn Palace and its Christmas markets. Tonight, visit the main Christmas market at the Rathausplatz.

'Amadeus Silver II'   |   Meals: B L D

Day 4: SCHLOSS ARTSTETTEN / Eventful History

Visit historic Schloss Artstetten, taking a private guided tour with your intimate group of Connections guests. 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, followed by an exclusive Chef's Highlights dinner.

'Amadeus Silver II'   |   Meals: B L D

Day 5: PASSAU, GERMANY / Historic Christkindlesmarkt

Arrive in Passau. Take a guided city walk by small group, visiting the Christkindlesmarkt and St. Stephen's Cathedral to hear its organ. Linger over an authentic Bavarian meal and glass of wine at a charming restaurant, only for Connections guests. Then, explore the old historic center at leisure.

'Amadeus Silver II'   |   Meals: B L D

Day 6: REGENSBURG / Walking Tour & Market Visit

On today's Connections-exclusive excursions, walk through Regensburg and visit one of its oldest breweries for a tasting. Tour St. Emmeram's Palace and stroll its Christmas market. Join the captain for a gala dinner back on board.

'Amadeus Silver II'   |   Meals: B L D

Day 7: NUREMBERG / Heart of the Old City

Transfer to Nuremberg and see its 900-year-old ramparts, Imperial Castle and Palace of Justice. Privately visit a World War II art bunker with Connections guests. Explore the Christkindlesmarkt in the old city, with time to shop or savor homemade gingerbread.

'Amadeus Silver II'   |   Meals: B L D

Day 8: MUNICH / Bavarian Capital

Disembark in Nuremberg. Drive with your group to Munich. Take a guided walking tour of its old town. Visit the Frauenkirche cathedral and Marienplatz.

Platzl Hotel   |   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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