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Connections European River Cruises

New Year's Along the Danube 2017


9 Days from TBA

Limited to 24 guests

Ring in the New Year on the Danube River, staying in a boutique hotel in the heart of Munich and setting out on shore excursions that include a waltz lesson in Vienna and a hands-on Slovakian cooking class in Bratislava.

A&K Advantages

Ring in the New Year on the Danube, with nine days of exclusive Connections sightseeing in your private small-group vehicle, escorted by your own Resident Tour Director

Stay in a boutique hotel in the heart of Munich pre-cruise

Partake in Connections-exclusive shore excursions, including a waltz lesson in Vienna with an experienced local instructor

Enjoy a wide array of small-group experiences, including a hands-on Slovak cooking class in Bratislava, a Bavarian brewery tour and four meals ashore, planned for Connections guests

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1
ARRIVE MUNICH, GERMANY
DAY 2
PASSAU | Cruising the Danube
DAY 3
VIENNA, AUSTRIA | Romantic City
DAY 4
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY | Ringing in the New Year
DAY 5
BUDAPEST | New Year’s Day
DAY 6
BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA | Culinary Wonders
DAY 7
MELK, AUSTRIA | Stunning Castle
DAY 8
MUNICH, GERMANY | Bavarian Brews
DAY 9
DEPART MUNICH
DAY 1
ARRIVE MUNICH, GERMANY

Arrive in Munich, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure. This evening, join your Resident Tour Director — exclusive to Connections guests — for a welcome dinner.

Platzl Hotel
Meals: Dinner
DAY 2
PASSAU | Cruising the Danube

Pay a guided small-group visit to the Residence Palace in Munich, followed by time to explore the city at leisure. Depart for Passau and board your ship with priority embarkation. After relaxing in your premium cabin or suite, meet fellow guests for a cocktail, followed by a welcome dinner on board.

'Amadeus Silver II'
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 3
VIENNA, AUSTRIA | Romantic City

Arrive this afternoon in glorious Vienna. Drive the famous Ringstrasse in your vehicle. Take a Connections-exclusive guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace and visit one of Vienna’s most esteemed dance schools, where your private small group learns steps of the Viennese waltz.

'Amadeus Silver II'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY | Ringing in the New Year

Arrive in Budapest at lunchtime. Join your small group on a guided tour of the city’s main sights, including Fisherman’s Bastion, Hero’s Square and the Great Synagogue, followed by a visit to the Parliament building. This evening, witness the sights illuminated as you cruise at dinnertime, with a Hungarian folklore program and festive New Year’s Eve party aboard.

'Amadeus Silver II'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5
BUDAPEST | New Year’s Day

Spend the morning at leisure, with time to relax and welcome the New Year. The ship leaves Budapest at lunchtime, with the remainder of the afternoon spent cruising the Danube.

'Amadeus Silver II'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6
BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA | Culinary Wonders

A Connections-exclusive morning sightseeing tour introduces you to Slovakia. See the castle and the "fairy tale" Blue Church by small group before joining a local chef for an interactive, Connections-only cooking class, during which you prepare classic Slovakian dishes. After lunch, explore the town at leisure. This evening, attend a captain’s gala dinner on board your ship.

'Amadeus Silver II'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7
MELK, AUSTRIA | Stunning Castle

Arrive in Melk, where you visit the Benedictine abbey, perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube. Proceed to Schloss Artstetten, paying a Connections-exclusive visit to the former summer seat used by the Austro-Hungarian Habsburg dynasty. Tonight, attend a private cocktail party and Chef's Highlights dinner, only for Connections guests.

'Amadeus Silver II'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8
MUNICH, GERMANY | Bavarian Brews

Return to Passau this morning and set out on a brief walking tour through town alongside your small group. Then, transfer to Munich and visit a traditional, family-owned brewery for a tasting and lunch. Tonight, join your Resident Tour Director and fellow Connections guests for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Platzl Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 9
DEPART MUNICH

After breakfast, transfer to Munich airport and depart.

Meals: Breakfast

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


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

Journey Details

Minimum age is 12 years.

First event: welcome briefing at 6:15 p.m. on Day 1.

Last event: farewell dinner at 7:00 p.m. on Day 8.


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