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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After breakfast, transfer to Munich airport and depart.
NOTE: High or low water levels may impact sailing and require changes to the itinerary.