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Connections European River Cruises

The Heartland of Europe: Cruising the Rhine, Main & Danube 2017


17 Days from TBA

Limited to 24 guests

Embark on a 17-day odyssey along three of Europe's greatest rivers in Holland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary, with stays in boutique hotels in Amsterdam and Budapest and a private tour of a World War II art bunker in Nuremburg.

A&K Advantages

Cruise three of Europe's greatest rivers, with 17 days of Connections-exclusive sightseeing in your private small-group vehicle, escorted by your own Resident Tour Director

Stay in centrally located boutique hotels in both Amsterdam and Budapest

Tour a World War II art bunker in Nuremberg privately by small group, while learning about the war's history

Partake in eight meals ashore with just your intimate group, including a garden party lunch at a local villa in Budapest

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1
ARRIVE AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
DAY 2
VOLENDAM & EDAM | Dutch Charms
DAY 3
AMSTERDAM | Getting to Know Van Gogh
DAY 4
COLOGNE, GERMANY | Gothic Cathedral
DAY 5
OBERWESEL | The Enchanting Rhine
DAY 6
SCHLOSS MESPELBRUNN | Medieval Moated Castle
DAY 7
WÜRZBURG | Baroque Palace
DAY 8
BAMBERG | On the Main-Danube Canal
DAY 9
NUREMBERG | An Exclusive Art Bunker Tour
DAY 10
REGENSBURG | Folk Entertainment
DAY 11
PASSAU | City of Three Rivers
DAY 12
MELK & DÜRNSTEIN, AUSTRIA | Historic Abbey
DAY 13
VIENNA | City of Mozart and Strauss
DAY 14
BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA | St. Martin’s Cathedral
DAY 15
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY | Evening Danube Cruise
DAY 16
SZENTENDRE | Enclave of Hungarian Art
DAY 17
DEPART BUDAPEST
DAY 1
ARRIVE AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND

Arrive in Amsterdam, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, join your Resident Tour Director for a welcome dinner, exclusive to Connections guests.

Park Hotel
Meals: Dinner
DAY 2
VOLENDAM & EDAM | Dutch Charms

Join your small group, driving by private vehicle to the fishing town of Volendam to experience its folk culture. Continue to nearby Edam for a specially arranged cheese tasting. Return to Amsterdam and take a city tour and scenic canal cruise. Board your beautiful ship with priority embarkation. Take some time to settle into your premium cabin or suite, opening to a French or walk-out balcony. Later, relax over a welcome cocktail, served before dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3
AMSTERDAM | Getting to Know Van Gogh

Meet your small group for an exclusive guided tour of the Van Gogh Museum. Tonight, enjoy a private pre-dinner cocktail party in the ship’s Amadeus Club, hosted by your Resident Tour Director, just for Connections guests.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4
COLOGNE, GERMANY | Gothic Cathedral

Join your small group for a Connections-exclusive walking tour of Cologne. See the cathedral and Roman-German Museum. Enjoy local fare during lunch ashore, unique to Connections guests. Then, drive to Bonn, former capital of West Germany. Pay a Connections-only visit to the Beethoven House and explore the city. Return to your ship.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5
OBERWESEL | The Enchanting Rhine

Cruise the Rhine Gorge, passing hilltop castles, terraced vineyards and charming villages. This afternoon, dock in Oberwesel and stroll its scenic streets.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6
SCHLOSS MESPELBRUNN | Medieval Moated Castle

Arrive midday in Miltenberg. Take a walking tour of the historic old town. Then, pay a Connections-exclusive visit to Schloss Mespelbrunn in the thick of the Spessart Forest. It is home to the modern-day Counts of Ingelheim-Echter.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7
WÜRZBURG | Baroque Palace

In Würzburg, join your small group for a Connections-exclusive tour of the 18th-century Residenz. Then, quench your thirst with a brewery tour and beer tasting, just for Connections guests, before cruising again this afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8
BAMBERG | On the Main-Danube Canal

Arrive in Bamberg. Join your Resident Tour Director for a walking tour of the old quarter, with its ornate Gothic cathedral and curious Altes Rathaus (town hall). Take a tour and attend a private, Connections-exclusive concert at Wernsdorf Palace. Later, hear an onboard lecture on the Main-Danube Canal, which you begin cruising this evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 9
NUREMBERG | An Exclusive Art Bunker Tour

Disembark for a day in Nuremberg, walking through the altstadt (old town). View the Palace of Justice and castle with its 900-year-old ramparts. Privately tour a World War II art bunker, a Connections exclusive, and see the Documentation Center Museum. Back on board tonight, sit down to a private dinner featuring a special Chef’s Highlights menu.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 10
REGENSBURG | Folk Entertainment

Visit the Palace of St. Emmeram for a private tour with your intimate Connections group. After time at leisure in Regensburg, explore the city and cathedral on foot. Tonight, enjoy Bavarian music on board.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 11
PASSAU | City of Three Rivers

Step ashore for a small-group city walk in Passau. Only with Connections, visit Veste Oberhaus.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 12
MELK & DÜRNSTEIN, AUSTRIA | Historic Abbey

Pay an intimate visit to 900-year-old Melk Abbey. See Schloss Artstetten, Franz Ferdinand’s final resting place and the home of his great-granddaughter, exclusive to Connections guests, followed by an off-ship lunch in Maria Taferl. Drive to Dürnstein, with time to taste local wines and stroll the streets with your Resident Tour Director.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 13
VIENNA | City of Mozart and Strauss

Visit Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace to see how apple strudel is made. Drive to the Ringstrasse and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Have lunch on your own (or included aboard ship). After tonight's Connections-exclusive dinner ashore, attend a Sound of Vienna concert in the Kursalon, with upgraded Category A seating.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 14
BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA | St. Martin’s Cathedral

Arrive in Slovakia’s capital, Bratislava. Join your private guide and fellow Connections guests as you explore its old quarter, including St. Martin’s Cathedral and Grassalkovich Palace. After lunch, visit the Imperial Festival Palace Hof and privately tour its secret passages and cellar vaults. Tonight, join the captain on board for a gala dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 15
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY | Evening Danube Cruise

Tour Buda and Pest with insight from your expert Connections guide. See Heroes Square, climb the Fisherman's Bastion and hear a Connections-exclusive mini-concert at Hungarian State Opera House. Visit the Great Synagogue and its Holocaust Memorial. Then, meet a Buda resident for lunch in the gardens of her villa, planned specially for Connections guests. Later, cruise the Danube through Budapest beneath the Chain Bridge, and enjoy a Hungarian folklore program on board.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 16
SZENTENDRE | Enclave of Hungarian Art

Set out on a Connections-exclusive morning excursion to Szentendre, a lively artists’ town. This afternoon, explore Budapest at your leisure. This evening, gather with fellow guests for a farewell dinner.

Continental Hotel Budapest
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 17
DEPART BUDAPEST

Transfer to Budapest airport for your flight.

Meals: Breakfast

NOTE: Jun 12 and Aug 11 departures run in reverse, Budapest to Amsterdam, and timing and sightseeing vary. For the Jun 12 departure, the concert in Budapest will be at the Hungarian State Opera House (as per Day 15 above); for the Aug 11 departure, the concert in Budapest will be at Vigadó Palace, Buda's first concert hall. Contact A&K for details. 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 group event: welcome dinner at 6:00 p.m. on Day 1.

Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:30 p.m. on Day 16.


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