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Connections European River Cruises

Christmas Along the Danube 2018


9 Days from $4,995

Limited to 24 guests

Celebrate the holiday season on the Danube during a six-night cruise, with Connections-exclusive shore excursions to Christmas markets and an organ concert at the Abbey of St. Florian as well as pre- and post-cruise stays in boutique hotels in Munich.

A&K Advantages

Celebrate Christmas on the Danube River, experiencing nine days of exclusive Connections sightseeing in your private small-group vehicle, escorted by your own Resident Tour Director

Enjoy pre- and post-cruise stays in a centrally located, family-owned boutique hotel in Munich

Travel in intimate company on Connections-exclusive shore excursions, including visits to local Christmas markets and an organ concert at the Abbey of St. Florian

Sit down to five meals ashore, just for Connections guests, coupled with the chance to bake a Linzer Torte in Austria

Awaken Christmas morning in magical Vienna for a small-group tour of the city bedecked in its Christmas finery

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1
ARRIVE MUNICH, GERMANY
DAY 2
MUNICH | Christmas Crafts
DAY 3
SALZBURG & LINZ, AUSTRIA | Mozart's Home
DAY 4
MELK & DÜRNSTEIN | Charming Christmas Eve
DAY 5
VIENNA | Enchanted Christmas Morning
DAY 6
BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA | Historic Old Town
DAY 7
LINZ, AUSTRIA | Half-Timbered Houses
DAY 8
MUNICH, GERMANY | Bavarian Panorama
DAY 9
DEPART MUNICH
DAY 1
ARRIVE MUNICH, GERMANY

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

Platzl Hotel
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Meals: Dinner
DAY 2
MUNICH | Christmas Crafts

Tour Munich’s old town and visit the Frauenkirche by small group. Shop for crafts in the Christmas market. Then, transfer to your riverboat in Passau for priority embarkation. After time to settle into your premium cabin or suite with an open-air French or walk-out balcony, enjoy a welcome cocktail, followed by dinner.

'Amadeus Queen'
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Deck Plan
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 3
SALZBURG & LINZ, AUSTRIA | Mozart's Home

Join your Resident Tour Director for a full-day excursion to Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart. Stroll the city’s historic center, enjoy lunch and visit the Christmas market in Domplatz (Cathedral Square). Pay a Connections-only visit to the church of Mondsee, shop Linz's holiday market and attend an exclusive Chef's Highlights dinner aboard.

'Amadeus Queen'
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Deck Plan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4
MELK & DÜRNSTEIN | Charming Christmas Eve

Disembark by small group to visit the Wachau Valley, with a guided visit to the Benedictine abbey of Melk and a tasting of glühwein in Dürnstein. A special holiday celebration aboard your ship ends this festive day. Later, you may choose to attend mass in the village.

'Amadeus Queen'
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Deck Plan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5
VIENNA | Enchanted Christmas Morning

Disembark to visit Schönbrunn Palace with your small group. Enjoy a strudel-baking demonstration and stroll the Palace market. After lunch aboard, drive by Connections vehicle along the Ringstrasse. See the State Opera and Hundertwasser House. Visit the Imperial Treasury at Hofburg Palace, exclusive to Connections guests, and stroll through Vienna’s Christmas Market. This evening, mark Christmas with a special Connections-only dinner and concert ashore at the famous Kursalon.

'Amadeus Queen'
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Deck Plan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6
BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA | Historic Old Town

See Bratislava's castle district and old town. Visit the Church of St. Elisabeth, exclusive to Connections guests, and view the Slovak National Museum Residency. Enjoy a private cocktail party in the ship’s Amadeus Club, hosted by your Resident Tour Director, followed by a gala dinner.

'Amadeus Queen'
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Deck Plan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7
LINZ, AUSTRIA | Half-Timbered Houses

In Linz, take a guided Connections tour of the Abbey of St. Florian, with an organ concert. A sweet treat awaits this afternoon as you indulge in an exclusive Linzer Torte baking class at a top patisserie.

'Amadeus Queen'
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Deck Plan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8
MUNICH, GERMANY | Bavarian Panorama

Disembark and drive to Munich, visiting the historic town of Landshut en route. Check in to your boutique hotel, with time to unwind. Gather for a farewell dinner.

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

After breakfast, transfer to the 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.

  • Dec 21 - Dec 29
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Availability
    Cabin Class
    B-4 Strauss-Deck
    Price
    $4,995
    Single Supplement
    $1,195
    Availability
    Limited Availability
    Cabin Class
    B-1 Strauss-Deck
    Price
    $5,495
    Single Supplement
    $1,695
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    A-1 Mozart-Deck
    Price
    $5,795
    Single Supplement
    $2,095
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Amadeus Suite Mozart-Deck
    Price
    $6,295
    Single Supplement
    $3,595
    Availability
    Available

    This departure operates on Amadeus Queen.

    How many people are travelling in your group?
    Please enter a group size 1-10.
Journey Details

Minimum age is 12 years.

First group event: welcome briefing at 6:00 p.m. on Day 1.

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


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