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.
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.
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.
MELK | Palatial Abbey
Arrive in Melk, where you visit the Benedictine abbey, perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube. Originally constructed as a palace, the abbey boasts soaring gilded towers, an elaborately frescoed church and a vast library of medieval manuscripts. Pause for lunch ashore at a local restaurant in the scenic Wachau Valley. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Transfer to Munich airport to depart.