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Connections European River Cruises

Christmas Markets Along the Danube 2018


9 Days from $4,995

Limited to 24 guests

Embark on a festive Danube River cruise, staying in hand-picked boutique hotels in the heart of Vienna and Munich, and visiting Christkindlesmarkts, historic Melk Abbey and the Imperial Treasury in Vienna.

A&K Advantages

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

Stay in carefully selected boutique hotels in the heart of lovely Vienna and Munich

Visit the finest Christmas markets (Christkindlesmarkts) in southern Germany and Austria in the intimate company of your small group

Hear an onboard Advent concert to kindle the Christmas spirit

Set out on Connections-exclusive excursions designed by A&K, including the Imperial Treasury in Vienna with its glittering jewels

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1
ARRIVE VIENNA, AUSTRIA
DAY 2
VIENNA | Handcrafted Porcelain
DAY 3
VIENNA | A City’s Christmas Best
DAY 4
MELK | Palatial Abbey
DAY 5
PASSAU, GERMANY | Historic Christkindlesmarkt
DAY 6
REGENSBURG | Walking Tour & Market Visit
DAY 7
NUREMBERG | Heart of the Old City
DAY 8
MUNICH | Bavarian Capital
DAY 9
DEPART MUNICH
DAY 1
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.

The Ring
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Meals: Dinner
DAY 2
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.

'Amadeus Silver III'
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Deck Plan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3
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.

'Amadeus Silver III'
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Deck Plan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4
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.

'Amadeus Silver III'
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Deck Plan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5
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.

'Amadeus Silver III'
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Deck Plan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6
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.

'Amadeus Silver III'
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Deck Plan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7
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.

'Amadeus Silver III'
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Deck Plan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8
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.

Platzl Hotel
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Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 9
DEPART MUNICH

Transfer to Munich airport to 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 09 - Dec 17
    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 Silver III'

    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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