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Connections European River Cruises

New Year's Along the Danube 2018


9 Days from $5,595

Limited to 24 guests

Ring in the New Year on the Danube River, staying in a boutique hotel in the heart of Munich and setting out on shore excursions that include a waltz lesson in Vienna and a hands-on Slovakian cooking class in Bratislava.

A&K Advantages

Ring in the new year on the Danube, with nine days of exclusive Connections sightseeing in your private small-group vehicle, escorted by your own Resident Tour Director

Stay in an elegant hotel in the heart of Munich

Partake in Connections-exclusive shore excursions, including a waltz lesson in Vienna with an experienced local instructor

Enjoy a wide array of small-group experiences, including a hands-on Slovak cooking class in Bratislava, a Bavarian brewery tour and four meals ashore, planned for Connections guests

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1
ARRIVE MUNICH, GERMANY
DAY 2
PASSAU | Cruising the Danube
DAY 3
VIENNA, AUSTRIA | Romantic City
DAY 4
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY | Ringing in the New Year
DAY 5
BUDAPEST | New Year’s Day
DAY 6
BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA | Culinary Wonders
DAY 7
MELK, AUSTRIA | Palatial Abbey
DAY 8
MUNICH, GERMANY | Bavarian Brews
DAY 9
DEPART MUNICH
DAY 1
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.

Hotel Bayerischer Hof
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Meals: Dinner
DAY 2
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.

'Amadeus Queen'
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Deck Plan
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 3
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.

'Amadeus Queen'
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Deck Plan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4
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, Heroes’ 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.

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

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

'Amadeus Queen'
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Deck Plan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7
MELK, AUSTRIA | 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. Tonight, attend a private cocktail party and Chef ’s Highlights dinner, only for Connections guests.

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

Hotel Bayerischer Hof
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 9
DEPART MUNICH

After breakfast, transfer to Munich 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 28 - Jan 05
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Availability
    Cabin Class
    B-4 Strauss-Deck
    Price
    $5,595
    Single Supplement
    $1,495
    Availability
    Limited Availability
    Cabin Class
    B-1 Strauss-Deck
    Price
    $5,995
    Single Supplement
    $2,195
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    A-1 Mozart-Deck
    Price
    $6,395
    Single Supplement
    $2,695
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Amadeus Suite Mozart-Deck
    Price
    $6,895
    Single Supplement
    $4,695
    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 event: welcome briefing at 6:00 p.m. on Day 1.

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


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