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Connections European River Cruise Journeys

Christmas Markets Along the Danube 2020


9 days from $5,495 per person

Limited to 24 guests

Embark on a festive Danube River cruise, staying in handpicked 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
  • 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 unforgettable 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
Meals: Dinner
DAY 2
Vienna | Handcrafted Porcelain

This morning, 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 a Viennese café before a privately guided tour of the Augarten Porcelain Factory. Transfer to your vessel, with priority embarkation. After settling in to 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 Queen'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3
Vienna | A City’s Christmas Best

Your walking tour in Vienna visits St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Imperial Treasury at Hofburg Palace. Take a private Viennese waltz lesson. After lunch, visit Schönbrunn Palace and its Christmas markets. Tonight, visit the main Christmas market at the Rathausplatz.

'Amadeus Queen'
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 predinner cocktail party in the Amadeus Club, hosted by your Resident Tour Director, followed by an exclusive Chef 's Highlights dinner.

'Amadeus Queen'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5
Passau, Germany | Historic Christkindlesmarkt

Arrive in Passau. Take a guided city walk, visiting the Christkindlesmarkt and St. Stephen's Cathedral to hear its organ. Linger over an authentic Bavarian lunch with a glass of wine at a charming restaurant. Then, explore the old historic center at leisure.

'Amadeus Queen'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6
Regensburg | Walking Tour & Market Visit

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 Queen'
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, an A&K exclusive. Explore the Christkindlesmarkt in the old city, with time to shop or savor homemade gingerbread.

'Amadeus Queen'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8
Munich | Bavarian Capital

Disembark in Nuremberg and drive to Munich, famous for its beer halls and beer gardens. Take a guided walking tour of its old town. Visit the Frauenkirche cathedral and Marienplatz with its bustling Christmas market.

Platzl Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 9
Depart Munich

Transfer to Munich Airport for your departure.

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.

  • 2020
  • Dec 09 - Dec 17
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    B-4 Strauss-Deck
    Price
    $5,495
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    $1,195
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    B-1 Strauss-Deck
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    $5,795
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    $1,695
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    A-1 Mozart-Deck
    Price
    $5,995
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    $1,995
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    Amadeus Suite Mozart-Deck
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    $6,495
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    $3,495
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    'Amadeus Queen' Deck Plan
Journey Details

High or low water levels may impact sailing and require changes to the itinerary.

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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