Day 1: ARRIVE MUNICH
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. (D)
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. (B, D)
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. (B, L, D)
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, Hero’s 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. (B, L, D)
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. (B, L, D)
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. (B, L, D)
Day 7: Melk, Austria / Stunning Castle
Arrive in Melk, where you visit the Benedictine abbey, perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube. Proceed to Schloss Artstetten, paying a Connections-exclusive visit to the former summer seat used by the Austro-Hungarian Habsburg dynasty. Tonight, attend a private cocktail party and Chef's Highlights dinner, only for Connections guests. (B, L, D)
Day 8: Munich, Gemany / 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. (B, L, D)
Day 9: Depart Munich
After breakfast, transfer to Munich airport and depart. (B)
River Cruise Highlights
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 a boutique hotel in the heart of Munich pre-cruise
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
All This Included
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.
All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
Meals as specified
Arrival and departure transfers
Fully guided sightseeing as noted in the itinerary (including entrance fees)
Local bottled water on vehicles during sightseeing
Selected beverages at included dinners
Services of an A&K Tour Director throughout
Handling of two pieces of baggage per person for international flights
Hotel and port taxes
Gratuities for local guides/drivers on any included excursions
Accommodations on this Tour
Munich: Plaza Hotel
Cruising: Cabin onboard Amadeus Silver II
Child Policy: Minimum age: 12.
Cabin upgrades are available.
First event: welcome briefing at 6:15 p.m. on Day 1. Last event: farewell dinner at 7:00 p.m. on Day 8.
Timing and sightseeing may vary.
High or low water levels may impact sailing and require changes to the itinerary.
Please ask your Vacations to Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.