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Christmas Markets on the Danube
(Connections Journey)

9 days with Abercrombie & Kent  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
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. (D)
 
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. (B L D)
 
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. (B L D)
 
Day 4: Schloss Artstetten / Eventful History
Visit historic Schloss Artstetten, taking a private guided tour with your intimate group of Connections guests. The castle is home to the great-granddaughter of Archduke Ferdinand, whose assassination led to World War I. Continue to Melk and tour its 900-year-old abbey perched high above the Danube. 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. (B L D)
 
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. (B L D)
 
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. (B L D)
 
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. Enjoy an exclusive lunch ashore. Explore the Christkindlesmarkt in the old city, with time to shop or savor homemade gingerbread. (B L D)
 
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. (B D)
 
Day 9: Depart Munich
Transfer to Munich airport to depart. (B)
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • 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 historic Schloss Artstetten and the Imperial Treasury in Vienna with its glittering jewels
All This Included
Embark on a festive Danube River cruise, staying in hand-picked boutique hotels in the heart of Vienna and Munich, and visiting Christkindlesmarkts, historic Schloss Artstetten and the Imperial Treasury in Vienna.
  • All accommodations.
  • Meals as specified.
  • Arrival and departure transers.
  • Fully-guided sightseeing as noted in the itinerary.
  • Bottled water supplied during Sightseeing.
  • Handling of two pieces of baggage per person for international fights.
  • Hotel taxes.
  • Gratuities throughout, except to your Tour Director.
Accommodations on this Tour
Vienna: The Ring
Cruising: Cabin onboard 'Amadeus Silver II' 
Munich: Platzl Hotel 
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • High or low water levels may impact sailing and require changes to the itinerary.
  • Minimum age is 12 years.
  • First group event: welcome briefing at 6:15 p.m. on Day 1.
  • Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:30 p.m. on Day 8.
  • 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.



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