Day 1: Arrive Munich, Germany
Arrive in Munich. You are met and transferred to your hotel. This evening, join your Resident Tour Director for a welcome dinner. (D)
Day 2: Munich / Christmas Crafts
Tour Munich’s old town and visit the Frauenkirche by small group. Shop for crafts in the Christmas market. Then, transfer to your riverboat in Passau for priority embarkation. After time to settle into your premium cabin or suite with an open-air French or walk-out balcony, enjoy a welcome cocktail, followed by dinner. (B D)
Day 3: Salzburg & Linz, Austria / Mozart's Home
Join your Resident Tour Director for a full-day excursion to Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart. Stroll the city’s historic center, enjoy lunch and visit the Christmas market in Domplatz (Cathedral Square). Pay a Connections-only visit to the church of Mondsee, shop Linz's holiday market and attend an exclusive Chef's Highlights dinner aboard. (B L D)
Day 4: Melk & Dürnstein / Charming Christmas Eve
Disembark by small group to visit the Wachau Valley, with a guided visit to the Benedictine abbey of Melk and a tasting of glühwein in Dürnstein. Take a private, guided tour of Schloss Artstetten, a Connections exclusive. A special holiday celebration aboard your ship ends this festive day. Later, you may choose to attend mass in town. (B L D)
Day 5: Vienna / Enchanted Christmas Morning
Awaken on Christmas morning in Vienna. Drive by Connections vehicle along the Ringstrasse. See the State Opera and Hundertwasser House. Visit the Imperial Treasury at Hofburg Palace, exclusive to Connections guests, and stroll through Vienna's Christmas Market. After lunch aboard, disembark and visit Schönbrunn Palace by small group. Enjoy a strudel-baking demonstration and stroll the Palace market. This evening, mark Christmas with a special Connections-only dinner and concert ashore at the famous Kursalon. (B L D)
Day 6: Bratislava, Slovakia / Historic Old Town
See Bratislava's castle district and old town. Visit the Church of St. Elisabeth, exclusive to Connections guests, and the Slovak National Museum Residency. Enjoy a private pre-dinner cocktail party in the ship’s Amadeus Club, hosted by your Resident Tour Director, prior to a gala dinner. (B L D)
Day 7: Grein & Linz, Austria / Half-Timbered Houses
Dock in Grein for a Connections-only, small-group tour of Schloss Greinburg. In Linz, take a guided, Connections tour of the Abbey of St. Florian, with an organ concert. A sweet treat awaits this afternoon as you indulge in an exclusive Linzer Torte baking class at a top patisserie. (B L D)
Day 8: Munich, Germany / Bavarian Panorama
Disembark and drive to Munich, visiting Landshut and the ruins of its ancient castle. Check in to your boutique hotel, with time to unwind. Gather for a farewell dinner. (B L D)
Day 9: Depart Munich
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart. (B)
Celebrate the holiday season on the Danube during a nine-day cruise, with Connections-exclusive shore excursions to Christkindlesmarkts and an organ concert at the Abbey of St. Florian as well as pre- and post-cruise stays in a boutique hotel in Munich.
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.
Gratuities throughout, except to your Tour Director.
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.