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.
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
Day 2 - VIENNA
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 a Viennese café 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.
Day 3 - VIENNA
Your walking tour in Vienna visits St. Stephen's Cathedral and
the Imperial Treasury at Hofburg Palace. Take a private Viennese
waltz lesson — exclusive to Connections guests. After lunch, visit
Schönbrunn Palace and its Christmas markets. Tonight, visit the main
Christmas market at the Rathausplatz.
Day 4 - MELK
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 pre-dinner cocktail party in the Amadeus
Club, hosted by your Resident Tour Director, followed by an
exclusive Chef's Highlights dinner.
Day 5 - PASSAU, GERMANY
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 lunch with a glass of
wine at a charming restaurant, only for Connections guests. Then,
explore the old historic center at leisure.
Day 6 - REGENSBURG
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.
Day 7 - NUREMBERG
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. Explore the Christkindlesmarkt
in the old city, with time to shop or savor homemade gingerbread.
Day 8 - MUNICH
Disembark in Nuremberg. Drive with your group to Munich.
Take a guided walking tour of its old town. Visit the Frauenkirche
cathedral and Marienplatz with its bustling Christmas market.
Day 9 - DEPART MUNICH
Transfer to Munich airport to depart.