Christmas Markets Along the Danube- A Connections European River Cruise Journey

​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.

Journey Overview

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.

Journey 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 the Imperial Treasury in Vienna with its glittering jewels

Journey 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.

The Ring | Meals: 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 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.
'Amadeus Star' | Meals: BLD

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 — exclusive to Connections guests. After lunch, visit Schönbrunn Palace and its Christmas markets. Tonight, visit the main Christmas market at the Rathausplatz.
'Amadeus Star' | Meals: BLD

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 pre-dinner cocktail party in the Amadeus Club, hosted by your Resident Tour Director, followed by an exclusive Chef's Highlights dinner.
'Amadeus Star' | Meals: BLD

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 lunch with a glass of wine at a charming restaurant, only for Connections guests. Then, explore the old historic centre at leisure.
'Amadeus Star' | Meals: BLD

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.
'Amadeus Star' | Meals: BLD

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. Explore the Christkindlesmarkt in the old city, with time to shop or savour homemade gingerbread. 'Amadeus Star' | Meals: BLD

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 with its bustling Christmas market.
Platzl Hotel | Meals: BD

Day 9 Depart Munich

Transfer to Munich airport to depart.

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Journey Dates & Prices

As this Private Journey can be personalised to your specific requirements, it is not available for online booking.

Depending on your preferred dates and arrangements, final pricing will vary from low season to peak season travel.

Please call A&K on 1300 851 800 or send us a booking enquiry to book this journey