The Experience

Enjoy a peaceful cruise upon the Danube, shop Christmas markets in southern Germany and Austria, walk in colorful Munich, experience an A&K exclusive tour of Schloss Artstetten and visit splendid Vienna. Day 1: Arrive in Munich, Germany
Arrive in lively Munich, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, join your Tour Director for a welcome dinner.

Hotel Torbrau | Meals: D
Day 2: Munich/Nuremberg / The Christmas Market
Embark on a guided walking tour through Munich’s old town. Stroll in pedestrian-friendly Karlsplatz with its fountain that is transformed into a skating rink and see the twin, domed towers of the Frauenkirche, Munich’s cathedral. Admire the façade of the Rathaus (Town Hall) in Marienplatz, where you may shop for lovely handicrafts in the traditional Christmas market. Then, transfer to stylish ,˜Amadeus Brilliant” moored in Nuremberg, for priority embarkation. Enjoy a welcome cocktail followed by dinner.

‘Amadeus Brilliant’ | Meals: B L D
Day 3: Nuremberg / Heart of the Old City
Tour Nuremberg, including the city’s 900-year-old ramparts, Imperial Castle and Justice Palace. Then visit the Christkindlesmarkt in the heart of the old city, with time to shop the stalls, warm yourself with mulled wine or savor sweet roasted almonds and homemade gingerbread treats. Back on board, enjoy a private pre-dinner cocktail party in the Amadeus Club, hosted by your Tour Director.

‘Amadeus Brilliant’ | Meals: B L D
Day 4: Regensburg / Walking Tour & Market Visit
Enjoy a city walk of Regensburg, one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Germany. Then, visit the Christmas market, aglow with holiday lights.

‘Amadeus Brilliant’ | Meals: B L D
Day 5: Passau / Historic Christkindlsmarkt
Arrive in the Bavarian city of Passau. Enjoy a guided city walk before lunch. This afternoon, visit the Christkindlsmarkt, set in the old historic town center against the backdrop of St. Stephen,™s Cathedral.

‘Amadeus Brilliant’ | Meals: B L D
Day 6: Schloss Artstetten / Eventful History
From Melk this morning, visit historic Schloss Artstetten for a private guided tour on an A&K exclusive excursion. The castle is home to Her Serene Highness Princess Anita Hohenberg, great granddaughter of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, whose assassination in June of 1914 led to World War I. Later, cruise to Vienna, where you may choose to visit the Christmas market at the Rathausplatz.

‘Amadeus Brilliant’ | Meals: B L D
Day 7: Vienna / A City,™s Christmas Best
Tour Vienna today, driving along the Ringstrasse, lined with buildings decorated in Christmas finery. Pass the stunning State Opera, before visiting St. Stephen,™s Cathedral. After lunch, consider an optional excursion to Schanbrunn Palace, site of another of Vienna’s Christmas markets. Listen as traditional music is played by brass bands and sung by choirs from all over the world on the stage in front of the Palace,™s holiday tree. Back on board, the captain welcomes you to a gala dinner, followed by a special holiday concert.

‘Amadeus Brilliant’ | Meals: B L D
Day 8: Vienna / Handcrafted Porcelain
Disembark in Vienna for a guided tour of the Augarten Porcelain Factory and Museum. Augarten is the second-oldest porcelain manufacturer in Europe and is considered to be one of the finest in the world.

The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna | Meals: B L D
Day 9: Depart Vienna
Transfer to Vienna airport to depart.

Meals: B
December 10 departure runs in reverse, Vienna to Munich. Timings and pre-/post-cruise sightseeing may vary.

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