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The Heartland of Europe: Cruising the Rhine, Main & Danube (2017)

Embark on a 17-day odyssey along three of Europe's greatest rivers in Holland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary, with stays in boutique hotels in Amsterdam and Budapest and a private tour of a World War II art bunker in Nuremburg.

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4th May 2017
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The Heartland of Europe: Cruising the Rhine, Main & Danube (2017) Arrive in Amsterdam, where you are met and transferred to yourhotel. Tonight, join your Resident Tour Director for a welcomedinner, exclusive to Connections guests.
5th May 2017
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The Heartland of Europe: Cruising the Rhine, Main & Danube (2017) Join your small group, driving by privatevehicle to the fishing town of Volendamto experience its folk culture. Continue tonearby Edam for a specially arrangedcheese tasting. Return to Amsterdam andtake a city tour and scenic canal cruise. Board your beautiful ship withpriority embarkation. Take some time to settle into your premiumcabin or suite, opening to a French or walk-out balcony. Later, relaxover a welcome cocktail, served before dinner.
6th May 2017
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The Heartland of Europe: Cruising the Rhine, Main & Danube (2017) Meet your small group for an exclusive guided tour of the VanGogh Museum. Tonight, enjoy a private pre-dinner cocktailparty in the ship’s Amadeus Club, hosted by your Resident TourDirector, just for Connections guests.
7th May 2017
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The Heartland of Europe: Cruising the Rhine, Main & Danube (2017) Join your small group for a Connections-exclusive walking tourof Cologne. See the cathedral and Roman-German Museum.Enjoy local fare during lunch ashore, unique to Connectionsguests. Then, drive to Bonn, former capital of West Germany. Paya Connections-only visit to the Beethoven House and explorethe city. Return to your ship.
8th May 2017
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The Heartland of Europe: Cruising the Rhine, Main & Danube (2017) Cruise the Rhine Gorge, passing hilltop castles, terraced vineyardsand charming villages. This afternoon, dock in Oberwesel andstroll its scenic streets.
9th May 2017
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The Heartland of Europe: Cruising the Rhine, Main & Danube (2017) Arrive midday in Miltenberg. Take a walking tour of the historicold town. Then, pay a Connections-exclusive visit to SchlossMespelbrunn in the thick of the Spessart Forest. It is home to themodern-day Counts of Ingelheim-Echter.
10th May 2017
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The Heartland of Europe: Cruising the Rhine, Main & Danube (2017) In Würzburg, join your small group for a Connections-exclusivetour of the 18th-century Residenz. Then, quench your thirst with abrewery tour and beer tasting, just for Connections guests, beforecruising again this afternoon.
11th May 2017
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The Heartland of Europe: Cruising the Rhine, Main & Danube (2017) Arrive in Bamberg. Join your Resident Tour Director for awalking tour of the old quarter, with its ornate Gothic cathedraland curious Altes Rathaus (town hall). Take a tour and attend aprivate, Connections-exclusive concert at Wernsdorf Palace. Later,hear an onboard lecture on the Main-Danube Canal, which youbegin cruising this evening.
12th May 2017
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The Heartland of Europe: Cruising the Rhine, Main & Danube (2017) Disembark for a day in Nuremberg, walking through the altstadt(old town). View the Palace of Justice and castle with its 900-year-oldramparts. Privately tour a World War II art bunker, a Connectionsexclusive, and see the Documentation Center Museum. Back onboard tonight, sit down to a private dinner featuring a special Chef’sHighlights menu.
13th May 2017
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The Heartland of Europe: Cruising the Rhine, Main & Danube (2017) Visit the Palace of St. Emmeram for a private tour with yourintimate Connections group. After time at leisure in Regensburg,explore the city and cathedral on foot. Tonight, enjoy Bavarianmusic on board.
14th May 2017
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The Heartland of Europe: Cruising the Rhine, Main & Danube (2017) Step ashore for a small-group city walk in Passau. Only withConnections, visit Veste Oberhaus.
15th May 2017
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The Heartland of Europe: Cruising the Rhine, Main & Danube (2017) Pay an intimate visit to 900-year-old Melk Abbey. See SchlossArtstetten, Franz Ferdinand’s final resting place and the homeof his great-granddaughter, exclusive to Connections guests,followed by an off-ship lunch in Maria Taferl. Drive to Dürnstein,with time to taste local wines and stroll the streets with yourResident Tour Director.
16th May 2017
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The Heartland of Europe: Cruising the Rhine, Main & Danube (2017) Visit Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace tosee how apple strudel is made. Driveto the Ringstrasse and St. Stephen’sCathedral. Have lunch on your own (orincluded aboard ship). After tonight'sConnections-exclusive dinner ashore, attend a Sound of Viennaconcert in the Kursalon, with upgraded Category A seating.
17th May 2017
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The Heartland of Europe: Cruising the Rhine, Main & Danube (2017) Arrive in Slovakia’s capital, Bratislava. Join your private guideand fellow Connections guests as you explore its old quarter,including St. Martin’s Cathedral and Grassalkovich Palace. Afterlunch, visit the Imperial Festival Palace Hof and privately tourits secret passages and cellar vaults. Tonight, join the captain onboard for a gala dinner.
18th May 2017
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The Heartland of Europe: Cruising the Rhine, Main & Danube (2017) Tour Buda and Pest with insight from your expert Connectionsguide. See Heroes Square, climb the Fisherman's Bastion and heara Connections-exclusive mini-concert at Liszt Academy. Visit theGreat Synagogue and its Holocaust Memorial. Then, meet a Budaresident for lunch in the gardens of her villa, planned specially forConnections guests. Later, cruise the Danube through Budapestbeneath the Chain Bridge, and enjoy a Hungarian folkloreprogram on board.
19th May 2017
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The Heartland of Europe: Cruising the Rhine, Main & Danube (2017) Set out on a Connections-exclusive morning excursion to Szentendre,a lively artists’ town. This afternoon, explore Budapest at yourleisure. This evening, gather with fellow guests for a farewelldinner.
20th May 2017
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The Heartland of Europe: Cruising the Rhine, Main & Danube (2017) Transfer to Budapest airport for your flight.

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Embark on a 17-day odyssey along three of Europe's greatest rivers in Holland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary, with stays in boutique hotels in Amsterdam and Budapest and a private tour of a World War II art bunker in Nuremburg.

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Strauss-Deck

Embark on a 17-day odyssey along three of Europe's greatest rivers in Holland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary, with stays in boutique hotels in Amsterdam and Budapest and a private tour of a World War II art bunker in Nuremburg.

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Embark on a 17-day odyssey along three of Europe's greatest rivers in Holland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary, with stays in boutique hotels in Amsterdam and Budapest and a private tour of a World War II art bunker in Nuremburg.

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