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Your all-LGBT river cruise takes you from historic Nuremberg to Regensburg, Passau, and Melk, and culminates with an overnight in extraordinary Austrian city of Vienna. Glide down Europe’s most fabled river, the Danube, indulging in some of the best Christmas markets Europe has to offer.

Your all-inclusive adventure begins with two days in the heart of Munich, where you’ll find one of the largest and most well-known Christmas Markets in Germany. Enjoy a full-day excursion to the fairytale castle Neuschwanstein, perched among the natural splendor of the Alps.

Two hotel nights in Munich and deluxe six-night Danube River cruise

Join us at this most festive time of year to visit the very best Christmas Markets along the Danube River. Explore sleepy little towns and riverscapes, warm yourself with a delicious glass of mulled wine and immerse yourself in the wonderful traditions of the holiday season. Even if you’ve done the Danube in summer, the Christmastime experience is one not to be missed – it’s magical!

Ship Accommodations

 

The AMADEUS Star is the 16th river cruise ship of the Austrian ship operator, Luftner Cruises. Similar to its prominent predecessors, this ship continues with the company’s orientation to high quality river cruises in Europe.

This new vessel follows the award-winning model of Amadeus’ new generation Silver class ships, but offers even further innovative developments. The popular concept of spaciousness has been maintained. This includes not only generous public areas but also spacious cabins: 12 large suites impress with an outdoor balcony and a cozy reading corner. Staterooms on the Mozart and Strauss Deck feature automatically lowering panoramic windows which extend across the entire cabin front and have been specially designed for the Amadeus ships. All deluxe cabins and suites offer comfortable, spacious bathrooms, infotainment systems, flat screen television, telephone, cabin safe, minibar and individually regulated climate control.

 

Land Accommodations

 

Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich

The 5-star, Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski, welcomes you in the heart of Munich and is the ideal place to stay to make the most of the vibrant city.

From its very inception, the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten was created to impress visitors on what has long been one of Europe’s most prestigious addresses: Maximilianstrasse is jam-packed with high-end boutique stores featuring the biggest names in fashion, plus plenty of local favorites. City center Marienplatz is a six- or seven-minute walk, and the world-class Bavarian State Opera a few hundred yards away, on Maximilianstrasse.
Accommodations include taxes and deluxe buffet breakfast.

 

Bristol Hotel Vienna

The Hotel Bristol Vienna, A Luxury Collection Hotel, is located in the heart of the city adjacent to the Vienna State Opera and in close proximity to all major sights. The Bristol – an art deco gem – has been one of Vienna’s prime addresses ever since 1892 and serves as a living example of Viennese charm and personalized service. 150 exclusive rooms and 24 unique suites feel like turn-of-the-century apartments and offer spectacular views of the city. The restaurant Bristol Lounge offers all-day dining and enchants guests with its stylish elegance and tasteful decor; in cold weather a fire crackles in the large fireplace.

Additional Post Night(s)
Single $319 Double $172 per person

Accommodations included taxes and deluxe buffet breakfast.
Rates are per person based on occupancy listed.

Optional Pre Cruise Hotel – $384 per night/Single or Double Occupancy,
Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich

The 5-star, Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski, welcomes you in the heart of Munich and is the ideal place to stay to make the most of the vibrant city.

From its very inception, the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten was created to impress visitors on what has long been one of Europe’s most prestigious addresses: Maximilianstrasse is jam-packed with high-end boutique stores featuring the biggest names in fashion, plus plenty of local favorites. City center Marienplatz is a six- or seven-minute walk, and the world-class Bavarian State Opera a few hundred yards away, on Maximilianstrasse.
Accommodations include taxes and deluxe buffet breakfast.

 

Optional Post Cruise Hotel – $344 per night/Double Occupancy, $319 per night/Single Occupancy
Bristol Hotel Vienna

The Hotel Bristol Vienna, A Luxury Collection Hotel, is located in the heart of the city adjacent to the Vienna State Opera and in close proximity to all major sights. The Bristol – an art deco gem – has been one of Vienna’s prime addresses ever since 1892 and serves as a living example of Viennese charm and personalized service. 150 exclusive rooms and 24 unique suites feel like turn-of-the-century apartments and offer spectacular views of the city. The restaurant Bristol Lounge offers all-day dining and enchants guests with its stylish elegance and tasteful decor; in cold weather a fire crackles in the large fireplace.

Your all-LGBT river cruise takes you from historic Nuremberg to Regensburg, Passau, and Melk, and culminates with an overnight in extraordinary Austrian city of Vienna. Glide down Europe’s most fabled river, the Danube, indulging in some of the best Christmas markets Europe has to offer.

On board the beautiful, brand-new Amadeus Star, you will be pampered by attentive crew in an atmosphere of total relaxation, while enjoying signature Brand g entertainment and the kind of atmosphere that only comes with a cruise fully chartered by us for our guests.

This vacation has it all – Christmas markets, historic sites, charming towns, world-class wine and cuisine, and more!

 

Featured Entertainment

Miss Conception, an overnight sensation that has been 17 years in the making, is presently touring the world with his one woman live singing shows that has audiences howling with laughter and leaping to their feet with applause. This international Female Delusionist® has launched her new show ‘The Wonderful World of Miss Conception – an all live singing show featuring your favorite story book characters with a twist!” and will be performing some of these numbers onboard for our guests.

www.missconception.ca/

 

Music and comedy legends Amy Armstrong and Freddy Allen have graced the stages coast-to-coast, both large and small, and in over 20 countries with their one-of-a-kind wit and musical prowess. Amy’s beautiful voice, edgy humor and quick wit, combined with Freddy’s impeccable musical arrangements and sly repartee, create an evening of enjoyable and unforgettable entertainment.

www.amyfreddy.com/music-and-comedy/

 

Package Includes:

– Guaranteed all-lgbt charter

– 2 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Munich including daily Buffet Breakfast

– Escorted tour to Neuschwanstein Castle

– ½ day guided walking tour in Munich

– Transfer from the Hotel in Munich to the Ship in Nuremberg

– 6 Nights Cruise Accommodation

– COMPLIMENTARY FREE-FLOW SPIRITS, WINE, BEER AND NON-ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES THROUGHOUT THE CRUISE

– Superb Dining: all meals included during your cruise

– Services of an experienced cruise director and Brand g host throughout the cruise

– Complimentary shore excursions offered daily

– Brand g signature entertainment

– “Sounds of Vienna” concert and visit to Schunbrunn Palace with Christmas market

– Airport transfers in Munich (MUC) and Vienna (VIE)

Upon arrival to Munich’s Franz Josef Strauss Airport (MUC), you will be met by our representatives and transferred to the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich. After settling into your room, take some time to explore the city on your own. Your city-center hotel is well-situated to visit the Christmas market at Marienplatz. This evening, meet your fellow travelers at a festive welcome reception.

Today, a drive through Germany’s picturesque countryside brings us to Neuschwanstein. It is one of three castles built by ‘mad’ Ludwig II of Bavaria, who was born in 1845 and died in 1886. Its Neo-Romanesque architecture imitates that of a medieval castle and, in turn, Neuschwanstein was the inspiration for Disney’s Magic Kingdom. The natural splendor of the surrounding Alps provide the perfect backdrop for this iconic fairytale wonder.

Following breakfast at the hotel, we embark on a morning tour exploring the highlights of Munich. We take you to Königsplatz, past famous art museums and along the magnificent avenues Ludwigand and Prinzregentenstraße with their significant buildings and museums, including Ludwig’s Church, the Theatiner Church, the Feldherrenhalle (Hall of Generals), the House of Arts, the Bavarian National Museum, as well as the impressive statue Angel of Peace overlooking the city. We also visit Maximilian Street, which leads to the Residence and National Theatre/Opera House among many other famous places.
Following lunch on your own, we travel from Munich to Nuremberg to board our comfortable home for the next six nights, the river boat Amadeus Star. Tonight we enjoy a festive “welcome aboard” dinner.

This morning, visit the Bavarian town of Roth, and Nuremberg. The tour will take you to the most significant monuments and sights in picturesque Nuremberg. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the romantic Christmas market and taste the world-famous Nuremberg lebkuchen (gingerbread) before returning to your ship, where we begin our journey down river, across the Continental Divide.

A full day is spent in festively adorned, historic Regensburg. This magical destination where time seems to stand still, is best explored during a morning guided sightseeing walk. After lunch, explore on your own or opt to join an excursion to the Christmas market in the royal Thurn and Taxis Castle. Revel in the festive pre-Christmas atmosphere filled with the aroma of roasted almonds and stalls filled with local handicrafts.

During breakfast, arrive in Passau, also known as the “City of Three Rivers”, situated at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz Rivers. In the morning, enjoy the romantic old town with its historic buildings during the course of a guided walk. The afternoon is a perfect time to visit the traditional Passau Christmas market. Early this evening your ship will depart this lovely city and head towards Melk.

In the morning, we reach the UNESCO World Natural Heritage region of the Wachau. Your ship docks in Melk, where you’ll enjoy an excursion to Melk Abbey and Dürnstein. Afterwards, defy the weather and join us for a mug of warming glühwein (mulled wine), after which you will return to your ship.

The rest of the day is spent on board, where you will have a wonderful view of the passing winter landscapes as your cruise ship travels towards Vienna.

In the evening, we recommend that music lovers attend the atmospheric “Sound of Vienna” concert, which will present a kaleidoscope of Viennese classical music.

Enjoy exploring wintery Vienna today! A morning city sightseeing tour in a comfortable bus takes you past the most beautiful sights of the Austrian capital. In the afternoon, you have the opportunity to tour the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, as well as to visit the traditional, romantic Christmas market in front of the palace.

Your Christmas Markets cruise concludes this morning with disembarkation after breakfast and an airport transfer to Vienna airport. Or, you may wish to extend your stay in this glorious city.

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