To explore Europe at its most authentic as part of its Connections portfolio, A&K offers a selection of river journeys through the heart of the continent to France, Holland, Germany, Austria and Hungary, with cruises along the Rhine, Main, Danube, Rhône and other storied waterways.
What travellers can experience on a Connections river journey in Europe: Resident Tour Directors who Live in Europe; city visits before and after cruising; small groups of 24 or less; exclusive A&K onshore Connections; dedicated onshore vehicles; unmatched on-the-ground support and incomparable value.
Here are our favourite five cruises to choose from.
Music & Maestros
Embark on a journey composed for lovers of classical music, along the romantic Danube River. Revel in a performance at a famed opera house in Vienna or Budapest, and receive a private waltz lesson.
Departs 24 October 2015. Prices from USD $4,795 per person.
Christmas Markets on the Danube
Visit the finest Christmas markets in southern Germany and Austria, cruising for six nights on the beautiful Danube River; and enjoy a private, guided tour of the Augarten Porcelain Factory in Vienna.
Departs 10 December 2015. Prices from USD $3,895 per person.
Cruising Holland & Belgium in Bloom
Glide past blossoms and windmills, stopping to visit a local tulip grower and flower show along the way. Disembark for A&K-exclusive excursions to Bruges, Ghent, Delft and the stunning Keukenhof Gardens.
Departs 2 & 29 April 2016. Prices from USD $3,995 per person.
World War II on the Rhine
On the historic Rhine River, cruise for seven nights with an A&K Resident Tour Director, a specialist in WWII history, disembarking for A&K-exclusive excursions to Arnhem, Cologne, Remagen and Heidelberg.
Departs 13 May 2016. Prices from USD $5,695 per person.
Art & Architecture along the Rhine
Cruise for seven nights on the Rhine River aboard sleek, spacious 'Amadeus Silver III'. Tour the Vitra Design Museum in Basel and sample the wines of the Alsace region. View artworks spanning several schools at the Museum Ludwig and explore the architecture of Amsterdam.
Departs 31 July and 11 September 2016. Prices from USD $6,195 per person.