Blue Danube Discovery River Cruise

September 14, 2020 to September 26, 2020

Enjoy the best of the Danube! Before your cruise through Austria and Germany, explore the “Pearl of the Danube”—Budapest. Enjoy beautiful hotel accommodations with complimentary breakfast, an expert Local Guide, and courtesy hotel-to-ship transfer. You’ll enjoy a guided tour of Budapest, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.

Beautiful views, marvelous food, and the birthplace of some of the world’s greatest music is in store on your Danube River cruise. Embark in Budapest to sail to Vienna—the City of Music. You’ll marvel at the sights with a guided city tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks—including the Imperial Palace, the world-famous opera house, and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Sail to Dürnstein to walk in the steps of Richard the Lionheart. You may choose a guided hike to the castle where he was held during the Crusades, and behold the brilliant view of Austria’s Wachau Valley from above. Next, the magnificent Benedictine Abbey of Melk awaits, with its frescoed ceilings, sculptures, library, and ornate pipe organ. Join us on board for a wine tasting of Wachau Valley vintages.

You’ll cruise to Passau, Germany, where the Danube meets the Inn and Ilz Rivers, for guided walking tour of the captivating, baroque “City of Three Rivers.” Visit the Bavarian town of Regensburg to see medieval sights, including the Old Town Hall and the fortress entrance built in 179 AD. Later, join us for a beer tasting on board. Once docked in Roth, hear a fascinating onboard lecture of the impact of the Main-Danube, then take your pick of included excursions—a tour of Roth’s medieval houses, streets, and town hall; guided sightseeing in Nuremberg, or a tour of the notorious Nuremberg Rally Grounds of the Third Reich.

Your vacation continues after your cruise with two nights in the Golden City of Prague. Enjoy superior hotel accommodations with complimentary breakfast, an expert Local Guide, and courtesy ship-to-hotel transfer. Guided sightseeing includes Hradcany Castle grounds, St. Vitus Cathedral, and Old Town’s Astronomical Clock. Enjoy free time as well to explore this exquisite city.

 

 

 

Your journey begins at Chicago O’Hare, where you will board your overnight flight to Budapest, Hungary. (Optional transportation from select pick up points to O’Hare is available.)

Welcome to Budapest—Hungary’s Captivating Capital
The day is yours to relax and enjoy Eastern Europe’s shining city on the Danube.
Hotel: InterContinental Budapest (or similar)

Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing Tour, including the iconic Heroes’ Square. Take in the beauty of Budapest while enjoying a free afternoon exploring such famous sights as the Chain Bridge. Get to know the city’s cafés and pubs, or take a hike through the hills above the Danube.
You may choose to enjoy Hungarian cuisine in an Optional Wine–and–Dine Dinner this evening.
Hotel: InterContinental Budapest (or similar)
Meal: Breakfast

With a free day to explore before your cruise, take time to take photographs on the Royal Palace grounds in this treasure trove of historical architecture. Try Budapest’s famous thermal bath spas, then lunch in a garden or rooftop eatery before boarding your Suite Ship®. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA
Meal: Breakfast, Dinner

Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host. Today enjoy sailing the Danube, which shares dozens of miles with Hungary and Slovakia. Relax on the Sky Deck to see the rolling landscape and red rooftops of the Slovakian capital of Bratislava come into view.

This evening in Vienna, you may choose to join an Optional Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Venture into the Habsburg empire this morning on a Guided City Tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks. See the Imperial
Palace complex–the winter residence of the Imperial Family, the historic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace–a Habsburg Empire summer home for 300 years.

This afternoon, enjoy free time to take a tram to visit Austria’s Prater amusement park or one of the many museums nearby. You may also decide to borrow a bike from the ship to explore the streets and squares of Vienna, or ride along the banks of the Danube at your leisure. Later, relax on board with live entertainment as you sail to Dürnstein.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DÜRNSTEIN
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart–who was imprisoned in the castle above
the village during the Crusades, OR: ACTIVE Join a Hike up to the castle ruins with your Adventure Host for a spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below. Enjoy coffee or a cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk.

MELK - Ornate Architecture and Scenic Splendors
Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ. Enjoy the flavors of the Wachau Valley with a Wine Tasting on board.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers,” OR:
Join a full day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg–the city of Mozart–or a full day Guided Optional Excursion to the picturesque Bohemian town of Český Krumlov. Meet your ship back in Passau after your selected activities for sailing.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Join a Guided City Walk and see the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria–built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg. Spend a free afternoon exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets. Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board. This evening enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Roth. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTH (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Enjoy an Onboard Lecture about the Main–Danube Canal–linking these two rivers to make a vital connection enabling navigation between the North and Black Seas. Choose a Guided Sightseeing of Nuremberg–with its medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR; Take a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds–used by the Third Reich. EVENING CRUISE TO NUREMBERG
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Today disembark your ship and enjoy free time to explore the Golden City of Prague and its surrounding countryside. Consider sampling delicious plum dumplings and traditional Pilsner lager beside the Vltava River.
Hotel: Hilton Prague Old Town (or similar)
(Breakfast)

Take a Guided City Walk and visit the Hradčany Castle Grounds; see St. Vitus Cathedral, and Old Town’s Astronomical Clock. Spend free time hiking the nearby hillsides or stay in town to stroll the city of Prague to photograph its stunning cityscape. You might catch the entertaining street performers, visit the market stalls at Charles Bridge, and sample Prague’s famous beer varieties in a local restaurant.

Tonight, you may decide to join us for an Optional Folklore Dinner Show, sampling traditional Czech cuisine in an authentic Prague setting.
Hotel: Hilton Prague Old Town (or similar)
(Breakfast)

After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to the Prague Airport for your return flight to Chicago O’Hare.

Daily Itinerary is subject to change. In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program. Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.


Transportation

  • Optional Motorcoach to/from Chicago O’Hare from Northeast Wisconsin:  $45.00 per person, each way (from select cities)
  • Round-trip flights from Chicago O’Hare to Budapest, Hungary, returning from Prague, Czech Republic including current air taxes and fees
  • Motorcoach transfers between the airport, and hotel when purchasing the air inclusive trip

Hotel Accommodations

  • Two nights superior hotel accommodations in Budapest, Hungary including breakfast
  • Two nights superior hotel accommodations in Prague, Czech Republic including breakfast

Cruise Details

  • Deluxe seven-night Avalon river cruise in a river view stateroom on the Avalon Envision from Budapest, Hungary to Nuremberg, Germany
  • Complimentary pre-paid gratuities to your shipboard staff, local guides and coach drivers
  • Luxuriously appointed river view staterooms with hotel beds, hair dryer, safe and flat-screen TV with satellite for complimentary movie and entertainment options

Dining & Beverages

  • All meals onboard the ship with Chef-inspired regional recipes to include:
    • Daily four-course à la carte dinner in the main dining room
    • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
    • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your ship

Sightseeing and Services Highlights

  • Sightseeing with certified local guides, guided optional excursions and tours, and ample free time to explore on your own. Explore classic sights, embark on active excursions, and make a new discovery through the hands-on cultural and artistic experiences shared by local residents and experts.
  • Experienced Fox World Travel Tour Manager to accompany the group*
  • Remarkable service from your English-speaking crew and on-board cruise director
  • Customized informative travel documents containing all trip details and helpful packing and planning information

Not Included: Airline imposed baggage fees; airport gratuities to baggage handlers, meals, unless noted; medical services; any other items of a personal nature. A valid passport is required. Travel insurance protection is not included. Ask your travel consultant about our reasonable options.

* A minimum number of passengers are required for the Fox World Travel tour manager to accompany this group. If the minimum is not met, the tour will still include a professional local guide in the destination.

Cruise Only

Category E/D

See special discounts below!
Two riverview windows
Based on double occupancy

Category B

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French Balcony
Based on double occupancy

Category A

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French Balcony
Based on double occupancy

Category P

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French Balcony
Based on double occupancy

Air Inclusive

Category E/D

See special discounts below!
Two riverview windows
Based on double occupancy

Category B

See special discounts below!
French Balcony
Based on double occupancy

Category A

See special discounts below!
French Balcony
Based on double occupancy

Category P

See special discounts below!
French Balcony
Based on double occupancy
Initial Deposit: $400.00 per person at time of booking
Final Payment Date: June 10, 2020
*Above pricing is per person based on double occupancy in your choice of cabin category and subject to availability. All taxes and fees of $401.23 per person are INCLUDED and subject to change. Fox World Travel has no control over flight changes, delays or cancellations. Single pricing is on a request basis and subject to availability. Triple accommodations are not available.

Available Discounts:

Early Booking Discount:  Deposit by September 4, 2019 and receive $600.00 per person

**Discounts are subject to change at any time

The Avalon Envision is the newest addition to the 2019 Avalon Suite Ship fleet. With the youngest fleet of ships on Europe’s waterways, Avalon continues our outstanding commitment to comfortable luxury and excellence with the Envision. Passengers can choose from two full decks of award-winning Panorama Suites, featuring wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling Panoramic Windows that transform your living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony. The 200-square-foot Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, with Avalon’s incomparable window-facing “Beds with a View”. Onboard amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi access, a state-of-the-art Fitness Center, an Adventure Center for bikes and active gear, and an Avalon Adventure Host to assist with active excursions and activities. Enjoy exceptional onboard cuisine, including Avalon Fresh menu options, premium coffee and spirits, and versatile FlexDining venues, including the casual Panorama Bistro, al fresco Sky Grill, or elegant glass-walled Dining Room. Library books, cards, and board games are favorites in the Club Lounge, and our Observation Lounge affords the perfect vantage point to watch the world go by. The expansive Sky Deck beckons with a whirlpool, premium lounge chairs, shade system, and deck games-against a backdrop of Europe’s most spectacular scenery.

Flights are pending

The flights included in your package have not yet been announced, the identity of the carrier, which may include the carrier`s code-share partner, will be assigned and disclosed at a later date. See FoxWorldTravel.com for our statement of responsibility.

Please note: Flight schedules are subject to change and FWT has no control over flight changes, delays or cancellations.  Tickets will be non-refundable once issued. Changes will be subject to a fee plus any fare difference. Additional restrictions may apply. Flight schedules are subject to change. Fox World Travel has no control over flight or equipment changes, seat assignments, delays or cancellations. A minimum of 10 passengers is needed for the group air. Checked baggage fees may apply.

*Air and Land Package includes a group air economy class ticket.  For other air options including seat upgrades, please speak with your agent.

Pricing and flight options from other cities available upon request.

Optional Insurance:

Cancellation and travel protection is strongly recommended. Fox World Travel offers several plans with Travel Guard Insurance. Details and rates can be obtained from your travel consultant.

Cancellation Penalties:

  • Date of booking to June 10, 2020: Deposit amount $400 per person
  • June 11 – July 15, 2020:  50% of trip cost + applicable airline fees
  • July 16 – August 14, 2020: 75% of trip cost+ applicable airline fees
  • August 15, 2020 to departure:  No refund

Airline tickets are non-refundable once ticketed.

A valid passport is required with a validity of at least six months beyond the return date of the trip.

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