Join Fox World Travel on this holiday European river cruise to remember! In Wiesbaden, board the Avalon Artistry II that is decorated and dressed up in festive Christmas colors, and embark on this festive Christmastime river cruise through the heart of Germany—ending with two nights in marvelous Prague, Czech Republic.
Behind medieval walls and towered gates, enjoy a guided walking tour in a picturesque village along the Main River. Celebrate the season in charming Würzburg, known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road,” and surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. Visit the ornate Bishop’s Residenz—home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted, then stroll through the Christmas markets while you sip Glühwein (hot mulled wine).
Continue your Christmastime river cruise to Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the many nativity scenes exhibited throughout the town are sure to delight. Then Nuremberg, where, after your guided tour, you are free to visit the Christmas market, one of the most famous in the world. Be sure to savor some traditional lebkuchen (spicy gingerbread), a Nuremberg specialty. While on board, you’ll also learn how to bake a traditional cookie and hear all about German Christmas traditions.
Disembark your ship and travel to Prague, Czech Republic—a 1,200-year-old city preserved in time. Stand in front of the medieval Astronomical Clock and browse the Christmas markets where rows of brightly decorated wooden huts sell Christmas tree ornaments, wooden toys, and Czech handicrafts. And you can’t miss the beautifully decorated tree in Old Town!
Historical treasures of Germany and magnificent Prague are perfectly paired with the sights, sounds, and tastes of the joyous holiday season on this unforgettable European river cruise.
Motor coach transportation is included from various pick up points to Chicago O’Hare airport for the overnight flight to Frankfurt.
Welcome to Germany! The Avalon Artistry II is Ready for Boarding.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE
Hidden Gifts and Holiday Delights in Beautiful Bavaria
Take a Guided Tour of a picturesque village along the Main River. Then join a Cookie-Baking Demonstration on board your ship while sailing.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WüRZBURG
Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the “Pearl of the Romantic Road” with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop’s Residence. You may also choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the beautiful Bavarian town of Rothenburg. Visit the Käthe Wohlfahrt German Christmas museum—the world’s most extensive collection of traditional German Christmas decorations. Spend free time enjoying the festive, warm glow of Wurzburg’s Christmas markets.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG
Enjoy an onboard Christmas Traditions Lecture while sailing.
Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Bamberg—medieval home of Germany’s Roman Empire dynasties. Stroll through dozens of Bamberg’s nativity scenes—from miniature to life-size. Take free time to enjoy the quaint Christmas markets, and warm up with traditional German dumplings, sausage, and a glass of hearty Bavarian ale.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NUREMBERG
Choose a Guided Tour of Nuremberg’s medieval architecture, gilded fountain, Gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR: Join a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds—used by the Third Reich.
Spend free time browsing the spruce stalls of the Christmas Markets of Nuremberg. Sample favorite Bavarian fare—bratwurst, gingerbread, mulled blueberry wine, and countless other Christkindlesmarkt culinary delights.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NUREMBERG
Bid your crew farewell and set out for the Golden City of Prague. Stroll through the exquisite streets of the city and spend a free evening in one of Prague’s cafés for dinner and Czech Beer.
Hotel: Hilton Prague Old Town (or similar)
Take a Guided City Walk to visit the grounds of Hradčany Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, and Old Town’s Astronomical Clock.
Spend the afternoon on your own to browse the exquisite Christmas Markets of Prague. Stroll through the brightly colored wooden stalls for ornaments and handmade toys and handicrafts.
Hotel: Hilton Prague Old Town (or similar)
After breakfast you’ll depart the hotel and transfer to the Prague airport for your flight home. Upon arrival in Chicago, your motorcoach transfer will return you to your original pick up location.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Group motorcoach transfer from select pick-up points to and from Chicago O’Hare
- Round-trip flights from Chicago O’Hare to Frankfurt, Germany returning from Prague, Czech Republic
- Motorcoach transfers between the airport, ship and hotel, when purchasing our air-inclusive package
- Deluxe five-night Avalon river cruise in a river view stateroom on the stunning Avalon Artistry II
- Two nights hotel accommodation in Prague at the Hilton Prague Old Town (or similar) including breakfast daily
- A lounge serving premium spirits, fitness center, complimentary Wi-Fi access
- Luxuriously appointed river view staterooms The Comfort Collection BedsSM and premium L’Occitane bath amenities, hair dryer, in room safe, flat-screen TV with complimentary movies, and complimentary bottled water daily
- Remarkable service from your English-speaking crew and on-board Cruise Director
Included Shipboard Meals
- All meals onboard the ship with chef-inspired regional recipes to include:
- Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
- Early and Late Riser breakfast options & Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
- Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
- Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
- Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the main Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts.
Experienced Tour Manager from Fox World Travel*
Gratuities for your shipboard staff, tour guides, and motorcoach drivers included in the tour price.
Customized, informative travel documents containing trip details and helpful planning information
Meals, unless noted; medical services; airline imposed baggage fees; airport gratuities to baggage handlers, or 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.
All taxes and fees of $662.64 are INCLUDED and subject to change.
Call for single pricing and land only pricing with bus to Chicago.
Departing Flight (December 5, 2019)
Lufthansa Chicago O’Hare – Frankfurt 4:10 PM – 7:30 AM (arrive December 6)
Return Flight (December 13, 2019)
Lufthansa Prague – Frankfurt 11:55 AM – 13:05 PM
Lufthansa Frankfurt – Chicago O’Hare 4:50 PM – 7:30 PM
Flight schedules are subject to change and FWT has no control over flight changes, seat assignments, 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. Checked baggage fees may apply.
Pricing and flight options from other cities available upon request.
Flight schedules are subject to change and Fox has no control over flight changes, seat assignments, 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. Checked baggage fees may apply.
Pricing and flight options from other cities available upon request.
Flight sold by Lufthansa and operated by Lufthansa
Passport Info: A valid passport is required with a validity of 6 months beyond the return date of the tour.
A valid passport is required with a validity of 6 months beyond the return date of the tour.
- Date of Booking to August 30, 2019 – Deposit amount $400.00 per person
- August 31 to October 4, 2019 – 50% of trip cost + applicable airline fees
- October 5 to November 4, 2019 – 75% of trip cost + applicable airline fees
- November 5, 2019 to departure date – No refund
Airline tickets are non-refundable once ticketed.
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.
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