Danube Dreams River Cruise with Prague Hosted by WBAY’s Bill Jartz

June 27, 2022 to July 7, 2022

Join Bill Jartz and his wife Mary as you cruise through beautiful Danube River. Your European vacation begins with two nights in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. Guided sightseeing shows you its best-known treasures. See the Astronomical Clock, Hradčany Castle, and St. Vitus Cathedral. Regensburg is one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities. Guided sightseeing will show you the Old Town Hall, the Porta Pretoria and many mansions with high towers denoting the status and wealth of their early owners. Transfer to Deggendorf where your Danube River cruise begins. Passau, Germany, the “City of Three Rivers” lies at the confluence of the Danube, Inn, and Ilz rivers. Explore the city with a Local Guide and admire the Patrician houses and baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral. In Linz, Austria, see the Hauptplatz, Austria’s largest medieval square that forms the center of the city. Enjoy the magnificent views as your river cruise takes you through the picturesque wine region of Wachau Valley. 

In Dürnstein, see the famous blue and white Stiftskirche and taste some of the local wines. Vienna, the “City of Music,” makes an immediate impression with its lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace and neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House. In Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, a guided walk takes you through the delightful Old Town and to the Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral. In Budapest, the vibrant capital of Hungary, see the must-see sights with a local expert. In your free time stroll along the main shopping street of Váci utca, or take pictures from Fisherman’s Bastion, for the best panoramic views of Budapest. From the Golden City of Prague to the Pearl of the Danube in Budapest, your European river cruise is an experience not to be missed!

Your journey begins with an overnight flight from Chicago O’Hare to Prague, Czech Republic.

Welcome to the Golden City of Prague—Explore the City of 100 Spires! Enjoy free time to explore the Golden City and its surrounding countryside at your leisure.

Hotel: Prague Marriott (or similar)

Gothic Cathedrals, Grand Castles, and Great Cuisine
Today take a Guided City Walk to visit Hradcany Castle Grounds and see St. Vitus Cathedral and Old Town’s Astronomical Clock. Sample delicious plum dumplings and traditional Pilsner lager beside the Vltava River. Mingle with the locals and be mesmerized by street performers in Wenceslas Square, or browse the market stalls at Charles Bridge.

Hotel: Prague Marriott (or similar)
Meal: Breakfast

Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle
Join a Guided City Walk in Regensburg and see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria—built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress. Take free time to enjoy a hearty lunch and a local beer, then step back in time through historic lanes and squares of today’s modern and vibrant Regensburg. Continue on to Deggendorf to board your Avalon Suite Ship® for a welcome reception this evening.

Evening Cruise to Passau
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet
Today choose from the following options: ACTIVE Follow your Avalon Adventure Host for Hiking from Oberhaus along a trail down to the valley and along Ilz River, OR: CLASSIC Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers. Before sailing to Linz, take a little free time to explore Passau’s cobblestone streets and galleries of Artists’ Alley. Maybe stop at St. Stephen’s Cathedral to catch a concert rehearsal. This afternoon, cruise to Linz through the Danube’s dramatic horseshoe bend called Schlögen Oxbow. Tonight enjoy live entertainment onboard your ship!

Overnight docking in Linz
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Legendary and Lovely Linz
Today enjoy a Guided Walk through the city’s historic and beautiful sites along the shore of the Danube and see Hauptplatz—Austria’s largest medieval square—and the towering white-marble Trinity Column. You will also have the option to take a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart, or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov. Looking to really experience the beauty of the area? Consider instead of spending the afternoon on a biking picnic along the banks of the Danube or hike through Linz’s beautiful nature trails to Pöstlingberg for a bird’s-eye view of the city and river below.

Evening/Overnight cruise to YBBS
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Frescoes Above and Vineyards Below
Choose from two Avalon Classic tours today! Visit the Lower Austrian little town of Ybbs. Admire the fine architecture of the Babenberger and its romantic old town OR take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ. Later, stretch out on the Sky Deck as you sail through the Wachau Valley past vineyards, castles, and charming villages on your way to Dürnstein.

Dürnstein - A King’s Ransom and Castle Ruins
Choose from the following options: ACTIVE Join a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins to take in the spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below OR CLASSIC, Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart—who was imprisoned in the castle during the Crusades.
Tonight enjoy live entertainment onboard your ship.

Overnight cruise to Vienna
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Viennese Waltzes on the Blue Danube
There are many options to choose from today to really see the sight of the area! Explore the Habsburg empire with a morning Guided City Tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex—Winter residence of the Imperial Family, the grand Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral. You may decide to take a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—the former imperial summer home of the Habsburg monarchy. Spend free time strolling in the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse—the most famous shopping avenue in central Vienna. Take a bike ride through the city and stop in a local café to enjoy Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel.
This evening, enjoy an unforgettable musical performance with an Optional Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert in an elegant hall.

Overnight docking in Vienna
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Natural Beauty in Austria
Enjoy some free time in the village of Hainburg or take a Guided Optional Excursion to discover the natural beauties of
this area. During lunchtime enjoy a short cruise to Bratislava.

Bratislava - Cathedral Coronations and a Crowning Castle
Take a ride and follow your Avalon Adventure Host on a hike to lofty Bratislava Castle or take a Guided City Walk, including the quaint streets of Old Town, Town Hall, and the sight of royal coronations at St. Martin’s Cathedral.

Overnight cruise to Budapest
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

War Heroes and Hot Water
Choose from the following options to start your day: ACTIVE, Hike up to a magnificent viewpoint in Budapest with your Adventure Host, OR: CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square. This afternoon choose among a wide offer of Optional Guided Excursions or take in the beauty of Budapest while enjoying some free time 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.

Overnight docking in Budapest
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, transfer to the airport from your ship for you flight home to Chicago O’Hare.

Meals: Breakfast

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.


Air-Inclusive Package

  • Round trip flights from Chicago O’Hare to Prague, Czech Republic, return from Budapest, Hungary
  • Transfers between the airport, ship and hotel when purchasing our Air Inclusive package

Cruise Accommodations

Deluxe 7-night Avalon river cruise in a river view stateroom on the stunning Avalon Passion

Hotel Accommodations

Two night hotel accommodations in Prague at the Prague Marriott (or similar)

Includes hotel service charges, taxes and luggage handling

Included Meals

  • All meals onboard the ship are included with Chef-inspired regional recipes
    • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily onboard your ship
  • Breakfast during your hotel stay in Prague.

Fox Flourish!

  • Complimentary pre-paid gratuities to your shipboard staff, local guides, and coach drivers
  • Premium Fox World Travel Gift with your travel documents
  • Professional tour manager from Fox World Travel*

Premium Tour Experiences

  • Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship throughout the tour.
  • Explore the Golden City of Prague, known also as the City of 100 Spires, with a Guided Walking Tour to see St. Vitus Cathedral and Old Town’s Astronomical Clock.
  • In Regensburg, see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria—built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress on a Guided City Walk. Take time to enjoy a local beer and hearty lunch too!
  • Choose to hike the Oberhaus Trail down along the Ilz River in Passau or take a Guided City Walk to learn more about the beautiful “City of Three Rivers”.
  • Cruise to Linz through the Danube’s dramatic horseshoe bend called Schlögen Oxbow.
  • Take in the historic and beautiful sites along the shore of the Danube and see Hauptplatz—Austria’s largest medieval square—and the towering white-marble Trinity Column.
  • In Linz take a biking picnic along the banks of the Danube or hike through its beautiful nature trails to Pöstlingberg for a bird’s-eye view of the city and river below.
  • Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ.
  • Join a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins to take in the spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below or maybe take a Guided Walk and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart.
  • Spend free time strolling in the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse—the most famous shopping avenue in central Vienna. Take a bike ride through the city and stop in a local café to enjoy Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel.
  • In Bratislava take a Guided City Walk, including the quaint streets of Old Town, Town Hall, and the sight of royal coronations at St. Martin’s Cathedral.
  • Spend time in Budapest taking in the beauty of the area while enjoying some free time exploring such famous sights as the Chain Bridge and the iconic Hero’s Square.

Tour Services

  • Luxuriously appointed river view staterooms with hotel beds, hair dryer, safe and flat-screen TV with satellite for complimentary movie and entertainment options
  • Remarkable service from your English-speaking crew and on-board tour director
  • Escorted by a professional, local Tour Director from Avalon
  • Customized, informative travel documents containing trip details and helpful packing and planning information

Not Included: Airline flights on land-only packages, air-imposed baggage fees, gratuities for airport porters, tour guides, motorcoach drivers, meals (other than those included in the package); optional excursions that may be offered, and any items of a personal nature. Travel insurance protection is not included. Ask your travel consultant about our reasonable options.

*Minimum of 30 travelers required for the Fox World Travel tour manager to accompany the group. In the event the minimum number is not reached, the tour may still include a professional, local guide in the destination.

Air Inclusive

Deluxe Stateroom

Categories E & D
See special discounts below!
Two riverview windows
Airfare Included
Based on double occupancy

Panorama Suite

Categories B, A & P
See special discounts below!
French Balcony
Airfare Included
Based on double occupancy

Cruise Only

Deluxe Stateroom

Categories E & D
See special discounts below!
Two riverview windows
Airfare Included
Based on double occupancy

Panorama Suite

Categories B, A & P
See special discounts below!
French Balcony
Airfare Included
Based on double occupancy
Initial Deposit: $250.00 per person at time of booking
Final Payment Date: March 7, 2022

All current air taxes and fees of $521.03 per person are included and subject to change.

Single pricing available upon request.  Single Supplement Waiver may be available. Early Booking Discounts do not apply when a Single Waiver is applied to the reservation.

Available Discounts

Early Booking Discount: Book and deposit by August 1, 2021 and receive a $1,000.00 discount per person
*Discounts are subject to change at any time

WBAY TV-2 News Anchor Bill Jartz

Raised in Clintonville, Wisconsin, Bill Jartz earned All-State recognition as a high school football player, which took him to Northwestern University on an athletic scholarship. Graduating with a degree in journalism, Bill began his career as a sports anchor in Wausau, then came to WBAY in 1983. After receiving various accolades for sports broadcasting, he became a news anchor in 1998. In addition to anchoring Action 2 News weeknights at 5, 6, and 10, Bill is also the Voice of Lambeau Field at Green Bay Packers home games, joining them as public address announcer in 2005.  Bill is very involved in a number of charities and has been married to his wife, Mary, since 1984.

Roundtrip flights from Chicago O’Hare are currently pending

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.

Optional Motorcoach Transfer

Group motorcoach transfer to and from Chicago O’Hare from select pick-up points are $45 per person each direction ($90 per person roundtrip) is available to add to the tour package.

Optional Insurance

Cancellation and travel protection is strongly recommended. Details and rates can be obtained from you Fox World Travel Consultant.

Cancellation Penalties

  • From date of deposit to March 7, 2022: Initial deposit of $250.00 per person
  • March 8, 2022 – April 15, 2022: 50% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • April 16, 2022 – May 13, 2022: 75% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • May 14, 2022 through day of travel: No refunds

Airline tickets are non-refundable once ticketed.

Note: Daily Itinerary is subject to change. Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.

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