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Join John McGivern and experience dynamic Budapest, imperial Vienna and exquisitely preserved Prague. Marvel at the beautiful scenery as your luxurious ship glides through the Wachau Valley, celebrated as one of the world’s most beautiful landscapes, into Germany and past charming Bavarian villages. Enjoy an exclusive insider’s look at Prague’s historic Estates Theatre with its exquisite jewel-box theater, where operas are staged to this day, and listen to a short music concert composed by Mozart and his contemporaries in the Mozart Salon. Go behind the scenes at a BMW factory to get an up-close view of Germany’s rich automotive heritage, and “Let’s Go” with guided hiking and biking excursions along the Danube.
This enchanting voyage provides a variety of ways to enjoy captivating destinations as well as plenty of time to relax onboard as you sail from Budapest to Nuremberg and spend two nights onshore in Prague.
Motor coach transportation is included from various pick up points to Chicago O’Hare airport for the overnight flight to Budapest, Hungary.
Arrive at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport. Transfer by motorcoach to your cruise ship if you purchased the air inclusive package.
Vibrant Budapest, Hungary’s capital, offers an enchanting combination of East and West, old and new. Even its geography is made up of two parts—Buda (the hills) and Pest (the flatlands)—divided by the Danube. Appropriately enough, you have your choice of two different ways to explore it today. Choice of Budapest city tour or Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour. In the evening, a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.
The grand dame of the Danube, Vienna was the heart of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and remains, to this day, the political and cultural center of Austria. Klimt painted here; Beethoven and Mozart composed here; Freud developed his theories here. It’s a treasure trove of splendid architecture, astonishing art
collections and inviting cafés—and today it is yours to explore. Choice of Vienna city tour with Vienna State Opera visit or Exclusive “Vienna, City of Arts” tour.
Sit back and enjoy the ever-changing views as your ship cruises through the Wachau Valley, famous for its apricot groves, Rieslings and natural beauty. Over the eons, the Danube cut a gorge through the foothills of the Bohemian mountains, resulting in a 19-mile (30-kilometer) stretch of riverine scenery so beautiful, UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Landscape. Later, take your pick of excursions—a stroll and wine tasting in the centuries-old village of Spitz, or a visit to Melk Abbey and its opulent baroque-style library.
Passau is a crossroads in more ways than one—three rivers meet here and three nations nearly do, making for a fascinating cultural mosaic. Get to know the town and its main claim to fame, Europe’s largest pipe organ, or “Go Active” with an invigorating riverside hike or bike ride. Your ship cruises through a scenic highlight of the Danube today, the Schlögener Schlinge—a hairpin loop in the Danube that was once very hazardous for ships and is now a lovely, serene stretch of water—and leaves Austria behind today.
You have two tantalizing excursions to experience today, including a walking tour and brewery visit in Straubing, plus a choice of “2,000 Years in One Hour” walking discovery tour, Jewish Regensburg walking discovery or BMW factory visit in Regensburg, famous for its beautiful, UNESCO protected old city center.
The Main-Danube canal is a masterwork of engineering: It allows ships of all shapes and sizes to cruise from the Black Sea all the way to the North Sea, through no fewer than 15 countries. Sixteen locks punctuate the 106-mile (160-kilometer) stretch between Kelheim and Bamberg, linking the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers. A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.
Disembark the ship early in the morning—leaving your luggage in Uniworld’s expert hands—and delve into Nuremberg’s history, which is both glorious and profoundly difficult. One of Germany’s leading cities for many centuries, Nuremberg’s glowing heritage as a center of German arts, culture and economy was, sadly, also responsible for its disastrous experience in the 1930s and 1940s. Following your excursion, you’ll enjoy lunch on your own and then transfer via motorcoach to Prague, where you’ll check into your hotel.
A magnet for generations of artists, writers, scientists and composers, Prague is famous for its dynamic energy and elegant ambiance (and the beers here are pretty amazing, too). A thousand years of architecture, from ornate Gothic to fanciful postmodern, have been beautifully preserved in Prague, which has been a magnet for artists, writers, scientists and composers for centuries. It also boasts great beer, a lively art scene and up-and-coming fashion designers, making it a fun as well as a beautiful place to visit. Choice of Prague city tour or Exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Prague’s Estates Theatre and Municipal House.
After breakfast depart for the Prague airport and your flight home. Upon arrival in Chicago, your motor coach will be waiting to return you to your original point of pick up.
- Group motorcoach transfer from select pick-up points to and from Chicago O’Hare
- Round trip flights from Chicago O’Hare to Budapest, Hungary return from Prague, Czech Republic
- Motorcoach transfers between the airport and ship when purchasing our air inclusive package
- Seven night cruise in a river view stateroom on the stunning SS Beatrice
- Seven days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts with Guided “Do as the Locals Do,” and “Gentle Walking” programs
- All gratuities to onboard staff, and to Uniworld onshore coach drivers and tour guides
- $100.00 per person ship board credit
- Bathrooms stocked with L’Occitane bath and body products and comfy robes and slippers
- Captivating onboard local entertainment
- State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
- Two Nights in Prague at the Art Deco Imperial Hotel (or similar)
Dining & Beverages
- All meals onboard the ship, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
- Unlimited beverages including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee, and non-alcoholic beverages onboard the ship
- Bottled water replenished daily in your stateroom; and 24-hour specialty coffee and tea station
- Daily breakfast at two night stay in Prague
Sightseeing and Services Highlights
- Hosted by John McGivern
- Experienced Tour Manager to accompany the group*
- Remarkable service from your English-speaking crew and on-board tour director
- Customized informative travel documents
Not Included: Meals unless noted; gratuities unless noted; medical services; airline imposed baggage fees; trip cancellation insurance, 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.
* Minimum group required for the Fox World Travel tour manager to participate. In the unlikely event the minimum number is not reached, the tour will still include a professional local guide in the destination.
About Your Host
John is best known for his two time Emmy-Award-Winning Weekly Series: Around the Corner with John McGivern, which airs on all Wisconsin PBS Stations and starting in January has been seen on every PBS World station in the country.
His own growing up in Wisconsin stories have been seen in the Emmy-Award-Winning PBS Special The Early Stories of John McGivern.
He is a long-time member of Milwaukee’s Morning Radio show on WKLH/96.5.
John is proud to have been part of We’re Funny that Way on HBO and Out There II on Comedy Central. He was seen sitting next to Sally Field on Politically Incorrect and knighted by Julie Andrews in the hit film The Princess Diaries.
Air-Inclusive from Chicago O’Hare
*Above pricing is per person based on double occupancy in your choice of cabin category and subject to availability. All taxes and fees of $392.00 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.
Departing Flight (October 1, 2019)
LOT Polish Chicago O’Hare – Budapest 4:35 PM – 8:55 AM (October 2)
Return Flight (October 11, 2019)
LOT Polish Prague – Warsaw 1:00 PM – 2:20 PM
LOT Polish Warsaw – Chicago O’Hare 4:45 PM – 7:35 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.
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.
- Date of Booking to May 29, 2019: Deposit amount $700.00 per person
- May 30 to August 1, 2019: 50% of trip cost + applicable airline fees
- August 2 to August 29, 2019: 75% of trip cost + applicable airline fees
- August 30, 2019 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.
Note: Daily Itinerary is subject to change.
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