Join Vicki McKenna from WISN & WIBA and sail the beautiful Danube River. Your European river cruise adventure begins in romantic and exciting Vienna, the capital of Austria, and ends with two nights in Munich, the Bavarian capital known for its centuries-old buildings and Oktoberfest.
So many incredible cities to experience… known as the “City of Music,” Vienna inspired the creative genius of Beethoven, Mozart and Strauss. Cruise along the Danube River to Dürnstein, located in the heart of the Wachau Valley, and famous for its baroque Stiftskirche, with its luminous blue façade. In Melk, visit Austria’s majestic Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest monasteries, and taste some of the region’s renowned wines. Step into a fairytale on an excursion to one of the most dream-like castles in all of Europe—Neuschwanstein Castle—said to have inspired the tales of Walt Disney. And the magic of the day continues as you travel to Oberammergau, an idyllic village and typical Bavarian houses painted with scenes from fairytales. Find magic, musical history, and beautiful scenery like no other on your European river cruise of a lifetime.
Depart for Vienna from Chicago O'Hare on overnight flight. Motor coach transportation is included from various pick up points.
Welcome to Vienna, known as the “City of Music” and a place that inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception.
Today, you may decide to take a Guided Optional Excursion to opulent Schönbrunn Palace—the former imperial summer home and vast gardens with a history spanning 300 years of the Habsburg monarchy.
Enjoy a free afternoon by strolling through Kärntnerstrasse—the most famous shopping avenue in central Vienna. Take a bike ride through the city and stop in a local café to enjoy authentic Austrian confections of Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel.
Later this evening, you may choose to attend an Optional Royal Waltz Concert to hear quintessential Viennese music in an elegant concert hall.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DÜRNSTEIN
Join a Guided Walking Tour, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart—who was imprisoned during the Crusades in the castle above the village, OR: Join your Avalon Adventure Host and hike up to the castle ruins to take in the spectacular view of the village, the Danube, and the Wachau Valley below.
This afternoon stretch out on the Sky Deck as you sail through the Wachau Valley past vineyards, castles, and charming villages on your way to Melk.
Later this afternoon, join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Melk’s 11th-century Benedictine Abbey. Explore its frescoes, statues, library, and spectacular pipe organ in the monastery’s lofty perch above the Danube or enjoy the flavors of the Wachau Valley at a Wine Tasting this afternoon.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN MELK
Take a Guided Walking Tour of Grein, see its historical theater—the oldest in Austria still holding performances today.
Alternatively, take a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart—or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Český Krumlov.
Cruise to Linz this afternoon or meet your ship after your excursion.
Arrive Linz and fall in Love with Legendary Art, Music, and the Linzer Torte! Enjoy the afternoon with coffee and a piece of authentic Linzer Torte.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LINZ
Sail through the Schlögener Schlinge—named the Natural Wonder of Austria, carved by the power of the river into a dramatic landscape. Join a Guided City Walk in Passau to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers” where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers meet, OR: Take a Nordic Walk with your Avalon Adventure Host. Later, in your free time, enjoy a bike ride by the Danube or a stroll through the delightful village of Passau.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN PASSAU
Say goodbye to your crew this morning and drive to Munich, capital of Bavaria. Enjoy a Guided City Tour which will show you the highlights of fascinating Munich. See Nymphenburg Palace—a former residence of Bavarian monarchs, along with the Old and New Town Halls of Marienplatz. Take some free time today to stroll this pedestrian and bike-friendly city to see the famous Glockenspiel, outdoor cafés, or a Bavarian Biergärten for authentic brews.
Overnight hotel accommodations at Sofitel Munich Bayerpost (or similar)
After breakfast at your hotel take a Guided Excursion to the garden landscape of the Bavarian Alps to visit Neuschwanstein Castle—the historic home of King Ludwig. Continue on to Oberammergau—the storybook Bavarian village famous for its once-a-decade Passion Play.
Overnight hotel accommodations at Sofitel Munich Bayerpost (or similar)
We bid farewell to Munich today, filled with fond memories of a trip of a lifetime and accompanied by new found friends. After breakfast this morning you will transfer to the Munich airport for your return to the United States. Upon arrival in Chicago, your motorcoach 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 Vienna, Austria, returning from Munich, Germany
- 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 Visionary
- Daily shore excursions, hosted by English-speaking local experts, with a choice of Leisurely, Classic or Discovery sightseeing pace options
- Complimentary gratuities to shipboard staff, tour guides and motorcoach drivers
- Luxurious river-view staterooms with 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
- Two nights hotel stay in Munich at the Sofitel Munich Bayerpost (or similar)
Dining & Beverages
- 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. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options.
- Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day
- Daily breakfast at two night stay in Munich
Sightseeing and Services Highlights
- 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; medical services; airline imposed baggage fees; airport gratuities to baggage handlers, gratuities to motorcoach drivers, guides and shipboard staff, unless noted; 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.
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 $662.64 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.
Early Booking Discount: $250.00 per person if deposited by June 4, 2018
Journey’s Club Past Passenger Discount: $145.00 per person if booked by June 4, 2018*
*Must have traveled with Globus, Cosmos or Avalon within the last five years to qualify for past passenger discount.
Discounts are subject to change at any time.
Flights from Chicago O’Hare are pending
The flights included in the air-inclusive 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.
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 February 7, 2019: Deposit amount $400.00 per person
- February 8 to March 15, 2019: 50% of trip cost + applicable airline fees
- March 16 to April 12, 2019: 75% of trip cost + applicable airline fees
- April 13, 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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