Enchanting Danube River Cruise with WTMJ’s Jeff Wagner

October 6, 2018 to October 14, 2018

Space is sold out. Please call for availability.

Join WTMJ’s Jeff Wagner, as you sail along the Danube from one captivating city to the next. Discover the plentiful UNESCO World Heritage sites as you visit Budapest, the beautiful “Queen of the Danube,” and breathtaking Vienna, the “Waltz Capital of the World.” Experience delightful Salzburg, the charming village of Dürnstein, and Passau, home to Europe’s largest pipe organ.

Stroll through the Old Town of Linz, explore the beautiful countryside, and get a close-up view of the enchanting Danube during a bicycle ride along its tranquil shores. All along the way, delve into the flavors of the region with exclusive events ranging from an organic wine tasting of the Wachau Valley’s world-famous Rieslings to a saffron workshop. Let the “Enchanting Danube” carry you away on this regal journey, as centuries of intriguing history and culture unfold before your eyes.

Motorcoach transportation is included from various pick up points to Chicago O’Hare airport for the overnight flight to Budapest.

Arrive at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.

Featured Excursions: Choice of Budapest city tour OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour OR exclusive guided “Go Active” Budapest bike tour

Choose one of three ways to discover the wonders of the “Queen of the Danube.” Savor the beauty of both Buda and Pest on a panoramic tour showcasing key highlights. If you prefer to experience the city as the locals do, then take a ride on the metro; stop at a lively market hall; visit the oldest and most beautiful garden in the city, Károlyi; and explore the National Museum. For a more active exploration, join “Green Budapest” with stops at various sites, such as the Hungarian Parliament Building, the Rose and Japanese gardens, the Olympic pool, Várkert Bazár and Gellert Baths, followed by a picnic on Margaret Island—complete with local wine and other typical delights. Cap your day off with the Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

Note: The Parliament building may be closed for official business without prior notice. If the Parliament is closed, we will visit St. Stephen’s Basilica instead.

Enjoy a day of leisure onboard as your ship cruises the Danube Bend, which is lined with scenic towns—some of the oldest settlements in the country—nestled at the foot of lovely wooded hills. Before arriving in Vienna, explore Slovakia’s capital city, a thriving commercial center with a village-like atmosphere and a fascinating mosaic of architectural styles.

Featured Excursions: Choice of exclusive “Morning with the Masters” at Kunsthistorisches Museum OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Vienna walking tour, and exclusive “Royal Anniversary” Mozart and Strauss Concert at a Viennese Palace

You’re in for a real treat with “Morning with the Masters,” an exclusive early opening and art tour of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, showcasing the Habsburg’s imperial treasures as well as magnificent works of art by some of the world’s greatest artists, including Rubens, Rembrandt, Dürer, Titian and Tintoretto. Afterward, enjoy a Bellini cocktail on the stunning cupola terrace. If you prefer to experience the city as locals do, go on a guided walk that highlights Viennese essentials, such as coffee, sausages, wine, music and public transportation. No visit to the “City of Waltzes” is complete without music, so you’ll be treated to an exclusive private “Royal Anniversary” concert, celebrating Maria Theresa’s 300th birthday and legacy in a Viennese palace.

Featured Excursions: Dürnstein “Village Day” with choice of exclusive Nikolaihof wine estate visit and tasting OR exclusive saffron workshop with village stroll OR exclusive guided “Go Active” Wachau Valley bicycle ride, and Melk Abbey with library visit

Take a guided tour of the village of Dürnstein, where you have a choice of activities, depending on your tastes. Sample the organic wines at the historic Nikolaihof estate, perhaps the oldest winery in Austria, which produces some of the world’s best Rieslings. Prefer a tasting of a different type? Visit one of the world’s only bio-dynamically certified saffron producers, where you’ll educate your taste buds with flavorful delicacies as you taste saffron-infused chocolate and jams. You’ll then set sail through spectacular UNESCO-protected Wachau Valley to Melk. For a more active adventure, bike along the Danube through the scenic Wachau Valley to Melk. Once in Melk, visit its 900-year-old abbey, a significant center of learning over the centuries and home to the famous baroque library that inspired the novel The Name of the Rose.

Featured Excursions: Choice of full day Salzburg* OR Linz town and country: opera house and cider farm visit

Salzburg or Linz—the choice is yours. In UNESCO-designated Salzburg, you’ll see Mozart’s childhood home and the garden where the famous “Do-Re-Mi” scene from The Sound of Music was filmed. If you wish, head to nearby Linz instead, a former Roman settlement that is now a vibrant center for the arts. After a guided walking tour that stops for coffee and a taste of Linzer torte, venture into the countryside to visit a local farm and sample another delicious treat— hard cider, a specialty of the region. *Note: Lunch is not offered with the full day excursion to Salzburg.

Featured Excursions: Choice of Passau walking discovery tour with St. Stephan’s organ concert OR exclusive guided “Go Active” bicycle ride along the Inn River OR exclusive guided “Go Active” hike along the Ilz River

Cruise the picturesque landscape and hairpin loop in the middle of the Danube, known as Schlögener Schlinge, appointed a “Natural Wonder of Austria.” Once at your first German port of call, Passau, discover the medieval city with a walking tour along the cobblestone streets to the baroque St. Stephan’s Cathedral, where you’ll have a rare opportunity to hear a concert played on Europe’s largest pipe organ. You then have two “Go Active” choices. For cyclists, join a local guide for a bike ride along the Inn River; for hikers, go on a guided hike with a nature expert along the beautiful Ilz River.

Tonight enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

Note: St. Stephan’s organ concert is only available from May 1 to October 31, excluding Sundays and Catholic holidays. An excursion to an alternative venue will be organized if the organ concert is not available.

Disembark the ship in Passau and transfer to Munich Airport for your flight home. Upon arrival in Chicago, your motorcoach will be waiting to return you to your original point of pick-up.

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.


Air-Inclusive Package

  • Round-trip motorcoach transportation to Chicago O’Hare airport from select locations
  • Round trip flights from Chicago O’Hare to Budapest and return from Munich, Germany
  • Motorcoach transfers between the airport and ship when purchasing our air inclusive package

Tour Highlights

  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all shore excursions
  • Professional tour manager from Fox World Travel *
  • English-speaking crew and Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • Customized, informative travel documents containing all trip details and helpful packing and planning information

Dining

  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • Unlimited complimentary fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, and non-alcoholic beverages onboard the ship

Cruising

  • Deluxe 7-night Uniworld river cruise in a riverview stateroom on the stunning SS Maria Theresa
  • All gratuities to onboard staff, and to Uniworld onshore coach drivers and tour guides

Sightseeing Experiences

  • Six days of excursions, including “Choice is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided “Go Active”, “Do as the Locals Do”, “Village Day” and “Gentle Walking” programs
  • 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites

Not included: Meals unless noted; medical services; airline imposed baggage fees; airport gratuities to baggage handlers, or any other items of a personal nature; travel insurance, including trip cancellation coverage. A valid passport is required.

* Minimum group required for Fox World Travel tour manager to participate. In the unlikely event the minimum number is not reached, an experienced local tour manager is still included.

Cruise Only

Category 5 & 4 Cabin

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

Category 3 & 2 Cabin

See special discounts below!
French Balcony
Based on double occupancy

Category 1 Cabin

See special discounts below!
Open Air Balcony
Based on double occupancy

Air-Inclusive from Chicago O’Hare

Category 5 & 4 Cabin

See special discounts below!
Two riverview windows
Motorcoach to Chicago and Airfare Included
Based on double occupancy

Category 3 & 2 Cabin

See special discounts below!
French Balcony
Motorcoach to Chicago and Airfare Included
Based on double occupancy

Category 1 Cabin

See special discounts below!
Open Air Balcony
Motorcoach to Chicago and Airfare Included
Based on double occupancy

*Above pricing is per person based on double occupancy in your choice of cabin category and subject to availability. All taxes and fees of $664.30 are INCLUDED and subject to change.  Air is pending. Fox World Travel has no control over flight changes, delays or cancellations.  Single pricing available upon request. Triple accommodations not available.

Initial Deposit: $700.00 per person
Final Payment Date: June 4, 2018

 

 

Jeff Wagner recently completed his 17th year as a talk show host at 620WTMJ. Jeff’s show, which airs Monday through Friday from noon to 3 p.m., features stories which you might not have heard about elsewhere and emphasizes Jeff’s common sense approach to issues. In both 2013 and 2015, Jeff was named as one of the 100 most influential talk show hosts in the country.

Past Passenger Discount: Past passengers of Uniworld receive an additionnel $175.00 Catg. 5, $180.00 Catg.4, $220.00 Cat. 3, $230.00 Catg.2, $250.00 Catg. 1 (combinable with above promotion on single and double cabins!) ( Past Passenger Discounts apply if clients have travel previously with Brendan Vacations, Contiki, Insight Vacations, Trafalgar, or Red Carnation Hotels.)

Departure from Chicago (October 6) to Frankfurt (October 7)

Depart from Chicago O’Hare on Lufthansa 431 at 4:00 PM and arrive at Frankfurt Airport at 7:15 AM on October 7th

Flight from Frankfurt to Budapest (October 7)

Depart from Frankfurt Airport on Lufthansa 1336 at 9:00 AM and arrive at Budapest International Airport at 10:30 AM

Return flight from Munich to Chicago (October 14)

Depart from Munich Airport on Lufthansa 434 at 3:40 PM and arrive at Chicago O’Hare at 6:30 PM

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.

Pricing and flight options from other cities available upon request.

Cancellation Penalties:

  • Date of Booking to June 4, 2018: Deposit amount $700.00 per person
  • June 5 to August 6, 2018: 50% of trip cost + applicable airline fees
  • August 7 to September 5, 2018: 75% of trip cost+ applicable airline fees
  • September 6, 2018 to departure: No refund

Airline tickets are non-refundable once issued.

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. 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.