Heart of Europe

October 21, 2017 to November 2, 2017

Central European Experience MapTwo nights in Prague and seven-night river cruise aboard the Avalon Visionary and two nights in Paris

This splendid Central Europe river cruise introduces you to the magnificent Main, Rhine, and Moselle Rivers, as well as to the fascinating Main Danube Canal. Your vacation begins with two overnights, guided sightseeing, and a visit of the Hradcany Castle grounds in the “Golden City” of Prague.

Also enjoy guided sightseeing in Bamberg, Würzburg, and Trier. Visit the Bishop’s Residenz in Würzburg, Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in pretty Rüdesheim, and enjoy a tasting of Moselle wines in Bernkastel. Other highlights: cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, and travel by high-speed train to Paris. Your vacation ends in Paris with two overnights and guided sightseeing of the major sights.

 

 

 

 

Motor coach transportation is included from various pick-up points to Chicago O’Hare airport for the overnight flight to Prague. If you prefer to book your own flights, you can meet the rest of the group in Paris

Welcome to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. The city straddles the Vltava River with domes, cupolas, spires, and pinnacles highlighting its skyline.

Hotel: Hilton Prague Old Town (or similar)

Prague is a 1,200-year-old city preserved in time, and, unlike other Central European capitals, it was not bombed during the 20th-century wars. On your guided sightseeing tour, see its best-known treasures, such as the Old Town’s Astronomical Clock, dating from the 15th century and once the envy of all of Europe; Hradcany Castle grounds; St. Vitus Cathedral; and the Charles Bridge, the oldest bridge in Prague. Browse the shops for hand-cut crystal or art books. Mix with the locals in Wenceslaus Square, an important meeting point where people demonstrated against the communist regime; watch performers and shop at the market stalls on Charles Bridge; wander around the medieval Old Town, dating from the 10th century; sample the local plum dumplings and Pilsner; or stroll along the Vltava River. Your Cruise Director will have more suggestions for you.

Hotel: Hilton Prague Old Town (or similar) (Breakfast)

After lunch, drive to Nuremberg, where your river cruise vessel is docked. Before dinner, meet your crew for a welcome reception. (Breakfast, Dinner)

In the early morning hours, arrive in medieval Bamberg, former residence of one of Germany’s most powerful imperial dynasties and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your guided walk takes in its historic center, including the great 13th-century Romanesque cathedral and the fascinating Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall)—built on an island in the middle of the Regnitz River when the bishop refused to give the townspeople land for a town hall! This afternoon, enjoy some relaxing time on board as you cruise toward Würzburg on the Main River. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Arrive in Würzburg during breakfast. Surrounded by verdant hillside vineyards, Würzburg, also known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road,” makes an immediate impression with imposing Fortress Marienberg perched above town and the 15th-century Alte Mainbrucke (Old Main Bridge). On your guided sightseeing tour, visit the magnificent baroque Bishop’s Residnez, home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted. This afternoon you might like to join an optional excursion to medieval Rothenburg. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

On the banks of the Main River you find cultural gems of small towns, many of them tucked away behind defensive walls and towered gates. Half- timbered houses, narrow streets and medieval town centers, these picturesque Bavarian villages are a photographer’s delight. Join your Local Guide to experience one of these towns on a GUIDED WALK. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Pretty Rüdesheim is the perfect example of a Rhine Valley wine town, and Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum is a real surprise. Enjoy a special treat, then there’s free time to explore the Drosselgasse and pick up some souvenirs. Downstream, the dramatic Rhine Gorge is the most beautiful stretch of river. Pass the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where sweet songs of local beauties lured enchanted sailors to their doom. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Early this morning you arrive in the charming wine village of Bernkastel on the Moselle River. With its fascinating narrow streets and half-timbered houses that have stood since the Middle Ages, you’ll enjoy a guided walk that includes the beautiful marketplace with its renaissance-style Town Hall—built in 1608—and the “pointed house,” built in 1416. The Moselle is famous for its wines, and growers in this area look after Germany’s largest expanse of vineyards, the most celebrated of the vintages being the Bernkasteler Doktor. This evening enjoy a tasting of some of these well-loved German wines. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

After breakfast, an excursion takes you to Trier, Germany’s oldest city. Some say Trier is even older than Rome and that it was populated over a thousand years before the Romans arrived. Many Roman remains have survived, including a 20,000-seat amphitheater; the Porta Nigra, the only surviving fortified gate from the original Roman settlement, which still gives access to the town’s center. The imperial baths; and the Roman bridge, Germany’s oldest bridge, with stone pilings dating from 144-152 AD—all evidence of this once grand Roman city.

Trier also offers pleasant market squares, Germany’s oldest Christian church, and a cornucopia of architectural styles—Roman, baroque, neo-classicism, renaissance, and gothic. A choice of included city sightseeing or the more history-focused “Roman Trier” guided tour, followed by some free time, give you the opportunity to discover this magnificent town. Rejoin your vessel and head for Remich in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Reach Remich in the early morning hours and say goodbye to your crew after breakfast. Travel to Luxembourg City or to Metz to board the high speed train to Paris and enjoy GUIDED sightseeing upon arrival. Known as one of the world’s most romantic and lively cities, Paris is a delight for all your senses. Your included sightseeing shows you magnificent must-see sights, such as Notre Dame Cathedral, the unique Louvre Museum with its glass pyramid as a contrast to its ancient architecture, the commemorative Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower. (Breakfast)

Today in your free time, stroll down the Champs-Elysées, with sprawling sidewalks, and lavish cafés, or perhaps visit the world-famous Louvre museum, the Palace of Versailles or Montmartre with its gleaming white Sacré Coeur Basilica and bevy of artists on Place du Tertre. Paris is also well known for its colorful nightlife and an optional outing to one of the world’s most famous cabaret shows is available. All of this awaits your discovery! (Breakfast)

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. We bid farewell to Paris with fond memories of a trip of a lifetime and accompanied by new-found friends. After breakfast this morning, you will transfer to the Paris 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. (Breakfast)


Transportation with Air-Inclusive Package

  • Group motorcoach transfer from select pick-up points to and from Chicago O’Hare airport
  • Round trip flights from Chicago O’Hare to Prague, Czech Republic and returning from Paris, France
  • Motorcoach transfers between the airport, ship and hotel

Sightseeing and Services

  • Experienced Tour Manager from Fox World Travel to accompany the group*
  • Shore excursions, hosted by English-speaking local experts, with a choice of  Leisurely, Traditional or Essential sightseeing pace options
  • Customized travel documents

Hotel Accommodations

  • Two nights hotel accommodation in Prague at the Hilton Prague Old Town with daily breakfast (pre-cruise)
  • Two nights hotel accommodation in Paris at the Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe Paris  with daily breakfast (post-cruise)

Hotel accommodations include hotel service charges, taxes and luggage handling.  Similar hotels may be substituted.

River Cruise Highlights

  • Deluxe seven-night Avalon river cruise in a river view stateroom on the stunning Avalon Visionary
  • All meals onboard the ship with chef-inspired regional recipes to include:
  • Complimentary soft drinks with lunch
  • Complimentary regional wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages during dinner
  • Daily breakfast at your hotel in Prague and Paris
  • Shore excursions, hosted by English-speaking local experts, with a choice of Leisurely, Traditional or Essential sightseeing pace options
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • 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
  • Onboard activities & nightly entertainment
  • Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees
  • Room service available featuring continental breakfast and beverages
  • Onboard movie nights
  • Complimentary bottled water & complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Sky Deck game area, whirlpool, shade awnings and premium lounge chairs
  • A lounge serving premium spirits, fitness center, and hair salon
  • The Comfort Collection BedsSM and premium L’Occitane bath amenities
  • In-room safe
  • Staterooms on the Royal and Sapphire Decks have wall-to-wall panoramic windows that open to transform into an open-air French balcony
  • Complimentary maps and use of Nordic walking sticks

Not included: Meals, unless noted; medical services; airline imposed baggage fees; airport gratuities to baggage handlers, gratuities to motorcoach drivers, guides and shipboard staff; 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.  

Cruise and Tour Only

Category E-D Cabin

Two riverview windows
172 sq. ft.
Based on double occupancy

Category B-P Cabin

Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air Balcony
200 sq. ft.
Based on double occupancy

Air-Inclusive from Chicago O’Hare

Category E-D Cabin

Two riverview windows
172 sq. ft.
Based on double occupancy

Category B-P Cabin

Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air Balcony
200 sq. ft.
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 $647.00 are INCLUDED and subject to change.  Air from Chicago O’Hare 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: $400.00 per person
Final Payment Date: July 17, 2017

Early Booking Discounts Apply!

Journey’s Club Past Passenger Discount: Past passengers of Avalon River Cruises, Globus, Monograms and Cosmos Vacations receive an additional $190.00 off per person (combinable with above promotions on single and double cabins!)

Departing from Chicago O’Hare

Depart October 21

Lufthansa #431–Depart Chicago O’Hare at 4:05 p.m. and arrive in Frankfurt at 7:20 a.m. on October 22

Lufthansa #1392–Depart Frankfurt at 9:00 a.m. and arrive in Prague at 10:00 a.m.

Return November 2
Lufthansa #2292 – Depart Paris at 11:50 a.m. and arrive in Munich at 1:15 p.m.

Lufthansa #434- Depart Munich at 3:45 p.m. and arrive in Chicago O’Hare at 7:55 p.m.

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.

Optional Insurance:

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.

Cancellation Penalties:

  • From date of deposit to July 17, 2017: Initial deposit of $400.00 per person
  • July 18 to August 21, 2017:  50% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • August 22 to Sept. 20, 2017: 75% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • September 21, 2017 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.