Legendary Danube

September 8, 2017 to September 19, 2017

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From the splendor of Prague to the Gypsy violins of Budapest, you’ll treasure every moment of this picturesque vacation featuring the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, and Hungary. Join us for three nights in Prague before we sail the Danube River.

Your stay in Prague features guided sightseeing and time to explore on your own. Discover the Hradcany Castle grounds, wander through Prague’s Jewish Quarter, shop for hand-cut crystal, savor authentic Czech dumplings, stand in Wenceslaus square or visit one of the city’s many churches. Enjoy a scenic drive to Nuremberg then set sail on the Danube River aboard the Avalon Waterways Vista, to medieval Regensburg, Passau, Vienna and Budapest!

 

 

 

Your exciting tour begins! Transfer via motorcoach from various pick-up points to Chicago O’Hare airport for your overnight flight to Prague. Meet us in Prague if you prefer reserving your own flights.

Welcome to Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. This fascinating city straddles the Vltava River with domes, cupolas, spires and pinnacles highlighting its skyline. The remainder of the day is free to start exploring.

Hotel: InterContinental Praha (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 twentieth-century wars. A local guide shows you the city’s best-known treasures, such as the Old Town’s Astronomical Clock, which was built in 1410 and was once the envy of all of Europe, the Hradcany castle grounds, St. Vitus Cathedral and the Charles Bridge, the oldest bridge in Prague. Browse the city’s shops for hand-cut crystal or art books. Mix with the locals in Wenceslaus Square, an important meeting point and historical site of anti-communist protests or watch performers on the Charles Bridge.

Hotel: InterContinental Praha (or similar)
Meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day to explore the city at your own pace. Perhaps visit the Communist Museum, sample the local plum dumplings and Pilsner, or stroll along the beautiful Vltava River. Your Cruise Director will have suggestions for things to do.

Hotel: InterContinental Praha
Meal: Breakfast

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

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning the choice is yours—join a Certified Local Guide for a Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour, or guided sightseeing of the nearby town of Roth. This delightful town, with its half-timbered houses and market square, is also an industrial center for textile manufacturing. In contrast, take pictures of Schloss Ratibor, an ancient hunting lodge, built in 1535, with a most picturesque inner courtyard. Roth is also the scene for one of Europe’s most important annual triathlons.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Arrive in Regensburg after breakfast. Dating back to the time of the Celts, Regensburg is one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. Established during the Holy Roman Empire and the only German city not bombed during WWII, the city has at least 1,300 listed buildings of “historic interest.” Architectural highlights of your guided walk include the Altes Rathaus Old Town Hall, built in the thirteenth century, and Porta Pretoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort, built in 179 A.D. Wander through the city’s lanes and alleys to discover many mansions with high towers. Wealthy families built these towers to emphasize their status and wealth during the Middle Ages, and many still remain today. Walk across the twelfth-century Steinerne Brücke (Stone Bridge), the oldest of its kind in Germany. Grab a beer and enjoy an included snack at the Historische Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany’s oldest restaurants. Bask in the vibrant atmosphere and take in the remarkable views along the river.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, dock in Passau. Uniquely located where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube Rivers converge, Passau is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses. St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture, houses one of the world’s largest church organs with 17,774 pipes. Take in the highlights on the included guided walk. Alternatively, choose from several full-day optional excursions while your ship continues to sail into Austria. Rejoin your vessel in the late afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, enjoy an included guided visit of Melk’s magnificent eleventh-century Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest monasteries. The abbey houses an ornate library with over 80,000 printed books and 2,000 manuscripts. You’ll be captivated by the splendor of the church with its frescoed ceilings, stunning high altar, marble statues and 210-foot-high cupola. The view from the terrace of the abbey over the Danube and surrounding countryside is breathtaking! During lunchtime, cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pass the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue façade, the landmark of Dürnstein, before arriving in Vienna this evening. Known as the “City of Music,” it inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss. An optional concert is available tonight.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria’s magical capital on the blue Danube is a showcase of gilded architecture. This is home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its Vienna Boy’s Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions, the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House and awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral. See these highlights and countless other city sights during your included city tour with your Local Guide. Shop in the delightful pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse and be sure to take a break to enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in one of the classic Viennese coffee houses, historic institutions that helped shape Viennese culture! In the late afternoon, leave Vienna for Budapest.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spanning the banks of the Danube, Budapest is one of Eastern Europe’s liveliest cities. Whether you’re seeing the sights, shopping for handcrafted embroidery or Herend porcelain or basking in the coffee house culture over a rich cream cake in the renowned Gerbeaud Café, Budapest’s unique energy is positively palatable. On your guided sightseeing tour, see the massive hilltop castle complex with its remarkable Fishermen’s Bastion and eleventh-century Matthias Church, the coronation spot of several Hungarian monarchs. Be sure to take note of the city’s eight bridges—many of which are famous sights in and of themselves—which connect ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. You may even want to walk across Chain Bridge, a symbol of Budapest, built in 1849. Perhaps visit St. Stephen’s Basilica, shop at the Great Market Hall and purchase paprika at one of its 180 vendor stalls, wander around the Royal Palace grounds or stroll along Váci Utca, the city’s main shopping street.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We bid farewell to Budapest 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 Budapest 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.

Meal: Breakfast


Transportation with Air-Inclusive Package

  • Group motorcoach transfer from select pick-up locations to and from Chicago O’Hare airport with air-inclusive package
  • Round trip flights from Chicago O’Hare to Prague, Czech Republic returning from Budapest, Hungary with air-inclusive package
  • Motorcoach transfers between the airport, ship and hotel with air-inclusive package

Sightseeing and Services

  • Experienced Tour Manager from Fox World Travel to accompany the group*
  • Shore excursions, fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Customized, informative travel documents containing all trip details and helpful planning information

Hotel Accommodations

  • Three-night hotel accommodations in Prague at the InterContinental Praha (or similar) including daily breakfast

River Cruise Inclusions

  • Deluxe seven-night Danube River cruise in a river view stateroom on the beautiful Avalon Vista
  • All meals onboard the ship with chef-inspired regional recipes
  • Complimentary soft drinks with lunch
  • Complimentary regional wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages during dinner
  • 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 onboard tour director

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.

* A minimum number of passengers are required for the Fox World Travel tour manager to accompany this group. If the minimum is not met, the tour will still include a professional local guide in the destination.

 

Cruise 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 $640.62 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: $400.00 per person
Final Payment Date: June 5, 2017

Early Booking Discount: Call for current discounts.

Journey’s Club Past Passenger Discount: Past passengers of Avalon River Cruises, Globus, Monograms and Cosmos Vacations receive an additional $195.00 off per person (combinable with above promotions on single and double cabins!)

Departing from Chicago

Depart September 8
Lufthansa 431 – Depart Chicago O’Hare at 4:o5 p.m.  and arrive September 9 in Frankfurt at 7:20 a.m.

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

Return September 19

Lufthansa 1677 – Depart Budapest at 1:40 p.m. and arrive in Munich at 2:55 p.m.

Lufthansa 434 – Depart Munich at 3:40 p.m. and arrive in Chicago at 6:30 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 June 5, 2017: Initial deposit of $400.00 per person
  • June 6, 2017 to July 6, 2017: 50% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • July 7, 2016 to August 8, 2016: 75% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • August 9, 2017 to departure: No refund

Airline tickets are non-refundable once ticketed.

Avalon Vista Amenities

  • Onboard lectures, activities & nightly entertainment
  • Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees
  • Room service available featuring continental breakfast and beverages
  • 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 & In-room safe
  • Staterooms on the Royal and Sapphire Decks have wall-to-wall panoramic windows that open to transform into an open-air balcony
  • Bathrooms stocked with L’Occitane bath and body products and comfy robes and slippers
  • Complimentary maps and use of Nordic walking sticks

Who Will Enjoy this River Cruise?

The Danube River is the epitome of “East meets West,” or rather “West meets East.” Travelers who want to be exposed to a wide range of new cultures and experiences will soak up the sites along this sprawling waterway. History, art and music lovers will all find the objects of their desires along these waters. The Danube also boasts a unique mix of urban and rural sites. Explorers who appreciate dramatic natural scenes and also delight in the bustle of the world’s great cities will see the best of both worlds as they cruise down this mighty European river.