Legendary Danube River Cruise with WKOW’s Bob Lindmeier

July 13, 2020 to July 23, 2020

Join WKOW’s Bob Lindmeier as we travel from Prague to vibrant Budapest on the new Avalon Envision. This incredible Danube river cruise vacation takes you to four countries.  View the scenic beauty along the way as you cruise past quaint towns that can be experienced right from your stateroom or while sipping wine atop the Sky Deck of your ship. Enjoy two nights in Prague, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Stand in front of Old Town’s medieval Astronomical Clock, which amazes as an intricate art piece and visualization of time unlike anything else in the world.  

Then travel to Nuremberg, Germany, to board your river cruise vessel and visit this thousand-year-old city with a Local Guide.  You’ll cruise along the Danube with visits to; Regensburg, the only German city not bombed during WWII;  Passau, known for its narrow, winding streets; and Melk, you will visit Austria’s majestic Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest monasteries, which sits high on a bluff. Then take in the breathtaking views before continuing through the picturesque Wachau Valley to the romantic Vienna, the “City of Music.” Your European river cruise vacation ends in the fascinating city of Budapest, the capital of Hungary.

 

 

 

Your exciting tour begins at 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 accommodations at the Cosmopolitan Hotel Prague (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, and St. Vitus Cathedral. You’ll have free time to see 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.

In the evening, you might like to attend an Optional Folklore Dinner Show, sampling traditional Czech cuisine in an authentic Prague setting. Hotel accommodations at the Cosmopolitan Hotel Prague (or similar).

The morning is free to explore Prague on your own to enjoy the stunning architectural beauty of the city. You might choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to reveal the secrets of Prague as your expert local guide takes you to Charles Bridge and Malá Strana—two of Prague’s most romantic and picturesque spots. This afternoon, board your Suite Ship® in Nuremberg and enjoy a dinner on board. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NUREMBERG

This morning you may want to start the day with a Morning Stretch with the Avalon Adventure Host, and then dock in Roth for a day of fascinating excursions.

Today choose between a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the Bavarian town of Roth—with its half-timbered houses, market square, and 1535 hunting lodge Schloss Ratibor OR: Guided Tour of Nuremberg’s medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR: Take a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds—used by the Third Reich.

This afternoon enjoy an Onboard Lecture about the Main-Danube Canal—linking these two rivers to make a vital connection enabling navigation between the North and Black Seas. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG

Join a Guided City Walk of Old Town to see the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria—built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress. Or you may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg. This afternoon is open for exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets. Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board. This evening enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Passau. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU

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. OR join a full day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart OR: a full day Guided Optional Excursion to the picturesque Bohemian town of Český Krumlov.

LINZ, AUSTRIA - The Linzer Torte and a Legendary Love of Art and Music
Enjoy a free afternoon to linger in Linz. Take a bicycle from the ship and cycle along the Danube OR: follow one of Linz’s many nature trails for a bird’s-eye view of the city and river below. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK

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! OR: Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Hike through Melk’s beautiful countryside.

This afternoon enjoy a coffee or a cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Vienna.

VIENNA - Vienna Waltzes and the Beautiful Blue Danube
This evening, you may choose to attend an Optional Excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA

Venture into the Habsburg empire this morning on a Guided City Tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex—the winter residence of the Imperial Family, the historic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—a Habsburg Empire summer home for 300 years.

This afternoon enjoy free time to take a tram to visit Austria’s Prater amusement park or one of the many museums nearby. You may also decide to borrow a bike from the ship to explore the streets and squares of Vienna, or ride along the banks of the Danube at your leisure. Later, relax on board with live entertainment as you sail to Budapest.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST

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, enjoy 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. OVERNIGHT IN BUDAPEST

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. (Breakfast)

*Daily Itinerary is subject to change. In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program. Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.


Transportation

  • Optional Motorcoach to/from Chicago O’Hare from Northeast Wisconsin:  $45.00 per person, each way (from select cities)
  • Round-trip flights from Chicago O’Hare to Prague, Czech Republic returning from Budapest, Hungary
  • Motorcoach transfers between the airport, ship and hotel, when purchasing our air-inclusive package

Hotel Accommodations

  • Two nights’ hotel accommodations including breakfast in Prague at the Cosmopolitan Hotel Prague (or similar)

Cruise Details

  • Deluxe 7-night Avalon river cruise in a river view stateroom on the stunning new Avalon Envision
  • Luxuriously appointed river view staterooms with hotel beds, hair dryer, safe and flat-screen TV with satellite for complimentary movie and entertainment options
  • Complimentary shipboard gratuities to ship staff

Dining & Beverages

  • All meals onboard the ship with Chef-inspired regional recipes to include:
    • Daily four-course à la carte dinner in the main dining room
    • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
    • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your ship

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Prague: guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradčany Castle grounds
  • Prague–Nuremberg (Embarkation): travel by motorcoach to Nuremberg; onboard welcome reception
  • Nuremberg: choice of guided city sightseeing, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour
  • Regensburg: guided walk of Old Town; beer tasting onboard ship 
  • Passau: guided walk OR  optional full day tour to Salzburg
  • Linz: free afternoon to explore beautiful Linz
  • Melk–Vienna: guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk
  • Vienna: guided sightseeing of Vienna’s guilded landmarks, see Imperial Palace complex, Vienna Opera House, and Saint Stephen’s Cathedral
  • Budapest: guided sightseeing, see Fishermen’s Bastion and Heroes’ Square, Matthias Church, Royal Palace Grounds

Services

  • Shore excursions, hosted by English-speaking local experts, with a choice of Leisurely, Traditional or Essential sightseeing pace options
  • Experienced Tour Manager from Fox World Travel to accompany the group*
  • Remarkable service from your English-speaking crew and on-board Cruise Director
  • Customized, informative travel documents

Not Included: Airline imposed baggage fees; airport gratuities to baggage handlers, meals, unless noted; medical services; 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

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Two riverview windows
Based on double occupancy

Category B

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French Balcony
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Category A

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French Balcony
Based on double occupancy

Category P

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French Balcony
Based on double occupancy

Air Inclusive

Category E/D

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Two riverview windows
Airfare Included
Based on double occupancy

Category B

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French Balcony
Airfare Included
Based on double occupancy

Category A

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Open Air Balcony
Airfare Included
Based on double occupancy

Category P

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Open Air Balcony
Airfare Included
Based on double occupancy
Initial Deposit: $400.00 per person at time of booking
Final Payment Date: April 7, 2020
*Above pricing is per person based on double occupancy in your choice of cabin category and subject to availability. All taxes and fees of $640.23 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.

Available Discounts:

Early Booking Discount:  Deposit by December 30, 2019 and receive $600.00 per person

**Discounts are subject to change at any time

The Avalon Envision is the newest addition to the 2019 Avalon Suite Ship fleet. With the youngest fleet of ships on Europe’s waterways, Avalon continues our outstanding commitment to comfortable luxury and excellence with the Envision. Passengers can choose from two full decks of award-winning Panorama Suites, featuring wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling Panoramic Windows that transform your living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony. The 200-square-foot Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, with Avalon’s incomparable window-facing “Beds with a View”. Onboard amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi access, a state-of-the-art Fitness Center, an Adventure Center for bikes and active gear, and an Avalon Adventure Host to assist with active excursions and activities. Enjoy exceptional onboard cuisine, including Avalon Fresh menu options, premium coffee and spirits, and versatile FlexDining venues, including the casual Panorama Bistro, al fresco Sky Grill, or elegant glass-walled Dining Room. Library books, cards, and board games are favorites in the Club Lounge, and our Observation Lounge affords the perfect vantage point to watch the world go by. The expansive Sky Deck beckons with a whirlpool, premium lounge chairs, shade system, and deck games-against a backdrop of Europe’s most spectacular scenery.

Flights are pending

The flights included in your 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. See FoxWorldTravel.com for our statement of responsibility.

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.

*Air and Land Package includes a group air economy class ticket.  For other air options including seat upgrades, please speak with your agent.

Pricing and flight options from other cities available upon request.

You may know 27 Storm Track Chief Meteorologist Bob Lindmeier from his forecast weekdays on 27 News at 5, 6 and 10. In addition to broadcasting the weather on 27 News, Bob also forecasts for local radio stations and newspapers.

Bob has 30 years of experience in forecasting Wisconsin’s weather and has the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Seal of Approval. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

In 2011, 2012 and 2013, Bob’s forecasts were rated MOST ACCURATE in Southern Wisconsin by WeatheRate, an independent weather forecast verification company.

In his free time, Bob enjoys playing basketball and golf. He also lends his time and talents to community events, and often can be found at local schools talking with children about, what else, the weather.

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:

  • Date of booking to April 7, 2020: Deposit amount $400 per person
  • April 8 to May 13, 2020: 50% of trip cost + applicable airline fees
  • May 14 to June 12, 2020: 75% of trip cost+ applicable airline fees
  • June 13, 2020 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. 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.

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