Join us for a wonderful sailing from historic Prague to vibrant Budapest! This Danube River cruise vacation takes you to four countries—each with its own beauty, history, and cultural treasures. Enjoy two nights in the “golden city” of Prague, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Stand in front of Old Town’s medieval Astronomical Clock, which amazes as an intricate timepiece and piece of art piece unlike anything else in the world. Travel to Nuremberg, Germany, to board your Avalon Suite Ship® on the Main Danube Canal and visit the 1000-year-old city with a Local Guide.
Next, reach Regensburg, the only German city not bombed during WWII. Lovers of architecture will enjoy the many listed buildings of historic interest, and Porta Pretoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Passau, known for its narrow, winding streets, offers the magnificent Italian baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral. In Melk, you will visit Austria’s majestic Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest monasteries, which sits high on a bluff. Take in the breathtaking views before continuing through the picturesque Wachau Valley to the romantic sounds of Vienna, the “City of Music.” Your European river cruise vacation ends in Budapest, the capital of Hungary, with guided sightseeing and free time to explore this vibrant city on your own.
Overnight flight from Chicago O’Hare airport to Prague. (Optional: Motorcoach transportation from various pick up points to Chicago)
Welcome to the Golden City of Prague—Explore the City of 100 Spires. Enjoy free time to explore the Golden City and its surrounding countryside. Consider sampling delicious plum dumplings and traditional Pilsner lager beside the Vltava River.
HOTEL: Alcron Hotel (or similar)
Gothic Cathedrals, Grand Castles, and Great Cuisine - Take a Guided City Walk to visit Hradcany Castle Grounds; see St. Vitus Cathedral, and Old Town’s Astronomical Clock. Take time to mingle with the locals, watch street performers in Wenceslas Square, or browse the market stalls at Charles
Hotel: Alcron Hotel (or similar)
The Secret Romance of Picturesque Prague - The morning is free to explore Prague on your own to enjoy the stunning architectural beauty of the city. This afternoon, board your Suite Ship®, Envision, in Nuremberg and enjoy a dinner on board.
Overnight docking in Nuremberg.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Living Heritage and History Lessons - Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host. Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the Bavarian town of Roth—with its half-timbered houses, market square, and 1535 hunting lodge Schloss Ratibor, OR choose a Guided Tour of Nuremberg—with its 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. 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. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.
Afternoon/Overnight cruise to Regensburg
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Magical Regensburg—Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle. Join a Guided City Walk and see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria—built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg. Alternatively spend a free afternoon exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets. This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Passau.
Evening/Overnight cruise to Passau
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Go for Baroque in Passau–Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet. Choose between a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers” or join a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart—or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov. Sail to Linz this afternoon or join your ship after your selected full-day excursion.
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
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Striking Frescoes and Breathtaking Views of the Wachau Valley - Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ, OR Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Hike through Melk’s beautiful countryside. Enjoy a coffee or a cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to 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
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Royal Collections, and Amusing Attractions - 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 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
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe - Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square. This afternoon choose among a wide offer of Optional Guided Excursions or take free time to enjoy Budapest’s famed thermal baths. You can also take a scenic hike in the hills above the Danube. Take time to explore the city’s cafés, pubs, and nightlife at your leisure.
Overnight Docking in Budapest
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Your cruise ends this morning with breakfast before departing to the airport and returning home to Chicago O’Hare. (Optional: Motorcoach transportation from various pick up points from Chicago)
*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.
- 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
- Two nights’ hotel accommodations including breakfast in Prague at the Alcron Hotel (or similar)
- 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 breakfast, lunch, and four-course à la carte dinners in the main dining room
- 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
- Prague: guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradčany Castle grounds
- Prague–Nuremberg (Embarkation): travel by motorcoach to Nuremberg; onboard welcome reception
- Regensburg: Join a Guided City Walk and see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria
- Passau: Choose from a guided City Walk, optional excursion to Salzburg or visit the picturesque town of Cesky Krumlov
- Linz: Free afternoon to explore beautiful Linz
- Melk: A guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk or join a morning hike through Melk’s countryside
- Vienna: Join a guided sightseeing of Vienna’s guilded landmarks, see Imperial Palace complex, Vienna Opera House, and Saint Stephen’s Cathedral
- Budapest: Enjoy guided sightseeing, see Fishermen’s Bastion and Heroes’ Square, Matthias Church, Royal Palace Grounds
- 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 flights on tour-only packages, air-imposed baggage fees, gratuities for airport porters, tour guides, motorcoach drivers, meals (other than those included in the package); optional excursions that may be offered, and any items of a personal nature. Travel insurance protection is not included but highly recommended. Ask your travel consultant about pricing and 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.
Single Supplement: Please call for pricing
Initial Deposit: $400.00 per person at time of booking
The Avalon Envision is one of the newest additions to the 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.
Flight schedules from Chicago O’Hare are currently pending.
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.
*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.
Optional Motorcoach Transfers – Chicago O’Hare:
Optional motorcoach transfers are offered from select cities to and from Chicago O’Hare. Cost is $45 per person each direction.
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.
- From date of deposit to June 4, 2021: Initial deposit of $400.00 per person
- June 5, 2021 – July 13, 2021: 50% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
- July 14, 2021 – August 11, 2021: 75% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
- August 12, 2021 to 0 days prior to travel: No refunds
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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