From Prague to vibrant Budapest, this Danube river cruise vacation takes you to four countries. And the scenic beauty along the way as you cruise past quaint towns can be experienced right from your stateroom or while sipping wine atop the Sky Deck of your ship.
Enjoy three nights in Prague, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Then travel to Nuremberg, Germany, to board your river cruise vessel. Your river journey includes 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.
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 accommodations at the 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 accommodations at the InterContinental Praha (or similar).
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 accommodations at the InterContinental or Hilton Prague (or similar). Meals: 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.
Meals: 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.
Meals: 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. Meals: 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.
Meals: 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.
- Group motorcoach transfer from select pick-up points to and from Chicago O’Hare
- 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
- Three-night accommodations in Prague at the InterContinental Praha Hotel (or similar) including daily breakfast
- Deluxe seven-night Avalon river cruise in a river view stateroom on the Impression from Nuremburg to Budapest
- Sightseeing Highlights to include:
- 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; enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstküche; beer tasting
- Passau: guided walk
- Melk–Vienna: guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk
- Vienna: guided sightseeing
- Budapest: guided sightseeing, see Fishermen’s Bastion and Heroes’ Square
- Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
- All meals onboard the ship with chef-inspired regional recipes
- Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily
- Complimentary shipboard gratuities to ship staff
- Shore excursions, hosted by English-speaking local experts, with a choice of Leisurely, Traditional or Essential sightseeing pace options
- Luxuriously appointed river view staterooms with hotel beds, hair dryer, safe and flat-screen TV with satellite for complimentary movie and entertainment 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 containing all trip details and helpful planning information
Not Included: Airline-imposed baggage fees; airport gratuities to baggage handlers, gratuities to motorcoach drivers, guides and shipboard staff, 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.
Departure from Chicago (September 3) to Frankfurt (September 4)
- Depart from O’Hare International Airport on Lufthansa 431 at 4:00 p.m. and arrive at Frankfurt Airport at 7:15 a.m.
Flight from Frankfurt to Prague (September 4)
- Depart from Frankfurt airport on Lufthansa 1392 at 9:05 a.m. and arrive at Václav Havel Airport at 10:05 a.m.
Flight from Budapest to Frankfurt (September 14)
- Depart from Ferenc Liszt International Airport on Lufthansa 1337 at 11:15 a.m. and arrive at Frankfurt Airport at 1:00 p.m.
Return home from Frankfurt to Chicago (September 14)
- Depart from Frankfurt Airport on Lufthansa 432 at 5:15 p.m. and arrive at O’Hare International Airport at 7:20 p.m.
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.
- Date of booking to May 28, 2018: Deposit amount $400 per person
- May 29 to June 29, 2018: 50% of trip cost + applicable airline fees
- June 30 to August 3: 75% of trip cost+ applicable airline fees
- August 4, 2018 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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