Christmastime on the Danube River Cruise with Prague

November 27, 2022 to December 6, 2022

This Christmastime river cruise begins in Austria’s magical capital of Vienna, home to the sounds of Mozart, Strauss, and the Vienna Boys’ Choir. See the famous sights with a Local Guide or opt to go on a culinary tour through the Christmas markets to get a taste of all the best flavors Austria offers during this time of year. Cruise through the wintery landscape of the picturesque views of the Wachau Valley to Melk. Continue to Passau, Germany, and visit the city’s charming Christmas market set against the breathtaking backdrop of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of baroque architecture. In Regensburg, after a guided tour of the city, savor traditional sausages at Historiche Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany’s oldest restaurants and enjoy a tasting of German beers. Learn about Christmas traditions as you cruise to Nuremberg, the thousand-year-old city with its medieval fortifications and gothic churches. The Old Town is illuminated with festive lights and decorations, and the Christmas market has dozens of stalls offering traditional wares, such as Lebkuchen (spicy gingerbread) and unique decorations and ornaments.

At the end of your cruise, travel to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. In Prague’s Old Town, see the magical Astronomical Clock, built in 1410, and once the envy of all Europe. The Christmas markets offer an array of Christmas tree ornaments, wooden toys, and Czech handicrafts. Explore to your heart’s content with a warm cup of svařené vino (hot mulled wine) among the rows of brightly decorated wooden huts and be sure to see the beautifully decorated tree in Old Town to end this perfect, seasonal river cruise.

Your journey begins at Chicago O’Hare, where you will board your overnight flight to Vienna

Welcome to Austria! Your Suite Ship® is ready for boarding by 5:00 pm for a safety exercise then to enjoy a Welcome Reception onboard. Indulge in traditional holiday fare and hot libations to warm your heart and soul before sailing.

Note: Flights into Vienna must arrive by 3:30 pm.

Overnight docking in Vienna
Meal: Dinner

Royal Collections, and Culinary Confections
Join a Guided Tour of Vienna ending at magical Christmas Advent Markets! Along the way, discover the history of Austrian foods and traditions as you sample local specialties. Later on choose to join a Guided Optional Tour of Schönbrunn Palace, summer home of the Habsburg dynasty for 300 years and spend free time on your own to enjoy the Christkindlmarkt or relax by the fire’s glow in a Viennese café this evening. Alternatively, 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 cruise to Melk

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Frescoes above the Wachau Valley
Choose from the following options: CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings; OR DISCOVERY Enjoy an Austrian Cookie Tasting onboard while sailing to Grein; OR CLASSIC Take a guided Walk of Grein, including its historic theater, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances. Enjoy live entertainment onboard tonight.

Overnight cruise to Passau

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Saint Stephens, Salzburg, and the Story of Silent Night
Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers.” Later, you may like to join a Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg, Austria. See the setting of The Sound of Music and learn the story behind the beloved Christmas hymn, Silent Night.

Evening/overnight cruise to Regensburg

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Christmas Magic in Bavaria!
Take a Guided City Walk and see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria, entrance to the Castra Regina fortress built in 179 AD. Browse Regensburg’s sparkling Christmas markets at your leisure and enjoy hot-mulled wine, candied almonds, gingerbread or bratwurst. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

Evening/overnight cruise to Nuremberg

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Legends and History Lessons
Enjoy a Christmas Traditions Lecture on board while sailing this morning.
Later in the day choose from the following options: CLASSIC A Guided Tour of Nuremberg’s medieval architecture, gilded fountain, Gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle; OR: CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds, used by the Third Reich. Spend free time on your own to browse the spruce stalls of the Christmas Markets of Nuremberg. Sample favorite Bavarian fare from dozens of bratwurst varieties, gingerbread, mulled blueberry wine, and countless other culinary delights of the Christkindlmarkt.

Overnight docking in Nuremberg

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Bid your crew farewell and head for the Golden City of Prague where you will stay the next two nights. Stroll through the exquisite streets of the city and spend a free evening in one of Prague’s cafés for dinner and Czech Beer.

Meal: Breakfast
Hotel: Prague Marriott (or similar)

Gothic Cathedrals, Grand Castles, and Czech Christmas Spirits
Take a Guided City Walk to visit Hradcany Castle Grounds and see St. Vitus Cathedral, and Old Town’s Astronomical
Clock. Continue to spend the afternoon on your own to browse the exquisite Christmas Markets of Prague. Stroll through the brightly colored wooden stalls for ornaments and handmade toys and handicrafts.

Meal: Breakfast
Hotel: Prague Marriott (or similar)

Your vacation comes to an end with breakfast this morning and transfers to the airport.

Meal: Breakfast

Hotels and Daily Itinerary are subject to change.


Air-Inclusive Package

  • Round-trip air from Chicago O’Hare to Vienna, Austria and returning from Prague, Czech Republic including air taxes and fees
  • Transfers between the airport, ship, and hotel (when purchasing air-inclusive package)

Cruise Accommodations

Deluxe six (6) night Avalon river cruise on the beautiful Avalon Envision from Nuremberg, Germany to Budapest, Hungary

Hotel Accommodations

Two (2) night hotel stay in Prague, Czech Republic at the Prague Marriott (or similar)

Includes hotel service charges, taxes and luggage handling

Included Meals

  • All meals onboard the ship are included with Chef-inspired regional recipes
    • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily onboard your ship
  • Breakfast during your hotel stay in Prague.

Fox Flourish!

  • Professional tour manager from Fox World Travel*
  • Onboard credit to be used toward drinks, optional tours or spa in the Euro equivalent of $50.00 USD per person
  • Complimentary pre-paid gratuities to your shipboard staff, local guides, and coach drivers
  • Premium Fox World Travel Gift given with your travel documents

Premium Tour Experiences

  • Several evenings include live entertainment onboard your ship
  • In Vienna Join a Guided Tour of Vienna ending at magical Christmas Advent Markets and discover the history of Austrian foods and traditions as you sample local specialties.
  • Tour Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings and walk the city of Grein, including its historic theater, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances.
  • Excursion to Salzburg, Austria to see the setting of The Sound of Music while learning the story behind the beloved Christmas hymn, Silent Night.
  • Browse the sparkling Christmas markets in Regensburg and indulge in hot-mulled wine, candied almonds, gingerbread or bratwurst.
  • Join a Guided Tour of Nuremberg’s medieval architecture, gilded fountain, Gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle and spend time at your leisure browsing the Christmas markets.
  • In Prague take a Guided City Walk to visit Hradcany Castle Grounds; see St. Vitus Cathedral, and Old Town’s Astronomical Clock and stroll through the city during this wonderful season!

Tour Services

  • 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
  • Escorted by a professional, local Tour Director from Avalon
  • Customized, informative travel documents containing trip details and helpful packing and planning information

Not Included: Airline flights on land-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. Ask your travel consultant about our reasonable options.

*Minimum of 30 travelers required for the Fox World Travel tour manager to accompany the group. In the event the minimum number is not reached, the tour may still include a professional, local guide in the destination.

Prices include taxes and fees of $684.35 per person
*Current taxes and fees are included and subject to change.

Air Inclusive

Deluxe Stateroom

Categories E & D
See special discounts below!
Two riverview windows
Airfare Included
Based on double occupancy

Panorama Suite

Categories B, A & P
See special discounts below!
French Balcony
Airfare Included
Based on double occupancy

Cruise Only

Deluxe Stateroom

Categories E & D
See special discounts below!
Two riverview windows
Airfare Included
Based on double occupancy

Panorama Suite

Categories B, A & P
See special discounts below!
French Balcony
Airfare Included
Based on double occupancy
Initial Deposit: $250.00 per person at time of booking
Final Payment Date: August 1, 2022

All current air taxes and fees of $521.03 per person are included and subject to change.

Single pricing available upon request.  Single Supplement Waiver may be available. Early Booking Discounts do not apply when a Single Waiver is applied to the reservation.

Available Discounts

Early Booking Discount: Book and deposit by December 3, 2021 and receive $1,000.00 off per person

Discounts are subject to change at any time

Roundtrip flights from Chicago O’Hare are currently pending

Flight schedules are subject to change and FWT has no control over flight changes, seat assignments, 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.  Checked baggage fees may apply.

Pricing and flight options from other cities available upon request.

Optional Motorcoach Transfer

Group motorcoach transfer to and from Chicago O’Hare from select pick-up points are $45 per person each direction ($90 per person roundtrip) is available to add to the tour package.

Optional Insurance

Cancellation and travel protection is strongly recommended. Details and rates can be obtained from your Fox World Travel advisor.

Cancellation Penalties

  • From date of deposit to August 1, 2022: Initial deposit of $250.00 per person
  • August 2, 2022 –August 29, 2022: 50% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • August 30, 2022 – October 23, 2022: 75% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • October 24, 2022 through day of 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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