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Imperial Cities - Tour Vienna, Prague & Budapest

Bask in the splendour and romance of three of Europe's regal capital cities Vienna, Prague and Budapest with our tour.

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DURATION
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9 nights
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • hotelAccommodation
  • free_breakfastDaily breakfast
  • restaurantSelected meals

About this holiday

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Charles Bridge

Bask in the splendour and romance with 3-night stays in each of Europe’s Imperial Cities – Prague, Vienna and Budapest. In Prague, walk the Golden Lane, a delightful neighbourhood of tiny, medieval houses; then visit a private castle for a tour, lunch and a concert. You choose your dining experience: dinner with a folklore show including a chance to meet the dancers and have a lesson, or dinner and a tour at one of Prague’s most famous brewery restaurants. Delight in the Baroque marvels of Vienna’s Schoenbrunn Palace, the summer retreat of the Habsburg dynasty for more than 200 years. Indulge in an unforgettable Classical music performance in Vienna. Visit a 14th-century Hungarian castle where knights recreate the days of chivalry.

Inclusions

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  • Enjoy a stop in the fairy-tale town of Cesky Krumlov.
  • Tour majestic Prague Castle.

Get to know Bratislava’s history on a city tour with a local expert.

  • Visit Lobkowicz Palace, home to the largest and finest art collections in the Czech Republic spanning over 600 years of family history.
  • Embark on a Danube River cruise through the historic Wachau Valley.

Stop in Melk for a visit to the famous Abbey.

Enjoy dinner and sample regional wine in the picturesque Grinzing region.

Savour a Renaissance-style dinner at a medieval castle restaurant near Budapest.

Accommodation

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Days 1 – 3        K+K Hotel Fenix, Prague

Days 4 – 6        Grand Hotel Wien, Vienna

Days 7 – 9        NH Budapest, Budapest

Travel dates

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Multiple departure dates available

Itinerary

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Day 1: Prague, Czech Republic - Tour Begins
Set out on a grand cultural adventure through the Imperial Cities of Central Europe. Along the way, enjoy traditional entertainment and a scenic cruise on the Danube River Arrive in Prague, the "City of 100 Spires." Behold ancient landmarks and medieval architecture. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner. Today dinner will be included.

Day 2: Prague
Feel the magic. Your introduction to this fairy-tale city begins with a panoramic tour. Explore the “Castle District,” including the gothic St. Vitus Cathedral and the majestic Prague Castle. Next, visit Lobkowicz Palace, the only privately owned building in the sprawling Prague Castle complex, and home to the largest and finest art collection in the Czech Republic spanning over 600 years of family history. A masterpiece of 16th century Baroque architecture, the aristocratic Lobkowicz family lost it under Communist occupation following World War II and regained control only in 2002. The priceless collection also encompasses one of Central Europe’s finest libraries of rare books and a musical archive that includes scores by Mozart, Beethoven and Gluck. After a delightful lunch, gather in the palace’s elegant Baroque concert hall for a mid-day Classical music concert featuring the likes of Mozart, Bach, Dvorák and Smetana. Later, proceed to the lovely statue-lined Charles Bridge. Today breakfast and lunch will be included.

Day 3: Prague
The day is yours to discover Prague on your own. Shop for famous Bohemian crystal or visit one of the city’s many outstanding museums, such as the Lapidarium, home to 11th-century stone sculptures. Stroll to the Old Town square, home to the famous Orloj, which functions as a clock, calendar and primitive planetarium. Perhaps you will join an optional excursion to Prague’s Old Jewish Quarter to see its historic Jewish Museum and Europe's oldest surviving Jewish cemetery, founded in 1478. This evening, it’s your choice! Enjoy traditional Czech culture at one of Prague’s popular restaurants -OR- tip a pint while dining at one of Eastern Europe’s oldest breweries and take a tour to see how this famous beer has been brewed for 500 years. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 4: Prague - Cesky Krumlov - Vienna, Austria
Take a scenic ride through the countryside as we travel from Prague to Vienna. En route, make a stop in the fairy-tale town of Cesky Krumlov. Explore the well-preserved streets lined with Baroque architecture before continuing on to the grand city of Vienna where your arrival leads to a free evening to enjoy the city. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 5: Vienna
This morning, join a local resident for a visit to magnificent Schoenbrunn Palace, the summer retreat of the Hapsburg dynasty for more than 200 years. Continue on to Vienna’s centre. Behold the beautiful architecture, scenic parks and gothic spires that fill the city. Tonight, enjoy an evening full of Viennese charm with a special orchestral event including excellent musicians, opera singers and magical ballet dancers. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 6: Vienna - Danube River - Melk - Vienna
Travel along the banks of the Danube, immortalised by Strauss, to the medieval town of Durnstein. Embark on a scenic Danube River cruise* through the historic Wachau Valley. Later, visit the 11th-century Melk Abbey, famous for its production and collection of manuscripts. Tonight’s dinner is a real treat: a meal showcasing regional wine and the impressive local cuisine of the Grinzing region. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 7: Vienna - Bratislava, Slovakia - Budapest, Hungary
This morning we journey to Bratislava, former Imperial capital of the Hapsburg Empire. Get to know the city’s 4000-year-old history on a tour with a local expert. Continue to Budapest, the "Queen of the Danube," truly one of the world's most beautiful cities. Upon arrival we drive through this majestic capital on our way to the hotel. Take some time to relax or explore before gathering for tonight’s dinner in the city. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 8: Budapest
Capture the true spirit of Budapest. Join a local expert and discover the incredible Neo-Gothic marvel of Matthias Church atop Buda Castle Hill. Next, be enamoured by the Fisherman’s Bastion with its white walls, towers and arcades for spectacular views. Continue to historic Old Buda and Gellert Hill, followed by the Parliament. At Heroes Square, admire the imposing Millennium Monument which memorializes the 1000th anniversary of Hungarian dominion. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 9: Budapest - Visegrad - Budapest
Begin your day with a visit to a school** in Budapest where you will get a glimpse into the daily life of the locals while meeting the young students. In the afternoon, venture outside the city to the former Renaissance capital of Visegrad for a magnificent view of the Danube Bend and the Borzsony Mountains. Travel back in time with a visit to a 14th-century castle where knights with colourful costumes and authentic weaponry recreate the days of chivalry. Then, enjoy a special Renaissance-style dinner at the castle restaurant and re-enact the days of medieval times. Revel in this evening of wine and music. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 10: Budapest - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close today. Today breakfast will be included.

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Fine print

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Travel at 60 and Collette booking conditions apply. Please enquire for details.