Headsets throughout the tourSightseeing: Visits to Munich, Nuremberg, Bratislava, Mayerling
Scenic Highlights: Danube cruise
Local Guides for city sightseeing in Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg. Professional Tour Director while touring
Day 1Arrive in Munich, Germany
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to start exploring Munich. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
Day 2Munich–Nuremberg–Prague, Czech Republic
An interesting itinerary today as you drive northeast for a first stop in Nuremberg, famous for its World War II war crime trials. Later, cross the border into the Czech Republic. On to Prague for the next three nights. (B)
The city has a wealth of gothic and baroque architecture that perhaps inspired Dvorak and Smetana, both Prague composers. The included guided sightseeing features landmarks such as the Jewish Quarter, Charles Bridge, and the Old Town Square with the Astronomical Clock. Plenty of time for some individual exploring, or maybe just a walk along the banks of the Vltava River and then a meal at a restaurant of your choice. Your second day in Prague will give you a program of optional excursions or, if you prefer, the opportunity for arranging your own day with visits to places of particular personal interest. (B daily)
Day 5Prague–Bratislava, Slovakia–Budapest, Hungary
Journey southeast by way of Brno into the new state of Slovakia for a stop in its capital, Bratislava. Next, cross into Hungary to reach Budapest in time to enjoy an included delicious dinner in a local restaurant. (B,D)
Included sightseeing features Buda Castle, which dominates the twin cities of Buda and Pest that are separated by the broad ribbon of the Danube. Also see Heroes’ Square, which typifies the modern capital, the old inns and along the riverbank, Parliament, Margaret Island, Fishermen’s Bastion, the Royal Castle, and Matthias Coronation Church. There’s plenty more to do and see during these two days. Maybe try one of the historic spas! Ask your Tour Director for assistance. (B daily)
Day 8Budapest–Vienna Woods, Austria–Vienna
The highlight of today’s itinerary will be the Vienna Woods and Mayerling. See the hunting lodge, the scene of the tragic 1889 death of Archduke Rudolf and his 17-year-old lover, Maria Vetsera. Later, a short drive to Vienna for the next three nights. (B)
Two whole days to fully enjoy one of Europe’s best known and loved capitals. Whatever your plans, it is wise to start off with the included city sightseeing tour. See the State Opera, Parliament, and the Town Hall. Stroll in Heroes’ Square to view the Hofburg. Splendid baroque palaces and the Viennese traditional joie de vivre give great scope for a program of optional excursions. Your stay is long enough to fit in your personal plans and choices. (B daily)
Day 11Vienna–Danube River Cruise–Salzburg
Another day with a truly varied itinerary and some interesting options. Drive first to Krems on the banks of the Danube and surrounded by hills and vineyards. Then, something quite different: enjoy a cruise on the river, taking in the beautiful Wachau region. Maybe join an optional excursion to visit the abbey at Melk, before continuing the journey westwards directly to Salzburg. Tonight, savor an included traditional dinner in a local restaurant. (B,D)
Day 12Salzburg–Munich, Germany
Don’t miss out on the included city sightseeing excursion with a Local Guide. You’ll be taken through the historic center of Mozart’s hometown to see its many highlights, including the Domplatz, the Horse Trough, Festival Hall, and, of course, the charming Getreidegasse where Mozart was born. This afternoon, motor directly to Munich. This evening, join the optional Bavarian evening and farewell dinner. (B)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Transportation: Scheduled transatlantic flights and airport transfers in Munich if Cosmos issues the air tickets. Touring by private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach. Danube cruise
Buffet breakfasts; 2 dinners at a local restaurant in Budapest and Salzburg
With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.
Years of Experience: 12 years
Many people have ancestors from Central Europe. Maybe you do, as well! Come discover this unique part of the world. I love showing travelers the spirit of these countries-through history, culture, and lifestyle. Born in Hungary, I know this region well, and am sure you'll enjoy each moment. You'll return home with the greatest memories and a little piece of my heart!