Cosmos

Imperial Capitals (4930) - 2015 / 2014

16 Day Tour from London to London


Imperial Capitals
Belvedere Palace in Vienna
Belvedere Palace in Vienna
Visit the Porta Nigra in Trier, the oldest city in Germany
Enjoy the beautiful views of Luxembourg
Nuremberg is a city located in the state of Bavaria, Germany
The Belvedere gardens in Vienna, Austria
The Hohensalzburg Fortress is the largest fully preserved fortress in Europe
Vienna
The Austrian countryside
Visit the monumental Hungarian Parliament Building in Budapest
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Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be available. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; you can use our online currency converter for exchange rate information.

Evening City Sightseeing A guided evening sightseeing tour lasting approx. 3 hrs. first by coach to see the Congress Column and tomb of unknown soldier, the Parliament, Royal Park and theatre, Arch of Cinquantinaire, the EU buildings, the Academy Palace, the Royal Palace and Royal Square, St. Michael's Cathedral and Palace of Justice. Then on foot to see statue of "Mannekin Pis" where a stop will be made at a typical Brussels taverne for an included drink of either Belgian beer or soft drink. Finally the beautiful Grand Place with its town hall and guild houses. At the end of the sightseeing tour you will have free time before returning back to the hotel by coach.

Approximate value: €28 EUR per person


Lorelei And Its Castles The Rhine is one of the longest and most important rivers in Europe, running for over 1,232 kms. and flowing through 6 countries. The Rhine cruise we offer lasts approx. 1 and a half hours and is in the Rhine gourge - a steep sided valley filled with vineyards and castles overlooking the river. Pass the legendary Loreley Rock, which soars some 120 metres above the waterline, and is also the name of a feminine water spirit. One drink per person is included during the cruise.

Approximate value: €25 EUR per person


City Sightseeing This city is a gem of rococo architecture and the birthplace of Mozart. A morning sightseeing tour with local guide lasting approx. 2 and a half hours with first a short coach tour to Froenburg, Hellbrunn and then return to the centre for start of a walking tour to see Mozart Square, Altermarkt, Residenplatz, Cathedral (with inside visit), cemetery of St. Peter, Festival Theatres (only fromoutside), University Square, Getriedegasse and finally outside view of Mozart's birthplace.

Approximate value: €27 EUR per person


Evening In The Viennese Woods A visit to Vienna is not complete without an evening visit to a traditional authentic "heuriger" - which actually means "the new wine". You will be taken to a family heuriger, which goes back 300 years of cultivating and producing their own wine. There is a 3 course dinner of typical vintner's fare, with water or lemonade or even better unlimited wine! You will be entertained with heuriger music and songs performed by local players.

Approximate value: €48 EUR per person


Hofburg Concert Vienna is called the "music capital of the world" and this is a unique possibility to see some of the rooms of the Imperial Palace by attending an evening concert of the Wiener Hofburg Orchestra. The orchestra offers its guests an unforgettable evening with the famous and beloved compositions of the "King of waltz" Johann Strauss as well as arias of operas by W.A. Mozart.

Approximate value: €48 EUR per person


Schonbrunn Palace & Gardens A guided tour lasting approx. 3 and a half hours with first a visit of the actual Schonbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the Habsburgs, where one can see approximately 35 of well over 1000 rooms of the Palace with all of them containing their original furniture. Afterwards a visit of the beautiful gardens will leave an unforgettable impression. Free time to explore the gardens on ones own.

Approximate value: €42 EUR per person


Danube Cruise & Illuminations Embark on a one-hour river cruise, accompanied by a local guide pointing out the main sights, along the Danube to see another perspective on the city's illuminated sights. Enjoy river views of the Castle District, the House of Parliament, Gellert Hill, and cruise under the Chain Bridge and around Margaret Island. At the start of the cruise you will be welcomed on board with a glass of sparkling wine and then during the cruise you will be offered a second drink (choice between a glass of wine, beer or soft drink).

Approximate value: €33 EUR per person


Hungarian Night Treat yourself to a typical Hungarian evening in a traditional local restaurant situated in a beautiful forest among the hills just outside Budapest. At the entrance you will be welcomed with music and a homemade Hungarian spirit served in Miska jugs, which can then be taken home as souvenirs. This will be followed by a 3 course local specialities dinner with unlimited wine, mineral water and coffee. During the evening you will be entertained with live gipsy music and folk-show - the latter giving you an overall picture of the Hungarian folklore, starting from the dances of Kalocsa up to the gipsy dancing. At the end of the evening drive back to the hotel in Budapest.

Approximate value: €50 EUR per person


Czech Dinner & Music If you would like to experience a typical Slavic evening then join this excursion to be taken to a well-known restaurant where one can get both food, drink and at the same time enjoy dancing and singing show in a lovely atmosphere. The 3 course dinner lets you sample typical local dishes and an added plus is unlimited drinks (wine or beer or soft drinks), a glass of sparkling wine and also coffee or tea. During the evening there is folk music from all over the country with songs and dances from Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia plus some gypsy music and dancing. Guests also have the opportunity to see some of the typical folk instruments such as the hammer-dulcimer, fujara and type of bagpipe. Towards the end of the evening there will be some international music - with the chance to dance if one wants to and to round off the evening one can listen to some soothing classical music.

Approximate value: €48 EUR per person


Panorama & Krizik's Fountains A variety of sights on this evening excursion starting first with a drive from the hotel to the Strahov Monastery for a wonderful view over the city of Prague. This is followed by a short walk to a nearby typical local pub that brews its own beer where you will have the opportunity to sample first-hand a glass of Czech dark beer. Then rejoin the coach to drive to the Krizik's Fountains - a unique structure, unparalleled in Europe, which was erected in the complex of Vystaviste Prague for the occasion of the World Exhibition in 1891. A wide scope of musical and entertainment performances plus beautiful water and light show have been offered since 1995. Note that the fountains usually operate from mid April till mid November and when not operative the excursion will be substituted with an alternative excursion.

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Strahov View Point & Cruise This excursion will be offered as an alternative when not possible to operate the "Panorama & Krizik's fountains" excursion. You will be taken first to Strahov view point from where there is the most beautiful view over nearly all of Prague. Then by coach you will be taken down to Czech bridge to board a boat for a 1 hour cruise along the river Vltava. There are reserved seats on the boat but, weather permitting, one can also take a stoll on the top deck to view the sights. During the cruise you will be given 2 drinks of choice.

Approximate value: €28 EUR per person


The Best of Medieval Prague An afternoon of architectural beauty and a chance to see around the castle district for an in-depth look at Prague's history. With a local guide you will be taken up the hill to Prague Castle to have a tour of the interior to see St. Vitus' Cathedral with the crypt of the Czech kings and perhaps the tower, plus the new part of the Cathedral, the old Royal Palace and St. Georges' Basilica. (As this is a walking tour please wear suitable shoes).

Approximate value: €38 EUR per person


An Insight into World War II Complete your Berlin experience with an insight into the recent historical events of WWII. Stop by the Wannsee Conference House where the final solution was discussed, then move near the Allied Museum to see the world famous "Candy Bomber" Airlift. Finally visit the Nuclear Bomb Shelter built on 1974 to provide a defense to more than 3000 people in case of nuclear attack. A moving, thrilling and involving experience that cannot be missed!

Approximate value: €28 EUR per person


Ziko's Grill Dinner Dine in a family run restaurant, conveniently located in the centre of Western Berlin, which has been serving guests for over 40 years. The restaurant is well known in Berlin for its grilled meats, Serbian and German specialities, as well as international cuisine. There is a 3 course dinner with choice of soup and 5 choices of main course, plus dessert and coffee or tea. Also included are a good selection of 2 drinks per person. During the evening there is also live music to add to the atmosphere.

Approximate value: €40 EUR per person


A Taste of London A unique chance to combine a traditional London pub experience with a relaxed, night-time river cruise, viewing some of the capital's most beautiful illuminated sights. Enjoy a three-course dinner with several local menu choices, including fish and chips and steak and ale pie at an historic London pub in the City of London. Following dinner you will enjoy scenic views from the comfort of your private cruiser. Highlights include Tower Bridge, St. Paul's and the Houses of Parliament, with commentary from your guide as you cruise along the River Thames.

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A Taste of London A unique chance to combine a traditional London pub experience with a relaxed, night-time river cruise, viewing some of the capital's most beautiful illuminated sights. Enjoy a three-course dinner with several local menu choices, including fish and chips and steak and ale pie at an historic London pub in the City of London. Following dinner you will enjoy scenic views from the comfort of your private cruiser. Highlights include Tower Bridge, St. Paul's and the Houses of Parliament, with commentary from your guide as you cruise along the River Thames.

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Afternoon Excursion to Windsor Castle Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. One of the official residences of Queen Elizabeth II the castle is still used regularly for ceremonial and state occasions. Visit the magnificent State Apartments furnished with priceless works of art by Holbein, Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Dyck. See wonderful St.George's Chapel the burial place of ten monarchs including Henry VIII and Charles I.

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Buckingham Palace and the Royal Mews Buckingham Palace serves as both the office and London residence of Her Majesty The Queen. During August and September when the Queen makes her annual visit to Scotland, the Palace's state rooms are open to visitors. These are the heart of the Palace, lavishly furnished with some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection which are used for ceremonial occasions and official entertaining. Before entry to the Palace you will visit the Royal Mews, one of the finest working stables still in existence. See the State vehicles, both horse-drawn carriages and cars, used for coronations, royal weddings and State Visits, including the magnificent Gold State Coach which has been used for every coronation since 1821 and was last used for The Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002.

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Morning City Sightseeing Morning Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes all the famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben beside the River Thames, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall's mounted horseguards and the Prime Minister's Downing Street, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. Highlights are a visit to St. Paul's Cathedral and the ceremonial pageantry of the Changing of the Guard, if held.

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Tower of London and Crown Jewels The Tower of London is one of the most famous historic buildings in the world. Built by William the Conqueror in 1066-1067, it has been guarded by Yeoman Warders (popularly known as the Beefeaters) since the 14th century. It has been a fortress, a royal palace, a prison, a place of execution, and an armory. It is most famously known as the home to the priceless Crown Jewels, including the solid gold crown used at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, the Imperial State Crown and Sovereigns Sceptre, the incredible Cullinan diamonds, and the Koh-i-Noor.

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