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Discover the magic of Prague, Budapest, and Vienna on this leisurely vacation. Three overnights in each of these cities set a comfortable pace that lets you truly immerse yourself in the local cultures. Your journey begins in Bavarian Munich, then travel to Nuremberg, famous for its WWII trials; Prague with its Astronomical Clock, Jewish Quarter, Charles Bridge, and Old Town Square; Bratislava, Slovakia’s capital by the Danube River; Budapest with Fishermen’s Bastion; Mayerling, where Archduke Rudolf died tragically at a hunting lodge with his young lover; and Vienna, home of Austria’s State Opera and Hofburg Palace. Then, head west to Mozart’s Salzburg with its charming Getreidegasse before ending your memorable vacation in Munich.
Destinations & Sightseeing
Individual headsetsInside visits and special features:Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.Sightseeing:Visits to Munich, Nuremberg, Bratislava, MayerlingGuides:
Local Guides for city sightseeing in Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg; professional Tour Director while touring
Scenic Highlights: Danube cruise
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
Transportation: Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; Danube cruise
Meals & Itinerary
Buffet breakfasts daily; 2 dinners at a local restaurant in Budapest and Salzburg
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.
Day 1 Arrive 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 2 Munich–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.
Days 3-4 Prague
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.
Day 5 Prague–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.
Days 6-7 Budapest
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 and the Royal Castle. 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.
Day 8 Budapest–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.
Days 9-10 Vienna
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.
Day 11 Vienna–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 Danube 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.
Day 12 Salzburg–Munich, Germany
Don’t miss out on the included city sightseeing excursion of Salzburg 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.
Day 13 Munich
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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“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!”
MUNICH Munich Airport (F) at Schwaig or Ibis Parkstadt (ST)PRAGUE Clarion Congress (F) or NH Praha (F)BUDAPEST NH Budapest (F)VIENNA Bellevue (F) or Star Inn Schönbrunn (ST)SALZBURG Austria Trend Salzburg West (ST)MUNICH Tryp (ST) or Ibis Parkstadt (ST)
The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. 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.
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
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
Evening On A Boat
The banks of the Danube at Budapest illustrate the various periods of the capital's history and the city claims one of the world's most beautiful urban cityscapes. Take a cruise along the River Danube lasting about 2 hours, with a local guide on board, to enjoy a wonderful view of the city at night. After a welcome glass of champagne you will be served a 3 course traditional dinner of Hungarian and international dishes , including also dessert, plus wine, mineral water and coffee. At the end of the cruise you will be taken back to the hotel by coach.
Approximate value: 60 EUR per person
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 specialties 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
Royal Palace of Godollo
An afternoon excursion with a local guide to drive to the Royal Palace of Gödöllö, which is just outside Budapest and is one of Hungary's most beautiful baroque buildings. The Palace was commissioned in the 1740's and was named after Antal Grassalkovich, who was a close friend of the Empress Maria Theresa of Austria. The visit will start with the tour of the Palace with rooms dedicated to Sissy and Franz-Josef plus the Baroque area dating back to the Grassalkovich dynasty. After the tour clients will be offered coffee and pastries in the palace cafe and then given free time to look around the famous gardens and palm house. After the visit return back to Budapest in the late afternoon.
Approximate value: 38 EUR per person
Skanzen Museum & Szentendre
A more or less full day excursion with a local guide going first to the fascinating open air museum of Skanzen. The park displays development of architecture from all the regions of original buildings typical of their region carefully dismantled and rebuilt. The rooms are fully furnished with period furniture, the kitchens show fireplaces and pots and pans and the pantries have original containers for food etc. The visit will be made on the Skanzen train with stops at various regions. There will be a chance to visit a bakery for watching and tasting of the original "flat bread". After the visit rejoin the coach and drive to Szentendre for a short stop and time to look around. Szentendre lies in a picturesque setting on the Danube and its architecture and historical monuments all contribute to the formation over the years of colonies of painters, sculptors and artists who have lived there or still live there today. The town offers a multitude of spectacular sights and a fascinating artistic presence. Later in the afternoon drive back to Budapest.
Approximate value: 45 EUR per person
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
Schönbrunn 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: 45 EUR per person
Typical Viennese Evening
An unforgettable evening in one of Vienna's most beautiful palaces. The Vienna Residence Orchestra gives concerts daily in large and small instrumentations, with famous opera singers, ballet dancers and musical delicacies that are geared to the relevant motto of the season. During the interval you will be offered a glass of sparkling wine or orange juice. The concert starts around 8:15 pm and ends at approx. 9:45 pm.
Approximate value: 50 EUR per person
Melk has been a spiritual and cultural center of Austria for more than 1000 years, first as a castle and then as a Benedictine monastery. During the guided visit of Melk Abbey, which lasts approx. 2 hours, guests will see the exhibition in the former Imperial Rooms, the Marble Hall, the balcony and library and the church. Between May and October guests can also visit the abbey park with its baroque garden pavilion and also visit the newly restored northern bastion, with a spacious gift shop, additional exhibition space and a panoramic terrace.
Approximate value: 28 EUR per person
Bavarian Evening and Dinner
A must during a stay in Bavaria is a visit to a beer hall. On this evening excursion you will be taken to a popular beer house where you will be served a 3 course typical local dinner including either local Bavarian beer (wine or soft drink also available). Be ready to enjoy the real Bavarian atmosphere!
Approximate value: 40 EUR per person
Sound of Music Scenes
A fascinating excursion with local guide lasting approx. 3 hours to show you the scenes that have become immortal through the "Sound of Music" film. First a walking tour to the Green Market, past University Church and Festival Hall up to Nonntal convent to see the church. 160Then rejoin the coach and proceed direction Anif to see the "Hollywood" house of the Von Trapps, Hellbrunn Palace with views over to the Untersberg. 160Afterwards return back to the center of Salzburg.
Approximate value: 27 EUR per person
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