Tour of Prague, Vienna, Budapest & More - Cosmos®

Imperial Capitals (4930)

14 Day Tour from London to Berlin

2017 Tour Details

This fascinating European tour covers Central and Eastern Europe, focusing on the monumental architecture, history, and traditions of the former Prussian and Austro-Hungarian Empires. You’ll spend two nights each in London, Vienna, Budapest, Prague, and Berlin, and an overnight in Brussels, the Frankfurt area, and Salzburg.

Enjoy navigating from the UK across to France on the Cross-Channel ferry and meet your coach on the mainland to start exploring. Guided sightseeing of the must-see attractions includes Vienna’s old city centre, with views of the Danube and the Hofburg; Budapest’s old and new quarters; Prague’s Old Town Square and Astronomical Clock, built in 1410 with a sinister medieval figure of death who emerges to pull the bell cord; and Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, dating to 1791. Stop in Trier, Germany’s oldest city with its lovely market square and Roman ruins; Nuremberg, with its charming, pedestrian Old Town and impressive medieval ramparts; Bratislava, Slovakia’s capital; and Dresden, a splendid baroque city restored after its almost total destruction during air bombings in 1945.

One highlight of this Central Europe tour is a drive along the shores of the Rhine River (or you can opt for a scenic cruise). Admire the countryside dotted with quaint villages and towns, hilltop castles from the Middle Ages, and terraced vineyards. Other scenery you’ll see includes a journey through the Salzkammergut lakelands near Salzburg, made famous in the Sound of Music movie. Drive through a vast stretch of Hungary’s Lake Balaton area, Central Europe’s largest lake, with some quaint towns and summer resorts. Near the Germany and Czech Republic border, travel through the mountains in the Erzgebirge range, known for its forests and production of wooden German folk art, such as Christmas nutcrackers.

From the vibrant capital cities to the beautiful scenery, this Central European tour designed for value-minded travelers is sure to be a hit!
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 Tour Highlights

Individual headsets

Sightseeing:
Visits to Trier, Nuremberg, Salzburg, Bratislava, Dresden. Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.

Guides:

Host service in London; Local Guides for city sightseeing in Vienna, Budapest, Prague, Berlin; professional Tour Director while touring

Scenic Highlights:
Moselle Valley, Salzkammergut, Lake Balaton, Bohemia

NOTES:
December 1 & 8 Departures – Include visit to Salzburg, Vienna, Budapest, Prague, and Berlin Christmas markets
December 24 Departure - New Year in Budapest including reveillon dinner

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg
  • Historic Centre of Vienna
  • Palace and Gardens of Schönbrunn
  • Historic Centre of Prague
  • Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  • Budapest, banks of the Danube
  • Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin

Transportation:

Transportation:
Eurostar train London-Brussels; private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 Arrive in London, England

Check into your hotel. In the afternoon, you may want to start exploring the lively British capital. Uniformed hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.

Day 2 London

A full day to savor our rich program of optional activities: take a panoramic tour of London’s landmarks, visit the Tower of London, or choose an excursion to Windsor Castle. Tonight, maybe a leisurely cruise on the Thames River?

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 London–Brussels, Belgium

Leave London in the early morning on your EUROSTAR TRAIN to Brussels. At the station, meet your Tour Director and board your luxury coach for the drive to your overnight hotel.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 Brussels–Luxembourg–Trier, Germany–Frankfurt Area

Drive south through the Duchy of Luxembourg. Cross the German border and stop in ancient Trier before continuing through the splendid scenery of the Moselle Valley. A choice this afternoon of the included scenic drive along the shores of the Rhine or, even more thrilling, the optional Rhine cruise with vistas of the Lorelei rock, hilltop castles, half-timbered wine villages, and terraced vineyards. Just a few more miles by coach to your hotel in the Frankfurt area.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 5 Frankfurt Area–Nuremberg–Salzburg, Austria

Journey through the heart of Germany to reach Nuremberg, one of Germany’s most beautiful cities, famed for the war criminal trials that took place in 1945. Stop for a short visit, then south through Bavaria. Cross the German-Austrian border, and head towards Salzburg for an overnight.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 6 Salzburg–Vienna

A morning to enjoy some optional sightseeing or time at leisure in Salzburg, Mozart’s hometown. In the afternoon, journey through the Salzkammergut lakelands, of The Sound of Music fame, past Mondsee to follow the Danube almost all the way to Vienna.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 Vienna

Enjoy an included guided sightseeing tour featuring Vienna’s State Opera, Parliament, and the Town Hall. Stop for a stroll in Heroes’ Square to view the Hofburg. Complete the day by exploring on your own or by joining the optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 Vienna–Lake Balaton, Hungary–Budapest

East today into Hungary through the historic city of Györ. Next, the vast stretch of Lake Balaton unfolds as you drive through some of its summer resorts. Reach Budapest by way of Martonvásár, where Beethoven wrote his Appassionata. Tonight, consider an optional cruise on the Danube to enjoy the fascinating city illuminations.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 9 Budapest

Buda Castle dominates the twin cities of Buda and Pest, separated by the broad ribbon of the Danube. Heroes’ Square typifies the modern capital, while along the riverbank you find the old inns. Included sightseeing takes in the Hungarian Parliament Building, Margaret Island, Fishermen’s Bastion, the Royal Castle, and Matthias Coronation Church.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 Budapest–Bratislava, Slovakia–Prague, Czech Republic

On the way to Prague, stop in Bratislava, Slovakia’s capital. Drive north to cross yet another border into the Czech Republic. Travel through Bohemia, an enchanted land of castles, spa towns, and picket-fenced villages. Evening arrival in Prague.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 11 Prague

The wealth of gothic and baroque architecture here perhaps inspired Dvorak and Smetana, both Prague composers. Included sightseeing features landmarks such as the Jewish Quarter, Charles Bridge, and the Old Town Square with the ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12 Prague–Dresden, Germany–Berlin

Discover more of Bohemia as you journey towards the German frontier. Next up: the mountains and fortresses of the Erzgebirge range. Spend some time in Dresden, a magnificently restored city after its almost total destruction in World War II. Travel north across the Elbe River to reach Berlin for two overnights.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 13 Berlin

Included sightseeing focuses on the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, and Potsdamer Platz, a masterpiece of contemporary architecture. Reunited Berlin has regained not only its territorial integrity but also the status of German capital. Afternoon at leisure or join an optional excursion.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 14 Berlin

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

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.

TUNDE DALOS

Years of Experience: 14

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!

Tour Director - TUNDE DALOS

 Accommodations

LONDON Novotel London West (F)
BRUSSELS Ramada La Woluwe (ST)
FRANKFURT Mercure Friedrichsdorf Bad Homburg (ST)
SALZBURG Austria Trend Salzburg West (F)
VIENNA Star Inn Schoenbrunn (ST) or Kavalier (ST)
BUDAPEST Mercure Budapest Buda (F)
PRAGUE International (ST) or Ibis Wenceslas Square
BERLIN City hotel Berlin East (F) or NH Alexanderplatz (F) or Abba Berlin (F)

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Brussels
Rhineland
Salzburg
Vienna
Budapest
Prague
Berlin
London

Brussels

Evening City Sightseeing

Evening City Sightseeing

See the main sights of this city which has something for all tastes and interests.

Price Range: $

Rhineland

Lorelei and its Castles

Lorelei and its Castles

Discover the magic of the Rhine river with its historic villages, beautiful castles and the legendary Lorelei Rock.

Price Range: $

Salzburg

City Sightseeing

City Sightseeing

Sightseeing starts first with an orientation by coach and then a walk through the old gem of rococo architecture and the birthplace of Mozarts.

Price Range: $

Vienna

Evening in The Viennese Woods

Evening in The Viennese Woods

Enjoy typical vintner's fare and taste Heurigen with musicians to entertain you.

Price Range: $$

Schönbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn Palace

Visit magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Price Range: $$

Classical Concert

Classical Concert

Enjoy an unforgettable concert in one of the city's elegant concert halls.

Price Range: $$

Budapest

Danube River Cruise

Danube River Cruise

Enjoy a cruise along Danube River

Price Range: $

Hungarian Night

Hungarian Night

A typical Hungarian evening. After an aperitif, enjoy dinner with some fine local specialties and unlimited wine, followed by a programme of Hungarian folklore and Gypsy music.

Price Range: $$

Prague

The Best of Medieval Prague

The Best of Medieval Prague

An afternoon full of history and architectural beauty in this intensive visit of the entire Castle District.

Price Range: $

Czech Dinner

Czech Dinner

A typical Czech meal in a famous wine restaurant to experience the real Prague atmosphere.

Price Range: $$

Berlin

Ziko's Grill Dinner

Ziko's Grill Dinner

A fun evening at a local restaurant with good food, joyful atmosphere and musical entertainment.

Price Range: $

An Insight into World War II and Cold War

An Insight into World War II and Cold War

Enrich your Berlin experience with an insight into the recent historical events of WWII.

Price Range: $

London

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Visit Buckingham Palace's impressive Royal Mews to see the Royal Family's magnificent Gold State Coach, then step inside the palace itself to explore more than 20 of its grandest rooms.

Price Range: $$

A Taste of London

A Taste of London

Combine a dinner outing at a traditional London pub with a relaxed, nighttime cruise along the Thames River, viewing some of the capital's most beautiful illuminated sights.

Price Range: $$

Morning City Sightseeing

Morning City Sightseeing

Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide includes all the famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben beside River Thames, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall's mounted horseguards and the Prime Minister's Downing Street, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. The highlight is a visit to ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL, Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece built between 1675 and 1708.

Price Range: $

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