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

Imperial Capitals (4930)

14 Day Tour from London to Berlin

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This fascinating adventure covers Central and Eastern Europe, focusing on the monumental architecture, history, and traditions of the former Prussian and Austro-Hungarian Empires. Begin with two overnights in London, then cross the English Channel by Eurostar train to Brussels, capital of Belgium, and join your motorcoach. Pass through the Duchy of Luxembourg to enter Germany, with a stop in ancient Trier. Travel through Bavaria, visiting Nuremberg, and arriving in Mozart’s hometown of Salzburg in Austria. Get to know the “waltz capital,” Vienna, where a Local Guide will give you historical and artistic information as well as point out where to have the best sachertorte. On to Hungary to visit Budapest, where you’ll admire the Parliament Building, Fishermen’s Bastion, Matthias Coronation Church, and more. Stop in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava, then encounter the brilliant gothic and baroque architecture in Prague, including the Charles Bridge and the Astronomical Clock. Back in Germany, visit Dresden and enjoy guided sightseeing in Berlin, where the tour ends.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

Individual headsets

Inside visits and special features:
Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.

Sightseeing:
Visits to Trier, Nuremberg, Salzburg, Bratislava, Dresden

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

NOTE:
November 27 & December 4 Departures – Include visit to Salzburg, Vienna, Budapest, Prague, and Berlin Christmas markets

Transportation:

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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 3 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

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. 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 this morning through the Duchy of Luxembourg. Cross the German border and make a 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 the overnight in the Frankfurt area.

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

Journey through the heart of Germany on the highway to reach Nuremberg, at one time Germany’s most beautiful city and, much later, famed for the war criminal trials that took place in 1945. Stop for a short visit. Drive south this afternoon through Bavaria, across the German-Austrian border, and head towards Salzburg for an overnight.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 Salzburg–Vienna

A morning at leisure or to enjoy some optional sightseeing 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

Start the morning with an included SIGHTSEEING tour featuring the State Opera, Parliament, and the Town Hall. Stop for a stroll in Heroes’ Square to view the Hofburg. Finally, an inside visit of ST. STEPHEN'S CATHEDRAL. 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

Start the day by traveling into Slovakia. Once across the border, have a break in Bratislava, its capital. Drive north to cross yet another border into the Czech Republic. The highway will take you 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, the mountains and fortresses of the Erzgebirge range. Today’s highlight is a stop in Dresden, a magnificently restored city after its almost total destruction in World War II. In the afternoon, 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: 13

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 Catalonia Brussels (ST) or Park Inn (ST)
FRANKFURT AREA Mercure (ST) at Friedrichsdorf or Leonardo Royal (F)
SALZBURG Austria Trend Salzburg West (ST)
VIENNA Kavalier (ST) or Star Inn Schönbrunn (ST)
BUDAPEST Mercure Buda (F)
PRAGUE Clarion Congress (F) or Ibis Wenceslas Square (ST)
BERLIN Abba (F) or Holiday Inn Express City Center (ST)

 Optional Excursions

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.

London
Brussels
Rhine Gorge
Salzburg
Vienna
Budapest
Prague
Berlin

London

A Taste of London

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.

Approximate value: £74 GBP per person

Afternoon Excursion to Windsor Castle

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.

Approximate value: £49 GBP per person

Buckingham Palace and the Royal Mews

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.

Approximate value: £57 GBP per person

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 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.

Approximate value: £46 GBP per person

Tower of London and Crown Jewels

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.

Approximate value: £46 GBP per person

Brussels

Evening City Sightseeing

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 tavern 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

Rhine Gorge

Lorelei and Its Castles

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 gorge - a steep sided valley filled with vineyards and castles overlooking the river. Pass the legendary Lorelei Rock, which soars some 120 meters 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

Salzburg

City Sightseeing

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 center for start of a walking tour to see Mozart Square, Altermarkt, Residenplatz, Cathedral (with inside visit), cemetery of St. Peter, Festival Theatres (only from outside), University Square, Getriedegasse and finally outside view of Mozart's birthplace.

Approximate value: €27 EUR per person

Vienna

Evening in The Viennese Woods

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

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

Schönbrunn Palace & Gardens

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

Budapest

Artist Village Szentendre

Artist Village Szentendre

Drive to the picturesque village of Szentendre, the home of many famous Hungarian artists at the turn of the century. Proceed with a visit to the Marzipan Museum. Finally enjoy coffee and cake at a typical inn.

Approximate value: €30 EUR per person

Danube Cruise & Illuminations

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

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 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

Prague

Czech Dinner & Music

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

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

Berlin

An Insight Into World War II and Cold War

An Insight Into World War II and Cold War

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

Ziko's Grill Dinner

Dine in a family run restaurant, conveniently located in the center 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 specialties, 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

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