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

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

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
  • La Grand-Place, Brussels
  • Historic Centre of Prague
  • Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  • Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, and Andrássy Avenue
  • Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin

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

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

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
Dinner

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

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

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

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
Dinner

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

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.

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Dinner

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

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

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

Day 14 Berlin

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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!

 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)

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