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The rediscovered jewels of Imperial Europe are the focus of this popular vacation, which includes overnights in Munich, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, and Salzburg. In Prague, see the tolling of the Astronomical Clock, when a sinister medieval figure of death emerges to pull the bell cord. Operating for over six centuries, this is a highlight of any trip to Prague. Also enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of Vienna—maybe sit in a café with a piece of scrumptious Sachertorte while listening to a legendary waltz, or explore the inside of St. Stephen’s Cathedral with its Romanesque and Gothic architecture. Even more fabulous architecture awaits you in Budapest, where you’ll see the Matthias Coronation Church, founded in 1015, which has witnessed several coronations and royal weddings. Breakfast is included daily, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to sample the local cuisine in each city. Sample the sauerkraut in Munich, savor Apfelstrudel in Salzburg, and enjoy the plum dumplings and Pilsner in Prague. You’ll also enjoy the enchanting natural scenery you’ll witness, including the Alps and Danube River Valley—amazing features of a marvelous vacation.Request A Quote Book Online
Individual headsetsInside visits and special features:Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.Sightseeing: Visits to Nuremberg, Vienna, Salzburg
Scenic Highlights: Danube River scenic drive
Local Guides for city sightseeing in Prague and Budapest. Professional Tour Director while touring
- March 30 Departure – Easter Week
- September 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 & 28 Departures – Oktoberfest
- November 30 & December 6, 7 & 13 Departures – include visits to Nuremberg, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, and Salzburg Christmas markets.
- December 20 Departure – Christmas lunch in Budapest
Day 1Arrive in Munich, Germany
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
Day 2Munich Area–Nuremberg–Prague, Czech Republic
Drive this morning on the Autobahn directly to Nuremberg for a visit. Next, east across the border into the Czech Republic. Evening arrival in Prague. (B)
The wealth of gothic and baroque architecture 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. (B,D)
Day 4Prague–Vienna, Austria
This morning, motor from Bohemia into Moravia and continue southeast for a few more miles before crossing into Austria. Arrive in Vienna to enjoy an afternoon of optional sightseeing. Start with a tour featuring the State Opera, Parliament, and the Town Hall. Stop for a stroll in Heroes’ Square to view the Hofburg. Reserve some energy for an exciting evening optional excursion. (B)
Day 5Vienna–Budapest, Hungary
A morning to see some unexplored corner of this intriguing capital or maybe just to do some shopping down the Kärntnerstrasse. In the afternoon, head for the Hungarian border and, by way of Györ, you’ll reach Budapest for two overnights. (B)
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 Parliament building, Margaret Island, Fishermen’s Bastion, the Royal Castle, and MATTHIAS CORONATION CHURCH. (B)
Day 7Budapest–Salzburg, Austria
Morning departure from Budapest. Travel westwards across the border into Austria to enjoy more Alpine scenery before heading towards the Danube and finally to Salzburg for an overnight. (B)
Day 8Salzburg–Munich, Germany
Morning at leisure in Salzburg or maybe join the optional Sound of Music excursion. A comfortable and relatively short drive past Lake Chiemsee to Munich. Tonight, an included typical Bavarian dinner at a local restaurant is a must to celebrate a successful vacation. (B,D)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Transportation: Scheduled transatlantic flights and airport transfers in Munich if Cosmos issues the air tickets. Touring by private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach
MUNICH NH Munich Airport (F) at Schweig or Ibis Parkstadt (ST)PRAGUE Barcelo (F) or Ibis Wenceslas Square (ST) or Clarion Congress (F)VIENNA Bellevue (F) or Star Inn Schönbrunn (ST)BUDAPEST Mercure Buda (ST) or Mercure Metropol (F)SALZBURG Austria Trend Salzburg West (ST)MUNICH Ibis Parkstadt (ST) or Tryp (F) or NH Munich Airport (F) or Rivoli (ST) or Tryp (ST)
Buffet breakfasts; 2 dinners, including a farewell dinner at a local restaurant in Munich
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.
Years of Experience: 12 years
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!
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Prague, Vienna & Budapest:
- Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg
- Historic Centre of Vienna
- Palace and Gardens of Schönbrunn
- Historic Centre of Prague
- Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, and Andrássy Avenue