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The rediscovered jewels of Imperial Europe are the focus of this popular vacation. 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. 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, a city built along the blue Danube. 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, including the Alps and Danube River Valley—amazing features of a marvelous vacation.
Destinations & Sightseeing
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
NOTES:March 21 Departure – Easter WeekSeptember 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 & 26 Departures – OktoberfestDecember 4, 5 & 11 Departures – Include visits to Nuremberg, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, and Salzburg Christmas marketsDecember 20 Departure – Christmas lunch in Budapest
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
- Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, and Andrássy Avenue
Transportation: Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach
Meals & Itinerary
Buffet breakfasts daily; 2 dinners, including a farewell dinner at a local restaurant in Munich
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. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
Day 2 Munich 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.
Day 3 Prague
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.
Day 4 Prague–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 at leisure or an optional sightseeing tour. 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.
Day 5 Vienna–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.
Day 6 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 Parliament building, Margaret Island, Fishermen’s Bastion and the Royal Castle.
Day 7 Budapest–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.
Day 8 Salzburg–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.
Day 9 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 NH Munich Airport (F) at Schweig or Ibis Parkstadt (ST)PRAGUE International (F) or Ibis Wenceslas Square (ST) or NH Praha (F)VIENNA Bellevue (F) or Star Inn Schönbrunn (ST)BUDAPEST Mercure Buda (F) or Ibis Styles Center (F)SALZBURG Austria Trend Salzburg West (ST)
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