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.

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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.

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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

Escorting tours for more than 10 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!

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 Novum 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)


London
Brussels
Rhineland
Salzburg
Vienna
Budapest
Prague
Berlin

London

Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath

Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath

Do some serious time travel on this full-day excursion to thousand-year-old Windsor Castle, 5,000-year-old Stonehenge, and Bath, dating back to Roman times! Your knowledgeable guide will introduce you to all three sites, with fascinating insider information and time to explore on your own.

Price Range: $$$

London Eye

London Eye

At 135 metres, the Coca-Cola London Eye is the world's tallest cantilevered observation wheel, with 40 kilometre panoramic views on a clear day. The gradual rotation in one of the 32 high-tech glass capsules takes approximately 30 minutes offering spectacular views of London and its famous landmarks such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, St Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Trafalgar Square.

Price Range: $

Stonehenge and Roman Baths in Bath

Stonehenge and Roman Baths in Bath

The most famous prehistoric monument in the world, Stonehenge stands alone in the vast empty tract of Salisbury plain. Next we head to Bath and arrive in time for lunch (not included). Following our scenic drive into the heart of the city, there will be plenty of time to explore at your leisure. Your ticket also includes entrance to the Roman Baths that were built nearly 2,000 years ago.

Price Range: $$

Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds

Walk the red carpet at the legendary Madame Tussauds London and meet the world's most famous stars from Hollywood to Bollywood, and The Royal Family to Rock Royalty.

Price Range: $

The London Dungeon

The London Dungeon

Delve into the blood-curdling parts of history that your teachers never wanted to tell you. Live actors, scary rides, shows and special effects, transport you back to those black, bleak times. Are you brave enough?

Price Range: $

Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace

From Henry VIII and "Bloody" Queen Mary to the ghostly Grey Lady and the puzzling hedge maze, you'll be positively captivated by rich history and infamous characters during your half-day visit of magnificent Hampton Court Palace.

Price Range: $

England in One Day

England in One Day

From mysterious Stonehenge and the Roman ruins of Bath to the picturesque Cotswolds and Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon, this guided full-day excursion is a fantastic introduction to many of England's most beloved sites.

Price Range: $$$

Leeds Castle, Canterbury, Dover and Greenwich

Leeds Castle, Canterbury, Dover and Greenwich

Visit Leeds Castle, for a private tour, then drive to Dover and see the famous white cliffs. Stop in the famous ancient city of Canterbury and see its magnificent cathedral. After a stroll through Greenwich enjoy a cruise on the River Thames back to London.

Price Range: $$$

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace was once Princess Diana's home. Sir Christopher Wren lavishly improved the original house, turning it into a palace for William III and Mary II. It remained a royal home and was the birthplace of Queen Victoria. The splendid State Apartments and Court Dress Collection are on view to the public as well as special exhibitions.

Price Range: $

Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter

Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter

This unique walking tour takes you behind-the-scenes and showcases a huge array of beautiful sets, costumes and props. It also reveals some closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects and animatronics that made these films so hugely popular all over the world.

Price Range: $$

Warwick, Stratford, Oxford, and the Cotswolds

Warwick, Stratford, Oxford, and the Cotswolds

From the "City of Dreaming Spires" to the birthplace of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"...and from charming thatch-roofed cottages to mighty thousand-year-old castles, this exciting full-day excursion to Warwick, Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford, and the magical Cotswolds has it all.

Price Range: $$$

Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms

Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms

Visit the underground command station of Britain's war effort, which contains the world's only museum dedicated to Sir Winston Churchill.

Price Range: $

River Cruise Experience

River Cruise Experience

Take a London Eye River Cruise and see London from a different perspective. Enjoy a unique 40 minute circular sightseeing cruise on the River Thames with fascinating live commentary that brings the city to life, presented by specialist guides. Highlights include Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.

Price Range: $

Stonehenge Direct

Stonehenge Direct

Stonehenge is the most famous prehistoric monument in the world. Come and unlock its secrets.

Price Range: $$

Sea Life London

Sea Life London

With 17 themed zones and over 600 species of marine life, SEA LIFE London Aquarium will take you on a fascinating journey from the coastline to the depths of the ocean. Discover a magical underwater world filled with a dazzling array of amazing sea creatures, from sharks to rare Green Sea Turtles, from jellyfish to rays, from clownfish to blue tangs.

Price Range: $

Open Top Vintage Bus Tour and Cruise

Open Top Vintage Bus Tour and Cruise

What better way to enjoy the highlights of London than from on board a classic 1950s Route master Bus with a live professional guide?

Price Range: $

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: $

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