Walk in the footsteps of Prague's Bohemian Kings and fall under the spell of Cesky Krumlov. Testify to the legacy of the Habsburgs in Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava. Tour Pace - Comfortable: This tour has been expertly planned to run at a comfortable pace, with two night stays in Vienna, Prague and Budapest. There are no long travelling days on this compact tour a perfect introduction to Central and Eastern Europe.
Highlights Vienna: See St Charles' Church. Tour the Ring Road past the New Imperial Palace, Opera House, Parliament building. Salzburg: Visit the Mirabell Gardens, see Mozart's birthplace on the Getreidegasse and walk through the narrow lanes of the Old Town to the Cathedral. Passau: See St Stephen's Cathedral. Cesky Krumlov: Explore the medieval streets of this fairy-tale town. Prague: Visit the Old Town Square and Astronomical Clock. Bratislava: Enjoy free time amid the cobbled squares and labyrinthine streets of Bratislava's Old Town. Esztergom: Visit the splendid Coronation Cathedral. Visegrad: See Solomon's Tower and remains of the old castle walls. Szentendre: Explore the maze of lanes, churches and colourful houses in this pleasant riverside village. Budapest: Enjoy panoramic views over the city from Gellert Hill. Walk through the cobbled streets of the medieval Castle Hill district. Visit Heroes' Square in Pest.
At Vienna Airport, transfers for the tour hotel leave at 09:00, 11:00, 13:00 & 15:00. For those arriving into Budapest Airport, a transfer to the Vienna hotel departs at 13.00. The Austrian capital is famous for coffee and delicious pastries so, why not stroll to a local café? Later, meet your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and an opportunity to mingle over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.(Welcome Reception / Welcome Dinner) Hilton Vienna Plaza
The next morning join a local expert for a private tour of Maria Theresa’s Schönbrunn Palace and formal gardens. Then get your cameras ready for a drive around the ring road. This grand boulevard, built along the lines of the old city walls, show-cases many of the capital’s architectural masterpieces, including the Opera House, magnificent Hofburg Imperial Residence and Parliament building. The afternoon is at leisure.(Buffet Breakfast) Hilton Vienna Plaza
Pass the impressive Benedictine monastery of Melk this morning, as the highway speeds you through the rich farmlands of eastern Austria, towards the lakes and mountains of the Salzkammergut. Enjoy a fine view of the Mondsee lake before reaching the enchanting city of Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart. Join a local expert for a visit to the Mirabell Gardens and a stroll through the old town, seeing the house where Mozart was born and the immense cathedral.(Buffet Breakfast / Three-course table d’hote Dinner) Radisson Blu, Salzburg
Journey north into Germany to visit Passau - 'Town of the Three Rivers'. Admire the medieval merchants’ houses and Baroque buildings as you wind your way through the narrow streets to St. Stephan’s Cathedral. Move on to Český Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe. Set on a looping bend of the Vltava, this fairy-tale vision from the Middle Ages appears lost in time. Enjoy a guided visit to the finest cast le in the land, founded by the Lords of Krumlov around 1253. Your hotel, one of the most charming in the Czech Republic, is set in a former 16th century Jesuit dormitory in the historic town centre. Tonight, choose from several mouth-watering menus from a hand-picked selection of restaurants on a special Dine-Around evening.(Buffet Breakfast / Dine-Around) Růže, Český Krumlov
A delightful drive through the Bohemian countryside brings you to ‘Golden’ Prague - so called for its gleaming gilded spires. Join a local expert for a guided tour of one of the most beautiful and intact historical centres in Europe. Start with the 1000 year old Prague Castle, where you admire the stained glass of St Vitus Cathedral and enjoy amazing views over the Old Town. Czechs are passionate about their beer so there is also a visit to a Monastic brewery whose origins date back to the turn of the 13th and 14th centuries. Meet a beer expert for a short history of Bohemian brewing and a taste of some of the delectable amber nectar. Finish in the Old Town Square where the mechanical antics of the Astronomical Clock’s glockenspiel delight onlookers each hour.(Buffet Breakfast) Best Western Premier Majestic Plaza, Prague
The whole next day is at leisure for you to explore one of Europe’s most enchanting cities! Shop for fine Bohemian crystal, Carlsbad porcelain or superb costume jewellery; treasures for which the Czech Republic is world-famous. You may like to visit the Jewish quarter where the world’s oldest synagogue still operates, or enjoy a pleasant walk across the statue-lined Charles Bridge to the cobbled streets of
Mala Strana “the Lesser Town”. Another possibility is an optional day trip to Germany and the Baroque city of Dresden.(Buffet Breakfast) Western Premier Majestic Plaza, Prague
It’s away through the beautiful forested countryside of Bohemia this morning. Skirt the major industrial centre of Brno to reach the Slovakian border and continue to the capital of Bratislava. Ascend to the imposing 9C castle, perched high above the Danube, for panoramic views over three countries. Then see the presidential palace before taking a leisurely walk through the Old Town, stopping at the Maximillian Fountain. Look out for the Napoleonic soldier and Cumil ‘the peeper’.(Buffet Breakfast / Three-course table d’hote Dinner) Sheraton, Bratislava
Skirt the foothills of the Little Carpathian Mountains before crossing the Danube at Komárom to enter Hungary. Stop a while in Esztergom for a visit to the splendid cathedral. Then continue to Visegrád, where the castle walls and Solomon’s Tower are all that remain of the town’s regal splendour. A fascinating drive along the Danube leads you to the picturesque riverside village of Szentendre. This community has long been the haunt of artists, enchanted by its brightly coloured houses and quaint churches. The sparse remains of the Roman settlement of Aquincum, announce your arrival in Budapest.(Buffet Breakfast) InterContinental, Budapest
After a restful night’s sleep, begin your sightseeing with views across the Danube from Gellért Hill. Then ascend to the heart of Buda’s medieval Castle District with a local expert to visit Matthias Church and take in the vista of the immense Parliament building from the Fisherman ’s Bastion. Cross the Danube to the Pest district to visit Heroes’ Square and drive down elegant Andrássy Boulevard. The afternoon is set aside for you to shop or explore at your own pace. As night falls, get together for a Celebrat ion Dinner at Gerbeaud - a Budapest institution and a name synonymous with good taste and elegance. Enjoy a delightful evening of exquisite food, wine and music. Fond memories that will last a lifetime.(Buffet Breakfast / Celebration Dinner) InterContinental, Budapest
Your tour comes to an end after breakfast. A scheduled transfer arrives at Budapest Airport at 08:00 then continues to Vienna airport arriving at 12.00 noon. For those extending their stay, a stop is also made at the tour hotel in central Vienna.(Buffet Breakfast)
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Vienna: See St Charles' Church. Tour the Ring Road past the New Imperial Palace, Opera House, Parliament building. Salzburg: Visit the Mirabell Gardens, see Mozart's birthplace on the Getreidegasse and walk through the narrow lanes of the Old Town to the Cathedral. Passau: See St Stephen's Cathedral. Cesky Krumlov: Explore the medieval streets of this fairy-tale town. Prague: Visit the Old Town Square and Astronomical Clock. Bratislava: Enjoy free time amid the cobbled squares and labyrinthine streets of Bratislava's Old Town. Esztergom: Visit the splendid Coronation Cathedral. Visegrad: See Solomon's Tower and remains of the old castle walls. Szentendre: Explore the maze of lanes, churches and colourful houses in this pleasant riverside village. Budapest: Enjoy panoramic views over the city from Gellert Hill. Walk through the cobbled streets of the medieval Castle Hill district. Visit Heroes' Square in Pest.
Escorted by one of Insight's expert Tour Directors - your 'travelling concierge', expert guide, consummate facilitator and friend in a foreign land who ensures your journey is as enjoyable as possible. Baggage handling everywhere on tour, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for coins or banknotes Free Wi-Fi in most hotel rooms or lobbies Personal radio headsets to give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights without missing any of your local expert's fascinating insights and commentary Insight Flourishes - from time to time your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's Luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. Complimentary on-board wi-fi where possible Airport transfers at scheduled times on the first and last day of your escorted journey