From $2,429* pp | 10 Days • 14-15 Meals *Rate is per person, land only, double occupancy.
Bask in the splendour and romance of three of Europe’s regal capital cities Vienna, Prague and Budapest with our tour.
- Enjoy a stop in the fairy-tale town of Cesky Krumlov.
- Tour Prague’s majestic Hradcany Castle.
- Get to know Bratislava’s history on a city tour with a local expert.
- Join a local resident for a visit to magnificent Schoenbrunn Palace.
- Travel to the medieval town of Durnstein.
- Meet local children during a school visit in Budapest.
Bask in Splendour and Romance
Bask in the splendour and romance with 3-night stays in each of Europe’s Imperial Cities: Prague, Vienna and Budapest. In Prague, walk the Golden Lane, a delightful neighbourhood of tiny, medieval houses. You choose your dining experience: dinner with a folklore show including a chance to meet the dancers and have a lesson, or dinner and a tour at one of Prague’s most famous brewery restaurants. Delight in the baroque marvels of Vienna’s Schoenbrunn Palace, the summer retreat of the Habsburg dynasty for more than 200 years. Visit a 14th-century Hungarian castle where knights recreate the days of chivalry. Spend time at a school in Budapest and meet the students. Soak up the culture of the region with included guided city excursions and through your own explorations on your days at leisure. Cruise the Danube River through the beautiful scenery of the Wachau Valley to the famous Abbey at Melk.
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Activities as stated
Please note: Accommodation is subject to change.
Meals not indicated on the itinerary
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Items of a personal nature – laundry, telephone, room service
Tips and gratuities
Day 1. Prague, Czech Republic – Tour Begins
Set out on an exciting cultural experience in the Imperial Cities of Central Europe featuring traditional entertainment and a scenic cruise along the Danube River. After arriving in Prague, find out why it is called the “Golden City” or “The City of 100 Spires.” You will adore the city’s unique culture and architecture. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner.
Your introduction to this fairy-tale city begins with a panoramic tour. Tour the majestic Hradcany Castle, including the gothic St. Vitus Cathedral. Then stroll down the quaint, colourful Golden Lane. Afterward, discover the lovely statue-lined Charles Bridge. This afternoon, it’s your time to explore. Perhaps shop for famous Bohemian crystal or visit one of the city’s many outstanding museums, such as the Lapidarium, home of stone sculptures dating from the 11th century to the present. This evening you choose your dining experience. You may choose to get to know traditional Czech culture during a folklore show and dinner featuring local drinks. As a special treat, meet the dancers and learn some of the moves yourself during a private dance lesson. Or, perhaps you would prefer to dine at one of Eastern Europe’s oldest breweries. Take in the traditional ambiance while sipping on a pint; then tour the brewery to see the process of making this famous beer that has been brewed for 500 years.
Day 3. Prague
Today enjoy the freedom to explore Prague on your own. Take a stroll to the Old Town square, home to the famous Orloj which functions as a clock, calendar and primitive planetarium. You may also choose to join an optional excursion to Prague’s Old Jewish Quarter to see its historic Jewish Museum and Europe’s oldest surviving Jewish cemetrey, founded in 1478.
Day 4. Prague – Cesky Krumlov – Vienna, Austria
A scenic ride through the countryside takes you from Prague into the grand city of Vienna, the former capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. En route, make a stop in the fairy-tale town of Cesky Krumlov. Have free time to explore the well-preserved streets lined with Baroque architecture before continuing on to Vienna. Tonight you will enjoy dinner featuring regional wine and a meal highlighting the local cuisine in the quaint winemaking region of Grinzing.
This morning, join a local resident for a visit to magnificent Schoenbrunn Palace, the summer retreat of the Habsburg dynasty for more than 200 years. Continue on to get acquainted with Vienna’s city centre. Along the way, behold the beautiful architecture, scenic parks and gothic spires that fill the city. This evening you may choose to join an optional dinner followed by an unforgettable classical music concert featuring many fine melodies from the great composers — Mozart and Strauss.
Day 6. Vienna – Danube River – Melk – Vienna
Travel along the banks of the Danube to the medieval town of Durnstein where you embark on a scenic Danube River cruise.* “Waltz” across one of the most breathtaking bodies of water in the world, immortalized by Strauss, and travel through the historic Wachau Valley. Later, visit the 11th-century Melk Abbey, famous for its production and collection of manuscripts. A leisurely ride back to Vienna concludes this marvellous day. You have a free evening to enjoy the city.
Day 7. Vienna – Bratislava, Slovakia – Budapest, Hungary
This morning you journey to Bratislava, former coronation city and Imperial capital of the Hapsburg Empire. During your visit, get to know the city’s multilayered history on a tour with a local expert. Continue to Budapest, the “Queen of the Danube,” truly one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Upon arrival, drive through this majestic capital while making your way to your hotel. Have time at leisure to relax or explore before gathering for tonight’s dinner in the city.
Join a local expert who brings the city to life. Discover Matthias Church, site of many coronations of kings. Next, be enamored by the Fisherman’s Bastion with its white walls, towers and arcades for spectacular views. Continue to historic Old Buda and Gellert Hill, followed by the Parliament. At Heroes Square, admire the imposing Millennium Monument, completed in 1904, which memorializes the 1,000th anniversary of Hungarian dominion.
Day 9. Budapest – Visegrad – Budapest
Begin your day with a visit to a school** in Budapest where you will get a glimpse into the daily life of the locals while meeting the young students in their classroom. In the afternoon, venture outside the city to the former Renaissance capital of Visegrad for a magnificent view of the Danube Bend and the Borzsony Mountains. Travel back in time with a visit to a 14th-century castle where knights with colourful costumes and authentic weaponry recreate the days of chivalry. Then, enjoy a special Renaissance-style dinner at the castle restaurant and re-enact the days of medieval times. Complete your fascinating cultural journey with an evening of wine and music.
Day 10. Budapest – Tour Ends.
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- The countries on this tour are six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
- The elevation on this tour is between 590 and 1,312 feet above sea level.
- The currency in the Czech Republic is the Czech Koruna, in Austria the Euro, and in Hungary the Forint.
- The voltage in the Czech Republic, Austria, and Hungary is 230 Volts.
- Why not consider a pre and post tour extension. Start and end your holiday rested.
This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, upstairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected
Jul 18, 2017 – Jul 27, 2017 $2,779
Aug 1, 2017 – Aug 10, 2017 $2,779
Aug 29, 2017 – Sep 7, 2017 $2,849
Sep 26, 2017 – Oct 5, 2017 $2,919
Oct 10, 2017 – Oct 19, 2017 $2,919
Oct 24, 2017 – Nov 2, 2017 $2,779
Nov 7, 2017 – Nov 16, 2017 $2,639
Nov 28, 2017 – Dec 7, 2017 $2,639
Jan 23, 2018 – Feb 1, 2018 $2,429
Feb 20, 2018 – Mar 1, 2018 $2,429
Mar 13, 2018 – Mar 22, 2018 SOLD OUT
Apr 3, 2018 – Apr 12, 2018 $2,779
Apr 10, 2018 – Apr 19, 2018 $2,779
Apr 17, 2018 – Apr 26, 2018 $2,919
Apr 24, 2018 – May 3, 2018 $2,919
May 8, 2018 – May 17, 2018 $3,119
May 29, 2018 – Jun 7, 2018 $3,119
Jun 5, 2018 – Jun 14, 2018 $3,119
Jun 19, 2018 – Jun 28, 2018 $3,119
Jul 10, 2018 – Jul 19, 2018 $2,989
Jul 17, 2018 – Jul 26, 2018 $2,989
Aug 7, 2018 – Aug 16, 2018 $2,989
Aug 14, 2018 – Aug 23, 2018 $2,989
Aug 21, 2018 – Aug 30, 2018 $2,989
Aug 28, 2018 – Sep 6, 2018 $2,989
Sep 4, 2018 – Sep 13, 2018 $3,119
Sep 11, 2018 – Sep 20, 2018 $3,119
Sep 18, 2018 – Sep 27, 2018 $3,119
Sep 25, 2018 – Oct 4, 2018 $3,119
Oct 2, 2018 – Oct 11, 2018 $3,119
Oct 9, 2018 – Oct 18, 2018 $3,119
Oct 16, 2018 – Oct 25, 2018 $2,989
Oct 23, 2018 – Nov 1, 2018 $2,989
Nov 6, 2018 – Nov 15, 2018 $2,779
Dec 4, 2018 – Dec 13, 2018 $2,779
Mar 26, 2019 – Apr 4, 2019 $2,779
Apr 2, 2019 – Apr 11, 2019 $2,989
Apr 9, 2019 – Apr 18, 2019 $2,989
Apr 23, 2019 – May 2, 2019 $3,119
Apr 30, 2019 – May 9, 2019 $3,119