BUDAPEST, VIENNA & PRAGUE
9 DAYS/7 NIGHTS

DESCRIPTION

Dotted with hilltop fortresses, ornate cathedrals, and imperial palaces, Vienna, Budapest, and Prague will captivate you. Enjoy Bohemian castles, Hungarian thermal baths, and vintage Viennese coffeehouses on this splendid journey to three of Europe's most exquisite riverside capitals. Take in the ornate architecture and stately elegance of Vienna. Roam Budapest's wide boulevards and lounge along the banks of the Danube. Spend a few days getting to know each of these dynamic cities, and you'll discover their vivid World War II history, radical art movements, and unique local cultures.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Historic Budapest
  • Danube River
  • Chain Bridge
  • Heroes Square
  • Hungarian Parliament Building
  • Baroque Castle District
  • Visegrad - former Royal Hungarian Residence
  • An authentic strudel house in Budapest
  • Danube Bend
  • Esztergom - ecclesiastical center of Hungary
  • Szentendre - medieval artists’ town
  • Imperial Vienna
  • Visit the famous Café Central in Vienna
  • Hofburg - famous residence of Empress Elizabeth
  • Prague Castle
  • St. Vitus Cathedral
  • Brewing town of Pilsen – founded by Czech King Wenceslas II in 1295
  • Berlin
  • Checkpoint Charlie
  • Brandenburg Gate
  • Berlin Wall Memorial
  • Berlin’s history during periods of Prussians, Imperialists, Nazis and Cold War and much, much more

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DAY BY DAY ITINERARY


Day 1 Depart USA
Depart the US for Budapest, Hungary. Meals and refreshments served on board.

Day 2 Arrive Budapest, Hungary
Upon arrival in Budapest, proceed to baggage claim and after clearing customs you will be met by our tour director and transfer to the hotel. Two cities in one, Buda and Pest, are separated by the mighty Danube River. Buda is the ancient city, dating back 2,000 years. Pest is the modern city featuring its commercial center. Buda and Pest are linked by a number of bridges, the most famous being the Chain Bridge, guarded by huge stone lions. The combined city contains over 500 parks. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax or explore the city on your own. Your local tour director can answer your questions regarding the nearby attractions or to find a local restaurant. Dinner this evening is at the hotel. (D)

Day 3 Budapest - City Tour
After breakfast take a guided morning city tour aboard your private motor coach where you'll be introduced to the main attractions of this Hungarian capital. Visit Hosok Tere (Heroes Square) with the monument commemorating the millennium of the arrival of the Hungarians to the Carpathian Basin, the Opera House and the Parliament. Then in Buda, take a walk through the Castle District (largely Baroque with medieval foundations), finally ending at Gellert Hill, which offers a breathtaking view over the whole city. Afterwards, as part of our Cultural Discovery Series - visit an authentic strudel house and learn about the art of making traditional Hungarian strudel. Spend the afternoon at leisure, wandering the charming streets or crossing one of the many bridges linking the two towns. Dinner this evening is at the hotel. (B,D)

Day 4 Budapest
After breakfast you have a full day to explore the vibrant city of Budapest or take an optional tour to three major settlements marking the route to the scenic bend of the River Danube. We first visit Visegrad, former Royal Residence, with its fascinating view over the Danube Bend. We then proceed to Esztergom, the ecclesiastical center of Hungary, where we visit the cathedral. Afterwards, we go on a guided walking tour around Szentendre, the medieval artists’ town. Lunch is included along the way in a local restaurant. (B)

Day 5 Budapest/Vienna, Austria - City Tour
After breakfast this morning we head to Vienna for a full day of sightseeing including a half day city tour of Vienna. Along the way we will stop for lunch. As a European city, Vienna combines beauty and charm with culture, style and sophistication. You will see the Ringstrasse known for such magnificent buildings as the Museum of Applied Arts, the State Opera House, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Natural History. Afterwards see the Hofburg, the famous residence of Empress Elizabeth, the Parliament building, the City Hall, the Burgtheater and the Belvedere Palace. Join in the locals for a coffee and dessert at Café Central, Vienna’s most famous coffeehouse where some of the greatest poets and philosophers enjoyed sharing their stories over a delicious coffee and dessert - Cultural Discovery Series. Later in the afternoon, check into the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. (B,L)

Day 6 Vienna
Today enjoy the great city of Vienna at your own pace. Perhaps visit one of the city’s famous museums, relax with a Viennese Coffee in a city cafe, or shop souvenirs in its vibrant shopping plazas. (B)

Day 7 Vienna/Prague, Czech Republic - City Tour
After breakfast this morning we head to Prague for a full day of sightseeing including a half day city tour of Prague. See Strahov Monastery, founded in the 12th century, with its library consisting of two baroque halls for theological and philosophical reading. From the terrace you have an outstanding view of Prague. Continue on foot to Loreto Monastery and Prague Castle, and then to St. Vitus Cathedral, the largest of the Prague churches constructed over a period of six centuries. The Cathedral reflects the evolving architecture styles from high Gothic to Art Nouveau. You'll also visit the Old Royal Palace, St. George's Basilica and Golden Lane with Daliborka Tower. After the tour you will check into the hotel and relax. Dinner this evening is at the hotel. (B,D)

Day 8 Prague
Enjoy a full day at leisure. Explore the Old Town Square and New Town, the Charles Bridge, and the Old Jewish Cemetery with its ancient tombstones dating from the mid-14th to late 17th centuries. You might also visit Hradcany Castle on your own or take an optional tour to Pilsen. Beer has been brewed in the town of Pilsen since it was founded in 1295. However, the pilsner known around the world today is connected with the name of Pilsner Urquell, brewed in the Prazdroj brewery dating back to 1842. Brewers the world over have tried in vain to imitate the unique taste of Pilsner Urquell! Your factory visit will show you how pilsner was brewed and drunk in the past, and how it is brewed and drunk today. You'll visit the museum's collection documenting the brewery's 150-year history, and have lunch in the brewery’s restaurant Na Spilce (included in the tour price). After lunch we visit the Czech Republic's most famous glass factory is situated in the small town of Nizbor on the River Berounka (a tributary of the Vltava River), around an hour's drive from Prague. The factory tour reveals the complete history of glass production in Bohemia. Tonight there is a farewell dinner in a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 9 Prague to USA or extend your stay with an optional Berlin extension
This morning transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)

OPTIONAL BERLIN EXTENSION
Day 9 Prague/Berlin - City Tour
After breakfast this morning we head to Berlin for a full day of sightseeing including a half day city tour of Berlin. See many of Berlin’s top attractions on this guided tour — sites like Checkpoint Charlie, Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin Wall Memorial and East Side Gallery, Alexanderplatz, and Museum Island, to name just a few. Learn about Berlin’s history during the years of the Prussians, the Imperialists, the Nazis, and the Cold War. After the tour you will check into the hotel and relax. (B)

Day 10 Berlin
Today enjoy the great city of Berlin at your own pace. Perhaps visit the Berlin State Library (once the workplace of Albert Einstein), explore Pariser Platz, the location of Hitler’s bunker, or take a stroll along Friedrichstrasse, a high-end shopping area. (B)

Day 11 Berlin to USA
This morning transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)


Hotel and itinerary are subject to change.

INCLUDES

  • ROUND TRIP AIR TRANSPORTATION - Air transportation from New York
  • FIRST-CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS - Hotel accommodations for 7 nights
  • SUPERB CUISINE - 12 included meals consisting of 7 buffet breakfasts, 1 lunch and 4 dinners
  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR PROGRAM - Sightseeing, including local guide and all entrance fees as follows: Half day tour of Budapest, Full day tour including a city tour of Vienna, Full day tour including a city tour of Prague. Optional tours available
  • CULTURAL DISCOVERY SERIES - Our program encompasses cultural connections, in-depth learning on the local economy and social systems, and interaction with locals such as learning about the art of making traditional Hungarian strudel in Budapest and a visit to the famous Café Central in Vienna
  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR - Assistance of a professional Tour Director for the entire length of the tour upon arrival in Budapest
  • DELUXE MOTORCOACHES - Touring by private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
  • BAGGAGE HANDLING AND TRANSFERS - Baggage handling for one piece of checked luggage outside of the airport

OPTIONAL BERLIN EXTENSION TOUR FEATURES
  • FIRST-CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS - Hotel accommodations for 2 nights
  • SUPERB CUISINE - 2 included meals consisting of 2 buffet breakfasts
  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR PROGRAM - Sightseeing, including local guide and all entrance fees as follows: City tour of Berlin including Checkpoint Charlie, Brandenburg Gate, and the Berlin Wall Memorial
  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR - Assistance of a professional Tour Director for the entire length of the tour
  • BAGGAGE HANDLING AND TRANSFERS - Baggage handling for one piece of checked luggage outside of the airport
  • DELUXE MOTORCOACHES - Touring by private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach

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