Essential Eastern Europe – 8 nights
Day 1: Arrive Budapest
Arrive in Budapest. Rest of the day at leisure to explore, shop or unwind.
Day 2: Budapest
Morning: Budapest Half-Day Sightseeing Tour
With a half day to discover Budapest, the Grand City Sightseeing Tour makes the perfect introduction for the first time visitor. With hotel pickup included and the option of a morning or afternoon departure, see all the key sites from the comfort of your motor coach.Your travels will take you across the Danube on the Margaret Bridge, show you the House of Parliament, the Royal Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion, and much more.
You will cross the Danube on the Margaret Bridge (Margaret Island) and drive to the Royal Castle on the Buda side. Here you will visit the Fishermen’s Bastion (Promenade) and the Matthias Church (Interior visit).
You will also climb the Gellert Hill for fantastic photo opportunities of the city before crossing Elizabeth bridge and driving by the City Park towards Heroes’ square (Promenade). Passing by the Opera and St. Stephen’s Basilica.
Day 3: Budapest
Full Day: Danube Bend Day Trip
Take an excursion into Hungary’s history on this popular Danube Bend full day trip. Traveling by air-conditioned coach, you’ll visit the gorgeous old towns of Visegrad, Esztergom and Szentendre, enjoy a three-course lunch and take a River Danube cruise – a highlight of any trip to Hungary!
The day trip takes you to Visegrad, with its medieval citadel and romantic ruins of the former royal residence. Then it’s on to Esztergom for an interior visit of the town’s famous cathedral.
After enjoying a three-course lunch with coffee, you will continue on to the Baroque artists’ village of Szentendre. Here you’ll take a guided walk through the town and visit the Caprice Hungarian Jewelry Center, followed by coffee and soft drinks. Your tour returns to Budapest by boat on the River Danube (May 01 to September 30 only, tide permitting). During other times or at low tide the tour returns to the city center by bus.
Day 4: Budapest – Vienna
Depart Budapest to Vienna. Rest of the day at leisure to explore, shop or unwind.
Day 5: Vienna
Flexible Day: Vienna City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
See Vienna in a completely new and relaxing way with our Hop-on Hop-off bus tour. Set your own pace, get on and off at any of the 15 stops, as often as you wish. Your ticket is valid for one day. Shop, see the sights and have fun! Enjoy the full city tour and see every major sightseeing attraction in Vienna accompanied by a hostess. The ideal way to explore Vienna.
Optional: Schonbrunn Palace Evening Concert (2 hours)
Listen to the music of Mozart and Strauss in the superb setting of the Orangery at Schonbrunn Palace. Accompanied by renowned musicians, singers and ballet dancers, the Schonbrunn Palace Orchestra performs the most famous works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss. The orchestra consists of highly talented virtuosos who have trained at the world’s best-known conservatories. With a choice of seating, this two hour concert is a must do when visiting Vienna.
Day 6: Vienna – Prague
Depart Vienna to Prague. Rest of the day at leisure to explore, shop or unwind.
Day 7: Prague
Afternoon: Prague in One Day Sightseeing Tour (3.5 hours)
Discover the magic of Prague, modern and vibrant city full of energy on this introductory tour of the Czech capital. It combines coach travel and easy walking for a well-rounded exploration of Prague’s famous sight as the State Opera, the National Museum, Wenceslas Square, Charles Bridge and many others highlights encircled by the River Vlata. As you tour, you’ll learn interesting background into the historical monuments you’ll see.
Your chauffeur will guide you for a charming tour of Prague passing by the State Opera, National Museum and Wenceslas Square, a world heritage site with its statue of St. Wenceslas, the patron Saint of Bohemia. Then continue across Charles Square to the banks of the River Vltava to Charles Bridge, the Rudolfinum and across the river to Prague Castle. You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a walk around the castle courtyards, where amongst other things you will see St. Vitus Cathedral, seat of the Archbishop of Prague, the Royal Palace and Golden Lane, the legendary place of the alchemists and their secrets. Your bus will then take you across the River Vltava to the Old Town, passing through the former Jewish Quarter. In the Old Town Square you will see St. Nicholas Church, the Tyn Cathedral and the historical Old Town Hall with its world-famous astronomical clock and 12 apostles dating back to 1410. Entrance fees to the Jewish Quarter and Prague Castle payable on the spot if you’re interested.
Day 8: Prague
Full day: Karlovy Vary Day Trip from Prague
Take a day trip through the picturesque West Bohemian countryside to the world-famous spa town of Karlovy Vary. Better known by its German name, Karlsbad (or Carlsbad), this spa town is situated in a beautiful forested valley known for its 12 thermal springs.
Karlovy Vary is the most famous Bohemian spa, and was named for the Holy Roman Emperor Charles (Karl) IV. The emperor allegedly found the springs in 1358 during a hunting expedition. In the 19th century, many famous people came here from all over Europe for treatment, including Goethe, Schiller, Beethoven, Chopin and Karl Marx.
Upon your arrival in Karlovy Vary, you will visit a glass exhibition at the Moser factory. Then, as you stroll through the town along the spa colonnades, you will have a chance to sip the water from the mineral springs, taste delicious local wafers and the traditional herbal Becherovka liqueur.
Full day: Cesky Krumlov Day Trip from Prague
If you love castles, you won’t want to miss Cesky Krumlov’s World Heritage-listed castle!Known as ‘the Pearl of the Renaissance’, the State Castle of Cesky Krumlov is one of the most important historic sites in Central Europe. You’ll travel by coach from Prague through the beatuiful south Bohemian countryside passing picturesque villages and ponds. The whole town of Cesky Krumlov is on the Unesco heritage list, comprising 300 historic houses, the castle and chateau.
The town’s fairytale red-roofed castle is surrounded by landscaped gardens, and features grand courtyards, halls and furnishings. The castle’s development over the 14th to 19th centuries has been well preserved, both in layout and architectural detail. The mighty castle complex stands on a rock promontory sculpted by the Vltava River, dominating the attractive medieval town below.
Together with the magnificent Church of St. Vitus, the castle is a unique feature of the entire region. The town of Cesky Krumlov is situated in a valley surrounded by the Blansko Forest to the north and the undulating foothills of Sumava to the south and west.
Day 9: Prague
Depart Prague to your next destination.
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