Day 1: Prague
Welcome to the Golden city of Prague, renowned for its gleaming spires. Relax or take a leisurely stroll through this magnificent metropolis. In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception and evening drive with your travelling companions and Travel Director.
Day 2: Prague
Explore Prague’s rich cultural and economic history during your Small Group Sightseeing guided walk with a Local Specialist. Visit the monumental St. Vitus’ Cathedral in the precincts of Prague Castle. Admire the Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square. See the atmospheric Charles Bridge, lined with Baroque statues. Discover the city at your own pace this afternoon.
Day 3: Prague
Plan your day and see the sights of your choice. You might like to spend time relaxing with a spa treatment or exploring the shops for Bohemian crystal. In the evening you may want to consider dinner followed by the opera or a theater show.
Day 4: Prague – Bratislava – Vienna
Travel south from Prague past Brno, which was the site of Napoleon’s headquarters for the Battle of Austerlitz, his greatest victory. Pass the Presidential Palace and the quaint Old Town in Bratislava, capital of the Slovak Republic. Crossing into Austria you arrive in the imperial city of Vienna. Tonight you might consider a visit to a Viennese Concert.
Day 5: Vienna
This morning enjoy an exclusive Cultural Insight with a guided visit to the Habsburgs royal collection of art and wonders before the doors are open to the general public. The spectacular Kunstkammer will be revealed in this private insider visit. Later view the Hofburg Palace, the official residence of the President of Austria and former home of the Habsburg Dynasty, on your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. See other sights such as the Parliament Building, the magnificent Opera House and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Spend the afternoon exploring this beautiful city.
Day 6: Vienna
Organise your day to reflect your interests. Consider visiting the beautiful Schonbrunn Palace. Or splash out on the Karntnerstrasse, Vienna’s most famous shopping street. Don’t forget to treat yourself to coffee and Sachertorte in a typical Viennese coffee house.
Day 7: Vienna – Esztergom – Budapest
Drive along the Danube Bend, a narrow twisting valley in the pretty Carpathian Basin. View the Cathedral, Castle Hill and St. Tamas Hill in Esztergom before you follow the river to Budapest. Tonight why not experience a scenic cruise with views of the city as an optional tour.
Day 8: Budapest
Your Local Specialist takes you on a fascinating walking tour of the Castle District in Buda. Visit the Fisherman’s Bastion. View the Matthias Church. Drive to Pest see the Great Synagogue, the largest in Europe. Visit Heroes’ Square featuring the Millennium Memorial. Enjoy free time shopping for Hungarian embroidery and fine porcelain. Tonight enjoy a Be My Guest dinner of authentic cuisine at a local family-run restaurant and winery.
Day 9: Budapest
Arrange your free day to suit yourself. Laze in one of the city’s thermal pools or take a leisurely lunch in the town square. This evening celebrate the end of your trip with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant.
Day 10: Budapest – Home Bound
Say goodbye to your companions and Travel Director after an unforgettable trip.