11-Day Deluxe Prague Vienna Budapest Tour – Fr $3520
Fr. $3580 per person based on double room occupancy.
Tour departs daily.
Day 01: Board your overnight flight to Budapest, Hungary
Day 02: Arrive Budapest, Hungary (3-nights)
You’ll be picked up by private car from the Budapest airport and transferred to your centrally located 5-star accommodations. Long hidden behind the Iron Curtain, Budapest is rightfully regaining its reputation as one of the most vibrant capitals of central Europe. Spend the evening strolling along the scenic Danube walk. Stay at the Ritz Carlton or the Boscolo Budapest Hotel.
Day 03: Budapest Private City tour
Take a look at the most beautiful bridges of the city and visit the Central Market Hall, the National Museum, Jewish Quarter with the largest Synagogue of Europe (from outside), Elisabeth square and the Business Quarter (National Bank, former Stock Exchange Palace, Parliament building). After passing by the Western Railway Station, Dózsa György street with the formal Parade square of Budapest and the Sport area, we arrive at City Park, where you can have a look at the largest medicinal bath of Europe called Széchenyi Bath, then there is the Zoo, Circus, Amusement Park and the Vajdahunyad Castle. After all this we come to a stop at Heroes’ Square. After leaving the City Park we drive back to the center of Pest along Andrassy Avenue where we throw a glance at the House of Terror and the State Opera House. (Andrássy Avenue is part of World Heritage). In the City Center we follow our tour with the inspection of the St Stephen’s Basilica (The largest church in Budapest). We continue the tour and drive on to the "hills of Buda”. In the Castle district (part of World Heritage) with its unique panorama, we take a walk and show you the Buda Castle, the Alexander Palace, the Dísz square, the Holy Trinity Square, the famous Matthias Church, and the Fisherman’s Bastion (look-out terrace). Our next stop is the Gellért Hill (235m) with the Statue of Liberty, from where you can enjoy one of the most gorgeous panorama of Europe (this panorama is part of World Heritage). On the way down we can see the Gellért Hotel and Thermal Spa (as required the University Town and the National Theater, as well). Finally we return to your hotel or any place of your choice in Budapest, where the tour ends. During the city tour it is possible to visit different buildings from inside, for example: Central Market Hall, Jewish Synagogue, St. Stephen’ s Basilica, Parliament, Széchenyi Termal Bath, Matthias Church. Entrance fees are not included in the tour price. (B)
Evening: Enjoy one of the many Thermal Baths that Budapest has. Skip the line tickets are available.
Day 04: Budapest Free Day
Enjoy the day at leisure or choose from a number of sightseeing options such listed below. (B)
Optional: Private Danube Bend tour
Optional: Private Jewish interest tour
Optional: Budapest Private Food Tour with a Local or Cooking class
Optional: Wine Tasting Tour to Tokaj
Day 05: Budapest – Bratislava - Vienna (3-nights)
Today you’ll be transferred to Vienna, Austria by way of Bratislava, the capitol of Slovakia. Bratislava is a small, but exceedingly quaint old town is truly charming, not just for its narrow, twisting cobbled streets, but for a quirky spirit that's evident in the galleries and street art. Here you’ll be given time to explore the area, on your own. After your stopover in Bratislava you’ll be transported, by your private car, Vienna, the seat of power of the Hapsburgs Dynasty. The rest of the day will be at leisure. (B) Stay at the Grand Hotel Wien. (B)
Day 06: Privately guided Vienna City and Schonbrunn Palace Tours
City Tour; We begin our tour at the Romanesque Ruprechtskirche, Vienna's oldest church, situated in the most ancient part of the city and overlooking the Danube Canal. Passing through the area once settled by the Romans, and that later became the governmental and commercial center of the medieval city, we come to the church of Maria am Gestade, one of the city's few truly Gothic structures, with a remarkable open-work tower. Passing through the tightly compact area once inhabited by the Babenburg court, our walk takes us to Freyung, an area of rich, 18th century palaces recently restored. Here we can see layered over the previous court and the Roman city the aesthetic of a great imperial power: the Habsburgs. While many of the streets of first district are quiet, close and narrow, the Habsburgs carved out an entire area of imperial display, building an astonishing architecture of their wealth and power. Our path will take us briefly along the famous Ringstrasse, past the huge structures of Habsburg authority, where the Parliament building abuts the grounds of the great imperial palace, the Hofburg. We may even stop to restore ourselves with a torte and a coffee in the time-warp that is a Viennese cafe. Our walk ends at the Stephansdom, Vienna's cathedral, an architectural marvel of Gothic design, and the icon of the city's centuries of survival in the midst of political and religious upheaval. (B)
Schonbrunn Palace, the summer residence of the famous Habsburgs dynasty, is Austria's most popular site,and for good reason. The spectacular, sprawling structure houses almost 1500 rooms and has an extensive area open to the public.The palace was built at the end of the 17th century by Emperor Leopold I on the site of an old imperial chateau. Along with its glorious gardens, Schonbrunn provides a unique insight into the lives and loves of a long line of Habsburg monarchs. In the early 18th century, the palace became a focus of court life under the eccentric command of Maria Theresa. We'll explore the magic of the summer palace and delve into the hidden narratives of its gilded details and ornate furnishings. We'll look at ancient artwork and painstakingly preserved interiors, sparking discussions of the complex and interwoven history of the Habsburg Monarchy, and its far-reaching imperial legacy.At the end of our time together, we'll have a deeper understanding of how one family came to garner such wide geo-political influence, and how this history has an influence that is visible in Vienna even today. After the walk there is the opportunity, weather and time permitting, to explore the extensive palace gardens independently.
Day 07: Vienna Free Day
A full day at leisure is yours to explore on your own and relax in a sizeable city. You can choose from optional tours such as Grand Danube River Cruise, Residence Orchestra: Mozart and Strauss concert or Salzburg Day Tour or others. (B)
Day 08: Vienna to Ceský Krumlov to Prague
Enjoy a side trip to the charming small town of Ceský Krumlov. You’ll be transported by private car from Vienna to Ceský Krumlov. This 16th-century town subtly lurks on the Vltava River, whose tranquil and silent murmur highlights the sublime impression of the Renaissance environment. See the monumental chateau, stroll down the majestic garden combining elements of English parks and French royal gardens and lose yourself among the gorgeous Burghers Houses whose uniqueness contributed to the inclusion of the town among the UNESCO sites. After your visit you’ll be transported to your centrally located hotel in Prague. (B). Stay at the Cosmopolitan Hotel Prague. (B)
Day 09: Private Prague City and Prague Castle Tour
Your day in Prague begins with pick-up from your Prague hotel by your private guide. Depending on the tour option chosen, you’ll then set out to explore the city, either on foot or by private vehicle. Your itinerary can be customised to suit your preferences, so perhaps start by exploring the UNESCO-listed historic center, passing monuments such as the Powder Gate, the Astronomical Clock, and the Old Town Square. Then, stroll through the Jewish Quarter, or head down to Wenceslas Square and the New Town to admire architectural gems such as the National Theatre, the New Town Hall, and the unique ‘Dancing House’. Pose for photos on the famous Charles Bridge and take in the views along the Vltava River as you cross into the Lesser Town, then hear more about Prague’s rich history as you wander the maze-like streets and visit the legendary John Lennon Wall. Escape the crowds to walk around the hilltop Petrin Park, where you could climb the Petrin Tower for a spectacular view over the city or take a tour of the Strahov Monastery (own expense). We’ll see the Prague Castle, one of the world’s biggest castle complexes, where you’ll see Gothic and Renaissance masterpieces such as St Vitus Cathedral, Hradcani Castle, and the Golden Lane. After a full day exploring Prague’s highlights, your guide will take you back to your hotel. (B)
Day 10: Prague Free Day
Enjoy the day at leisure strolling the many enchanting streets of this wonderful city using the famous St. Charles Bridge to reach both sides of the Vltava River. You can choose from optional tours stated below (B)
Optional: Private Konopiste and Karlstejn Castles Tour
Optional: Private Kutna Hora
Optional: Private Terezin Half-Day Tour
Optional: Prague Cooking Class Including Market Visit and 3-Course Lunch
Day 11: Prague to Home
You will be taken to the airport today, after breakfast, for your onward flight home. (B)