11-Day Imperial Cities Escorted Tour. Fr $2930

11-Day Imperial Cities Escorted Tour. Fr $2930

   

 


INCLUDED FEATURES:

  • Airfare from NYC (add-on cities available)
  • Airport and hotel transfers
  • Visits Prague, Cesky Krumlov, Vienna, Melk, Bratislava & Budapest
  • 9-nights Standard class hotels
  • Daily Breakfast and 5 Dinners
  • Train transportation between cities
  • Guided sightseeing at each destination

ESTIMATED COSTS:

Fr. $2930 per person based on double room occupancy.

2017 DEPARTURES:

Apr. 23: May 01, 15: Jun 19: Jul 10, 17, 24: Aug 21, 28: Sep 01, 04, 11, 15, 18, 25: Oct 02, 09, 16, 22   


ITINERARY:

Day 01: Depart for Prague, Czech Republic.

Day 02: Arrive Prague (3-nights)

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 travelers for a welcome dinner. (D) Stay at the Hotel Yasmin.

Day 03: Prague sightseeing

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, colorful 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.  (B)

Day 04: Free day 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 cemetery, founded in 1478. (B, D)

Day 05: Prague - Cesky Krumlov - Vienna, Austria (2-nights)

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. (B, D) Stay at the Hotel Am Konzerthaus.

Day 06: Vienna sightseeing

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 center. 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. (B)

Day 07: 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 marvelous day. You have a free evening to enjoy the city. (B)

Day 08: Vienna - Bratislava, Slovakia – Budapest (3-nights)

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. (B, D). Stay at the NH Budapest Hotel.

Day 09: Budapest sightseeing

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. (B)

Day 10: 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 colorful 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. (B, D)

Day 11: Tour Ends

You'll be transferred to the airport for your onward flight home. (B)

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