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9 Day Classic Central Europe

Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Budapest, Prague-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 7 nights First Class accommodations
    • 2 nights Budapest
    • 3 nights Vienna
    • 2 nights Prague
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 9 meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Special Features

  • Heroes' Square, Budapest
  • Matthias Coronation Church, Budapest
  • Fisherman's Bastion, Budapest
  • Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna
  • Half day excursion to Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Charles Bridge & Astronomical Clock, Prague
  • Whisper technology enhanced touring

DAY 1 - Depart for Hungary
Depart for Hungary. Your flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment for the journey

DAY 2 - Arrive in Budapest
Arrive in Budapest and transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure. This evening, enjoy a welcome drink, dinner and orientation at your hotel
Overnight: Budapest
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3 - Budapest City Tour
Your morning tour begins in Pest with a chance to view Parliament, the Royal Palace and Heroes' Square. You will cross the Danube River on the Elizabeth Bridge into the Buda Hills. Visit Mount Gellert, then continue to Castle Hill to see the 13th century Matthias Coronation Church. From Fisherman's Bastion, enjoy a panoramic view of the city. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure
Optional: Budapest Jewish Interest Tour (PM)*
Overnight: Budapest
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4 - Travel to Vienna
Spend the morning at leisure in Budapest. Later, depart Hungary and travel through the Austrian countryside to Vienna, the former center of the Hapsburg Empire. Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure in Vienna
Optional: Parliament & St. Stephens (AM)**
Optional: Mozart & Strauss Concert (PM)
Overnight: Vienna
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5 - Vienna City Tour
Today, enjoy a sightseeing tour that begins with a visit to the impressive Schonbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the Hapsburg emperors. View the Belvedere Palace and its gardens. Continue with a drive along the famous Ringstrasse and view the Empress Maria Theresia Monument, Votive Church, City Hall and Parliament. Next, walk through the Hofburg courtyards to the State Opera House
Optional: Imperial Treasury & Vienna State Opera House (PM)
Overnight: Vienna
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6 - Bratislava City Tour
This morning enjoy a half-day excursion across the border to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. For centuries, this city has been famous for its charm and beauty. It has undergone a major revitalization and now flourishes as one of Europe's newest capitals. The beautifully restored old town with its winding lanes and medieval courtyards is nestled between the steep Castle Hill and the Danube River. First, explore the historic center on a guided walking tour. After, take time to stroll the lively pedestrian streets of this charming city where local street vendors offer regional gifts before returning to Vienna
Optional: Austrian Country Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Vienna
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7 - Travel to Prague via Cesky Krumlov
This morning, depart Austria for the Czech Republic. Begin with a stop in Cesky Krumlov, a fairy-tale town with a maze of narrow cobbled streets. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992, Cesky Krumlov has earned an international reputation as a time capsule of the past. Enjoy a short walk through the town and view its Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance houses. Later, continue through Southern Bohemia to the Czech capital, Prague - "The City of a Thousand Spires"
Overnight: Prague
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8 - Prague City Tour
This morning’s sightseeing will include a walking tour of the Lesser Town and the Old Town, viewing the Infant Jesus of Prague Church and include the 14th century Charles Bridge, with its 30 baroque statues of various saints. From here, admire the view of Prague Castle. Continue through the Old Town Square to view the famous Old Town Hall Tower & Astronomical Clock, viewing the Municipal House, Powder Tower and the Jewish Quarter. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant
Optional: Prague Castle & St. Vitus Cathedral (PM)
Overnight: Prague
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9 - Depart the Czech Republic
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

*The optional Budapest Jewish Interest Tour will not be offered on the Sep 17 and Sep 22 departures.

**On the Sep 17 departure, the optional Parliament & St. Stephen's tour will take place on Friday, Sep 19. The optional Parliament & St. Stephen's tour will not be offered on the Oct 20 departure due to site closure.

    Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

    Budapest Jewish Interest Tour

    Day #3 16 Oct 2014 - 14 Mar 2015         $68
    This tour highlights the many different aspects of Budapest's rich Jewish heritage. Begin with a visit to the Great Dohany Synagogue which ranks among one of the major Jewish sights in Budapest and Europe. This Moorish style building is Europe's largest synagogue and the second largest in the world. View the Jewish Museum, the magnificent Tree of Life and the stirring Raoul Wallenberg Memorial. Finally, travel across town to explore the chilling Hungarian Holocaust Museum.

    Parliament, St. Stephen's & Great Market Hall

    Day #4 24 Oct 2014 - 31 Dec 2014         $67
    This comprehensive tour includes three splendid interiors and at the same time provides an insight on local politics, religion and products. The cost of building the Hungarian House of Parliament would have paid for the construction of an entire town for 40,000 people. A stunning interior and the Hungarian Crown Jewels await us there. Only a limited number of visitors are allowed to visit each day. Next we tour St. Stephen's Basilica, the largest and most impressive church of Budapest where a relic, the mummified hand of St. Stephen, can be seen. Finally our guide takes us to the historic Great Market Hall where, like a hundred years ago, the locals still do their everyday shopping. At your leisure, absorb the unique atmosphere with over 100 market stalls and an endless choice of regional products.

    Mozart & Strauss Concert

    Day #4 01 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2014         $73
    Experience a delightful evening of Viennese culture in the "City of Music." Attend a concert featuring the classical masterpieces of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss, two of Vienna's most famous citizens. The musicians will bring to life the passionate strains of Mozart, a child prodigy who blossomed into one of history's greatest composers and Strauss, the Waltz King, who composed the Blue Danube, the world's most famous waltz.

    Imperial Treasury & Vienna State Opera House

    Day #5 01 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2015         $63
    This guided tour takes us on a journey through over 1000 years of power, wealth and glory. Experience imperial Vienna at the Hapsburg Treasury. View precious items collected by the Holy Roman and Austro-Hungarian Emperors. Amongst many other treasures we see the Imperial Crown Jewels, the Crown of Charlemagne, the Holy Lance, and other precious stones and jewels, as well as priceless robes of numerous kings and queens.

    Next we visit the grand interior of the Vienna State Opera* which includes a crystal chandelier weighing over 3 tons. This temple of music was built in 1869 and today still ranges amongst the most highly rated opera houses in the world.

    *In case the opera is not available due to rehearsals it will be substituted by the Imperial Crypt.

    Austrian Country Dinner

    Day #6 01 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2015         $85
    This fun evening begins with a short drive through the legendary Vienna Woods to the top of Mount Kahlenberg with panoramic views of Vienna. Continue to one of the charming old wine villages in the vicinity for dinner. The characteristic Heurigen tavern dates back to the 18th century and has been family run for generations. Local musicians entertain with traditional melodies while hearty Austrian dishes are served. Wine and soft drinks are included.

    Prague Castle & St. Vitus Cathedral

    Day #8 01 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2015         $65
    Leaving the bustle of the new town, drive up the hill to the historical area surrounding the Prague castle, and enter the fairytale complex of cobbled courtyards, churches and administrative buildings, once the court of the Bohemian Kings. Still the political center of the Czech Republic, this is where the Presidential Palace is located, complete with ceremonial guards. Visit the medieval Old Palace and the Cathedral of St. Vitus, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, as well as the St. George Basilica and the Famous “Golden Lane”.

    Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

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      Additional Information:
      Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

      Accommodation Details:
      May 21 departure will be accommodated at the Courtyard Marriott Prague Flora in Prague.

      May 28, Jul 9, Jul 23 and Sep 17 departures will be accommodated at the Imperial Riding School Renaissance Hotel in Vienna.

      Entry Requirements:
      Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.

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