Budapest, Vienna, Prague & Berlin
From the capital of Hungary to the capital of Germany, visit four of Europe’s Imperial Cities on this 14-day vacation.
This tour combines the Old World splendor of Prague, Budapest, and Vienna with the gritty alt-scene and imperial glamour of bustling Berlin for a thrilling, eclectic vacation in Central Europe. Take in the ornate architecture and stately elegance of Vienna. Roam Budapest’s wide boulevards and lounge along the banks of the Danube. Indulge in Prague’s free-spirited charm and world-famous beers. Explore both sides of Berlin’s captivating split personality. Traveling by rail through some of the most beautiful countryside in the world, you’ll be able to relax and take in all the charm and wonder of these magnificent cities.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Hotel accommodations for 12 nights
- Full buffet breakfast for 12 days
- First-class transportation by high-speed train
- Local Host service in each city
- Destination Guides
- Sightseeing with a Local Guide and transportation per itinerary
- Transfers to/from train stations.
Scenic highlights of your trip include:
- Matthias Coronation Church
- Schönbrunn Palace
- Prater Park
- Hradcany Castle
- Charlottenburg Palace
- Brandenburg Gate
Day 1 - International Flight to Budapest
Embark on your transatlantic flight to Budapest from your U.S. gateway. (International flight not included)
Day 2 - Budapest, Hungary
Üdvözöljük—welcome! Your Local Host is on hand to help you make the most of your time in the “Paris of the East.”
Day 3 - Budapest
Morning guided sightseeing and orientation includes Matthias Coronation Church and impressive Heroes' Square with the Millennium Monument, built in 1896, at its center. Behind the monument is a semicircular colonnade with statues of famous men who made their marks on Hungary. Statues atop the colonnades symbolize Labor & Wealth, Knowledge & Glory, War, and Peace. Also take a drive up to Fishermen's Bastion for magnificent panoramas of Buda and Pest on either side of the Danube River.
Day 4 - Budapest
Your Local Host will have recommendations for your day in the capital of Hungary, such as a guided visit to the magnificent Parliament building, an excursion to Queen Sisi's summer residence in Gödölló, or the best places to try spicy Hungarian goulash.
Day 5 - Budapest-Vienna, Austria
This morning, journey by high-speed train (first-class), with early afternoon arrival in Vienna.
Day 6 - Vienna
During your morning guided sightseeing and orientation, visit splendid Schonbrunn Palace, former summer residence of the Habsburg Dynasty. Drive by Prater park with its giant Ferris wheel and see the famous landmarks along the Ringstrasse, including Heldenplatz with nearby Hofburg Palace, the National Theater, the State Opera House, Parliament, City Hall, renowned museums, and the Strauss Monument—a gilded tribute to the great composer.
Day 7 - Vienna
Your Local Host has many ideas for your day in the “City of Music.” You may want to join an excursion to the Danube Valley, which includes Melk's Benedictine Abbey; take in a Strauss concert after a Viennese dinner; visit a traditional Heurigen wine tavern; or explore the Fine Arts Museum.
Day 8 - Vienna-Prague, Czech Republic
Travel by high-speed train (first-class) this morning, with mid-afternoon arrival in Prague.
Day 9 - Prague
Morning guided sightseeing and orientation includes views of 1,000-year-old Hradcany Castle and a walk in the Castle Courtyard. See Staromestske Square, which dates back to the 12th century and started life as the central marketplace for the city. It is surrounded by historic buildings, beautiful churches, and the Astronomical Clock on the Old Town Hall Tower. Also admire Prague's famous Charles Bridge, a masterpiece of engineering and one of the oldest stone bridges in Europe.
Day 10 - Prague
Full day at leisure to explore the “Golden City”—your Local Host will have suggestions for you, like a dinner cruise along the Vltava River, the Krizik Fountain water and light show, or where to enjoy a concert.
Day 11 - Prague-Berlin, Germany
This morning, journey by high-speed train (first-class), with late-afternoon arrival in Berlin.
Day 12 - Berlin
Morning guided sightseeing and orientation includes the restored Reichstag, Charlottenburg Palace, remains of the Berlin Wall that once divided the city, Checkpoint Charlie, and Museum Island. Also see the Siegessäule (Victory Column) and the famous Ku'damm shopping area. Time for a picture stop at the Holocaust Memorial, and Brandenburg Gate, a classical 12-column gateway that has stood roughly at the center of Berlin since its completion in 1791, originally constructed as a grand entrance to Unter den Linden boulevard leading to the palace of the Prussian monarchs.
Day 13 - Berlin
Today, maybe visit the Jewih Museum, catch the hop-on/hop-off bus, discover "Berlin's Hidden Past", or see Charlottenburg Palace. Your Local Host can help you plan your day.
Day 14 - Berlin
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hilton Budapest City
This contemporary 230 room property offers modern luxury. Free Wi-Fi access is available in the hotel lobby and café. For relaxation there is a top floor fitness center with panoramic views and a sauna. The main restaurant serves international food and Hungarian specialties and the cosmopolitan café has an outdoor terrace on which drinks and snacks can be enjoyed. The informal hotel bar has a good selection of beverages and cocktails.
MGallery Am Konzerthaus
This 211-room upscale property offers Free Wi-Fi access in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel. A mix of both Viennese and Mediterranean cuisine is offered in the stylish restaurant, whilst drinks can be enjoyed in the nostalgic charm of the lounge bar which has original décor from the Orient Express.
Hotel Jury's Inn
A 214-room stylish property, perfectly located opposite the Florenc underground Metro station. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel. There is an on-site gym, casual restaurant, stylish bar and all day coffee shop.
Sofitel Berlin Kurfurstendamm
This sleek 311 room contemporary design hotel offers luxury with a distinct flair of "savoir-vivre". Free Wi-Fi access is available in all the guestrooms and public areas of the hotel. A wellness area with sauna, plunge pool and fitness room complete the leisure facilities. The French brasserie style restaurant offers outside terrace dining during the summer months and drinks or cocktails can be enjoyed in the relaxing atmosphere of the hotel's stylish lounge and bar.
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Was a very pleasant and fascinating tour through Budapest, Vienna, Prague and Berlin. Train was quick and comfortable and the Hotels were top notch. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and I learned a lot about each cities history and culture. I need to think of what other cities I want to visit for my next Railway Vacation!!!
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