From the capital of Hungary to the capital of Germany, visit four of Europe’s Imperial Cities on this locally-hosted vacation.
About the Tour
This locally-hosted 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.
- First-class transportation by high-speed train
- Hotel accommodations for 12 nights
- Budapest city tour, including Matthias Coronation Church
- Vienna city tour, including a visit to Schonbrunn Palace
- Prague city tour, including a visit to Hradcany Castle courtyard
- Berlin city tour, including remains of the Berlin Wall
- Local Host service in each city
- Sightseeing with a Local Guide and transportation per itinerary
Day 1 - Budapest, Hungary
Üdvözöljük-welcome! Your Local Host is on hand to help you make the most of your time in the “Pearl of the Danube.”
Day 2 - Budapest
Morning guided sightseeing includes 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 colonnade symbolize Labor & Wealth, Knowledge & Glory, War, and Peace. Also take a drive up to the Castle District with Matthias Coronation Church, Fishermen’s Bastion, and magnificent panoramas of the city and Danube River.
Day 3 - Budapest
Your Local Host will have recommendations for your day in the capital of Hungary, such as where to try spicy Hungarian goulash.
Day 4 - Budapest-Vienna, Austria
Journey by high-speed train (first-class) to Vienna.
Day 5 - Vienna
During your morning guided sightseeing, visit splendid Schonbrunn Palace, former summer residence of the Habsburg Dynasty. See 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 6 - 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 7 - Vienna-Prague, Czech Republic
Travel by high-speed train (first-class) to Prague.
Day 8 - 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 9 - 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 10 - Prague-Berlin, Germany
Journey by high-speed train (first-class) to Berlin.
Day 11 - Berlin
Morning guided sightseeing includes the restored Reichstag, 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 completed in 1791. Drive along Unter den Linden boulevard with the German State Opera, Berlin Cathedral, and the re-built palace of the Prussian monarchs. Also pass by Gendarmenmarkt, considered Berlin's most beautiful public square, where open-air concerts are often held during the summer months.
Day 12 - Berlin
Today, maybe visit the Jewish 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 13 - Berlin
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Courtyard by Marriott City Center, Budapest
The Courtyard by Marriott Budapest City Center is housed in a building that is a combination of contemporary and traditional styles with a beautifully restored historic facade. The hotel features 234 spacious guest rooms and 7 meeting rooms for functions and events.
MGallery Am Konzerthaus, Vienna
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.
A modern 80-room hotel located on a quiet side street, right in the heart of Prague's Old Town just a short walk away from the 11th-century Powder Tower and Old Town Square. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the building and there is a breakfast room where a buffet breakfast is served daily. The comfortable, air-conditioned guestrooms provide an ideal place to relax with complimentary coffee/tea-making facilities.
Sofitel Berlin Kurfurstendamm, Berlin
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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