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11 Days ● 14 Meals: 9 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch and 4 Dinners
HIGHLIGHTS: Prague • Prague Castle • Cesky Krumlov • Vienna • Schonbrunn Palace • Classical Music Performance • Choice on Tour • Bratislava • Lunch with Locals • Budapest • Matthias Church • Fisherman's Bastion • Visegrad • Renaissance Dinner
PRICE PER PERSON:
Double: $4,799 $4,599
Single: $5,699 $5,499
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Travel Protection and Cancellation Waiver: $449 per person
Day 1: Wednesday, May 15, 2024 - Overnight Flight: Set out on a grand cultural adventure through the Imperial Cities of Central Europe - Prague, Vienna, and Budapest. Along the way, enjoy traditional entertainment, local cuisine, and a glimpse into this region's eminent history.
Day 2: Thursday, May 16, 2024 - Prague, Czech Republic - Tour Begins: Arrive in Prague, the "City of 100 Spires." Behold ancient landmarks and medieval architecture. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 3: Friday, May 17, 2024 - Prague: Feel the magic and wonder of Prague. Your introduction to this fairy-tale city begins with a panoramic tour. Explore the "Castle District," including the gothic St. Vitus Cathedral and the majestic Prague Castle. Next, take in the iconic, statue-lined Charles Bridge, a picturesque structure stretching over the Vltava River. Spend the afternoon at your leisure.
Day 4: Saturday, May 18, 2024 - Prague: Discover Prague on your own. Consider shopping for Bohemian crystal or visiting the city's museums, such as the Lapidarium. Maybe you will join an optional excursion to Prague's Old Jewish Quarter to see its historic Jewish Museum and Europe's oldest Jewish cemetery, founded in 1478. Tonight, enjoy traditional Czech cuisine and a folklore show.
Day 5: Sunday, May 19, 2024 - Prague - Cesky Krumlov - Vienna, Austria: Travel through the scenic countryside on your way to Vienna. En route, make a stop in the medieval town of Cesky Krumlov. Lined with towering Baroque architecture, explore the quaint preserved streets before continuing on to the grand city of Vienna.
Day 6: Monday, May 20, 2024 - Vienna: Join a local guide at the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace, the summer retreat of the Habsburg dynasty for more than 200 years. Continue on to Vienna's city center and behold the beautiful architecture, scenic parks, and gothic spires that fill the city. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure where perhaps you'll partake in the city's famous cafe culture as you walk the streets, watching locals take a moment out of their day for a hot coffee and bite of cake. Tonight, hear Vienna's past come alive and experience a classical performance featuring the works of Mozart and Strauss.
Day 7: Tuesday, May 21, 2024 - Vienna: Choose how you spend your day because it's your choice! Venture down the Danube to the medieval town of Durnstein and cruise to the 11th-century Melk Abbey - OR - join a local guide in the Belvedere Museum, home to Gustav Klimt's iconic painting The Kiss - OR - enjoy a leisurely morning before attending a Viennese Waltz lesson in the afternoon. The rest of the day is yours.
Day 8: Wednesday, May 22, 2024 - Vienna - Bratislava - Slovakia - Budapest, Hungary: Say hello to Bratislava, the former Imperial capital of the Habsburg Empire. Get to know the city's 4,000-year-old history on a tour with a local expert. Connect with the villagers of Dunaalmas during a community-hosted lunch, learning how to make traditional strudel. Arrive in Budapest, the "Queen of the Danube" and your home for the next 3 nights. Enjoy the evening on your own.
Day 9: Thursday, May 23, 2024 - Budapest: Join a local expert for a panoramic tour of the city, where you'll discover the incredible Neo-Gothic marvel of Matthias Church atop Buda Castle Hill, the Fisherman's Bastion, the historic Old Buda and Gellert Hill, and the Parliament House. This afternoon, enjoy some free time to explore Budapest on your own. Perhaps you will head to the city's famous thermal pools for an afternoon of relaxation.
Day 10: Friday, May 24, 2024 - Budapest - Visegrad: This morning, chat with a local and hear stories about his life in the formerly communist area. Enjoy the rest of the morning at leisure. Later, head out of the city to the former Renaissance capital of Visegrad for a magnificent view of the Danube Bend and the Borzsony Mountains. Step into the past at a 14th-century castle, where knights with authentic weaponry recreate the times of chivalry and kingdoms. Then, embrace the lifestyle yourself and enjoy an exclusive Renaissance-style dinner in the castle.
Day 11: Saturday, May 25, 2024 - Budapest - Tour Ends: Say goodbye to these regal cities as your tour comes to a close today.
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