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Arrive in Budapest and transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 6 PM, followed by a light dinner at your hotel. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in no later than 4 PM. (D)
Your morning tour begins in Pest with a chance to view the Parliament, Royal Palace and Heroes' Square. You will cross the Danube River on the Elizabeth Bridge into the Buda Hills. Visit Castle Hill to see the 13th century Matthias Coronation Church. From Fisherman's Bastion, enjoy a panoramic view of the city. Spend the afternoon at leisure, and tonight perhaps choose the optional Danube Cruise that includes dinner. (B)
Spend the morning at leisure in Budapest or join the optional tour to the Parliament, St Stephen's Basilica and the historic Great Market Hall.* Later, depart Hungary and travel through the Austrian countryside to Vienna, the former center of the Habsburg Empire. Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure in Vienna. Tonight, perhaps take the opportunity to attend an evening of Viennese culture in the "City of Music" at an optional concert performance of the classical masterpieces of Mozart and Strauss, two of Vienna's most famous citizens
*Be advised that you might not be able to book this optional tour locally, due to certain restrictions regarding the Parliament. (B)
Today, take a sightseeing tour that begins with a visit to Schonbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the Habsburg emperors. 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. The rest of the day is at leisure, or join the optional The Glory of the Habsburg Emperors. Journey through over 1,000 years of power, wealth and glory and experience imperial Vienna at the Habsburg Treasury. Afterwards, visit the Imperial Crypt where your local expert makes the days of the great Empire come alive. (B)
This morning enjoy a half-day excursion across the border to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. 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 city where local street vendors offer regional gifts before returning to Vienna. Tonight join the optional dinner at an Austrian Heurigen tavern. Local musicians entertain with traditional melodies while hearty Austrian dishes are served. (B)
After breakfast this morning, depart Austria for the Czech Republic. Travel through Southern Bohemia to the Czech capital, Prague - "The City of a Thousand Spires". Upon arrival, check into your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure. Tonight, try traditional Czech cuisine at one of the many world-class restaurants in Prague. (B)
This morning's sightseeing will include a walking tour of the Lesser Town and the Old Town, viewing 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 Old Town Hall Tower & Astronomical Clock, the Municipal House, Powder Tower and the Jewish Quarter. The rest of the day is at leisure or join the optional afternoon tour to the hilltop Prague Castle complex, former residence of Bohemian Kings and to the magnificent St. Vitus Cathedral, where kings were crowned and battles were fought. Experience panoramic vistas of the entire city below. This evening, savor dinner and bid farewell to your Tour Manager. (B,D)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport. (B)
PACKAGE: CLASSIC CENTRAL EUROPE
Cities: Budapest, Vienna, Bratislava, Prague
Location: HUNGARY, AUSTRIA, SLOVAKIA, CZECH REPUBLIC
9 Days/ 8 Nights - Air & Land
8 Days/ 7 Nights - Land Only
Land Only: $2,049
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