Day 1 UK - Budapest
You'll fly to Budapest today, where on arrival, we'll transfer you to your hotel.
Day 2 Budapest
Today you'll explore Hungary's capital on an included sightseeing tour. This delightful city is split in two by the famous River Danube, with the historic quarters of Buda on one side and the modern architecture and bustling streets of Pest on the other. They are linked by eight bridges that span the river, so you'll spend today wandering between the two, discovering their many highlights. There's the impressive Heroes' Square, one of the most visited spots in the city, which is surrounded by grand buildings and home to a fine collection of monuments and statues. You'll see St Matthias Church, located atop Buda Castle Hill, and nearby Fisherman's Bastion. The lookout towers here were built in the 1800s and now afford spectacular views of the city, the river and Pest's iconic parliamentary buildings.
You can make your own discoveries this afternoon, and maybe choose to end your day with an optional sunset cocktail cruise on the Danube this evening. The city takes on a whole new look as it is beautifully illuminated at night.
Day 3 Budapest - Vienna
You're heading to Austria today, and its elegant capital, Vienna. On the way here, we'll make a stop at the historic town of Eisenstadt, where you can stretch your legs and soak up the sights. The capital of the Burgenland region sits at the foot of the Leitha Mountains and is one of the smallest capitals in the Austrian federation. It's home to a charming Old Town and one of its main attractions is the Baroque Esterházy Palace, where the composer Haydn was musical director from 1766.Meals included: B
Day 4 Vienna
Vienna is arguably one of Europe's most ornate and beautiful cities, and you'll see it in all its glory on a morning tour. You'll view St Stephen's Cathedral with its imposing Gothic spire, and the grand Hofburg Palace, which is one of the biggest palace complexes in the world. This was the residence and seat of government of the Habsburg emperors until 1918, and the oldest parts of the building date back to the 13th century.
A highlight this morning is sure to be your visit to the equally impressive Schönbrunn Palace, a 17th century architectural masterpiece built to rival Versailles. Inside there are more than 1,400 rooms, with 40 open to the public. Here you'll discover the secret of the Viennese apple strudel - the master confectioners are true entertainers - and enjoy a taste with a tea or coffee.
We've left the rest of the day free for you to spend as you wish.
Day 5 Vienna - at Leisure
You can spend today making your own discoveries in Vienna, or perhaps you'll choose to join an optional excursion to Vienna Woods. This heavily forested region is a UNESCO-designated biosphere reserve. Within this stunning landscape, nestled at the foot of the Austrian Alps, is the Heiligenkreuz Abbey, founded in 1133 and inhabited ever since by Cistercian monks. On your visit, if you're lucky, the silence might be broken by the haunting sounds of Gregorian chant. Your tour ends in the delightful spa town of Baden, where you can explore at your own pace. Its main square boasts historic buildings including the Kaiserhaus, where Emperor Franz I would spend the summer, and there are many museums and shops to discover.
Vienna is famous for its café culture, so once back why not relax over a cup of Austrian coffee and indulge in a slice of sachertorte. This rich chocolate cake was invented for Prince Wenzel von Metternich in 1832 and is now a world-famous culinary speciality.
If you'd like to attend a concert, you can enjoy the works of Mozart and Strauss during an optional evening out in Vienna.
Day 6 Vienna - Prague
The Czech Republic is your final destination, and you'll head here after breakfast this morning. Your first stop will be the lovely little town of Telc, which is so picturesque its main square is often described as one of the most beautiful in Europe. The homes here were adorned with magnificent gables in a bid to demonstrate the wealth and social standing of the owners, meaning each one is prettier than the next. As you explore at your own pace, be sure to admire the Renaissance chateau on the square, which resembles a castle plucked straight out of the pages of a fairy tale.
We finish the day in Prague, the Czech Republic's largest city and its capital.
Day 7 Prague
Prague is full of historic highlights and is fascinating to explore, and that's just what you'll do on a walking tour today. Head to the Old Town to see landmarks including Wenceslas Square, which is home to the famous Astronomical Clock. This is one of the most elaborate timepieces ever built, and the 'Walk of the Apostles', when carved figures of Christ and his Disciples are set in motion, really is a delight to watch. You'll also cross the 14th century Charles Bridge, where local artists display their work and musicians will serenade you.
When your tour ends, head off and take in more sights independently. Perhaps head to the Jewish quarter, where you'll find six synagogues and the Old Jewish Cemetery in what was once the largest Jewish ghetto in Europe. Maybe you'll head to a café or a bar, to enjoy a coffee or try one of the Czech Republic's famous beers.
This evening a dinner cruise is included, so enjoy the sights and a feast of Czech specialities as you sail on the Vltava River.