Imperial Cities - Budapest, Vienna & Prague

From £1,376.55
Duration 9 Days
Departures from Jun 2020 - Sep 2020
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From £1,376.55
Duration 9 Days
Departures from Jun 2020 - Sep 2020
Tour Overview

​Explore a trio of historic destinations in Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic and step back in time as you discover exceptional architecture. Start your tour in Hungary’s capital, Budapest, a delightful city split in two by the River Danube. Explore the historic quarters of Buda on one side and the modern architecture and bustling streets of Pest on the other. Highlights here include the impressive Heroes’ Square, St Matthias Church, located atop Buda Castle Hill, and the nearby Fisherman’s Bastion. Next, you’ll head to Vienna, arguably one of Europe’s most ornate and beautiful cities, where you’ll discover iconic sights such as St Stephen’s Cathedral and the grand Hofburg Palace. Perhaps treat yourself to a concert and enjoy the works of Mozart and Strauss during an optional evening excursion, before moving onto Prague, a city full of historic highlights including Wenceslas Square, home to the famous Astronomical Clock. 

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Your Holiday Includes

  • Return direct flights from Heathrow with British Airways
  • 7 nights in 4-star hotels
  • 9 meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners and welcome drink
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Specialist Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation and porterage
  • Audio Guide

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Explore Hungary's capital, Budapest
  • Visit the historic town of Eisenstadt
  • Tour of Vienna and Schönbrunn Palace visit
  • Viennese apple strudel making demonstration​
  • Walking tour of Prague

Itinerary

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. 

Meals included: B

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. The oldest parts of the building date back to the 13th century, and this was the residence and seat of government of the Habsburg emperors until 1918. 
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.

Meals included: B,D

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.

Meals included: B

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.

Meals included: B

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. 

Meals included: B,D

Additional Information



 

 

  1. Favourite Moment

    Discover the best views in Budapest from the terrace of Fisherman's Bastion, where you can marvel at the Parliament Building and the Danube.

Accommodation

Verdi Grand Hotel

Hotel rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and tea/coffee-making facilities. There''s a restaurant and a whiskey bar located in the hotel. Other amenities include a fitness centre and a lounge area

Arcotel Wimberger

The ARCOTEL Wimberger provides direct connections to Vienna''s main sights, thanks to its location close to tram stops and the Burggasse-Stadthalle Metro Stop. On-site facilities include a wellness and fitness area with a hot tub, sauna, and views of the city. The air-conditioned rooms are spacious and fitted with modern furnishings. A flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a work desk and private bathroom with a bathtub and selected shower products are also featured. Wi-Fi is available free of charge. The ARCOTEL Wimberger''s restaurant, WIMBERGERs wia z''Haus, serves traditional and current Viennese specialties. Food and drinks can be enjoyed in the dining area, which features furnishings from the 19th century. Drinks are available until late in the evening at Joe''s Bar, which serves over 200 types of whisky. During the summer, guests can enjoy drinks and light snacks in the courtyard. ARCOTEL Wimberger is only a 5-minute walk from the Mariahilfer Straße shopping street and the newly renovated Western Train Station, which features many shopping possibilities.

Clarion Congress Hotel

Prices shown are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room with private facilities unless otherwise stated. Single occupancy supplements will apply. Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.