Get picked up at home and whisked off to your departure point (within 50 miles).
Meals included: 11 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Discover Old Europe at its grandest: the castle districts and medieval squares of Bratislava and Budapest, the domes and turrets of Salzburg, and the grand boulevards of Vienna.
Fly to Munich where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.
Today, visit Nuremberg, Bavaria's second largest city. Carefully restored to its former glory after the bombings of World War II, the stately Old Quarter is enclosed within the town's 13th century city walls and contains a patchwork of cobbled squares, half-timbered patrician houses and ornate Gothic churches such as St Sebald, St Lorenz and the Frauenkirche. Later, cross the border into the Czech Republic and continue to the glorious Czech capital, Prague, for three nights.
With its splendid skyline of intricate spires and historic monuments, Prague is a truly impressive city, renowned for its wonderful Baroque and Romanesque architecture. Today's included sightseeing tour, with local guide, includes highlights such as the Baroque Church of St Nicholas, Charles Bridge and the Town Hall with its famous astronomical clock.
Make the most of a day at leisure in the Czech capital either exploring on your own or by joining an optional excursion.
Journey by way of Brno into Slovakia for a visit to Bratislava, a charming capital city dissected by the Danube and overlooked by the imposing Bratislava Castle. Later, continue across the border into Hungary for a visit to the country's beautiful capital, Budapest, your base for three nights. Tonight enjoy authentic dining at a local restaurant.
Budapest comprises the two cities of Buda and Pest, set facing each other across the mighty Danube River. Buda is home to historic attractions such as the Castle District, with its medieval houses, inns, antique shops, museums and restaurants, dotted along cobblestone streets. Across the river, Pest also houses many fantastic attractions such as the Parliament and Heroes Square. The included guided sightseeing tour takes in Parliament, Margaret Island, Fisherman's Bastion, the Royal Castle and Matthias Church. You also have plenty of time to explore the city at your own pace.
Drive through the beautiful scenery of the Vienna Woods today and stop in Mayerling to visit the former hunting lodge where the suicide of lovers Crown Prince Rudolf and Baroness Maria Vetsera took place in 1889. Later, continue to Europe's music capital, Vienna, for three nights.
The swirling strains of a Strauss waltz are never far away in the Austrian capital, which abounds with elegance and sophistication. This was the seat of the Habsburg dynasty for over 600 years, and their influence is apparent everywhere - from the genteel coffee houses to the Hofburg Palace, a monument to Austria's glorious past and home of the Spanish Riding School. Today's included sightseeing tour introduces you to the many delights of this historic 'city of music', once home to great composers such as Strauss, Mozart and Beethoven and also famed for its grand architecture. See the grand State Opera, the impressive Parliament building and the ornate Town Hall. Stroll in Heroes' Square to view the Hofburg Palace. The afternoon is free for you to explore at leisure.
The day is yours to discover more of the delights of the Austrian capital. Alternatively, you could join one of the exciting optional excursions on offer.
Today's first stop is Krems on the banks of the Danube, a beautiful town surrounded by hills and vineyards. Boarding in Krems and disembarking in Spitz, enjoy an included cruise on the mighty River Danube, taking in the beautiful Wachau region. Continue to the beautiful alpine city of Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart. Tonight enjoy your evening meal at a local restaurant.
Mozart's birthplace is full of Italian-influenced Baroque splendour and its skyline is dotted with picturesque medieval spires, domes and turrets. The most famous landmark is the splendid 11th-century Hohensalzburg Castle, which stands on a hill above the city. Today's included sightseeing tour with a local guide introduces you to the many highlights in Salzburg's historic centre. Later, leave for Munich and tonight, why not join the optional Bavarian evening and farewell dinner?
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.
Oktoberest: 15th & 22nd September 2018
Christmas Markets: 1st & 8th December 2018
Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.
Very good tour of several lovely cities. Some days involved very long journeys and could have been made more interesting if videos of approaching cities had been played. The initial hotel in Munich should have given us vouchers for the shuttle back to the airport as this was the only way into the city. Simona, the guide, was good company and had her hands full with several needy passengers. The hotels were pretty good throughout, but none had any character. The hotel in Vienna was in a great spot for the adjoining Belvedere palace and gardens.
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