Imperial Capitals

  • 12 Days

  • Western Europe

Enjoy a treasure trove of fascinating cities, from Salzburg, Vienna and Budapest, to Prague and Berlin and wonderful scenery like the Moselle Valley and beautiful Lake Balaton.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

Flights
Eurostar
Transfers
Accommodation
Selected meals
Porterage
All airport taxes
Single share option
VIP private home pick-up
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

of 12 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 10th December 2017

Meals included: 11 breakfasts, 4 dinners

Overview

Enjoy a treasure trove of fascinating cities, from Salzburg, Vienna and Budapest, to Prague and Berlin and wonderful scenery like the Moselle Valley and beautiful Lake Balaton.

At a glance

  • Prague City sightseeing Dresden Berlin City sightseeing
  • Moselle Valley Vienna City sightseeing
  • Budapest City sightseeing
  • Bratislava Trier Moselle Valley Scenic drive
  • Rhineland Scenic drive Nuremberg Orientation
  • Lake Balaton Scenic drive
  • Salzkammergut Scenic drive

Day 1

UK - Brussels

Travel to Brussels with the Eurostar service where you will then be transferred to the hotel for one night.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Brussels - Trier - Frankfurt area

This morning, drive through Luxembourg to Trier, Germany's oldest city, before continuing through the vineyards and villages of the Moselle Valley. This afternoon, choose between an included scenic drive or an optional cruise along the Rhine, passing the famous 'siren' rock of Lorelei, postcard-pretty towns and romantic castles. Afterwards, drive to the Frankfurt area for one night.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Frankfurt area - Nuremberg - Salzburg

Your day begins with a visit to historic Nuremberg. Known for its 1945 war trials, this walled medieval town was once the seat of Germany's kings. Admire its Gothic churches, the castle and patrician houses before continuing into Austria for your overnight stay in Salzburg.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Salzburg - Vienna

Spend this morning enjoying this lovely town at leisure before driving through the beautiful Salzkammergut region. Studded with glittering lakes and mountains, this gorgeous area took a starring role in 'The Sound of Music'. After passing the lakeside town of Mondsee, follow the Danube almost all the way to Vienna for a two-night stay. Why not complete your day with an optional dinner in the Viennese woods?

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Vienna

The hub of the Habsburg Empire for over 600 years, Austria's capital is a historical and cultural showpiece. Fringing the Danube, this Baroque jewel worked its magic on many great composers - Beethoven, Strauss and Mozart amongst them. See its best-known landmarks on the included sightseeing tour, among which are: the State Opera and magnificent Hofburg - the former residence of the Habsburgs. Continue your explorations this afternoon with our optional trip to Schönbrunn Palace, the Habsburgs' splendid summer residence.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Vienna - Lake Balaton - Budapest

Today, venture into Hungary and to Lake Balaton. Enjoy a scenic drive around the shores and towns of this shimmering lake before continuing to Budapest, arguably central Europe's most beautiful city, for two nights. This evening, don't miss the optional Danube cruise to enjoy the sights along the banks of Buda and Pest.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Budapest

Home to Hungary's kings for 700 years, the expansive Buda Castle overlooks the river and its famous Chain Bridge. Other sights on today's sightseeing trip include Heroes' Square, with its elegant monuments celebrating the city's founding in 896 and the old inns along the Danube's banks. You'll also see the red-domed Parliament building, Fisherman's Bastion and impressive Matthias Church, the coronation site of Hungary's medieval monarchs.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Budapest - Bratislava - Prague

After crossing into Slovakia, visit the charming capital, Bratislava, before heading into the Czech Republic. Have your cameras ready as you drive through Bohemia, a picturebook land of castles and picket-fenced villages. Later, arrive in Prague, the dazzling Czech capital, for two nights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Prague

All Gothic spires and Baroque domes, it's little wonder that Prague has inspired musicians and writers as great as Dvorak, Mozart and Kafka. Today, discover its main sights, including the Charles Bridge and Old Town Square, where crowds gather to witness the hourly clockwork 'Walk of the Apostles' of its 15th century Astronomical Clock.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Prague - Dresden - Berlin

Enjoy more of Bohemia's landscapes as we head back into Germany to Dresden. The capital of Saxony, this one-time 'Florence of the North' was severely damaged in World War II but has now been largely restored. This afternoon, cross the River Elbe on your way to Berlin for two nights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Berlin

Since 1989 and the fall of its Wall, Berlin has transformed itself into one of Europe's most energetic and avant garde capitals. Today, see the main highlights of this exuberant city on the included city tour, ticking through sights such as the State Opera House and stunning Brandenburg Gate, hidden from the West for over 40 years. Spend the afternoon exploring independently or join an optional excursion.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Berlin - UK

Today you are transferred to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Brussels: Ramada La Woluwe
  • Frankfurt area: Mercure at Friedrichsdorf
  • Salzburg: Austria Trend West
  • Vienna: Kavalier
  • Budapest: Mercure Buda
  • Prague: Ibis Venceslas
  • Berlin: Holiday Inn Express or Grand City Berlin East

Notes

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