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The Best Of Central Europe

  • Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest12 days
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Take this tour for a memorable 12 day insight in to the pillars of central Europe with their individual identities, their architectural marvels, and their fascinating culture and history. Berlin is the most modern of them all with some incredible modern architecture, Prague is the centrepiece beautifully preserved, Vienna is the stately big brother famous for its palaces and pastries, and Budapest has a down-at-heel charm and is the most foreign and inscrutable of them all.

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After 9 days of three cities full of wonderful architecture, art, history and culture, you will be ready for a relaxing soak in one of Budapest’s amazing bath-houses. Lie-back in the Rudas Baths, built in 1556 and the most Turkish of them all, and gaze up at the enormous domed cupola with coloured glass and massive columns.

The pillars of central Europe

See the spectacular view of Berlin from the top of the glass dome of the Reichstag (Parliament building).

Wander through Prague’s Old Town and through the Jewish quarter. Visit the cemetery that dates to the 15th century.

Marvel at the renaissance delights of Budapest on Castle Hill, a Unesco World Heritage site.

Places covered 12 Days
  • Day 1 – 4 Berlin sightseeing and attractions
  • Day 4 – 7 Prague sightseeing and attractions
  • Day 7 – 9 Vienna sightseeing and attractions
  • Day 9 – 12 Budapest sightseeing and attractions
  • Days Details
  • 1 – 4 Berlin sightseeing and attractions Don’t miss the city must-sees such as the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag Building, Checkpoint Charlie and the Berlin Wall Memorial a football-field-sized memorial to the murdered European Jews. The grandest of Berlin’s surviving nine former royal palaces is Schloss Charlottenburg set in a beautiful palace park. For a walking tour with a difference, head north of Berlin for a tour into the past at Sachsenhausen, one of the main concentration camps in Nazi Germany. The Pergamon museum is an aladdin’s cave of treasures and opens a fascinating window onto the ancient world and is the one museum in Berlin that should not be missed. Bargain hunt at the busy flea market – Flohmarkt am Mauerpark right where the Berlin Wall once ran, and visit Prater, Berlin’s oldest beer garden that has kept much of its traditional charm. Party until the early hours at one of the hundreds of bars and clubs. East Berlin neighbourhoods like Kreuzberg and Prenziauer Berg are great spots to head for. Take a day trip to Karlstejn Castle. Rising above the village of Karlstejn, 30km southwest of Prague, this fairytale medieval castle is in incredibly good shape, and the views from here are spectacular. This is one of the biggest castles in the world (according to the Guinness Book of Records the biggest ancient castle) at about 570m in length and around 130m wide. Enjoy a guided tour that passes through the Knight’s Hall, Charles IV’s Bedchamber, the Audience Hall, and the Jewel House.
  • 4 – 7 Prague sightseeing and attractions Prague is a European hotspot of history and heritage. In 1989 the Velvet Revolution freed the Czechs from communism and bequeathed to Europe a gem of a city. Prague’s main historic sites are located on the so-called Royal Route between the Old Town and Prague Castle, crossing the river on the Charles Bridge. Modern sculptures mix with stunning ancient architectures from the soaring verticals of Gothic and the exuberance of Baroque to the elegance of art nouveau. Take in some of the city’s art galleries there is art all around from the Gothic altar-pieces in the Convent of St. Agnes to the magnificent collection of 20thcentury surrealists and cubists in the Veletrzni Palac. Pubs abound in Prague. For a slightly more upscale experience, try one of the Kolkovna chains that serve litre-upon-litre of fresh Czech brew. Wander through the Old Town, there are so many historical delights to see and find. The Old Town is the oldest part of a very old city. Excavations of cellars going down several levels below the ground indicate that the area has been permanently inhabited since at least the turn of the first millennium. There are no straight lines in the Old Town in fact the streets look as if they were carved by nature. Choose a direction and wander at will through this largely undisturbed 14thcentury townscape. Sights to see include the Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square, Prague’s Old Town Hall founded in 1338, the Church of Our Lady Before Tyn and its distinctive twin Gothic spires, and the brooding art nouveau statue of Jan Hus. Visit the Prague Jewish Museum, the Museum of Czech Cubism, and the Convent of St. Agnes.
  • 7 – 9 Vienna sightseeing and attractions On to Vienna, the Imperial jewel in Austria’s crown where you will see the fruits of the city’s status everywhere, from the treasures of the cosmopolitan Ringstrasse (Ring Road) to the Hofburg, Emperor Franz Josef’s palace. Vienna’s Innere Stadt, the city’s medieval heart, is an ideal place to spend an afternoon. Explore the town’s twisting streets. See the iconic Stefansdom Cathedral, dating back to the 10th century, and the shops lining the pedestrian-only Graben. Visit the Museums Quartier complex, the City Hall (the Rathaus), and the Opera House (Staatsoper). Vienna’s Gothic masterpiece Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral), or Steffi (Little Stephan) as it’s locally called, symbolises Vienna like no other building. Take a tour of Schloss Schonbrunn with its grand rooms and background on the habits and quirks of Austria’s famous family. And visit the Hofburg Castle where the Habsburgs were based for over six centuries. See Vienna’s top sights in a fun and healthy way by bike on a 3-hour bike tour. Ride through the city’s historic streets with a professional guide past all of the top sights including the Opera House, Hofburg Palace, and the City Hall. And marvel at the colourful Hundertwasserhaus apartment building. The ring tram is a continuous hop-on, hop-off guided tour of the Ringstrasse with video screens and commentary on a clockwise route stopping at 13 stations. Stop off at Figlmuller pub – this famous pub has some of the biggest and best schnitzels in the business. And, for a very special evening, the Staatsoper is the premiere opera and classical music venue in Vienna. The Viennese take their opera very seriously and dress up accordingly
  • 9 – 12 Budapest sightseeing and attractions This is Hungary’s capital and grandest city. Its ‘down-at-heel’ quality gives it a scruffy charm. Split by the Danube, Buda’s rolling hills and Pest’s wide boulevards are easy to explore. A must see is the Royal Palace that has been razed and rebuilt at least half a dozen times over the past seven centuries. There are two entrances, the first via the Habsburg Steps and the other via the Corvinus Gate. The Hungarian National Gallery is an incredible collection over four floors that trace Hungarian art from the 11th century to the present. And the Budapest History Museum looks at the 2000 years of the city on three floors. Restored palace rooms dating from the 15thcentury can be entered from the basement. Don’t miss a trip to the Szechenyi Baths with its dozen thermal baths and five swimming pools all set in a bright and clean atmosphere. The Szechenyi Chain Bridge is the city’s oldest and probably most beautiful bridge. Named in honour of its initiator, Istvan Szechenyi, it was in fact built by a Scotsman. One of the best ways to see the city’s sights are at night on a combined walking tour and river cruise on the Danube. Budapest’s UNESCO World heritage magnificent buildings and monuments are brilliantly illuminated at night, making the city appear even more spectacular than by day. More time for sightseeing, and to take in St. Stephen’s Basilica Budapest’s neoclassical cathedral, and the Great Synagogue the largest Jewish house of worship in the world outside New York City. Stroll through Memento Park, home to almost four dozen statues, busts and plaques of Lenin, Marx, Bela Kun and ‘heroic’ workers. Take a bath in a ‘cathedral like’ atmosphere at the art-nouveau Gellert Baths, open to both men and women in separate sections. Relax with a coffee at the Muvesz Kavehaz the Artist Coffeehouse and people-watch at the 19th century city café. Walk out to the Buda Hills, there’s a comprehensive system of trails amongst the ‘peaks’ that rise up to 500m, with wonderful views across the city. Enjoy a coffee and pastry at Gerbeaud, located on the northern side of Pest’s busiest square, and dating back to 1858. It has been the most fashionable meeting place for the city’s elite size 1870.
€ 2,350 per person (Prices are in Euros and exclude international flights)
Price Per Person in Twin Sharing Accomodation
(Prices are in Euros and exclude international flights)

All rates mentioned are an approximate price per person on a twin-sharing basis, and are based on a minimum of 4-6 adults travelling together. Rates are subject to change based on the number of passengers and the time of year. (Flights, visas, travel insurance, lunches & dinners, personal expenses not included. There may be some itinerary activities not included also – please ask).

Inclusions :

- Traditional ,Boutique or Heritage accommodation where possible or Quality accommodation (on a twin-sharing basis) in centrally located 4*Hotels .

-Meals – breakfast in all destinations

- Internal Travel by rail - ferries - coach as applicable

-Guided sightseeing excursions as per the itinerary

-First arrival and last departure transfers

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Capture summer magic in the lakes and mountains of Austria & Italy or take an iconic spring rail tour for a combination city and culture break. Walk in Slovenia’s Tatras mountains in the summer, and enjoy Slovakia’s rich medieval culture & charming rural landscapes from May to August. Not forgetting the stunning winter skiing in the Carpathian mountains as well as the magnificent Swiss & Austrian Alps. Add to this city breaks galore in Germany, Hungary & Poland, with spring Rhine cruises, year-round Budapest spas, and summer Polish cultural tours - central Europe is a must-visit destination all year-round.

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